Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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Friday, July 27, 2007
This seems like a very reasonable law to me. It is simply asking pharmacists to do their job (i.e., fill prescriptions). The law just went into effect yesterday, and already, a couple of pharmacists are suing the state. Evidently, they believe their pharmacist degree gives them the right to second-guess a doctor's treatment, and impose their own weird morality on their customers.
Of course, the prescriptions in question concern the so-called "morning-after" pill. These nuts say the law forces them to administer medical treatments they consider immoral. That's just stupid. They don't have the right to administer medical treatment in the first place. That's a doctor's job. Their job is simply to fill prescriptions issued by the doctor (and putting pills in a bottle is not "administering medical treatment").
Frankly, I have no sympathy for these people. All patients should have the right to promptly receive any medication their doctor prescribes for them. If these pharmacists feel they cannot do their job as the state requires, they should resign and find a job or profession that they can do.
Neither their politics nor their religion should interfere with a doctor's treatment or a patient's rights.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
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Thursday, July 19, 2007
There is a picture of this woman at the link provided above. Though she looks great for being 72 years of age (she could easily get away with saying she's a decade or two younger), any person with eyes could see that she is well past the legal drinking age.
These days, more and more stores are demanding identification from anyone buying beer and wine, and some customers — including Cantrell — are unhappy about it.
“That’s the way most retailers are going,” said Sgt. Charlie Cloud of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s enforcement division. “They’re trying to be cautious and make sure the law isn’t violated, and their people are checking IDs.”
Getting snagged in the paranoia are folks such as Cantrell, who has degenerative arthritis, an ever-present pair of glasses on a chain around her neck, little patience for fools — and 72 years under her belt.
Funny thing is — the store was within its rights, if nowhere near what would seem reasonable to most folks.Yes, they most certainly do have the right to refuse service to someone who is unwilling to show their identification. In cases like this, however, it really isn't good business. I'm still young enough that all I have to do is think about alcohol and I get carded, and that's okay. I can't reasonably expect a clerk to assume that they aren't breaking any laws by selling me alcohol without carding me. The same thing can't be said about millions of other consumers though, and in cases like this, a clerk will only offend a customer by asking for ID when the tiniest bit of reason shows that there are no laws being broken.
“The store has a right to refuse service to anyone, and they have a right to request your ID,” Cloud said.
The trend toward universal carding and tightened store policies is leading to confusion and misinformation about the law, TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said. “I get phone calls and e-mails from people saying they’ve been told it’s the law,” she said. “People are frustrated because they don’t want to be carded, and they don’t want to be given wrong information.”
The confusion might have been prompted by Tennessee’s law change, which went into effect this month, requiring universal carding of anyone buying beer in retail stores. Tennessee is the first state to enact such a law, and supporters say it will prevent clerks from having to guess the ages of customers, thereby reducing underage drinking. After the law was passed, Comer Wilson, a 66-year-old Tennessean with a long white beard, was carded while buying beer. He told the Associated Press, “It’s the stupidest law I ever heard. You can see I’m over 21.”
Guessing the age of customers shouldn't be a problem with people who are several decades older than the drinking age. I don't understand how we've become so paranoid about selling alcohol to minors that we feel the need to card senior citizens. Like I said, I have no problem with laws that say anyone who looks to be within a certain age range should have to show ID to purchase alcohol, but carding everyone under the sun is over-kill.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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Monday, July 16, 2007
A German bus driver threatened to throw a 20-year-old sales clerk off his bus in the southern town of Lindau because he said she was too sexy, a newspaper reported Monday.
"Suddenly he stopped the bus," the woman named Debora C. told Bild newspaper. "He opened the door and shouted at me 'Your cleavage is distracting me every time I look into my mirror and I can't concentrate on the traffic. If you don't sit somewhere else, I'm going to have to throw you off the bus.'"
Cause, you know, it is ever so hard to concentrate on your job when a pair of boobs have the audacity to be present at the scene. A considerate woman would do everything in her power to hide them under multiple layers of clothing (summer be damned), or even better, just leave the dirty pillows at home.
The driver evidently feels that his attraction to this woman is her own fault. Not only that, but he seems to feel that she should know it (you know, with her womanly psychic powers) and immediately remove herself from his delicate vision.
Gawd forbid he actually do his job and keep his eyes on the friggin' road!
In a move that makes me wany to choke someone, the driver's bosses applaud his jerk-tastic move:
A spokesman for the bus company defended the driver.Sheesh. What next? Someone with a foot fetish threatening to boot anyone who wears flip-flops?
"The bus driver is allowed to do that and he did the right thing," the spokesman said. "A bus driver cannot be distracted because it's a danger to the safety of all the passengers."
Update: Jeff Fecke has a good post about this story at Shakesville.