Delusions, the Legislature and an implanted microchip

We often say that insanity reigns at the state Capitol.

But when we do, we do not literally accuse the people inside of letting their grip on reality slip. We simply mean that our ability to fathom their motives, or their ability to express them, has fallen short.

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Referring to a politician as delusional is simply entertaining hyperbole. But it is something that becomes much less funny when a truly tortured soul bears her torment.

Last Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee entertained SB 235, the bill sponsored by Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) to prohibit the involuntary implantation of microchips in human beings.

In Gov. Roy Barnes’ stump speech, the bill has become a routine example of the Republican tendency to attack problems that don’t exist, and ignore the ones that do. Besides, Barnes argues, if someone holds him down to insert a microchip in his head, “it should be more than a damned misdemeanor.”

Three states have instituted bans, and others have considered the legislation. In Virginia, a bill supporter declared microchips to be the “666″ mark of the beast referred to in the Book of Revelation.

Pearson has said his motivation isn’t biblical or religious – that he is simply working in advance of technology’s next assault on personal privacy. Not unlike limiting the uses of DNA testing by health insurance companies, he argues.

At the House hearing, state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Kennesaw), who is shouldering the legislation in the House, spoke earnestly for better than a half hour on microchips as a literal invasion of privacy.

He was followed by a hefty woman who described herself as a resident of DeKalb County. “I’m also one of the people in Georgia who has a microchip,” the woman said. Slowly, she began to lead the assembled lawmakers down a path they didn’t want to take.

Microchips, the woman began, “infringe on issues that are fundamental to our very existence. Our rights to privacy, our rights to bodily integrity, the right to say no to foreign objects being put in our body.”

She spoke of the “right to work without being tortured by co-workers who are activating these microchips by using their cell phones and other electronic devices.”

She continued. “Microchips are like little beepers. Just imagine, if you will, having a beeper in your rectum or genital area, the most sensitive area of your body. And your beeper numbers displayed on billboards throughout the city. All done without your permission,” she said.

It was not funny, and no one laughed.

“Ma’am, did you say you have a microchip?” asked state Rep. Tom Weldon (R-Ringgold).

“Yes, I do. This microchip was put in my vaginal-rectum area,” she replied. Setzler, the sponsoring lawmaker, sat next to the witness – his head bowed.

“You’re saying this was involuntary?” Weldon continued.

The woman said she had been pushing a court case through the system for the last eight years to have the device removed.

Wendell Willard (R-Atlanta), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, picked up the questioning.

“Who implanted this in you?” he asked.

“Researchers with the federal government,” she said.

“And who in the federal government implanted it?” Willard asked.

“The Department of Defense.”

“Thank you, ma’am.”

The woman was allowed to go about her business, and the House Judiciary Committee approved passage of SB 235.

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138 comments Add your comment

Ostrich Racer

April 19th, 2010
4:09 pm

Res ipsa loquitor.

Icarus

April 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

::facepalm::

Pat

April 19th, 2010
4:30 pm

Oh my, there is just too much to say about this to even respond. haha

Scott

April 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

Ok…is it just me or did they spend valuable time that could have been used to figure out this budget mess by parading a psychotic woman who might also be friends with a space alien or two in front of this committee for WHAT REASON?!?! Roy has this one nailed. If Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) is your rep…I’d say its time to vote for someone else. This would be laughable if it wasn’t for the fact that so much needs to be done and you hear about this garbage

The General

April 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

Poor lady, it’ll be years before the spaceship folks comes back to remove their microchip from her butt, and she thought it was the Dep’t of Defense. On another note, I personally know of at least several state legislators who are not utter and complete buffoons, but you can count ‘em on one hand.

Scott

April 19th, 2010
4:34 pm

See…The General agrees. She has friends in outer space places…

You Asked

April 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

My dog wants to talk to Sen. Pearson about sponsoring similar legislation for pets. He’d also like to outlaw cats.

The Cynical White Boy

April 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

So, King Roy makes fun of a bill outlawing implants of micro-chips.

I ain’t scared of an involuntary implant of a micro-chip, King Roy, but I am scared of an involuntary implant of 4 more years of Bobby Kahn.

Hey Roy, forget the micro-chip bill, just support a ban on implantation of Bobby Kahn when you once again enter into your Kingdom.

Jim

April 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

Awesome! I really hate I missed that one!

Greg Pinckard

April 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

Who is going to serve the warrents against the little green men?

You Asked

April 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

@ Greg Pinckard – Who is going to serve the warrents against the little green men?

Get it straight- The chips are from the CIA! Little Green Men use (oriface) probes.

Pat

April 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

Don’t the legislatures know that we are just going to go across state lines to get these involuntary implanted. They are just losing out on revenue by not allowing this here.

David S

April 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

What is truly sad is that the legislature must pass a bill to make this kind of thing a crime. Show how little we can count on the government to protect our rights these days, as they are generally the first in line to violate them.

