Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crumb & Get It....

Remember this:

At the time, they didn't have a website to order from, they do now.  I have never ordered food over the internet, but like those Secret Service Agents who went back to buy a cookie and support a guy for doing the right thing, why don't you click on the link, and send me some cookies...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Atlas is Shrugging...

State Stops Sale of Cheap Milk
Supermarket told price regulated

January 25, 2013

For Lafayette stockbroker Kenneth Daigle, buying a gallon of milk is no longer the bargain it used to be on Tuesdays at Fresh Market.
The upscale supermarket chain yanked milk from its $2.99 once-a-week promotion after a state auditor objected to the low price. A gallon of whole milk was priced at $5.69 Thursday at the Fresh Market in Perkins Rowe.
State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Fresh Market violated state regulations by selling milk below cost as part of a promotion.
The supermarket routinely sells a gallon of skim, 1 percent, 2 percent or whole milk for $2.99 on Tuesdays, limiting the quantity to four per customer.
State law requires retailers’ markups to be no less than 6 percent of the invoice cost after adding freight charges.
The Dairy Stabilization Board oversees milk prices in Louisiana. The board was established after Schwegmann, a New Orleans-area grocery chain, launched a legal battle in the 1970s with the Louisiana Milk Commission to buy milk from out-of-state suppliers because it was cheaper.
The issue over Fresh Market’s milk involves the cost of milk to consumers rather than the price paid to farmers.
“They can sell it 6 percent over cost all day long. It’s when they sell it below cost that it becomes a problem,” Strain said.
During the second week of January, the price for a gallon of whole milk in Baton Rouge ranged from $4 to $6.89.
Strain said his office dispatched an auditor to the Fresh Market in Mandeville after receiving a complaint about the Tuesday promotion. His press office declined to identify the complainant.
During the visit, the auditor explained the regulations to store officials, Strain said.
Daigle learned about the change in price when he plunked down a gallon of milk at the cash register Tuesday at the Fresh Market two blocks from his office.
He routinely buys two gallons of milk at the sale price. He puts one gallon in the refrigerator and freezes the other.
This time, the milk rang up at the nonsale price. When Daigle questioned the price tag, the cashier told him the state had come down on the store.
Fresh Market’s corporate headquarters referred media questions to the Atlanta-based BRAVE Public Relations.
BRAVE released a prepared statement from Drewry Sackett, Fresh Market’s marketing, public relations and community relations manager.
Sackett said the promotion applied to the store’s private label, rBST-free milk.
“Because milk is a commodity product with regulated costs that are subject to change, at the current cost, due to Louisiana state law, we are unable to honor the $2.99 Tuesday deal for (Fresh Market) milk ... Because the cost of milk fluctuates, it is possible that we will be able to offer the $2.99 deal on milk again in the future,” Sackett said.
Daigle said he is outraged that the state would intervene in order to control a retail store’s prices.
“Should we do the same thing with bread? Should we do the same thing with soft drinks?” he asked.

Strain said the regulations exist to keep the price of milk as low as possible.
Allowing a supermarket to sell milk below cost could drive competitors out of business, allowing the store to then increase the price of milk, he said.
Daigle disagrees with Strain’s approach.
He said it is understandable for states to regulate the wholesale price, ensuring that farmers receive fair compensation for their labor.
Controlling the price on the grocery store shelf is heavy-handed, Daigle said.
“If retailers want to take a loss, so be it,” he said.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic...

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

They were not talking about hunting rifles, or pistols, or limited capacity non-pistol grip replicas.  They were saying that the citizens have the RIGHT to KEEP and BEAR the same weapons that a military would have.

From the Preamble to the Bill of Rights:  "The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added:  And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution." order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers...

So they made it nice and simple.

...and it is required, that the President, Congress, members of the Military...and Federal Law Enforcement Officers, swear an oath to protect and defend it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Just One Life...

...why stop there?

"If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try," said Obama, joined at the White House by four children who wrote to the president following the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. 

Typical.  Why stop there.  By making driving vehicles illegal, it would save an estimated 45,000 lives a year.  So that is more than one.  I'm just sayin'...

Okay, that may be a little extreme.  However, by passing a law establishing a national 5 mph speed limit...we can still have our cars and save an estimated 45,000 lives a year.  Does anyone doubt that nation wide, deaths as a result of vehicle accidents would go down?  If there's even one life that can be saved - don't we have an obligation Mr. President?  He's so smart.  

On the other hand, but limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds, as stated in the proposal, and grandfathering in all pre-Obama magazines - you will save exactly zero lives.  FBI statistics show that in most cases, it takes less than 10 hits to kill somebody.*  Then again, if you missed with all 10, it would take less than a second to exchange magazines...or have two guns.   So, I'm not so sure we have the obligation.  

*I completely made up that statistic, but the President makes up all his crap too!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I'm Just Sayin'...

...when you celebrate victims, and denigrate the top 1%...when you punish the 'top earners,' and reward  those who don't work...when you want to 'fundamentally change' the greatest nation that has ever lived...when you refer to the elderly as 'the most vulnerable' among us, rather than the most wise and experienced among will get exactly what should have been expected: