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On Rick Jensen today, some figures gave us pause.  One in five Delawareans live in poverty. Three out of every five children, live in poverty. The numbers of people going hungry has gotten worse since 2012…. not better.

This happened because of the Republican’s cuts to SNAP, the food stamp program. Originally a family of four in 2012 could spend $750 a month in food stamps. Now it is down to a little over $400 dollars thanks to both Tea Party Republicans and Democrats like John Carney who cowardly don’t stand up to them.

Which means a family of 4 making less than $1500 a month working however many jobs, ate off $25 dollars a day in 2012, but now, thanks to bastards in the Republican Party, is down to 13 dollars a day!

Most go that 4th week in the cycle goes with very little or no food.  They would have to stop by charities to pick up a 50 pound box which would get them through that last week…

We all know that the recession was brutal.. But I did not know that by 2011 very few people were needing boxes and most of the charities cut back on handing them out and would only do them to order, at special requests.  In 2011 and 2012, there simply was no need….

Then came the budget cuts.. Those brutal 60% cuts which not only put hunger back into the working people’s daily ritual, but laid off large numbers of grocery and retail store employees are causing tremendous hardship.

So whereas private sector jobs are growing, and unemployment is down, the need for food is not.  One needs $50,000 in family income to stay self-efficient today. Anything less is hurting the economy and is draining some other resource from somewhere… Most often SNAP and Medicaid.

We need to realize that despite as much as we like their entertainment, we cannot afford Republicans.. But until we root out the prime cause, stingy people in power, we desperately need charities to fill the void.  Please make some of your holiday money go to a cause that is probably the most important and most politically correct of a choice you could possibly make in this life…

Big thank you to the Riley family… ❤

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Delaware’s finest performing Full of Bees… The great…. Todd Chappelle

Coupled with Rick Jensen’s comment on 9 million new immigrants, we are in the middle of a beesy weekend of puns… I predict…..

Mine? The new state logo above in my Title… (You’re very welcome….. 🙂 )

Ok…. one more then….


You get up every morning
From the sound of your alarm clock’s warning
Then leave at 8:15 to go into the city…

You see sinage smilin’ down
Warnin’ bees swarmin” all around…
And marshmellow-like foam gumming up all the highways….

And if your lane’s lucky and on time
You can get to work by nine….
And start your slaving job to carry your own load…

But if you ever get annoyed
Just think of being self-employed
Cause us apiarist just dip up honey all day

(Till ‘they’ call…(ringtone) saying…. Hey! Do you know anything about…. bees?)

Then I’ll be
Takin’ care of beesness, every day
Takin’ care of beesness, in every way
I’ll been takin’ care of beesness, it’s all mine
Takin’ care of beesness while working overtime

(Work it out)

If it were easy being an apiary-ist
And your face could contort like a Drew Carey-ist
And you would squeal when stung, like a newborn colt

But if your windows are rolled down,
Warning. You’ll never make into town,
Unless you can sprint super fast like a Hussein Bolt.

But chances are that you’ll go far
With windows rolled tight up in your car….
But with traffic you might not make it into town…..

So if you’re stuck in traffic,
Don’t do anything that is graphic…
Just sit calmly and look at things from afar….

Tell your boss it’s not your fault….
95 is one big, huge car lot
If that if he fires you, Governor Markell with him will be annoyed…..

Cause you’ll been sittin’
Takin’ care of beesness, every day
Takin’ care of beesness, every way
You’ve been takin’ care of beesness, it’s all mine
Takin’ care of beesness, and working overtime
Take good care of beesness
When I’m away, every day whoo

Remember you get up every morning
From the sound of your alarm clock’s warning
Then leave at 8:15 to go into the city…

You see the sinage smilin’ down
With bees still swarmin’ ’round…
And marshmellow-like foam gumming up all the highways….

Frightened people pushin’, people shovin’
Performing their last rites and their last lovin’
Just praying they make it alive into the city…..

But, if you ever get annoyed
Consider me, I’m self-employed
Then respect what I have to do all day

*While you’re slavin’ ) I’ll be….
Takin’ care of beesness …every day
Takin’ care of beesness ….every way
I’ll bee taking care of beesness, …they’s all mine
Takin’ care of beesness and working overtime ….

