Dec 162014

palcoholI can remember one year for Christmas my stepmother asked my 12-or-so-year-old niece what she wanted, and one of the things she said was a laser pointer.

My stepmother asked me about it later. I said “yeah, just go to Amazon and pick one out. There’s not a lot to them.”

Then she said “well, do you think she’ll shine it at airplanes?”

That’s what I thought of when I read that one of the foremost planks in the powdered alcohol hysteria is that “kids will sprinkle it on cereal.” Some of us think, with our (ostensibly) adult minds, of some messed up thing that could happen, and then decide that children are going to do that. One of the very first pieces I wrote at Rocket City Mom discusses then phenomenon.

I would say kids are about as likely to sprinkle powdered vodka on their cereal as they are to pour liquid vodka on their cereal. If the latter isn’t a problem, the former won’t be either.

I would say my niece is about as likely to shine a laser pointer at an aircraft as she is to violate any other federal aviation regulation. If the latter isn’t a problem, the former won’t be either.

The jihad against powdered alcohol is also emblematic of something else. Anytime something is explicitly, up front and center, “for the children,” then find the hidden agenda. Policies and agendas that really are for the children are obviously so and need not be labeled as such.

If it says to think of “the children,” look for the threat to liberty, your pocketbook, or both.

 Posted by at 12:49 pm
Dec 122014

I’m thinking of a post about the massive Sony Pictures data breach, The Interview, and just how deeply unfunny North Korea really is. I’m also thinking of one about Harvard professor Ben Edelman, his off-the-rails takedown of a Chinese restaurateur, the ensuing Internet shitstorm, his apology, and whether it’s reasonable and/or proper to speculate on its sincerity. There are a couple of urban explorer posts I’ve been thinking about and for which I had ample unrealized opportunity this week.

I didn’t write any of that.

I couldn’t be bothered to start my laundry tonight either.

Bad mode to be in. Hoping to shift gears this weekend.

 Posted by at 10:52 pm
Dec 072014

Objectively, I think the Coca-Cola Freestyle soda fountain machines are pretty nifty. I like the options, and the quality of the dispensed product seems consistently high. However, if self-service at a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine is your restaurant’s only method for selling soft drinks, then I’m not going to visit you anymore. It just takes too […]

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Dec 032014

Florida State hasn’t lost since November 24, 2012, and just beat its rival. Better drop them from #3 to #4. Yeah, yeah, Baylor beat TCU head to head, but keep TCU in and Baylor out. Ohio State is on its third-string quarterback, but… Aren’t you glad the College Football Playoff is here to eliminate controversy […]

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