A reader of LibertyInfusion recently went on somewhat of a tirade on his Facebook page and revealed a revelation he experienced. While replacing a microwave oven in his home, he began to think about conveniences, how we become accustomed to something and then can’t give it up, and how that relates to a gimmee, gimmee, gimmee society. His rant went from replacing a microwave, to having to spoon-feed any task, to a generation that wants everything free and now. Reading his Facebook post
The elated Statists who support the Obamacare manda…er, tax are so enthralled with the Supreme Court’s opinion that they have now turned their sights to the States deciding whether to take the Medicaid provision that was struck down by the Supreme’s. Adam Serwer, writing for Mother Jones, writes:
Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, who were both appointed by Democratic presidents, joined the conservative wing of the court in arguing that the Medicaid expansion was unconstitutionally coercive—”a gun to the head,” of the states, in Roberts’ wording. But all that “coercive” means here is that conservative politicians would have to face the wrath of their constituents for refusing free money from the federal government.
That’s right, according to the leftists at Mother Jones, governors might face voter wrath for refusing the FREE MONEY to participate in the Medicaid portion of Obamacare/tax. So, it’s not only the gross expansion of the government by Obamacare/tax, it’s all that, “free money” out there. Statists actually believe there is such a thing as, “free money.” Based on the fed being able to print money at will and without oversight, they’re probably correct.
We here at LibertyInfusion.com have a special appreciation for the U.S. Marine Corps. Marines have a warrior ethos which includes that when dealing with a Marine there is, “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.” By now, we all know about Karen Klein, the Greece, NY bus monitor who was chastised, bullied, disrespected, and completely mistreated by some Middle School Students. The taunting is so bad that the middle schoolers make fun of her dead son, who had committed suicide. If you haven’t seen this travesty yet, take a look here. A few Marines saw the video and decided to get grandma’s back. Marine’s give grandma an, “OOORAAHH!” No better friend…
By now most readers are aware of the recent infamous statement made by President Barack Obama that, “the private sector is doing fine.” Presidential GOP candidate Mitt Romney jumped on Obama and the, “just fine” comment. The ironic part of both the statement and the criticism is that they are both wrong. Let’s look at the statement and look at why both of these fail. Here is what the President actually said,
A senior attending a Lawrence, Kansas high school was suspended for cutting his younger brother’s hair into a goofy and weird haircut. The haircut was done at the brothers’ home, off of school property, and with the permission of both the younger brother and the parents. So, under every possible scenario, this was a completely voluntary act between all parties and with parental supervision.
The school did not care. The high school administration suspended the older brother for an act of, “bullying.” It makes no difference to the busy bodies at the government school that everyone was in agreement, permission was received at every level, and what the parents want or approve of. What makes a difference is that the school knows what’s best and must be in control.
It would be interesting to see how the school would react if the student had cut his hair himself. Would they suspend him for bullying himself? If the school has a dress-code, does it prohibit bad haircuts?
What it comes down to is the fact that the government busy bodies are going to find ways to expand their reach into every aspect possible. Even with complete assent by everyone involved, the school is going to dictate what is best. And what is best is suspending a student in his senior year so that his school record permanently shows he’s a bully, a bully who asks permission from everyone involved, but a bully nonetheless. Thank you Lawrence School Administration for protecting children from their siblings and parents. We are all the better for your foresight and expertise on raising children.
See the story here: http://fox4kc.com/2012/05/10/really-bad-haircut-leads-to-school-suspension-parent-says/
Chalk this one up to…um,…well there is really no way to chalk this one up. A North Carolina government high school Social Studies Teacher, a supposed expert in the area of government, goes completely bonkers with one of her students. The teacher, very obviously an avowed and very vocal Obama supporter, shows aggression toward a student who is defending his right to criticize the president. The teacher, who is so obviously misguided, misinformed, or just a plain out liar, tells her student (yells at him actually) that criticizing Obama is a crime.
