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Friday, January 04, 2008

There outta be a law...

How many times have you heard that in reference to some stupid behavior?

I've heard my mother utter that phrase more times than I can count over things like motorcyclists riding without helmets (there are laws in some states mandating helmets, you know), little kids being let out of the house unkempt and with crusted food all over their faces and paws, and so on, and so forth.

Yet, every one of those behavioral issues that prompt us to say "there outta be a law" is about common sense. It's stuff that people with IQs above 12 should know.

Anyway, if you don't believe me, drop your jaw, read this story, and tell me if you really think we need a law to prove the behavior in question is down right crazy, just plain wrong and bad, and outright nasty, unless you're a farm animal...literally.

CLARIFICATION: Jay's comment made me realize that some folks might think I believe we don't need laws to manage bad behavior. We do. I'm just saying that some bad behavior shouldn't require a law against it, before people realize they shouldn't engage in it.

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  • Is it wrong that I literally LOL'd at the fact that bestiality isn't against the law in Florida?

    Yes, there should be a law. Good grief.

    By Blogger Jay, at 1:21 PM  

  • Jay, I get you. I'm just saying it's one of those things that shouldn't require a law. Good sense and not being nasty should be enough to make it clear that we shouldn't diddle goats, or kill them after the fact.

    Even so, I'm ashamed to admit the last line of the story cracked me up, what with the "entrepreneur" and his t-shirts.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 2:05 PM  

  • Florida is offense. I couldn't help but crack up at the "she was pregnant with twins" part.

    So wrong.

    By Anonymous Franki, at 6:25 PM  

  • Some stupid broad said that phrase in reference to me when I was apparently taking too long in line one day.

    Her ugly face ought to be illegal!

    By Blogger M@, at 8:25 PM  

  • I agree with your rationale, James. We shouldn't need a law to tell us not to rape goats...BUT....since the laws that say don't rape daughters and babies or any other human don't seem to sink in, why should this one?

    Sickos abound. What can I say.

    By Blogger Lex, at 8:29 PM  

  • Sadly, we do need some laws these days. There was a time when people would have just run him out of town on a rail, but these days you would get in more trouble than the pervert.

    By Blogger BobG, at 8:51 PM  

  • The guy should go to jail for animal cruelty and felony theft. Isn't what he did already a crime?

    If you make bestiality a crime only criminals will participate in bestiality...

    By Blogger Hammer, at 9:08 PM  

  • ugh.

    By Blogger Pamela, at 1:10 AM  

  • I would think it would already be covered under some type of "animal cruely" law...I guess I watch too much of that stuff on Animal Planet (NOT the m@ channel).

    Then again, I live in a part of the USA where there reside "stump broke" sheep. Go figure.

    By Blogger Tiggerlane, at 10:19 PM  

  • I once heard a Western state referred to as the place where "men are men and sheep are nervous," and assumed it was a joke.

    I just hope that when that guy dies, he gets to Wherever and finds out that God is a goat, a female goat, and she's mad as hell.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, at 10:34 PM  

  • you know you drop the goat add a sheep and a certain senior member of our football team...

    But that was over 20 years ago and I got that info 3rd hand.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong does not begin to describe it.

    Of course I like the idea of part of the punishment being the Offender forced to wear the 'Baaah Means No' t-shirt...

    By Blogger dennis, at 11:04 AM  

  • I love the last line too...LOL!! Ironic that sodomy has been a big issue in FL(, but bestiality? Sure, knock yourself out!! They should also increase the penalty for animal cruelty while they are at it. I mean, would the penalty for bestiality be harsher than for animal cruelty??

    By Blogger Claudia, at 11:00 PM  

  • Yep - I sure do agree with you that "there oughta be a law" against this type of behavior. I honestly thought it was illegal, just didn't realize there are some states who haven't quite come up to par I guess.

    By Blogger Jeni, at 3:56 AM  

  • I begin to wonder whether people have enough to do every day when they start thinking up, & doing things like this.

    Then I wonder what they've been watching/reading.

    & the thing about 'Common' Sense is it's increasing rarity. Which is a great shame.

    By Anonymous bronchitikat, at 5:24 AM  

  • I can't imagine my husband riding his motorcycle without a helmet, law or not. But when my son was was caught on his way to the ball courts riding his bike without a helmet I was sent the ticket in the mail. He couldn't find the helmet that day and just left without it, and I didn't notice, so this was a good reminder. I took him and his helmet to court with me and for a first offense the fine was waived. It made us more aware.
    The goat story was really disturbing and something all together different. People who do that are obviously not going to be able to understand a law about it.

    By Blogger CrystalChick, at 11:16 AM  

  • The t-shirt quoted in that last line strikes me as tasteless, even if it is for a "good cause."

    But, yeah, people should know better. This is just... wrong. But then again, so are things like kidnapping and murder and yet we need laws to make those punishable offenses, too.

    By Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy, at 12:05 PM  

  • Maybe sometimes it's more that it doesn't occur to good people that others would do such a thing. Some jerks in Wisconsin dug up the corpse of a recently buried young woman and had their way with it. Unfortunately, having sex with a corpse is not illegal in Wisconsin, so the most they could charge them with was desecrating a corpse.

    And remember the guy in Germany who killed and ate the other guy he met over the net? Cannibalism isn't illegal in Germany because - hey! - it's usually not a problem there.

    By Anonymous class factotum, at 7:20 PM  

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