Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Better Hold My Tongue

The girlfriend, as I've mentioned before, lives outside of Pittsburgh, so we often head into the city when I go visit. The drive in is usually accompanied by some frustration on my part directed towards the incredibly inept Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or the state's bizarre driving decisions (who comes to a complete stop on an Interstate on ramp?!?).

I try not to let it get to me too much, but I do occasionally let fly with a choice expletive. I guess I better be careful, according to the ACLU (via TalkLeft):

City police wrote nearly 200 disorderly conduct citations over a 32-month period for swearing, obscene gestures and other acts deemed disrespectful, a number that a civil rights group said was unacceptable and showed a lack of officer training.

After filing a Right to Know request, the American Civil Liberties Union found 188 such citations between March 1, 2005, and Oct. 31.

'Nobody likes to get sworn at, but you can't make it a crime,' said Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Pennsylvania.
He's right, of course. Nevertheless, I guess I better watch my fucking mouth when I'm in the Steel City!


jedijawa said...

Fuck yeah!

MountainLaurel said...

AT least it's not in OHio. They'd revoke my license! PA is bad enough.

Sympathies. Or you could learn to cuss in a foreign language. Works for me.