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Monday, May 2, 2005

ready for a pink letter?

representative michael debose has a great idea to save our children…

Pink Plates Proposed For Sex Offenders [nbc 4, columbus, ohio, 2005.04.27]

“It identifies them,” said Rep. Michael DeBose, (D) 12th District. “The primary reason they can prey is because they’re camouflaged from who they really are.”

DeBose introduced a bill this week in the Ohio House suggesting mandatory pink license plates for sexual offenders so children know to stay away, Tate reported.

“There’s such a problem — around rec centers, parks, school yards,” he said. “There’s no way to identify them and to protect children.”

now, don’t get me wrong, this is serious stuff, but i have to relate this to the politics of fear governing this country, and the insane, useless and otherwise offensive-to-american-principles solutions that keep showing up.

tagging sex offenders with a pink license plate is about as useful as the no-fly lists to keep people off airlines. if these people are so dangerous, and we know who they are (so we can give them a pink plate or put them on a no-fly list), then why aren’t they lost in the american prison economy already?

posted by roj at 4:18 am