Thursday, May 04, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
V for Vendetta
I saw "V for Vendetta"--I liked it, though I thought it might be over
the heads of some people. Maybe I'm wrong. Anyone who liked the
idea of citizens taking back their government might like a book by
John Ross called "Unintended Consequences," about what might happen
to the US gov't if citizens finally decided it has gone too far.
Also see this list for interesting stuff, particularly the short work
"Politics of Obedience," by Etienne de la Boetie.
This is available on the web for free (with an excellent introduction
by Murray Rothbard) on the Mises Institute website.
Monday, January 02, 2006
I Fought the Law - My adventures in traffic court. By William Saletan.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
Chickens Dumped, Customer Stumped
Is there any effective way to abate the grievances imposed by a county health department? Better yet, how can we abolish the department outright?
"What's your beef?" you ask. I'll tell you.
On the night of July 14, I stopped by the Wal-Mart in Wetumpka to buy some groceries. As I was walking in, I noticed a lady taking all of the cooked, ready-to-eat chickens out of the display and putting them onto a cart. I asked her where she was taking them.
"I'm going to throw them away," she responded.
"Could I buy one of them for a dollar?" I asked.
"No. I have to throw them away."
"Why can't you let me buy one for a dollar? Why do you have to waste them like that?"
"It's just our policy. Our manager is over there. You can ask her."
So I did. She said the county health department mandated it. She would not be allowed to sell the outdated chickens.
"The county health department?" I asked. "Not the state or federal?" She said it was the county.
I said, "That's criminal. The health department ought to be prosecuted for wasting food like that."
"I'm sorry." she said. "You'll have to take it up with them."
They threw away 20 or more perfectly good chickens that one night, not to mention the likelyhood of numerous other food items. They probably do the same thing every night.
Multiply that times all of the grocery stores in Elmore County (except, perhaps, one or two that have enough backbone to stand up for our rights--that's where I'd do my shopping if I knew which ones). It's no wonder people call it "El-Moron" County.
I'm madder than the proverbial "old wet hen." Aren't you?
Of course, this isn't the first time a county health department has done something nasty. They have sucked up our tax money and decreed all kinds of oppressive regulations for many years. It's long overdue to add the county health departments to the long list of government "services" that we are a whole lot better off without.
Fire every last one of them.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
"But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." -- Frederic Bastiat, in The Law.
Constitutionalists take heed. Another quote springs to mind:
"[T]he writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain --- that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist." -- Lysander Spooner, from No Treason.
Friday, May 27, 2005
In terrorism fight, government finds a surprising ally: FedEx.
The state of Alaska maintains Turney's free speech does not extend into the courthouse. "Just because a person says something doesn't make it political speech," said Douglas H. Kossler, the assistant attorney general who argued on behalf of the state.