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Senators Propose Law to Make Fake Maple Syrup a Felony Offense
Fox News ^ | 10/26/11 | Anon (staff)

Posted on 10/26/2011 3:06:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

Senators from maple syrup-producing states are seeking a law to make selling the fake stuff a punishable offense.

Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, proposed legislation Thursday to make selling fraudulent maple syrup a felony. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is called the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act.

Leahy stated in a press release that he is alarmed at the increasing number of people and businesses claiming to sell Vermont maple syrup but actually selling something "that is not maple syrup at all."

"This is fraud, plain and simple, and it undermines a key part of Vermont's economy," Leahy stated in the release.

Collins, whose state is the third biggest producer of pure maple syrup in the country, stated that fake labeling hurts the agricultural industry and defrauds customers "who have the right to know exactly what they are purchasing."

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxdc.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: crime; maplesyrup; senators
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If only Senators would pass a law making phony legislation illegal. Then we'd have something. We could lock up Obama and all of the Dems in Congress for their thoroughly phony "jobs" bills that destroy employment in the US. Maybe we could use the initiative process here in CA to pass a law about Truth in Advertising for Laws.
1 posted on 10/26/2011 3:06:31 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The government is borrowing 3 billion a day and these morons are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


2 posted on 10/26/2011 3:09:04 PM PDT by microgood
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Such a sticky topic. I hope they don’t waffle on the decision.


3 posted on 10/26/2011 3:09:04 PM PDT by shankbear (The GOP and the mass media are giving us another McCain......thanks.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

This is simply a racist bit of legislation. After all a major producer of syrup is Aunt Jemima.


4 posted on 10/26/2011 3:10:17 PM PDT by ProudFossil
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
"This is fraud, plain and simple..."

Fraud is already a felony.

5 posted on 10/26/2011 3:12:47 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

We need a law against fake butter with tricky names.


6 posted on 10/26/2011 3:14:36 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: shankbear

True maple syrup, which is incredibly high in sugar, might send a diabetic into a coma. Thus, there is a continuing market for the false stuff.


7 posted on 10/26/2011 3:14:41 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Stolen valor.


8 posted on 10/26/2011 3:15:46 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Don’t we already have laws against false advertising in the Uniform Commercial Code?


9 posted on 10/26/2011 3:17:51 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You can tell them I just sailed away.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

HA...The War on Drugs !

Can you see the SWAT teams now?????

“STEP AWAY FROM THE PANCAKES! NOW!”


10 posted on 10/26/2011 3:18:41 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

What’s next? A law to criminalize syrup production for private use?

I hate to tell them but I see collection buckets handing from maple trees here in southern Michigan in the spring. That’s gotta be cutting into the profits of “big Syrup”.


11 posted on 10/26/2011 3:19:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: shankbear
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12 posted on 10/26/2011 3:19:57 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Pilot: n. The Highest Form Of Life On Earth)
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To: Melchior

I buy artificial, sugar-free, kinda-maply-flavored goo. The Walmart house brand!

If something isn’t “Vermont maple syrup” - which any idiot should be able to say it is or isn’t, based on whether it’s cooked up from maple sap from trees in Vermont, or not - it shouldn’t be labelled “Vermont maple syrup.”


13 posted on 10/26/2011 3:20:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You can tell them I just sailed away.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Can we make women faking it a felony also?


14 posted on 10/26/2011 3:20:17 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: microgood
I was promised COLOSSAL pistachios. All I got was this bag, with enormous pistachios. Where's my Senator so I can get justice for this issue of vital national importance?
15 posted on 10/26/2011 3:20:40 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... http://www.fda.gov/ucm/groups/Ming the Merciless)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I wonder how much tax dollars were spent on committees to come up with an acronym for MAPLE.

Can we get a bill passed called the STOP Act (Senators Totally Over Paid) so they’d quit this fiddling while the country burns?


16 posted on 10/26/2011 3:21:22 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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To: Melchior

They need to prosecute anybody putting fake goods of any kind on the market. Fake drugs kill people. Fake aircraft parts are a crash waiting to happen. Now fake syrup. Medical concerns are absolutely real.


17 posted on 10/26/2011 3:21:40 PM PDT by shankbear (The GOP and the mass media are giving us another McCain......thanks.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Syrup swilling squirrel worshipers gone rogue in Michigan. We even stole the name of the state.

http://www.vermontvillemaplesyrupfestival.org/


18 posted on 10/26/2011 3:21:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Melchior
incredibly high in sugar

Shush! Bloomberg might ban it.

ML/NJ

19 posted on 10/26/2011 3:22:19 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The real damage being done to the Vermont maple syrup industry is the fact that a bottle of “real” maple syrup costs an arm and a leg.


20 posted on 10/26/2011 3:22:23 PM PDT by bobjam
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Since there are probably more states that produce fake maple syrup than the real stuff, someone should introduce a bill to make producing real maple syrup a felony.


21 posted on 10/26/2011 3:24:10 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: JaguarXKE
Can we make women faking it a felony also?

If we lock them up for that, we get the added bonus of no more Democrats elected to any office.

22 posted on 10/26/2011 3:24:58 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

They can fake a label, but they can’t fake the taste.


23 posted on 10/26/2011 3:25:45 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: shankbear

“Such a sticky topic. I hope they don’t waffle on the decision.”

Hee hee hee hah hah. Thanks for the out loud guffaw.


