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  •  While you're here, if you would: (4+ / 0-)

    Take a look at the case I cited yesterday -- and Tortmaster's reply.

    I feel I am either missing the obvious or I should immediately disappear myself for my own protection. Which is it?

    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ― Isaac Asimov

    by Pluto on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 01:05:30 PM PDT

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    •  it's (4+ / 0-)

      hard for me to get a fix on whether or not that case strays, and if so how far, from "settled" American law as to how speech, particularly coupled with "overt acts," can morph into "crime," without getting deeper into the evidence and the testimony. The priests of the law have made of their craft something very opaque and complex, similar to what the priests of medicine have done in their field. This makes it hard to know what's going on.

      For instance, recently there appeared on this site a legal Diary that occasioned a near-meltdown, because neither the author, nor the source author, nor the readers and commentators, understood that the issue in question was but a little introductory dance involving the preliminary issue of "standing."

      That said, whenever anyone asks me if there is Danger, I remember a piece I read many years ago about a man in New York who spent 28 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. When eventually he was released, the State said it was sorry, and was debating how much "we're sorry" money it should award him, when he died, about five months after his release.

      The history of the laws of all nations are replete with stories like that one.

      So: yes. I believe that all beings marooned on this planet should cultivate the ability to wink in and out at will.

    •  for instance, (4+ / 0-)

      as I composed the above reply, one of my AM radios suddenly transformed into a police scanner.

      I don't think that's a good sign.

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