From the Feb. 20, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”
Tonight, in our continuing ” “WTF, America?” series, we once again look at one of the southern states that most epitomize WTF in America — Mississippi.
Now, I’m not here to totally disparage Mississippi. There are many intelligent people from Mississippi and they all share one thing in common — they no longer live in Mississippi.
But members of the Mississippi state legislature still live there, so let’s take a look at some of the current bills in the Mississippi state legislature awaiting a vote.
House bill 1182 has “WTF, Mississippi?” written all over it. It prohibits counties and cities from creating food regulations, such as requiring nutritional labeling at restaurants, banning junk food, limiting soft drink sizes and keeping toys out of meals.
Now, we all know that much of the South is run on an obesity-based economy. In fact, the state’s latest ad slogan is “Mississippi: Come for the cuisine, stay for the emergency open heart surgery.”
And speaking of open wounds, they just can’t seem to forget that little war between the states we all once enjoyed, although they do seem to forget that they lost that war and technically and morally they were, in fact, the bad guys.
How else to explain that they still have a Confederate symbol on the state flag and that they recently flew the Confederate flag over their state capitol. WTF, Mississippi? Instead of saying the South will rise again, how about saying your state IQ levels will rise again?
Not all the laws they’re trying to pass, however, are bad.
They want to raise the speed limit from 70 to 75. This is very humane, because any law that enables people to get the hell out of Mississippi even a few minutes sooner is a beautiful thing.