The intrusions into our privacy that the government at both state and federal levels DEMANDS these days is so far beyond what any of our founding fathers would have believed, and all done with complete disregard for the 4th amendment.

As states work to pass laws in attempts to protect their citizens from the onslaught of the feds with healthcare it is nice to see that a few are looking at all the ways the government has planned for invading the sanctity of our lives and our bodies.

Tired

April 19th, 2010
4:52 pm

What a profound – and unintentional – testimony to the need to fund Behavioral Health services.

I wasn’t there, but generally anyone can sign up to testify and it is unfair to assume that legislators “paraded’ her, or even knew who she was.

Jim

April 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

Isn’t Pearson the same dude with the company that boasts of its ‘connections’ to the Capitol? Perhaps the guy could look at sponsoring some ethics legislation next. Maybe he could get the same lady to come back and testify before the committee on that bill. She was probably just a ‘plant’ by the Democrats anyway;-)

TW

April 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

Shouldn’t our teachers and law enforcement be given special training on how to do spot/deal with those seeking to…implant us?

OMG! I think they are in my neighborhood RIGHT NOW…oh…just the mail…I think, but WAIT! How do I know it’s REALLY the mail? Maybe that little white truck is full of the microchips!

OMG!

Joseph D.

April 19th, 2010
5:06 pm

And Georgia is contemplating being the only state inthe nation without an Arts Council? Moreover, this legislation is sponsored by a person nicknamed ‘Chip.’ It truly goes from the sublime to the absurd!

Bubba

April 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

Einstein

April 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

Folks, wake up…this is Biblical. Who’s to say the 666 mentioned in the Book of Revelation is not a computer chip. BAR code, etc. And, why is our State Gov’t even considering something other than Education, Transportation, or Natural Resources?

State Employee

April 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

WOW….So for years both Federal and State government has been screwing all of us and now they decided to “tag” each of us to they can actually keep track of whom they have screwed…And now Georgia wants to ban it, so does this mean that we can rest better knowing that the Legislators will stop screwing us in the future? I dont think so, because they are doing it to us now….SPEND OUR MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT CAN IMPROVE OUR LIVES AND WALLETS instead of WASTING TIME AND MONEY ON NOTHING….So does implanting our foot up your butts to get you to do something will now be deemed illegal?

arnold

April 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

The Republicans have their next VP candidate.

There is a sickness in GA

April 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Okay…this bill is silly, however, and I cannot believe I am going to say this, but I can foresee at least one positive use for implanting chips in certain types of people. To track soldiers in battle for instance, so they can be found if they go MIA, are POW or KIA.

I don’t approve of this one, but I fear it is only a matter time before we see people seriously talking about forcing sex-offenders to get microchip implanted in them the make sure they don’t go near schools etc.

Also, we should all piety the mentally ill, I would not wish it on my worst enemy.

Diehard

April 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

Roy has a microchip on his shoulder after losing his last race to Sonny.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

Jim @ 4:57

I think that was Chip Rogers.

Jim

April 19th, 2010
6:17 pm

Ga. is falling apart, we struggle with the budget, our schools are getting shafted and this is what the repubs want to spend time and effort on? PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS A JOKE ! Uh Chip, go back to where you came from and let real people address real problems.Earth to Chip, Earth to Chip.

Jim

April 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

Excuse me , was that a micro chip or were you just happy to see me?

[...] Courtesy of Jim Galloway, who probably has to put up with more of this than all of us at PP combined: “Ma’am, did you say you have a microchip?” asked state Rep. Tom Weldon (R-Ringgold). [...]

Jim

April 19th, 2010
6:28 pm

I am sorry about the comments that I made earlier. Its just that when I move the mouse on my computer, it causes the implanted chip in my ear to go off. This in turn has the effect that makes me swing at the nearest right wing wack job available- Please make it stop !!

Chippy McLegislator

April 19th, 2010
6:56 pm

Sorry we didn’t do anything about transportation once again this year but we ran out of time. We had much more important issues to deal with. Besides, traffic is only important to the yankee infested Atlanta. We have to spend valuable time on issues important to REAL Georgians, like our women being abducted by CIA controlled UFOs and getting microchips implanted in their vjj.

Jim

April 19th, 2010
7:00 pm

Chippy,it is obvious that you underestimate the problem . Don’t your realize that whole neighborhoods can have their tv reception ruined by just one microchip person? I now fully realize why my garage door keeps opening by itself, and here I just thought it was my imagination.

Harry Paulms

April 19th, 2010
7:01 pm

Microchip Pearson, protecting the vaginal-rectal region of all his constituents, while somehow applying his brand of politics, forcefully, in the same vicinity.

Tim White

April 19th, 2010
7:33 pm

I have something I would like to implant in the “vaginal-rectum area” of the Republican Georgia Legislative Leadership. But it’s not a micro-chip!

ahem.....

