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Duke Lacrosse

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Member since: Mon May 19, 2014, 11:03 AM
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Advocate for all people who are falsely accused of crimes.

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Vanity Fare - Hitchin' a Ride

I woke up with this 60s classic ear worm playing in my head. It brings back memories of a time when hitchhiking was reasonably safe where I lived. The song was a modest hit in the UK when it was released in 1969. It was much more successful in the USA, hitting #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in early 1970.

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:47 AM (2 replies)

Do Jury Blacklist entries work both ways?

I have served on many juries but never for a contribution by someone who was a member of my Jury Blacklist.

Of course most of my blacklistees are usually on suspension so they don't post much, but I find it interesting that I have never been tapped to adjudicate their posts.

I think having the blacklist work both ways would be reasonable.
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Mar 18, 2016, 08:43 PM (54 replies)

999 - Homicide

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 07:24 PM (1 replies)

The Sacred Cows - Kill Kill Kill!

Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Mar 11, 2016, 11:11 PM (2 replies)

California advances bills to raise smoking age, regulate vaping

Sweeping tobacco control bills raising California’s smoking age to 21 and treating electronic cigarettes as tobacco products passed the state Assembly on Thursday and should soon go before Gov. Jerry Brown.

Both bills now return to the Senate, where they are expected to pass, for a final vote before landing on Brown’s desk. Senate Bill 7, which raises the smoking age, passed 46-26 with five Democrats voting no and two Republicans – both facing tough re-election bids – in support. Senate Bill 5, which regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco products, passed 50-20 with three Democrats not voting. A spokeswoman for Brown declined to comment, in keeping with the governor’s general policy.
A store manager lights a Marlboro cigarette while posing for photos at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh.
A store manager lights a Marlboro cigarette while posing for photos at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar AP

The votes to advance the two measures marked a major victory for public health advocates who previously failed to push the policies through and have struggled to overcome the tobacco industry’s influence in Sacramento. Without directly naming tobacco companies, Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, said the bill was “aggressively lobbied by entities” who did not publicly register their opposition.

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Duke Lacrosse opines:

The authoritarian wing of the Legislature is at risk of pushing its control agenda too far this time. They fail as a group to understand the psychology and mechanics of addiction. Their assumptions about the benefits this package of bills will bring are based on two dubious assumptions:

1) That people aged 18 - 20 will comply with the law, and

2) That even if it achieved some success at getting people to start smoking a few years later, that fewer would end up hooked on nicotine.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9 out of 10 people who smoke started BEFORE they reached age 18. They're already ignoring the minimum age law in large numbers. It's pure folly to think that a 13-year-old who wants to try cigarettes would put it off to age 16 if the proposal becomes law.

We have probably all seen people using e-cigarettes in restaurants, at bars, around and inside of retail stores, at their desks at work, etc. They do that not because it's legal, but because they are addicts and can get away with it - Vaping output is far less offensive to non-smokers than is actual smoke. Giving the non-smoking public the force of law to deny vapers their indulgence will be seen by the latter as an irrational intrusion into their personal freedom.

The nanny-state Democrats are tickling the dragon's tail. Many young adults and anyone who presently uses electronic nicotine delivery systems could wake up to the reality that they have the power of the vote to change the relationship between themselves and government.

Personally I think smoking is a vile, dirty, expensive habit. Two of my grandparents probably died of smoking-related illnesses, and I have seen many aunts, uncles, and cousins crippled by the effects of chronic tobacco use. I recently attended my 40-year high school class reunion, where the health effects of smoking were quite obvious on the few remaining classmates who still do it. But the libertarian side of me clearly holds that at age 18 a person should be allowed to decide for himself or herself whether or not to smoke or vape.
Posted by Duke Lacrosse | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 11:13 AM (26 replies)
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