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  • Team Obama Bans Press Cameras from White House Congressional Picnic

    09/17/2014 9:05:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/17/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Ahead of President Obama’s annual picnic with members of Congress, the White House prohibited television cameras and photographer access to the event. Only allowing print pool reporters were allowed to cover Obama’s speech. That annoyed White House reporters including ABC News reporter Jon Karl, who pointed out that it was a change from year’s past. “In a break w/ past practice, the WH is prohibiting TV & photo coverage of today's Congressional picnic at the White House,” he noted on Twitter.
  • Another town bans detention of illegal unaccompanied minors, CNN anchor nearly loses her mind

    07/10/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 7/10/14 | staff
    League City in Texas has banned the processing and detention of illegal unaccompanied minors in their community. Heidi Thiess, League City Councilwoman, told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield that they don’t believe the federal government is following its own laws and the resolution they passed is aimed at the overall problem of illegal immigration and human trafficking. When Thiess was asked if she understood the criticism that they are turning their backs on these people who just need help, she disagreed pointing out that the unaccompanied children are only 18% of those in detention right now and if the federal government were...
  • Fed policy bans asking legal status of parents who claim illegal children

    07/09/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/9/14 | Stephen Dinan
    Nearly half of all illegal immigrant children don’t show up for their deportation hearings, federal officials testified to Congress on Wednesday, underscoring just how easy it is for those surging across the border right now to disappear into the shadows. The number could be even higher for the current surge of unaccompanied children flooding across the border, who are often released to illegal immigrant parents who have no incentive to bring their children to immigration courts. And federal authorities specifically refuse to ask the legal status of the parents or relatives who come to claim the children, officials acknowledged. “We...
  • New Jersey: Magazine Capacity Restriction Vetoed!!!

    07/02/2014 3:33:39 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 10 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 07/02/2014 | NRA
    Today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed A.2006/S.993, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37). This legislation sought to arbitrarily lower New Jersey’s magazine restriction from fifteen rounds to ten
  • Wash. school district complies with Michelle O’s lunch rules and bans birthday cupcakes

    07/01/2014 10:50:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 7/1/14 | Victor Skinner
    LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Michelle Obama’s national school lunch overhaul is getting a little ridiculous. The First Lady worked with federal bureaucrats to strictly limit what types of foods can be served in school cafeterias across the country in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The federal regulations on meat, vegetables, salt, and other aspects of the school lunch has been met with staunch indignation from students who have either trashed their mandatory fruit and vegetables or opted not to eat lunch at all. Now, the Edmonds School District in Washington state and others are cracking down on birthday cupcakes and...
  • Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules

    06/29/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/29/14 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world.The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The Bibles were too offensive and violated the separation of church and state rule.But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan.Stars and Stripes reported: U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise...
  • University of Arkansas Bans Washington Free Beacon from Clinton Archives

    06/19/2014 1:17:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 6/19/14 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    The Washington Free Beacon, which has broken several scoops related to Hillary Clinton, has been banned from using the Clinton archive at the University of Arkansas: A Hillary Clinton donor who serves as dean of the University of Arkansas libraries has banned the Washington Free Beacon from the school’s special collections archives, after the news outlet published revealing stories about Hillary Clinton based on documents available at the university library. The ban came days after the Free Beacon ran a story about Clinton’s 1975 defense of a child rapist that drew from audio recordings available at the University of Arkansas...
  • Attacking Consumer Choices through the Tax Code

    03/06/2014 2:29:55 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    ALEC ^ | 3-6-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Last week, a bill was introduced but never heard in the Washington State Senate that considered a proposal to tax electronic cigarettes at 95 percent of their cost; the same as other tobacco or tobacco substitute products. A similar proposal is currently working its way through the Washington House as part of the House budget bill package. Whatever the intentions of policymakers, singling out a specific product or group of products for extra severe tax assessment is contrary to the principles of sound tax policy and will harm the state’s economy overall. First and foremost, the tax code is the...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • The Decline of America: The Banning of Dodgeball, Tag, and even Cartwheels

    10/09/2013 12:15:33 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 10 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    Every day it seems that our country becomes increasingly insane and the further deterioration of our country becomes move evident. Nowhere is this trend more prevalent than it is in our schools. Over the last several decades, many physical activities have been banned at schools with dodgeball being the big baddie that had to be put down. Now comes news that at the Weber Middle School in Port Washington, Long Island, have banned footballs, baseballs, games of rough tag, and even cartwheels without the supervision of a coach or an adult. Yes, the wussification of America continues its relentless pace....
  • City bans 'God Bless America' signs (FL)

