Skip to comments.New ways to break the law! (are you a criminal? Probably)
Posted on 02/18/2006 1:46:55 PM PST by freepatriot32
Here's a question for you: Can you get through 24 hours without breaking a law? Before you answer, consider:
In January, an Atlanta man was arrested and handcuffed for selling a subway token at face value. Donald Pirone observed another passenger having difficulty with a token vending machine, so he gave him a $1.75 token. After the man insisted on paying him, Pirone was cited by a transit officer for a misdemeanor, since state law prohibits selling tokens -- even at face value. A MARTA spokesperson denied that handcuffing a customer for helping another customer was excessive. "There are customer service phones for people who are having trouble getting tokens out of the machine," she said.
Meanwhile, in late 2005, an Ohio man spent three days in jail because he didn't put identification tags on his family's pet turtles and snakes. Terry Wilkins broke a state law requiring owners of native reptiles to tag them with a PIT (personal-integrated transponder). The tags, which are the size of a grain of rice and can be inserted under the animal's skin, contain a bar code readable by a scanner. Wilkins refused to tag the animals because he said PIT tags cause health problems in small reptiles.
It goes on. In Kentucky, Larry Casteel was arrested for not attending a parenting class for divorcing parents, as mandated by state law. He spent the night in jail. In New Jersey, police are giving tickets to people who leave their cars running for more than three minutes in store parking lots. Stopwatch-wielding police hit the offenders with a $200 fine for violating the state's anti-idling law. In northwest Georgia, 49 convenience store owners were arrested for selling legal products to customers. The owners -- mostly of Indian background -- sold cold medicine, baking soda, table salt, matches, and lantern fuel. Police said the ingredients could be used to make methamphetamine. In Burlington, Vermont, police are ticketing people for not removing keys from the ignition and locking their cars. Police said the state law prevents car thefts. Violators are fined $79.
So -- are you still sure you can get through a day without violating a law? If so, don't worry. Legislators are making more things illegal. In New York City, a city council member wants to make it a crime to ride a bike without a registration number tag. Violators would face up to 15 days imprisonment. In Illinois, a state senator wants to make it a crime not to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. In Pennsylvania, a state senator filed a bill to allow police to fine drivers $75 if they don't clean snow off their car. In Virginia, a state legislator wants to make it illegal to show your underwear in public. Girls (or boys) with low-rider pants would get hit with a $50 fine if their thongs show.
Novelist Ayn Rand once wrote: "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws."
Have we reached that point? Is it impossible to live without breaking laws? Before you answer, better check to make sure that your pets have transponder tags, that you didn't leave the keys in your car, and that your underwear is not showing.
MARTA token: http://abcnews.go.com/US/print?id=1390140 Pet TIPs: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/13309603.htm Parenting class: http://www.reason.com/brickbats/bb-2005.shtml NJ anti-idling law: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060108/LIVING/601080331/1004/LIVING&theme=
VT locked cars: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060108/LIVING/601080331/1004/LIVING&theme= Convenience store: http://www.iacfpa.org/p_news/nit/iacpa-archieve/2005/08/19/civil2-19082995.html NY bikes: http://ridl.us/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=4889&sid=7bad222acdd8dc2f133555e0e62b5f34 CO2 detector: http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/ba/01-19-06-807026.html PA snow: http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/08/874.asp VA underwear: http://www.timesdispatch.com/
Legislators need to be paid for taking laws off the books.
Thank God they haven't searched my mattress.
Apparently you haven't noticed the helicopter hovering near your house at night....8>)
And to think... these laws (and almost all laws) made sense to a group of somebodies at one time.
Legislation like this makes you want to shoot the lawyers. Come to think about it, didn't Cheney shoot a guy who was a lawyer when they were out hunting Da(M)n Quayle? (sorry, I couldn't resist, hehehe)
More likely, it was a group of nobodies, who wanted to be somebodies.
What we need to do is have a sunset clause on every law -- even laws against murder -- that requires them to be reviewed and renewed every seven years, or else they are no longer law. Amend the Constitution to do that.
