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In Maine, Last Sardine Cannery in the U.S. Is Clattering Out
NY Times ^ | 4/3/10 | Katleen Seeleye

Posted on 04/03/2010 9:14:00 PM PDT by pissant

PROSPECT HARBOR, Me. — The women in their smudged aprons here at the sardine cannery work together in mesmerizing synchronization. Their hands flying, they fill the empty tins that clatter along the conveyer belt, packing in pieces of cut herring like, well, so many sardines.

On April 18, the clanking will cease. The bells and buzzers that regulate the pace of packing will fall silent. The old plant, the last sardine cannery in the United States, is shutting down.

Once a thriving national industry — and the backdrop of John Steinbeck’s gritty “Cannery Row” — sardine canneries have been dwindling for the last half-century. They have fallen victim to global competition, corporate consolidations and a general lack of appetite, at least in the United States, for sardines, despite their nutritional value and attempts by chefs to give them an image makeover.

Bumble Bee Foods, which has owned the plant here since 2004, attributed the closing to federal regulations that have reduced the amount of Atlantic herring, sardines before processing, that can be hauled from the sea. (Although Bumble Bee is the owner, the cannery is still known as the Stinson plant, after the founding family.)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: cannery; fisheries; sardines; theend
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Sad, frankly. The rest of the world will still be packing sardines, yet the regulatory commie a**holes have killed off our domestic industry.
1 posted on 04/03/2010 9:14:00 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

I usually eat King Oscar sardines. I didn’t know a U.S. sardine plant even existed.


2 posted on 04/03/2010 9:15:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Islam is incompatible with American traditions and values)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Yeah, same here. We prefer the little sardines, the ‘Tiny Tots’.


3 posted on 04/03/2010 9:18:43 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I always read the label. Beach Cliff was one of the US brands I was buying. No more, it appears.


4 posted on 04/03/2010 9:19:00 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
They are paid by the number of cans they pack and can earn up to $18 or $19 an hour.

Not for union workers.

5 posted on 04/03/2010 9:20:06 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: pissant

I wasn’t aware that one could even get US sardines anymore.

Does Canada still can them?


6 posted on 04/03/2010 9:20:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: onyx

But I bet the regulatory morons who killed off the industry are gov’t union workers.


7 posted on 04/03/2010 9:21:24 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Sad, frankly. The rest of the world will still be packing sardines, yet the regulatory commie a**holes have killed off our domestic industry.

It sure seems that way.

8 posted on 04/03/2010 9:23:12 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: pissant

I visited Maine sardine canneries on two occasions. Fascinating places. They told us how they packed sardines for 40 different labels. One of them also packed larger herring


9 posted on 04/03/2010 9:25:17 PM PDT by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: pissant
My favorite:




10 posted on 04/03/2010 9:27:59 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (:: Happy Dependence Day!. ::)
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To: pissant
You were saying ...

Sad, frankly. The rest of the world will still be packing sardines, yet the regulatory commie a**holes have killed off our domestic industry.

I'm not sure if it was a regulatory agency that killed off the sardine industry... it seems like it was overfishing and the actual dwindling of fish stocks that did it...

The following is a section of an article about California and sardines (although the above article is about Maine). Take a look at that graph of fishstocks... it doesn't look good.

The article is titled ...

The little fish that we can: California’s sardine industry, now and then

Sardines then

In the mid-20th century, the sardine fishery off the Monterey coast seemed bottomless, resulting in a network of canneries along the waterfront (Cannery Row, a place made famous by the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, and now a top tourist destination of Monterey). At their peak, they processed millions of pounds of fish each year while providing jobs to thousands*. In the 1940s, the Pacific coast sardine catch accounted for around 25% of the total seafood catch in the U.S., making it a key part of the war effort. But it was not to last. By the mid-1940s, the fish were gone, the canneries closing, as the chart below shows (it is from another post on sardines at Mental Masala). The current thinking is that a combination of overfishing, pollution, and the natural cycle of the sardine contributed to the rapid decline in the late 1940s.


11 posted on 04/03/2010 9:28:12 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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***I always read the label. Beach Cliff was one of the US brands I was buying. No more, it appears.***

NO! NO! Not Beach cliff! My favorite! I still like sardines!


12 posted on 04/03/2010 9:35:16 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: pissant
had sardines and crackers for lunch - with glass-full of cranraspberry.

I like the little ones too = but the bigger ones, mashed, taste the same - and a lot cheaper. I hate the thoughts of another industry gone from Maine. The shoe factories are gone. The chicken industry went south - DOWN south.

