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Friday, February 14. 2014
There Are HOW MANY Dead Bodies On Mount Everest?
Cuomo aide caught breaking gun law, quickly receives waiver
Toy Story ‘Gun’ Confiscated at Airport - Another example of how government proves absurd
Ninth Circuit Strikes Down CA Law Restricting Concealed Carry
Rock-climbing: No. Nicht. Nein. No F-ing way.
Solar Farms: Bright Lights, Dim Idea
Walter Williams asks some very politically-incorrect questions about poverty and race
Looking vs. Touching - Is possession of child pornography a crime worthy of years in prison?
Farm Bill Sugar Supports Cost Consumers and Business
Progressive Values in Action? New York’s city council has some strange priorities.
‘Evil’ Koch Brothers Rank #59 in Political Donations Behind 18 Different Unions
Coulter on immigration: Did I Move?
Tort bar wants to take on fattening food
What Americans Don’t Get About Putin
Comcast, Time Warner Cable Deal Is A Disaster For Customers
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So, out of curiosity, what exactly is a ex-post-facto "waiver" of a criminal statute? How does that work? Like a pardon combined with a permit?
"Tort bar wants to take on fattening food".
Of course they do and it is all about the public good not the millions and possibly billions they will get from the law suits. But why stop there? Why not sue the federal and state governments that pass out food stamps? Why not sue all parents? How about those free school lunches? And then there are the farmers in this arguement they are the equivalent of the drug cartels who are guilty of providing the harmful "food".
It will be interesting to see if they can prove any food to be "fattening". Wouldn't it have to be universally fattening? That is if a large number of people eat that food and aren't overweight or "fat" can it be the food? These law suits are usually tried by juries in rural Mississippi where the IQ and knowledge of the juries is so low it cannot be measured.
Gosh, why stop there - sue the spoon manufacturers for making 'larger than needed spoons', Monsanto for manipulating EVERYTHING, and even ADM for pushing Corn sweetners into pretty much every processed food there is these days, and Restaurant chains - their portion control is non existent!
The root cause is lawyers are bored, and the big balloon trials like Asbestos, Tobacco are gone, and milked for all its worth, but they need the action to pay for their stuff.
And, with many other lawyers coming on board, retainer fees are not enough these days. Some are even cutting their rates to get business, and that's bad for the large firms.
Even ambulance chasers need to eat...
Even worse - its back-dated. Isn't falsifying a legal doc (like a CCW permit for a gun-hating state like NY) a crime?
And, why arn't both LEOs and other groups decrying this cronyism for what it is? Joe Sixpack would NEVER get this opportunity and assistance, why for someone whom had little regard for the safety of the meeting brandishing it about like that.
He needs a cap gun, not a Glock...
I couldn't even watch more than 3 seconds of the rock climbing video. Absolute terror. My stomach was in knots. And I'm sitting safely at home in front of my computer.
I have zero need for adrenaline in my life. Very hard for me to understand people who seek out this feeling. To me, any 'rush' is my brain's warning system telling me to stop!
RE - Enviors and Valentine's cards.
You knew it was coming - these cultists never let up and are relentless...
Guess they're gonna issue a statement against Geo. Washington chopping down a cherry tree and the pain it caused...
