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Black Helicopter/Swine Flu Follow-Up: Massachusetts’ Health Emergency & Pandemic Preparedness Bill

Posted on : 14-10-2009 | By : Joshua | In : Blog Post

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Some of you may remember the post I made a few weeks ago mocking overreactions to the passage of a bill in the Mass State Senate enumerating powers of the state’s public health commissioner during declared public health emergencies. The Somerville Journal has a very thorough article today reporting on the passage of the House version of the public health emergency bill.

The Somerville Journal article does a nice job of describing the differences between the two bills and what, exactly, the point of this whole thing is. Newsflash: it’s not to enable government redtrucks to socialise the fire departments and spray H1N1 on you from their firehoses.

What I also find interesting is the related motion to delay voting on the public health emergency bill. What, exactly, was the point of that, if not pure and simple obstructionism? Oh. Well, I guess I have my answer.

While we’re discussing the State Legislature, there’s another interesting bill up: Allow Students To Express Religious Views (H 376). To quote:

The Education Committee’s hearing also includes a bill that would require local school districts to implement a policy that would allow for a “limited public forum and voluntary student expression of religious views at school events, graduation ceremonies, in class assignments and non-curricular school groups and activities.” The measure also prohibits schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of his or her expressed religious views.

Any thoughts on this? To me, the key word is “voluntary”, which I don’t have a problem with, but do we need a law for that?

They’ll Have to Pry My Swine Flu-Infected Blankets from My Cold, Dead Hands

Posted on : 02-09-2009 | By : Joshua | In : Blog Post

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Look out, guys! It turns out that SOCIALISED OBAMACARE is secretly all about giving the government powers to send unarmed and untrained medical volunteers to enter your home and steal all of your shit! And they’re starting right here in Massachusetts! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU–

Oh, wait. The government already has the power to do that. It’s called declaring martial law. And of course there’s also eminent domain. And when they use either of those, they have police forces and this heavily-armed, well-regulated militia we like to call the National Guard to come in and take your shit. But clearly the Medical Reserve Corps is what we really need to be afraid of.