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  • California raisin grower battles federal order taking almost half his crop

    09/08/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies ^ | september 7, 2013 | Dominic Di-Natale
    Since 1949, the government has been taking its share of their harvests under a Department of Agriculture protectionist order - Marketing Order 989 – originally designed to keep prices high and growers in business. “It began as 25 percent and then it went to 35 percent and then the year in question, they told us, we're going to take 47% of your crop. I said you’re not taking any of it,” Horne told me as we trod softly through the avenues of sugary sweet Thompson grapes, waiting to be trimmed by seasonal Hispanic harvesters. Reserves for agricultural products had existed...
  • Why Does The United States Government Need A "Raisin Reserve?"

    07/28/2013 12:51:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Washington Post via Outside the Beltway Blog ^ | July 26, 2013 | Doug Mataconis
    A Florida congressman has introduced a bill that would eliminate one of the U.S. government's most unusual institutions: the Raisin Administrative Committee, keepers of the national raisin reserve. The raisin reserve is a program established by the Truman administration which gives the Agriculture Department a heavy-handed power to meddle in the supply and demand for raisins. To limit the supply of raisins on the market, the government can simply take tons of raisins from the farmers who grew them. Sometimes, the farmers don't get paid a cent in return. On Thursday, Rep. Trey Radel (R)introduced a bill that would eliminate...
  • Avenging the raisins [The Supreme Court strikes a blow for a free market]

    06/16/2013 12:55:46 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 12, 2013
    Since the grim days of the Great Depression, raisin farmers in California’s fabled San Joaquin Valley have raised their grapes under a food-regulatory regime that forces them to hand over a portion of their crop to the government, often without getting anything for it. The U.S. Supreme Court took a step, a big one, on Monday to give raisins something to dance about. Like many New Deal programs, raisin rationing was instituted under the foolish belief that manipulating the market to raise the price of raisins would make more money for the growers and improve the valley’s economic health. Hence,...
  • Calif. raisin farmers win new day in court

    06/10/2013 2:22:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is giving California raisin producers a new day in court to object to a government program that aims to stabilize prices by regulating the market. … The farmers say the program unfairly prevents them from selling their entire crop when the government determines that there otherwise would be a glut of raisins that would drive prices down. They say the program unconstitutionally takes their private property without compensation. …
  • Why does America regulate the trade in raisins?

    04/15/2013 7:27:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | April 14, 2013 | The Economist Explains
    THE Supreme Court has frequently handed down judgments that have shaken America to its core. Now, it has turned its attention to the raisin. A group of farmers has brought a complaint about the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, under which the government confiscates part of the annual national raisin crop. The Court is considering whether the arrangement is constitutional. But why is a country that generally celebrates red-blooded capitalism regulating the raisin trade in the first place?Since the 1940s a government agency called the Raisin Administrative Committee has confiscated a portion of the annual raisin crop: 47% in 2003 and...
  • Raisin farmers in SCOTUS case face $650K charge if they don’t give half their crop to the feds

    01/31/2013 6:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    47 percent of their crop, to be precise. It’s J.J. Abrams’ world. We’re all just living in it.Luckily, the Supreme Court decided to take the case of the Horne family, so they may end up retaining the right to freely sell the raisin crop they’ve duly produced, but how is it that they must appeal to the highest court in the land for that right? Well, it all started in 1937, as so many good things do, when the federal government began requiring raising farmers to lay aside a tribute portion of their crops in order to control supply and...
  • Sun-Maid Raisins Shortchanges Buyers - 1/3 Less Raisins in Six Pack

    07/30/2012 6:45:37 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 71 replies
    youtube ^ | April 25, 2012 | Walt Wayne
    ... how Sun-Maid made their raisins disappear ...
  • New Study: Snacking on Raisins Significantly Reduces Overall Post-Meal Blood Sugar Levels

    06/22/2012 7:58:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Phys Org ^ | June 22nd, 2012
    New research suggests eating raisins three times a day may significantly lower post-meal glucose levels when compared to common alternative snacks of equal caloric value. Credit: California Raisin Marketing Board New research debuted at the American Diabetes Association's 72nd Annual Scientific Session suggests eating raisins three times a day may significantly lower postprandial (post-meal) glucose levels when compared to common alternative snacks of equal caloric value. The study was conducted at the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Center (L-MARC) by lead researcher, Harold Bays, MD, medical director and president of L-MARC. The study was conducted among 46 men and women who...
  • Thousands of Mormons work in the heat to prepare raisins that will go to help others.

