Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, October 13, 2011

“We found out later on that, constitutionally, you can not ban a type of music”

Gee, ya think???

If there’s a contest for the most clueless ignorant statement of the year — Game Over.  No more calls, we have a winner.

California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma tried to crack down on raves by banning the kind of music they play at raves.  That’s when she made her horrifying discovery:  “We found out later on that, constitutionally, you can not ban a type of music.”


And she’s a Democrat psssssst  — you’re in the wrong party!

Last January she introduced the Anti-Raves Act of 2011.  Yes, raves are surely the most urgent problem we’re facing right now.  This bill would have made it a misdemeanor — punishable by a $10,000 fine — to conduct an event that includes pre-recorded music and lasts longer than three and a half hours.

The bill was amended six times and eventually morphed into the watered-down Concert and Music Festival Safety Act, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law.  This law requires that state agencies conduct a “threat assessment” for any large event being held on state property.

But Fiona Ma still isn’t satisfied.  She wants these state agencies, during their threat assessments, to prohibit “rave culture” items such as LED gloves and pacifiers:

“I believe with the new secretary, the new people appointed to these boards, more sophistication in terms of what raves are, the safer they will be.  Can’t wear gloves with lights, you can’t walk around with stuffed animals.”

Problem solved.  Today’s lesson:  You don’t have to be a Republican to be an idiot.

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Blogger Lisa said...

She must have taken a tip from Tipper Gore

October 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Is it constitutional to ban the Democratic and Republican parties?

Too bad. It should be.

October 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody over 50 who paid attention would remember attempts to ban R&R as well as R&B and other types of black music. They managed to segregate them at least.

BTW Lisa while you are chuckling about Tipper Gore remember most of her support was from the Conservative side, with the same mindset as when they tried to ban other musics above.


October 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

You know just when you think it's safe to come out from under the covers this happens. Having attended many raves as recently as 2 yrs ago, I never.. NOT ONCE, found pacifiers and flashing lights to be dangerous when used with music. I might have to rethink my stuffed teddy though, she-beast is an evil thing that should be destroyed(really she is) To think this assclown gets paid to lead my beautiful state and as a democrat no less. I'm slowly losing the will to live people and this helps right here.

October 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Pacifiers, stuffed animals — stuffed animals? — and rave-type music strike this legislator as a threat. The mind boggles at such nonsense.

I'm guessing Assemblywoman Ma is well meaning but neurotic and confused. I don't know a lot about raves, but I know that like Erik said, hysteria about and condemnation of social and pop music fads are nothing new. Way before being scandalized about R&R in the '50's, American parents got all wrought up about jazz and the flapper phenomenon of the 1920's. Somehow, the republic and our society survived both. Ma should be reassured we'll get through the rave thing, too.

Oh, and if it's substance abuse and the potential for violence she's fixated on, she should be equally worried about big sports events.

October 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger BadTux said...

Huh. I better tell my neighbor that his kids are breaking a (future) law when they run around the neighborhood at dusk wearing their lightsticks (for visibility) and carrying their stuffed animals. Wow. 6 year old criminals. What will Sacramentoe think of next? :).

- Badtux the "Is the Leg morons?" Penguin
(*)Answer: Is water wet?

October 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: Too bad they can't be required to actually BE two different parties, instead of a country club full of corporate prostitutes pretending to disagree with each other.

Erik: It goes a lot further back than that, as SW Anderson says below. The earliest jazz was considered "the Devil's music," and that label has been stuck on everything new or different since then.

Jess: Oh my God, you've actually been to one of those Devil-worshiping raves? Don't you realize, 99% of all LSD addicts started off on raves :)

SW: I agree with your description, that she's probably "well meaning but neurotic and confused."

Yes, it's funny how nobody bats an eye at the thousands of deaths caused (indirectly) by alcohol, but if one person overdoses on Ecstasy, we need a huge government crackdown.

BT: Uh oh, those mischievous kids need to be stopped ASAP, or they'll be shooting LSD and smoking Ecstasy before you know it.

October 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it was the Tubes who said it best.........



October 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I wish some of these good-hearted people were as interested in protecting our youth from bullets overseas.

October 13, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Does this mean we can ban party conventions? They're long and make a horrible noise, too.

October 14, 2011 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Sorry, I lose. I only know a few of their songs.

JR: Yup, if only...

Randal: And some of them are high on Jesus, the most dangerous drug of all.

October 14, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Oh, unless you mean "White Punks On Dope."

October 14, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You got it!


October 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

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