Tag Archives: law

“Legal” does not equal “moral”.

Laws take effect on certain dates. So we all agree that something is going to be legal after the date X, but still arrest and prosecute people for doing that exact thing on date X-1. Laws have nothing to do … Continue reading

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Disrespect for authority is healthy.

Blind respect for the rule of law is one of the downfalls of civilization. Imagine, if you will, an unelected regulatory agency that bans the use of the color blue in clothing. People who wear blue get charged with felonies, … Continue reading

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Felony by inaction.

The original definition of felony was “a serious crime punishable by over a year in prison”. In theory, felonies are actively committed. Prison or death are supposed to be reasonable punishments for misdeeds wilfully perpetrated. Two problems arise in practice. … Continue reading

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Vicious enforcement of arbitrary laws.

The utterly illogical and pointless nature of the US gun laws can be illustrated with this simple example. Let’s take a gun owner who has an AR15 rifle. Since barrels are available in different lengths, the owner pays a $200 … Continue reading

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Looking for attorney recommendations (Las Vegas, NV)

A friend needs a more competent criminal attorney that what the court appointed. I don’t know who’s who there, looking for advice.

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Guest post: A Lawyer’s Riff On The First Amendment

I Don’t Agree With What You Say, But I Will Defend To The Death Your Right To Say It. First thing’s first, basic disclaimer, because lawyers are so used to the legal world that we just assume people are waiting … Continue reading

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Infringed: a useful book about gun laws

I finally had a chance to read Alexandria Kincaid’s book about the US gun laws in all their irrational glory. Over half of the illustrations in it were done by me, but while I’ve been looking at parts of the book for … Continue reading

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What’s the situation in Puerto Rico now?

In June, Puerto Rico gun laws got struck down. What does it mean in practice for the island residents and visitors? (The rifle is Henry octagon pump in 22WMR. The beach is on Vieques Island.)

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A theory about bad laws

There’s a perception among the Democrats, that gun laws affect Republicans most. In a 50/50 state, passing anti-gun laws harasses enough Republicans into leaving to guarantee future electoral majority for the left. There’s also a perception among Republicans that most … Continue reading

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US immigration policy madness

My family came to the US as refugees and had a very easy time of going through the naturalization process. We may have been a happy exception. I have a friend, an internationally known writer, who submitted his green card … Continue reading

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Arbitrary laws erode respect for the law makers and law enforcers

I just found out that dashboard video recorders that are ubiquitous in Russia and fairly common in the US are illegal in Austria and Switzerland. It’s a bit difficult to have any respect for laws when they are as arbitrary … Continue reading

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How police lost the fight for hearts and minds

As communication technologies improve, most Americans are learning that police forces include many psychopathic, murderous thugs. Videos of police committing rape, murder, mugging and other crimes under the color of the law are everywhere. It’s only a numerical minority of … Continue reading

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Why is our capital less free than the rest of the country?

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Rumor or fact: battery capacity restricted by law?

I saw this in various forums, attributed to Nikon spokesman: “higher-capacity batteries used by current professional DSLRs are now banned under recently introduced Japanese laws”. True, false, half of each?

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Arbitrary government mandates are arbitrary.

Do you know how much water each toilet used per flush before 1994? Just enough to make them function reliably. Toilet, like other appliances, were designed by people who understand how such things work. Since 1994, US toilets were restricted … Continue reading

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Does it quack like a duck?

“Two of the shooters were dressed as uniformed police officers” “…he presented himself as a police officer” Mass murderers sometimes masquerade as authority figures to gain compliance from their victims. It’s becoming especially common with home invasions, as those are … Continue reading

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Minnesota elected officials plans to screw over those who elected them

Senate majority leader Amy Koch and the Public Safety Chair Limmer are trying to sink “stand your ground” bill. These pretend conservatives would prefer a legal requirement that lawful people confronted by criminals be second-guessed by police, required to run … Continue reading

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