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NFL Team Erroneously Bans E-Cigarettes at Stadium

"After reviewing the call, the Nanny State Liberation Front declares a huge penalty against the Green Bay Packers for enforcing a restriction in the state's anti-smoking law that doesn't exist."

"After reviewing the call, the Nanny State Liberation Front declares a huge penalty against the Green Bay Packers for enforcing a restriction in the state's anti-smoking law that doesn't exist."

Electronic cigarettes that do not pose a secondhand smoke risk to anyone have been banned by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field as part of the team’s efforts to enforce Wisconsin’s new anti-smoking law. Despite the fact that the harmless fake smokes are not restricted in public places by the new law, the team recently opted to include them in the stadium’s smoking ban anyway, specifically citing the law as its excuse.

“Lambeau Field is now a smoke-free facility as required by Wisconsin State Law,” the facility’s website currently states. However, it does not include any mention of a ban on electronic cigarettes, despite a local media report saying otherwise.

A fact sheet prepared by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) detailing Wisconsin’s new smoking law enacted July 5, 2010 also does not include electronic cigarettes among the tobacco products “prohibited in enclosed public places and workplaces.” Perhaps, that’s because state legislators, unlike the Green Bay Packers, realize that electronic cigarettes provide users with inhaled doses of nicotine via a vaporized solution and no smoke or combustion occurs in the process.

“Smoking is defined as the burning or holding, or inhaling or exhaling smoke from a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other lighted smoking equipment,” Lazich’s fact sheet states. “If you have comments on this or any other issue, please contact me at sen.lazich@legis.wi.gov, http://www.senatorlazich.com, Senator Mary Lazich, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 or 1-800-334-1442.”

Not only should concerned citizens and e-cigarette smokers contact Lazich, but they should demand Lambeau Field and Green Bay Packers executive management brush-up on the state’s anti-smoking law before trying to promote restrictions in it that simply do not exist.

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Conservative Movie Will Stick It to the Man (in the White House)

From the I Want Your Money website:

LOS ANGELES, CA. (June 11, 2010) – Ray Griggs, the director of the film comedy Super Capers (2009) and Wind In The Willows (pre-production), has assembled an all-star cast of prominent voices of America’s conservative movement in the rousing feature film documentary I Want Your Money, a powerful and critical examination of the Obama regime and its expansionistic government policies.

Ray Griggs’ upcoming work is highlighted here in this current Variety Magazine feature, running this week: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118020457.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&ref=bd_film.

Preview screenings of I Want Your Money have already begun to stir up personal and political passions and controversy, attracting attention from both the left and right during the looming election season.

Combining in-depth interviews, fiery criticism and politically charged animated sequences, I Want Your Money is a no-holds-barred critique of the vast expansion of the federal government under the Obama Administration and Democratic Congress.

By cleverly juxtaposing footage of Barack Obama with that of Ronald Reagan, threaded together with insightful interviews with Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, Ed Meese, Mike Huckabee, John Stossel, Stephen Moore (Wall Street Journal), Michael Reagan (at the Reagan Ranch Center), Congressmen Tom McClintock, Thad McCotter and former California governor Pete Wilson (among many others), I Want Your Money exposes the shocking reality of a bloated government.

Griggs also allows some major proponents of Big Government to speak for themselves, via archival footage, including Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter, showing how the policies they implemented led to the country’s development into an overregulated welfare state. The film also focuses on California as a case study of the perils America will face should there be no change to our government’s current policies.

I Want Your Money skillfully exposes the high cost in lost freedom and economic opportunities in support of a Leviathan-like bureaucratic state, and offers alternatives to help steer the United States back towards firm fiscal ground. Griggs creatively presents alternatives to the current direction of the government in a way that is thoughtful, relevant and highly engaging to both younger and older audiences.

With grassroots campaigns already in full force and the website and film clips attracting over 75,000 viewers per month, this documentary is already garnering attention many months ahead of its planned release.

www.IWantYourMoney.net

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EPA Wants to Regulate Farm Dust

Round-up the polluters!

