Why might students graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill not remember their “freshman” year? How did our right to privacy get weaker last month?
Answers to these questions and more in the October edition of Stupid Laws…
UNC: Let’s get inclusive
In a move to adopt “gender-inclusive language,” UNC Chapel Hill issued a statement declaring that the word “freshman” would be expunged from university documents.
Don’t know what the new word is. But here are some other suggestions for banned words:
Not much else to say about this nonsense. Student Brandon Hartness sums it up nicely, though:
“Girls are not going to deem the word as sexist,” he said. “I feel like most people don’t even think about it.”
Thinking about things that most people don’t is what academics and bureaucrats excel at. On another note, will anyone at UNC counsel this student on his non-PC use of the term “girl?”
A U.S. district court Oct. 29 adopted recommendations by a lower court that said warrantless surveillance doesn’t violate the 4th Amendment, according to CNET.
In other words, it’s cool for cops to install hidden cameras on private property without a warrant. The courts’ reasoning is based on 1984 Supreme Court case Oliver v. United States, which ruled “open fields” could be searched without warrants because they’re not covered by the Constitution.
You don’t have to have a law degree to understand the danger of this ruling, or the intent of the 4th Amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
A metro Philadelphia school banned Halloween celebrations because of costume safety–(really?!)–and the worry that some kids might not be able to afford costumes.
Apparently, school officials in Phoenixville say costumes have become a “real concern.” But don’t worry, the kiddies will get to celebrate “Fall Festival.”
Fall Festival. Woo hoo.
Do the right thing, get suspended
A metro Atlanta boy was suspended for mistakenly bringing a pellet gun to school…even after proactively turning it in. Apparently, the 8-year-old discovered the (unloaded, non-lethal) gun was in his backpack, and told his teacher about it.
So, the teacher did what every rational teacher should do. She turned him in.
According to the AJC, the third-grader was suspended for a minimum of 10 days. He was set to face a tribunal Oct. 30.
According to the school system’s spokesperson, Sherri Davis-Viniard:
“A rule was still broken: A gun was brought to school. And there are mandatory consequences for that. The child was disciplined according to the rules listed very clearly in the student handbook.”
This is what happens when rules, and mindless devotion to them, trump right and wrong.
Do the right thing, get arrested
In another metro Atlanta story, a landlord was arrested after turning in some meth he found in a former’s tenant’s home. He was charged with “tampering with drug evidence,” because he supposedly removed it from a hole in the wall.
After an interrogation, according to the AJC, a narcotics officer even threatened to put his crying child in protective services.
The war on drugs. Isn’t it wonderful?
San Rafael bans smoking…in apartments!
The slippery slope is real, and it’s happening right before our eyes. Here’s the latest:
A San Francisco suburb has now banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes. So If you live in an apartment there, you’re breaking the law if you light up in one. The move is similar to Santa Monica’s new law.
“The San Rafael ban is a very significant event because it will spread,” said Robert Proctor, a Stanford University history of science professor.
…Like most intrusive government policies.
DC on the soda ban train
All aboard! Your next stop, soda h8ers, is Washington DC.
According to the LA Times, several DC lawmakers say they’re considering a New York City-style ban on large sugary drinks. DC Councilwoman Mary M. Cheh and others are supposedly favoring the ban, citing “children’s health.”
Julie Gunlock, director of the Women for Food Freedom group, however, has a different take:
“How is it that America, the land of the free, is turning into a nation of food nannies dictating what you choose to buy and consume.”
When will politicians like Cheh understand that most Americans don’t want to be told how much soda they can freaking drink? Let alone by control freak politicians.
Cocoa FL wants to ban saggy pants
In a move similar to Dublin GA and Shreveport LA, Cocoa Beach is banning baggy pants.
Those judged by the police to be wearing “inappropriately hanging pants,” according to this paper, will be handed a civil fine of $25 for the first offense, $75 for a third, and $100 for every time after that.
So…are the po-po going to be out there with rulers?
“If you are wearing your pants, and your underwear is showing, the length is three inches, we aren’t going to be out there with rulers or anything like that,’ said Officer Barbara Matthews. “It’s going to be a discretionary call.”
Bloomberg wants to ban candy bars in hospitals
Now Mayor Bloomberg wants to make the hospital experience even worse!
After proposing that hospitals hide baby formula from new moms to encourage breast-feeding, The Great Nanny now wants to remove all junk food from NYC hospital cafeterias and vending machines.
As Breaking the Law has repeated ad nauseam on Facebook, Bloomberg has serious issues. There is nothing–nothing–wrong with eating a Snickers and drinking a Coke during trying times, or any times for that matter.
Maybe he should listen to New Yorker Michael Hasset:
“When my mom was in the hospital a few weeks ago after she broke her ankle, she had me go to the vending machine for her favorite comfort food: a pack of Skittles. I’m not going to say the Skittles saved her life or anything, but I definitely think they helped her focus on something other than her pain.”
We ain’t done yet. Here are other stupid laws covered by Breaking the Law from the first half of October:
- Deputies in one Florida coastal town actually issued a public notice Oct. 2 for a woman caught on camera “riding” a manatee, a violation of a federal wildlife law.
- According to this story, the USDA wants chicken owners to attach sealed and numbered leg bands to every bird they transport across state lines.
- One California legislator thinks it’s a good idea to ban kids from school if they don’t get all their state-mandated vaccines.
- One town in metro Atlanta learned you can’t arrest people for swearing.
- The Supreme Court will determine whether you have the right to sell your own stuff. All you need to know about this important SCOTUS case, Kirtsaeng V. John Wiley & Sons, is right here.
- The city of Detroit is forcing a mom to live in her own home–with a squatter!
- In La Porte TX, you apparently can’t let your kids play outside of your house unsupervised.
- A business developer in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze is facing legal action after voluntarily cleaning up more than 40 tons of trash from a vacant lot neighboring his local business.