Here is a sample of the exchange:
Teacher: Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the President of the United States in this classroom.
The student replies that he’ll say what he wants.
Teacher: Not about him you won’t.
What is even more pathetic about this teacher is that the student actually debates and establishes his position far better than she does. It will be especially interesting to see with what crime they charge the student for recording the conversation without her consent. How long will he be expelled for having a recording device on government property? Doesn’t he know that he’s a terrorist threat recording the inside of a classroom? This will likely draw the interest of Homeland Security.
The real question is how do you deal with a teacher who is so obviously unprepared, uneducated, and incompetent in the classroom? Following the typical government school pattern of incompetence; give her a raise and an administrative position.
Barack Obama supports same sex marriage. Here is the article. It’s big news and is, of course, scandalous. Why in the world would anyone care about this issue?
Generally, those who are politically on the right somehow believe that if homosexuals are allowed to marry, that there children will be forced into some type of forced homosexual servitude. Or maybe they think that a Seal Team is going to break down their door and force them to marry someone who is the same sex.
How many times has this conversation taken place with your spouse? “Oh honey, I love you so much. I am so glad we are married and share our lives. It’s truly a blessing to be with you and to have the government approve of us being together.” If you have ever had that type of exchange with your spouse then you are a total and complete loser.
At the core of the issue is our desire to force people to live like us, to be like us, to hold our values; and if they don’t, then we will have the government force them to accept our values. The problem is that those values may not square very well with the life that, “they” want. This is not to say that there are not limitations. For example, no reasonable person, regardless of their political persuasion, would support marriage to children. But, when it comes to consenting adults and what they do in private, and how they choose to live their lives, and the strides they make to be happy or to pursue happiness, government does not need to interfere…and neither should you.
Jerry Meekins, a Vietnam Marine veteran who is suffering from terminally ill cancer, bought a ticket on Spirit Airlines to go visit his daughter in New Jersey. He paid $197.00 for the ticket. However, Mr. Meekins doctor told him that due to his compromised immune system getting in a closed area (the airplane compartment) with 250 other people using recycled air would not be good. Mr. Meekins asked for a refund; Spirit refused. Mr. Meekins then asked to reverse the ticket to allow his daughter to come visit him; Spirit refused. Mr. Meekins then requested that Spirit donate the money to the the Wounded Warrior project; Spirit refused. Spirit Airlines issued a statement which included, “Our reservations are non-refundable, which means we don’t do refunds and we are not going to issue Mr. Meekins a refund.” Many of you find this to be an injustice and will sound the time tested battle cry of, “THERE OUTTA BE A LAW!” The touchstone of government intervention into a perceived injustice. It is no secret that LibertyInfusion.com is a zealous advocate of the free market. The very recent case of Jerry Meekins is a perfect example of how the free market works.
If you know anything about Penn & Teller, the magic/comedy duo, you know they are fan driven and very responsive to their fan base. They both make it a point to wait outside at the end of their show and meet the audience, provide autographs, and chat with their fans; every one of them. Penn Jillette, who touts himself as more than half of the duo…by weight, is also a well known and outspoken Libertarian.
At the end of a recent show, both Penn and Teller were outside signing autographs and attending to their audience. Penn would sign an autograph, take a picture, chat a bit, and turn to the next fan and say, “How you doin’ boss?” He would sign again, take another picture, chat a second and turn to the next fan and ask, “How you doin boss?” He did this well over a hundred times. “How you doin’ boss?”
It’s easy to sympathize and write well about Penn Jillette because of his views on freedom and liberty. Thinking about his, “How you doin’ boss?” made perfect sense. Penn gets it. He gets that those people are his boss. He gets the fact that he has to compete in the market and if, “the boss” isn’t happy, Penn gets fired. If Penn & Teller chose not to stay for their “bosses” after the show those “bosses” can spend their money on other employees. If the product is not what the boss wants, Penn knows that the “boss” will get the product somewhere else.
