Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Normal: Redefined

 

In response to an incident involving a goat and, possibly, a horse, a Florida Senator sponsored a bill in the legislature which would have outlawed bestiality.

Upon hearing this, you might ask: "Wasn't this already illegal?"

Apparently not. 

Indeed, there was no hue and cry from the other legislators to protect the critters and so, the bill failed.  The good Senator tried again the following year and this time, she shepherded the bill, making the rounds among the herd of legislators. 

Despite a monumental effort, the bill failed to pass for the second year in a row.

At this point, you might ask:  "Who could possibly be against this bill?", and the answer could be disturbing.

On the third try, the bill was passed and the word "normal" was redefined in Florida, although the crime is only a misdemeanor!

Author disclosure:  In furtherance of my commitment to objectivity in writing on my blog, I must admit my bias against bestiality...really, I swear!
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I wrote this for Trifecta Week 36, where we are to write a piece using the word "normal" as a noun.

22 comments:

  1. Heavens. I have trouble imagining a definition of "normal" that would be applicable to bestiality, and I'm not sure I want to think about it!

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  2. I think that's the irony of this story. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. The best part is that this writing comes with a message.

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  4. Thank you for saying that! While the whole saga was a bit creepy, I had to laugh when I pictured how a legislator would respond, if asked the question: "And why are you not supporting this bill?".

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  5. A perfect example of how crazy our world or politics or people truly are. Now come on! Great write though and I felt your wit and a touch of black humor coming through, too!

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  6. Gina, thank you for those comments. Espeially about the humor. They mean a lot because I admire your writing style. As a new blogger, I am learning that humor and irony don't come across the same in writing versus speaking. So I've been experimenting with this.

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  7. An interesting topic and a different take on normal LOL! Though since it is a political gambit it almost makes perfect sense. :-) Interesting read!

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    1. First the first comment is lost and then they both show up. Go figure!

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    2. Lol! I do that all the time! Thanks for your comments, both of them. :)

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  8. An interesting take on "normal" LOL! Although linked to politicians it almost makes sense. :-) Great take on the prompt!

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  9. Somebody didn't want to give up their Saturday night fun, but then after the peer pressure mounted (possibly a poor choice of word), decided to approve the bill as long as the punishment was only a misdemeanor. A few Ben Franklins in the right hands and charge would disappear. (A felony would be too risky and might smudge a politician's pristine reputation, you know.)

    I also enjoyed the humor in this read, though I hope it is fiction :)

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    1. Janna, I'm sorry to tell you this, but it is not fiction. Thanks for your comment about the humor. I try to see the humor in almost every situation, even disturbing ones like this.

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  10. Surprising ! Good take on the prompt. Glad to know normality is restored.

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  11. Yea, Florida seems to have a lot of weird stuff going on. Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Lumdog, you've left me speechless (not an easy feat). Good job on this week's challenge.

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  13. Ha! No kidding, right? I like to think that maybe America is so concerned with how fried chicken relates to gay marriage that things like bestiality get overlooked? This was funny. Thanks for linking up.

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  14. Yes, we've gotten ourselves nicely twisted up. Thanks for your comment.

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  15. You've got a great point - who would want to be on record as NOT supporting a bill like that. Really makes one wonder...

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    1. I think that's why it passed on the third attempt. They were too embarrassed!! Thanks for your comment.

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  16. Goodness, priorities, people! I'm wondering what sparked this topic as your response to this prompt =) I learned something new from this piece, so, thanks!

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  17. I wrote about this because I thought the situation was "abnormal" on two levels: That bestiality wasn't already illegal and the out of whack response from the legislature. The irony of the latter was too much for me to resist. Thanks for your comment.

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