Archive for the 'Big Brother' Category

Layoffs here, layoffs there … now let’s shut down a thousand smoke shops!

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Jeffrey Armstrong is a soft-spoken guy, of evident Caribbean origin. He’s the owner and sole proprietor of “The Smoke Zone,” a rented storefront next to the Quizno’s on Rancho Boulevard just north of Charleston — though it’s one of several similar “RYO (Roll Your Own) Filling Stations” in Southern Nevada. The basic pitch? Cheap cigarettes. […]

Better run for your life if you can

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

After a time, it became difficult for anyone to leave the Soviet Union or its captive slave states: You could be shot. Initially, though, Comrade Lenin’s Bolsheviks were somewhat more sweet-tempered: For a few years after 1917, greedy capitalists who owned things were free to depart — just as long as they left all their […]

This time, the arms race is domestic

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security confirms via email (they don’t like to talk on the phone) that a five-year department-wide contract was awarded this spring to Federal Cartridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of ATK, for the purchase of up to 450 million rounds of .40-caliber S&W 180-grain pistol ammunition, “the quantity projected […]

And now they come for the cookies …

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

America remains such a wealthy nation that even our problems must cause many of the world’s peoples to scratch their heads in wonder. Take childhood obesity. It’s an unhealthy trend, though surely a major cause is lack of exercise. Parents don’t feel as safe sending their kids out for unsupervised play as grandma did, and […]

Whittling away the Bill of Rights One Pesky Plank At A Time

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Pollster Scott Rasmussen told a local radio host this week that if GOP Congressman Ron Paul were to pursue a third-party candidacy next fall — which he considers unlikely — Paul would draw more votes from Barack Obama than from the Republican nominee. That is how upset the anti-war Left is with the president, Mr. […]

‘Farm-to-Fork’ … after you ship your food 400 miles for inspection

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

It was a bit of a consciousness shifting event to sit in a banquet hall at the Tuscany Resort in Las Vegas Monday evening alongside some 95 county sheriffs and a handful of deputies — most in full uniform with gleaming badges — listening to and applauding speakers you’d more commonly associate with Libertarian Party […]

Those whom the gods would destroy, they first turn into bureaucrats

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Farm injuries among youths have been declining for more than a decade, according to Barbara Lee, senior research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center in Marshfield, Wisc. But more than 15,000 youths under the age of 20 were still injured on farms in 2009, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. […]

A doctrine ‘most false and unfounded’

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

America’s great national holiday is July 4 — celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But how long did that confederation of sovereign states, founded to fight the Revolution, really last? Only the brightest of today’s young scholars are likely to recall that it passed away after only a dozen years, on June 21, […]

Only a few billion left: Quick, let’s subsidize a perpetual motion machine!

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Imagine some Great Reformer back in 1650 had decided we needed to replace sailing craft, since it took so many men to run a sailing ship that they had to live crammed together in wall-to-wall hammocks, with little hygiene and even less privacy, under a discipline little better than slavery? Imagine a powerful government at […]

Repeat after me: I will never again be an ‘employer’

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

There are Alien Abduction and crop circle Web sites. There are Web sites that argue the Holocaust and the moon missions were faked. And now, at, you can read about how regulation doesn’t cost jobs, since all jobs lost in the regulated industries are replaced by new and better jobs in the regulatory agencies […]