Archive for November, 2010

Government Fat Police flexing their muscles

With increasing frequency, governments at all levels are telling us what we can and cannot put into our bodies — either by banning or heavily regulating particular substances. In fact, cities across the United States have launched a new offensive in the war on allegedly unhealthy food by creating their own “fat police.”

The City of Baltimore, for example, enacted a law banning trans fats that took effect in September 2009. The sponsor of the measure claims the law was essential in order to deal with the problem of childhood obesity. Restaurants discovered to be in violation of the ban receive a warning after their first offense. Repeat offenders are fined $100; and recidivist eateries can be closed. No restaurants had received a citation…until last week.

A restaurant, ironically named “Healthy Choice,” dared to cross Baltimore’s fat police by using a margarine that contained 3 grams of trans fat, as calculated by the city’s fat police.  When a follow up inspection by the …

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Defund NPR, but not because of Juan Williams

Much has been made of Juan Williams’ recent appearance on The O’Reilly Factor that cost him is job at National Public Radio. Whether or not the comments warranted terminating his employment with NPR has been a matter of debate over the last two weeks.

During his lead into the segment with Mary Katharine Ham, a conservative pundit, and Williams, Bill O’Reilly proclaimed, “[t]here is no question there is a Muslim problem in the world,” before replaying clips from his appearance on The View, where he caused two of the show’s hosts to walk off the stage during a discussion about the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.”

In apparent sympathy with O’Reilly’s view, Williams said, “[w]hen I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Williams would go on to warn against labeling extremists that hold a certain religious view from being …

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Michael Roberts, Express Jet Pilot, For President in 2012

For the past year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its parent, the Department of Homeland Security, along with Members of Congress from both parties and the Obama Administration, have been demanding Americans give up our basic civil liberties and our fundamental right to privacy, by submitting to a full-body scan — amounting to a virtual strip search – simply because we need to fly on a commercial airliner. At least one American hero – Express Jet pilot Michael Roberts – has said “enough is enough,” and refused to participate any longer in this demeaning security charade.

Although not ubiquitous at all commercial airports across the country, the scanner machines are appearing with increasing frequency at airports large and small.  Despite claims that the devices will detect all manner of hazardous substances; there also is evidence to support the argument that full-body scanners are ineffective, and serve as not much more than very costly security theater. …

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