Nanny State

So, life’s better without Michelle prepping your lunch tray?

by Skip February 21, 2017

Ayup – the wonders of Capitalism (the marketplace governed by you) vs the dreariness of a Government directed economy (even if it is just lunch): Students, Faculty Rejoice as PA School Drops Federally-Regulated School Lunch Program A Pennsylvania high school is no longer bound by federal food regulations after the district decided to do away […]

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Oh, about that Michael Turner, owner of Turner LP Gas refusing to sell Trump supporters propane? One word:

by Skip December 23, 2016

Permits. Yeah, permits.  You see, in order to make a living, one doesn’t have the freedom to just do what one wants for a living.  Nope, one has to get permission from the Nanny State in the form of “permits” to pretty much do anything nowadays.  Land of the Free?  Not so much, but I […]

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Daniel Fortin – accomplishes BreatheNH’s purposes but not by persuasion of the public

by Skip April 16, 2015

“The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” NH State Rep Kris Roberts (D): “Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.” NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ Naw, […]

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The Concord Monitor Editorial board has a distorted sense of “freedom”

by Skip February 19, 2015

Gosh, I can start this post just like I ended the last one (w/one small change): Remember, with Democrats Progressives  it is NEVER the actual purpose of Government (“…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments […]

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Hey, I’d get a coupla slurps back from that cuppa coffee Big Govt spenders keep wanting me to fork over!

by Skip February 19, 2015

The tasty part is at the bottom of this Concord Fishwrap piece: Under the bill, that money would be returned to ratepayers. It comes out to a savings of roughly 16 cents per month for the average ratepayer. So what is this about?  The Big Govt people are always telling us that the new program’s […]

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Notable quote – Joseph Sobran

by Susan Olsen February 17, 2015

“People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We’ll never know how many ideas our government has aborted […]

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

by Steve MacDonald January 15, 2015
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Kevin Kervick sticks around to help us bat clean up as we take care of the leftovers and tie up the loose ends.  We announce the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot of the week, explore nanny-state nonsense, the proper role of government, useless universities, and conservative action against institutions that oppose our worldview.   Listen to the […]

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Greg Gutfeld – The Nanny State Crushing The Individual

by Steve MacDonald December 5, 2014
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Did the nanny state obsession with regulation land crushing the individual kill Eric Garner… [Greg] Gutfeld argued that comparing Garner’s case to the Michael Brown case was inaccurate, and that “it’s really not about cops versus blacks, but government versus citizens. The nanny state crushing the individual. The grand jury might have screwed up, the […]

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The Progressive Compulsion

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2014
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Even under the best of circumstances the progressive nanny-state compulsion to centrally plan is based on the idea that individuals with money and power cannot be trusted to do right by anyone else.  Nor do they trust a free people, exercising choices with their own dollars, to act as a check on others. The progressive […]

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Notable Quote – Oscar Wilde

by Skip July 9, 2014

“Selfishness is not living your life as you wish, it is asking others to live their lives as you wish.” – Oscar Wilde If only Progressives and Nanny Staters would read and meditate upon that…. (H/T: TTAG)

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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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