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Much of our Tuna sold here is now Made in China!


Much of the Tuna Fish is Now a Product of China (and other countries)

When I unwrapped a 4-can pack of tuna that was formerly Produced in the United States, I noticed it said: "Product of China." So I returned it to the store for a refund, and then looked for some Product of United States tuna. I could not find any, whether they be name brands, or generic. There were some from countries other than China, but I felt those countries might also be questionable, as far as safety goes.

China food has killed many of our pets, so why are we allowing food from China for people?

I hear much fish in China is raised in sewer water! Next time you ar ein the supermarket, look at the Bumble Bee can and see where it is made...also, look to see who the owners of Starkist is...The answer will surpsrise you - Korea!




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When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit: Click right here to buy Kits on USAB2C!



  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
  • Local maps


Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses.
  • Infant formula and diapers.
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper � When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

source: Ready.gov, Dept. of Homeland Security
 


Trump - Buy American, Hire American
Dec 6 2016

UNITED NATIONS – Donald Trump took to the stage in Cincinnati to say thank you for his victory over Hillary Clinton.

Speaking directly to the people and the region that helped achieve his historic upset, he promised to remove the rust from the Rust Belt.

The president-elect promised to unleash “a new industrial revolution” by rebuilding the nation’s public works – our roads, bridges, ports and water and energy infrastructure.

“Buy American and hire American,” he said in Ohio. “That will be our new mantra.”

Donald Trump’s mantra confirms what Ecclesiastes tells us: There is nothing new under the sun. Indeed, the founders of the greatest republic in history would not only recognize the president-elect’s economic policy, they would endorse it. For his inauguration, George Washington wore a suit made of cloth woven at the Hartford Woolen Manufactory in Connecticut when most textiles were imported from abroad. Britain dominated the world textile trade at the time and Washington’s sartorial choice was a declaration of economic and industrial independence.

Make no mistake – British cloth was cheaper than the American alternative, just as the British tea dumped in Boston Harbor carried a lower price than what the colonial merchants were selling. But Washington wanted to set an example by demonstrating his faith in American industry. “It will not be a great while,” Washington wrote to the Marquis de Lafayette, “before it will be unfashionable for a gentleman to appear in any other dress.”

President Washington asked Alexander Hamilton, his treasury secretary, for a plan to nurture industry in the United States rather than having the new nation depend on manufactured goods imported from abroad.

In this Report on Manufactures, in 1791, Hamilton wrote: “The wealth … independence and security of a Country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufactures

Every nation ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply.” And so Congress set out to encourage the growth of American manufacturing industries. At Hamilton’s behest, the government offered a cash bounty to anyone who would deliver to our shores plans for the British textile works. The fruits of this 18th century industrial espionage live yet today in Cranston Print Works, a Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based textile company and founder of America’s first Industrial Revolution. Congress also used government procurement policies to build American enterprise.

In 1798, Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, won a contract to deliver 10,000 muskets. He endeavored to produce them using interchangeable parts fashioned by machine tools, rather than by hand. This was a novel production method that came to be known as the American system of manufacturing. When Congress approved building the Transcontinental Railroad before the Civil War, it stipulated that the rails would be made in America, though British steel was cheaper at the time. That way, we wound up with a steel industry as well as a railroad.

Just as Buy American will boost our economy, so too will Hire American.

Our open-borders policy has deprived Americans of sharing in the promise of their birthright. Educators, academics and politicians tell young Americans they should acquire degrees in the high-tech STEM fields of science, tech, engineering and math.

Yet, at the same time, Washington has opened the high-tech sector to a flood of low-paid guest workers that fill jobs Americans could do.

For example, the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program originally gave foreign students a one-year work visa upon graduation so they could acquire on-the-job experience as part of their higher education. But President Obama issued an executive order extending the one-year visa into a three-year visa. Universities soon began marketing a new product to foreign students: a one-year “Masters program” with the three-year work visa built into it. Americans lose two ways – we are shut out of jobs and priced out of universities by wealthy foreigners willing to pay anything for a U.S. work permit.

