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Democrat-Run Armpit State Looks to Ban Drinking Coffee While Driving

Posted by V the K at 7:35 pm - August 8, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

New Jersey, the state that regards its citizens as too stupid to pump their own gas and regulates the living f— out of firearms is also looking into making it illegal to drink coffee (or anything else) while driving. Because nannies gotta nanny.

Assemblymen John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson) would advance a bill that calls for a ban on drinking coffee, eating of any kind and personal grooming.

Wisniewski and Chiaravalloti’s bill calls for a $200-$400 fine on the first offense, $400-$600 for a second offense and $600-800 for a third violation. At that point, a driver would receive points on their license and face the possibility of a 90-day suspension.

Yeah, let’s give cops ONE MORE STUPID REASON to pull someone over and make a traffic stop and potentially got shot. (As we are repeatedly told that traffic stops are the most dangerous part of a cop’s job.)

I seriously wonder how long History and Nature can tolerate the existence of a culture as stupid and detached from reality as ours has become.



Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 6:01 pm - June 30, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Freedom,Great Americans,Media Bias

This quote is brilliant:

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…. I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

It’s usually attributed to Thomas Jefferson. It pops up on well-meaning Internet sites which favor liberty and sound money. Recent example here.

Unfortunately, Jefferson scholars say it’s a fake.

The first part of the quotation…has not been found anywhere in Thomas Jefferson’s writings…the words “inflation” and “deflation” are not documented until after Jefferson’s lifetime.

[The second and third parts are loose paraphrases of Jefferson…] The first known occurrence in print of the spurious first part with the two other quotations is in 1948…

Chalk it up to “Things that Jefferson should and probably would say, if he could see us now.” And always Google your quotes from dead people; especially if they’re too good to be true.

Addendum: Even though the Community Conservatives article linked above used a fake Jefferson quote, it had a number of other good things to say. For just one, it is the first place where I have seen the phrase “political/financial complex” to describe the elites who (mostly) rule us today.

I myself use (and I had the experience of coining) the phrase “Big Government / Big Banking complex.” Saying “political/financial complex” conveys the same idea – in fewer words. (But the same number of syllables. Odd.)

UPDATE and shifting topic, since this is sort of a Random Thoughts post: Here’s anti-Brexit harpie Christiane Amanpour trying to play ‘gotcha’ with Daniel Hannan of the pro-Brexit campaign, for nine minutes.

It’s a bit tragic. Hannan is clearly telling the truth and making good points. But Amanpour’s thinking is so cliched, so stuck, so “canalized” on her You Are All Racists narrative, that she can hardly let him talk, and ends up interviewing herself. She must have felt that she was scoring points on Hannan; others of us shake our heads at her foolishness and incompetence.

A new day for Britain

Congratulations to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland for voting to leave the European Union. It seems real because it has prompted Cameron to resign.

The EU began in 1957 as the European Economic Community, originally a free-trade zone for western Europe. And that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, over the decades (and especially after it became the European Union in 1993), the EU devolved into an intensively oppressive bureaucracy that imposes endless, krazy regulations on its member states and, for practical purposes, voids democracy in them.

Britain should gain a brighter economic future from the separation. The “Remain” campaign, of course, tried to claim the opposite. Britain does massive trade with the rest of the EU, and the “Remain” campaign tried to scare voters that the trade will be lost. Which is ridiculous; the EU itself needs its British trade, and the example of Switzerland (not to mention China or the U.S.) proves that independent countries can do massive trade with the EU.

But it’s not just the economics: Separating from the EU (if that is now put into practice) should mean that Britain has regained an important part of its sovereignty and its democracy.

On a personal note: This event is a pleasant surprise for me. Despite the “Leave” campaign’s leading in many British polls, I was sure that the British-EU elites would manipulate the election so that “Remain” had to win. (Manipulate the voters and/or the voting, the counting, etc.)

In other words, I was sure that British democracy was already dead. Today’s news reminds me, in a happy way, that I don’t know everything. Just to put sprinkles on the ice cream, it’s also a well-deserved slap in President Obama’s face.


UP-UPDATE: Cyril’s comment inspired me to adorn the post thusly:

keep calm and f--k socialism, on a Union Jack background

How to Micromanage a Nation of 300Million People

Posted by V the K at 5:30 am - May 5, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

“We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.” Barack Obama, June 7, 2013.


The Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance for an Obamacare regulation mandating calorie labeling in restaurants, which includes a 171-word definition of “menu,” and will apply to coupons and advertisements.

The final guidance includes a 96-word definition of “combination meal” and a 163-word definition of “restaurant-type food.” The government also goes into when “Aunt Cora’s French toast breakfast” must have its calories listed and tells restaurants not to use plus or minus signs on their menus because they are too “confusing” to Americans. [Emphasis added.]

The government considers a menu to be the “primary writing of the covered establishment from which a customer makes an order selection, including, but not limited to, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus; dessert menus; beverage menus, children’s menus, other specialty menus (such as catering), electronic menus, and menus on the Internet.” The full definition is 171 words. Merriam-Webster has a 12-word definition for menu.

The phrase “from which a customer makes an order selection” opened the door for coupons and advertisements to be included in the mandate.

The FDA said calories must be listed on coupons if they have the restaurant’s phone number, and advertisements can be “considered a menu.”

Americans are too stupid to understand plus and minus signs? Really?

I think by “Americans” they mean “Democrat voters.”



No Trust for the Government

Posted by V the K at 12:37 pm - February 17, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The Obama Government wants to force Apple to decrypt a dead terrorist’s iPhone so they can see who he was in contact with and what they were up to. Apple says no.

If people really trusted the Government that the information on the phone would only be used to protect them against terrorism, they’d be more willing to go along with it. But in recent years, we’ve seen this Government abuse access IRS records, abuse access to medical records, selectively prosecute people and companies who oppose Obama’s policies while letting friends of the Regime get off scot-free for far worse. We have seen them send armed SWAT Teams against ranchers who stand in the way of Federal Land Confiscation policies while giving sanctuary to non-citizen lawbreakers.

If people could trust the Government not to abuse or misuse information it found on the phone, or to not use the knowledge gained from breaking it to break into other phones, we might say, “Sure, go ahead.” But only a tiny minority of people still believe the Government can be trusted.

So, no.

It is interesting that Apple’s move is being cheered by the very same people who want the Government entrusted completely to control their medical records, their access to health care, their educations, and indeed every part of their lives.

Bureaucrats Who Want to Run Your Life Move Toward Zero Tolerance Driving Policies

Posted by V the K at 12:09 pm - January 15, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal intoxication standard to the point where a single drink with dinner would make it illegal for people to drive.

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content to 0.05 “or even lower.”

They admit, at one  point in the article, that there’s no conclusive evidence this level of blood alcohol really increases the risk of an accident, but they want to regulate the behavior anyway. Why do I suspect that this has less to do with safety, and more to do with 1: Bureaucracies making more work to justify their existence; 2. More revenue for law enforcement and insurance companies; and 3. Busybody leftists who want to run everybody else’s life for them.

And I don’t even drink, so this law doesn’t even affect me.

The Nanny State also wants to ban all cellphone interactions within automobiles; even hands-free devices.

“We have recommended prohibiting all cell phone use, including hands-free, because a driver’s mind must be on the driving, just as their hands must be on the wheel,” he said.

They might also want to do something, then, about the music the young people are listening to. It can also distract drivers.

Mitt Romney Proven Right Again

Posted by V the K at 11:16 am - August 14, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

When Mitt Romney said that ‘Big Bird’ didn’t need public funding, the left exploded in outrage. (Technically, the left is in a continuous explosion of outrage, the only thing that shifts is the immediate target.) Apparently, without billions of dollars in taxpayers subsidies, there would be no educational children’s programming. And without Federally-funded children’s programming, underprivileged children might grow up to be illiterate, unemployable, prone to violence, and dependent on welfare. An outcome that has been entirely prevented by massive public investment in public education and children’s programming.

Turns out, Mitt was right about Sesame Street. Just like he was right about Russia.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy Award-winning program, Sesame Street, and HBO, the nation’s leading premium cable network, today announced a new partnership that will make the next five seasons of the iconic series available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet only SVOD service HBO NOW. As a key part of the deal, Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.