    10/04/2013 7:17:40 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 26 replies
    Fox 13 News Tampa Bay, FL ^ | 10/4/13 | Anjuli Lohn
    It's a small sign with a big message, but Bartow residents are now being ordered to uproot their "God Bless America" yard signs. About 300 of the signs were handed out at First Baptist Church of Bartow following a Fourth of July sermon. But three months later, City of Bartow Code Enforcement says the temporary signs have worn out their welcome. Residents have three days to pack it up or pay a minimum fine of $25 a day. "Being a veteran, I felt like I was just kicked in the gut. I couldn't believe it, that I couldn't display my...
  • Mo. State Fair bans rodeo clown who mocked Obama

    08/12/2013 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 188 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/12/13 | David Leib
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose depiction of President Barack Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike. The rodeo clown won't be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they're also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday's event. The entertainment during the bull riding contest featured a clown wearing a mask of Obama with an upside down broomstick attached to his backside....
  • Comcast Cable Bans All Firearm, Ammunition Advertisers

    03/22/2013 4:54:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Comcast Cable, "the nation's largest cable provider," has decided it will not accept firearm and ammunition advertisers in the future. This decision comes after Comcast has been running ads for some gun and hunting groups for decades. Comcast chose this new position after purchasing NBCUniversal, which has a long-standing ban against firearm, ammunition and firework advertisements. This move brings Comcast in line with its competitors, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. Cox already had a ban similar to the one Comcast has now instituted and Time Warner Cable announced in January that it was banning "ads showing semi-automatic weapons and...
  • New York City's Imperial Mayor Bloomberg Bans Again (Styrofoam!)

    02/15/2013 4:54:19 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 32 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/14/2013 | IBD editorials
    Autocracy: Still pulsing with the power from outlawing big servings of sweet drinks, Michael Bloomberg now wants to run Styrofoam out of his city. Clearly, he believes that everyone has to live exactly as he wants them to live. During Thursday's State of the City address, New York Mayor Bloomberg called for a ban on Styrofoam food packaging. It's all a part of his crusade to eliminate smoking, sugary drinks, salt and other items he doesn't like — and, hence, thinks no one else should have. So what comes next, Mr. Mayor? What's the target after Styrofoam? Beef? Eggs? Cheese?...
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    papers.ssrn.com ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Delaware Officials Unveil Gun Legislation

    01/14/2013 9:37:13 AM PST · by Delmarksman · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 1/14/13 | Unknown
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.
  • Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control

    12/27/2012 5:06:44 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12-27-12 | Joyce Lee Malcolm
    After Hungerford, the British government banned semiautomatic rifles and brought shotguns—the last type of firearm that could be purchased with a simple show of fitness—under controls similar to those in place for pistols and rifles. Magazines were limited to two shells with a third in the chamber. Dunblane had a more dramatic impact. Hamilton had a firearm certificate, although according to the rules he should not have been granted one. A media frenzy coupled with an emotional campaign by parents of Dunblane resulted in the Firearms Act of 1998, which instituted a nearly complete ban on handguns. Owners of pistols...
  • A Call To Ban Steak Knives

    12/17/2012 3:14:02 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 62 replies
    BBC.co.uk ^ | 5/2005 | BBC news
    A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing. A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings. They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon. The research is published in the British Medical Journal. The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all. They consulted 10 top chefs from...
  • Peninsula cities queue up to vote on plastic bag bans [San Mateo County, Calif.]

    11/28/2012 7:51:06 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Bonnie Eslinger
    [snip] Under the ordinance, stores will be prohibited from offering customers plastic bags for carrying out purchases and will be required to charge a dime per paper bag. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the price of paper bags will go up to 25 cent each. [snip] "Most of the comments I've gotten to date are not only supportive, but they are really enthused about it," said Moura, adding that the only complaint he's heard involves the paper bag charge. County officials are hoping as many of the bans will go into effect as possible by April 22, which is Earth...
  • It's the mild, mild West as state gets ban-happy

