Salmonella Poisoning/Egg Recall Update

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

An NPR article reported that a federal investigation showed the Salmonella poisoning from recalled eggs was found in the feed for the chickens and manure at the Wright County Egg (one of the two farms responsible for the poisoned eggs). The strain found matches that in cases reported by consumers.

So far, about 1,500 consumers have become sick due to the eggs but no deaths have been reported yet. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) said the number of salmonella cases normally reported at this time of year has leaped from around 900 to 2,400. The CDC also said this is the largest outbreak of its kind since they started keeping track in the 1970’s.


FDA wants to use egg recalls to gain more control

August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

The recent recalled eggs and salmonella outbreaks are causing the FDA to attempt to request more control in situations such as these. Current law limits the association from preventing events such as these and holding companies responsible in the case of an outbreak.

In an NPR article FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said they need better authority to be truly capable of having control in situations such as the egg recalls and salmonella outbreaks. Usually, I do not think the government should have as much control as they would like to, however in this case, I think a government agency in control of the situation would be a good thing.

Hamburg  advises to consumers to avoid eggs overly runny yolks for the time being. This is especially good advice if your eggs are from one of the two suppliers of the recalled eggs, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms in Iowa. The two farms actually share a chicken supplier.

Intelligence Agencies, are there to many?

July 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

This morning I heard a report announcing that investigations have revealed a large growth of intelligence gathering agencies in the U.S. since 9/11. But I wonder, are too many agencies of this sort a bad thing?

The Washington Post found during a two-year investigation that there are 1,900 private groups and 1,200 government run  groups working on things such as counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence at a total of 10,00 different places around the country.

The Post also said approximately 854,000 have top-secret security clearance. I don’t know how it is that “top-secret” if that many people can access but they say two heads are better than one and I guess 854,000 heads working together should prevent more large-scale terror plots from being carried out, at least I hope that is the case.

Keep in mind, that is just what they Post was able to find. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that there are so many intelligence agents and agencies it is hard to truly know about all of them. They may be more than what the Post discovered.

I think that as long as these agencies are getting the job done we should not worry about having to many of them in business. Can we take another 9/11?

Tea Party Defends Constitution as well as Disliking Taxation

July 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

The TEA party is not just people sick of taxes (Taxed Enough Already), they are also in defense of the United States Constitution, which they feel has been violated lately by certain government actions. While some of the government’s constitution violations have not gone through, others have.

They recently were denied in an attempt to ban guns for U.S. citizens, however the Supreme Court made one of it’s last moves of the recently ended session deciding that the second amendment still stands and Americans can still carry guns. Also, the feds are constantly trying to step on states rights.

Members of the Tea Party are right to defend the constitution. While there are times the old rules set in places hundreds of years ago may need to be changed or thrown out, the basics are things we need to hold onto. Such as the right to bear arms and individual states having control in their own states. If we lose these basics and let the government throw out the framework the country may truly fall.

U.S. Soldier Leaks Classified Video

July 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

CNN reported today that a United States soldier is being charged by the military for leaking video footage of a helicopter attack to WikiLeaks. The footage features the deaths of 12 civilians, two of which were Reuters Journalists.The video was said to be taken sometime in July of 2007.

The soldier in question, Pfc. Bradley Manning, is currently being detained in Kuwait and is being charged with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for transferring the video footage illegally.Manning is Army Intelligence analyst and has been detained since sometime last month. WikiLeaks publishes videos and other information from anonymously but Manning has been identified as source of the video, which was leaked in April.

Manning allegedly confessed to a former computer hacker about leaking this and other pieces of classified military information in a series of online chats.

The footage going public forced the military to defend the troops in a report claiming the soldiers had no way of knowing the Reuters employees where in the crowd of “suspected” insurgents being targeted.The military has also said that they are assigning a presiding officer to Manning’s case, which is an Article 32 similar to a grand jury, and a decision on whether to court-martial the soldier will soon follow.

Here is the leaked footage shown on CNN

S.C. Expands Gun Laws on Last Day of Session

June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

The U.S. Supreme court ended its session today and a lot was done.  Not only was this the final day for Justice John Paul Stevens,  but the court also expanded rights to gun owners across the country.The court made other decisions as well making it quite an end to the session.

In a 5:4 vote the S.C. voted that Americans have the right to bear arms in any and all 50 of the United States of America. Of course, there are still conditions such as no guns in a school zone and some people such as the mentally ill being prohibited from owning a gun. Two years ago a handgun ban was put in place in the nation’s capital but today’s ruling makes the ban inactive here on out.

Today marked not only the last day of the session, but also the last day for Justice John Paul Stevens. At 90 years old, he  has served on the court for 34 long years. Today he wore his traditional bow tie and as a tribute to the retiree many people in the courtroom, men and women alike, wore bow ties as well.

Other cases decided upon on this last day of the session included the decision whether to keep the independent board put in place after the Enron scandal and the rights of religious groups on campuses.

In the case of the independent board in another 5;4 ruling it was decided that board is to independent from the president and the rest of government and while the board was left in place, the Securities and Exchange Commission was granted the privilege to fire board members as they see fit.

Finally, in yet another 5:4 ruling on campus religious groups must admit anyone who wishes to join if they wish to receive school funds.

All in all a good last day for this session. What does everyone think of Steven’s replacement Elena Kagan whose confirmation hearings started today?

New Constitution Approved in Kyrgyzstan

June 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=kyrgyzstan&iid=9235642″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] The country of Kyrgyzstan approved a new constitution today with no major problems in the Asian country. It is said that 65.1% of citizens turned out to vote for its approval.

The interim head of government, Roza Otunbeava told reporters that the nation is heading toward a legitimate, democratic system, not an interim system.

The change is much needed after the brutal April outburst which led to the former president of Kyrgyzstan to be exiled. There will be an election next year to decide who will take office and replace the exiled leader in 2012.

As more develops an update can be expected.

For now though, are there any countries you feel could use a new constitution or change to the system. How about the age old American idea that we the people vote for presidential candidates but are votes only decide on the members of the Electoral College who really pick the president? Leave me a comment with your thoughts.

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