Buy American and Hire American is the way we will rebuild our economy and Make America Great Again.

 

Pre-9/11 NYC Skyline



Twin towers of the World Trade Center burning



Post 9/11 NYC Skyline - Freedom Tower Being Built
9/11/2011

At the site of unimaginable death and devastation, a memorial of breathtaking beauty has emerged.

The National September 11 Memorial opens today on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks and is a dazzling tribute to the lives lost, and to a city and nation that will never forget. It is the largest made man made waterfall in the world. They are bordered by bronze panels inscribed with the names of those who died there, at the Pentagon and in western Pennsylvania.

In the footprints of the old Twin Towers are now two square, below-ground reflecting pools, each nearly an acre, fed from all sides by waterfalls that begin just above ground.

Lower Manhattan will be in lockdown mode today as massive crowds and a host of dignitaries descend on the area for the solemn observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Throughout the morning, the names of the more than 2,600 people who died in the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks will be read aloud.

Ten years on from the day the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed so much for so many people, the world's leaders and millions of citizens are pausing to reflect.

From Sydney to Atlanta, formal ceremonies are planned or already under way to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished from more than 90 countries. And, in a reminder that threats remain, authorities in Washington and New York are beefing up security in response to intelligence about possible plans for a car bomb attack.

For some people, the pain never stops. In Malaysia, Pathmawathy Navaratnam woke up Sunday in her suburban Kuala Lumpur home and did what she's done every day for the past decade: wish her son "Good morning." But Vijayashanker Paramsothy, a 23-year-old financial analyst, was killed in the attacks on New York.

"He is my sunshine. He has lived life to the fullest, but I can't accept that he is not here anymore," said Navaratnam. "I am still living, but I am dead inside."

In Manila, dozens of former shanty dwellers offered roses, balloons and prayers for another 9/11 victim, American citizen Marie Rose Abad. The neighborhood used to be a shantytown that reeked of garbage. But in 2004, Abad's Filipino-American husband built 50 brightly colored homes, fulfilling his late wife's wish to help impoverished Filipinos.

The village has since been named after her.

"It's like a new life sprang from the death of Marie Rose and so many others," said villager Nancy Waminal.

Click here to see artistic video of "Painting the Flag"



HISTORY of NEW YORK

New Yorkers are rightfully proud of their state's many achievements and contributions. This synopsis is adapted from a brief history previously printed in the Legislative Manual.

Duke of York
New York harbor was visited by Verrazano in 1524, and the Hudson River was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Dutch settled here permanently in 1624 and for 40 years they ruled over the colony of New Netherland. It was conquered by the English in 1664 and was then named New York in honor of the Duke of York.

Independence
Existing as a colony of Great Britain for over a century, New York declared its independence on July 9, 1776, becoming one of the original 13 states of the Federal Union. The next year, on April 20, 1777, New York's first constitution was adopted.

Revolutionary War
In many ways, New York State was the principal battleground of the Revolutionary War. Approximately one-third of the skirmishes and engagements of the war were fought on New York soil. The Battle of Saratoga, one of the decisive battles of the world, was the turning point of the Revolution leading to the French alliance and thus to eventual victory. New York City, long occupied by British troops, was evacuated on November 25, 1783. There, on December 4 at Fraunces Tavern, General George Washington bade farewell to his officers.

The First Government of New York State
The first government of New York State grew out of the Revolution. The State Convention that drew up the Constitution created a Council of Safety which governed for a time and set the new government in motion. In June 1777, while the war was going on, an election for the first governor took place. Two of the candidates, Philip Schuyler and George Clinton, were generals in the field. Two others, Colonel John Jay and General John Morin Scott, were respectively leaders of the aristocratic and democratic groups in the Convention. On July 9, George Clinton was declared elected and he was inaugurated as Governor at Kingston, July 30, 1777. Albany became the capital of the State in January 1797.

