Instant background checks
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 bill being considered by state lawmakers.
"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, Assembly Bill 1771, 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. A key difference between the two, however, is that the new site would not display photos or addresses of offenders.
Francisco Lobaco of the American Civil Liberties Union said he has not read the bill. But if the goal is to protect the public, he asked, why single out domestic abuse rather than crimes that target victims randomly? "Why not assault with a deadly weapon? Why not robberies?" Lobaco asked.
Yeah why not robberies? What about bunco? And while we're at it, why not people who have been diagnosed HIV positive? Oh wait ... But once you have the tables set up and the queries are written there's really no obstacle to adding any of those records is there?
Modern technology has finally enabled man to answer the existential question: who are you? Just a minute while I look it up on the cell phone.