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“Since Obama became President, 1.5 MILLION people have been added to secret “suspected terrorist” list”

From Doug Ross:

It would seem that the era of hope and change ended about the time that Barack Obama took his oath of office.

The scale of the [federal government's] secret [terror] blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge.

99 percent of the names submitted to the list are accepted; the court called this “wildly loose.” The database has grown from 227,932 names in 2009 to its current stratospheric heights. There is no official, public procedure for having your name removed from the list. The US government is seeking to end the trial by invoking state secrecy.”

The Associated Press has the raw stats:

In fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, 2009, 227,932 names were nominated to the database. In fiscal 2010, which includes the months after the attempted Christmas bombing, nominations rose to 250,847. In fiscal 2012, they increased to 336,712, and in fiscal 2013 — the most recent year provided — nominations jumped to 468,749.””

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All Praise the A/C!

Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Phoenix, Guam… fine places to live. Friggin uninhabitable without one of man’s greatest inventions: The air conditioner.

My 90 year old grandmother does not like summer. She grew up on a farm in Iowa and she says between the heat, the stink of livestock and 100 million flies, she learned to hate summer as a child and, even after 40 years of air conditioning, still doesn’t care for it. It must have sucked to leave that great an impression on her.

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Ron Paul: Don’t blame Russia

Sure, Putin handed over hypersonic surface-to-air missiles to drunken Russian militia fighting to take control of Ukrainian territory. Sure, Putin said they should use the missiles to shoot down Ukrainian aircraft. Sure, Putin put a Russian military intelligence officer in charge of the drunken militiamen. Sure, the drunken fools misidentified a civilian airliner and blew it out of the sky. Sure, there is a major cover-up by the Russian government.

Ron Paul says none of this means we should blame Russia.

Anti-war advocate — and longtime libertarian thorn in the side of the Republican Party — Ron Paul spoke out Friday about the Malaysian jet that was shot down over Ukraine.

His verdict: don’t blame Russia.

“[Russina President Vladimir] Putin is a little bit smarter than that,” the former Texas Congressman told Newsmax on Friday. “I don’t think he would ever come close to participating in an act like this.”

Paul urged caution in assessing the situation.

“Under these circumstances, it’s very difficult to get the real information so everybody’s angling to propagandize and make their position known,” he said. ”It’d be unwise to say, well, the Russians did it, or the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it.”

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Klavan’s One-State Solution: Give the Middle East to the Jews

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The Criminalization of Parenthood

A topic I have written about before. As a former free range kid, I worry about what we are doing to the next generation.

Some of these cases have been reported, but some are first-person accounts, and in some the conduct of neighbors and the police and social workers may be more defensible than the anecdote suggests.

But the pattern — a “criminalization of parenthood,” in the words of The Washington Post’s Radley Balko — still looks slightly nightmarish, and there are forces at work here that we should recognize, name and resist.

First is the upper-class, competition-driven vision of childhood as a rigorously supervised period in which unattended play is abnormal, risky, weird. This perspective hasn’t just led to “the erosion of child culture,” to borrow a quote from Hanna Rosin’s depressing Atlantic essay on “The Overprotected Kid”; it has encouraged bystanders and public servants to regard a deviation from constant supervision as a sign of parental neglect.

Second is the disproportionate anxiety over child safety, fed by media coverage of every abduction, every murdered child, every tragic “hot car” death. Such horrors are real, of course, but the danger is wildly overstated: Crime rates are down, abductions and car deaths are both rare, and most of the parents leaving children (especially non-infants) in cars briefly or letting them roam a little are behaving perfectly responsibly.

Third is an erosion of community and social trust, which has made ordinary neighborliness seem somehow unnatural or archaic, and given us instead what Gracy Olmstead’s article in The American Conservative dubs the “bad Samaritan” phenomenon — the passer-by who passes the buck to law enforcement as expeditiously as possible. (Technology accentuates this problem: Why speak to a parent when you can just snap a smartphone picture for the cops?)

And then finally there’s a policy element — the way these trends interact not only with the rise of single parenthood, but also with a welfare system whose work requirements can put a single mother behind a fast-food counter while her kid is out of school.

I am afraid to let the kid roam and it isn’t because I am afraid of predators. I am afraid of busybodies, over-zealous police, ignorant prosecutors, radical social services workers and all manner of stupid over regulation. On second thought, these people and their nanny state enforcers are predators.

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Front Page, 45 Years Ago Today

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“UN agency handed rockets back to Hamas, Israel says”

Remember the story about the United Nations school in Gaza where they discovered Hamas rockets were being stored? The UN took them out and gave them back to Hamas. All twenty of them.

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A member of Hamas displays rockets in Gaza City

A United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians.

“The rockets were passed on to the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel,” a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel.”

