This Just in: All Serious Problems in Florida Have Been Solved!

Well, that’s the conclusion one reaches upon reading the following in the St. Petersburg Times: ‘Sagging pants’ bill passes House committee.

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  1. MstrB says:

    You know it could cut down on the number of complaint calls to the authorities by the older population in the state.

  2. Ernieyeball says:

    Here I thought this would be about the Miami-Dade Co recall and resignation.
    Since the term trimming ouster of the CA Gov worked so well the electors in FL just had to try it for themselves.

  3. sam says:

    JJ posted on story on this “subject” a couple of years ago about some mayor who wanted to criminalize sagging pants or some such nonsense. I thought the whole thing was out of Monty Python and wrote this:

    Idle (Judge): What is the charge?

    Cleese (QC): M’lud, the defendant was showing his knickers in public.

    Idle: How say the defense?

    Palin (the other one) of the Bailey: M’lud, my client’s knickers are none of the city’s business.

    Idle: What does the defendant have to say for himself?

    Gilliam (defendant, affecting an English accent): I paid 10 quid for me knickers.

    Cleese: Objection. The price of defendant’s knickers is not at issue.

    Idle (ignores Cleese): 10 quid? (stands up, drops trow) I paid 30 for these.

    Palin: Crikey! You were taken M’lud. (stands up, drops trow, has same knickers as the judge.) I only paid 20.

    Cleese: God’s truth! (drops trow, has same knickers) I paid 25 for these.

    [All three look pointedly at Gilliam. He slowly rises and drops trow, has same knickers as the others.]

    Idle: Counsel and QC will approach the bar. [Palin and Cleese shuffle up to the judge, pants around their ankles. Murmured conversation. They shuffle back to their places.]

    Idle: Defendant is fined 45 pounds payable in cash to the court (Cleese and Palin nod in agreement) and is remanded to custody pending shopping trip to wherever he got his knickers for 10 pounds. Next case

  4. john personna says:

    I think if the pol’s just started sagging all their suit-pants they could kill the fashion in a month.

  5. Moosebreath says:

    And the difference between Florida’s legislators and the Republicans in Congress passing laws to re-affirm “In God We Trust” as our motto (presumably requiring all others to pay cash, as the old joke goes) is?

  6. Herb says:

    Dumb. The thing about fashion trends is that they almost always go out of style. The sagging pants thing? It’s currently going out of style, soon to be replaced by some other look that says “I’m a gangster.”

  7. Franklin says:

    Herb’s right. They’re closing the barn drawers here. Err, doors.

    Of course, the linked article is actually about a student dress code that would presumably limit the number of future style options. And it contains mind-numbingly stupid quotes like, “There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gangraped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute.”

  8. michael reynolds says:

    I blame the parents:

    These ideas are nightmares to white parents
    Whose worst fear is a child with dyed hair and who likes earrings
    Like whatever they say has no bearing, it’s so scary in a house that allows
    no swearing
    To see him walking around with his headphones blaring
    Alone in his own zone, cold and he don’t care
    He’s a problem child
    And what bothers him all comes out, when he talks about
    His fuckin’ dad walkin’ out
    Cause he just hates him so bad that he blocks him out
    If he ever saw him again he’d probably knock him out
    His thoughts are whacked, he’s mad so he’s talkin’ back
    Talkin’ black, brainwashed from rock and rap
    He sags his pants, do-rags and a stocking cap
    His step-father hit him, so he socked him back, and broke his nose
    His house is a broken home, there’s no control, he just let’s his emotions

    — Eminem

  9. deathcar2000 says:

    and dancing, if we learned anything from Footloose it’s that dancing is the root of all evil. get on that florida before it all goes to hell.

    we need to ban dancing and bublegum chewing for the sake of the republic and everything else will sort itself out.