USDA wants to import Namibia beef into USA as that African nation fights foot and mouth disease epidemic in cattle herds

Namibia Beef
The Oshakati open market hardly has anyone selling meat. Ndamononghenda Shidinge (right) is one of the few sellers. Foot and mouth disease has meant a drastic shortage of beef.

Namibia has a big problem – foot and mouth disease infecting its cattle herds. Officials are confident they will push back the attack on their beef industry, and have enacted strict controls of movement of animals from one location to another within the country.

On September 1, a local newspaper reported that “the foot and mouth disease broke out in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions in May and spread to other regions, such as Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Kavango West.”

Animals can only be moved under strict regulations and permission from the department of veterinary services. This has resulted in farmers failing to sell meat to kapana (grilled beef) sellers at Oshakati, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Omuthiya, Eenhana, Oshikango, Outapi, Okahao, Onesi, Tsandi and Ruacana.

The suspension of cattle movement has also severely affected traditional gatherings in the North such as weddings, funerals as well as other commemorations and celebrations where cattle, goats or sheep are usually slaughtered.

Many people are now forced to use either fish or chicken, sometimes against tradition.

On the other side of the world we have the USDA, supposed protector of all things agricultural, including beef. These victims of foot in the moth syndrome have a plan for Namibia beef – begin importing it into the USA, and help to put our cattlemen out of Continue reading “USDA wants to import Namibia beef into USA as that African nation fights foot and mouth disease epidemic in cattle herds”

Gosar and Sanders share same wrong attendance conclusion

Pope Francis addressing tens of thousands

Paul Anthony Gosar plans to skip the upcoming address to Congress by Pope Francis, the religious leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District in the House of Representatives, said the Pope has “adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into ‘climate justice’ and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies.” The Pope is expected to attend, despite Gosar’s opinion of him.

Gosar joins U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in adopting a strange aversion to his heritage. In Gosar’s case, he attended Creighton Jesuit University (the pope is also Jesuit) and the congressman has never renounced his Catholic Faith.

Sanders also refused to attend a speech to Congress this past Spring by the Prime Minister of the Jewish homeland of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu. Sanders said he disagreed with the Continue reading “Gosar and Sanders share same wrong attendance conclusion”

In the moood for U.S. Prime beef, go to Europe!

gauchos-webDo they make the grade coming from Nicaragua or Honduras? U.S. beef has eight grades: Prime, Choice, Select, Standard, Commercial, Utility, Cutter and Canner.

The total U.S. beef consumption last year was 24.1 billion pounds. The total beef production here was 24.3 billion pounds. That sounds about even to me. The amount we produce is the virtually the same as what we consume. End of story?

No! It’s just the sign of yet another example of how “free” trade and meaningless labels can hurt the American consumer.

Before 1950, you could buy Prime, Choice or Good grades of beef at your local grocer or butcher shop.. That year the government decided to combine Choice and Prime into one grade: Prime.  Then Good grade, the lowest usually available then, was elevated to Choice.

Since you can fool most of the people, shoppers eventually were satisfied with their Choice grade meat, not realizing it was low-grade, compared to the Choice from 1927 through 1949. Because of exports, there was suddenly a shortage of Prime beef at supermarkets, Continue reading “In the moood for U.S. Prime beef, go to Europe!”

Medicare Part B hike of 52% in 2016 is major tax increase

illnessA 52% increase in Medicare Part B premiums is anticipated next year for about 30% of all participants. Nearly everyone older than 65 is on Medicare, so this huge change will affect 12 million or more Americans.

And it’s all thanks to legislative changes by our politicians, who get virtually free healthcare for life. Most seniors (about 70%) will  pay $104.90 a month, or, oddly, $147 monthly just for the first year.

The current Part B premium schedule follows. For those unaware of it, the premiums are based on how much you earn. The more you make in retirement income, the more you pay in premiums. If you make very little you pay no premiums.

If your yearly income in 2013 (for what you pay in 2015) monthly was: 2015
File individual tax return File joint tax return File married & separate tax return
$85,000 or less $170,000 or less $85,000 or less $104.90
above $85,000 up to $107,000 above $170,000 up to $214,000 Not applicable $146.90
above $107,000 up to $160,000 above $214,000 up to $320,000 Not applicable $209.80
above $160,000 up to $214,000 above $320,000 up to $428,000 above $85,000  up to $129,000 $272.70
above $214,000 above $428,000 above $129,000 $335.70

The Medicare monthly premiums above are those without the rate hike.

With the planned 52% rate hike:

  • $146.90 jumps to $223 monthly, or $2,676 a year.
  • $209.80 jumps to $318 monthly, or $3,816 a year
  • $272.70 jumps to $414.20 monthly, or $4,970.40 a year
  • $335.70 jumps to $509.80 monthly, or $6,117.60 a year.

As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act of 2015, in 2018 (at that Continue reading “Medicare Part B hike of 52% in 2016 is major tax increase”

Iran boss says no vote on nuclear pact or it will be legal (enforceable) deal with U.S. – not just a voluntary maybe!

The Winner Is…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Rouhani said Saturday he opposed a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, saying terms of the agreement will turn into legal obligation if it is passed by the house. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iran President Hassan Rouhani – he walked all over the USA negotiators

Iran’s wily President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday (August 29) that he opposes any parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is in a frantic fit to convince everyone in America that Congress should vote and approve the one-sided deal, which allows Iran 24 days notice before investigating new sites of nuclear pact violations and turns off centrifuges, but does not destroy them.

Obama believes that we must implement payments of $150 billion or so to the terrorist Iranian regime, probably because he has been assured by advisers – some with Iranian connections – that such a surrender to Iran will somehow prevent war in the Middle East.

J Street, originally funded by billionaire George Soros, has endorsed the Obama Iran capitulation, which follows their past approval of Obama actions since their founding as the President took office in 2008. J Street’s official policy positions, as of March 2015, focus on the following strategies:

Continue reading “Iran boss says no vote on nuclear pact or it will be legal (enforceable) deal with U.S. – not just a voluntary maybe!”