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  • Courting The Beer Vote

    08/16/2012 2:24:51 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 8 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 16, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    In all sobriety, the Washington Post actually ran an article on Obama’s beer preferences and how he is using his love of beer to connect with the masses, particularly “middle-America independents.” “According to Scarborough USA, 35 percent of these voters say they’ve had a beer in the past 30 days, compared with 30 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of Republicans,” writes Amy Gardner on August 14. “The numbers are even starker when focused on microbrews, with 45 percent of independents saying they drank one in the past month — and only 25 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of...
  • US Sugar Policy: Not So Sweet for the Economy

    08/16/2012 1:18:49 PM PDT · by 92nina · 39 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-13 | Laurel Kays
    According the USDA estimates, the United States will use approximately 11,885,000 tons of sugar in fiscal year 2012-2013. Yet despite this incredibly large and ever increasing use of sugar, few Americans are aware of the economic price we pay for the government’s cartel-like control of the US sugar market. With Congress expected to reconsider the 2012 Farm Bill when it returns to DC in September, it is important to understand how this control operates and the economic harm it causes to US interests. Sugar prices in the United States are kept artificially high through a 3-part system of economic controls....
  • Mrs. Obama, get your hands off Gabby Douglas’s Egg McMuffin, and ours

    08/14/2012 6:23:14 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 26 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | August 14, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    On Monday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas confessed that she celebrated her gold medal by enjoying a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. For a 16 year-old who has been training for years and working non-stop such a guilty pleasure was certainly deserved. Unfortunately, seated next to Gabby on the couch was First Lady Michelle Obama, the nation’s unofficial health and wellness czar. She was taken aback by the youngster’s “shocking” meal choice. She told Douglas that “you’re setting me back” and that in her view Americans should not be encouraged to eat Egg McMuffins.
  • Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s and In-N-Out Burger: Spare us your fast-food righteousness

    08/13/2012 8:28:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Local ^ | August 13, 2012 | Petula Dvorak
    Since when does serving up junk food give someone a license to preach? Politics and all things fried, fatty and fast are becoming intertwined to the point of absurdity. We’ve got the Papa John’s pizza guys weighing in on the health-care debate, while the burger slingers out west at In-N-Out can’t serve up a cheeseburger without a Bible verse. The craziness of fast-food commentary on social issues became obvious to me when I stumbled into a totally earnest discussion at a party last week by a bunch of Washingtonians who personally support the right to same-sex marriage, but are also...
  • Obamacare's Pizza Tax: Taxing an Even Larger Slice

    08/13/2012 12:42:35 PM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-10 | Justin Sykes
    Papa John's founder John Schnatter caused a stir this week with his comment that the Obamacare law would cause a "hike in pizza prices." The most stirring thing about John Schnatter's statement is...that it's true. As a result of Obamacare employers such as John Schnatter will be forced to change their workforce strategy, which means increasing the costs of products offered to consumers as well as layoffs. In a study recently released by Mercer, analysts surveyed 1,203 employers, 60% of which were preparing for an increase in cost as a direct result of Obamacare. Of employers hit the hardest by...
  • Tiny, Totally Unrelated Canadian Chain Takes Hit in Chick-fil-A Controversy (Muslim-owned)

    08/12/2012 2:38:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 12, 2012 | Nick Carbone
    They already had a tough time getting noticed – overshadowed by the similarly-named American chain – but metro Toronto chicken restaurant Chick-Felay’s has been unwittingly pulled into a gay-marriage controversy it didn’t create. The furor was sparked, of course, by Chick-fil-A, the major chain based thousands of miles away in Atlanta, Ga., but Chick-Felay’s has been forced to assure incensed customers that they aren’t part of it. Chick-Felay’s staff was understandably confused when a few patrons accused them of working at a “discriminatory” company or refused to pay after ordering. ”The servers were like, ‘What’s going on?’” Chick-Felay’s founder and...
  • How Diet Coke Became the World's Liquid Crack of Choice