Takin’ care of beesness
Takin’ care of beesness
Takin’ care of beesness
Takin’ care of beesness
Takin’ care of beesness

(Not as good as Todd’s but it is a try… nevertheless…. )

Hey, anybody got a buzz?

Image Courtesy of Newark High School.

Cassandra's Watchful Eye

Without Cassandra’s keeping tabs I totally would have missed this one… Both our Delaware senators voted not to require genetic labeling on food we eat. Thereby forcing even those who could medically be harmed from having a choice to avoid it.

The reason stated was its cost… So simply typing “this product may contain genetic altered ingredients” into a computer, then emailing the labeling software to the printer, makes it too costly to give Americans the right to know whether they could die from eating this or that can of beans?…

But yet a company executive can go to jail if his company fails to mark it’s product has yellow dye number five ..

We all know the real reason we can’t know and that is campaign donations coming from a contributor starting with an “m”……

The inaugural commission created a menu balanced across the palate of the United States of America… Featuring Maine Lobster, hickory grilled bison from South Dakota, Hudson valley apple pie, wines from Lake Eire region. The decision was made by a committee…

Mrs. Debbie Boehnor
Mrs. Diani Cantor
Mrs. Honey Alexander
Mrs. Iris Schumner
Mr. Paul Pelosi
Mrs. Landra Reid

They tasted thousands of different items representing areas across this , and came to a consensus… How hard is that? You try it. It is very hard!

If Americans who have no connection other than their spouses chose to run for office and won, can come together to figure out a complicated endeavor, why can’t we figure how to keep guns out of school, how to raise our debt ceiling, how to cut spending fairly and how to balance our budget?

The reason is the bullies on the outside. Those groups who yell, “don’t you give one inch”. Those groups who say “they’re trying to take rights away from you”. Those groups who growl: “take everything; give them not one penny in return”.

Usually those bullies are powerful because they are bullies. They live and survive on your donations… IF they can freak you out, that you give up some of your hard earned money, they get rich…

There is an industry that thrives on conflict. That gets rich off discontent. That fans flames to grow their pockets.

That industry is who to blame for our nation’s intransigence. Fox News gets the lions share, because they were first. But Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coultier, Glenn Beck, are all to blame. Because we see them in surroundings that mirror our memories of Ed Marrow, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, we drop the pretense that what we are hearing is not news. It is a business whose income depends upon the temperature of our hate. Pure and simple. The more we hate, the richer they get..

Would a consensus on a menu reflecting all of America have been so easily obtainable if Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly were shrieking about each item? Exhorting any viewers to call and complain?

You know the answer… Proof is without the bullies on the outside, you put a handful of Americans on any committee, and things get done….

We’ve got to silence the bullies on the outside… Let’s do it, and eat in peace…

From June to July this year, corn and wheat prices each rose by 25% while soybean prices increased by 17%, the World Bank said. Only rice prices decreased – by 4%.

Overall, the World Bank’s Food Price Index – which tracks the price of internationally traded food commodities – was six percent higher than in July of last year, and one percent over its previous peak, in February 2011.

Already, the bank said, maize prices had increased by 113% over the past quarter in Mozambique, while sorghum had risen 220% in South Sudan.

In response, US Republican presidential candidate said, ” They are on their own. There is no reason rich, wealthy people making over 100 million, should pay one penny more in taxes to alleviate this problem. It has nothing to do with us; it is their problem and they need to find the solution”…. Tea Party Republicans cheered and cheered…..

Nature published the results today. As a man ages past 40 for every year past, his sperm develops two additional mutations per year.

The study’s senior author – a scientist in Iceland – writes: “Conventional wisdom has been to blame the developmental disorders of children on the age of mothers”… but “it is the age of fathers that appears to be the real culprit.”

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control indicate the rate of autism has doubled in the last six years from 1 in 162, to 1 in 88.

The number of men 40 and older who father a child has increased by more than 30 percent since 1980.

