Reaching out to the beleaguered victims of Hurricane Sandy with direct and
immediate aid, "Israel Flying Aid", the Israeli global humanitarian organization
which was first to arrive in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, has
been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, as well as food, batteries
and generators to those in the tri-state area who were adversely impacted by the
"storm of the century".
According to a report by the Israel News Agency, Israel Flying Aid North
American Operations Manager Moti Kahana said, ""We have many years of disaster
relief experience. Israel Flying Aid, in having Israelis on the ground here in
New York and New Jersey, have made Israel the only foreign nation to provide
humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster. We are working in
coordination with FEMA, local police, the American Red Cross and Jewish
communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut." He added that most of the
efforts had been donated by Israelis living in the US and this enabled gas to be
distributed to hospitals in New York and New Jersey
Joel Leyden, an Israel Flying Aid Operations Specialist who had worked in
direct disaster relief efforts in Haiti has been coordinating the distribution
of both food and generators to those in storm ravaged Long Island with the help
of the Greater Hartford Jewish Community.
The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly
after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said
About 30 contestants ate the insects during
Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach
about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.
Archbold, 32, became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed
in front of the store, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement
released Monday. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced
dead. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy to determine a
cause of death. [snip]
The bugs consumed were from an inventory of insects "that are safely and
domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles." (CBS)
(AP) — Police in Quebec were following the scent of something sweet — millions of dollars' worth of maple syrup missing from a large warehouse stocking over $30 million worth of the amber nectar.
theft puts a cavity-sized dent in Quebec's syrup stock, considered to
be a global strategic reserve of the sweet stuff that is often used to
replenish markets during disappointing seasons. Quebec produces up to 80
percent of the world's maple syrup.
Quebec Provincial Sgt. Claude Denis
said Friday it was too soon to determine the exact quantity or value of
the maple syrup stolen from the St. Louis-De-Blandford facility where
over 10 million pounds (4.54 million kilograms) is stored. (continue reading at AP)
A restaurant in Texas is reportedly offering unique, (according to some) politically incorrect discounts based on the looks of its customers, proving to me that some people still have a sense of humor, and some don't:
A receipt from Dallas-based Twisted Root Burger Co. gave a two-cent discount to one customer for having the “Best Butt” and for being “Best Looking.”
It was a penny off for each winning attribute.
The discount became known online when Reddit user “caraficionado24″
posted the photo with the comment, “A friend of mine got complimented
rather sneakily at Twisted Root Burger.”
“The person who received it was a female,” Jason Boso, the owner of
the restaurant told WND, adding the employee who gave her the receipt
“is male and is single, so I’m sure he did it because he was hitting on
“We have one or two people sending email saying were sexist with
that,” Boso added. “Maybe I am a little sexist, but 99 percent think
it’s funny, so I’m gonna go with the 99 percent. We don’t let the haters
decide what we do.”
Boso’s restaurant, which has seven locations in Texas, also offers discounts for:
Most Likely to Succeed
The photo of the receipt has already prompted potential interest from
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and at least one radio show for Thursday morning.
Boso, 39, went to culinary school after a not-so delicious experience in the corporate world.
He explains, “When I was 28 years old I was fired from my corporate
job for doing something that everyone wants to do. I told a customer
off, I mean I really let them have it. I told them exactly what I
thought of them and I pulled no punches. I would say I used more than
one or two expletives. Needless to say, I was promptly fired.”
Before opening his own burger joint, he was a chef for the Four Seasons Resort and Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas.
“I don’t want our irreverent personalites to [define] who we are,”
Boso told WND. “I’m still a chef, classically trained. We’re just having
fun doing it. We’re still a couple of locals serving a great
Managers who are late for meetings are forced to wear a burger costume at Twisted Root Burger Co.
The irreverence of Twisted Root Burger is evident on the company’s Facebook page, where a colorful photo of its accountant in a hamburger costume is prominently displayed.
“This is JJ, our accountant, hard at work yesterday. As you can tell,
our dress code is strictly business casual,” the caption reads.
Boso explains the costume-wearing has to do with their weekly managers meeting.
“Whatever manager shows up last or late to the meeting has to wear
the burger outfit throughout the meeting,” he said, noting he’s never
had to don the outfit.
“I was late once, but I lied and gave a good excuse. But I’m the boss and I believed my own lie.” (WND)
I've had a few unconnected observations over the past few days and thought I would share them with you. See if you agree with me.
