Check with the CPSC before putting up that yard sale sign

posted at 10:45 am on May 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In Minnesota, the coming of spring means the return of lawnmowers, motorcycles, brats on the grill, and the big American tradition of yard sales.  People do their spring cleaning, toss what’s unusable, and try to sell the rest to bargain-hunters.  Thanks to the new consumer product safety law, though, you now need to download a CPSC pamphlet and start researching each item on your driveway in case of recall:

Thinking of having a yard sale this weekend? Before you do, be sure to consult CSPC Publication #254 [PDF].

This handy 28-pager from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds the American people that, thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (which I have blogged about here and here), the government is totally in charge of your yard sale

“This handbook will help sellers of used products identify types of potentially hazardous products that could harm children or others. CPSC’s laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products. This includes thrift stores, consignment stores, charities, and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets.”

Like Katherine Mangu-Ward at Reason, I find the inclusion of “individuals holding yard sales and flea markets” disconcerting and telling.  The CPSC has never aimed its regulatory sights at individuals and “flea markets” before now.  The CPSIA, about which I also have blogged on occasion, has already done enough damage to commercial thrift stores and small manufacturers who can’t afford the testing now required in the CPSIA.  At a time when we need entrepeneurs, the CPSIA squeezes them out of the market.

Now the CPSC wants to put the squeeze on yard sales.  They don’t threaten any action if you don’t follow their guidelines … yet.  But publishing a full-color, 28-page pamphlet that includes folks holding garage sales along with commercial sellers and resellers indicates a desire to go in that direction.


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One major difference between a liberal and a conservative is that libs have a compulsion to control those they deem inferior and conservatives want to left the hell alone.

volsense on May 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Big Brother.

hillbillyjim on May 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Lemonade stands too.

RobCon on May 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

The CPSC won’t have to enforce this… It will enforce itself…

John Edwards… paging John Edwards…

katy on May 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I guess one of the new jobs created by the Obama administration will be Enforcement Inspector of Yard Sales and Flea Markets. Claiming mileage expenses will be a perk.

onlineanalyst on May 9, 2009 at 10:52 AM

I guess one of the new jobs created by the Obama administration will be Enforcement Inspector of Yard Sales and Flea Markets. Claiming mileage expenses will be a perk.

onlineanalyst on May 9, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Ridiculous.

The red tape is ridiculous!!!!!!

I’m trying to be an entrepreneurial motherf’er, to open a hot dog stand, but the red tape involved with government is ridiculous.

Now to open a yard sale is ridiculous! Can’t even yard sale anymore!

Did I mention this is all ridiculous?

ugh
what is going on anymore?

blatantblue on May 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Ronald Reagan

Speakup on May 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

I guess we won’t be getting any new stuff from china now, will we?
L

letget on May 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

FOR SALE: GARAGE SALE SIGNS–(hazard waste material data provided)

Rovin on May 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM

The tyrant has a compulsive urge to acquire increasing amounts of control. The “best” tyrants are those who only wish to control the large levers of power — government, the military, the economy. The worst and most pervasive strain of tyranny is that compulsion to control even the minutiae, to micromanage the lives of others.

This latter form is all the more prevalent because the barriers to it are far lower and, thus, it is far more accessable to the average person.

When the petty invasiveness of the latter strain merges with the leverage of the former, the tyranny becomes absolute and must be eradicated if any liberty is to survive.

God save us from busybodies who sit upon the throne.

Harpazo on May 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Are we happy, yet?

OldEnglish on May 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Damn, I guess I can’t put my used S & W, M & P 9 mm out, it might not be on the safe list.

What about the paisley golf pants my neighbor tries to unload every year?

InTheBellyoftheBeast on May 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

CPSC nose pickers

maverick muse on May 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

What are they going to do? Parachute in from the sky and confiscate toys until the lab results come back?

amkun on May 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

amkun on May 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM

No they are empowering every ambulance chaser with the ability to shop for banned items and sue you right out of your home.

Next up on 20/20….we go undercover yardselling/looking out for you!

