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7-08-2011 @ 7:38PM
TLDR, which is probably not the right way to go about a legal argument. But...You Americans crack me up. You're so keen to throw everyone in prison (three strikes) and have the largest prison population in the world (per capita), yet minorities are disproportionately represented in the US penal system and you have one of the most violent and dangerous societies in the world.So I guess you fail on the law and order exam.
7-08-2011 @ 7:57PM
I'm still proud to be an American.
7-08-2011 @ 8:02PM
On the other hand:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29
7-08-2011 @ 8:30PM
The claim that the US is "one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world" is bull.I will grant you that our various "wars" on this and that are ill-advised. In some cases I would even say unConstitutional (OTOH, I'm not an expert on Constitutional law, I just read the words).
7-09-2011 @ 6:10AM
Speaking of three strikes, I like how the courts in America hold the ordinary person in so little regard that they feel the need to name various concepts in their legal system after sports (three strikes) and game shows (double jeopardy) to make them more "relatable" to the average man who is apparently considered by law to be an idiot.Also, the reason they want to throw everyone in jail is because jails have a thriving slave labor thing going on. They manufacture a lot of furniture, traffic signs, license plates and that sort of thing there. I believe they annually make a profit from convicts that's in the billions. It's all about them dolla, dolla bills, y'all.Also I've used my magical powers of "pattern recognition" and "remembering past events" to notice that there's a bill exactly like this every year, probably since around 2002. Sometimes several per year. Senatorial response is always "hahaha, get out". So yeah I'll be sure to quake in my boots at this dreaded bill that will totally pass this time. Totally.
7-09-2011 @ 9:51AM
@Tunahead:If you think that the concept of "double jeopardy" is named after the game show, then anyone who assumes you're an idiot is probably correct.Per Merriam-Webster (I miss you, free OED access), the first known occurrence of the word is 1862. Jeopardy! premiered in 1964. In case you're as bad at math as you are as etymology, that means the legal term predates the TV show by 102 years. The concept and the game simply share a common origin in the word jeopardy, which means "exposure to or imminence of death, loss, or injury." So, in the case of "double jeopardy," it refers to the danger that a person faces when they're accused of a crime; and in the game show, it presumably refers to both the fact that a contestant risks having their total winnings reduced every time they answer a question and that they can wager any amount of their total on the last question of the game.Side note: jeopardy doesn't look like a word to me now, I've been thinking about it so much for the past five minutes.
7-09-2011 @ 11:33AM
I don't play wow anymore but I still read these articles from time to time and you are correct Steve-o. The united states does seem to enjoy putting people in prison especially here in texas. They love arresting people and executing them. The term proud to be an american doesn't really mean much anymore when we have the political figures and the super wealthy in our country running ou country to benefit themselves and not our country as a whole. No wonder every other nation on earth is laughing at us.
7-12-2011 @ 12:37PM
@ Sleutel"the first known occurrence of the word is 1862"Hogwash. Jeopardy, as a legal concept, has its roots in Ancient Greece. It was codified by Justinian and continued through the Dark Ages into English common law. The word itself derives from Middle English, which in turn comes from Old French, which we all know has it's linguistic roots in Latin. It's used in the Bill of Rights amending the U.S. Constitution (you know, the one adopted in 1787?). Tunahead may also be a nimrod, but "anyone who assumes you're an idiot is probably correct" as well.
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