I would be willing to bet Planned Parenthood could get by without half-a-billion in Federal subsidies either.

Absolutely Essential Government Spending

Posted by V the K at 6:43 pm - May 27, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Gay Culture

The Government thought it would be fun to finance a study to help schizophrenic Lesbian Gay Bullying Totalitarians [LGBT] deal with the oppression of convenience store clerks.

The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $52,293 in taxpayer funding to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to study how to reduce discrimination of lesbian, gay and transgender people with schizophrenia by members of the community they are in frequent contact with, like the “convenience store clerk.”

Oh, the crippling austerity. When will it end?

While Veterans Die Waiting for Treatment, the Progs Waste Money Studying Buttsecks

Posted by V the K at 11:06 pm - April 20, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

$20 Trillion in debt, and the progs say all of the spending is absolutely necessary, in fact, say the progs, we have to end the heinous ‘austerity’ that right-wing extremists have inflicted on Government that has crippled the capacity for Government to provide vital services.

In reality, Government is spending money so that perverts can talk to young black men about buttsecks.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $400,000 studying the satisfaction levels of the first sexual experiences of young gay men.

The four-year study, being conducted by Johns Hopkins University, is examining the “meaning and function” of first “penetrative same-sex sexual experiences.”

A rational and reasonable person (i.e. “a racist homophobic h8r” as the progs call us) might ask, “What possible value to society is this research?” Well, possibly down the road, it may lead to Government programs to help young gay men enjoy their “first penetrative experiences” more. The researcher claims that the study will … somehow, vaguely… help contribute to HIV prevention. Which is complete BS because the secret to HIV prevention has been known for thirty years.

But let’s instead ask, “Who came up with the idea for this study.” Most likely, someone with a research pedigree and a fetish for young, African-American men (assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dr. Renata Arrington-Sanders), who figured out a way to get taxpayer-financing for her fantasy of having young African-American men describe their first buttsecks experience to her.

More Great Reasons to go $20 Trillion in Debt

Posted by V the K at 7:58 am - April 17, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

In San Francisco, not only are the public schools serving free breakfasts to all the kiddos, (Parental responsibilities? Who needs them? The State is Mother, The State is Father), but they are also serving them in the classroom, so the little snowflakes don’t have to deal with the “social drama” of the cafeteria.

Adapting to the lifestyles of many San Franciscans, school officials launched a breakfast in the classroom program this year aiming to give students a healthy start to their day.

The program has also removed the social drama of the cafeteria from the program by feeding students in their classrooms.

“Eating breakfast in the cafeteria can be very socially isolating,”

And yet progressives pretend that taxes only pay for roads, schools, and first responders.

Hat Tip: Sondra K. Who notes the Air Force is paying a consultant $2,222 an hour to lecture airmen on kissing and other forms of sexual harassment.

The Left and Mr. Godwin

An Obama administration official says that elected officials in Indiana — who passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Law virtually identical to laws on the books in 19 states AND a Federal law signed by BJ Clinton — are Nazis.  (Hat Tip: Sooper Mexican)


Interesting implied threat at the end there, isn’t it?

This is the same whiny, six-figure bureaucrat who whined about her paycheck being delayed during the “Government Shutdown” of 2013.

Player 2 Has Entered the Game

Ted Cruz announced he is running for president, which comes as a surprise to no one. I like Ted Cruz a lot, but I am wary of ideologically driven men who run for president before completing a single term in the senate. That has never worked out well for us as a country.

The Democrats are attacking Ted Cruz as the architect of the Government “shutdown” that they claim “cost the economy $24 Billion.” To me, and others who can process information in a rational way, this actually makes the case for Ted Cruz or someone like him. When Democrats make the attack that Government spending is necessary to sustain the economy, they are admitting that the economy is dysfunctional. If the economy requires trillions of dollars in deficit spending to keep from collapsing, something is deeply wrong with it.

And if you think that constantly running up Trillions of dollars in debt is a sustainable economic model, I know an adult pre-school in Brooklyn who will gladly accept your Visa card.

