Monday, May 21, 2012

Watch Your Mouth

If Oklahoma really wanted to get some extra cash they could enforce a few laws.  For instance:
§21 906.  Obscene language a misdemeanor, when.
If any person shall utter or speak any obscene or lascivious language or word in any public place, or in the presence of females, or in the presence of children under ten (10) years of age, he shall be liable to a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both.

This would land a number of folks on the street, in malls, stores, bars, etc in jail or due a fine. Not to mention that many comics and musical acts could be sited under OS 21-906.

Obscene language should not be confused with profane swearing.
§21 904.  Profane swearing.
Profane swearing consists in any use of the name of God, or Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost, either in imprecating divine vengeance upon the utterer, or any other person, or in light, trifling or irreverent speech.
§21 905.  Punishment for profane swearing.
Every person guilty of profane swearing is punishable by a fine of One Dollar ($1.00) for each offense.

This one does not get a big pay for the fine but I would submit that the sheer numbers, many of whom I mentioned above, would bring in the dollars. Since the two types of speech are often used by the same person or persons, many people would need to watch their mouths to avoid fines. Not to mention the kids would have fewer new words to use.
Along those lines:
§21 1362.  Disturbance by loud or unusual noise or abusive, violent, obscene, profane or threatening language.
If any person shall willfully or maliciously disturb, either by day or night, the peace and quiet of any city of the first class, town, village, neighborhood, family or person by loud or unusual noise, or by abusive, violent, obscene or profane language, whether addressed to the party so disturbed or some other person, or by threatening to kill, do bodily harm or injury, destroy property, fight, or by quarreling or challenging to fight, or fighting, or shooting off any firearms, or brandishing the same, or by running any horse at unusual speed along any street, alley, highway or public road, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court or jury trying the same.

If you are cursing and riding a horse at unusual speed you will get a double charge and fines. Next time someone threatened to beat you up you can file criminal as well as civil charges.

Speaking of horses, §21-1700 says it is unlawful to Promote, engage in, or be employed at a bear wrestling exhibition or horse tripping event, receive money for the admission of another person to any place where bear wrestling or horse tripping will occur, or sell, purchase, possess, or offer a horse for any horse tripping event.
Any person convicted and found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. 
As used in this section, "horse tripping" means to cause an animal of the equine species to fall or lose its balance with the use of a wire, pole, stick, rope or other object.

I suppose this is why those horse tripping cadres are underground.

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