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  • Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

    07/02/2014 4:37:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | July 01, 2014 | DAN CHARLES
    In California, a legal skirmish has erupted over strawberries — or rather, over strawberry breeding. To be absolutely precise, the battle is about strawberry breeding at the University of California, Davis. This is more important than it might sound. More than half of all strawberries in the supermarket trace their ancestry to breeding plots at UC Davis. The strawberry breeders at UC Davis, who've led that program for decades, are leaving the university to carry on their work at a new private company. The California Strawberry Commission, which represents farmers, is now suing the university, accusing it of betraying a...
  • Stawberries Question (vanity)

    06/09/2014 10:23:55 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 37 replies
    me
    As a rookie gardener, I planted some strawberry bushes two years ago. I did not get any fruit that year, but I was told that was normal. Last year I got fruit, but the strawberries were all no bigger than a thumbnail. What went wrong? Any advice would be appreciated.
  • Swedes Pay $27 for 'Bargain Strawberries'

    04/10/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The year's first batch of Swedish strawberries went under the hammer in Stockholm on Wednesday, with growers fetching 175 kronor ($27) per punnet. But the price was nothing compared to last year.Almost 150 punnets of strawberries were sold on Wednesday to mark the first harvest of the season, with each 250-gramme punnet pulling in 175 kronor ($27). Pablo de Bonadona, the purchase manager at fruit and veg supplier Svenska Odlarlaget, said the berries were worth every krona. "Yes, it's a lot of money, but Swedish strawberries are worth it. We love them. And the first are always a little special,"...
  • Clinton-McCain friendship blossoms (again)

    03/22/2014 5:28:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/22/14 | Maeve Reston
    When John McCain was running for president in 2008, he often spoke warmly of his friendship with Hillary Rodham Clinton as an illustration of his ability to work across the political aisle... Six years later -- even with all the partisan bickering over the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi -- that warmth between McCain and the Clintons appears to have survived. It was evident at the opening session of the youth-focused conference known as the Clinton Global Initiative University on Friday night at Arizona State University.
  • Chocolate and red wine can help stave off diabetes (Antioxidants regulate blood glucose)

    01/20/2014 7:50:22 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20 January 2014 | Jenny Hope
    It sounds like the ingredient list for an indulgent dessert. But red wine, chocolate and strawberries are more than a guilty pleasure. They could all help guard against diabetes. A study found for the first time the high content of flavonoids found in berry fruits may regulate blood glucose levels, and stave off type 2 diabetes. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea, red wine and chocolate, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. The study found the main protective effect came from higher intakes of...
  • Gov’t Pays $1,123,463 to Develop Strawberry Harvest-Aiding Robots

    11/10/2013 12:05:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 8, 2013 - 2:49 PM | Eric Scheiner
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given an award of $1,123,463 to the University of California, Davis to develop “relatively small, inexpensive robots” to aid in harvesting strawberries. The announcement was made in late October as part of a series of USDA awards “to spur the development and use of robots in American agriculture production,” according to a USDA press release. The release describes the UC Davis robotics grant as a “project (that) will develop relatively small, inexpensive robots to aid in human harvesting of strawberries.” …
  • McCain still hopeful immigration reform is a political priority

    10/24/2013 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | October 23, 2013 | Perla Trevizo
    Passing immigration reform is a way for Republicans to get on a positive agenda and regain some of the approval of the American people, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday during a town hall in Tucson. He said the prospects of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year are still strong despite some Republicans saying the government shutdown and the way it was handled by President Obama affected any chance for compromise. But “the same people that said that are the people that oppose immigration reform. They are just trying to find another reason,” McCain said after the town hall meeting attended...
  • Latest robot can pick strawberry fields forever

