S. Weasel (already in my sidebar, and quite possibly in my trousers–one never knows with weasels) used an graphic for her run-in with customs. Apparently, there are arcane rules about air guns in Pifferdous Albuyin (or whatever he calls England) and even though she hadn’t actually gone afoul of those rules, that was of no interest to the bureaucrat running the show.
That led me to a site where pre-code horror comics are uploaded daily. It’s called The Horrors Of It All, and looks pretty cool.
I’ve often noted how each adult generation is just sure the youth are going to hell, and what they latch on to as “proof”, and how different things were when they did more or less the same crap as kids. Horror comics–those innocuous, occasionally campy, crudely drawn, four color books were targeted in the ‘50s.
What the big publishers (like DC) managed to do, of course, was drive the smaller publisher (like EC) out of business by setting up a “code” and controlling it. The movie industry set up a similar barrier in the Hays Code and (to a lesser extent these days) the MPAA>
One of the things that cracks me up about the socialist/communist/radical left types is how they talk about big corporations not wanting to be regulated by the government. But of course, big corporations LOVE big government because it absolutely strangles any smaller competition: And the little guys with the ideas are the ones that kill.
And since they can influence the government, the more power it has, the more power they have.
I mean, if you want to join me on the radical fringe, you can just fight every expansion of government power you run across. I haven’t worked out how that fight should go, exactly. But it needs to be an idea out there with a real champion.
Any how, this all crosses over nicely The Boy’s brush with Johnny Law. Isn’t it interesting how all the anti-second amendment right folk talk all the time about how the Founding Fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined the devastating weapons available today? We know from history that private citizens owned the weapons that were used to fight America’s early wars, including cannons and even frigates.
But even allowing that argument, on what basis should the government be allowed to restrict ownership of what are basically primitive weapons, like knives? Or shurikens! Shurikens are expressly not allowed by law!
The excuse usually given relates to gang violence. And we all know how respectful gangs are of the law, and how effective these laws are at curbing gang violence.
See, this is the main problem with government: Just because something is stupid, and everybody knows it’s gone to hell, doesn’t mean you can stop doing the stupid thing.