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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Attack of the food police

The government tells us what medicines we may take and what recreational substances we may ingest, but when it comes to food, we decide what goes down our gullets. Gun-owning barbecuers coexist peacefully with Humane Society vegans. To paraphrase the old adage, your freedom ends where my stomach begins.

But not everyone is keen on emancipated eating. Public health puritans, appalled at the spread of excess weight, think the government should forcefully guide our dining choices. And when it comes to policy, they are getting a place at the table.

Hitchens: A guide to cancer etiquette

I love the exchange at the beginning of this story.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keeping Uncle Sam Out of Your Amazon Account

Time: The war over sales taxes has North Carolina (I'm sure others will follow) seeking data from Amazon on the specific items delivered to any NC address.  A federal court has ruled against NC, for now.

Hayek vs. Keynes-- The Sequel

via Newsalert.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dave Barry's Halloween column from 1996

So for most of Halloween, your doorbell is quiet. This means that you pass the long night alone, hour after hour, just you and the miniature candy bars. After a while they start calling seductively to you from their bowl in their squeaky little voices. "Hey, Big Boy!" they call. "We're going to waste over here!"

As the evening wears on they become increasingly brazen. Eventually they crawl across the floor, climb up your body, unwrap themselves and force themselves bodily into your mouth. There's no use hiding in the bathroom, because they'll just crawl under the door and tie you up with dental floss and threaten to squeeze toothpaste in your eye unless you eat them. At least that's what they do to me. By the end of the night my blood has the same sugar content as Yoo-Hoo.
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Must read: Barb Boxer’s Indian tribe

Boxer Resurrects Indian Tribe Deemed Defunct in the '50's, Son Profits $8 Million Off It.

For the past 10 years Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has been playing a game that would make Jack Abramoff blush.