Sunday, May 15, 2005

Booze and Totoville - on Sunday

Here is a little background. Up until recently state law prohibited the sale of liquor on Sundays. Under certain conditions individual municipalities could overrule that and permit the sale within the limits of their city/county. Various cities in Kansas (particularly those near the Missouri state line) have opted to do just that. Seems like all Kansas residents had to do if they wanted to purchase liquor on Sunday was hop across the line and do that. In the KC metro area, that is as easy as running out for a container of milk. Lots of money was going out of state.

Now the powers that be in Kansas have modified the state law and made it easier for liquor to be sold on Sunday.

But they put one clause in that law that bothers me. They have made it illegal to sell liquor on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Why? Let the store owners decide if they want to be open those days.

Or, why not add other days to the list?

1. How about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and even Channukah?

2. How about Memorial Day? Forget the BBQ and beer and remember what that day is all about. Might even cut down on alcohol related fatalities on the highways.

Cell Phones and Driving

Looks like the City of Chicago is going to be the latest city to ban the use of cell phones while driving. There will be some exceptions. Among those would be the use of hands free devices and emergency calls.

Again, a legislative body reacts to a politically correct bunch of bovine scatology. Appease the cry babies with a new law targeted at one group. Wake up folks..........most states already have laws on the books pertaining to either inattentive and/or careless and reckless driving.

What totally thoroughly pisses me off is what about the other causes of inattention which are just as if not more responsible for vehicle accidents?

Things like:

1. The gal driving with the visor mirror down applying make up. Sometimes even using both hands. Must be steering with her knees.

2. Munching on that greasy, sauce oozing burger. Spill some of that sauce on one's self and see how quickly they lose attention.

3. Drinking and driving...........and not booze. Without a straw, that head gets tilted back and the old eyeballs are staring at the roof of the car............not on the road.

4. Reaching behind (and looking in the back) to calm down the antics of those sweet little toddlers, that are too young to understand that it is important to behave while mommy or daddy is driving.

5. Ever see somebody read a newspaper or a book while they are driving?

6. What about those nifty new GPS systems in cars? If a driver is reading that cute little map or the directions he/she is not paying attention to the road.

7. How about playing around with the radio? Changing a CD/tape?

Anyway, it seems like there is a movement around to single out cell phone users. What a crock.

For the record, I do use my cell phone when driving...........with a hands free device.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Reverse Evolution

Today, the Kansas State Board of Education is about to prove that evolution works in reverse.

They are holding hearings to determine whether or not the science curriculum needs to be changed. What are they considering? Whether or not to teach "Intelligent Design" as an opposing viewpoint to evolution. Intelligent design is nothing more than a fancy way of saying "Creationism".

By doing this they are about to prove that reverse evolution does exist. Why? Because they are about to make monkies of the citizens of the State of Kansas, that is why.

There is an element in this state that wants to force their religious views on the entire state. Don't they realize that freedom of religion applies to all? Including maybe some who do not recognize religion.

Religion belongs in the home and the various houses of worship. No single group has a right to force their religious views on others. And it definitely does not belong in public schools.

Let the science teachers teach science, and let the clergy teach religion.