Looks like Ann Coulter caught a piece of Pat Buchanan's demography bug. 30 million new democrat voters? And the republican establishment going along with it? Undocumented, illegal, scruffy and different people, changing the cultural landscape? Oh my! Danger Will Robinson! Yes, my lovely blond darling, the republican establishment is going along with it. Not really newsworthy anymore, but yes. The question at this point is what to do about it? I would suggest that screaming is not the most constructive approach. Xenophobia is very unbecoming and a non-starter. Do I really need to remind Miss Ann that those 12 to 30 million 'illegals' have been here for years already? And they haven't burned any barns yet. Leaving aside the breakdown of law and order and the fact that our borders are porous and that the political elite wants what it wants for a moment; what is the smartest way for republicans like Ann Coulter to turn this issue around? There is no way the illegals will be ejected. How then to woo them into the GOP? I have some wacky ideas. How about helping Mexico and points south deal with the drug cartels? It worked pretty well in Columbia and if/when the folks down there can make a decent living for themselves, they won't want to come up here. I'm not a big fan of far flung entanglements and I'm not suggesting massive invasions. But I think that stopping the practice of selling weapons to the drug cartels would be a good place to start. Maybe we send that Romney fellow down south to help infuse some Mormon values and organizational skills? Here's the thing, the GOP needs to begin advocating for some of the interests shared by those danged furriners. Strangely enough, some of them are in the best interests of us all. Why for example, do we yet tolerate an enslaved Cuba? An enslaved Venezuela? Rampant lawlessness and armed conflict in Mexico? If Canada broke down like Mexico has, would we sit on our collective asses? Would we still be mesmerized by the wonders of war on the dark side of the moon in places like Afghanistan? I think not so much. It's time we looked to the western hemisphere. The Americas.
The purpose of Democrats, Communists, Environmentalists, and Nazis is to destroy all tradition, all mores, all habits and replace them with the New Socialist Civilization.
And they are winning and have been for years.
Re: Looking vs. Touching - Is possession of child pornography a crime worthy of years in prison?
no,that's not enough. possessors of child porn should be shot.
I would be interested to know what causes someone to seek out these images. If you read the letter left by Senator Alexander's former aide (who was arrested for child porn and then committed suicide), he claimed that his experience being sexually abused as a child drew him to look up these pictures. He claimed that he imagined himself in those pictures and couldn't seem to get free of them.
If that is true, I feel terribly sorry for this man who was trapped by memories of his own abuse. It sounded like he knew it was wrong and horrible, but couldn't look away. I don't know what to do with that information, but it seems terrible to think that former abused children are seeking out child pornography as a result of their own abuse. Sick and horrible.
I've had exactly one too many experiences with child porn and its victims (from a professional point of view), so I have no tolerance for anyone involved, however tangentially. castration -- voluntary, involuntary, chemical or rusty knife -- is an option for anyone who can't control himself.
Should child molesters be shot? Works for me.
People that seek out, collect and enjoy child porn are very sick individuals IMO.
Prosecuting for simply viewing? Yes. Because it's the law. Is it right? I don't think so.
Permit me to play Devil's advocate:
The article says, "Under federal law, receiving child pornography, which could mean viewing or downloading a single image, triggers a mandatory minimum sentence of five years."
If that is true, suppose one day a hacker posted a picture of a 4 yr old child rape at the top of the Maggie's Farm blog. That would make every reader at MF a 'user' of child porn and subject to prosecution. Do you want to be prosecuted for unintentionally viewing child porn? Sounds like you could be under the law.
As for the regular viewers of child porn, if John Doe views child porn in the privacy of his home and does not commit criminal acts, is it really worth the cost to the taxpayers to prosecute and incarcerate this individual?
The issue is so emotionally charged that I don't believe the laws will ever be tweaked. No politician wants to be accused of being 'soft' on child porn.
However, the article is right. Something is wrong with the system when the rapist gets 8 years in prison and the viewer gets 10.
Toy Story ‘Gun’ Confiscated at Airport - well, they have to check it against ballistics and sales records, since (as some commenters pointed out) Woody is not sold with a gun - so where and how did he get it?
Reply to #1--Remember David Gregory! The connected get to pass go and collect $200.
Enviros are never satisfied, If the middle and lower classes like, or seem to like, something, then it must be anathema.
Obviously, Walter Williams is a raaaaaacist, wit a Capital R!
Dinner in a Tent: Ostentatious, conspicuous consumption. The 0.1% rides again.
Child rape and porn: I take it the uncle is dead, and beyond prosecution.
Well! The Very Idea! Questioning the need for dozens, perhaps hundreds, of consultants to bring Cricket to NY properly? This is unacceptable!