Friday, October 31, 2008

Cops vs. Admiral Ackbar

Rikesh writes,

Today, while I was wearing my Ackbar Halloween Mask, a police officer stopped me saying "You know you're not supposed to wear that, right? Even though it's Halloween?" I took off the mask and I won't be wearing it except for later tonight at a haunted house but I looked up the law and it states:

§ 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.

It shall be unlawful for any person over sixteen years of age while wearing any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device. The violation of any provisions of this section shall constitute a Class 6 felony.

I was wondering what your guys thoughts were on this. Isn't Halloween a traditional holiday? I was sort of shocked that it was a FELONY.

PS I was not able to locate any Charlottesville City Law Pertaining to Mask usage.


Chewbacca was walking around Grounds, and let me snap a photo.

Where's My Bailout?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

StudCo should be disbanded

This Cavalier Daily article lays out more stunning evidence for why UVA Student Council is an unethical mockery of a governing institution. Why should this be surprising? Student Council is training students who want to be bureaucrats to act irresponsibly with other people's money. This teaches the rest of us that the incentives when managing other people's money are perverted. What issue can't a student solve directly with the administration? Why is StudCo in existence, and being given any authority over anything at all?

These students take cues from political culture at large that teaches it's legitimate to take money from people and shuffle it around. Of course these crooks take a generous cut in their illegitimate activities, because who can resist taking a bit of unearned money?

StudCo, you sicken me. You are illegitimate and corrupt, and you should be disbanded. The only thing more offensive about this blatant display of larceny is that it reflects the diseased culture of Washington at large. These criminals that are in StudCo today are tomorrow's bureaucrats, and the more power these leeches acquire, the more their subjects will lose. This is my scariest of point of all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

McCain and Obama will deliver!

From Brian Doherty,

But don't worry about it. Both or either McCain or Obama are going to slash spending. And start lots of expensive new programs. And start a few new wars. And lower taxes on most of you. And supply health care and fresh energy solutions to all. And buy everything bad, and sell everything good. And do whatever is necessary to delay by one more day any bad consequences from decades of spending beyond the government's means.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Get Some!: How to Fix America's Health Insurance Crisis

Get Some!: How to Fix America's Health Insurance Crisis

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008