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Our Tax Dollars At Work

EMPLOYEES HIRED TO DRIVE DRUNK CA SENATORS HOME AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE

Good thing they haven’t anything to worry about in California, like corruption, drought and deficits…

h/t David Hardy

If Nanny Bloomberg Says Only Minorities Should Have Arms, Is That Reverse Racism?

Or simply Affirmative Action?

Bloomberg said that we should restrict guns to minorities. Then, he asked everyone not to release any video and they complied. But here’s the audio.  (SayUncle)

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Drug Stores

Remember when we called a spade a spade?  Not pharmacies?

I remember, as a grade-school kid, going into Skaggs Drug and buying CP potassium nitrate in 4 oz. bottles.  No one questioned me.  There were no forms to fill out.  No one asked if I was making rocket fuel or gunpowder from it.  (I was!)

And I still have all my eyes, hands and fingers!

Here it is some 50 years later, and my roommate not only acquired the crud I had (and am finally getting over, thank you!) but it progressed into some kind of respiratory infection.  Antibiotics and numerous pills later, she too is finally getting better.

And one of the medications prescribed was sudephedrine.  You know, the stuff that can be distilled into methamphetamine. 

And I had to present my driver’s license (which they swiped into the cash register computer system) and then sign for it.  For the 12 tablets!

Not only am I annoyed at this invasion of privacy, but for THIS amount?  When the Mexican cartels are buying it by the ton and making meth and exporting it here?

PITA.

The Travis McGee Reader recounts a similar story.  Go there and read it.

The shed a tear for our loss of more freedom, once again.

And, if you can, go launch a bottle rocket.bottle rockets

More From The ‘Formerly Great’ Britain

knives UKThey got rid of most civilian guns in 1997; apparently now, there’s some kind of ‘problem’ involving knives.  (Self-stabbings?)  Obviously, the suggestion here is one is more likely to be stabbed with one’s own knife, then to use it in self defense.  (Gee, where have I heard THAT argument, before?)  Of course, self-defense in and of itself is a problematic issue there.  I understand glass beer mugs are being replaced with polycarbonate ones (less heft, worse weapon) as well.  And plastic knives in restaurants!

From the Nation that brought us Sandhurst, Lee Enfield, Webley-Fosbery, and all manner of shotguns.

Turn In Your Knives – It’s For The Children

h/t Michael Z. Williamson

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

For All Libertarians/Anarchists Everywhere!

(entitled EFF You Big Brother on The Feral Irishman blog!)

fyou“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”   –  Benjamin Franklin

Judgment Day

skynetSkynet was originally activated by the military to control the national arsenal on August 12, 1997, and it began to learn at an geometric rate. On August 29, it gained self-awareness, and the panicking operators, realizing the extent of its abilities, tried to deactivate it. Skynet perceived this as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.  (Wikipedia – self aware)

MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there’s certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea.

Aside from big-number projections (e.g., Cisco predicts 50 billion IoT devices by 2020), which would tempt anyone into becoming an IoT cheerleader, I haven’t seen a single credible-use scenario that might lure the average consumer onto the IoT bandwagon.

Honestly, it creeps me out to think about my devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my involvement, and talking about my habits — good and bad — to total strangers (advertisers, service providers, or just more machines), behind my back. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this. At all. [Bold added – SiG]

That emphasized text raises an important point.  Those of us in the technical fields have a tendency to think of something that would be cool and then do it simply because it can be done.  (remember Jurassic Park, anyone? – Guffaw) On the other hand, the vast majority of people are not technophiles like us who do things because we can.  They want to know just what they’re getting for what they spend on the interconnectedness and thanks (in my opinion) to Edward Snowden, they increasingly want to know what privacy they’re giving up to get that interconnection.  Yoshida continues:

With this in mind, I’ve started asking industry sources for credible scenarios under which IoT devices improve my life by talking to each other. Readers are welcome to chime in below. Give me your best shot. Convince me why my washing machine needs to strike up a conversation with my gas grill.  (The Silicon Graybeard)

AND, IF WHEN they do, don’t you think The G will be listening?

Through A Blog, Snarkily…

Tamara (the Mistress of Snark) reconfirms her title yet again, with a post on fascism, of epic snark!

