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Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 02 Jun 2014 05:09 am

The Houston News has a great letter-to-the-editor lamenting that common sense is gone and it’s a wonder that any of us survived:

We rode in the back of pickups, and carried shotguns and rifles in hangers, mounted on rear windows. Every boy, and quite a few girls, dreamed of getting their first B-B gun for Christmas—and moving up to a single-shot twenty-two rifle in a year or so. And it was a dream of every father to one day see his son or daughter open that sought after Christmas present. We climbed trees and jumped from limb to limb without safety ropes or nets for protection. We smoked cigarettes on school busses, took pistols to school to show our principal. There was no thought of harming others—it was something we did for show-and-tell! We sometimes lit a string of baby firecrackers on Main Street—and everyone around thought it was fun, and no harm was intended.

Much more at the link. I love the part about playing with mercury! My friends and I did that all the time. We’d break-open thermometers and “silent light switches” and roll the stuff around in our hands. Somehow, the EPA and a dozen men in hazmat suits weren’t needed.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 13 Apr 2014 11:33 pm

No cookie for you:

In another from-the-top decree, President Obama and his USDA have used regulatory powers to officially ban all junk foods from the nation’s schools.

The USDA has banned all food it deems unsuitable for kids and bases its power to demand such things on the fact that schools receive federal money for education. With federal money come federal strings.

Thank God I’m not a kid in these nanny-state times.

Nanny State and Gun PoliticsJeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2014 11:59 am

I’m starting to think that there is no hope for the pansy-state nation that “progressives” have foisted upon us. From KATU Ohio:

A central Ohio principal says she suspended a 10-year-old boy from school for three days for pretending his finger was a gun and pointing it at another student’s head.

The boy’s father says it’s the adults who are acting childish for suspending the boy from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in Columbus last week.

Perhaps they need a Pop Tart bill in Ohio.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 23 Dec 2013 05:20 pm

This “nanny-state” decree was passed by Republicans (further proof they’re no better than Democrats) and signed into law by G.W. Bush. Anyway, if you like your incandescents, you can’t keep them:

In addition to the shocking discovery that Millennials don’t really think about light bulbs that much, the survey found that only four in 10 respondents are aware that on Jan. 1, 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs, the most popular light bulbs in America, will join energy-wasting compatriots, 75W and 100W incandescent bulbs, in A-shape heaven when their domestic manufacture and import completely ceases.

I have adopted CFL’s for many of my light fixtures because they do last a long time and use less (and therefore cost less) energy. However, I live in a remote rural area and rely on long-distance radio at night to hear most talk-radio or, for that matter, any AM radio broadcasts. CFL’s interfere with that. In addition, I prefer incandescent bulbs for reading.

To make a long story short, I have — in the past few months — bought a dozen cases of the soon-to-be-banned incandescent bulbs in 40-60 watts. They will illuminate my bed and couch for more years than I will be alive. Although literally true, I’m speaking figuratively when I say that I prefer their warmth, light-wise.

Stock-up, my friends, while you have the chance. The nanny-state cometh.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 18 Dec 2013 04:04 am

Ahh, our crazy language. Actually, it was for making a gun gesture with his hand:

A 5-year-old boy was suspended from school after making a gun gesture with his hand on the playground.

His father, David Hendrix, was furious when he found out his son was issued a suspension for the gesture.

Instead, the boy should have straightened out his middle-finger. That would have sent the proper message.

In any event, the father made a stink about it and the principal and school board backed down.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2013 05:40 pm

The leftist liberals have succeeded in raising a generation that will never survive space travel or meeting new species on other planets. How can they possibly do so when the simple sight of a cop in uniform in Mesa, Arizona, picking-up his daughter at school, causes paroxysms of terror? From Guns.com:

“Nothing like your kid’s school calling and asking if I could not come to pick up my daughter in uniform cause parents were concerned when their kids came home telling them there was a man at school with a gun. Are you freaking kidding me?” Urkov posted.

Evidently, the mere sight of a gun, even when attached in plain view to the hip of a sworn officer of the law, is just too much stress for some parents to handle.

“There were some parents who were concerned about the fact there was a fully armed officer on campus and they spoke to the principal about it,” said school spokesperson Helen Hollands.

The gene-pool is definitely in decline these days.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 30 Sep 2013 05:54 am

Do I really need to tell you what happened?

12-year-old boy from Rhode Island was suspended from school for carrying a small gun key chain to school, his mother said.

Joseph Lyssikatos brought the key chain to Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry on Thursday, WJAR-TV, Providence, R.I., reported.

The boy said the key chain, which is slightly larger than a quarter, fell out of his backpack during class and another boy picked it up and began showing it off.

He should have brought the aspirin-shaped one instead; that only results in a detention.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2013 12:48 am

This “zero-tolerance” stuff has got to go. From WaPo:

A sixth-grader in Calvert County was suspended for forming his hand into a gun on his bus ride to school, an incident that adds to a string of recent high-profile cases involving punishments for children who gesture with imaginary weapons.

