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Is Whipped Cream the Next Target?

Now that the Nanny-staters have saved the planet from Four Loko, will whipped cream mixed with alcohol be the next target?

Although alcoholic whipped cream isn’t likely to get kids as wasted as quickly as Four Loko did — not without first causing a stomachache — public health experts fear that the boozy whip targets young consumers. It comes in flavors like chocolate, raspberry, orange and cherry. Cream’s MySpace page recommends adding the product to drinks like Jell-O shots — a staple at college parties.

Be prepared for Nanny-staters to argue that government must save us all from dastardly whipped cream.

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Did Mike Krzyzewski have a hand in this research?

A Duke University researcher has found evidence that Christopher Columbus was not of humble Italian origins, but was the scion of Polish royalty:

The fresh evidence about Columbus’ background is revealed in a new book by Manuel Rosa, an academic at Duke University in the United States.

He says the voyager was not from a family of humble Italian craftsmen as previously thought – but the son of Vladislav III, an exiled King of Poland.

This guy doesn’t occupy the Mike Krzyzewski Chair in Revisionist History, does he?

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And When Will They Ban Kids?

The Secretary of Transportation is looking at technology to disable cell phones in cars. If distractions are the issue, as Secretary LaHood says, then when will kids be banned? As I have blogged many times, parents who drive while feeding, scolding, playing with, reading to, and dressing children are the most frequent danger I see on North Carolina’s roads.

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Wow! British Euro Parliament member takes no prisoners

It’s not just the Euro dream that his comments apply to. It’s the lefty dream of collectivism in the United States, as well. Replace Spain with California, and Spain, Portugal and Ireland with other nearly bankrupt U.S. states and he could be talking about us.

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NY Union on Obamacare: “meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”

File this story under you get what you vote for. In New York, an official associated with an SEIU affiliate comments on why kids of home attendants will be dropped from insurance coverage:

The union fund faced a “dramatic shortfall” between what employers contributed to the fund and the premiums charged by its insurance provider, Fidelis Care, according to Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU. The union fund pools contributions from several home-care agencies and then buys insurance from Fidelis.

“In addition, new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26,” Behroozi wrote in a letter to members Oct. 22. “Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”

Behroozi estimated that the fund faced a $15 million shortfall in 2011 and more in the following years for the coverage of workers’ children.

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“Teen” charged with terrorism

A “teenager,” born in Somalia but now a naturalized American citizen, has been charged with trying to kill hundreds of people at a Christmas tree lighting celebration in Portland, OR:

PORTLAND — A Corvallis teenager was arrested Friday in connection with a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting event.

The bomb was inert and posed no danger, officials said.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia and resident of Corvallis, was arrested on accusations of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Justice Department announced.

As usual, the mainstream media is afraid of using the word Muslim to describe this “teenager,” no doubt fearing a fatwah from the Religion of Peace. I guess they felt the guy’s name, which includes two versions of Mohamed, would be enough of a clue to readers.

Authorities were quick to assert that this was not part of some larger plot, and seemed to be an isolated incident. There sure have been a lot of isolated incidents involving Muslims lately.

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The Poster Girl For Government Power Gone Crazy

I started reading this story to find out why New York imposed a $100 fine on a lady for — get this — not knowing how to pay the fare on the bus. And then I saw the photo of her reaction — priceless.

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Be Thankful For This Raleigh Teacher

Just when you think there’s no one left to teach kids the importance and value of freedom, a story like this one comes along. Thank you Col. Bob Penny, commander of the Sanderson High School JROTC, who pulled his group out of last week’s Raleigh Christmas Parade rather than have the American flag bring up the rear. I encourage you to read the entire New & Observer story about the valuable lesson he’s taught the cadets — and the reminder to all of us that one person can make a difference.

Penny said he was told about Sanderson’s spot the day before the Nov. 20 parade. That’s when he decided to withdraw his cadets.

They will not march in next year’s parade either, Penny said, unless the American flag is presented where he says it should be: at the front of the parade. Even if another group flies the flag at the front of the parade, Penny thinks it should never bring up the rear.

“It’s like having the national anthem at the end of a football game – you just don’t do it,” he said.

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You’re Invited: The Grassroots Free Market Agenda in 2011

Before you transition into holiday mode, mark you calendar for the Dec. 6 luncheon speech in Raleigh. Details and registration information here.

Dallas Woodhouse
State Director, Americans for Prosperity- North Carolina

The Grassroots Free Market Agenda in 2011
Monday, December 06, 2010
Noon

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00

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Something the media’s not talking much about

There’s a rush to leave the Democratic Party and join the GOP in state legislatures, but it hasn’t gotten much news play.

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