UNWRITER Ron Berry

June 28, 2010

From Lawless to Overlawed

Filed under: humor,Uncategorized — unwriter1 @ 6:58 am
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Senator Byrd died. Does that mean that other states can now get money porkbarreled to them for such ridulous projects such as bridge reconstruction or highway infastructure? It does bring up the question of why so many laws. Let’s face it, laws like the following are a bit on the dumb side.

Colorado: 

Sterling – it is unlawful to allow a pet cat to run loose without a taillight.

Florida:

It is illegal for men to be seen in public wearing a strapless gown.

Tampa Bay – it is against the law for rats to leave docked ships.

Illinois:

Chicago – it is illegal to eat in a place that is on fire.

Decatur – it is against the law to drive a car without a steering wheel.

Indiana:

It is illegal to bathe in the winter.

Ok, we have a lot of illegal cats in this town and I guess I have to leave my strapless gown in the closet. I have to say, that Indiana law must mean their football team really stinks. Now, I admit that these are a few of the extremes, but think about this. Every year federal and state legislators enact thousands of new laws. Why? Why can’t they just enforce the ones we have? In fact, why can’t they spend their time (and our money), cleaning some of the old laws off the books. I can’t think of one person today who would let their horse sleep in the bathtub, with or without the rider (a California law).  Can you imagine a house without a bathtub, much less two? There is a law against both in a couple of states.

We have gone from a free wheeling country that allowed men to carry guns and women to raise horses to Long Beach – any female attending a dance “must be found wearing a corset. A physician is required to inspect each female at the dance.”

I wonder how soon it will be before we are not allowed to think dirty thoughts or arrive at a decision before the question is asked? Big Brother is here my friends.

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8 Comments »

  1. now that law about the physcian checking out every woman could be interesting to say the least. But hey without these stupid laws Bolderdash would not be as fun! LOL

    Comment by ahartson53 — June 28, 2010 @ 8:26 am | Reply

  2. OMG! I’d better check the cat laws in Alabama!

    Comment by Joyce Scarbrough — June 28, 2010 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  3. While these laws provide fodder to poke fun at, the scary thought is that even today ridiculous laws are passed without input from the masses, and our politicians vote on bills they don’t even read. We can laugh about big brother, but maybe instead we should vote out the idiots who line their pockets at our expense. My favorite is the money ear-marked to make non-needed improvements at a airport named for a senator, and the place only handles about a dozen commuter flights to the capital. Guess who sponsored that bill and had it passed? Think he benefited in any way? You can bet on it.

    Love your humor, Ron. BTW, what color is your strapless gown? Just curious. *lol*

    Ginger

    Comment by Ginger — June 28, 2010 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  4. I always loved reading silly laws like this–thanks for the laugh today!

    Comment by Joyce A. Anthony — June 28, 2010 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  5. “Big Brother is here my friends.” True dat! I’ve read some of these insane laws before. I also hate the victimless crimes like forcing us to wear seatbelts and helmets. The smart ones will, the dummies won’t … the law MAKING EVERYONE do those things is just weakening the gene pool!

    Comment by The Old Silly — June 28, 2010 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Ron,
    I live in Australia and we have some ridiculous laws too. Our taxes are paying for these idiots and their laws.
    But I do love the one about the women wearing a corset to a dance. That is a doozy. The mind conjures up all manner of things.

    Thanks for giving me a good laugh.

    Cheers

    Margaret

    Comment by Margaret Tanner — June 29, 2010 @ 6:33 am | Reply

  7. Hi,Ron,

    Most of the laws you cite are old. And some of them are indications of discrimination or repression, like the strapless gown law. Did you know that in New York City in 1969, at the time of the Stonewall riots, it was illegal for men to wear women’s clothing or vice versa. You could literally be arrested. Check out my blog on GLBT pride month for more on this.

    http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/2010/06/pride.html

    I for one am very glad some of these old laws are not being enforced!

    This being said, I don’t know that the laws being passed now are much more well-thought-out. They’re too long and complex for anyone to understand.

    Did you know that originally being a federal lawmaker (senator or representative) in the U.S. was a part time job?

    All the best,
    Lisabet

    Comment by Lisabet Sarai — June 29, 2010 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  8. Funny and dumb! If someone told me these were real laws initiated by someone in the senate or congress I would probably believe it. The lawmaker and the lawpasser,(a new word in Pee Wee’s dictionary)is dafter than the laws. Does make for a good laugh though.

    I’m curious too, Ron, is your gown strapless…or what…description please.

    Pee Wee

    Comment by Pee Wee (Sylvia Hamilton) — July 21, 2010 @ 4:03 pm | Reply


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