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  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: •Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Gas tax increase for road work? Scott Walker, Mary Burke leave door open

    08/19/2014 12:08:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — When it comes to funding for roads, Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent aren't pouring specific ideas in concrete, but both stress the importance of transportation infrastructure and neither rejects the idea of raising the gas tax. Over this two-year budget cycle, Wisconsin is spending about $7 billion on transportation. But far more is needed, according to a task force convened by legislators. Last year, the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission recommended boosting funding for roads by about $680 million annually. To get that money, the commission backed raising the gas tax and vehicle registration fees...
  • Cops: Stratford motorist napped on I-95 in Greenwich

    08/18/2014 7:53:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | August 17, 2014 | The Connecticut Post
    GREENWICH -- A 30-year-old Stratford man who allegedly stopped his car in the right lane of Interstate 95 to take a nap was arrested on drunken-driving charges. Santiago E. Vallejo, of Success Avenue, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Friday near Exit 4 in the northbound section of the highway. State troopers reported that Vallejo failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving while intoxicated and improper parking.
  • ELECTION 2014: Texas gubernatorial candidates give insight on transportation

    08/17/2014 1:01:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Land Line ^ | August 15, 2014 | Keith Goble
    A new governor will be seated in Texas following the Nov. 4 election. The candidates competing for outgoing Gov. Rick Perry’s position have track records and have weighed in on transportation issues. The two major party candidates vying to replace him are Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis. One issue that will confront the winner is a transportation system in need of $4 billion more per year in revenue. The Texas House is expected to propose a budget next year that uses all of the money allotted to the state highway fund for transportation. Advocates say that devoting highway...
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • Fox News psychiatrist defends ‘drop a few’ jab at Michelle Obama

    08/15/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow is defending controversial comments he made about Michelle Obama’s weight, arguing the first lady is not an appropriate role model for fitness. “I do dislike hypocrisy and I really do believe that people speaking about diet should be role models themselves, and I’m not sure if the first lady is that role model,” Mr. Ablow said in an interview, Politico reported. The psychiatrist drew fire Tuesday when he said among a panel of women on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” that Mrs. Obama needed to “drop a few.”
  • Tech companies and influencers seek to prevent EMP damage

    08/14/2014 8:38:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | August 13, 2014 | Josh Peterson
    WASHINGTON — A persistent failure by federal lawmakers to protect the nation’s electric grid from attack isn’t stopping private sector efforts to prevent damage from a nuclear blast.An Obama administration initiative to spend $7 billion on the development of the electric grid in six African nations, as Watchdog reported, earned a stern rebuke from a security expert concerned about the administration’s priorities.But state level efforts are under way to protect the grid against solar flares and electromagnetic pulses.As security experts work to raise awareness about surviving the potential destruction — caused by a shockwave after an explosion on the surface...
  • Food fight: Military leaders deploying to save Michelle O’s school lunch overhaul

    08/13/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | August 12, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some 500 former military leaders are deploying to Capitol Hill in an attempt to save Michelle Obama’s changes to the National School Lunch Program. Politico reports:
  • Fox co-hosts fight over Michelle Obama's 'booty'

    08/13/2014 12:10:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The debate over first lady Michelle Obama’s war on fat and campaign for healthy kiddy diets has reached, well, a new low.“How well can she be eating? She needs to drop a few,” said Fox News contributor and psychiatrist Keith Ablow.As some members on the cable network’s show “Outnumbered” Tuesday gasped and Lisa Kennedy Montgomery offered, “I like her booty,” he suggested that the first lady is too fat to preach diet and that she’s not eating what children in schools are being offered under the first lady’s guidelines.Instead, Ablow suggested that the lean president should be the one talking...
  • Robin Williams dead at 63 in suspected suicide

    08/11/2014 5:22:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 11, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    <p>Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.</p> <p>The Marin County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams' death is ongoing, but the coroner "suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."</p>
  • More speed limit increases slated for Maine Turnpike starting Monday

    08/09/2014 9:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | August 9, 2014 | Nick Sambides, Jr.
    PORTLAND, Maine — Motorists driving stretches of the Maine Turnpike will be allowed to go 5 miles per hour faster starting Monday, the Maine Turnpike Authority has announced.The speed limit will increase on the turnpike from 65 mph to 70 mph with the exception of three areas, Executive Director Peter Mills said.They are: south of mile marker 2.1 on I-95 in Kittery, where the maximum speed will remain 65 mph; through Greater Portland from mile marker 41 in Scarborough to mile marker 53 in Falmouth, where the speed limit will increase from 55 mph to 60 mph; and on the...
  • Irony: Michelle Obama Says ‘No One Really Cares What You Had For Lunch’

