Judge Dixon, you’re doing it wrong.

May 19th, 2014  |  Published in commentary

Last year, a guy decided to drive his Ferrari through downtown Olympia at 100 MPH, while drunk and being pursued and with a captive passenger. It was his 7th DUI. He recently plead guilty to felony charges of the DUI as well as eluding a police officer. His sentence: no jail time and a one year work release program. WTF?

Reading about this, one has to wonder what Judge Dixon was thinking. It looks an awful lot like corruption, and even if it isn’t, when you’re talking about the judiciary, there is little difference between the appearance of impropriety and impropriety in fact. This sort of thing damages the perception of the courts, and therefore the fabric of society (insofar as we are a nation of laws). I doubt that much can be done at present, but until it can, lets just hope that the defendant decides against vehicular manslaughter, as the courts seem to have no interest in doing anything about it.

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Adam Smith Hates the RIAA

December 19th, 2008  |  Published in Uncategorized

Apparently, the RIAA is changing its strategy. Instead of filing lawsuits, it will be trying to get ISPs to cut off people who are making illegal music available online. In short, they are attempting to control demand by controlling supply. These people are lousy capitalists.  Has it worked for the “war on drugs”?  No.  Will it work for music?  No.  At least they aren’t suing dead people anymore, I guess, but still . . .

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