But this can't be! We're "free!"
Brilliant. Please add me to your list.
Thanks to Carnivore and Echelon, the authorities are now on their way with "probable cause".
There are so many obscure laws on the books that we are a nation of outlaws and don't know it.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I have been saying this for most of my adult life, I once told my father before his death that if everybody who broke a law were caught, convicted and sentenced that the last judge would have to lock the prison door behind himself and we would all starve because there would be none left outside to feed us.
Ayn Rand = idiot
Oh, but you need all these laws, because people are too stupid/immoral/base to look after themselves. It is unfair for stupidity to be painful anyway - idiots need to be protected from hurting themselves. Personal responsibility and liberty are overrated anyway.
If you were sit quietly in a room you might, just might, be able to go through the entire day without breaking any laws...
And even then, you are probably guilty of loitering. :)
The hell? If it weren't for us, people might actually get convicted for this nonsense. If you want to blame someone, blame the special interest morons that push this legislation and the legislators that bow to them.
I've often said that the average American has broken half a dozen laws before he gets his teeth brushed every morning, and committed two felonies by time he gets to work.
I have occasionally half in jest proposed that one year out of every four should be for reviewing and purging of laws.
Up until a couple years ago it was illegal for me to wander around Boston without being escorted by two armed solders. (No I am not kidding)
While the law had not been enforced in a couple of hundred years it was still on the books and technically enforceable. I was rather shocked to find out that I was a lawbreaker.
you must live in one tough neighborhood.
And it doesn't matter whether you know its against the law or not either, the punishment is the same.
90% of our laws are for the purpose of generating income for government. Our most important laws are in the ten commandments.
Worse. The suburbs.
At least we can demand a jury trial . ......
Good Lord man, flee while you can.
Most states have a law that says it is illegal to open you car door into oncoming traffic,meaning,if you go to the store and park on the street,getting out on the driver side you are breaking the law.New Mexico was a nightmare as far as police were concerned.Visited family there twice.Vowed never to go back.Police checkpoints everywhere.We were stopped 3 times just going to the store.A 3 mile trip!
I've been using this tag line for several years!
I'd love to, but The Man has me trapped in an endless cycle of poverty and dependence.
I lived in Colorado some years ago, and got a ticket for driving in the wrong (passing) lane when I wasn't passing. My car had out-of-state plates at the time, since I'd only moved there a few weeks before.
...to a majority of somebodies, at that.
Of course, there's the whole "one tyrant three thousand miles away versus three thousand tyrants one mile away" thing...
Last time I was in a jury selection pool, the Judge made a point of telling us he would NOT tolerate a jury deciding on the validity of any law in HIS court. We were to stick with determining guilt or innocence. Or else.
James Madison had a comment about this, something about making so many and such complex laws that no one could follow them. We've far surpassed that point already.
Let's make everything legal .. then we won't have any crime ...
ROFL! Had to back track that image to get the full story
I live in New Orleans, and there is allegedly a law making it very difficult to open up a sorority house because of the way "brothels" are defined. This is pure BS; brothels are illegal because of what goes on in them, not because of who lives there. But that doesn't stop me from having to debunk it every few months.
Yep. Juries don't get to decide questions of law. They get to decide questions of fact. And they may determine that the accused did not commit the crime with which he is charged.
You just summed up the beliefs of the entire left.
I just cring when I hear commentators say that the authorities are building their case against someone. They choose a suspect, based on their assumptions, and then they build a case. Scary. If they want to, they will get you on something. Meanwhile, the public assumes that where there is smoke, there must be fire.
So if you were a juror for someone accused of violating the Fugitive Slave Law, if they were proven guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt", you'd vote "Guilty".
The Texas Legislature only meets every other year, a system set up in the Texas Constitution. The reasoning behind this system was that the purpose of the Constitution was to protect life, freedom, and property, and that no man's life, freedom or property was safe while a legislature was in session.
I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a law is born.