It's none of the Sheriff's business if the parents are "arrogant." "Arrogance" is not a crime. They can be however they want to be within the confines of the law, and the Sheriff needs a tough reminder: Law enforcement officers DO NOT PUNISH. Not anyone for any reason.
No, it wasn't a human being, it was an officer. They sacrifice their humanity the moment they pin their badges on. Police cannot be spoken to nor reasoned with, and do as much as possible to distance themselves fromn their personality. Mindless automatons, operating off of fixed protocol that they won't go against, unless it's it deny a citizen his or her rights.
NEVER think of them as human. Not until the badge comes off.
Operation MKULTRA, Operation MKDELTA, Holmesburg Prison, Japanese citizen internment, the Tuskegee Syphilis studies, secret chemical tests on citizens in St. Louis, the proposed Operation Northwoods, right up to torture at Guantanamo Bay and the current War on Whistleblowers.
They're all important, and none should be trivialized.
And if we didn't have access to arms, it's safe to say our rights would be far more erroded than they currently are. You mention various European nations, yet all of them have greater restrictions on personal freedoms than the US, especially that Orwellian shithole known as the United Kingdom.
You mean the people with real jobs who produce something useful for the benefit of the the world, as opposed to the entitled whiners who think everyone should be forced to consume their "art," and are just SO sure they would be millionaire celebrities if it weren't for the non-seeded torrent file of their shitty movie or album?
Why does everyone rave so much about Steam? It's still just an annoying program you have to install from disk before you can play a boxed game, it takes up about 20GB minimum of hard drive space, constantly eats bandwidth with huge updates that seem to make no difference, and you still don't own the games on it.
Just because they license you games for about 80% below retail, it's somehow NOT annoying DRM anymore?
Second to last paragraph: ...clearly recognizing that (contrary to Giovanetti's ridiculous and unsupportable claim) that fair use can and is used for censorship and to stifle free speech all too often.
I think you meant "copyright" there, not "fair use."
I don't really think its a fair analogy here as we are not discussing material objects that physically degrade over time such as a house or car.
I've heard this argument several times...games DO degrade, albeit in a different way. They degrade in the sense that they become obsolete. Houses don't become obsolete. Really, cars don't either.
For example, a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible sold new for $7,401, which would be about $57,000 in today's money. Yet these cars routinely trade hands today for upwards of $200,000, and can be driven pretty as you please on the road today. Games, by contrast, are frequently unplayable two years after release. They lose any online support, updates, and don't even get me started on those stupid one-time codes.