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Tuesday links

  • Will Obamacare really require Dominos Pizza franchises to post calorie counts for 34 million potential variations of pizza? Kevin D. Williamson examines the profit-killing absurdities.
  • Yet another court justifies yet another literally unwarranted shooting-by-cop. Hershel Smith turns up the outrage.
  • More on Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to re-create his monster creation, the worldwide web. He wants to return its power to the people.
  • The “Banksy of punctuation” puts a stop to public misuse of apostrophes in Bristol, England.
  • And speaking of street action, here’s a man who got laid off his well-paid job and decided to give away his final paycheck, $50 at a time, to passing drivers.
  • In the “who knew?” department, Wisconsin has had a longstanding war on “foreign” butter (including, of course, Kerrygold, the best butter in the world, from Ireland). The Austrians — and discerning Wisconsinites — laugh.
  • This is the kind of anti-immigrant action that’s destructive. Not just to immigrants, but to the country.
  • Artist Chris Beetow does pet portraits in a unique way.

5 Comments

  1. Laird
    Laird April 4, 2017 9:38 am

    I really like the Banksy-like vigilante. But (as the headline itself notes) he is a “punctuation” vigilante, not (as he avers) a “grammar” vigilante.

    The fallout from the disastrous Obama administration will be afflicting us for a long time to come.

  2. Laird
    Laird April 4, 2017 9:57 am

    Re Wisconsin’s war on “foreign butter”, I’m pleased to see that it is being challenged in court. We may be seeing the beginning of some pushback against these sorts of protectionist laws and regulations. There have been rumblings in a few federal courts, and the level of judicial deference granted to legislative edicts is playing a large role in the Gorsuch confirmation hearings (Gorsuch takes a more skeptical view). In my own state (South Carolina) the Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional a law which limited liquor licenses (yes, I know there should be no such things, but go with me here) to 3 issued to the same person or entity. This was challenged by a large retailer who wanted more, and the state’s only defense of the law was that it protected local retailers. Not good enough, said the Court: “Without any other supportable police power justification present, economic protectionism for a certain class of retailers is not a constitutionally sound basis for regulating liquor sales.” This from a Court which is utterly dominated by the legislature (the Governor plays no role in appointing judges). I found it to be a heartening development.

    Here’s a link to the opinion, if anyone cares: http://www.sccourts.org/opinions/HTMLFiles/SC/27709.pdf

  3. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson April 4, 2017 5:20 pm

    Target in Wisconsin still carries Kerrygold. I guess, being a Minnesota company, they didn’t get the memo.

  4. Frank
    Frank April 4, 2017 6:43 pm

    I read about the ‘butter war’ the other day but today is the first time I have seen mentioned Kerrygold butter in any context. Did a quick search for it and found that it is available at Whole Foods (one in my city) and … Walmart. Walmart? There is one just down the road a piece so I will stop by to see if that store stocks it. My locally owned grocer (where I usually shop) probably does not stock it but will check. Thank you for the link, Claire!

  5. Claire
    Claire April 4, 2017 9:05 pm

    Frank — I first had Irish butter in Ireland. On Irish soda bread. So I became instantly partial to it. That Kerrygold is also from grassfed cows and sans antibiotics is a plus. I don’t often buy Kerrygold because it’s very expensive compared with standard butters. But it makes a lovely treat, especially on really good breads or in delicate cooking where butter flavor matters.

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