Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Image

California Legislature Declares "Cuss-Free" Week 262

Posted by samzenpus
from the f#*k-those-f@^king-f%&kers dept.
shewfig writes "The California legislature, which previously tried to ban incandescent light bulbs, just added to the list of banned things ... swear words! Fortunately, the measure only applies for the first week of March, and compliance is voluntary — although, apparently, there will be a 'swear jar' in the Assembly and the Governor's mansion. No word yet on whether the Governator intends to comply."

*

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

California Legislature Declares "Cuss-Free" Week

Comments Filter:
  • by Monkey-Man2000 (603495) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:17PM (#31289956)
    what a fucking waste of time
  • by mudshark (19714) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:18PM (#31289966)
    Fuck that.
    • by tbird20d (600059)
      I understand the somewhat easy humor here, but I've never completely understood the desire to intentionally offend people often displayed by the most rampant cussers out there. I think that somehow people who intentionally cuss think they are "stickin' it to the Man", when "the Man" is nowhere to be seen.
      • You've never felt the need to push the button labeled: "DO NOT PRESS"?

        "the Man" is in California, and he's telling people not to cuss for a week. By cussing in response, we are showing that his efforts to control others is only bringing about more of the very activity that he hopes to diminish. Any legislature that seeks to restrict the people should be met with such an attitude. I'd say it's what a good citizen would do.

        So I'll second the motion,
        Fuck that.
        • by sconeu (64226)

          Actually, the correct response is "Fuck that shit".

          Fixed it for ya.

          • by xaxa (988988)

            Reminds me of a song I like:

            Don't tell me how to talk or how to live my life
            (Fuck that shit, fuck that shit)
            Every time I'm right a little part of you die
            (Fuck that shit, fuck that shit)
            Should I ever be punished for crossing the line
            (Fuck that shit, fuck that shit)
            It was made for those who can't think for themselves
            (Fuck that shit, fuck that shit)

            A little part of you die! (x16) ...

            Revolt!
            It's revolution!
            Bring out the guillotine!

            Combichrist -- Fuck that Shit [youtube.com]

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by glenn.ramsey (1668759)
        Speaking as a "rampant cusser" myself, I can say that I am in now way "stickin' it to the Man" when I use curse words. Truth be told, I'll never fully understand why words get classified as curse words. They're simply another part of language used to convey extreme emotions. Sure, one could choose other words to display such emotions, but would it be as effective and why? Is it because some group of people decided that such words are offensive and this classification has been propagated throughout the gene
      • by gilgongo (57446)

        I understand the somewhat easy humor here, but I've never completely understood the desire to intentionally offend people often displayed by the most rampant cussers out there. I think that somehow people who intentionally cuss think they are "stickin' it to the Man", when "the Man" is nowhere to be seen.

        Perhaps, but swearing is a very mysterious thing and the whole attitude against it baffles me. Depending on the context, swearing can cause as much comfort and amusement as it does shock and anger. Personally, I find swearing uplifting if it's done well (google Philip Larkin [youtube.com]), and simply embarrassing if not. 10 year-old doesn't know how to swear - its a bit like hearing a beginner playing a violin. Adults generally do, and it aids their communication no end. Emotional connection is greatly curtailed by not

  • by BadAnalogyGuy (945258) <BadAnalogyGuy@gmail.com> on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:19PM (#31289980)

    Give me your clothes.

  • Of course (Score:4, Insightful)

    by camperdave (969942) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:22PM (#31290004) Journal
    Of course, this story is going to generate the largest collection of cuss-word containing posts that Slashdot has seen in months. Maybe even all but one of the posts will contain cuss-words.
    • by Arthur Grumbine (1086397) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:14PM (#31290716) Journal

      Maybe even all but one of the posts will contain cuss-words.

      Not this one. Belgium.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by sconeu (64226)

        Oh come on. There is absolutely no way in hell that Slashdot could be considered a Serious Screenplay.

        • by owlstead (636356)

          Not a serious screenplay? It plays on my screen and it is as serious as you make it :)

    • by Rary (566291)

      Maybe even all but one of the posts will contain cuss-words.

      All but two, actually.

      Not only that, but of course this story gets tagged "censorship", even though the whole point of this is to merely ask people not to swear for one week. Absolutely no enforcement whatsoever is happening.

      (Cue the "...for now" comments in 3... 2... 1...)

      Don't get me wrong, I think it's a silly waste of time, and I wonder if CA politicians don't have actual issues to attempt to address. But this is a huge non-story.

