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  • Desperate for work, college grads become nannies

    05/04/2014 4:16:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 3, 2014 | Samantha Melamed
    Parents have more options as overeducated young people turn to baby-sitting. Ashley Newhall of Philadelphia has a law degree and a master's in agricultural law, and she passed the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These days, she's working with some extremely demanding and exacting clients. Most of them are less than 3 years old. Newhall's primary income source for the past few years has been baby-sitting. Parents, said Newhall, are "blown away. They're like, 'Oh my gosh! You're the most overeducated nanny I've ever had.' " But jobs are scarce, and all that education came with six-figure debt for...
  • Moms Demand Action: Facebook, Instagram 'Effectively Hosting Online Gun Shows'

    01/28/2014 7:08:31 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/27/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) has launched a new campaign claiming Facebook and Instagram are "effectively hosting online gun shows." According to PR Newswire, MDA is asking "Facebook and Instagram to immediately enact a policy prohibiting all gun sales and trades of firearms on their platforms." They want the two social media platforms to shut their "private sale loophole."
  • Should the Age to Buy Cigarettes Be 21?

    01/19/2014 8:20:38 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/14/2014 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Just as a more permissive attitude to cannabis gains momentum in the United States, so does a more restrictive attitude to tobacco. It is as if there were a law of the conservation of prohibition: if one substance is permitted after having been prohibited, another will be prohibited after having been permitted. While Colorado permits the use of marijuana by those over 21 for any purpose, New York City prepares to prevent sales of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. An article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine comes out strongly in favor...
  • Science: On second thought, no, secondhand smoke won’t kill you

    12/20/2013 8:27:07 AM PST · by rktman · 100 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 12/19/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Now it can be told. Now that smoking has been banned everywhere but the dryer vent at your apartment based on the notion that secondhand smoke kills everyone around you, The Journal of the National Cancer Institute can tell us this via Jacob Sullum:
  • WIDOW FACES EVICTION IN FLA. CITY FOR ‘LIVING OFF THE GRID’

    12/15/2013 3:57:43 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 97 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 14, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    A Fla. city is set to evict a widow for her unique lifestyle of “living off the grid.” Robin Speronis told WFTX-TV that she was given an eviction notice after the station aired a story about how she chooses to live in a home without modern amenities, such as running water and electricity. “A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Robin said. “Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable,” she added....
  • Domestic Espionage and Your Child's Safety

    09/17/2013 3:41:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, WCSC-TV reported that after Benjamin and Hope Jordan relocated to Charleston, S.C., they needed to find a baby sitter for their 7-month-old son, Finn, but what they found was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Benjamin and Hope wanted a loving, nurturing baby sitter, just like any other concerned parents who work during the day but have no family or friends to watch their child. They had done their homework and thought they had discovered her in 21-year-old Alexis Khan. She passed a background check and had credible work experience as a baby sitter, and both of Finn's parents...
  • Immigrant mothers—living with a heart divided

    09/24/2012 6:11:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    VOXXI ^ | September 24, 2012 | By Guest columnist
    As national media debate whether women can “have it all”—a successful career and a family—one group of women has chosen to provide for their families at all costs, even if it means leaving their kids behind. They are the undocumented immigrants who work as nannies in the United States and who, in exchange for work, have paid a high emotional cost: living apart from their own children. Many working mothers may be familiar with feelings of guilt. But little is known about the drama faced by undocumented nannies in this country—mothers who love and care for other people’s children, while...
  • The Tyrant in Us All: Bloomberg Takes on Big Syrup

    06/02/2012 8:42:41 PM PDT · by grassboots.org · 12 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 5/31/2012 | David Shedlock
    Boss Bloomberg and the city mothers of New York City have decided to crack down on lethal weapons. No, they are not AK-47s and sawed-off shotguns: They’re large cups. Yes, you heard that right. In typical overreach, a decision was made to fight Big Apple, public enemy number one, HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup, aka “Sugar”), with the country’s first Size of Container Law. Soon, in NYC it will be illegal for fast food restaurants to serve soft drinks (or soda or pop or sweet tea) in cups larger than 16 ounces. It would be easy to go after the good...
  • Navy says 8 sailors discharged for hazing

