Category Archives: Intrusive Regulations
Add another mindless regulation to the books. This time NJ has decided to fine anyone driving a vehicle and not restraining their animal. How do you restrain a fish? How in the world did citizens in NJ manage to keep their pets alive when traveling in a car without the aid of big government. Not only can you be given a ticket by your local PO-leece but animal control can whip out their handy pad and cite you as well. Fido will no doubt be PISSED when you strap him down in the seat keeping him from wagging his tongue and sniffing the fresh air out the window. This is what busy body government looks like. This is what happens when governments are broke. The Blaze has the story:
Following on the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on certain sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, a wave of absurd regulations has seemingly begun emanating outwards. In neighboring New Jersey, drivers can be fined up to $1000 for driving with “unrestrained” animals in the car, and the Mayor of Berkeley, California is looking to ban sitting on sidewalks.
According to CBS in Philadelphia, police and animal control officers will be authorized to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the window, or even in the back of a pickup truck.
Dogs, apparently, should be placed in harnesses and then buckled in, and cats should go in a carrier which can be subsequently buckled in.
Ray Martinez, the head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, says it is part of a larger “Click It or Ticket” effort to avoid distracted driving.
“It’s not cute,” he condemned. “It’s actually dangerous for the driver. It’s dangerous for other drivers and it’s dangerous for that pet.”
Ray, you really need to get yourself a real job and stop creating bureaucratic bullshit.
They keep chipping away at freedom. The herd just doesn’t see it.
So you are a hot shot reporter with a big scoop. You have information from a “source” that you refuse to reveal to the feds. There was a time that you’d find a subpoena at your desk to get you to cough up your sources. Now the feds feel like they don’t have to spend the time harassing reporters to give up their sources.
The Miami Herald reports:
As a national security representative told Lucy Dalglish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, “We’re not going to subpoena reporters in the future. We don’t need to. We know who you’re talking to.”
“Just think about that: issuing subpoenas to journalists to force them to reveal their sources is now obsolete — unnecessary — because the U.S. Government’s Surveillance State is so vast, so comprehensive, that it already knows who is talking to whom.”
Reporters used to be the so-called fourth branch of the government. Keeping an eye on, and reporting on, the government. Now the government is keeping an eye on the reporters.
There is almost 90,000 porpoises thriving in the waters off Maine. Unfortunately for fishermen federal regulators say far too many porpoises in the Gulf of Maine are drowning in fishing gear, specifically gillnets. In what amounts to saving deer from getting hit by cars by closing down highways during rutting season, a provision in the federal law will close down a busy fishing ground in the Gulf of Maine to gillnets for two months this year, starting in October.
The Republic via Gateway Pundit reports:
Fisherman Lou Williams said he lands about 50 percent of his annual catch of bottom-dwelling groundfish during October and November, when the shutdown is scheduled. According to federal numbers, fishermen pulled in about $4 million in revenues during that period over the past two years.
The loss is huge in an industry that’s fighting for its future as it faces significant cuts in key stocks such as cod in the Gulf of Maine and yellowtail flounder in Georges Bank. There’s also no obvious end to the annual closure to protect porpoise, since the requirement to reduce accidental porpoise deaths down to 70 per year looks a long way off. The team of regulators, fisherman and environmentalists that devised the closure could conceivably decide there are better alternatives to shutting down the area, but they don’t meet until this fall.
The Obama administration will not be happy until every single small business is either bankrupt or under complete control of the federal government.
Update 4-27 – The Obama administration withdrew a controversial new set of regulations for young people working in agriculture Thursday evening.
The Obama administration is attacking small farms in this country. This no surprise given how intrusive the big government apparatus is in this country. The DOL regulations will restrict minors from working on farms. There are 85 pages of unreasonable rules restricting what a child can and cannot do on their family farm. It’s ridiculous.
From Gateway Pundit:
Last year, DOL Secretary Hilda Solis proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near certain age animals without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating and hoof trimming, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower; completing tasks at elevations over six feet high; and working at stockyards and grain and feed facilities. The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose.
The administration seems to intent on having the federal government in control of EVERY aspect of our economy. Makes you wonder if there will be any occupation that will not be regulated and controlled by the feds. It’s disgusting.
The Marxist-Leninist dogma said, “A small property generates capitalism day by day, minute by minute, spontaneous, and in mass proportions.” The small-time farmer feeding his family, with a little surplus, was seen as an individual member of the bourgeoisie, requiring squashing.
The commie’s strategy was to turn farmers against the richer farmers through class envy and class warfare and it worked quite well…
…Collectivization was completed in 1962 with medal awarding ceremonies. The chaotic and mismanaged agricultural system under communists experienced such a sustained crisis between 1948-1962, that the effects are still felt today, twenty-three years after the communists lost power.
Can this happen in America? Can we lose our land and property to someone else deemed more deserving by constant leftist propaganda? Can we lose our land to wilderness because environmentalists in control force us to move? Or is it already happening peacefully and silently while the population is being soothed with “hope and change”, lies and fabrications on a daily basis?
Americans are asleep, ignorant, mesmerized, doped up, or so corrupt that they no longer care what happens to their fellow citizens, their children’s future, the future of our country, so long as they have a cushy job, mindless television shows, sports, a pay check, perhaps bribes, comfortable homes, club memberships, vacations, and most of all, intoxicating power and control.
Redistributing wealth is the only thing communists know how to do brutally and stealthily well. Those who do not pay taxes or hold down jobs protest that it is their right to steal someone else’s money. They’ve even come up with a new euphemism, they are not stealing the wealth of producers, they are merely forcing them to “share the burden.”
How much longer before the feds start taking control of family farms? How much longer before they control something that matters to YOU? Regulations are killing this country.