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  • UK Celebs ‘Buddying’ Up w/Child Migrants in Calais Jungle Camp (what could go possibly wrong!)

    03/06/2016 11:36:14 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 5, 2016 | by Daniel Nussbaum
    A number of UK-based celebrities have joined together to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children in the infamous “Jungle” camp in the French town of Calais. Celebrities Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Stephen Daldry and Brian Eno are among those “buddying” with a child migrant in the camp in an effort to reunite them with their families living in the UK. Each of the celebrities will write a letter to the Prime Minister and the French President on behalf of their child, make an effort to visit their child in the migrant camp and/or their families in the UK,...
  • St. Jude asks Decatur County to change name of annual benefit hunt

    03/02/2016 7:05:13 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 53 replies
    St. Jude cited racial concerns in asking Decatur County to change the name of its annual hunt. For the past 40 years, Decatur County has hosted a hunting event to raise money for the patients at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. So far, it has raised $4.5 million. Decatur County Mayor Mike Creasy said the hospital is now threatening to turn down the donations unless the county changes the name of the event. For decades, the event has been known as the Decatur County World’s Largest Coon Hunt. The Coon Hunt Board told Channel 4 that St. Jude has threatened to...
  • Michelle Obama to Sit With Syrian Refugee at State of the Union

    01/11/2016 7:50:24 AM PST · by simpson96 · 72 replies
    Wekkly Standard ^ | 1/11/2016 | Daniel Halper
    The first lady of the United States will be sitting with a Syrian refugee at this week's State of the Union Address. The refugee's name is Refaai Hamo."Growing up in Syria, Refaai Hamo lived what seemed to be the kind of life associated with the American Dream - the son of a farmer and housewife, he worked construction at night to pay his way through college on his way to a PhD, married his college sweetheart and built a family together. This life and happiness changed forever when a Syrian government anti-personnel missile tore through the complex Refaai designed and...
  • Should We Lower the Age of Consent to Protect Teenagers? (Nov. 18 2013)

    06/28/2015 4:54:39 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 77 replies
    Slate ^ | Nov. 18 2013 | Amanda Hess
    In 16th-century England, the age of consent was set at 10 years old in an effort to protect young girls from sexual abuse by adult men. In 1875, parliament raised the age of consent to 13; in 1885, it upped it to 16. Now, a leading public health advocate has proposed that the United Kingdom bring the age down again in light of the high proportion of British adolescents who are having sex—with one another—before they’re legally capable of granting consent. Lowering the age of consent to 15 (where it stands in Sweden) or 14 (where it’s set in Germany...
  • The war over vaping's health risks is getting dirty

    04/06/2015 2:32:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    Wired via MSN ^ | 4/05/15 | Danielle Venton
    For nicotine enthusiasts, 2015 will be remembered as part of a golden era. Less than 10 years after they were introduced in the United States, e-cigarettes have gone relatively unregulated by health agencies, with companies and users making their own rules in a nicotine-laced Wild West. E-cigarette companies have been advertising their products to adults and children alike, claiming to help smokers quit while simultaneously promoting lollipop-flavored liquids. But now health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and even city-based public health departments are starting to fight back—not in the form of regulations, but with their own...
  • DHS Secretary: 'Thousands' of Unaccompanied Children Still Crossing Into U.S.

    03/30/2015 11:56:54 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies ^ | March 27, 2015 | DHS Secretary: 'Thousands' of Unaccompanied Children Still Crossing Into U.S.
    ( - Unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States still number in the thousands, probably the tens of thousands, even though the percentages are lower, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday. "For the kids, unaccompanied kids, it's running about 40 percent lower," Johnson said. "I hope it stays that way, but we have to be prepared in the event it doesn't."
  • ‘Sex slave’ claims Bill Clinton visited Epstein’s ‘orgy island’

    01/24/2015 8:31:24 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 67 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lia Eustachewich
    Former President Bill Clinton took a romantic jaunt in 2002 to convicted pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s “orgy island” with “two young girls” from New York, according to a shocking new interview. Virginia Roberts, who’s accused Epstein of turning her into a “sex slave” at age 17 and forcing her to sleep with his powerful friends, claimed Clinton stayed in one of the many villas on Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate — where group sex was a “regular occurrence.”“I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me...
  • Egg sandwich suit against ex-Pa. Health Secretary Eli Avila ends with $75K deal