Whose side is the United Nations on?

From the Times of Israel

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Someone Else Questions Obama’s Sanity

And well they should. His actions are frequently inappropriate. The other day he made a speech in which he told Russian leader Putin what he should do and how he should deal with the shoot-down of flight 17 in Ukraine. He didn’t follow up with, “Or else”. He just jacked his jaws inappropriately – and then went on to plan his next vacation.

“Is Obama’s constant, inappropriate laughter a sign that he is suffering from a mental disorder?

One of the classic signs of serious mental illness is “inappropriate affect.” In this context, “affect” is the emotional face we present to the world. To the extent that a narcissist’s only emotional fixed point is his own need, most of a narcissists affects are actually faked, but that doesn’t mean they’re inappropriate.

The narcissist knows that it would harm his best interests if he were to giggle uncontrollably at a funeral or pick a fist fight with a patient in hospice. Normal people wouldn’t even think of doing such things (outside of the comedy universe), but a narcissist might want to do both, only to stop himself for fear of breaking cover.

Sometimes, though, narcissists, and other sick people, are so disconnected from reality — including their reality of their own best interests in a given situation — that they can no longer stop themselves from presenting an entirely wrong emotional face to the public. That completely disconnected emotional presentation goes by the shorthand title of “inappropriate affect.””

Consider the meeting President Obama had with Texas Governor Perry. The photos taken during that meeting are chilling:

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Look at Obama and then look at Perry. Perry understands just how inappropriate the President’s laughter is.

Bookworm has a detailed discussion of this phenomenon. He has done some investigation and found that there are detailed reasons why people laugh inappropriately. They are:

Drug intoxication
Substance abuse
Dementia
Temporal lobe injury
Alcohol intoxication

And he cites his sources.

It is interesting how media are beginning to question this President’s actions. He has said and done inappropriate things all through his time in office but lately it has become much more obvious.

Hmmm.

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Mrs22 Says It Should Be A Warren – Nader Ticket

Lizzy and Ralphie

Image created by Rocco

Image created by Rocco

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The moonbats have made this delicious video in support of Lizzy.

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Who is to blame for the fighting in Gaza?

Universal agreement on the Bill Maher show. Amazing. Watch this.

Maybe there is hope.

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A Question Of Scruples

I have noticed, what seems to be a disturbing trend in political misdirection.

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I received my primary ballot in the mail yesterday. More than one of the candidates had GOP next to their name (one spelled out Grand Old Party). Then I saw some yard signs that say “Candidate(GOP)” where they would customarily Say “Candidate (D)” or “Candidate (R)”.

This re-branding may work to confuse some folks who wouldn’t vote for anyone with an (R) next to their name, but that doesn’t make it right. Now, instead of trying to make the campaign about the platform and the distinction between values systems, they’re using Alinsky’s Rules. I don’t like it. I understand fighting dirty, believe-you-me.

As a matter of fact, I whole-heartedly support running as an independent because (R)’s get clobbered, even though the platform may align with the purported Republican platform. I just don’t support trying to trick people. There is already very little distinction between the two major parties. How’s about, instead of trying to trick people, you return to the conservative roots that people were looking for during the resurgence of the 80′s, 90′s, and 2000′s?

Nah, that’ll never work…

So, am I right or wrong in not liking this trend? Let me know what you think.

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Up All Night Easy Listening

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Saturday Night Special – The Big Picture

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see U.S. Paratroopers conducting a Mass Tactical Airborne Assault into Iran?

Did you ever think you would live to see the day when U.S. Marines conduct an amphibious assault against an Iranian Oil Terminal?

What kind of World would we be living in when the U.S. Air Force has an established air base in Iran?

These are the scenes from a World that once was. I found this gem of a military documentary while surfing the net last weekend. It’s a very rare look at the way things were prior to the rise of Islamic Revolution. It makes me almost want to quit wishing for a nuclear strike against them.

This was part of the Big Picture of the World in the Year I was born…

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If you like your Kalashnikov, you can keep your Kalashnikov

Just don’t expect to be able to get authentic parts and accessories for it, for an indefinite period.

Of course if you’ve ever used small arms in your profession, unless you were raised behind the Iron Curtain to be a Communist Revolutionary this latest Executive Order is unlikely to affect you.

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Jew Hater: “Yes, Gaza militants hide rockets in schools, but Israel doesn’t have to bomb them”

Why can’t we all just get along?

It must be okay for Hamas to bomb Israel with rockets. It’s not okay for Israel to try to stop it.