Round-up the polluters!

Seriously, we’re not reading The Onion. The big government bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to regulate “farm dust” as a pollutant, just as they recently did with carbon dioxide.

Luckily, there are 21 senators who have called “bulls–t” on the EPA and are demanding the EPA adjust its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to eliminate any potential for a future crackdown on farm dust that would devastate farmers and their livelihoods.

“If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history,” the senators’ July 23 letter to the EPA states. “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.”

Curtis Roberts, a fourth generation farmer and rancher in Arcadia, Okla., told News9.com that a government crackdown on naturally-occurring dust would cripple the farming industry with burdensome and costly regulations.

“Anytime you work ground, you’re going to have dust. I don’t know how they’ll regulate it,” Roberts said. “The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from doing things we need to be doing because of the EPA.”

The senators concur with Roberts who believes “common sense” is what’s at stake here.

“Common sense requires the EPA to acknowledge that the wind blows and so does dust,” the senators letter concluded in their letter.

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Gas-Powered Golf Carts Targeted by Nanny City

Citizens in Peachtree, Ga. are expressing outrage over the city council’s plan to ban gas-powered golf carts that many consider their primary mode of transportation. A vote on Thursday night will determine the fate of the golf carts and potentially pave the way for the city to ban gas-powered yard tools.

A recent survey of residents, 96 percent of which claimed to own a golf cart, acknowledged that gas-powered golf carts are “smelly and noisy,” but those who haven’t fallen victim to the ‘green plague’ said the drawbacks are outweighed by the benefits. When compared to their battery-opertated counterparts, gas-powered golf carts, residents said, are better for their personal travel and leisure needs, and for the environment.

Gas-powered golf carts are better at negotiating big hills and longer distances, some survey respondents said. Gas carts are also cheaper to maintain, and it’s easier to refill them with gas than wait for an electric cart to be charged, some said on the survey.

A few people responding to the survey even argued that gas golf carts pollute less compared to electric carts once lead battery replacement and electricity generation is factored in.

Sound familiar? This discussion will soon be a hot topic among American citizens clinging to their gas-powered automobiles and government officials propagandizing the benefits of electric cars.

Among citizen responses, one noted that a gas golf cart is their family’s primary mode of transportation, and an electric cart would not do because of the long amount of time it takes to recharge.

“Basically if I can’t go there by golf cart I don’t want to go,” the respondent said.

“If you live on the south end of PTC and want to go to the north end plus do a little driving around, the charge on many golf carts won’t last,” said another respondent.

Kiss your long-distance vacation trips goodbye! To date, there is not a single electric car capable of driving 500 miles without stopping to recharge for 8 to 16 hours, depending on the electricity source.

“I do not see why Peachtree City needs to ban these carts as there is no evidence that they are detrimental to the community,” one respondent said. “It will also render personal property worthless which is not the job of local government.”

“My dislike of gas carts does not overcome the freedom of other citizens to make their own choice,” said another survey respondent. “This smacks of the heavy hand of the nanny state.”

Banning golf carts is just the first smack the nanny state has planned for the freedom-loving folks in Peachtree. If the ban on gas-powered golf carts passes Thursday evening, citizens are already wondering if their gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers and weed-wackers are next to be banned.

Once again, we turn to our ‘magic eight ball’ to predict the fate of another group of citizens held hostage by nanny state bureaucrats. And, after a few shakes and a jiggle, the answer is, “You may rely on it.”

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Do You Trust Your Government to Be Competent to Run This?

via National Review Online:

A portrait of Obamacare, courtesy of the minority in the Joint Economic Committee:

PDF here, for a closer look. Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady says in a release that committee analysts actually couldn’t fit everything in: “This portrays only about one-third of the complexity of the final bill. It’s actually worse than this.”

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The Revolution Has Begun – Join Us on Facebook

Over 15,000 strong on Facebook and growing, the Nanny State Liberation Front is recruiting freedom-loving Americans who want to stop the nanny state dead in its tracks and repair the damages big government bureaucrats have inflicted upon our great nation and its citizens.

