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  • kurt sager

    what about speed limits?

    • Bud Moore

      Yep, we’ve all been guilty of some of these ‘technical’ offenses at one time or another. No, seriously, we really are *all* guilty to some degree of the laws, actually, they’re there to more or less remind us of common sense. Sadly, we as a species, not just our culture, need to be reminded of the little common sense things in our lives that we sometimes forget.

    • Charles

      Far more people are killed and injured by vehicles than by guns, yet, because the media has not decided this is an ‘issue’ it goes on and on and on, much like drunk driving did until it received massive media attention.

      The reason speeding and other traffic offenses are so downplayed and yet so serious is, once again, that they can easily cause fatalities and severe injuries, but the media has not decided it is an issue yet. However, for some of us, what our Creator thinks is far more important than what other people think. He has ‘placed the authorities in their relative positions’. Does that mean He approves of what they do with their ‘authority’ all of the time? No. But, as stated in the article, ‘without laws there would be anarchy’.
      Laws are actually made as a basis to punish (judge) criminals (habitually disobedient people) because laws do not change the heart and mind.
      Love for our Creator and our neighbor (not just those who live very close to you, but everyone) in that order is the only proper motivation to obey the laws of men. Of course if these laws violate our Creator’s laws then we are not to obey them, but the speed limit is not in violation of God’s Law obviously.

      As a side note, I often find it fascinating that many I have spoken with feel that our Creator is overly restrictive with too many laws, yet, even in the law given through Moses, there are only just over 600 commands. Jesus, God’s son, summed them up by saying “You must love Jehovah your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and you must love your neighbor as yourself”. When we obey those two commands we have ‘fulfilled’ God’s law given to ancient Israel.

  • Dennis

    What about tearing that little tag off a mattress?

    • KevinN.

      That’s a good one, but technically not correct. If you read those little tags, it says it is illegal for anyone but the OWNER to tear it off. So unless you’re running through Macy’s yanking them off or breaking into peoples houses to do it, you’re in the clear

      • qazwiz

        @kevin n
        while you are correct now, it wasn’t very long ago that all the tag said was “do not remove under penalty of law” accompanied only by the materials list and associated percentages(and sometimes country of manufacture)… they added branding way before they added the clarifications allowing the purchaser to remove tag

  • Todd

    The case around number 10 is actually quite a funny one. After the girl’s lemonade stand was shut down, one of the people who worked at the local city hall checked the town’s laws and found that the city council had passed a law stating that people didn’t need licenses to operate non-permanent home businesses (lemonade stands and garage/rummage sales specifically). Most towns in the US have similar laws on their books, which is the actual reason you don’t see more little girls getting their lemonade stands raided. This was simply a case of someone in the position of law enforcement not knowing the laws that they were supposed to enforce. It’s quite sad, actually.

  • Dennis

    What about running with scissors?

    • Charles

      Since we ‘reap what we sow’ then I am sure we may ‘lose what we cut’! ^_^

  • orange senorita

    No home gambling? Really?

    • Muka

      Home gambling and jaywalking are legal in most countries – these only apply to America. Same goes for the rules for a bookstore, since many in England and Japan encourage you to read first.
      Oddly enough, the others tend to be rules that nobody breaks outside of America….

      • Charles

        I liked what you said when you said “Oddly enough, the others [laws] tend to be rules that nobody breaks outside of America…” because many consider ‘freedom’ to be the ability to sin at any time in any fashion without consequence or punishment, yet true ‘freedom’ is ‘freedom from sin’ which means we are bound by Godly love, which our perfect exemplar, Jesus Christ demonstrated during his life on earth.

  • anonanonanon

    I worked in a large chain bookstore for years. While people who come in and browse or even sat all day and read never bothered anyone. The people who would come and sit and leave you a stack of 30 magazines or a huge pile of books or comics to put away and then didnt buy anything DROVE US CRAZY. Some of those repeat offenders were told they had to buy something. So seriously people don’t go into a bookstore and pull an entire shelf of books out and then leave them for someone else to put away. Your annoying. And we are all standing around talking about how much we hate you.

    And for that matter don’t let your kids run around bookstores or play with all the toys we sell. Its a bookstore which is much closer to a library than a playground.

    End rant.

  • qazwiz

    40 years ago i read a book that had “crazy laws” it included gems like, you cant eat peanuts in church and you cant sleep in a bathtub (it included exact locals of the laws in question…. i think it was a county in Georgia USA that banned peanuts)

    reading through the book i could imagine how many of them could come into being, like recent “no smoking” laws due to inconsiderate smokers who 20 years ago had a “like it or lump it” attitude. But more recently i see “emotional laws” being enacted that are hard to enforce or even contradictory to common sense. or worse, they add more paperwork while not creating a new offender, just another category to charge the offender of countless other crimes.

    • Charles

      If these people in the legislature and in law enforcement were punished for their flagrant disobedience (‘do as I say, not as I do’) they would not be so quick to write so many laws. As for ‘common’ sense, I have not observed it to be so ‘common’ and even less common as time goes by.

      • qazwiz

        aw come on? are you so liberally brainwashed that you believe Dr. Phil’s funny quips?

        “common sense” is self defining! at least until the liberals and lawyers got together.
        now every lid to a McDonald’s cup of coffee suggests the possibility that its contents might be at a temperature above body temp

        the only ironic thing about this is that those who need to be told are too dumb to read

        “So let’s all put on our thinking caps, children!”

  • Dennis

    In New Jersey it’s against the law for you to kill yourself. You can get up to 20 years for that.

  • Kyle

    “…Work beckons and, unless their company lets them take a bunch of merchandise home to sell it on the couch, they probably need to commute.”

    Uh, and unless their company is paying them with pats on the back, you need to keep your car safe for the road. Owning a car comes complete with the responsibility of keeping it legal, and having a job comes complete with the ability to do so. Hell even running out of gas is illegal where I’m from.

  • Matt

    These are cool but you make it sound as if these are all universal laws. Jaywalking is not illegal everywhere. You don’t need a license to conduct business in a non-permanent location in many places. Here in Virginia gambling is legal up to I believe $2500 total being exchanged in one 24 hour period. Lastly, here in Virginia a rejection sticker gives you 30 days to get the problems fixed and re-inspected before you have to keep it off the road. “PERIOD” as you emphasized.

  • JD

    What about the rating systems? (movies, games, t.v shows, music or basically any type of virtual media)

    • PG

      It’s not legally mandated, at least not in America.

  • A

    Home Gambling is only illegal if the house takes money.

  • drx

    and what about 18+ BS which should be on the first place and speed limits on second

  • Kevin John Braid

    no mention of smoking weed.