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Wesley
Evidently, there is a bill in committee which would do its darnedest to get rid of the small farm in the name of protecting the public from salmonella.  In response to the peanut/jalapeno/tomato scare, Congress is trying to screw up ensure the safety of food.

http://www.popehat.com/2009/03/09/you-are-why-i-cannot-eat-good-things/


When are we going to wake up and smell the coffee??  Congress cannot do anything but fuck up our lives.  Do you really want them in charge of anything?!?!   Believe what you want regarding Ronald Reagan, but he had it right when he said “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”

Postscript re: CPSIA, for those who are interested.  DeMint, a senator from SC (and one of 4 congresspersons to vote again CPSIA), has an amendment which would ameliorate many of the deficiencies of CPSIA.  From what I understand, he tried to get debate on his amendment while Congress was busy passing their first massive spending bill to no avail. It's currently in committee but who knows if it'll ever see the light of day. Consider writing your senators asking them to join their support to the amendment. I wrote Chambliss two months ago (and since then as well) and next thing I knew he was supporting the amendment (after first just responding by saying that CPSIA was to protect our kids) -- don't know if my writing had anything to do with it, but it couldn't have hurt!!!
Outlaw

I've been spending a good amount of time keeping up with the effects of CPSIA.  This is the incredibly, poorly though-out (unbelievable, I know) law passed by Congress last year (that went  into effect this year) banning phthalates and lead over certain limits in products intended for use by children 12 and under and requiring testing for the presence of the same.  Great except that the testing is prohibitively expensive for many makers of toys, clothing and BOOKS, applies retroactively, and the law is insanely overly broad and applies to many, many, many products which do not and have not ever posed a danger of lead (or phthalates) to children.  One of most troubling consequences to me is that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that many books published prior to 1985 are in effect be banned from use by children b/c lead was used in inks used for illustrations prior to 1985.  Nevermind that most children over the age of 2 are not eating books and that there are NO reported cases of lead poisoning being causally connected with a book.  

In short, if a children's book was published prior to 1985, it is presumptively illegal to sell the book for use by children.  I suppose if one tested the book and found it not to have lead above the limits set by law, one could legally sell the book.  But this would not make financial sense since the testing would cost more than the book itself.  

It looks as though many of the books illustrated by Sorenson Svend Otto should go the way of the dodo bird if Congress has its way as these were published prior to 1985 and do not appear to have been reprinted since then.  I had the two below growing up...

http://www.amazon.com/Cinderella-Jacob-Grimm/dp/0883320932  

http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/Briar_Rose-The_Sleeping_Beauty/0720708036/

If you are interested, I recommend going to www.Overlawyered.com for Walter Olson's review and analysis of CPSIA.  His coverage beats anyone else around. 

Sep. 18th, 2007

Outlaw
Ok, evidently what will inspire me to post again is the death of a favorite writer. Rest in peace, Robert Jordan. For all its flaws, he wrote a great series and it's very sad to me that he died and that he died before completing it. Evidently, right up to the end he was doing his best to continue work on the last book which shows some serious dedication to me.

Again, rest in peace.

Otherwise, doing fine. Working at a place that doesn't allow for internet beyond CNN, really, and living with Mike. Things are going well. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

ATTN: OUT-OF-TOWN WRITERCON FOLK

Outlaw
It's occurred to me that I'm a selfish SOB and haven't offered to do crap for people who are coming in town for WriterCon this week.

If possible, I would be more than happy to shuttle people to and from the airport. (I am working but they don't make me work 24/7 so I ought to be able to do something). If people want to, tell me when you're coming in and maybe we can fix it so that I pick you up rather than having to take MARTA or a taxi in.

Anyway, let me know!!!

May. 30th, 2006

Outlaw
So...I wanted to thank everyone for your wonderful thoughts and support last week. I needed that and it was appreciated muchly. I'm feeling much more positive this week which is a beautiful thing.

I spent a good part of the weekend doing productive stuff which makes one feel better any day. Saturday, Mike and I saw (along with the rest of the country apparently) X-Men: The Last Stand. It was meh, for the most part. Spoilery stuff for the X-MenCollapse )

May. 19th, 2006

Outlaw
You know things have changed when you find yourself thinking "I sure wish Angelina Jolie would take Britney Spears under her wing and help her out re this mothering thing."

The latest pictures at www.wwtdd.com of Britney tripping while holding Sean Preston and then crying later in a restaurant (probably about how she was going to get ripped again in the papers re almost hurting Sean Preston) just really made me sad. I do think she loves the heck out of that little guy, but that she does need some real help on mothering him and handling the press.

And Sean Preston is one of the cutest babies in the world.

Feb. 15th, 2006

Outlaw
swsa -- I was loving Dick Button last night during the men's short programs. And hating that woman, whoever she is.

Feb. 14th, 2006

Outlaw
I have a suggestion -- if your ice-skating program and its choreography have nothing to do with the music playing in the background, maybe you should just turn the music off because it's distracting. /sarcasm

Feb. 9th, 2006

Wesley
Where are my fucking, fucking shoes??????!!!!!! ::stabs the shoe fairy who steals shoes while one is trying to pack:: ::stab, stab::

ETA: I ALSO APPRECIATE THAT ONE OR BOTH OF MY CATS HAS PEED IN MY SUITCASE.

ETA2: Has peed. I don't know what I was talking about. Hell, one of them peed in it while I was packing. Which, um, yay. Thank god I did not take the dry cleaning out of the plastic.

I'm very angry right now. Very angry. I know this probably makes me a bad pet-owner but I don't give a crap about the reasons why one of them did it. Because, no, I don't think it's a physical problem, and I could give two shits about the emotional problems at this moments. Because right now I'm packing for a work trip in a duffle bag because it doesn't smell like pee. And the cats don't eat if I don't work.