Limerick on May 9, 2009 at 11:09 AM

So who are the yard sale police? Really I want to know. While real crime goes on in Minnesota, who is going to enforce something probably meant to boost fines $$$ – also known as boosting local government revenue. This is bureaucrat 101 if you can’t raise taxes- unpopular- raise fines :) In a free country if you allow enough of these laws to get passed, everyone will be turned into some kind of law breaker or another.

There should be a database, state by state stats so people can tell who proposes, and passes these bills in their states so they can vote them out, when they come up for re election.

Dr Evil on May 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I’m not calling for anything, but the Framers had exactly this kind of government intrusion (in this case, into liberty) in mind:

That to secure these rights [life, liberty, pursuit of happiness], Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them [the rights] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Harpazo on May 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The government is the greatest hazard of all. Time to gut the intrusive swine.

RandyChandler on May 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I read this story yesterday, when it was up in the headlines.

I don’t know about anyone else, but around my neck of the woods, yard sales are a dime a dozen. At least 20 every week.

Can you imagine funding a brigade of yard sale police? LOL

What happened to buyer beware? Surely if people that have yard sales need to be aware of this nonsense, then those potential buyers should be aware of it too.

This world is just going cuckoo, one person, at a time.

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM

No they are empowering every ambulance chaser with the ability to shop for banned items and sue you right out of your home.

Limerick on May 9, 2009 at 11:09 AM

And I’m willing to bet this recession/depression will result in quite a few scrupleless lawyers with extra time on their hands.

Harpazo on May 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM

ugh
what is going on anymore?

blatantblue on May 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Haven’t you heard? The adults are in charge now.

ladyingray on May 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Is this what Obama’s new Barmy Army is for?

OldEnglish on May 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Haven’t you heard? The adults are in charge now.

ladyingray on May 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Believe it or not this disaster was signed by Bush last August.

katy on May 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I’m sure the only ones who’ll ever get arrested by this will be conservatives.

Mojave Mark on May 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

What are they going to do if someone at a garage sale is so fed up with CPSC interference that they point a product at the inspector which makes a loud noise that can damage hearing, while discharging a projectile that is almost entirely made of lead?

Just like the three S’s of the endangered species act: Shoot, Shovel and Shut up.

Right_of_Attila on May 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Orwellian!

A couple nights ago,on CoastoCoast,Katherine Albrecht,
talked about the,

“Census GPS-tagging your Home’s Front Door”.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=97208

Under Obama,Census parks in front of your house,takes your
GPS homes co-ordinates!

They want to know who lives in your home,where you work,all
your personal information,and just like Limerick’s son,they
want to know every detail if you have a firearm!!

WHY?

canopfor on May 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I’m going to wear a yellow polo shirt with blue jeans and white gym shoes. Would someone check with Obama to see if this will be alright.

Tommy_G on May 9, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Next thing you know they’ll be subject to cap and trade.

jeanie on May 9, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Maybe this can be enforced by some of Obama’s civilian involunteers.

zmdavid on May 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Freedom is for losers anyway.

ThePrez on May 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM

“This handbook will help sellers of used products identify types of potentially hazardous products that could harm children or others. CPSC’s laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products. This includes thrift stores, consignment stores, charities, and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets.”

They tried this in Russia, with the Government in complete control over the citizens, but they could never even begin to control the largest distribution of consumer products — the Black Market.

Uniblogger on May 9, 2009 at 11:30 AM

It’s getting so insane that mass civil disobedience will be the order of the day.

Besides, there’s probably not enough room in the reeducation camps for everyone anyway…

katy on May 9, 2009 at 11:31 AM

OK, let’s compare:

Minnesota has the CPSC and Al Franken.

California has Nancy Pelosi, Babs Boxer, Arnold–”Let’s borrow another 16 billion”–Schwarzenegger who wants to explore legalizing pot…….

………I’ll take your garage sale regs and an illiterate comedian and raise you…..ahh, nevermind.

Rovin on May 9, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Good news! Now I get to tick off GreenPeace and the Sierra Club in one fell swoop by hauling all my kids’ old toys to the dump. I bet all that plastic will compost nicely.

