Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dalton McGuinty, part-timer

Just in case you Ontarians are still depressed about Rogers Cable offering a free weekend of art movies and then, uh, pulling out at the last minute, take some solace in this:

There exists a legislator, in a bordering jurisdiction, who is a bigger busybody than Dalton McGuinty. Check it:
In 2004 [New York State Democratic Assemblyman Felix] Ortiz introduced a law that would require every car sold in New York to come equipped with an ignition interlock device. Motorists would need to blow into a tube and pass an alcohol breath test before the car would start, then perform the test again every 20 to 40 minutes.

In just the first four months of 2005 Ortiz has introduced laws that would ban all cell phone use while driving (including hands-free); ban pornography from newsstands; force consumers to show two forms of identification when using a credit card; test all public school children for diabetes; ban expiration dates on retail gift certificates; ban alcohol billboard advertisements within a mile of every school and day care center; require nutritional labeling on restaurant menus; measure the fat of every public school student; and impose a "fat tax," not just on junk food but also on "videogames, commercials and movies."

Dalton, you piker.

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