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Assault of the Stupid

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Assault of the Stupid

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Stupidity has been on a sharp increase the past few days. Let's do a recap.

First off, a blogger in France was critisizing the running of the town. So the Mayor sends the goon squad and slaps him with a lawsuit. Man-o-man. If the Mayor was worried about the bad press he was getting, he really should have thought twice before this move. Fucking Frogs.

This darling of legislation, the Real ID act, is a delightfully Draconian little number the flew through the House and Senate (the linked article is somewhat old- it's passed both houses) attatched as a rider to a military spending bill. Long story short- you'll need to present your papers to do damn near anything. And getting this "Real ID" will require more proof of identification than I believe I'm capable of. Oh, and Shrub already announced that he's going to sign it into law.

If nothing else, this should really make people reconsider how riders get attatched to bills. To append something so sweeping to a military spending bill- a bill that's sure to pass (unless you want the terrists to win!) is dangerous. Riders have always been a rough deal, paving the way for massive pork barrel legislation, and now they institute a national identification system, a complete violation of State's Rights, without a how-do-ya-do.

The upshot- I'm fairly certain it's unconstitutional. Something about "all rights no listed here are reserved expressly for the states," but- who's going to contest it? And is the SCOTUS going to pay attention to that little tidbit in this rise of Centralized Government?

That's not enough stupid just yet. Denver has emplaced a ban on pitbulls. They've been dragging them out of people's homes and putting them down. miusheri can attest to the stream of profanity that flowed from me in light of this. It's wrong, wrong wrong wrong wrong. Big breeds of dogs are strong, but the only bad dogs have bad owners. Period. Someone tried to claim that pit bulls were genetically bred to be violent, and that is a half truth. They were bred to be violent to other dogs, to bears (as they were used for bear baiting) but they were also bred to never hurt a human- so that the injured pit bulls could be retrieved from the pit without the handler losing an arm.

What we have now, however, are piles upon piles of morons who want a tough dog and train it to be mean, to fight, or really- don't train it at all. And one of these dogs gets loose and kills a kid. Guess what folks? Put that dog down if it makes you feel better, and hit the owners with first degree manslaughter charges. Because it is entirely the owner's responsibility.

Fucking 'A folks. Don't make me revoke your breathing priveleges, okay? I'm seriously considering it, and I will turn this planet around and go back to the pliestocine if you can't fucking get it together. Are we clear?
  • RealID doesn't require IDs for anything that they aren't already required for.

    What it does is set minimum standards for identity documents issued by a state to count for those things that currently do require ID.

    Basically, under the current system, if a state were to implement "All you have to do is ask for an ID, give us a real or fake name we don't care"... the federal government would have to accept that on the same level as a state like CT where you need two forms of non-photo ID(normally birth certificate and social security card) and proof of mailing address.

    Honestly, I don't think that author actually read the whole bill- I did. He's making a mountain of a molehill. I'll grant that its a bit of a stink molehill, but even following a slippery slope it isn't even a quarter as bad as the panic suggests.
  • Pits...

    I work in a pet supply store, and I see a lot of dogs on a daily basis (and even more on weekends, when we do dog adoptions). Several of the sweetest, gentlest dogs that I've dealt with have been pit bulls. Now, if a pit decides that it's had it with you, then you're well and goodly fucked, but that has more to do with the dog's history than with any sort of genetic predisposition that I've noticed.

    While we're on the subject, I would just like to point out that although I find the practice of encouraging dogfights to be one of the most reprehensible acts a human can engage in, there's something deeply satisfying in watching an Akita show an uppity little Bichon why its a bad idea to fuck around with anything more than three times one's own size. I wouldn't encourage such behavior, but that Bichon had it coming.
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