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Japanese Obscenity Bust, Explained

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Do you recall the story about the female Japanese artist who got prosecuted for making a kayak molded into the shape of her vagina?

Now she tells her own tale in a new book.



Posted By: Paul - Tue May 10, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Law, Asia, Genitals

The Wyld Home for Errant Women

When George Albert Wyld of Australia died on January 23, 1911, his will instructed that his estate should be left to his children, but when they had all died it should then be applied to:

"the maintenance of a maternity home to be known as the Wyld Home, and to be available to the extent of its means to young women who have erred for the first time, but under no circumstances for the second occasion."

Wyld's children all passed away by 1949, at which time the executors of his estate applied the remaining money to an "institution superintended by Miss Cocks" adjoining the Methodist Home for Girls at Brighton.

Wyld had five children, but had never married any of their mothers. This probably had something to do with his unusual bequest.

Barrier Miner - Sep 15, 1911



The Adelaide Advertiser - Mar 18, 1949

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 14, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Law, 1910s

The minister who didn’t leave

Jackson, Mississippi. 1966: Rev. Dennis McDonald, being a new preacher in town, visited local residents with his two sons to invite them to his church. But he was shocked (shocked!) when he paid a visit to Mrs. Pendergrass and found her sunbathing outside in her birthday suit. Naturally he had to report her to the police, who fined her $50.

But Mrs. Pendergrass appealed the fine, and the court took her side, noting that a) she was on her own property, not in public; and b) if the minister was so shocked, why did he hang around at her house for 45 minutes?

You can read the court case here: MRS. ROY C. PENDERGRASS v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.

Kokomo Morning Times - Dec 20, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 20, 2016 - Comments (12)
Category: Law, 1960s

Paring knives are not arms

After Wayne Anthony Evans was pulled over for speeding by a Seattle police officer, a paring knife was found in his pocket, and he was arrested for possession of a fixed-blade knife. In his defense, Evans argued that the Seattle municipal code banning fixed-blade knifes violated his constitutional right to bear arms.



Not so, the Washington Supreme Court recently decided. It didn't consider the constitutionality of the municipal code itself, but (looking narrowly at the facts of this specific case) decided that there was no historical evidence that paring knives are "arms." Therefore, they can be banned.

we hold that not all knives are constitutionally protected arms and that Evans does not demonstrate that his paring knife is an "arm" as defined under our state or federal constitution.

If Evans had been carrying a bayonet, perhaps the outcome of the case would have been different.

via Wash Post

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 04, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Law, Weapons

Skeet Shoot

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So, as it turns out, its illegal to shoot down a drone even if its spying on you. Same penalty as shooting at an airplane.

Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 26, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Drones, Law

Indiana legalizes sawed off shotguns

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Beginning July 1st we can own one as long as it is manufacture made. Mine is already ordered.

Posted By: BrokeDad - Sat Jun 27, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Guns, Law

Tax Per Mile

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Oregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study.
Does anyone really believe the gas tax will go away if the per mile tax is enacted? Does any tax ever go away once it is put in place? So if this goes through we may as well expect both.
What a great way to control travel, especially for the poor. This idea is a greater threat to personal liberty than the Patriot Act. It is much easier to control a non-moving populace.

Posted By: patty - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (14)
Category: Government, Regulations, Law, Motor Vehicles, Cars, More Things To Worry About

Attorney Larry L. Archie

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Via a chain of transmission that extends through our own Chuck Shepherd and longtime WU-vie Professor Music, we get the astonishing picture above, the kind of advert favored by Attorney Larry L. Archie.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 07, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Law, Advertising

Noise Complaint

The joy of neighbors! Police gave 91-year-old Yvette Vachon of Quebec a ticket for $148 after her neighbors downstairs complained she was making too much noise. Apparently her la-z-boy style rocking chair was too loud.

However, after reviewing the complaint (and possibly swayed by all the media attention the case was getting in Canada) the city cancelled the fine. [National Post]

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 04, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Law

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