Signs of Teh Times

*facepalm*

“Tkx 4 the support!”

As many as 700 peaceful Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison this afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to call for prison reform.

“It’s been an amazing day,” said Crystal Bybee, a spokeswoman for the local Occupy 4 Prisoners group. “We’ve had hundreds of people out here reading messages from prisoners and speaking out about issues that are important to us.”

…San Quentin was placed on lockdown in anticipation of the protest, with prisoners being kept in their cells.

Ready for a torrent of pet-groomer horror stories?

Senate Bill 969, by state Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, would make California the first state in the nation to require vocational licenses for pet groomers.

In addition to requiring that groomers pass a state-issued exam and pay a license fee of up to $350, the legislation calls for statewide standards governing everything from lighting to record-keeping. Violating the law would be a crime punishable by fines of up to $2,000 and a year in jail.

…”If you’re trying to regulate the problems, you potentially mislead the consumers into believing the regulations or licensing is an equivalent of skills or experience.”

Oh don’t be silly — Gubbmint Regulation is The Answer to Every Problem; even to things that aren’t a problem to anyone but the Gubbmint Regulators.

An Amish man who was targeted by federal officials for selling raw milk across state lines… has shut down his dairy farm.

…Allgyer operated Rainbow Acres Farm, a small dairy farm in Kinzers, in Lancaster County, Pa., that packaged raw milk and sold it to a group of suburban Washington, D.C., consumers called Grassfed On The Hill. FDA agents infiltrated the buyers’ group by posing as customers and placing orders for delivery across state lines. Federal agents then raided Allgyer’s farm in April 2010. …

12 Comments!

  1. Freddie Sykes
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 7:48 am |

    When I was young, one of our retorts was “Don’t make a federal case out of it!” It appears that no one was listening to us.

    Almost 700 peaceful protesters out of a crowd of how many?

  2. TomR, armed in Texas
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    At the rate govt. is growing in America it will eventually have so many laws, rules, regs that all of us will have to be hired as agents, enforcers and regulators. Then we will all be wogs(workers of govt) regulat’n each other. Neat, huh? ‘Cept, whose gonna pay them thar taxes if we are all wogs??

  3. Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:32 am |

    Prison reform? How’s about we start with criminal reform first? i.e.: Memorize the Ten Commandments and then abide by them. You can be an atheist and still do this. That whole ‘God’ part could be optional, but still, it’s a good start. Prison reform would be a lot easier if we treated the disease instead of the symptoms.

    Next up: Requiring a license to protest.

    Okay, maybe that one won’t fly. Something about that whole ‘Constitution’ dealie, I think.

    I’m willing to compromise: Raise the voting age back to where it should be: 35 21. Remember back when many states lowered the drinking age to 18? How did that one work out? Not so good. There was carnage everywhere. Every one of those states changed it back to 21, post haste.

    Voting age = the same thing. They’re just too dumb to handle it.

  4. Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    Obversation by the numbers:

    1) The OWS kids should Occupy San Quentin
    2) I brush my own damm Dog
    3) Interstate Commerce I guess gives them the right, but if some Maroons want to drink unpasteurized, nonhomogenated milk.They should have the right to.

  5. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:08 am |

    I drank raw milk from our 14 cows from birth until age 18. Then I enlisted in the Marine Corps, was the honor graduate of my recruit platoon at Parris Island; promoted to PFC, passed a flight physical and became a Naval Aviator & fighter pilot.

    When pasteurized milk first came out in milk cartons, I nearly choked to death on a fucking chunk of wax in my milk! No fucking regulator solved that problem, the free fucking market did!!!!!!!

    My fond hope: To see a pitcher of this fucking congress critter on a milk carton…………AND the Supremes cleanup of the fucking Commerce Clause!

    Toot Sweet, as we say in Kentucky——-

  6. Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:53 am |

    We only had one milk cow, and she was the sole source of the fambly’s dairy products. I’m sure I drank some raw milk back then, ’til we got a pasteurizer. Mom insisted on it. Something about Mrs. Lincoln going crazy and dying of ‘milk disease’. Not necessarily in that order.

    “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

  7. snap-e-tom
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 10:18 am |

    I, for one, am grateful that our government is doing something about the Amish Problem.

  8. mojo
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm |

    Let the little darlings spend a night on D block.

  9. S2
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm |

    In other OWS news, one brassy ron think storming Wall St. and State capitals with guns might be a good idea.

  10. Ironic in Denver
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm |

    I, for one, am grateful that our government is doing something about the Amish Problem.

    Yeah Snap, since there’s no moslem problem, they have to save us from something else.

  11. mech
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm |

    Yep, it’s pretty unnerving to not know when they will suddenly gather and build a sturdy barn in an unsuspecting shopping mall or school.

  12. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 5:41 am |

    hm… Hey Mech — how do ya lure Amish?