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Jan. 23, 2009 | State: all

You Can Lead a Teen to Water...

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...but you can't make him drink it. I was reminded of that slightly contorted saying after I saw this headline:

France to give free newspaper subscriptions to teens

Giving a free subscription to teens doesn't mean they're going to read it. Plus, this program is going to get ridiculously gamed. Every eligible household will cancel their current subscription and get a free one. The kid doesn't even factor into the equation.

Jan. 16, 2009 | State: all

Labor Unions Would LOVE This

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The top court in Peru ruled that an employee can't be fired just because he shows up to work drunk. Yeah, this won't have any negative consequences.
Jan. 15, 2009 | State: all

More Important than the Constitution?

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Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Frank Melton said:

"I certainly respect the Constitution, but we have some issues that are much bigger than the Constitution."

Whoa. Bold statement. What exactly is bigger than the Constitution? According to Melton, it's this.

HT: Radley Balko

Jan. 8, 2009 | State: California

Los Angeles to Regulate Outdoor Smoking

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La-La Land is moving towards banning outdoor smoking in certain areas.
Jan. 7, 2009 | State: all

Dumbness on the First Day

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Over 400 bills were proposed by congressional members on the first day of business yesterday. Jim Harper offers up some of his "favorites". Here are ones that stuck out in my mind:

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), an obvious Obama fan, is proposing (H.J.Res. 5) "an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) is proposing a bill (HR 14), "To provide for ocean acidification research and monitoring, and for other purposes." I love the opaqueness of the often used tag line: "for other purposes."

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) is proposing a bill (HR 73), "To provide for the collection of data on traffic stops."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is proposing (S. 38) "A bill to establish a United States Boxing Commission to administer the Act, and for other purposes." This chestnut is an long time favorite for McCain. The sport of boxing apparently is so out of control that it needs to be reigned in by the federal government.

Who were the most prolific bill writers? In the House:

Elton Gallegly (R-CA): 19 bills
Jose Serrano (D-NY): 16 bills
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX): 15 bills

In the Senate:

David Vitter (R-LA): 34 bills
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 24 bills
Dan Inouye (D-HI): 23 bills

Now, not all proposals are big government spending plans. Rep. John Linder (R-GA) has re-introduced his favorite bill (HR 25) - to abolish the IRS and implement the Fair Tax. And Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) offered up a couple of gems. He wants to abolish the Appropriations Committee (H.Res. 17) and he wants to allow people who want higher taxes to be able to voluntarily send the federal government some of their extra money on their tax returns (HR 87).

Jan. 5, 2009 | State: Washington, DC

A Really Old Dumb Law

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Via NTU, check out this dumb law from 1912. I suppose its dumbness is not its content (which is debatable), but its title. More here.
Dec. 11, 2008 | State: all

Romanian Dumbness

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A Romanian man won a year-long legal battle to prove to the government that he wasn't dead. And then they stuck him with the court costs.
Dec. 9, 2008 | State: all

Don't Drink and Vote

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Politicians in Australia may have to take a breathalyzer test before voting on legislation after a few recent drunken incidences have embarrassed the government.

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"Honestly, if you are going to have breathalyzers for people driving cranes you should have breathalyzers for people writing laws," [Green MP John] Kaye said.

Dec. 3, 2008 | State: all

Freedom Takes a Back Seat...

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One emirate in the United Arab Emirates is banning low-income, unskilled workers from getting driver's licenses. In Toronto, the city council has passed a 5-cent plastic bag tax and has banned bottled water in the City Hall and other public buildings.
Nov. 19, 2008 | State: all

Dumb Law in Maryland

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Maryland's Prince George County Council has banned the sale of single cigars. PG County is the only jurisdiction in the country to enact such a ban.
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