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Top 10 Worst Federal Rules of 2011

The top ten worst federal rules of 2011.

All are crippling, but this one is plain stupid:

4. The Equine Equality Rule. As of March 15 (the Ides of March, no less), hotels, restaurants, airlines, and the like became obliged to modify “policies, practices, or procedures” to accommodate miniature horses as service animals. According to the Department of Justice, which administers the rule, miniature horses are a “viable alternative” to dogs for individuals with allergies or for observant Muslims and others whose religious beliefs preclude canine accompaniment.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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2 comments

  • Charlie on the PA Tpk

    It begs the question: what defines miniture?

    I work with kids who have special needs, some with aid dogs, so I can relate. While I am certain there are those who have religious beliefs that bar them from using dogs, what fraction of a single percent are we talking about here??

  • Steve C

    My cousin has miniature horses. They’re not that small, bigger than a St Bernard. They’re not something you’d want walking around in a restaurant. They’re not that bright either. Not something I’d trust my life to at a crowded intersection.

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