Nanny State: 2008

14 December 2008

Wise words from long ago

"The smaller the mind the greater the conceit."
"United we stand, divided we fall."
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."

    All above said by a Greek slave named Aesop about 1450 years ago. We should start listening to the great minds of long ago.

13 December 2008

Drew Carey: Welcome to the Nanny State Nation

 Drew Carey asks, "When did so many of us turn into ban-happy busybodies? Imagine that we outlawed everything that offends someone.Would you want to live in that country?"

11 December 2008

War is a Racket

"I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket."

~ Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, 1933
Two-time recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

04 December 2008

02 December 2008

Gun Ownership in India

By Abhijeet Singh

Colonial Roots of Gun-Control

I live in India and I am a proud firearm owner - but I am the exception not the norm, an odd situation in a country with a proud martial heritage and a long history of firearm innovation. This is not because the people of India are averse to gun ownership, but instead due to Draconian anti-gun legislation going back to colonial times.

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27 November 2008

State of the Union

President Bush could save himself and Congress a lot of time and trouble if he would just wear one of these shirts when he delivers the State of the Union address. Just stand there and keep quiet.

Get your shirt here: O Shit

18 November 2008

Are you an idiot to keep paying your mortgage?

Kathleen Pender

Should you keep paying your mortgage?

If you don't, it's getting harder to answer that question, especially when our government keeps giving people who owe more than their homes are worth so many reasons not to pay.

Last week, the government announced a program that will substantially lower payments for many homeowners who have little or no equity, but only if they are at least 90 days delinquent.

Critics say the plan, which applies to loans owned or guaranteed by government wards Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac among others, could encourage people to suspend payments.

But what about the moral obligation to pay off a debt?

Elected officials have been chipping away at that by blaming the foreclosure crisis largely on predatory lenders. In a campaign fact sheet, President-elect Barack Obama says he "recognizes that the real victims in the subprime mortgage crisis are not the lenders, but the millions of borrowers who followed the rules and whose only crime was taking out mortgages that lenders told them they could afford."

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13 November 2008

Dems Target Private Retirement Accounts

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House discuss confiscating 401(k)s, IRAs

By Karen McMahan

November 04, 2008

RALEIGH — Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.

Triggered by the financial crisis the past two months, the hearings reportedly were meant to stem losses incurred by many workers and retirees whose 401(k) and IRA balances have been shrinking rapidly.

The testimony of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, in hearings Oct. 7 drew the most attention and criticism. Testifying for the House Committee on Education and Labor, Ghilarducci proposed that the government eliminate tax breaks for 401(k) and similar retirement accounts, such as IRAs, and confiscate workers’ retirement plan accounts and convert them to universal Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs) managed by the Social Security Administration.

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Nanny State Extends Smoking Bans to Private Homes

Ten years ago, California became the first state to ban smoking in bars. Since then, numerous states and thousands of cities have passed similar laws. And now, as a new video shows, smoking bans have stretched into private homes.

The city of Belmont, California, has outlawed smoking in all apartments, condominiums and other multi-unit houses that share walls, ceilings or floors. What’s next? To ensure a smoke-free environment, some cities are banning outdoor grilling and barbequing.

“You may like it when politicians ban something you hate, but sooner or later they will go after something you like,” editor Nick Gillespie says. “Smoking bans in bars and restaurants set the stage for a proliferation of bans that have now reached into our homes.”

The video shows life is imitating an old Denis Leary stand-up routine, in which the comedian asks, “What’s the law now? You can only smoke in your apartment, under a blanket with all the lights out?” Nope, even that’s now illegal in Belmont.

“I actually like smoking bans—I just don’t like it when the government does the banning,” says Gillespie. “Thousands of apartment owners, hotels and other businesses have voluntarily said no to smoking in their establishments, because their customers prefer a smoke-free environment. Others allow smoking because their customers want a choice. In a free, tolerant society, nobody needs politicians to tell them what to do.”

Full Video Online

The video, Just Can’t Quit, is online at Just Can’t Quit

09 November 2008

The Broadscale Political View Test

This test is an attempt to gauge as accurately as possible what your views are.

It's called the broad scale political view test because this has absolutely nothing to do gay marriages and fetuses, but rather is an attempt to gauge your more general views on different forms of government and economics.

