Tuesday, March 30, 2004

My homestate of Georgia seems to be leading the nation in idiocy. First, there was the attempt to make it a misdemeanor for a restaurant to serve iced tea but not sweet tea.

Misdemeanors can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail.

[State Representative] Noel got the idea when he wasn't able to order sweet tea at a restaurant in Chicago. It wasn't on the menu.

Then, there was the attempt to set the ratio of toilets for women to toilets for men at 2:1.

"It's not good for the females that they can't go to the bathroom," [State Representative Smith] added. "And it's not good for the men because we have to wait on 'em to get out."

Naturally, Smith has three female co-sponsors for his toilet bill..."This is serious, a serious problem," he said. "If you talk to any woman, she'll tell you it's a serious problem."

Finally, now, the Georgia house has passed a ban of genital piercings for women.

Amendment sponsor Rep. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, was slack-jawed when told after the vote that some adults seek the piercings.

"What? I've never seen such a thing," Heath said. "I, uh, I wouldn't approve of anyone doing it. I don't think that's an appropriate thing to be doing."

Memo to Bill Heath: do a search for "genital piercings" on google images and you might actually learn something. That is, if you know what google is.

Update: The Atlanta newspaper Creative Loafing has offered Bill Heath a free piercing of his own genitalia. Can't beat a deal like that.


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