The Latest “Crime” Against Humanity

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Posted in category Totalitarian Government

We can add another item to the list of everyday, victimless, peaceful activities that shall soon become a crime: distracted walking. From the article:

After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, lawmakers in Arkansas and New York are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets.

The Arkansas decree aims to ban walkers from having headphones on, in both ears, while they are “parallel or adjacent to a street, road, intersection or highway.” However, runners and cyclists would have a tremendous freedom advantage because they would be allowed to have a headphone in one ear. Undoubtedly, proposals like this will go viral, as authoritarians from state-to-state like to “better” their totalitarian competitors. These laws would be great for the economy because they would create a new market for one-ear headphones! We might be best served with a federal law, with Ray LaHood as our Distraction Czar. And since you know how government likes to cover its tyranny in fluffy slogans (like “Click It or Ticket”), we can call the new federal campaign: “Snip Your Sennheisers.”

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6 Responses to The Latest “Crime” Against Humanity

  1. Ann Patterson says:

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Karen, I watched The Last Emperor again last night with my 13 year old. Watching how quickly governments out of control ruined an amazing culture would be a good wake up call for all of the big government actors and supporters in our country. China has suffered so many different types of governments and they have all served as proof that the ones governing will always be willing to take advantage of their power to maintain and improve their position at the expense of the rest of society. Enough already. Thanks for all you do to spread sanity.  Best, Ann

  2. CMN says:

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Will it now be a crime to be deaf? What if a person is deaf in one ear and is wearing the head phone in the other ear, is that a crime? How about if one is wearing a headphone in one ear, and a telephone headset in the other? There are so many possibilities for revenue raising in the name of public “safety”.

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Ann – shame on me; I have yet to see that movie. Thanks for the reminder that i should view it. I moved it into my Netflix queue.

  4. liberranter says:

    January 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am


    More than a few deaf people in recent years have been gunned down in cold blood by trigger-happy swine for not instantaneously obeying orders to “HALT!” The shooting death in Seattle on August 30th of John T. Williams by Seattle PD Officer Ian Birk is one of the more prominent recent incidents of this type.

  5. Jeannie Queenie says:

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This cuts both ways..the business of making all a crime. How about making it a crime to act like an idiot…that is, text while
    walking at a mall and falling into a pool. Now this twit is going to sue the mall and is outrageod that security watched her fall and had the audacity to laugh at her stupidity. CK it out here….
    Why does she feel that this was a crime that she fell, and that John Q Public should fork over over the State’s cost in yet another faux lawsuit. File this under Dumb and Dumber.

    While I would agree it is pretty stupid to drive and text, it is even moreso to text and not watch where you’re walking, thus falling into a pool. Why should I, Jane Doe, pay for what this gal views as a crime..that is, her ignorance.

  6. Jake Simpson says:

    January 27th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    As a resident of Arkansas, I find this of the norm here. The state legislature really seems to like controlling every little aspect of our lives. If this law passes, my wife and I will become criminals when we go on runs, even though the volume is low enough to carry on a full conversation.
    Boy, I just love my state.

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