Gut Rumbles

September 08, 2004

government doing good

I remember doing a lot of crazy things as a child. I rode home-made skateboards and busted my ass many a time on concrete that chewed me up like a belt sander. I fell out of trees that I was determined to climb. I once jumped off the roof of a house under construction and stuck two ten-penny nails right through my feet and found myself pinned to a 2 X 4 like an insect on a mounting table.

But I lived.

Why in the hell is this happening now? Goddam. You wanna talk about the pussification of America? The ADA sounded good when it was first proposed, but it has morphed into something ugly. Kids are SUPPOSED to bust their asses. That's how they learn valuable lessons.

Facing tougher federal safety and accessibility regulations - and a vast array of new types of equipment to choose from -local parks departments are leaving out swings as they renovate old playgrounds and build new ones.

You know what I DID on good swingsets as a kid? I had somebody push me from behind until I damn near wrapped the chain around the top bar, and then I BAILED OUT. Yee-Haa! Go flying through the air and land in the dirt, ass over teakettle. Man, that was fun. Then, do it again.

My mama says today that she sometimes looked out the window and saw what my friends and I were doing and she almost had a heart attack. But she knew that boys will be boys, and she left us to our own destruction. Yeah, a few stitches, a couple of trips to the emergency room and some really stove-up mornings resulted, but WE ALL LIVED!!!

What is government doing involved in this crap?


Its the scum sucking , rodent drop eating, Mercedes driving Lawyers. If little dipshit gets a scratch from a swing, then dipshit mommy and daddy call a lawyer, sue the owner ( usually local government) for a million dollars because little dipshit is having nightmares and is scared for life. So now local government loses case, insurance company pays off big time, lawyer get half and invests hard earned dollars in insurance company stock. Insurance company raises rates, local government can't afford to pay without raising taxes. Taxes are raised, local government decides play ground is unsafe and paves it over and puts in a brand new courthouse.

Posted by: James Old Guy on September 8, 2004 11:19 AM

Yep...more pussification of America all right. Damnit, how bad can you skin yourself up on a friggin swingset? I mean really? Now If you wanna see someone take a real belt sanding

Posted by: MarcL on September 8, 2004 01:58 PM

The article says that swings and teeter-totters are being replaced by rock climbing walls. I wouldn't think that a rock climbing wall would be any safer or any more wheel chair accessible than swings and such. Oy!

I completely agree with you on this one, Acidman. Kids need to go out, fall down, and get a little banged up and's part of growing up, it's part of the learning experience. Kids have it way to cush these days. The only thing they are learning is how to litigate!

Posted by: DogsDon'tPurr on September 8, 2004 02:02 PM

What is government doing involved in this crap?

The same thing it does do whenever it gets involved, fucking things up.

There'll be a time in the near future when the no-balls Statists and the Free people part ways.

Posted by: horse with no-- on September 8, 2004 04:15 PM

Its litigation, the Johns of the world sue the ass off of the park districts thus causing stupid rules. I let my kid ride without the stupid helmet, I never wore one and never will .

Posted by: blargo on September 8, 2004 11:04 PM

The surrender monkeys have given up our personal freedoms for so called personal safety. Tis' the season to vote, don't forget, the judges need replacing too.

Posted by: Jack on September 8, 2004 11:47 PM
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