"Stupid Is as Stupid does"

“Stupid Is as Stupid does”

A member of Hamas displays rockets in Gaza City

A member of Hamas displays rockets in Gaza City

Only the people responsible can know for sure why Palestinian militants would use civilian buildings, but any real possibility is bad. Maybe militant groups use civilian buildings like this UN school simply because they don’t mind the danger this creates for the Palestinians they claim to protect. Maybe it’s because they are hoping that the rockets will be safer in a UN school because Israel won’t want to bomb it, which means using Palestinians kids and teachers as human shields. An argument you hear from Hamas’s harshest critics is that they are hoping Israel will target the schools, thus rallying people to their side.

None of these speaks well of militant groups or the effects of their rocket campaigns on Palestinian civilians. It is not a great secret that “resistance” campaigns by groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad bring far greater harm to Palestinian civilians than they do anything resembling liberation, but this incident is a small glimpse of how, and of the effects of militant groups firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from densely populated neighborhoods in Gaza.

Here’s the thing, though: while incidents like this force Israel to decide between bombing civilian structures or allowing Hamas to use those structures as rocket storage depots, it does not actually force Israel to choose to bomb civilian buildings. It is entirely within Israel’s power to not bomb civilian buildings.”

From Vox

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Why Is The Congress Willing To Cede Its Powers To The President?

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley warns about the rise of the ‘Uber Presidency’. In this video he explains that Congress is willingly handing its authority over to the President – and that is wrong. He says,

Our system is changing and this body is the one branch that must act if we’re to reverse those changes. We’re seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long ago rejected by the framers. A dominant presidency has occurred with very little Congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevant. Now many members are contesting the right of this institution to even be heard in federal court. This Body Is Moving From Self-Loathing To Self-Destruction”

Why would they do that? Why would Congress not merely stand by while the Executive strips their powers, but embrace the act? They are making themselves irrelevant.

Turley says part of it is because we have grown impatient with the checks and balances and are falling victim to a person who says, “I can get it done”. He warns that that is dangerous and not at all what our founders sought. In fact they warned against it.

There is a transcript of Turley’s remarks at Real Clear Politics.

Megyn Kelly asks him some excellent and pointed questions in this next video. His answers are powerful. At the end Kelly recommends Turley’s blog. Here is a link to it. He deals with a wide range of legal subjects. I have bookmarked it.

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Socialists are Cheaters

No surprise here…

The game was simple enough. Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number. If they picked the top and then rolled a two, for example, they would have an incentive to claim—falsely—that they had chosen the bottom, which would be a five.

Honest participants would be expected to roll ones, twos and threes as often as fours, fives and sixes. But that did not happen: the sheets handed in had a suspiciously large share of high numbers, suggesting many players had cheated.

After finishing the game, the players had to fill in a form that asked their age and the part of Germany where they had lived in different decades. The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.

In socialist dictatorships, the game is rigged against you. You quickly learn that you either lie, cheat and steal or you lose. If the rules of the game are designed so that fair play results in certain loss, we would all cheat.

If playing by the rules means standing in a long line to get bread at a government store only to discover, nine times out of ten, that the bread is gone before you reach the counter, you will not let your children go hungry. You will cheat and buy bread on the black market.

If playing by the rules means living in a one room flat and waiting five years to get an apartment large enough for your family, you will bribe the housing authority officer.

Socialism corrupts not because it makes people immoral, it corrupts because the rules of socialism reward corruption.

As you think about that, think about this: VA wait lists, Obamacare health care rationing, government subsidies, food stamps, education grants, etc. How will Americans react to “if you like your plan you can keep your plan”?

We are being set up for a corrupt, cheating culture.

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Produced By The Washington Post:

Title: “Israel pounds Hamas targets”

I guess we know whose side they are on. This is pure propaganda.

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So this is what it has come to…

We are now a nation of children supervised by the state. Even the most innocuous behaviors now result in punishment.

Bristol police have issued a misdemeanor summons to a mom who they say left her 11-year-old daughter in the car while she went into a store Tuesday.

Police arrived at 60 Middle Street in Bristol to find the girl alone in the car with the windows rolled up. She was alert and responsive and told officers she had asked to stay in the car while her mom ran inside, according to police.

Police said the outside temperature was about 85 degrees and the car’s interior “was not excessively hot.”

The girl’s mother, 30-year-old Christina Williams, was issued a misdemeanor summons for leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle.

When I was four and five I was left in the car while mom made a quick visit to a store. At age seven I was free to ride my bicycle anywhere in town. When I was nine I was a latchkey kid who let himself in after school. At ten, I was fishing down at the creek with no adult supervision. At eleven, my father let me drive his pickup around a pasture and down dirt roads.

This soft tyranny of the supervisory state is soul crushing.

This is insane.

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Friday Night at the Movies – In like Flint

Ladies and gentlemen, the movie selection process has been completely usurped by the sudden failure of my modem to perform. The time down and the replacement process robbed me of the time required to execute due diligence and produce a proper written introduction. Due to recent events I almost defaulted to a high jacking movie or some other passenger aircraft related disasterish movie, which would have been in completely bad taste.

