The Watering Hole; Thursday January 8 2015; Hoodies

Only in Oklahoma (so far, at least). Headline: New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime. 

HoodieOklahoma lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill this February that would make it illegal to wear hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies,” in public . . . Republican Senator Don Barrington will introduce the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to “wear a mask, hood, or covering” either while committing a crime or in order to intentionally conceal one’s identity . . . CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin took on the issue [and] argued that hoodie bans are similar to previous bans on sagging pants . . . (etc.)

 I can see their point. Sorta. I mean, hey, I have two hoodies and . . . hmmm. Wait one. I only wear them to keep warm on really cold and crappy days, never just to conceal my identity or commit a crime. Hmmm. Hoodies, crime . . . makes me wonder if former VA Gov. McDonnell wore a hoodie whilst he was taking bribes? No one has said one way or the other, at least as far as I know. But now down there in Florida, Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie AND carrying some iced tea and a bag of skittles when he was shot and killed because self-defense, right? Ermmm . . . oh wait, he was blahhh — THAT’S the crime, right? I think I’m finally gittin’ it!

Tricky dilemma to deal with legislatively though, but I’m thinking maybe the Okies should simply outlaw blahh dudes in hoodies, maybe let everybody else (well, ‘cept for Injuns, A-rabs, Messicans, people who believe in global warming, you know the type) wear ’em ‘cept when they’re robbing banks and stuff. Hmmm. Tricky tricky.

Boy, talk about a complicated and complex issue! But it’s the best reason I can think of to stay out of Oklahoma (well, maybe not the BEST reason, but certainly one of the top fifty)! I do hope, though, that the anti-hoodie fever doesn’t spread. I mean, if hoodies are to be illegal everywhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just imprison the corporate masters who make and sell them? That could work, couldn’t it? Maybe with a Constitutional amendment . . . ??

When I lived in Arizona, one day I was out wandering around in the McDowell mountains N.E. of Scottsdale when I ran across a hoodied whatchacallit there on the desert. It’s beyond me why I wasn’t scared outta my wits, why I didn’t call the authorities and report

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe travesty. I guess it was because right there next to the hoodied criminal was what surely must  have been God’s foot, positioned and ready to punt the bad guy into the next universe! Besides, since they were all made of wind-sculpted granite and therefore not much of a threat, I stopped, set up my 4×5 camera on its tripod and took the above shot, all-the-while feeling every bit as safe as people will soon feel in Oklahoma!

Meanwhile, in other related Wingnuttistanian crime news Pat Robertson points out that Bob McDonnell, Like Adam, Was Seduced By A Woman Into Corruption — still no word on whether either McDonnell or the “woman” were wearing a hoodie during said criminal seduction, however.






49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday January 8 2015; Hoodies

  1. Impressive photo! Great angle!

    Fortunate most monks are cloistered or they’d be arrested for wearing their cowl in public.

  2. Hoodie is code for thug in many places and I think businesses shouldn’t be in the business of telling people what to wear.”

    Unless they’re in the fashion business. Then they should.

  3. I have a dozen hoodies from my Alma mater with the school logo and school colors plastered all over them.
    I like them because they are warm.

    You can’t legislate common sense.

  4. I wore my hoodie out to get the newspaper this morning.
    It kept my head warm and no crimes were committed in the process.

  5. From C&L this morning:

    Here’s what bothers me about how the news cycle is running right now. We have a heinous mass shooting in Paris that killed 12 people. It’s tragic and horrible. We also know who the suspects are and they’ve either been killed or rounded up.

    On the other hand, we have an attempt to possibly bomb a chapter of the NAACP or the barbershop next door that serves mostly black people, and there’s radio silence. For people living in this country, domestic terrorism is something that is far more likely to strike close to home than international terrorism. It’s newsworthy.

    Can’t the media focus on two things at once?

    The guy in Colorado was a balding 40-something white guy driving a dirty white pickup. He clearly ain’t a terrist cuz he’s white and ain’t a Muslim. Besides, he didn’t kill nobody, just made a statement ’bout them blahhh folks and outfits that stick up fer them lazy bums.

    It’s so simple.

  6. QOTD:

    “I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no credit. It perhaps sounds a bit pompous, but I prefer to die standing than living on my knees,” – Stephane Charbonnier, the publishing director of Charlie Hebdo, killed yesterday morning along with 11 others.

  7. A man wearing a hoodie driving a truck through neighborhood taking peoples trash.
    Is this normal this time of year?

    • Was he blahh? Muslim? Arab? Mexican? Injun? If so, you’d better scream out in fear and call somebody with a gun!

      If he was white, no sweat. He’s probably working his job, earning money to support his family and church. And most certainly ain’t no lazy bum terrist.

  8. Damn good question even if we all know the answer:

    Hartmann: Why Won’t The Media Call Out Republicans?

    HARTMANN: The agenda of the Republican party is very simple and straight forward. It’s more money for the rich. Less benefits for the poor. “Less government” or “smaller government” is merely a catchphrase that means no social safety net. The Republican mantra is to hell with unemployment benefits — and I don’t understand why the Democrats didn’t run on this last November, two months ago — the Republicans have been holding hostage for 14 months now an extension of long-term unemployment benefits. That to me is one hell of a big deal.

    But the media refuses to talk about it. I know that Bernie Sanders, Peter DeFazio, Keith Ellison, there’s a number of good members of Congress who have spoken out and spoken out loudly about how the Republicans were holding unemployment benefits hostage. It never gets reported in the media.

    • Media chooses deliberately to have GOP on their ‘shows’ with their talking points unchallenged…. any other opinions are almost never seen.

      Sites like Media Matters and C&L track the statistics, Sunday shows and so on….. heavily skewed to right wingers…. all the time.

    • I have an idea: how about a constitutional amendment that mandates Fox News be mandated to live in and broadcast from Gitmo (since it’ll soon be largely vacant anyway)? And then we could jam their broadcasts and quit sending them food, etc., unless/until they agree to accept waterboarding and being strapped to walls as everyday Pro-Amurka stuff.

      I should probably stop now, before I get carried away. Still . . .

    • The quote near the end of the video, about not being able to see the color of the bad guys’ skin, is just so fucking breath-taking.

  9. Hitchens’ words – about how religious fundamentalists of all stripes defend each other when it comes to secular free speech, in 2007 – prove prescient:

    “Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, a U.S. organization that “defends the rights of Catholics,” issued a statement [yesterday] titled “Muslims are right to be angry.” In it, Donohue criticized the publication’s history of offending the world’s religiously devout, including non-Muslims. The murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier “didn’t understand the role he played in his [own] tragic death,” the statement reads. “Had [Charbonnier] not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive,” Donohue says, in what must be one of the more offensive and insensitive comments made on this tragic day.”

    I miss Hitchens more and more.

  10. The WaPo article that criticizes Donohue’s ridiculous comments (quoted above) about ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and the idea that offensive speech ought to be censored contains this ironic, cowardly disclaimer:

    Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article included images offensive to various religious groups that did not meet the Post’s standards, and should not have been published. They have been removed.

    • ‘Laser’ Haas posts regularly at Democratic Underground under the screenname ‘laserhaas’. I’ve been reading the progression of this suit for a while now.
      His journal has all of his posts, plus other stuff he’s put up there.

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