Another Reason to be Glad You Don't Live in Kentucky
This is just TOO weird.

I swear I am not making this up.

The Kentucky General Assembly, that same barrel of monkeys that is currently trying to loophole its way around the 1st Amendment by declaring the  Ten Commandments a "historical document" so it can be posted alongside the Declaration of Independence in public schools, has *way* too much time on its hands:

Thursday, 3/2/00: According to the Don Edwards, a columnist with the Lexington Herald-Leader, House Bill 59 is before the KY General Assembly and, if passed, would make it a crime punishable by up to a $1000 fine and a year in jail to display "the covered male genitals in a discernably turgid state."

In other words, if you are "raising a tent" on the streets of Kentucky, you could possibly get off lighter if you DO have a pistol in your pocket than if "you're just happy to see me."  Don't laugh, but in 1998 a law was introduced to enable Kentucky preachers to carry concealed weapons in church.

Heavens to Betsy, most guys I know would have been classified as habitual offenders before they made it through high school!

Don't these people have ANYTHING better to worry about?

This law, if passed, raises several questions:

  1. If you are found in violation as the result of being frisked, would that constitute entrapment?
  2. Will naturally well-endowed gentlemen be able to get a permit to "carry concealed"?
  3. Will the police be able to exercise their option under the "search and seizure" laws?
  4. What kind of pictures are going to appear in Kentucky Post Offices under the title, "Ten Most Wanted"?
  5. And as a final indignity, wouldn't it be humiliating if your trial made the local paper and you were acquitted due to "insufficient evidence"?

If the Kentucky General Assembly thinks it's worth $50,000/day of the taxpayers' money to debate this,
then it really must be a serious problem in their eyes. But, considering some of the things I've seen that
bunch of idiots do lately, I think it's just a well-deserved inferiority complex.

One thing's sure: Next vacation, I'm NOT going to Kentucky!

Oakdancer 3/4/00

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