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(Baltimore Sun)   Upon solving all of the states other problems, Maryland legislators now to decide on removing seat belts from mechanical bulls   ( divider line
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2005-03-24 03:42:12 AM  
2005-03-24 03:45:31 AM  
now if only the submitter would solve the problem of registered links...
2005-03-24 03:45:59 AM  
A registered link? Greenlighted on Fark? Harumph!
2005-03-24 03:46:25 AM  
Well, I for one think that all those who feel that seat belts should be removed from mechanical bulls should be excommunicated from the liberal press

Fark anyone else!
2005-03-24 03:46:37 AM  
Boobies! (And I mean filter action here.)
2005-03-24 03:48:28 AM  
2005-03-24 03:50:25 AM  
Please register or log in

2005-03-24 03:56:34 AM  
Next problem to solve: The public's deep ignorance of the proper use of apostrophes.
2005-03-24 04:05:15 AM  
This is surprising since Maryland's state sport is jousting, in which the objective is to knock your opponent off his horse.

/yes...our state sport really is jousting
2005-03-24 04:08:50 AM  

Boldly springing into action, I spent only part of the last minute searching for the article, which left me ample time for sex.
So here it is.


By Ivan Penn
Sun Staff
Originally published March 23, 2005
Eastern Shore Sen. E.J. Pipkin wants freedom for two of Maryland's rather extreme party animals: a pair of mechanical bulls named Zeus and Hercules, who are bound by what he sees as bothersome state rules.

Regulations require such rides to have a seat belt to protect riders -- a little-known fact until the bulls were shut down at a county fair two years ago.

But to Pipkin and Western Extreme Entertainment LLC, which owns the devices, requiring a seat belt takes the fun out of riding a bucking mechanical bull. The regulation has tied up much of the bulls' operations in Maryland, preventing their use in public places and costing the owner tens of thousands of dollars.

"A Ferris wheel needs a seat belt," said Jonathan Mason, the bulls' owner. "The 18- to 25-year- old guys want to fall off a bull."

Pipkin, a Republican, has proposed legislation that would remove the restriction. His bill moves to the Senate floor today.

Legislative support for Zeus and Hercules appears to be riding high. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the bill last week, leaving Pipkin optimistic.

"We're the only state that has decided we have to ban mechanical bulls," Pipkin said.

Mason started his mechanical-bull business in 2002, after he and his brother saw the bulls in operation at a fair in Louisville, Ky. They took out $40,000 in loans, and the business quickly grew, helping them pay for college.

The bulls were used at private events and at bars and public fairs in such counties as Cecil and Queen Anne's. But when a state inspector examined the bulls, it was determined that the owners should have a license and the bulls needed seat belts.

Strapping riders in a seat belt on a mechanical bull not only seemed to defeat the purpose of the ride, in Mason's view, it also would endanger riders because they could not fall off if the bucking got a little wild.

Regulations allow Mason to run his bulls at private venues, but the loss of the public-event income has cost him as much as $30,000 a year -- a third of his income.

The bill would apply only to mechanical bulls and no other amusement rides. And riders would have to be at least 18.

Yeesh, MARYland? It's more like NANCYland.
2005-03-24 04:10:37 AM  
Jousting is very popular in San Fransisco, and Key West as well.
2005-03-24 04:16:24 AM  
He makes $90,000 a year with Mechanical Bulls?

/buying a mechanical bull.
2005-03-24 04:26:04 AM  
Being a eastern shore resident (woot), I have ridden on said mechanical bulls up in hebron (before the gey seat belt crap). It's well worth the few bucks for the few seconds you can stay on. Yes you fall off, yes it is hurts a little, and yes you will want to get back on.

/Looking forward to riding the mechanical bulls
//yes I have no life
///If it was up to us Eastern shore folk we would of floated off from the USA ages ago.
////I like slashes
2005-03-24 04:26:47 AM  
Agreeing with TommyymmoT and EvilN8

Yeah for Da Bulls!!!1
2005-03-24 04:38:41 AM  

/i got nothin...
2005-03-24 10:49:13 AM  
I rode a bull in a contest at Gilley's in Vegas. After 16 seconds I had enough and threw myself off. I can't imagine being strapped onto one. Ouch. I was bruised for weeks.
2005-03-24 10:58:34 AM  
I never knew that there were any mechanical bulls at all in Maryland. I learned something from Fark today!
2005-03-24 10:58:47 AM  
"This is surprising since Maryland's state sport is jousting, in which the objective is to knock your opponent off his horse."

hahgahah brillianT!!11

2005-03-24 11:02:52 AM  

Actually, it's more like trying to get your long thingy into a little hole whilst riding on a horse. Kinky!


But you can see plenty of the type of jousting you mentioned at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. I think they do that at Medieval Times at Arundel Mills too.
2005-03-24 11:04:55 AM  
That sounds a perfectly reasonable bill to me.
2005-03-24 11:15:38 AM  
E.J. Pipkin went against Babs Makowski for U.S. Senate last time around and had his hat handed to him, once people learned he made his fortune from junk bonds he was right out of the game. Also Ms. Makowski is very popular in this state, but I cannot argue with him on this issue.
2005-03-24 12:51:28 PM  
WTF, seatbelts? what sort of pussy shiat is that anyway?
2005-03-24 03:46:00 PM  
from the Sun article:
Regulations require such rides to have a seat belt to protect riders...[State Senator E.J.] Pipkin, a Republican, has proposed legislation that would remove the restriction.

I don't want to start a GOP vs. Democrats flamewar here, just make an observation about one of the bluest of the blue states: I am pleasantly surprised by Mr. Pipkin. The mind just BOGGLES at the idea of a reasonably intelligent Republican in a state like Maryland, where the first GOP Gov since Spiro Agnew (and we know how good HE was, eh?) - also known as Bobby Smooth - has done some of the most politically dumb things that a politician can do. Pushing for slots (and using the Thornton Education funding as a hostage), the so-called Intercounty Connector, kicking certain reporters out of the halls of state government because they have published unflattering stories about the gov, possibly using one of his lieutenants to circulate completely unfounded accusations on the Internet about the state of the marriage of Baltimore's mayor...Ehrlich is goin' DOWN at the hands of the rock 'n roll Mayor of Baltimore come 2006, baby!

But, to stay on topic, Pipkin's bill seems downright sane. Who the heck would legislate seat belts on a frickin' mechanical bull?!? That just begs for a serious injury when the rider can't get off.

The bull, that is.

Monster Kabasue:
///If it was up to us Eastern shore folk we would of floated off from the USA ages ago.

Have in-laws in Centreville who would like nothing better than to see the Chesapeake Bay Bridge(s) dynamited into the Bay to keep us "chicken neckers" from ruining the area.

And don't want to be a grammar freak, but those of us on THIS side of the bridge know the phrase is "would have".

E.J. Pipkin went against Babs Makowski for U.S. Senate last time around...Also Ms. Makowski is very popular in this state

Popular enough for you to know it's spelled Mikulski?

/And we wonder why our government is in the crapper, when people don't know the names of their Congress-critters.
//Name the Senators from your state and your Congressional Representative. Go on. Can you do it?
2005-03-24 05:22:25 PM  
Mor Beal

Yeah, right. Supporting the ICC is a politically dumb idea... especially when every poll ever conducted demonstrates overwhelming support for a highway that is at least 30 years overdue. It's such a dumb idea, in fact, that Doug Duncan managed to get a pro-ICC county council elected in Montgomery County. About farkin' time the NIMBYs were handed a steaming cup of STFU.

//voted for Ehrlich because of the ICC
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