American conspiracy theorists keep insisting on their right to trial by combat

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/01/16/boffer-swords.html

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It’s hard to believe that she wants a divorce.

He’s such a keeper!

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I would have gone along with it and hired this guy as my champion.

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All arguments between conspiracy theorists should be settled with trial by combat. Win win.

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meanwhile in seattle

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believe that they have discovered secret deep meanings in America’s founding documents

Time was we’d call that a SCOTUS justice.

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The pigs were bored and didn’t feel like doing paper work involved in an arrest.

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it’s a real law

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Ok, but they all have to end something like this:

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Vox Populi! Give them what they so justly deserve, a fitting end to their collective miserable lives.

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Nothing else needs to be said. I think you nailed it.

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Reboing:

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Sounds like a man in dire need of a realignment.

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Well, their alignment is definitely chaotic…

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These chuckleheads serve a useful purpose, I think. Just when I am overwhelmed with the idiocy of government, these guys swoop in to remind me how much worse it would be without one.

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If the court grants this, does the wife have to use a sword?

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It’s dangerous for him to issue a challenge to use “blunted practice swords”; an iaito is an unsharpened aluminum bladed katana. A trained Iaido practitioner can easily maim and probably kill a person with one unless their opponent has a lot of swordfighting experience. Even a bokken (oak practice katana) is a very dangerous weapon in skilled hands.

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Chaotic Stupid?

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Iaito were introduced specifically to allow sword practice without violating Japanese weapon laws. In addition to not being able to hold an edge, cast aluminum is not great at handling impact. Yes the end is pointy, and getting hit in the right place could go poorly. But you are very likely to end up with a bent or broken piece of metal.

Now bokken on the other hand… Those can cause serious harm. Sasaki Kojirō may have an opinion or two on that :wink:

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Exactly! I don’t see the problem at all.

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