    08/09/2014 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    First lady Michelle Obama said something Wednesday that seems preposterously ironic to many American school kids: "No one really cares what you had for lunch." "I tease my kids," Michelle Obama said at a White House event on women's empowerment with Laura Bush. "I tell them I want them to use Instagram to take a picture of something really important rather than their food... I mean, no one really cares what you had for lunch." The audience laughed. The irony here is that public school children subjected to Michelle's vaunted "Let's Move" lunches have been tweeting photos of their lunches...
  • Blumenthal, DeLauro: FDA Needs 'Accurate' Nutrition Labels--For Pot-Laced Food

    08/06/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked if marijuana-infused food products should require federal labeling, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers want accurate information “to make smart choices”. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t enforce federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused food products that are available in the few states where marijuana has been legalized.During a conference call with lawmakers on FDA food labeling on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked: “Given that the FDA currently doesn’t enforce any federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused foods and with a lot of states obviously changing their marijuana laws  -do you think they should require nutritional...
  • USDA Suggests Changes to Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’ Consumers to Eat Healthy

    07/16/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.“Most Americans, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, do not purchase enough whole grains, dark green and...
  • TSA Takes a Tough Stance Against Breast Milk

    07/14/2014 11:55:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | July 13, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    The working mom of a seven-month-old son alleges that she was detained for an hour by TSA officials at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field as they meticulously scrutinized the bags of breast milk she was carrying. The heavy scrutiny on a working mom’s breast milk and, as Breitbart News has reported, the lapses of scrutiny on illegal aliens who have been able to fly on commercial airlines without identification is mindboggling. ABC10 News reported that Nicole Moberg, a sales director for a medical company, travels extensively on her job, so she comes prepared with pre-pumped breast milk. She separates the milk...
  • JOSEPH GIGLIO: Let the Highway Trust Fund crumble

    07/14/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Quincy Patriot Ledger ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Giglio
    The federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides transportation funding to the states, is projected to run dry in August. But with a technology-driven revolution underway in the way Americans use surface transportation, applying yesterday’s solution and simply replenishing the fund won’t solve the problem. According to the Obama administration, if the fund is exhausted, states will be forced to put off 112,000 highway construction and 5,600 transit projects, resulting in the loss of 700,000 jobs. When dealing with the government, there are always plenty of zeroes to go around. The traditional source of revenue for the trust fund is the...
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • Thermal Hot Spot Melts Yellowstone Road

    07/13/2014 3:32:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo.—The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday. As they examined possible fixes, park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high.
  • The FDA Is Now Policing Facebook Likes

    07/10/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is protecting consumer rights in a bold new way–by policing companies’ Facebook pages.Zarbee’s Naturals, a producer of “safe and effective natural [cough] remedies” for children, was sent a warning letter by the FDA for liking comments on its Facebook page implying that its products “are intended for use as drugs.”Zarbee’s products were designed specifically for children too young for FDA-approved medications and have not been reviewed by the FDA. Happy customers posted their approval on the company’s Facebook page, saying things like “Love Zarbee’s this is the only medicine we use for our 2...
  • NH Man Leads Saline Co. Deputies On Bizarre Chase

    07/08/2014 8:14:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    WIBW.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nick Viviani
    SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -- The Saline County Sheriff's Office was inolved in a bizarre, 43-minute chase Saturday morning. It began when a deputy clocked a passing car on Interstate 70, travelling at over 90 mph. The deputy began pursuit of the driver as he traveled west towards Salina. The car was spraypainted with derogatory statements about law enforcement. The suspect was able to drive around spikes that were set up at the junction of I-70 and Highway 81. Eventually, the suspect drove into a soybean field. Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says the suspect then drove the car in circles for 40...
  • California Flooded With People Tattling on 'Water Wasters'

