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  • Samaritan Billed for Aiding Injured Family [semi-satire]

    06/28/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2016 | John Semmens
    When Derrick DeAnda helped a family escape from their rolled-over car he was just trying to be a good Samaritan. He didn't expect to be billed $143 by the late-arriving EMTs for "medical care." "I didn't need any 'medical care,'" DeAnda said. "I had one small cut on one of my hands. The EMT gave me a band aid. I can't see how that could possibly cost so much." The bill from Cosumnes Community Services District was described as "standard practice" by Cosumnes Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin. "If you're at the scene of an accident that we attend you're going...
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant

    06/25/2016 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    Endgadget ^ | June 24, 2016 | By Jessica Conditt
    'Computers accessing the internet can -- and eventually will -- be hacked,' says Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow government agencies to remotely search and seize information from any computer in the US without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF argues.The ruling relates to a worldwide FBI sting dubbed Operation Pacifier that targeted child pornography...
  • Italy wants new law to protect the art of pizza-making

    06/22/2016 1:10:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 139 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 Jun 2016 11:36 GMT+02:00
    An Italian senator presented a “pizza makers’ bill” Tuesday, which aims to create a professional registry of all Italian pizza chefs. If successful, the bill will establish a nationally regulated pizza-making qualification, which will be recognized in all European countries. The proposals would force aspiring pizzaioli to complete a 120-hour course made up of 20 hours of food science, 20 hours of pizza-making workshops, 30 hours of food hygiene and 40 hours of foreign languages. […] According to the Forza Italia senator who presented the bill, Bartolomeo Amidei, the registry will protect the country’s culinary traditions and stop consumers from...
  • France could hike taxes on soda and chocolate bars

    06/22/2016 12:54:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 Jun 2016 11:48 GMT+02:00
    A new report has urged the French government to up taxes on fizzy drinks or soda as well as chocolate bars. A can of coke and a Mars bar could soon become a much pricier snack in France. The shock report was presented to the French parliament on Monday and it includes a proposal was made to significantly increase the tax on sugary drinks. The current tax stands at €7.53 per hectoliter, or 2.51 centimes for each can of soda. These amounts would rise to €21.47 per hectoliter or 4.6 centimes per 33-centiliter can of soda if the proposal were...
  • Color Me Shocked: "Liberals" Are the True Authoritarians

    06/16/2016 4:34:28 PM PDT · by Benny Huang · 15 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | June 16, 2016 | Benny Huang
    In what is being called “the mother of all corrections,” the American Journal of Political Science has admitted that the results of a study it published were unintentionally misrepresented. The study, “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies,” purported to show that conservatives are marked by an authoritarian streak. After the study had garnered much scholarly attention, Steven Ludeke and Stig H. R. Rasmussen of the University of Southern Denmark noticed that the data did not support the published results. The correct conclusion is that liberals, particularly economic liberals, lean toward authoritarianism. This study, which was...
  • THIS IS HOW ALL BUREAUCRATS SHOULD BE ANSWERED [Well worth your time!]

    06/15/2016 2:19:59 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6/13/16 | Steven Hayward
    Making the rounds right now is an exchange that I certainly hope is authentic, between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson. It seems the Oregon bureaucrats want permission to survey the Andersons’ ranch land for purposes of tracking species decline.... ....here is the Andersons’ splendid reply... Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter. We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are...
  • Congress backs bill to put chemicals under federal scrutiny

    06/07/2016 8:34:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 7:10 PM EDT
    Toxic chemicals used in everyday products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture have been linked to serious illnesses, including cancer, infertility, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Under current law, only a small fraction of chemicals used in these products have been reviewed for safety. A bill that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, styrene and BPA, that have gone unregulated for decades. The bill would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing chemicals against...
  • ‘Alco-Gates’ Trial Will Force Drivers to Take Breath Test Before Leaving Car Parks in Victoria

    06/02/2016 9:22:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A new Victorian State Government trial will force drivers to pass a breathalyser test before leaving licensed venues. The 'alco-gates' will see breath tests linked to the boom gates at car parks via sensors, and were announced as part of the State Government’s Towards Zero 2016-2020 road strategy. If drivers fail the breath test, the boom gate will prevent them from leaving and they will be made to wait until they are sober or take a taxi home. The trial will begin at a small number of pubs and clubs initially, before being rolled out further if successful. Those affected...
  • The government wants restaurants to cut down on salt

