Claire Wolf reminds me of one of my pet peeves. The entry there talks about a restaraunt in S. Korea which serves dog to those who have a taste for it. She mentions how some countries, put on the list of "oppressive" regimes are probably more free than the U.S. when it comes to personal choice.
I made a trip to Mexico a couple of years ago and was astounded at the number of unlicensed street vendors and businesses in Mexico City. Try that in any U.S. city.
Remember Iraq when it was run by an evil dictator? Virtually every citizen in that country had a fully automatic AK-47, not the phony SKS knockoffs we have access to in this country. By phony, I mean semi-automatic. What was the first thing U.S. forces started doing after "hostilities" were over? Why, going door to door, confiscating those firearms and dictating that any given family could only posess one firearm - a semi-automatic handgun or revolver.
That's how you spread freedom around the globe isn't it? Try obtaining a full-auto AK-47 in your fair city. Let me know how it works out.
Try smoking within the walls of a restaraunt in any major metropolitan area of the U.S. Chances are, you'll be either run out or ticketed or both.
In Europe, you'll find cats and dogs in any given bar or restaraunt. Cats are cheap pest control (and far less toxic than the chemicals used here in the U.S. to erradicate pests) and dogs are just pleasant to be around. I can't tell you how many times I saw a dog sitting on a barstool while visiting Scandanavia.
Think you'll see that in this "free" country? Not unless it's your dad's makeshift bar in his garage. We have healthcodes here. Security and safety are far more important than your freedoms.