Cruel and Unusual Punishment

There seems to be a trend in our justice system to impose additional penalties beyond those specified in the statute for the actual crime committed. These penalties are often claimed to have the purpose of protecting society from future crimes. But it seems a little far-fetched to punish someone in advance for crimes he might commit in the future, which is what some of these penalties amount to. And the severity of the penalties is sometimes extremely drastic.

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The 35-Percenters

I just wanted to mention a couple of videos that have been making the rounds recently, in case any of my loyal readers have missed them. One isn’t exactly new, it dates back to 1994, but it’s suddenly the subject of a recent surge of interest. The other is a recent creation, and is being circulated in slightly more quirky circles to which some readers here may not have had much exposure.

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