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We Think We Are Free – Newsflash: We Are Not!

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We Think We’re Free. Newsflash: We’re Not

By: Vince Coyner

Unconstitutional vax mandates have given Americans a glimpse into the control the government has—or thinks it has over our lives. But few have any idea how much the government is involved with their everyday lives. Most of us get up, go to work, and come home without the government ostensibly telling us when to do this or what we must feed our kids or when we must go to bed. We think we’re free, but we’re not. Just because stormtroopers aren’t standing in every doorway of your house doesn’t mean the government’s not there. It is in a million different ways, invisible by design, and often the stormtroopers are implied.

Not sure? Let’s take a journey of a day in the life of a typical American.

You wake up at 5:00. You’re literally lying on the embodiment of one of the most famous government rules—your mattress. The government footprint is found on the tag that famously says: “This tag may not be removed under penalty of law except by the consumer.”

You have a headache and go to the medicine cabinet. There you’ll find the fruit of one of the most regulated industries in the economy, medicines. Have you ever wondered why, when you pick up a prescription, you get a mini-newspaper of information? Have you ever wondered why it takes boxes the size of sandwiches to hold medicines the size of thimbles? It’s because of the information manufacturers must print on the boxes or on the tiny books inside the boxes telling you about every single thing that might ever happen as it relates to that medicine, no matter how rare or unlikely. Of course, to get an encyclopedia’s worth of information there they print so small that people can’t read it, even if they wanted to. And to that, they add more online. This is driven primarily by government regulation and secondarily by manufacturers seeking to insulate themselves from lawsuits.

Now you head down to the kitchen to grab some breakfast. You open the refrigerator, which still has one of those mandated yellow stickers telling you how much energy it uses, and grab your pasteurized milk because unpasteurized milk is illegal in half the states and heavily regulated in most. Then you grab a box of cereal and read the required “Nutritional information” on the side of the box because your paper hasn’t arrived yet.

After breakfast, you head back upstairs to the bathroom and you use the toilet that you have to flush twice because federal regulations limit how much water each flush can use. You then jump into the shower and feel like you’re in a Seinfeld episode because the manufacturer wanted their showerheads to have the EPA’s “WaterSense” designation. From there you use toothpaste, antiperspirant, and hair gel, all of which have differing levels of government regulation.

When you get dressed, unless you’re wearing your birthday suit to work, virtually every single piece of clothing you put on will be regulated in myriad ways, from labeling, sourcing, content, and of course advertising.

Dressed to kill and ready to take on the world you emerge from the morning’s regulatory morass into one of the most regulated parts of our everyday life: cars. Everyone knows about CAFÉ standards which regulate the MPG a manufacturer’s fleet much attain, but there’s so much more, covering virtually every single piece of the thousands of pieces that go into every car: wire harnesses, windshield wipers, headlights, seat belts, airbags, brakes, brake lights, door locks, trunk escape handles, plus things like pollution emissions, door strength, union regulations, nation of origin labeling, steel trade policy, and more. And that’s before you even get on the road.

Once on the road, most laws are state and local, although one of the few good things Jimmy Carter ever did—although of dubious constitutionality—was to make Right Turn on Red the default rule from sea to shining sea. There are laws about child seats, tinted windows, fog lights, not to mention the countless laws about virtually every aspect of actually operating a vehicle itself, starting with getting and maintaining a license and insurance.

Indeed, auto manufacturing may be one of the most regulated industries on the planet, but it’s far from alone. “The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has found that the industrial sector faces a staggering 297,696 restrictions on their operations from federal regulations.”

Now that you’ve safely navigated the route between home and office, you enter a quagmire of regulations that extend from the building to virtually everything that goes on within. There are of course building codes that cover literally every single thing that goes into a building from plumbing to electricity to the kinds of lights that can or must be used, how much ventilation there must be, fire exit signs, number and type of fire extinguishers, the number and size of bathrooms, numbers or sizes of windows, what paint can be used, handicap access, the number of parking spots and how many must be reserved for handicap parking, and more.

Actually operating the business offers more regulations: Minimum wage laws, hiring regulations, overtime laws, union regulations, maternity laws, a phalanx of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules and regulations, not to mention the mishmash of training requirements each state has. Everyone knows it takes years to get the education necessary to become a licensed doctor, lawyer, veterinarian, accountant, stockbroker, etc. But those white-collar jobs are far from the only ones that require licensing. In Georgia, in order to work as a hair “stylist,” one needs training and lots of it:

Required Hours:

  • Barber: 1500 Barber School Hours

  • Cosmetology: 1500 Cosmetology School Hours

  • Esthetician: 1000 Esthetician School Hours

  • Nail Technician: 525 Nail School Hours

And Georgia is far from alone. Thirty-nine states require licensing to become a Massage Therapist, 33 to work as an auctioneer, 26 as a taxidermist, 13 as a bartender, 8 as a travel agent, and 1 as a florist. Of course, it’s not just the license. Most of those license requirements come with training, very often expensive training.

