The Cartoon Nanny State

In the wake of last month’s bomb scare in Boston triggered by a marketing campaign by the Cartoon Network, Georgia State Rep. David Ralston is proposing a new law that would require a minimum one-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of staging a bomb hoax. Ralston says that HB 653 is directly inspired by the incident in Boston.

There’s just one problem with this bill. The incident in Boston wasn’t a bomb hoax.

The Cartoon Network placed multiple devices with LED lights in cities throughout the U.S. to promote the Aqua Teen show. Here is a picture of one of the devices.
I’m no bomb expert, but that doesn’t look like a bomb to me.

Unspoken in this story from the very beginning is the fact that the Boston Police Dept. really goofed by thinking these were bombs. Of course, they didn’t have the guts to admit they messed up, so it was easier to pin on evil corporate America.

However, the real story here is the Republican party’s continued march down the road to Nanny State, USA. So much for Republicans being the party of freedom.


  1. SpaceyG says:

    There’s no separating a good ‘ole boy from his (perceived) brilliant idea/legislation. Bless his dumb heart. He just don’t know no better. ‘Bout youth culture and stuff like that. Internets is just those tubes, right?

  2. Mad Dog says:

    When will the Nanny State finally arrive?

    A.) When George Bush gives the State of the Union wearing his French Maid uniform.

    B.) When Scooter Libby gets a Presidential Pardon and a job with Halliburton at the new corporate HQ in Dubai.

    C.) When Ann Coulter makes her personal “I’m invading Poland” exercise video and it sells a copy outside the horse breeding farms of Kentucky.

    D.) The Nanny State arrived January 20, 2001 and the conservative movement has been in diapers ever since. (movement as in BM)

  3. everysandwich says:

    If we could check our politics at the door for the moment, can we agree that perpetraing a bomb hoax should be illegal? The problem, if there is one with the bill, is in determining what is a legitimate bomb threat, as illustrated in the Boston incident. In our exploded and splintered media world I don’t think we can expect all people to recognize a cultish cartoon character, especially when dressed up with batteries and wires.

  4. Chris says:

    I wonder…

    The bill says “with the intent to cause or which causes another to believe”..

    So, if you park your car in front of my building, and run down the street to (drop off a package, grab a pack of cigs, etc), and I decide you must be a car-bomber, you’ll go to prision from up to 5 years?

    Way to go Rep. Ralston. Seriously, is there anyone under the Gold Dome who acutally knows how to write legislation?

  5. CHelf says:

    I know there will be quite a few middle and high school students across the state shipped to jail…pranks gone wild.

  6. CobbGOPer says:

    No Rugby, Bill is just critiquing the paradox of government in this state and country. The party in power does what is necessary to maintain power, no matter what they promised the voters in order to get elected in the first place. Which is practiced by Republicans and Democrats alike.

    I mean, look at Pelosi. All that rhetoric of “Get the troops out NOW!” is coming back to haunt her now that she’s more concerned with what drapes to put up in her big new office. She’s got protesters (lefty, socialist protesters!) in front of her house demanding she get her ass moving on that whole troop pullout thing.

    Will she get said ass moving? Not bloody likely…

    Same for our “conservative” Republican caucus here. They’re more concerned with what will keep them in power, not what’s best for the state and her taxpaying citizens.

    That is, until they lose power. Then they’ll be all about small government and lower taxes and the like, just as Bill says.

  7. Mad Dog says:


    “State Senator David Shafer and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle?”

    They have good ghost writers. AKA special interest groups and lobbyists..

  8. elephantgirl says:

    Bill Simon-
    This has nothing at all to do with this post, but what kind of popcorn is that ID builders popcorn that you sell?

  9. Demonbeck says:

    I believe this is all a conspiracy led by Disney to create advertising for their next reality series, “Super Nanny State” hosted by J.D. Hayworth and Roy Barnes.

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