11 May 2009

Tennessee Legislature – Nothing better to do

Ok, I’m not fond of the saggy pants thing. I’m really not into seeing other guys boxers or briefs above his jeans. That said, I think the Tennessee legislature simply has nothing better to do than to follow fashion trends (by the way, they’re about 18 years behind the times, this was going on when I was in high school).

Seriously, what about local plants closing and what about doing something constructive like asking for state authority back on education?  What about writing laws that are not so open ended?

Tennessee might be the first to succeed though because a proposal remains alive in the Legislature to levy a fine of up to $250 and 160 hours of community service for wearing pants “below the person’s waistline ... in a manner that exposes the person’s underwear or bare buttocks.”

My question is, what about the guy who doesn’t have a belt or who forgot it when he left for work and stops by Hardee’s for breakfast?  Will he be forced to do 160 hours of community service in addition to the 40 he’s working now?

Again, I don’t like the saggy pants, but this really makes Tennessee’s Legislature look silly. In schools, let the teachers deal with it. Give the teachers authority to suspend the student until they can come to school dressed with all parts covered up. Don’t legislate something that is virtually unenforceable by any law enforcement agency.

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