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  • Ayatollah Khamenei is Dead, but Remains Alive [DEBKA]

    06/25/2016 2:08:08 PM PDT · by Jumper · 259 replies
    Debka ^ | June 25,2016 | self
    Ayatollah Khamenei reported Dead
  • How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    05/25/2016 1:51:42 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 26 replies
    The People's Phamacy ^ | October 23, 2014 | Joe Graedon
    “I’m still on the raisins and love this home remedy. Not only did it completely rid my knees of RA [rheumatoid arthritis] but now the RA is gone from my left shoulder….amazing."
  • Is the Truth About Islam in Vogue?

    08/31/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 28, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    ( A common assumption in our society, especially among the educated classes, is that ignorance—of a religion, culture, or race—invariably begets hatred and prejudice. A corresponding assumption is that the more you understand the other, the less you will fear him. Of course, this notion can be easily debunked by pointing out that German Jews who understood what Nazism was all about had good reason to fear the Nazis. Likewise, Southern blacks who understood the true nature of the Ku Klux Klan were justifiably on their guard against the Klan. Ignorance can breed unwarranted fear, but sometimes ignorance can...
  • Feds to Stop Calling Midget Raisins ‘Midget’ (after complaints from activist group)

    08/20/2015 1:51:38 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a regulation on Thursday to stop referring to midget raisins as “midget” after an activist group called the term offensive. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued the proposed rule, announcing the U.S. “Standards for Grades of Processed Raisins” would eliminate all five times the word midget is used. Midget has long been used to describe the differences in sizes of California raisins.
  • Horne v. Department of Agriculture struck down!

    06/22/2015 7:19:28 AM PDT · by oblomov · 54 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 22 Jun 2015 | SCOTUS Blog
    Horne v. Department of Agriculture.decision is a big win for those of us who try to make a living in Ag Any net proceeds the raisin growers receive from the sale of the reserve raisins goes to the amount of compensation they have received for that taking. It does not mean that the raisins have not been appropriated for government use, nor can the government make raisin growers relinquish their property without just compensation as a condition for selling in interstate commerce. This is a major blow to government's program of trying to boost prices by keeping crops off the...
  • Supreme Court rules on side of dissident California raisin growers

    06/22/2015 8:58:52 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 28 replies
    The Tribune ^ | 06/22/2015 | Michael Doyle
    The Supreme Court has undercut a long-running raisin supply management program, ruling Monday that the federal government must pay for raisins kept out of the marketplace. In a marked victory for Fresno County grower Marvin Horne and other dissident California raisin producers, the divided court said the program that compels some raisins to be held back in a reserve is subject to the just compensation commands of the Fifth Amendment. Raisin handlers set aside 47 percent of their crop during the 2002-03 season and 30 percent for 2003-04, but they were paid for only part of what they surrendered.
  • Supreme Court says program that takes raisins from farmers is unconstitutional

    06/22/2015 7:46:00 AM PDT · by monkeyshine · 112 replies
    AP ^ | June 22, 2015 — 9:30am | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says a program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional. The justice said Monday that forcing raisin growers to give up part of their annual crop without full payment is an illegal confiscation of private property.
  • The Incredible Raisin Heist

    04/22/2015 8:47:43 AM PDT · by Baynative · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/2015 | N/A
    Stealing is illegal, unless the government is the thief. On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear a case on whether the government can seize a chunk of a business’s product to regulate prices. This is a big one. Like much government mischief, Horne v. USDA has its roots in the Great Depression and federal programs to prop up the price of goods by controlling supply. To create raisin scarcity, the government established a Raisin Administrative Committee that manages the supply of raisins through annual marketing orders. Raisin handlers must set aside a portion of their annual crop, which the feds...
  • Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty

    04/19/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4-19-15 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In an economic depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “brains trust”...
  • Why Is the Government Stealing Raisins from Honest Farmers?

    04/19/2015 7:15:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2015 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In a depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So FDR’s “brain trust” produced “price stabilization”...
  • 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>