Yer’ Morninig Links

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
  • I’d probably look at her the same way.
  • Vermont moves toward decriminalizing marijuana.
  • On the other hand, a legislator in Maryland wants to ban trans-fats state-wide.
  • And more from the Nanny State: Washington State looks to ban smoking with kids in the car. The natural next step, of course, is to ban smoking in private homes where children are present. In fact, kids are exposed to a parent’s secondhand smoke far more in the home than in the car. They just have to condition us first.
  • Kansas Nebraska cop seizes $65,000 in cash during a traffic stop. But the car’s owner isn’t charged with a crime. He wasn’t even give a ticket. Money excerpt (pardon the pun):

    “Chris is a very aggressive young deputy,” Hanson said.

    Investigators don’t know if they will be able to connect the money to a drug operation, Hanson said, but the important work already has been done.

    “The big thing is he grabbed 69 (thousand dollars) and took it away from them,” Hanson said of the money seized. “That’s going right straight to the heart of the matter.”

    Yep. Skipping all that “due process” stuff is certainly “going right straight to the heart of the matter.”

  • What happens when you don’t pay for your “TV license” in the U.K.?
  • Good to know we got that whole “democracy and liberal society” thing down pat in Afghanistan before moving on to Iraq.
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21 Responses to “Yer’ Morninig Links”

  1. #1 |  Kristen | 

    The URL for the TV license article seem sto be incorrect.

  2. #2 |  Frank N Stein | 

    Has anyone done a study on the the hiring and training of police officers, comparing (for example) the years 1950 and 2000? Maybe it’s just that today we have sites like yours that give these cases the attention they deserve, but it just seems to me that the attitude of the average cop is much more adversarial than in the past. You have to have a particular mindset to break into people’s homes in a military-style raid over a poker game or suspicion of having a bag of weed, and to confiscate money without due process…you’d think those actions would have shamed a police officer from the old school. I know there were bad seeds throughout all periods, but I can’t shake the feeling that nowadays the system is nurturing and promoting them.

  3. #3 |  Hannah | 


    Partially that’s because the standers set for accepting applications to become an officer have been lowered both mentally and physically. This is why your seeing an increase in women officers. 20 years ago they wouldn’t have fit the height requirements for most offices.

    My husbands father was an officer for 20+ years and he actually looked into becoming one himself. His Dad actually said he probably would have been accepted. He passed the written portion of the test applicants are given with flying colors but, He has a medical issue with his shoulder though and they actually said he couldn’t be hired as an patrol officer, but could start off in the penitently. Thankfully he declined their offer.

  4. #4 |  Geekfather | 

    The cop was in Nebraska. Not that Kansas’ Best wouldn’t have done the same…

  5. #5 |  Jeremy | 

    The reddest state in the nation, Utah, is planning on banning smoking in cars while kids are present too.

  6. #6 |  Nando | 

    In an interview with Time magazine, former President Bill Clinton claimed that marijuana isn’t bad for you and that it’s a shame it’s illegal. Too bad he was never in a position to do anything about it, eh?

    The money seizure is too much. If there is no proof that the money is dirty, why assume that it is? There is no law against someone carrying that sum of money around.

  7. #7 |  wade | 

    Seeing as how kids in the car are more distracting than cellphones, and how vehicle fumes are worse for them than second hand cigarette smoke, i wonder if pressed the legislators would take their banning of things to it’s logical conclusion, and ban children from being in cars altogether. Hell,just get it over with and ban cars full stop.

  8. #8 |  Brian | 

    I’m not opposed to laws that inform the public that food contains trans-fat and the like…

    But banning it? When I am fully aware that it’s not healthy and I want to eat it anyway? For my own good? Why?

  9. #9 |  Robert S | 

    Dunno if it’s my provider or the Brits shut down the site but the link to returns a blank page. You can see the google cache of two pages here:

  10. #10 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    If smoking in cars are so harmful to children, shouldn’t auto manufacturers be liable? Aren’t they the ones who put the ashtrays and cigarette lighters in them? My owner’s manual doesn’t mention not smoking at all…hmmm…$hould I $ue?