    09/30/2013 12:53:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 09/30/2013
    A robot that picks ripe strawberries while farmers sleep has been unveiled with claims it could cut workloads by two-thirds. The device, unveiled Wednesday, can pick a piece of fruit every eight seconds by using three cameras to determine which strawberries are ready to pick. A mechanized arm then darts out to snip each one free and place it into its basket. The 2-meter robot moves on rails between rows of strawberries, which in Japan are usually grown in elevated greenhouse planters. It “calculates the degree of ripeness from the color of the strawberry, which it observes with two digital...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 28 JULY 12, 2013

    07/12/2013 1:19:48 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 319 replies
    Free Republic | July 12, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Man, 92, in strawberry fields for 87th year

    06/25/2013 6:42:49 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    Sun Gazette ^ | 6-25-13 | Savannah Dempsey
    LINDEN - Elmer Weigle claims he's not as quick as he used to be. However, the 92-year-old Linden man still picks strawberries with a speed that can be admired. Since the season began a couple of weeks ago, Weigle has spent every morning picking strawberries at Berried Treasures in Linden. Weigle is a humble man who doesn't like to brag. "I will say that I don't know anybody who can beat me," he said, after much coaxing. "But Mother Nature takes a toll on you as you get older, it starts to slow you down." 92-year-old Elmer Weigle, of Linden,...
  • TEMECULA, CA: Driver Claims Zombies Chasing Him After Big I-15 Crash (Punk Steals Big Rig, Crashes)

    04/10/2013 6:55:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | April 9, 2013 | Sarah Burge
    TEMECULA: Driver claims zombies chasing him after big I-15 crash A Tennessee man, 19, is accused of taking a big-rig Saturday and causing a crash that injures 7 people A big-rig crash that blocked Interstate 15 in Temecula for hours Saturday evening, April 6, was caused by a 19-year-old driver who claimed he was on the run from the walking dead, authorities said. “He said zombies were chasing him and he had to get out of here,” said Officer Nathan Baer, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The crash was no laughing matter. Not only did it cause a...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 22 (Keywords 2) June 1, 2012

    06/01/2012 8:06:36 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 123 replies
    Friday, June 1, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning and happy June to my gardening FRiends and fellow gardeners!You may have noticed that I titled last week's thread "Keywords", and then totally forgot to write the first word about the topic. That illustrates perfectly how frazzled my mind is these days. As I was getting ready to hit the post button, I kept thinking there was something I was forgetting, but finally convinced myself that it probably wasn't *that* important, and I posted the thread. I apologize.There has been more than once that great information has been posted by one of our members, but I can't...
  • McCain: 'The Libyan People Have Inspired the World' (says US must stand by new Libyan govt.)

    09/29/2011 4:33:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies
    Fox / AP ^ | 2011-09-29
    WASHINGTON -- Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday during a trip to Libya to meet with the nation's new rulers that the Libyan people "have inspired the world." "They have paid an enormous price for their freedom, but the sacrifice of the Libyan people has delivered their great nation to the shores of a new world full of new hope; a chance for all Libyans to know lasting peace, dignity and justice," he told reporters at a news conference. McCain was joined by three other Republican senators in the highest-profile American delegation to visit the country since the ouster of...
  • Flavonoids could represent 2-fisted assault on diabetes and nervous system disorders

    06/27/2011 7:35:04 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    Salk Institute ^ | June 27, 2011 | Unknown
    Salk scientists say: It's not an apple a day after all -- it's strawberriesLA JOLLA, CA-A recent study from scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies suggests that a strawberry a day (or more accurately, 37 of them) could keep not just one doctor away, but an entire fleet of them, including the neurologist, the endocrinologist, and maybe even the oncologist. Investigations conducted in the Salk Institute's Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) will appear in the June 27, 2011, issue of PLoS ONE. The report explains that fisetin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid found most abundantly in strawberries and to a lesser...
  • Pelosi’s chocolate-covered strawberries: where’s the rest of the documents?

