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The Feds' War on ... Buckyballs!
Townhall.com ^ | Augst 1, 2012 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 08/01/2012 5:31:26 AM PDT by Kaslin

It's come to this: In the name of protecting parents from their own lack of responsibility and common sense, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is waging all-out war on an innovative consumer product company in New York.

The vengeful, destructive feds won't stop until the world is safe from tiny, magnetic Buckyballs -- and until every last job created by the firm is wiped out.

Where are the defenders of American innovation and entrepreneurship when you need them? While the White House doles out billions of taxpayer dollars to failed crony ventures, this phenomenally successful toy maker is fighting for its life.

Last week, the agency filed an "administrative complaint" against the manufacturer/distributor of Buckyballs and Buckycubes, New York-based Maxfield and Oberton Holdings LLC. The legal action -- only the second of its kind in 11 years -- seeks to stop all sales of Buckyballs products, force a recall and order full refunds. According to the bureaucrats, "dozens of young children and teenagers swallowed" the adult desk toy, causing "internal injuries requiring surgeries."

A dozen swallowing incidents have been linked by the CPSC to Buckyballs since 2009. Compare that to the estimated 30,000 emergency room visits that occur every year as a result of children swallowing government-minted coins.

There are no fewer than five cautionary labels on every Buckyballs or Buckycubes product box; the company distributes an educational video on the dangers of swallowing the toys. And Maxfield and Oberton has cooperated with the government on safety policy since its inception.

Yet, several feckless retailers (including Brookstone, Amazon and Urban Outfitters) under the regulatory gun have already yanked the magnets from their virtual and physical shelves despite the company's clear warnings that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults -- not children.

"Obviously the bureaucrats see danger everywhere, and those responsible people -- like our company who have vigorously promoted safety and appropriate use of our products -- gets put out of business by an unfair and arbitrary process," Craig Zucker, founder and CEO of Maxfield and Oberton, said in a statement.

Obama's big-business pals sit on do-nothing jobs councils and host countless dog-and-pony shows touting their commitment to "Startup America." But when a 3-year-old startup that has earned $50 million in sales all on its own faces ruthless bureaucratic extinction, the government jobs blowhards are nowhere to be found.

The Obama administration has issued thousands of waivers to union donors and other politically connected recipients to protect them from onerous federal health care regulations. Where's the usurper-in-chief's special executive order to keep the CPSC's hands off of America's Buckyballs?

"I don't understand how and why they did this without following their own rules before allowing us to make our case," Zucker said. "It almost seems like they simply wanted to put our products and industry out of business."

The magnetic toy company is not alone. The heavy-handed CPSC is notorious for imposing nonsensical rules that have decimated small businesses across the country. A hysterical overreaction to lead in children's toys three years ago ushered in a trial lawyer-friendly nationwide witch hunt against handmade toymakers, manufacturers of artisanal books, sellers of musical instruments and other educational entrepreneurs.

Richard Woldenberg of the family-run Learning Resources, Inc., summed up the nosybodies run amok last year:

"As directed by Congress, the CPSC has dutifully banned the sale of rhinestones to children, ended the era of youth model ATVs and forbidden the use of brass bushings in toy car wheel assemblies. Why? They might emit a single atom of lead! ... Advocates have never produced victim case histories to justify the draconian rules and simply wag their fingers at anyone daring to question their cherished law."

In 2001, I reported on the CPSC's crackdown on baby bath seats -- which was based on dubious fatality statistics that whitewashed parents' idiotic decisions to leave infants alone in the seats or with younger siblings who dumped the babies into the tubs to drown. According to the manufacturers, all but three of the bath-seat deaths cited by the feds over the past two decades occurred when a child was left alone.

Government paternalism is wreaking havoc on the economy. They have self-made entrepreneurs who refuse to play their games by the balls. The Nanny State is not a lifesaver. It is a self-serving serial job-killer.


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1 posted on 08/01/2012 5:31:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Let me guess... the owner of the company is not one of Eric Holder's people?

I'm right, aren't I?