First, the McDonalds Big Mac is no longer big... I can count on one hand the number of times I have eaten McDonalds over the past 30 years or so, but I do remember that a Big Mac was actually big, saucer-sized. I ate one for lunch today and while it was very
tasty and my hunger was satisfied, it was only the size of a small hamburger, actually more like a slider. Additionally, there was no 'secret sauce' on the Big Mac.
I suspect the food police over the years have complained about the size, or perhaps McDonalds simply cut back on the size to save money. They really should change the name.
Second, having traveled over the past few days through 4 States in these beautiful
United States of America, I saw only two political bumper stickers -- one for Obama, which could have been from 2008, I'm not sure -- and one Romney bumper sticker. I will give credit to the car with the Romney sticker. They also had a bumper sticker that said "Don't blame me -- I voted for the American". A big thumbs up to that guy.
Third, would you trust a politician whose last name is "Kant" which sounds like can't? In a magnificently beautiful town called Fairhope, Alabama, Mayor Tim Kant is running for another term. He has signs everywhere in the area, and I do mean everywhere. I don't know anything about him, but I do know Fairhope, Alabama is the most beautiful, lush, clean, town I have ever seen.
Next, the Democrats are salivating at the thought of a hurricane hitting Tampa and destroying the Republican Convention. I thought they were the ones calling for civility? No? I understand that having the Convention in a city is a big deal, but why choose a city that could be in the path of a hurricane during the height of hurricane season?
Did anyone really think that the Republican Convention would get honest coverage from the Obama media? I have a bridge to sell them if they do. Does anyone think the debates will be honest and fair, when the moderators are all far left wing Obama supporters?
More observations later. Feel free to add any observations about anything you want in the comment section. Spill your guts. Get it off your chest.
The Chicago Phoenix reports that a local Chicago gay right group has now filed suit against those "comments" because it made them 'feel' “unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable” at Chick-fil-A restaurants, or “public accommodations” under Section 5-102(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act, the gay rights organization lawyer, Anthony Martinez said. (continue reading)
Read the full story and excerpts of the Complaint here.
At least 75 of Wendy's francises posted signs: “We stand with Chick-fil-A”. Good for them. Around the country Chick-Fil-A restaurants were packed, inside and out, with long lines. People were courteous. People felt very strongly that supporting the values of Chick-Fil-A was important. Me too. (image via SBY News)
Armed with a work ethic forged during the Depression and keen business sense coupled with a personal and business philosophy based on biblical principles, restaurant entrepreneur S. Truett Cathy and his brother Ben opened The Dwarf Grill (later Dwarf House) in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946. They named resulted from the fact the restaurant was so small, it contained only 10 stools and four tables; however, it was a start and the restaurant prospered through the years. Sales at the end of the first day totaled $58.20.
Born on March 14, 1921, Samuel Truett Cathy is one of America's most generous philanthropists, sharing his fortune primarily with disadvantaged children. A Sunday school teacher of thirteen-year-old boys in the Baptist church for more than fifty years, Cathy and his wife, Jeannette has taken in 150+ foster children over the years.
Truett was eight years old when his business entrepreneurial journey began in 1929 during which time he operated a Coca-Cola stand in his front yard. By 1935, the Great Depression placed the Cathy family in dire financial straits. They move into Techwood Homes in downtown Atlanta, the country’s first federally funded housing project where they paid $67/month for rent. During this time Truett helped the family’s income with money earned from a paper route.
Cathy started his first franchise when he opened the second Dwarf House in Forest Park in 1951. When it burned down in 1960, Truett decided to pioneer the idea of a fast-food restaurant instead. Experimenting with a sandwich featuring a boneless breast of chicken, Cathy perfected the recipe for his "Chick-Fil-A" over a period of four years using cooking techniques his mother taught him when she worked in a boarding house kitchen.
(AP) MINNEAPOLIS - Delta Air Lines Inc. is trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches on four flights from Amsterdam to the U.S.
The airline says needles were found in six sandwiches on four flights on Sunday. Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur says one passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured, but the passenger declined to get medical attention.
The sandwiches were prepared in the kitchen of a catering company in Amsterdam, and some were served to business class passengers on Delta flights. After the needles were found, passengers got pizza instead.
Delta says security for its meal production has been increased and it is using more prepackaged food while the investigation continues. The needles were found on flights to Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Seattle.
