Idiot of the day award

The Idiot of the Day award goes to Judy Manning:
State Representative Judy Manning said she was shocked to receive death threats over the bill to ban the candy. “Some people think their rights are their rights,” she said.

While I prefer to refrain from threatening the lives of state legislators (I save my death threats for real criminals: Congress), I think that quote tells us a lot about the mindset of Ms. Manning. The People’s rights belong to the her and the Government for them to dole out as they best see fit.

24 comments

  1. This is serious business here. These candy suckers aren’t the innocent candies they appear to be- they’re Gateway Candy. Start with a hemp-flavored pop, and it’s only a matter of time before you move on to Laffy Taffy, Sour Patch Kids, and Hershey’s Kisses. And don’t think that our national security isn’t at issue as well- there’s no telling what might happen with kids hyped up on sugar might do with Bomb Pops.

    All humor aside, her comment is as ridiculous as her bill. And I have serious doubts about whether people would actually issue serious death threats over *candy*.

    Robbie

  2. moocher says:

    We’ve got legislators fighting such controversial battles as abortion, gun control, Peachcare, and school choice; but it’s Judy Manning, and her candy-ban death threats, we should be shedding tears.

    I just hope she continues to grant me the right to breath.

  3. moocher says:

    Sometimes there is no line between hypocrisy and irony.

    Perhaps Stephanie Stuckey Benefield will get on board as well.

  4. Rick Day says:

    So the PotPops ™ get the ban, while Coca Cola ™ ‘teaches’ kids it is ‘all right’ to ‘drink candy water’?

    The dealers of the new black market created for ‘pot’ candy thanks you. Today, the price increased 10 fold to kids.

    Some of you are going to see me on TV within a month or so. I am going to ‘symbolically sell’ a bag of this ‘perfectly legal’ product on the steps of the Gold Dome to a “minor” (someone who is within hours of turning 18), invite arrest, sue the hell out of the state and collect much tax money in legal fees for my attorney friends.

    Don’t believe me? Pop a Chocks, and watch.

    Stupid.

    Georgia.

    Legislature.

  5. Donkey Kong says:

    “Some people think their rights are their rights,” she said.

    Oh dear. Hmmm primary challenge?? Please? Anybody? I prefer my Republicans to be conservative.

  6. Rick Day says:

    I read the bill. You goofs! Nextmonth a new candy will appear exactly like the other ones you banned, only it will contain non psycoactive hemp oil. All it takes is a trace of hemp oil to exempt the candy from the law.

    16-13-30.6.(a)(1)

    a) As used in this Code section, the term:
    (1) ‘Marijuana flavored candy’ means any candy that is:
    (A) Made in whole or in part from any part of a marijuana or hemp plant;
    (B) Advertised or held out for sale with the representation that such candy is made in whole or in part of a marijuana or hemp plant; or
    (C) Advertised or held out for sale as having the flavor of marijuana or hemp or any synonym or slang term for marijuana or hemp.
    The provisions of this paragraph notwithstanding, nothing in this Code section shall apply to products or foods manufactured with or containing nonpsychoactive hemp oils or nonpsychoactive hemp plant parts.

    New Pot Pops ™ (which, um, is a product, and/or a food) with a hemp stick!

    d’oh!

  7. Icarus says:

    I’m confused Rick,

    Which one of us did you just nominate for tomorrow’s “idiot of the day”?

  8. joe says:

    Icarus,

    Don’t worry. Rick nominated ‘goofs of the day’ not “idiot of the day”. You are still in the running.

  9. Icarus says:

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    (I thought goof might be a stoner word for idiot. My bad.)

  10. joe says:

    Goof falls into the technical award category and is hence a much lower award than idiot.

  11. Icarus says:

    I want a prime time speech. I’ll hold out for idiot of the day.

    Is misspelling “else” a goof?

  12. Rick Day says:

    Joe is right.

    Technically, the whreases were all technically flawed or were straw arguments, except the one where you at least honestly pointed out where your past laws and policies had been an utter failure; see B (1), (5). I love how in (11) you basically open federal conspiracy laws to retailers who ‘collude’ with drug dealers to…create new users? Who dreamed up that one? Wonder how that meeting came about?

