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  • 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 · 42 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...
  • No cabbage hurling? Parade injuries prompt call for restrictions(pictures)

    11/03/2015 5:04:43 PM PST · by BBell · 12 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/3/15 | Diana Samuels, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Next year's St. Patrick's and Irish-Italian parades in Metairie could bring a reduced risk of being smacked in the head with a cabbage. The edibles could still be airborne, but float riders would be required to soften their touch in throwing them. A proposal coming before the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday (Nov. 3) would require that all "fruit, vegetables, soap and other non-perishable food items" be tossed underhand at the parades. The reason: Too many people were getting hurt by flying food, said Sean Burke, the administration's director of citizen affairs. He recalled two incidents that led to a...
  • Recreational weed laws could be in for a change

    11/02/2015 11:48:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 2, 2015 | Washington Examiner Staff
    Sen. Bernie Sanders brought marijuana into the national conversation last week, calling for legalizing and regulating the drug. Under his plan, people in possession of the substance would be treated no differently than people smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. By removing marijuana from the list of dangerous drugs, Sanders' move would allow states to legalize the marijuana without Washington having a say. Beyond campaign speeches meant to appeal to young voters, a host of state ballot initiatives on marijuana will be greeting voters next November. In California, which became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, residents may...
  • DOJ Backs Transgender Teen Who's Biologically Female But Wants to Use Boys Restroom

    10/31/2015 7:18:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 30, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) – The Department of Education’s Office of the General Council and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division filed a brief Wednesday evening in support of Gavin Grimm, a biological female who “identifies” as a male. Grimm filed a lawsuit in June against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for access to the boys’ restroom. “Prohibiting a transgender male student from using boys’ restrooms, when other non-transgender male students face no such restriction, deprives him not only of equal educational opportunity but also ‘of equal status, respect, and dignity,’” the DOE and DOJ attorneys argue in the brief. “Treating...
  • Beverly Hills Fined for Not Conserving Enough Water in Drought

    10/31/2015 7:32:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 30, 2015 | Thomson/Reuters
    Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California's unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday. The wealthy Los Angeles area municipality was fined $61,000 on Thursday, making it the only community not located in a desert to be assessed penalties, the California State Water Resources Board said. "Some urban water suppliers simply have not met the requirements laid before them," said Cris Carrigan, director of the water board's Office of Enforcement. "For these four suppliers, it's been too little too late."
  • DOE Issues New Rule for Workers: Don’t Put Highly Enriched Uranium in Your Pocket

    10/31/2015 7:59:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 30, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – Following an investigation by its inspector general, the Department of Energy has issued a new rule advising its workers to refrain from putting highly enriched uranium in their pockets.“After interviewing chemical operators and reviewing revised Y-12 procedures, we confirmed that chemical operators are no longer allowed to place samples in their pockets and must check their pockets before removing their coveralls,” said a report issued by the DOE Office of Inspector General.The report, released in September, described a safety violation that occured last year at the DOE’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn."We received allegations that special...
  • Feds Spend $107,379 Studying Disgust

    10/27/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $100,000 studying disgust, hypothesizing that all bullying behavior begins with feelings of revulsion.Researchers at Columbia University want to see if they can “successfully regulate” disgust emotions in teens in order to stop bullying.“Whether it’s being the victim, being the perpetrator, or having to watch this upsetting cycle of peer rejection and victimization, few adolescents are unaffected by bullying’s harmful impact,” a grant for the project states. “This effect can last long past adolescence, as both being the bully and being the victim are linked to the development of both short- and...
  • 'Bureaucracy run amok': School dumps federal lunch program, is deemed 'processing plant'

    10/26/2015 8:11:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 21, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Nathan Greenberg believes he runs a school district, but government bureaucrats look at his Londonderry, N.H., operation and see . a food processing plant? Thats the strange dilemma the 5,000-student district finds itself in after deciding at the end of the last school year to pull the high school out of the unpopular National School Lunch Program. While the districts elementary and middle schools remain in the program, which sets portion and nutrition guidelines for students, provides low cost staples and subsidizes meals of low-income pupils, it proved immensely unpopular at the high school. We saw the [federally-mandated] food going...
  • Feds Spend $1.1 Million Studying the Freshman 15

