My Water Bottle!

I am a criminal. I break state law weekly. I throw away plastic water bottles. Why? Mostly because it is my water bottle and I want to. Also, I don’t like to feel a part of a ridiculous campaign by no-good do-gooders who tell me how to live my life. Third, I believe that recycling causes pollution.

The NC General Assembly, in 2005, passed a law known as the Disposal in Landfills/Addl. Bans bill, House Bill 1465/S.L. 2005-362 . The Bill goes into effect yesterday.

Every single person in the GA voted in favor of it (not counting absent members) besides one person from what I can tell. One person thinks you should be able to throw away your water bottle. If that doesn’t tell you something I don’t know what will.

As for me, I don’t know what to do. A freedom has been taken away from me. I don’t want to cause problems by throwing my plastic bottles away, but I do not want to comply either.

Make no mistake about it: this is about global warming. The re3.org website, which is sponsored by government and Waste Management, makes that clear.

And, just oh-by-the-way, the whole climate change discussion is absurd-poppy-cock-tomfoolery. It is a lie. It is a lie designed to institute the need for a totalitarian state.

Stand up for your liberty and recognize this for what it is. Environmentalism is an issue that politicians are using to control your life. For the sake of all that is good, fight them.

29 thoughts on “My Water Bottle!

  1. Water bottles are made of plastic. Plastic is made of oil. Oil is a finite resource. If we want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we should recycle plastic.

  2. "And, just oh-by-the-way, the whole climate change discussion is absurd-poppy-cock-tomfoolery. It is a lie. It is a lie designed to institute the need for a totalitarian state.

    Stand up for your liberty and recognize this for what it is. Environmentalism is an issue that politicians are using to control your life. For the sake of all that is good, fight them."

    Wait, did Glenn Beck just make a guest appearance on CRDaily??

  3. The recycling center nearest my house is 13.1 miles away. My car gets 17 mpg. That means it takes .77 gallons of gas to go there and .77 to come back. How many bottles at a time do I need to recycle so the benefits outweigh the gallon and a half of fuel I used recycling them?

  4. environmentalism- our "moral equivalent of war"
    haha
    chris, good way to avoid the whole "global warming" debate. smart
    personally I think there are many problems associated with recycling plastics, but overall, the good outweighs the bad and my vote goes to recycling.
    its just harmless fun for hippies, let them have their fun. oh yeah and of course there's that proven benefit to the planet.
    and is it really so hard to do justin, when the university provides you every avenue possible for the chance to recycle that bottle?
    sometimes i think conservatives take it too far with these personal freedom arguments.
    I agree with Johnny Q on this "And, just oh-by-the-way, the whole climate change discussion is absurd-poppy-cock-tomfoolery. It is a lie. It is a lie designed to institute the need for a totalitarian state."
    –>That argument just sounds so stupid (to use your language justin).

    1. I don't understand conservative's revulsion with something as benign as recycling. The only possible reason I can think of is that it's a knee-jerk reaction to liberal's support of recycling.

      Just because something is supported by liberals is not a reason to reject it.

      1. One of Jonah Goldberg's biggest complaint about the use of the term "fascism" in modern political discussions is the way in which it has been separated from its true meaning. The word "fascism" signifies a whole host of ideological suppositions, and when most people use the term as a pejorative they wildly misuse it. Though I disagree with his historical thesis, he's right on this basic point.

        So it's funny to see his admirers doing the exact same thing with the word "totalitarianism." Government-mandated recycling is not a hop, skip and a jump away from totalitarianism, because widespread state-sponsored terrorism against individuals or the creation of a police state is not required, or even implied, in such a mandate. Its a basic legal regulation, like saying "you can't dump toxic waste in your local reservoir." If liberals need to check their misuse of the term "fascism," which I personally think they do, then conservatives need to check their misuse of the term "totalitarian." This especially applies to Glenn Beck, and all fears of a "totalitarian" Obama administration.

      2. Okay, Jonathan, I see what you are saying. Since I wrote it, though, let me offer you my reasoning for using the specific term "totalitarian." In his book, Jonah Goldberg enlightened me as to the proper use of the term "totalitarian." It means that the government saturates every aspect of one's life. It is involved not in part, but in total. I don't think we are a jump away from totalitarian government, I think that is indicative of a totalitarian government.

        Also, why the heck is everyone picking on Glenn Beck? Good grief.

      3. Okay, Jonathan, I see what you are saying. Since I wrote it, though, let me offer you my reasoning for using the specific term "totalitarian." In his book, Jonah Goldberg enlightened me as to the proper use of the term "totalitarian." It means that the government saturates every aspect of one's life. It is involved not in part, but in total. I don't think we are a jump away from totalitarian government, I think recycling initiatives are indicative of a totalitarian government.

        Also, why the heck is everyone picking on Glenn Beck? Good grief.

      4. "recycling initiatives are indicative of a totalitarian government."

        I'm sorry, but that's just stupid.

        "If it's so benign, people will do it own their own."

        Recycling requires infrastructure — it's not something people can just do "on their own"

        I'm personally not convinced that recycling at an individual level is going to have much of a positive impact — a more effective approach would be to mandate recycling by government agencies and contractors. Is that totalitarian too?

    2. haha
      typical conservative slipper slope argument.
      aren't you just inciting the people's ignorance tho?
      don't you think if something worse than recycling were to be forced upon us by the gov't, the people would raise hell? (case in point- healthcare)

    3. haha
      typical conservative slippery slope argument.
      aren't you just inciting the people's ignorance tho?
      don't you think if something worse than recycling were to be forced upon us by the gov't, the people would raise hell? (case in point- healthcare)

  5. You write "It is a lie designed to institute the need for a totalitarian state."

    The idea of mandating recycling may be bad, and your slippery slope argument may be fair, but at least don't say our politicians are actually TRYING to institute a totalitarian state. That is just silly. The road to the totalitarian state is paved with good intentions, or something like that.

    1. I see what you are saying, and it is certainly partly true. I think they accept it, and stop caring because they become disconnected from reality up in their little offices and at the cocktail parties. But, I think you have to admit that it is in part (I think large part) diabolical. But, I mean, of course they belive in what they are doing. So does everyone who does something.

  6. "As for me, I don’t know what to do. A freedom has been taken away from me. I don’t want to cause problems by throwing my plastic bottles away, but I do not want to comply either."

    Is this post a satire of dim-witted libertarians? The freedom that has been taken away from you is the freedom to dispose of your plastic bottle in a government-operated landfill that is rapidly filling up with your and everyone else's trash, including plastic bottles. If you want to pay for personal, private garbage disposal and a private landfill, you can throw away whatever you want, as long as it doesn't leach into the groundwater and start poisoning people, or catch on fire and require the government fire department to intervene, or produce toxic fumes….

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