Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nothing to Say, But Something to Read

A couple of things, really. Check out Chris Sullivan on a shocking failure of our supervisors to protect us by adequate regulation & oversight:
The governing board of The American Mechanics Association proposed at its annual meeting to push for legislation to require prescriptions for certain automotive supplies. The AMA has long recognized that the average consumer lacks the competence to decide what services and remedies should be applied to his motorized vehicle.

In the present situation, anybody can buy oil, filters, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, drive belts, windshield washer cleaner and myriad other items with no authorization required. Most items such as tires, wiper blades, water, compressed air, car wax, fuses, trim items and, of course, gasoline would remain over-the-counter items under the proposal.

It has long been a concern of many mechanics that consumers use the wrong oil or improperly dispose of anti-freeze or dump used filters in the garbage, causing untold environmental damage. The AMA stressed that this is a very real and immediate crisis and that its proposal has nothing to do with money, as some of its detractors are already alleging.

There's more; it's all good. And IOZ is properly grateful to our government for protecting us against evil goings-on amongst the gladiatorial class:
Yesterday, one of the greatest athletes of our time was convicted of 51 counts ranging from rape to the corruption of minors. Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young award winner with one of the longest and most storied careers of any pitcher in the hundred-year history of major league baseball, was accused of using his position and influence to groom young boys for eventual sexual predation. His crimes outraged the nation, and public sentiment ran hotly in favor of a swift trial and a harsh punishment. There is no more pressing issue for our nation than the safety of our children, and I, for one, want to thank God that the Department of Justice, the Obama administration, first responders everywhere, and our fallen heroes were able to rise to the occasion and, through hard work and perseverance, bring this monster to justice.


Mimi said...

Jim, I'm slow. Is that mechanics story true or is a satire on the medical establishment? I think the latter, but am not sure. I wouldn't have believed the stories about our president going into the assasinaion business a few years ago, either.

Jim Wetzel said...

Mimi, I think the chances of your being "slow" are small indeed. And Mr. Sullivan's post was, I'm sure, intended as a satirical parallel to the prescription-drug system here in the US.