    07/06/2014 7:16:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    California's drought is creating a deluge of tattletales, after government officials encouraged residents to snitch on their neighbors for wasting water. The state declared a drought emergency five months ago, but residents have only cut their water usage by about 5 percent, reports The New York Times, cutting back much less than the 20 percent Gov. Jerry Brown asked for in January. And since people aren't heeding the warnings from the state, cities in the state are asking residents to report their neighbors for wasting water, and are finding that people are all too willing to tell on each other....
  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall. Here are five reasons for not increasing gas taxes. 1. The problem is not a shortage of funds but an excess of spending. For more than 50 years after Congress created the Highway Trust Fund in 1956 it was able to avoid a shortage of funds by a simple measure: it didn't spend more than was collected in...
  • Government Spends Money to Create Obesity Epidemic & Then Regulates Us to “Help”

    07/04/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 3, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I mentioned two days ago the decision of schools to ban birthday cupcakes. Michelle Obama is essentially fighting with students to get them to change what they eat. But what is missing from this story is the proper context. The fact is that our bad eating habits are getting encouraged by taxpayer money. In fact, the government arguably changed our dietary habits to their present behavior. The Foundation for Economic Education came out with an article yesterday about dealing with “food deserts.”
  • Head backed for suspending boy because he made this 'Pop Tart gun'

    07/02/2014 6:18:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | Joel Christie
    An investigation has found that an elementary school principal in Baltimore who suspended a seven-year-old boy for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun acted properly in her decision. However the boy's family has lawyered up, and are threatening to take the case further. Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School, said he was trying to nibble his strawberry breakfast snack into a mountain in March 2013. But when it started to take shape he reportedly told his classmates: 'Look, I made a gun.' Principal Sandra Blondell then removed Josh from school for two days. Andrew...
  • California chefs, bartenders may win back right to touch your food with their bare hands

    06/30/2014 9:03:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    It looks like California chefs, bartenders and deli workers might be able to take off those hated rubber gloves. Gov. Jerry Brown was presented Thursday with AB2130 -- a "do-over" bill would repeal a law requiring those handling food that goes directly to diners wear gloves and mandating that they change those gloves with every new plate or fruit garnish on a drink. The law took effect in January, but following a backlash from the public and the foodservice industry, the state legislature voted to repeal the ban. "We're grateful the assemblyman was willing to roll (the bill) back, hit...
  • O’Toole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasn’t been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesn’t, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Drunk University of Maryland lacrosse player, 19, arrested for 'sexually-assaulting a 49-year-old...

    06/27/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    A 19-year-old University of Maryland lacrosse player was arrested at an outdoor concert in Virginia Sunday night after allegedly groping a 49-year-old mother passed out on the lawn. Prince William County Police say the woman fell asleep on the Jiffy Lube Live lawn during a Zac Brown Band concert, when she woke up to find teen Benjamin Chisolm touching her inappropriately. Chisolm walked away after the attack but was later arrested for public intoxication and now faces additional charges of aggravated sexual assault. The victim, identified as 'Donna', has come forward to dispute details of the police report and reveal...
  • Yale-educated addiction psychiatrist is charged with making and selling ecstasy

    06/27/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Gordon
    Police in Maryland have charged three people in connection with manufacturing MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly or the drug ecstasy, including a doctor who has a long-standing history of drug problems. Baltimore County cops said a drug investigation led to a search warrant and the arrest of Dr. Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, 51, at a house in Towson. Detectives found chemicals that can be used to manufacture MDMA and ecstasy were being created in a lab in the basement. Some of the substances that were found had even been labelled with MDMA written on it. 'They found chemicals that, when mixed,...
  • CDC wants more cigarette taxes, regs as tobacco usage flattens, teens experiment

    06/26/2014 7:55:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 25, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The rapid decline in Americans' tobacco use has leveled off, and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling for new taxes, regulations and warnings to force Americans to kick the habit. In a new report, the CDC found that 50 million, or one in five, Americans use tobacco every day or some days, and 60 million, or one in four, “every day, some days or rarely.”It also revealed that the use of electronic cigarettes is surging, and and e-cigarettes now account for nearly 5 percent of the smoking market.Worse: Americans aged 18-24 showed up as the top...
  • What Does “Stealth Health” Teach Us About Michelle Obama’s School Lunch & Labeling Changes?

