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Stupidest thing I've seen all day... - Mark's Journal
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Stupidest thing I've seen all day...
A travel writer for USA Today has a piece about how Winona County in Minnesota has a bill being considered by commissioners today that would ban county employees from using hotels for work-related travel if the hotel offers porn on their pay-per-view TV systems. If the employee stays in such a hotel, they would not be reimbursed.

The county isn't considering banning county employees from paying for porn pay-per-view with county funds, which would be a fine idea, nor even banning county employees from paying for porn with their own funds. If the hotel just happens to offer porn, they can't stay there.

Most of the comments on the piece miss the point completely, saying moronic things like "Well, they shouldn't be buying porn with my tax dollars."

( Read more at travel.usatoday.com... )
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helianthas From: helianthas Date: September 7th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a freaking joke. Pay for the hotel stay, all extras are the employee's concern. Done.
sethrates From: sethrates Date: September 7th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read far too many comments on Internet news as it is -- they're always terrible.

As for the bill itself: yeah, I expect better from the government, even at the county level. I suspect it's not a stupidly-constructed bill, though, it's just that it doesn't have the aim you might expect. Their goal isn't to avoid paying for porn, it's to discourage hotels everywhere from offering any to anyone by steering county business to those that don't. The problem with this kind of heavy-handed social manipulation is that, even if you think it's a great idea otherwise, it just doesn't work.
acappellasinger From: acappellasinger Date: September 8th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Something of a non-sequitir: I learned to speak in Winona, MN. My family lived there for roughly 3 - 4 years while my father was the Economics department at St. Mary's College (now St. Mary's University).
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