    I am kidding. I am just so tired of being told where I can puff and what I can and cannot put into my pipe bowl. The anti-smoking zealots are having a heyday with this big ol gov’ment.

  11. #11 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Oh, and the link for the BBC TV Licensing is

  12. #12 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    135 pounds a YEAR for TV in Britain! WOW. Thats about $263.00 a year! WOW. Its a hoot that its half price for those who are blind. I guess they can hear it, so they get charged half. Jeez.

    “You need a TV licence to use any television receiving equipment such as a TV set, set-top box, video or DVD recorder, computer or mobile phone to watch or record TV programmes as they are being shown on TV”-BBC website

    Wonder if you would need a special license for a Slingbox-like setup?

  13. #13 |  Jay | 

    As an American living in London, at first I was appalled by the idea of paying a TV license fee. I’m still not happy about it, but at least the BBC doesn’t have commercials. So I can watch any program or movie straight through without annoying interruption. That is _almost_ worth the price, since I really hate commercials.

  14. #14 |  Psion | 

    Y’know, these days almost everything on TV is available on the interenet. If I lived in the U.K., I’d give serious thought to telling the government to stick their tax up their royal fannies and tune in through iTunes or Pirate Bay.

    So … how long before they enact a computer tax?

  15. #15 |  Persona non grata | 

    Sometimes I feel like I went to sleep and woke-up in a bizarro world alternate universe.

    Yes, I realize that the US was never the perfect Utopian republic but at least we had laws which made sense and were used to hold all peoples regardless of their status accountable for their actions.

    Where has the American can-do spirit gone, was it left on the moon?

  16. #16 |  UCrawford | 


    “If I lived in the U.K., I’d give serious thought to telling the government to stick their tax up their royal fannies and tune in through iTunes or Pirate Bay.”

    Regardless of what they say, the TV police over there will still nail you with a fine if you have a TV that’s even capable of picking up a signal (they have vans they use to sweep neighborhoods and they compare what they find to their national database which tracks license holders). The burden of proof’s on you to show that you’re not pirating cable if you’ve got a TV capable of receiving the BBC or any other channel. The hassle of proving your innocence isn’t even worth the L135.

    P.S. By the way, “fannies” doesn’t mean the same thing over there that it does here…it refers to a different body part over there :)

  17. #17 |  Wayne | 

    I don’t smoke (never have, never will), but I don’t care if you do. The day when you can’t smoke within 20 feet of your own children is not far off. And the auto manufacturers are not helping. I just bought a Toyota truck, it has a cigarette lighter but no ashtray. It also has a 12 volt power outlet for accessories. (What the …?) With no ashtray, I now have to keep my spare change in the drink holder. With my spare change in the drink holder, where to I keep my beer?

  18. #18 |  Nick T | 

    I love the against argument for decriminalizing marijuana in VT: “Well cops don’t have scales in their cars so they may not be able to tell when the amount is above the decriminalized level.”

    Jeez if only all laws could be shot down because they’re really difficult to enforce. Although then we’d have no prohibition on drugs AT ALL. Jack-holes!

  19. #19 |  Tom Bux | 

    I find it totally amazing that you have to pay a license fee in England to watch TV.

    Try that in America and see what happens.

    I have people in my rural neighborhood that refused to hook up to the local sewer when it started, opting instead for their private septic systems.

  20. #20 |  Jay | 

    Tom, you are already paying a “fee” to watch TV in America, regardless whether you own a television (or radio) — perhaps you just haven’t realized it. Consider the FCC, which regulates every TV and radio broadcaster in America. Apart from fining broadcasters for exposing hapless children to Janet Jackson’s nipple, and charging broadcast license and renewal fees, the government-run FCC is primarily funded by Federal taxpayers. The fee you pay isn’t as direct or transparent as it is here in the UK. Americans are being charged to watch wholesome, family-safe TV.

  21. #21 |  David Chesler | 

    Try for the correct URL