    02/06/2012 5:34:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    KRNV-TV ^ | 2/5/2012
    The Navy says eight sailors have been discharged after a hazing incident aboard a San Diego-based amphibious assault ship. Navy spokesman said Saturday the eight received general discharges following allegations they assaulted and choked a fellow sailor aboard the ship, the Bonhomme Richard, on Jan. 17, as part of an initiation rite. He said the assault was videotaped, and the victim treated for injuries they received. The action follows recent congressional hearings on hazing in the military, including the case of Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, who shot himself in a foxhole in Afghanistan last year after he was beaten, forced...
  • Nanny State? Calif. May Force Parents To Pay Babysitters Workers’ Comp, OT

    09/02/2011 6:04:14 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | August 31, 2011
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The next time you plan a movie night without the kids, you may have to provide more than just pizza for your babysitter. Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento are fast-tracking a bill that would require workers’ compensation benefits, meal breaks and paid vacation time for all “domestic employees”, including nannies, housekeepers and even babysitters. Assembly Bill 889, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), has already cleared the Assembly and is expected to receive overwhelming support from Senate Democrats, who control both houses of the California legislature. Under AB 889, parents legally become household “employers” and are...
  • Pentagon Says No to Ban on War Zone Smoking Despite Study

    07/15/2009 6:06:19 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 31 replies · 2,560+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 7/15/2009 | Staff
    The Pentagon says it won't ban smoking by troops in war zones, despite a recent study recommending a tobacco-free military. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell says troops already are under enough stress and making enough sacrifices in fighting the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he says Defense Secretary Robert Gates doesn't want to do add to that stress by taking away one of the few outlets they have to relieve it. But Morrell says Gates will look at the study to see what other things can be done to move toward a goal of a tobacco-free force.
  • When the Going Gets Tough, Some People Lay Off the Nanny

    12/11/2008 5:47:42 PM PST · by Kimmers · 18 replies · 673+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/11/08 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    Over eight years, Dolores Jacobo earned her place as an integral member of an affluent Malibu, Calif., household, where her workplace is a six-bedroom, nine-bath beachfront home with a private movie theater. Hired to be the nanny of twin 3-month-olds, she stayed with the family after the girls started school. She transitioned from pushing strollers to shopping for groceries and ferrying the family's golden retrievers to grooming appointments. Her employers, she explains, "have busy lives" that include volunteering at school, going to the gym, visiting the chiropractor and getting various beauty treatments, like facials, manicures and pedicures. Later this month,...
  • Smoking ban 'unenforceable'

    12/22/2007 6:11:08 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 52 replies · 264+ views
    Jackson County Examiner ^ | December 19, 2007 | Toriano L. Porter |
    A lawyer for the owner of the Player's Club Bar and Grill in Independence has challenged in court the enforceability of the city's Clean Indoor Air Act ordinance and won. John Carnes, an Independence attorney for Player's Club owner Jennifer Brashear, got Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Bushur to overturn two clean air citations given to Brashear. Municipal judges in Independence had found Brashear guilty of violating the city's health code by allowing patrons of the lounge to smoke on two separate occasions. "There are some holes in that ordinance that basically makes it unenforceable," Carnes said. "It's an...
  • Meet Rick Berman, A.K.A. "Dr. Evil"

    04/08/2007 6:05:42 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 91 replies · 3,018+ views
    60 Minutes ^ | 04/08/2007 | Morley Safer
    CBS) Rick Berman takes a certain pride, even joy, in the nickname Dr. Evil. But the people who use it see nothing funny about it—they mean it. His real name is Rick Berman, a Washington lobbyist and arch-enemy of other lobbyists and do-gooders who would have government control, and even ban, a myriad of products they claim are killing us. Products like caffeine, salt, fast food and the oil they fry it in. He's against Mothers Against Drunk Driving, animal rights activists, food watchdog groups and unions of every kind. As correspondent Morley Safer reports, Berman believes we are fast...
  • Study Proves Illegal Immigration Is Also Driving Down Wages of High-Skilled Earners

    09/23/2006 9:11:21 AM PDT · by francke · 8 replies · 643+ views
    Mass Conservative News.Net ^ | 9-22-06 | E.F. Winslow
    A new study by Harvard University is touting some of the benefits of illegal immigration, namely the fact that it has the effect of “driving down relative wages among high-skilled workers” and can increase “more tax dollars to the general coffers.” Hold it. I must have read that wrong. Nope. That’s right. Michael Kremer, the researcher, is Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, is an affiliate of the Center for International Development and has authored a paper titled “The Globalization of Household Production.”
  • Conservatives try to curtail hotel porn

