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January 17, 2008

"Want to avoid Mr. Right Out of Jail?"

This little news story is the early front-runner for sentencing headline of the year. The full headline is, "Want to avoid Mr. Right Out of Jail?: California says background checks should be made simpler for daters," are here are the basics of the story:

Here's a new twist to the dating game — instant background checks. Asked out? Not so fast. Before saying yes or no, you could do a push-button check of domestic violence records under a new bill under consideration by California lawmakers.  The measure is believed to be the first of its kind.

"Obviously, knowledge is power," said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco. "If you encounter someone who you think is a little bit creepy, you would have the ability to check."

Ma's proposal would require the state attorney general to create a searchable Web site to identify people convicted of one felony or two misdemeanor domestic violence crimes.  The goal is to provide a resource similar to the state's existing Megan's Law Web site, which identifies sex offenders.

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“If you encounter someone who you think is a little bit creepy, you would have the ability to check."

Ah, so there are people out there that want to date 1) creepy; that 2) don’t have criminal records.

But, why not expand the database a bit more. I want a list of:
1) women that have called the police for anything DV-related, that has not resulted in a conviction of the alleged perpetrator (because this means that the women might be liars)
2) people related to fatties (because a lot of men don’t want marry people that become fat)
3) people that bounce checks (it is a sign of poverty – not an attractive quality – and irresponsibility)
4) all hospitalizations for pregnancies (a lot of men don’t want to date women with kids)
5) people with brothers or sisters that are convicted of something]

With this information, dating, while more like a relationship with a creditor, will be a lot more pleasant.

Posted by: S.cotus | Jan 17, 2008 9:15:19 AM

Just let the government clone everyone and everything, then we'll have no personalities at all. It'll take the guesswork out of living. Hello Matrix...

Posted by: Dr Lou | Jan 17, 2008 2:01:29 PM

Good start. California already has a non-public child abuse database that lists predominantly women. Should men have access to it? After all, women commit the majority of child abuse and child murder crimes.

Posted by: George | Jan 17, 2008 2:33:38 PM

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