  • Granola (Score:5, Funny)

    by ArhcAngel (247594) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:23PM (#31290022)

    Fruits,
    Nuts,
    Flakes,
    Pelosi
    .
    .
    .
    Profit?

  • working hard...or (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TornCityVenz (1123185) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:23PM (#31290024) Homepage Journal
    Good to see that with schools going down the toilet, a budget spirally out of control and more and more companies moving out of the area...the legislature is hard at work.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Knara (9377)

      Next they'll make a law that states people have the right to not be offended on the Internet.

    • by dgatwood (11270)

      Good to see that with schools going down the toilet, a budget spirally out of control and more and more companies moving out of the area...the legislature is hard at work.

      No, you're thinking too narrowly again. The "swear jar" in the state house is actually their solution to the school funding problems. Estimates are that it will bring in upwards of $2 million per day in added revenue.

      • by Belial6 (794905)
        That won't do us any good. They will just use the money to install more stadium lights and water slides. Yes. That's right. Here in California, they claim we don't have the money to buy books, but somehow have the money for stadium lights and waterslides [google.com] in our High Schools. That's right. The water slide that you can see for yourself is in a High School pool.
        • by compro01 (777531)

          Here is the primary problem.

          50%+1 to approve (and thus make mandatory) spending
          66%+1 to approve taxes to pay for spending

          Add in overly short term limits, current economic issues, and other miscellany, and you have a recipe for things getting screwed up.

    • by bazorg (911295)
      where you come from governments don't multitask?
    • Profanity often can nudge interaction towards less restrained and thoughtful expression. The budget didn't spiral out of control by itself; it broke down because of (a) the laws surrounding how budgeting is to be done (b) the fact that the two parties couldn't work with each other.

      Discouraging profanity won't fix problem (a), but it might make problem (b) somewhat more tractable.

    • Yet another example of the sway held by special interests, like the incredibly influential Knights of Standards and Practices [southparkstudios.com]. Too long have their outdated ways oppressed the advancement of dragon-kind. Free Geldon!!

  • Fuck Off! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Jerrry (43027)

    Fuck that shit!

  • Voluntary.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by headkase (533448) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:25PM (#31290064)
    .... For now.
  • Otherwise they would not do such stupid and utterly pointless publicity stunts.

    This is also counterproductive, as cussing is part of normal and healty human behaviour. Banning cussing will only serve to cause people to built up anger without outlet. Maybe they should rename this the "promoting senseless violence week", which is more what this is likely to do.

    • by sjames (1099)

      You don't realize it, but you've uncovered the answer. They ban cussing so people's frustrations build without an outlet. Then, just as they're about to blow, they get loaded into a combustion chamber so it will power a gas turbine.

      They reduce the population, get free renewable power, and all that inheritance flying around to be taxed fixes the budget shortfall.

  • Well, that sure beats the shit out of raising taxes!
  • by orthancstone (665890) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:29PM (#31290118)
    Do ya have to use so many cuss words?
  • Subject says it all!

  • Just think.... with the money spent passing such nonsense, dozens of teachers or police officers could have been employed.

    *sighs*

    • by drpimp (900837)
      That was definitely the ad I was thinking of when I heard this yesterday on NPR. Although there they called it 'cuss jar' which doesn't quite have the same ring.
      Another quote that comes to mind when I hear this, yet slightly reverse context ... FUCK YOU, PAY ME
    • by Drathos (1092)

      I was thinking more along the lines of Demolition Man [youtube.com].

  • ...you are fined one half credit for violation of the verbal moralities statute.

    • Actually, it's "You are fined one-half credit for a sotto voce violation of the verbal moralities statute." An outright violation is one credit.

      I really should find something more productive to do.

      • Yeah, but that's still a few decades into the future. I'm figuring it's a good a half-credit now, adjusting for inflation.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by ElKry (1544795)
      Coincidentally, the very same movie that talks about President Schwarzenegger and the amendments to the Constitution made to allow him to run for President of the USA.
  • by thedbp (443047) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:36PM (#31290214)

    They can appeal to the Moral "Majority" by saying "Hey! Let's not swear for a week, and we'll set up a swear jar too!" but really what they're saying is "Hey, you cocksucker motherfuckers! We fucking know you can't control your goddamn language you bastards, so cough up some fucking dough!" Great way to get some money in CA's coffers. They are struggling, and with all the filthy language that flies around that very liberal patch of land, this could very well lead to serious revenue.

    Yes, I'm being facetious.

  • Here. [penny-arcade.com]

  • Role Models (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tsiangkun (746511) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:42PM (#31290286) Homepage
    Frequently I like to embrace the role models in our government and
    use word placement to make a point. Arnold did this, and it was
    clear what his intentions were. I applaud our government for
    keeping their promises on this critical piece of legislation.

