Free Market Children

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and China have both undermined efforts to tighten rules designed to ensure that lead paint isn't used in toys, bibs, jewelry and other children's products.

Both have fought efforts to better police imported toys from China.

Now both are under increased scrutiny after last week's massive toy recall by Mattel, the world's largest toymaker. The recalls of Chinese-made toys follow several other lead-paint-related scares since June that have affected products featuring Sesame Street characters, Thomas the Tank Engine and Dora the Explorer.


Chinese children...

"The overall philosophy is regulations are bad and they are too large a cost for industry, and the market will take care of it," said Rick Melberth, director of regulatory policy at OMBWatch, a government watchdog group formed in 1983. "That's been the philosophy of the Bush administration."

Top 11 New Advertsing Slogans For Mattel

11. Lead: It's the new black

10. Lead: It's not just in your house paint anymore

9. Lead: The real ancient Chinese secret

8. If our toys don't kill your kids they will only make them stronger

7. Your daughter will love our new Chinese quality inspector Barbie

6. Safer than a bag of broken glass

5. If you're not completely satisfied, our CEO will off himself

4. The only toys in the world that will protect you during a chest x-ray

3. Keeping the godless Chinese hordes preoccupied with something other than world domination since 1987

2. At least our toys aren't made in North Korea

1. We may not be safe, but we are cheap

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American children...

"We have done recall after recall since 2003. We would like to move towards a ban and make the marketplace safe," said Scott Wolfson, a CPSC spokesman.


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Letterman's Top Ten Good Things About Marrying Into The Bush Family

10. Great deals on Fallujah honeymoon.
9. You’ll inherit President Bush’s extensive collection of Chuck Norris memorabilia.
8. It’s a good bet the wedding reception will have an open bar.
7. Might see Cheney shoot an old guy – still a reference, ladies and gentlemen.
6. Learning from Grandma Barbara how to spit chaw.
5. Every Wednesday is Taco Night.
4. What could be more fascinating than learning what makes Jeb tick?
3. If half the family hates you, you still have a better approval rating than George.
2. W can lend you the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner to put up in the bedroom.
1. Little chance you’ll be the dumbest guy in the family.


Mr. Peanut Goes Green

Visit the Mr. Peanut on a stick booth at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Researchers help define what makes a political conservative

“A true conservative is one who can't see any difference between radicalism and an idea.”

By Kathleen Maclay

Politically conservative agendas may range from supporting the Vietnam War to upholding traditional moral and religious values to opposing welfare. But are there consistent underlying motivations?

Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:

Fear and aggression
Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
Uncertainty avoidance
Need for cognitive closure
Terror management

Read more @ UC Berkeley News.

“A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.”

A Darker Shade Of Pale


An ATBL Health Care Update

World's Oldest Neurosurgeon Turns 100

A Word From The Wise

And so it goes...

"How the inhabitants of a whole planet can live in peace! As you know, I am from a planet that has been engaged in senseless slaughter since the beginning of time. I myself have seen the bodies of schoolgirls who were boiled alive in a water tower by my own countrymen, who were proud of fighting pure evil at the time. And I have lit my way in a prison at night with candles from the fat of human beings who were butchered by the brothers and fathers of those schoolgirls who were boiled."

Billy Pilgrim


Individualists Unite!!!

"I am a man who does not exist for others."

Howard Roark

"Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment... laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind... as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, institutions must advance also, to keep pace with the times.... We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain forever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

Thomas Jefferson
(on reform of the Virginia Constitution)

Libertarian suspected of felony menacing

Paul Tiger accused of threatening road worker
By Vanessa Miller
Saturday, August 18, 2007

Road worker Franklin Stenzel told officers he was checking the Nelson Road intersection when Tiger pulled up in a truck and came "aggressively storming up." He engaged in a profanity-laced shouting match with Stenzel before threatening, "I'm coming back with a gun."

Stenzel told police he wasn't afraid initially because "Lots of people make threats like that."

But when Tiger returned with a handgun on his right hip holster, Stenzel called for help on his two-way radio. Stenzel said Tiger gripped the gun, released the holster strap and said, "I bet you'll have a civil tongue about you now, won't you?"

Stenzel told officers he felt Tiger was going to use the weapon because, "Where I am from, if you put your hand on your gun, you're drawing it."


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Shade Tree Politics

The Libertarian Movement: An Oxymoron?

By: MARK W. HENDRICKSON, For The Bulletin

"The basic problem with libertarians is this: While they preach tolerance of individual differences in theory, they can't stand ideological nonconformity in practice. If you've ever spent time around libertarians, you know what I mean. Two libertarians may agree on 95 percent of issues, but they will end up arguing passionately and splitting over the other 5 percent. Essentially, for many libertarians, libertarianism has become a religion. Each faction has its own orthodoxy, and any self-professed libertarian who deviates from the orthodoxy is treated like a heretic or apostate. Thus, a potential ally in the fight for freedom becomes Public Enemy Number One, drawing fire from other libertarians that would more profitably be expended against those working for an expansion of government power."


Liberty Bares Strange Fruit


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Bill Clinton: Born August 19, 1946

“If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the forty-second President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. Before his presidency, Clinton served nearly twelve years as the 50th and 52nd Governor of Arkansas. He was the third-youngest person to serve as president, behind Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, and is known as the first baby boomer president. Clinton is considered to have served during the American transition from the political order of the Cold War. Clinton was a New Democrat politician and was mainly responsible for the Third Way philosophy of governance that came to epitomize his two terms as president.


“By lifting the weakest, poorest among us, we lift the rest of us as well.”

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