Maybe next Christmas, Santa will just bring them old egg cartons and empty yogurt containers.

Laura in Maryland on May 9, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Besides, there’s probably not enough room in the reeducation camps for everyone anyway…

katy on May 9, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Yes, there is – America.

OldEnglish on May 9, 2009 at 11:37 AM

So, if I were so inclined, could I go around to various yard sales and if I spotted something I really wanted, but didn’t want to pay for, convince the sellers that I am from the government and must confiscate their dangerous goods?

myrenovations on May 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM

myrenovations on May 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM

You may be on to something… what a great way to educate the ignorant public. Hand them a CPSC pamphlet and tell them this is what tyranny looks like. Then ask them who they voted for….

katy on May 9, 2009 at 11:42 AM

OldEnglish on May 9, 2009 at 11:37 AM

heh…

katy on May 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Does this legislation cover Hate America DVD’s sold by BLT churches?

LibTired on May 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM

This is NOT the fault of the CPSC. It is the fault of the 4 or so U.S. Senators who wrote this bill and now refuse to admend it to take out all of these “unintended consequences”. Instead, they write letters to the CSPC asking them to apply common sense and not to enforce the law as they have written it. My Senator is one of the authors and he has repeatedly shifted blame for the new regulations onto the CPSC instead of taking responsibility for HIS ACTIONS. Yes, he is a democrat…

The CPSC role is to enforce the laws that Congress passes, not the other way around.

Gohawgs on May 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM

We really won’t know the true impact and seriousness of all this until the lawsuits start. Do-gooder liberals with too much time on their hands will be driving around looking for violations in order to fulfill the, “mission and vision.”
without receipts though, “violations” should be difficult to prove for legal purposes.

CH on May 9, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Yes, 1984 is here. Hooray for Big Brother!!!!! (Please pass the Kool-Aid)…..

DL13 on May 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Just another means for the government to keep you from being self-sustaining and become dependent on the nanny state.

Drive all small business out of business. Everything will become government run and government provided. And they get their cut of everything.

Jan 20th, 2009 – the start of the slow quick death of capitalism and entrepreneurship in America.

God Gaia Bless Amerika!

Timothy S. Carlson on May 9, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Yard sales, shmard sales. This is going to affect EBAY — the Great Virtual Yard Sale.

Can Meg get something done about this, and demonstrate her fitness to run California?

J.E. Dyer on May 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Ahh yes, 1984, the year that starts the children’s book banning.

Soon only old people will remember when children’s books had real content in them…

ajacksonian on May 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Orwellian!

A couple nights ago,on CoastoCoast,Katherine Albrecht,
talked about the,

“Census GPS-tagging your Home’s Front Door”.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=97208

Under Obama,Census parks in front of your house,takes your
GPS homes co-ordinates!

They want to know who lives in your home,where you work,all
your personal information,and just like Limerick’s son,they
want to know every detail if you have a firearm!!

WHY?

canopfor on May 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

May I suggest that everyone over exaggerate (by several magnitudes) the number of weapons and amount of ammunition you possess when the ‘census takers’ (read: Acorn Brown Shirts) come to your door.

We need to put the fear of the people back into our goverment. They are completely fearless and out of control.

Timothy S. Carlson on May 9, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I’m applying for the garage sale officers position.

kahall on May 9, 2009 at 12:10 PM

How many tons of these items will end up in landfills? I would sooner chunk them out rather than face the hassle and potential liability of giving them to someone less fortunate who may want or need them.
Damn libs and big government Republicans!

edgehead on May 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM

What about the paisley golf pants my neighbor tries to unload every year?

InTheBellyoftheBeast on May 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

ROFLMAO!!!

Paul Blart: Yard Sale Cop!

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Soon only old people will remember when children’s books had real content in them…

ajacksonian on May 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

What old people? National health will take care of them.

