February 8th, 2007
State Senator Carl Kruger must have realized what would happen yesterday when he proposed banning iPod use in New York crosswalks. In a testament to the speed of the internet, it took a matter of hours for a blog from the distant Findlay Ohio to pay a snarky tribute to Kruger’s “unfathomable wisdom.”
You get the feeling that this idea is going to be ridiculed a lot in places near and far for the next several days, then forgotten forever.
“Someone please give NY’s state senators something to do,” writes Karol at Alarming News. The Daily News asks: “Would Kruger outlaw daydreaming, too?”
The law probably isn’t going anywhere. Even if it does, will it matter? (what New Yorker actually uses the crosswalk?) Still, this is no time for jokes, writes the Sun, who cites the trans fat ban and a proposed ban on overly thin models in fashion shows to argue that the casual way that government overreaches is a threat to our freedom.
“It seems the idea of the nanny state is floating in the ether and the legislators are being taken over one-by-one in a kind of modern version of invasion of the body snatchers.”
But maybe we should all take comfort in this evidence that Albany is putting the comptroller distraction behind it and getting back to work.By Joshua Brustein on February 8, 2007, 8:17 am
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