If the lobsters. clams and mussels go - I'm running away/

13 posted on 04/03/2010 9:37:03 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: pandoraou812

No more sardines, pandy. America is dying.


14 posted on 04/03/2010 9:42:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Duncan Hunter, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachman, ...)
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To: pissant
I was looking more at the California situation and if a regulatory agency were limiting the amount of the catch for sardines... then it would seem that the sardine "availability" should be quite large now, but it doesn't appear to be that way. It seems that they virtually disappeared.

This was just one snippet from a much larger paper...

After 50 years of fishing for the Pacific sardine, Sardinops sagax (Jenyns), a moratorium on landings was imposed by the California Legislature in 1967, thus bringing to an end yet another act of one of the more emotionally charged fisheries exploitation-conservation controversies of the 20th century.

By the time the moratorium was imposed, however, the sardine fishery in southern California had already collapsed. The sardine fisheries in the northwest had long since ceased to exist with sardines last landed in British Columbia in the 1947-1948 season, in Oregon and Washington in the 1948-1949 season, and in San Francisco Bay in the 1951-1952 season (Table 1).

Even before the productivity and exploitation of the fishery peaked, researchers from the (then) California Division of Fish and Game issued warnings that the commercial exploitation of the fishery could not increase without limits, and recommended that an annual sardine quota be established to keep the population from being overfished.

Such recommendations were, of course, opposed by the fishing industry which was able to identify scientists who would state, officially or otherwise, that it was virtually impossible to overfish a pelagic species. This debate permeated the philosophies, research activities, and conclusions of the scientists working in this field at that time. The debate conformed to the basic charters (or ruisons d‘trre) of each agency involved and persists today, long after the United States Pacific sardine fishery has ceased to exist. As a result of deep-rooted social and political feelings concerning the collapse of the Pacific sardine off California, many conflicting hypotheses have arisen, in spite of the completion of a vast amount of research.

from http://calcofi.ucsd.edu/newhome/publications/CalCOFI_Reports/v23/pdfs/Vol_23_Radovich.pdf

And again, I'm talking about some information from the West Coast, while this particular article above was about the East Coast. I haven't gotten over to the East Coast, yet ... :-)

15 posted on 04/03/2010 9:43:28 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: pissant

When the Marxist’s finally bring about the Great Crash in the USA then Americans will be starving, and unable to take care of themselves.


16 posted on 04/03/2010 9:43:41 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
You were saying ...

NO! NO! Not Beach cliff! My favorite! I still like sardines!

Same for me... I usually buy them at Walmart and they're pretty cheap there. I like sardines. I guess I'm gonna have to look for some foreign brand... I wonder how the Chinese are doing for sardines? ... LOL ...

[ Heck! Everything else I see in the stores is from China, so might as well be the sardines, too... :-) ...]

17 posted on 04/03/2010 9:45:45 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: TigersEye

Sigh. I just read this. Damn I refuse to buy any sardines or oysters from China. I get tired of reading labels. Seems I spend more time reading where my food came from & what is in it then I do actual shopping time. I am going to have to make a list of acceptable food so I can breeze in & out of the supermarket.


18 posted on 04/03/2010 9:46:07 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (timendi causa est nescire)
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To: pissant
Great! No more capitalism. No more private enterprise in the US. No more evil greed and profit. Isn't that what everyone voted for in '08?
19 posted on 04/03/2010 9:46:43 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: pissant
When I lived in San Diego, the LDS church ran a tuna cannery. The wards in the region signed up for assignments to work there. I've worked the line doing the fillet operation to strip the meat from the whole fish. On another evening, I ran the canning machine itself. We canned 4,000 cans that night. My wife was keeping the huge vat of spring water with spices going that was used to fill each can.

The tuna fleet left San Diego. Shortly after, we lost our source of tuna for the cannery. It was converted into a dry goods canning facility.

20 posted on 04/03/2010 9:46:55 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: pissant

When Obamacare starts in full swing they’ll be back employed placing handfuls of greenish food product into little ‘soylent green’ tins.

And, as one commenter said earlier, the larger ones mashed taste just like the smaller ones.


21 posted on 04/03/2010 9:47:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Revel
You were saying ...

When the Marxist’s finally bring about the Great Crash in the USA then Americans will be starving, and unable to take care of themselves.

Well, just talking about the sardines and looking at some West Coast information, it appears the sardine catch had collapsed over 50 years ago... so I don't know how the Marxists managed that one a half century ago... :-)

22 posted on 04/03/2010 9:47:44 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I live in Maine and drove past this plant a year ago.

