Whoa! Lock up those kids' books chock full o' lead

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2009 - 8:49 PM
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allen2uMar. 12, 09 9:13 PM

Gutlessly silent when Betty McCollum tried to derail the Franken candidacy, our Senator Amy courageously takes a stand against lead in toys! But, OOPS, she "accidentally" made billions of dollars worth of small businessmen's inventory unsellable. Doh! In a recession! Don't want those toddlers getting sick from eating small motorcycles or licking their books like lollipops. She now blames the Consumer Product Safety Commission for misinterpreting her poorly authored legislation. Now she "courageously" wants to go after the toxic peanut-butter guys. Soon all foods will become illegal. She's our gal!

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ptamomMar. 12, 09 9:16 PM

I'm praying to the Irony Gods that 'Rainbow Fish' is on the disposal list. I saw a SWAT team take down a Book Mobile last week; wondered what all that was about. Huh. DoublePlusGood

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MxymasterMar. 13, 09 3:36 AM

Some folks say that leaded gasoline caused us all to be dumber than we would have been. I think TV is more likely the culprit. After all, leaded gas has been phased completely out for some time now and our kids is still as stoopid as we is. Maybe stoopider.

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sarahbnMar. 13, 09 4:59 AM

Thanks for posting about this and spreading the word about CPSIA! We need everyone's help to fight this law. Write to your Representative and Senators, whatever state you are in, and tell them you support changes to CPSIA!

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swschradMar. 13, 09 6:57 AM

our little nippers will get their fill of deadly heavy metal poisons. oh, and wildly radioactive fuel rods. everybody will be within a short drive of massive loads of irradiated fuel rods, because it looks like politics will close Yucca Mountain, the 40-years-too-late waste dump for reactor waste so nasty it can never be taken out of water. so fuel rods have to stay at the power plants. proof Our Benevolent Leaders are on the right track.

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TillieCJMar. 13, 09 8:38 AM

Here we go again ... mercury light bulbs weren't enough now we are targeting innocent toys. Better not let those kids eat dirt, oops, that should read "dirt bikes." I know a 14 year old that sells old kids books for his college fund. Does that put him out of business? Stupid is as Stupid does.

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sonnymoon42Mar. 13, 0910:19 AM

Goldurn Big Government Nannystaters! What ever happened to personal responsibility? posted by freebird on Mar 13, 09 at 11:11 am Jeez, there was more intellectual substance in those old Golden Books that there is in tripe like this! No wonder the Strib is losing readership! posted by lileksbasher on Mar 13, 09 at 11:15 am No wonder I'm an idiot. I read too many books when I was a kid! posted by looneytoon on Mar 13, 09 at 11:18 am

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calliarcaleMar. 13, 0912:55 PM

Oh jeez -- books with "excessive lead"? That's depressing for a even a novice bibliophile like myself. Of course, I thought it was even more ridiculous when I saw on the morning news that some hockey skates were recalled for excessive lead content. Skates! So if a toddler starts chewing on an object with a long, sharpened blade across the bottom, minutely elevated lead levels should be our biggest concern. Got it.

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mpcdspMar. 14, 09 8:56 PM

Oh for crying out loud. When we were kids we used to melt old lead type and then pour the hot lead over ice cold lard to make lead sundaes. Had 'em everyday for an afterschool snack. And we're fine, except for the unexplained tendency to watch professional sports games all the way through to the end, including the post-game interviews. Nobody wants nobody to have no fun no more.

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pagandaMar. 15, 0912:26 AM

"Perhaps you've heard of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Act, which laid out new standards for lead in products aimed at children." AIMED!, goodness, that Lileks is clever, NOT!. Yes, maybe the CPSA is flawed, but as the Wege points out: "Mocking lead poisoning when the #1 killer of children is still death by NRA-approved firearms. But Lileks is right: it is ridiculous to banish a billion dollars worth of inventory because it might contain lead when we make next to no effort to control firearms whose “mythical” lead throwing endangers far more kids than any lead-based paint toys. ‘Cept for one thing: the kids dying from the gunshots aren’t in Jimmy Jim Bob Cuteypants’ part of town. For kids 15 and older in the U.S. the leading causes of death are suicide, homicide and accidents, three categories that all include death by gunshot. For kids 4-15 homicide is the #1 killer. " http://norwegianity.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/joking-about-the-ways-we-kill-children/ Lileks' column has a cruel, hollow point in this one. *ooooh*, just reading Lileks makes me clever too. Hey, hackaroonies, you just lost this round. Think people, why is Lileks still around this paper and so many other real journalists aren't? How can Lileks be championed by friends and acquaintences alike that are vehemently opposed to the StarTribune, his employer? For example: http://anti-strib.blogspot.com/2008/06/jimmy-jim-lileks-show-program.html Lileks is one of their prized possessions. For Lileks sake I hope he is just keeping his enemies closer.

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