    08/22/2006 12:04:00 PM PDT · by King of Florida · 380 replies · 6,052+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | August 22, 2006 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK - Pornographic movies now seem nearly as pervasive in America's hotel rooms as tiny shampoo bottles, and the lodging industry shows little concern as conservative activists rev up a protest campaign aimed at triggering a federal crackdown. A coalition of 13 conservative groups — including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America — took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws. The coalition also is trying to...
  • The Death of Hospitality

    06/27/2006 11:39:59 AM PDT · by Merciful_Friend · 2 replies · 150+ views
    RightWingBob.com ^ | 06/27/2006 | RWB
    June 27, 2006 The Death of Hospitality ...1:27 pm The U.S. Surgeon General didn’t do any of his own new studies, but with great fanfare is announcing that secondhand smoke is really, really bad, based on citing such facts as the following: Earlier this year, California health officials estimated that secondhand smoke kills about 3,400 nonsmoking Americans annually from lung cancer, 46,000 from heart disease, and 430 from SIDS. I don’t even trust my own doctor, let alone some nameless “California health officials” who dish out impossible-to-verify estimates. Garbage piled upon garbage ultimately will add up to a hill, and...
  • 7 deadly books? Talk of ban hits burbs

    05/22/2006 12:11:31 PM PDT · by Borges · 284 replies · 3,921+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/22/06 | RUMMANA HUSSAIN
    A northwest suburban high school board member seeks to ban seven books from classroom use because she thinks the profanity, depiction of graphic sex, and drug and abortion references in the literature are inappropriate for teenagers. Leslie Pinney admits she only read passages of the controversial selections, including Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Toni Morrison's Beloved, which were on the American Library Association's 100 most challenged books list between 1990 and 2000. But Pinney said perusing the questionable parts of the books made it clear they weren't suitable for children and should be taken off Township High School District 214's proposed...
  • OH: Statewide smoking limits face uphill fight

    01/18/2006 6:37:58 AM PST · by SheLion · 30 replies · 526+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | January 16, 2006 | JIM PROVANCE
    COLUMBUS — Ohio’s anti-smoking effort, funded by the tobacco settlement, has poured more than $2 million into passage and implementation of local clean indoor air laws. But now that the Super Bowl of smoking bans is before the Ohio General Assembly — a statewide ban that would be among the strictest in the nation — the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation must sit on the sidelines, at least officially. The 2000 law that created the foundation forbids it from lobbying or otherwise getting involved in a state ballot issue, the goal behind petitions certified by Secretary of State Kenneth...
  • Chinese nanny state takes root in US

    01/17/2006 5:52:10 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 543+ views
    BB News ^ | 1/17/06 | Stephanie Irvine
    China's emergence as an economic superpower has been well-documented. Western business leaders are said to be gearing up for all the changes to come, but they are not the only ones keen to get a head start. An increasing number of families in the United States is looking to employ Chinese nannies - not so much for their child-rearing abilities, but more for their language skills. Parents always want to give their children a good head start in life to prepare them for the future. It seems that families in the United States with a lot of disposable income...
  • Hating Life (and the SUV)

    01/26/2004 6:50:36 PM PST · by nicollo · 63 replies · 630+ views
    Bromley v The New Yorker ^ | 1/26/04 | Nicollo
    Can't excerpt from the New Yorker, therefore I'll just here slam one of the more asinine of New Yorker articles... Big and Bad (called online "Road Killers") Hating Life (and the SUV) Some nine years ago I leased a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was November. I remember it. I had just moved to Virginia from Miami. Got the car, and it snowed three feet two days later. Awesome! I ran that damned car in glorious circles all over the Safeway parking lot. Driving around the next day I saw at least five other, what we now call, SUVs (I think...
  • Pubs warned of legal action over staff passive smoking

    01/14/2004 5:18:05 PM PST · by Max McGarrity · 13 replies · 274+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | January 12, 2004 | The Scotsman
    Anti-smoking group ASH sent registered letters to 170 leading firms in the hospitality trade making it clear legal action will be taken on behalf of staff. John Banzhaf is one of the most dangerous men in America today. This is the guy who said of a smoker-friendly restaurant "Nice place you got here. Hate to see anything bad happen to it." He's a bully and a thug, and he TEACHES LAW!
  • Month later, health officials pleased with Delaware smoking ban

