July 13, 2010
No Cigarettes at Oktoberfest: Bavaria Bans Smoking
TIME.com; July 13, 2010
“Visitors to Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival will soon be in for a nasty surprise if they decide to spark up a smoke to go with that ale — starting next year, they could face a hefty fine.”
Va. Gov Reverses Bottled-Water Ban
AP via The Washington Post; July 13, 2010
“[Republican] Gov. Bob McDonnell has reversed his predecessor’s ban on state agencies’ and institutions’ purchase of individual-sized plastic water bottles.” Good things happen when voters recycle nanny state leaders like former Democrat Gov. Tim Kaine.
Green Fringe Fails to Exploit Oil Spill Crisis for Political, Financial Gain
The Washington Post; July 13, 2010
“For environmentalists, the BP oil spill may be disproving the maxim that great tragedies produce great change. Traditionally, American environmentalism wins its biggest victories after some important piece of American environment is poisoned, exterminated or set on fire … But this year, the worst oil spill in U.S. history — and, before that, the worst coal-mining disaster in 40 years — haven’t put the same kind of drive into the debate over climate change and fossil-fuel energy.” Boo-hoo!
San Francisco: Taking the Nanny-State Mentality to New Heights
Miami Herald; July 13, 2010
“Probably because they live in the most beautiful city in the world, San Franciscans are mostly oblivious to the idiocies and scandals of their city government.”
Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Also Ban Kids From Riding Terminator 2 Theme Park Ride?
TechDirt.com; July 13, 2010
“In preparing an amicus brief for the Supreme Court, Adam Thierer points out that it seems odd that Schwarzenegger is trying to ban kids from buying violent video games, but seems to have no problem whatsoever with kids riding violent theme park rides, including one based on his own movie, Terminator 2. As Thierer notes, the T2 ride is a hell of a lot more violent and intense than any video game.”
Michelle Obama: “Dessert Is Not a Right!”
Politico; July 12, 2010
The First Lady claims she strictly regulates the desserts her kids eat, but it seems she can’t get a grip on her husband’s cravings, including cigarettes.
Mandatory Training for Gun Owners: Constitutional? Useful?
Pajamas Media; July 11, 2010
“A solution in need of a problem: mandatory training is of questionable legality, and gun misuse is not generally due to a lack of skill or knowledge.”
Too Many Nanny State Recalls Frustrate and Confuse Consumers
The Washington Post; July 2, 2010
“Government regulators, retailers, manufacturers and consumer experts are concerned that recall notices have become so frequent across a range of goods — foods, consumer products, cars — that the public is suffering from ‘recall fatigue.'” When will big government realize that placing Americans inside protective bubbles is the only way to keep them safe from anything and everything that poses a risk to their safety, health and well-being?
Maybe Safety Shouldn’t Always Be First (At Any Age)
Free-Range Kids (blog); July 1, 2010
“I love safety and do not court danger. Hooray for car seats and helmets. But when safety crowds out every other consideration, including beauty, joy, fun, growth, experience — and cookies — something is wrong.”