OldEnglish on May 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivaly of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in fine, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise.
Mark Twain

Speakup on May 9, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Barbed with penalties that include felony prison time and fines of $100,000, the law goes into effect in stages; one key deadline is Feb. 10, when it becomes unlawful to ship goods for sale that have not been tested. Eventually, new kids’ goods will all have to be subjected to more stringent “third-party” testing, and it will be unlawful to give away untested inventory even for free

Grandma, throw out those old clothes, baby furniture, old toys and children books. You will be facing felony prison time if you hand them down.

Let’s face, with the amount of federal regulations and laws, we are all felons. The government won’t pursue these penalties unless we draw unwanted attention to ourselves – by, for example, posting un-progressive comments in blogs – or if one of their paid volunteers turns us in in order to earn brownie-shirt points.

Laurence on May 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Believe it or not this disaster was signed by Bush last August.

katy on May 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

it was attached as a rider to another bill by Clare McCaskill of MO (another of the dimmest members of Congress)

AZfederalist on May 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

since yardsales are LOCAL sales not intended for intrastate commerce the fed gov does not have the consitutional authority to do this. This is a great 10th amendment issue that a rising state legistor or excutive could fight and win and make a name for themselves. Paging Palin, Sanford, Perry et al

unseen on May 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

There is a matter of jurisdiction here — yard sales are not “interstate or foreign commerce”. This could have the same effect as the 55 MPH speed limit. Instead of slowing people down and saving gas, it turned the majority of the country into a nation of lawbreakers.

AZfederalist on May 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM

P.J. O’Rourke wrote about the “Safety Nazis” 25 years ago. Even he couldn’t have thought it would get this bad.

rockmom on May 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

As written,the CPSIA empowers each of the 50 state attorney generals to enforce its provisions…

Gohawgs on May 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM

This basically says that American people are idiots, which proves why the majority of them elected Obama.

fbcmusicman on May 9, 2009 at 1:08 PM

A couple nights ago,on CoastoCoast,Katherine Albrecht,
talked about the,

“Census GPS-tagging your Home’s Front Door”.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=97208

Under Obama,Census parks in front of your house,takes your
GPS homes co-ordinates!

They want to know who lives in your home,where you work,all
your personal information,and just like Limerick’s son,they
want to know every detail if you have a firearm!!

WHY?

canopfor on May 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

When I can find my house in 2 seconds on Google Earth and then go to Google Maps to get a street view of my house from multiple angles and multiple locations on the street, I think the cat is already out of the bag. I use GPS all the time in my work and, while it is a great tool, it has always been primarily a military instrument. The capabilities are a bit scary when you think about it, though and this is just one. A few years ago, they were discussing taxing cars on how much they drive based on GPS technology – I’m sure that one is moving forward too.

tballard on May 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

As written,the CPSIA empowers each of the 50 state attorney generals to enforce its provisions…

Gohawgs on May 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM

While the law may empower the state attorneys general to enforce the law, if there is no state law to enforce, then the fed has again overstepped its bounds. State attorneys general should not be enforcing federal law unless directed to do so by their state legislatures.

It is patently apparent that the congress knows nothing about federalism and the Constitution.

AZfederalist on May 9, 2009 at 1:20 PM

No they are empowering every ambulance chaser with the ability to shop for banned items and sue you right out of your home.

Next up on 20/20….we go undercover yardselling/looking out for you!

Limerick on May 9, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Forget the ambulance chasers. What do you think the ACORN types with their new billions of $ will be doing, or the ‘civilian defense force’? They’ll have to have stuff to do, and looking for eviillee lawbreakers around the country will be just up their alley.

As for the Census stuff, they’ve been sending out random questionnaires for a year or so. The full Monty. My folks got one, and didn’t know for sure what to put. I told them to lie through their teeth. It’s pretty invasive on information about you. Ten years ago, wouldn’t have really cared, it’s just used for demographic stuff. Now? Not a chance.

Oh, and as for those horrible garage sales (yard sales for you Yankees), please don’t block the mailbox if it’s a curbside area. It makes Saturdays hell delivering. Thank you very much. :P

bikermailman on May 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM

canopfor on May 9, 2009 at 11:24 AM

My guess would be, so they know how many to accomodate uncomfortably, when they round us up, for re-education camps.