    12/28/2002 9:27:46 AM PST · by Gabz · 25 replies · 456+ views
    Delaware State News ^ | 12/28/02 | Drew Volturo
    Month later, health officials pleased with Delaware smoking ban By Drew Volturo, Staff writer DOVER - The much-anticipated statewide smoking ban passed a milestone Friday, reaching its one-month anniversary. The amendments to the Clean Indoor Air Act, passed in May and effective Nov. 27, bans smoking in nearly all indoor public places, such as restaurants, bowling alleys, bars, taverns and casinos. The ban has been the center of attention for much of the year, as advocates and opponents lined up on either side of the issue while it was debated in the General Assembly. With the signature of Gov....
  • Delaware Smoke Ban in Effect

    11/27/2002 9:56:52 AM PST · by Gabz · 50 replies · 649+ views
    Delaware state News ^ | 11/27/02 | Joe Rogalsky and Drew Volturo
    DOWNSTATE - 'Twas the night before the smoking ban, and all through the state, tobacco lovers everywhere pondered their fate. Smokers can't toke at a bar drinking beer, but bingo players have less to fear. As of midnight today, smoking is no longer permitted in most public places, including bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and casinos. Exempted from the prohibition are fire halls, fraternal organizations, such as Elks lodges, and private clubs. Kevin E. Charles, chief of health protections systems for the state Division of Public Health, said any activities in fraternal organizations and fire halls would be exempt, not just...
  • (Delaware) Smoking ban fires up opponets

    08/12/2002 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Gabz · 93 replies · 922+ views
    The Delaware Business Ledger ^ | August 2002 | Diane Cook
    Smoking ban fires up opponents When State Rep. Robert F. Gilligan, D-Sherwood Park, had to make a "yes" or "no" decision on SB 99, the Clean Indoor Air Act, he didn’t have to think too hard or too long. Since both his parents were victims of cancer and his 46-year-old brother died of lung cancer, the beliefs of the minority leader of the House’s vote were clear. "I have always voted anti-smoking, "he says. "No one needs to inhale others’ smoke. It’s a health issue, not an economic one." Not everyone would agree with Gilligan’s view on health vs. economy....
  • Smoking restrictions become law Monday (Oklahoma)

    06/27/2002 9:01:08 AM PDT · by rwfok · 12 replies · 871+ views
    NewsOK.com-The Oklahoman ^ | 2002-06-27 | Jim Killackey and Jack Money
    New rules that restrict smoking in thousands of Oklahoma restaurants and indoor workplaces were signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Frank Keating, who said excessive tobacco use keeps the state unhealthy and poor."These rules are fair. Secondhand smoke shouldn't be wafting over our children," Keating said at a state Capitol news conference. The anti-smoking regulations take effect Monday, but state Health Department leaders said full compliance will not be enforced until later in the summer. The Oklahoma Restaurant Association plans to file a lawsuit today in Sapulpa to block the regulations. "This is a glaring example of why citizens often...
  • Smoking bill back in Delaware Senate

    05/07/2002 8:22:18 AM PDT · by Gabz · 53 replies · 656+ views
    Wilmington (DE) News Journal ^ | May 7, 2002 | Mary Allen
    <p>A bill that would outlaw smoking in most public Delaware buildings, including bars, restaurants and casinos, is headed back to the state Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.</p> <p>The bill started in the Senate, where the 21-member body voted last year to spare casinos and bars from a smoking prohibition.</p>
  • Scots roll up for duty free Bacci Bus

    04/03/2002 9:18:43 PM PST · by Max McGarrity · 7 replies · 448+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | March 31, 2002 | CAMILLO FRACASSINI HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
    ALL aboard the ‘Bacci Bus’ to Belgium. A travel firm has infuriated health campaigners by organising three-day holiday trips to the Continent for Scots smokers to stock up on cheap cigarettes. Hundreds of tobacco tourists have already signed up for the holidays, with the first coach load due to leave Glasgow tomorrow en route for Zeebrugge. Each of the 49 smokers aboard the luxury double decker is expected to return with up to 2,500 cigarettes, saving them an estimated Ł300 and costing the treasury as much as Ł14,700 a trip in lost duty. Anti-smoking campaigners say the holidays are undermining...