A Free Country?
The Meddlesome Monster Juggernauts on
Two items that came to my attention last week:
(1) From Doug Fiedor's newsletter Heads
Up February 20, 2000 #171
A new law proposed in Kentucky this year.
"Create a new section of KRS Chapter 186 to require
all buggies propelled by animal power to obtain a vehicle identification number
from the Transportation Cabinet prior to registering or operating them upon
any public highway; require a buggy propelled by animal power to maintain motor
vehicle insurance under the provisions of >KRS 304.39-080; amend KRS 186.010
to change the definitions of a "motor vehicle," as well as a "vehicle,"
to include buggies propelled by animal power; amend KRS 186.412 to exempt the
operator of a buggy propelled by animal power from providing a Social Security
number when applying for an instruction permit or operator's license; amend
KRS 186.420 to require a person to obtain a operator's license prior to operating
a buggy propelled by animal power upon any public highway; amend KRS 189.200
to require all vehicles operated on a public highway to be equipped with rubber
tires; require animals used to propel buggies to be equipped with rubber shoes."
I thought that discrimination on the grounds of religion was
supposed to be illegal here.
(2) From a friend in San Francisco
Those of you who laughed and said
I was nuts when I told you the attack on "Big Tobacco" was just step
one of a plan to grab more money...nyaah, nyaah! Those of you who agreed with
me...sadly, the day has come.
Coming soon: Government shakedowns
of McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut
Colorado plans law against obesity
By James Langton in New York
COLORADO, famous for its snowy peaks,
is to tackle an even more mountainous subject by drafting America's first law
against obesity. The "Obesity Prevention Act", which will be presented
next month, will identify fat people as suffering from a disease and make dieting
official health policy in the Rockies. Politicians also want the state to look
at ways of ensuring citizens do not over-eat at meals. Colorado says it will
provide treatment to help state employees lose weight and produce an annual
"fat report" to see if tougher measures are needed. Supporters of
the measure say that it is desperately needed to tackle America's increasing
girth. Statistics show that one-third of the population is so fat that it affects
their health and that obesity may claim up to 300,000 lives a year. But others
see a more sinister motive. They believe that the government is looking for
scapegoats in the battle against flab and suspect that restaurants could suffer
the same treatment as the tobacco industry.
I remember reading somewhere, long ago, that slavery is defined
as that condition where, effectively, you no longer own your own body.