The First Capital of the New Nation
Alexander Hamilton was a leader in the movement which ended in the development of the Federal Constitution, and he was active in its ratification. New York City became the first capital of the new nation, where President George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789.

The Empire State
In following years, New York's economic and industrial growth made appropriate the title "The Empire State," an expression possibly originated by George Washington in 1784. In 1809, Robert Fulton's "North River Steamboat," the first successful steam-propelled vessel, began a new era in transportation.

Erie Canal
The Erie Canal, completed in 1825, greatly enhanced the importance of the port of New York and caused populous towns and cities to spring up across the state. The Erie Canal was replaced by the Barge Canal in 1918; and the system of waterways was further expanded by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Overland transportation grew rapidly from a system of turnpikes established in the early 1880s to the modern day Governor Thomas E. Dewey New York State Thruway. By 1853, railroads, that had started as short lines in 1831, crossed the state in systems like the Erie and New York Central.

Statue of Liberty
Located in New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty was formally presented to the U.S. Minister to France, Levi Parsons on July 4, 1884 by Ferdinand Lesseps, representing the Franco-American Union. The cornerstone was laid in August 1884 and the Statue of Liberty arrived in June 1885, in 214 packing crates. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886, when the last rivet was put into place.

During the nineteenth century, America became a haven for many of the oppressed people of Europe, and New York City became the "melting pot." The Statue of Liberty (dedicated in 1886 in the harbor), with its famous inscription, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," was the first symbol of America's mission

United Nations
The international character of New York City, the principal port for overseas commerce, and later for transcontinental and international airways, has been further enhanced by becoming the home of the United Nations, capital of the free world. Here the people of all nations and races come to discuss and try to solve the world's problems in a free and democratic climate.

New York Stock Exchange
As one of the wealthiest states, New York made tremendous strides in industry and commerce. The New York Stock Exchange, founded in 1792, has become the center of world finance. Diversified and rich natural resources, together with unmatched facilities for transport, produced a phenomenal growth in manufacture and industry. Research and inventive genius have been extensive, especially in the field of electronics, power and the peaceful and productive use of atomic energy.

Center for Art, Music, and Literature
New York City also became a leading national center for art, music and literature, as exemplified by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera Company, and large publishing houses.

National Leaders
The state has supplied more than its share of national leaders, beginning with Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury; and John Jay, the first chief justice. Aaron Burr and George Clinton served as vice presidents. Martin Van Buren, Chester A. Arthur and Grover Cleveland went from New York politics to the presidency. In the 1900s, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt achieved the presidency; and Nelson Rockefeller served as vice president. Governors Charles E. Hughes, Alfred E. Smith and Thomas E. Dewey all were candidates for the presidency.

September 11 attacks


The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11, pronounced nine-eleven) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

2,974 victims and the 19 hijackers died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 different countries. In addition, the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse.

The 9/11 attacks had immediate and overwhelming effects upon the American people. Many police officers and rescue workers elsewhere in the country took leaves of absence to travel to New York City to assist in the process of recovering bodies from the twisted remnants of the Twin Towers. Blood donations across the U.S. also saw a surge in the weeks after 9/11. Not only were New Yorkers united during this horrific tragedy but all of America and the entire world shared their pain.

OSAMA BIN LADEN KILLED!!

On May 2, 2011, US Special Forces killed Bin Laden in Pakistan. A small US team had conducted the raid in about 40 minutes.

Three other men were killed in the raid - one of Bin Laden's sons and two couriers - the official said, adding that one woman was also killed when she was used as "a shield" and two other women were injured.

Americans Celebrate this great feat. "America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. - George W Bush Former US president


 

Sunday, 04 Dec 2016 08:54 AM


Trump warns US Companies: Export Jobs, Get 35% Tax

Dec. 4 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is threatening heavy taxes as retribution for U.S. companies that move their business operations overseas and still try to sell their product to Americans. In a series of early-morning tweets Sunday, Trump vowed a 35 percent tax on products sold inside the U.S. by any business that fired American workers and built a new factory or plant in another country.

