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    New state laws on texting, smokes debut - Life- msnbc.com

    2010 starts with new state laws on texting, ciggs(for starters. There's several more:

    MADISON, Wis. - Texting while driving, smoking in public and cooking with artery-clogging trans fats will be that much harder under a bevy of state laws set to take effect Friday.

    Faced with huge budget shortfalls and little extra money to throw around, state lawmakers exercised their (inexpensive) power to clamp down on impolite, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous behaviors in 2009.

    Even toy guns were targeted.


    Among the most surprising new laws set to take effect in 2010 is a smoking ban for bars and restaurants in North Carolina

    Other laws in various states:

    less flammable materials in ciggs
    texting in cars
    transfats bans in restaurants
    a new anti-paparazzi law
    dog racing ban
    gay marriage "upgrade"
    same sex partner benefits
    toy gun ban
    sale of ‚Äúnovelty‚ÄĚ lighters
    teenagers tanning booth rights
    employrers banned from denying workers from wearing religious clothes
    or taking off religious holidays
     
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    Dog racing ban in Massachusetts came from a statewide vote in 2008...so this ban can't be blamed on the politicians.

    They are already trying to replace the racing at the tracks with slot machines so the people will gamble on no matter what.
     
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    God, this is so depressing. Now I won't be able to light my magic-go-out cigarette with my novelty lighter. Which won't much matter since I can't smoke the damn thing while on vacation in The Outer Banks after I've finished my tasteless and fat-free meal.

    And I can't even b!tch-text about it while driving home.

    Shoot me now.

    Or are real guns subject to the same laws as toy guns?
     
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    We don't want any new laws that might offend those (shhhhh) terrorists though when they try to blow our guts open.

    I couldn't sleep last night thinking about those poor muslims down in Gitmo being forced to bark like a dog.

    Get the ball mohammad, go get the ball, good boy.

    Oh look Sgt Humphrey, Ali is wagging his tail, I think he wants to go out.
     
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    It always make me laugh when I read about all these laws... in RI in the past year they passed a no texting while driving law, there are already diminished resources... so now we want law enforcement people to enforce another law with minimal penalties...clog up the court system more, more money for the attorneys...

    They passed a seatbelt law a couple of years ago, that essentially said that if you are stopped for another reason and you do not have a seatbelt law on they can ticket you, but they could not just stop you...

    Time and time again they pass laws that pass the atta-boy partisan litmus test, and all it does is make busy work for the law enforcement follks.. there is enough to do without mickey mouse laws..

    Driving sans seat belt or texting is stupid, make cars inoperable without seatbelts...make the cell phones inoperable in moving cars... put the focus on the irresponsible manufacturers and let the police fight real crime...
     
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    New Law That Is Really Needed:
    Strip Search And Profile At All Airports
     
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    I heard on WBZ that Cali will be the first state in the nation to ban the use of transfats.

    Didn't MA already do that a couple of years ago? I distinctly remember Quigon blowing a gasket over it, to the point that everyone actually called him Transfat for a couple of weeks.
     
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    From the article I linked:

    Trans fats targeted in Calif.
    California will be the first state to partially ban the use of artificial trans fats in restaurants in 2010, following several major cities and fast-food chains that have erased the notorious artery-clogger from menus.
    Starting Friday, the state's restaurants, bakeries and other retail food establishments will no longer be allowed to use products with trans fats in spreads or for frying. Restaurants will still be allowed to use trans fats to deep-fry yeast dough and in cake batter until Jan. 1, 2011.



    New york City was the first city to ban them:

    New York First City to Ban Trans Fats

    Dec. 5, 2006 -- New York is the first city in the nation to ban trans fats from all restaurants.

    The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously to rid the city's restaurants of trans fats. Trans fats must disappear from frying oils by July 2007 and from all foods by July 2008
     
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    I voted no on the ban. Funny how the people of the state can vote to ban dog racing (wtf is wrong with racing dogs professionally?), but not gay marraige. Anyhow, I digress....horse racing will be next. I mean, if racing dogs is eeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil, then shouldn't racing horses be eeeeeeeeeeevil too?
     
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    I agree....If people want to race their dogs, then they can. Why should some alphabet soup organization that believes no one should eat meat dictate what I do with my dog (if I had a dog)?

    If I want to bring my dog over to some field to race your dog, who care if people watching it want to bet on it?

    BTW, I live in Raynham, MA...and I also voted NO.
     
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    People texting while driving scares the hell out of me. Texting while driving makes senile 90 yr olds rolling to bingo in their Lincoln Town Cars seem like the crossing guards of the highways. We'll all be dead at the rate this is going, god I probably shouldn't be typing this even if I am in the slow lane.
     
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    Something like 1 in 30 dogs bred specifically for the purpose ends up being good enough to race. The other 29 are just garbage to the racing people.
     
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    Forget about texting, I hate anyone just actually talking on the phone in the car, unless using a hands free device. I'm sorry, but you cannot safely operate a standard motor vehicle with just one hand.
     
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    Exactly...PETA and other animal rights groups were the driving force behind the image of the beatings and abuse alleged to have happened to dogs which made enough of an impact on the voters to win the vote.

    Not to say there aren't mistreated or abused dogs racing here...


    And as long as Robert DeLeo is in charge of the Mass House, Suffolk Downs isn't closing- it's in his district and one of his targets for casinos :rolleyes:
     
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    But some of them are good enough to make it in garage-fighting circles, right?

    :D
     
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    Good point.

    I dunno about other places; but here in MA people are happy to sit in the dirty, dingy back room of a convenience store watching Keno numbers pop out every 4 minutes. They seem to be perfectly entertained as long as they can gamble on the outcome. Why make dogs suffer when the customers actually demand so little? Just being able to gamble locally, rather than driving all the way to East Boston ( a major pain btw since the harbor is in the way) seems to be considered a major plus for the gambling types.
     
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    I really can't stand gambling in and of itself...I hate Vegas too. But that's just my own personal issue. I'd never talk as if I'm "above people who gamble"...that would pompous and arrogant of me! Dog racing will remain...dog's are dogs, not people or even something close.

    i was in a WalMart (yuk) the other night and some granola chewing, scraggly bearded kid walks in with a cat in some pouch around his neck. He was kissing the thing and walking around a store (that sells food) with the damn thing.

    I went over to manager and told him someone had an animal in the store...the kid was marched marched out!...I felt good as I did the responsible citizen thing.:D

    What gets in people's minds that animals are their "babies" or something? I'd think EVERYONE knows you can't bring an animal into a food store...or any store! "Oh, but it's only a CAT!"

    "It's a strange, strange world we live in master Jack"
     
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    Right, SD? I mean, these same people were just ready to string up Michael Vick by his own entrails. But oh no, dog racing, well that's okay... b/c they do it, or people they know do it.

    I know, I know... they like chasing the rabbit-thingie, they're treated like royalty, blah blah blah...
     

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