    Did you guys REALLY think you were going to ‘save the children’ when you supported this? For grins, I substituted the word ‘sugar’ for ‘marijuana’. Tweaks in CAPS

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

    SECTION 1.
    Article 2 of Chapter 13 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to regulation of controlled substances, is amended by inserting a new Code section to read as follows:
    “16-13-30.6.
    (a) As used in this Code section, the term:
    (1) ‘Sugar flavored product’ means any product, including lollipops, gumdrops, or other candy, which is flavored to taste like sugar or hemp. The term shall include, but is not limited to, ‘Chronic Candy,’ ‘Kronic Kandy,’ or ‘Pot Suckers.’
    (2) ‘Minor’ means any person under the age of 18 years.
    (3) ‘Person’ means any natural person, individual, corporation, unincorporated association, proprietorship, firm, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, joint stock association, or other entity or business organization of any kind.
    (b) The General Assembly finds and determines that:
    (1) According to the ‘2004 Monitoring the Future Study’ conducted by the University of Michigan, 16.3 percent of eighth graders, 35.1 percent of tenth graders, and 45.7 percent of twelfth graders reported using sugar at least once during their lifetimes;
    (2) According to a 2002 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration report, ‘Initiation of Sugar Use: Trends, Patterns and Implications,’ the younger children are when they first use sugar, the more likely they are to use cocaine and heroin and become drug dependent as adults;
    (3) Sugar abuse is associated with many negative health effects, including frequent respiratory infections, impaired memory and learning, increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks;
    (4) Sugar users have many of the same respiratory problems that are associated with tobacco use;
    (5) According to the ‘2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse,’ sugar is the nation´s most commonly used illicit drug, and more than 83,000,000 Americans aged 12 and older have tried sugar at least once;
    (6) Use of sugar has been shown to lower test scores among high school students, and workers who smoke sugar are more likely to have problems on their jobs;
    (7) Federal, state, and local governments spend [NOT] millions [BUT HUNDREDS] of dollars annually on programs educating people about the hazards of [HFCS, NOT] drugs, and the marketing of sugar flavored substances would have an adverse impact upon these programs;
    (8) The sale of sugar flavored products, including lollipops and gum drops, which claim ‘every lick is like taking a hit’ is a marketing ploy that perpetuates an unhealthy culture and should not be permitted in the State of Georgia;
    (9) Sugar flavored products are a threat to minors in the State of Georgia because such products give the false impression that sugar is fun and safe;
    (10) Sugar flavored products packaged as candy or lollipops falling into the hands of unsuspecting minors may serve as a gateway to future use of sugar and other drugs; and
    (11) Merchants who sell sugar flavored products are promoting sugar use and creating new customers for drug dealers in the State of Georgia.
    Therefore, the purpose of this law is to prohibit the purchase and sale of sugar flavored products to minors in the State of Georgia.
    (c) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to sell, deliver, distribute, or provide to a minor or knowingly possess with intent to sell, deliver, distribute, or provide to a minor any sugar flavored product in the State of Georgia.
    (d) It shall be unlawful for any minor falsely to represent to any person that such minor is 18 years of age or older with the intent to purchase or otherwise obtain any sugar flavored product.
    (e) Any person who violates subsection (c) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of $500.00 for each offense. Each sale in violation of this Code section shall constitute a separate offense.”

    NOW it makes sense.

    Yes, I am mocking you.

  13. drjay says:

    i get that what the lady said about rights was lame and elitist but do any of y’all really think “pot flavored candy” is a good idea–most drug paraphan–stuff for doing drugs–is illegal–how do these people even know what pot tastes like–i really have no problem w/ it not being allowed at all or at least having its sale restricted from minors like tobacco, alcohol, firearms etc…

  14. Icarus says:

    “i really have no problem w/ it not being allowed ”

    Spoken like a man with access to an unlimited supply of nitrous.

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