    01/27/2011 7:07:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/27/11 | Jonathan Strong
    Pelosi’s chocolate-covered strawberries: where’s the rest of the documents?Jonathan Strong - The Daily Caller Thu Jan 27, 3:44 pm ET **SNIP** But the documents provided by the Air Force have Judicial Watch scratching their heads over a key issue: where’s the rest of the expense reports they asked for? The documents provided by the Air Force show Pelosi took a total of 43 fights on military aircraft, but only 11 expense reports were provided to Judicial Watch. “I am not sure how to account for this,” said Judicial Watch spokeswoman Jill Farrell. Air Force officials did not return a call...
  • Chocolate strawberries among extravagant demands by Pelosi (spent $101k in 2 years on services)

    01/27/2011 7:08:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 111 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/27/11 | Matt Blake
    Chocolate strawberries among extravagant demands by Nancy Pelosi as she spent $101,000 in two years on services while travelling with US AirforceBy Matt Blake Last updated at 2:02 PM on 27th January 2011 If the US Airforce did all airline food, it would be strawberries dipped in dark chocolate and grilled chicken salads all round. Unfortunately this luxury is reserved for top US politicians alone, as new documents detailing Nancy Pelosi's travel expenses reveal. The former House Speaker was showered with a cornucopia of gourmet food and alcohol as she travelled over 90,000 miles around the world in just nine...
  • Arizona's new senator, same as their old senator

    09/16/2010 12:21:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 16, 2010 | The Scribe
    John McCain met recently with the children of illegal aliens to discuss the Dream Act, among other aspects of amnesty. McCain sounded very tough on illegal immigration during his recent primary campaign but now he has won and is a shoo-in for reelection in November. Harry Reid has tacked the Dream Act onto a defense bill which will be voted on before the election. What do you think, Arizona? How will McCain vote? Note that McCain explains in the beginning that there are other senators who do not support the Dream Act and that will make passage difficult. He promises...
  • Republicans square off in Arizona Senate debate

    07/18/2010 7:10:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Prescott Daily Courier ^ | July 17, 2010 | Jonathan J. Cooper (Associated Press)
    PHOENIX - Former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth had a much-needed opportunity Friday night to refocus Arizona's Republican Senate primary on incumbent John McCain, and he came out swinging. McCain, Hayworth and political newcomer Jim Deakin squared off Friday in the first of two televised debates before Arizona's Aug. 24 Republican primary. "It's really sad to see John McCain, who should be revered as a statesman, basically reduced to a political shape-shifter," he said, then turned to his opponent. "John, you've changed positions so much in this campaign maybe we'll have to set up an extra podium for you depending on...
  • RINO FREE AMERICA NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW TO RETIRE JOHN MCCAIN

    02/19/2010 12:11:30 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 151 replies · 2,694+ views
    FREE REPUBLIC RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT | February 19, 2010 | MestaMachine
    When we conceived the RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT ON FREE REPUBLIC, we envisioned Conservative activism that would send RINOs packing and replacing them with true Conservatives worthy of our support. NOW we need your help to defeat the biggest RINO of all. Many of us here on Free Republic have been cheering JD Hayworth on because John McCain is possibly the worst, (and most powerful,) RINO serving in the Senate today and he simply MUST be defeated lest he betray us again as he has so many times throughout his less than stellar tenure. While "the force" might be...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Armey: Hayworth had 'undistinguished' House career (Dick Armey attacks J.D. Hayworth)

    02/07/2010 4:55:57 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1,255+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2010-02-03 | Dan Nowicki
    Link only, per FR posting rules
  • Workers' anger at McCain's insensitivity (not John McCain)

    11/30/2009 1:30:05 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 889+ views
    ABC ^ | 2009-11-30
    Workers at McCain's vegetable factory in north west Tasmania are asking the company to be more respectful in its negotiations about their redundancies. Workers say they have received little detail nearly 10 days after McCain announced it would close the Smithton plant. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is writing to the company to seek more information about exactly how many workers will lose their jobs when the factory closes next year.
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain's back yard (Rasmussen poll shows McCain 45%, Hayworth 43%)

