Kevin Williamson whiffs one here

Unusual for him but he does:

But one of the lessons of Alex’s short life is that it is possible, even for children — even for desperately sick children — to do more, and to be more, through their labor and originality, which are, like the children themselves, gifts from God, to be cherished. If the city health inspector says otherwise, we should throw him feet first into the nearest deep and preferably cold body of water.

The millstone around the neck is important, that Jesus C bloke said the millstone around the neck is very important.

6 thoughts on “Kevin Williamson whiffs one here”

  1. On the other hand, if the rules are absolutely necessary for the state to require violence against people who break them, the state should enforce them. Maybe this is a nice thing for charity, but what’s the public health costs of not having that hand sanitizer?

    Maybe it’s zero? Fine, remove the regulation for everyone. Maybe we the public think the risk is cavaet emptor? Fine, remove the regulation for everyone. But charities, even with the most sympathetic causes, should operate within the same laws as everyone else.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    I understand and appreciate where he is coming from. But ….

    The British colonial government passed a law respecting Hindu Temples because of that Mutiny thing and they did not want it repeated. So now every time someone wants to stop a road or some sort of building project, they draw the outline of a shrine on the side of a building, burn some oil, add a few flowers and everything stops.

    What if someone did this in Britain – using the name and image of a poor little child with cancer? Would we stop a construction programme? A bridge? Allow someone to avoid tax? The problem is not with enforcing the law. The problem is the stupidity of the law – regardless of whether it is crassly enforced against children or adults.

  3. From the use of “whiffs” onwards I find myself baffled by this post and link.

    I do note, however, that, like me, Mr W uses too many, um, commas.

  4. Just so we’re clear, are you saying food safety regulations:
    a) should be waived for lemonade stands operated by minors?
    b) should be scrapped entirely, because the market can take care of providing clean food?

  5. Agammamon has more knowlege than I of US food safety regulations. I was given the impression that they were routinely ignored for lemonade stands operated by minors from the dialogue:
    “Is your lemonade made with real lemons?”
    “Are your Girl Scout cookies made with real Girl Scouts?”

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