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Opening Arguments

Buggy whipped

First we had the strange Amish beard-cutting terrorist sect, and now there are the Amish buggy fine scofflaws:

(AP) MAYFIELD, Ky. - A group of Amish men were sent to jail in western Kentucky Thursday for refusing to pay fines for breaking a state highway law that requires their horse-drawn buggies to be marked with orange reflective triangles.


The men have a religious objection to the bright orange signs, which they say are flashy and conflict with their pledge to live low-key and religious lives.

I'm telling you, end times are near, folks.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 2:44pm

The good news is that we can make fun of them here on the Internet with absolutely no danger of offending them.

Harl Delos
Fri, 01/13/2012 - 7:13pm

Actually, you can't, Littlejohn.

There's a guy here in Lancaster PA that sells computers to the Amish. They are laptops connecting by 3G. Batteries are a pain to recharge, which minimizes recreational use. It worked for cell phones, so they stuck a toe in the computer/internet waters about 6-7 years ago.

Some Amish businesses need the internet to order from suppliers, to sell their wares, and to file reports with government agencies. They probably aren't reading this, but people being people, they might be.

It's been 40 years since the Yoder case. Here in Pennsylvania, the Amish, especially the Swartzentruber Amish, are getting increasingly militant in fighting laws which violate their first amendment rights. And often, I think they are doing the rest of us a big favor by doing so.

Sat, 01/14/2012 - 8:26pm

Thanks for the tip. In that case, I withdraw everything I said that might offend the Amish. I don't need a bunch of guys with Abe Lincoln beards arriving at my door with torches and pitchforks.