Virginians' underwear gets national attention
The Virginia General Assembly is getting some national press for what may be one of the dumbest pieces of legislation ever considered by the body. Delegate Algie Howell has introduced a bill to levy a $50 fine against anyone whose underwear is displayed in a "lewd or indecent manner." The story is covered here, here, and here (among other places).
Ok, so there's no chance this bill will be passed, but why introduce it in the first place? Clearly it is intended to please some constituents who are offended by low-riding pants. But why can't Delgate Howell simply explain to them that such a bill is both foolish and pointless. Ignoring the obvious problems with enforcing such a law, this bill represents what George Allen likes to call "the nanny state" at its worst.
Besides, I am quite certain that public scorn and ridicule are much more effective deterrents than a $50 fine that will never be enforced. Thus, if you are offended by something that someone is wearing you'd be better off simply loudly saying "Oh my God, look at that guy's clothes! I can't believe he's wearing that!" than asking your legislator to outlaw such attire.