Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ohio - We Are the State and You Will Do As We Say

Self reliance is seemingly an anathema to the state.  Oh sure, I hear politicians, both from the right and the left, mouthing platitudes to self reliance.  In fact, just yesterday afternoon, I overheard Senator Obama mouth just those platitudes on Oprah’s show as I stood in the kitchen peeling a few potatoes.

In actuality, though, the state desires nothing more than that each and every individual become beholden to the state for life and liberty.

A prime example of this follows.

Two northeast Ohio counties are being ordered by the state to try to boost the number of Amish receiving food stamps.

But, you say, don’t the Amish shun any government involvement in their lives?  Of course they do, but the state has spoken and the two Ohio counties, Geauga and Holmes, will kowtow to the state’s will in the following manner.

Geauga and Holmes counties plan to start advertising campaigns to encourage Amish to enroll in the subsidy program. Holmes may use a billboard to get the message out.

If I understand the Amish at all, the counties’ campaign will fail miserably, but even so it does not excuse the imbecility of the state’s position.

Officials To Try To Boost Number Of Amish Receiving Food Stamps

Via WSJ’s Best of the Web.

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 04:02 PM
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Reflect on This

Via the Mises Blog, we are treated to a piece written by Jayant Bhandari titled Let Cultures Play Out Their Own Problems.

Though Bhandari is writing in regards to India’s culture, the words he has penned have implications for every society where interference by outside forces (think about Iraq) are attempting to accelerate changes in society.  From Bhandari’s piece.

An individual can cajole, persuade, or even beg, but he has no right to use force to stop others from killing themselves. Most importantly, institutions, particularly the state, should certainly stay out of all such affairs. The state’s involvement is inherently corrupting, invariably creating worse problems than it solves. It cannot change the problems’ roots. It can only sanitize the fa├žade, brushing the real problems under the carpet. Problems will then simmer and, eventually, surface in new avatars.

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 09:58 AM
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I Hope She Beats the Rap

A 67-year-old Brazilian grandmother who shot and wounded a bag-snatcher in Rio de Janeiro will get a medal from the crime-ridden city’s legislators even though she faces trial for illegal gun possession.

Go Granny!

Brazilian granny who shot thief to get Rio medal

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 09:16 AM
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Politically Incorrect A, B, Cs

An individual, whose wife is a teacher of young children, notes that alphabet charts have become more politically correct since the days he spent in school.  For example, “I is for Indian” is no longer an acceptable illustration to reinforce the memorization of that particular letter.

Though the politically incorrect alphabet will not be showing up in any of the nation’s indoctrination centers for young children, the alphabet could, as the developer states,

...make (a) - ed.) nice set of flash cards to give to new parents you’d like to offend, but with subtlety.

Via Fred Lapides site GoodShit.

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 08:57 AM
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Online Oracles

Oracles, those ancient diviners of future events, appear to be making a comeback, via the internet.

This new feature places PicksPal among a small number of Web sites seeking to turn the wisdom of the Internet on its head by sifting through its vast number of users to identify a handful of experts. If this novel approach withstands scrutiny, the reverberations could extend well beyond sports betting to include stock trading, popular culture and other realms.

I wonder if the next group of experts to be gathered via the internet, complete with videos, will be haruspices?

The article noting this development is titled The Top Pickers vs. the Pack and was published in the Washington Post.

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 08:31 AM
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Pie Hole Economics

Martin B. Schmidt, a professor of economics at William and Mary College, has penned an oped for the New York Times titled Super Tax Me.

You see, the professor is concerned about obesity, and the fast food industry’s alleged culpability in what is considered a ballooning problem in the nation.  Too many fat people.

Schmidt’s cellulite laden idea is, of course, a new tax.

We could tax the drive-through purchases at, say, 10 percent, while leaving the purchase of walk-in meals alone. At the very least, it may entice some to park and walk rather than waiting in the car.

Though Schmidt acknowledges that just such a measure impinges on personal responsibility, and adds another chore for the nannies in the growing nanny state under which we live, he brushes those concerns aside, by noting that, hey, the state taxes cigarettes because they are detrimental to individuals’ health, why not fast food purchased at the drive through.

If one desired to take Schmidt’s ill advice to its natural conclusion, one could then propose to tax not only fast food purchased at the drive through, but donut shop purchases, ice cream shop purchases, heck every snack food no matter where it may be purchased.  Or, say, tax every labor saving device manufactured, like leaf blowers or power lawn mowers, or, outlaw remote control devices for teevees and such, or promulgate a law which states if you work within five (5) miles of your home you must walk to and from work.  Or, better yet, simply tax each and every individual for every pound of weight they carry which is over and above the government’s listed ideal height/weight charts.

Taxing items, no matter what they are, is not a solution to obesity.  Keeping one’s pie hole free of excessive consumption, is.

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 07:42 AM
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Gleeful Robber

Watch this video, within which you can view Robert Byrd “leer"ing, as Billy Beck states, about being the “Big Daddy” with bags of money pilfered from you and I via the Congress.  Also, listen to, what Richard Nikoley labels as the “chortling,” of the minions lapping up Byrd’s words as they wait to divvy up the booty Byrd has conjured.

Be disturbed.

Posted by John Venlet on 10/19 at 07:14 AM
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