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Old 11-04-05, 09:55 AM
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Las Vegas Mayor Says Cut Off Graffiti Artists' Thumbs

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Las Vegas Mayor Says Cut Off Graffiti Artists' Thumbs

RENO, Nev. (Nov. 3) - Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has suggested that those who deface freeways with graffiti should have their thumbs cut off on television.

Goodman, appearing Wednesday on the "Nevada Newsmakers" television show, said, "In the old days in France, they had beheading of people who commit heinous crimes.

"You know, we have a beautiful highway landscaping redevelopment in our downtown. We have desert tortoises and beautiful paintings of flora and fauna. These punks come along and deface it.

"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor added. "That may be the right thing to do."

Goodman also suggested that whippings or canings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.

"I also believe in a little bit of corporal punishment going back to the days of yore, where examples have to be shown," Goodman said.

"I'm dead serious," said Goodman, adding, "Some of these (children) don't learn. You have got to teach them a lesson, and this is coming from a criminal defense lawyer."

"They would get a trial first," he added.

Another panelist on the show, Howard Rosenberg, a state university system regent, responded by saying that cutting off the thumbs of taggers won't solve the problem and Goodman should "use his head for something other than a hat rack."
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I totally agree.
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Originally Posted by Neuman
Another panelist on the show, Howard Rosenberg, a state university system regent, responded by saying that cutting off the thumbs of taggers won't solve the problem...
Agreed. You don't really need thumbs to operate a spraycan.
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Old 11-04-05, 10:35 AM
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True. Just leave them with the pinkies
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Old 11-04-05, 12:01 PM
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Sounds good to me. Of course you know how hypocritical our society is, the boys will be caught, and will be the sons of the politician who said this. I can see it now.

"Well, I think I was a little hasty on the thumb-cutting thing. However, graffiti is wrong! Wrong I say!"
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Thumbs way up !!!
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Yes, down with graffiti! The last thing we need is Vegas to look garish.
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Yes, down with graffiti! The last thing we need is Vegas to look garish.
I think it would certainly cut down on the problem.. I like this mayor.
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Somebody please remind the mayor that we don't live in Saudi Arabia.
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that sounds reasonable.
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i say if the offender is caught, whatever "tag" he was spray painting should be tatooed to his forehead.
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Off with their heads!!! ...err...I mean thumbs!!!
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
Agreed. You don't really need thumbs to operate a spraycan.

Actually, you do. Without that opposable digit, you'll have issues.
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if i ever move to Vegas...i'll vote for this guy.

Hang em' high I say...
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
i say if the offender is caught, whatever "tag" he was spray painting should be tatooed to his forehead.

i concur.
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I say cut off their legs so they can't get to the places they want to graffiti.
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Why hasn't the ACLU stepped in yet? Not for the thumbs comment, but because these "graffiti artists" are being denied freedom of expression? Not only is the government allowed to paint these freeways, they use FEDERAL FUNDS to do it! Where are the federal funds for these "artists"?
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Originally Posted by BigPete
Actually, you do. Without that opposable digit, you'll have issues.
True. It shows he's actually put a bit of thought into his plan.
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Cutting off a thumb for graffiti seems excessive. Next he's going to want to hang people for shoplifting.


Give them a Singapore caning.
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Originally Posted by BigPete
Actually, you do. Without that opposable digit, you'll have issues.
You'll have issues with ANYTHING you do if you get your thumb chopped off.

This "solution" isn't one - all it will do is make these guys not able to get ANY job that requires any degree of manual dexterity in the future (and I can't see graffiti "artists" becoming office workers or similar). Even doing basic packing or labouring jobs will be impossible for them. They won't even be able to use a shovel on a road gang.

No-one will hire them - even at minimum wage, because they will have an inability to do the job as well as a "thumbed" applicant.

Which will only meant that these people will simply not have any option <b>but</b> to resort to being social pariahs.

If you're going to cut their thumbs off, why not simply just sentence them to death? This solution is the same thing, it's just a lot slower and more painful to the community at large.
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So, the mayor of Las Vegas used to be the mayor or Riyadh?
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Well, I can't give a thumbs up, but one of my fingers is way up.
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Excellent idea. If this were implemented, I guarantee you graffiti wouldn't be a significant problem. Too bad this nation would never implement something like this.
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Originally Posted by natevines
Excellent idea. If this were implemented, I guarantee you graffiti wouldn't be a significant problem. Too bad this nation would never implement something like this.

If we castrated everyone who jaywalked, that would probably stop too.
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