First up, a report from The Associated Press at Andrew Breitbart's website.
Some say the effects of the powders are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine. Increasingly, law enforcement agents and poison control centers say the bath salts with complex chemical names are an emerging menace in several U.S. states where authorities talk of banning their sale.
Mississippi lawmakers this week began considering a proposal to ban the sale of the powders, and a similar step is being sought in Kentucky. In Louisiana, the bath salts were outlawed by an emergency order after the state's poison center received more than 125 calls in the last three months of 2010 involving exposure to the chemicals.
The last thing I wanted to do is snark this, because Meth is about the worst of the worst destroyer of man that I've ever seen. But - God forgive me - the first thing that I thought of after reading the full article was the song "Because I Got High" by Afroman.
Was gonna wash his face and hands, but he got high.
He went to 'Bath And Body Works' and you know why,
The salts he could buy, so he could get high, so he could get high.
Parody of Afroman’s song “Because I Got High” - ©2001 Universal BMG.
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What the name of all that's holy is wrong with people ?!? Why would anyone want to do this to themselves ?!? But even worse are the 'human beings' taking a benign product and manufacturing then pushing this synthetic pseudo-Meth garbage.
If this mess grows in 'popularity', it's entirely feasible under the current political atmosphere and trend towards 'command and control', that standard household items like scented shampoo, soap and many other things could very well be given a 'nudge' and regulated or even made illegal and banned.
Then again, maybe the recent discovery about this insane and deadly additional use for bath salts is just another nudge fro......... Naaaaaah, I'd better not head in that direction. They couldn't possibly be THAT deranged.
OK, have at it - and me - for being a heartless bastage by snarking a very serious, deadly addiction and then insinuating that our very own current governmental authority could or would even remotely consider something so destructive.
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Now then, have you heard the latest from "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" ?
They'd like The President Of The United States to take care of a few things.
We all know about many pending nudges shoves against FFL's nationwide through this 'emergency proposal' and other more-than-likely completely unconstitutional regulations, mandates and possible executive orders. But it's the last sentence of the following paragraph that had me look a bit deeper.
This is the beginning of a press release posted by The PR Newswire and as is the article above, this one also is linked over to Mr. Breitbart's place.
Obama Administration May Give ATF New Power To Fight Trafficking Of U.S. Guns To Mexico.
NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obama Administration recently announced an emergency proposal to require southwest border gun dealers to report multiple sales of semi-automatic assault rifles. This will give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) crucial information for investigating and cracking down on illegal gun traffickers, particularly those who supply weapons to drug cartels in Mexico. The rule will be effective for 180 days once the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gives its approval. Mayors Against Illegal Guns recommended this policy to the Obama Administration in August of 2009 as part of its Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns. That report had 40 concrete proposals to take guns out of the hands of criminals without passing new laws.
A bit deeper we go. Here's the PDF of The Blueprint For Federal Action On Illegal Guns.
Just thought of something - That I've possibly gone ahead of your awareness on the existence of the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" organization itself.
Might be an idea to have a look-see, at their main page Mayors Against Illegal Guns just to know what's what locally to you....... and if your town and/or mayor are not listed, that doesn't mean all is well on the home front.
Is there an organization of 'Mayors For Legal, Responsible And Safe Gun Ownership' ?
I didn't think so.