Broadscale Political View Test

08 November 2008

Ron Paul comments on the election

Robert's note: Listen for Dr. Paul's "getting rid of the nanny state" comment.

05 November 2008

Ten Reasons to Be Happy About This Election

Source: Copious Dissent

In no particular order:

1) Democrats now must take responsibility for every mistake and downturn in our society;

2) Daily Kos and the Huffington Post will have nothing to write about;

3) Republicans will need to go back to their roots of cutting spending and limiting the size of government;

4) Students who have been indoctrinated by Leftists professors will get the best education of their lifetime on why Big Government doesn't work;

5) The arguments for Affirmative Action are dead;

6) The argument that America is a racist Country is now dead;

7) We will no longer be forced to defend indefensible RINOs, including John McCain;

8) Republicans may have a filibuster;

9) Al Franken lost, Norm Coleman won and we kept Michele Bachmann (well, I think so...but I'm not waiting up any longer to find out);

10) John McCain will not be President.

Copious Dissent

03 November 2008

American socialism won't work


If there is anything to be learned in this election cycle it is that many Americans, perhaps the majority, want the government to take care of them. They not only tolerate a Nanny State, they want a Nanny State.

I find this development troubling.

Nannies are employed to care for children. Children are not expected to act, think or react to logic the same as adults. Even in minor emergencies, they are expected to run to their nanny for protection.

Where the nanny gets her resources, or her information, is of no concern to the child as long as she is taken care of and protected from anything in the world that may be threatening, either real or imaginary.

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02 November 2008

If it redistributes like a duck ...

By David Harsanyi
Denver Post
Staff Columnist

Barack Obama is going to fix the economy by "spreading the wealth around"?

Now, I'm not attempting to demonize Obama, God forbid. It's just that, as we all know, that's what Obama told Joe the Plumber.

Obama laughs off the charge of socialist behavior — and to be fair, socialism isn't the precise term to affix to his ideas. It's more like Robin Hood economics. On a recent campaign stop, Obama joked that, by the end of the week, McCain would be accusing him "of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten."

A funny line. But, of course, Obama's lofty intellect must comprehend the fundamental difference between sharing your G.I. Joe with a friend and having a bully snatch your G.I. Joe for the collective, prepubescent good. It's the difference between coercion and free association and trade. In practical terms, it's the difference between government cheese and a meal at Ruth's Chris.

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31 October 2008

The Repugnance of Socialism


Earlier this year I read a column in which the writer rejoiced because the word, "socialism," is no longer a scary bogeyman to Americans. When I Googled the writer and learned he was only 31 and graduated from Columbia, it wasn't hard to figure out how he got it all wrong.

Since he had clearly been taught our "revised" history -- the one that glosses over the 100,000,000-grave killing fields of the communists and makes high drama out of the "sufferings" of the Hollywood blacklisted and the McCarthy hearings -- he didn't have a clue about what actually happened. This pitiful, Ivy-League indoctrinated writer had reached the false conclusion that Americans used to be scared down to their woolies of the big bad commies, but weren't anymore.

Isn't it hard to believe that reasonably intelligent parents actually pay big bucks for those fancy degrees in poppycock?

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30 October 2008

The Attack on Libertarianism

by Aaron David Ward

"...The economic meltdown was made possible by endless government intervention, fractional reserve banking, fiat money, government control of money and monetary policy, and our modern day mercantile economy."

Click here for complete article

Are YOU a Socialist? Use this Flow Chart to Find Out.

Or are you a Republican or some crazy fringe nutjob? Use this handy flow chart to find out.

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29 October 2008

Idle thoughts from an idle mind

Young female drivers have taken over the dubious title of reckless drivers.More times than not, when you see a young driver driving like a young male, the driver is female.

Drivers of expensive cars, such as Mercedes and BMW, seem to be more assholish than drivers of lesser priced cars. They are more apt to go too fast, cut in and out of lanes dangerously, and they lack simple courtesy towards other drivers. Maybe it's just my class envy and prejudice.

When did company-offered health care benefits become a right?

When anyone says something is a "no-brainer," I rev up my brain.

"Okay, you people." When I hear anyone address a group with "people," I leave or turn him off.

