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The Intellectual Dishonesty Of ‘Hate Speech’

The Speech Police are not going to like what Atlantic columnist Wendy Kaminer has to say about the nonsensical nature of ‘hate speech’ and the intellectual dishonesty upon  which it is built. Kaminer sat for this interview with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Kaminer is a FIRE Board of Advisors member. Discourse could improve a lot, she says, if people learned how to argue their points rather than shout down the person with whom they disagree. Still, for way too many today, the definition of free speech is speech with which they agree. ‘Hate speech’ is the speech with which they disagree.

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More Nonsense That Government Should Help Keep People From Getting Fat

In this editorial, the Herald-Sun delves into why so many Americans are fat, and what should be done about getting people to stop eating more calories than their bodies use. The editorial refers to a recent AP poll as it concludes that — surprise, surprise — government should be involved in the fat problem.

Only a third of those responding say that obesity is a community problem; most say that individuals are responsible for their health.

It is a complex issue, because both assertions are true: individuals are responsible, but we have created a culture and society in which unhealthy food is cheap, available and heavily marketed, and sedentary lifestyles are commonplace. That momentum is beginning to shift, but governments and residents must partner together to work on providing opportunities and information that promote more healthy ways of life – as Durham and other communities here are doing. That effort will save money on health care costs and related expenses in the long run.

If you believe it takes a government official or program to keep you from gorging yourself and/or getting you to exercise, then you believe there is a role for government in virtually everything. And when you justify that role for government by saying the “effort will save money on health care costs and related expenses in the long run” then you have concluded that you will accept government everywhere, and involved in everything. Fact is, government involvement will not change human nature. People DO understand that eating cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes five times a week — and failing to walk, bike, run, etc. — means you will get fat. People simply like the cheeseburgers and they want the cheeseburgers NOW. They do not care what’s to come later. The solution is to make people more responsible for their cheeseburger-eating ways through higher insurance premiums for behavior-induced health issues that come with the choice of consistently eating more than your body needs. It’s not government that’s in short supply when it comes to obesity, it’s common sense and the maturity to take responsibility for one’s actions.

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Welfare Cash Withdrawals At Strip Clubs, Bars, X-Rated Video Stores

From the New York Post comes the facts about yet another Big Government debacle.

A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.

What a shame that government allows taxpayers to be taken to the cleaners this way. If someone wants to frequent a strip club, that’s their business. But they should do it on their dime, not their neighbors’ dime.

And what an insult to the truly vulnerable who are using the benefits appropriately – to help feed and care for themselves and their families.

 

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