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Nanny State Update: Radioactive Meters and Flavored Cigar Wrappers
Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-06-01 | [Staff]

Posted on 06/05/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT by 92nina

...Farewell to Flavored Cigar Wrappers in Illinois: In the process of cracking down on the use of heroin, legislators in Illinois this week took the next step towards criminalizing the sale of flavored cigar wrappers this week. The one-size-fits-all ban would punish legal behavior in the name of being “tough on drugs,” banning cigar wrappers just because some have mispurposed them for use with illegal substances. The lone opponent to the ban, which passed the state Senate 46-1, expressed dismay at the cavalier attitude displayed by fellow lawmakers; proponents failed to offer any sound reason for why flavored cigar wrappers should be singled out as victims in the increasingly nonsensical war on drugs. Highly intrusive and woefully ineffective, the Illinois legislature’s new ban is the quintessential Nanny State boondoggle.

As If New York City Doesn’t Have Enough Rules: The New York City Council has put the city on the fast track to be the first urban center to impose the mandatory use of bicycle helmets in a measure introduced this Thursday. Even Mayor Bloomberg, currently championing his own nanny state soda ban, opposes the council’s actions, but they continue regardless. If the Council passes it, fines for failure to wear appropriate head protection will range from between $25 and $100 dollars, just another rule for New Yorkers to be thinking about while they sip their less-than-16 ounce coffee on the way to work in the morning.

Indianapolis Takes One Step Closer to State-wide Smoking Ban: A rigorous new smoking ban took effect in Indianapolis today, prohibiting smoking in almost all private and public spaces in the city. Citing concerns about second-hand smoke in restaurants and public areas, the new ban puts extreme limits on where and when Hoosiers can light up...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: antitobaccoscam; govtabuse; illinois; indiana; newyork; scam
This week, Nanny State regulators have turned their ire to bike helmets, flavored cigar wrappers and radioactive parking meters, among others. On the federal level, bloated bureaucracy continued its inexorable advance with an additional 1,397 pages of notices, rules, and presidential findings regulating deep sea fishing and mercury thermometers...

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1 posted on 06/05/2012 10:36:19 AM PDT by 92nina
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To: 92nina

>>>Even Mayor Bloomberg, currently championing his own nanny state soda ban, opposes the council’s actions, but they continue regardless. If the Council passes it, fines for failure to wear appropriate head protection will range from between $25 and $100 dollars, just another rule for New Yorkers to be thinking about while they sip their less-than-16 ounce coffee on the way to work in the morning. <<<

I’d be willing to bet the Nanny Half-Pint’s reason for opposing the bicycle helmet law is that he HATES automobiles (other than those for his personal use)and wants all New Yorkers to ride bikes, and he realizes that a helmet law will reduce the number of bike riders.

I ALWAYS were a helmet when I ride and think it is dumb not too, but each individual should make their own choice.

As far as I can tell, Bloomberg’s irrational fears and hatreds are ranked:

1) Guns
2) Guns
3) Guns
4) States that respect the 2nd Amendment
5) Trans fats
6) Sugar (but only in soda. Sugar in candy, cupcakes, fruit juices, etc. apparently does NOT contribute to the “obesity epidemic”) BTW, anyone every notice how the same groups that are supposedly suffering most from “hunger” are also most affected by the “obesity epidemic”? There must be a lot of “starving fat people” out there.
7) Motor vehicles other than for his personal use or use by other elites.
8) Fetuses
9) Anyone with any traditional values


2 posted on 06/05/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Oops!

I forgot:

10) Cigarettes
11) Innocent victims who defend themselves against violent crminals.


3 posted on 06/05/2012 11:08:48 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)
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To: 92nina

Since legislators ran out of sensible laws to write looooong ago, all they can do now is make up silly laws. Or call it a day, get off the gravy train, and go home. Decisions, decisions...


4 posted on 06/05/2012 1:04:56 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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