(in part)

Therefore, when zampolits come to the American broadcasting industry, they’re not going to be Sam Brown-wearing extras from a documentary about the RMVP:

See, when The Censor shows up, she’ll have nothing so crude as a red grease-pencil or a razor blade.  She’ll be wearing a nice business suit, not a brass-buttoned black uniform and shiny jackboots — and she may well have no idea what she’s really there to do.  It’s the soft fascism of dim expectations.

And here’s the line which wins the Internets!

American fascism is of the smiley-faced, good for you, eat-your-vegetables, low-fat, mandatory fun variety. In the USA, it’s already a borderline crime to do unhealthy things and not like people.

Amen, one-of-my-blogmothers, amen.

You should go and read the whole thing.  Of course you should be stopping by her blog multiple times daily, anyway.

Lest she hurt you.

h/t Roberta

Keep Your Laws Off…

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Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market?

Regardless of your choices, your food freedom — your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want — is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014.  (Fox News)

There’s the usual – trans fat ban, large soda ban, mandatory calorie reporting, etc. It never ceases to amaze me that the same party that so successfully courts the pro-choice vote and the LGBT vote with the concept of keeping government out of the bedroom can get away with telling us what we can or can’t put into our bodies in the dining room or kitchen.

One of the little-reported bits in the ACA is that vending machine companies are going to have to list the nutritional information on everything sold in each vending machine. Naturally, every single thing sold inside the vending machine already has a label listing the nutritional information, but the ACA requires it be on the outside of the machine. Because, you know, someone might think that a Twinkie or  Snickers bar is health food before they buy it.

I hate to break it to the food Nazis, but people eat stuff that’s not good for them. No matter how many places you post the caloric content, people are still going to cram Big Macs, powdered donuts, and chocolate bars down their gullets. You’re not going to stop it with a label, or with fifty labels. And if you think the backlash on guns is bad, just wait until you try to take away junk food.

Why does “keep your laws off my body/out of the bedroom” get turned into “Sure, make laws about what I can or can’t eat,” by the same group, without notice or uproar?  (Jay G.)

Right On! Jay G.!

I love how some folks protest for their rights to be let alone, but demand others fall in line.  I’m thinking, at a minimum inconsistency, but in reality hypocrisy.

PS – this new communist clown in NYC makes the last one look libertarian!  Seriously!

Civil War En Route?

I keep seeing this meme more and more on the Internet, or at least on the blogosphere:

We as a Nation are more divided than ever before.

A Civil War is inevitable.

It’s gonna be those who love Freedom (at least OUR brand of freedom) versus those nanny-statist bastards!

And, I try console myself into thinking, “No, that won’t happen – we are too great a Nation with too much going for us to have it happen!”

But then I see stuff about the sheeple meekly lining up to have their Fourth Amendment rights shorn from them, or demanding ‘the government’ do something to protect help medicate  pay for take care of them.

And something like THIS (a comment on a gun control article in the Washington Post):

Italian Rose
10/27/2013 6:12 PM MST
I would settle for a background check for each and every transaction and every gun owner needing to have a complete comprehensive psychiatric examination before the initial purchase and check-up every 3-years thereafter. If you fail the psych test, your a prohibited person and must surrender your guns to law enforcement. Better yet, the psych test is given at police headquarters and if you fail they return home with you and confiscate your guns. Penalties must be increased for a prohibited person having a gun any gun. Police must also have the discretion to conduct Terry Stops and warrant less searches in targeted areas looking for illegal guns. I like Washington DC’s policy if you have a empty shell casing without a firearm id card for that weapon you go to jail for years. Also if you have a permit for a 9mm and you get caught with a empty 380 casing, you go to jail. If this does not significantly reduce the gun violence epidemic in this country, we all know what’s next.

A mandatory psych test given at police headquarters?  Warrantless searches and confiscations?  Terry ‘stop and frisk’ searches at the ‘discretion of law enforcement?

Settle for?!

This ‘Italian Rose’ certainly sounds learned in the basics of criminal law, minus the whole Constitutional protections part.  Not unlike The President and the Attorney General.

And here’s the accompanying Gallup Poll results:

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When did we become voluntary Pla-Do for the American Stasi?  And what should we do about it?

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