I'm going to join your partial derailment here. I too support jury nullification. However, there are a couple of major problems with the concept.
First, judges hate it. They won't discuss it, they won't allow it to be discussed, and in fact most judges' instructions could be read to deny the very existence of jury nullification.
Second, it takes a pattern of nullification for a particular law to be seen as needing change. How many cases have you heard of lately that were resolved on the basis of jury nullification? None? Yeah, me too.
I guess what I'm suggesting is that jury nullification is one of the best kept secrets of judiciary, and is likely to remain that way.
Mike, the proof is right there in front of your eyes. How can you say that the NSA's surveillance is not working? Have we had another 9/11 since 9/11? No. Was there a terrorist attack in the US yesterday or the day before? No. Clearly the surveillance is working.
Also, I have not been attacked by a tiger, not even ONCE, since I started carrying around this anti-tiger rock.
This is not rocket surgery folks, just look at the proof!
Mike, you should know as well as anyone the power of weasel words, and "may" is one of the worst. By definition, Hoyer doesn't have to "believe" that every American may be in contact with a turrist. He could state as fact that every American may be in contact with a turrist, and it is a true statement. Of course, another fact is that they may not be as well. Who knows? Who cares? Better safe than sorry, right?
For those linguists out there, I do not support the use of the word "may" in statements of fact, just pointing out that this is a common political loophole.
Instead of just one 99 cent song (because hey clever guy, who only has just 1 song?), Alice has 2000 99 cent songs. However, she finds that she doesn't listen to 100 or so anymore, and she would like to sell her legally purchased property. Why shouldn't she be allowed to do so?
I'll tell you why. Because you goons want your cake and to eat it too. "No no, you can't make copies, because they are digital property." and "No no, you can't sell them, because it's just a license, you don't own that."