    11/20/2009 9:50:30 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 138 replies · 5,625+ views
    John McCain's problems inside his own party were hardly overcome by his place as its nominee, Rasmussen reports. The new poll shows McCain up just two points, 45% to 43%, in a hypothetical contest with former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, now a popular local radio talker, who's mulling a bid.
  • New Book Says McCain Campaign Staff Turned Lights Out on Sarah Palin on Election Night 2008 - Video

    11/04/2009 6:32:25 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 35 replies · 1,913+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 4, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of the authors of a new book on Sarah Palin claiming in an interview on CBS that McCain Campaign officials actually had the lights turned out on Palin the night of the election to prevent her from giving a concession speech. Authors of "Sarah from Alaska" - Scott Conroy and Shoshanna Walsh - say Palin had planned to give a concession speech on Election Night, but Sen. John McCain decided against it. Later in the evening, Palin reportedly returned to the stage with family to have some pictures taken, and McCain Campaign people thought she might try...
  • Arizona Cops Find 97 Migrants in Refrigerated Truck

    08/27/2009 4:30:43 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 23 replies · 1,368+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | August 27, 2009 | newsmax
    PHOENIX - Arizona police pulled over a refrigerated truck and found 97 illegal immigrants in the back among near-freezing produce, police said on Thursday. The officer stopped the truck on a highway a few miles (km) north of the border city of Nogales late on Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. An inspection found 97 adults and children from Mexico and Guatemala crammed into the trailer, which was heavily chilled to one degree Celsius (34 Fahrenheit). No one was harmed. The immigrants were handed over to Border Patrol agents, who processed them for deportation.
  • AZ 2010: McCain staffer pleads to extreme DUI [no registration, no proof of insurance]

    07/10/2009 1:09:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,305+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-07-10
    Link only, per FR copyright rules
  • US keeps eye on NKorean ship: officials [USS John McCain]

    06/19/2009 7:07:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 670+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-06-19
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US Navy destroyer is tracking a North Korean ship possibly carrying banned cargo as part of international efforts to enforce UN sanctions against Pyongyang, according to a US defense official. The USS John S. McCain was shadowing the vessel, the Kang Nam, the first ship to be monitored under a UN resolution imposed a week ago that bans arms shipments to and form North Korea, the official said. "We are keeping an eye on that ship," the official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.
  • Spat between Reid and McCain delays tobacco bill [McCain prescription drug importation amendment]

    06/04/2009 8:30:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 576+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-04 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressed his frustration with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday evening for holding up a wide-ranging tobacco regulation bill. McCain has delayed action by insisting on a vote on an amendment to ease the re-importation of prescription drugs from foreign countries such as Canada. Reid claims the amendment is not germane and has resisted giving in to McCain, creating a logjam on the Senate floor. “One senator has held this up and that's the way things can happen around here,” said Reid. “It's unfortunate, but it does happen. “We've worked for a couple of days...
  • Video: McCain Omits Palin In List Of Successful GOP Governors

    04/14/2009 6:38:50 AM PDT · by careyb · 33 replies · 1,155+ views
    Leno ^ | 4/14/09 | John McCain
    I should have written in Palin's name for President.
  • Did McCain snub Palin on Leno? [also forgets to mention Sanford] [RINO alert]

    04/14/2009 7:07:17 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 1,903+ views
    (CNN) — Did John McCain snub Sarah Palin during an appearance Mcnday on NBC's The Tonight Show? That's what some pro-Palin bloggers and other political observers claim after the former GOP presidential candidate left out his former running mate when naming five governors who he thought were in position to lead the Republican Party. "We have, I'm happy to say, a lot of voices out there," McCain told host Jay Leno before listing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Utah Gov. Jim Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. "There are a lot of...
  • McCain says Obama needs to work on bipartisanship (generation theft)

