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 092014

We call it The Talk, like it’s one discussion we have with our children about sex. It’s really at least two. For parents of sons, a third has become necessary.

The first talk is really pretty easy. Men and women fit together like puzzle pieces. It takes both to make a baby. Sperm, egg, zygote, and so forth. Good talk, son. Come back anytime you have questions.

The second talk is harder. Emotions. Protections. Consequences. Radically altered life plans. Do you very best to make good choices, son. Come back anytime you have questions.

The new third talk for sons is on how to avoid the contingent of shrieking lunatics with a malicious and dishonest desire to see them charged with felonies.

Sexual assault is a serious issue that deserves serious discussion. I will have that serious discussion with my sons as part of talk number two.

I hope that by the time they go to college, the senselessly bloodthirsty and disingenuous environment from which things like this Rolling Stone travesty can plausibly spring is gone.

 Posted by at 3:20 pm
Nov 262014

For years and years, Black Friday was enough. Not too long ago, Thanksgiving night stuck its nose under the tent. And tomorrow, several retailers will be open regular hours, or nearly so. We seem to be on the way to Thanksgiving Day being the first day of the Christmas shopping season. And there is outrage. […]

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