the nanny state

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The government

for becoming a Nanny State

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, that they have taken the first steps in regulating cigarette and tobacco products under the authority of the Obama administration. This would be the first time the FDA has taken jurisdiction over the topic since Congress gave them that right in 2009.

"This is the first time in history that a federal agency has told (tobacco) companies that they could not market a new or modified cigarette (product) because of the public health problems they pose," said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the New York Times continued."

My comments
Hmm. Is this another "slippery slope"? Does it mean that the government can now dictate to the private sector what products are produced and marketed for private consumption? If so, that is a dangerous precedent ... one that brings us ever closer to the end of capitalism, and the end of freedom.

Is there ANY area of American life where the government has NOT intruded? They are already in our

living room (light bulbs)

bathroom (low flow toilets and shower heads)

bedroom (mattress tags)

garage (mpg standards)

schools (funding)

bodies (Obama Care)

sex lives (free condoms, morning after pill for 15 year-olds, abortion)

electronics devices (phone taxes et al)

communication (collecting everyone's phone records, email records, et al)

garbage (recycling batteries, banning plastic bags et al)

Taxes on everything: gas, cigarettes, liquor, income et al

Is there ANY area where the government can not, or will not, intrude? No.

Welcome to the New America. Where government decides what you can and cannot do and individual freedom and independence are no longer guaranteed under the founding document of America, the United States Constitution. Where the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, under the Declaration of Independence, is not longer a right, it's an illusion. Welcome to the New America, a nanny state.

Nanny state is defined by as "a government perceived as authoritarian, interfering, or overprotective".

America. A Nanny State. The Founding Fathers would be appalled, ashamed, and angry. Very very angry.

Congratulations America, you are now a Nanny State. And for that you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)

The Curse Of The Plastic bag

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The Los Angeles City Council

for being stupid about plastic bags

Los Angeles wants to ban single-use plastic bags and force supermarkets and other large retailers to charge consumers 10 cents per paper shopping bag. Why? To cut down on environmental problems and landfill waste caused by dumping plastic bags like the ones we get in supermarkets to carry our purchases in. A good gesture? Sound environmental policy? Let’s see. Let’s take a look at the reality of government banning plastic bags, and forcing retailers to charge a fee for paper bags.

The plastic bags people get when they shop for food and other items serve two purposes. First, they are useful for carrying the food or other items to their car and then into their residence. Secondly, the plastic bags are useful as garbage bags.

Why don’t people simply use the environmentally friendly reusable cloth bags for shopping? Some people do. They have to take the cloth bag(s) to the supermarket every time they shop for food. Oh great, another thing to remember. Yes, shoppers could keep the cloth bags in the trunk but the cloth bags could get dirty and possibly be contaminated by the other stuff in the trunk. Plus, I have seen a number of health reports stating that sometimes these reusable cloth bags can contain harmful bacteria, from having various foods packed in them. Health officials recommend that consumers wash the cloth bags EVERY time they use them, to avoid contamination. Yeah, right, just what people need, another chore. Why not simply use the environmentally friendly paper bag? Because paper bags make lousy garbage bags: liquid seeps through.

So that's why people use single-use plastic bags for carrying and for garbage.

Now, let’s take a look at what happens if the supermarkets and other large retailers in L.A. ban single-use plastic bags and charge 10 cents per paper bag. If the supermarket charges 10 cents per paper bag, people still need to have garbage bags. So, they would probably buy a 30-pack of 4 gallon Glad plastic garbage bags, costing about 12 cents per bag (that's assuming that ALL plastic bags are not banned). And they would still need to try and remember to take a bag(s) to the supermarket when they go, to carry their purchases out of the store. Let’s continue. If consumers bring a cloth bag to the supermarket, and don't wash them every time they use them, they might end up with an infectious disease. If they get 10 cent paper bags they may just end up throwing them away and not using them as garbage bags, because they leak. So, in the end consumers will probably buy plastic Glad or Hefty bags, for garbage usage, and will still use the same number of plastic bags. Instead of getting plastic bags for free it would now cost consumers about 12 cents per bag. Same number of plastic bags. More cost for the consumer.