Trump campaigned on a vow to help American workers but also to reduce taxes and regulations on businesses. Trump tweets "there will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35 percent for these companies wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units, etc., back across the border."

He says companies should be "forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake."  

Trump this week reached a deal with United Technologies Corp. to keep about 1,100 jobs at a Carrier air-conditioning plant in Indianapolis rather than move them to Mexico. The president-elect signaled he will frequently deal with corporate leaders to protect American workers.  

“We’re going to have a lot of phone calls to companies that say they’re thinking about leaving this country, because they’re not leaving this country,” Trump said on Dec. 1 at the Carrier plant in Indiana.


 

Theodore Roosevelt, 1919





"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

--Theodore Roosevelt, 1919

 
   

The SS United States - America's Flagship faces an unknown future



She broke the transatlantic speed record in both directions on her maiden voyage from New York to Europe by the greatest margin in history. (That record still stands, 59 years later.) The top political, military and entertainment figures of the day regularly sailed aboard her, along with everyday Americans and immigrants to our shores. She became the living embodiment of America's post-World War II industrial might

So significant were the accomplishments of the firm Gibbs & Cox, that founder William Francis Gibbs remains the only individual ever to be awarded both the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers' gold medal for both his naval architecture and marine engineering accomplishments.

Gibbs passed away in 1967, but his enormous legacy lives on in the design firm of Gibbs & Cox, which continues to supply marine engineering for government contracts, though it has long been out of the passenger ship business. Of the numerous passenger ships designed by Gibbs & Cox, only the SS United States remains extant, stripped of all interior fittings, with the exception of heavy machinery.

Interior fittings and furniture, auctioned off in 1984, have found their way into museums and private collections around the world. So significant was the interior design of the SS United States, it is still lauded over 50 years after the ship's maiden voyage. In summer 2004, Modernism Magazine celebrated the forward thinking 1950s female design firm of Smyth, Urquhart & Marckwald. The magnificent interiors and custom furniture they created are displayed in museums and still evoke a sense of the classic elegance of mid-20th century design.

The significance of the SS United States to the American Merchant Marine cannot be overstated. The ship remains the largest passenger vessel constructed in the United States and the fastest ocean liner to ever cross the North Atlantic (both eastbound and westbound). As the nation's flagship for over 17 years, the ship's service was exemplary and it was never plagued by mechanical difficulty.

For over 35 years the ship has been spared from the worst humiliation a vessel can endure: the breaker's torch. It is not only unusual that a ship, out of service for well over three decades, remains intact, it is extraordinary. In the past decade, a tremendous awareness has emerged of the liner's plight, and former builders, passengers and crew have come forward in large numbers determined to ensure that the SS United States is preserved as an amazing technological and engineering triumph, and American cultural icon.

The tremendous red, white and blue funnels, while somewhat faded, still stand strong and are a testament to the ingenuity, vision, determination and pride that represent the American dream. As the stewards of her historical legacy, the SS United States Conservancy remains committed to the vision of a revitalized United States that can serve as a brilliant example of American industrial might for generations to come.

Save Our Ship

After the ship had been listed for sale for a year, in early 2010 NCL announced that it would be accepting bids from scrappers. After this announcement the SS United States Conservancy launched a major campaign, "Save Our Ship", to raise funds and awareness in support of the vessel.

In July of 2010, the Conservancy announced that it had received a $5.8 million pledge from Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, allowing the Conservancy to buy the ship outright and maintain her at her current berth for 20 months while redevelopment plans are made and funds for her restoration are raised. This marks the first time in the history of the SS United States that a group concerned primarily with the vessel's historical significance and preservation has owned her.

While this great ship is safe for now, she has not yet been "saved". Funds must yet be raised for her restoration and redevelopment. Once this significant task is completed, the Conservancy envisions a future where the SS United States is a sustainable waterfront attraction, providing jobs and important public amenities, while educating and inspiring future generations.

Can you help her?

The SS United States Conservancy began as an initiative of the SS United States Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1992. For more info on Donating,
Donate by Clicking Here.

