Smokin' Jonny's BBQ opened less than a year ago, but pricey corn on the cob has already disappeared from the menu. Rising beef prices are causing owner Jon Sekiguchi headaches as well. His Gardena restaurant sells beef ribs only on the weekends, when customers are more willing to splurge. And he's struggling to find affordable beef sausage for his $6.95 smoked sausage sandwich. Scorching weather this summer in the Midwest left crops parched and livestock famished. Restaurants, already struggling with high fuel costs and a sluggish economy, are starting to feel the pinch of higher food costs.
I started noticing the first of this year prices going up and quantity in each can or bag less and less. Seen a container of peanut butter lately? It's shrunk while the price has gone up. And has anyone else noticed toilet paper? Yes, tp. The rolls have been cut by maybe 1/3. You might still get 1000 sheets but the sheets are now narrower than they were. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg, too.
Keg stands, birth control, and Ryan Gosling. That´s how a pair of Colorado non-profits are trying to promote Obamacare. The "Got Insurance?" campaign, which was launched by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now, has three targets: young adults, women, and minority groups. And to encourage those groups to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they are creating ads they hope will go "viral" on social media. Young, healthy people signing up for health insurance is crucial to the success of the law — and this is the best way the groups sought to get
How much will consumers pay for healthy-in-a-bottle? As much as $10 and sometimes more. At least that´s the belief of high-end grocers like Whole Foods Market WFM +2.08% and a spurt of small juice companies trying to move the cold-pressed-juice craze from small-batch to mass-produced. A 16-ounce bottle of BluePrint Red, containing beets, carrots and ginger, among other ingredients, goes for $10 at some retailers. And Whole Foods customers are paying $9 for a bottle of celery-based Twelve Essentials vegetable juice, one of the top-sellers from Suja, an 18-month-old juice brand based in San Diego. Suja co-founder Annie Lawless says customers
From the folks who brought you the "brosurance" campaign that promotes the affordable care act comes a new line of ads aimed at reminding young women the new law will subsidize their birth control. The online ads were created by two nonprofit groups, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now, to encourage young people to enroll in the exchanges. [pics] The new round of ads don´t leave out the boys altogether. Why doesn´t the guy have any pants on? Who cares! He has insurance.
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “should preclude” her from holding higher office again. “Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again,” Mr. Paul said Tuesday during a speech at The Citadel, according to ABC News. “There were still people alive and fighting for hours upon hours, and there were some people in Tripoli who could have gone. I don’t think
It never fails. Whenever a president’s approval ratings tank, out come the deep think pieces about how the president’s personality flaws explain his political dilemma and ours. Vanity Fair´s Todd Purdum has the latest entry with a 3,000 word thumbsucker titled “Obama the Loner: The Trouble with the President´s Self-Reliant, Closed-Off Attitude.” President Obama, it seems, doesn´t enjoy schmoozing, small talk and pressing the flesh. And that, according to Purdum, has something to do with why Americans have soured on his scandal-wracked, power-abusing, blunder-prone presidency. Obama’s “resolute solitude — his isolation and alienation” from other Washington players — is “his greatest
Obama is now the target of late night talk show comedy. During Obama’s first term and the good old days of when Americans signed up for insurance voluntarily, comics found it difficult to find anything to lampoon the President about. How could you? As comedian Chris Rock said about Obama in an interview with CNN, “It´s like ´Ooh, you´re young and virile and you´ve got a beautiful wife and kids. You´re the first African-American president.´ You know, what do you say?” What a difference a few million computer glitches and a destructive healthcare act makes. Now, late night TV variety
On Fox News´s Hannity Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie´s record on Second Amendment issues was going to be "tough" to overcome with conservatives. She said Christie was "flirtin´ with disaster" when it comes to "trying to win over Constitutionalists regarding the Second Amendment." Appearing on the program to discuss her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, which gives Americans tools to combat the angry scrooges who are waging a "war on Christmas," Palin also acknowledged that she was happy a blue state like New Jersey had
As the Obamacare rollout continues to crash and burn, a new Rasmussen Report shows the majority of Americans want the law repealed. Most voters view the new national health care law as bad for the country and want to repeal it. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 35% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the trouble-plagued health care law is good for America. Fifty-five percent (55%) consider it bad for the country. Only two percent (2%) think it will have no impact. Fifty-five percent (55%) also at least somewhat favor repealing the law, while 41% are
President Obama on Tuesday will nominate Timothy Massad, who has guided the Treasury Department’s bank-rescue program, as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a White House official said. At the announcement in the White House, Mr. Obama is expected to call on Congress “to stop underfunding agencies like the CFTC that are responsible for putting new rules in place” to prevent some of the abuses that contributed to the financial crisis of 2008, the official said. As an assistant Treasury secretary, Mr. Massad has overseen the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program for the past three years. He’s been responsible
