Wednesday, May 10, 2006


-One can now legally get a tattoo in all 50 states. Oklahoma and South Carolina were the last hold outs. The rationale in Oklahoma was that people were going to get them anyway so why not make sure they're able to do that in a safe and clean environment? I wonder how those same lawmakers would react if one applied that rationale to abortion.

-Is Dateline NBC now entirely devoted to online sex predator stings?

-Matt Tully sits down with the flogger candidate.

-I was going to write about the high infant mortality rate in the US, but instead, I'll link to Reverent and Free's post. Our infant mortality rates are on par with Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Malta at the bottom of the rankings for the world's developed nations.

-Big Brother-NSA has a database of American telephone calls. The agency claims it isn't listening, but yet it is tracking the call patterns of ordinary Americans to help in the fight against terrorism. Of the nation's major telephone services only Qwest has refused to yield to the NSA's request.

-I have added Advance Indiana to the blogroll.


Blogger Jason266 said...

Tattoos available's the end of American civilization.

May 11, 2006  
Blogger Nölff said...

We're moving on up.

Yes, Dateline is all sex preditors, like Maury is all paternity tests.

May 11, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Yes, Maury, "You are not the father".

May 11, 2006  
Blogger indygirl said...

Nolff just totally read my mind. One thing you can count on in this world: Maury Pauvich's paternity tests.

It really is the correct rationale for many prohibitions. Abortion, drugs, tattoos, etc.

May 11, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

I agree, Indy.

May 11, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

After all, the only women who get breast cancer are already damned because you only get cancer if you'd had an abortion...

(steps off of large soapbox)

May 11, 2006  
Blogger Robyn said...

I'm originally from Oklahoma. Tattoos, the lottery and porn were a few things that were illegal in there when I was growing up.

When driving to Texas on I-35, even before you get to the visitor center, there's a massive XXX shopping mall. You could also buy 6 point beer there, where as in Oklahoma the legal alcohol content was 3.2 point. Drinking games were a joke.

While in Texas, you also were at liberty to tattoo and pierce anything you deemed necessary, but why bother? You guys should see my prison tats.

May 11, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, 3.2 beer is a joke. I had heard of it, but I never had to try it until I went to Denver. It's not even worth my time.

I always love it when state businesses capitalize on other state's restrictive laws. Indiana does it with firework stands at every interstate entrance.

May 11, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Johnson said...

I wonder if the infant mortality rate took into account the rampant drug and alcohol use during pregnancies. If crack babies are figured in, it's no wonder our rate is higher.

As far as the collection of phone records, what the NSA has collected is really no different than you having a phone book. Big deal. Keep in mind that Qwest is ONE of FOUR companies. Three other companies didn't see anything wrong with the request and complies. Those kind of numbers suggest that Qwest was in the wrong, not vice versa.

May 12, 2006  
Blogger Butchieboy said...

Dateline is funny.

May 13, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...


It's good to see you around again. Crack babies are a myth. Of course, there are ill effects caused by cocaine, but they have been greatly exaggerated.

Besides, a week or two ago, I had post which dealt with the issue that Americans rich and poor are in worse health than England. This is an issue which affects Americans across the board.

My phone book does keep a log of all of the calls that I make. I don't know, I just expect a certain level of privacy.

May 13, 2006  

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