New CPSC Chairwoman on Risk Assessment

Crystals and rhinestones on children’s clothing, shoes, princess costumes, dance uniforms, cell phones, jewelry, accessories and eyeglasses are now banned hazardous substances despite a CPSC staff determination that this “bling” does not pose a health risk to children. Furthermore, data shows crystals and rhinestones would leach less lead than some jewelry that is compliant with the strictest CPSIA lead standard that goes in effect two years from now. However, as new CPSC Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum stated, “A decision to grant the exclusion by using compliant metal jewelry as the baseline for assessing the acceptable level of exposure will reintroduce risk analysis back into consideration. … Such an interpretation of the exclusion section of the CPSIA appears to be in direct conflict with the statutory language, which does not allow for the consideration of risk.”

Emphasis added.

The statutory language of this law- the words our legislators- bless their hearts and I mean that with all the southern venom that phrase can hold- chose to use, does not allow for risk assessment. Common sense is written right out of the legislation- the law draws a circle, a tight circle, and lawmakers shoved common sense firmly on the outside of that circle, leaving all the businesses and the consumers who use them on the inside at the mercy of legislation illogical enough it looks like it came from the Red Queen’s hand (Through the Looking Glass).

More here.

When common sense has to be regulated right out of a law, it’s a bad law.

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So- remember the woman at Shirley Jackson Lee’s town hall, the one who claimed to be a doctor who supported the Health Care plan, and it turns out she wasn’t a doctor at all- not even close?

Roxana Mayer, an Obama Campaign worker, was seated in the very front row, right next to Maria Isabel, who ran one of candidate Obama’s campaign offices, and the site has a nice picture of her with Obama.

But wait! There’s more!!

Those two women (seated in the front row) were there with a third Obama supporter, somebody pictured with Maria Isabel in a photo album online titled ‘ObamaLeadership.’

And yet, there’s still more!!

Fake doctor Roxana Mayer said she was there at the invitation of Maria Isabel, and on Maria’s Organizing for America blog at, she issues an invitation to her readers AND tells them that for their own protection and that of elected officals, they MUST RSVP to be sure they can get in.

Two hundred and twenty sent in their RSVP. Did opponents of the bill have the chance to RSVP? They say not. And there in the front row we find three of those special people who received a special invitation and opportunity. One of them is not even a constituent, or rather, at least one of them. But Jackson Lee insisted on getting the names of all those who spoke in opposition to her.

Why does this matter? Isn’t this kind of petty? Maybe it would be, except:

The left, the DNC, the President, and the Democrat politicians, as well as their publicity arm, the mainstream media have been insisting that the protests at town halls are astroturfed plants, shills for the medical businesses (that turn out to be big supporters of Obama and the holders of secret agreements with him)- and yet there is plenty more good, hard evidence showing that actually, it’s the support for the Health Care plans at those meetings that is coordinated, dishonest, and demonstrably astroturfed by the lef.

Another video shows Shirley Jackson
dismissively taking out a cell phone and rudely talking on the phone while ignoring the story of an uninsured cancer survivor who does not want this health care plan (incidentally, Jackson lied about that, too- she says she was calling a hotline number to get an answer to the woman’s question, but the woman didn’t ask her a question, she was explaining why she was opposed to the plan).

A man speaking at the start of that video says he got wind that she was actually bussing in her own supporters. And at the 7.22 mark, she tells people who are speaking that they need to give their names because she is only interested in speaking with constituents. But Roxana, who got to sit in the front row next to other Obama supporters, falsely claimed to be a doctor, and got hugged for it, is not a constituent.

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Weedy and ratty looking retaining wall

Here’s where we were with the tire retaining wall as of a month ago. I think it looks a little better now- the marigolds are really spreading out, we’ve added some other flowers, the morning glories aren’t blooming yet but are spreading their vines, and, most importantly, we gave it a thorough weeding.

Here’s my one word plan for this wall for next year, now that I have a sense of what does and doesn’t grow here:

There are only six tire tiers, but if I plant cosmos and/or hollyhocks in the back of the top row, I can probably get a nice row of reds in the top tier. Then I’ll have the orange marigolds in the next row, yellow marigolds in the row below that, then some blues- I dunno, blues are hard to find, lobelia, perhaps. The morning glories would work, but they bloom so much later than the other things. Then a row of green ground cover like hen and chicks, and then I’ve seen some pansies that are so dark they almost black, and I might try black dahlias, and I’d end with some purple petunias and pansies. I could anchor each row with a cloud of white alyssum which is easy to grow.

I am liking this idea very much.=)

Now if I can only be sure they all bloom at the same time.

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The Harried Housewife

It is safe to say that no class of women in the civilized world is subjected to such incessant trials of temper, and such temptation to be fretful, as the American housekeeper. The reasons for this state of things are legion; and, if in the beginning we take ground from which the whole field may be clearly surveyed, we may be able to secure a better understanding of what housekeeping means, and to guard against some of the dangers accompanying it.

The first difficulty lies in taking for granted that successful housekeeping is as much an instinct as that which leads the young bird to nest-building, and that no specific training is required. The man who undertakes a business, passes always through some form of apprenticeship, and must know every detail involved in the management; but to the large proportion of women, housekeeping is a combination of accidental forces from whose working it is hoped breakfasts and dinners and suppers will be evolved at regular periods, other necessities finding place where they can. The new home, prettily furnished, seems a lovely toy, and is surrounded by a halo, which, as facts assert themselves, quickly fades away. Moth and rust and dust invade the most secret recesses. Breakage and general disaster attend the progress of Bridget or Chloe. The kitchen seems the headquarters of extraordinary smells, and the stove an abyss in its consumption of coal or wood. Food is wasted by bad cooking, or ignorance as to needed amounts, or methods of using left-over portions; and, as bills pile up, a hopeless discouragement often settles upon both wife and husband, and reproaches and bitterness and alienation are guests in the home, to which they need never have come had a little knowledge barred them out.

Above taken from The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking, Helen Campbell, 1893

Here’s something from a more modern source:

…in general, the house just has to be clean enough and uncluttered. I like to focus on the big picture- getting the chores done daily so there’s more time to enjoy life. It’s all int eh way you look at it. If you have a poor attitude, life is going to be a bear. You can look at your house and get overwhelmed and see all of the things that need tending to. Or you can tackle jobs little by little, whistling while you work, and know that even if you r home doesn’t shine from top to bottom, it’s good enough for you.

I also believe that when you stay on top of things it’s so much easier in the long run. Make a plan and take the time to do chores right the first time. Don’t stint once you commit to a task. That means throwing a little elbow grease into mopping up the bathroom floor and polishing the wood furniture. If you do it well, I promise you that there’s pleasure to be had in that.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home, No-nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You To Clean Like the Dickens Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, 2009

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Sunday Hymn Post

Blest is the man who shuns the place
Where sinners love to meet;
Who fears to tread their wicked ways,
And hates the scoffer’s seat.

But in the statutes of the Lord
Has placed his chief delight;
By day he reads or hears the Word,
And meditates by night.

He, like a plant of generous kind,
By living waters set,
Safe from the storms and blasting wind,
Enjoys a peaceful state.

Green as the leaf, and ever fair,
Shall his profession shine;
While fruits of holiness appear
Like clusters on the vine.

Not so the impious and unjust;
What vain designs they form!
Their hopes are blown away like dust,
Or chaff before the storm.

Sinners in judgment shall not stand
Amongst the sons of grace,
When Christ, the Judge, at His right hand
Appoints His saints a place.

His eye beholds the path they tread,
His heart approves it well;
But crooked ways of sinners lead
Down to the gates of hell.

Tune here

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