    08/11/2012 1:09:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 73 replies
    Jezebel.com ^ | AUG 8, 2012 1:30 PM | Katie J.M. Baker
    Diet Coke turns 30 this year, and despite health concerns and an rocky advertising trajectory (remember Paula Abdul dancing with dead celebrities?), the Thank-God-It's-Not-Sugar-But-Hopefully-Aspartame-Won't-Kill-You beverage is doing better than ever. Diet Coke has held the title of second most popular soda in the world (after regular Coke) for two years running — 40% of colas currently sold are either Diet Coke or Coke Zero — and it seems like more people are now drinking it for the taste instead of as a diet aid. But it wasn't always this way. When Diet Coke was introduced in 1982, "it was too...
  • Artist who took credit for Torrance Chick-fil-A vandalism arrested

    08/09/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 9, 2012 | Kate Mather
    Torrance police have arrested a West Hollywood artist who allegedly painted the words "Tastes like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant last week. Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism about 7 p.m. Wednesday in West Hollywood, said Torrance police Sgt. Steve Jenkinson. Investigators are also working to identify a person of interest "who may have been involved in the commission of this crime." The graffiti — accompanied by a representation of a cow holding a paint brush — appeared during a week of demonstrations at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide sparked by company President Dan Cathy's public...
  • Young Entrepreneuress Opts For Body Over Brains

    08/09/2012 11:23:42 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 9, 2012 | JP
    I caught a segment on the Phoenix local news about the Grand Opening of Barista Café, which welcomes its first patrons this upcoming Sunday. I wondered why the opening of yet another coffee shop would generate such buzz. As it turns out, Barista Café is not the usual coffee shop. Its competition is not Starbucks or Peets or Coffee Beanery. No, it’s targeting the market served by such franchises as Hooters, Twin Peaks and Tilted Kilt (which also got its start in Arizona). That’s because Barista Café is a “bikini” coffee shop, one of the nation’s first, if not the...
  • Commentary: Chick-fil-a day only fattened Cathy's wallet (Hurl, you will)

    08/08/2012 11:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    You know all those people who made last Wednesday the most profitable single day in Chick-fil-A’s history? I’m still trying to figure out how they managed to eat the thousands of chicken sandwiches they bought – while simultaneously patting themselves on the back with both hands in honor of their political stand. By filling Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s coffers with even more moolah than usual, many somehow feel they were striking a blow for traditional marriage and free speech in America. Buffalo chips. They didn’t do a thing in the world except help fatten a corporate chieftain’s bottom line and...
  • City of Tuscumbia votes to invite Chick-fil-A to build

    08/07/2012 7:14:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WAFF-TV ^ | August 7, 2012 | Marie Waxel
    The city of Tuscumbia is reaching out to Chick-fil-A despite recent controversy. The city wants the restaurant to build in Tuscumbia. "We believe in living and let live and as long as you're not violating anybody's constitutional rights or laws we welcome any business to come in and do their kind of business," said Mayor Bill Shoemaker. Monday night, the city council unanimously approved a resolution to formally invite Chick-fil-A to the city, despite controversy surrounding a comment made by the company's president regarding his stance on gay marriage. "There's been a lot of people beleaguering him and his company,...
  • Gay activists counter Chick-fil-A with Starbucks appreciation day [Yawn!]

    08/06/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2012 | Tiffany Hsu
    Gay marriage activists are planning to swarm Starbucks on Tuesday in an attempt to counter the record sales from last week’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. The chicken chain enjoyed a surge of support during the Wednesday event, dreamed up by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy went on the record backing the “biblical definition of the family unit.” A follow-up protest from Chick-fil-A critics on Friday, which was dubbed Same Sex Kiss Day, was more subdued. Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights are trying again Tuesday with National Marriage Equality Day, initiated by Equally Wed,...
  • VANITY: For Those of You Who Use Coupons. . .

    08/06/2012 11:05:27 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies
    For those of you who use coupons but despise the liberal fish wrappers that carry them, what's a frugal person to do?
  • Old Country Store

    08/05/2012 12:56:58 PM PDT · by djone · 21 replies
    Bologna came in a stick, 5" diameter by 30" long, when someone asked for a half pound of bologna the grocer put it up on the saw, asked "thick or thin?" and sliced, put them on the scale and wrapped it up in white butcher paper. The bologna ends however went home cause people felt slighted if you sold them anything less than a full slice........
  • Chick-Fil-A, Not Cruz, Shows Enduring Strength Of Tea Party (Don't read while eating)

