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

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.

Ipods:

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!

Quimby:
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.

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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:
http://digg.com/politics/France_bans_citizen_journalists_from_reporting_violence_4
NJ 50 cal
http://digg.com/world_news/N_J_considers_outlawing_powerful_50_caliber_gun
http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2007Mar06/0,4670,NJGunBill,00.html
China: LiveJournal
http://digg.com/politics/China_s_Evil_Censorship_Continues_Bans_LiveJournal
The phrase “illegal alien”
http://digg.com/politics/Proposed_Law_Bans_Phrase_illegal_alien
Swords
Kitchen knives
Transfats
lightbulbs
The word Ninja
Teenage mutant Hero turtles
Nunchucks
TNMT the movie
txt messaging
wheels

Sources:
NYSun, Metal Bat Ban Cleared To Take Effect Saturday, ELIOT BROWN, August 29, 2007
AJC.com, 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

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