October 31, 2007
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Wednesday announced four recalls of products for children for violating the federal lead paint safety standard.
All of the products were manufactured in China.
Here are details on the recalls, with remedies:.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Wednesday announced four recalls of products for children for violating the federal lead paint safety standard.
About 43,000 “Ugly Teeth” party favors imported by Amscan Inc., of Elmsford, N.Y. and sold through various retailers nationwide from January 2006 through October 2007 for about $2. The fake Halloween teeth are painted white, black and orange with brown gums. They were sold as party favors in packages of eight. “Ugly Teeth,” “Amscan,” “Party Favors,” “Value Pack Party Favors,” UPC 0-48419-65002-7 and UPC 0-48419-61663-4 are printed on the packaging. Return the novelty teeth to the place of purchase for a full refund
China sucks at Halloween.
October 31, 2007
This “Hawt Post” was featured when I reached WordPress today:
The suspense was killing me so you bet your sweet ass I clicked on it (fyi: not worth the click).
After the disappointment, my thoughts turned all Nancy Pelosi/Helen Lovejoy/Think of the Children. Do children come to the WordPress homepage? Ewww, I hope not. I’m glad kitty can’t read (yet).
Now this is scary. More bizarro tax news courtesy of the Iowa Department of Revenue:
The Department recently refined its position on whether pumpkins are subject to Iowa sales tax to more closely match what we believe to be their predominant use.
In the past, pumpkins were exempt from sales tax as a food (edible squash), even if they were to be later made into jack-o’-lanterns or used as decorations.
Our position now is that pumpkins are taxable if:
1. They are advertised to be used as jack-o’-lanterns/decorations, or
2. It is understood that they will be used as jack-o’-lanterns/decorations
Pumpkins are exempt in the following circumstances:
1. The buyer completes a sales tax exemption certificate stating they will be used as food, or
2. The pumpkins are a specific variety used to make pumpkin pies and are advertised in that way, or
3. They are purchased with Food Stamps.
Retailers who sell pumpkins should keep these guidelines in mind and make any necessary changes to their tax treatment of pumpkin sales.[emphasis added]
Couldn’t the bureaucrats at the IDOR be doing something more productive with their time than divining my reasons for purchasing an Iowa pumpkin? And why is purchasing a pumpkin with food stamps an exemption? People on food stamps don’t carve pumpkins? And what happens if you carve the pumpkin and roast the seeds? Is that food or fun?
(h/t the Tax Foundation)