The ultimate example of the legal principle of res ipsa loquitur, meaning that the existence of something alone is sufficient evidence to prove misconduct, comes from a classic case,which I have quoted here before, involved a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds. The suit was brought by a customer who had chawed down on a rotting, severed human toe while trying to enjoy a plug of chewing tobacco. He initially lost his case based on the theory of “let the buyer beware,” but won on appeal. On the subject of whether the plaintiff had to prove negligence, a wry appellate judge wrote (in 1918) that assuming ordinary care, it boggled the mind to…
“imagine human toes could not be left out of chewing tobacco, and if toes are found in chewing tobacco, it seems to us that somebody has been very careless.”
In today’s example of the same principle, I can imagine no reason why, with ordinary care, a trans, anarchist, Satanic candidate using the campaign slogan “Fuck the Police” should be the Republican candidate for sheriff in Cheshire County in New Hampshire. If a trans, anarchist, Satanic candidate using the campaign slogan “Fuck the Police” is the Republican candidate for sheriff in Cheshire County in New Hampshire, it seems to me that somebody has been very careless.
The story is here.
Aria DiMezzo, the Republican primary-winner, said in a blog post that her victory in the primary was an argument for anarchy because of how “clueless the average voter is.” The Satanist garnered 4,211 votes, easily beating a traditional candidate who received only a few hundred votes, FOX News reported.
“Sweet Satan, how can you not be an anarchist?!” DeMezzo wrote. “Between 75 and 80 percent of the primary voters — the ones alleged to be more politically aware than the average voter — were completely and totally ignorant of who they were voting for! What is the percentage with the average voter? 90 percent? 95 percent? These people are deciding who gets to rule you!” Aria is calling on Cheshire County to secede from both New Hampshire and the U.S.
If I had known about this in time, I would have run a write-in campaign for the rotting toe.
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What’s her position on New Hampshire’s exceptionally shitty civil forfeiture law? I mean an anarchist might want to overuse it to trash the system or might go the other way and find it immoral.
If she wants to fuck the police by cutting off that sweet sweet stolen lucre I might jump on board.
I doubt she is even aware of what civil forfeiture is.
I thought ‘fuck the police’ was a mainstream democratic slogan these days, what’s it doing on a republican ticket? The parties are not even doing elementary vetting of candidates anymore. That’s not just incompetent but unethical to allow someone to corrupt a party standard.
She actually ran unopposed in that primary but 200 voters wrote in the name of the traditional candidate who decided not to run. Her campaign lasted only 2 days. This is what happens when you vote a straight ticket based on party and not candidate. I thought it might be a case of an open primary where a crackpot candidate was used to syphon off support for a stronger one but that was not the case
I place a great deal of blame on the NH GOP for giving her/he/ whatever the opportunitity to run as the GOP candidate. She should have run as the Free Keene party candidate.
This kind of makes the governorship of Jesse Ventura in Minnesota look mainstream. And isn’t NH Bernie’s home base? ]
She (or he) is correct about the average voter, right there with Winston Churchill.
Since Cheshire County is solidly Democrat, and DiMezzo is facing a popular four-term Democrat incumbent, it is unlikely that “she” will ever be elected. It would be interesting, from an academic standpoint, to see how such a person would be able to reconcile their oath of office with the personal views they espouse.
Apparently in New Hampshire, like many states including my own, one does not have to get permission or approval from a party to run as a candidate of that party. If the party doesn’t approve of a candidate, all they can do is withhold campaign assistance (and scream “Not one of us!” if they want), but little else. As someone pointed out, many voters are so party-bound that the self-proclaimed party affiliation is all they need to garner a substantial number of votes.
Given the political realities, it is hard to believe this was anything more than a publicity stunt.
As was Donald Trump Running for President in 2012, and, initially, in 2020. And as Ethics Alarms noted on both occasions, democracy isn’t a game, or something to be trivialized like that.
initially in 2016. Biden and Harris are the practical joke in 2020.
This person looks like the owner of this anarchy blog I used to read when I was researching anarchy and Capitalism.
I don’t think she means the same thing as what democrats mean when they say fuck the police.
And San Francisco is considering flushing itself further down the toilet by giving 16 year olds the vote….
Is it Vermont or New Hampshire whose motto is “Live free or die”?
NH. Vt is “The Green Mountain State,” not surprisingly.