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March 27, 2011

Weeks 8 & 9 – Our 21st-Century Regulatory System

We continue to monitor the progress being made on President Obama’s “21st-Century Regulatory System” initiative intended to not only promote “economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation," but also to “root out regulations that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb,” and yet at the same time “won't shy away from addressing obvious gaps.” 

Monday, March 14


Agricultural Marketing Service

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to receive evidence on proposed amendments to Marketing Agreement and Order No. 930 (order), which regulate the handling of tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Three amendments are proposed by the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board), which is responsible for local administration of the order.

The only reason the government is involved with micromanaging the production, distribution, and selling of tart cherries is because of the vital strategic role tart cherries play in our national security infrastructure, falling somewhere in between rare earth elements and Limoncello. 

Tuesday, March 15


National Institute of Justice

Office of Justice Programs

ACTION: 60-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Teen Dating Relationships: Opportunities for Youth To Define What's Healthy and Unhealthy.

We believe the only reason the Department of Justice is involved in examining teen dating relationships is because the Department of Oprah Winfrey moved to a different cable channel.

Wednesday, March 16


Agricultural Marketing Service

Regulations Issued Under the Export Grape and Plum Act; Revision to the Minimum Requirements.

SUMMARY: This rule revises the requirements under the Export Grape and Plum Act. This rule changes the minimum bunch weight requirement for grapes exported to Japan, Europe, and Greenland from one-half pound to one-quarter pound.

Why does the government mandate how big a “bunch” must be for exported grapes and plums?  Because if you left something like that up to the people who are selling and buying the grapes and plums you know what you’d have?

Odd-sized bunches of grapes and plums being sold to Japan, Europe, and Greenland. In other words:


Monday, March 21


Food and Nutrition Service

Incorporating the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Into the Proposed School Meal Patterns

The 2010 DGAs include a new Red-Orange vegetable subgroup, while the proposed meal patterns include an Orange vegetable subgroup and group the Red vegetables under the category of Other vegetables (consistent with the 2005 DGAs). The 2010 DGAs also advise consuming protein from a variety of sources, and recommend weekly amounts from three Protein foods (formerly Lean meat and beans) subgroups.

Back when we here at Planet Moron were still children, school lunch programs included the Tan-Beige Chicken Croquette group, the Gray-Light Gray Gravy subgroup, and the Unidentified Bits of Yellow Fruit Floating in Lime Jell-O group.  This was back before there was an “obesity epidemic” strongly suggesting that the best way to get kids to lose weight is to serve them food that sucks.

Wednesday, March 23


Agricultural Marketing Service

Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Continuance Referendum

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 946 (7 CFR part 946),… it is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether continuance of the order is favored by growers.

Is continuance of the order favored by the consumers?  That never really came up.

Thursday, March 23


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford Motor Company.

Can you imagine if we lived in a world where consumers could decide what kind of vehicle theft prevention they preferred and automakers tried to innovate and compete to meet that demand?  Why, then you wouldn’t have people employed by the government whose job it is to decided whether a company can sell a vehicle to willing buyers absent a theft prevention standard they may not desire.

We’re talking jobs here people!


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While I realize unemployment is a large problem in this country, I don't feel a couple of thousand more will make much difference.

Posted by: barryjo | Mar 28, 2011 9:14:49 AM

Well I for one fondly remember handling several Michigan tarts. While I unfortunately did not get to handle them well enough to determine if they were tart cherries or if cherries were still involved...ok this is definitely going in the wrong direction for a family website!

Posted by: TheOldMan | Mar 28, 2011 12:08:38 PM

Don't you see? By cutting the size of a "bunch" of grapes in half, the Agricultural Marketing Service can make the claim that their hard work DOUBLED the number of bunches of grapes exported.

Posted by: Mike | Mar 28, 2011 5:11:27 PM

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