Thursday, March 22, 2007

`Nanny' Laws Are Added to the Books -

Just a compilation of nanny laws coming your way.  Hope you don't get pulled over eating a donut on a metal bat while texting your friend in a child-seat of a car while smoking....

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Judge throws out Internet blocking law

Good news for the online world - a federal court threw out the COPA bill (Child Online Protection Act).  I love this quote from Senior U.S. District judge Lowell Reed Jr.:

Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection.

Brilliant.  Absolutely brilliant.  It's refreshing to see this kind of thinking in a government official - kinda makes you wonder, though...

Compare this enlightened view from an appointed official to those of your elected officials.  I'm not in favor of appointing rulers, mind you, but someone who can think for themselves is a breath of fresh air in government.

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Homeowner Upset Police Used House For Training - Yahoo! News

And here's a reason to boycott America - at least in London , they only watch what you do with your property.  Here in America, with the Kelo v. New London decision, local government can do what they will with your property whenever they want.

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The Slippery Slope Spotted in the Wild

Civil libertarians should be boycotting England, or London at least, for this one.  The same camera technology that I've heard praised for reducing crime and leading to their peaceful way of life is now being used to turn more Londoners into "enviro-criminals", whatever the hell that means.  This is the slippery slope libertarians talk about all the time.

And this is the reason why, as much as I like Europe in general, I would never ever live there.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Court overturns D.C. handgun ban - U.S. Life -

This is good news indeed, although there's a catch at the bottom of the article - I'll admit, I hadn't thought of this aspect of gun registration, but there it is:

...gun registration to provide the government with information about how many people would be armed if militia service was required...

Of course, militia service will never be required - as long as the government can instate a draft and provide guns to their conscriptees, armed citizens will never be called up.  Too bad - that's the way it should happen.  Wish I trusted my government enough to register a firearm with them.

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Kroger: No Refusing Morning-After Pill

I'm not sure why this was on PhysOrg, but there it is.  This isn't the real story, though - the real story is why Kroger has to take this action.

If your religious beliefs get in the way of doing your job, may I suggest you find a different job?  In fact, I demand you find a different job, preferably one where you don't have contact with people who don't share your silly beliefs.

And no, I don't care what your particular beliefs are - the second they get in the way of someone else living their life as they see fit, your beliefs are now instruments of repression.

And no, I don't care if you believe your intentions are good and that what you're trying to do is protect innocent life - the ends never justify the means.

Quite simply, if the only way you can express your beliefs is by forcibly preventing others from acting in ways inconsistent with your beliefs, you're no longer a simple harmless Christian living according to your faith...

You are evil.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Help us spot terrorists - Police - News - Manchester Evening News

Don't go to Manchester, England.  Or if you must, make sure you:

  • Tell everyone exactly where you're going at all times.
  • Try not to make car rental agents suspicious (no word on how not to do that)
  • Don't pay cash for anything, especially short-term rental on a room (or possible car rentals)

Remember folks, the citizens of Manchester have been told by their police chief that they don't have to be sure, just suspicious.  No word on whether being paranoid, xenophobic, or simply racist count as well.

And for those of you in U.S. wondering what the big deal is, here it is: I've been assured on numerous occasions by an American friend who lived in England for many years that British policemen are rarely to never questioned as to their authority to ask you do anything.  The average British citizen walks the streets ignorant of their rights and emasculated in their power to resist unjust flexing of police muscle.  In other words, what Americans look at as simply a police force being silly and stupidly paranoid may come off in England as a stern warning, almost a command, to be vigilant.

For those of you in Manchester, I'm sorry - you can leave, if you'd like. 

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