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Saturday, 10 November 2007

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Rappers, some movie stars and racists members of the police department are automatically exempted, however

Los Angeles, California - In addition to having to follow their dogs with a plastic bag to clean up after them when they poop, Angelinos must now have to closely watch what crap comes out of their mouths as well when within the city limits. Although the new anti-epitaph is seen mostly as a symbolic gesture (or jester) for it lacks any real possibility for enforcement, and anyone found in violation of it will be brow beaten and severely frowned upon.

Nonetheless, the anti-epitaph city ordinance has come under criticism as not going far enough, despite being mostly symbolic and unenforceable.

"It does contain an airspace exemption that it stops at 100 feet above the city," said spokesman for the city council. "But that's only allow anyone flying overhead in an airplane or private helicopter without fear of penalty."

Critics contend it also allows an exemption for anyone in a downtown high-rise building.

"That means that the most powerful and influential people in the city whose behavior the ordinance was intended to modify, escape punishment," said a critic.

Furthermore, like the anti-smoking laws, certain businesses and persons throughout the city can apply for an exception from the city ordinance, such as anyone using the N-word in conjunction with his or her chosen profession.

"Rappers, movie stars and some racists members of the police department are automatically exempted," said a critic of the ordnance.

Moreover, if anyone were to claim artistic expression or challenge the ordinance in court, under the free speech clause of the U.S. Constitution, the ordinance would not stand up in a court of law, say legal experts.

"The ordinance was never intended to stand up in a court of law," said the spokesman for the city council. "Just in the court of public opinion, and the city council's constituents so as to secure the seats of the incumbents in the next election."

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