Heroic State Attorneys General band together to force lawful commerce to stop, because they don’t like it.
This is the sort of thing that makes my teeth ache, and is why I’m on blood pressure medication.
So, 22 State Attorneys General sent a letter to Urban Outfitters demanding they stop selling gag merchandise described as their ‘Prescription line’, which includes the terrifically dangerous items of
glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and related products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads.
Wow, they must be a public health hazard! They must be made of uranium or Chinese drywall! Oh, no:
As you may be aware, there is a national health crisis related to the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. As Attorneys General, we have prosecuted and engaged in outreach to stop this epidemic. We are actively engaged in a campaign of environmental change to educate the public that abuse of prescription drugs is not safe simply because the medication originated from a doctor. By putting these highly recognizable labels on your products you are undermining our efforts.
They committed the sin of not getting their product in line with the ‘environmental modification’ these Defenders of Democracy intend.
It gets worse:
These products demean the thousands of deaths that occur each month in the United States from accidental overdoses.
What? A mug that looks like this
demeans the death of people who overdose on prescription drugs? Explain that one to me, I’m missing a step here.
Also, these 22 Stalwarts of Freedom get to pass judgement on what’s funny:
These products are not in any way fun or humorous but make light of this rampant problem.
So, if they’d been funny to these idiots these products would have been okay? It’s only because this particular juxtaposition of the daily normal as the absurd didn’t tickle their collective giggle-triggers that they have to be banned?
And the coercive power of The State that Knows What’s Good For You:
We invite you to pull these products from your shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug abuse.
Get it? Not only must they stop selling harmless nick-nacks, they are invited to join in this latest temperance movement.
I’m absolutely against prescription drug abuse, and agree that because it’s prescription does not equal safety (and quite often the opposite), but the straw man in the argument that selling prescription themed coasters is contributing to the problem is absurd. Doctors and patients are the root of the problem, not vendors of inanities.
I’m unsurprised Urban Outfitters quickly pulled this line of products, and it has nothing to do with agreeing with these 22 Bastions of Enlightenment but the reality that businesses are there to make money, not waves. Businesses seldom do the right thing constitutionally if that would cause them one iota of a problem, and I get that.
Good thing all the real problems have been sorted out.
An image of the letter,
and a link to the full .pdf.
Via Doximity, a nice review of inflight medical emergencies:
We conducted a study of in-flight medical emergencies involving large commercial airlines, characterizing on-board assistance provided by flight crews and other passengers and identifying the outcomes of these events, including ambulance transport to a hospital and hospital admission. On the basis of our findings, we suggest a practical approach to the initial management of common in-flight medical emergencies for medical personnel who may be called on to render aid.
Yours Truly shows up on this list, for the first time.
Fort Worth, Texas magazine sent more than 4,500 local physicians a survey, asking them to voluntarily rate their peers and name the best doctors in Tarrant County. Medical professionals willing to participate went online to cast their votes.
While Fort Worth, Texas magazine provided the fields of specialty, the physicians identified the professionals they regard as being leaders in those fields.
The final results were submitted to a select panel of physicians for review.
Things are going to start happening to me now, my name in print!
3 of these fellow EM practioners I don’t know, and I am glad to count as working colleagues three of the others.
Humbling enough to blog about.
Fort Worth designated 300th International Safe Community
Posted Feb. 8, 2013
Fort Worth will be formally designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. With this designation, Fort Worth will become the 300th international Safe Community, the 23rd in the United States and the second in Texas.
Read the whole article. Fort Worth has worked had, and it’s paid off!
Odessa, TX born Chris Kyle who survived four tours in combat zones. Allegedly murdered at a shooting range, with another.
A decorated former Navy SEAL who authored the book “American Sniper” was one of two people shot and killed at an Erath County shooting range, according to a newspaper report.
The Stephenville Empire – Tribune reported Saturday that Chris Kyle and another man were shot and killed at a shooting range at Rough Creek Resort and Lodge in Glen Rose.
The newspaper reported that Eddie Ray Routh was arrested in connection with the fatal shootings.
There will be more to this story. None of it will bring him back.
A blessing to this Great State is that the Legislature meets only every other year, and then for only
90 140* days. It concentrates attention.
This episode introduces the new and returning Physician and Nurse Legislators of this session.
*Many thanks to TMA’s Steve Levine for pointing out my error in the comments. Texas History class was a long time ago…
It’s my chosen Charity, and if you have some money to help Sailors, Marines (and their families), it’s a good cause.
Dear Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society supporter,
Sunday is Veterans Day, and the Society — along with millions of Americans — will pause to honor all who serve or have served in our nation’s military.
But while we pause to reflect and express our gratitude, our mission of helping service members and their families never stops. That is why I am asking for your help today.
Donate $25 to honor Veterans and help us continue to support Sailors, Marines, and their families when facing financial difficulties:
Since 1904, the Society has been helping Sailors, Marines, and their families deal with the unexpected.
By assisting with interest-free loans and grants for food, temporary shelter and other basic living expenses, military families can deal more effectively with unforeseen hardship.
Veterans Day is the perfect time to honor those who serve by ensuring active and retired Marines and Sailors have the financial resources they need in times of crisis. Your support will make a very real difference.
Make your Veterans Day gift to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society today:
Thank you for your service to our great country.
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret)
President and CEO
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
I just gave.
The first new theme for this blog in years.
It was well overdue, but as usual only a crisis can make things happen.
Something changed on the blog, I know not what, but suddenly I couldn’t get into the dash through a web browser (but could through the WordPress app, odd). After several emails with the webmaster, a trial of reinstalling the software, etc, it was determined that the theme, very custom and lovingly assembled by my great web guy, was the problem. Time for an updated theme.
Thus, this. It’ll get tweaked going forward, but for now this is the starting point. (It looks good on my iPhone, too).
It’s also a chance to clean out some dead/dying stuff from the sidebars. Remember blogrolling? Blog link lists? I noticed the number of dead blogs on Instapundit last night, and realized my blog was certainly no better on that front, so those are gone (for now; were there a great hue and cry I’d look at restoring them with updated versions, but I’m betting they’re not missed).
Thanks for coming. And thanks to Brian, the web guy!