    06/01/2016 9:07:58 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 57 replies
    The proposed guidelines, released today, recommend sodium goals by restaurant product or menu item, 150 categories in total, designed with a salt intake goal for Americans in mind. “Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that’s hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. “Today’s announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health.” The Center for Science in...
  • FDA issues new guidelines on salt, pressuring food industry

    06/01/2016 6:43:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2016 9:15 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies won’t be required to comply. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants — many of which have already lowered sodium levels in their products — to take a more consistent approach. […] Some companies have worried that though the limits will be voluntary, the FDA is at heart a regulatory agency,...
  • New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court

    05/27/2016 11:37:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 4:52pm EDT | Karen Freifeld
    New York City can enforce a rule requiring chain restaurants to post warnings on menu items high in sodium, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. In February, a New York state judge upheld the rule, knocking down a challenge by the National Restaurant Association. But the Appellate Division, First Department, temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing it. The court lifted has now lifted that interim order. The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a...
  • TSA PreCheck the answer to airport woes? Think again

    05/25/2016 4:05:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 26 replies
    FosNews.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Matt Finn
    woes? Think again By Matt Finn Published May 25, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook5 Twitter137 livefyre16 Email Print Now Playing Travelers experiencing problems with TSA pre-check With the Transportation Security Administration warning passengers that long lines at major airports are not going away, it seems the only immediate relief in sight is the TSA’s PreCheck option -- designed to get passengers through security faster. But critics aren’t so sure. They say the pass is just a moneymaker for the TSA that’s facing its own application backlog and doesn’t always work at certain airports, anyway. “I was at LaGuardia airport just yesterday and...
  • Debate on Pot Legalization Heats up in California [semi-satire]

    05/16/2016 10:30:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 May 2016 | John Semmens
    The debate over a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana sparked heated rejoinders from both sides this week. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) suggested that legalization "will better deploy law enforcement resources. Energy that is now put into harassing inoffensive users of marijuana can be redirected toward suppressing more serious crimes like rape and murder." Leading opponent of legalization, Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, challenged the Congressman "to name one so-called rape or murder victim who might otherwise have been spared if police officers weren't occupied enforcing our drug laws." "Potheads like to portray...
  • Time for California school kids to get breakfast after the bell

    05/09/2016 11:03:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | MAY 8, 2016
    School breakfasts go uneaten because of simple logistical issues Districts lose millions in federal funds because of cafeteria hours and stigma Serving breakfast during school hours helps dramatically, but adults resist
  • FDA Neo-Prohibitionists Don’t Care About Your Health

    05/07/2016 5:21:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2016 | Kevin Glass
    The Food and Drug Administration this week came out with regulations that will force e-cigarette and vaping manufacturers to go through the same onerous process to qualify what they sell as "tobacco products" - despite not having one iota of tobacco involved.There's only one conclusion to draw here: the FDA doesn't care about public health."Vaping" is seen by government health nannies as yet another sinful behavior that irresponsible Americans are participating in when they could be eating kale salads instead. But that takes a fundamentally misguided point of view on the subject. What vaping really constitutes is a tobacco alternative...
  • Jesse Kaplan: Boy with Asperger's Syndrom commits suicide after being forcibly sterilized

    05/05/2016 6:03:15 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 39 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Rita Kaplan
    The following is the testimony of Rita Kaplan, mother of the deceased Jesse Kaplan who took his own life in 2000 after he was forcibly neutered and sterilized by the state of California after being classified as a social undesirable with severe Asperger's syndrome. His mother spoke with Me several months ago by an Email correspondence about Jesse and what happened to him. The Kaplans live in San Jose. Rita still lives there. Jesse is survived by An older brother who lives in Las Vegas and Younger sister who lives in Visalia. My Name is Rita Kaplan. I want to share with...
  • Mexico Slapped a Big Tax on Sodas. What’s Happened Will Discourage Nanny Staters.