    08/02/2012 11:47:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Fort Worth Weekly ^ | August 2, 2012 | Andrew McLemore
    For two days, the surprise victory of Ted Cruz was all anybody could talk about. The Tea Party upstart who beat back establishment candidate David Dewhurst for the Texas Senate was the biggest sign yet of the enduring — and growing — political strength of the religious right. It was the best example until yesterday anyway, when thousands of Americans swarmed Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country, buying chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and large helpings of spite. It all started about a week ago, when Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy said the nation was “inviting God’s judgment” by trying to “redefine” marriage...
  • Chicago Chick-fil-A supporters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel: 'Do not disrespect us'

    08/02/2012 11:19:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 1, 2012 | Radell Smith
    CHICAGO, Illinois Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped off a political cliff when he said Chick-fil-A’s values were not Chicago’s values, and some of his constituents are telling him so on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. And others may choose to do so at the polls during his next election. The former White House employee obviously forgot that he represents all of Chicago’s citizens and not just those who share his views, like the minority that believe in same-sex marriage. He also appeared to forget that he needs those Christian voters who helped put him into office the first time, like Reginald Baucus,...
  • Have your fill of Chick-Fil-A? "Clucken-A", I have

    08/02/2012 4:30:19 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 15 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Bayoubuzz Staff
    Have you gotten your fill of the Chick-fil-A, gay debate? "Cluckin, A" We would use another word in place of "cluck", but, hey, this site is rated for "Family Values" only. In other words, no fowl language.
  • Chick-Fil-A and Human Rights

    08/02/2012 4:21:18 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 2, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Freedoms of religion, speech, press and peaceful assembly are among the most important human rights we have. There is no "human right" to compel anyone to agree with one's political, religious or other views. To my regret, I did not dine at Chick-Fil-A yesterday. I live in the somewhat remote and rural highlands of the Republic of Panama and the nearest Chick-Fil-A is probably more than a thousand miles distant; going to one would have been inconvenient. However, many more people than usual apparently did find it convenient to go, judging by abundant photos on the internet. Here is one:...
  • Don't deport the 'tamale lady'

    08/02/2012 10:41:15 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | August 2, 2012 | Ruben Navarrette Jr
    San Diego, California (CNN) -- Juana Reyes didn't think that selling chicken, pork and chili cheese tamales would buy her a one-way ticket out of the country. But it just might. Reyes is a Sacramento, California, woman who the media is calling "the tamale lady." A 46-year-old single mother of two and illegal immigrant, Reyes faces deportation by the Obama administration. So what's the problem? Aren't illegal immigrants supposed to be deported?Sure. But there are rules to the game, and the administration keeps breaking them. This case undermines the claim that the immigration crackdown is targeting hardened criminals. Reyes' trouble...
  • Erie Pa: still packin em in @ 8:20pm

    08/01/2012 5:22:27 PM PDT · by jimjohn · 21 replies
    jimjohn
    Update: people in line laughing a singing happy birthday to a little girl. Folks inline from northern ohio, southern new york. Hearing woman @ drive thru. They are out of milk shakes. Got cool photos of folks in line. We need some kind of app build an app for JR.
  • A Veteran speaks about Chick-fil-A and freedom

    08/01/2012 4:37:56 PM PDT · by orthodoxyordeath · 25 replies
    The Band of Patriots ^ | August 1, 2012 | Cameron Harris
    During lunchtime today, I ventured to the closest Chick-fil-A to grab lunch and to show my support. It became evident pretty quickly that everyone else in the state of North Carolina decided to do the same. It took me nearly 45 minutes to even get close enough to the restaurant to park, and then another 30 minutes to get my food. I don’t regret a single minute of it, though. As I was standing around waiting for my lunch, an elderly lady standing near me began to strike up a conversation. She asked me how old I was, where I...
  • Lidia's: The Search for New York Nirvana in Kansas City

    07/31/2012 2:09:12 PM PDT · by Jeanette Pryor · 28 replies
    Jeanette Pryor ^ | July 31, 2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    My husband was so homesick for Brooklyn that I resolved to find a New York-style restaurant here in Kansas City, a sort of “home away from home.” It would have to serve real Italian food, employ very loud waiters and feature at least one New York accent. In such a place an exile might find relief from the excesses of politeness, tranquility and non-homicidal drivers that plague the Midwest. Research beat a quick path to Lidia’s owned by the star of P.B.S.’s famed Lidia’s Italy. For weeks I poured over every cookbook the woman ever published. Culled from Kansas City’s...
  • Lidia's: The Search for New York Nirvana in Kansas City

