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THESE DOG FOODS HAVE BEEN RECALLED BECAUSE THEY MAY CONTAIN EUTHANASIA DRUGS

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H/T The Organic Prepper

If you have any of the wet dog food listed return them to the place of purchase.

Please help me spread the word about this do food.

 

***SEE THE UPDATE FOR MORE RECALLS***

Do you feed your dogs wet food? If so, you need to check your labels because 4 major brands have been recalled by the manufacturer, J.M. Smucker Company.

According to a message sent to retailers, the foods could contain a drug that is used in euthanasia.

The J.M. Smucker Company is initiating a voluntary withdrawal of a limited quantity of Gravy Train®, Kibbles ‘N Bits®, and Skippy®Wet Dog Food products after learning specific SKUs did not meet our specifications because a minor ingredient may contain low levels of pentobarbital. This is not a threat to pet safety. Although the extremely low levels do not present a health or safety risk, their presence in our products is not acceptable to us. (source)

In a different article, the brand Ol’ Roy was also included in the list of recalled brands.

Pentobarbital in pet foods can cause death.

Despite reassurances that the tainted food doesn’t present a risk, a previous pentobarbital taint caused the death of one family’s beloved pet. Nikki Mael shared her tragic story.

Within minutes of sharing a can of Evanger’s pet food among her five dogs, she was racing the lifeless animals to the emergency vet.

“They were falling over. They were running into the walls. They were convulsing,” said Mael.

The vets told her they weren’t sure what was going on, but that things didn’t look good. Hours later, devastating news.

“They said Talula wasn’t going to make it,” said Mael, choking back tears.

Desperate for answers, the family sent the remainder of the food to a specialized lab and drove Talulah’s lifeless body to a veterinary pathologist for a postmortem examination.

“Poisoning from the dog food. That’s what killed her,” said Mael.

But it wasn’t just any poison.

It was pentobarbital: A lethal drug, most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and some horses. The deadly toxin is never permitted to kill animals that are part of the food supply and would violate federal law if it was. (source)

Hearing a story like that, I certainly would never risk giving my pets one of the recalled products.

Return these products if you have them on hand

Here’s the list:

Gravy Train canned/wet dog food
• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks (UPC: 7910052541)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Strips (UPC: 7910052542)
• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks (UPC: 7910052543)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Chunks (UPC: 7910034417)
• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Chicken Chunks (UPC: 7910034418)• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew (UPC: 7910051933)
• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley (UPC: 7910051934)
• Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks (UPC: 7910034417)
• Gravy Train 22 oz. with Chicken Chunks (UPC: 7910051645)

• Gravy Train 22 oz. with Beef Chunks (UPC: 7910051647)Kibbles ‘N Bits canned/wet dog food

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Burger Bacon Cheese and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety 12-Pack (UPC: 7910010377; 7910010378)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Meatball Pasta and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety Pack (UPC: 7910010382; 7910048367; 7910010378)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Burger Bacon Cheese and Beef Vegetable Variety Pack (UPC: 7910010380; 7910010377; 7910010375)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Wet Variety Pack (UPC: 791001037; 7910048367)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetable in Gravy (UPC: 7910010375)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetable in Gravy (UPC: 7910010378)

• Kibbles N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy (UPC: 7910010380)

Skippy canned/wet dog food

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Select Cuts in Gravy with Beef & Bone Marrow (UPC: 7910071860)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Select Cuts with Burgers & Cheese Bits (UPC: 7910050243)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Smoky Turkey & Bacon (UPC: 7910050246)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef & Chicken (UPC: 7910050247)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy 3 in 1 Chicken, Beef & Liver (UPC: 7910050248)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew (UPC: 7910050249)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Chicken (UPC: 7910050244)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef (UPC: 7910050250)

• Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef (UPC: 7910050245)

Ol’ Roy canned/wet dog food
• Ol’ Roy 13.2 oz. Turkey Bacon Strips (UPC: 8113117570)

How did the poison get in the dog food?

If you’re wondering how the drug got into the dog food,  you aren’t alone. Some have suggested it’s because some of these companies could be using meat from euthanized animals in the pet food that they make. It’s illegal to do this but the FDA has turned a blind eye.

One possibility as to how pentobarbital is getting into food? Experts tell us animals that have been euthanized are picked up by renderers who process the carcasses – which may be blended into pet food.

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“Only Tanya is left”

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H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

This the story of the hardships Tanya Savicheva and her family faced during the siege of Leningrad.

A young girl’s diary became the symbol of suffering in Leningrad.             

On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union under codename Operation Barbarossa. In early September, the city of Leningrad was besieged by Army Group North with orders to starve the city to death, then destroy it completely. Hitler considered the destruction of Leningrad an important symbolic goal, as the city was the birthplace of the Russian Revolution. The 872-day siege resulted in the death of 1,500,000 Russian soldiers and civilians and the evacuation of 1,400,000 more, many of whom died to hunger or bombardment during the attempt. With starvation running rampant, people were often left lying on the street where they collapsed.

Women digging an anti-tank ditch near Leningrad

 

This was the reality of life for an 11-year-old girl called Tanya Savicheva. Tanya was born in 1930 to a baker, Nikolay Rodionovich Savichev, and a seamstress, Mariya Ignatievna Savicheva. Tanya was the youngest of five siblings, with two brothers, Mikhail and Leka, and two sisters, Zhenya and Nina.

Tanya Savicheva

Their father died when Tanya was six, but Mariya was a successful seamstress and managed to support the family alone. With musical talent running through the family, she also formed a family ensemble with the boys playing the guitar, mandolin and banjo, Tanya as the lead singer and the others acting as the choir.

In the summer of 1941, the family was planning to go on holiday outside the city but only Mikhail departed ahead of the rest. On June 22, the announcement of the German invasion prodded the family to stay in Leningrad and help with the war effort. Tanya’s mother started sewing uniforms for soldiers. Leka, an engineer, was disqualified from military service due to bad eyesight, but got a job at the Admiralty Shipyard, often working a second shift at night. The older sisters worked at a munitions factory making mine cases. Nina also helped with constructing defenses, while Zhenya, sometimes working two shifts, also donated blood regularly. 11-year-old Tanya also worked, digging trenches and putting out firebombs. Her two uncles, Vasya and Lesha served in anti-aircraft defense. Unknown to the family, Mikhail joined the partisans in the fight against Nazi troops, but his fate remains unknown.

Tanya with a niece a few days before the German invasion of the Soviet Union

Tanya had been writing a diary for a while but sometime during the first winter of the siege it was used as fuel for a fire to keep the family warm. She was compensated for the sacrifice by getting Nina’s small, thin notebook. Nina used part of the notebook to take notes about equipment at the factory but the alphabetized part of the booklet was still blank.

Tanya’s first entry in her notebook was written on the alphabetized page for the Cyrillic letter Zhe, the first letter in her sister’s name: Zhenya died on December 28 at 12 noon, 1941.The double shifts and blood donations took too high a toll on her already exhausted and malnourished body.

Leka

The second entry was on the page for Be, the first letter of the Russian word for “grandmother:” Grandma died on January 25 at 3 o’clock, 1942. Suffering heart failure after losing a third of her weight from starvation, old Yevdokiya Grigorievna refused to go to a hospital because she felt they were already overcrowded. She asked her family to keep her death a secret until the end of the month so they could use her ration card for extra food.

Children being evacuated to safer areas

On February 28, 1942, Nina went to work and never came back. The city came under heavy artillery shelling that day and with no news of her over the next days, the family assumed she was dead. Still, lacking certainty, Tanya did not make a note of her.

Uncle Vasya, veteran of the Great War

The next entry, again on the page of the corresponding name’s letter, was about the death of Leka on March 17. One by one, as her family died, Tanya made a short note with the date, always on the appropriate lettered page. Uncle Vasya, a World War I veteran whom Tanya was very close to, died on April 13. Uncle Lesha, who was too old to be accepted for military service at 71 but remaining active in the civilian effort, died on May 10. The last mention of a relative was on the page for “M,” written and pronounced the same in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. Mama on May 13 at 7:30 in the morning, 1942.

“Mama on May 13 at 7:30 in the morning, 1942”

There are three more sentences, each on their own page. The Savichevs are dead. Everyone is dead. Only Tanya is left. After her mother’s death, Tanya spent a night at a neighbor’s house, who later recalled the state she was in: “When Tanya lost everyone, she became deranged with grief. She would clutch at a small house plant, which had only a few withered leaves left and was virtually dead. Somehow, it seemed to remind Tanya of her family. She would stand by her stove, swaying from side to side, holding it close to her, in a terrible trance. She was trying to bring it back to life.”

Tanya

Tanya went to the house of an aunt who, hoping to get the girl urgent medical care, transferred custody of her to a public orphanage. From there, she was evacuated in a group of 140 children to a nearby village in Soviet-held territory. She stayed there even after the siege was lifted, but starvation, sickness and the loss of her family were too much for her, and she died on July 1, 1944.

Memorial recreating Tanya’s diary pages in stone, St. Petersburg

Unknown to Tanya, one her notes turned out to be false, as not all Savichevs were dead. Her sister Nina didn’t die on the day of her disappearance but was swept up in an unannounced evacuation across the frozen surface of Lake Ladoga. Unable to contact her family during the siege, she returned to her home in 1945, finding Tanya’s diary there.

You can learn more about the hardships and sacrifice the war demanded on the Eastern Front, including a visit to the memorial featuring Tanya’s diary entries, on our Eastern Front Tour in August  2018 and 2019.

 

 

How Republicans Got Schumer to End Obstruction of Rail Nominee

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The blood of every victim of Amtrak crashes is on the hands of Little Scumkie Schumer.

Dem leader gives in on nominee he’d blocked since August, gets nothing in return.

A group of Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) put an end on Tuesday evening to efforts to extract billions of dollars in federal funding guarantees by blocking the confirmation of a qualified nominee to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Schumer had been blocking a confirmation vote on Ronald Batory since August, when the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved him to be Federal Railroad Administrator. Schumer was demanding $5.5 billion for a major New York infrastructure project in return for letting Batory through. Republican senator John Thune (S.D.), who heads the committee, had slammed Schumer on the Senate floor for “playing political games” with rail safety.

The behind-the-scenes machinations that ultimately led to Schumer’s decision to end his obstruction began two Sundays ago when an Amtrak train collided with a freight train in South Carolina, killing two and sending nearly a hundred to the hospital, according to a Senate aide familiar with the confirmation negotiations.

In the days following the crash, Thune contacted Schumer to let him know he would be going to the Senate floor to call for a vote on Batory, according to the aide.

“After the South Carolina Amtrak accident Thune came back to Washington very upset at the series of passenger rail accidents where there have been deaths and injuries,” the aide explained. “Thune was ready to go again to the Senate floor to see if anyone was going to step up in these circumstances and object to confirming Batory like they did in December, but before he did that he reached out to Schumer.”

“We need to get somebody at this agency,” Thune told Schumer last Wednesday, according to the aide. “Because otherwise I’m going to the Senate floor to do this again.”

Schumer, who had been blasted for blocking Batory after two recent fatal train incidents, told Thune if he held off on calling for a vote he thought he could get something done.

Thune held off on the vote, and Schumer told him on Monday that Democrats would not object to the vote on Batory the next time it was brought to the floor.

The aide says that nothing was given to Schumer in return for his reversal aside from the delay.

“It was not a transactional conversation,” the aide said. “The only thing Schumer asked for was time and for Thune to hold off on going to the Senate floor.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told the Washington Free Beacon “zero concessions” were made to Schumer by the agency in return for his acquiescence on Batory.

Schumer’s office did not respond to questions on his decision-making process on the Batory confirmation vote. He is yet to comment on the vote.

Thune celebrated the Batory confirmation as a “win for railroad safety.”

“Even as his confirmation languished, consensus that Ronald Batory was highly qualified to serve as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration never waned,” Thune said in a statement. “His confirmation is a win for railroad safety and I expect him to have an impact.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D, N.Y.), who privately accused Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao of “killing people” by not guaranteeing funding for the multibillion-dollar tunnel project, also did not respond to a request for comment on Batory’s nomination.

New Jersey senators Cory Booker (D.) and Bob Menendez (D.), also pushing for funding for the tunnel, were supportive of Schumer’s block on Batory as recently as last Friday.

Celebrities in war: David Niven

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H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

R.I.P. Lieutenant-Colonel David Niven  March 1,1910-July 29,1983

The Academy Award-winner was a soldier before he started acting.

Celebrated British actor David Niven (1910-1983), who played in about a hundred movies including A Matter of Life and Death, Around the World in 80 Days and Separate Tables,was born into a military family. His father served in World War I and died at Gallipoli when David was 5 years old. His maternal grandfather was an officer killed by the Zulus in the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879.

David Niven after the war
The Pink Panther
1963 Blake Edwards

Niven attended a strict private school as a child. Being an incorrigible prankster, he faced frequent corporal punishment and was eventually expelled. He eventually enrolled at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, where he did well and cultivated the air of an “officer and gentleman” that later became his trademark as an actor. Being of Scottish descent, he had his heart set on joining the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) as his second choice. When filling in his form, he jokingly wrote “anything but the Highland Light Infantry” as his third, since they wore tartan trews rather than kilts. To his chagrin, he was assigned there.

2nd Lt. David Niven (first from the right) in the Highland Light Infantry, wearing the unit’s disdained trews

He was made a lieutenant in 1933 but considered his career to be a dead end in the peacetime army. The last straw for him was mandatory attendance at a lecture on machine guns, which interfered with his plans for dinner with a young lady. When the general holding the lecture asked if there were any questions, Niven asked “Could you tell me the time, sir? I have to catch a train.” The insubordination earned him an immediate arrest, which led to him and the officer guarding him downing a bottle of whisky. This, in turn, allowed him to escape with help from the same guard and Niven boarded a ship headed for America, resigning his commission by telegraph.

Niven in the Highland Light Infantry around 1930

 

After a few false starts as a whisky salesman, a rodeo promoter and cleaning and shining rifles for American hunters in Mexico, he started acting and slowly but surely became a well-known star. When World War II broke out, he returned home to serve. He was the only British actor in Hollywood to do so and ignored the Embassy’s advice to stay.

Niven in uniform

Once back in Britain, Niven received commando training and became the commander of ‘A’ Squadron in the misleadingly named GHQ Liaison Regiment, better known as Phantom, where he reached the rank of lieutenant-colonel by the war’s end. Before the Invasion of Normandy, he also acted in two films: a war drama and a biopic about the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter. He was also involved in organizing Operation Copperhead,  a deception operation in which an actor pretended to be General Montgomery to confuse German intelligence.

Niven in The Guns of Navarone

Phantom was a unit born as No 3 British Air Mission during the Battle of France. Its job was to stay in forward positions and send back information about the movements of “bomb lines,” areas devoid of Allied troops and thus safe to bomb. The task was later expanded: patrols of up to 11 men stayed at the front (and sometimes behind enemy lines) monitoring troop movements and listening in on Allied tank radio communications. They then used small, specially-made radios to report back to Corps HQ, giving them clear and up-to-date information on the battle faster than the information could filter through any other line of command.

The Duke of Kent, escorted by a helmeted David Niven,
inspecting ‘A’ Squadron of Phantom

Over the course of the war, Phantom patrols served in Africa, Italy, Southeast Europe and, of course, France. In Normandy, some jumped with the other paratroopers the night before, while the rest landed on D+1 to move around and report back on the location of all British, Canadian and American troops after the chaos of the night jumps and the first day.

Phantom signal and coding staff at work inside a scout patrol car

Phantom was also present in other significant battles. During Operation Market Garden, Phantom officers were the only line of communication between the trapped British airborne at Arnhem and the XXX Corps unsuccessfully trying to relieve them. It was these same officers who brought Major General Urquhart’s famous, desperate message from the besieged forces: “… unless physical contact is made with us early 25 Sept...consider it unlikely we can hold out long enough …”

Two Phantom soldiers consulting a map and drafting a mission report. Note the ‘P’ patches on their right shoulders identifying the GHQ Liaison Regiment

Phantom patrols were responsible for giving first news on many other events during the war. They were the first to report on the closing of the Falaise Gap, they provided some of the first information on concentration camps and they tracked the movement of German armor during the Battle of the Bulge. In fact, when American and Soviet troops linked up for the first time at the Elbe River on April 25, 1945, a Phantom patrol attached to the U.S. 1st Army was sent to the planned location in advance, witnessing and reporting on the historic moment.

GHQ Liaison Regiment unit on exercise

David Niven’s exploits in Phantom are little-known, as the actor remained tight-lipped about his wartime experience for the rest of his life. He shunned the limelight given to celebrities who served and scorned journalists who covered the war with florid prose. He once said “Anyone who says a bullet sings past, hums past, flies, pings, or whines past, has never heard one – they go crack! He once explained the reason behind his silence and humility: “I will, however, tell you just one thing about the war, my first story and my last. I was asked by some American friends to search out the grave of their son near Bastogne. I found it where they told me I would, but it was among 27,000 others, and I told myself that here, Niven, were 27,000 reasons why you should keep your mouth shut after the war.”

Niven and a Royal Engineers officer in a commandeered car in France

A few details arose about Niven from other witnesses. It is sometimes said he was “unofficially” present at the disastrous Dieppe Raid, but there is no solid evidence to this claim. What is more certain is that on one occasion, just before a fight that was likely to result in heavy casualties, he cheered up his men with a quip: “Look, you chaps only have to do this once. But I’ll have to do it all over again in Hollywood with Errol Flynn!” Later, during the Battle of the Bulge, he was stopped by an American sentry. Knowing that Otto Skorzeny’s men were in the area masquerading as Allied troops, the guards asked everyone they met questions to which only “a true American” would know the answer – and Niven, of course, wasn’t American. When asked who won the World Series in 1943, he replied “Haven’t the foggiest idea, but I did co-star with Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother!” at which moment the American recognized him and let him pass.

You can learn more about the outstanding individuals who fought in World War II on any of our historical tours scheduled for 2018 and 2019.

 

Mainstream Media Misunderstands The Term ‘Legal Guns’

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H/T Bearing Arms.

The lame stream media has such a anti gun bias so it is no wonder they misunderstand the term legal guns.

I say they do not misunderstand the term legal guns they intentionally lie.

Gun rights advocates have long argued that illegal guns are the problem when it comes to gun violence, not legal firearms. We argue that the guns sold in gun stores or at gun shows in accordance with all applicable regulations aren’t the ones out on the streets causing the problem.

And we’re right.

However, the anti-gun media is now trying to make us look like liars by reclassifying some guns as legal when they’re not.

ST. LOUIS – There is a particular type of crime on the rise in the St. Louis area that is making other crimes more dangerous – legal guns in the wrong hands.

“Out on the street, the stolen guns are a dime a dozen,” said Major Steve Runge of the North County Police Cooperative.

And those stolen guns come at a cost to public safety, said cops who face them on the streets.

“Stolen guns are a major problem because they fall into the hands of kids and teenagers that are just out to do bad things,” said Runge.

His department’s Facebook page tells the story of stolen guns in their part of St. Louis County – photos of dozens of stolen guns seized in just the past six months.

“That’s insane and that’s just what we seize,” said Runge of his departments haul.

“Guys go through the cars at night looking for loose change and they come across a gun they’re going to take it,” because a weapon is easy to sell for cash, Runge said, “in a heartbeat.”

“Once they get their hands on it, it can go bad in a hurry,” he said.

Here’s the problem: the moment a gun is stolen, it’s no longer a legal firearm, it’s an illegal gun.

If we classify every gun as legal simply because it was legally obtained at some point during its life, then pretty much all guns would be classified as legal firearms.

However, when a gun is stolen, it shifts in status. It goes from being a “legal” gun to being an illegal one. It becomes one of the guns we often describe as a problem because it was obtained unlawfully.

The gun itself is just a thing. It has no responsibility for its status. That falls on people. The status of a gun, whether it’s “legal” or “illegal” depends on the owner. More importantly, how said owner obtained the gun. If he or she went to a gun store and purchased the gun in accordance with the law, for example, it’s considered “legal.”

But if someone snatches it out of someone else’s car, then it’s not. Not by a longshot.

This isn’t rocket science, though. Anyone with half a brain can tell the difference between the two. So that leaves us to wonder if the reporter, in this case, lacks half a brain or is reporting according to an agenda. Frankly, it could go either way.

However, I’m not willing to offer the benefit of the doubt at such a blatant misrepresentation of facts. While the story itself–a story regarding the importance of securing your firearm to keep it out of criminals’ hands–was important and worthy, the choice of terminology seeks to convey a message that supposedly “legal” guns are being used in crimes. It was likely done in the hope that people would internalize that part without thinking critically about how that status is impacted by the rest of the information included.

It doesn’t change the facts, though. Especially the fact that a stolen gun doesn’t count as being lawfully obtained.

The Capone’s Foray Into the Dairy Business

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H/T Gastro Obscura.

We get to see other businesses controlled by Al”Scar-face”Capone and Ralph”Bottles”Capone.

Al and Ralph may have influenced food safety labeling and your pizza’s cheese.

 

Al Capone’s 1931 mugshot. PUBLIC DOMAIN

IN LEGEND AND LITERATURE, AL Capone is often name-checked as a shrewd bootlegger and a gangster. But Capone’s proclivity for dairy products may have not only impacted the cheese that tops some New York City pizzerias’ signature pies, but also is thought to have helped shape the industry’s labeling system as we know it today.

The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol during the United States’ brief, unsuccessful Prohibition era, which ran from 1920 to 1933. Back then, the alcohol flowed more than ever, though, thanks to an illicit web of corruption and bootlegging ushered in by mobsters such as Capone. Alcohol’s restriction had not only made him extraordinarily wealthy, but it also established him as the reigning kingpin of Chicago’s organized crime network, which also included gambling and prostitution rackets.

Capone’s interests weren’t just relegated to alcohol, though. In the early 1930s, he extended his Midwestern empire by making moves to acquire a milk processor, Meadowmoor Dairies, Inc., along with his brother and other gangsters. According to the Douglas County Museum of Illinois, the hustle was that Ralph Capone would ship in milk from neighboring Wisconsin, which was cheaper. They then bottled it in Meadowmoor’s facilities. That way, the Capones could bypass local fixed dairy pricing and also halt the milkmen’s union from distributing only local milk. Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente corroborates this in his memoir,detailing how Meadowmoor “was actually a Capone front organization designed to undercut the city’s reigning milk cartel.”

The milk union, in turn, tried to stop the Capones’ operation altogether, which led to what Pascente calls “the ensuing milk wars.” The conflict eventually pushed out mom-and-pop distributors, who couldn’t compete with the Capones’ reach and extra muscle from their own teamsters. It didn’t help that Al’s crew had reportedly kidnapped the milk union’s president, then used the ransom money to buy Meadowmoor and gift it to their attorney, William Parrillo. None of the Capones apparently faced charges from this particular kerfuffle, though Al did get locked up around that time for income tax evasion.

Capone’s interest in squeezing the milk industry for all it was worth is rumored to have altruistic origins. Conflicting stories claim that either Capone or his brother Ralph had been moved by a story about a family member—or was it a family friend’s son?—who had gotten sick after drinking expired milk. At the time, the dairy industry had few indicators of quality control for their products, particularly when it came to knowing when milk went bad.

The sunny version of this story is that Capone, who was seen by some as a kind of common man’s hero, took pity on children’s unknowing consumption of bad milk, and pushed for safety dating on labels. Alcatraz prison acknowledges in its historical pages that Capone, perhaps their most famous, banjo-playing resident, “lobbied for milk bottle dating to ensure the safety of the city’s children” to the Chicago city council. In his book The Outfit, mafia historian Gus Russo reports that Capone’s cronies indeed strong-armed the city council into enforcing a definition for Grade A milk, to the point where inferior grades couldn’t be sold within the city. They also helped pass a dated-milk ordinance, which “allowed mothers to protect their children’s health by screening the milk they ingested.” It’s still unconfirmed if Capone’s clamoring definitively led to the industry’s more stringent labeling guidelines. But Ralph Capone’s granddaughter, Deirdre, insists that her grandfather’s lobbying not only caused the dairy industry to start slapping the bottling date on milk, but also earned him the nickname “Bottles.”

Ralph “Bottles” C
Ralph "Bottles" Capone in 1935.

Ralph “Bottles” Capone in 1935. SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG PHOTO/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

The reality is probably closer to this: The enterprising Capone brothers saw dollar signs in the dairy industry’s lack of controls on milk production and distribution. Rumor has it that the industry seemed so profitable and untapped that Capone once uttered to his associates: “Honest to God boys, we’ve been in the wrong racket all along!”

While Meadowmoor became the Richard Martin Milk Company in the 1960s, its impact may even be more widespread than we realize. The late investigative journalist Jonathan Kwitny reported that Capone’s hand in the dairy industry also meant that New York pizzerias had to use what the Village Voice described as “his rubbery mob cheese.” That’s a far cry from the cheese that Naples immigrants had been making since the early 20th century, when they arrived in New York.

As Kwitny’s 1981 book, Vicious Circles: The Mafia in the Marketplace, revealed, the distribution system for the cheese available at a number of New York pizzerias could be traced back to Meadowmoor and Capone’s, erm, light suggestion that these pizzerias start using the low-moisture cheese from his Wisconsin dairy farms. Legend has it that if local, old-school joints wanted to keep slinging their own mozzarella, they could as long as they didn’t serve individual slices. The awning at John’s Pizzeria, in Manhattan, still warns of “no slices,” and it isn’t because they’re total killjoys against slices. They apparently used it as a signal that they were following mob rules, and thus didn’t want to be firebombed, please.

John's Pizzeria in New York City. They advertise "no slices" on the other side of their awning.

John’s Pizzeria in New York City. They advertise “no slices” on the other side of their awning. MSSARAKELLY / CC BY 2.0

The “no slices” bit might be mafia lore, but the mob shaking people down over mozzarella is on the record. Joseph Bonanno, a mafia godfather, partially owned Grande, a cheese company based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. That’s where Capone’s handful of dairy farms were, too. A March 1980 report from the Pennsylvania Crime Commission states that Bonanno “initiated a conspiracy to control the specialty cheese business in the United States in the early 1940s” and that, at that point in time, “he and his associates control[led] the activities of the largest and most prosperous specialty cheese companies.”

But as Antonio Nicaso, an author and authority on organized crime, told Munchies, Capone’s role here has significant implications. “Al Capone was one of the first to impose cheese and other ingredients on businesses,” he says. “They used to ask places like pizzerias for ‘top money’ every month.” Capone and Bonnano’s policies shifted a trend, and with time, more and more organized crime has moved into the area of “agro-mafia.” Instead of pressing restaurants for protection money, they more often suggest they use mob-certified ingredients—or else.

Still, a lot of “maybes” persist when it comes to the Capones and all things dairy. Maybe the law-shirking brothers helped shape the bottling date system that’s ubiquitous in the United States dairy industry today, maybe not. And perhaps some New York City pizzerias’ signature gooey cheese started out as owners being force-fed mob cheese. Either way, dairy is yet another thing to consider as the Capones’ legendary lives (and especially long rap sheets) continue to loom large in the public consciousness.

 

IT’S TIME TO ARM AND TRAIN TEACHERS FOR SELF DEFENSE!

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H/T Steadfast And Loyal.

It is time to train and arm teachers but until that happens we have retired military and retired police officers that could be our schools.

ON THE HEELS OF THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, LEFTIES ARE GOING ALL OUT YET AGAIN CALLING FOR MORE AND MORE GUN CONTROL, BUT WE KNOW THAT IS NOT THE ANSWER.

If a terrorist wants to commit a mass killing, gun control is not going to stop them. We’ve already seen in areas like London that these people will use vehicles and knives and still do an insane amount of damage.

So what’s the answer? WE TRAIN TEACHERS TO USE FORCE!

These gun-free zones are HUGE targets for these events. According to National Review: “Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting — and there have been plenty of mass shooting in Europe — has occurred in a gun-free zone. In addition, they have had three of the six worst K–12 school shootings, and Europe experienced by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual (Norway in 2011, which from the shooting alone left 67 people dead and 110 wounded).

As reported by LP.org:

“Statistics on whether more mass killings take place in gun-free zones or elsewhere vary, usually depending on the ideological agenda of the compiler of the statistics. What is known is that killers motivated by a desire for infamy, or with terrorist intent, frequently choose to inflict their mayhem in locations where few people, if any, are armed. Common sense indicates that it’s easier and faster to shoot fleeing victims in the back than to shoot an armed adversary in a defensive position. The 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting ended when the shooter was confronted by an armed defender — not before that confrontation.”

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President Obama has once said mockingly, “Some here believe that having more guns makes us all safer.” He says we wouldn’t have these mass public shootings if that were true. However, just because there are a lot of guns in the United States doesn’t mean that people always have access to them for protection.

[…]

As reported by AWR Hawkins for Breitbart:

The lessons from Sandy Hook cross over to Marjory Stoneman Douglas as well. How many lives could two (or three) armed teachers have saved by greeting the attacker with armed resistance?

An often unsung hero of the Sandy Hook attack was school principal Dawn Hochsprung, who, although unarmed, selflessly charged that school’s armed attacker and was killed. Shame on every politician, city leader, and school administrator who was part of the decision-making process that guaranteed she could not be armed in the event of an attack.

Shame, too, on every politician, bureaucrat, and administrator at the federal level who continues to fight to ensure that other principals and teachers will not be armed in the event that they come under attack.

 

 

After Thug Shoots 4 Times, and Misses Homeowner Shows Him How to Aim Homeowner Teaches Home Invader How a Gun Should be Aimed

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H/T Conservative Tribune.

There is an old saying to beware the man with only one gun; he knows how to use it.                     

When convicted felon Chris Born decided to invade a Francis, Oklahoma, home with another man in the middle of the night on Feb. 5, he likely didn’t expect that he would need to use his gun — as much as an invading thug ever “needs” to use a weapon.

That might explain why he not only missed with the first shot he fired, but he fired three more — and missed with all of them.

The homeowner he shot at was quite a bit handier with his weapon, as KXII-TV reported

Dennis Reif was woken up by sounds in the kitchen — someone was forcing a way inside.

“I got my gun out of the drawer because I heard someone smashing in here and I saw a flashlight beam,” Reif told the station.

In moving to defend his home, Reif came face-to-face with Born, who fired four shots at the homeowner.

And didn’t hit once.

Not to make the same mistake as his attacker, he returned fire with his .38 caliber revolver and snapped off two shots. Both struck Born directly in the chest.

“I just quickly leveled at him and fired to protect myself and he screamed and yelled he was hit,” Reif said.

When the shots were fired they dropped everything and left the residence.”

Born fled the property with his accomplice, Dustin Hoots. After a short chase, Born was caught. He was put into the hospital in critical condition — as often happens when one is shot twice in the chest. Hoots managed to escape, but he was also eventually found and apprehended — at Born’s home.

Also arrested were Jeanette Matthews and Tara Whittecar, who authorities believed were serving as lookouts.

While searching for Hoots, police also found stolen property at Born’s residence connected to at least 10 other burglaries.

And it turns out Born has quite a story, according to KXII. Not only was he shot while breaking into a home, he’s also facing felony charges in separate cases, including domestic abuse. He also has two sons, one of whom is in prison on a murder charge, the other who is facing trial for murder, the station reported.

Now, thanks to the quick thinking of one man, an entire crime spree was cut short.

The lesson here is clear:

Be sure to take the time and effort to construct a solid home defense plan to best protect yourself and your loved ones.

And most of all, be responsible about your Second Amendment rights, and make sure you can hit what you’re shooting at.

Trump Quietly Hands Cancer Survivor Envelope Media Desperate To Bury What Was Inside

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H/T Three Precenter Nation.

The Lame Stream media will never report a story like this because they want to smear and destroy President Trump.

Just recently, a military veteran was invited to visit the White House and meet with the President, after President Trump saved his life.

The mainstream media has been desperately trying to cover this story up and give it as little attention as possible while they continuously share false stories about Donald Trump in an attempt to undermine his presidency. This is precisely the reason why more and more viewers are abandoning the liberal media every day.

Naturally, the mainstream media also failed to report now, how Trump invited a cancer survivor into the White House.  They tried to find ways to “censure” the meeting but when they discovered what the President did for this man, they completely tried to bury the story

In spite of this, the President met with a man called Shane Bouvet who was reportedly a very big supporter of the Trump campaign back in the presidential elections of 2016

A little more than a year ago, the man reached out to President Trump and informed him about the financial troubles he and his family were having because his father was under a life-saving cancer treatment.

The President immediately and without hesitation wrote him a check for 10, 000 dollars, which Shane used to cover his fathers medical bills. At that time, this information received no attention.

However, a few days ago Shane and his father visited the White House to thank Trump for his kindness.

Even though his actions already saved this man’s life, the President was not done helping this family.

According to a report from Herald & Review,  President Donald Trump did not only meet with the bladder cancer survivor on February 9, but he also offered him additional help with his medical bills by giving him $5,000 more.

This act of kindness and humanity was widely ignored by the mainstream media even though it was published on the official White House website. Nevertheless, Shane used the social media to issue his thanks to the President and to inform people about this generous donation and Trump’s life-changing efforts.

Shane said : “Yeah, I want to thank Mr. President for everything and the blessings that he’s done for me and my family.” He added, “You know, my dad is life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We started out in a trailer, to a house, and, when he joined the military — so I felt like it was my right to give him that check. He deserves it for his hard work and the (inaudible), and I just want to give back to my dad. So I was glad to give him that check so he could get the treatments that he needed.”

At first, Shane’s father, Don doubted this story and had a difficulty to believe that the president was really donating such a large amount to his son, but just a few weeks later, they received the check in the mail as promised.

As stated in the White House transcript, Donald Bouvet said to Trump “It’s very emotional because I’ve always told Shane and everybody I’ve talked to, no matter who it was — one day I wanted to come here, or meet you somewhere, shake your hand, look you in the eye, and say, “Thank you for saving my life,’” he added “And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

As the President explained, he gave the money to Shane initially because he was so penniless, that he had to come to the inauguration in a borrowed suit and shoes. But on his big surprise, Shane gave all the money to his ill father.

At the end of the meeting, Trump praised Shane for his love and dedication and said that Don’s testimony touched him deeply.

He said : “So I just want to thank you both — Shane, Donald. I think it’s an incredible story.Thank you. It’s a beautiful story. Thank you very much.”

Shane thanked the President for his help, but still couldn’t believe that a man such as him, with the worry of the whole nation on his shoulders, would take the time to help a man he never even knew.

Shane said : “He took time to meet me and my dad, who are just small-town guys from Stonington. I think that really shows the true reflection of his character.”

Today, Don is a healthy man, but he still has to pay burdensome bills for his treatment. However, with the help of the President and with the help of the people who’ve donated about $6,400 in the last year to his still active Go Fund Me account, that burden is much lesser than it could have been.

It’s interesting how the mainstream media will do everything it takes to attack and criticize all that President Trump does, but when a story like this comes along, they just can’t spin it into something negative, so they ignore it all together.

Featured Image Source H/T : Mad World News

Female Trooper Verbally Attacked By McDonald’s Employee At Drive-Thru

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H/T Blue Lives Matter.

Bathhouse Barry Obama is responsible for stirring up this hatred of the police.

An Illinois state trooper was verbally attacked at a McDonald’s drive-thru on Tuesday.

​Normal, IL – A McDonald’s employee who vulgarly berated an on-duty Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper in the restaurant’s drive-thru was fired within hours of the verbal attack, the franchise owner said on Tuesday.

“We support men and women in blue, first responders, and our troops,” Mikel Petro told Blue Lives Matter. “As soon as we found out about it, we reacted.”

According to a Facebook post made by the unnamed ISP trooper’s sister, the incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, when the trooper ordered her lunch at the McDonald’s drive-thru.

When the uniformed trooper pulled up in her marked patrol car to pay for her meal, she received an unexpected greeting from the female employee at the window.

“The girl said to her, ‘I just have to say this to [you]. F**k the police!’” the trooper’s sister wrote.

Instead of responding, the trooper pulled forward to the next window. But when that window opened, a male employee was laughing at her.

“Wow, that’s a female trooper she said that to,” the employee said, while other workers laughed, according to the post.

Given the situation, the trooper opted to throw her meal away, and later contacted the business’s corporate office, the post said.

Petro told Blue Lives Matter that he was notified of the incident through a representative of the trooper, and that he immediately “took her statement” and began investigating what had occurred.

“I have no reason to distrust an officer,” he said. “We have friends and family who are first responders, and I would hope any of our customers would feel comfortable enough to bring something like this to our attention.”

Petro said that he relied on the trooper’s statement and security camera footage from inside the restaurant to identify the employee, and that the trooper confirmed that they had located the correct individual.

“She was terminated within hours,” Petro said of the employee. “[She] not only violated our own personal beliefs and code of conduct, but also violated the stores harassment code.”

Co-owner Jack Millan agreed with Petro’s decision to terminate the woman.

“We were absolutely appalled,” Millan told the Herald & Review. “Our discussion wasn’t about what to do, but rather about verifying who, and terminating that person immediately.”

Petro told Blue Lives Matter that the restaurant has apologized to the trooper and the ISP through the trooper’s representatives, and that he provided them with his personal contact information in case the trooper wanted to speak with him directly.

“We take pride in our business and our community,” he said. “And we appreciate our customers.”

Blue Lives Matter reached out to the ISP trooper, but had not received a response at publication time.

 

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