    05/04/2016 7:46:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 3, 2016 | Katrina Trinko
    Just a few months ago, Mexico looked like the poster country for soda tax advocates.“One of the world’s highest soda taxes appears to be working. After just one year, purchases of sugary drinks in Mexico are down 12 percent, a new study shows,” crowed the Bloomberg editorial board in January. “Public health authorities hailed the findings as the first hard evidence that a nationwide tax could spur behavioral changes that might help to chip away at high obesity rates,” reported The New York Times.But now new data shows a different outcome.While Mexico’s roughly 10 percent tax (or 1 peso per...
  • Judge tosses Seattle ordinance requiring garbage-can searches for food waste [SANITY!]

    04/29/2016 12:17:00 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2016 | Valerie Richardson
    A state judge threw out a portion of a Seattle ordinance requiring garbage collectors to snoop through residents’ trash in search of food waste, calling the provision unconstitutional. King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus issued an injunction against the garbage inspections but not Seattle’s residential food-waste ban, which forbids throwing away food scraps and compostable paper.
  • Penn-Trafford students, administrators oust National School Lunch Program

    04/12/2016 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAE Pittsburgh ^ | April 12, 2016 | By Ashlie Hardway
    At Monday night's school board meeting, members voted to opt-out of the National School Lunch Program. The federally-funded program gives money to school districts who follow strict guidelines on what foods have to be served and the portion sizes of those foods. "I don't buy lunch because I prefer the choices I can have from home, and the choices here don't look very appetizing to me," senior Emily Graziano said. "I see the food, too, and it's not high quality. That's one of the reasons why I pack my lunch," sophomore Evan Portman said. The high school will lose the...
  • New Jersey ‘Distracted Walking Bill’ to Criminalize Walking and Texting

    03/28/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/28/2016 | Ben Kew
    A proposed “distracted walking” bill in New Jersey would ban pedestrians from walking and texting simultaneously, with the possibility of a $50 fine or even a short jail sentence. The measure, which has been proposed by New Jersey Assembly Congresswoman Pamela Lampitt, is to try and reduce pedestrian deaths as a result of distraction from mobile devices. The law would ban people from walking while texting on any form of electronic communication device unless it is totally hands free. Those caught could face fines of up to $50, 15 days imprisonment, or both, which is the same penalty as jaywalking.
  • Rep. Yarmuth: GOP Wants ‘To Emasculate Gov’t At Every Possible Turn’

    03/17/2016 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2016 | 4:03 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) was critical of budget battles within the GOP saying, Republicans “want to emasculate government at every possible turn” and “want to starve the beast.” Yarmuth made the statements at a press conference Tuesday while discussing the lack of the Republican conferences to produce a budget. …
  • 'Healthy Vending Act' Would Set Fines, Rules For Snacks in Md.

    03/13/2016 4:55:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 9, 2016 | 1:52 PM EST | Eric Scheiner
    The Maryland state senate begins hearings Wednesday on the “Maryland Healthy Vending Act.” The bill requires 75% of the items in vending machines on property owned or managed by the state to meet healthy standards. […] The legislation not only mandates the carrying of healthy snack choices, but also mandates the stocking of the vending machine in a manner where healthy options are “in a position with the highest selling potential.” …
  • New Bill Would Require NYC Restaurants to Post Carb Warnings

    03/10/2016 5:12:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 9, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Clint Rainey
    Looks like the city is spoiling for a new fight with restaurateurs: A bill being introduced today by Brooklyn city council member Inez Barron would force them to warn customers that foods with too much sugar and carbs are dangerous to people with diabetes. If it’s passed, restaurants would be required to hang a poster created by the Department of Health that spells out the “risks of excessive sugar and other carbohydrate intake for diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals.” Barron says the city has “an obligation” to provide consumers with this information just like it has with calorie counts. …
  • Opting out of school lunch program appeals as a palatable option

    03/06/2016 5:59:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | March 5, 2016 | By Mary Pickels
    Students at Penn-Trafford High School aren't buying that lunches prepared under federal guidelines that restrict calories, sodium and portions are their best option. So they literally are not buying them. "I would say, on average, we've lost about $20,000 a year each of the last five years," Penn-Trafford business manager Brett Lago said. "We are not in the food service industry to make money, but we don't want to lose it." School lunch participation nationally dropped from 31.6 million students in 2012 to 30.4 million in 2014, according to the federal Department of Agriculture. Pennsylvania statistics show school lunch participation...
  • Australian Ad Pulled After Bureaucracy Claims It Vilifies Women

