The Property Rights Newsletter

December 2, 2011 - Issue #640

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Placing obese children in foster homes: An 8-year-old Cleveland Heights boy was taken from his family and placed in foster care last month after county case workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight. The case plays into an emerging national debate that has some urging social-service agencies to step in when parents have failed to address a weight problem. Others suggest there's hypocrisy in a government that would advocate taking children away for being overweight while saying it's OK to advertise unhealthy food and put toys in fast-food kids' meals. Amata said that in his decades as a public defender, he has seen children left in homes with parents who have severe drug problems or who have beaten their children, with the reasoning that there isn't an immediate danger to the child. In this case, Amata said, other than having a weight problem, the boy was a normal elementary school student who was on the honor roll and participated in school activities.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Antipsychotics for Foster Kids: Most Commonly Prescribed Meds. Thousands of foster and non-foster children have been prescribed doses that are higher than the maximum FDA-approved levels found on the drug labels, according to a new report released Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Many of the drugs are used "off-label," meaning for purposes other than those they're approved for, because a very limited number of studies have been done testing some types of antipsychotics on children.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Fatty Foods Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science. Cupcakes may be addictive, just like cocaine. A growing body of medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks made by the likes of PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) arenít simply unhealthy. They can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.
Antis: What to expect.
1. Choose an industry.
2. Regulate the industry.
3. Tax the industry.
4. Sue the industry.
When one source of money dries up, return to Step 1 and repeat.
- Samantha Phillipe

From The Mailbag
IN: Premium Cigar Group Says Expanded Indiana Smoking Ban Unnecessary Jobs-Killer. "Our position hasnít changed: business owners have the right to decide the smoking policies of their own establishments. When the government tells them what to do, it is going too far. Legislated smoking bans are a product of the Nanny State and put businesses at risk, jobs in jeopardy, hurt local economies, and leave consumers with no choices," said Bill Spann, CEO of the IPCPR.
NC: Durham Could Ban Smoking In Some Public Places. The Durham County Health Department has asked the city council and county board of commissioners to approve new restrictions on smoking at public athletic fields and playgrounds, bus stops and even some public sidewalks.
SC: Myrtle Beach city council to likely consider smoke ban. "When you have a drink you generally want to have a cigarette as well," Friedemann said. "I think it would hurt business, especially the bar business." "You should have the decision whether you [have a] smoking bar or non smoking bar,Ē Marianos said. "You can post it on the door - smoking [or] non smoking, and if you don't like it you don't have to come in."
Macedonia: Parliament's smoking fine. State smoking inspectors have fined Macedonia's parliament after a raid found overflowing ashtrays on the premises - but no illicit smokers. The country's labour inspectorate said in a statement that in addition to a £4,285 fine it had ordered the assembly's lounge and restaurant to close for two weeks over breaches of an indoor smoking ban.
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