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Our Nation's Descent Into Fascism

OK, it's not as bad as all that, but still, something's wrong with this picture:

CNN is reporting that a New York lawmaker intends to introduce legislation today that would make listening to an iPod while crossing the street illegal in the state, and subject to a hundred dollar fine.

Seems to me that the "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" clause certainly should include listening to my freaking iPod, and if that means that I'm advocating the right to obliviously walk into the path of speeding taxicabs, well, then, that's exactly what I'm doing.

Your iPod use is being targeted

I don't think anyone could argue that the government should take no interest in its citizens' wellbeing:  that was decided a long time ago.  But there is such a thing as going too far, and you see more of that these days than you used to.

I know I usually keep this place all Astros, things stay nice and focused on what's important, but I'm going to have to apologize on this one.  

You don't f&^% with my iPod and expect me to remain silent.