So once everyone is at work and licensed, it’s time to actually…work. Regardless of what business you’re in, from selling cheeseburgers, financial planning or pouring concrete to running a gym, burying the dead, or selling advertising, there’s likely a phalanx of regulations that constrain your operations, from general workplace regulations to industry-specific mandates, all of which must be addressed to begin or continue operations.

Finally, after eight or ten hours trying to navigate the labyrinth of regulations while doing your actual job, you knock off for the day and the process reverses itself until you brush your teeth with the government regulated toothpaste, turn off the nightlight with its government-mandated light bulb and snuggle up with your wife in your government-approved bed for what might be the only thing left unregulated in America.

Just because you don’t see the stormtroopers at your door doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They are. They’re just disguised as benevolent bureaucrats and politicians who are just trying to make your life better. In reality, they do just the opposite…

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Southern Kaduna Youths Vow To Defend Territories Against Terrorists, Bandits

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Members of the youth wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) have vowed to defend their territories from rampaging bandits and terrorists.

The youths said they will no longer remain quiet while terrorists attack their communities, abduct people and occupy their forests. 

This was contained in a statement issued by the National Youth Leader of SOKAPU, Comrade John Isaac.

The youths have also called on the people and residents of the area to rise up and defend themselves.

”We must defend ourselves against terrorists that have now found a safe haven in our forests,” the statement said. 

Specifically, the youths expressed sadness and deep regrets over an attack in which terrorists killed two people and abducted 50 others in Ungwan Gimbiya, Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

They noted that the same community was attacked and people were kidnapped in July. 

“One was killed in the July attack and millions of naira were paid as ransom,” the group noted.

The SOKAPU youths said the unabated sacking of their communities by terrorists was sad and must stop. 

“The recent killing of two of our kinsmen and the abduction of countless others at Ungwan Gimbiya in Sabon Tasha, a town within Kaduna metropolis, has left us perturbed as to the functionality of our security architecture and the readiness of government to tame the rising wave of criminality across the state and the country at large,” the group said.

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Grassroots: Lagos, Abuja selected for international scouting programme

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Lagos and Abuja have been selected as venues for an international scouting programme aimed at discovering new footballing talents in Nigeria.

Dynamic Plus Soccer Academy in conjunction with Hofnung Sport Foundation and International Football Academy, Germany, are set to organise the scouting programme.

The programme titled “dynamic plus scouting tournament” is scheduled to start on Monday, 6th and end on December 10 in the two different locations.

According to the organisers, the first phase of the exercise kicks off from 6th-8th at the Football pitch, Nigeria Institute of Sports (NIS), Surulere, Lagos, while the second phase of the event continues from 9th-10th at the football pitch, Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment, Asokoro Abuja.

While speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on the essence of the programme, Scout Director, Adeyinka Adeyemi, said the reason for the programme is to discover talents in grassroot.

He said: “The zeal is to discover talent and develop them. So what brought the idea is that these players we discovered and developed, we need to market them within and outside Nigeria.

“That’s the reason we decided to partner with Hoffnung sport foundation that facilitated international football Germany. These teams are coming to Nigeria December 5-10 to scout for young talented footballers.”

Mr Adeyinka continued: “We have almost 40 players in our camp and because of this scouting programme we went to some northern states to scout for young talented players. They are all at the camp. We went to Kaduna, Abuja, Jos, Kano, Bauchi, Uyo and Bayelsa states. So these players we scouted are now in the camp so they can form another two good solid teams that will be presented to scouts from Germany and Spain.”

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He further added that the scouting exercise is free and will also see about 23 matches from 46 teams within Lagos and its environs participating in the screening exercise.

Mr Adeyinka also assured of positive results at the end of the exercise.

“We are expecting a good, successful scouting programme at the end of the programme. The players scouted for will be taken to different clubs in Europe. ”

Meanwhile, while speaking about problems facing grassroot sport development in Nigeria, Mr Adeyinka said inadequate facilities is a major snag.

“None readiness of our youths and inadequate facilities to develop these players at the grassroot level is a major problem,” he said.

He suggested constant football tournaments at the grassroot and development and proper maintenance of infrastructural facilities is the solution to the problems facing grassroot sport development.

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Joe and Jill Biden will head to the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, marking the first time in four years a president has attended Washington D.C.’s premiere social event after Donald Trump refused to go in the face of criticism from the honorees.