    09/06/2007 5:47:41 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 386 replies · 3,886+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | September 5, 2007 | Joan Obra
    Fruits of their labor - Thousands of Mormons work in the heat to prepare raisins that will go to help others. MADERA (California) -- The raisin harvest begins at daybreak with folks such as doctors, lawyers, teenagers and men using wheelchairs lining up their cars along Road 35 in Madera. They grab their gloves, their metal or plastic bins, their curved knives. They grab sheets of brown paper. They trudge through sandy soil, lay down the paper trays and cut off grape bunches. For the past two weeks, this is how 10,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of...
  • Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory (MSM Drools Over Ancient, Withered Dugs)

    07/20/2007 3:06:54 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 74 replies · 4,645+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/20/07 | Robin Givhan
    There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton. She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance. No scrunch-faced scrutiny was necessary. There wasn't an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable.
  • Radical New Views of Islam and the Origins of the Koran

    03/01/2002 6:30:11 PM PST · by GeneD · 52 replies · 507+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3/1/02 (for editions of 3/2/02) | Alexander Stille
    To Muslims the Koran is the very word of God, who spoke through the Angel Gabriel to Muhammad: "This book is not to be doubted," the Koran declares unequivocally at its beginning. Scholars and writers in Islamic countries who have ignored that warning have sometimes found themselves the target of death threats and violence, sending a chill through universities around the world. Yet despite the fear, a handful of experts have been quietly investigating the origins of the Koran, offering radically new theories about the text's meaning and the rise of Islam. Christoph Luxenberg, a scholar of ancient Semitic languages ...
  • Iran Admits 'Suicide Column' Program (Training 40,000 Suicide Bombers)

    10/07/2005 9:37:10 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 42 replies · 2,268+ views
    YnetNews ^ | 10/06/2005 | Roee Nahimas
    Iran has announced that it is actively recruiting members of public to become suicide bombers, provides training camps across country for 'suicide column.'As the world deals with suicide bombers and radical Islamists, Iran has, once again, upped the terror ante. Iranian government officials have long denied media reports about a long suicide bomber recruitment program -- until now. '40,000 time bombs in Iran'According to the London-based daily Asharq Al Awsat, Ayatollah Muhammad Taki Misbah Yazari, a senior figure in Iran's leadership and spiritual advisor of President Muhammad Ahmadinejad, has issued a call in an Iranian newspaper for the public to...
  • Presenting...The top 20 home remedies, A witches' brew of elixirs and potions that work!

    04/07/2005 5:15:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 32 replies · 14,541+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 04.06.05 | Joe and Teresa Graedon
    Presenting...The top 20 home remedies A witches' brew of elixirs and potions that work! For more than 25 years, Joe and Teresa Graedon have provided lifesaving medical advice and health commentary through their King Features nationally syndicated newspaper column, "The People's Pharmacy," and their radio show. Here are their top 20 home remedies. Hot Water for ItchesModerate itching (the sort you get from a mosquito bite or mild case of poison ivy without blisters) often responds to a hot water application. The water needs to be hot enough to be slightly uncomfortable but not so hot it burns (120-130...
  • Kerry Wins . . . board approval to install rail

    01/01/2005 5:25:15 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 59 replies · 1,996+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/23/04 | David R. Guarino
    If Sen. John F. Kerry [related, bio] had his way, he'd be lobbying foreign leaders, leaning on Congress and mapping a new Supreme Court from the White House wings. Instead, his government interaction last week was limited mostly to the arcane world of City Hall and the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, won initial approval Dec. 16 - only after a lengthy debate and contingent on a rash of future paperwork - to build twin railings on the front steps of their Louisburg Square mansion. To bolster their case, the Kerrys laid out everything...
  • Kerry, Hit From Inside and Out: Marital Strife, Personnel Infighting Battered Campaign

    11/14/2004 8:19:13 PM PST · by Cableguy · 120 replies · 5,263+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 11/15/04 | Howard Kurtz
    Teresa Heinz Kerry hardly suffered from a lack of media attention during the presidential campaign. But if a lengthy, behind-the-scenes Newsweek piece is on the mark, press accounts failed to reflect the degree to which she was a disruptive force in her husband's campaign who often looked "sullen," was deemed a "hypochondriac" by the staff and had a knack for "silencing a cheering crowd." "On the campaign bus," Newsweek reports, "there had been constant talk of marital spats between the candidate and his wife. . . . Though they kept Teresa's sometimes erratic behavior out of their copy, when they...
  • Caption Kerry-Edwards 7-Day Pill Case

    10/19/2004 8:32:12 PM PDT · by Sockdologer · 32 replies · 988+ views
    The Kerry Campaign's Website ^ | 10/19/04 | Sockdologer
  • Heinz Kerry Visit (or "Nine Raisins a Day")

    10/16/2004 11:15:47 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies · 412+ views
    KOLO Channel 8 ^ | 10/14/04 | Staff
    Teresa Heinz Kerry was at the Neil Road Recreation Center [Reno, NV] this afternoon pitching her husbands proposals for improving health care and shoring up Social Security...She drew laughs talking about a treatment for arthritis she had heard about: eating gin-soaked raisins.

    10/15/2004 7:27:27 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 404 replies · 12,261+ views
    DRUDGE ^ | 10/15/2004
    'You get some gin and get some white raisins — and only white raisins — and soak them in the gin for two weeks. Then eat nine of the raisins a day'...
  • California: Glut of grapes spurs plan to pull out vines (Your Government at work )

    06/08/2002 5:39:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 181+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Saturday, June, 8 | Dennis Pollock
    <p>The Valley's raisin growers and packers want to pull out grapevines on some 8,000 acres as an unprecedented late-season step to cut the size of their crop.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture must approve the pullouts recommended by the Raisin Administrative Committee as a way to reduce the size of what is expected to be another huge crop at a time when there is a glut of raisins and a shortage in demand. Both have meant a low price for growers, $880 per ton for the 2001 crop and still less after raisins are taken out for reserves.</p>