Saturday, March 22, 2008

Florida Says No To Crack

In its ongoing bid to be the most ridiculed state in the Union, the Florida Senate has passed a bill that would ban saggy pants in schools. I don't mean to question the priorities of the good people in the Florida legislature, but surely there are other issues that are much more pressing.


knb said...

Well done RC.

I'm old enough to remember our nation going crazy about how I was dressing as a teen. I won't give a decade, but believe me, we as a country had more important things to think about.

Full disclosure, I was doing a lot of thinking, though I'm not so sure it was clear thinking.

However, here I am, none the worse for the wear. Different time, same non issue, imo.

Though it must be said, that is not a person I want to be behind on the busy sidewalks of Toronto.

Those who shouldn't, do, and those who we wish would, don't, ;).

Red Canuck said...

KNB - that is not a person I want to be behind on the busy sidewalks of Toronto

LOL! No could flick dimes into that dude's apparatus.

Anyways, seems to me that school dress codes, if deemed necessary, should really be left to school districts to decide, rather than being legislated at the state level.

By the by, I've been reading your blog, but have been delinquent in the comment department. Maybe it's my depression with the current state of affairs in our own parliament...

MD said...

The link to the RFK Jr was very interesting. I initially thought the conspiracy theorists who thought the 2004 election was stolen by systematic fraud belonged to the tin-foil hat brigades. The theft of the 2000 election was pretty obvious, as it happened right in front of the cameras in excruciating slow motion. But the margins in 04 were just too big, and the Democrats were too aware of what was going to believe in deliberate fraud that large.

Since then, I came to learn a lot more about Kenneth Blackwell during his Ohio governor's run...and now I'm not so sure. RFK Jr makes a compelling case. We'll never know for sure what really happened. Still, the underlying problem is that partisan officials are in charge of running elections in the US.

knb said...

I'd say Loonies...but let's not quibble.

As it relates directly to your post, yes, schools should decide, not the state and yes their priorities are screwed up.

Hmm, having just read MD's comment, I'm apparently not digging deep enough. I must come back and do that.

I'm grateful that you read my blog RC and given that you are disenchanted with what is going on, I'd love it if you could contribute to what I wrote tonight.

You need not write tonight, but at some point, if you just want to lash would be welcome.

I'm looking for sane thoughtful voices like yours.

RuralSandi said...

The more you tell kids they can't, the more they rebel and want to by cracky.

Red Canuck said...

Well, I don't like to consider myself a member of the tin-foil hat brigade, but I have long contended that electoral fraud has been more prevalent in recent US presidential elections than most of us probably recognized.

The Conyers report on Ohio was certainly upsetting in that regard. Even small things can add up to big problems:

At liberal Kenyon College, where students had registered in record numbers, local election officials provided only two voting machines to handle the anticipated surge of up to 1,300 voters. Meanwhile, fundamentalist students at nearby Mount Vernon Nazarene University had one machine for 100 voters and faced no lines at all.(139) Citing the lines at Kenyon, the Conyers report concluded that the ''misallocation of machines went beyond urban/suburban discrepancies to specifically target Democratic areas.''

I agree that the root of the problem is the naked partisanship at virtually every level of the electoral oversight process. To my mind, this is one of the most important issues that states like FLA and OH should be addressing prior to the next election.

Bowler said...

Ha! I bet a lot of the kids wearing their pants that way have no idea that it has its roots in prison culture. It was a way of advertising one's wares while strolling the exercise yard.

Florida is a difficult place to figure out. They basically decided the 2000 election, and this year they disenfranchised themselves from the primaries by moving the voting date up.

If you ever get sued, though its a good place to go to hide out because they have very forgiving judgment debtor laws. That's why OJ was there until his latest brush with the law.

Red Canuck said...

Bowler - they have very forgiving judgment debtor laws. That's why OJ was there until his latest brush with the law

Interesting...I had no idea, but I guess it makes sense. OJ needs all the help he can get...both legal and psychiatric. Frankly, I'm surprised he stayed in the USA, and didn't skip out to some Banana Republic years ago...

Stogie said...

great post.

Red Canuck said...

Stogie - thanks, and welcome!