Like most of you, I am just trying to cope with yesterday's disappointing loss to Duke. Combined with OU's win, it might make some of you temporarily jealous of our good neighbors to the north. This morning, I ran across this.
"In January 2008, London's The Sun found a practitioner of a new art form in which a design is inked, with a tattoo needle, into the sclera, which is the white part of the eyeball. That volunteer (from Canada) may well be the only daredevil, or one of a tiny number, but Oklahoma state senators were alarmed enough that they passed legislation out of committee in February to ban the practice in their state. "If we can stop ... one person from doing it, we've been successful," said Sen. Cliff Branan. An Oklahoma City tattoo artist told KSBI-TV that the law is useless, in that "common sense" will prevent the problem. (So far, only the senators from Oklahoma seem to believe they have constituents who might actually ask for ink to be inserted into their eyeballs.) [KSBI-TV (Oklahoma City), 2-20-09; The Sun, 2-27-08] "
While Chuck Sheperd seems to be poking fun at the Oklahoma state senate for passing an unnecessary law, we know better. The good senators from Oklahoma know their constituents all too well, it seems. If any jurisdiction on the planet needs a law to prevent its citizens from getting their eyeballs tattooed, it's Soonerland.
To summarize, while you may feel pain this morning, life could be worse. You could be an Okie.