Even the writer of the article seems skeptical of the over-reaction to this stuff, and this is the Washington Post.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 29 May 2013 08:42 am

As if you needed any additional proof of how stupid today’s kids are. From the NY Daily News:

A Massachusetts kindergartner sparked panic on his school bus when he brought a plastic Lego gun — the size of a quarter — on board.

Fellow students freaked out on Friday after seeing the tiny fake firearm. They alerted the driver who brought the vehicle to a sudden halt.

Students “traumatized” and notes sent home to parents. Boy suspended and made to apologize to those who shit their pants, yada yada yada.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 28 Dec 2012 04:27 am

Over at the Pacific Standard, Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

For myself, I like sugar on cereal. I think that’s about the only time I use it since I don’t drink coffee.

MY Problem is HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) which is in everything including sodas these days and is bad for my Gout (sugar isn’t a problem).

Incidentally, remember all the kerfuffle over New Coke and Classic Coke? Let me start an unfounded rumor here that it was all a clever ploy by the folks at Coca Cola. The old, original Coke was made with sugar — which was getting expensive. So, they change the formula to supposedly compete with Pepsi by coming up with New Coke. Public hates it. They bring back the “Classic” Coke . . . But now it’s made with HFCS instead of sugar, saving them tons of money. Since there was a period of time where the original soda wasn’t available, and the new “Classic” that came back later tasted almost the same, they got away with it because most didn’t notice the difference and never read the ingredients on the cans, anyway.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 23 Jun 2012 05:44 am

It’s Summer. It’s hot. Kids try to have some fun. In our society - these days - that’s a ‘no-no.’ From the Smoking Gun:

Four Pennsylvanians who fired water guns loaded with chlorinated water on a teen and her younger brother from a moving car now face misdemeanor disorderly conduct and harassment charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in a Lawrence County district court, the teen victim and her brother were standing in front of their home on Wednesday when a silver Chevy Aveo with four people in it “drove past and fired an unknown, noxious-smelling liquid at her from inside the vehicle.” The victim–Gloria Sloan-Mallory–told police “she heard them laughing after they struck her and her younger brother.”

The ‘victim’ has filed charges against the four perps (ages 18-24).

Say, I’m thirsty. I think I’ll have a glass of chlorinated water from the tap on my kitchen sink.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2011 06:36 am

The country is in the worst of hands when a purse with a pistol design on it causes an uproar by the TSA. Video at the link.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 26 Oct 2011 05:02 am

Don’t laugh, it could happen:

After a three-year battle that pitched small-town capitalists against an army of aging hippies backed by the powerful Coastal Commission, the California Supreme Court refused the business owners’ appeal, ending the war. That means the Coastal Commission’s determination that fireworks shows constitute “development” and therefore require a coastal development permit stands. And since the business owners can’t afford the legions of lawyers, lobbyists, botanists and biologists needed to process the permit, and the Coastal Commission wouldn’t approve it anyway, the skies over Gualala will remain dark on the Fourth of July.

California’s coastal cities are bracing for similar regulatory skirmishes, and now, thanks to a challenge brought by a particularly rabid environmentalist lawyer, Marco Gonzales, similar restrictions may apply to every fireworks show in the state.

Are you SURE you still want to keep living there? In a state where you can’t even openly carry an unloaded pistol in a holster? Where new housing can’t have a fireplace? Where a backyard grill might become a thing of the past?

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 09 Aug 2011 06:28 am

Having solved the debt problem and unemployment, Obama now goes after fire trucks and cement mixers. From the AP:

Fire trucks and concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trapping gases under new efficiency standards being announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

[ . . . ]

Big rigs or semis will have to slash fuel consumption and production of heat-trapping gases by up to 23 percent. Gasoline-powered heavy-duty pickups and vans will have to cut consumption by 10 percent, or by 15 percent if the vehicles run on diesel fuel.

The standards also prescribe a 9 percent reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for work trucks, which include everything from fire trucks and concrete mixers to garbage trucks and buses, according to the officials, who requested anonymity to speak before the formal announcement.

So when your home burns down because the fire truck couldn’t make it up the hill to your driveway, you’ll know who to thank.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 25 Jul 2011 05:18 am

Oh heck, why not? Everyone else in San Francisco seems to be in one. From NewsMax:

Under a proposal before the city’s Human Rights Commission, private employers and landlords would be prohibited from disqualifying applicants because they have been convicted of a crime or been arrested.

So, if you’ve just been released from jail after serving time for embezzlement, grand theft, armed robbery, etc., go right ahead and apply for that job at the local bank, jewelry store, or armored car company.

The underlying reason for the proposal is that ex-cons have a hard time finding a place to live or work. Well, I’m sorry about that and, well yes, that can lead to recidivism if only for survival. However, private employers and landlords also need to survive and deserve the leeway as to who they house or employ in order to protect their own interests and liabilities.

As a landlord, I might not want to rent to someone with a violent past, such as gang members, as this leaves me open to lawsuits should that felon attack a fellow tenant.