Then there are recent events that make me want to find a good Israeli War Movie. Raid on Entebbe would be perfect but it hasn’t been that long ago when we last watched it. I must look for movies of this genre with greater detail.

Then I admit that what I really need is something funny. I truly want to be entertained. Then I found this. It’s just the kind of silliness I need. I almost went with something horrible tonight. It is a Golan Globus production and mercenaries are involved. Honestly, I think that may be a fine example of an Israeli War Movie after all. I will have to explore this further.

I just couldn’t do that to you and to myself tonight.

Behold and be entertained.

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AR platform legal in all 50 states

And this one isn’t as ugly as some of the other adaptations. They have managed to slope the buffer and spring downward into the stock. Very nice.

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The ARES Defense Sport Configurable Rifle made quite splash as it is a semi-automatic rifle that employs many of the virtues of the AR-15 platform and takes AR-pattern magazines but does not have any of the “features” that are frequently singled out by anti-gunners.

What does that mean? Well, the SCR is legal in all 50 states. ARES President Geoff Herring, an accomplished and brilliant gun designer, came up with the basics of the SCR years ago. He took the front half of the AR bolt and mated it with a tail, as is commonly used in self-loading shotgun designs. Instead of an AR buffer tube, the tail on the back of the firing pin matches up with a recoil-spring and cup assembly that would be familiar to any semi-auto shotgun owner. Also, the lower receiver has been reconfigured to match up with the standard rifle stock. The fore-end is a slim and svelte Magpul. And the upper reliever has a standard Picatinny rail.

Much more attractive than this attempt.

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Michelle’s Minions Are Coming For You Next…

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Here’s an idea for healthier food stamp ‘cipients… how-about we provide only staple food items which will keep them alive, while not rewarding them for being on public assistance.

Your President First Lady wants to coerce you into buying healthier foods, by using such awesome techniques as Invasion of Privacy, Not Minding Your Own Business, Public Shaming, and my personal favorite – Scarlett Letters (color-coded carts for welfare ‘cipients). Just imagine, the next time you go grocery shopping, your cart will exclaim “Gradulayshun Corch. You done did guh fuh yo team.” when you reach your gov’t sanctioned healthy food threshold.

How the f-k does anyone take these people seriously?

First, Michelle Obama seized control of your child’s school lunch and made it “healthy.” Now, the First Lady wants to change the way you buy groceries.

A new 80-page report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that federal bureaucrats hope to use a variety of tools to modify the way Americans select food items at the supermarket.

The goal is to steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature of food in grocery stores,’” reports FreeBeacon.com.

While the feds’ plan deals mostly with the 47 million Americans who participate in the government’s food stamp program, it would indirectly affect all consumers.

According to FreeBeacon.com, the federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.

The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer,” FreeBeacon.com reports.

In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.

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“You’ll Go To Hell For Lying As Well As For…”

Ah, the lies Senator Boxer tells. This is from her Facebook page. The responses, almost without exception, call her out for lying.

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She says Hobby Lobby will pay to provide Viagra but not birth control pills. That is a lie. Hobby Lobby only objected to providing abortifacients, medicine that induced abortions. A few of the responses:

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There’s more here

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Elizabeth Warren Defines Utopia

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Warren spoke on Friday at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists. She was very well received. During the speech she outlined eleven tenets that Progressives believe. This is a rather interesting thing for a politician who is being considered for the Presidency to do. It will alienate many in the business world. As well as others who don’t believe that utopia is possible.

- We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

- “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

- “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

- “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

- “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

- “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

- “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

- “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

- “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

- “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

- “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

Read more at National Journal

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Michelle Obama wants your shopping cart to nag you…

Michelle Obama heading up an effort to have grocers install carts that harangue you about the healthiness of the products you place in it.

According to FreeBeacon.com, the federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.

The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer,” FreeBeacon.com reports.

In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.

Michelle Obama and her minions also envision turning the grocery store into a “classroom” where shoppers can receive cooking tips and advice from dieticians – presumably ones employed by the federal government.

The feds also want stores to use better signage, lighting and product placement so customers can easily find the food their government thinks they should be eating. They also want stores to set aside more shelf space for the government-preferred products.

Of course this won’t be limited to food stamp users. That justification is just the toe in the door. These carts will pester us all. If they wanted to ensure healthy eating by food stamp users, they would just exclude Oreo’s, Cheeze Whiz and grape soda from the list of products that can be purchased using the program. That isn’t their goal, however. They want us all to be nagged into submission.

This, by the way, is exactly what CS Lewis warned us about.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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