Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Remind me again which country this is

by Smitty (h/t Drudge)

The Kansas City Star reports on Federal agents cracking down on garage sales.
The initiative, which targets toys and other products for children, enforces a new provision that makes it a crime to resell anything that's been recalled by its manufacturer.

"Those who resell recalled children's products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children's lives at risk," said Inez Tenenbaum, the recently confirmed chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The overall decay of our legal system is not new to Eric "Nation of Cowards" Holder. Heritage has an article detailing the decay of the legal aspect of our three-tier system of government. All your local police stations will be staffed by the law-enforcement equivalent of David Brooks, as those pesky James Crowley types are replaced by more "nuanced" people.

"Granny, I'm afraid I need you to give me that doll, but mostly I'm just afraid".

It's the tragic law enforcement equivalent of this silly, yet perhaps prescient, Onion editorial. Which direction is the country headed? As this pack of mostly lawyer dolts who've never run any business of consequence continue to turn out federal laws by the ream, where are the Governors saying: "This is baked, we're not enforcing it. Why doesn't Congress do something reasonable with its output and man the shredder?"

Of course, we've seen where the previous Governor of Kansas went. It certainly wasn't Africa, Toto, much to our detriment.

My fellow Americans, in this seemingly asinine story, there is a deep warning that we badly need to re-think everything going on politically in the US. This brick in the "won't somebody think about the children" story is in the "Nutrition is not a private matter" vein. We absolutely do not need the Federal government monitoring our yard sales. We do need to be building the pressure on our state legislatures to stage an Article V cram-down to tell the Federal government (i.e. our permanent political class) to lay by its dish.

Or else acquire a taste for the leash. 100% natural, free range, fair trade leather bull whip, of course.


  1. This is why there should be a 10 year moratorium on new lawyers and MBAs. Between the two of them they are destroying the country. If we kept these people busy with productive work they wouldn't have time to dream up regulations like this.

  2. Somebody check me on this: weren't we being told that claims that they would start pulling EXACTLY THIS KIND OF CRAP were just further evidence of what a big bunch of crazypants wingnuts we were? Or am I remembering a different crazypants claim? There've been so many.

    And yet, it's the crazypants claims that always turn out to be true. Maybe Gibbsie just hasn't figured out that O! has turned the country into Crazypants Land yet.