It may be a simple way to look at things, and maybe Penn is just going through the motions. But, when a lover of liberty, like Penn Jillette uses the word, “boss” it’s very easy to make the connection that he really, really means it.
The Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott have decided that in order to deal with new synthetic drugs on the market that adding 5-Hydroxy-alpha-methyltryptamine; and 5-Methoxy-N,N-Diisopropyltryptamine to the list of illegal drugs is necessary. Actually, the new law which makes K2 (also called “spice”) illegal contains dozens of new substances with arcane and unpronounceable chemical names. The new law is testament to the folly involved with trying to make drugs illegal. It is the actual illegality of these drugs that makes it impossible to enforce the law.
In the good old days, police officers had a, “field test” kit to test for marijuana (the type that grows in nature and not manufactured in a lab). The officer would take a bit of the substance, put in into a tube with some liquids and if the liquid turned a certain color it was marijuana. Fast forward through over 30 years and billions and billions of dollars of the drug war and we get 2C-E (4-Ethyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine). The K2 chemists have absolutely destroyed the idea of the, “field test” and are so far ahead of the law that enforcement of the law is impossible and grossly expensive to the taxpayer.
There is no field test kit for 2C-E (4-Ethyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine). So here is the way enforcement of the law will take place: 1) A police officer will drive in a tax payer paid car using tax payer paid gas and go into a suspect store; 2) the law enforcement officer will use taxpayer money to purchase some K2; 3) the officer will then take the K2 and place it in taxpayer envelopes and evidence tape to protect the chain of custody; 4) the officer will then take the K2 back to the taxpayer paid building to process it; 5) the envelope will then be shipped, at taxpayer expense, to a lab with a taxpayer paid chemist to analyze the substance on taxpayer paid lab equipment; 6) If the substance is not on the list then the taxpayers don’t waste any more money on that sample, if, however, the chemist determines that the substance is banned then; 7) the chemist will make a report on taxpayer paid computers and send it back to the cops; 8) The cops will then use taxpayer cars, gas and tasers to go arrest the $7.50/hr store clerk who sold them the K2 and who had no idea of what the substance was, never used it, never smoked it, never ordered it from the supplier, never had anything to do with the substance except taking the undercover cops money. The clerk, who is now arrested for a felony, may have never even touched the item in the transaction. The clerk is then prosecuted (again at taxpayer expense throughout the entire criminal prosecution) for selling something that he never knew was illegal.
The most troubling part about this entire fiasco is that the K2 makers are able to modify the chemical composition very slightly such that it is not illegal under the statute. So a 4-Ethyl-blah-blah-blah is modified in the lab to become a 5-Ethyl-blah-blah-blah and it’s no longer illegal. Change a hydrogen here, a carbon there, and viola! your K2 is no longer banned but is still an effective drug. The chemists can release 5 new variations a year and once those are outlawed, release 5 more, and so on, and so on. The law will spend a hundred years trying to outlaw each variation, and the K2 chemists will simply change an oxygen atom on the 5th benzene ring and make the substance, “legal” until the legislature outlaws that. It’s a never ending cycle. The costs of testing will skyrocket as the testing will need to include more and more substances. All this to arrest a $7.50/hr clerk who sells a substance he may never have touched.
The efficiency at which the K2 chemists operate is a direct result of the illegality of marijuana. Rather than working on making natural marijuana a better product, they have concentrated on making “fake” marijuana a better, and virtually endless, product. By doing so, they have made it impossible to enforce the law. The war on drugs has resulted in a rebellion that is impossible to police. Congratulations to the legislature and to Governor Rick Scott on their new K2 bill. And pity to the sheriff’s and police who have to enforce the new law. But, the greatest sympathies go to the taxpayer and the store clerk who will be the most punished victims of this new battlefront of the drug war. 5-Hydroxy-alpha-methyltryptamine IS DEAD, LONG LIVE 4-Hydroxy-alpha-methyltryptamine!