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Starbucks de-bugs its menu offerings (still cheaper than using actual strawberries)

Source: USA Today

Just weeks after the world's largest coffee chain took serious PR heat from vegan groups and public relations gurus for switching to commonly-used cochineal beetles to color its Strawberry Frappuccinos, the company's U.S. president, Cliff Burrows, now says that bugs are coming out and tomato-based extract is coming in.

"We fell short of your expectations," he said, in a statement on Thursday on the company's "My Starbucks Idea" consumer site. "We are reformulating the affected products to assure the highest quality possible."

By the end of June, he says, the company will transition to using lycopene, a natural, tomato-based extract, in its Strawberry & Creme Frappuccino blended beverage and Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It also will drop the use of cochineal extract in its Raspberry Swirl Cake, Birthday Cake Pop, Mini Donut with pink icing and Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.


http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-04-19/starbucks-no-red-dye-drinks/54414032/1

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-04-19/starbucks-no-red-dye-drinks/54414032/1

5:53 interview with Levon Helm

Your favorite TV dentist

Tomorrow (April 19th) in history -- *Yikes*

1775 American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.
1927 Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
1943 World War II: In Poland, German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
1951 General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.
1955 The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.
1956 Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1971 Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
1971 Charles Manson is sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.
1987 The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show
1989 A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
1993 The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
1993 South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes in Iowa.
1995 Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168. That same day convicted murderer Richard Wayne Snell, who had ties to one of the bombers, Timothy McVeigh, is executed in Arkansas.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_19

Trump's birthday party for Ann Romney -see the attendees. Mitt="Homeboy" and birthers abound (5:07)

Ooo ooo oooh GSA!!!...umm anyone remember Custer Battles (and the other Iraqi contractors rip offs?)

The GSA convention in Vegas undoubtedly heinous but it was for $800,000. Yes we can go down the list of Mindreaders and yearbooks but the bottom line is $800K.




In May 2003, Custer Battles established a presence in Baghdad, Iraq. In June 2003, Custer Battles was competitively awarded a contract to secure the Baghdad International Airport. The 12-month contract with the Coalition Provisional Authority was worth $16.8 million. The company continued to expand its business in Iraq, and became a minor subcontractor operating in the country.

The company continued to expand its operations in Iraq through 2003 and 2004. Their clients included the Coalition Provisional Authority, Bearing Point, Washington Group International, Parsons, Halliburton and the U.S. Army. In early 2004, the Department of Defense initiated an investigation into one of Custer Battles' contracts with the CPA, resulting in the company being suspended from future contract considerations by the Department of the Air Force. In early 2005 Custer Battles ceased operations in Iraq.


Baghdad Airport case

Another trial, with the same set of whistleblowers, concerned a separate $16.8 million contract awarded to Custer Battles to provide security at Baghdad International Airport. As this contract was paid for by seized Iraqi funds, Judge Ellis ruled that the entire contract was susceptible to the False Claims Act, and not just part of it in the previous case. The basic allegations were that Custer Battles had failed to provide adequate security staffing under its Firm-Fixed Price contract of $16.8 million. In January 2007, Judge Ellis granted Custer Battles' motion for summary judgment, finding that there was no evidence of the submission of false claims in this case. In April 2009, the 4th Circuit appeals court affirmed summary judgment for Custer Battles on the Baghdad airport contract.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custer_Battles

Oh and let us not dare to forget the missing money

Iraq Money Missing: $6.6 Billion Still Unaccounted For, U.S. Officials Say
06/13/11
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/13/iraq-money-missing-66-bil_n_876237.html


BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7444083.stm

Woman Uses Craigslist to Find Guy Who Knocked Her Up at Motorhead Concert

Hey, did you have sex in the bathroom of a Motorhead/Megadeth concert in Chicago? Do you have a red mohawk and black pentagram gauges? Congrats, you're a father.

A pregnant woman took to Craigslist to find the identity of her babydaddy after a brief encounter. Alas, the post has been removed though perhaps that means she found the guy?

If it's any consolation to the dad-to-be, the woman only has positive things to say about the experience.

--WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE FROM THE ACTUAL CRAIGSLIST POST--

But with raw dogging comes consequences: in this case, a little bundle of joy you may or may not be interested in raising. The Craigslist poster is actually pretty mellow about it. "Contact me if you want to be part of your child's life," she writes.

http://gawker.com/5902007/woman-uses-craigslist-to-find-guy-who-knocked-her-up-at-motorhead-concert

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (refused invitation to the White House) greeted by Obama masks - Hilarious!





Bruins goalie Tim Thomas passed on meeting with Barack Obama last year. He couldn't miss the president's face last night.

Thomas protested when his Stanley Cup winning teammates went to the White House saying the Federal goverment had threatened the rights and liberties of its citizens.



So Cap fans reminded him of his "free citizen" rights by peppering the Verizon Center with posters and masks with the president's face on them.

"What did Wayne Gretzky say? You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. This was too much of an opportunity to pass up," Mike Holden of Rockville, Md., told Stephen Whyno of the Washington Post. "We had Timmy coming to town, and he wants this issue to go away, and we figured we'd put it right in his face."

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2012/04/bruins-goalie-tim-thomas-greeted-by-obama-masks/1

12.29%

We just did our taxes... we are accountants of course we wait until the last minute

$13,144.00 to live in this country and have our daughter in public schools and drive on roads to get her there.

We over paid by $291.62. Very close as usual but we did it right.

H.U.D. and the Republicans..... they not only don't like it but Reagan paid off donors with it

The HUD rigging scandal consisted of Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates rigging low income housing bids to favor Republican contributors to Reagan's campaign as well as rewarding Republican lobbyists such as James G. Watt a former Secretary of the Interior. Sixteen convictions were eventually handed down, including the following:


James Watt 1.James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 24 felony counts and pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to pay a $5000 fine.
2.Phillip D. Winn - Assistant HUD Secretary. Pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to give illegal gratuities.; pardoned by President Bill Clinton, Nov., 2000
3.Thomas Demery - Assistant HUD Secretary - pleaded guilty to steering HUD subsidies to politically connected donors. Found guilty of bribery and obstruction of justice
4.Deborah Gore Dean - executive assistant to Secretary Pierce - indicted on thirteen counts, three counts of conspiracy, one count of accepting an illegal gratuity, four counts of perjury, and five counts of concealing articles. She was convicted on twelve. She appealed and prevailed on several counts but the convictions for conspiracy remained.
5.Joseph A. Strauss, (R) Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD, convicted for accepting payments to favor Puerto Rican land developers in receiving HUD funding.
6.Silvio D. DeBartolomeis convicted of perjury and bribery.
7.Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, the Treasurer of the United States from 1989 to 1993

Pierce, the Secretary, though the "central person" in the scandal, was not charged because he made "full and public written acceptance of responsibility."

Retired Federal Judge Arlin M. Adams served as independent counsel in first five years of the prosecution, through 1995, and Larry Thompson completed the work 1995-98.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_administration_scandals#Department_of_Housing_and_Urban_Development_grant_rigging
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