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February 23, 2000

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.

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