    09/03/2012 1:55:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/3/12 | Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply, The New York Times
    LOS ANGELES – "Whatever it is, I'm against it!" Groucho Marx sang in a 1932 picture filmed on the Paramount lot here. Today's Southern Californians seem to agree. Once know for its sunny, freewheeling disposition, this region has long been as regulated as anywhere. Lately, however, cities, school districts and even libraries have been outlawing chunks of what used to pass for birthright at a startling clip. Bonfires on the beach? Sorry, Gidget: Newport Beach is waiting for permission from the California Coastal Commission to remove its long-cherished fire pits, which it banned this summer as health hazards. Newport's fleet...
  • Embattled tanning industry fights back, taking its cues from Big Tobacco

    08/23/2012 10:57:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Open Channel (NBC News) ^ | August 23, 2012 | Bridget Huber (Fair Warning)
    A doctor in a white lab coat stands at the pearly gates. The voice of God booms, “And your good deeds?” The man responds, “Well, as a dermatologist, I’ve been warning people that sunlight will kill them and that it is as deadly as smoking.” His smug smile fades as God snaps, “You’re saying that sunlight, which I created to keep you alive, give you vitamin D and make you feel good, is deadly? And the millions of dollars you received from chemical sunscreen companies had nothing do with your blasphemy?” A bottle of SPF 1000 sunscreen materializes in the...
  • Egypt: Fatwa Bans Christian Priests from Public Transportation to Church

    07/24/2012 5:33:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | 7/24/12 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Dr. Yassir al-Burhami, a prominent figure in Egypt's Salafi movement and vice president of the Salafi Call—the same sheikh who seeks to punish Muslim apostates, condemns Mother's Day, and advocates deceiving Israel—has just issued a fatwa, published in the "Voice of the Righteous Salaf," forbidding Muslim taxi-drivers and bus-drivers from transporting Coptic Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as "more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar." This analogy, of course, does not begin with Sheikh Burhami, but traces back to some of Islam's early giants, including Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim, who agreed that "building churches...
  • Eating the State

    06/17/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 22 replies
    Sultan Knish | Saturday, June 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    In Gotham, Michael the First, King of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and the rebellious province of Staten Island, has returned from celebrating his successful campaign against large sodas, to consider expanding the ban to large popcorn and milkshakes. Los Angeles has voted to ban the plastic bag and add a 10 cent fine for paper bags. Where does the future of the Nanny State lead? In Sweden, the Left Party is calling for men to be banned from urinating standing up. And why not? If the government should have a say in what food you eat and what you carry...
  • Nanny State (Maryland)

    06/17/2012 8:12:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Maryland Public Policy Institute ^ | June 6, 2012 | Marta Hummel Mossburg
    State police officers routinely scan license plates at toll booths to ensure emissions inspections are up-to-date. Portable cameras fine speeders practically everywhere in the state. In the name of safety, children of all heights and weights are now required to sit in a rear- facing car seat for their first two years, regardless of whether they fit in it. And legislators once again found new and creative ways to tax residents this year, in part by redefining rich. But, relax, the government doesn't control everything in this state ... yet. You can still freely sip sugary soft drinks of any...
  • Want to Live Longer? Move to NYC

    06/14/2012 1:08:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 13, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover (LiveScience.com)
    While life expectancy in many parts of the United States is dropping, it has increased by 10 years in Manhattan since 1987. Researchers largely attribute that rise — the fastest in the nation — to a crackdown by the New York City health department on unhealthy behaviors. Manhattanites can now expect to live to the ripe old age of 82, and the average life expectancy across all five New York City boroughs is 80.6 years. That's three years beyond the national average, and a striking turnaround since the city's low point in 1990, when life expectancy there trailed the U.S....
  • More Regulations: NJ Drivers Can Be Ticketed $1,000 for Not ‘Restraining’ Animals in the Car

    06/04/2012 4:33:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 4, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Following on the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on certain sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, a wave of absurd regulations has seemingly begun emanating outwards. In neighboring New Jersey, drivers can be fined up to $1000 for driving with “unrestrained” animals in the car, and the Mayor of Berkeley, California is looking to ban sitting on sidewalks. According to CBS in Philadelphia, police and animal control officers will be authorized to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the...
  • Big sodas today; bagels with a schmeer tomorrow?