2 posted on 08/01/2012 5:33:16 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: Kaslin

Did he make the mistake of donating to Republicans?

When Obama took over GM they closed down all the Republican-owned delaerships - I guess a car sale is only good when a democrat sells it


3 posted on 08/01/2012 5:36:59 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Kaslin

Buckballs and Buckycubes are clearly labeled to be kept away from children.
This infernal nanny state will legislate everything if allowed to continue.
What would they do if a child were to encounter a poisonous spider or a poisonous snake?
When will they outlaw glass? /s


4 posted on 08/01/2012 5:37:24 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Well, I had to look 'em up, 'cause I had no clue what Buckyballs were ...

Warnings all OVER the site .. (let the top 1/3 scroll left to right)

5 posted on 08/01/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kaslin
The real problem is they have too darn much time... STOP IT, stope the regulations, stop the taxes stop the spending.

If the government did not have so darn many people they would not be enforcing little things - they would focus on the big stuff. The supreme court wetlands story earlier this year, the spilled milk, the stupid school funding of crap programs...it is all because folks have too much time on their hands and too many regs, they make our lives a mess!!

6 posted on 08/01/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: knarf

I’d never heard of them either, but they look like they’d be fun. I may have to get one.


7 posted on 08/01/2012 5:44:03 AM PDT by livius
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To: Kaslin

We gots lots o’ work to do come 1/20/13.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 5:44:22 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Kaslin

Buckyballs seem neat.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 5:45:26 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: q_an_a
OK .. after REALLY reading the site, I notice that the warning is to keep away from ALL children.

What the hell are executives doing with these things, then?

They ARE, after all ... desk toys, right?

Maybe an idiot gummint guy swallowed one or two while daydreaming up some new regulations ... VOILA!!,

I nearly died, so someone else may nearly die, thus; ..

REGULATE !

10 posted on 08/01/2012 5:53:05 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kaslin

I ordered a set of Buckyballs last night after reading about this.


11 posted on 08/01/2012 5:56:46 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: livius

Not to be confused with Buggy Balls ;-)


12 posted on 08/01/2012 6:13:06 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Kaslin
I thought this was a buckyball....made of Buckminsterfullerene. No....not joking. It exists.


13 posted on 08/01/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: Kaslin

One more in a long line of persecuted businesses.

I’ve had a set of Buckyballs for a couple of years. Really cool little gizmo.

Gladly, seems like this is getting the attention it deserves. Heard the owner on Rush a day or two ago. Now Malkin.

I ought to buy a set of BuckyCubes just to support the business. After all, eating Chick-Fil-A (or “Chick-a-fil”, as my granddaddy called them) all day today.

SnakeDoc


14 posted on 08/01/2012 6:24:32 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: Kaslin
Well, I had never heard of Buckyballs.

But now, I know what I want for my birthday next week. I'm even going to make Mr. Rightfield's job easy . . . I'll order them online and he can given them to me.

Doesn't every couple who have been together for 40+ years do birthday gifts this way, once in a while?

15 posted on 08/01/2012 6:24:55 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: knarf
"Maybe an idiot gummint guy swallowed one or two while daydreaming up some new regulations ... VOILA!!"

More likely that the "gummint guy" left his box of (strongly magnetic) BuckyBalls on his desk next to his computer on his lunch break, and when he got back, his hard drive had been totally wiped, LOL.

{B^D

16 posted on 08/01/2012 6:25:34 AM PDT by RebelTex
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

When I started reading the post, I was confused as well.

I only know bucky balls as Buckminsterfullerenes.

Since they exist on the atomic level, I wouldn’t think that swallowing them would be an issue.


17 posted on 08/01/2012 6:26:56 AM PDT by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: Kaslin
According to the bureaucrats, "dozens of young children and teenagers swallowed" the adult desk toy,

Teenagers?

18 posted on 08/01/2012 6:33:04 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: knarf

Do Not Taunt Buckyball.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 6:36:07 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: RebelTex

Reminds me of the idiot cow orker back when floppy disks were still around — he stuck one of his to the side of a filing cabinet with a magnet and then couldn’t figure out what happened to his data.