    10/22/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $1.1 million studying the freshman 15, trying to determine whether friends influence their college peers to eat more.Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) highlighted the project as an example of wasteful spending, calling out the agency for studying a myth invented by Seventeen magazine.The freshman 15 is an old legend around college campuses; the idea that new college students, away from home and confronted with a campus food service smorgasbord tend to put on a few extra pounds, Pauls latest edition of The Waste Report reads. Well the National Institutes for Health...
  • Painkiller crackdown sparks industry blowback

    10/19/2015 8:01:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    Healthcare industry groups are launching a preemptive strike against soon-to-drop federal guidelines meant to tamp down on the prescription of powerful painkillers. The forthcoming guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meant to combat the abuse of drugs like Hyrdocodone, Oxycontin and Percocet, which many medical experts believe are dangerously overprescribed. Prescriptions for the drugs, known as opioids, increased by 300 percent from 1999 to 2013, according to the CDC, which cites statistics showing 16,000 people died from overdoses during that time. As currently drafted, the guidelines recommend physicians use opioids as a last resort after non-pharmacologic...
  • Feds push forward with controversial health rule

    10/07/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to delay implementation. Federal health officials said the final rules released Tuesday will make significant changes" in the "meaningful use" electronic health records program, such as lowering the number of standards each provider must meet and allowing providers to apply for hardship exemptions. But the administration will not delay what it calls "Stage 3" of the records program, a move that is already angering vocal Republicans like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who have...
  • Stink raised over horse manure in LaGrange County (Indiana)

    10/05/2015 6:56:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Goshen News ^ | DENISE FEDOROW
    That petition states in part, We the taxpayers of LaGrange County respectfully request the county require the Amish community to attach manure bags to buggies and to clean up hitching rack areas after use.
  • Food Industry Issues Dire Warning to Congress: Get Serious About Climate Change or Starve

    10/02/2015 8:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr's Ring Of Fire ^ | October 2, 2015 | Justin Lane
    Ten of the worlds largest food production companies sent a letter to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letter was signed by the chief executive officers from Unilever, Mars, Kellogg, General Mills, Nestle, New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerrys, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm, and Dannon. The challenge presented by climate change will require all of us government, civil society and business to do more with less. For companies like ours, that means producing more food on less land using fewer natural resources. If we dont take action now, we risk...
  • School District Bans Tag [semi-satire]

    09/29/2015 8:45:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    The Mercer Island School District in the State of Washington has barred students from playing the game of tag on school grounds or within eyesight of school personnel. Communications director Macy Grade described the ban as an essential step to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students. In the game of tag, one child is designated as it until he or she can tag/touch another child and pass along the it status. Grade characterized the game as potentially devastating to childrens self-esteem. First of all, the person who is it is isolated and stigmatized. Second, all the other...
  • DC Launches Anti-Smoking Campaign A Week Before Taxing Vape Shops Out Of Existence

    09/25/2015 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 24, 2015 | Josh Fatzick
    D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander announced Tuesday that the week of Sept. 20, 2015, would forever be known as DC Calls It Quits Week. The announcement comes just one week before the city plans to implement a 67 percent tax on e-cigarettes, effectively taxing vape shops out of existence. Alexander brought a gaggle of people to the front of the council chambers to make the announcement and to encourage everyone in the District of Columbia to put down those cigarettes. "Put down those tobacco product today, and hopefully this can be the beginning of a new beginning for anyone who...
  • Obama Decree Unleashes Behavioral Science Squad to Nudge You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be nudged by Obama's new behavioral science squads for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better serving the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging behavioral science techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their recommended vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called a low-carbon economy. The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • Seattle sued over recycling inspectors keeping tabs on residents' trash

    09/14/2015 3:39:23 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 40 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/14/15 | Dan Springer
    When it comes to garbage, the city of Seattle has launched a waste war. Nine full-time solid waste inspectors have been hired as part of a controversial program to check city trash to make sure people are recycling. Additionally, contracted waste haulers have been effectively deputized as trash police, given the authority to tag bins when people fail to recycle and compost enough. The program is now the subject of a lawsuit, as residents fume over what some call an intrusive government program. I understand people have noble goals, said Keli Carender, who got tagged two weeks in a row,...
  • Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier

    09/01/2015 8:08:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 1, 2015 | Reuters
    Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study. If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report. "We can create policies that will nudge us toward healthier behaviors," said senior author Marie Bragg, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. The proposed policy, which was introduced to the New York City Council, says fast food meals that come with a small toy must include...
  • Priorities: FDA cracks down on vegan mayonnaise labeling

    08/29/2015 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 28, 2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    As always, the Food and Drug Administration has its eye on the ball and its arms around freedomin a big, stifling bear hug. The Founders no doubt intended that the federal government would have a passel of people in charge of telling successful condiment producers what they can put on their labels. For freedom. In this case, the federal government has decided a vegan company cannot put the name Just Mayo on its clearly labeled vegan mayonnaise product because the company doesnt include egg whites in the mixture and does include some healthy stuff, like beta carotene. One would think...
  • Govt to creamery: Your milk is entirely too natural to not be labeled imitation

    08/21/2015 11:25:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 20, 2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Sometimes governments dishonesty, incompetence, wastefulness, and misguided nannyism combine to make a perfectly ridiculous story. Todays comes to us from Florida, where the Ocheesee Creamery is being forced to dump gallons upon gallons of good, natural skim milk because the state is requiring the business to label its good, natural skim milk imitation because they havent added anything to it. Paul and Mary Lou Wesselhoeft have been fighting this in federal court with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, which had formerly allowed them to sell their skim milk while calling it skim milk. No one seemed confused...
  • Amid Declining Participation, USDA's School Lunch Program Embraces 'Cultural Inclusion'

    08/20/2015 8:24:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 changed the nutrition requirements for school lunches and breakfasts, but the U.S. Agriculture Department says the law also gives schools the flexibility to prepare meals that are "familiar to kids from culturally diverse backgrounds."Blogging at the USDA website on Wednesday, Dr. Katie Wilson, deputy undersecretary for for food, nutrition and consumer services, hailed the nation's "diversity" of people, ideas, and culture: "One of the way culture is expressed is through the foods we eat," she wrote. "Our nation's school meals should be no exception." Wilson said she recently participated in one...
  • Study: E-cigarettes Are 95% Safer Than Tobacco

    08/19/2015 6:59:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/19/15 | Guy Bentley
    An independent study finds that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than tobacco and could be game-changer for getting people to quit smoking.The study, commissioned by Public Health England, says that while e-cigarettes may not be totally safe, they contain almost none of the chemicals in cigarettes associated with serious diseases like lung cancer and emphysema.The report adds that there is a substantial body of high-quality evidence that e-cigarettes are an effective tool for getting smokers to kick their habit. The devices, which were only invented in 2007, already have 2.6 million adult users in England alone.Contrary to a study released...
  • HRCs Gender Inclusive Classrooms Guide: Say Friends or Students Instead of Girls and Boys

    08/18/2015 3:00:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 17, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) – To help “create a classroom where students aren’t limited based on gender stereotypes,” teachers should address classes using words like “friends or “students” rather than girls and boys, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) advises in a new back-to-school guide.The first tip suggested by the HRC’s Welcoming Schools Initiative is for teachers to avoid using gender to “divide and address students.” The guide claims that separating students for activities according to gender “can leave some students feeling out-of-place, making them distracted or isolated and not able to focus on learning.”The guide recommends finding new, inventive ways of dividing students...
  • Food labeling, Hollywood-style

    08/18/2015 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2015 | Joanna Lidback
    The first clue that Gwyneth Paltrow didnt know what she was talking about on Capitol Hill earlier this month came with the first words she spoke: Im here as a mother. Apparently, the actress thinks that any mom can show up in Washington and hold a press conference that attracts lawmakers and the media. Memo to Ms. Paltrow: The rest of us moms dont have that celebrity power. We havent won Oscar awards, assumed glamorous roles in the Iron Man movies, or married (let alone divorced) rock stars. But Ms. Paltrow has done all of these things so, of course,...
  • Jindal: Obama Declared War on Trans Fats and a Ceasefire With [Iran]

    08/07/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 4, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) During a voters first presidential forum in New Hampshire on Monday, GOP presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized President Barack Obamas deal with Iran, saying he declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism. This is a bad deal. Hes declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism, said Jindal regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Food and Drug Administration ruled in June that trans fat is not generally recognized as safe for use in food and gave...
  • GROUSE GETTING BUSY! New Report Says Population Has Rebounded ( Colorado, NM ..)

