Guns, Booze, and Tennessee Legislators

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Oct 122011
TN Rep Curry Todd

TN Rep. Curry Todd (R-Collierville)

Not too long ago the Teabagger crazy in the Tennessee Legislature decided it would be a good idea to roll back restrictions on where a person shouldn’t carry guns.  So Rep. Curry Todd decided it would be a good idea to introduce a law allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into bars. Because, you know, guns and drunks are always a successful combination…if your wish is to clean up the gene pool.

Unfortunately, Rep. Todd forgot about another law in Tennessee making it illegal to be in possession of a fireman when intoxicated. It also appears he forgot about the law against driving drunk because he was caught doing both. According to the Associated Press:

Police say in court documents that the Collierville Republican was pulled over in Nashville late Tuesday. He allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer. A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console.

I’m betting Rep. Todd’s next bill will be a repeal of the laws making it illegal to be drunk and packing, and who knows, he might just try to repeal the drunk diving law, then he won’t have to worry about it.

As is usual from the Republican Teabaggers, there’s been no comment.

UPDATE: Well, here’s the mugshot. Definitely someone I want armed.

News Wrap Up- January 25, 2008

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Jan 252008

While drunk driving is never a good idea, Jeannine Marie Canfield, 53, of Tampa, took even that too far when she side-swiped a deputies patrol car early this morning, then kept going. Canfield faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash with damage, possession of a drug without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance. It seems she also had 55 Valium pills in a prescription bottle with a conflicting label and 52 Flexural pills, for which she did not have a prescription.

Prison Contraband Arrests – News Channel 8
Oops, it seems that 11 people have been arrested for smuggling contraband into the Federal Prison in Bushnell. Nine are prison employees, one is an inmate, and the other is a girlfriend of a prison worker. They were taking in heroin, cigarettes (at $100/pack) and cell phones for $2,000. I’m just wondering prisoner has that kind of money?

Sangria in VA
I read a story today about a restaurant owner being fined $2,000 in VA because they served Sangria. Apparently, in the Commonwealth of VA, it’s illegal to mix wine or beer with spirits. I guess that means boiler makers are also illegal in VA. I was talking to someone who lives there today, and told him they needed to come on into the 20th century…never mind joining the rest of us in the 21st, just get to the 20th century.

New Port Richey Middle School Links to Porn Site – TBO
A web domain transfer resulted in a link on the Gulf Middle School linking to a gay porn site. OK, so fix it, but you would not believe the big deal being made about. Letters to parents, and all sorts of crap. This apparently comes after a TV report that student at Gulf could link from the school’s resource officer’s MySpace page to one of his friends, and then on to a sex site. Good grief, is this all reporters have to do…check three levels of links from every school resource officer’s website.

News for the Week of Nov. 2, 2007

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Nov 022007

Fatalities in N.C. Beach FireThe New York Times
Fire engulfed a beach house at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina early Sunday morning. Ocean Isle is about 30 miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C. It is unclear how many people were in the house, but the reports it was college students possibly from the University of South Carolina. Approximately six were taken to the hospital, but there were deaths from the fire.

UPDATE: It now appears about six people were injured and seven died in the fire. They were mostly USC and Clemson students.

Happy Birthday to the NYC Subway SystemSlate
This past weekend marked the 103rd anniversary of the opening of the New York City Subway system. It’s now the largest subway system in the world.

Couple Arrested for DUI – Dayton Daily News
A Michigan was stopped and given a prelimary breath test which Police said read above the 0.08 limit. He had his 12 year old son in the car, so police told him to call his mother to come pick him. She arrived with the couple’s 9 year old daughter in the car, and was found to be drunk herself.

Dog Shoots HunterDayton Daily News
James Harris of Tama, Iowa was shot by his dog on opening day of Pheasant season. Harris was hunting with a group, and a bird was shot. He laid his gun on the ground to climb a fence to get the bird, and his dog stepped on the gun, causing it to discharge and put 100-140 pellets into Harris’ calf. I wonder if there’s any chance of getting this dog on any of Dick Cheney’s hunting trips?

The Sky Falls In OhioPlanetout News
Either the sky is falling or hell has frozen, but an out gay person has been appointed as a judge in Ohio. A former Dayton city commissioner is Ohio’s first openly gay judge after being appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland, the Washington Blade reported. Mary Wiseman is replacing Common Pleas Court Judge John Kessler, who retires Wednesday.