    04/08/2014 9:16:27 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 22 replies
    pennlive ^ | 4-8-14 | Matt Miller
    A long-running court battle between a Harrisburg restaurant owner and former state Health Secretary Elia Avila that stemmed from an argument over an egg sandwich apparently has ended quietly with a $75,000 settlement. The recently-reached accord between Avila and Richard M. Hanna, which falls to the state to pay, can be gleaned from records filed in Dauphin County Court. Eli Avila cropFormer Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Eli Avila.State of Pennsylvania Those documents state that Avila, who resigned his state job in October 2012, and Hanna and their lawyers are barred from discussing the agreement that resolved the suit Hanna filed...
  • 24,000 children die everyday.

    03/09/2014 9:15:47 PM PDT · by Bronzy · 17 replies
    I have been hearing a commercial featuring Mia Farrow, Laurence Fishburne and others. The ad takes us to Unicef without any information. It's a donate site.
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker • NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • Shutdown puts WIC food program for vulnerable mothers at risk

    10/02/2013 10:13:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 96 replies
    Shutdown puts WIC food program for vulnerable mothers at risk Jason Sickles, Yahoo! 2 hours ago DALLAS — In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and...
  • Hillary Clinton to focus on children's, economic issues

    06/13/2013 4:19:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 13, 2013
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she will focus much of her attention on issues promoting early childhood development, women and children and economic issues as part of the foundation created by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The former first lady and potential 2016 White House contender offered her most extensive description of her post-Obama administration agenda since leaving her role as the nation's top diplomat. Clinton walked out to applause on stage at a Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago.
  • Bay Area elementary school holds toy-gun exchange

    06/11/2013 9:23:53 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/10/13 | Mike Krumboltz
    Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, Calif., held a toy-gun exchange program over the weekend, according to a report from CBS-5 San Francisco. Inspired by gun buy-back programs that focus on getting weapons off the streets, Principal Charles Hill felt a similar program for toys made a lot of sense. "Playing with toys guns, saying 'I'm going to shoot you,' desensitizes them," said Hill, "so, as they get older, it's easier for them to use a real gun." Students who participated were given books in exchange for their toy guns. They were also enrolled in a raffle to win a bike,...
  • The monstrous abortion trial the media don’t want you to know about

    04/11/2013 3:59:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    fox news ^ | 4/10/2013 | By Dan Gainor
    When the Newtown shooting took the lives of 20 children, the nation was justifiably horrified. Journalists reported round the clock on ways to change public policy to prevent another shooting. But when seven children and a mother died in a Philadelphia abortion clinic dubbed a “house of horrors,” the major media couldn’t have cared less. It’s a news story that reads more like a Hollywood torture plot – “Saw” or “Hostel” or some other movie so foul that it makes you want to take a shower just having viewed it. Only this case is real and the media are keeping...
  • FOR THE CHILDREN; Mandatory Concealed Carry Beretta 93 Raffica For Everyone

    12/18/2012 2:25:53 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    While Obama and the Democrats are sealing us blind with over Sixteen Trillion Dollars of debt pilled upon our children, now they want to take away our RIGHT to defend ourselves, with "gun control", yet they refuse to defend our children by arming our teachers. So it's time that Concealed Carry of the Beretta Model 93 Raffica machine pistol become every United States Citizen's RIGHT. No longer will we have to wait for an unbearable time for government officials to defend our children and watch them die, while waiting for socialists government officials to show up after the murder has...
  • Superintendents Paint Dire Picture If California's Prop. 30 Fails ["Bloodbath" Predicted?]

    10/26/2012 9:51:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 26, 2012 | Stephen Ceasar
    Superintendents Paint Dire Picture If California's Prop. 30 Fails As Gov. Jerry Brown's revenue-raising proposition loses support, school superintendents say class sizes could grow, cherished programs could die and jobs will be lost. What we face is the biggest challenge in public education since the state of California was founded," said state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times October 26 As children peered at them through an elementary school fence in Cerritos on Friday, about a dozen school superintendents explained the consequences they will face if California voters fail to approve Proposition 30. In...
  • Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