April 19th, 2010
8:21 pm

Roy Barnes has got this right. The whole bizarre episode illustrates how foolish a turn Republican politics has taken. While the GOP grandstands on silly things like this, problems like the budget, water, education, and traffic get worse. Thanks for nothing, Republican Legislature.

RBN

April 19th, 2010
9:41 pm

So I suppose the Repub legislators voluntarily accepted the implants that stole their minds.

Lucy

April 20th, 2010
7:43 am

Karl Marx

April 20th, 2010
9:10 am

I guess all the sheeple here think it is OK for states to collect DNA samples to be entered into a national database without their permission even if the “donor” has committed no crime. Welcome to 1984 although Instead of big brother we have big sis.

Republican turned Democrat

April 20th, 2010
9:14 am

See why I left the GOP? They’re a bunch of whackjobs. Look at the propaganda Glenn Beck spreads, and he sits home laughing at the things he can get people to believe. Dems aren’t far behind either. If they ever start talking again they’ll probably realize they have more in common that they thought – screwing the American people. Yeah I vote Dem now but that doesn’t mean I like whackjobs from either party.

At least I know why my GOP friends’ claim their a$$es itch all the time now. Either they been hanging out in male airport restrooms or the CIA’s green men implanted them.

Pharmacist

April 20th, 2010
9:40 am

As a pharmacist and conservative, I find it appalling that our Georgia legislators would put a psychotic/mentally disturbed woman in a position of talking about implantation of microchips into her body. Did any of these legislators consider that she may be under treatment for her mental disorder and therefore may have received IM (intramuscular) injections or suppositories containing antipsychotic medications as part of her treatment??? (Patients often don’t understand the difference between medications they need administered and “space aliens who implant devices in them”.) Mentally, where is the sanity of our legislators in evaluating each person individually BEFORE they allow to talk on the floor of the legistlature? This woman is certainly detatched from reality!

Big-Ole Roy Barnes and the Democrats are having one big laugh because Rep. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) and Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Kennesaw) won’t take the time to evaluate the sanity of people they put before the legislature to speak! Furthermore, the Republicans cannot discern a real problem from a potential future or imagined problem.

We have so many REAL PROBLEMS in our state now, so why are we entertaining this “make-believe” topic — and on the last days of this legislative session, when candidates are trying to push through remaining legislation on so many important topics before they can start raising funds for re-election?

I’m totally disgusted with the Georgia Republicans, the poor state of the Georgia economy, and decisions made on our behalf by dim-wits we have elected!!! Before I vote for another Georgia candidate, I will evaluate their fitness to serve in the Georgia legislature!!! I suggest everyone reading this do the same thing.

John K

April 20th, 2010
11:20 am

Paranoia: The Breakfast of Republicans.

luther blissett

April 20th, 2010
2:08 pm

‘Taint necessarily so.

Chris

April 20th, 2010
2:08 pm

I haven’t laughed out loud this loud for a long time – this is truly bizarre.

[...] implanted with a microchip,” and would make violating the ban a misdemeanor. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one exchange from the hearing could have been ripped right [...]

[...] implanted with a microchip,” and would make violating the ban a misdemeanor. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one exchange from the hearing could have been ripped right [...]

paulbrown

April 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

Thanks for this hilarious story and for the outrageously funny comments that followed. Keep exposing the dopes who try to act more important than they are. And continue to brighten my day with your side-splitting humor.

[...] the fine folks of the Georgia House Judiciary Committee took up this same heady  issue this week. Hilarity ensues. Three states have instituted bans, and others have considered the legislation. In [...]

Hipple, Rev Paul T

April 20th, 2010
2:53 pm

I know for a FACT that the US Federal government has had a microchip implantaton program that predates WWI, and according to my sources, quite possibly the Spanish American War. According to TS CIA documents, The New Deal which gave rise to the dawn of American Socialism and the oppression of Social Security would never have come about without the mind control aspects of this covert activity.

-RPTH

William G

April 20th, 2010
3:14 pm

OK….you right wingers are starting to scare me now.

[...] Well, this week, the best part of all was the testimony offered up in the state assembly’s judiciary committee …! [...]

majii

April 20th, 2010
3:47 pm

@ Pharmacist:
Thanks for this:
“Before I vote for another Georgia candidate, I will evaluate their fitness to serve in the Georgia legislature!!! I suggest everyone reading this do the same thing.”

I’ve been urging others to do the same thing for a long time. It remains to be seen whether voters here have really learned anything after repeatedly voting the same types of politicians into office at the state and federal level. It continues to boggle the mind how/why voters would continue making their choices solely on the basis of a series of buzzwords. Voters need to stop allowing themselves to be used by these types of politicians. The way to do that would be to educate themselves thoroughly about the candidates before voting, but I have serious doubts as to whether they are willing to do this.