[Thanks Judy Wood]
Overhead teevee image showing Bubba Watson's
hook shot out of the woods to win the Masters.
[Thanks Jim Wood]
[Thanks Judy Wood]
Alas, as in all good things, beneath that beauty lies danger.
[Thanks Mark Niedert]
[Thanks Bob Richards]
[Thanks Jeri Karr]
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The Obama administration's nannyist Labor Dept. has
installed new regulations to prevent children from
working on their own homestead farms,
like this little girl. Unbelievable.
Example: the Feds will no longer accept certificates
of safety training from 4-H Clubs or the Future Farmers
of America (FFA). Kids will be required to take a
90 HOUR COURSE FROM FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS.
Last year, DOL Secretary Hilda Solis proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near certain age animals without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating and hoof trimming, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower; completing tasks at elevations over six feet high; and working at stockyards and grain and feed facilities. The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose. [Emphasis added]
“The Department of Labor has proposed 85 pages of unreasonable and overreaching rules that would unnecessarily restrict the participation of young people in agriculture related activities,” said Sen. John Thune. “…This is another example of the Obama administration initiating unsolicited regulations that would prohibit normal practices that have been carried out in rural areas for generations—not to mention limiting a desperately needed workforce to replace the current generation of farmers whose average age is nearing 60 years old.”
Editor's Note: Ahem ... due to this Follies editorial,
the Obama Feds caved in late last night.
See their release b.s. here:
“The decision to withdraw this rule — including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ — was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms,” the Department said in a press release Thursday evening. “To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.”
'It wouldn't be Friday without the Follies.'