Archive for September, 2007

UpsideDown Land: Never Judge a Book By It’s Cover

September 3, 2007

This is going to be a list of politicians and “noble” people that do things they absolutely shouldn’t do:
Ted Haggard:

From CNN

The Rev. Ted Haggard agreed Saturday to resign as leader of the megachurch he started in his basement more than 20 years ago after its independent investigative board said he was guilty of “sexually immoral conduct.”

On Friday, Haggard admitted he had received a massage from a Denver man who claimed the prominent pastor had paid him for sex over three years. Haggard also admitted he had bought methamphetamine.

ACLU Virginia President & Child Porn

From WaPost:

A former Arlington County youth sports coach who is a past president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on charges that he used a computer in his 10-year-old son’s bedroom to view child pornography that a judge called “sickening.”

Apparently this guy :

once argued that Internet filters in libraries that limited children’s access to pornography would interfere with their ability to learn and communicate

More to come:
Political scandals
Washington Post, Ex-Youth Sports Coach Indicted on Child Pornography Charges, Jerry Markon, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, May 11, 2007; Page B06
WorldNetDaily, ACLU exec busted for child porn in court today, Former Virginia chapter president accused of downloading graphic assault videos, February 28, 2007, 1:00 a.m. Eastern
CNN, Church forces out Haggard for ‘sexually immoral conduct’, 10:24 p.m. EST, November 4, 2006

Ban Mania: A list of things government officials like to ban

September 3, 2007

This list will grow over time.

Metal Baseball Bats:
From the NYSUN:

A federal judge has cleared the way for the city’s ban on metal baseball bats to take effect, denying a legal challenge to the law by a coalition of bat manufacturers, sporting advocacy groups, and coaches.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled yesterday that the City Council was within constitutional boundaries in creating the law, which prevents athletes from using metal bats at high school games because of safety concerns.


New York State Senator Carl Kruger has proposed banning iPods and the use of other electronics at crosswalks. The reasoning behind this feel-good legislation is the claim that pedestrians are increasingly distracted by iPods, cell phones and Blackberries, allegedly resulting in a rise in traffic accidents. Although Kruger did not produce any statistics, he cited a recent death of a 23 year-old Brooklyn man who, while listening to an iPod walked into the path of a bus.

Kruger stated “I think it’s necessary if we just look at the statistics that bear out the argument that people while being too into their electronic gadgetry are tuning out the rest of the world. They are becoming a statistical fatality, they are being part of an accident scene. They are basically jeopardizing their well-being as well as the well-being of others around them.”

Baggy Pants:

From the AJC:

Exposed boxer shorts and thongs would be illegal in any public place in Atlanta if the City Council approves a proposed amendment to the city’s indecency laws.

The target is young men who wear their pants low off their hips to show off the two pairs of boxers they wear beneath their saggy pants, said Atlanta Councilman C.T. Martin, a college recruitment consultant who sponsored the ordinance. Saggy pants are an “epidemic” that are becoming a “major concern” in cities and states around the country, the ordinance reads.

This reminds me of a Simpsons episode:

Mayor Quimby:
Er, um…we have introduced a new tax on wearing puffy director pants.

Movie Director:
But I don’t wear puffy pants!

Er, um…then I mean a new tax on not wearing puffy pants.

France vs. Freedom of Speech:

The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images, one French civil liberties group warned on Tuesday.


The word nigger:
From Reuters:

New York City symbolically banned use of the word nigger on Wednesday, the latest step in a campaign that hopes to expunge the most vile of racial slurs from hip hop music and television.

The City Council unanimously declared a moratorium that carries no penalty but aims to stop youth from casually using the word, considered by most Americans to be the most offensive in the English language.

More to come:
NJ 50 cal,4670,NJGunBill,00.html
China: LiveJournal
The phrase “illegal alien”
Kitchen knives
The word Ninja
Teenage mutant Hero turtles
TNMT the movie
txt messaging

NYSun, Metal Bat Ban Cleared To Take Effect Saturday, ELIOT BROWN, August 29, 2007, Proposal would ban underwear-exposing pants, DAVID PENDERED, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 08/22/07
Macworld, France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence, Peter Sayer, IDG News Service, March 06, 2007 11:24 am ET
Reuters., New York City bans racial slur Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:21PM EST
Digg: New York City bans the N-word