Nanny State

The Realities of DemocratCare…. or ‘They Don’t Call us “The Right!” For Nothing.’ Part XI

by Steve MacDonald November 1, 2013
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Charles Krauthammer Washington Post Beyond mendacity, there is liberal paternalism, of which these forced cancellations are a classic case. We canceled your plan,explained presidential spokesman Jay Carney, because it was substandard. We have a better idea. Translation: Sure, you freely chose the policy, paid for the policy, renewed the policy, liked the policy. But you’re […]

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Trick or Treat

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2013
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If any of you take your kids out Trick-or-Treating, do me a favor.  Pay attention to see who if anyone is handing out those letters from Michelle Obama about how some kids shouldn’t be out getting their ‘Fair Share” of the free candy and goodies.  Write down their addresses and email them to me. I’ll […]

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Long Island, NY Middle School Bans “Fun.”

by Steve MacDonald October 8, 2013
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Don’t tell the School Bord in Windham NH about this…they might try to resurrect their nanny-state proclivities. As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, officials at Weber Middle School in Port Washington are worried that students are getting hurt during recess. Thus, they have instituted a ban on footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that […]

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Notable Quote – Walter Olsen

by Skip September 13, 2013

Just what I blogged about  here:  Nanniers and Busybodies in Government (emphasis mine): The public is increasingly in revolt against “nanny state” interventions, from Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to limit soda sizes in New York, to efforts to ban Happy Meals in San Francisco. Some thinkers dismiss concern about paternalism as merely trivial and personal, not […]

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Man Does Something Stupid – Suffers For It.

by Steve MacDonald July 8, 2013

Doubleyouemyouare News Nine in NH is reporting an incident in which a 48 year old Tilton, NH man had to be hospitalized after (unintentionally?) stopping a firework with his face.  While details are sketchy–was he sober, did he lose his balance, was he pushed, did a YouTube video make him place his face over the […]

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Nanny Staters – You don’t NEED to go that fast on Rt 93 (and its unnecessary travel to boot)

by Skip July 6, 2013

After doing GrokTALK! podcast in Concord this morning, I headed north on Route 93 in heading back to the Lakes Region.  Heavy traffic: lots of out of state plates and a bunch of boats and camping trailers being towed.  That said, the overall speed was quite high and then I remembered that the speed limit […]

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Assault furniture

by Susan Olsen April 28, 2013

“TV tip-over warnings are imperative, said Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Center for Injury Research and Policy.

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Saturday morning Looking Spoon

by Susan Olsen April 27, 2013

H/T The Looking Spoon

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Black Market Bloomberg

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2013

New York City Mayor Mike ‘Big Gulp’ Bloomberg has proposed raising the smoking age in New York City from 18 to 21 years of age.  A companion proposal would hike the price of a pack of cigarettes to more than ten dollars per pack, presumably to a) convince more people to quit and b) recover […]

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Windham School Board Bans ‘Human Target’ Activities (aka – Dodgeball!)

by Steve MacDonald March 28, 2013

Susan posted a link to the story here, but the first sentence from the Concord Monitor article was all I needed to see. The Windham School District has banned dodgeball and other “human target” activities over concerns about violence and bullying. That’s a very broad statement.  Almost every action of government is a form of […]

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‘Tweet of the Day’ – Matt Dawson

by Susan Olsen March 25, 2013

It would be funny if it weren’t true. H/T Weasel Zippers and Matt Dawson

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“Arbitrary and Capricious”

by Steve MacDonald March 11, 2013

“We have a responsibility as human beings to do something, to save each other, to save the lives of ourselves, our families, ourfriends, and all of the rest of the people that live on God’s planet. And so while other people will wring their hands over the problem of sugary drinks, in New York City, […]

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Ruth Gulick – A Belknap County Democrat Morality Tale

by Steve MacDonald March 7, 2013
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Democrats say the darnedest things.  Take NH House Rep Ruth Gulick (D- Aesop’s Fables), whom Skip recorded at a recent Belknap county budget meeting.  Ruth shared a little morality tale with those present, with regard to budgets and responsibility. In Ruth’s version the county taxpayers have a moral responsibility to the employees whom they pay.  That responsibility includes ensuring that the […]

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Notable Quote: Their Faith is in The Legislator, Ours is in Mankind

by Steve MacDonald January 14, 2013

I am, I confess, one of those who think that choice and impulse ought to come from below and not from above, from the citizen and not from the legislator; and the opposite doctrine appears to me to tend to the destruction of liberty and of human dignity. But by a deduction as false as […]

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A Conservative Solution to The Public School Lunch Circular Firing Squad

by Steve MacDonald December 18, 2012

Federal mandates made school lunches cost more and forced foods into them most kids don’t care for so the Derry School District Lunch program is pondering why overall receipts are down. “The food service numbers are significantly less on student sales,” Simard said. She said the food services department is still working to determine the […]

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Wither Thee A Thermostat – One Example of How Government Can Ruin Your Life

by Steve MacDonald December 7, 2012

Here is a very good example of why the Government sucks, and why the very nature of the state as a reliever of ills is actually destructive to that very end.. Throughout the entire winter, every winter lately, the temperature in my house is around 63-65 degrees.  At night, and when we are out, it […]

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The New Up and Coming Scourge of Our Nations Youth: The Bouncy House?