    06/25/2014 4:19:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | June 25, 2014 | Marke Horne
    In the media, the conflict is portrayed as being between Michelle Obama and the food companies. The poor customer wants to do the right thing, but the food companies make it hard. But that’s not how it really works. Sadly, the Wall Street Journal story is behind a pay wall, but a summary is posted at Newser.com: “Fast Food’s New Trend: ‘Stealth Health.’”
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • Doctors Warn of Looming Health Crisis Due to Flood of Young Illegal Immigrants

    06/23/2014 11:42:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 23, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many of the thousands of illegal immigrant children and teens crossing the United States border are carrying deadly contagious diseases that could easily create a major health crisis in this country, doctors say. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Dr. Jane Orient, an internal medicine specialist and the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), said that by admitting these huge groups of children who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not...
  • Watch Out Fishermen! Obama Is Planning a “Seafood Fraud” Crisis

    06/22/2014 12:55:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | June 20, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Obama has a plan to ruin the seafood supply chain with regulations and it’s gonna cost ya. Secretary of State John Kerry has found a new cause now that he’s fresh off his mid-East failures. He is directing federal agencies to work on developing a program to combat seafood fraud upon orders from the imperial president. This follows up Mr. Obama’s proclamation that he would implement his climate change agenda using a pen and a phone. It also follows Mr. Obama’s seizure of a huge swath of the Pacific Ocean for the government, making it inaccessible for drilling and fishing....
  • Obama gives order to protect bees and bats

    06/21/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is hoping his latest executive action will create lots of buzz. Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Friday ordering the federal government to develop a plan for protecting pollinators such as honey bees, butterflies, birds and bats in response to mounting concerns about the impact of dwindling populations on American crops. "The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment," Obama said in the memo, which was sent to Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. According...
  • Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides

    President Obama on Friday announced plans to save endangered honey bees and other pollinators, for the first time ordering a probe into new types of pesticides that some local governments and 15 European Union nations have restricted or banned. The long-awaited plan creates a “Pollinator Health Task Force” that has 180 days to come up with a plan to save bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The goal is to rid fields of harmful pesticides while planting food for the bugs, even on military bases an along railroad tracks. Virtually every Cabinet department will be included on the task force. A...
  • Let’s Move: Salad Bars Boosting School Lunch Participation

    06/21/2014 3:54:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign is claiming that salad bars have increased student participation in school lunch, despite a report that found one million children fled the lunch line in response to her new lunch standards.“Let’s Move!” released findings from their own survey for its “Salad Bars to Schools” program on Thursday, touting the addition of salad bars in some schools.“More than 1.7 million school-age children in the United States have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to new salad bars donated to schools through Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools,” Let’s Move said in a blog...
  • The Obama Administration Wants Americans To Stop Eating So Much Salt

    06/18/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The FDA, perhaps still smarting from the recent artisanal cheese kerfuffle, is setting its sights on a bigger target: salt.“The current level of [sodium] consumption is really higher than it should be,” said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. That’s why they’re preparing “voluntary guidelines” for the food industry encouraging them to stay below certain salt levels.While the guidelines will initially be voluntary, health groups are lobbying for mandatory standards — lobbying that will only grow more intense if businesses refuse to comply once the standards are released. If businesses don’t go light on the salt “then FDA should start a process...
  • Revenge of The Killer Potatoes: Pelosi Fights Potato ‘Assaults’

    06/16/2014 10:02:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Washington’s potato saga continues.While the House considers a bill to include the potato in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food nutrition program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is echoing First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato is an assault on science.“Republicans are even going after the nutrition for pregnant women and children, the WIC program. Mandating the WIC program include more white potatoes. You know, were talking about fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the rest, and they have an amendment that says more white potatoes than nutritionists recommend,” Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.“These assaults...
  • JOHNSON: Obesity ‘epidemic’: It’s no big, fat deal

    06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Drew Johnson
    A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight. Members of the media responded to this thrilling discovery by lamenting the globe’s growing waistline. Pundits rushed to condemn widespread access to inexpensive food. Everyone seemed so excited to attack obesity that no one noticed the report’s incredible story of human achievement and hope. Throughout history, malnutrition and hunger-related health issues have killed more people than any other cause. Over the course of the past half-century, however, the...
  • Idaho GOP moves toward dropping call for repeal of 17th Amendment