EPA Looking to Get Into Your Shower and Barbecue

Posted by V the K at 9:17 am - March 19, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The enviro-religious fanatics at the EPA want to clamp down on backyard barbecues and hotel shower length.

“We expect to limit the overall air pollution PM [particulate matter] emissions from barbecuing and to alleviate some of the acute health hazards that a barbecue pit master can experience from inhalation. The particulate matter present during cooking with and without the grease diverter and PM2.5 filters will be tested and compared to that of current data using a conventional propane barbecue using a fumehood chamber with detectors at CE-CERT. Personal exposure of PM2.5 will also be monitored throughout the experimentation period to determine the degree of acute exposure of particulates to the cook.”


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower.

The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.”

Gee, and to think some people think the Tea Party is irrational for thinking Government is too big and too intrusive. Isn’t it worth having $18 Trillion in national debt to receive this kind of quality effective Government?

FedGov Spends Nearly Half-a-Mil to Study if Using Grindr Leads to Sex

Posted by V the K at 7:37 pm - January 22, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

First it was studying fat lesbians, then the Emperor’s Government decided to spend more taxpayer dollars to see if gay men used hook-up apps to, um, hook-up.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

“Smartphone technologies have provided a new venue for sexual partnering among men who have sex with men (MSM),” the grant for the project states. “Indeed, there are a rapidly growing number of smartphone applications designed to facilitate sexual partnering among MSM.”

The Feds wanted to know if men would use apps to hook up with other men and then have unsafe sex; not that they would do anything to halt or discourage the practice, because the gay left would have a fit. So they spent a bunch of money to figure out what everybody already knew was going on, with no intention of doing anything to alter the activity they were researching.

Debt? What debt?

The State of the Union

My basic reaction to both the Oscars and the SOTU

My basic reaction to both the Oscars and the SOTU

Y’know, the State of the Union Address and the Oscars have a lot in common. They are annual ceremonies held by coastal elites without the first clue about how normal Americans live. They are full of politics, full of pomp, insanely hyped by the media, and they will each be completely forgotten within a week of the broadcast. And in both cases, the point is to celebrate their ability to get the public to buy into elaborate fantasy worlds painstakingly created by people who have no grounding in real life.

In Hollywood, people who can’t stand each other pretend to like each other. In Washington, people who like each other pretend they can’t stand each other. In both cases, the goal is to keep the public in the dark about what’s really going on.


Boston Mayor Fires Employee from Useless Job for Participating in Useless Protest

The Mayor of Boston fired a #BlackLivesMatter(UnlessTheyGetKilledByOtherBlacks-Or-GetAbortedByWhiteLiberalsByTheMillions) protester for ditching on her “job” and making a public nuisance of herself.

Ruotsalainen, a Finland native, could not be reached for comment yesterday. She pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court to seven charges: trespassing, throwing glass on a public way, willfully obstructing an emergency vehicle, conspiracy, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and throwing an object on a public way.


When a conservative says, “Government is too big, too expensive, and tries to do too much,” the typical idiot-leftist reply is, “Oh, so you want to fire all the cops and firemen that protect our communities.” No, dipsh-t, we want to fire all the Gender and Labor Migration Consultants.

When the State Polices Parenting Choices

Posted by V the K at 12:48 pm - January 16, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Family

A mother and father in Montgomery County MD (cough… leftist Sithhole… cough) is in trouble with the police and Child Protective Services because they let their children walk one mile outdoors in a safe neighborhood in daylight hours.

On Dec. 20, Alexander agreed to let the children, Rafi and Dvora, walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well.

The children made it about halfway.

(Related: Why are we criminalizing childhood independence?)

Police picked up the children near the Discovery building, the family said, after someone reported seeing them.

Police on Wednesday did not immediately have information on the case. But a spokeswoman said that when concerns are reported, “we have a responsibility as part of our duty to check on people’s welfare.”

The Meitivs say that on Dec. 20, a CPS worker required Alexander to sign a safety plan pledging he would not leave his children unsupervised until the following Monday, when CPS would follow up. At first he refused, saying he needed to talk to a lawyer, his wife said, but changed his mind when he was told his children would be removed if he did not comply.

