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Safety… Defined For You By Someone Else

One of the problems with “safety” laws is they amount to someone else’s cost-benefit analysis. Someone else’s favoring of more this vs. less of that. Someone else’ determination that the Pros outweigh the Cons – as they define them. A good case in point: motorcycle helmet laws. The practical argument is they reduce head trauma…

Anti-Authoritarianism Starts Within

Mainstream “conservatism” gets no traction because it’s often so obviously hypocritical. It provides the shells necessary for the authoritarian opposition (they like to call themselves “liberals,” which is sort of accurate in that they are very liberal with other people’s money) to shellack them at will and make them look ridiculous – and mean spirited…

How The Corn Lobby Will Kill Your Older Car

They may not need to ban old cars outright. Instead, they’ll just kill them off quietly – by poisoning them internally. With ethanol. Modern cars – cars built since the early ’90s –  can stomach the stuff . They have engines designed to deal with corrosive, ethanol-doctored “gas” – and peripheral systems (hoses, seals, o-rings,…

A Reason to Throw Your Sail Fawn in The Woods

You’ve no doubt heard about warrant-free wiretaps – and monitoring of your e-mails and web surfing habits. These things have been routinely and openly engaged in by “law enforcement” since the Chimponian Era, when the American Police State came into full flower. You didn’t expect it to stop there, did you? Of course, it has…

If They Can Force Us to Buy “Health Care”…

This is written as the Supreme Court is weighing the constitutionality of ObamaCare – in particular, it is considering whether the federal government has the authority under the Constitution to force people at gunpoint to buy a health insurance policy from a private, for-profit business. That this is even being discussed – as opposed to…

Ford’s Boondoggling It Up, Too

GM has been criticized – rightly – for boondoggling it up at taxpayers’ expense. For “investing” – on someone else’s dime, taken from them by force, it always bears repeating – in vehicles that have obviously dubious prospects of actually selling. Like the $40,000 electric economy car called the Volt. But others are on the…

Barbed Wire Tattoos, Van Dyke Beards… and Twennies

In the ’80s, it was tinny electronic recordings advising you that “the door is ajar.” In the ’90s, it was auto-strangulating seatbelts that assaulted you as soon as you closed the door. Today, it’s the cement-headed obsession with oversized “rims” (ree-uhms, if pronounced correctly in High Ebonics). The sight of something along the lines of…

A Jury of One’s Peers…

Here’s another one we’ve lost sight of – the true and intended meaning of, that is: A jury of one’s peers. Though not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, the concept is an ancient element of English Common Law – on which our Constitution (RIP) was based. The men of a community would gather to weigh…