    09/16/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike By STEPHANIE BANCHERO The Chicago public school teachers strike entered its second week after the teachers union declined Sunday to call off a week-long walkout that has catapulted the city into the national debate over teacher evaluations and job security. Only hours earlier, Chicago Teachers Union officials had trumpeted new concessions they said they had extracted from Mayor Rahm Emanuel during talks to settle the strike that started last Monday and has canceled classes for 350,000 students in the nation's third largest district. The vote to continue the strike came Sunday night by the...
  • Obama Promotes Planned Parenthood, for his Daughters’ Sake

    07/26/2012 3:05:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | July 26, 2012 | Staff
    The President told his supporters earlier this week at a fundraiser that Planned Parenthood should keep getting funding so that his daughters could “control their own health care choices.” Obama enthusiastically promoting Planned Parenthood is nothing new. But the radically pro-abortion President shamelessly including his 11 and 14 year old daughters in his Planned Parenthood pitch is a new low.   “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that is a bad idea,” Obama said. “I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. We’re not going backwards, we’re...
  • "Evangelical Environmental Network" running ads on Rush's show for Claire McCaskill. Soros group?

    07/05/2012 11:37:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The ads are really obnoxious about how "big corporations" oppose limits on mercury and how Claire McCaskill "stood tall" against them. And, I kid you not, they ended with "For the Children." I am absolutely certain this is not a legitimate religious group, but a bunch of Lefties running a false-flag operation. Does anybody know anything about these goons?
  • Tobacco Bonds Deliver a Lesson -- Decline in smoking hurts payment of state notes (CA-DUH!)

    03/15/2012 4:58:12 PM PDT · by Mark · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 3/15/2012 | Editorial
    The percentage of Californians who smoke has dropped to an all-time low of 11.9 percent, the second-lowest in the nation behind Utah's 9.1 percent. That's good news for the health of Californians, but bad news for the state's budget and First 5 program, which funds local services for children up to age 5. The decline in smoking was anticipated, but it has descended at a much sharper rate than predicted. As a result, California will face difficulty in funding $16 billion in bonds the state has issued since 2001. The bonds are supposed to be financed by payments from the...
  • Child missed school? Please pay $40

    02/17/2012 5:44:28 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 27 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 17, 2012 | Fermin Leal
    ORANGE – Parents in Orange Unified received a letter at the beginning of the school year asking them to donate $40 for each day their child misses class to help offset the $5.5 million in attendance funding the district loses annually. Five months later, the district has netted $920.
  • New Playgrounds Are Safe—and That's Why Nobody Uses Them (More Nanny State Unintended Consequences)

    02/02/2012 7:15:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 120 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 1 2012 | The Atlantic
    New Playgrounds Are Safe—and That's Why Nobody Uses Them The problem with safety guidelines is that they make most playgrounds so uninteresting as to contribute to reduced physical activity. Playgrounds don't look like they used to. Steep metal slides and wooden towers have given way to slow, plastic slides and carefully penned-in climbing contraptions. And forget about seesaws -- they're a thing of the past. When kids are bored by unimaginative (read: safe) playground equipment, they're less active as a result, and with childhood obesity at epidemic proportions, that's a danger, too. An interesting new investigation looks into this phenomenon....
  • Colorado bellwether: Voters reject statewide tax increases

    11/01/2011 10:15:28 PM PDT · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Michelle ^ | November 1, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Proposition 103, the only statewide tax increase on the November ballot across the country, is going down tonight, according to number-crunchers in my home state of Colorado. If the results of this massive tax hike referendum had gone the big government/big labor lobby’s way, it would be front-page news tomorrow and Debbie Blabberman-Schultz would be crowing about it non-stop on MSNBC. Instead, crickets will chirp. White House, pay attention: Colorado voters have rejected an attempt to raise state income and sales taxes to fund education, The Denver Post has declared. Colorado voters were saying no to a major tax increase...
  • Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care

    08/18/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/18/11 | JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer
    An Illinois judge ruled Thursday that the state can stop working with Catholic Charities on adoptions and foster care placements — something the state decided to do in July after the not-for-profit agency refused to recognize Illinois' new civil unions law. In his ruling, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt said that no one, including Catholic Charities, has a legal right to a contract with the state government. He did not address the more sensitive issue of whether a state contractor that refuses to serve gays and lesbians is violating the state's new civil unions law. The state Department of...
  • Jerry Brown signs school safety law prompted by abortion protest