 

April 27, 2016

Trump: Put America first again on trade, immigration policy

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump, in a wide-ranging address critical of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reiterated his pledge “to change trade and immigration policies to make America first again.”

In a talk of some 40 minutes that was relatively restrained, compared with his off-the-cuff campaign rally speeches, the billionaire businessman outlined his foreign policy views Wednesday at the Mayflower Hotel to an audience selected by the Center for the National Interest, a think tank aligned with former Reagan administration foreign policy officials.

The bulk of Trump's address and his sharpest criticism were directed at Obama and Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, for what he called “a rudderless, aimless foreign policy . . . a complete and total disaster.” But he also disagreed with the foreign economic policy consensus of the years since World War II, criticized the neoconservative policies of the George W. Bush administration - notably for the invasion of Iraq - and took issue with trade policies that have been relatively consistent since the Eisenhower years.

“We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,” he insisted. “I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down. We will never enter America into an agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.”

While he never mentioned the trade deals the Obama administration is trying to forge with the European Union and with Pacific Rim nations, Trump called another treaty, the North American Free Trade Agreement, “a total disaster for the United States.” NAFTA “has emptied, literally has emptied our states of manufacturing jobs. I've toured Pennsylvania, I've toured New York. They've been cleaned out. Their manufacturing is gone.

“Never again,” he promised. During his presidency, Trump said, “only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs, and we will bring in new ones.” He suggested that “there will be consequences for companies” that move jobs overseas.

“Under a Trump administration, no American citizen's needs come second to the citizens of a foreign country. I will view the world through the clear lens of American interests,” he said.

“Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again on trade, immigration and foreign policy,” Trump said. “The jobs, incomes and the security of the American worker will be my first priority. No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first.

“Many Americans must wonder why our politicians are more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than in defending their own,” he said, asserting that “recent immigrants” had been charged with terrorism. “We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies,” Trump said, adding, “a pause for reassessment will help us prevent the next San Bernardino.”

“America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign policy goals,” he said. “Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, we have lacked a coherent policy. This will all change when I become president. America is going to be strong again. America is going to be reliable again. It's going to be a friend again. We're going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based on American interests and the shared interests of our allies.”

Under his leadership, he said that the United States would be “getting out of the nation-building business and instead focusing on stability in the world.”

 

Principal at this school banned the American flag because "the opposing team had Hispanics.

Principal at this school banned the American flag because "the opposing team had Hispanics

August 30, 2016

The principal at Travelers Rest High School in South Carolina on Friday denied Hunter Ballew's entrance to a football game because he was carrying an American flag. CBS Sports got an explanation from Lou Lavely, the principal on the decision to ban:

The ensuing outrage prompted principal Lou Lavely to issue a statement explaining his decision. According to Greenville Online the school's opponent, Berea, has a large Hispanic community, and Lavely thought the American flags could be used for taunting the other team.

"Any decision to not allow the American flag to be used in an improper 'taunting,' unsportsmanlike manner is first and foremost in the interests of promoting the safety and well-being of all in attendance at school events," he wrote. "This decision would be made anytime that the American flag, or any other symbol, sign, cheer, or action on the part of our fans would potentially compromise the safety of all in attendance at a school event."

Hunter posted the following on Facebook:

Lou Lavely, Travelers Rest High School Principal, continues to power trip and strip young Americans the right to proudly boast this Nation's flag.

Last night I picked my brother up from the TRHS Football game and he told me that Lavely had denied entry to a couple of young men with Americans flag. I can't deny the rage I felt as this is the third incident I've had involving Lavely and the flag I love.

First, the day after Osama was killed in 2011 we were told we couldn't have the American flag on our trucks on school property and the TRPD came and handled the situation. Lavely later apologized to our group.

Second, I was picking up my youngest brother and saw two high school boys handling our flag with disrespect at the flag pole as they let it drag the ground and it acted like it was not an issue.

