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New Rutherford Baby!

I can’t believe a week has gone by and I haven’t posted this yet. Thomas Edmund Paul was born on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul three hours after Father came to bless our house. This was our seventh home birth and everything went as smoothly as ever. Congratulations to the Willets on their new one, too!

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So Who Was Pushing For the CPSIA Law?

Toy companies. Hasbro. Mattel. Thanks guys. But I’m sure it was “all for the children.” Is this disproportionate impact on the smaller businesses an “unintended consequence,” as many now say? When you look at the lobbying records, it doesn’t look so. Mattel—whose leaded toys kicked off this whole scare—beefed up its lobbying effort when the legislation appeared. The company’s lobbying …

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Possible Glimmers of CPSIA Hope?

A couple of important updates today in the fight against the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act silliness. First, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that it is postponing enforcement of some testing certification until 2/10/2010 in order to produce some rational, clear guidelines for the requirements. Unfortunately, this change doesn’t cover children’s jewelry (is a rosary considered jewelry?) and some …

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New Blog Look / Logo for Aquinas and More

After three years with the exact same look we decided it was time to freshen up Musings from a Catholic Bookstore. We got a new template, colors and logo. Since the logo is a little complex I thought an explanation would be in order. The ox in the middle is the original logo for our store. Thomas Aquinas was known …

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CPSIA is Going to Make This a Lean First Communion Season

We currently have received certification from one vendor (about 10 products) which means that we have been forced to discontinue 1ooo products that we currently don’t have in stock to avoid breaking the law after February 10th. We currently have about 600 different kid’s items in stock that are discounted and won’t be available after February 10th unless we get …

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Letter From Dianne Feinstein About the CPSIA

So the law is going forward as written but they MAY make changes later after people have quit doing business because the risk of fines is too great. These congressmen keep talking about “guidelines” but as I have pointed out before, the guidelines from the CPA are prefaced with a note that the guidelines are just their OPINION and can …

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The Missal Shield

Maybe you’ve heard about the new Mass translation in the works, and are looking at a missal you’ve purchased recently (or not so recently). Or you’re trying to decide if it’s really worth it to spend $40 on a new book that will be out of date in just a year or two. If this sounds like you, we have …

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Homeschool Legal Defense Fund is Meeting With CPSC

If new consumer product regulations will harm your business, tell us so we can tell federal officials. Contact HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department at 540-338-5600 or federalrelations@hslda.org. Many of you have contacted us with your concerns regarding the impact of the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and the forthcoming regulations. We have addressed some of these concerns in the …

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Consumer Reports Wants Businesses to Fail "For the Children"

Consumer Reports thinks that the CPSIA should stand as is because it protects the children. They seem to think that all these businesses that could fail because of the law are alarmist. I just posted the following on their blog: We have several small vendors that produce many, small, inexpensive products. Testing each product will put them out of business. …

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