    08/04/2011 2:20:31 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 25 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | August 3, 2011 1:13 pm | Unattributed
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a measure ... addressing controversy over an anti-abortion demonstration. Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) said he wrote the measure in response to a March 2003 incident in which graphic images of an aborted fetus were mounted on a vehicle and driven past a middle school in Rancho Palos Verdes. "Because of the disturbing nature of the photographs, some students at the scene became angry, some began to cry...’’ Mendoza said. The bill was signed three years after a federal court found that the 1st Amendment rights of anti-abortion activists were violated when they...
  • Every Move You Make, Every Click You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

    07/29/2011 3:27:47 PM PDT · by decimon · 33 replies
    Belmont Club ^ | July 29, 2011 | Richard Fernandez
    Boing-boing notices that “yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California Rep Zoe Lofgren, one of the Democrats who opposed the bill, called it a ‘data bank of every digital act by every American’ that would ‘let us find out where every single American visited Web sites.’” The databank is “for the children”. HR 1981 is actually titled “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011″. Its sponsors say “the Protecting Children from Internet...
  • House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill

    Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today. The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall's elections, and the Justice Department officials who have quietly lobbied for the sweeping new requirements, a development first reported by CNET. A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses,...
  • Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    06/27/2011 9:16:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 27, 2011 | Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to let California regulate the sale or rental of violent video games to children, saying governments do not have the power to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed" despite complaints about graphic violence. On a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld a federal appeals court decision to throw out the state's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento had ruled that the law violated minors' rights under the First Amendment, and the high court agreed....
  • Mark Steyn: Tweet of Clay (Weinergate)

    06/09/2011 10:27:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | June 08, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Ramesh, as an antidote to Maureen Dowd’s take, here’s Weiner’s former girlfriend Kirsten Powers. When the Twit hit the fan, Kirsten received certain assurances from him about his innocence and, based on those, went out on Fox and elsewhere and defended him. Unlike too many my-Democrat-right-or-wrong types, she’s done with him: As I have recovered from the shock of seeing an old friend’s life unravel and have had time to get my mind around the extensive and sociopathic lying in which he engaged, there seems to be no other choice than for him to step aside and stop hurting his family, friends, and...
  • More Weiner Messages to Young Girls? Evidence the Media Was Duped into Dropping the Investigation

    06/05/2011 6:12:23 PM PDT · by astuddis · 42 replies
    Patterico ^ | Patterico
    The other day, Tommy Christopher published an interesting article regarding two underage girls who had claimed to have incriminating DMs from Anthony Weiner. Christopher called the girls “Betty” and “Veronica” and said that they had admitted to him that they had lied. That may be . . . but there are some aspects of their claims (and those of their parents) that I think merit some examination. (...)
  • Young Boy Strip Searched By TSA

    11/20/2010 7:14:06 PM PST · by kara37 · 523 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | 11/20/10
    TSA strip searches young boy.
  • Rep. Barney Frank Seeks to Decriminalize Internet Gambling; 67 Percent Americans Disapprove

    07/22/2010 4:40:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 28 replies
    Citizen Link ^ | 7/22/2010 | Catherine Snow
    ‘Why (would) we would be taking steps to open casinos in every home, dorm room, library, iPod, Blackberry, iPad and computer in America?’ Nearly 67 percent of Americans are opposed to decriminalizing Internet gambling. Yet, Rep. Barney Frank, D – Mass., – chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee – is persistent in his effort to repeal the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Rep. James McDermott, D-Wash., has a companion bill to tax the proceeds — conveniently creating yet another revenue stream for the growing government. Their bills gained little favor two months ago when considered by...
  • ACORN slated to get nearly $4 billion in Obama's fiscal 2011 budget

    02/10/2010 4:43:34 PM PST · by pissant · 52 replies · 1,355+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 2/10/10 | staff
    To add to the list of outrageous earmarks in Obama's fiscal 2011 budget, ACORN, the embezzlement-prone, voter-registration-fraud-plagued, leftist community organizing group, is slated to receive nearly $4 billion from a taxpayer-funded slush fund. The money will come from the Community Development Block Grant, one of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's longest-running programs. The HUD Web site cryptically defines the grant's purpose as providing "communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs," not a reassuring description given the group's recent past history of aiding the community through gratuitous missappropriation of funds. Has Congress already...
  • Al Franken: The New Face of the Democrat Party

    02/05/2010 8:49:11 AM PST · by Neoavatara · 25 replies · 1,128+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | February 5, 2010 | Neoavatara
    Al Franken has become the voice of the progressive left in the Senate. Yup, Stuart Smiley himself. Franken this week led the Democrat charge against the Obama Administration. Sen. Al Franken ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod this week during a tense, closed-door session with Senate Democrats. Sources said Franken was the most outspoken senator in the meeting, which followed President Barack Obama’s question-and-answer session with Senate Democrats at the Newseum on Wednesday. But they also said the Minnesotan wasn’t the only angry Democrat in the room, although he certainly seems to be the leader.
  • School Lunches = Pet Food?

