Monthly Archives: August 2007

Where’s Ron?

Not that I think hes’ got a shot; but he IS a declared candidate, he should be up there.

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

Did Larry Craig Really Commit A Crime ?

Notwithstanding the media circus over what Idaho Senator Larry Craig may or may not have done in a bathroom at the Minneapolis Airport, the question that remains is whether he actually committed a crime:

Why was Sen. Craig arrested? Is it really illegal to try to find a sexual partner in a public bathroom using code? How would that be any different than looking for a sexual partner at a dance club, be it using code, pick-up lines, or any thing else in your singles arsenal?

I suppose you could argue that most people don’t expect to be propositioned in a bathroom, and could be offended or humiliated should it inadvertently happen to them. But then, those people wouldn’t be privy to any foot-tapping codes, so it seems to me there’d be little risk of someone being accidentally propositioned.

Admittedly, Craig’s defense that this was all some mistake is utter nonsense. But, the fact of the matter remains, he didn’t actually have sex in public. He merely engaged in what one police officer interpreted as an invitation to further conduct. If that’s a crime, then either the criminal statutes of Minnesota need to be re-written, or the Senator’s decision to plead guilty was far too hasty.

Just think how much more damage they could do with less “recess”

From: http://www.unclejayexplains.com/

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

“Binge Drinking Culture”, or Selfish Irresponsible Idiot

Well, if you’re in the UK, the answer is clear: it’s all the fault of “the culture”

… personally I’m thinking it’s more like Darwin in action

emphasis mine:

Two weeks after a liver swop, girl of 19 was back on the drink
— By JAMES MILLS – Daily Mail

After eight days in a coma and a life- saving liver transplant, Laura Bates was warned that continuing to drink alcohol could kill her.

But the 19-year-old is apparently so caught up in the binge-drinking culture that she has refused to heed medical advice.

Claiming that she would feel ‘left out’ if she gave up alcohol, the student had her first alcopop a mere two weeks after being released from hospital.

She admits to going out drinking with friends at least twice a week – despite the fact that alcohol abuse was at least partly to blame for her liver failing just six months ago.

Her case was held up last night as an example of how deeply entrenched the drinking culture has become, particularly among young women.

Miss Bates, whose parents Caroline, a 51-year-old housewife, and Derrick, a 48-year-old customer service worker, have begged her to stop drinking, said: “My friends told me not to but I wanted to feel normal again so I bought a bottle of WKD” (a vodka-based alcopop).

“At first I did feel bad about the family who donated their relative’s liver to me – I felt it was disrespectful to the person who died. But people buy me drinks and I feel left out if I don’t have one. I’ve decided it’s okay to have a few – I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong.”

Ahh yes, the fact that a person is so irresponsible that they would start drinking 8-10 alcoholic beverages a night, two or three (or more) nights a week at 14, leading to liver failure in a 110lb or so young woman at age 19, and an emergency liver transplant… yes, that’s the fault of the “binge drinking culture”.

It couldn’t possibly be a result of her poor decision making, now could it?

After all, she had a hard life didn’t she… well, no not really; she’s middle class, with two apparently decent parents.

Well she’s poorly educated right? Nope, at least no more poorly than all the other kids in her council school.

Bad media messages? Are you joking? Watch a night of British prime time TV, and you might come back with the impression that drinking an alcopop is worse than smoking crack while having sex with satan.

Then there’s the fact that she felt justified in ignoring doctors orders, and started drinking again (on her now diminished in function transplanted liver) because she “felt left out”; and she “doesnt think she’s done anything wrong”.

Well, yes, it is her life and she can die if she wants to; but the fact that she really doesn’t think she’s done anything wrong here? How about burdening her socialist society with her medical care, and depriving a more deserving non-idiot of a good transplant liver?

I mean, if she preferred alcohol and socialization to life, she should have been allowed to die when her own liver failed in the first place. Then she never would have needed to worry about “feeling left out” again.

Maybe I’m being too harsh here. After all, her “culture” has told her for her entire life, that she wasn’t responsible for her own problems, that the state would take care of everything, and that her “feelings” are by far the most important thing in the world, and override any kind of rational or practical considerations right?.

Nah… some people are just too stupid to live anyway; it’s better that she weeds herself out before she breeds (which is sure to be soon if the booze doesn’t get her first).

This is the consequence of such a morally degenerated society that no-one is held responsible for their own actions or decisions. This is the result of the consequence free society.

It’s just a shame that the subjects of (once) Great Britain will be forced to bear the burden (both directly financial, and the inevitable dimunition of the rights of consenting adults to drink) of this idiots medical care yet again (in fact, most likely over and over again until her hopefully rapid death).

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

Licensed To Death

On Friday, the Reason Foundation released a study on the extent which state regulations have imposed barriers to entry into a mind-numbing variety of professions:

Los Angeles (August 24, 2007) – Do you want to be a fortune teller in Maryland? Your future better include a license from the state. How about being a hair braider in Mississippi? You’ll need 300 to 1,500 hours of training and government permission. Want to sell flowers in Louisiana? Only licensed florists can do that. And almost every state requires certification if you want to move furniture and hang art while calling yourself an interior designer.

The Top Ten:

1. California (177)
2. Connecticut (155)
3. Maine (134)
4. New Hampshire (130)
5. Arkansas (128)
6. Michigan (116)
7. Rhode Island (116)
8. New Jersey (114)
9. Wisconsin (111)
10. Tennessee (110)

Even the lowest-ranked state, Missouri, has a list of 51 professions that it imposes regulatory barriers to entry upon.

Gone are the days when someone could decide to go into business for themselves.

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