    07/31/2012 2:09:15 PM PDT · by Jeanette Pryor · 2 replies
    Jeanette Pryor ^ | July 31, 2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    My husband was so homesick for Brooklyn that I resolved to find a New York-style restaurant here in Kansas City, a sort of “home away from home.” It would have to serve real Italian food, employ very loud waiters and feature at least one New York accent. In such a place an exile might find relief from the excesses of politeness, tranquility and non-homicidal drivers that plague the Midwest. Research beat a quick path to Lidia’s owned by the star of P.B.S.’s famed Lidia’s Italy. For weeks I poured over every cookbook the woman ever published. Culled from Kansas City’s...
  • Chick-fil-A Cards: A Great Gift for Any Occasion

    07/31/2012 10:07:16 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 5 replies
    Some Chick-fil-A stores offer gift cards. If your local CFA does, please consider buying one to give it to a family visiting at a local Fisher House. Fisher Houses are free of cost hotels where the families of wounded warriors stay while visiting their loved ones.
  • Gays and Chick-fil-A Day

    07/30/2012 9:13:17 AM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 22 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | Michael Bayham
    On Wednesday, I will be joining what I imagine to be tens of thousands of fellow Christian conservatives by patronizing Chick-fil-A, though in all honesty, I probably would have gone there anyway. The Georgia-based fried fowl eatery has been my favorite fast food spot since high school.
  • New Chick-fil-A song by Tim Hawkins

    07/29/2012 8:00:40 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Tim Hawkins
    Video: New Chick-Fil-A song by Tim Hawkins (To the tune of "God Bless The USA") If you lined up all the restaurants Where I've eaten all my life Give me five bucks, some napkins Plastic fork, a plastic knife Then you gave me the choice To pick where I'd eat today That's a real easy decision One that's not too tough to make I would proudly go for some waffle fries And a jumbo size sweet tea And I won't forget the chickens who died Who gave their life for me So I grab this sandwich - Take a...
  • Mayors Play Chicken with First Amendment Rights

    07/28/2012 11:20:40 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 July 2012 | John Semmens
    Though it would seem that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's opinion that marriage is an institution between one man and one woman is protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, mayors in three cities have vowed to punish this heresy. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he “will do everything in my power to prevent such a vile establishment from setting up shop in my city. Mr. Cathy's values are not Chicago's values.” In addition to Cathy's views on marriage, Emanuel also found the restaurant's policy of closing on Sunday's problematic, calling it “an unacceptable 'holier than thou attitude.' People need to eat...
  • Fraud Exposed Regarding Preparedness Food

    07/23/2012 3:56:07 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Leatn to Prepare.com ^ | 7/23/12 | Denis Korn
    Mountain House, the leading domestic brand of freeze-dried food, released the results today of a study designed to illustrate how different brands handle oxygen levels in their long-term food storage products. The study, conducted by Columbia Food Laboratories, focused on oxygen levels found in pouches of Mountain House freeze-dried foods compared to those of a competitor. “For proper long-term food storage, it’s important to maintain oxygen exposure as low as possible,” said Lee Goin, laboratory director at Columbia Food Laboratories. “Oxygen causes rancidity in foods containing unsaturated fats. Even slight rancidity can make a food undesirable. Oxygen causes nutritional value...
  • DUMP GENERAL MILLS (support gay marriage)

    07/21/2012 5:30:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    I never thought that by eating Cheerios for breakfast I would be supporting gay marriage. Your decision to pander to same-sex marriage activists has forced me to choose between your food products and my conscience. As long as food is produced by other companies my conscience is going to win out over the desire for another bowl of Lucky Charms. Until you stop supporting this radical social agenda I must, in good conscience, look for substitutes that I can purchase instead of the following brands. Betty CrockerGood EarthMuir GlenBig G CerealsGreen GiantNature ValleyBisquickHaagen-DazsOld El PasoBuglesHamburger HelperPillsburyCascadian FarmJus-RolPillsbury Atta CheeriosKixProgressoChexKnack &...
  • Five Different Shelf Life Studies:Two on Canned Food and Three on Dry Food