    02/24/2016 11:50:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 23, 2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has bullied a car service company into discontinuing its advertisement because the “sexist” portrayal of women allegedly results in the “vilification of women.” ABC Australia reports Ultra Tune’s “Unexpected Situation” advertisement has been pulled after the ASB determined the ad violates a “code of ethics” pertaining to “discrimination against women.” The 15-second advertisement in question features two women caught on train tracks and then panicking as a train approaches them. In order to “avoid unexpected situations” like getting caught on train tracks, the ad suggests people should “get your car serviced at Ultra Tune.” Although the advertisement ends...
  • Democrat Wants New Restrictions on Viagra [semi-satire]

    02/22/2016 9:54:34 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    Kentucky State Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) has introduced legislation (HB396) that would impose tighter restrictions on the availability of Viagra. If passed, the law would limit Viagra availability to married men who have their spouse's written permission. "Right now erectile dysfunction is a woman's first line of defense against rape," Marzian declared. "We should not tear down this barrier willy-nilly by allowing any man who can get a doctor to write him a prescription have this drug. Ideally, we should put something in the water that negates every man's capability to get an erection. This would practically eliminate the...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • In New York, Fine $250K for Failing to Use a Transgender Person’s ‘Preferred’ Pronoun

    01/07/2016 1:49:08 PM PST · by detective · 69 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 06, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    Raising the bar for other cities throughout the country, New York City announced "strong" and "bold" protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The new legal guidance, issued Dec. 21 by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, came as part of an expansion of the city's 2002 Human Rights Law, which protects against discrimination in a range of categories. The updated policy specifically protects transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination in areas of employment, public accommodation, and housing.
  • New Obama guidelines: Lean meat has role in healthy diet

    01/07/2016 6:15:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    New federal dietary guidelines, which were released early Thursday morning, tell Americans to follow a healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of vegetables, fruit, grains, fat-free dairy, oils and a variety of proteins, including lean meats. The recommendations for what Americans should and shouldn't be eating, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) update together every five years, created unprecedented controversy in 2015 when the federally appointed panel of nutritionists that helps draft them considered environmental concerns in recommending that people should eat less meat. The USDA and HHS relented...
  • Sowell: The Busybody Left

    12/21/2015 10:53:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has been trying to run other people's lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not enough blacks in white neighborhoods. Not enough Hispanics here, not enough Asians there. Nowhere in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to dictate such things. But places that do not mix and match people the way...
  • Legislator's highway plan includes toll road interstates

    12/21/2015 12:53:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Lebanon Reporter ^ | Decembe 19, 2015 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS — Maintaining the state’s roads and bridges is work fraught with obstacles and hazards. It doesn’t daunt Ed Soliday, a retired pilot and safety expert who loves telling stories and spinning metaphors. “I’m evangelist, and may 1,000 angels sing when somebody comes to see the light,” said Soliday, Republican chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, who aims to convince fellow lawmakers to set aside politics in search of sustainable road funding. Don’t queue the music just yet. Soliday’s ideas for raising cash for deteriorating roads and bridges include some politically unpalatable proposals, such as tax hikes and...
  • Feldman: The American Dream: Look for it in Jackson Hole, China

    12/20/2015 9:44:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 20, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    Over the years the American longing to form their own communities free from European -style clusters of apartment renters shuffling to and from work on state-devised public transport lines, confined to nearby schools and shops, has been possible because of widespread private ownership of cars. Like household appliances, cars have as well liberated women to join the workforce, allowing more flexible scheduling to fit each family's needs. Mothers can work and still do the shopping, drop the kids off at schools and to their countless activities. Urban planners -- likely singles who had a semester abroad and been bedazzled by...
  • FDA proposes indoor tanning ban for minors

    12/18/2015 8:09:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2015 | Robert King
    The federal government said Friday it would ban minors from using indoor tanning beds, taking action on an issue that many states are already handling. The Food and Drug Administration said the proposed measure was in response to 1.6 million minors using indoor tanning beds each year, according to 2013 federal data. The problem is that indoor tanning is a "known contributor to skin cancer," the agency said. People who have been exposed to radiation from tanning beds are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer, than those who never have used the beds,...
  • Up next: a minimum age for kids buying soda