The town of Prospect Harbor, Maine is a sleepy, quiet coastal town....it’s hasn’t changed much since the 19th century. Lot of lobster boats are anchored in the small harbor. The whole area looks like a picture postcard.

The governor of Maine and our two U.S. Senators having been trying to get another company to take over the sardine cannery. We’ll see.


23 posted on 04/03/2010 9:49:37 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Palin / Ryan in 2012, or Ryan / Palin in 2012. Either combination will serve America with pride.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
ewww
that sent a chill up my spine.

Time for “Soylent Green” to be shown again. Maybe some people would get a clue - it's even more believable now.

24 posted on 04/03/2010 9:51:12 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: pissant

Yep, Beach Cliff with the lighthouse on it—that is my favorite.

The family HATES when I eat sardines, silly people don’t know what they’re missing!

A cracker with a piece of sardine and several splashes of Tabasco! num num num


25 posted on 04/03/2010 9:51:44 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Secret Agent Man
Oh, and by the way - thanks a lot for posting to me "Secret Agent Man" - now I can't get the theme outta my head and I need to go to sleep!

(Never missed a show!)


26 posted on 04/03/2010 9:55:46 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: Star Traveler

***I guess I’m gonna have to look for some foreign brand***

Aldi’s had a pretty good Thailand sardine and I like the Mexican brands also. I guess I will have to eat kippered herring from Morroco.


28 posted on 04/03/2010 10:00:14 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: Star Traveler

Yep. Guess that’s why I was buyin salmon for $4.99 lb this year. Scarce as hens teeth, them salmon are.

And oil is running out and the earth is overpopulated. Just terrible.


29 posted on 04/03/2010 10:06:38 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
You were saying ...

Yep. Guess that’s why I was buyin salmon for $4.99 lb this year. Scarce as hens teeth, them salmon are.

Well, being in Washington State, you should have known the severe restrictions there has been on Salmon fishing and how the runs were way down...

I'm surprised you didn't know that, because I've been away from Oregon for just a little while now and I knew that... :-)

Take a look at this snippet I took out of the Oregon Salmon Commission...

2009 Salmon Season

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) adopted the 2009 salmon season regulations which included Chinook and Coho fishing North of Cape Falcon.  Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will have an 11,000 Coho quota from September 1 through the earlier of September 30 or when the quota is met.

2008 Salmon Season

For three consecutive years, dismal salmon returns have resulted in disastrous seasons for West Coast fishermen and the communities that rely on the business they create. On Thursday, April 10, 2008, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the most restrictive salmon fisheries in the history for the West Coast, in response to the unprecedented collapse of Sacramento River fall Chinook and the exceptionally poor status of coho salmon from Oregon and Washington. Cape Falcon, on Oregon’s north coast, to the U.S./Mexico border will be closed in 2008, with fisheries north of Cape Falcon to the Canadian line being severely restricted.

On April 10, 2008, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski issued Executive Order No. 08-10 declaring a "state of emergency in Tillamook, Lincoln Coos, Clatsop, and Curry counties and coastal portions of Lane and Douglas counties due to limitations on ocean commercial and sport salmon fishing." The Governor allocated $500,000 from his strategic reserve funds, with the Emergency Board adding another $500,000, for distribution through the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to Oregon ocean troll salmon fishermen and eligible ocean salmon charter fishers. ODA with an advisory group developed criteria and worked with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to assist with fishermen lists. This state money has been distributed to qualifying fishermen.

Federal Disaster Funds:  The deadline to apply for these funds was December 31, 2008. No more applications will be accepted.  These funds were included in the Farm Bill and passed along to the Department of Commerce and NOAA. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) wrote a contract with NOAA for distribution of those funds to Oregon ocean fishermen, processors/wholesalers, charterboat owners, Columbia River coho gillnet fishermen and processors as well as businesses affected by the closure.

I'm surprised that you're (1) from Washington State, and (2) unaware of the severe restrictions that there have been on Salmon, and (3) are actually posting heer on Free Republic that there aren't any problems with the Salmon fishing ... LOL ...

30 posted on 04/03/2010 10:37:01 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Well, being in Washington State, you should have known the severe restrictions there has been on Salmon fishing and how the runs were way down...

Nope. Start over. Sardines are swarming all over as well.


31 posted on 04/03/2010 10:38:10 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Irenic

>>The family HATES when I eat sardines

Same here.

>>A cracker with a piece of sardine and several splashes of Tabasco! num num num

In a sandwich with thinly sliced onions!


