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How Exactly DOES A Libertarian Deal With Quarantine?

Or libertarian (small L)?

From Say Uncle:

My wookiee suit is strong but . . .

How do libertarians deal with quarantine? Personally, I accept that I am a rational actor and I’d go all quarantine because I should and am responsible for my actions. But some folks, like patient zero, who is not a libertarian, say I’m looking out for numero uno. Libertarians might just tell you to fuck off but that’s not kosher in the whole “I am responsible for me” thing. What say you?

One answer (of 23 when I viewed it) from his posting:

  • Joe Allen Says:
    The Zero Aggression Policy perfectly addresses quarantine. If you know, or have reason to believe, you may have a deadly contagious disease, you cannot hop on a cruise ship or jet airplane and call yourself a libertarian.

Of course, no mention is made any longer of the illness(es) being brought ashore by the thousands of illegal alien children children who came here illegally without parents.  This has been relegated to page 24, if it’s on ANY pages at all!

I suspect, as we are not the World’s policeman, we are also not their nanny.

What do you guys think?Guffaw

More Disturbing News

via Irish

Meanwhile in The Peoples Democratik Republik of Vermont?

This is an email I got from one of my blog friends, has anyone in Vermont seen this
as far as driver’s license renewal?It has been recently been related to me the new regulations concerning driver’s license renewal in VT. There is a list of afflictions, diseases, disorders, etc.. that are automatic disqualifies. I wasn’t privy too the renewal form, or the complete list, but having DIABETES is on the list. The person that told me about this had to take a day off from work to have forms filled out by his physician, then he had to deliver them to the official state physician, then a non-medical tribunal (death panel?) will adjudicate whether he is deserving to clog up the People roads. After doing some digging on the ‘Net, he found that non-disclosure of a physical condition would be hazardous to your freedom – the state already knows what you have. They are in hopes you purger yourself, especially since the IRS is in charge of health care now. Fines, jail time, and suspension of driving privileges await you if you don’t believe the Feds should be involved in EVERY aspect of your life. So much for HIPPA laws, HUH?
Another thing I was made aware of a while back. Doctor’s offices in VT have you fill out a form during a visit. On it,  are questions asking if you own guns, how many, what types, etc…. The questions are not optional, and you can not leave them blank. At the bottom of the form, you are informed that it is a FEDERAL document, and that any false statements are a FEDERAL crime. I imagine “None of your Fuckin’ business” would garner you a visit from your friendly local SWAT team at 2am.

I’m tellin’ you dude, the amount of crap is getting harder and harder to take. Something is going to break in this country, and it isn’t going to be pleasant when it does.
Whatever happened to the libertarian movement to move to a generally friendly State, to fill it with libertarians and make it a Mecca for freedom-loving people everywhere?  I seem to remember Vermont was on the short list as a possible choice.
Obviously, this hasn’t happened.
I do remember being concerned when I was diagnosed  with Type II Diabetes, just because I knew of folks who had difficulty maintaining consciousness during the day with this disease.  I’ve been fortunate that for me, this hasn’t been the case.  Of course, I am on various meds, and with my beater car don’t drive much or far!
And then there’s the whole HIPAA medical privacy thing?
Is this yet another gateway to backdooring medical records to make certain persons prohibited possessors?
Or is it just generic control, again…

Government Competence

and other oxymorons, like military intelligence and jumbo shrimp.

(From The Silicon Graybeard, in part…)

Is it just me, or is it really the case that there are no adults left in charge in the country?  These guys are worse than the faculty lounge crowd, they’re more like the student council!  There are so many examples, I don’t know where to start, but WTF happened to the secret service?  Didn’t they used to be competent?   We have agents being sent home for being drunk from the Netherlands, from Miami  and there was that rather big incident with the Colombian hooker.  We have the president in close proximity with a guy with convictions for assault and battery, who was carrying an illegal firearm. And, of course, we have this story, which is sucking up most of the air.  (Holbert at Townhall.com)

The NIH is finding cultures of deadly diseases lying around in old boxes, and the CDC exposed employees to anthrax, so no worry about them letting ebola into the country.

No, no, no.  Everything is fine.  They’re smarter and better than us.  We just don’t understand how lucky we are to have them.

For those who continually fall back on government as the savior they sometimes aren’t, that last part is sarcasm.

Ms. Clinton likes proclaim she was a Goldwater Republican in college – then she grew up.  I think those who clamor for government handouts when they are perfectly capable of working themselves are the true children.  And, like children, they worship their parents who can do no wrong in their eyes.

“… government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.”  –  Ronald Reagan

 

“What To Do…What To Do…?

My friend Borepatch recently brought up a primary technique in self-defense.

That of avoidance.

I remember being a callow youth, and one of my friends suggested (on multiple occasions) we visit a bar in a ‘bad part of town’ to start fights!  To show how tough we were.

Now, my disability aside, when I was in my 20’s, I was thinner, faster, more imbued with testosterone, perhaps – but I wasn’t stupid.

And, I wasn’t tough.  So I demurred.

Now, of course, life’s lessons have made me much slower, in more chronic pain, and less hormonal.  I AM tougher, though.  And maybe a little smarter.

Which brings me to my point.

I used to go ANYWHERE in The Valley.  At any time.  I was the real Travis Bickle.  I don’t know if it was a death wish or stupidity, or simply ignorance.

NOW, I think “would I really want to be THERE, at that time, alone (or unarmed)?”

But these flash mobs and knockout squads aren’t just appearing in ‘the bad parts of town’.  They are becoming ubiquitous.  And, being disabled, I cannot just cross the street – quickly.

This is one reason I carry almost everywhere – and Condition Yellow is my code.