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Diagnosis Liberal

This is your brain on Obama's Kool-Aid. Any questions?

This is your brain on Obama's Kool-Aid. Any questions?

If you or a loved one suffer from the symptoms described by the American Thinker, then, as Jeff Foxworthy likes to say, “You just might be” a liberal.

Liberals’ personal problems become a societal problem when liberals try to address them by requiring changes to the lives of others. They seek a government with extensive power and reach that can limit freedoms and penalize success so that we seem to be more equal. It’s as if I were to address a problem of poor posture by requiring everyone else to slouch. The adequacy of self-love or self-esteem one has is not determined by comparison to others. It is not measured by net worth, which government can adjust. Whether one has healthy levels of self-love and self-esteem is determined by personal physiology and psychology. No matter how much government can disrupt the lives of its citizens, it cannot make anyone love or esteem themselves more or make anyone happy …

Get the full diagnosis. There’s still hope for those who’ve fallen victim to “hope.”

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Sex Talk “Critical” to School Kids’ Educational Development

Thanks to Jedediah Bila at Human Events for shining the spotlight on a critical issue that never would have seen the light of day in the State-Run Media!

Talk about needing some "sexual healing!" Don't let the nanny state corrupt another innocent mind!

Talk about needing some "sexual healing!" Don't let the nanny state corrupt another innocent mind!

Helena Public Schools in Montana recently released a 62-page draft proposal titled “Helena Public Schools Health Enhancement K-12 Critical Competencies,” which they claim “represent content that students are expected to know at each grade level. The Critical Competencies are not the entire curriculum, but learner outcomes should be taught in [sic] sequential, systematic approach to promote an appropriate foundation to health & wellness.”Some of the many topics included in the proposal are Human Sexuality, Reproductive System, and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Here are some highlights:

• Kindergarten: “Introduce basic reproductive body parts (penis, vagina, breast, nipples, testicles, scrotum, uterus).

• Grade 1: “Understand human beings can love people of the same gender & people of another gender.”

• Grade 5: “Understand barrier methods of contraception (e.g. male and female condoms, dental dams can greatly reduce but not prevent STIs)”

• Grade 5: “Understand sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical and/or romantic attraction to an individual of the same and/or different gender, and is one part of one’s personality.”

• Grade 6: “Understand that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration; using the penis, fingers, tongue or objects.”

• Grade 7: “Discuss the Supreme Court decision that has ruled that, to a certain extent, people have the right to make personal decisions concerning sexuality & reproductive health matters, such as abortion, sterilization, and contraception.”

• Grades 9-12: “Understand erotic images in art reflect society’s views about sexuality & help people understand sexuality”

Be sure to thank Jedediah Bila for bringing this issue to the attention of parents and concerned citizens who have been targeted, once again, by big government bureaucrats trying to push their sick and twisted agenda on innocent children. And, please let her know the Nanny State Liberation Front appreciate her efforts, too!

If we allow this nanny state atrocity to happen in one public school, it can happen at any public school. Don’t let another innocent and impressionable child fall victim to sick and twisted bureaucrats who think they are more capable of raising children and preparing them for the future than their own parents. Join the Nanny State Liberation Front today!

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Licensing Law Stunts Budding Florists’ Growth While ‘Fertilizing’ the Nanny State

Louisiana loves the sweet smell of money in the air at flower shops.

Louisiana loves the sweet smell of money in the air at flower shops.

Until recently, anyone seeking to become a florist in Louisiana was required to pass strict licensing requirements typically reserved for jobs associated with protecting public health and ensuring general safety. While some of the state’s licensing regulations have changed for the better, budding florists are still finding it difficult to grow their businesses.

Aspiring florists once required by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry to pass a written test and practical exam judging their abilities to prepare floral arrangements can ‘partially’ thank the the Institute for Justice (IJ), the nation’s “only libertarian, civil liberties, public interest law firm,” for making it easier to get licensed in the ‘Big Easy.’ However, there are a few bureaucratic loopholes that still hinder the process.

