Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.”

― C. S. Lewis

The UK nanny state is considering forcing golfers to wear crash helmets.

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36 Responses to Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

  1. David of Aussie says:

    “Forrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…….”

  2. R Shearer says:

    Maybe they aren’t teeing off correctly.

  3. Verslues says:

    Because the Government has fixed all the other problems. Maybe they can get a bunch of school kids to ditch school and protest this, after all you are far more likely to get hit with a golf ball than globul warming.

  4. Steven Parker says:

    Is playing golf without a helmet more dangerous than jumping out of an airplane? If not, then let’s ban skydiving first, then move on the less dangerous things. Lice and let live (or die as it may be).

    • rah says:

      I had exactly 100 military jumps and about 10 civilian freefalls. Still here. A paratrooper knows they’re getting old when the aircraft they jumped become museum pieces. Of the US aircraft I jumped the following are now museum pieces:

      UH-1 Huey
      C-7A Caribou
      C-123 Provider
      C-141 Starlifter

      I can only hope that I’m like the C-130 from which I had the most jumps which first flew in 1955 and is still going strong. It’s first flight was 1955. The year I was born.

      • David of Aussie says:

        As Seinfeld correctly observed. If you wear a helmet for skydiving, the helmet is wearing you for protection not the other way round.

        • Streetcred says:

          Makes it easier to collect the brains together !

          Those darn pests that shout “get in the hole” and “babbabuya” all of the time need to get hit in the head off the tee, it might help shut them up!

        • rah says:

          Helmets are useful once under canopy and actually before. In static line jumps as the chute is being deployed, the metal parts where the shroud lines attach to the risers can bonk a jumper in the back of the head if he/she is not in a good exit position.

          For freefall jumpers collision with other jumpers in freefall is a real hazard.

          Then once the canopy is deployed the advantages of a brain bucket should be self explanatory.

          BTW my state of Indiana used to have a helmet law for motorcyclists but got rid of it. The insurance companies figured out it was cheaper to bury crash victims than to maintain comatose patients or pay for the care of the permanently brain damaged.

          • Gamecock says:

            My winter helmet is a Shoei Neotec (love it!). The whole front lifts up.

            Websites say the hinged front is not as safe as a solid front helmet. To which several friends have said, “If you hit something hard enough to break the latch, you’ve got a broken neck, anyway.”

          • rah says:

            US Army video of bad exits. The second half of the video shows the results outside the aircraft during chute deployment.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Q1o6HAg9A

            Another one of mostly bad heavy equipment drops.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKTVY57oXe0

          • Gator says:

            I watched a paratrooper hit the side of a base housing apartment building at Patch Barracks about forty years ago. His shoot, which had been caught by a high wind, carried just above the roof and he hit the wall hard. He bled to death as he hung there. His helmet was crushed by the impact, and I will never forget standing helpless below. He was the father of a close friend, and died just outside his family’s bathroom window.

  5. rah says:

    All politicians who propose and support such stuff should be forced to have a lobotomy for the general welfare of the public at large.

    • Streetcred says:

      rah, they’re required to have a lobotomy prior to entering into parliament that is why they take up these stupid crusades on behalf of the loonies. Bit like the CO2 / temperature issue … but the lobotomy comes first ! ;-)

  6. David A says:

    If the health care is statist single payer, then you can expect ever greater government dictates.

  7. rah says:

    Hmmm. Wonder what will happen at the British Open? I guess the players will for the most part bend over and take it since it is about the money after all. And the sponsors will quickly come up with helmets with their logos on them.

  8. rah says:

    Oh, and will anyone on an active course have to wear a helmet? Ground keepers, Gallery, officials, broadcasters, caddies, etc ? And I guess they better mandate them for all the wildlife on the course also.

    • MGJ says:

      It follows from such madness that anybody in any public – or even private – area within range of a mis-cue would have to have similar protection. Sad if your garden backs onto a golf course: ‘woman arrested and charged with sunbathing without a helmet!’

  9. Streetcred says:

    I know a greenkeeper that needs to get hit in the head a few times … ya know what I mean ?

  10. Simon Platt says:

    I’m afraid this seems to be an American thing. See this link from, er, early April: http://jagwire.augusta.edu/archives/32048

  11. Robertv says:

    What do you think happens to the brain when a football (soccer) player hits the ball with his head?
    Or better when 2 player go for the same ball but miss the ball.

  12. arn says:

    They don’t give a shit when their children get massraped and stabbed my muslims and will even deny that it is happening and protect the offenders
    but ,well,they are so “worried” to protect golfers from something that probably kills 0.1 people in a decade while they don”t mind their country being shitholed.

    The guy(s) behind this proposal should be shot on the spot for stupidity and idiocy.

    (now i wonder why noone cares about the audience,as it is more probable that one of the millions of guys who visit the pro tournaments gets hit and killed
    than a dozen guys on the course-and all of them have some canvas to protect their heads a bit as all wear caps)

    On the other hand:being killed by a golfball is as likely as being killed by global warming.

    • Squidly says:

      It is actually remarkable the number of “injuries” suffered each year. That being said, the odds of actually being killed by a golf ball is pretty darned low. You have a 1000x’s greater chance of being killed by lightning, especially on a golf course.

      • arn says:

        Having a metal rod in your hand during lightning maybe the most dangerous thing in golf :)

        And i am pretty sure that the demographic of golf players is not of that kind of warriors who ignore significant risks as skiing-pros,wrestlers,free climbery or boxers or banzai parashooters.
        So if there is some real risk people would have pointed it out long ago.

        • Patrick healy says:

          Ran,
          As a keen golfer (who seem to be lacking among commentators on here) I have no problems with lightening strikes.
          To quote Lee Trevino I just hold up a one iron as I know even God cannot hit one of them.
          I have no intention of being seen dead (or alive) wearing a crash helmet on Carnoustie Links.

  13. Gamecock says:

    They don’t want people playing golf. At all. They can’t get it banned. So they start incremental pissant stuff like this.

    THEY DON’T LOVE GOLFERS; THEY HATE GOLFERS!

  14. GW Smith says:

    What progressives don’t ban, they mandate. Hello, 1984.

  15. -B- says:

    Well the busybodies often got away with forcing people to wear silly foam hats when bicycling so now they are going to force it on other safe activities.

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