    12/18/2015 12:35:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Having solved all other problems plaguing our society, New York Times opinion author (and food journalist) Mark Bittman has his eye on the big prize. Taking a page from Michael Bloomberg’s big government playbook, Mark is looking for a new way stop people from drinking soda. Since efforts to ban sales of any sort fell flat in the courts (pun intended) the author is looking for more of a generational change, and the way to do that is to stop kids from getting in the habit of drinking the sugary beverages at an early age. How do we do that?...
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    12/14/2015 10:24:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 14, 2015 | George Leef
    Imagine if you were faced with this situation. Your doctor, after running a battery of tests on your six year-old daughter, tells you that she is suffering from a rare cancer that is almost invariably fatal. "But there must be something doctor," you blurt out. "Aren't there some new drugs available that work in at least some cases?" The doctor replies, "Yes, there are some drugs that do show promise in treating your daughter's cancer. The problem is that they have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore I can't get any of them. And...
  • Illinois Medical Pot Users Erroneously Told to Give Up Guns

    12/07/2015 8:53:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 6, 2015 | Carla K. Johnson (AP)
    CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly two years after Illinois decided medical marijuana users shouldn't be prohibited from owning guns, several patients received letters from state police telling them their firearms cards were being revoked. Although the agency insists the letters were sent to just four people before the mistake was corrected, some cannabis supporters say the error signifies an underlying ambivalence about medical marijuana in the 23 states where it's now legal.
  • Sandbar Lounge closes; owner blames smoking ban

    12/01/2015 7:56:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | November 30, 2015 | Heather Richards
    Sandbar Lounge, a downtown Casper institution, will close for good Saturday, and its owner says the city's recently imposed smoking ban is to blame. “The smoking ban destroyed the bar, as I foretold it would,” Nancy Goddard wrote Monday in a post on the Sandbar's Facebook page. “I have cried a million tears and will probably cry a million more again. I apologize. I tried and failed. God bless.” Casper residents voted Nov. 3 to reinstate a 2012 smoking ban on bars. More than 6,000 voters cast ballots, with 54 percent voting in favor of the ban. Ban supporters, such...
  • BLOOMBERG: Ted Cruz 'says some of the stupidest things I've ever heard' ("Climate Change")

    11/27/2015 9:34:42 AM PST · by Isara · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 27, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    ...Michael Bloomberg...trashed two top-tier Republican presidential candidates in a CNN interview airing Friday.After dismissing "right-wing crazies" who reject mainstream climate science, Bloomberg was asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour what he made of the GOP field...."There's one of them who was a surgeon, unfortunately at Johns Hopkins, who doesn't believe in science," Bloomberg said. "Somebody said that's like a business executive that doesn't believe in profits."Bloomberg then said that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had said some of the "stupidest" things about climate change despite his intellect. He noted that Cruz's intelligence had been praised by Alan Dershowitz, a prominent US...
  • States Play Gambling Monopoly

    11/24/2015 1:37:58 PM PST · by LibertysWordsmith · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | November 23, 2015 | A. Barton Hinkle
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) did New York a huge favor earlier this month when he declared fantasy sports leagues a form of illegal gambling and ordered two of their principal organizers, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop taking bets from state residents. Fantasy leagues are not games of skill, Schneiderman decreed, but rather games of chance, and therefore illegal under state law. And gambling is illegal for good reason: It can lead to addiction and all other sorts of social ills. What a relief. From now on, New Yorkers will not be tempted by the deceitful lure of...
  • Sanders Explains Democratic Socialism [semi-satire]

    11/23/2015 9:34:29 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    Contender for the Democratic presidential nomination Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-Vt) made an effort to define democratic socialism in a speech to Georgetown University students this week. "Unlike the socialism imposed by Lenin or Mao, democratic socialism allows voters to select who will rule over them," Sanders said. "With the backing of the electorate, these rulers will redress the inequities stemming from inequalities that are no fault of the individual." Sanders asserted "the notion that a person's hard work might entitle him to a disproportionate share of the world's wealth is just plain wrong. A person's ability to work hard is...
  • The IRS's Plan to Chill Charitable Giving

