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It's not just a good idea... (Jon Berger)
(smirk, true, government)

I ran across the following while browsing through the California Codes on
the World Wide Web (at URL,
for anyone who's interested).  As far as I know, it's a real, actual,
enforceable law.  I swear I'm not making this up.

    pax version 1.2
    SECTION 16603

    16603.  Every person who, as a condition to a sale or consignment of
    any magazine, book, or other publication requires that the purchaser
    or consignee purchase or receive for sale any horror comic book, is
    guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county
    jail not exceeding six months, or by fine not exceeding one thousand
    dollars ($1,000), or by both.
       This section is not intended to prohibit an agreement requiring a
    person to purchase or accept on consignment a minimum number of copies
    of a single edition or issue of a magazine or of a particular book or
    other particular publication.
       As used in this section "person" includes a corporation,
    partnership, or other association.
       As used in this section "horror comic book" means any book or
    booklet in which an account of the commission or attempted commission
    of the crime of arson, assault with caustic chemicals, assault
    with a deadly weapon, burglary, kidnapping, mayhem, murder, rape,
    robbery, theft, or voluntary manslaughter is set forth by means of
    a series of five or more drawings or photographs in sequence, which
    are accompanied by either narrative writing or words represented as
    spoken by a pictured character, whether such narrative words appear in
    balloons, captions or on or immediately adjacent to the photograph or

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