damnum absque injuria

August 21, 2006

Outrage of the Day

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:23 pm

Q: If you have a lot of money in your car and act a little funny when the police pull you over for speeding, does that make you a drug dealer?

A: Yes, if you are in the Eighth Circuit.

Lordy. Double-hat tip: Mona (yes, that Mona) and Radley Balko (yes, that Radley Balko).

UPDATE: Walter Olson has more. Mike Cernovich discusses why the case may be as flawed legally as it is morally. This assumes, of course, that the standard for appealing factual determinations in the Eighth Circuit is “clearly erroneous,” and not “clearly err… aw hell, we just don’t like it.” Meanwhile, commenter Nels Nelson points out that the two bad judges in this case, Morris S. Arnold and Steven M. Colloton, were appointed by Presidents Bush I and Bush II, while the dissenting good guy, Hon. Donald P. Lay, was appointed by President Johnson. It’s good to know that even today, not all judicial activists are liberals.

In Vino Non Veritas

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:41 am

Some really smart guy wrote a brilliant letter to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on the popular myth of alcohol as truth serum. Money quote:

Does anyone really believe that every person who has ever gotten drunk and had a one-night stand with an unattractive member of the opposite sex must have privately harbored a fetish for the uglies while sober?

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

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