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Putting the Punk Back in "Punk"
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman wants the state to use body language on taggers:
Goodman, appearing Wednesday on the "Nevada Newsmakers" television show, said, "In the old days in France, they had beheading of people who commit heinous crimes.

"You know, we have a beautiful highway landscaping redevelopment in our downtown. We have desert tortoises and beautiful paintings of flora and fauna. These punks come along and deface it.

"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor added. "That may be the right thing to do."

Goodman also suggested that whippings or canings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.
I can see it now, rising near the city's New York and Paris-themed casinos: Singapore.

Mode: benighted
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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: November 3rd, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wonder if you could then qualify for SS benefits for disablement. Or would it not apply if it were caused by state-sanctioned punishment for criminal offense? I'm not sure the current SS charts cover that. Which could be one reason you won't see it happening -- too much red tape!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's hard to tie a knot with red tape when you don't have thumbs!
chefxh From: chefxh Date: November 3rd, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
haaaaah HAH ha ha ha haaaaaaa!

Jean Ann got her liguistics Ph.D. there ten or so years ago. Then she and her husband, Bruce Long Peng (another UofA linguist) indentured themselves to the National University of Singapore for three years.

I was afraid for her: outspoken, outrageous, brilliant, and big and loud and blonde...

They hated it there. I missed them so while they were gone -- and no one, I think, was ever gladder to get home to the Great Satan than Jean. Wonder where she is now.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, one thing one learns abroad is that the American in one is harder to kill than one thinks. One does.
From: cut_dead Date: November 3rd, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I added you to my friends list. My name is Phil, and Zoe speaks very highly of you.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Reciprocated. Nice to know you!
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The Land that Time Forgot.
From: code22x Date: November 4th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Singapore is always misunderstood. Canning there are only for serious crimes, otherwise are usually fines $$$. The main problem in Singapore is that laws are fully enforced, and no use to bargain your way out and especially not pay off, unlike most places in Asia. The laws are 'advertised' everywhere and if you commit a crime, you WILL be punished, no matter how rich or who your father is. The canning for the US teenager couple years ago was because he damage public property and cars...cars that worth from US$200,000 to US$500,000. But seriously, if it was my car, that was damaged, I wish it was just couple of canning.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was being funny, but you're right that Singapore sounds better than this. Maybe I should have said "Saudia Arabia" or even "the United States."
flw From: flw Date: November 4th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


When these things popped up in the past, they always seemed kooky. But then I think of all the kooky "conspiracy-minded" things that have occurred in the last--oh, let's say--five years, all the "security", all the walled towns, all the "credit checks", I get a little ill. And now the things are going to start coming faster and faster as they run out of time to push the country as far to the right as possible. I can't even think of all the Right Wing fascist non-sense I've gotten accustomed to in the last five years.

What I am saying is that five years ago this would have been kooky. Now, I am expecting it to actually start happening.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: y'know

You have a point. It's amazing how far we've been forced to retreat over the past two decades. Things Ronald Reagan wouldn't countenance in his most fascistic dreams are now being labeled treasonously liberal.
flw From: flw Date: November 5th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: y'know

and no one remembers the past. It's 1984!
tpratt From: tpratt Date: November 4th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

too funny

You know, describing anything as "beautiful" in Las Vegas is riotous. This Goodman fellow is quite the supermanly type. Was he wearing a rubber gimp suit during his press conference?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: too funny

Totally. Beauty and Las Vegas go together like anchovies and ____________ -- Wait a minute, everything goes well with anchovies!
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