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In the land of Poverty??

Louisiana stops sale of cheap milk at market

Published January 27, 2013

Holy cow!

A Louisiana supermarket was forced to yank its low-cost milk special after state auditors objected to the price.

Fresh Markets in Perkins Rowe was selling milk for $2.99 a gallon as part of a weekly promotion deal, but Louisiana requires that retailer markups be at least 6 percent above invoice and shipping costs, The Advocate reports.

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, according to The Advocate.

 “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 told the paper.

Strain’s office reportedly sent an auditor to the store to investigate the Fresh Market promotional deal after getting a complaint.

During the second week of January, the price for a gallon of whole milk in Baton Rouge ranged from $4 to $6.89.

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Posted by on 01/27/2013 in news



Democrats are more fearful of guns, they know they can’t trust their own.

Nevada legislator Brooks arrested, accused of threatening Assembly speaker _________________________________________ Posted: Jan. 20, 2013 | 10:14 a.m. Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 | 2:35 a.m. Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested Saturday night on a charge of threatening Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson said Sunday he informed Kirkpatrick of Brooks’ threat against her. Atkinson said Brooks had been telling people Kirkpatrick’s “first day as speaker would be her last.” North Las Vegas police said Brooks, 40, was booked about 6 p.m. at the Las Vegas City Jail on a felony charge of intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence. Jail records show Brooks was in custody Sunday evening. Brooks is a Democrat serving Nevada Assembly District 17 in northern Clark County. Police said they responded to a home in North Las Vegas at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in response to reported threats to an elected official, though authorities would not say who Brooks reportedly threatened. A Nevada legislator who requested anonymity said Kirkpatrick was shaken but doing fine. Kirkpatrick is a North Las Vegas Democrat who was recently elected speaker. Brooks was arrested without incident during a traffic stop near Carey Avenue and Mount Hood Street. A law enforcement source said a gun was found in Brooks’ car. Lawmakers were shocked by the allegation against Brooks, but said they knew he has been upset and felt sidelined by Kirkpatrick, who did not give him the chairmanship of the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee, although she did name him to the committee. Instead, the chair job went to Assembly woman Maggie Carlton. One lawmaker said Brooks seemed agitated during a recent Interim Finance Committee meeting that Carlton chaired. “He kept getting up and down and walking in and out of the meeting,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He was acting a little strangely.” About three weeks ago, Brooks began approaching other Assembly members, soliciting help in ousting Kirkpatrick as leader of the lower house, the lawmaker said. He didn’t get much support and “seemed to accept” that she would remain as leader, though Brooks remained troubled by his situation, the lawmaker said. “He said, ‘She’s out to get me,’ ” the lawmaker said. Kirkpatrick knew of Brooks’ efforts to remove her, the lawmaker said. Kirkpatrick could not be reached for comment Sunday but other legislative leaders said they wanted to hear from Brooks before rushing to judgement. Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, said he knows Brooks from their membership in the Hispanic caucus. “It’s a little surprising,” Denis said of the arrest. Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, said Sunday that law enforcement is providing security both for himself and Kirkpatrick. “Ms. Kirkpatrick is being watched until it is deemed not necessary,” he said. “Law enforcement has been dispatched to my home as well. Obviously something has risen to a level where it is better to be safe than sorry.” Horne said he didn’t witness any threats by Brooks. “We’ve got legislative police doing their job and (North) Las Vegas police doing their investigation,” he said. “We’ll wait to see what happens. We wish Mr. Brooks well and we hope everyone remains safe. It is a serious issue.” The arrest comes just 16 days before the Legislature opens its 77th session on Feb. 4, a session that leaders of both parties, including Kirkpatrick, had hoped would be harmonious and without partisan bickering. In the past, the battles were between Republicans and Democrats, not between members of the same party. An arrest of a Nevada legislator for threatening another has not occurred for at least 30 years, and may never have happened before . Brooks is beginning his second term as an assemblyman. His first term, representing District 19 prior to re apportionment, was largely uneventful. Assigned to the Transportation, Judiciary and Health and Human Services committees, he seldom said anything in floor debates. Kirkpatrick, however, has gained a lot of popularity, including with Republicans, who often praised her for her fairness. According to his biography on, Brooks is a former mathematics teacher. At the time of his first election in 2010, he listed his occupation as “self-employed.” He is now a city of Las Vegas management analyst, where he was paid just under $33,000 in 2011, according to a city employee listing. Brooks’ position is appointed, meaning he is not in the Las Vegas City Employees Association and is employed at will. In a statement, city spokesman David Riggleman said, “Yes, we are aware of Steve Brooks’ arrest. As is the city’s standard practice, we will treat this situation as a personnel matter, meaning the facts surrounding it will be thoroughly reviewed. Following that review, the city will take the appropriate action.” If released from custody this week, Brooks could see Kirkpatrick as soon as Wednesday. Both are members of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, which has a scheduled pre-session budget subcommittee hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The meeting will be in Carson City, but members may also attend by teleconference at the Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. Review-Journal Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel and reporters Mike Blasky and Benjamin Spilman contributed to this report. Contact reporter Antonio Planas at or 702-383-4638. Contact reporter Sean Whaley at swhaley@review or 775-687-3900. Contact reporter Laura Myers at lmyers@reviewjournal .com or 702-387-2919. Follow @lmyerslvrj on Twitter.