    02/13/2009 4:09:51 PM PST · by meandog · 39 replies · 1,836+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/13/09 | By Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain said on Friday that President Barack Obama should include Republicans in his plans sooner if he really wants their support after the bitter debate over the $787 billion economic stimulus bill. McCain, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama, and other Republicans complained they had been left out of negotiations on the legislation by Democrats who hold majorities in both houses of Congress. McCain said the bill was filled with non-emergency spending paid for with borrowed money that future generations will have to pay back. "I think that the majority of people understand...
  • Actual headline: McCain: Stimulus plan 'full of unnecessary spending'

    02/06/2009 9:32:10 AM PST · by meandog · 69 replies · 3,054+ views
    [42 min ago ] (NECN: Washington) - Lawmakers have reportedly made progress on an economic recovery package and a vote could come as early as this afternoon. The economic stimulus plan has grown to $937 billion. Moderates have been circulating a list of cuts...
  • McCain tries to 'kill' US-only stimulus clause

    02/04/2009 2:57:55 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 924+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-02-04
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican Senator John McCain on Wednesday introduced legislation to strip from a massive economic stimulus bill a "Buy American" clause that has deeply angered and worried US allies. "I've got an amendment to try to kill it," McCain, who lost the White House to President Barack Obama in November, told AFP shortly after introducing the measure. A Senate vote on the amendment, which declares that "the utilization of funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act shall not be subject to any Buy American requirement," could come late Wednesday or early Thursday. The EU and Canada...
  • McCain floats Kyl for president ["improper" to endorse Palin?] [???????]

    01/25/2009 9:45:45 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 73 replies · 2,670+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-01-23 | Andy Barr
    Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain on Thursday named fellow Arizona Senator Jon Kyl as a potential 2012 presidential candidate. Asked on CNN’s “Larry King Live” if he plans to support Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the Republican presidential primaries, McCain said it would be “improper” to commit now because “I don’t know who’s running, for one thing, because, for example, my friend Jon Kyl, my colleague from Arizona.” McCain then trailed off, appearing as if he had accidentally floated Kyl’s name.
  • McCain grudgingly says defense pick will proceed

    01/25/2009 11:18:52 AM PST · by VictoryGal · 45 replies · 846+ views
    AP ^ | 1/25/2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain said Sunday the confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice for deputy defense secretary should move forward despite concerns about the nominee's role as a former defense lobbyist. The Obama administration considers William J. Lynn, Obama's pick for the No. 2 job at the Pentagon, to be an exception from its own ban on hiring lobbyists. As a lobbyist for Raytheon, one of the military's top contractors, Lynn worked on matters with far reach across the Pentagon. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has said that even the toughest rules require "reasonable exceptions" for "uniquely...
  • Obama honors rival McCain on eve of inauguration

    01/19/2009 9:49:59 PM PST · by VictoryGal · 61 replies · 1,654+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 20, 2009 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama honored his vanquished Republican rival John McCain on Monday, describing the Arizona senator as an "American hero" while the Democrat prepared to assume the office that both men fought bitterly to attain. Obama and McCain clashed repeatedly on the campaign trail over foreign and domestic policy in sometimes heated exchanges that occasionally veered into the personal. But Obama made clear that period had passed even as he predicted the two would not always get along in the future. "John is not known to bite his tongue and if I'm screwing up, he's going to...
  • Obama Reaches Out for McCain’s Counsel [McBama barf alert]

    01/18/2009 7:09:59 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,023+ views
    BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK WASHINGTON — Not long after Senator John McCain returned last month from an official trip to Iraq and Pakistan, he received a phone call from President-elect Barack Obama. As contenders for the presidency, the two had hammered each other for much of 2008 over their conflicting approaches to foreign policy, especially in Iraq. (He’d lose a war! He’d stay a hundred years!) Now, however, Mr. Obama said he wanted Mr. McCain’s advice, people in each camp briefed on the conversation said. What did he see on the trip? What did he learn? It was just one...
  • Interview with Sen. John McCain [won't endorse Palin, won't rule out running again]