Anyone caught peeing on a toilet seat in a public restroom should be caned. If he is a minor, his father should be caned for not teaching him.

Most "undecideds" are probably "noneoftheaboves."

When did "you're welcome" get replaced by "no problem?"

Why is "Jack" the nickname for "John?" Why does "John" even need a nickname?

27 October 2008

Want to know more about Barack Obama?

In a 2001 Obama interview by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, we learn his beliefs regarding socialist policies. Among other things, he laments the fact that the Warren Supreme Court did not pursue "redistribution of wealth" enough.

Pay close attention to what he says about breaking the constraint of the founding fathers.


26 October 2008

Drug War Facts

The Department of Justice reported that by Sept. 30, 2006, federal prisons held a total of 176,268 inmates, of whom 93,751 (53%) were drug offenders.

More numbers and drug war facts can be found HERE.

Gillespie Speaks at Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference

Palin Sounds Warning About Obama’s Nannystate

Perhaps one of the most pervasive threats to freedom in this country is the nanny state, or this idea that the government she be solving all of our problems for us.  And Republicans - with their support of bailouts for Wall Street for entitlement expansions like Medicare prescription drugs - have no lock on the high ground for this issue.

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23 October 2008

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22 October 2008

Definition changes for the times

With the country shifting more and more toward socialism, the definitions of a few common words have changed and you should be aware of the changes to keep from getting confused.

Need - When someone else wants your money

Greed - When you want to keep your money

Compassion - When a politician comes up with a plan to take your money and give it to someone else

I was once guilty of mis-using "compassion" in the same twisted way as above.

About 20 years ago, I volunteered to help poor hispanics with their income tax forms. In each and every case, I was able to get an IRS refund for them that exceeded the amount that had been witheld. I felt like Santa Claus.

I did this for several days and afterwards, I had a sore arm for patting myself on the back for being so "compassionate." If I had really been compassionate, I would have taken money from MY pocket to give them. Instead, I filled out the forms in order to give them YOUR money.

21 October 2008

John Stossel's 20/20 Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics

This video aired 17 October 2008

Part 1 of 6

Click HERE for Parts 2 through 6.

"Heaven forbid" scenarios to consider

First scenario: A white man assassinates Obama. What would happen next?

Think about it.

Second scenario: A black man assassinates McCain. What would happen next?

Think about it.'s the question.

Are you a racist because you thought about riots, looting, bombing, and "burn, baby burn" for the first scenario? But not about the second?

Think about it.

No license for Joe? So what

Bill Steigerwald, Commentary
East Valley Tribune (Phoenix)

Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the Republican Party’s newest working-class hero from Ohio, has been ridiculed and had his private life probed since he had the nerve to confront Barack Obama about taxation.

For liberals, one of Joe’s biggest crimes against humanity — besides apparently owing about $2,000 in back taxes — is the charge that he works as a plumber but doesn’t have a plumber’s license.

In Ohio, Joe’s not required by law to get a license before he can practice plumbing. But he needs to get a license if he decides he’d rather make his living as an accountant, architect, barber, chiropractor, cosmetologist, dental hygienist, dentist, paramedic, funeral director, hearing aid fitter, insurance agent, land surveyor, lawyer, nursing home administrator, nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pesticide applicator, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician assistant, physician, podiatrist, psychologist, public school teacher, real estate agent, real estate appraiser, school counselor, stock broker, social worker, truck driver, veterinarian or vet’s assistant.

Before Joe Wurzelbacher or anyone else wants to become Joe the Barber or Joe the Podiatrist, he must first get the permission of his state government.

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2A Today for the USA, Part One

A very well made video on the Second Amendment...from The Liberty Crew at

2A Today for the USA, Part Two

2A Today for the USA, Part Three

20 October 2008


We will soon need a new name. How about USSA...The United States of Socialist America?
Or should it be, The United Socialist States of America. Same initials either way.

I like the second one.

We have spent the last several generations saying how terrible are socialist governments with central planning. They are inept, wasteful, corrupt, tyrannical, and they are never able to manipulate an economy, no matter how noble the purpose.

Our political leaders need to dig up some old speeches and study them.

Christmas every day and a chicken in every pot

McCain and Obama are competing against each other at a faster and faster pace to give us more and more goodies. It will be all so great until we realize they are charging it all on our credit card.