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posted at 5:31 pm on August 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s a palate cleanser designed for my current trip to the Golden State. Two of Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month nominees for July 2014 come from my home state, which … will surprise no one from California. (How did it miss the hat trick, anyway? Darned Iowans.) Newport Beach edges out Oakland for the (dubious) honor, though, for banning the future, which we all know from The Jetsons means personal jetpacks. Or at least it did, until the bureaucratic impulse to kill all fun for safety reasons eclipsed technology as the wave of the future:

In July, police promise confrontations will happen if one town doesn’t ban the open carry of guns… toy guns. And in Oakland, California going green and making green just got a bit more difficult with a ban on “Eco ATMs” that offer cash payouts for old electronics and which local city officials say incentivize cell phone theft. But this month’s top dishonor goes to the Newport Beach city council, which has prohibited new businesses in the “water jet pack” industry from opening along the shoreline.

Officials hope the six-month moratorium addresses concerns related to “noise, injuries, wakes and a possible proliferation of the water-propelled devices.”

While it’s true that not everyone can handle the power of the jet pack, some of us have been waiting on our jet packs for a long time. So, step aside Newport Beach city council, because some of us are ready to fly.

A possible proliferation of fun, among adults? Well, we can’t have that, can we? I’m beginning to think that the Vogons in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were the most realistic part of that classic absurdist novel.

Still, I’d be inclined to choose Oakland over Newport Beach because of the double irony involved. Environmentalists, the source of much nanny-state nonsense as it is, came up with a novel and non-nanny way to deal with their legitimate concerns about electronics piling up in landfills; in fact, the ATM-style machines put market forces to work in incentivizing ecological activism. How often do we see that? It took their usual allies in their fight to squelch that effort, thanks to the nanny-state impulse to harm the victim rather than fight the actual crime.

Which of the three would you choose? Take the poll:

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What? The Central-American-Nanny-in-Chief doesn’t rate a mention?

ShainS on August 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

So Jane put a stop to those crazy things?

Flange on August 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Toy guns FTW!!!

CW on August 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

toy guns.
no contest.

dmacleo on August 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Burlington, Iowa for banning open carry of toy guns…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Officials hope the six-month moratorium addresses concerns related to “noise, injuries, wakes and a possible proliferation of the water-propelled devices.”

A gulf front hotel down the beach from me here in FL has been renting those jet packs for about a year. They’re no more noisy than my boat or any other vessel. The wake looks strange from a distance, but it’s small and not dangerous at all. No one’s complained because there’s nothing to complain about other than the price to rent one, which is a few hundred dollars for maybe thirty minutes. California must have the highest concentration of miserable a-holes in the world.

RadClown on August 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Toy guns.

ladyingray on August 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

California must have the highest concentration of miserable a-holes in the world.

RadClown on August 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Absolutely, 100 percent correct.

Lord Whorfin on August 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

And in Oakland, California going green and making green just got a bit more difficult with a ban on “Eco ATMs” that offer cash payouts for old electronics and which local city officials say incentivize cell phone theft.

Because, of course, banning “Eco ATMs” is easier than reducing crime to the point that cell phone theft is minimal.

Happy Nomad on August 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

So, It’s legal to carry a concealed toy gun, I guess.

james hooker on August 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Gotta’ go with Burlington and the ubiquitous toy gun. It effects many more people. Besides, my dad was born there. They crossed the river because Oquawka didn’t have a hospital. Or something like that. I wasn’t there and the memories are hazy.

cozmo on August 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

And in Oakland, California going green and making green just got a bit more difficult with a ban on “Eco ATMs” that offer cash payouts for old electronics and which local city officials say incentivize cell phone theft.

Wait, what? You are going to throw a fit over restricting the electronic auto-fence?

Count to 10 on August 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Toy guns FTW FTL!!!

CW on August 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

ReWrite™ engaged because banning toy guns is just WRONG!

Toy robots, on the other hand, are humorous.

Steve Eggleston on August 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

What? The Central-American-Nanny-in-Chief doesn’t rate a mention?

ShainS on August 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You’re talking about Losertarians here. They go after their fellow ideological travellers the Rats with even less vigor than El Partido Republicano Legado does.

Steve Eggleston on August 2, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Will kids be required to obtain a concealed toy gun carry license?

partsnlabor on August 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I’d say the cellphone vending machines in Oakland.

