Where does it end?: Great, just what we need — another law ["Bad News, Teens: New State Law Prohibits Minors From Texting and Driving," Chad Garrison]. There's already a law that bans dangerous activities while driving. It's called "careless and imprudent driving." Do we need a law that bans applying makeup while driving? How about banning changing radio stations while driving, or shaving while driving? Or maybe one that bans eating Big Macs while driving? All these are potentially dangerous activities while driving a motor vehicle. Maybe we should enforce the laws already on the books before adding more!
Fourth Amendment, via the Internet
FEATURE, AUGUST 27, 2009
Baffled by its inclusion: I don't begrudge this publication for pointing out that we skeptics are a bunch of nerds, or giving space to Uri Geller's claim that skeptical debunkings were really a boon to him ["The God of Skeptics," Michael J. Mooney]. Both problems are legitimate and debated within the skeptical community itself. But this article also insinuates that "The Amazing Randi" might be a child abuser, offers no evidence apart from an offhand comment made by an alleged psychic on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Why on earth did you put that in the article?
Evan Harper, Ontario, Canada, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, AUGUST 26, 2009
HUMMERS AND GUNS
A winning combo: I'm a cryin'-over-Kennedy liberal as much as the rest of y'all, but you know what? I'm down for this ["America F*** Yeah: Chesterfield Hummer Dealership Also Sells Assault Rifles," Keegan Hamilton]. 'Cause when the nuclear apocalypse comes, we're all gonna want a Hummer and a gun, and now I only have to make one stop on my way to the survivors' camp.
JME, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, AUGUST 24, 2009
RED-LETTER DAY FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
Let there be (green) light: Hallelujah! I'm a motorcyclist, and I can't tell you how insanely annoying it is to be stuck at a sensor-based light that doesn't "detect" me ["Law Taking Effect This Week Allows Motorcycles, Bicycles to Run Red Lights," Chad Garrison]. I've sat and watched as it went through a cycle and gave oncoming traffic a green light and then went right back to cross traffic! Sometimes, I even resort to getting off the bike, walking over to the signal and hitting the crosswalk button. Look at it this way: We motorcyclists already know we're at risk out there. Those of us who pay enough attention to know about this law will use it with care. The schmucks who drive like morons are going to do so regardless of the law.
ASTX813, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, AUGUST 20, 2009
TWO COWBOYS ARE PEEING
And one cowpoke says to the other ...: Back in the mid-'90s when I was at Southwest Missouri State, I went with my roommate to catch a show at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre ["Holy Crap! Branson Theater Wins Award for Best Bathroom in U.S.," Chad Garrison]. I'd been lured to the theater by the numerous billboards along I-44 and had no idea that the bathrooms were the main attraction. As I was using one of the über-fancy urinals, two cowboys sporting ten-gallon hats and handlebar moustaches came in and occupied the urinals next to me. In midstream, Cowboy No. 1 turns to Cowboy No. 2 and says, "I'll tell you whut, this shitter is nicer than my whole house." I burst into laughter and quickly exited Shoji's marble shrine. To this day, that is still a top-five memory from college. Congratulations, Mr. Tabuchi!
Raoul Duke, via the Internet