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July 13, 2010

I will be good

The Nanny State says you've been a bad boy!

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.”

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June 21, 2010

Left Coast Mayor Calls for Summer Soda Boycott
San Francisco Chronicle; June 21, 2010
“For the third year in a row, Newsom is calling for a ‘Soda Free Summer,’ encouraging city residents not to drink sugar-sweetened beverages. The Board of Supervisors is to vote on a nonbinding resolution Tuesday calling for the same thing.”

Federal “Fatherhood” Website Tells Men How to Be Dads
Fatherhood.gov; June 21, 2010
Hmm. There’s a federal website to tell men how to be fathers, but nothing for mothers. Perhaps the feminists would get ticked-off at a male-dominated government telling them how to run their lives and raise their kids.

Obama Likely Wouldn’t Have Supported Ratification of the Constitution
BIGGOVERNMENT.com; June 20, 2010
According to then State Sen. Obama, “[The Constitution] says what the states can’t do to you, it says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.”

Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism
FOX News; June 18, 2010
“We can significantly advance security without having a deleterious impact on individual rights in most instances,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “At the same time, there are situations where trade-offs are inevitable.”

PETA’s Bloody Chicken Statue Runs Afoul of City Rules
Denver Post; June 19, 2010
“The [radical animal ‘rights’] group wanted to put the statue up near 16th and Champa streets in front of a McDonald’s restaurant. The statue would have remained there from mid-June to mid-September.”

‘Tis the Season for Anti-barbecue Scare Campaigns
Financial Post (Canada); June 18, 2010
Injecting a strong dose of reality in to the scaremongers, Dr. Gilbert Ross, executive director of ASCH, said “the increased risk of cancer from eating charred meat is extremely remote. One would have to eat charred meats daily for one’s entire life to even measurably increase any risk.”

Working Mothers Blamed for Contributing to Child Obesity ‘Epidemic’
Reuters; June 10, 2010
Someone forward this article to the feminists at the National Organization for Women. Let’s instigate a cat fight!

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June 17, 2010

Beware of stupid peopleToy Soldiers Toting Guns Land Patriotic Kid in Principal’s Office
The Associated Press; June 17, 2010
“Christan Morales said her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures. But the school banned the hat because it ran afoul of the district’s zero-tolerance weapons policy.”

San Francisco to Play Judge and Jury on Cellphones’ Safety
Los Angeles Times; June 17, 2010
Looks like another private industry is targeted for punishment at the hands of big government.

Parents Have No Say in Elementary School’s Condom Distribution Plan
FOXNation.com; June 16, 2010
“A New England school district has approved a measure that will provide free condoms to elementary school students and direct teachers not to comply with parental wishes to the contrary.”

Feds Consider Launching Domestic Spy Planes to Monitor Citizens
The New American; June 16, 2010
“[I]f state and federal officials, including those in the Department of Homeland Security, have their way, pilotless military craft called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — also known as ‘drones’ — will soon be zipping around American airspace on a whole host of surveillance missions, and may even focus their gaze on U.S. citizens.”

NY Law Would Require Doctors’ Permission for Teens to Use Tanning Beds
NBCNewYork.com; June 16, 2010
Dermatologist claims, “[Tanning] is exactly the same as cigarette smoking. We should protect minors from this carcinogen.”

‘Kite Buggies’ Banned by Beach Town
StarNewsOnline.com (N.C.); June 15, 2010
Kure Beach’s ordinance states, “it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any wheeled vehicle propelled by wind through the use of a kite, sail or similar device.”

Park Prohibits “Unlicensed Guns” in State that Doesn’t License Guns
TheConsumerist.com; June 14, 2010
Wow! More bureaucrats that don’t bother reading their own laws they’ve passed. And, we’re not even talking about Arizona.

Save a Life and Go to Jail
The Denver Post; June 11, 2010
Search and rescue team shows up late, so citizen does their job and gets rewarded with a trip to jail.

“Seducing an Unmarried Woman” Could Land You in Jail
The Volokh Conspiracy; June 8, 2010
Michigan Penal Code § 750.532 states, “Any man who shall seduce and debauch any unmarried woman shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 5 years or by fine of not more than 2,500 dollars.”