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2012

The number of U.S. children hurt while using inflatable bouncers, such as bounce houses and moonwalks, is 15 times higher than in 1995, according to a new study. That’s the lead from Reuters. I didn’t look past the dead link at the bottom of the article but I’d love to know who the ‘researchers’ are […]

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Thanksgiving Day message from our Government: ah yes,THIS is what we pay good money for…

by Skip November 22, 2012

Yes, where would we all be without them – so lost in so mismanaging our lives?  Once again, the taxpayer funded US Govt (aka, our supremely concerned Nanny State) believes that we taxpayers need reminders to watch out for ourselves as we celebrate time with family and friends in thanking God for the bounty He […]

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Notable Quote: Does ‘Policy’ Make Matters Worse?

by Steve MacDonald November 8, 2012

Having entered a protest against all objections from these quarters I may the more freely inquire, from history and experience, how far policy has contributed in all times to alleviate those evils which Providence, that perhaps has designed us for a state of imperfection, has imposed; how far our physical skill has cured our constitutional […]

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So, Dems in Belknap county, that would mean that you will spend a lot, ignore the Constitution, and grow Govt? AGAIN?

by Skip October 18, 2012

‘Tis the season of political surveys coming in on the phone.  Today, I think I got five, and a whole bunch of hangups which I take to be auto-dials by such companies looking for folks to call later or that with “predictive dialing”, there wasn’t an agent ready when “it” thought there would be when […]

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“Pew Research Center survey finds declining support for government safety nets” – Well, yes!

by Skip October 14, 2012

This article is kinda / mostly straight up and down…OK, it’s not if you think about it hard.  It tries hard to present an objective view but when I look at the examples given, the veil falls.  In fact, the examples that are inserted to try to arouse a sympathetic aire concerning the safety net […]

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We need to get them relocated to NH……….

by Susan Olsen October 7, 2012

In his first Annual Message to Congress in 1790, George Washington said: ”A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for […]

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Pelham NH To Consider Ban on Driving?

by Steve MacDonald October 3, 2012

After years of watching citizens and tourists of all ages fail to properly operate motor vehicles–resulting in  millions of dollars in property damage, injury, and death, Pelham New Hampshire has opened a discussion about whether or not to ban driving in their town. “Some of these accidents have scarred people for life, others have died,” […]

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S.3307 The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act…Guess Who Voted for It?

by Steve MacDonald September 25, 2012

S.3307 (2010)is the legislation that empowered the Feds to regulate local school lunches.  It is the regulation that is driving up the cost of school lunches by law, because the law demands parity of price regardless of cost.  It is the law that limits the number of calories and other nutritional elements to a national […]

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Microcosm of Nanny State Failure: School Lunch

by Steve MacDonald September 25, 2012

Being programmed by the state has finally hit kids where they live–in the stomach.  And there is an important lesson to be learned if the kids and their stomachs are listening.  That lesson is this: Federal mandates apply force, limit choices, and result in waste, and that is exactly what has happened thanks to Michelle […]

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Nanny Staters / Progressives really do believe this – you ARE incapable of making rational decisions!

by Skip September 13, 2012

And they are happy to fix that situation….and in fact, demand that they be allowed to meddle in our lives.  After all: Democrat NH House Rep. Kris Roberts of Keene uttered on the floor of Representative Hall these fine words concerning Government and his fellow citizens: “Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.” […]

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Plainly spoken concerning the War on Women – “You’re kidding me; go get a job!”

by Skip September 10, 2012

We previously had “Mythology 101: Imaginary War on Women” by Sue DeLemus and Jane Cormier.  Now, US Congressman Joe Walsh sums up and answers this overgrown “forever” student with a riff on “hey, try being self-reliant for a change”:  I think that it is hilarious that CREDO SuperPAC has put this video out there – […]

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Notable Quotes: Frederic Bastiat

by Steve MacDonald July 31, 2012

[There] “is this idea that mankind is merely inert matter, receiving life, organization, morality, and prosperity from the power of the state.  And even worse, it will be stated that mankind tends toward degeneration, and is stopped from this downward course only by the mysterious hand of the legislator. -Frédéric Bastiat For Barack ‘You Didn’t […]

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There is nothing more moral than eliminating government ‘charity’

by Carolyn July 31, 2012

As conservative Republicans work to eliminate or reduce the amount of money New Hampshire spends on government programs, critics on the political left have emerged from time to time with the idea that these policies are immoral—or as one outspoken critic said, “morally repugnant.” This criticism is predicated on a belief that only government can […]

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Internet Doodlings – Once again, back at Treehugger…this time, Mayor Bloomberg soda ban

by Skip June 3, 2012

Ah yes, the Nanniest of them all, Mayor “Do as I say, not as I do” Bloomberg wants to ban large capacity soda servings.  One more thing that “It’s good for you to NOT drink all that” as if sugary water is the worst thing EVAH!   Hey Bloomberg – how about concentrating on stuff that […]

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