Mass. residents vote for gov't to regulate what words come out of their mouth

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    What a bunch of idiots.

    Town swears off swearing, passes $20 profanity fine - CSMonitor.com

    The measure could raise questions about First Amendment rights, but state law does allow towns to enforce local laws that give police the power to arrest anyone who "addresses another person with profane or obscene language" in a public place.
     
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    Now children, we will define the meanings of "addressing another person", "person", "profane" and "obscene" AND we will list all currently spoken languages containing words which have sounds resembling obscenities when spoken in the context of any other language. I might want to say "fox" in German...which is "fuck" in English!

    Massachusetts is second only to California in the generation of obscenely ridiculous laws.
     
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    This law is even dumber than California's law against frisbee throwing on the beach.
     
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    I wonder how many fines a construction worker would get if a heavy piece of equipment falls on his leg, breaking it in the middle of the city.

    "Well I'm in incredible agony, but I don't want to get a bunch of fines. Oh fudge my leg hurts!! Gosh darnit my bone is sticking out!!"
     
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    Fuck Massachusetts!
     
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    Going to play devil's advocate here for a second: How is this any different than criminally punishing people who verbally threaten others?
     
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    Far dumber. The beach nearly always is windy here, and requires a very heavy frisbee to be accurate. I've seen a kid get knocked out cold by a 14 gram frisbee.
     
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    Threatening someone is a planned thing with the intention of causing someone else harm, can't say that's always the case with swearing.
     
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    This law wasn't proposed to stop construction workers with broken legs from using profanity and complaining but to combat groups of teenagers who would confront people in public, surround them and scream profanities at them because it amused them to be able to do this. The teens know that no one is going to hit them, shove them out of the way, or even verbally abuse them back. As children they have special protections. Now the public has some special protections too.
     
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    Who gives a damn what the supposed original intention was?
     

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