Bad News for US Neo-con(men)

It looks like North and South Korea may compete in the Olympics as one team.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/17/578548087/north-korea-to-send-a-230-person-cheering-squad-to-winter-olympics

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Kim Reynolds, State of the state

Quote:  “While I want to reduce our uncompetitive corporate taxes, this is not the year.”

Nothing needs to be added to that.

Quote:  “And today I am calling on the legislature to pass legislation to reduce the number of opioids prescribed in Iowa.”

For 93 years the government has been trying to regulate opioids. What was that famous quote about defining insanity? Yank the safety net and see how friends and neighbors help their addicted loved ones instead of restricting access to people in need of proven relief. Once it is understood that we must be responsible we will be.

Quote:  “I also want to increase our support for apprenticeships, that’s why I have included an additional $1 million in my budget to expand Iowa’s current apprenticeship program to help more small- and mid-sized employers offer these life-changing opportunities.”

Wow. increased government spending from a Republican. Seems we individual citizens just can’t do anything without the element of theft.

Iowa wine and beer guide

The Hampton paper has a notice I post here “almost daily.” Well. Not true… for a long time now. But… there is much to say as an alternative to the crap we hear unless we are deaf. So…

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On the radio today, a state winery and brewery guide.

Here we are in a place where drunks are one of the most destructive influences in the personal lives of all of us. And the state publishes a list of where to buy the stuff. (Not that drunks would search out local wine or craft beer.)

Meanwhile, medical marijuana has been “legalized.” But only one grower is authorized to grow it. And he is state approved, of course. Can you give me a better example of crony capitalism?

Disclaimer: I do not advocate for the use of any substance.

Marijuana has a minute negative impact on society compared to alcohol. What would that make the state of Iowa? To me, it is obvious who the real criminals are. That is, if you consider laws are meant to preserve an orderly society.

If you think laws exist to grant favors to special interests, restrict medicine to people in pain and enable stupid behavior, you approve of Iowa’s politicians.