Democratic Mayor Bill “No Big Gulp” de Blasio is advancing yet another nanny state fascist reform, this time in a war on salt. New York City is planning to fine chain restaurants that do not warn diners about high salt content dishes after an appeals court lifted a temporary hold on issuing fines while the matter is settled once and for all in yet more litigation.
The mayor applauded the appeals court’s decision to allow further unnecessary onerous regulation on business in his city.
BTW, Medical News Today reports that a study published in The Lancet found that low salt intake may raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
Compared with people who had an average sodium intake, the rates of heart attack, stroke, and death were higher among those who had a low sodium intake, regardless of whether participants had high blood pressure.
Interestingly, low salt intake in the study was defined as an intake of less than 3,000 milligrams a day, which is above current recommendations in the United States.
Furthermore, the researchers found that only individuals with high blood pressure appeared to be subject to the risks associated with high salt intake – defined as more than 6,000 milligrams daily.
Meanwhile, New York City is in the process of decriminalizing a slew of disgusting behaviors including drinking alcohol out of bags, public urination, littering, loitering in parks after hours, and violating noise codes. No doubt, the City Council and police will take credit for the drop in crime even as law abiding citizen’s quality of life plummets. Personally, I’ll take Rudy and Bernard’s Broken Windows policing because it works when done correctly.
… To the NRO editorial on DoJ planned civil rights investigation and possible persecution of G Zimmerman on Federal charges:
I wouldn’t take bets about how low Eric Holder would stoop.
Can a snake stoop?
Justice takes a back seat to politics. Shame.
Legal Insurrection posts a thorough analysis of the oral motion for a judgment of acquittal made after the State closed their case against George Zimmerman. Law Junkies and lawyers will want to read the whole thing. For the rest of us, the results are summed up in the introduction:
The motion was well-reasoned, and strongly founded on Florida’s case law. It was also doomed to fail before a Judge who has consistently denied reasonable defense motions out of hand, while rubber-stamping motions by the State that bear not the slightest relevancy to the facts of this case.
Best comment I found:
It appears that the State is suffering from the same problem that plagued Trayvon Martin: Poor victim selection skills.
From the “duh!” file comes this: statistics suggest that Arizona, Texas and California are dealing with increased crime rates due to their high illegal immigrant population. Yes, some of that is attributable to arrests of aliens because they are in the country illegally.
But there are other crimes, many of which are drug-related. Furthermore, illegal immigrants and smuggling organizations have been linked to some specific violent crimes in Arizona. Local officials frequently cite the rash of kidnappings in their state in defending the new law. The Department of Justice’s latest National Drug Threat Assessment says there were 267 kidnappings in Phoenix last year and 299 in 2008. The report said the victims usually have a connection to immigrant smuggling groups or drug traffickers.
The report also showed that assaults against U.S. law enforcement on the southwestern border are on the rise. The report found that the number of attacks on Border Patrol agents increased 46 percent to 1,097 incidents in fiscal 2008. The report said the assaults were mostly related to immigrant smuggling.
It’s a fair article, so read it all for the other side. It is, after all, from Fox News.
Just how far up Loon River do you have to go in order to get rebuked by the most liberal court in the land? Michelle Malkin tells us:
Hell has frozen over. Pigs are sprouting wings. The left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has removed a moonbat judge from the botched LAX millenium bomber case and ruled that his sentence was too short, unreasonable, and in blatant violation of federal sentencing guidelines.
Read Michelle’s post for the full story. It’s rare that you enjoy reading about the Ninth this much.
The connection between poverty and crime has been accepted fact since the 1960s. Even I, a reformed liberal, still bought into it. But crime has dropped during the worst recession in living memory. With over 7 million jobs lost in an economy in trouble, crime is the lowest since the early 1960s. This, my friends, changes everything.
Heather MacDonald lays out the implications of this social phenomena:
As New York Police Commissioner in the mid-1990s, Mr. Bratton pioneered the intensive use of crime data to determine policing strategies and to hold precinct commanders accountable—a process known as Compstat. . . .
The Compstat mentality is the opposite of root causes excuse-making; it holds that policing can and must control crime for the sake of urban economic viability. More and more police chiefs have adopted the Compstat philosophy of crime-fighting and the information-based policing techniques that it spawned. Their success in lowering crime shows that the government can control antisocial behavior and provide public safety through enforcing the rule of law. Moreover, the state has the moral right and obligation to do so, regardless of economic conditions or income inequality
Read it all.
Community Organizer B. Hussein Obama’s hometown of Chicago has had a deadly death toll this summer: 125 shot and killed, which is almost double the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period. Another 247 people were shot and wounded within the city limits (map here).
"Gang and gun violence continue to be the dominating threat on our streets," Bond said in an e-mail. "Up to 60 percent of the shootings are gang related. More than 90 percent of the offenders have criminal histories and up to 80 percent of the victims have criminal histories."
Personally, I reject all calls to pull out of the Chicago quagmire and abandon the citizenry. It is time to beef up the troops and start treating gang members like terrorists. Guantanamo has plenty of room.
Not to mention maybe giving the law abiding citizens that are held hostage in their homes the right to carry arms. Oh wait, that right is granted by God and enshrined in the constitution.
Obama and his cohorts just "organized" the citizens out of thinking that they still have that right.
HT to non-blogging Patriot Pat.
Japan hung (hanged?) three convicted murderers, bringing the number of executions performed this year to ten. In contrast, Texas has only executed one prisoner in 2008.
Japan is making their move this year, as it only executed 9 in 2007, while Texas dispatched 26.
And here I am living in a whimpy state that hasn’t killed anyone this year, and only 2 last year.
Disclaimer: Before y’all go and get mad at me, I must admit that I am actually against the death penalty. Just havin’ a bit of fun, here.
2006 was a record year in terms of known lawbreakers. Two million offenders were either in jail or prison, 4.2 million were on probation, and nearly 800,000 were on parole. for a total of 7.2 million people in the American criminal justice system.
The cost to taxpayers, about $45 billion, is causing states such as California to reconsider harsh criminal penalties. In an attempt to relieve overcrowding, California is now exporting some of its 170,000 inmates to privately run corrections facilities as far away as Tennessee.
"There are a number of states that have talked about an early release of prisoners deemed non-threatening," said Rebecca Blank, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, a centrist think tank. "The problem just keeps getting bigger and bigger. You’re paying a lot of money here. You have to ask if some of these high mandatory minimum sentences make sense."
Meanwhile in Ohio, Joseph Groth has been sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder and felonious assault after he stabbed his wife multiple times, hospitalizing her for over a month. Groth was paroled in 1983 after serving one year for the killing of his first wife, Eva, in 1981.
There are four times more crime in the capital of Norway than in New York, with a 20% increase in robberies over the last year alone. The Oslo police are blaming the increase on an influx of East Europeans.