    12/10/2009 6:37:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 1,000+ views
    760 KFMB AM San Diego ^ | December 10, 2009 | 760 KFMB AM San Diego
    School Lunches = Pet Food? Many of you may be quite picky about what you feed your children. So many parents these days, in a hissy fit of Whole Foods-fueled hippie-ness, boycott the likes of a Happy Meal. State governments, much like our own here in California, rail against ye olde fashioned childhood snack time staples like candy bars and sodas, banning schools from vending all things that aren't dried fruit and Nutri-Grain bars. And parents these days, in their infinite laziness and longing to be "one of the kids," push their children toward video games in lieu of real...
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • Bid to divert funds from kids sparks chilling ad { Prop 1d }

    04/22/2009 8:12:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 370+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/22/9 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Vote for Proposition 1D, kill a baby. That's the message of a new campaign backed by the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Prop. 1D asks voters to take more than $1.6 billion in taxes away from programs designed for children ages 5 and younger and use the money to help lower the overall state deficit for the next 5 years. The Child Abuse Prevention Center, a statewide organization, says that because some of the cuts will affect child abuse prevention programs, "Children will be hurt. Some will die." A campaign poster screams "Baby Killer" in large type and a child's feet...
  • The New Book Banning

    02/12/2009 3:34:03 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 10 replies · 459+ views
    City Journal ^ | 12 February 2009 | Walter Olson
    It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their...
  • Surcharge on sweets may not trim many waists ("expert": soda = cigarettes of the food world)

    01/31/2009 7:05:56 PM PST · by ellery · 27 replies · 778+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 31, 2009 | Stephen Smith
    When Governor Deval Patrick proposed a 5 percent premium on sugary treats this week, his administration presented it as a sin tax with a bonus: Imposing such a levy, a briefing paper pledged, "is a critical first step in discouraging the consumption of these empty calories." But there is little evidence that an extra nickel or two for a bottle of soda or a bar of chocolate would significantly dampen demand for products blamed for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic. -snip- States big and small, from California to Rhode Island, tack a surcharge onto soft drinks and candy. In all,...
  • Obama tells daughters he ran for president for them, all children

    01/15/2009 12:40:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,140+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – In an open letter to his young daughters, US president-elect Barack Obama said Thursday that he entered the race for the White House "because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation." "When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me -- about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world," Obama said in the letter published in Parade magazine, a weekend newspaper color supplement. "I realized that my own...
  • Poor families' 'safety net' is wearing thinner

    12/24/2008 12:56:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 749+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/24/8 | Tom Abate
    Two reports suggest that state and federal public assistance programs may be overwhelmed by the growing ranks of families seeking help during the recession. "The safety net is under severe strain," said Jean Ross, director of the California Budget Project, a liberal group in Sacramento. "Because of the severity of the economic downturn, increasing numbers of Californians are losing jobs or having their hours cut back." Margaret Simms, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., looked at how state governments from coast to coast are facing declining revenue at a time of rising need. "We've made some...
  • Palin proposes new funds to benefit children

    12/05/2008 8:57:00 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 153 replies · 2,473+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 5, 2008 | Sean Cockerham
    Gov. Sarah Palin is calling for more state spending on children's health insurance, preschool and other programs, even as Alaska oil prices and state revenues plunge. Cash flow into the state is shrinking as oil prices drop below $40 a barrel, the lowest level in nearly four years. Most state general fund money comes from taxes and royalties the state makes from oil. But Palin said the state can afford more than $5 million in new spending on areas like Head Start, obesity prevention, a test program of half-day preschool, and expanded Denali KidCare insurance.
  • lest we forget this sterling moment.