Should Obama’s sons plan on Trayvoning somebody their target just may need a cellphone in a hurry.

viking01 on August 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

The JetLev promotional video is one of the best I’ve ever seen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im1iNq02Kz0

makes me want to go steal a bunch of cell phones and cash them in at the EcoATM so I can ride a jetpack! ;-)

SoRight on August 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Is there a special 3-for-one rate for burning all three of these groups at-the-stake?

Another Drew on August 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Voted for Iowa in the poll.
My birth state-born in Iowa to an IA dad and a PA mom-used to be so conservative. It’s looney now.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

It’s looney now.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Psssst, I last spent long amounts of time there 35 years ago. It was looney then too.

cozmo on August 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

cozmo on August 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Pssst, The Quad Cities were pretty conservative.
Were.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Davenport was pretty looney when I lived there in 1980…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The operative words there are; were (self evident), and pretty (looks good…can you say RINO…acts differently). Take off those rose colored glasses of childhood memories.

cozmo on August 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I think those Dirty Rottens hat banned toy guns in Iowa should be lined up and shot by a dozen 8 year olds with those same toy guns. Pew Pew Pew!!

dddave on August 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Can we somehow get liberals, socialists, progressives, and fascists banned?

Violators earn the death penalty.

Diluculo on August 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Which should win July 2014′s Nanny of the Month?

Reason. They are always trying to tell people what to do. Every other week we get a post here on how we should love murders because of some lame libtard argument they endorse. This ignores the fact that the DP enjoys wide support on both the left and right nation wide. Reason argued that CA should not have the DP even though Californians just went to the ballot and it received overwhelming support. Reason is just another group of beltway hacks. Blah!

Blake on August 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM

While it’s true that not everyone can handle the power of the jet pack, some of us have been waiting on our jet packs for a long time. So, step aside Newport Beach city council, because some of us are ready to fly.
…………..
My son-in-law was in on the start up of the jet-lev pack fiasco here in S.Fla.these devices that originally sold for around 100k don’t know what they are down to now are problem laden, ridden with failure after failure.
You name it and it goes wrong with these pos’s. My son-in-law tried to rent them out in Key West and couldn’t keep them running long enough to even get a week out of them.
They might be better now. Again if you don’t know your stuff don’t get on one. They are designed to go fast above or below the water so be prepared.

rodguy911 on August 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Why is all of the above not a choice?

talkingpoints on August 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Why don’t they simply ask kids to apply and receive licenses for their toy guns? That way, they can reeducate them at the same time!

Shy Guy on August 3, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Simple solution.

Vote those currently serving as mayors or on city councils or elected police chiefs or sheriffs who make such policies or those elected officials who are their bosses out and replace them with folks with half a brain.

Recall elections did wonders for the political class in Colorado over gun laws; it got many to come to heel.

We enable this crapolla if the bozos in office who propose them stay in office. They need to be voted out.

Up here in the Socialist State of Western Washington a few years back a city was considering putting in traffic cameras. A city initiative was drafted by citizens saying that if such cameras were emplaced the cost of the tickets would be that of the lowest parking ticket at the time ($10 is the number I remember). Some little old lady at the behest of the company the city was going to partner with sued to stop the thing. Suit lost. All this scared the city council’s collective balls off! They passed some bill outlawing the use of the cameras well before the vote.

Bubba Redneck on August 3, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Can we somehow get liberals, socialists, progressives, and fascists (collectively termed “Nazis”) banned?

Violators earn the death penalty.

Diluculo on August 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

The FreeShit Army is lost; Nazis have these guys by the short and curlies.

Needs to be open season.

Bubba Redneck on August 3, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Ed…I recall you writing about growing up in California, but I didn’t know you were born here. Welcome back even for a short stay. You’ll find our State more crazy than when you left. I wish there was a way to meet you while you’re here but I know that won’t happen.

I like to tease people who live here and weren’t born here that there is a State law that if you weren’t born in California, you have to go back to your home State once a year for at least a week. Some actually believe that claim! So I suppose Minnesota now has a similar law!

God bless,
Michael.

Michael Harlin on August 3, 2014 at 4:06 AM

I had to go with the toy gun one, as the jetpack issue is a moratorium on new licenses, not a ban.

GWB on August 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM