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A Global Wine Shortage May Soon Be Upon Us

Oh, my God!  This is a serious crisis!

Forget the “Financial Crisis” and unemployment, World governments must come together to address this issue.  They should be planning a conference at the United Nations….

I would hate to have to change over to beer or hard liquor….

Or, god forbid, quite drinking…

From the HuffingtonPost.com:


Last year, global supply for wine already barely exceeded demand. Adjusting the demand to include non-wine uses (such as making vermouth), there was actually an undersupply of about 300 million cases, marking the largest such shortfall in almost 50 years.

At the current pace, a global shortage of wine is fast approaching. “Data suggests there may be insufficient supply to meet demand in coming years, as current vintages are released,” the report says.

via A Global Wine Shortage May Soon Be Upon Us.

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Some Important Information to Share: How to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Cork Screw

This is important information that everyone will probably need at some point in life…

This is vital information for dealing with one of life’s most dire emergencies:  The Broken Cork Screw….

Or information to use when you are traveling and forgot the cork screw- something I would never do.  I keep at least one in all my bags.

Believe me, you’ll thank me- and my friend Shakey who first shared it on Facebook- one day.


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Hostess wins OK to give execs up to $1.75 million in bonuses

This is a real example of what is totally wrong with the Corporate Culture and Corporate accountability in America….

These guys destroyed a profitable, iconic American Company.

Even though it makes nasty, bad-for-you treats full of preservatives and strange chemical things…

But that’s what America seems to want.  It’s really hard to fail at this….

And they failed.  And are going bankrupt.  Bad management is the only excuse…

And they are getting bonuses for this?  Talk about Bain Capital as a business model….

I guarantee the hourly workers aren’t getting any bonuses for making the product;  only those whose “leadership”  destroyed the company….

From the L. A Times:


Hostess Brands Inc., in the midst of winding down its business, won approval Thursday from a federal bankruptcy judge to give as much as $1.75 million in bonuses to its executives.

The money is intended as an incentive for 19 top-level managers to remain with the Twinkies and Ding Dongs maker to oversee its liquidation.

The payouts will be granted only if managers “achieve a set of specific tasks and goals within a specified time frame that are designed to speed and lower the cost of the wind-down,” Hostess spokesman Lance Ignon said.

The maximum bonus amount, Ignon said, represents 0.07% of Hostess’ revenue and 0.17% of the value of its assets and is below the average for bonuses in comparable bankruptcy cases. Hostess Chief Executive Greg Rayburn would be not be eligible for a bonus, Ignon said.

via Hostess wins OK to give execs up to $1.75 million in bonuses – latimes.com.

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Papa John’s, Denny’s, Applebees brands hurt by Obamacare criticism


I never went to Denny’s or Applebees to begin with, but  used to order Papa John’s on occasion.  But not since their CEO made his idiotic statements after the election.

I’m now boycotting Papa John’s.  I’ve long boycotted Domino’s due to their political actions and I hate Pizza Hut.

Another reason to buy local pizzas!

Local pizzas are better anyway.   We have several local, wood-fired pizza options.  At least one, uses only locally grown ingredients.

I should always been buying all our pizzas from them to begin with…

If only they delivered…..

Well, we all must make some sacrifices….

From AmericaBlog.com:

Though it has many faults, one great aspect of the free market – the actual free market and not what we have on Wall Street – is that customers have choices. Since the Obama re-election victory in November, a few CEOs and business executives couldn’t accept that they lost, and chose instead to bash President Obama and Obamacare.

It was especially strange to hear one CEO, Papa John’s’ John Schnatter, complain about the supposedly high costs of Obamacare forcing him to limit his workers’ hours, while he somehow found the money to build a moat around his mansion and a personal golf course. He’s also the same CEO who is facing a $250 million class action lawsuit for sending text messages to customers.

Then there was the local Denny’s franchiseewho came up with the bright idea to tack on a 5% surcharge to every check to supposedly pay for Obamacare.

