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  • Liberal Policies = "Feel Good Fascism” ~ Vanity

    07/29/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT · by GraceG · 12 replies
    I was in another thread and somehow my brain decided to come up with a new apt term to describe liberal control freak policies... The 3lbs of grey matter between my ears came up with the term "Feel Good Fascism". I think it encapsulates their ideology quite well. Fat People are bad and drink too much soda, so ban people from buying soda = Feel Good Fascism. Poor People Exist, so you Steal using government power to give help to people who are unable to or unwilling to work = Feel Good Fascism. Liberal policies have two components, One is...
  • Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

    06/24/2014 8:00:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06/22/2014 | BENJAMIN MUELLER
    In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized children from public school when another student has a vaccine-preventable disease. Citing a 109-year-old Supreme Court ruling that gives states broad power in public health matters, Judge William F. Kuntz II of Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled against three families who claimed that their right to free exercise of religion was violated when their children were kept from school, sometimes for a month at a time, because of the...
  • School lunches: Local 5-year-old cries when she has to eat school lunch

    05/27/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    FOX 4 Local News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Katie Ferrell
    On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to fire back against school meal critics who say the program to make school lunches healthier has gone too far. FOX 4′s Katie Ferrell reported Tuesday morning on the reaction from Kansas City-area parents to the more nutritious school lunches. Among the comments: “The food provided as school lunch is not even edible. My 5-year old isn’t picky and she cries if we accidentally forget to pack her lunch,” said Jaye Anne on our facebook page. “Yes it motivates us to send actual healthy food from home so our child doesn’t have...
  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/2/14 | Daisy Luther
    What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.

    03/26/2014 11:49:57 AM PDT · by bkopto · 17 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | staff
    <p>The head of a union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers says a report conducted by the TSA after a Los Angeles airport shooting last fall doesn't go far enough in addressing threats posed by individuals targeting its officers. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.</p>
  • School forces half-naked, sopping wet student to stand outside, frostbite results

    03/04/2014 7:21:17 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2014 | Robby Soave
    <p>A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.</p>
  • When The Government Targets Constitutionalists

    02/16/2014 11:24:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 13, 2014 | Stu Tarlowe
    A friend sent me a link to an article on, "Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism." I have to say that I was outraged but not really surprised. That a state's National Guard training exercise would employ a scenario in which the "bad guys" were supporters of the Second Amendment and "limited government" is just a reflection of the regime's ongoing campaign to ridicule and demonize those who cherish the Constitution (not to mention the regime's defiance of the Constitution itself). It reminded me of a Missouri Highway Patrol memo made public a couple of years ago in...
  • More Governments Aim to Ban Plastic Bags

    02/06/2014 1:19:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 35 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-6-14 | John Eick
    Think you’re green? Not unless you ban or tax the common plastic bag that consumers use every day to carry their groceries, among other things. From California to Rhode Island, municipalities are considering – or have enacted – plastic bag bans or fees on consumers at the register when making a purchase. Reasons given for such restrictions to consumer choice are plenty, but the most common is that plastic bags are not recyclable (patently false), they take an excessive amount of natural resources and energy to manufacture (not true compared to alternatives) and they are the main culprit contributing to...
  • Illinois Health Officials Shut Down 11-Year-Old's Cupcake Business

    01/29/2014 11:55:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Sixth-grader Chloe Stirling learned a tough lesson about government regulation of small businesses, no matter how delicious they are.The Belleville News-Democrat ran a story about an 11-year-old girl making about $200 a month selling cupcakes that apparently left a bad taste in the mouths of Illinois health officials. Middle-schooler Chloe Stirling of Troy, Ill., quickly learned a tough lesson about government regulation on small businesses after the story ran on Sunday. Madison County Health Department officials informed her family that the pastry party was over on Monday. “They called and said they were shutting us down,” said Chloe’s mother, Heather...
  • Businesses Fail When They Do What's Politically Correct Instead of What Customers Want

    01/28/2014 9:17:37 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Rush ^ | 1/27/14 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Hi. How are you? Welcome back. Great to have you. It's the EIB Network and Rush Limbaugh. "McDonald's Fighting to be 'Relevant' to Customers, CEO Concedes." You know, I've got some thoughts about this. "After outperforming rivals for years, McDonald's Corp. is facing a shift in eating habits toward foods people feel are fresher or healthier. The company has added options such as chicken wraps and breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites to keep up with the trend. But it's received a 'muted response.'" It isn't working. Healthier foods received a muted response. I mean, who could...
  • Cops bloody old man — for jaywalking