I can take care of myself, given the chance.  I just hope I can see the opposition coming.

Suicide Is Painless

Some of you may recognize the post title as the theme song to the film and TV show M.A.S.H.  It’s ironic.

It’s obvious from the outpouring of emotion that the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams touched many people.  And caused THEM pain.

As a libertarian, I believe I’ve the right to do with my own body as I wish.  You do, too.  As long as it doesn’t affect other people negatively.

And there’s the rub.

I can eat more than is healthy, eat the ‘wrong’ foods, smoke or drink if I wish, watch ‘questionable’ videos, read unsavory material, and most of this doesn’t directly affect my family, friends, or former coworkers.

But, what if I choose to do something permanent…?

Why is it it appears the more artistic of us are the most tortured?  Or is that a misconception based on the fact famous people get the media attention?

When I heard about Robin Williams, my first thought was he has children.  And based on that fact alone, he should not have taken this path.

And then I thought of Ernest Hemingway, another artistic person with issues who ended his own life.  And Vincent Van Gogh.  And so many others.

If you have such issues, please get help!  Know that there are people out there who care.  And that the World would be lacking without you.

h/t The Actor’s Studio

“Fat Man’s Letter”

 

arrested_redditI see permutations of the above on the streets more and more.  Our tax dollars being used to support out-of-shape police personnel who’s ACLU lawsuits have made such a thing possible.

Yes, I understand many officers spend most of their shifts at a desk, or behind the wheel, and it’s more difficult to keep in shape when constantly seated.  And of course, the whole police-doughnut meme.

But, there was a time when keeping in condition was part of the job.

Back-in-the-day, there was a time when a patrolman’s sergeant would send out a fat man’s letter to the officer, advising him that he had X number of days to lose weight or be put on desk duty.  Or worse.

Now, with police unions, their right to be fat like the rest of us seems to be engraved in stone.  Or cellulite.

I remember when I worked for John’s Uniforms back in the 80’s.  At that time, there was no Internet, and very few independent uniform and equipment stores.  As a result, we sold mail order all over the country.  And our business was booming.

We filled many special orders for equipment not available through regular retail channels.  I specifically remember an order for a black, basket-weave Sam Browne duty belt (from a department in Georgia I believe).  THE WAIST MEASUREMENT NINETY-FOUR INCHES!! (94″)  It took a whole steer hide to get one in one piece.

Seriously, how does such an officer pursue a suspect on foot?  Or get into a squad car?  Or even a restroom stall?

I understand the military (with the exception of The Marines and Spec-Ops guys) have a similar problem.  Our tax dollars at work…

daily-morning-awesomeness-204At least he’s using a bicycle.  How he caught him I’ll never know!

Now, I’m overweight and disabled.  But I’m not tasked with public safety, either.

Six Months Old!

Time for spaying.  :-(

Poor Baby! – but our vet advises us her chances of contracting canine breast cancer are decreased by a huge percentage, IF the spay is done prior to her first heat.

Yesterday, we dropped her off @ 0800 – picked her up @ 1300.  “Fixed’, as the expression goes.  Plus the removal of some extraneous baby teeth, along with a couple of crowding adult ones.  Especially common in chee-hooa-hooa dogs.

AND, she’s been micro-chipped (for her safety).

Rather than the cone-of-shame, we chose a life-preserver-style apparatus.  It would have been hysterical had it said S.S. Minnow, but, at least it’s pink.

As is her cage, to keep her from running willy-nilly against vet’s orders.  For most of the next 7 to 10 days.

Poor Lola!

20140709_160216The good news is her prognosis is excellent!  :-)

Voluntarism, Understanding & Acceptance

My good friend Crystal is participating in a public art tribute to those (like herself) who suffer from chronic health conditions, and those who are survivors of conditions such as cancer (like Guffaw).

Being a big believer in voluntarism, I support her in her efforts to get the message across that folks who suffer are not victims, but are simply trying to be understood and accepted.

She is 49% funded in her efforts, and supporters get original goodies when they contribute!  She has 10 more days left in this effort.

(at the link below – I HAD it embedded, then it went away!  DRAT!)

http://rkthb.co/42899

50% of Americans have a chronic illness that they don’t talk about. As a society, we’re uncomfortable with less-than-perfect health. When you fund this public art installation, you acknowledge the elephant in the room and celebrate the resilient people who surround you and their caretakers, mentors and sponsors. – Crystal Daigle

(I get nothing from her, save her friendship.  I much prefer this approach on a more personal level than large bureaucracies or government funding.  Please view her message even if you cannot participate.  Thank you.- Guffaw)

Quelle Surprise, Yet Again…

 

"I'm shocked, SHOCKED!"

“I’m shocked, SHOCKED!”

I’ve used the above felicitous phrase two or three times in blog post titles, and about 17 more in the written text.  I should no longer use this expression, however, as I am no longer surprised…

This from Illinois, land of the dead voter…

h/t Gloria

A story from AP Mobile:

Audit: State paid $12 million in health costs — for dead people

Cook County has long been ridiculed for allowing dead people cast votes, but the state may have just garnered a new distinction.
It paid $12 million in health care for people who were already dead – including in one case, for a person who had died in 1989.
A new financial audit released by Auditor General Bill Holland’s office on Thursday found that the Illinois Department of Health…

Wrongway Corrigan Redux

There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)

PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.

The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.

The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer  (USA Today)

It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.

WTF?

And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…?  Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech.  I’ve seen them and I’ve known them.  Impairment is impairment.

And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?

At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!

(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use.  It means if you are impaired – don’t drive.  With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention.  Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right?  :-( )

 

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