    06/01/2012 9:06:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | June 1, 2012 | Adam Geller (Associated Press)
    NEW YORK (AP) - Just how far would a government go to protect us from ourselves? In New York City - which already bans smoking in public parks in the name of public health and bars artificial trans fats from food served in restaurants - Mayor Michael Bloomberg now wants to stop sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks, in a bid to battle obesity. But in a country where fries have been equated with freedom, Bloomberg's proposal begs super-sized questions about government's role in shaping and restricting individual choices. What's next, a Twinkie purge?
  • Beyond Rush: Hannity, Beck, Levin Hit with Advertiser Bans

    03/11/2012 6:09:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 140 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | March 11, 2012 | Newsmax Wires
    Efforts to silence Rush Limbaugh are apparently having a significant impact on the talk radio business as a whole, including syndicated radio shows hosted by Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck. After provocative comments made about a female Georgetown law school student, Limbaugh's show has been targeted by liberal groups that have pressured more than two dozen advertisers to drop his program from their ad buys. Now, Rush's syndicator, Premiere Networks, is losing advertisers for other conservative programs it airs. According to an internal Premiere memorandum obtained by Radio-Info.com, the company says 98 advertisers no longer wanted to air...
  • HURT: Federal war on hair dryers, fresh milk

    02/22/2012 10:07:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    All praise be to Allah! The federal government apparently has eradicated the illegal immigration that cripples America. It has eliminated the staggering unemployment that has brought so much misery to so many families. And, apparently, it has erased the suffocating debt and added enough spunk to the economy that it no longer needs all of those little tax dollars that small businesses provide. That is why the federal government has so much time these days for fine-tuning our society in ways that might seem frivolous if we didn’t have so much patience and extra money lying around. Just last week,...
  • New laws: No caffeine in beer, shark fins in soup [Teach Gay History; Free College-Illegal Aliens]

    12/27/2011 12:32:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Starting Jan. 1, getting shark fins, caffeinated beer, cough syrup or a tan is going to be tougher than it was in 2011. The National Conference of State Legislatures issued Monday its annual list of laws set to take effect in 2012, and there was nothing but bad news for connoisseurs of shark-fin soup. Oregon and California passed laws prohibiting the sale, trade, or distribution of the fins, which are considered a delicacy in China. California also became the first state in the nation to require a prescription for obtaining any drug containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in...
  • Indiana College Bans "Too Violent" National Anthem

    08/26/2011 11:56:23 AM PDT · by rjsclassics · 25 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Greg Wilson
    First it banned the words, now the whole song. Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the "The Star Spangled Banner: at all sporting events because the Mennonite school's president considers the National Anthem's words to be too violent. The 1,000-student school had already banned the words last year, but the band could still play the music for patriots in attendance. Now, the school has banned the song entirely, according to NBC Sports. The school’s board of directors told college President Jim Brenneman to “find an alternative to playing the National Anthem that fits with sports tradition, that honors country...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade

    07/29/2011 1:06:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 28, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Within the last few years, we have been treated to attempts by government to control our food intake with regulatory “nudges” and legislative edicts. Sugar, salt, trans-fats, fats in general, fast foods, and school lunches are just a few ingredients and food types which have come under assault by sanctimonious busybodies seeking to dictate “healthy” eating to everyone.New York Times food writer  provides the latest in we-know-what’s-best-for-you babble. In a Times op-ed, Bittman complains, “WHAT will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?”The question itself makes a fundamentally flawed assumption and exhibits arrogance. Why is it anyone’s...
  • Feds can't make up minds on mercury bulbs

    07/23/2011 7:27:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 22, 2011 | WND
    In what critics call a classic case of the government working at cross purposes, Washington is forcing residents across the country to install mercury lighting inside their homes while phasing out mercury lighting outside homes to protect the environment. Yes, you read that right. In 2005, Congress passed a law banning mercury vapor streetlights – two years before it banned incandescent light bulbs in favor of mercury vapor compact florescent bulbs. Under the Energy Policy Act, signed by President Bush in August 2005, manufacturers cannot make or import ballasts for mercury vapor lights after Jan. 1, 2008. According to the...
  • The Nanny State is Sour on Lemonade Stands

    07/05/2011 7:29:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | July 1, 2011 | Kay Daly
    One of the best parts of summertime used to be the plethora of summertime lemonade stands that would pop up in neighborhoods across the nation. A current trend even had several kind hearted children raising funds for a variety of causes from natural disasters to deadly diseases.Enter stage left, the villain of the tale, a bureaucrat with no soul, no heart, and clearly no brain. It happened in town after town, city after city as lemonade stand after lemonade stand was shut down. Why?Some bureaucrats claimed it was for a lack of a permit, other bureaucrats claimed it was a...
  • Ban The Burka – Not Fancy Dress Parties

