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If you could create a law, what would it be?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 4, 2011

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“I’d create a law to eliminate all the stupid laws.”

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“I would make it to where bodies have to be cremated. I think cemeteries are a waste of land.”

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“I’d like for Kansas to be made to stop working on roads unnecessarily.”

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“I’d change all of them.”

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Winston_Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

Thought. Thought is illegal. You're a thought criminal if you have an opinion about this law.

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

make it mandatory to have your hands chopped off and your eyes put out if you're caught writing computer viruses, worms, trojans, etc.

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speedy47 2 years, 8 months ago

Make it illegal for politicians to to lie to their constituents. For instance, "I will not cut funds for education," Brownback would serve a mandatory year at Leavenworth.

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whats_going_on 2 years, 8 months ago

in all honesty though, no more lobbying, no more campaign money from businesses, no more PACS and a limit on how much one person or a corp (SAME amount) can donate to politicians.

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whats_going_on 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd force people to have licenses before they procreate.

kidding, but ugh, sometimes I feel like we need it.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 8 months ago

Term limits at the national level.

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

No peeing in the pool; dreaming ONLY beyond the pond.

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del888 2 years, 8 months ago

Any U.S. company who's products are produced in a foreign couuntry are not given any tax breaks. If you want tax deductions your products must be 'made in the USA'.

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thuja 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd make it so that instead of listening to snap_pop_no_crackle post the same whining about merrill posting the same set of links over and over, we give snap_pop_no_crackle their own website where they are the only one allowed to post and they reign supreme in their loneliness.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 8 months ago

Just read on another award winning site that the stoners in Ohio needed only 1000 signatures to get legal pot on the ballot. They managed 534 that were valid. Buncha disorganized slackers. They must have some good sh!t in Ohio.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd make a law that anyone posting the same set of links more than 20 times gets disappeareded with extreme prejudice.

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goodcountrypeople 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd outlaw hideous lies and corrupt, incompetent local-grown garbage people such as currently inhabit the Kansas University-Lawrence HR office.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

New Law, all presidential candidates must have an independent review of their mental health prior to the party nomination, a review that cannot be bought nor meddled with, a review that is up front, honest and giving us a good measure of the mental status of all presidential candidates.

Bush would have been left far, far behind on that one, could never have passed it.

If Armed Forces pilots have to go thru this, so should US presidents.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

I would make it illegal for the media to be paid by politicians and governments to slant the news. I would punish it with death, swiftly done with no repeal.

Note that Bush The Stupider did just this !!

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giveitsomethought 2 years, 8 months ago

As barbaric as it may sound, I would allow every person the ability to kill one person for free in their lifetime. No one would know if you had used your freebie yet. Maybe if the threat was there, everyone would be a little nicer to each other. Just a thought :-J let the comments fly :-J

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bevy 2 years, 8 months ago

One more - term limits for every elected office in the nation. Period. If your approval rating falls below 75%, you are on probation and get half pay until it goes back up. In other words, hold our reps accountable for their actions and have options in place to smack them upside the head when they get out of line.

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bevy 2 years, 8 months ago

I would pass a law against those ugly throwback bug-eye sunglasses the girls are all wearing these days. They were ugly in the 70s, they're no better now. How long before the Buford T. Justice Sheriff-style reflecting sunglasses come back for guys? What then? Feathered hair, bell bottoms? When will the madness end! On the bright side, my avocado green bath tub is back in style now...

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KUnlv13 2 years, 8 months ago

Minimum IQ requirements for procreation, please.

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mom_of_three 2 years, 8 months ago

new law - you have to pass an American history test to become a politician.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 8 months ago

Require that all dead people be converted into ammunition: For example--- "If you’d like to go out with a bang, Holy Smoke LLC offers to pack your cremated ashes (or those of your loved ones) into ammunition cartridges. You tell them the caliber or gauge, ship the remains to them, and they’ll load the cartridges."

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Andini 2 years, 8 months ago

Free beer for days ending in "y"

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religitardsrevil 2 years, 8 months ago

Automatic mandatory: eugenics, abortion, adult abortion, castration of ALL Religitards. You're welcome! I just saved the world!!! Yay me!

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

everyone here knows that we are all going to die at some point in time, correct? That can be a rather depressing thought so due to this fact, I say that every Friday (or Saturday) becomes the "international day of vices" day when any vice that you may have becomes free and legal and you can do it. drugs, hookers, riverboat gambling, whatever you would like

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Okay, I'll give a boring, serious answer. Get rid of daylight savings.