For the first time we have hard numbers that explain the data which could answer to the mysterious rise in the rates of autism.

“This study shows that new mutations are frequent enough as men age that fathers aging alone can explain the increase for the risk of autism,” said Dr. Delores Maldespina, a psychiatrist at New York University.

Right click to open full image… Pictograph Courtesy of Viral..

So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

Aspartame- (Nutra-Sweet, Equal) a combination of two amino acids and methanol may lead to methanol poisoning. found in ‘diet’ food such as low calorie desserts, soft drinks, jello, gum, cereal, breath mints, kool-aid, chewable vitamins, toothpaste. Thank you Donald Rumsfield.

BHA and BHT- a preservative to help prevent foods from oxidation and helps to preserve color, flavor and prevents rancidity. it may promote cancer. found in chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, shortening, candy, jello.

Food colors Blue #1, Blue #2– can cause cancer in mice and chromosomal damage. not always listed on US labels. banned in France and Norway. found in beverages, baked goods, candy and pet supplies.

Food color Citrus Red #2– the dye is a carcinogen injected into the skin of some Florida oranges which is said not to penetrate into the pulp. it makes the oranges a brighter orange to enhance appearance. eating the skin may cause cancer and chromosomal damage.

Food colors Red #3, (Red #40) and Green #3– Red #3 is used to dye candy, fruit cocktail, cherries, pet food. it is proven to cause thyroid cancer. banned in 1990 in US, but still in use until supplies run out! Green #3 can be linked to bladder cancer in lab animals and is found in candy and beverages.

Food color Yellow #6– an increase of tumors in adrenal glands and kidneys have been found in lab animals. it is banned in Sweden and Norway. it is found in candy, lemonade, carbonated beverages, macaroni & cheese, American cheese. {sigh}

MSG- an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer. it can cause headaches, migraines, tightness of the chest, nausea. found in Asian foods, snacks, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, lunch meats, frozen dinners.

Sodium Nitrite – used to color and preserve and flavor meat products. “This would be at the top of my list of additives to cut from my diet.” Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. American Dietetic Association. found in ham, bacon, lunch meats, hot dogs, smoked fish, corned beef. cooked over high temperatures creates a compound which can promote cancer.

Potassium Bromate– rare, but still legal in US. used to increase volume in white flour, breads and rolls. it is known to cause cancer in lab animals and even in small amounts can cause risk.  Many bakers, including Best Foods, Inc. (maker of Arnold, Entenmann’s, and Orowheat brand breads and rolls), Pepperidge Farm, and Pillsbury, have switched to bromate-free processes. Also, some supermarket chains, including Giant, Jewel, Ralph’s, and Von’s, do not use bromate.  In contrast, Interstate Brands Corp. (Wonder, Home Pride), Schmidt Baking Co. (Schmidt, Sunbeam), Tasty Baking Co. (TastyKake), and Martin’s still use potassium bromate in some of their products. Among fast-food chains, Burger King, Arby’s, and Wendy’s use bromate in buns, and Boston Market uses it in its french sandwich bread.

Transfat– a hydrogenated fat made from adding hydrogen to vegetable oil is used to help extend shelf life and foods have a less greasy feel. proven to cause heart disease, can cause kidney failure and limb loss due to vascular disease. found in commercial baked goods and some fried foods such as french fries and doughnuts and can be found in shortening and margarine.

She says so herself.

Johnson & Johnson plans to eliminate 900 jobs at Ortho-McNeil-Janssen unit

That plant manufactured children’s Motrin and Tylenol. McNeil Consumer Healthcare ran the Fort Washington plant for Johnson and Johnson, and they have just laid off 300, or two thirds, or their employees.

From: Department of Health and Human Services: Food and Drug Administration
To: Hakin Erdimer Vice President of Operations, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Div. of McNeil -PPC Inc. 7050 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA.