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Posted by on 01/21/2013 in news


Paneta in London today…unexpected?

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Cameron today

Patrick Wintour, the Guardian’s political editor, tells me David Cameron will meet Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, now that the prime minister is unexpectedly in London today.

The PM will chair a second meeting of Cobra this afternoon and his spokesman stressed that the operation remains an entirely Algerian-led operation.

The UK ambassador to Algeria is likely to fly to the In Amenas area.

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Posted by on 01/18/2013 in news


From the Guardian Live Newsfeed on Algeria Hostage situation

33m ago

Belmokhtar ‘offers hostage swap’

Ihab Mohamed writes: According to Mauratania’s ANI news agency, which seems to be in contact with the Battalion of Blood, the terrorist group behind the hostage crisis, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the group’s leader, is offering to release the American hostages in exchange for the release of Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui, who are in jail in America on terrorism charges.

Belmokhtar has recorded a video message, which he is going to send to the mass media, in which he offers the same swap and calls on the French and Algerians to negotiate an end to the war in northern Mali.

We cannot independently verify this, although ANI has been broadly right in its reports throughout this crisis.

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Posted by on 01/18/2013 in news


Did you read these reports in US Media? Bet not.

Obama will NOT actively seek ban on ‘assault rifles’ despite saying ‘weapons of war have no place on our streets’

  • President does not believe an assault rifle ban will get through Congress


PUBLISHED: 14:36 EST, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:09 EST, 11 January 2012

President Obama has vowed to limit access to what he called ‘weapons of war’ after last month’s Sandy Hook massacre but the White House is privately making clear that it doesn’t not believe an ‘assault weapons’ ban will get through Congress.


This recognition marks a rare point of agreement between the Obama administration and the National Rifle Association (NRA). 

‘I do not think that there is going to be a ban on so-called assault weapons passed by the Congress,’ David Keene, NRA president, told Matt Lauer of the NBC ‘Today’ programme.

Doubts: Barack Obama, pictured with Afghan President Hamid Karzai today, does not believe an assault rifle ban will get through Congress

Doubts: Barack Obama, pictured with Afghan President Hamid Karzai today, does not believe an assault rifle ban will get through Congress

Agreement: NRA President David Keene told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that he also didn't believe an assault rifle ban would get through Congress

Agreement: NRA President David Keene told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that he also didn’t believe an assault rifle ban would get through Congress


Action: The vice president has hinted that President Obama might use executive action if Congress takes no action on gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre

 Lauer had asked him if the NRA was powerful enough to block the legislation. He also posed the question of whether the power of the NRA had been ‘eroded’ after the  shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead.

‘I don’t know that the NRA is that powerful,’ Keene responded. ‘I do think that those Americans who believe strongly in the Second Amendment and their right to own privately and use firearms for legitimate purposes is a huge number of people who really care about these issues.’

A task force led by Vice President Joe Biden is preparing readies recommendations to reduce gun violence that will be placed on Obama’s desk by Tuesday.

While a new ‘assault weapons’ ban of the type that expired in 2004 after a decade will be an element of a final package, the White House believes it will not become law and therefore wants other measures that could gain bipartisan support to be enacted.

Biden has indicated he will recommend universal background checks and curbs on high-capacity magazines.

Publicly, the White House insists it will pursue an ‘assault weapons’ ban and denied a report in the New York Times that it was shying away from trying to push a bill through Congress.

 Speaking before a meeting in the White House, Biden spoke of the urgency of his report after the Sandy Hook massacre, stating that ‘nothing that has pricked the consciousness’ like the images of ‘little six-year-olds riddled…with bullet holes in their class’.

Biden said that he had met a variety of interested groups and had ‘never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines’. 

He also said that there had been a ‘recurrence of suggestions’ that there should be ‘universal background checks’ for the sale of guns, including at gun shows and in private sales.

Adam Lanza, who carried out the Sandy Hook massacre, used a Bushmaster .223 rifle. It is unclear, however, whether this would be covered by an ‘assault weapons’ ban. It was legal in Connecticut despite a ban modelled on the federal legislation.

Gun rights advocates say the term ‘assault weapons’ is nonsensical and that such a ban could cover many sporting rifles.

Crackdown: Biden raised the suggestion again for 'universal' background checks on all gun sales including private ones

Crackdown: Biden raised the suggestion again for ‘universal’ background checks on all gun sales including private ones

After emerging from the White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, the NRA issued a statement slamming him for an ‘attack’ on the Second Amendment.

The gun rights group said: ‘We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.

‘While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged”, this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.

‘It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.’

 The National Rifle Association was one of the gun owner groups at the White House today to meet Vice President Joe Biden – who yesterday signalled that the Obama would take ‘executive action’ to curb gun rights.

