|Lighting the Way for the Tyranny of the Minority
Sam Aurelius Milam III
The power-crazed regulators of everybody else's behavior are at it again. This time they're trying to protect the night sky from stray light. As usual, these do-gooders claim the most virtuous of reasons for coercively imposing their beliefs upon the rest of us. Their coercive restrictions don't effect their own behavior. They're attempting to restricted something that they don't do themselves. I've never yet seen a reformer advocate a law that corrected his own behavior. See the accompanying excerpt from Parade Magazine.
Big Bread and The Need for Tough New Standards
Author unknown; Forwarded by Sir John the Generous
A recent Cincinnati Enquirer headline read, "Smell of baked bread may be health hazard." The article went on to describe the dangers of the smell of baking bread. The main danger, apparently, is that the organic components of this aroma may break down ozone (I'm not making this stuff up).
I was horrified. When are we going to do something about bread-induced global warming? Sure, we attack tobacco companies, but when is the government going to go after Big Bread?
Well, I've done a little research, and what I've discovered should make anyone think twice.
1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread eaters.
2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever and influenza ravaged whole nations.
4. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
6. Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low occurrence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and osteoporosis.
7. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after only two days.
8. Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter and even cold cuts.
9. Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.
10. Newborn babies can choke on bread.
11. Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.
12. Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.
In light of these frightening statistics, we propose the following bread restrictions:
1. No sale of bread to minors.
2. No advertising of bread within 1000 feet of a school.
3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
5. A $4.2 zillion fine on the three biggest bread manufacturers.
Please send this e-mail on to everyone you know who cares about this crucial issue.
Remember: Think globally, act idiotically.
|Letters to the Editor
THE DRESS?????? — Was Monica Lewinsky a plant? A means to bring down President Clinton? Was she paid to, "have oral sex with him"? Why did she save the dress???? Why didn't she have the dress cleaned or washed?? I wouldn't want to put a dress on or into my closet if it had "semen" on the thing YUK!!!!
I feel that the "witch hunt" has gone on long enough. They couldn't get him on the real issues, so they get him for sex?????? What kind of message is this sending the world? What is going to happen to our freedoms if this is carried through to the end??? This is sending a message that sex is wrong, evil, dirty, and if you do it, it will land you in jail, even if it is with your wife or significant other.
I think Clinton has said, "I'm sorry" enough. This is now between Clinton, his God, and his family. "Judge not, that ye be not judged". Matthew 7:1. "... He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." In this case him. St. John 8:7.
— Jan; Firth, Idaho
There's a difference between theory & practice, between philosophy & law. Generally, those who practice politics without a serious political philosophy to justify it are despicable. This applies both to barbarian hordes stealing, raping, & killing for no particular reason (perhaps your libertarian ideal?), & to 20th century pragmatists robbing physical & intellectual workers, & trying to nuke the world, "because it works" (the latter hasn't worked, & the former is ceasing to work right now, as the final "cycle" of their dirty business is on the down-swing). Modern constitutional democracy was founded upon Enlightenment Age deist philosophy. Jefferson expressed that philosophy in the Declaration. The deists wanted separation of church & state, based upon the history of religious persecution in England, which had been the reason for the founding of the Puritan colonies in New England, & this was made law in the 1st Amendment. There is no contradiction here between the law & the philosophy upon which it is based.
You advocate any number of private mints, regulated by the government against fraudulent alloys. I don't see this as a practical example of reducing government control of a necessary product/service.
I understand the difference between an American Sovereign & a US Slave — the former is the theory, the latter is the practice. Frontiersman says things like: "The US will have no influence over the behavior of the international court ... Surveillance ... must be opposed, or we lose our liberty." The US already controls the international court, & we have already lost our freedom. If we lived in the world you describe, I wouldn't be complaining.
The UN has assumed a "human rights" function. This is largely a sham in practice. But the reality is needed in today's political world. Real tribes & nations are not always those drawn by European colonial mapmakers. When racist groups like the Serbs, Tutsi, & Israelis practice attempted genocide within the borders they claim for themselves, the world cannot sit by & watch. The resulting further corruption of the planet would be fatal. The nuke-loving pragmatists would "win".
— Elliot; N. Merrick, New York
1. I didn't advocate that private mints should be regulated by the government. I said that government might be useful for purposes of assay. That doesn't imply regulation or even monopoly. There should be nothing to keep other institutions besides the government from offering assay services, or to keep people or private mints from using whichever service they like, or none at all.
2. If the U.N. cared about violations of "human rights" (to use your terminology), then it wouldn't have promoted the deaths of all those children in Iraq for a purely political agenda. In fact, the "human rights" function of the U.N. is an excuse to increase its power (e.g. control Saddam Hussein). "Human rights" violations provide the U.N. with a lot of self-justification, and it shouldn't be a surprise that the U.N. doesn't prevent such atrocities from occurring. Indeed, it's in the self-interest of the U.N. to have them occur.
Atrocities are caused when people refuse to tolerate beliefs other than their own. Instead, they use force to impose their beliefs on people who do not share them. This leads to resentment, hostility, hatred and, eventually, to atrocities. Government isn't a cure for such behavior. If anything, government encourages it. Atrocity prevention must begin at home. If we want to promote "human rights", then we should stop expecting the U.N. to do it for us, and start doing it for ourselves. Ask yourself this question: what am I doing in my own life to reduce the bigotry and intolerance that ultimately leads to hate crimes, mass murder, and attempted genocide?
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
If you can guess how many deer I got this season, I'll give you both of 'em.
— Deer Hunter
Dear Deer Hunter
Three? (Are we related?)
CUT you did with a pocket knife?
Before Computers, I Remember When ...
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