Woke up early...0400 as usual...to a little rhetoric on the idiot tube that kinda threw me into a snit...so I thought I'd post my views. Run it up the ol' flagpole and see if anyone salutes. The topic of the blather was carrying guns...and of course, there was something said about "Strict Government Regulation" ad nauseum. I'm sorry. I have a real issue over any part of my life or my personal habits being strictly controlled and regulated, up to and including abusing my body with drugs and alcohol if I so choose...as long as I do it in the privacy of my own home, and it doesn't affect anyone else's well-being. What I own and carry...use and enjoy...or what kind of soap that I use to bathe, is my business and no one else's...most specifically that of the state or federal government. Kiddie porn is a no-no. Children should not be exploited for any reason, no matter how harmless the intent of the individuals who are exploiting them. If you like seeing children in the buff...there's somethin' wrong with your head. Seek help. The federal government's powers of control and regulation is properly applied to food and drugs...Immigration and import...building codes and inspections...and probably animal control. Aside from those and a few other things...as long as what I have and carry doesn't interfere with another's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of whatever makes him/her happy...it's nobody's business but my own. Like my old grandpappy once advised a young, uppity Haralan County Sheriff's Deputy: "The only authority that you have over me is what I let you have." (And the old man was perfectly willing to demonstrate it to him if the need should arise.) Can't remember what the debate was about, but it was some silly somethin' that...although was within the lad's jurisdiction...was frankly none of his flippin' business because it had no effect on anyone except my grandfather. For those who aren't familiar with Harlan County, Ky...It's not the place to stir up trouble where it doesn't need to be stirred. 'Nuff said... So...I guess my basic questions are: How many feel that the various local, state, and federal government entities are assuming just a bit more regulation and control over our lives than they have been granted? How long will it be until what and how much we choose to eat and drink are "regulated and controlled?" How long until the amount of sleep that we get...and what percentage of body fat that we are allowed to have...and how late at night we're allowed to be away from home...are all "Strictly Regulated and Controlled"? Sorry for the rant. I guess I needed a sounding board after being so rudely awakened by a conversation amongst those talkin' heads who would assume authority over me and my personal practices..."For my own good."