Category: Nanny Nation

A Not So Bright Idea »

I’m not surprised that the federal government is telling us what kind of light bulbs we can use. There is no aspect of our lives too trivial for them to meddle in and no excuse too ludicrous for them to use as justification. It’s disheartening to see how many Americans United Statists think this is […]

Taking the 10th. »

I just received this e-mail from Downsize DC, and thought you’d appreciate it. – – – Quote of the Day: “All substances are poisons: there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.” — Paracelsus (1493-1541) The baseball pitcher, Roger Clemens, is in the news. He has […]

Understanding The Nanny Mindset »

Over on the Skeptics Guide To the Universe forums someone started a thread about Cigars, asking for advice on picking a nice cigar without spending too much. It didn’t take long for the Nicotine Nazi/Nannies to show up, whining about, well, everything.  We asked them to take it elsewhere – we just wanted to have […]

Just Say No to Walnuts »

It’s easy to feel superior reading stories of our ancestors buying worthless potions from snake oil salesmen.  But a stroll though the aisles of any warehouse style store proves that nothing much has changed.  Every other end cap features a small TV making a pitch for some magic pill or potion that’s long on hype […]

Drop that Salt Shaker and Put Your Hands In The Air »

The New York Legislature is considering a bill that would make it a criminal offense for restaurant chefs to add salt to food. Yes, you read that right.  Once again, the absurdity of real life makes satire obsolete. This is exactly what happens when you let the nanny camel get its nose in the tent. […]

The Dependency Agenda »

I’ve watched a few CPAC speeches, and they reminded me of It was a combination of brilliant thinkers and mouth-breathing wing-nuts. It was encouraging to see they invited a gay rights group, and even more encouraging when a wing-nut who condemned them for it was booed off the stage. But it would be better […]

Bend Over, Pipe Smokers »

Throughout his campaign LMO promised he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $250k/year.  The *first* thing he did in office was raise the tax on roll your own tobacco by an astounding 2,159%.  It’s a pretty safe bet RYO smokers are making a *bit* less than a quarter million bucks a year. (BTW, […]