As a jewelry store owner, my insurance company might drop my coverage if I employ a former thief.

Embarking on a path of crime is a personal decision and responsibility for the future fallout from that rests solely upon the criminal’s own shoulders.

OK, a somewhat far-fetched extrapolation here but, the maximum sentence the mass murderer in Norway faces is 21-years in jail for killing 93 people — most of them children. How would you like to be running a children’s day-care center and NOT be able to refuse to hire this mutant, based upon his record, when he gets out of prison?

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2011 05:21 am

From Bloomberg.com, some bad news for Bloomberg:

No strong evidence exists that advising people to eat less salt or putting them on a low-salt diet reduces their death rate or cuts cardiovascular events, an analysis of seven studies found.

The report combined the results of seven previous randomized clinical trials that looked at the effects of lowering salt consumption in 6,250 people with normal and high blood pressure. While patients in the reduced-salt groups lowered their blood pressure, there was no significant difference in mortality rates, according to the analysis published yesterday in the American Journal of Hypertension.

Stuff is starting to taste better already.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 22 Jun 2011 07:08 pm

I can’t think of two politicians who are — excuse the poor grammar — more unlike, Barney Frank and Ron Paul. Yet, they are due to introduce a bill to (at the federal level, anyway) legalize marijuana. From Reason Magazine:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce “bi-partisan legislation tomorrow ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference,” according to a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project that just hit my inbox.

Here’s a quote from that email:

The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal. The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.

Good. And, folks, I’ve pointed out in the past, here, many times, that I have no dog in this hunt; I’m allergic to the stuff. I just can’t see the benefit of continuing to throw people in jail or give them a criminal record over an innocuous drug (or natural-growing plant, if you will) that is far less dangerous than alcohol. Granted, we already have an obesity problem in this country but . . .

Big Government and Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 21 Jun 2011 07:18 pm

Folks, I am not about to come to the defense of tobacco and cigarettes. However, we live in a supposedly free society where citizens are to be allowed to make personal choices in their lifestyles. [Didn’t you just write about this last night? — ed.][Yes — js]

If the elitist left and the Obysma Administration wants to outlaw tobacco, then just do it and let the chaos and smuggling ensue. Almost a hundred years ago prohibition worked wonderfully for booze. And, how’s that “war on drugs” going for you? Short of a ban, though, if they are going to allow it (tobacco) to remain a legal product, and tax it as a legal product, then stop interfering with the right to manufacture, market, sell, and buy it. Stepping back a few clauses, since both the federal and the state governments depend upon the hefty taxes imposed on tobacco sales to fund many a non-tobacco-related programs, and any tax would reduce that valuable cash-flow, why would they do this?

Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man’s neck. Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign by the Food and Drug Administration to use fear and disgust to discourage Americans from lighting up.

The new cigarette package requirement will encompass the top-half of both the front and back of each cigarette pack. Gross pictures on both. The new regulation goes into effect in the fall of 2012.

Now, here’s the problem about all of this. It would be easy to just blame liberals for this intrusion into the still-legal marketing of a still-legal product. But, that would be wrong since a whole lot of supposedly “anti-government regulation and intrusion” proclaiming Republicans also support this bill. They are just as hypocritical as Democrats.

Members of the Choir, we live in fucked-up times. Both major political parties want to control our lives in every way.

Neither of them offer a candidate for any national or state office that would legislate (or preferably NOT legislate) otherwise.

Sadly, no third-party candidate stands a chance these days and would only siphon off votes from the “less awful” choice.

We are doomed. I can’t afford to buy a gun these days — but, you can. And should. Not that I’m advocating anything other than that because that would be illegal. But, a firearm is handy to have around the house. In these times. Start with a 12 gauge pump-gun. I hope to have one in a few months. With a few kind donations to the “tip-jar” that is . . .

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 10 Jun 2011 06:35 am

If you post a picture of a gun on your blog and someone finds it “scary,” you could go to jail. No, really! From Ars Technica:

The new legislation adds images to the list of communications that can trigger criminal liability. But for image postings, the “emotionally distressed” individual need not be the intended recipient. Anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. If a court decides you “should have known” that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

The article also quotes Eugene Volokh’s comments about this.



Gee, hope nobody finds this photo of me with a .50 caliber rifle offensive.

Nanny StateJeff Soyer on 04 Mar 2011 05:52 am

Mind you, we’re talking literally:

To summarize, in order to save 20 million gallons of water, the city — in typical liberal fashion — imposed replacements costs on the private sector. When enough citizens had knuckled under and replaced their perfectly good toilets with the new, improved Al Gore signature model, the problems started. For the past five years, the city has been spending around $20 million annually to upgrade their sewers. So, after bludgeoning their citizens and paying a buck for each gallon of water they are “saving,” they have an odor problem.

To address this problem, the city just ordered $13 million worth of Clorox to pour down the drains to kill the smell. Imagine if a private business wanted to pour that much bleach into the Bay Area’s water system.

Common sense loses out to nanny-statism.

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