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Punishment by country music

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Henry Nelson Jr., 20, and Jon Driggers, 26, pleaded guilty to violating Rapides Parish's ordinance prohibiting ''loud and offensive noise'' by playing loud music in their cars. They were fined, given a suspended jail sentence and probation - and ordered to attend a three-hour ''music appreciation'' session. ''I thought if they had to listen to stuff they hate, it would teach them to respect other people's rights,'' state District Judge Tom Yeager said. So he made them listen to country music, which they said they hated.

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.corn), April 03, 2000


You're killing me!! If I show this to my son, however, he'll be pissed off. A couple of years ago, my son (now 14) started to listen to country music. My husband and I couldn't figure out where this came from -- this doesn't run in our family. (Couple of rock & rollers at this address!) Anyway, I'm sure glad that he does -- now. Seems that he doesn't get the same "big ideas" about sex, violence and all that other crap from his tunes. I'm afraid to tell him that I approve, (you know that will make him hate it, kids like what their parents hate) so I act like it's costing a quart of blood every time he changes the station on my car radio to country music!

-- Daisy Jane (deeekstrand@access1.net), April 03, 2000.

Clearly Nelson and Driggers have outsmarted the judge. This kind of punishment has proven effective in other jurisdictions, but only if the judge chooses the right music. Both Wayne Newton and Barney ("I love you. you love me..") have proven effective deterrents. But to get to listen the country music by pretending not to like it, that's the opposite of real punishment.

-- Peter Errington (petere@ricochet.net), April 03, 2000.

D.J. -- you are one top-notch mom. Keep it up. ;^)


-- Squirrel Hunter (nuts@upina.cellrelaytower), April 03, 2000.


I went to great lengths to introduce my kids to ALL types of music when they were young. I got records [remember those]? from the library...Celtic music, African music, there was NOTHING I wouldn't TRY. For me, it was part of the cultural literacy program of which I felt my kids should be introduced. Of course visiting neighbors commented on the strange music, but the kids never did.

When rap became popular, *I* was the only one who enjoyed it. [grin] The kids moved on to some alternative stuff, which could in many ways be compared to the pre-rock-and-roll stuff. I spent many years being begged to listen to a new CD they'd purchased. These days, my SO puts on anything from classical to jazz, new age, or something that just came out and the house BOOMS with it. Sometimes I like it, and sometimes I don't, but it's not MY mood that needs the fulfilling, and I enjoy the diversity. ALL country all the time would drive me crazy....or is it a walk?

-- Anita (notgiving@anymore.thingee), April 03, 2000.

Personally, would prefer the death penalty than 6 months jail time with a continuous playing of "The Haunting Melodies of Zamphire and and his Pan Flute."

-- FactFinder (FactFinder@bzn.com), April 03, 2000.

Reminds me of the time my friend's home was broken into and the stereo stolen. He was offended that the Vince Gill CD had been removed from the player and left behind. "The thieves obviously had no taste," he said.

-- viewer (justp@ssing.by), April 04, 2000.

Now that I think about it, I guess punishment in the form of 'Air Supply', or 'REO Speedwagon' could be rather hard to take. ewww

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.corn), April 05, 2000.

There was a movie made many years ago, where in an early scene, someone in a car was deliberately driven mad or done in through rock music blaring out of the radio. The door handles and window mechanism had been sabotaged. Can anyone help with the movie's title.

Ironically, I kind of liked the music. What I would dislike is being cooped up with the watered down music that used to be commonly played in supermarkets.

-- David L (bumpkin@dnet.net), April 05, 2000.

Was it 'Christine'? (Stephen King)

It also sounds like it could be a twilight zone episode =oP

-- cin (cinlooo@aol.corn), April 05, 2000.

Thanks, but it wasn't "Christine." I neglected to mention that the car in question was not a main character in the plot, nor was it responsible for its actions. 8^)

-- David L (bumpkin@dnet.net), April 05, 2000.

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