Manufacturing in American- what you thought was true may not be so

See here, especially the last three paragraphs but one.

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Heinlein and the CPSIA

As I mentioned here, I recently read a new-to-me-Heinlein book which had a connection with the CPSIA and Congress as we know it. Thanks to Barking Moonbats, I’ve come across another Heinlein connection to the CPSIA and other legislative efforts as well, at The Smallest Minority:

Heinlein’s (or, if you insist, Hanlon’s) Razor:

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.

Then there’s Grey’s Law:

Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

And Rick Cook‘s admonition:

The key to understanding the American system (of government) is to imagine that you have the power to make nearly any law you want. But your worst enemy will be the one to enforce it.

As I wrote here in one of many posts about the CPSIA:

We are told that the negative consequences of this bill are ‘unintended.’ I believed that at the beginning. But Congress is now well aware of all these ‘unintended’ consequences. They have legislated a de facto book banning law with CPSIA- books printed before 1985 must be tested before they can be sold, and the mandated third party testing destroys the product. If the consequences are so very unintended, why not fix them?

Instead, Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi refused to permit a single Democrat to attend or speak at a bi-partisan rally addressing the flaws in the bill, canceled hearings, and engaged in a grotesque disinformation campaign, malevolently accusing the knitting grannies, educational companies, and stay at home moms knitting and crafting wooden toys, and homeschoolers selling a few used books to pay the bills of being the secret spies and mouthpieces of ‘Big Business.’ Why was that necessary if the law was strong enough to defend it on its own merits?

I would believe these consequences were ‘unintended’ if I didn’t see the same consequences from government action over and over again. So here is what I am left to conclude. Either the consequences are intentional, or those who have voted for these bills are too dull of wit or lazy to hold any office where they seek to exert control the affairs of every day Americans.

If the consequences were unintended and these Congressional reps had the wit to lay straight in their beds, they would have realized that ‘all products’ includes, you know, ALL products. They would have realized that destroying and crippling business- the livelihoods of thousands of innocent craftspeople, bike makers, clothing manufacturers, book-sellers, and wooden toy makers (and sellers of all these things)- people who never caused harm to anybody- is not the best way to honor the memory of a child who dies from swallowing a lead charm, or from death from a defective crib, or from swallowing two magnets, nor do banning these things protect other children from such tragedies.

But, really- so what? As Kevin writes at The Smallest Minority (you should read the whole thing):

At some point it becomes immaterial whether the laws were due to incompetence or maliciousness. That point is when their implementation is indistinguishable from maliciousness. I submit that we’ve passed that point, and the only thing preventing even more massive public blowback is our general ignorance and our well-established general respect for the Rule of Law. As I’ve said, the .gov has done a good job of practicing such persecution on a retail level, rather than wholesale, but it’s getting to the point where the abuse is going wholesale and the stories are getting out to the mass audience.

See also Rick Woldenberg’s post walking readers through the tracking label requirements. Ugh. Sarah offers some practical guidelines for small crafters and artisans as well.
And the Shopfloor writes about the banning of all crystals and rhinestones from products for children 12 and under- no bling for the tweens. Do I like bling for the tweens? Well, no, I don’t. I think it’s silly and tacky. But it’s not physically harmful and the CPSIA is supposed to be about physical harm- and my personal tastes and preferences in regard to bling ought not to be encoded into law and imposed on other people’s children.

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The Mysterious Case of the Changing Eyes

These two pictures are of the same person’s eyes:

They were this color until she was between two and three or so. Then they took a year to change, and people would stop me in the grocery store to ask me what color my child’s eyes were. I would say, “I am hoping somebody will tell me.”

Her passport said she had blue eyes. My dad jokingly asked what I’d done with the original, as I seemed to have brought a substitute to visit them.

Finally, they settled on a color:

We think this is brown.

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Obama falsely claims surgeons reimbursed upwards of 30,000 for amputations

Actually, says the AMA, surgeons get reimbursed between 500 and 700 dollars for amputations.

As AP points out (at the HotAir post linked above):

Translation: The guy who wants to run American health care was off here by a factor of 100 on cost. Although who knows? If the public’s fears about exploding health-care expenses under ObamaCare prove justified, maybe someday soon an amputation will run you $30-50K.

Look, Obama either doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or he doesn’t care who he demonizes to get what he wants, and he wants socialized health care for an altogether different reason than because surgeons get paid thousands of dollars for amputations (they don’t get close to that) or they are likely to yank tonsils because they will make more (tonsillectomy rates are going down rather than up, so this calumny was also beneath the President).

I think he wants a single payer, socialized, government controlled health care plan because it’s perfectly compatible with the socialism he has cherished since his youth. Maybe I’m wrong, but it’s clear what he says about our current medical system is not a reflection of reality, so he’s not the authority he’s positioned himself to be and ought not to be permitted to tamper with a system he either doesn’t understand accurately or wishes to misrepresent for reasons of his own.

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Links and Thinks

Links and some of the commentary from a friend:

From Heritage Foundation: Obamacare Pep Rally Fact Check

A review of several, well, questionable, statements Obama made recently… They only had time to cover seven.


From Liberty Counsel: What Americans Need to Know About The Healthcare Takeover
(click on “overview of HR 3200”)

And from Christian attorney Matt Barber: ‘Big brother-care’ looms large

— Pages 424, 425, and 426 of the plan do, in fact, mandate COMPULSORY government “end-of-life” consultations for seniors who have “not had such a consultation within the last 5 years.”

— Sec. 163, pages 58–60, which – whether you like it or not – grants federal bureaucrats full access to both your private medical records and personal bank account for automatic fund withdrawals.


From Dr Albert Mohler: Oregon State University has published a study arguing that any effort to limit carbon emissions must consider the impact of “reproductive choices” on the ecological equation…

“Clearly, the potential savings from reduced reproduction are huge compared to the savings that can be achieved by changes in lifestyle.”

The logic of this argument is clear and chilling… Should we now expect a cap and trade proposal for babies?

Human beings cannot be reduced to a “carbon legacy” and the gift of children must never be seen as an assault upon the earth.


And while I am concerned about all of the above, I am horrified and grieved over this:

Four Christians working for an NGO that helps orphans in Somalia have been beheaded by al-Shabaab…

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