Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A faith that moved mountains!
Don't get caught with your pants down: Tennessee city creates ordinance that makes wearing saggy pants illegal
Standards - and pants - have been slipping in the Tennessee city of Pikeville, where the mayor has decided things have gotten as low as they can go.
Mayor Phil Cagle is the author of an ordinance that will soon see anyone wearing their pants 'more than three inches below the top of the hips' fined for public indecency.
Pikeville is just the latest place in the U.S. to take issue with where young men position their trousers.
Two in Louisiana, Jefferson Davis and Terrebonne Parish have passed ordinances in recent months banning the public wearing of saggy pants with hefty fines for those who choose not to belt up, and others have followed suit in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi.
So why all the palaver over pants?
'All I know is we just don’t want them running around half-naked on our streets,' Cagle told the Times Free Press. 'That’s the bottom line.'
The City Council of Pikesville unanimously approved the ordinance, which will require anyone guilty letting their pants hang 'more than three inches below the top of the hips (crest of the ilium)' to pay a fine of $25 for the first offense, and $50 for each offense thereafter.
'Myself and the City Council, we wanted an ordinance passed in black and white that our officers know what to tolerate and what not to tolerate,' Cagle told the Times Free Press. 'Now they know what we expect, and they know how to handle it.'
Pikeville's ordinance purports to be for the health of its citizens. It states that 'there is evidence that indicates that wearing sagging pants is injurious to the health of the wearer as it causes improper gait.'
The trend for wearing the pants very low on the hips may have originated in the U.S. prison system, where inmates are not allowed to wear belts.
The look was adopted by hip hop culture and by the 1990s, young men around the country were wearing their pants perilously low with underpants-clad buttocks on prominent display.
Even the President addressed the trend in 2008: ‘Brothers should pull up their pants,' Obama said. ‘You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on. Some people might not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them.’
Civil Liberties groups have in the past argued that such bans are ‘unconstitutional’ under the 14th Amendment, which says no citizen should be deprived of ‘life, liberty or property’ and no person should be denied equal protection of the law.
British supermarket accused of racism for dressing MANNEQUIN in outfit matching lead character from 12 Years a Slave next to stand selling DVDs of the film
You've clearly got to be very careful about how you promote DVDs these days
Sainsbury’s has apologised after one of its stores dressed a mannequin in a 'slave outfit' to promote the sale of the 12 Years a Slave DVD.
The Heyford Hill store in Oxford has now been forced to remove the display after a Twitter backlash.
The supermarket chain has since said sorry for the tasteless promotion stand, adding that 'it should clearly have never gone up'.
It featured a barefoot headless mannequin wearing an outfit similiar to that worn by Solomon Northup, the main character of Steve McQueen’s film.
The Oscar winning epic graphically depicts the brutality of slavery.
The model was wearing a beige shirt and cropped black trousers, with a twig in its pocket, and was placed on a stand selling DVD and Blu-ray copies of the film.
Around the model's neck is a sign saying 'new' - although it is not clear whether the clothes themselves were on sale as part of the promotion.
The display was photgraphed and shared on Twitter, where it was roundly condemned as appearing to promote 'how to get the slave look'.
Beautycouture wrote: 'Er... what?! Not sure what Sainsbury's were going for with their 'get the slave look' for the film 12 Years a Slave... #fashionfail
Milena Buyum @MilenaBuyum said: '@sainsburys What the heck is that mannequin doing on your display for 12 years A Slave? You into slave chic now? #slavesburys #wtf'
Lee McEwan @leemcewan, added: 'Sainsbury's shows shoppers how to 'get the slave look' with 12 Years A Slave display mannequin'
A spokesperson later confirmed that the outfit had never been on sale in the store as part of any promotion associated with the film.
London subway driver suspended after angering colleague by putting up a picture of the QUEEN in office
A picture of the Head of State is offensive?? Clearly it was some far-Left nit who got his knickers in a knot
A Tube driver who put up a poster of the Queen at work has been suspended after a colleague accused him of creating a 'hostile' environment.
London Underground has removed the framed A4 image and another picture on a desk from an Essex depot while they investigate the complaint, it has been revealed today.
The suspended driver's union today criticised the 'bizarre' suspension and want it reversed.
But the Central Line worker who complained said the issue was also about wider allegations of bullying and intimidation.
The A4 picture of the Queen and a smaller portrait were removed on Friday, after a year on display.
It is understood that the two drivers had repeatedly clashed over the images because they had 'vastly differing political allegiances', a source told the Evening Standard.
The suspended staff member's union organiser, Finn Brennan said today the driver denied all allegations of harrassment.
'It is extraordinary that a public corporation under the control of Boris Johnson is instructing staff to remove photographs of the Queen. We have written to the company to ask them for an immediate investigation and for this bizarre decision to be reversed,' he told the Standard.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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