Archive for December 2, 2008

Attention shoppers you may want to take a closer look at the fine print on those Christmas toys this year. Apparently, the landmark product safey legislation Congress passed in August left the toy makers a legal loop hole to explot and guess what they are. Products produced before the law goes into effect can remain on the store shelves indefinitely.

Congress in August passed a landmark consumer safety law that raises standards for toys and virtually bans several hormone-like chemicals called phthalates in products for children under 12.

Lawmakers wanted toys with the controversial chemicals to be off the market when the law takes effect Feb. 10, according to a statement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., co-author of the ban.

Last week, however, a staff attorney at the agency responsible for carrying out the new regulations — the Consumer Product Safety Commission — released a legal opinion stating that stores may continue to sell toys with phthalates, as long as those items were made before Feb. 10. That could allow toys with phthalates to remain on the shelves for years, with no way for parents to know which toys contain the chemicals, Feinstein says.

Feinstein and others are concerned about phthalates — which are found in countless consumer products, from shower curtains to raincoats — because studies show they affect the hormone system. An October study, for example, found that baby boys born to mothers with high phthalate levels were more likely than others to have undescended testicles and small penises. Scientists say people can be exposed to phthalates through dust, and that babies can be exposed by chewing on toys such as rubber bathtub ducks.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a toy you shouldn’t touch.


Surfing through the internets, right after I jokingly said to a goodfriend of mine, 2012 will consist of a Jeb Bush/ Sarah Palin ticket I found this, ” Jeb Bush: GOP ‘can’t be the old white guy party“, “Former Fla. gov says create ‘a shadow government,’ focus on policy”

Jeb Bush says the Republican Party needs to adapt in the wake of wide-ranging defeat in the election and move beyond its traditional position as the “old white guy party.”

The former Florida governor told Newsmax correspondent Ashley Martella that Republicans should create “a shadow government” to challenge Democrats on policy grounds.

“In Washington we need to show humility and be the loyal opposition. I actually think we need to organize ourselves in the form of a shadow government and make it based on policy and not on partisanship,” he said. “People are sick and tired of the partisanship, just for partisan sake, but they aren’t sick and tired of a loftier debate about policy.”

Given the fact ole’ Jeb is a signatory for the Project For the New American Century on their Statement of Principles. I think it is safe to say, he’s been there and done that already with the shadow government thing. How’d that turn-out? If you haven’t noticed things haven’t turned out so well for the U.S. with the NeoCons at the helm. In fact your NeoCon agenda has clearly set the U.S. back several decades. Specifically, we have gone from the most respected Nation to the least respected during your brother’s administration on all fronts. People are sick and tired of the NeoCon disaster capitalism which has served the Bush family, the Cheney Family and all other PNAC followers well at everyone else’s peril. 

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