    Year after year tax payer money gets thrown away on
    one stupid idea after another. Unless we can educated the
    uneducated, these movie stars will continue to rule.

    America needs leadership that can dedicate a week to getting
    results. A week just to stop swearing at each other, that is
    not even a good start. We need a week away from faith in
    our markets to fix everything. We need a week of using
    logic to solve problems. We need to vote third party, the
    democrats and republics are colluding, but they call it compromise.
  • I didn't look too hard, but I couldn't find the text.

    If it was written by lawmakers, it should be long and rambling, and I am hoping to find the list of proscribed words, otherwise how will I know if I am in compliance?

    Or are they just sticking to the classics; Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits.

    Tits? seriously? Piss doesn't seem like a swear word anymore either.
    • by Hatta (162192) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:13PM (#31290684) Journal

      Tits? seriously? Piss doesn't seem like a swear word anymore either.

      Tits doesn't even belong on the list, you know. It's such a friendly sounding word. It sounds like a nickname. 'Hey, Tits, come here. Tits, meet Toots, Toots, Tits, Tits, Toots.' It sounds like a snack doesn't it? Yes, I know, it is, right. But I don't mean the sexist snack, I mean, New Nabisco Tits. The new Cheese Tits, and Corn Tits and Pizza Tits, Sesame Tits Onion Tits, Tater Tits, Yeah. Betcha can't eat just one. That's true I usually switch off . But I mean that word does not belong on the list.

      -snip-

      The reason Piss and Cunt are on the list is that a long time ago certain ladies said 'Those are the two I am not going to say. I don't mind Fuck and Shit, but P and C are out. P and C are out.' Which led to such stupid sentences as 'OK, you fuckers, I am going to tinkle now.'

      RIP George, you dead fucker.

  • by mikem170 (698970) on Friday February 26, 2010 @04:44PM (#31290318) Homepage

    I often wonder why so many people are offended by cuss words...

    What makes these words so different? Is it religion? Brainwashed upbringing that gets passed on? Is it a class thing? Act good around me or I'll assume you are bad? They are just words, after all. What is the real difference between poop and shit? Very awesome and fucking awesome?

    At worst cuss words are a reflection on someone's poor vocabulary. At best they are colorful. I have a similar reaction to someone saying "like, I was, like, going to go, like, to the store and like this guy like said..." as I would to someone peppering their conversation wish unnecessary swear words.

    I'd be curious to hear from those who is truly offended by cuss words. Why? What would be the problem with the FCC allowing cussing on TV during the day?

    Just something I wonder about sometimes...

    • I assume the idea of swearing/cussing comes from the biblical injunction "not to take the lord's name in vain". How exactly that was twisted into covering all these other terms which are not obviously related to the lord's name is unknown to me.

    • by Inda (580031)
      I like to think of swearing as colourful. I particularly like the use of tmesis - the art of injection a swearword in the middle of another word. Not your common, ordin-fucking-ary swearword injection, it's got to be funny. The Australians do it best.

      But no swearing on the TV during the day please. It's vulgar. There's a time and place for it. With people you trust. It's nasty hearing a young child effin and jeffin...

      Why aren't people offended when I say "do one"? Everyone knows what I'm really saying.
    • Bringing up bodily functions and using insults in conversation is generally rude. "Fucking awesome" is indeed diluted by unrelated uses, but it still is awkward for those of us who frequently hear it in the literal sense.
    • A large part of it is that they are used almost exclusively in a negative context. My girlfriend doesn't like me using what she calls 'ugly' words around her daughter. This includes words like 'stupid' and 'ugly.' She wants her daughter to grow up to be a nice person, and using nice words is the first step in that direction.

      Granted, I often do swear without an offensive meaning (e.g. 'Fuck it's hot today') but young children probably won't pick up on the subtleties so she tries to keep them from her until s

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      I'm glad you brought this up. Let me turn this question around a bit.

      I'm not actively offended by profanity. I grew up with it, hear it at work, in the media--about like we all do, I suppose. But even if I'm not actively offended by it, I'm not actively impressed by it either. Are you?

      I suppose I may have had a bit of a "brainwashed upbringing" in that I had parents who were concerned that I learn to speak English well and communicate effectively. English is a language with an extraordinarily broad
  • I expect many Slashdotters will dismiss this as some kind of "censorship", although it's voluntary and apparently intended to be good-natured. I think it's a good thing.