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consumer1 2 years, 8 months ago

That people who live in Lawrence part time, AKA college students could not vote in local elections. And outlaw croc worn by men or boys.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I would remove barriers to bank vaults. I'm broke as hell. I want free money from banks. They have plenty and it's insured. Nobody even buys drugs from me anymore.

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g_rock 2 years, 8 months ago

I would outlaw Crocs worn by adults.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Just enforce the laws we have on the books now.

I would add one that says my kids can't text at the dinner table. And no sales tax on beer Free biscuits and gravy for TOB at any restaraunt of his choosing

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powershopper 2 years, 8 months ago

I would pass a law allowing all licensed drivers to violently attack, at their own discretion, people who drive slow in the left (passing) lane.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 8 months ago

Electing stupid sh*ts to run the city.....

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Liberty_One 2 years, 8 months ago

I would remove the barriers to banks being charged with fraud.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

Bob, they have a soft mouth. You have to have a basket or gunny sack.

When? Anytime.

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Finnbar1 2 years, 8 months ago

In college I did a story on a company that takes cremation remains and turns them into gem stones. Then you wear your dead loved ones as haunted jewelry.

*we've had a Lindsey sighting***

I wonder if the remains are turned into a specific gem stone based on the personality of the deceased. Cuz if that's the case I would have a LOT of onyx jewelry if I were to do this.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Women must be topless on the weekends

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rockchalker52 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd abolish the electoral college. Can anybody give any reason why we should keep the thing?

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"String up the lobbyists."

When are we stringing up crappie?

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

Babboy, I would buy you a beer for that one. Until the sheeple understand that you can't legislate morals, they will continue to take us down this path. We elect idiots like the women that parrots Sammy from Baldwin that has twice abused her franking privileges since elected last year. She has no clue what state government is suppose to do. Morally bankrupt people telling there followers what they want to here while doing the biddings of the puppet masters.

String up the lobbyists.

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he_who_knows_all 2 years, 8 months ago

A law to make women wait on me 24/7 and be wearing lingerie.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

Bring back the stocks. Put then so that the miscreants can see the folks on the Free State porch enjoying a beer.

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

There are so many laws that need to be looked at that I could not even just pick one. Problem is the lobbyist corrupt the system for their clients when they can do so and it leads to irrational law. The lobbyist with the money behind them get the most say. Which is what really amazes me when a middle class voter supports a republican because of guns, abortion or religion when on every other economic issue that canditate is taking money from their kids school, retirment, benefits, and even wages. The constitution makes the other issues moots so it is just a wasted vote.

To answer the question seriously, I think some regulation of trades is too extreme and really just meant to keep some out of the trade to protect those in the trade from competition

If I am joking and referencing posters, I would require anyone that call themselves American One or LibertyWhatever or has those catch phrases implying false patriotism, to have a disclaimer that their only real interest in life is to avoid paying taxes (Which is ironic because while republicans cut social programs they spend money hand over fist to reward their allies in pork barrell legislation or newly created positions for their alllies. Bush did this and Brownback is doing that now. Thus, there is no real tax savings)

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Will do, Autie. I'll definitely play "Melissa", and toss some primo weed on the fire.....

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

The whole world should come together thru music. If you don't believe me, just watch this. It's really cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg...

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Hollis, I be thinkin the funeral pyre is a great idea...when it is me, have a wake with lots of whiskey and cook hot dogs on the fire and play Allman Brothers music.

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Fossick 2 years, 8 months ago

All women should have to carry their sidearms at all times.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Everyone should be forced to recycle, use corkscrew lightbulbs, and fight global warming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjqTlt...

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

"“I would make it to where bodies have to be cremated. I think cemeteries are a waste of land.” Absolutely. My wish is to have a funeral pyre, but I guess you can't do that, so just chuck me in the nearest dumpster.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"In college I did a story on a company that takes cremation remains and turns them into gem stones. Then you wear your dead loved ones as haunted jewelry."

Yuck. Just burn me and throw me to the wind.

"I was just sure as rain is wet that someone would want to outlaw brussel sprouts."

I would never restrict one's ability to choose what to eat. That would mean I couldn't mock them.

