That's My Mutha Flippin’ President

After eight long-ass years of hiding in shame every time the President made a public appearance, I give you My President. That One. The one who won my vote.

Will Congress listen? I hope so. If I were them, I’d be afraid I might lose my privileges if I didn’t make good choices.

P.S. If you can’t see the video in the feed, click over to my actual blog. You might even be surprised by all the new design tweaks. I’ve been a busy bee.

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Protecting Our Children or Going Overboard: What CPSIA means to you

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If you want to read my opinions on how the CPSIA will impact our family and homeschoolers, in general, click here.

If you aren't yet familiar with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, keep reading. If you think it won't effect you, keep reading. If you are worried about our economy or your job, keep reading.

The post below is part of the CPSIA Blog-In and was provided to bloggers for this purpose. Feel free to use it on your own blog.

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

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It's Official -- Bug Turned 12

Despite the many books we piled on Bug's head, he awoke yesterday morning and informed me that while he did not feel older, he felt a bit taller. He's certainly bigger than he was that first Christmas, propped up under the tree.IMG00234

Traditionally, I make the kids a cake of their choosing (design and flavor). However, as they've gotten older their tastes have migrated more toward non-traditional birthday cakes. This year, Bug decided he wanted a cheesecake...and because he was feeling "generous this holiday season" (his words, I swear), it should be a store bought cheesecake. My grandmother, I'm quite certain, did at least one flip in her grave. Me? I high-fived the kid.

For his birthday dinner, Bug chose pizza delivery. Again, I gave the kid major kudos. You can't teach this kind of stuff. It has to come from within.

Now, for the birthday haul. He did well. Bug got a cool fistfull of dollars from the grandparents, which we'll be taking to the local toy store later today in hopes of adding to his Webkinz collection. God knows, you can't have enough stuffed animals from China, but at least we're buying them at a locally owned toy store. Right?

From his sister, he got a Marshmallow Shooter and a bag of miniature marshmallows. Because, if you're going to have a rapid-fire gun, it should shoot something sweet and edible. At least, that's what the dogs determined.

From Obo and Bahtah (my parents) he also scored a Fly Stick. Way cool use of static electricity that provided much entertainment getting stuck to the ceiling, us, the pets, and the Xmas tree.

From Hubs and me, he got a custom kiwi bird hoodie from Etsy and Spore, which he's installing as I type.

When I tucked my new 12 year-old into bed last night, we wound down watching a Discovery Education live-streaming high school program on Macro Economics. Why? Because he wanted to. Guess who fell asleep watching it? Not him. Seems I find the subject just as engaging as I did in college.

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It Ain't Right

Cropped image of Arnold Schwarzenegger.Image via WikipediaToday, on our way to meet my MIL, we were listening to NPR. The state of California is, once again, experiencing a budget crisis. Governor Schwarzenegger was discussing his plan to raise taxes as a means to increase the state's revenue. Peanut, ever the idealist, piped up and said, "Doesn't he know that you don't raise taxes during a recession?"

Seems even a 10 year-old can figure that one out. I didn't even have to explain the inequality of sales tax to her. Smart kid, that one.

Not bad for a liberal, eh Dad?

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