October 29, 2009

I hope Steyn is wrong...

...but I kind of doubt that he is:

I keep getting e-mails saying, "People will reach a tipping point and they'll no longer put up with this stuff." I doubt it. Right now the way to bet is that once free societies will retreat incrementally, one trivial step after another, into a totalitarian hell.
The funny thing is that the whole "WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!!!1!one!!1!eleven!" thing that the left was shouting over the past eight years was essentially right, albeit for the wrong reasons. It's easier for the vast majority of people to just say, "Well, the government will take care of it, so I don't need to bother." And while the tea party protests and eruptions of anger at town hall meetings made for lots of satisfying news coverage, I'm afraid that the people involved only represent a vocal minority.

In other words, I'm pretty sure we're fucked, at least in the long term.

Oh, and if you want to see the latest Nanny State idiocy Steyn is talking about in this instance, be sure to click on the link.

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October 23, 2009

A question for the lawyering types round this here blog

Can the White House say that a picture cannot be manipulated for political reasons and expect that it's legally binding?

As with all photos posted to the stream, however, users should be aware of the restrictions placed on their use: “This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”
Update: @gabrielmalor pointed me to this "rather fantastic" blog response.  And I have another question - since bloggers are now media, does this mean we're allowed to reprint at will?

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October 18, 2009

Leave It To The Nanny State To Bring The Stupid To Nursery Rhymes

Seriously, I should not be surprised at this development.

A version used on the CBeebies channel was altered so rather than "couldn't put Humpty together again" all the King's horses "made Humpty happy again".

The broadcaster said the change was made purely for creative reasons rather than trying to give a soft version of the rhyme for children.

A spokeswoman said: "We play nursery rhymes with their original lyrics all the time and the small change to Humpty Dumpty was done for no other reason than being creative and entertaining."

Sure. Whatever.

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October 14, 2009

Funny: Nanny Bloomberg's own health department handing out coupons for fast food

It's an incentive to try to get TB patients to receive treatments.

He said the agency is currently evaluating the program and considering healthier eateries.

Over the past 10 fiscal years, the city has spent $3.3 million on the TB giveaways, which also include coupons for variety stores and bookstores, but less than $300,000 of that total came from tax dollars, said agency spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti.

The amount given to each patient differs depending on individual progress, but the average patient receives $130 worth of free food and $580 in MetroCards, Scaperotti said.

Amazing, and unfortunately they probably have to do this, because if they don't, people won't show up for follow up treatments and we end up with resistant strains of TB.  It's still too much fun to rub stuff like this in Nanny Bloomberg's face. 

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October 13, 2009

Behold The Glories Of The Nanny State, Vo.213,111,222,333

Yup. Euroland is looking to start charging TV Licence Fees to cell ohone owners.

Responding to a query from a concerned citizen, the agency said it would not rule out obliging cell phone users to pay a TV licence fee if public service television providers make all their programmes available for mobile phone viewing.

"All equipment displaying a channel's entire output requires the payment of a television licence," Radiotjänst spokeswoman Anna Pettersson told newspaper Dagens Nyheter. 

I want to get worked up over this, but really, it does not surprise me. My only question is how long before  this silliness comes to America?

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October 12, 2009

H1N1 school vaccination a roaring success

Of course, the real answer is to forgo the permission slips and let the government act like the parents they want to be.

They tried to inoculate an entire school for H1N1. Instead they inoculated one-fifth of a school because not enough permission forms had been lined up. We've now reached the point where it's a demonstrable fact that the federal government can't even handle stage-managed health care correctly.
  I wonder how much of this was kids failing to take home and return the permission slips, and how much of it was parental pushback against a nanny state?

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October 06, 2009

Moe's Tavern Juice Bar

In addition to this being a stupid idea and a likely waste of money, it may very well be the first time that the word "whilst" has been used when referring to The Simpsons.

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