Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Freedoms Lost? - #2828 - U.S. Prepares to Debate Whether 'Mother Earth' Deserves Human Rights Status - Fox (2) UN Document Would Give 'Mother Earth Same Rights As Humans - American Thinker (3) Could Your Shotgun Soon Be Outlawed? Maybe, If the ATF Has It's Way - The Blaze (4) Kickball, Tag and Capture the Flag Labeled "RISKY" Sports by State - The Blaze UPDATE: NY Backs Off Rules on Kickball, Tag at Day Camp - Yahoo News

United Nations diplomats on Wednesday will set aside pressing issues of international peace and security to devote an entire day debating the rights of “Mother Earth.”  A bloc of mostly socialist governments lead by Bolivia have put the issue on the General Assembly agenda to discuss the creation of a U.N. treaty that would grant the same rights found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to Mother Nature. Treaty supporters want the establishment of legal systems to maintain balance between human rights and what they perceive as the inalienable rights of other members of the Earth community -- plants, animals, and terrain.  Communities and environmental activists would be given more legal power to monitor and control industries and development to ensure harmony between humans and nature.  Read more....... AW: Anyone remember this? ....Genesis 1:28 - And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth...... That doesn't mean we don't take care of what we have, but not on the same status.

UN Document Would Give 'Mother Earth Same Rights as Humans? - American Thinker - I wonder if Jupiter and Saturn will demonstrate for civil rights.  Demand equality for all planets!
Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans - having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.  The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to "dominate and exploit" - to the point that the "well-being and existence of many beings" is now threatened.  The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia's Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.  Read more.......   AW: You mean I could be on the same status with my new favorite friends - STINK BUGS?........ I don't think so.  Who thinks up this nonsense?  How fast will Obama and the Dems embrace this?  Who Holds the World in His Hands?

Could Your Shotgun Soon Be Outlawed? Maybe, If the ATF Has It's Way - The Blaze - What’s the definition of a “shotgun?” According to Dictionary.com it’s “a smoothbore gun for firing small shot to kill birds and small quadrupeds, though often used with buckshot to kill larger animals.” For the gun enthusiasts, that’s only partly true, as there is also the option of using slugs. But what if there’s another addition that will soon be added to the definition? How about, illegal.In a series of fascinating, and eerie, posts over at the blog Beregond’s Bar (and linked on Redstate.com), author “Tom” pens a four-part series on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and their new campaign to change the definition of the term “shotgun.” A change, based on a recent study,* that could soon make some of them illegal. But as Tom points out, the implications for all guns are chilling.Part 1, which focuses on changing the term “sporting use” in order to ban certain shotguns:  The Obama administration is seeking once again to do via regulation what they would never be able to do via legislation. This time shotguns are in the crosshairs, specifically certain popular imported weapons.  Read more........

Kickball, Tag and Capture the Flag Labeled "Risky" Sports by State - The Blaze -  The nanny state chronicles have grown. And gotten much more asinine.  New York bureaucrats have decided numerous classic kids games now pose a “significant risk of injury.” What games, you might ask? How about capture the flag, kickball, all forms of tag, and even Wiffle Ball. The New York Daily News reports on how it happened:  The Health Department created a list of supposedly risky recreational activities – which also includes more perilous pursuits like archery, scuba and horseback riding – in response to a state law passed in 2009. The law sought to close a loophole that legislators said allowed too many indoor camp programs to operate without oversight.  Under the new rules, any program that offers two or more organized recreational activities – with at least one of them on the risky list – is deemed a summer camp and subject to state regulation.  Ritchie said the regulations could cripple small recreational programs, forcing them to pay a $200 fee to register as a summer camp and provide medical staff.  Read more........ AW:  One more classic example of government control, is it the $200 they want or the total control of summer programs the state is not involved with.  Next the state will want to control the kids all summer as well as the school year.  The rest of this article details all the other sports deemed "too risky" for kids.  Update: NY Backs off Rules on Kickball, Tag at Day Camp - Yahoo News -    New York state health officials have yanked a set of proposed guidelines for what were initially deemed risky day camp games like tag, Red Rover and kickball.
Health department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton says the rules and lists of games and activities were sent out to municipalities and other camp operators under the previous administration.  She says that after a review spurred by a lawmaker's questions Friday and subsequent news reports, they've been judged too detailed and amount to micromanagement.  Hutton said Tuesday that the department will continue gathering information during a comment period that ends May 16 and will formulate new safety regulations that are broader.  The regulations are required under a 2009 rule meant to close a loophole in the law that allowed indoor day camps to operate without the same state oversight applied to outdoor day camps.

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