    06/15/2011 4:51:16 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 8 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 15 June, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    The establishment media faked crocodile tears when one Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform. Apparently, only Hollywood actors can dress up as fascists for fun. Islamist-inspired fascism is another matter: a peaceful religious expression. Here in the real world, of course, appeasement policies are eroding our security – not fancy dress parties. Plus, there’s no free-market without security.Therefore, I say: Give us the right to ban burkas and (where reasonable) veils. There are clear cases of burka-wearing women smuggling in bombs to slaughter ladies, gentleman, and children. There are clear cases of cross-dressing men using burkas as escape costumes. A...
  • EPA Bans Many Household Rat and Mouse Poisons

    06/07/2011 10:18:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 183 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/7/11 | Susan Jones
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of “the most toxic rat and mouse poisons, as well as most loose bait and pellet products” to residential customers. The goal is to better protect children, pets and wildlife. “These changes are essential to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rat and mouse control products and also to protect household pets,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. The EPA also will require that all rat and mouse poisons
  • Feds Take Down Amish Farmer... Over Milk

    04/29/2011 8:46:52 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 47 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/29/11 | Aurelius
    Our government at work. A year-long sting operation came to an end this week. In that time, the government used fake names and surprise inspections all to nab the people at Rainbow Acres Farm in the D.C. area. The reason: they were selling milk. Unpasteurized milk, to be exact. Asked for comment, the government released this statement: “It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed.” Therefore, the Amish farmers at Rainbow Acres had to be brought down. Asked for comment, one Washington resident stated, “I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the...
  • Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools

    04/11/2011 7:28:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2011 | Kevin Sieff
    It was once a staple of public school cafeterias that blended the indulgent and the nutritious, satisfying parents and children both. But chocolate milk is uncontroversial no more. Dozens of districts have demanded reformulations. Others have banned it outright. At the center of these battles are complex public health calculations: Is it better to remove sugary chocolate flavorings at the risk that many students will skip milk altogether, missing out on crucial calcium and Vitamin D? Or should schools instead make tweaks — less fat, different sweeteners, fewer calories — that might salvage the benefits while while minimizing the downside?...
  • Table Disservice (e.g., banning iPads and Kindles in coffee shops?)

    02/13/2011 6:05:50 AM PST · by RayChuang88 · 42 replies
    New York Times website ^ | February 11, 2011 | Virginia Hefferman
    No Kindles in cafes? You’ve got to be kidding. This is an affront, not only to readers and gadget lovers, but also to the spirit of cafes! Many indie New York City cafes now heavily restrict, or ban outright, the use of Kindles, Nooks and iPads. Evidently, too many coffee shops in town have had their ambience wrecked when itinerant word processors with laptops turn the tables into office space. Sure, that phenomenon can be depressing — whether you’re a scornful lady who lunches or the nomadic freelancer who fields glares. And full-dress computers are perhaps too much personal furniture...
  • New York City Democrats Remove Yet Another Right: No Smoking In Parks

    02/03/2011 5:27:59 AM PST · by mattstat · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The party that ever has “Rights!” on its lips, the party with the mania about diversity, the party that is most anxious that religious fundamentalists will take over and impose their puritanical wills on the rest of us, the party whose members remind us constantly of the dangers of the government meddling in our personal lives has, in a fit holy self righteousness, taken away yet another right, decreased diversity, imposed its puritanical will on the rest of us, and has used the law to meddle in our personal lives once more. New York City Council Democrats have voted to...
  • NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

    02/02/2011 4:12:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBSNewYork.com ^ | 2/2/11 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Smokers have just one message to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business. “We’re outside. We should have freedom to smoke,” City Hall Park smoker Harvey Forbes told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. By a vote of 36 to 11 on Wednesday the City Council approved a bill to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. “People who have made the decision not to smoke have civil liberties too and their health and their lives should not be negatively impacted because other people have decided to smoke,” Council Speaker...
  • Iran Bans Women from Live Soccer at Movie Theaters

    01/23/2011 9:39:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 1/23/11 | Chana Ya'ar
    Women soccer fans in Iran will have to stay home, out of sight and out of mind for the players, and for the male fans who watch the matches broadcast live in various locations. Iran has banned women – and families – from attending broadcasts of live soccer matches at public movie theaters. Women are already banned from attending men's soccer games at stadiums. According to the semi-official ILNA news agency, Islamic clerics and government officials said the presence of women at male sports events was not compatible with Islam.
  • ‘Common Sense Gun Laws’ Make a Comeback After Tucson Shooting