    06/13/2014 7:26:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | June 13, 2014 | Betsy Z. Russell
    It was a bit lost in the hubbub over rules and credentials fights, but the platform committee at the Idaho Republican Party convention in Moscow today voted to remove one of the most controversial planks in the party’s platform: The one calling for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would have the effect of doing away with direct election of U.S. senators and instead letting state legislatures choose senators. “I was the one who made the motion,” said Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, a delegate from Canyon County. “It passed the committee. Now it will go to...
  • Border Patrol changing diapers, heating baby formula for surge of children

    06/13/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Friday that many of the illegal immigrant children his agents are encountering trying to slip across the U.S.-Mexico border have never even seen a doctor before. He described scenes of Border Patrol agents changing diapers and heating baby formula in order to care for some of the youngest children, and said agents are being asked to do things way beyond their skill set — particularly for so many of the agents who are young, single men. “I’ve been down there, a lot, and spent a lot of time and I’ve...
  • Hagerstown man gets one year in jail for road-rage threat

    06/13/2014 8:10:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | June 12, 2014 | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail
    A Hagerstown man who was driving a car when his front-seat passenger pointed a shotgun at a tractor-trailer driver during a road-rage incident last year on Interstate 81 was sentenced on Thursday to one year in the Washington County Detention Center. Washington County Circuit Court Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Vincent Saunders, 22, of West Washington Street to serve five years in prison with all but one year suspended. Long ruled that Saunders would serve the one-year sentence at the county jail and granted him work-release privileges within the state. "This is at least the third case I've had...
  • White House threatens to veto House ag spending bill

    06/12/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mary Soukup
    As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to consider the fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, the White House threatened to veto the legislation due to opposition related to funding provisions related to school nutrition programs, potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children program and other policy issues.This is the first veto threat from the White House for fiscal year 2015 spending bills.“The bill undermines key investments in financial oversight, injects political decision-making into science-based nutrition standards, and includes objectionable language riders,” said the official Statement of Administration Policy. “If the President were presented with H.R. 4800, his senior advisors...
  • Study: Michelle Obama anti-fat group treats obese as 'idiots'

    06/11/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 10, 2014 | Paul Bedard (Washington Secrets)
    Two major national anti-obesity campaigns supported by first lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton treat overweight Americans as “idiots” too dumb to figure out what's good for them, according to a new academic study.Worse, said the study from a George Washington University professor, the Obama-backed Partnership for a Healthier America and Clinton supported Alliance for a Healthier Generation blame consumers and not the makers of unhealthy food for the obesity epidemic.“I found that these organizations might more appropriately be called the ‘Partnership for a Healthier Bottom Line,' ” said associate sociologist professor Ivy Ken in the influential academic journal...
  • FDA Bans Wood from Cheese-Making; Industry Decries 'Devastating Development'

    06/11/2014 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it will not allow cheese makers use wooden boards to age their cheese - a ruling that would effectively wipe out artisanal cheeses.The FDA's ruling came to light after several cheese makers in New York were cited - despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards."Reports showed that the porous structure of wood made it susceptible to the colonization of bacteria on the surface and inside the wood," Monica Metz, the branch chief for the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Dairy and Egg Branch, wrote...
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators

    06/05/2014 7:41:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Rhode Island Public Radio ^ | June 5, 2014 | Scott MacKay
    At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators. Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats. The ceremonial resolution approved by the House doesn’t change anything, Keable acknowledged, but he said it does send a message ``that Rhode Island values democracy.’’ Rhode Island never ratified the 17th...
  • Behind the school lunch fight

    06/05/2014 7:07:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | June 4, 2014 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now they’re locked in a political war against each other. For the first three years of Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, the School Nutrition Association, a powerful group that represents 55,000 cafeteria professionals, was a close ally in the White House push to get kids to eat healthier. The group helped lobby for the legislation at the center of the debate: the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law championed by the first lady that mandates more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less sodium...
  • Crucial East Coast highway bridge closed

    06/04/2014 10:01:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsday.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Randall Chase (Associated Press)
    WILMINGTON, Del. - (AP) -- Highway engineers say a crucial bridge on the Eastern Seaboard's interstate highway system could imperil drivers if traffic is allowed back on it. The bridge, near Wilmington, Delaware, was closed Monday when its support pillars were found to be tilting. The Interstate 495 bridge won't reopen anytime soon, highway officials said Tuesday, and the 90,000 vehicles that cross it every day are being diverted onto the main north highway, I-95, further overloading one of the most crowded arteries in America.