Laws Dumb and Dumberby
time the Congress goes into session, I tend to ask one question. |
It seems to me that we already have an overabundance of laws on our books at this
time without making more. We should just issue a moratorium on law making for
some period, say ten years or so. That should be enough for a starter.
For your continued amusement and entertainment I have researched some of the current
laws on the books in our great state of Texas. Don't laugh when you read these,
since most of the other states have ones that are equally as dumb or dumber.
Lets start off with one for Austin…..you can't carry wire cutters in your pocket.
Must be a holdover from the frontier days when fence cutting was a big deal.
In Houston, you cannot buy beer after midnight on Sunday, but you buy beer on
Monday. I suppose they have a different calendar over there, I always thought
after midnight Sunday was Monday.
Don't swallow more than three gulps of
beer at a time in Lefors, Texas….it's illegal. It's legal for a blind person to
go hunting as long as they have someone with them who isn't blind. Sounds reasonable
In Jasper dogs must be on a lease at all times…..I guess this means
in the house as well, don't you?
This one sounds kind of hokey….says that
it is legal to commit a homicide as long as you tell the person when and how you
are going to kill them. I'm not sure I believe that one.
You can't drive
without windshield wipers, but you can drive without a windshield.
Christi won't let you raise alligators in your home. Guess they're afraid of you
flushing them down the toilet.
You cannot shoot a buffalo from the window
of any second story hotel. I think that means downtown Dallas as well.
you attend church, you must be recognizable; you cannot wear a disguise under
any circumstances. How did that one get on the books?
Here is the last
one for Texas…..you will go to jail for milking someone else's cow.
I was about
to give up and think I live in the craziest of States when I scrolled down to
Utah…..try these on for size.
You can have a nuclear weapon; you just can't
detonate one in Utah. Isn't this nice to know?
You are not allowed to
hunt whales in Utah under any circumstances. Shouldn't be much of a problem there.
And you can't fish from while riding a horse. This might be a problem.
Birds have the right of way on all Utah highways.
Folks in Monroe,
Utah cannot dance without having a certain amount of space between them.
fines you $50 for throwing snowballs. They aren't any fun.
Here's a good
one, you can marry your cousin if both of you are over fifty years of age.
so that's enough for our part of the country, how about something up north?
aren't so sane either. In Massachusetts, you cannot eat more than three sandwiches
at a wake. Cuts down on costs.
In Boston, you aren't allowed to take
a bath unless you are under doctor's orders to do so.
These make sense
You cannot frighten a pigeon.
You cannot put tomatoes in clam chowder.
You cannot go to bed without taking a full bath. I bet this isn't in Boston.
cannot be delivered on Sunday.
Children may smoke but cannot buy cigarettes.
Defacing a milk carton will result in a fine of $10.
In North Andover, you cannot use a space gun.
Peeping into the window of a
parked car is illegal.
In Southbridge, you will go to jail for reading a
newspaper on the street after 8pm.
Don't eat peanuts in any court room if
you don't want to get arrested.
You cannot take a live lion to the movies.
Nothing said about a dead one.
I have to stop here. I am losing my sense
of humor. I suppose that must be illegal in some state. Don't laugh; it might
be illegal to do so wherever you are.
We have politicians to thank for
these. God help us all.
© Peary Perry|
North America >
October 12, 2006 column
Syndicated weekly in 80 newspapers
Subject: Shooting Indians from Congress Avenue Streetcars
You might inform
Peary Perry that it hasn't been illegal in Texas to carry wirecutters off your
own property since 1973, when the Texas Penal Code was totally re-written--by
Carole Keeton Strayhorn's dad, Paige Keeton, the dean of UT-Austin's law school.
As a measure of Keeton 'conservatism,' bear in mind that he wrote into our new
Penal Code what amounts to a burglar's license. If you surprise a burglar in your
home in the act of stealing your property--& the burglar drops the loot & runs
away--you cannot use deadly force to stop him, even if you don't kill him. If
you can't stop him without shooting him, you have to let him get away so he can
rob someone else and --most likely--move up to more serious crimes.
I can call her Carole. I went to high school with her--she was very active in
the Young Democrats in high school & college. As a matter of fact Brien Varnado,
who was my best man when Vicki & I got married, was her first 'car date.'
If Mr. Perry needs a weird Texas law, let him have this one. At one time Austin
had--and may still have on the books--a city ordnance prohibiting the shooting
of Indians from streetcars on Congress Avenue. There was no mention of it being
illegal to shoot Indians from streetcars on any other Austin street--just Congress
Avenue. - Charley Eckhardt, Seguin, Texas, October 14, 2006