I first became aware of this story earlier this summer when I went to buy some Motrin at my local Happy Harry’s.. I walked up and down the shelves and was perplexed why I didn’t find some. I assumed that Walgreens must be becoming like Walmart and picking the brands they sold based on who could give them the best sweetheart deal. I went to Rite Aide instead. What, they’re out of Motrin too? They don’t even have a tag or slot on their shelves for it. Is there a recall? No one knew of any. After 4 hours, I finally found one bottle, still on the shelf of a chain grocery store, and snatched that baby up. Finally… R E L I E F…

Then I forgot about it… and I saw this….

The FDA has said it is weighing possible civil and criminal action against J&J for its actions. J&J’s CEO Weldon is expected to face sharp questioning over the manufacturing issues and also whether the company had FDA permission to conduct a soft recall of Motrin in 2009 from 4,000 stores across 40 states. It hired a contractor to send out employees posing as buyers for an eight-caplet package sold at convenience stores.Last week, lawyers for J&J said the purchases were legal and that FDA knew about them despite the lack of a formal agreement. But the FDA has said that is not the case. “Right now, there is no independent evidence that showed anybody at the FDA approved it,” said a congressional source familiar with the committee investigation. More documents submitted since the May hearing, including several released on Tuesday, show J&J directed the buyback, the source said, adding that the contractors have also submitted numerous documents.

Why were they buying back their own products? Were they trying to cover something up, or, prevent a mistake from becoming public? Is that the normal method of recalling a product, and if it is not, what was normal procedure not followed in this case?

In January, the FDA identified problems at a Johnson & Johnson plant in Puerto Rico after the company recalled Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl products made there. The company said a chemical leached from wooden pallets into the products, imparting a musty odor that later made some consumers ill with temporary gastrointestinal problems.

Now I work around pallets all day. They do have a musty oder. But that oder stays in the wood. When I come home and take off my clothes, the same clothes which were in close proximity to those wooden pallets, they have no musty pallet oder. They may smell like BO, but they don’t smell like pallets. And you expect me to believe that tiny little pills inside a glass container, vacuumed sealed with cotton packed on top, surrounded with printed intructions, placed inside individual cardboard cases, which themselves are bundled 48 on a wooden pallet, upon opening,… carry that musty pallet oder in amounts so strong, that it gives consumers temporary gastrointestinal problems? Bullshit.

The human symptoms point to bacteria on the pills. For some reason, the line about the pallets, whether sanctioned by the FDA or not, is a dodge to deflect the true story.

It was the first of four recalls of Johnson & Johnson products in the past year, including the April 30 recall of 136 million bottles of infant and children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. Those products were recalled after FDA inspectors found widespread manufacturing problems at the Johnson & Johnson facility in Fort Washington, Pa., the only plant where they were being made.

In the FDA report, linked above, the closing of the Fort Washington Plant was because the Fort Washington Plant did not ensure….the rejection and withholding from approval any raw material product that contained a “known” contamination of gram negative organisms. Translated: they knew it was contaminated with deadly bacterial organisms and sold it anyway!

Raw material lots had known contamination with gram negative organisms and were approved to use for manufacture of several finished lots of Childrens and Infants Tylenol drug products, which remained within expirations dates on the market.

Translated: Medicine for infants running a fever, with immune systems being down for other reasons, were knowingly and willingly, given a bacterial infection organism known to cause severe gastronomical problems. Is Hakin employed by Al Qaeda? Surely that could be the only reason such a callous act could occur. Or is this the new standard today’s corporate America now upholds?

In fact, Food and Drug Administration inspection reports going back to 2003 chronicle a build up of problems at the now-shuttered plant in Fort Washington, Pa., at the center of the widespread recall of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other over-the-counter drugs. But it was only after a political change in Washington, that consumer protection stepped up.

Just recently, at an inspection of the Lancaster plant, inspectors wanted to know why some consumers found maximum-strength tablets in regular-strength Pepcid bottles, or mint-flavored tablets in berry-flavor bottles.

The problems were compounded by having to repeatedly ask for documents, and waiting days to receive what should have been readily available, including things as basic as an organizational chart.

Inspectors found that the plant could not ensure that drugs produced there were up to standard. Laboratory controls do not include the establishment of scientifically sound and appropriate test procedures designed to assure that drug products conform to appropriate standards of identity, strength, quality and purity,” the inspectors wrote.

