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  1. Jeff says

    Wow, Pi’s looking unusually fierce today!

  2. Though so. If in doubt, the government wins. Replace your door with a more secure model and remember to lock it all the time. Never know when they will find something new to outlaw.

    • Yep. Because we all know that when an armed and dangerous criminal barges through your door and runs through your living room, the last thing we want is the cops to stop at your door and not follow him in.

      What happened to them is what happened to pretty much every other criminal that ever got caught while committing a crime – bad luck. They just happened to be performing their illegal activity when a cop came by. It happens.

      • I think the point is that if their door was more secure, the biker wouldn’t have barged through their house; he’d have gone “splat” on the door and been immediately arrested. Whether you’re doing anything illegal or not, it’s not a good day when a biker barges into your house followed by the cops.

    • There was a discussion in the comic some ways back about problematic things outlawed, like bird feathers. But cocaine is not something that most people are confused on the legality of, and any drug dealer of reasonable intelligence knows that they’re in business because it’s illegal; if you could buy cocaine anywhere you can buy vodka, the same truckers and cashiers would handle it as handle vodka.

      • Yes, I agree on both points. There are too many laws and the corollary is we can’t possibly “know” all of the laws we are breaking. It is easy to say, “well, they were doing drugs and therefore obviously criminals.” What do you do in the privacy of your own home (http://www.sodomy.org/laws/), or so you thought, that you could be prosecuted? We may agree (or not) that the above mentioned practice is revolting (but is it a crime?), but notice in the State of Florida, it is illegal to have even have an affair…

        • Sure, but show me the last time that someone in Florida was successfully prosecuted for having an affair. (Hell, when’s the last time someone was prosecuted, success or no?)

          It’s interesting that you bring up the sodomy laws issue – Lawrence v. Texas was the case where someone actually DID use one of those old laws to prosecute someone that as a society we probably don’t want to punish, and the end result was that such laws were made unenforceable. (Some state legislatures have refused to remove such laws from their books even though they’re just legal dead weight, because we have to stand firm against the goddamn homo-sech-suals, don’tchaknow.) It’s interesting to see how changes in society can end up effectively repealing laws, even when the legislature refuses to act.

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