Thursday, March 11, 2010
A New York legislator has introduced a bill to ban the use of salt in restaurants.
[Felix] Ortiz [D-Brooklyn] has said the salt ban would allow restaurant patrons to decide how salty they want their meals to be.As if simply boycotting "salty" restaurants or avoiding salty menu items doesn't constitute control...
"In this way, consumers have more control over the amount of sodium they intake, and are given the option to exercise healthier diets and healthier lifestyles," Ortiz said, according to a Nation's Restaurant News report. [minor format edits]
More on Sarah Palin
Regarding yesterday's post, Jim May debunks the story of Sarah Palin "hustling" over to Canada (as an adult) for looted medical care and madmax asks the following very good question:
[Why does] the Left hates her so much? I know they hate all Conservatives, but why the extra, extra, hate for Palin?My first stab boils down to the hatred being both a manifestation of the inherent contradiction of altruism and sort of burning of the messenger. The inherent contradiction comes from the leftist moral ideal of service to the less fortunate -- many of whom they despise. Palin, partly for cultural reasons, brings this contradiction out easily for many leftists, and so is, in addition, a hated bearer of bad news on one level.
I'd be interested in your further thoughts.
How Safe is Pelosi's Seat?
It's so safe that her closest opponent in fourteen years was Cindy Sheehan, who garnered 16.2 percent of the vote in 2008.
And that was the first time since she was elected that she ever won with less than three quarters of the vote.
I discovered this by accident. I doubt that even if she actually had to worry about reelection, she would be any more concerned about whether her party retains its majority in Congress this fall should it legalize physician slavery.
How Big Are Stupak's Problems?
Jay Cost of RealClear Politics takes a look at how hard it's going to be for Bart Stupak's bloc of "pro-life" Democrats to get its amendment into any final physician slavery bill via reconciliation.
I think the only solution for Stupak is somehow to find a way for the Senate to act first on abortion. This is the most important point: when Stupak and his bloc cast their votes in the House, their leverage is completely gone. That's the only power they have in the process. If they are induced to go first, they will lose to the Senate liberals.If my life weren't affected by the outcome, I'd find this intrigue among altruists very amusing.
Based on a reminder post on a mailing list, I think this week's Objectivist Roundup will be hosted by Titanic Deck Chairs. At the moment, the Blog Carnival site is down once again. Such intermittent outages happen to be one reason I haven't participated in many of these myself for some time.
Random Post from the Past
Using "crude," the output of this random word generator, and the first Google search result for this blog, I found the following very old post: "It Finally Made the Paper," about Kuwait possibly building the first new U.S. oil refinery in thirty years.
Nearly four years on -- in August of last year -- word was that Kuwait "may revive [its] Louisiana refinery project."
Today, it seems far easier to enslave an entire profession in America than to build new and much needed industrial capacity.