    07/19/2012 10:56:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Grandpappy.onfo ^ | Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
    fter granting permission, my Entire Food Shelf Life Summary Article was published in the Journal of Civil Defense, Volume 43, Issue Number 2, Year 2010. The Journal of Civil Defense has an extremely wide distribution and readership including all the Congressmen in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Publisher's Mailing Address: The American Civil Defense Association, 11576 S. State Street, Suite 502, Draper, UT 84020 Publisher's Web Address: www.tacda.org.
  • Going to the Extreme: Euro-Preppers Get Ready for the Worst

    07/18/2012 4:12:44 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/18/20 | Mac Slavo
    It’s not just in the USA that a growing number of people are preparing for far-from-equilibrium scenarios resulting from economic or geo-political collapse. Many Europeans have also taken note of the troubling signs all around them. In the following report, RT visits a man who wished to keep his name and location anonymous. Like many Americans, he is preparing for all hell to break loose and has spent the last few years gearing up his home and supplies for the worst. Like most preppers and survivalist, he has modified his lifestyle to become more self reliant and less dependent on...
  • Bids Due on $100 Million Afghan Slaughterhouse

    07/16/2012 5:17:25 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 13 replies
    U,S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 16, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S.-funded construction of an Afghan National Army slaughterhouse -- whose estimated cost reaches upwards of $100 million -- is coming closer to fruition, as contractor bids are due this Saturday (July 21) . The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers project, as spelled out in a 1,300+ page solicitation released earlier this year, will provide a modern, climate-controlled facility to help the U.S. achieve its policy goal of making the Afghanistan military more self-sufficient. The facility will be located in the Deh-e-Sabz District, Kabul Province. Source document: Solicitation #W5J9JE-12-R-0078.
  • Prepping on the Cheap: The $5 a Week Shopping Challenge

    07/10/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 70 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/10/12 | Tess Pennington
    Here are 52 stock-ups – one for each week! 15 packs of Ramen Noodles 6 cans of mixed vegetables 5 cans of fruit 6 cans of tuna 4 cans of spaghetti sauce 5 cans of diced tomatoes 4 pounds of rice 3 pounds of kidney beans 5 cans of kidney beans 10 cans of baked beans 3 cans of chilli 12 cans of generic condensed cream of mushroom soup 12 cans of condensed tomato soup 4 pounds of white sugar 10 boxes of iodized salt 6 bags of dry pasta 2 jumbo boxes of raisins 1 pound jar of honey...
  • Storm Warning: The Gloomy Forecast for EMPs

    07/07/2012 7:41:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 85 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | July 6, 2012 | Jessica Zuckerman
    Almost a week after the D.C. area was pummeled with raging storms, many individuals are still suffering in the July heat without lights, phone lines, and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning. In the immediate aftermath of this event, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, Marylanders, and Virginians were left without power. Storms across the country had similar effects, and Americans from Richmond to Detroit are still facing the summer heat without many basic comforts. As awful as this is, things could be even worse. Imagine for a moment that that the power never came back on.
  • What is that I hear?

    07/04/2012 7:40:57 PM PDT · by JRandomFreeper · 21 replies
    Vanity | 4 July 2012 | JRandomFreeper
    What do I hear tonight? Sounded like a couple of 24 pounders over at the base and a volley of 6 pounders, followed by the big guns again.Of course, it's a celebration today, and no-one is actually shooting.I can hear it. Catz are hiding.What I didn't hear tonight was my grandsons. Sorry. I just can't frigging hear them. Too high pitched at their age.Too many years around jets and guns and personal arms.I read their lips the best I could and my eldest grandson there tried hard to communicate with me.I don't hear so good anymore.I carry a coin in...
  • Sick of SCOTUS? how about best ever ribs recipe for the fourth of july?