In the end, will the ban drastically cut down on the billions of plastic bags supposedly clogging the sewers, clogging the rivers, clogging the ocean, or ending up in the landfills of L.A.? No.

Banning single-use plastic bags. A good idea ... that doesn't work. The only thing this plastic bag ban by the government would do is make it more inconvenient and more expensive to shop for food and other items, for the 3.8 million consumers who live, and shop, in L.A.

The plastic bag ban. Coming soon to a city near you. Is banning plastic bags a good idea? Or a stupid idea that accomplishes nothing except inconvenience and higher prices?

You decide.

I already did.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles City Council. This week, for your stupid plastic bag ban, and for making the banning of plastic bags more important than creating jobs and helping poor people, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt award.

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)

L.A. unified school district

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The Los Angeles Unified

School District (LAUSD)

for giving away a new car to a student,
a $19K reward for perfect attendance

"It's almost like the Academy Awards," quipped Enrique Boull't, chief operating officer for Los Angeles Unified School District, before opening Thursday's ceremony to present iPads and the ultimate grand prize - a Chevrolet Sonic - to winners of a year-long contest to encourage and reward perfect attendance."

Parked curb-side in front of LAUSD headquarters was the neon blue Sonic won by Vanessa Umana, who graduated from Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley. The rules of the district's Attendance Challenge said students had to have perfect attendance only during their senior year to be eligible to win the car.

Complete with power windows, air conditioning, a premium audio system and bluetooth, Vanessa's car had a sticker price of $19,235.

The school district is giving away a car to students? For perfect attendance? In HIGH SCHOOL? A $19,000 new car for showing up to school every day for 1 year? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? WITH MY FREAKING TAX DOLLARS YOU GAVE A HIGH SCHOOL KID A FREAKING NEW $19,000 CAR??? THAT IS INSANE!

The California State Department of Education reported the district's overall graduation rate in 2012 was 66.2 percent. Two-thirds. Two-thirds graduated? That means that one-third did NOT graduate. Only two-thirds of Los Angeles high school students graduate and they're giving away cars as a reward to those that do?

No, I am not blaming or criticizing the students or the winner. I am blaming and criticizing the reward giver: The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Congratulations LAUSD, for being completely insane, and giving away a new $19,000 car to a high school student ... for 1 year of perfect attendance. And spending taxpayer dollars to do it. For that, you deservedly earn this week's Stu Pitt Award!

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)

the government has my phone records

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The Obama Administration

for collecting my private data

It seems that U.S. government intelligence agencies have been collecting the telephone information of millions of Verizon customers. In addition, under a program named Prism, according to the Guardian, a British newspaper, "the NSA (National Security Agency) has obtained access to the servers of nine giant Internet companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype and AOL. The access has allowed the NSA to monitor user behavior – email, chat, uploads, downloads – on sites associated with those companies."

The U.S. government has collected data on millions of private citizens in America? Millions of citizens of the United States of America? Why? In case they are terrorists?

I am a Verizon subscriber. I am an AOL subscriber. I am registered with Google. I am registered with Microsoft. I am a Yahoo member. I am a registered user of Skype. I am also an American citizen. I am not now, nor have ever been, a terrorist. Yet the government has secretly acquired my phone records, my email records, my downloads? My blog posts??? The government can find out what I buy online? What porn sites I might visit? WHY? IT IS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!

"Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?" former vice president Al Gore wrote on Twitter.

"This is an all-out assault on the constitution," U.S. Senator Rand Paul wrote in the Guardian.

In case you elected and appointed U.S. government officials have never read the Constitution of the United States of America here is the 4th amendment under the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments of the Constitution) ...

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Hey, Obama Administration, is that clear and simple enough for you? What is it about UNREASONABLE search and seizure that you don't understand? Secret blanket surveillance is unconstitutional. Then, why did you do it??? Why did you ignore my/our rights under the Constitution of the United States of America?

Congratulations Obama Administration, you completely ignored the U.S. Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. Again. For that, you again deservedly earn this week's Stu Pitt Award!

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect
his country from its government."

- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)