Biden’s meeting with the NRA is one of three he has scheduled for Thursday as he prepares to make recommendations on gun policy by the end of the month. Besides the NRA, Biden and other officials are meeting with sportsmen and wildlife interest groups, as well as people from the entertainment industry.

The NRA, the nation’s largest gun-rights group, has blocked gun control efforts in the past and is opposing any new ones.But David Keene, NRA president, said in a Brooklyn GOP Radio podcast on Wednesday that he backed action against criminals with guns.

‘Aside from the insane people that are involved in these mass shootings, most gun crime, most crimes involving firearms, crime period is committed by people who, in effect, are making a living by stealing purses, burglarising houses and robbing people.

Sandy Hook:

Critically important: Biden said the massacre at Sandy Hook meant the president had to act

 ‘Anything that deals with gun crime by prosecuting people who misuse firearms in the commission of a felony is a good idea and that part’s fine. 

‘But the idea of banning or restricting firearms from perfectly honest, legitimate Americans who have a right to defend themselves as per the Supreme Court and the Second Amendment, have a right to privately own firearms, is both constitutionally suspect and, from a policy standpoint, has been empirically demonstrated over time not to have any impact whatever on violence or crime.’

Speaking before a White House meeting with gun control advocates on Wednesday, Biden said: ‘The president is going to act.There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet, but we’re compiling it all.’

Executive orders have the full force of law and are issued by a president using his executive powers independently of Congress. Use of them, however, is highly controversial because it bypasses the legislative branch – the Congress.  

If Obama were to act on gun control with sweeping executive orders, he would be likely to face a backlash of outrage from many Republicans.

He said that last month’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 27 dead, including 20 children, had ‘touched the heart of the American people so profoundly’ and ‘requires immediate, urgent action’.

Eric Holder, the attorney general, sat at the table with Biden, alongside representatives of gun control groups such as the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre shooting and the stepfather of a victim in last summer’s Aurora, Colorado mass shooting.

Biden said: ‘I want to make clear that we’re not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing,’ Biden said. ‘It’s critically important we act.’

The vice president is due to finalise his task force’s findings on gun violence and pass the results to Obama by the end of the month.

Biden is understood to be considering a raft of gun control proposals – including an option of working with stores like Wal-Mart to close the so called ‘gun show loophole’ so that more weapons could be bought in retail outlets.

A person working within the Obama administration told The Washington Post that Wal-Mart and other major gun retailers might have an incentive to back closing the loophole, which allows people to bypass background checks if they buy firearms via private sales.

After the Sandy Hook massacre, Biden was deputed to lead a task force charged with making recommendations to President Barack Obama to prevent future carnage. 

call for action

Call for action: Many of those meeting with Biden Wednesday had been touched by gun violence. From left are: William Kellibrew, Witness to Violence & Founder William Kellibrew Foundation; Hildy Saizow of Arizona for Gun Safety; Colin Goddard, a survivor of Virginia Tech shooting; Annette Nance-Holt, mother of victim to gang violence; and Lonnie Phillips, stepfather of a Aurora, Colo., shooting victim. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week as part of the effort he is leading to develop policy proposals in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 On Thursday, he will meet gun ownership organisations – including the National Rifle Association – and sportsmen who use guns recreationally.

Obama has described the day of the Sandy Hook massacre in December as the worst of his presidency, and has said he will look to take quick action on the Biden group’s recommendations. 

The Washington Post reported that the White House is weighing a broad approach on gun control that would go beyond bans on assault weapons and high-capacity clips that have prompted attention in the past. 

Among the measures Biden is said to be looking at are universal background checks for gun buyers and a national database to track the movement and sale of weapons. 

Members of Congress have indicated a readiness to look at the issue of gun violence, but any major changes to gun laws would be expected to encounter resistance from Republicans and many Democrats who are strong supporters of Second Amendment gun rights.

There have been signs of a potential shift among key figures though, with a spokesman for Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, telling CNN that the top Democrat was in a ‘different place’ on gun control.

After Sandy Hook, Reid said on the Senate floor: ‘We need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens.’

The NRA opposes new restrictions on gun ownership and insists that the best way to deal with the issue of gun violence is to put armed guards in all schools.safer option

Safer option? Biden is said to be behind a plan to encourage gun buyers to purchase from supermarkets where they must undergo background checks

 Jay Carney, White House press secretary, has said that Biden was overseeing a process engaged with a variety of stakeholders to look at gun violence.  ‘They include gun owners and groups that represent gun owners.’

Sheriff Richard Stanek, who attended one meeting at the White House, told the Washington Post said that Biden ‘wanted to talk to us about the assault-weapons ban, automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines.

He added that the meeting also included extended discussion of mental-health issues, violence in video games and films, and the poor quality of information contained in databases used to conduct criminal background checks before issuing gun permits.

According to the White House, ‘soon after’ the meetings are complete, Biden will pass his task force’s recommendations to Obama, who will then issue a set of proposals for tackling gun violence.

Biden said he was ‘heartened’ by the response the White House has received to a request for input on the gun issue, with contributions being received from mental health groups, medical professionals and religious groups.

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Posted by on 01/11/2013 in news

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