While Economy and Infrastructure Crumble, House of Delegates Tackles...Involuntary Microchipping?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Today's Virginian-Pilot has an editorial, "Tinfoil hats are not enough." The subject is legislation by Del. Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania) that would "put an end to a disturbing threat to public safety...Virginians are in danger of having top-secret microchips implanted against their will." Yes, this is nuts. And no, this is (apparently) not a joke.

That's right, believe it or not, as our economy and infrastructure crumble, this is what our wonderful House of Delegates chooses to spend its time on. As the Virginian-Pilot inquires, "Don’t lawmakers have better things to worry about than aliens and hair transplant specialists?" Apparently not.

What particularly amazes me is that this bill, HB 53, is actually making its way along through the relevant House committees. Thus, on February 3, it was reported from Courts of Justice by a vote of 22-0. That's right, it was decided by a unanimous vote - including every Democrat on the committee - that Virginians need protection from what the Virginian-Pilot sarcastically calls "[t]he alarming prospect of involuntary micro-chipping." All I can say is, at times like this, thank goodness our delegates in Richmond have their priorities straight! Heh.

UPDATE: Apparently, the craziness is in Georgia, too. "Acting on a threat that appears only in conspiracy theorist blogs and the Book of Revelation, the state Senate on Feb. 4 overwhelmingly passed legislation that would prohibit the implantation of a microchip in a person without their consent." Well, alrighty then!

UPDATE #2: NLS has more.