Archive for the ‘Government Insanity’ Category

Comments Off on Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Makes As Much Sense As Banning Opaque Backpacks

REASON – Cameron Kasky is one of the most prominent student activists calling for gun control in response to the February 14 attack that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Yesterday Kasky, a junior at the school, mocked the transparent backpacks now required there by filling one of them […]

Comments Off on Blow-Dry Bars Don’t Even Cut Hair, So Why Do They Need Licenses?

FEE.ORG – Arizona lawmakers and cosmetologists argue that an acceptable cost for a new-age hairstyle is imprisonment. And you can chalk that up to old-school protectionism. But fortunately, state Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita is trying to cut costs for consumers. License to Style Ask yourself, would you pay someone just to wash, dry, and style your […]

Comments Off on No, Starbucks Coffee Won’t Give You Cancer

REASON – At a glance, warning people about substances that can cause cancer seems like a sensible way to protect the public health. California’s Proposition 65 requires companies to inform their employees and consumers if their products expose them to “chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.” But as so many regulations […]

Comments Off on Man’s Joke Video of Dog Giving Nazi Salute Lands Him U.K. Hate Speech Fine

REASON – Declaring a joke video of a pug giving a Nazi salute to be “menacing,” a court officer in the United Kingdom today fined a man £800 (about $1,100) for violating the country’s hate speech laws. Scottish man Mark Meechan (a.k.a. “Count Dankula”) was convicted last month for violating the Communications Act and became […]

Comments Off on Beset By Homelessness, Rising Rents, Nightmarish Traffic, San Francisco Cracks Down on Dockless Scooters

Southern Watchman says: Can’t say I expect anything less from the urban areas of California. Cheers and watch your six, – Southern Watchman   REASON – I rode a rented, electric scooter to work this morning. On the sidewalk. Without a helmet. Miraculously, I did not die. Nor did any pedestrians die. The forces of […]

Comments Off on Great Moments in British Government

INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – While much of my analysis focuses on the mess created by Washington, I periodically show my ecumenical nature by sharing “Great Moments in State Government” and “Great Moments in Local Government.” And in keeping with the title of this page, I even occasionally share “Great Moments in Foreign Government.” Today, though we’re […]

Comments Off on Fire, Earth, and Water Visit Apocalyptic Delays on Nation’s Rail Lines

Southern Watchman says: Cities and dense population areas are going to be a very bad place to be living in the decades to come, unless society and our politicians make some very serious ethical and moral u-turns in short order. World or national apocalyptic scenarios are highly unlikely, but local ones could easily happen. Best […]

Comments Off on U.K. Goes Full Nanny State With Proposed Nationwide Plastic Straw Ban

REASON – The United Kingdom has been on a nanny-state bender lately. Already this year, British authorities have cracked down on Nazi dog videos, pocket knives, and sectarian songs. And now the current Conservative government has announced plans to ban plastic straws and stirrers. “Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the […]