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will join the first couple in the presidential box. The Bidens and the second couple have been seen in public together more frequently after reports of disfunction in the vice president’s office and frustration in the West Wing with Harris. 

Biden will also bring back the traditional White House reception for the Kennedy Center honorees, another event Trump scrapped. He and the first lady will host operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels;  actress Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on Sunday evening before the formal ceremony.

President Trump skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, publicly stating that he wished to avoid marring the celebration with a ‘political distraction’ after some of the honorees threatened to boycott the awards if Trump attended. 

Joe and Jill Biden will head to the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, marking the first time in four years a president has attended Washington D.C.’s premiere social event

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump (seen above at a 2019 formal dinner in England) skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, publicly stating that the Trumps wished to avoid marring the celebration with a 'political distraction' after some of the honorees threatened to boycott the awards if Trump attended

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump (seen above at a 2019 formal dinner in England) skipped the Kennedy Center Honors, publicly stating that the Trumps wished to avoid marring the celebration with a ‘political distraction’ after some of the honorees threatened to boycott the awards if Trump attended

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will also attend the Kennedy Center Honors; the second couple has been seen more in public with the Bidens including during a service project at DC Central Kitchen on November 23 (above)

Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will also attend the Kennedy Center Honors; the second couple has been seen more in public with the Bidens including during a service project at DC Central Kitchen on November 23 (above)

Previous presidents have attended the honors since it launched in 1978. Biden also attended in 2009 as vice president, sitting in the presidential box of the ornate theater with Barack and Michelle Obama and his daughter Ashley. 

The event is a major fundraiser for the Kennedy Center and the ceremony airs on CBS on Dec. 22. The star-studded performance, which features a tribute to each honoree, is followed by a private dinner. 

‘After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on December 5th,’ Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said. 

Presidents and first ladies add a dash of glamour to the gala, which is also attended by members of Congress, justices of the Supreme Court, Cabinet officials, high-profile members of the media, and senior members of the administration. 

Sunday’s ceremony, the 44th Kennedy Center Honors, will be hosted by Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein, the same man whose Nantucket home the Bidens stayed in over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Honorees are selected for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The first awards in 1978 went to Marian Anderson, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rodgers and Arthur Rubinstein — with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter sitting next to them in the presidential box. 

This year's Kennedy Center Honorees: Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchel

This year’s Kennedy Center Honorees: Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchel

Joe Biden (right) also attended the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009 as vice president, sitting in the presidential box of the ornate theater with Barack and Michelle Obama and his daughter Ashley.

Joe Biden (right) also attended the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009 as vice president, sitting in the presidential box of the ornate theater with Barack and Michelle Obama and his daughter Ashley.

Honored: Hollywood heavyweights including honorees Lorne Michaels (pictured) and Bette Midler were in attendance at the medallion ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday evening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Honored: Hollywood heavyweights including honorees Lorne Michaels and Bette Midler (pictured) were in attendance at the medallion ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday evening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Honored: Hollywood heavyweights including honorees Lorne Michaels and Bette Midler were in attendance at the medallion ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday evening at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Standing out: Joni Mitchell, 78, stood out from the crowd in a sweeping red coat with fur

Founding father: Berry Gordy Jr, 92, who is best known as the founder of Motown was also set to be honored

Recognition: Other honorees at the medallion ceremony including legendary songwriter Joni Mitchell, 78, and Motown founder/record executive Berry Gordy Jr, 92, were also pictured walking the red carpet

There have been a few presidential misses over the years – Carter missed the 1979 event because of the Iran hostage crisis; George H.W. Bush missed in 1989 and Bill Clinton in 1994 because of travel in Europe. First ladies attended on their behalf.

There was speculation Melania Trump might attend without her husband but that never happened. The Trumps skipped the three ceremonies held during their tenures. 

The 2020 ceremony was postponed because of the COVID pandemic and was held earlier this year in May.

For that hybrid Honors in May – which featured socially distanced performances during a week-long taping – the Bidens welcomed the honorees during a reception at the White House but did not attend any of the performances.

The mood on Sunday evening is expected to be festive and collegial, a wave of relief after the controversial Trump years where there was genuine fear the bipartisan event – attended by Democrats and Republicans alike – would become a victim to politics.  

Safety measures will be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone attended must be vaccinated and must be tested ahead of time. 

But, in another COVID-related modification, the traditional Saturday night supper – where the honorees receive their medallions on rainbow-colored ribbon – was shifted from the State Department to the Library of Congress. 

All five honorees attended Saturday’s black-tie event. Others in attendance included Martin Short, dance veteran and former honoree Debbie Allen, SNL player Fred Armisen, and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy. 

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