    11/22/2015 8:05:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | November 21, 2015 | Logan Albright
    Don’t you love donating to causes you believe in? Don’t you love that warm fuzzy feeling from knowing that contributing to a worthy cause? And don’t you especially love that you can support whatever organization you choose anonymously? That last one is especially important given the news over the last few years that the IRS has been targeting conservatives with audits and denial of tax-free status for nakedly political reasons. Well, if the IRS has their way, this may be a luxury that will soon go the way of the dinosaur. A new rule is proposing that non-profit organizations collect...
  • Let States Build Their Own Highways

    11/13/2015 8:09:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | October 6, 2015 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the president signed a three-month extension that set the stage for another showdown this fall. More than 30 such temporary extensions have passed since the last multi-year transportation bill expired in 2011. The inability of Congress to come together to pass a transportation package has frustrated the myriad special interests whose lobbyists want assurances that the dollars will keep flowing for years, and not just months, to come. And the media, which seldom miss an opportunity to push...
  • CDC: Obesity Still Rising in US, Women Overtake Men

    11/12/2015 7:42:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 12, 2015 | Associated Press
    Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought the nation's alarming, decades-long rise in obesity had leveled off. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday that the obesity rate has climbed to nearly 38 percent of adults, up from 32 percent about a decade earlier.
  • Feds Spend $460,809 Watching Preschoolers Outdoors

    11/12/2015 7:22:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 11, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly a half a million dollars for researchers to observe how much time preschoolers in daycare spend outdoors.The project will also use GPS and light sensors to track kids’ physical activity levels in a “robust” effort to fight childhood obesity.“Physical activity lowers the risk of obesity in children, is independently associated with numerous benefits related to health and well-being, and tracks from preschool-age to adolescence,” according to a grant awarded to Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The amount of time preschoolers spend outdoors is thought to correlate with their physical activity levels.”“Yet, most US children...
  • Senator calls for FDA probe into caffeinated peanut butter

    11/11/2015 7:10:05 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 10, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    WASHINGTON, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to probe an unusual caffeine-infused product: peanut butter. STEEM is offering peanut butter in Connecticut and Massachusetts that the company says contains the same amount of caffeine in 2 tablespoons as would be found in two cups of coffee. "STEEM is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy and the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter is the key to that. STEEM delivers protein, electrolytes and caffeine, granting you hours of endurance and focus, and freeing you from distractions like hunger and fatigue," the company...
  • Michael Bloomberg targets Pam Bondi, other attorneys general with ads on carbon emissions

    11/09/2015 9:45:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Tampabay.com ^ | 11/6/15 | Maggie Haberman
    Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City will run millions of dollars in political television ads against four state attorneys general who are suing the Obama administration over new regulations on carbon emissions from power plants....
  • Feds Spend $25,000 Teaching Churches About Food Waste

    11/08/2015 3:36:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $25,000 to teach churchgoers in Connecticut about food waste.The agency announced over $1.7 million awarded through its Healthy Communities Grant Program on Thursday, including $50,000 for its “Food Too Good to Waste” initiative that seeks to curb climate change by teaching adults how to write a grocery list.Sustainable America, a nonprofit group that wants people to turn off their engines instead of idling and buy hybrid cars, was given $25,000 to bring the program to churches.“This initiative will recruit households from faith-based congregations in the Greater Bridgeport and Stamford areas to implement a Food...
  • Clinton Seeks Looser Marijuana Laws, Use Weed for Pain Relief

    11/08/2015 3:20:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 7, 2015 | Thomson/Reuters
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday called for looser federal regulations governing marijuana, to boost scientific research on a drug that many tout for relieving pain, among other medical benefits, according to media reports. Speaking at a campaign event in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate said changing U.S. rules would acknowledge the drug's potential for medical uses and give scientists access to the drug for further investigation. "Universities, (the) National Institutes of Health can start researching what is the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications," Clinton...
  • NYC to Ban Smoking in Public Housing [semi-satire]

    11/04/2015 9:32:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    A new ordinance sponsored by New York City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) would bar tenants of government-subsidized housing from smoking in their apartments. The rule would apply to an estimated 178,000 units controlled by the City's Housing Authority. Richards maintained that "as hard as it may be on some of the tenants, the measure is for their own good. The fact that a person lives in subsidized housing is a pretty good indication of a basic lack of competence to make good decisions," he said. "Inability to support yourself imposes this burden on someone else. Whenever that someone else is...