Sunday, January 18, 2009

"What're you in for?" "Cussing."

A bill now in the South Carolina state Senate would make it a felony to swear in the presence of a minor. This ghastly crime would be punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years.

14 comments:

Daniel Dvorkin said...

They can secede again. We'll let them go this time.

David said...

Yeah. I'm not sure it was worth 650,000 lives the first time.

Travis Erwin said...

And how are they defining cussing? Could be interesting.

David said...

"Cussing" was my word. The bill talks about profanity and obscenity, which may be defined more precisely elsewhere in the state's laws.

I'd love to see the arguments in court, though. "Is 'penis' forbidden? How about 'dick'? 'John Thomas'? 'Schlong'?"

Kristen said...

We could just start using British obscenities.

TGirsch said...

I'm not sure I would limit the secession offer to South Carolina. We could nix most of the deep South and never miss it.

David said...

TGirsch: I'd miss the food. But it's not good for you. Why, it's a metaphor!

David said...

Kristen: That reminds me, for some reason, of a Dick Francis novel in which he as an American thug growl at the hero, "Sod you."

Francis has lived part time in Florida for years, so that was a surprising error.

TGirsch said...

David:

I like Mexican food, and I don't have to go to Mexico to get it. So I wouldn't be too worried about the food. And unless our relations with the CSA were like our relations with Cuba, we could visit -- just for the food -- if we wanted to.

David said...

Good point.

In fact, they'd probably be begging for tourists from the US, with their hard currency. If the South had managed to remain independent, and still was, I wonder what the Confederate dollar would be worth now.

TGirsch said...

I don't know what the currency would be worth, but I do know that the "rest" of the US would be complaining about illegal confederate immigrants...

David said...

Wouldn't they be easy to recognize by their accents and excessive courtesy to dignified older white people?

J.E. Seymour said...

Holy crap!

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