Warning: You’ll notice that many of the things I quote or link to in the monthly reads and clips are based on infringements of our rights. It may not be happy-go-lucky, but we must be aware of these things in order to protect ourselves. If we don’t know what is going on, how can we stop tyranny?
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon FreeRangeKids and really appreciate what they stand for. This post addresses the “car jack parents” who saved their baby from a car jacker, only to be given bad press for letting it happen in the first place. To see an interview with the founder of FreeRangeKids (really great, by the way) click here.
Why R Your Peeps so Dum? If bad language bothers you, don’t read this, but crudeness aside, this is hilarious.
What’s in your food? This investigation found flame-retardents in brand-name butter. Yum.
Parenting.com asked in it’s mom debate, October 2010, “Should it be against the law to smoke in your own home or car if you have kids?” A sad 22% say no, although they have the best arguments. They say it’s unconstitutional to outlaw smoking in homes and impossible to regulate, and that it sets a precedent for more bad laws. “What’s next? Will we be unable to pull through the drive-through if we have kids in the car?”
If you need a good laugh, check out www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com, totally worth it! This one is my favorite:
Despite a Pew Research poll showing more than half of adults in the labor force have experienced “work-related hardship” (such as unemployment, pay cut, cut in hours, etc.), ”some talk persists of silver linings: less cash to spend means less materialism, a real change to the definition of living well”. A fascinating look at the Great Depression and its influence on today’s recession.
A law passed in 1940 that gave the feds permission to burn a farmer’s wheat crops (that he only used to feed his animals) can still be used today to control the food supply. And now, with the passage of S.510 / HR 2751, seeds are labeled as food and can be controlled by the feds, and in the name of safety, new regulations will make it very difficult for you to buy food at the local farmer’s market, CSA , or co-op.
20 of the craziest things the u.s. government is spending money on. Number seventeen? The National Science Foundation gave the Minnesota Zoo over $600,000 so that they could develop an online video game called “Wolfquest”.
Homebuilder sentiment unexpectedly “flat” as 2010 draws to a close. Hmm, maybe that’s because no one has money to spend on houses?
“If you were alive when Christ was born and you spent one million dollars every single day since that point, you still would not have spent one trillion dollars by now. Almost unbelievably, the U.S. government will accumulate well over a trillion dollars more debt in 2011.” The national debt is increasing 4 billion dollars EVERY DAY. If we were going to pay it off, it would take 3,800 years, even at a rate of 10 million dollars back every day. Think it will happen?
Father harrassed by CPS for giving daughters organic food.
Virginia judge joins other states in ruling mandatory healthcare insurance unconstitutional.
I have no words for this one, you just have to read it: “TSA agents at a Houston airport failed to stop an Iranian-American with a loaded handgun passing through security and boarding a plane, yet they did stop a woman directly behind him who was carrying liquids in her hand luggage.”
And if you do not read anything else on this post, you simply have to read this one, Dave Barry’s 2010 Year in Review. Here’s a clip:“In other economic news, Toyota announces a huge recall following reports that its popular Camry model is behaving unpredictably — accelerating, decelerating, downloading Internet porn and traveling backward in time to unstable historical periods. This is expected to benefit Toyota’s competitors, especially troubled GM, which is hoping to score big with the new “Volt,” a revolutionary vehicle capable of traveling nearly six miles before its 19,500 triple-A batteries must be replaced.”