(It should be noted that the newest report does not give any examples of product quality being affected by the litany of carelessness. Nor does it advocate a recall of any of the plant’s products.) What the report does note, is that no one is monitoring the operation. Records that should be accessible at a moments notice, simply aren’t there.

One common theme of the FDA report is that J&J employees frequently took days or weeks to provide records to the FDA inspectors, sometimes despite multiple requests. When the records eventually were provided, they sometimes were wrong or incomplete, the report said. “Organizational charts were requested on 06/23/10 and requested approximately 10 times before receiving full information … on 07/01/10,” read one example.

Another key point of the report was a finding that the plant failed “to thoroughly review” how product quality was affected by equipment problems that occurred during the manufacturing process.

The report tells of cases of “multiple manufacturing deviations” occurring without J&J checking for any impact on the product batches or recording what was done to fix the problems. “There is a failure to thoroughly review any unexplained discrepancy …,” the report said. “Equipment failures were not trended … to determine the scope … and the overall impact on the manufacturing process and products produced.”

The report said J&J displayed a similar lack of vigor in probing the Berry Tablets problem and looking into consumer complaints that products made at the plant were ineffective. The report said a J&J employee used the wrong testing sequence to see how Imodium EZ Chew Tablets dissolve and used the same filter and syringe to take multiple samples of the dissolved tablets. WTF?

Ok that’s the small problem. The big problem is that all corporations are doing the same thing. Why?

Could the previous years of Republican policy of instructing the FDA to turn a blind eye to malpractices in companies that were large Republican donors have anything to do with it? Could the philosophy that businesses need to be freed for endless taxes and bureaucratic red tape be the core of the problem, and not the solution?

The problems were noted as early as 2003 but no action occurred until 2009.

The approach being advocated by Delaware’s Republican Senate Candidate is dangerous to the health and safety of every American. When businesses are not regulated by our government, then we have no knowledge or method to reckon against their harmful acts. In this case, the company was just lazy. They made a conscious decision not to comply with acceptable methods of testing, and assumed no one could hold them accountable for it. In this case, your tax money was used by the Federal Drug Administration to go into a facility, investigate it’s methods, and finding several contamination issues, use it’s authority to close it down. This is a prime example where government is good. This is a prime example of why we need more government, not less. This is what happens when you don’t mind the candy store, which is exactly what Christine O’Donnell is proposing when she says do away with bureaucratic red tape. We need someone minding the candy store. We just need it.

So how does Christine O’Donnell, Republican for Senate, feel this problem should be taken care of? What is the official republican response to having bacterial infectous diseases knowingly placed in bottle of infant Tylenol drops and sold to unsuspecting consumers?

They call for an investigation of the FDA.. No shit. When bacterial contamination known to cause gastro-intestinal problems is knowingly sold to very sick and hospitalized infants… their reaction is to call for an investigation of the FDA…

Chistine O’Donnell says so on her website.

To promote jobs, we need to do away with bureaucratic red tape…… Meanwhile babies die. (But no. … we can’t kill the unborn. Let’s wait till they’re delivered,.. then kill them with bacteria knowingly left in their medicine bottles by one of our big contributors…..)

If we get caught…… we’ll spend a $1000 dollars to pay off a congressman who will then call for an investigation of the FDA ..

So if your reading this, you’re human. Let me ask you,.. how do you want your tax dollar spent? Do you want it spent on someone investigating the actual manufacturing plants to determine whether what’s popped in your mouth is clear of feces and bacterial contamination? Or do you want it spent on investigating the motives of the watchdog organization that is looking after your best interests…?

Christine is wrong on this one… Her Republican Party is out of touch with America and this: the willingness to look the other way when bacterial containments are knowingly put into infant’s medicine, and sold;…. proves it without a doubt.

People on crack lie… John McCain and Sarah Palin are lying as we speak…

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

People on crack are inclusive… Sarah Palin when creating Alaska’s budget, did so secretly only in the presence of her husband and budget director…  Now that’s inclusive..