    06/28/2012 2:48:04 PM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 13 replies
    Dr. Maurice Codd | june 28, 2012 | beebuster2000
    I came across Dr. Maurice Codd’s rib recipe and tried it. Codd was a nobel prize winner in chemistry so I would imagine he understands the chemistry of this better than I do. But the ribs are amazing. Enjoy! I am quite certain that after a long development process I have finally reached the perfection point in pork rib bbq. For years I hated rib recipes that slather ribs with gooey sweet sauce, and I preferred the dry rub ribs. Now, after countless hours in the “lab” I have captured both the crunch and tang of the dry rib, and...
  • Taco Bell goes upscale with Cantina Bell menu, expands Doritos Tacos line

    06/27/2012 6:07:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    America Now News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 13, 2012 | Schuyler Velasco
    Taco Bell menu items may be helping the chain cater to a broader clientele. But don't worry -- it's not forgetting its core customer base. The Tex-Mex fast food giant, owned by Yum! Brands, Inc., has announced its rollout of the new Cantina Bell menu, to hit Taco Bell stores next month. Conceived with help from Miami-based celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, the new Taco Bell menu items include a burrito and a "Cantina Bowl," chock-full of ingredients like marinated grilled chicken, Hass avocados, corn and pepper salsa, and whole black beans. Taco Bell has been market testing the new menu...
  • Agriculture Still Not the Second-Largest Industry in Michigan

    06/27/2012 5:46:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/25/2012 | James Hohman
    It’s distressing that the Michigan Senator chairing the U.S. Senate Agricultural committee doesn’t know that, despite rumors, Michigan’s agriculture does not represent the state’s second-largest industry. In a recent press release on proposed assistance to agricultural industries, Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s office claimed: “Bio-based manufacturing is a key sector of Michigan's agriculture industry, which is Michigan's second largest industry, supporting nearly one out of every four jobs.” But these statistics being used by the Democrat from Lansing are a hypothetical guess using an inflated definition of agriculture and a multiplier factor. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, there are 63,667...
  • Woman’s Garden Destroyed by City

    06/26/2012 11:07:06 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 26 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Tulsa, Oklahoma City officials destroyed resident Denise Morrison’s “survival garden” because “this abnormal use of her property was causing anxiety in the neighborhood.” Morrison started the garden after she lost her job. The garden consisted of food and medicinal plants. Before embarking on her agricultural venture, Morrison researched City ordinances to ensure she complied. “Lack of compliance was not the issue,” said City Zoning Director, Leroy Fiat. “The fact that there are no official rules against what she did doesn’t matter. No one else in the city does this.” As for her nutritional and medical needs, Fiat advised that “there...
  • DENNY'S SUPPORTS 2ND AMENDMENT AND CONSTITUTION IN NEW AD

    06/24/2012 8:36:12 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 15 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | June 24, 2012
    VIDEO: In an era where cowardly companies are caving into the vile communist minority, it's wonderful to see Denny's run this ad promoting America's greatness and constitutional principles, especially the "Right to Bear Arms," guaranteed in the Second Amendment.
  • Seattle's Big Blog: You’re probably a Republican if you drink this kind of coffee

    06/20/2012 9:50:35 PM PDT · by thecodont · 43 replies
    In case the hot air isn’t enough to tell Democrats and Republicans apart, a new study has broken down the different kinds of things the two political camps apparently like. Meaning, they diverge not just on politics, but on favorite fast food, TV channel and coffee. All the important things, right? But according to Buyology, a brand-research company and author of the study, branding is big business. Alright, but does your politics have any connection with whether you like to drink a Starbucks Frappucino? Here’s a look.
  • "Mystery mushroom" which leaves Xi'an villagers befuddled turns out to be artificial vajayjay

    06/19/2012 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 17 replies
    shanghaiist ^ | Xi'an Up Close
    Xi'an Up Close 《西安零距离》, an investigative journalism programme which airs on Xi'an TV, has become a national laughing stock after airing a report on June 17 on a "mystery mushroom" which was discovered by villagers in a rural part of the city. Residents of the Liucunbu village on the outskirts of the capital of the Shaanxi province say they came across a strange fungi-like object as they hit bedrock while drilling a new well. The perplexed villagers decided to call up their local TV station for help, which sent intrepid reporter Ye Yunfeng to their sleepy little hamlet to get...
  • States try to increase food stamp benefits for their residents (Gaming the system)

    06/19/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    States seeking a larger share of the nearly $80 billion a year the federal government hands out for food stamps have resorted to several practices that some lawmakers say are abuses of the system: —Fourteen states and the District of Columbia make use of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Paying people as little as $1 a year for heating assistance, even if they don’t have a heating bill, automatically qualifies them for greater food stamp benefits. Critics say that can result in households getting up to $100 extra a month in food stamps....
  • NYC Mayor Defends “Nanny State”