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM

tballard on May 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

I concur, GPS’ing is no big deal. Now if the Census sent me one of their long forms I would tell them to get bent. The Census is 1% about redistricting (it’s original intent) and 99% about sh*t used to implement more control. It’s used by people who think the role of the government is to make everone’s lives equally good.

If Mark Twain were alive today he’d either slit his wrists or relocate to the Caymans.

rockhead on May 9, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Here in the town of Royal Palm Beach, FL, you have to go to City Hall and get a permit and a town approved sign to post a yard sale in your neighborhood. You have to pay a fee of $25 I believe, and get it refunded when you return the sign. Can you say true hassle?

roninacreage on May 9, 2009 at 2:12 PM

I blame Obama for this, even though Bush signed this law last August.

This really is intrusive.

The government shouldnt be putting out not-binding pamphlets with recommendations like “dont resell childrens toys which may contain lead paint.”

This is totally outside the bounds what a free democracy looks like. I bet Stalin also had unenforceable yard sale recommendations.

It may be time for revolution.

e-pirate on May 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Ich bin aus der Bundesregierung, und ich bin hier um Ihnen zu helfen, groß Bruder.

Johan Klaus on May 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Our neighborhood, for the fourth year in a row, will have a big yard sale. I don’t think that any of us will download and reading that freaking pamphlet. In fact, I’m pretty darned sure that no one gives a crap about this stupid arse law.

Physics Geek on May 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

There should be no wonder why guns & ammunition are selling big time.

bloviator on May 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Laurence on May 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Per the linked Forbes article:

it passed the Senate 89 to three and the House by 424 to one, with Ron Paul the lone dissenter

And it was signed by President Bush.
Tell me again why we have a Republican Party?

melchitt on May 9, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Does this mean I won’t be able to find a set of Jarts?

alflauren on May 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Whew!!! I guess my neighbor and I dodged that bullet this morning, we just had a little yard sale, made some bucks and got rid of a bunch of stuff that would have otherwise gone into a landfill.

4shoes on May 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Bring it, feds. And just try to collect that fine.

macummings on May 9, 2009 at 3:55 PM

The MOST hazardous thing being sold to my children right about now is Obama’s agenda.

My collie says:

Yeah. When’s the CPSC gonna’ issue a pamphlet on THAT?

CyberCipher on May 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Ich bin aus der Bundesregierung, und ich bin hier um Ihnen zu helfen, groß Bruder.

Johan Klaus on May 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Roughly…
I am from the Federal Government, and I am Big Brother, here to help you.

Uniblogger on May 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Talk about Big Brother getting bigger … this is getting ridiculous. And I thought I was going to have a yard sale in a couple of weeks. Not if I’ve got to check every darn thing in my garage!

http://www.teapartynation.com

tnmama on May 9, 2009 at 6:26 PM

D**n! Just this morning I sold a antique kitchen mixer!

What if somone sticks their tongue in the beaters? Or drops it on their foot?

allrsn on May 9, 2009 at 6:29 PM

RE; The GPS / ‘census’ thing:

A couple of days ago I found out that our County officials had banned the GPS census takers from operating in the county last week. Told them that not only were they making people nervous (and many angry, because a lot of us are real rural rednecks with guns, with a plethora of “No Trespassing” signs up that the Census GPS people were ignoring and being very officious about)…. But that it was also a huge waste of money, because they ALREADY have the GPS information as part of the 911 system.)

Well, they (the Feds) quickly sent our newly electeD Congressman to meet with the county officials, who were told:

“Allow them (census) to do whatever they want. if you don’t, the county will NOT get a penny of federal money for the next ten years and we will make sure you don’t get re-elected.”

Of course they all folded like a defective lawn chair at that news. Most of our County leaders are pretty decently conservative(compared to the corrupt City council etc.) but the two hardcore libertarians didn’t get re-elected last time, so they are all pretty much either ‘suits’ who ‘serve’ for the contacts and inside information to use in their business, or people using their County positions as a stepping stone to go on to state or federal office

They even offered to have them accompanied by local law enforcement to avoid any ‘misunderstandings’ from our independent ranchers and other ‘hillbillies’ who might not take kindly to people sneaking around on their property. (That would work out great. There are 70 Census people here for this thing, and counting all the full time local police departments and county Sheriffs Deputies, and State Police stationed in the county, not enough of them to escort them all, even if they ignore crime and other emergencies. Angry )

But Chicago Politics via the Federal government strikes home even here in the middle of nowhere.

