Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Gasp, Help Me, I'm a Sea of Bureaucracy"


40,000 new laws to go into effect in 2012

About 40,000 state laws taking effect at the start of the new year will change rules about getting abortions in New Hampshire, learning about gays and lesbians in California, even driving golf carts in Georgia.

Florida will take control of lunch and other school food programs from the federal government, allowing the state to put more Florida-grown fresh fruit and vegetables on school menus.

A California law will add gays and lesbians and people with disabilities to the list of social and ethnic groups whose contributions must be taught in history lessons in public schools.
Some of these laws actually might do some good, like the Florida one allowing the state to put more Florida-grown fresh fruit and vegetables on school menus, unless it's 'Frankenfood,' courtesy of Monsanto.

But the California one about mandating that will add gays and lesbians and people with disabilities to the list of social and ethnic groups whose contributions must be taught in public schools is just another 'divide and conquer' method.

I have no problem with the part about teaching that this or that contribution to society was thought up or developed by a person with some type of handicap, but why do our kids need to be taught that this person was a lesbian or gay that came up with a terrific ideal that will help society? What does a person's sexuality have to do with their achievements?

Part of the social engineering that the PTB constantly strive to achieve?

Here's a law that should be put on the books in all 50 states and especially DC.

For every new law passed into existence, two antiquated laws shall be taken off the books.

Here's some examples of antiquated or just plain stupid laws on the books:
Motorists take heed: If you ever find yourself driving at night through rural parts of Pennsylvania, state law requires that you stop every mile to send up a rocket signal. It's true. And if you see a skittish team of horses coming toward you, be sure to take your car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes—unless, of course, you want to be in violation of state law.

Let's take Missouri for example. Just so you know—you can't drive down the highway with an uncaged bear in your car.

When parking your elephant at a meter in Orlando Florida, be sure to deposit the same amount of change as you would for a regular motor vehicle. And if you stop for a beer in North Dakota, don't expect to get any pretzels with your beverage. It's against the law in that state to serve beer and pretzels at the same time.

In Winona Lake, Wisconsin, it is illegal to eat ice cream at a counter on Sunday. And don't expect to order a slice of cherry pie a la mode in Kansas on the Lord's Day. No restaurant is allowed to serve it unless they're willing to run afoul of local police. Marbles, Dominoes, and yo-yos are also banned on Sundays in a handful of states.

If you happen to stay in Normal, Oklahoma, be sure to restrain yourself from teasing dogs by making ugly faces. You guessed it, that kind of inflammatory behavior is against the law.

Forget about trying to publicly adjust your stockings in either Dennison Texas or Bristol,Tennessee. Performing such a lewd act could land you a sentence of up to twelve months in the state penitentiary.

If you're a woman living in Michigan, you might want to check with your husband before heading to the hair stylist. According to state law, your hair belongs to your spouse and you'll need his permission before you can alter it. When visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, don't plan on packing light. According to city law, you must be swathed in at least 16 yards of fabric before stepping out into public.

WTF? I can't take 'Yogi' with me while driving in my home state unless he's in a cage? He's not going to like that.

As for finding out the total number of federal and state laws on the books, good luck finding that answer.
In 1982, while at the Justice Department, Mr. Gainer oversaw what still stands as the most comprehensive attempt to tote up a number. The effort came as part of a long and ultimately failed campaign to persuade Congress to revise the criminal code, which by the 1980s was scattered among 50 titles and 23,000 pages
And that doesn't include abiding by regulations, like those in the CFR.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government of the United States.
I am some what familiar with the CFR from my days at the Fire Department. The CFR manual that I read from time to time to keep updated my knowledge on what the Feds wanted you to do in regards to working with combustible gas monitors--a CGM monitors the air for lack of oxygen; CO2; explosive gases, etc.--and since I was the one who was responsible for the maintenance and calibrating of our CGM's, I damn sure had to follow the CFR to keep my ass out of trouble.

The CFR manual will tell you these aren't actually laws, but they have the force of law behind them. In other words, if you don't do what Big Brother tells you, you could wind up in criminal or civil court.
Regulatory page counts. One of the most commonly used yardsticks of regulatory activity is the size of the daily Federal Register, which reports regulatory changes. Before any new federal rule can be finalized, the agency proposing the rule must have it published in the register. In 2008, the Federal Register hit a record 79,435 pages for the year. In 2009, the number dropped to 68,598. Such a decrease is not unusual in presidential transition years.

The size of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provides a second yardstick of regulatory activity. Unlike the Federal Register, which is a catalog of regulatory changes, the CFR is a compendium of all existing regulations. In 2008, the CFR weighed in at 157,974 pages, having increased by 16,693 pages since the start of the George W. Bush Administration. In 2009, the page count hit a record high of 163,333.
Then there's everyone's most favorite law, the US Tax Code, most of which is written in language so dense, you need a lawyer and accountant to explain in plain English what they hell they're trying to say.
By the way, if you go to the US Government Printing Office ( ), you can order a complete set of Title 26 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (that’s the part written by the IRS), all twenty volumes of it, at the bargain price of $974, shipping included.

According to the US Government Printing Office, it’s 13,458 pages in total. The full text of Title 26 of the United States Code (the part written by Congress–available for an additional $179) is a mere 3,387 printed pages, bringing the adjusted gross page count to 16,845.
And I haven't even touched on local laws.

As you can see, no matter how law abiding or saintly you might be, it's a good chance that on a daily basis, you're breaking an unknown number of laws, statutes, regulations, codes etc.

The best law isn't a law, but something called common sense, but that seems to be VERBOTEN these days.



  1. Perhaps its a rerun of Leviticus, to have so many laws that one is unable to think but may only do as one is directed.

    Should one dissent from mainstream 'theology' the minions of Law and Order will watch for any slight infringement and the dissent will be quashed while the dissenter is reviled as a lawbreaker.

    The only sensible law is divine , but unfortunately that is in direct competition with the Law [ lore] profession which merely makes more and more law for more and more lawyers [ aka middleman that stand in the way of any and all transactions, getting a %age for doing nothing]


  2. In the county I used to live in, the courthouse was right next door to a pretty decent bar/restaurant that I'd visit occasionally for some food and drink.

    If you were there around 5:30 in the afternoon, back in one corner, some of the judges and lawyers that had been in court that day would be sitting.

    And the same lawyers and DA, (along with the judge) who hours before were looking like they were arguing heatedly over this or that, would be sitting all together, sharing drinks and laughs.

    Probably laughing at the peons they had just help put away.

  3. Hey GB,...Excellent Post, your research is impeccable. Now then, here's the thing, the joo.S.A is now and always has operated under Admiralty Law - ever since that is, the "Founding Fathers" signed an armistice with King George. Your guys didn't win the "War of financial Dependence" it was a deal struck to end the hostilities.

    In the Army we had a generic Law that came directly from the Admiralty Laws - "Conduct to the Prejudice" it pretty much gets used whenever they don't know what to charge someone with.

    That is where the joo.S.A is now!

    Paulie Grice AKA veritas6464


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