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Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 8 months ago

1st DUI = 3 years no drive. 2nd DUI = never own a car or drive again.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

I was just sure as rain is wet that someone would want to outlaw brussel sprouts. Hrrummpff. Trees and power lines down all over in wichita. Many westar customers without power. Even in the green zones.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd make it the law that in order to buy a pack of cigaretts, a smoker has to turn in 40 cigarette butts. Every six months the toll goes up by 20. That'd clean up the mess that smokers have been creating the past few decades.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"“I would make it to where bodies have to be cremated. I think cemeteries are a waste of land.”

— Heather Jackson, student, Lawrence"

Solid answer. A body is worthless once it is dead. It just takes up space and makes the crooked mortuary industry rich.

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HW 2 years, 8 months ago

Term limits for all politicians.

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Full disclosure of all campaign contributions by any political candidate in the U.S. and no more pork attached to any Congressional bill - none, nada, zilch.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 8 months ago

To actually be paying federal income tax to be able to vote.

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tweetysvoice 2 years, 8 months ago

I would make it against the law to build roundabouts in stupid locations.

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boxers_or_briefs 2 years, 8 months ago

When laws are outlawed, only outlaws will have laws.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

It rained .76 inches down here this morning. WooHoo for water. Now if we could just get that every night for a week, then I could mow again. No matter as we are slated for triple digit heat again today. Welcome humdity. Maybe there ought to be a law about going on about nothing and not answering the question? Speaking of which I found a really good reciepe for summer squash. But my plants have all burned up, I just could not keep them going in this weather. Maybe I can plant so more for the fall garden. But I'm not even going to bother with that unless it cools down...a lot.

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 8 months ago

Sunset all laws. Each of them would expire in 5 years unless there is a positive determination that the government intrusion caused by the law is, and continues to be, justified by some real need.

Government should have to prove to us the need for every law we have put on the books. If they cannot do it, that law should go away on its own.

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 8 months ago

Name all 50 state capitals, or be deported to China. Gives em back some of their lead.

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

Gravity optional.

Actually, if mere mortals could create laws, as opposed to the silly derivatives which pass for law, they would undo themselves. They would undo everything.

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thuja 2 years, 8 months ago

Who needs laws when you can pray? Praise the lord, O hell yeah.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

Capital punishment for habitual cut'n'pasters! And Threaders!

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 8 months ago

I would actually add the words "wall of separation between church and state" to the First Amendment. Despite the fact that there is a ton (and I do mean a ton) of historical evidence of just exactly what Jefferson meant when he wrote the Establishment clause, it would shut up those idiots forever that continually whine that "those words aren't in the Constitution" and would prevent the attempts made, like Texas, of doing an end run around it by banning the study of Jefferson and his life's work. My son, otoh, would normalize and legalize marijuana. Figures :)

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

let's see, how to I say this so as not to be greyeded. Ladies first or nothing? Equal responsibility for birth control, with the up front awareness and acceptance that it's never,never, ever 100% safe, and children happen!

And honestly...people advocate that a pet is a lifetime responsibility, but yet they turn out sperm and egg cells planing to toss them out to fend for themselves 'til the end of their days', without planning to care for them as much as they would care for a pet until death.

I wonder, will at some time, children will be able to hold their parents responsible for their actions, thrusting them without choice into dealing with the ever more difficult world we live in, until the day they die?

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

Heather, you're young, pretty and clearly have a bright future before you. We can do better for you.Don't wade out this til death do we part servitude, it just uses up your good years.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd rewrite the income tax laws, making it a very simple graduated flat tax with no exemptions and no deductins. I you make "x," you pay "y." Let's try 5% for each $50K of income. Most of us would pay less, but the government would have more to work with to get things done.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm too tired for this crap, but I'd make some kinda of law about free pharmaceuticals. Good Night.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

Just one simple law. Automatic impeachment and 5 years of prison for any individual of a governing body voting for a law that is ruled unconstitutional.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

There should be a law against people giving stupid answers to the OTS question? Christ, this looks more like the Merc than Mass. St. In fact, I bet it is. You LJW folks got so sick of me bagging on the Merc you're lying so I won't know. There oughta be a law....

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

Wait a minute, I'm catching on now: By law: Roundtrip tickets to Gatwick: $200.

The finest single malt: By law: 5$ per half-gallon.

Away we go...

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

Tie for first would be that a woman's body is private between her and her doctor. Any politician who messes with this...

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

Nice try, Thuja but this is ku_law's life. It's all he/she/it exists for. Must suck to be ku_law.

My law would legalize marijuana use, with some limitations. And I don't even smoke the stuff. Anymore.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 8 months ago

Life in prison and no access to the internet for "First" posters.

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