    01/21/2014 3:39:26 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/19/14 | Kevin Sheehan
    Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said. Kang Wong was strolling north on Broadway and crossing 96th Street at around 5 p.m., when an officer told him to halt because he had walked against the light. Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street. Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said.
  • Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It

    01/18/2014 1:47:01 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 103 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | Greg Bensinger knows you so well it wants to ship your next package before you order it. The Seattle retailer in December gained a patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” a method to start delivering packages even before customers click “buy.”
  • Porn production gets lucky in Las Vegas as industry moves ...following California condom law

    01/17/2014 5:56:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2014 | Chris Pleasance
    It is known as the City of Sin, so it is perhaps no surprise to find that the porn industry is moving to Las Vegas after LA passed a law requiring performers to use condoms. As the industry struggles to survive in an age of free websites and amateur videos uploaded to the internet, producers looking to cut costs are also attracted by the cheap hotels, mansions and warehouses to use for their films. In a worrying development, many adult film makers are also using the move as a way to get around stringent health checks imposed in LA, including...
  • Most problem drinkers not alcoholics, CDC reports

    01/07/2014 7:02:10 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 108 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jonathan Serrie
    At least 38 million U.S. adults drink too much, and most of them are not alcoholics, according to a new “Vital Signs” report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “For every one person who is alcoholic there are about six who are problem drinkers, drinking enough to adversely affect their lives, their health, their work situation or family situation,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said. Three-quarters of Americans who drink too much are considered “binge drinkers.” This includes men who consume more than four alcoholic drinks in one setting and women who consume more than three. But...
  • I'm asking you, and here's why: [email from nobama]

    12/30/2013 8:58:28 AM PST · by upchuck · 12 replies
    email | Dec 30, 2013 | Barack Obama (supposedly)
    Friend -- On January 1st, our nation turns a corner on health care -- and we're never going back. From here on, no American should have to go broke just because they get sick. You can't be dropped from your plan when you need it most. Pre-existing conditions will never prevent someone from getting coverage, and women can't be charged more than men for their plans. And for millions of Americans, affordable, quality coverage is finally within reach. I am so proud of that. And I have people like you to thank, truly. Fundamental change like this doesn't happen just...
  • O’TOOLE and SCHIFF: Do single-family homes threaten the planet?

    11/20/2013 5:51:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-19-13 | Randal O'Toole and Damien Schiff
    A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Plan Bay Area has already drawn several legal challenges, and...
  • Common Core Teaches Kids Government Must Be Obeyed

    11/15/2013 4:07:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Schools: Opposition is rising to new national education standards pushed on public schools. They have turned schools into re-education camps for liberalism, with political statements masquerading as English lessons. If one had to include one speech by President Ronald Reagan as recommended reading in a national standardized curriculum it might be the one in which he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" One might pick Reagan's first inaugural address when he said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Or even his 1964 "A...
  • Report: Obamacare provision will allow 'forced' home inspections by gov't agents

    11/11/2013 2:26:36 PM PST · by sfimom · 78 replies
    The ^ | August 15, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Citing the Heath and Human Services website, a report posted Wednesday at the Freedom Outpost says that under Obamacare, government agents can engage in "home health visits" for those in certain “high-risk” categories. Those categories include: • Families where mom is not yet 21; • Families where someone is a tobacco user; • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities, and • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
  • City Of Austin Considering Fast Food Ban (TX)

    11/07/2013 5:49:39 AM PST · by bgill · 65 replies
    KEYETV ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 | staff
    KEYE TV has learned city council is considering a resolution that -- if passed -- would "restrict fast-food food restaurants from locating near areas that children frequent." That includes schools, municipal parks, child care centers and libraries... Convenience stores are also being targeted. The plan would offer food marts incentives to carry healthy food options.
  • Gay community ‘Coming Out’ to enroll in Obamacare

    10/11/2013 9:14:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    FOX-2 St. Louis ^ | October 11, 2013 | Staff Writer
    Jeff Jones started shopping for health insurance as soon as the Obamacare insurance marketplaces opened on October 1. The Kentucky resident is like a lot LGBT citizens who have not had access to affordable health insurance in the past. If Jones, 47, had been able to legally marry, he would have immediately been eligible for coverage under his partner, Nathan Walker’s, policy. Walker has domestic partnership benefits at work, but the couple haven’t lived together long enough to qualify for them. “I’m a diabetic, so I do want to make sure I’m covered,” Jones said. As a whole the LGBT...
  • Life in the Car Pool Lane...When a mistake cost you $495.

