Sunday, January 22, 2012

In Texas

Rhonda over at Laugh Quotes has that Silly Sunday Meme going. 
What's sillier than a bunch of bureaucrats getting together to save us from ourselves?

Overreaching government is nothing new. Some examples from my state;

Texas Law says;

·  A recently passed anti-crime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours’ notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
·  It is unlawful for a person to consume an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle upon a public roadway, if the person is observed doing so by a peace officer.
·  When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
·  It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don't need a windshield, but you must have the wipers.
·  You can be legally married by publicly introducing a person as your husband or wife 3 times.
·  A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.
·  It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
·  It is illegal to milk another person's cow. 
·  It is illegal to idle or loiter anyplace within the corporate limits of the city for the purpose of flirting or mashing.
·  Wire cutters cannot be carried in your pocket.
·  Collegiate football is banned at Lamar University.
·  It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.
El Paso
·  Churches, hotels, halls of assembly, stores, markets, banking rooms, railroad depots, and saloons are required to provide spittoons "of a kind and number to efficiently contain expectorations into them."
·  Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday.
·  It is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.
·  It is illegal to drive a motor car down Broadway before noon on Sundays.
·  It is illegal to take more than three swallows of beer while standing.
Lubbock County
·  It is illegal to drive within an arm's length of alcohol - including alcohol in someone else's blood stream.
·  It is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
Port Arthur
·  Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.
·  It is now illegal to place a "for sale" sign on a car if it visible from the street.
·  It is illegal to do "U Turns".
San Antonio
·  It is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
·  It is illegal to urinate on the Alamo.
·  No one may ride a horse and buggy through the town square.
·  You can ride your horse in the saloon.
·  Cattle thieves may be hanged on the spot.
·  Owners of horses may not ride them at night without tail lights.


  1. What a funny state you live in! I thought the train was was going to be my favorite until I got close to the bottom of the list. The haircuts win, and just curious who decides what is unusual. thanks for linking up!

    1. Yeah, it sounds kind of silly, but you should see some of the haircuts in Mesquite. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the shout-out

  2. Doesn't surprise me. Look at the quality people you've elected as governors... not that Tennessee politicians are any better.


    1. I've lived in Tennessee, and of all states, it's the most like Texas, believe it or not. Thankfully our state constitution, and a part-time legislature, prevents the governor from doing too much damage.