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Going with the Flo

Like Flo in those car insurance commercials? No? You're not alone. Great post at South of 5 and 20:

Progressive Insurance is owned by billionaire insurance heir Peter Lewis, sugar daddy to many radical leftist causes, primarily Obama's presidential campaign.  So we should not be surprised that the saccharine Flo wants you to install a big-brother "Snapshot" device that connects your car directly to Progressive's headquarters.  The pitch is that you'll get a discount on your insurance rate.  The unstated catch is that Progressive will collect a record of when and where you drive and how fast you drove to get there.  Running a little late for that gun club meeting?  Flo knows.

And EDRs (Event Data Recorders) will be mandatory in 2015.

Read more about the brave new world we have to look forward to. Sounds peachy, doesn't it?

They don't call it Progressive Insurance for nothing.

“What would be more of a blow is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

Oh, but dear...that's the point, isn't it?

At the Daily Caller:

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
 
The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.
 
Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
 
“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”
 
The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course...
We wouldn't want people to be self-reliant now, would we?
 

NOAA's ark...

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...or Government Gone Wild.

Remember this?

I don't know if Blaise Ingoglia based his story on Rich Terrell's graphic, but they do seem to go well together, doncha think?:

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…..And the Lord spoke to Noah and said:
 
“In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all flesh is destroyed, but I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark.”
 
In a flash of lightning God delivered the specifications for an Ark. In fear and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the ark.
 
Remember,” said the Lord: “You must complete the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year.”
 
Exactly one year later, fierce storm clouds covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult. The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard weeping.
 
“Noah,” he shouted…“Where is the Ark?”
 
“Lord, please forgive me,” cried Noah. “I did my best, but there were big problems: First, I had to get a permit for construction, and your plans did not meet the building codes. I had to hire an engineering firm to redraw the plans”.
 
“Then I got into a fight with the Fire Marshall and OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a sprinkler system and approved floatation devices. Then, my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the local planning commission. Then, I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owl…but, I finally convinced the U. S. Forest Service that I really needed the wood to save the owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won’t let me catch any owls, so, no owls.”
 
“Then the carpenters formed a union and went on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or hammer. Now, I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls. When I started rounding up the other animals, an animal rights group sued me. They objected to me taking only two of each kind aboard mumbling something about “Obama and fairness”".
 
“Just when I finally got the suit dismissed, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn’t take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the Universe. Then, the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed new flood plain. So I sent them a globe”.
 
“Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking Godless, unbelieving people aboard. The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I’m building the Ark in preparation to flee the country and not pay taxes. I then got a notice from a state revenue agent that I owe them some kind of user tax because I failed to register the Ark as a “recreational water craft.” And finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it’s a religious event, and, therefore, “unconstitutional”. I really don’t think I can finish the Ark for at least…another five or six years.”
 
Noah then waited for a response from the Lord…
 
The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine, and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up hopefully.
 
“You mean you’re not going to destroy the earth, Lord?”
 
“No,” He said sadly.”
 
“I don’t have to. The government already has.”
 

Centrifugal forces

A little over a year ago we put up a post about a cultural paradigm shift that was based on a piece called "Nobody Gets Married Anymore, Mister."  Ultimately, it was about personal responsibility.

In this month's American Spectator is an article about a book by Charles Murray, Coming Apart, that sounds as though it could be a companion piece. Some highlights:

...Whatever the causes, the social disintegration that once seemed to apply only to African Americans has now engulfed blue-collar, white working-class communities as well. Men are dropping out of the workforce, single motherhood has risen to nearly 50 percent, crime has skyrocketed, religious faith is declining, and the chances for upward mobility are rapidly diminishing. As Murray concludes: "The absolute level [of social cohesion] is so low that it calls into question the viability of white working-class communities as a place for socializing the next generation."
 
Murray identifies what he calls the "founding virtues"—marriage, industriousness, honesty, and religiosity—that were once shared by all Americans and held us together in a common culture...
However, as we've probably all noticed, people no longer seem to find the words "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" nearly as terrifying as they once did. And as the article's author, William Tucker, points out, "There in a nutshell is the reason why white working-class neighborhoods...once so strong" are no longer.
 
In his book, Murray contrasts the cultural disintegration among the white working class with what has happened among the "New Elite"—who in the course of becoming the very antithesis of whites in lower socio-economic strata "have insulated themselves to the point where they know very little about the rest of America."
 
But our book reviewer, Tucker, notes that in his analysis of the New Elite, Murray fails to look at what Tucker calls "the adopted religion of the educated class"—environmentalism:
Nothing expressed more completely the credo of the New Elite than the conviction that our very existence offends Mother Nature, that we are ruining the earth by using fossil fuels, and that Industrial America is something we should all be willing to leave behind. Where do people without a college education fit into this society? Competition from China and India has played a part in hollowing out America, but an equally important factor has been the near impossibility of building any kind of industrial facility in the United States anymore. No one has built an oil refinery in this country for thirty years. As late as 1980 there were two auto manufacturing plants within 25 miles of New York City, in Tarrytown, New York, and Mahwah, New Jersey. Today you'd have trouble opening a dry cleaning store inside that perimeter. Environmental regulations have made it a seven-to-ten-year ordeal to build any manufacturing plant in the U.S., and the burden of proof is always on the provider. Just look at the Keystone pipeline.
Sound familiar?
 
Fascinating stuff.  Read the whole thing.
 
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