    11/06/2008 8:03:17 PM PST · by dascallie · 1,113+ views
    question from the 7 year old
  • LAUSD: Teachers have little reason to cry poor

    10/02/2008 10:07:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 3,717+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/2/08 | Steven Rosenberg
    With jobs like mortgage broker, investment banker, stock analyst and others that once looked solid - and profitable - suddenly looking not so good in the wake of America's looming financial difficulties, a Daily News Special Report revealed what most of us already know despite heavy doses of conventional wisdom to the contrary: Teachers and other school employees do pretty darn well. Especially if they work for the Los Angeles Unified School District. According to information provided to the Daily News by the LAUSD, the average salary for teachers is $63,000 - not too shabby that. But more than 8,500...
  • MichelleO: If You Don't Elect The One, The Children Will Be Endangered! (For The Children Alert)

    07/22/2008 7:23:45 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies · 163+ views
    Michelle ^ | 7/22/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Bitter Half Alert: Here she goes again. But don’t you dare breathe a negative word about what she says on the campaign trail, because she’s just a “civilian” whom you should lay off of–and if you don’t you’re a racist, wife-beating brute! MichelleO, MichelleO, MichelleO: Michelle Obama mixed a story about how her husband, the Democratic presidential candidate asked her out, with a solemn assessment of U.S. economic and social conditions during a visit to the Denver area Wednesday. Obama spoke before a crowd of about 150 that paid from $1,000 to $10,000 apiece at a private fundraising dinner at...

    04/25/2008 6:56:10 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 54 replies · 209+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2008 | PHILIP MESSING
    <p>A man heckling First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna outside the 92nd Street Y was arrested after he punched a wheelchair-bound girl whose parents had told him to shut up, authorities said yesterday. German Talis, 22, was shouting obscenities at the Bushes...Wendy and John Lovetro and their daughter Maureen, 18, who has cerebral palsy.</p>
  • Scary health stories

    02/07/2008 11:57:03 AM PST · by JZelle · 29 replies · 140+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-6-08 | Elizabeth M. Whelan
    If you are a parent (or grandparent) of a young child, you are a target for manipulation by activists (some with scientific degrees) who claim we are surrounded by a sea of chemical "toxins" and "carcinogens." You are easy prey — because you care so deeply about the health and welfare of your babies and children. Purveyors of unfounded health scares know that. The fearmongers have just about everything going for them. And unless you recognize their manipulative tactics, you will be among their millions of terrified victims. Here's how they work: They know what psychiatrists have known for many...
  • Tax sought on hotel porn movies

    01/28/2008 11:39:48 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 32 replies · 241+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 1-27-08 | Tim Hoover
    A state lawmaker wants to tax in-room adult movies ordered at hotels to help fund child sex-abuse investigations. The current version of House Bill 1086, sponsored by Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, would impose a 99-cent fee on all in-room movies ordered at hotels. Stephens, though, said she plans to narrow her proposal to apply to just adult movies. The money would go into a fund for children's advocacy centers, which counsel sexually abused children and help police and prosecutors interview young victims. There are 14 such centers in Colorado and more than 600 nationally. Stephens said imposing the fee on...
  • Kaine vows to insure needy (VA)

    12/13/2007 11:12:10 AM PST · by JZelle · 29 replies · 348+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-13-07 | Seth McLaughlin
    Gov. Tim Kaine yesterday announced a plan to expand health care coverage to thousands of uninsured, low-income Virginians as the state faces a projected $641 million budget shortfall. "One in seven Virginians still lack health insurance because their employers don"t provide it or because they cannot afford it," Mr. Kaine said. "As more citizens rely on our health care safety net for their most basic health needs, we must strengthen that system." Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, said the two-year budget that he plans to present to the General Assembly on Monday will include about $25.5 million in new health care...
  • Huckabee Hedges on Aid for Illegals (Must read)

    12/02/2007 12:10:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies · 1,311+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 2, 2007 | Teddy Davis
    New Iowa Leader Criticized by for Indecision on Federal Student Aid. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who backed in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, hedged Sunday on whether illegal immigrants who have gone to school in the United States should become eligible for federal student aid such as Pell grants and subsidized federal student loans. "I'm not sure that I would support that," Huckabee told ABC News, "it was a different program in Arkansas." Huckabee's failure to take a clear position on federal student aid while appearing on ABC News' "This Week with George...