Saturday, November 24, 2007

Anti-party ordinance shows surplus of law enforcement funds.

The Des Moines Register headline exposes the nanny state’s latest assault on reason: W.D.M. may punish adults if kids drink The story details the “social host” exception to Iowa law that permits adults to serve alcohol at private parties.

It appears that the pursuit of a zero risk society desires to intrude on the privacy of not only under-age drinkers but the adult home-owners who “serve” the alcohol.
This means that the parents of an under-age returning vet could be arrested for allowing a twenty year old veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and his buddies of a similar age access to a keg of Bud.

Has contemporary America become so terrified of risk that people are seriously considering allowing government to reach that far into our homes to prevent young adults from consuming alcohol? If so, then West Des Moines needs to surrender every penny of federal and state assistance it receives for public safety because they are nearing zero risk. Zero risk is never a good objective because the police state necessary to achieve it would need to intrude into every orifice of the body politic.

What does it say about a place where kids with a keg of contraband hooch could trigger an actual police investigation to determine if the keg was situated with malice aforethought? Every law enforcement agency claims that it has insufficient resources the explanation for the failure to curtail statewide meth usage, so maybe the state money could be better spent on meth interdiction.. It also sounds like valuable Federal law enforcement dollars that are presently occupied in suppressing suburban in-home raves could be better utilized in immigration enforcement, particularly in an urban area that purports to have insufficient law enforcement resources to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Al Qaeda interdiction simply seems more important than alcohol interdiction. Maybe its time for an examination of priorites.

4 comments:

Ken Hoyle said...

Damn, Ted! What a load of crap this stream of conscienous (sp?) is. Why don't you consult your buddy Mark Klein on this? He's admitted, in a previous blog, that he has submitted thousands of frivilous lawsuits against insurance companies - and how they get so fed up with his bullshit that they usually settle. "Settle" as in passing the cost off to "little people" like the rest of us who actually pay taxes and premiums. A guy as intelligent, and as pious, as Mark Klein must surely have the answer you seek. He wouldn't do shit like that to line his own pocket, he's doing it for us! Afterall, we're all just sattelites to his giant fucking ego..............

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MARK KLEIN, M.D. said...

I agree 100% with Ted's reaction to the WDM alcohol ordinance.

Worth taking a look at the deeper broad scale federal policy failures this ill advised proposed law reveals.

The failure of every administration since Eisenhower to protect the buying power of the dollar and promote the transfer of our best jobs and industries overseas forced most moms and dads to work very long hours to make ends meet. Hence most children go inadequately unsupervised. Almost inevitable latch key adolescents will misbehave.

The intrustion of the police this law promotes might precipitate divorces and severe family strife. With Iowa's out-of-control DHS relentless seeking new cases to increase its funding likely many children will be unnecessarily put in foster care.

Best beware of policy which seeks to perfect human behavior. Perfection is usually the enemy of the good!

RF said...

I have to agree on the drinking. We really should let 18-year olds drink. Ridiculous that they can die for their country on the battlefield, but they cannot drink. I thought you are an adult at 18.

We should get rid of the nanny state in some other areas as well. What happens with consenting adults - gay sex & relationships or sex for money - should be none of our business. I can't come up with any reason banning polygamy among consenting adults either.

Both parties have their nanny state freaks. They just focus on different stuff. Of course, sometimes it is very difficult to draw the line between appropriate government intervention and stupid nanny state stuff.

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