And Now, the Food Police…

Big Brother isn’t merely watching, he wants to control your diet.

Bad enough that Philly and their “Beer Police,” now we have state of New York upping the ante, with legislators seeking to outlaw salt in restaurant food.

“”No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises,” the bill, A. 10129 , states in part.

The legislation, which Assemblyman Felix Ortiz , D-Brooklyn, introduced on March 5, would fine restaurants $1,000 for each violation.”

Now, some folks may consider their bodies to be temples, sacrosanct, while other consider themselves to be amusement parks, and each can make their choices accordingly.  Who is this Felix Ortiz to make that decision for everyone?

By the strict letter of this law — and given the execution of such laws, where there are fines to be levied and monies to be raised, I fully expect the law to be enforced on a ludicrously literal basis — no restaurant prepared food can be salted, right down to the bowl of popcorn or the plate of potato chips you might order as an appetizer, to the dressing the restaurant might make for your salad to whatever other use you can imagine — there is a budget hole to be filled, don’t you know…  And, frankly, what else can the state regulate, if this is permitted to stand?

Culture of corruption migrates to Hartford

Many already knew that it had arrived years ago. Hartford mayor, Eddie Perez (D) headed over to Troop H in Hartford this morning to turn himself in after a warrant was issued including charges of bribery, fabricating evidence, and conspiring to fabricate evidence. The warrant was issued after a 15 month grand jury investigation.

I’m not familiar with the details, but it looks like Perez and contractor Carlos Costa were caught wheeling and dealing back in 2007 and then conspired to cover it up.

From the Hartford Courant, who failed to let the national audience checking out the story know that Perez is a Democrat.

A grim-faced Mayor Eddie A. Perez turned himself in to state police at the Troop H barracks on Washington Street this morning around 10 a.m. He entered the building with his attorney, Hubert J. Santos, without speaking to the throng of reporters waiting.

A short time later Perez and Santos emerged from the building and heading for Santos’ waiting car. When asked for comment, Perez said “1 o’clock,” referring to a scheduled press conference at city hall.

Perez is charged with bribery, fabricating evidence and conspiracy to fabricate evidence.

State criminal investigators have circled Perez since early 2007, and in October of that year, the state formed an investigatory grand jury to probe allegations of political corruption in the mayor’s administration, including work contractor Carlos Costa did on Perez’s home.

Costa, who has done millions in work for the city on a troubled and long-overdue streetscape project, was arrested Monday and charged with bribery, fabricating evidence and conspiracy to fabricate evidence, according to his lawyer, William Gerace.

According to the chief state’s attorney’s office, Costa agreed to work on Perez’s home because he believed he would have been “black balled” from city if he didn’t.

Gateway Pundit asks if we can use the term culture of corruption yet? I say yes.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez was busted on bribery charges today. He joins three fellow democratic mayors caught in scandal this year. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Jan. 9, 2009, by a grand jury on 12 counts, including perjury, theft and misconduct in office. Racine Mayor Gary Becker (2nd from right) was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and possession of child pornography. Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor from a major American city, admitted last week that he had sexual relations with a teen intern.


Don’t forget all of the problems that the Massachusetts State Legislature has had the last six months. Dianne Wilkerson, Salvatore F. DiMasi, Therese Murray, John H. Rogers, Robert P. Spellane and J. James Marzilli are all either out or under a cloud of suspicion by residents.

Even the previous two Democrat House Leaders, Charles F. Flaherty and Thomas M. Finneran – now a radio show host at WRKO in Boston – resigned in corruption clouds.

Although all of the problems involve Democrats in Massachusetts, and all of the mayors happen to be Democrats, that does not mean there is not serious problems within Republican ranks.

I’m officially calling this the “age of Democrat corruption in the United States”. Didn’t Pelosi promise to clean up this act?