Something besides the other two news stories

Crivens. I’m sick of it. There are only two stories on the news in the entire darn country. The “national conversation on guns” which appears to be nothing more than the far left media ramming their fantasy based opinions down our throats, and “the fiscal cliff” which is more smoke and mirrors from DC. Cliff? Please. Such BS. Infinite stepped abyss is more like it. Neither Obongo nor Boner have any intention of reigning in out of control spending. When what we need is a major slash across the entire federal budget - a good 40% across the boards, just to start - and a major thinning of entire entrenched departments of that government to shrink it so that it’s merely thrice the size it ought to be, the absolute best any “deal” is going to do is to slightly reduce the rate at which deficit spending increases. Seriously, that’s the best they will be able to do: a minor decrease in the rate at which they continues to expand the national debt. So it’s all just a bunch of crap. Smoke and mirrors.

So what do I have to post about then?

Well, New Jersey has a new, more domineering lawn fertilizer law, designed to “save the oceans” by nickel and diming small businesses to death and by screwing over homeowners who come afoul of the new “Yard Police” or whatever expansion of government this will entail. You see, Republican Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation that makes it illegal for you, the New Jersey homeowner, to fertilize your lawn after early November. And you can’t hire someone to do it either. And the fertilizer used won’t have any more phosphorous in it, and by next year we’ll all be using the special “NY/NJ formula” grass grower that has only slow release nitrogen in it. Plus, now Juan, Raul, and Jorge are going to have to go to government run classes and pay a fee to get “certified” so they know how much Scotts to lay down. And the yard crew boss has to pay a bigger fee. And you the homeowner will get slapped upside the head with some significant fines if the Yard Cops catch you spreading the 5-5-5 out of season. Or - get this Ex Post Facto rule - you get fined if you fertilize and then it rains. Seriously. I am not kidding.

Screw “it’s for the children”. Now we’ve got “it’s for the ocean”. NJ, paving the way to save the oceans.

Is fertilizer runoff a bad thing that’s harming the seas? It’s possible. But we’re now going to let our lawns suffer to try and help. Guess they’re going to rename Fairlawn NJ to Brownlawn.


“Healthy Lawns, Healthy Water” link.
Fertilizer Law FAQ from Rutgers link.
Clean Ocean Action, a related link.

You know, Conservatives can care about the environment too. And we can each do what we can to eliminate fertilizer runoff. It’s just nanny-state laws like this that irritate me, because in my naive mind everyone should take the responsible course of action on their own, without having a law and yet another government busybody looking over their shoulder forcing compliance.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 12/18/2012 at 06:56 PM   
  1. I wonder which Large Chemlawn companies pushed for this as a way to get the little guys out. You know there is always someone like that behind laws that restrict commercial activity.Just Sayin.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/18/2012  at  07:54 PM  
  2. Another helping of Envirofeces?  No Thanks.

    Posted by grayjohn    United States   12/18/2012  at  11:03 PM  
  3. Interesting that New Jersey should pass such laws.  There are problems with fertilizer runoff, but they aren’t on the Atlantic seaboard and the source isn’t private homes.

    It’s in the Gulf of Mexico and the source of the excess fertilizer are all the farms along the Mississippi river.  Since the soil is virtually worn out, the only way the farms can remain productive is by using chemical fertilizers by the megaton.  Every spring, the runoff from the farms goes down the Mississippi and gets dumped in the Gulf, creating a dead zone that tends to be about 20% of the Gulf of Mexico. 

    It’s not a problem on the East and West Coasts simply because there is no single point drainage like the Mississippi and the oceans are far bigger and have greater turnover than the Gulf which is a relatively small and stagnant body of water.

    Posted by Dr. Jeff    United States   12/19/2012  at  10:13 AM  
  4. everyone should take the responsible course of action on their own, without having a law and yet another government busybody looking over their shoulder forcing compliance.

    Yeah but they don’t, generally. Do they? And so ....


    You are now likely to be the first state to return to the mother country and join the EU.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   12/19/2012  at  10:50 AM  
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