Last March, the IJ filed a civil rights lawsuit, Chauvin v. Strain, in federal court against the Commissioners of the Louisiana Horticulture Commission in an effort the state’s “anti-entrepreneur, anti-competitive, and anti-consumer florist licensing scheme” declared unconstitutional, an IJ press release announced. “If Louisiana can license florists, there is no limit to what it can license or to the burdens it can impose on honest, productive livelihoods.”

Deeming the licensing law an “abitrary” and “unreasonable” affront to potential florists’ budding careers, the IJ’s federal lawsuit gained the attention of state lawmakers, prompting them to pass legislation that outlawed a portion of the licensing exam which allowed the IJ to cease its case in court.

“H.B. 1407, sponsored by Rep. Franklin Foil [R-Baton Rouge], abolishes the demonstration portion of the floral licensing exam, while leaving in place (for now) a short written exam that presents no serious obstacle to would-be florists,” the IJ declared on July 12. “The bill passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature by wide margins.”

Unfortunately for florists entering the market, the licensing requirement and accompanying fee still remain intact, leaving Louisiana as the only state in the nation that regulates floral arrangers.

“The problem with this nanny-state attitude is twofold,” opines the Lousiana’s Advocate news. First, there seems no reason to license florists at all. If a flower-arranger runs a lousy shop, the market will force it out of business. That self-described conservatives have so little faith in markets is striking.”

Regarding the licensing fee, the Advocate says it is just another example of “stealth” taxing that big government bureaucrats use to bankroll state jobs. The fact that the Legislature kept the unnecessary fees intact as opposed to rescinding the entire roadblock to becoming a florist, just like any novelty store owner, is “symptomatic of how regulatory agencies leech off the economy,” the Advocate added.

And, if you think this ridiculous law doesn’t affect ordinary Louisiana citizens, guess again. Those licensing fees will be passed on to anyone who patronizes florists.

While the IJ seems content in declaring victory against the nanny state in this case, the Advocate views the outcome with less optimism and enthusiasm.

“The nanny state is alive and well in Louisiana,” the Advocate declares. “No one should congratulate himself on this outcome from Foil’s bill,” the same bill the IJ is heralding in its July 12 press release.

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State Outlaws Traffic Ticket Quotas

The days of traffic cops needing to meet quotas for ticketing motorists are over in Tennessee, thanks to legislation that effectively banned the shady practice on July 1.

Signed in to law on June 2nd by Governor Phil Bredesen (R) and originally sponsored by State Senator Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville), the legislation declares that state and local law enforcement agencies “may not establish or maintain, formally or informally, a plan to evaluate, promote, compensate, or discipline a law enforcement officer solely by the issuance of a predetermined or specified number of any type or combination of types of traffic citations.”

The anti-quota law also “prohibits a political subdivision or any agency of this state from requiring or suggesting to a law enforcement officer that the officer is required or expected to issue a predetermined or specified number of traffic citations within a specified period.”

"Don't write my performance review until I get back to the office. I'm feeling lucky today."

"Don't write my performance review until I get back to the office. I'm feeling lucky today."

In July 2009, Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Sergeant Clifford M. Babits posted a notice on the wall of the Troop C station in Robertson County informing highway patrol officers, “I require three things. 1. Answer the radio, 2. Work your crashes, and 3. WRITE TICKETS.”

According to Babits’ notice, highway patrol officers’ favorable performance review ratings were contingent upon issuing high numbers of traffic violations. “I must be able to justify giving a trooper a five. Low activity is a killer,” he wrote.

Despite Babits’ unethical behavior, it appears he and other big government bureaucrats are safe from any future threat of getting fired should they ‘suggest’ traffic cops issue a ‘few extra’ tickets in any given month. “Lawmakers removed sections of the legislation that would have subjected elected officials and top administrators to removal from office for setting quotas,” reported MidSouthernNewz.com.

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