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Comment Re:Fly-by-Night JD Degree (Score 1) 88

ACORN has successor organizations. New names, same M.O.. Smaller groups, harder to identify, harder to sue, harder and less effective for law enforcement to track down and shut down. Also more difficult to generate concentrated bad publicity. It's much like the blooming of communist front groups in the mid 20th century.

You make them sound like organized crime the police would actually give two shits about shutting down.

Comment Re:Fly-by-Night JD Degree (Score 1) 88

Probably graduates from some San Francisco Law "School" and Noodle Shop. Pass the Bar with the minimum requisite score and set up an ambulance chasing practice that specializes in targeting minorities.

California has one of the harder bar exams in the US to pass. If they could pass the bar in California, then they have to know some law, at least.

Comment Re:Well that's terrifying (Score 1) 411

You keep making that "deliberately lethal" charge, but no one else with any credibility is making that claim on either side. The intelligence agents, which is a bit of a misnomer in this case, had a plan -- two bombs. The first went off to force the crew to evacuate the ship, which they did. The second was intended to sink the ship, which it did. However, the agents did not anticipate people re-boarding the ship between the two bombings. It was inadvisable and bungled.

You can say that they INTENDED for people to reboard the ship between the small and larger bombs, but it makes no sense, and the French had nothing to gain. It didn't send a message, it was an enormous public embarrassment and very costly politically. And if they intended to kill all those people, then why a smaller bomb and then a larger one later? Just the larger one would have sufficed, and had a much better chance of actually killing people.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

A girl licking a boot sure isn't getting me hard either but allegedly that's considered porn by some people. Hell, there's people getting off to the weirdest shit you could imagine. I remember a story about a guy who gets off by sticking his dick into hamburger meat, does that mean every time I have a burger I'm essentially participating in hard vore?

No, but the moral is that you can qualify something without being a part of it. I don't particularly agree with the ruling, but what the judge said is that pornographic designation is subjective, that there is no hard and clear line, and judges are capable of making the distinction.

Comment Re:Well that's terrifying (Score 1) 411

For two reasons:

1) no valid crime (in my opinion) was committed
2) it's a two year sentence, besides pissing off a bunch of people, what purpose does this serve?

It keeps him out of society, removing his ability to kill mass numbers of people -- a prime interest to IS sympathizers. But you're right, it definitely does not feel anywhere like enough of a sentence to have any real effect. You may also be right in that I think the authorities jumped the gun here. He should have been under intense surveillance from this point forward. Now what are we supposed to do with him? He's a radicalized jihadi, but hasn't committed acts of jihad yet. This will only make him more careful about the records he leaves behind, and harder to keep tabs on.

You can't change a person's ideologies by imprisoning them, not without brainwashing them.

I'm not sure I've seen reformed radicalized jihadis. At this point, maybe I'm less interested in this conversion, and more interested in keeping him out of civil society.
My initial reaction is that if he loves ISIS so much, we might do the favor of airlifting him to ISIS strongholds. But IS is squatting on land from real countries who would not be thrilled with the idea of more jihadis on their doorstep. A cute little fantasy bubble that is easily popped.

Comment Re: Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

Main difference between The Bible and The Koran: one of them urges followers to lie steal rape and murder anyone who is not of the faithful.

I'm pretty sure they both do, though the Koran is more firm about it.
Modern Christians though just use the excuse "uh, well, Christ said somewhere we don't need to uhh.. need to do that anymore.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

often access to childporn on these sites is obtained by submitting your own original content, which was the main driver behind one of the recent largest abuses in The Netherlands

Take your blinders off. This happens because, and only because, of the illegality.

I think at this point it's impossible to make the production of child porn non-illegal.
You would have to entirely invalidate age of consent laws.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

There is no evidence that viewing child porn causes the consumer to commit more child abuse, and some evidence that it is preventative.

Really? As the many, very serious cases that have been all over the news, at least here in UK, like the Jimmy Savill case and others, pedophile predators cause immense harm that cripples the survivors for life.

You and the GP are arguing about two somewhat different things. You're conflating pedophilia with child abuse. The pedophile feels attraction -- the child molester acts on it with actual children. Obviously there is a lot of overlap, but the GP is saying there no evidence that viewing child porn makes a person a molester. The GP is not claiming that molesters do not cause great harm.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

Waving away the organized crime connection of the Prohibition? Yes, if you define out all the negatives of something, it will look like it had good results. Is this more of that "post factual" thing I keep hearing about?

If you take something that people want and just make it illegal, then yes, you're going to get organized crime involved in it. That happens when the citizens don't respect the law or its intentions. It doesn't matter what you decide to criminalize, the act of criminalization of goods will spawn organized crime.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

That's why I always carry at least two, and some crack just in case.

OK, OK. You guys made your point.

I should have said, "possession of marijuana in Tennessee and Florida is a felony for as little as 3/4 ounce. I could find more than that in the shag rug under my coffee table."

Happy now?

Very! Thank you! :-D

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 411

ISIS is not a country, they are an organization that has declared unilaterally that they have established a caliphate over the territory they control, but that territory is part of established nations who are fighting very hard to take that land and territory back. No nation has recognized any such new country or their borders. They are not a country, and they are losing the territory they control.

I believe that ISIS actually finds country borders to be anathema, because the only laws that man is allowed to enforce are Allah's laws. Since Allah did not draw up the countries, and borders are a law of man, countries are not allowed to exist. Which is one of the reasons why they don't like or respect the name "ISIS." To them there is only the "Islamic State" ruled by a caliphate as defined in the Koran, and non-islamic-state lands.

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