    01/17/2009 9:48:57 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 117 replies · 2,803+ views
    HANNITY: Do you think she could be president one day? MCCAIN: Sure, sure. But I'd also like to point out that it's very early in this whole season. HANNITY: Are you thinking of running again? MCCAIN: I was -- no, no, no, but I -- you know, my political corpse is still warm, as you know, but I -- you know, there's going to be, I think, a spirited contest for the nomination of our party, and I think there are also other governors that will be competitive. People like Bobby Jindal and John Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty and Mark...
  • McCain Campaign Manager Blames Rush Limbaugh for McCain's Loss

    01/17/2009 7:01:24 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 301 replies · 5,616+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2009-01-16
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, have you thought back to the 2008 election? Have you asked yourself who was responsible for that loss? Have you asked yourself who really should shoulder the blame and the burden for the defeat of Senator McCain? A lot of people have been speculating this, a lot of postmortems on the election. Let's go to the BBC. BBC World Service, host Stephen Sackur spoke with former McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and asked Rick Davis on whose shoulders rests the burden of the McCain defeat. DAVIS: We didn't successfully reach out to them. I mean, but...
  • Bingaman and Hutchison Renew Effort to Enact Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act [McCain alert]

    01/16/2009 6:57:16 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 783+ views
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today renewed their push to enact legislation to reduce drug-related violence in the border region by cracking down on organizations smuggling weapons illegally from the United States into Mexico.  Senators Richard Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Jon Kyl, and John McCain are also cosponsors of the legislation. Ongoing violence in Mexico is having a devastating impact on Mexico and is raising concerns for border communities on both sides of the border.  In 2008, more than 5,300 people were killed in Mexico -- double the number in the previous year.  More...
  • McCain to launch new PAC [to "help define the future of the GOP"]

    01/07/2009 10:12:00 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 196 replies · 4,196+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN)—Arizona Senator John McCain is adopting a major 2008 campaign slogan for a new political action committee designed to support not only his own planned re-election run in two years, but help him put his stamp on the rebuilding of the Republican Party. The formation of the “Country First” PAC is to be announced Wednesday, two sources familiar with the plans tell CNN. One of the sources called it the “first official step” of the GOP Senator’s re-election campaign. McCain made it clear not long after losing the presidential election that he intended to seek re-election to the Senate...
  • McCain launches new grassroots organization, "Putting Country First"

    01/07/2009 10:20:53 AM PST · by amyjane · 87 replies · 1,877+ views
    Email from McCain | 1/7/09 | John McCain
    My Friend, In the time since the 2008 presidential campaign ended I have had a chance to reflect on many things. And as I said on election night, I truly cannot adequately express how indebted I am to you, my entire campaign team and my running mate, Governor Sarah Palin. The road was a difficult one from the outset. Yet, your faith, your support and friendship never wavered. Just as I have proudly served my country for more than half a century I am as committed as ever to helping see our mission through. So to continue the movement, I...
  • McCain pushes for federal boxing panel, crackdown on fake Native American art

    01/07/2009 11:23:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 974+ views
    U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced several new bills Tuesday as Congress starts its 2009 work: • Lifting restrictions on long-haul flights at Washington Reagan National Airport and New York LaGuardia Airport. McCain has long sought to lift regulations that restrict West Coast flights out of those two airports. • Expanding federal powers to investigate knock-off Native American crafts and art. That bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would increase federal penalties for fraudulent sales of the counterfeit items. • Establishing a national board to regulate boxing in the U.S. McCain has sought previously to impose federal oversight...
  • McCain, Feingold reunite to battle earmarks

    01/07/2009 5:34:05 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 783+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-01-07 | Susan Crabtree
    Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) are renewing their longtime reform partnership to launch an aggressive attack on earmarks. McCain, back to the daily Senate routine after his failed White House bid, joined Sens. Feingold, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Wednesday to unveil a landmark bill they will try to add as an amendment to the economic stimulus legislation.
  • McCain Starts ‘Country First’ PAC