    08/05/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | August 5, 2015
    The sage grouse population has exploded in the last two years, growing by nearly two-thirds from more than 49,000 males in 2013 to more than 80,000 this year. ... This is encouraging news for the bird, and for the people whose lives would be turned upside down by the federal government if it still insists on listing the critter as an endangered species on the brink of extinction. The report considered the population across the birds 11-state habitat, with specific news on the growth in Colorado numbers ... The report falls on the heels of a gloom and doom forecast...
  • USDA Seeking to Double High Ethanol Blend Gas Pumps

    08/02/2015 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday it is investing up to $100 million in biofuels with the goal “to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel to consumers, such as E15 and E85.”“A typical gas pump can deliver fuel that contains a maximum 10% ethanol (E10), which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump, despite the fact that our farmers now produce record amounts of renewable biofuels,” the USDA press release says.“This new investment seeks to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying...
  • Named and shamed: Californians blast each other for water-wasting on social media

    08/02/2015 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2015 | Myriah Towner
    Californians are taking to drought shaming sites to tattle on each other for wasting water. Residents are using the sites to out each other for reasons including neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking as the state's historic drought continues. The tattling has also reached social media where residents are using the hashtags 'droughtshaming' and 'watershaming' to reveal any water-wasting activities. An app called DroughtShame was even developed to 'capture geotagged photo proof of disregard for California's water restrictions'.
  • Get your carrots, not cookies, from Howard County's vending machines [MD Freak State!]

    07/31/2015 7:53:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/31/15 | Amanda Yeager and Meredith Cohn
    Healthy options are coming to Howard County, but some think the carrot is a stick.Four of five Howard County Council members, all Democrats, voted Friday to overturn County Executive Allan Kittleman's veto of a bill that creates nutritional guidelines for the food and drinks sold in government vending machines.Kittleman, the county's first Republican executive since 1998, framed the issue as one of choice for workers and visitors to county buildings, even if that means they choose fluorescent orange doodles chased by a bubbly soda."I trust Howard County residents and employees to make their own decisions about what to eat," Kittleman...
  • NY Governor Decrees Higher Minimum Wage [semi-satire]

    07/30/2015 10:41:01 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 July 2015 | John Semmens
    Professing to be fed up with the state legislatures failure to enact a minimum wage he deems high enough, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has decreed a $15 per hour minimum wage for the fast food industry in his state. I gave the legislature the opportunity to do the right thing, but their refusal to pass the $15 per hour wage has forced me to seize the initiative, Cuomo said. The voters of this state elected me to get things done. One way or another, thats what Im going to do. If the legislature thinks Im treading on their turf they...
  • Video: Pinellas man told barbecue smoke cant leave backyard [NOT in Montgomery Co. MD BTW]

    07/28/2015 2:36:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    A video of a Pinellas County man being told by an inspector that his barbecue smoke cannot leave his property has been viewed more than 4 million times on Facebook. Scotty Jordan, 38, posted the video (caution, it contains profanity) to his Facebook page on Wednesday and by Monday morning it had 4,091,474 views and 86,510 shares. I didnt expect it to go this far, but I always believe everything happens for a reason, Jordan said about the video in a Facebook post early Monday. God puts situations and life experiences in front of you. Its up to you to...
  • City Orders Man to Keep the Smell of BBQ from Leaving his Property

    07/26/2015 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 120 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 7/26/15 | lil_mama
    on July 22, Joe Graham from Air Compliance is writing a complaint form for objectionable odor from Jordans property where he was barbecuing. A neighbor living across the street called to complain, as she has apparently done many times before. This time she found a willing co-conspirator. I can smell it again right now, but Im on your property, Graham tells the group. Youre allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesnt count, but when Im on the street, thats when it counts. So were supposed to control the smoke and the wind and where its blowing...
  • New York Dem Rep Proposes Bill Requiring Automakers To Install Breathalyzers In Cars

    07/23/2015 6:01:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/23/15 | Kerry Picket
    New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice announced recently she will drop legislation mandating American automakers to install ignition interlock technology in all new cars that detects a drivers blood alcohol content (BAC) and block the engine from starting if the drivers BAC is above the legal limit.Advancing the progress weve made combating drunk driving demands bold action, Rice said in a press release.It demands that we take a stand and say we refuse to keep letting drunk drivers take 10,000 lives each year. We refuse to keep seeing families torn apart when we know we can do more to prevent...
  • HUD report says housing vouchers best type of assistance

    07/07/2015 3:24:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 6:21 PM EDT | Glynn A. Hill
    A government study says housing vouchers may be the best way to reduce homelessness in the United States. A Department of Housing and Urban Development study released Tuesday examined homeless families in emergency shelters in 12 U.S. cities. After 18 months, the families that were offered a housing voucher were less likely to re-enter homelessness or experience housing instability.
  • Nanny ST8 of the Week: Anti-government messages not allowed on license plates

    07/07/2015 12:46:05 PM PDT · by Sopater · 32 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 7/6/15 | Eric Boehm
    Its the NANNY-ST8 for your license plate. In addition to outright vulgarity and racism, some states prohibit messages on vanity license plates that can be viewed as anti-government. In Pennsylvania, for example, where five state employees in Harrisburg get to decide whats allowed on vanity plates, banned words include PUTSCH, a German word roughly equivalent to the more-well-known France term coup dtat but with an uncomfortable connection to Hitler and the Nazis. But ENDFED, a reference to libertarian-led efforts to shut down the Federal Reserve Bank, is also on the do-not-license list, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Melissa Daniels explains...
  • Progressive Paradise Lost

    07/04/2015 10:07:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Salim Furth
    It’s a progressive paradise.Public employees get 30 vacation days a year. Anyone who works over eight hours in a day gets paid time-and-a-half. Employees have strong rights.The minimum wage is high: 77 percent of the median wage.Environmental regulations are settled beyond the pressure of local economic interests. The forests and mountains are pristine destinations for ecotourism.Energy costs are kept high, pushing consumption down to a level deemed “socially beneficial”. Utilities have strong public backing and provide jobs to thousands.Union jobs in shipping are protected from outsourcing to cut-rate foreign competitors.The social safety net is buoyant and provides a solid working-class standard...
  • NBCs Today Mocks Michelle Obamas Latest Food Police Push

    07/03/2015 8:49:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 30, 2015 | Kyle Drennen
    On Friday, even the hosts of NBCs Today had enough of Michelle Obamas effort to micro-manage peoples food choices as they mocked the First Ladys attempt to create a healthy version of smores. At the top of the 9 a.m. ET hour, co-host Willie Geist explained: So the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and the USDA have teamed up for this program called ChooseMyPlate.gov. It's an initiative proposing a makeover, for among other things, this classic campfire treat. So instead of graham crackers with chocolate and marshmallow, they propose graham crackers with, want-wa, strawberries and low-fat yogurt....
  • First Lady Brings Lets Move Message to Milan

    07/03/2015 8:13:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - First lady Michelle Obama traveled to Milan last week as part of the Lets Move! Program to promote a global dialogue about the future of our food system, according to the LetsMove.gov blog. Mrs. Obama led the Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 with the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, where she shared the successes of Lets Move! and the efforts happening in the United States to support healthier lifestyles and learned from other countries leaders about how they are addressing the issue of childhood obesity and raising healthier families. Thats why its so important...
  • How kids can get free meals this summer

    06/29/2015 3:44:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Teri Weaver
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. School children who qualify for free and reduced lunches can receive free summer meals at thousands of locations throughout New York. Last year, almost 360,000 children participated in the summer meals program statewide, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Persons with disabilities, also can receive free nutritious meals and snacks at the summer meals sites. To find a free meal site near you, use this website. You can search the entire nation by clicking on "find sites."
  • Rick Perry defends Colorados right to be wrong on marijuana

    06/28/2015 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not agree with Colorados decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but he said Saturday he will defend the states right to make a hash of things. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit, Mr. Perry made a vigorous defense for the states role as laboratories of democracy, in the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, even if it means sticking up for Colorados retail pot market. Let this country compete again. I am so optimistic about the future of America if we would free up these states from this one-size-fits-all,...