24 posted on 10/26/2011 3:25:45 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: SkyDancer

Sorry....couldn’t resist. Nice face-palm.


25 posted on 10/26/2011 3:26:59 PM PDT by shankbear (The GOP and the mass media are giving us another McCain......thanks.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
BEING FROM VERMONT (at least for the time being) and unfortunately, having 2 of the MOST FAR LEFT (nay "Socialists") Moonbats as our Senators ("Bronx" Bernie, and the "TRAITOR" Leahy) as well as being well aware that Snowe is a 1st Class RINO.....

....I can personally vouch that all 3 should know all about "Sap(s)" as they are all one in the same!!!

26 posted on 10/26/2011 3:29:25 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: shankbear
They need to prosecute anybody putting fake goods of any kind on the market.

Does that include fake intelligence in Washington, DC?

27 posted on 10/26/2011 3:30:31 PM PDT by ProudFossil
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To: JaguarXKE

Can you improve your performance so nobody has to fake it? I don’t see how one could “fake,” myself, but then, my husband knows what he’s doing.


28 posted on 10/26/2011 3:30:31 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You can tell them I just sailed away.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Topping the most wanted list are the Vermontville Michigan syrup queen and her court.

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Eric Holder is probably walking fake syrup across state lines as we speak.
29 posted on 10/26/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Ooooops, I messed up having just glanced at the article—having already been aware of what these MORONS were up to from local news—as well as having a difficult time distinguishing between Maine’s 2 “Beeatch-Sistahs” the Bobbsey Twin RINO’s (Collins and Snowe) I chose the wrong one, though I’d bet the farm (if I had one) that Snowe would support this stoooopid (feel-good) legislation as well.


30 posted on 10/26/2011 3:34:44 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: nuconvert

Sometimes you add these posts together and get
funny stuff...

Can we make women faking it a felony also?

They can fake a label, but they can’t fake the taste.


31 posted on 10/26/2011 3:34:59 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ProudFossil

Where are the Log Cabin Republicans on this?


32 posted on 10/26/2011 3:35:39 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: shankbear

Got sick of seeing that “Duh Oh” from the Simpson’s they post here every so often and which by the way I’ve never watched. We have it down here but it’s a show I’ve never cared for.


33 posted on 10/26/2011 3:36:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Pilot: n. The Highest Form Of Life On Earth)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

No punishment is too severe for selling fake maple syrup!


34 posted on 10/26/2011 3:36:10 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Criminalization of all sorts of civil infractions is a good to get control of the population.


35 posted on 10/26/2011 3:36:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tax-chick
Don’t we already have laws against false advertising in the Uniform Commercial Code?

We have all the laws we'll ever need. All the "lawmaking" done these days consists mainly of naming an existing law after someone or making an existing law ridiculously specific to some group which may or may not be funneling cash to the "lawmaker."

36 posted on 10/26/2011 3:36:19 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JaguarXKE

“Can we make women faking it a felony also?”

Can of worms there FRiend. Much like the first denier of a fart.


37 posted on 10/26/2011 3:36:55 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Pizza for President.)
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To: Melchior

Absolutely wrong! Maple syrup (the real stuff) contains natural phenols, which make it far less a danger for diabetics than pure sugar.


38 posted on 10/26/2011 3:39:03 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That must be darn good syrup


39 posted on 10/26/2011 3:41:34 PM PDT by rightistight
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To: JaguarXKE; Lazmataz

Wouldn’t Laz have to be able to notice?


40 posted on 10/26/2011 3:41:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bobjam

Buy the cheaper darker grades, rather than the lightest ones. They cost less, and have a lot more maple flavour.


41 posted on 10/26/2011 3:43:33 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: JaguarXKE

(How many hours of maintenance/repair are required for an hour on the road/track?)


42 posted on 10/26/2011 3:43:49 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TexasCajun
We need a law against fake butter with tricky names

Look up Wisconsin Statute 97.18.

Three months in jail for serving "butter colored margarine in a restaurant, or to serve margarine to students, patients or prisoners without a doctors order or to sell margarine in less than one pound blocks.......

43 posted on 10/26/2011 3:47:09 PM PDT by Species8472 (999)
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To: JennysCool
We have all the laws we'll ever need.

I agree.

44 posted on 10/26/2011 3:57:46 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You can tell them I just sailed away.)
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To: Tax-chick

This will just increase the profits and violence of the syrup cartels.


45 posted on 10/26/2011 4:01:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I can see it now.
Swat team raid, not on a drug den, on a fake Maple syrup manufacturing sweatshop.
The horor.


46 posted on 10/26/2011 4:03:08 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (FUBO ( Real conservative or go fish))
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“This is fraud, plain and simple, and it undermines a key part of Vermont’s economy,” Leahy stated in the release.


So let me get this straight. The Leftists want me to buy locally grown food so that I don’t harm the environment with all the shipping. Leahy needs to be consistent and insist that Vermont syrup needs to stay in Vermont...for the sake of the environment.


47 posted on 10/26/2011 4:05:02 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: shankbear

I hate to come across as a sap, but do you mind if I tap in to this thread? It just makes my blood boil.


48 posted on 10/26/2011 4:06:22 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
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To: cripplecreek

The carnage will be dreadful. Blood on the snow. Bears!


49 posted on 10/26/2011 4:10:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You can tell them I just sailed away.)
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To: microgood

Yep this is a top priority issue, we all have been waiting for action.


50 posted on 10/26/2011 4:15:53 PM PDT by boomop1
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