    01/07/2009 11:35:04 AM PST · by AuntB · 123 replies · 2,475+ views
    The Caucus NY Times Political Blog ^ | Jan. 7, 2008 | Michael Falcone
    Less than two weeks from the inauguration that he hoped would usher in his own presidential administration, Senator John McCain announced the formation of a new political action committee that will work to promote Republican causes. Borrowing a slogan from his campaign, Mr. McCain is calling the committee, “Country First,” and it is likely to help lay the foundation for his 2010 re-election bid. In an e-mail message to supporters on Wednesday, Mr. McCain described it as a “grassroots organization” that would take up the challenge of defining “our Republican ideals and message” and support G.O.P. candidates. “With your help...
  • The 'old McCain' is back [barf alert] [RINO]

    01/08/2009 2:12:36 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies · 1,373+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-01-08 | John Breshnahan
    Sen. John McCain doesn’t want to talk about the presidential campaign, and he certainly doesn’t want to discuss Sarah Palin. But two months after losing the presidential race, the “old John McCain” is back, hammering away on government reform, earmarks and wasteful government spending. The classic McCain made his first appearance of the New Year Tuesday with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), his partner in campaign finance reform. The two unveiled new legislation designed to rein in the use of earmarks in annual spending bills. McCain and Feingold will soon introduce a new version of the line-item veto, which would give...
  • McCain defends Obama's CIA pick [barf]

    01/09/2009 4:37:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 122 replies · 2,492+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain said Friday that his former rival Barack Obama has put together an "excellent" national security team, and defended the selection of Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency. "I'm not here trying to argue that this president is perfect and that there aren’t still disagreements, but I do think his national security team is an excellent one," McCain told Fox News. He described his post-election conversations with Obama as "cordial" and said he has spoken with the president-elect about the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Asked about Obama's decision to name Panetta to...
  • Obama to honor McCain with pre-inaugural dinner (Barf alert)

    01/10/2009 12:24:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 44 replies · 1,295+ views
    TheHill,.com ^ | January 10, 2009 | Klaus Marre
    President-elect Obama plans to honor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), his general election opponent, at a dinner on the eve of his inauguration. Vice President-elect Biden and former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) will also be honored in a move to symbolize Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship, his inaugural committee announced Saturday.
  • Take It From McCain's Advisers: The GOP Would Raise Taxes

    01/11/2009 8:14:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,278+ views
    A political party shouldn't rely on a dead idea. BY MATT MILLERThe Wall Street Journal Though Barack Obama is offering record tax cuts this year as part of a new stimulus package, make no mistake -- taxes will rise substantially in the next decade. The reason is simple: As 76 million baby boomers hit their rocking chairs, we're poised to double the number of seniors on Social Security and Medicare. We've already got $50 trillion in unfunded liabilities in these and related programs. There's no way to make the math work at current levels of taxation. Don't take my word...
  • How Long Will McCain Mope?

    01/13/2009 5:00:59 AM PST · by redk · 78 replies · 2,122+ views
    Gawker ^ | Jan 10 2009 | Ryan Tate
    John McCain looked every bit the seething, uncomfortable vanquished rival in that first, awkward post-election press conference on those enormous chairs. It sounds like he's kind of still that way. The defeated Republican presidential nominee won't be doing any press or TV interviews for "at least several more weeks," his people tell Politico. And he's clearly still angry at former running mate Sarah Palin, for going ROGUE:
  • Is the President-Elect Courting His Former Opponent? [McBama super-barf alert]

    01/13/2009 2:41:22 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 1,306+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2009-01-13 | Reed Galen
    As President-Elect Obama readies his ascent to the White House less than two weeks from now, it appears that his political acumen extends not only to those in all parts of the Democratic party, but in no small part to Senator John McCain as well. Just three short months ago we were inundated with McCain's talk of Bill Ayres and 'That One,' but an easy détente appears to have developed between the former rivals. To that end, President-Elect Obama has committed four distinct acts that telegraph his political savvy when it comes to Senator McCain.. . . . .With Napolitano...