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New safety rules for children's clothes have stores in a fit (Anti Lead Law)
The Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 2, 2009 | Alana Semuels

Posted on 01/06/2009 9:37:15 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority

Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing.

The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead.

"They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.

The new regulations take effect Feb. 10 under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which was passed by Congress last year in response to widespread recalls of products that posed a threat to children, including toys made with lead or lead-based paint.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: cpsc; ebay; lead; nannystate; toys
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The way this law is written, it may be illegal in America to buy or sell any used toy. This law has the potential to put millions of people out of work.
1 posted on 01/06/2009 9:37:15 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Socialist do-gooders on a rampage.


2 posted on 01/06/2009 9:38:57 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Question Liberal Authority
The testing-lab lobbyists got this law passed, no doubt.
3 posted on 01/06/2009 9:41:07 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the opium of the people.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

“They’ll all have to go to the landfill,” said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.

WRONG.

Sell them back to China at a HUGE discount. Let them worry about it.


4 posted on 01/06/2009 9:42:34 AM PST by Troll_House_Cookies (Ironically, Chancellor Obama's first re-education camp will be in Alaska.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
This is a full employment bill for Lawyers(liars),
testers and foreign material makers.
5 posted on 01/06/2009 9:45:28 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Obama, Change America will die for.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Come on people, what’s going on here? We’ve become a wimp nation. How do we stand up against this crap? Every day more and more of this stupidity is being shovel down our throats and we stand there and take it.


6 posted on 01/06/2009 9:46:04 AM PST by wedwo
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To: Question Liberal Authority

They’ll all have to go in a “landfill.”
In our neck of the woods, that’s called an attic.
By the way...what do Californians call a black market?


7 posted on 01/06/2009 9:46:04 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Live your principles. Don't just type them here.)
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To: samtheman
The same do gooders that brought you tripling of food prices after their degree to transform farmland into ethanol growing acreage.
Another side effect:
Dead zones in the Gulf while flushing fertilizer run-off down the Mississippi.
8 posted on 01/06/2009 9:46:12 AM PST by hermgem (Will Olmr)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Maybe also, it's a way to force Americans to buy new stuff to pump up the retail economy. If so, look for bans or stricter restrictions on garage sells next.
9 posted on 01/06/2009 9:47:20 AM PST by CindyDawg (m)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Psst! Hey buddy, wanna buy a romper?


10 posted on 01/06/2009 9:49:29 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Live your principles. Don't just type them here.)
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To: CindyDawg

And look for a crack down on ebay sellers, too.


11 posted on 01/06/2009 9:51:17 AM PST by kaylar
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To: Troll_House_Cookies
Sell them back to China at a HUGE discount. Let them worry about it.

They'll just grind them up and add it to the wheat gluten they ship here.

12 posted on 01/06/2009 9:58:21 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
Not a first ... anyone remember Tris?

Karl Marx and the Pajama Game
[snip] "In 1977, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the sale of Tris-impregnated garments and forced manufacturers to take back millions of pairs of pajamas."
13 posted on 01/06/2009 9:59:38 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

If it prevents the sale of used toys and clothing for children, it will also hit poor people who rely on those things for their kids the hardest.


14 posted on 01/06/2009 10:00:18 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Sounds like we need another bailout. s/ A crisis created by government which will then be used as the basis for another government invervention to help the people hurt by the government...


15 posted on 01/06/2009 10:00:34 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Could someone help me understand how toxic lead really is? From actions like this you’d think it was worse than some sort of highly radioactive waste. I know lead poisoning is real and that it effects the brain but is casual contact sufficient? Lead based paint was a problem because it was being eaten by kids, not because it was being handled by them.


16 posted on 01/06/2009 10:00:41 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

This will reduce the future number of liberals and Democrats.


17 posted on 01/06/2009 10:03:09 AM PST by polymuser (Bye, bye Miss American Pie.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
This will shut down consignment shops, and many other places that people with one income and several children shop.

Put a sign on the door that reads sale on all 48" doll cloths. (not intended for children under 12)

18 posted on 01/06/2009 10:05:06 AM PST by DYngbld (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: DYngbld

Also, Salvation Army, and Goodwill stores, where many low income people shop, or at least SHOULD shop, for bargain price clothes, but they rarely have Michael Jordan sneaks, apple bottom jeans (and boots with the fur) or Stop Snitching t-shirts.


19 posted on 01/06/2009 10:08:14 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: pepsi_junkie

I used to carry my lead sinkers in my mouth so I didn’t lose them, and never suffered any helath problems. Of course, in solid form like a lead sinker, they are less prone to causing health problems than when a lead paint dust is inhalable.


20 posted on 01/06/2009 10:10:09 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Common sense thrown out again because of yet another liberal nanny state law.

It does more narm than good. It hurts the poor more than helps. They don’t care. They THINK they’ve helped, that’s all that matters.

They could have easily put exemptions in for non-profits. Not that I’m for the law, but they didn’t even do that. The people who supposedly know better than we do how to live our lives, cannot add a provision in to stop stupid stuff like this from happening.

Morons.


21 posted on 01/06/2009 10:13:47 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Just how are they supposed to enforce this?


22 posted on 01/06/2009 10:15:53 AM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: samtheman

Industrial grade, Nanny State idiocy.

YES WE CAN’T!


23 posted on 01/06/2009 10:16:01 AM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself)
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To: DYngbld
Can we ban non-natural-born citizens from becoming President?

Nevermind.

24 posted on 01/06/2009 10:16:32 AM PST by elk
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To: pepsi_junkie

Believe it or not...lead was used in the middle ages and early Renaissance as roofing material for Gothic cathedrals.