I HOPE they don’t think I like this CHANGE.

LegendHasIt on May 9, 2009 at 6:48 PM

brats on the grill

Don’t be naughty children or The Ed will eat you.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 9, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Obviously they need updated GPS data so that there will be less collateral damage when the incoming starts.

OldEnglish on May 9, 2009 at 7:09 PM

This government is so out of control. They crush us with their taxes and regulations,, they are out to destroy our economy, and now,, of all things,, yard sales! This law was the result of defective products from China!! From China!! Not the US!! But again,, a crisis is too good to waste,,, so our glorious leaders pass laws to more heavily regulate Americans!!!! To more forcefully put the squeeze on Americans!!

JellyToast on May 9, 2009 at 7:44 PM

NOBODY expects the CPSC Inquisition. Our chief target is consignment stores…consignment and thrift stores…thrift and consignment stores. Our *two* targets are thrift and consignment stores…and charities. Ahem, our *THREE* targets are thrift stores, consigment stores, and charities…and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets. Four…our four…no…amongst our targets are…

Thank you Monty Python

Onus on May 9, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Would you like some freedom with your government? TOO BAD!!!

I know people hate the comparison, but can anyone really deny that we’re headed the way of Venezuela? Seriously? I mentioned this when The One greeting Chavez with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen – the two are one in the same, whether you’re prepared to believe it or not… The only difference is time. Chavez has had more time to do what he’s done, but Obama is off the the races.

RightWinged on May 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Well if they want to control yard sales here’s a good place to start….good luck to em. Especially when they get down into Kentucky and Tennessee.

Oldnuke on May 9, 2009 at 10:46 PM

I can see it now. In the future, lowlifes will hang around elementary schools, trying to hook innocent children on illegal toys. “Hey, kid. Wanna buy a vintage Star Wars action figure? How about a Barbie manufactured in 2001? Or an out-of-print Little Golden Book?”

CJ on May 10, 2009 at 12:46 AM

There will be no “yard sale police”. What will happen is that scum sucking Oslime-a supporters will get wind of this, buy a hazardous product from you, injure themselves and then sue you in court.

csdeven on May 10, 2009 at 12:54 AM

So who are the yard sale police?….

Dr Evil on May 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

There will be no “yard sale police”. What will happen is that scum sucking Oslime-a supporters will get wind of this, buy a hazardous product from you, injure themselves and then sue you in court.

csdeven on May 10, 2009 at 12:54 AM

I can see ACORNuts being provided with gubmint provided video cameras to infiltrate and bust NOA (Non Obama Aproved) resellers. That is, as soon as the new cabinet position of Minister of ACORN is forced upon us approved.

TugboatPhil on May 10, 2009 at 8:38 AM

canopfor at 11:24 AM asked:

Under Obama,Census parks in front of your house,takes your
GPS homes co-ordinates!

I witnessed a male census taker in a well-to-do neighborhood three days ago. Very, very creepy.

They want to know who lives in your home,where you work,all
your personal information,and just like Limerick’s son,they
want to know every detail if you have a firearm!!

WHY?

Wonder how many ‘well-to-do’ voters for “change” are going to appreciate the anointed one’s accounting methods for “spreading the wealth”?

heroyalwhyness on May 10, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Has this had an impact on e-Bay? If they are talkign about yard sales, I would have to think that e-Bay would have made it into the crosshairs first.

MikeInOhio on May 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Can you imagine funding a brigade of yard sale police? LOL

Jimmy Carter was ridiculed for his “Thermostat Police”…

I guess Obama wants to “one-up” Jimmy with his “Yard Sale Police”!!

Jimmy Carter must be ecstatic that he is no longer the “worst president in recent memory”!

landlines on May 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM