Government Knows Best

Environmentalists should be howling

A father is arrested for picking up his kids from school at the time they were let out because he had walked and therefore was supposed to wait an extra 35 minutes according to a new school policy.

People who drove to pick up their kids could get them at 2pm, but “walkers” had to wait until 2:35pm. The father claims the “walkers” refers only to kids who walked home by themselves, not parents who walked to pick their kids up. He said he didn’t want to wait in the extremely long and slow line of cars waiting to pick up their kids.

Dad chose to walk instead of sitting, idling in his ozone-producing car for an inefficient system to discharge his kids? Yea, environmentalists should be howling.

Apparently it’s a safety issue too, as the local Sheriff notes the line of cars picking up kids is so long it’s spilling out along the highway.

Doctor? Kidnapper? Same difference.

Clinical psychologist Dean Hokanson, who is familiar with this case says that 15-year-old Justina Pelletier’s parents are

actually being accused of being too active in pursuing healthcare matters for their child

Doctor Mark Korson who has also worked with this child wrote an email to her parent’s attorneys:

I am dismayed. … It feels like Justina’s treatment team is out to prove the diagnosis at all costs. … The team has demanded that Justina be removed from the home. … This represents the most severe and intrusive intervention a patient can undergo … for a clinical hunch

At issue? A new team has decided the teen suffers from a brain condition called “somatoform disorder” rather than the mitochondrial disease previously diagnosed.

Within 4 days of the new diagnosis, the parent’s custody OF THEIR DAUGHTER was revoked.

I understand there are instances where gross and continual neglect and abuse make it necessary to remove a child from their parents. But due to the severity of this action, the barriers to reaching it ought to be very, very high. I know this means more kids will be in situations that do not appear to be beneficial to their health. But because the benefit to kids from their parents, even if their parents do not seem to be all that we wish parents would be, is so very great, the proofs necessary to remove children from their parents must be similarly great.

No proof of criminal intent necessary

Bubbly info-dude starts his newest story “There is a new law on the books”.

And it goes downhill from there.

Norman Gurley was arrested in Ohio for driving a car with a hidden compartment. There were no drugs in the compartment. There was no evidence there had been drugs in the compartment. But Norman was arrested on felony charges because he had a compartment in his car.

Reason.com quotes the ACLU of Ohio:

The ACLU of Ohio believes SB 305 is an unnecessary and unproductive expansion of law. Drug trafficking is already prohibited under Ohio law, so there is no use for shifting the focus to the container. Further by focusing on the container itself, this bill criminalizes a person with prior felony drug trafficking convictions simply for driving a car with a hidden compartment, regardless of whether or not drugs or even drug residue are present.

When the Government says “voluntary”, it isn’t

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided it wants to know how many people actually get into their cars after drinking alcohol, and so they commissioned a study they claim is “100 percent voluntary and anonymous“.

Considering what we know about NSA spying and all the other shenanigans the Government has been found participating in lately, it shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize the issue.

If a cop, even an off-duty one, waves me over, “voluntary” isn’t the first word that comes to mind.

If you think about it, even taxes are taken at gunpoint. As in, if you don’t pay taxes and make an issue of your not paying taxes, you’re very likely to end up on the wrong end of a gun in a raid by police of one sort or another. The government is incapable of doing anything “voluntarily”. “You can keep your health plan if you like it”, or your doctor, but it turns out that wasn’t so voluntary either.

Government is only capable of one-size molds. This is bound up within the nature of government. Any government that tries being too many things to too many people invariably collapses under its own weight. This is also not necessarily a bad thing. Government which governs least means government which has the biggest mold, allowing its citizens the most room within which to exercise their freedoms. One-size government means that one size ought to be large and permissive enough to allow the whole gamut of actions acceptable by free peoples, and constraining only those who venture outside the bounds of acceptable behavior.

Well, this too-small government mold started working in the Fort Worth area of Texas, “allowing” drivers to “voluntarily” participate in a study involving swabbing their cheeks, taking breathalyzer tests, and giving blood for study.

Some “volunteers” are crying foul, saying the participating officer’s actions weren’t so “volunteer”-friendly.

No kidding.

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