It is hard to recall a more sneering editorial in respect of Israel than that in the New York Times this morning accusing the Jewish state of “hysterical opposition” to the negotiations with Iran over its efforts to build an atomic bomb. It wants the Jews to shut up while Secretary of State Kerry, who betrayed his country during the Vietnam war, once again meets in secret negotiations an enemy, this time with a country that is building an atomic weapon while talking of its desire to wipe Israel off the face of the map. The thing to remember is
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.- The assignment was straightforward. Veterans were asked to describe the war -- the anguish, the boredom, the horror -- in exactly six words. West Point graduates Mike Nemeth and Shaun Wheelwright believe a lot can be said with so little. "Responsibility causing maturing beyond my years," Wheelwright said, reading one of the submissions to the Six Word War project. These are just a few of the thousand six-word war stories they´ve collected from combat veterans since June: "Hearts and minds. I lost both." "Taliban bullet. Army hospital. Found love." It´s their way of helping the war-weary begin their emotional recovery. "There´s
Today´s a day for recognizing order amid the onslaught of chaos, or for having a memorable wedding date. It´s 11-12-13. And if you believe in making moments count, this morning offered two special ones as well: 8:09:10 11-12-13, taking this down to the second, and 9:10 11-12-13, which will last for a whole minute. Last year had not only 10-11-12 but 12-12-12, a triple that won´t happen again till the first day of the next century. The fact that there won´t be a 13-13-13 shows we´re near the end of a period with frequent numerologically curious date patterns, because no
It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being. He’s 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time. That he forced me just now to devote even half a second of thought to how he might stack up against the 2016 contenders is frankly embarrassing, and something for which I’ll never forgive him. It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back. This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will ask two oversight agencies for a full-blown investigation into the problems surrounding the ObamaCare launch. Hagan, who is up for reelection in 2014, is asking her Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter asking two agencies to conduct “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of HealthCare.Gov.” “These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions,” Hagan writes in a letter obtained by The Hill. “Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it
WASHINGTON — When President Obama travels abroad, his staff packs briefing books, gifts for foreign leaders and something more closely associated with camping than diplomacy: a tent. Even when Mr. Obama travels to allied nations, aides quickly set up the security tent — which has opaque sides and noise-making devices inside — in a room near his hotel suite. When the president needs to read a classified document or have a sensitive conversation, he ducks into the tent to shield himself from secret video cameras and listening devices. American security officials demand that their bosses — not just the president, but
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —
Veterans, we think about you all the time. Sometimes we fail to tell you. Today, on Veteran’s Day, we put our admiration for you into words. World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans. We will start with you. You fought for our freedom. You watched your closest friends fall by your side and you were heartbroken, knowing it could have been you. You shoulder the burden of painful and haunting memories. Many of you have physical wounds; you sacrificed your warrior’s body for us, people you never met. You use a cane or a wheelchair now because of your choice
Perhaps the most entertaining facet of watching the scales fall from liberal´s eyes about Obamacare is the absolute shock they experience when their liberal friends chastise them for complaining. Lori Gottlieb, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a psychotherapist, writes in the NY Times about her conversation with Blue Anthem insurance and the reaction by her "friends" on Facebook when she posted about it: THE Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to
We were just asking for it. This is, essentially, what Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen took to the pages of the New York Daily News on Monday to say. In a profound scolding, Cohen diagnoses America’s “immaturity” as demonstrated by the backlash against President Barack Obama over to his oft-repeated and false claim that every American who was happy with their health insurance would be able to keep their health insurance. This was never true. The president and his staff were aware this was not true as early as February, 2010. Some media outlets reported that, for millions of Americans,
Bernard Goldberg joined Bill O’Reilly Monday night to address what he believes is a “potentially fatal split” in the Republican party’s immediate future. He said that if the tea party keeps rejecting anyone who isn’t basically Ted Cruz for the 2016 presidential nomination, the party’s going to be in some big trouble and invite in a strong Democratic victory. O’Reilly framed the fight as a “classic moderate Republican versus hard-right Republican” feud, and Goldberg rejected the “ideological rigidity” of people who will sit on their hands and refuse to vote for a Republican presidential nominee if they aren’t sufficiently conservative