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Comment Good way to die. (Score 1) 558

There are things I love about this town, and things I despise; and this sort of sanctimonious bullshit ranks high on the latter.

I actually hope someone gets killed doing that. You have absolutely *no* idea why any person at any given moment is driving in a particular manner. Could be they're just late, could be a life-threatening medical emergency. What gives *you* the right to presume anything and then try to impose your presumption onto anyone else?

Seriously, that's the worst sort of selfish assholery. And while I might not shoot you dead myself for deliberately impeding my way, if such a case came before me as a juror, it's unlikely I'd convict someone else for doing it.

Comment You've Already Answered - Library (Score 1) 508

Seriously, when I was in grade school and assigned reports that required research, the school didn't twist itself into knots trying to figure out how to get me an affordable set of encyclopedias or other reference material. I went to the damned library and did the research.

It's my understanding that schools today have internet-connected computer labs and/or public computers in their libraries, so this question is moot.

Comment Illegal versus Actionable (Score 1) 210

You don't seem to understand the difference between criminal and civil law.

Criminal statutes establish some conduct as illegal (theft, rape, murder, etc.), and commission of such offenses will cause the state to act against you.

Civil law establishes rules under which individual parties may sue each other for relief, damages, etc. Libel is a civil infraction. If you write something that is maliciously untruthful about another person (and though it creeps me right the fuck out, businesses *are* legally considered persons for these purposes) and it damages them in some way, they have standing to sue you in court.

In short, the state is not telling you that you are subject to criminal prosecution for lying, but the law does allow for anyone who you lie about to sue the pants off you.

Comment Civil versus criminal law (Score 5, Insightful) 210

The 1st amendment doesn't apply, as libel is a civil infraction.

You're still free to say/write whatever the hell you like, but if you do so maliciously and mendaciously and it causes articulable damages to another person, then they have grounds to bring suit. It's not the government that acts against you, it's the injured party.

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