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

People on crack make up stories..  The McCain camp made up that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig…  He didn’t… It was McCain himself who used the term….

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

Crackheads change truth when it does not suit them…. The McCain camp is portraying Sarah Palin as an anti lobbyist government reformer… She isn’t… She spent Alaskian dollars on Washington Lobbying firms..  She spent Wasilla’s limited resources on lobbying firms…. She was gung-ho, whoop-de-doo for the boondoggle “Bridge for Nowhere” and came out against it only after the Federal Government made it clear she could spend the money earmarked for that bridge, anyway she chose….  Then she pretended she was against it…

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

People on crack, twist reality into exaggerated half truths designed to shock and awe….  The McCain camp accused Obama of pushing sex education in kindergarten…..   when in fact, the program was to warn children of child molesting predators….  a good thing.

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

People on crack make believe others say something different than they really said….   The McCain camp slurred Obama being slammed by Fact Check.Com, causing Fact Check. Com to issue a warning about McCain using them irresponsibly….

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

Crackheads think nothing of pimping out their family members… We won’t even mention what happened at the Bike rally at Sturgis, South Dakota… with the beautiful Cindy McCain…..

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

Crackheads are prone to rash actions… When a builder complained to Wasilla’s mayor, that the city attorney was too picky, actually applying code to what he was building… Sarah fired the attorney….

Is that enough evidence to link them to crackheads?

(Loyal readers no doubt will by now, realize something great is about to be sprung…… Those still new to this blog are no doubt, swallowing this argument hook, line and sinker, like a steelhead trout about to be landed on Todd Palin’s pontoon plane…)

Alright, it’s time… Of course they aren’t…

But what I’ve done is use the Republican’s strategy against themselves..

Nothing above is untrue, but the linkage and the clever wording, is beginning to make you wonder whether perhaps they are on crack.  Actually you can’t help it;  based on the actions stemming from the campaign… I mean after all, look at the Republican Interior Department scandal breaking today…

This is what the McCain campaign is doing… Using half truths, repeated twenty-four hours and linked to unsavory characterizations, and building a controversy that simply has no gas to go anywhere…  It makes news for one day, then he throws out another tidbit….

That is politics.. It is also the behavior of a crack addict… So which of the two are he and Sarah?  He is not the same McCain who ran in 2000, and got plastered in South Carolina by rumors the he, the candidate, had a black baby born our to wedlock….  In Bob Jone’s country, that allegation was the kiss of death…  So is John just playing nasty,… or is his brain chemically imbalanced?

From this point it is hard to tell..  On the one hand, we don’t want to believe it so we dismiss it as coincidence….  “It’s McCain, man”, his supporters say… “He can’t be on crack!”…. But what do you do when all the evidence points to the contrary… There are the tell tale signs of a polar change in behavior, of a complete disregard for the importance of truth, of saying bizarre comments to garnish attention, all of which circumstantially point to crack as the culprit….

Those moments of memory lapses?  You thought it was old age?  Guess again.  Those sultry slips of the tongue,  you thought it was simple fatigue?  Guess again…

Whoops there I go again….(Disclaimer) Of course you know that this was fabricated… It was set upon you just as was the material the McCain camp has handed out about its opponent…

And just like the stuff about his opponent, you, yes you, are starting to wonder if he is not on crack, then perhaps he IS on some type of prescription medication, or Rush Limbaugh painkillers, that cause reality to take a back seat to being the center of attention….

After all, he is getting up there…  how many 72 year olds do you know who are NOT on some type of blood thinner, diabetes or other medication that makes one a little light headed, as well as somewhat fuzzy about the facts…

Can we trust someone in this capacity to handle the power of the greatest superpower this world has ever seen?  Can we trust someone in this capacity to push the right button ( No, Mr. President, Not the RED button) to call for room service instead of a pre-emptive strike?  Can we trust someone this loose with the facts, to trim our budget and not continue to inflate government spending even further out of control? Can we trust those who act like this during a campaign, to behave once they are in office?

Most crackheads would tell you flat out:  “hell no.”  🙂

Since they are about as credible as the National Republican Party these days, perhaps we should listen to them…..