    06/18/2012 1:05:56 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 June 2012 | John Semmens
    New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed back at critics of his efforts to save residents from their vices—most recently soft drinks, previously transfats and smoking—calling his policies “fully in sync with the views of our nation’s Founding Fathers.” “Those who’re on my case because I’m infringing on people’s liberties ought to read the Constitution,” Bloomberg suggested. “In there they’ll see that the rights to liberty and pursuit of happiness come after the right to life. You can’t have either liberty or happiness if you don’t have life. I think I’ve got my priorities straight.” As proof that he has...
  • Banning large sugar sweetened drinks is a start [The nanny statist speaks.]

    06/16/2012 11:39:59 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 33 replies
    KevinMD ^ | 6/15/12 | Mandy Huggins, MD
    In an effort to combat obesity and all the health problems that are associated with it, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced a plan to ban the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks to 16 ounces or less. It also includes a $200 fine to vendors who violate it. If passed, the ban could take place as early as next March. The ban would not include diet drinks, juice-based drinks, or alcoholic beverages. It would also not include drinks sold at convenience or grocery stores.So, my first reaction was, “Um, what’s the point? If I can’t get a large soda at...
  • An Open Letter to Bottom Dollar Foods

    06/16/2012 2:46:47 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 34 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 14, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    An Open Letter to Bottom Dollar Foods by Daniel Clark When Bottom Dollar Foods arrived in Pittsburgh, it immediately became my favorite grocery store. A discount supermarket that carries name brand items in addition to its store brands, it has also got reasonably-priced meats and excellent produce. Disappointingly, my shopping days at Bottom Dollar may be numbered, however, if my recent experience there turns out to be the start of a trend. As I was about to check out, I noticed that the 5-cent plastic shopping bags that normally hang near the registers were missing. The cashier informed me that...
  • The Coupon Whisperer: Fantastic Easily Available Meat Coupons

    06/12/2012 6:10:26 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    The Coupon Whisperer ^ | June 12, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    I don't often post new editions of The Coupon Whisperer but when I do, you know they are good. And in this edition I will show how you can drastically CUT your food expenditures. If you are even a casual couponer you know it is not difficult to score stuff like toothpaste and body wash for FREE or close to it. Plus you should have no trouble finding coupons for many food items. However, the major part of any food budget is meat and where do you find coupons for those packages of steak and other such goodies? Well,...
  • US Gov't launches healthy recipe competition for children (Michelle's program)

    06/10/2012 2:13:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    America's First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a new competition, under her "Let's Move" childhood obesity-fighting initiative, that gives children an incentive to come up with healthy, nutritious, delicious and everyday meals. The prize will be to attend "a 'State Dinner' just for kids" at the White House in Washington in August 2012. "Calling all kid chefs: Here's your chance to share your favorite delicious and nutritious lunch recipe with First Lady Michelle Obama," a letter from the White House to children via e-mail said. Obama hopes to "solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation," and invited parents...
  • Veep Urges End to Traditional Farming

    06/09/2012 1:12:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 50 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Vice-President Joe Biden told the graduating seniors of Cypress Bay High School (Fla.) that “it’s long past the time when Americans should be shifting away from traditional farming as a means of supplying food.” “Let’s face it, farming is unnatural,” Biden pointed out. “Using sharp tools to cut into the earth, planting seeds in neat rows for efficient reaping (also done with sharp tools, I might add), piping in water from far away—these are all artificial methods that rape the land.” Biden argued that “in a more primitive era such methods may have been unavoidable. But do we really need...
  • LDS PREPAREDNESS MANUAL:General Membership Edition (Just released

    06/07/2012 4:00:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    AVOW.com ^ | Christopher Parrett
    New LDS PREPAREDNESS MANUAL: General Membership Edition This manual has been prepared for, and is intended to be read primarily by, the active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Please Note The contents of this booklet are intended to assist individuals and families in coping with emergency preparations. However, final decisions on preparation for actions taken during an emergency are the sole responsibility of individuals. No one knows your needs or can take care of you better than you can-nor does anyone else have that responsibility. Information and examples contained within this booklet are provided...