32 posted on 04/03/2010 10:38:15 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (:: Happy Dependence Day!. ::)
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To: Star Traveler

Even the moronic tree hugging hippies at the Oregonian had to admit the obvious.

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2010/02/columbia_river_salmon_runs_ple.html


33 posted on 04/03/2010 10:40:32 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Does Canada still can them?

Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada supports very strong traditional fisheries and aquaculture industries - and is home to the largest sardine canner in the world.

34 posted on 04/03/2010 10:43:37 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: pissant

At that price, I doubt you were buying wild caught salmon.


35 posted on 04/03/2010 10:44:08 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (Im running for the US Senate for a simple reason, I want to win a Nobel Peace Prize - Rubio)
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To: Darth Reardon

Yup. Sockeye and pinks. I know my fish and I don’t eat farmed


36 posted on 04/03/2010 10:49:16 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SatinDoll; Salamander; Markos33; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; humblegunner; Eaker
"Yeah, same here. We prefer the little sardines, the ‘Tiny Tots’."

I'm really surprised that this plant is closing.

Last I heard, the place was brisling with activity.
37 posted on 04/03/2010 10:49:55 PM PDT by shibumi (FReepMail me to get on the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: pissant
You were saying ...

Even the moronic tree hugging hippies at the Oregonian had to admit the obvious.

And you were expecting after disastrous runs and severe restrictions put on fishing Salmon -- that they were never going recover afterwards? LOL ...

I suppose you were hoping for their permanent disappearance, instead ... :-)

38 posted on 04/03/2010 10:56:48 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: pissant
You were saying ...

Nope. Start over. Sardines are swarming all over as well.

That last post you were replying to was about Salmon runs ... :-)

39 posted on 04/03/2010 10:59:01 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: shibumi


40 posted on 04/03/2010 11:03:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Winner of “Most Unusual Thumb” award?


41 posted on 04/03/2010 11:07:14 PM PDT by shibumi (FReepMail me to get on the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: pissant

You know....I’ve eaten a sardine in my life. Not really sure why, either. I’m not averse to canned fish or strong tasting fishes - heck, I eat anchovies, and I figure a sardine’s gotta be milder than that.

My one grandpa loved ‘em, though (sardines). He especially liked the kind that came packed in mustard.


42 posted on 04/03/2010 11:13:51 PM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: pissant

A cupboard full of canned sardines and a few 50# sacks of rice - both quite cheap - will feed a family a good long while when TSHTF. Stock up!

Canned mackeral are actually tastier IMO, and 30-50# boxes of Japanese or Korean Soba noodles from the local Oriental supermarket are a tasty substitute for the rice if that gets old.


43 posted on 04/03/2010 11:15:40 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: shibumi

“Last I heard, the place was brisling with activity.”

Dearest Shibumi - you do know that there is a special place in Hell for people who pun?

Love & kisses, Satin Doll


44 posted on 04/03/2010 11:59:03 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Isn’t herring a cold water fish? How does Morocco score the catch? Unless they are just tinned there?


45 posted on 04/04/2010 12:05:02 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: pissant
After century of business, former Stinson seafood plant closing [Maine sardines]

Several good links for photos above. Prospect Harbor folk are hearty, but this has been tough.

46 posted on 04/04/2010 2:15:34 AM PDT by Daffynition ( In the span of one man's lifetime, only the individual has any potential - not the collective.)
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To: Irenic; pissant

Cracker, sweet pickle chip, sardine, dab of horseradish.....eat!

Thats a snack worth eatin’!


47 posted on 04/04/2010 3:53:43 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: pissant
Bumble Bee Foods, which has owned the plant here since 2004, attributed the closing to federal regulations that have reduced the amount of Atlantic herring, sardines before processing, that can be hauled from the sea.

It's not called The Great Dempression for nothing.

48 posted on 04/04/2010 4:52:53 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Only stupid, racists people support Obama.)
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To: pissant

As I have been saying, soon a sociality security check for one month will be moer than the gnp.

They cannot continue violating economic laws and principles with impunity.

As long as there is one idiot and one parasite that votes, there will always be a Democrat politician.

As long as there is a Republican Party and Democrat Party, the Democrat will rule, regardless of the Numbers of Democrats vs. Republicans.


49 posted on 04/04/2010 5:11:21 AM PDT by sport
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To: Star Traveler

Yes. And I sauid, Sardines are all over the place. Salmon eat them


50 posted on 04/04/2010 10:16:47 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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