    10/03/2013 2:03:10 PM PDT · by lee martell · 51 replies
    October 3 2013 | Lee Martell
    I admit it, I drove in the car pool lane as a single driver. I got in a hurry and started playing that game of seeing what I could get away with. I drove from the Veteran's Hospital in Santa Rosa, toward San Rafael, past acres of vineyards, past sleep cows, past car lots full of vehicles and tried to save some time. All was well until some other driver peered out of her SUV to see me whizzing past, then and decided to join me in the express lane. That single driver was soon followed by another in one...
  • Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” Is

    10/01/2013 5:22:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” IsPosted By Daniel Greenfield On September 30, 2013 @ 11:42 am In The Point | 24 Comments The death panels aren’t going to come through the front door. They’re going to sneak up on you from behind with piano wire. On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing...
  • Defense Department guide calls Founding Fathers ‘extremist’

    08/24/2013 10:44:15 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 57 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Saturday August 24, 2013
    A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.” The guide comes from documents obtained by Judicial Watch and is authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a DoD-funded diversity training center. Under a section titled “extremist ideologies,” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought...
  • The Happy Enders' Club (Fiction)(?)

    08/09/2013 2:39:46 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 8, 2013 | Dan Miller
    An article at a12iggymom's Blog about an environmentalist decision to terminate ninety percent of Mother Gaia's population starts with this: The Human Race has been declared a hostile species and a threat to the planet: the environmentalists have said so. Obama’s buddy Cass Sunstein, argues strongly for human euthanasia. “…what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. …” Dave Foreman, Co-Founder of Earth First: “We humans have become a disease, the Humanpox.” Roger Martin, environmental activist, “Fewer people mean better lives.” Obamacare death panels. Democrat strategist Steven Rattner said, “We need death panels…until we start allocating health care resources more prudently—rationing, by...
  • Hey, NYC! The mayor has his fingers on your volume control

    03/07/2013 9:10:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 7, 2013 | The New York Post
    <p>Mayor Bloomberg - who has already cracked down on smoking, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks - is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.</p> <p>Hizzoner's health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.</p>
  • Homeless Shelter Ordered to Destroy Food

    03/04/2013 10:29:08 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 March 2013 | John Semmens
    The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission was ordered to destroy 1,600 pounds of venison by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. It’s not that there was anything wrong with the meat. It had been processed in accord with regulations put out by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. It’s just that the Mission hadn’t gone through the appropriate channels to get venison on the approved foods list. “Just because an organization is trying to feed the hungry doesn’t mean they can serve whatever food they want,” Secretary Bruce Greenstein explained. “That the food may be wholesome and nutritious is not...
  • Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

    02/02/2013 10:45:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 01, 2013 – 04:44 PM | Christian Wüst
    The technology needed for driverless cars is here and could be ready for the market in less than a decade. Automation holds the promise of revolutionizing the automobile industry and making our streets safer, but will it spell the end of Fahrvergnügen? … Self-driving cars, long dismissed as a utopian pipe dream, are rapidly reaching the stage where they will be ready for the market. “We’re not talking about 20 years here, but more like five,” says Sebastian Thrun, initiator and director of Google's project. … No other invention in the history of civilian technology has caused as much harm...
  • All Signs Indicate That This Flu Season Is Going To Be Brutal

    12/04/2012 6:10:52 PM PST · by blam · 114 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-4-2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    All Signs Indicate That This Flu Season Is Going To Be Brutal Jennifer WelshDec. 4, 2012, 6:53 PMThe flu season could be especially bad this year, and is one of the earliest-starting flu seasons in a decade, said Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control. "This is the earliest regular flu season we've had in nearly a decade, since the 2003-2004 flu season. That was an early and severe flu year," CDC director Thomas Frieden said in a teleconference yesterday Dec. 3. That season was very severe, especially for children, they said. This is much different than we...
  • Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers

    03/15/2012 11:00:14 AM PDT · by timlot · 397 replies · 2+ views
    Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president. The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, has promised to crack down on the distribution of pornography if elected.
  • Sen. Coburn Wants to Completely Ban Tobacco

    06/05/2009 12:28:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 188 replies · 5,350+ views
    Newsmax ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jim Meyers
    Sen. Tom Coburn, who is also a medical doctor, is calling for an outright ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. "What we should be doing is banning tobacco," the Oklahoma Republican declared on the Senate floor during a debate on a tobacco regulation bill. "Nobody up here has the courage to do that. It is a big business. There are millions of Americans who are addicted to nicotine." The battle against tobacco use has been ongoing. Earlier this year Congress passed legislation that included an increase in the federal tax on cigarettes of more than 60...
  • NJ scraps plans to ban genital waxing!

    03/20/2009 2:09:29 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 31 replies · 1,308+ views
    google news/associated press ^ | today | BETH DeFALCO
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is smoothing out differences over a plan to ban bare-it-all bikini waxing. The state is reversing course on the proposal after angry salon owners complained about losing business ahead of swimsuit season.
  • Daley to Wrigley bars: Curb booze sales or go dry (Obama's Chicago Machine showing us the future)

    09/23/2008 7:36:15 PM PDT · by uptoolate · 42 replies · 315+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 23, 2008 | BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Bars and restaurants around Wrigley Field that ignore the city’s call to voluntarily cut off liquor sales after the seventh inning could face a dire alternative: Area residents could vote them dry, Mayor Daley warned Tuesday. One day after bar owners reacted angrily to the city’s proposal, Daley defended it as "common sense." He argued that Cubs fans who’ve been drinking up until the seventh-inning stretch of potential title-clinching games need, what he called, "some smoothing time" before the celebration begins in earnest. » Click to enlarge image Fans celebrate after the Cubs won the Central Division title. Mayor Daley...
  • Munger on the Political Economy of Public Transportation

    07/07/2008 11:22:38 AM PDT · by newbie2008 · 1 replies · 102+ views
    Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Munger's recent trip to Chile and the changes Chile has made to Santiago's bus system. What was once a private decentralized system with differing levels of quality and price has been transformed into a system of uniform quality designed from the top down. How has the new system fared? Not particularly well according to Munger. Commuting times are up and the President of Chile has apologized to the Chilean people for the failures of the new system. Munger talks about why such changes take place and why they...
  • Kids for Obama

    07/02/2008 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 64 replies · 244+ views
    "Below you will find a list of activities children 12 and under can do to get involved. To start, print out our Logo Coloring Sheet, color it in and display at your house or in your school. Write a letter or editorial to your local news paper, expressing "Why Barack Obama should become the next US President". ...Take an adult (voting age) to the polls on Election Day and encourage them to vote for you, by voting for Senator Obama. ...Host a Senator Barack Obama House Party or sleep-over. Contribute to the Kids for Obama Blog .
  • Obama and The Don't Drill Democrats To America: Don't Drive.

    06/19/2008 4:32:56 AM PDT · by CWWren · 81 replies · 118+ views
    Town Hall ^ | June 19, 2008 | Hugh Hewitt
    Obama and The Don't Drill Democrats To America: Don't Drive. Just Shut Up and Sweat In Your Dark House. When Barack Obama told a Pennsylvania audience this past weekend that "We can't drill our way out of this," he was repeating the same line that Nancy Pelosi used days earlier and that Harry Reid used on Wednesday. The Big Three Democrats are thus all agreed that their party has given up on bringing down the cost of oil and thus the cost of gas at the pump. Because demand for oil isn't going to drop due to growth around the...
  • GET OVER IT! Rising crude is GOOD FOR YOU: analyst

    06/13/2008 12:50:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies · 404+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 13, 2008 | Herbert Lash
    Surging oil prices have often sent stock markets tumbling this year when, according to one view, investors should embrace rising energy costs because they boost the bottom line of many large-cap U.S. companies. The energy sector is now the largest earnings contributor to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX, Wall Street's benchmark for corporate America's profitability, said David Bianco, head of U.S. equity strategy at investment bank UBS in New York. Many investors see the rise in crude prices as a negative because of its potential impact on economic growth and the wallets of American consumers. That view, however,...
  • Sun screen lotion threatens coral: study

    05/23/2008 12:33:53 PM PDT · by Slapshot68 · 29 replies · 484+ views
    PARIS (AFP) - Sun screen lotions used by beach-going tourists worldwide are a major cause of coral bleaching, according to a new study commissioned by the European Commission. In experiments, the cream-based ultra-violet (UV) filters -- used to protect skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure -- caused bleaching of coral reefs even in small quantities, the study found. Coral reefs are among the most biologically productive and diverse of ecosystems, and directly sustain half a billion people. But some 60 percent of these reef systems are threatened by a deadly combination of climate change, industrial pollution and excess...
  • Bin Brother is watching you (City puts RFID chips on garbage cans to track recycling)

    04/14/2008 9:27:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 94+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | April 14, 2008 | Karen Barlow
    There is revolution going on in waste management, which Big Brother would be proud of. Tucked away under the rim of wheelie bins found in two Sydney councils are small radio frequency tracking devices collecting information on a household's waste habits. Randwick Mayor Bruce Notley-Smith told The World Today they are the way of the future. "We will be able to find out the weights of the various bins and collect the data, the entire amount, as opposed to the quantity that is recyclable," he said. The garbage truck reads the data on the bin, weighs the bin, and the...
  • New bridge, light rail are inseparable (So just get used to it!)

    03/27/2008 9:44:06 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 12 replies · 487+ views
    the columbian ^ | March 27, 2008 | Dina Elizabeth Hovde
    Thursday, March 27, 2008 By Elizabeth Hovde Portland Mayor Tom Potter joked Monday that to get to Vancouver, he gets to “cross the I-5 Bridge that apparently was built by the Lewis and Clark expedition.” The bridge isn’t that old, but it is outdated in size, form and function. Ask almost anyone if we need a new Interstate 5 bridge and they should nod in agreement. For heads that don’t bob, tell them the northbound span was built in 1917 and the southbound in 1958. Remind people that the bridge is seismically unfit and that it offers the only red...
  • Two Htfd. convenience stores shut down for non-compliance

    03/12/2008 12:32:54 PM PDT · by Puppage · 16 replies · 460+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 3/12/08 | Puppage
    UPDATE ON YESTERDAYS STORY Hartford (WTNH) _ A new city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday has been violated by two Albany Avenue convenience stores, Hartford police say. The new law applies to convenience stores and gas stations open between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Such stores must have appropriate security measures in place, including security cameras, a silent alarm and a drop safe, among other things. Police say they conducted inspections at Jay's Smoke Shop and Smoker's Stop Family Grocery around 1 a.m. this morning and found both stores to be operating without a license that...
  • CDC Panel Urges Flu Shots for All Children

    02/28/2008 4:32:58 AM PST · by metmom · 59 replies · 187+ views ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Associated Press
    ATLANTA — All children — not just those under 5 — should get vaccinated against the flu, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday. The panel voted to expand annual flu shots to virtually all children except infants younger than 6 months and those with serious egg allergies. That means about 30 million more children could be getting vaccinated. If heeded, it would be one of the largest expansions in flu vaccination coverage in U.S. history. The flu vaccine has been available since the 1940s. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said all children should start getting vaccinated as soon as...
  • Great Britain: Life insurers to impose 'fat tax' on the obese, costing up to 50 per cent more

    02/23/2008 7:39:57 AM PST · by Stoat · 21 replies · 469+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 22, 2008 | BECKY BARROW
    Life insurers to impose 'fat tax' on the obese, costing up to 50 per cent moreBy BECKY BARROW - More by this author » Last updated at 22:37pm on 22nd February 2008  A "fat tax" is to be imposed on the obese by life insurance firms, it emerged last night.  Around 50 per cent extra could be charged on new premiums - and the threshold at which the higher rate starts will be lowered. The increased charge can be up to 400 per cent if you fall into other high risk categories, such as being a smoker or having...
  • 'Pretending the web doesn't exist will not serve justice'

