“Ken Giles was jogging in a park in Johnson City, Tenn., when, as he put it, “nature called.” He went off the trail to go take care of business. Then an undercover agent “put the badge in my face and told me that I was under arrest. I just thought I was in trouble for urinating in public.”
It was much more humiliating than that. The park was the site of a police crackdown on gay men using the park for sex. But the police went beyond arrests. Before anyone was convicted, they posted the names, addresses and photos of the men.
Giles’s wife saw his picture on the news. Then his employer fired him. “When I lost my job … my wife was so upset that she had a … a major heart attack.”
Another man named by the police killed himself.” – John Stossel
What purpose does this kind of thing serve? Why can’t police distinguish between someone trying to relieve themselves and someone try to get some kicks from public sex? Why are police so busy hiding in bushes or bathroom stalls trying to entrap people into engaging in illicit activities? While engaging in sexual acts in clear public view in front of others should indeed be a crime, There is no need for all this covert activity and undercover work.
Banning Fast Food to Fight Obesity?
“Jan Perry, a Los Angeles city-council member, is spearheading legislation that would ban new fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC from opening in a 32-square-mile chunk of the city, including her district.” – WSJ
You might ask why? The standard response from advocates of such measure
“[These measures are] crucial in the fight against obesity, diabetes and other diseases and health conditions.”
While all of you know I take seriously the problem of obesity in America, this is certainly not the way to go about it. Limiting the choices of all members of society because some abuse their freedom is the very antithesis of what one should expect from their government. This problem will only be solved when individuals take responsibility for their actions, not when the government bans or sin taxes every last twinkie, Big Mac, or fried food found in fast food restaurants, grocery stores, or your very own fridge.
Grown up P.E.- Do you Still Hit the Dork With Glasses? Wait, That’s me!
“This is Old School P.E., a two-hour exercise program strictly for adults, built around grown-up versions of gym class staples. Participants say getting in shape is a bonus to the main attraction — a Friday night out with friends, away from the kids.” – Yahoo! News (more…)