Following the holidays, the family said, CPS called again, saying the agency needed to inquire further and visit the family’s home.

The parents made a choice the state does not approve of, therefore, they must be harassed, monitored, and punished.

Obviously, when a parent is really physically abusing or neglecting a child … beating to the point of injury, depriving them of food, or sexually abusing them… someone should protect the child. But what conservatives understand, and liberals don’t, is that bureaucrats will constantly push the boundaries to expand their mandate and substitute their own judgment for parents.

Do we want the State (bureaucrats) to be everybody’s parent? This is a serious question.

Obama-Era Logic

Posted by V the K at 1:07 pm - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

So, according the Obama Administration, we can’t impose travel restrictions to control the spread of a deadly infectious disease because the guy who’s job it is to stop the spread of deadly infectious disease says the travel restrictions would hurt the economies of the countries where the disease is running rampant. (150 people enter the USA every day from the Ebola Hot Zone).

However, the same administration is perfectly willing – indeed eager – to force massive new EPA regulations that will hurt the American economy while providing no quantifiable environmental benefit.


More Stuff Obama’s CDC Was Spending Money on Instead of Ebola

Posted by V the K at 9:42 am - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Contrary to the incredible lies spread by Democrat press operatives, the Centers for Disease Control has not had its budget cut by Republicans. While the military copes with reductions to Depression-Era levels of manpower and cuts to soldiers’ pay, benefits, and health care, the CDC like every other civilian Federal Bureaucracy has enjoyed substantial funding increases; with Republicans spending even more than Obama requested.

But instead of the Centers for Disease Controls focusing on a central mission of controlling infectious diseases, they have found plenty of other things to spend money on, including:

  • Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden appoints a 15-member “Community Preventive Services Task Force” to promote pet Nanny State projects. An obscure Obamacare rule–Section 4003(b)(1)–stealthily increased the task force’s authority to study “any policies, programs, processes or activities designed to affect or otherwise affecting health at the population level.” Last year, the meddling panel extended the agency’s reach into transportation safety with a call to impose a federal universal motorcycle helmet law on the country. Is riding a Harley a disease? Why is this the CDC’s business?
  • Video games and TV violence. At Obama’s behest, in the wake of high-profile school shootings, the CDC scored $10 million last year to study violent video games and media images, as well as to assess “existing strategies for preventing gun violence and identifying the most pressing research questions, with the greatest potential public health impact.” Whatever that means. Why is this the CDC’s business?
  • Playground equipment. The CDC’s “Injury Centers” (Did you know there are 13 of them?) have crafted a “national action plan” and funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nation’s playgrounds. Apparently, there aren’t enough teachers, parents, local school districts, and county and state regulators to police the slides and seesaws. Why is this the CDC’s business?
  • Social norming” in the schools. The CDC has funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs)” in homes and schools. It’s the mother of all government values clarifications programs. So bad attitudes are now a disease. Again, I ask: Why is this the CDC’s business?

And then, when it comes to actually doing what should be their one job — preventing the spread of infectious diseases — they completely fail at it.

Not only did [Ebolie-infected] nurse Vinson call the CDC multiple times before boarding the flight, she was already running a fever when she called the CDC before taking her flight and they still allowed her to board the flight, which means she was infectious while on the plane.

Something to remember the next time a leftist drone insists we need a gigantic bureaucratic state to protect us. [via Michelle Malkin]

Progressives Claim Ebola Is Caused by Insufficiently Gigantic Government

Posted by V the K at 3:07 pm - October 13, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Democrats have launched attack ads blaming Republicans for Ebola; claiming that “budget cuts” (there were no budget cuts) are to blame for the fact that there is no cure for Ebola. One of their bureaucratic zones is supporting the charge.

Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.

It is hard to believe the NIH couldn’t find the money to come up with an Ebola vaccine considering they spent millions of dollars trying to figure out why lesbians get fat.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.”

With progressives, it’s always a false choice between massive, bloated, all-intrusive mega-Government or Somalian anarchy. The idea that a Government should be limited in scope to those activities for which there is no practical private sector alternative is completely unthinkable.