Capitalism is in crisis across the globe – but what on earth is the alternative? Well, what about the musings of a certain 19th-century German philosopher? Yes, Karl Marx is going mainstream – and goodness knows where it will end.
Class conflict once seemed so straightforward. Marx and Engels wrote in the second best-selling book of all time, The Communist Manifesto: "What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable." (The best-selling book of all time, incidentally, is the Bible – it only feels like it's 50 Shades of Grey.)
Today, 164 years after Marx and Engels wrote about grave-diggers, the truth is almost the exact opposite. The proletariat, far from burying capitalism, are keeping it on life support. Overworked, underpaid workers ostensibly liberated by the largest socialist revolution in history (China's) are driven to the brink of suicide to keep those in the west playing with their iPads. Chinese money bankrolls an otherwise bankrupt America. (image: A public sector worker striking in east London last year. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features)
The irony is scarcely wasted on leading Marxist thinkers. "The domination of capitalism globally depends today on the existence of a Chinese Communist party that gives de-localised capitalist enterprises cheap labour to lower prices and deprive workers of the rights of self-organisation," says Jacques Rancière, the French marxist thinker and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. "Happily, it is possible to hope for a world less absurd and more just than today's." (Image: Protestors at the Conservative conference last year. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features)
That hope, perhaps, explains another improbable truth of our economically catastrophic times – the revival in interest in Marx and Marxist thought. Sales of Das Kapital, Marx's masterpiece of political economy, have soared ever since 2008, as have those of The Communist Manifesto and the Grundrisse (or, to give it its English title, Outlines of the Critique of Political Economy). Their sales rose as British workers bailed out the banks to keep the degraded system going and the snouts of the rich firmly in their troughs while the rest of us struggle in debt, job insecurity or worse. There's even a Chinese theatre director called He Nian who capitalised on Das Kapital's renaissance to create an all-singing, all-dancing musical.
And in perhaps the most lovely reversal of the luxuriantly bearded revolutionary theorist's fortunes, Karl Marx was recently chosen from a list of 10 contenders to appear on a new issue of MasterCard by customers of German bank Sparkasse in Chemnitz. In communist East Germany from 1953 to 1990, Chemnitz was known as Karl Marx Stadt. Clearly, more than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former East Germany hasn't airbrushed its Marxist past. In 2008, Reuters reports, a survey of east Germans found 52% believed the free-market economy was "unsuitable" and 43% said they wanted socialism back. Karl Marx may be dead and buried in Highgate cemetery, but he's alive and well among credit-hungry Germans. Would Marx have appreciated the irony of his image being deployed on a card to get Germans deeper in debt? You'd think. (continue reading at The Guardian UK, hat tip Marcus Wilder)
Read the entire article and comments, then leave your thoughts here in the comment section. Personally I think Barack Obama and his administration would be thrilled if there was a greater turn toward Marxism, Communism, Socialism, whatever conglomeration of those ideals they could get here in the US and abroad. But I believe that the only true way to a free society is Capitalism, free and unadulterated Capitalism. That is truly under attack, being chipped away at every turn.
Privately owned businesses no longer have the right to run their business as they choose, the government burdens them with regulations upon regulations. Business is also under attack by private individuals with agendas.
Today in the news we have a lawsuit against a restaurant by an atheist:
John Wolff, an atheist in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, has filed a complaint against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen for offering a 10 percent discount to diners who bring in a church bulletin on Sunday
Wolff told the Intelligencer Journal that he filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission because the restaurant discriminated against him for not attending church services.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which is helping Wolff with his complaint, claims that discounts based on religion are illegal under the federal Civil Rights Act: “As a place of ‘public accommodation,’ it is illegal for restaurants, grocery stores or other businesses to discriminate, or show favoritism, on the basis of religion." (continue at SodaHead)
Businesses offer "specials" every day, sometimes to seniors, or children. In the South, the Bible Belt, getting a discount on Sunday for a church bulletin has gone on forever. Businesses want to bring in more customers, an if giving a discount here and there does that, it should be their right to do so.
The local churches said anyone can come in, pick up a bulletin, take it to the restaurant and get the discount. They don't have to stay for the worship service. Just one more instance of burdens being placed on small businesses just trying to stay afloat in a terrible economy maintained by the current administration. What has Obama done since he became President? Here is a list.
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