Third, last night as I took the flag and attempted to enter myself he stated, "he has the authority to tell anyone they can't bring it on the property." Unfortunately the cops were not helpful and sided with Lavely even after stating "you'd probably win if you took it to the school district." I'm no expert and don't know the laws in and out. But.. if he has the power to strip Americans the right to boast the American flag after being pumped up about our Olympic run there is a much bigger problem. A problem that need to be resolved.

I'm sick of this political correctness. We need to do something about it because it's not getting any better



 




Buy American This Season

Birth of a New Tradition



As the different holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition!





 

FDA update: Jerky treats sickened 6,200 dogs, killed 1,140
FDA update: Jerky treats sickened 6,200 dogs, killed 1,140

May 16, 2016


More than 1,140 dogs have died after eating jerky pet treats, out of 6,200 cases of jerky-related canine illness reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2007 to December 31, 2015. FDA recently released those figures in an update on its continuing investigation into animal illnesses and deaths related to jerky-style treats.

In that same time span, FDA received approximately 5,200 complaints of illness associated with consumption of chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats. The illness reports also involved 26 cats and three people. Most cases involved products imported from China, but some resulted from treats labeled as US-made.

Many affected animals showed symptoms of a rare kidney disease, Fanconi-like syndrome (FLS), which is normally genetic. Reports of jerky-related FLS cases have declined in recent years. Between May 2014 and September 2014, FDA received 270 case reports. However, only 200 reports were filed since the agency’s last update, which covered September 2014 through the end of 2015.

During the investigation, FDA detected antimicrobial and antiviral residues in an imported duck jerky product and added duck jerky products to the testing system in 2015. As a result of this testing, FDA revised its existing Import Alert in October 2015 to include certain poultry jerky pet treats.

However, the exact cause for these cases of FLS has not been identified. FDA continues to investigate the cause of these illnesses along with the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, an FDA-affiliated group of animal health laboratories. Lab analysis looks for pathogenic bacteria, toxic metals, radioactivity, pesticides and many other potentially harmful materials.

The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet. FDA encourages pet ownders to consult with their veterinarians if they notice symptoms in their pets, including: • decreased appetite and/or activity, • vomiting, • diarrhea, sometimes with blood or mucus, or • increased water consumption and/or urination.

Pet owners can report if their animal becomes ill after consuming a jerky pet treat through the FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal or by phone to a local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.



 

American Jobs are being lost to China, Mexico and South America
AP -
Where Have All The Good Jobs Gone?

Countries like China, Mexico and Colombia now produce what used to be produced here in the United States. We have given away our best jobs through so-called “free trade” agreements and most-favored nation status, which accompanies our membership in the WTO. We have lowered or eliminated our protective tariffs, leaving our companies vulnerable.

“Free trade” means uncontrolled, unrestricted access to our economy for foreign-made goods, tariff- and duty-free. These goods are made at wages of $4 per hour or less. We cannot compete with these wages, so we are forced to outsource nearly all of our manufacturing, sell-out to foreign interests, or simply go bankrupt.

We have sabotaged ourselves through our “free trade” agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). NAFTA alone has sucked over 682,000 jobs out of our country since its inception. Not only have these agreements destroyed jobs, they have destroyed our ability to manufacture.

We are losing the institutional knowledge that comes with being a manufacturing powerhouse, and we may never get it back if we allow this trend to continue.

The WTO has also facilitated the transfer of our manufacturing and wealth to overseas nations. In order to be a WTO member, the United States must grant most-favored nation status to all member countries. This means that if we offer a low tariff rate to a country such as France or Germany, we must offer that same low rate to China.

We can no longer pick and choose which countries it is in our best interest to trade certain goods with. As a result, China now accounts for the largest portion of our balance-of-trade deficit, and many of our manufacturers have moved their operations there in search of lower costs, selling back to the United States at no penalty.

This is clearly an unsustainable model. We cannot continue to live on imports and debt. We need good jobs, and our politicians are doing everything they can to prevent them from developing. It is time to replace any politician who has proven they don’t understand this dire situation. The cost of inaction is too great.



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