20 posted on 08/01/2012 6:46:21 AM PDT by Wise Hectare
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To: Wise Hectare

LOLOL


21 posted on 08/01/2012 6:47:42 AM PDT by RebelTex
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To: RebelTex
More likely that the "gummint guy" left his box of (strongly magnetic) BuckyBalls on his desk next to his computer on his lunch break, and when he got back, his hard drive had been totally wiped,

Funny, but impossible.

Do you realize that one of the most powerful magnets made is INSIDE the drive within micrometers of the hard drive surface ?

22 posted on 08/01/2012 6:50:07 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Help. How do I put something in my tagline.)
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To: knarf

if we ban things because kids MIGHT use them or get sick, then we ban, cigs, liquior, cars ( dead children in the heat) etc. etc. houses without A/C - there is a bunch of those in Colorado - the point is life has perils - get used to it. /rant off


23 posted on 08/01/2012 6:54:58 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: q_an_a
Obviously 99% of gummint reugulations defy logic.

More specifically, EPA gummint regulations ... no ... I was right the first time ... all gummint regulations.

24 posted on 08/01/2012 7:00:36 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

Time for a Tea Party bumper sticker - STOP IT!! SPENDING, REGULATIONS,TAX INCREASES


25 posted on 08/01/2012 7:06:00 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: markoman

Nor with Sweaddy Balls


26 posted on 08/01/2012 7:12:27 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Kaslin
They have a video titled "SAVE OUR BALLS":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r9IWCKo4Tc
27 posted on 08/01/2012 7:32:19 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Kaslin

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/07/30/ceo_of_buckyballs_save_our_balls

Rush had the owner on a few days ago..

“SAVE OUR BALLS!!”

That is funny right there :)


28 posted on 08/01/2012 8:15:23 AM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: texas_mrs

How about for a slogan: “Keep the Government’s hands off our balls!”


29 posted on 08/01/2012 8:19:14 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: RebelTex

If that is the case might I suggest a set of bucky balls for EVERY government desk and server room.


30 posted on 08/01/2012 8:24:17 AM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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bmfl


31 posted on 08/01/2012 9:39:07 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: cableguymn

LOL

Wish it were that simple, however we will probably have to fire a large percentage of the govt. workforce and replace ALL Lib/Left/Dem politicians/elected officials with conservatives, LOL.

Workin’ on it, heheh.


32 posted on 08/01/2012 10:21:34 AM PDT by RebelTex
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To: UCANSEE2

Hey, com’on - that was a joke.

And yes, it would be very hard to use magnets to erase a hard drive, but technically not impossible.

“Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a prototype that completely destroys a hard disk in a matter of seconds, clearing off all information and rendering the drive unusable. The disk erasure system, dubbed GuardDog, uses a 125-pound magnet that delivers a field comparable to the strength of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. When exposed to the field, the magnetic media of a hard disk is scrubbed clean. “

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/405951/how-to-kill-a-hard-drive/

This is an example of why I no longer keep the Humor Ping List - FReepers are losing their sense of humor.


33 posted on 08/01/2012 10:28:32 AM PDT by RebelTex
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To: Mr. Quarterpanel
Since they exist on the atomic level, I wouldn’t think that swallowing them would be an issue.

Ha! True. At least, not for a VERY long time.

34 posted on 08/01/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: Kaslin

Happy Fun Ball
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gzDC-2ZO8I


35 posted on 08/01/2012 1:05:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kaslin

Looks as though We the People have ourselves a few too many employees...with not enough to do other than harass their employers.


36 posted on 08/01/2012 1:16:11 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Kaslin

If cars were invented today, does anybody think for even a fraction of a second that THEY would let The Great Unwashed actually drive them? Seriously?


37 posted on 08/01/2012 2:34:08 PM PDT by DNME (Tired of being polite about it? Time for action? Reawaken the Sons of Liberty!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

That was my first thought as well.


38 posted on 08/01/2012 5:10:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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