If its good enough for those magnificent Houses of God, then it’s good enough for me.


25 posted on 01/06/2009 10:17:35 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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Maybe we should be like the FR of old and work on doing something about this. There is a month before it is to be enacted. Just lmk where to start.


26 posted on 01/06/2009 10:18:51 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Thank you for posting this - check the last post.
This is crazy - and no one knows about it!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2158470/posts


27 posted on 01/06/2009 10:25:02 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

When I was young my I used to make stained glass projects utilizing lead solder. Never had a problem. Sounds like more Nannyism.


28 posted on 01/06/2009 10:25:02 AM PST by Xenophon450 ( The stain of freedom, he's washed it out... who’s rocking the cradle? I have no doubt...)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

A round-about way to eliminate yard/garage sales (from which the gubmint generally doesn’t receive tax revenue)?

Just wonderin’


29 posted on 01/06/2009 10:28:17 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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“They’ll all have to go to the landfill,” said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.

WRONG.

You now need a permit to dump something that might have lead in it in a landfill.


30 posted on 01/06/2009 10:30:15 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

According to a link a Freeper posted the other day, the thrift stores will be “Grandfathered” in.

Whether that is true or not, I don’t know.


31 posted on 01/06/2009 10:40:02 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: George from New England

Exactly. They put untested children’s clothing in the category of “banned hazardous substance,” which means that introducing it into “interstate commerce” is prohibited.

And given the way the courts have ruled on drug cases, “interstate commerce” involves giving it away to your neighbor.


32 posted on 01/06/2009 10:45:28 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
My great grandfather's house in Wales had a slate roof. It was held in place with bars of lead affixed to a framework. The lead mines were a source of employment for small Welsh boys between ages 4 and 11. After that time, they grew too big at adolescence to fit in the mines. The older boys tended sheep.

There is a Welsh variant of the Italian calzone that includes a bread "handle". The miners handled only that "handle" when eating the stew stuffed bread, then tossed away the "handle". Even then they were quite aware of the consequence of consuming lead.

33 posted on 01/06/2009 10:46:55 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yeah and their lawyer friends who are going to have the class action suits where the lawyers are the only ones who get anything.


34 posted on 01/06/2009 10:55:01 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Myrddin

And how long did all the “lead handlers” in your family, live to be?


35 posted on 01/06/2009 11:02:19 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Only sell stuff that is for really really small adults.

8-)


36 posted on 01/06/2009 11:02:47 AM PST by Grammy
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And how long did all the “lead handlers” in your family, live to be?

Mostly into their mid 80's except for those who died from tuberculosis epidemics that swept through the villages. The cemetery at Ysbty Ystwyth shows whole families wiped out in a matter of months. My great grandfather lived from 1842 to 1921. A good 79 years with 19 children.

37 posted on 01/06/2009 11:14:12 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: hermgem

Wherever dogooders tread, real people suffer real harm.


38 posted on 01/06/2009 11:26:03 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman

Remember to look at every issue that the left pushes from the viewpoint of

“how does this further the destruction of the traditional family?”

That is the root goal of all their policies.

This one’s easy. Second hand clothing is the way to clothe a large family. Remove that ability, and you make it a lot more (prohibitively) expensive to have a large family.


39 posted on 01/06/2009 11:30:14 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

More of a direct attack on families.
Make children’s clothing more expensive means fewer children and families.


40 posted on 01/06/2009 11:32:34 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: MrB
"The law introduces an extraordinarily large number of testing requirements for products for which everyone knows there's no lead," he said.
If we had any guts as a nation, a bunch of these scaliwags would be paraded around the streets of this country tarred, feathered and tied to a rail.

Lousy creeps.

Lousy filthy b@sta$rds.

41 posted on 01/06/2009 11:35:18 AM PST by samtheman
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"We really provide a service to the community to help people get clothes for their children they otherwise couldn't afford," she said.
If we had a free press in this country...
42 posted on 01/06/2009 11:37:17 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Question Liberal Authority

I read about this several weeks ago and it was said that if the thread makers and the fabric makers were certified by testing (by govt. approved testing companies) that this was not acceptable by the law. Each item made had to have a complete example tested. This is a long drawn out procedure.


43 posted on 01/06/2009 11:37:17 AM PST by goosie
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To: samtheman

There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Rand


44 posted on 01/06/2009 11:38:52 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: MrB

That’s why we need a revolution. And I’m not just reacting to this clothing fiasco when I say that. The whole structure of government micro-dictating everyone’s lives has to be torn down.


45 posted on 01/06/2009 11:40:17 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Yep this is really a bad law that this last ongress passed! The way it is written it puts anyone who makes anything by hand for kids out of buisness even the big manufacturesers are screaming about this!


46 posted on 01/06/2009 11:40:20 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: samtheman

oh, it WILL crash.

Remember that we are just visitors here, this is NOT our real home. We are in the realm of the Enemy.

This latest election has made me realize what that actually means.

A drunk will continue to make self destructive choices until he dies or hits bottom and elects for salvation.


47 posted on 01/06/2009 11:42:05 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

The inmates are running the insane asylum.


48 posted on 01/06/2009 12:10:56 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: Troll_House_Cookies
Sell them back to China at a HUGE discount. Let them worry about it.

Sell them back? Why would China buy them back? And do some reading, this law covers everything all the way down to lead in the valve stems of bicycles.

49 posted on 01/06/2009 1:15:25 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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Just how are they supposed to enforce this?

Trial lawyers will be happy to handle this for a cut of the lawsuit against the used clothing store.

50 posted on 01/06/2009 1:28:21 PM PST by Voltage
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