Or Applebee’s NY franchisee who claimed Obamacare may force him to institute a hiring freeze.

via Papa John’s, Denny’s, Applebees brands hurt by Obamacare criticism.

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7-Eleven Selling Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy from Slurpee Machines

I’m really starting to get suspicious….

Is 7-11 ground zero for all things related to poor nutrition choices that also lead to weight gain?

I think they pioneered super-sized drinks with the “Big Gulp”- which did really come in handy when hung-over in college…..

But this is truly disgusting.  A line has been crossed….

Fake powdered  potatoes and instant gravy from a slurp machine?  Leave out the slurp machine and it’s just like Mom used to make….

Seriously, I’m afraid….

Glad I stay on the Slow Carb Diet- I wouldn’t even eat this crap on Cheat Day-when I’ll eat almost anything….

If I want potatoes, I want the real thing!

From RawStory.com:


The 7-Eleven convenience store chain is now featuring a Slurpee-type machine that dispenses mashed potatoes and gravy.

The Huffington Post on Monday confirmed that the Maggi mashed potato vending machines were beginning to show up in stores in the U.S.

For a dollar, you can get a generous helping of mashed potatoes. And then you can wash it down with a Big Gulp for only a dollar more.

MORE:   7-Eleven selling mashed potatoes and chicken gravy from Slurpee machines | The Raw Story.

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Chick-fil-A Officially Comes Out as Antigay

I’ve posted on Chick-fil-a and their cultish behavior before, but now they have really come out of the closet.

Let me say this very clearly:  Chick-fil-a is an anti-Gay company.  Openly and clearly stated below.

If you know and care about anyone who is Gay, you should really think hard if you want to buy that greasy chicken sandwich and waffle fries knowing the profit is going to be used against your friends and loved ones….

And for the record, “biblical principles” are open to interpretation.  He’s using this phrase to justify his personal bigotry….

Form TheAdvocate.com:

Dan Cathy, the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said there is no denying that his company opposes marriage equality.

Cathy said that he does not feel right billing Chick-fil-A as a Christian business because, as Christian business mentor Fred Roach once said, “There is no such thing as a Christian business … Christ never died for a corporation.”

However, Cathy told the Baptist Press he aims to operate the restaurant chain “on biblical principles.” When asked whether his company had an established position against marriage equality, Cathy said, “guilty as charged.”

He added, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

via Chick fil A COO Dan Cathy Officially Comes Out as Antigay | Advocate.com.


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Funeral Home In South Carolina To Sell Starbucks Coffee

Well, I’ve seen Taco Bell’s in Gas Stations, but nothing like this….

Personally, if you are going to combine food and beverage services with a Funeral Home, I would prefer a bar…

From The Huffington Post:


EASLEY, S.C. — A funeral home in northwestern South Carolina will be offering what it calls the Starbucks experience to those needing comfort, or just a cup of coffee.

Robinson Funeral Home in Easley is building a coffee shop attached to the funeral home.

The Coffee Corner will feature Starbucks coffee and food and also will be open to those who don’t need services from the funeral home. Chris Robinson says the Coffee Corner will include a fireplace, TV and Wi-Fi.

Starbucks employees will train employees at the funeral home later this month before the shop opens.

Robinson says there’s nothing like food or coffee to help comfort those who’ve experienced a loss.

via Funeral Home In South Carolina To Sell Starbucks Coffee.

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The Cult of Chick-fil-A

This explains one of the reasons I will not eat at this place…

I firmly believe in the separation of Church and Chicken.

The other reason I won’t eat at this place is their nasty, greasy food….


Interesting article from Forbes.com:


“We tell applicants, ‘If you don’t intend to be here for life, you needn’t apply,'” says Cathy, who opened his first restaurant in 1946.

