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Tonight's "Give Me A Break" is about dumb laws.

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie

    Tonight's "Give Me A Break" is about dumb laws.

    Think government must run your life because you have no common sense?
    Apparently many of our legislators think that.

    Better not throw a snowball in Belton, Mo., -- that's illegal there.
    Don't fly a kite in Schaumburg, Ill.; kite flying is illegal there.
    Oregon and New Jersey forbid you to pump your own gas.

    In Kern County, Calif., it's illegal to play Bingo while drunk. In
    Illinois you may not hunt bullfrogs with a firearm. And if you go to El
    Paso, Texas, better not sell any ice from out of town. That's illegal.

    I know about these laws because two high school students from Columbus,
    Ga., spent four years compiling a list of dumb laws for their Web site,
    and now they've published a book about them.

    One of the book's co-authors, Andy Powell, says he thinks lawmakers "think
    they're protecting us, but they're really just getting too much into the
    business of the American public and regulating common sense."

    The real outrage here is that the politicians waste their time and our
    money legislating the smallest details of our lives.

    Why do they pass these dumb laws? Politicians we asked said they were
    "worried about our safety." For example, the busybodies in Oregon and New
    Jersey say pumping your own gas is "too dangerous!" "A fire hazard." They
    convinced their fellow legislators, even though we, in 48 other states,
    manage to pump our own gas without blowing ourselves up.
    At the rate they're passing laws, we'll soon be a nation of shut-ins.

    Why can't they just govern the way the founders intended -- guaranteeing,
    "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," but otherwise leaving us
    alone?

    To all these politicians, over-involving themselves in our lives, I say,
    "Give me a break."
     
  2. Hay I fully agree with this one. Here in NY its illegal to talk on an elevator. Don't ask I can't even begin to figure this one.
    In this state every thing is regulated.
     

  3. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Well, I have seen people too stupid to pump their own gas, but it is insufficient cause to pass a law against it. While waiting at a stoplight I watched a woman do the following: She was pumping gas into her car , then yelled at the pump. Then she pulled the nozzle out of tank, while it was still pumping gas (she had apparently accidently engaged the catch that held the trigger up). A. Did she shut off the nozzle? B. Did she stick the nozzle back in the gas tank? C. Did she shut off the pump? D. Did she at least point the nozzle in a safe direction and hit the panic button on the pump? Actually, it was none of the above. She waved the hose around and hosed her car down with gasoline, including about a quart in the interior through the open driver's side window. The spraying stopped after about 30 seconds because the attendent noticed the commotion and killed the pump.
     
  4. Shaun

    Shaun G&G Evangelist

    Berkley is trying to pass one now stating that you can not sell coffee there that has not been grown in a shade environment and in a natural way.

    Also Oregon's reason for the pumping of the gas by attendants is for employment purposes without it a large portion of the states workers would be unemployed. Many of these people are the one's that were let go from all the mills that the tree huggers closed down. I hate full service but the prices are about like self serve and I hunt there all the time so you get to know about this - the other issue with gas there is pricing is controlled by strict laws so if on dealer goes up all do.
     
  5. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    To bad she wasn't smoking Klaus...nature has its way to get rid of the weak and stupid!
     
  6. Thats why we have dumm laws to protect the weak and stupid.
    thats why they call them dumm laws.
     
  7. There's a website that has stupid laws from every state. I'll see if I can find it. Some are incrediby stupid. Its illegal in Prescott Az. to ride a horse up the court house stairs but its OK to ride your horse into a saloon. These are laws that are still on the books and have never been repealed.