Thursday, November 30, 2006
New York cracks down on mystery meats From iguanas to armadillos, state inspectors confiscate illegal exotic fare NEW YORK - When a food safety inspector walked into a market in Queens, he noticed the store had an interesting special posted on its front window: 12 beefy armadillos. In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another market. At a West African grocery in Manhattan, the store was selling smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. An inspector quickly seized a couple pounds of it. All of it was headed for the dinner table. All of it was also illegal. Authorities say the discoveries are part of a larger trend in which markets across New York are buying meat and other foods from unregulated sources and selling them to an immigrant population accustomed to more exotic fare. State regulators have responded by stepping up enforcement, confiscating 65 percent more food through September than they did in all of 2005. The seizures also cast a spotlight on the eating habits of this ethnically diverse city, where everything from turtles and fish paste to frogs and duck feet make their way onto people's plates. ~~~~~MAKES YA WANT A SPINISH SALAD,EH? =^.^= ~~~~YYYYYEEEEAAAAAAAWWWWWHHHH
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
~~WAL-MART taps into MEXICOS booming (?) consumer loan market!WHAT THE? Maybe they WILL donate some fence building materials to help secure this great nation.They freaking made a gazzillion bucks on Americans and projecting the image of being ALL AMERICAN.(Hey, have you checked where most of these products are from, or some of the workers for tht matter?) hummm =^.^= ~~ Wal-Mart de Mexico, or Walmex, also said in a conference call with media that the company will initially finance its banking business with its own capital. Last week, Mexico's Treasury secretary approved the opening of five new banks, including one by Walmex, the country's largest retailer. Solorzano said he hopes the company's banking division will bring it closer to its customers, because "a large part of our clients do not have access to banking services." The bank is expected to offer basic deposits and loans, including savings accounts linked to debit cards and checkbooks. In the U.S., where Wal-Mart (nyse: WMT - news - people ) has applied for approval to establish an industrial loan corporation, a kind of industrial bank, it has been met with opposition from existing banks, unions, lawmakers, and consumer and community organizations. Wal-Mart insists it has no plans to compete with community banks and has pledged to stay out of branch banking and consumer lending. Rather, its newly chartered bank would be used to handle the 140 million credit card, debit card and electronic check payments it processes each year, the company says. In July, U.S. bank regulators decided to put on hold for six months any new approvals of such applications. Analysts at Deutsche Bank (nyse: DB - news - people ) said in a report last week: "Mexico offers an attractive potential for growth as loans only represent 13 percent of gross domestic product, in contrast to 70 percent in Chile and 32 percent in Brazil." Solorzano said the banks are also expected to boost business by bringing more people into the stores. However, he believes the banking division will not make a profit until the fourth year. Julio Bosco Gomez, the former general director of Bank One in Mexico, has been put in charge of Banco Wal-Mart de Mexico Adelante SA. In recent years, Mexican retailers have moved into retail banking to sell financial products to their mainly low-income clients. Mexico's large retail banks have typically shunned this market, in favor of lending to middle and upper income individuals and corporations. Mexican retailer Grupo Famsa plans to open Banco Ahorro Famsa, while retailer Controladora Comercial Mexicana SA (other-otc: 8363.PK - news - people ) said it will partner with a unit of French banking group BNP Paribas (other-otc: BNPZY.PK - news - people ) SA to offer consumer and credit card loans in Mexico. Grupo Elektra was the first Mexican retailer to enter banking when it opened its Banco Azteca unit in 2002, which had 17.32 billion pesos ($1.58 billion) in loans at the end of June. Elektra also operates insurance and pension-fund companies. PLEASE RESPECT,SUPPORT & PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS and THEIR FAMILIES ;-)
Sunday, November 26, 2006
HOWDY! Just a reminder about my www.TheKarpetKitten.com website is doing better! Yup, lil ole me has added some awesome links.My love of military help, law and so many cool,unusual (like me ;-)> ) site that I wanted you to know. Check it out,link to it and browse the interesting space places! Love ya'll like red on a rose and trying to make this a better world for us all! KISSES!! =^.^= Also, if ya have a great link I dont,send it to me! PLEASE RESPECT,SUPPORT & PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS and THEIR FAMILIES ;-)
Friday, November 10, 2006
Hey! As far as I know the Democrats havent done away with Veterans Day,yet, and its the Marine Corps Birthday also! Perfect timing for us wanting to say THANK YOU!To all military people,past and present and how greatful we are for the sacrifice of life,limb and family for OUR freedoms and liberties.During the past few weeks leading up 2 elections,we were carpet bombed with the notion people were SICK of the war,and its fiancial strain and body count.We even had a certain HorseFace Elitist Arogant Piece of Shit who AGAIN DISSED our brave Service Members in the spotlight.Thats all a load of pre election scare tatics,and Jeeze, it looks like it worked on some of our fellow countrymen and women.and maybe you ,yourself went in with this line of thinking.I wont judge you either way,but all thats behind us as we break out a very patriotic HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES! and THANK YOU VETERANS!We cant thank you enough or say how awesome you are! Our true Blue American Heros are the backbone of all we have and all we do.I still want to kiss everyone of ya and give ya a sweet hug! I plan to spend the next week spreading the love to vets and I ask you to consider doing you part to show our appreciation.Ages 18-108 are living amung us and we OWE IT to them to show we care and respect and honor their service.There are your own family members,neighbors and friends you can honor everyday!And PLEASE DONT FORGET retirement homes and assisted living facilities caring for these HEROS right under our noses.You and your kids can make an appointment to spend time remenicing with these sweet patriots,bring them some treats,sing a song,gives some luv and hugs.Take a brave soul to breakfast,lunch or dinner.Or coffee and desert.Give the gift of YOURSELF. It doesnt take much money or time to show your deep appreciation for their selfless sacrifice.There are friends to be made,laughs and stories to share,fragile hands to shake.You can head to your local VFW (Veterans of Foriegn Wars) and share the love.You will be forever greatful to yourself once you do something like this.And when was the last time you called grandpa and listened to him for awhile? ;-)> It might be just a call that allows you to 'pay it forward'.Make the day,hell, the week of an American Veteran,its the gift that keeps on giving.They will feel special and so will you. I also have to pause and remember the beautiful family members who are keepin' the home fires burning.The wifes and husbands and the kids and parents and families seriously need and deserve our respect and gratitude.Especialy in these trying times when it seems that EVEN THEIR OWN COUNTRY is againt them.They too,deserve our thanks and care.Show them some love. ;-)> To all our heros here reading this, I send my love, my prayers,my gratitude and respect.I say THANK YOU and all the best.I pray God is on your shoulder always and our deepest love and respect in your minds and hearts FOREVER !! I LOVE YOU AND I THANK YOU!!!! =^.^= PLEASE RESPECT,SUPPORT & PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS and THEIR FAMILIES ;-) so now get out your Tedward KENNEDY PINATA and BEAT IT LIKE IT OWES YOU MONEY, cause it DOES!!