    01/20/2011 10:03:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 19, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    Once again, we hear the old refrain that making it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase guns will make us safer. Following the January 8th shooting in Tucson, an understandable discomfort swept through the American populace. Jared Loughner had killed six people in cold blood, which means six families were irreversibly changed in an instant. Yet while the discomfort is understandable, many of the suggestions for how to prevent the re-occurrence of such a crime have not been.This is mainly because the majority of suggestions have included some mention of new gun control measures, whether they are tied to...
  • YouTube Bans PA-Watchdog Group, Cites 'Hate Speech'

    12/19/2010 4:21:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 12/19/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    Video-sharing website YouTube shut down on Sunday the main account of the Palestinian Media Watch for posting the PA’s publicly-broadcast programs to the site, where others can see and become aware of the truth about them. PMW translates the Arabic broadcasts into English so that the truth about PA incitement can be publicized. YouTube was recently purchased by the giant Google Internet search engine company. The following video, titled "Hamas TV teaches kids to kill Jews", was one of the videos removed from YouTube for "violating Terms of Use". The reason given by YouTube for shutting down PMW’s main video...
  • Video: City of Dallas Bans Signs for Small Business

    08/05/2010 11:30:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/5/2010 | Institute for Justice
    Under a Dallas law enacted in 2008, businesses are prohibited from putting signs in the upper two-thirds of any window or glass door, and no more than 15 percent of any window or glass door may be covered by signs. The only way to comply with the new ordinance is by putting tiny signs at peoples feet, which is not an effective way to advertise. The law also bans signs that cover more than 25 percent of a buildings facade. Failure to take down the signs means you are at risk to be hit with a fine up to $2,000....
  • Navy Bans Tobacco Use on Its Submarine Fleet

    06/20/2010 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    nyt ^ | 6/20/10 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — The smoking lamp is going out all across the Navy’s submarine fleet, where the mission to “run silent, run deep” now will be carried out by sailors ordered to run undersea operations without cigarettes, cigars or pipes. This is the latest front in the long war against tobacco declared by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their programs to help military personnel kick the smoking habit are intended to protect the health of the current force — and to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars a year in health care costs for those who...
  • TREASURIES-Prices jump after Germany bans naked shorts

    05/18/2010 12:04:43 PM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 38 replies · 1,231+ views
    Reuters ^ | Emily Flitter
    NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday, with the 30-year bond rising a full point, as Germany announced it would ban some short-selling activities and Wall Street stocks turned lower. Treasury yields hit session lows after Germany's Finance Ministry announced a ban on naked short-selling at major banks. The ban would include a prohibition against naked shorting of euro government bonds. For more, click on [ID:nBAT005467] Germany did not ban all short-selling of bonds, but by banning naked short-selling -- in which a position is taken on a bond without buying or borrowing the asset...
  • Swedish pension fund bans investment in Israeli company on ethical grounds

    03/29/2010 4:18:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 341+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/29/10 | Haaretz Service
    The biggest Swedish pension fund has barred Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems from its investment portfolios on ethical grounds, Israel Radio reported Monday. Following the lead of Norway's state oil fund, the Första AP-Fonden pension fund said it had banned investment in Elbit because the Israeli company had built and is operating a surveillance system for the much debated West Bank separation barrier. Critics of the controversial barrier argue that it is an illegal attempt to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security and that it severely restricts Palestinians who live nearby, particularly their ability to travel freely...
  • Iran bans make-up for women on TV

    12/02/2009 11:16:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 501+ views
    alarabiya ^ | 12/2/2009 | afp
    Bookmark and ShareShare Send Save Print [ Wednesday, 02 December 2009 ] State TV chief says it goes against sharia Iran bans make-up for women on TV The Islamic republic's state television has eight TV channels (File) The Islamic republic's state television has eight TV channels (File) TEHRAN (AFP) Women appearing in television programs will not be allowed to wear make-up because it is against Islamic law, or sharia, media on Wednesday quoted the head of Iran’s state television as saying. "Make-up by women during television programs is illegal and against Islamic sharia law ... There should not be a...
  • CNN Bans Talk Radio Show Hosts

    08/11/2009 2:38:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies · 2,303+ views
    Newsbusters.org, ^ | 8/11/09 | by Noel Sheppard
    Has CNN banned talk radio show hosts from its on air programming? Such was reported by TVNewser a few hours ago (h/t Steve Malzberg): Exclusive: TVNewser has learned, and a CNN spokesperson confirms, that in his morning editorial meeting today, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein asked his show producers to avoid booking talk radio hosts