One soon-to-be legendary doofus is Norfolk Democrat Algie T. Howell. He has actually gotten a committee to pass his legislation to the full House dealing with young people who wear pants that are cut low enough to reveal their underwear. I swear to God.
Legislators yesterday couldn't agree on how to classify the trend among some to wear pants fastened so low on the hips that underwear shows.If I were an editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, I'd send a photographer over to the House chamber where this particular doofus hangs out with an assignment: When Algie T. Howell bends over, revealing his butt-crack, I want a picture of it.
With about 90 bills to get through yesterday afternoon, the House Courts of Justice Committee took time for a lively debate on Norfolk Democrat Algie T. Howell's bill that would fine people $50 for intentionally wearing their pants low enough to show underwear.
Even though some committee members said the bill was unconstitutional, the body approved a reworded version, sending it on to the full House for consideration. More than half of the committee's members work as attorneys.
"This bill is simply about respect for others," Howell said. "It has to do with character building." (link)
A young woman exposing her thong underwear, or a young punk wanting to show off his Joe Boxers is nothing I'm going to fret over. Seeing a man's butt-crack in public, under any circumstances, on the other hand, should be a crime punishable by imprisonment.
But Algie doesn't seem to have included that in his sweeping, epic, groundbreaking legislation.
I'll bet there's a reason. What is it he is not wanting revealed here?