    One of my favorite definitions of courtesy is "acting so that those around you are most comfortable". All too often, people who use swear words are completely oblivious to those around them who would rather not hear them. I'm not in favor of any heavy-handed tactics on the part of government (or anyone else) to curb people's non-illega
    • I keep hearing how tough things are in California, and how many problems they have. I also hear legislators constantly talking about the need to "do something" about these problems, because (of course), if *they* don't do anything about problems, they never get solved.

      So it seems to be, at best, a frivolous waste of time for them to worry about swearing. No matter how voluntary and good-natured this thing is, they still took up the time of legislators that (presumably) have more important things to worry a

    • by russotto (537200)

      One of my favorite definitions of courtesy is "acting so that those around you are most comfortable". All too often, people who use swear words are completely oblivious to those around them who would rather not hear them.

      I'm uncomfortable around those who are offended by my language. The need to constantly invent circumlocutions for "offensive" words, and the distractions engendered when such circumlocutions are skipped and someone takes offense, add significant effort to discourse... which may, in fact,

      • by taustin (171655)

        I'm not uncomfortable by people who are offended by my language. I simply don't care about them at all.

        I am, however, very offended by people who believe they, and only they, have the right to tell me what words I am allowed to use, while I am not allowed to tell them what words they are allowed to use. Such people are not trying to make the world a better place, despite their politically correct lies. They are trying to make the world their place, and only theirs.

        I hereby declare the first week of March to

  • Should be interesting.
    Have they considered there are many ways one can curse?
    I suspect they have not
    Totally ineffectual law if you ask me.
    A law on being polite? Workable? No...what's the word I am looking for?
    Best.
    Law.
    Ever.
  • good luck. Furlough Fridays, closing state parks, etc and "Cuss-Free" would take an Act of God.
    I'll be back.

  • The obligatory (Score:3, Informative)

    by sdnoob (917382) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:01PM (#31290550)

    Shit
    Piss
    Fuck
    Cunt
    Cocksucker
    Motherfucker
    Tits

  • by Ostracus (1354233) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:02PM (#31290560) Journal

    " Fortunately, the measure only for the first week of March, and compliance is voluntary — although, apparently, there will be a 'swear jar' in the Assembly and the Governor's mansion. No word yet on whether the Governator intends to comply.""

    Governors office:
    Scene: Two aides about to get chewed out.
    Governor walks over to the swear jar and puts in a $100. Apparently it's going to be a long night.

  • You're fucking kidding me...

    Seriously - with all of the issues in my great home state, THIS is how they're spending their time in the legislature?

    What a bunch of retarded fucking asshats. Fuck the fucking fuckers.

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:09PM (#31290636)
    Give them at ticket every time they swear, and at least they'll have something to wipe their ass with!
  • by Pinky (738) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:14PM (#31290694) Homepage

    The next step is to put a little box on the wall with speech recognition. Then it could print out a fine automatically..

    ".. you have been fined 1 credit for a violation of the verbal morality..."

  • Now that the shitty Californian budget clusterfuck is solved, the cocksuckers in the legislature can get on to fucking some other shit up.

  • Really. That state has major, major problems. Another few years of this kind of governing will lead to California being the "Greece" of the US. We need to take a hard look at what's happening to the EU when one of their member states has serious financial problems. Then look at California's tanking credit rating (lowest of any US state) and historic inability to balance even a basic operating budget, even during good years!

  • by HTH NE1 (675604) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:35PM (#31290980)

    The Governator responded with his catchphrase, "Fuck you asshole," which previously he only used in his R-rated movies. He then added, "You are one ugly motherfucker."

  • Since the Federal Gov't effectively banned incandescent light-bulbs with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007... I hope they aren't leading the way on this also

  • Frell this dren!

  • by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Friday February 26, 2010 @05:54PM (#31291180)
    Too many people were swearing at the legislature for their brain dead performance, so this is how they fix it.
  • And say you can stick your fucking no swear week up your fucking ass...
  • by steppin_razor_LA (236684) on Friday February 26, 2010 @07:05PM (#31291896) Homepage Journal

    I don't think I've ever said this before, but this actually makes me embarrassed to be a Californian.

  • by jamesh (87723) on Friday February 26, 2010 @07:30PM (#31292212)

    Fsck swearing... I want to hear them go a whole month (or even an hour) without saying any word starting with the letter 's' or something creative like that. The person that breaks the rule the most gets to sit on one of those seats over a tub of water that you throw tennis balls at a target and if you hit it dumps them in. Or even better, a bucket of slime over everyone's head that gets poured on them whenever they say "I don't know".

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr

Working...