That’s not the only company mandate. Chick-fil-A’s corporate mission, as stated on a plaque at company headquarters (and by Cathy), is to “glorify God.” It is the only national fast-food chain that closes on Sunday so operators can go to church and spend time with their families; franchisees who don’t go along with the rule risk having their contracts terminated. Company meetings and retreats include prayers, and the company encourages franchisees to market their restaurants through church groups. Howe Rice, a franchisee in Glen Allen, Va., hosts a Bible study group in one of his two Chick-fil-A restaurants every Tuesday. He offers a free breakfast to all who attend. “You don’t have to be a Christian to work at Chick-fil-A, but we ask you to base your business on biblical principles because they work,” says Cathy.

via The Cult of Chick-fil-A – Forbes.com.

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House GOP Classifies Pizza As A Vegetable

Who wrote this law?  Herman Cain?

I think after this, we can safely classify the House GOP Caucus as a vegetable.

I’ve seen some idiotic bills come out of the GOP Caucus.  I’ve seen some blatant bills where it’s obvious payback to campaign contributors and lobbyists.

This is an excellent example of both.

From ThinkProgress.org:

Earlier this year, the USDA made an attempt to bolster the nutrition guidelines for the federal school lunch program. Under the new guidelines, for instance, school lunches would be limited to one cup of starchy vegetables a week and the ability of schools to count tomato sauce on pizza towards their fruit and vegetables requirement would be scaled back. But House Republicans, in a new spending plan unveiled yesterday, have done away with those changes:

The spending bill also would allow tomato paste on pizzas to be counted as a vegetable, as it is now. The department’s proposed guidelines would have attempted to prevent that.

The changes had been requested by food companies that produce frozen pizzas, the salt industry and potato growers. Some conservatives in Congress have called the push for healthier foods an overreach, saying the government shouldn’t be telling children what to eat.

According to a bill summary released by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, these provisions are meant to “prevent overly burdensome and costly regulations.” What they will actually do is ensure that a steady flow of dollars continues toward certain favored food manufacturers, at the expense of children’s health.

“We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable in the school lunch program,” said Amy Dawson Taggart, the director of Mission: Readiness, a group advocating for healthier school lunches. “It doesn’t take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace.”

via House GOP Classifies Pizza As A Vegetable To ‘Prevent Overly Burdensome’ School Lunch Regulations | ThinkProgress.

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Jewish Bagel Shop Rescued By Muslim Cab Drivers

I love stories like this, even if the Mainstream Press rarely seems to cover them…

The press and the Right Wing Fundamentalists much prefer stories where people of different religions are at war and don’t cooperate to those about the times people of different beliefs do work together.

And the “religious leaders” then wonder why so many people now only have a negative image of any religion….

From The Huffington Post:

A 91-year-old New York Jewish bagel shop about to go under was saved by two former Muslim cab drivers who vowed to keep it kosher.

Coney Island Bialys and Bagels was set to close its doors in September, with longtime owner Steve Ross citing a bad economy as the culprit, the Jewish Daily Forward first reported.

But Peerzada Shah and Zafaryab Ali couldn’t let that happen, so the two former New York cab drivers and one-time roommates bought the store together.

Ali had worked at the shop for about 10 years and didn’t want to see the iconic neighborhood store shut down. Shah went to culinary school in Manhattan and was knowledgeable about ovens and baking equipment, the Jewish Daily explains. Both men immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan.

Ross’ grandfather, Morris Rosenzweig immigrated from Poland and opened the shop in 1920.

Some might wonder whether the “geopolitics that divide Muslims and Jews” pose a problem, but all three men say it doesn’t factor in anywhere.

“It doesn’t matter,” Ali told the New York Daily News. “I make the food for everyone.”

A longtime customer also told WPIX he didn’t have any issues with the religion of the two men.

The new business partners are renovating certain parts of the shop, but plan to use the same recipes, equipment and the kosher menu, MSNBC points out.

Joseph Jackson has worked at the shop for 30 years and decided to stay with the new owners.

“The two men are very, very good-natured, well-intentioned and just good people,” Jackson told MSNBC. “They want to keep the bakery kosher and I want to help them succeed.”

via Coney Island Bialys and Bagels, Jewish Bagel Shop, Rescued By Muslim Cab Drivers.

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