    01/31/2008 10:29:08 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 78+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 28 January 2008 | GRAHAM GREIG
    BRUTAL, unprovoked and pointless murders have always generated public response. Revulsion at the crime draws on the well of primitive responses that include fear, anger and fascination. The person accused can expect little respite from outrage from the moment he or she is identified as a suspect. The worse the crime the less reality there is in the public mind to the legalistic concept of presumption of innocence. For most of the 20th century, newspapers understood sales could be built on extensive reporting of court cases. So most of the 20th century also saw a steady extension of the restrictions...
  • New Mexico Considering Video Game Tax

    01/23/2008 2:03:44 PM PST · by BradJ · 14 replies · 565+ views
    Switched ^ | 1/23/2008 | Terrence O'Brien
    A tax called 'No Child Left Inside' has been backed by New Mexico's Sierra Club, an environmental and outdoor preservation group. The proposed one-percent sales tax on video games and televisions is aimed at funding outdoor classroom initiatives and encouraging New Mexico's increasingly obese and diabetic youth to get off the couch and explore the great outdoors.
  • Kids with allergies ask rights panel for lunch inspections (Nanny state - Ontario)

    12/10/2007 12:06:40 PM PST · by fanfan · 95 replies · 147+ views
    The National Post ^ | Friday, December 07, 2007 | Chris Wattie
    TORONTO -- A group of Toronto-area children is asking the Ontario Human Rights Commission to force their school to launch mandatory lunch-bag inspections to screen out foods to which they have severe allergies, a case which could make all Ontario schools do the same. The six children, ranging in age from six to 11, contend that the local school board discriminated against them when it shut down a voluntary lunch screening program at St. Stephen's Catholic Elementary School, in Woodbridge, Ont., aimed at keeping peanuts, egg products or other potential allergy-inducing foods off school grounds entirely. Maurice Brenner, a human-rights...
  • Strip clubs seek to block state's $5 surcharge

    12/06/2007 11:06:38 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 80 replies · 167+ views
    AUSTIN — A coalition of strip clubs has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a state law that would add a $5 surcharge for every strip club visitor. The new fee, which was approved this year by the Texas Legislature, is set to take effect on Jan. 1. It's expected to raise about $40 million to be dispersed for sexual assault prevention programs and health care for the uninsured. The Texas Entertainment Association and Karpod, Inc., the operator of an Amarillo club, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Travis County against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Comptroller Susan Combs. The...
  • Belmont bans smoking in apartment houses

    09/12/2007 1:37:07 PM PDT · by Reeses · 51 replies · 1,061+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | Jonathan Curiel
    The Belmont City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in multiunit housing, a measure hailed by supporters as a landmark ban that will give residents relief from second-hand smoke drifting into their apartments and condominiums. "It's to give people who are intolerant of second-hand smoke a chance to say, 'Please stop - you're violating the city's ordinance,' in the same way that if your neighbor has a loud rock band, you can say, 'Please stop,' " City Councilman Dave Warden said today. The council passed the measure Tuesday night by a vote of 3-2. The ordinance also bans smoking...
  • Who's in charge of your health under socialized medicine?

    09/04/2007 4:44:13 PM PDT · by Orwells Ghost · 36 replies · 910+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 4, 2007 | Peter Barry Chowka
    This is where things are heading. From the AP: “John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.” Edwards: “It requires that everybody get preventive care... you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked...” He noted that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat “the first trace of a problem.” Edwards: "The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death.” In NYC, already,...

    08/28/2007 6:52:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies · 1,299+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 28, 2007 | Geoff Earle
    August 28, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton lavished praise on New York City's tough anti-smoking laws yesterday - and said she supports smoking bans in public places across the country. Asked at an Iowa forum on cancer whether banning smoking in public places would be good for America, Clinton replied, "Well, personally, I think so. And that's what a lot of local communities and states are starting to do."
  • Study: Americans Don't Understand Others (MEGA HURL!)

    07/18/2007 8:10:04 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 51 replies · 841+ views via Yahoo ^ | 7/17/2007 | Corey Binns
    Rugged American individualism could hinder our ability to understand other peoples' point of view, a new study suggests. And in contrast, the researchers found that Chinese are more skilled at understanding other people's perspectives, possibly because they live in a more "collectivist" society. "This cultural difference affects the way we communicate," said study co-author and cognitive psychologist Boaz Keysar of the University of Chicago. The study, though oversimplified compared to real life, was instructive. Keysar and his colleagues arranged two blocks on a table so participants could see both. However, a piece of cardboard obstructed the view of one block...