Friday, March 27, 2009

Record-high Red River Prompts Evacuations In Minnesota, North Dakota


While it is raining here and we are under a flood watch we are in no way in the same predicament as the people in Morehead Minnesota have it. Officials in Minnesota asked thousands of households in a city bordering the river to evacuate Friday. The red river is expected to crest at 41 to 43 feet. About one-third of the households in Moorhead — 2,660 in all — are affected.

In other evacuations, Fargo police ordered residents living in about 150 houses in a neighbourhood south of the city's downtown to evacuate at about 2 a.m. on Friday after a "significant leak" was found in a dike at a crook in the river, said police Capt. Tod Dahle.

I've never been North Dakota or Minnesota. I did have a student who was frome Pierre, ND. For me, when I think of the Red River I think of a song I learned in elementary school when we were studying cowboys. It was called "The Red River Valley."

For days though, I along with many other Americans have been watching people of all ages laying down sandbags as snow fell. We watched as chunks of ice seemed to flow past the tops of stop signs. It puts things in perspective as we complain about getting six inches of rain today and tommorrow.

Speaking of perspective, I just saw on the Glen Beck show a segment on the Food Safety Bill. He mentions that the bill does not define what is a farm. Now you might feel a farm is a big huge thing with a silo, a heard of 300 cattle, and twelve pigs. My sister might feel a farm is a house with a chicken coop in the back and ten chickens. The government might feel if you have an area of four feet or more that is used to produce fruits and vegetables for human consumption. This is why we really should take a hard look at HR 875.

Tell me if you think Category Three could be your kitchen in a broad legal sense. Ah come on now. No one is going to go into your kitchen? Take a look at any law and see what lawyers turn it into and then get back to me on that. Read the categories listed below taken directly from the bill.

(5) CATEGORY 1 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT- The term ‘category 1 food establishment’ means a food establishment (other than a seafood processing establishment) that slaughters, for the purpose of producing food, animals that are not subject to inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or poultry that are not subject to inspection under the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

Help me out with this because I want to know who decides what is a ranch or farm. It's not specifically defined. When I took Business Law in college I was taught anything not specifically outlined is up for intepretation, even what is specifically outlined is subject for interpretation:

(14) FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.

(6) CATEGORY 2 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT- The term ‘category 2 food establishment’ means a seafood processing establishment or other food establishment (other than a category 1 establishment) not subject to inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, or the Egg Products Inspection Act, that processes raw seafood or other raw animal products, whether fresh or frozen, or other products that the Administrator determines by regulation to pose a significant risk of hazardous contamination.

(7) CATEGORY 3 FOOD ESTABLISHMENT- The term ‘category 3 food establishment’ means a food establishment (other than a category 1 or category 2 establishment) that processes cooked, pasteurized, or otherwise ready-to-eat seafood or other animal products, fresh produce in ready-to-eat raw form, or other products that pose a risk of hazardous contamination.

Here are the blog contests I entered:

Prizes (3): Honey Kix cereal free product coupon, cereal container, cereal bowl, insulated on-the-go cereal container and honey pot.

Prize: One dozen fancy Easter cookies or Signature Strawberry cookies from Shortycake.

Prizes (2): Two-year All You magazine subscription (ARV $17.95).

Prize: LG Vu cell phone.

Prize: Windex Outdoor All-In-One Glass Cleaning Tool starter kit.

Prizes (3): Yoplait Kids Get Active prize pack with coupon for free Yoplait yogurt, travel cooler, jump rope, water bottle, and outdoor game set with beach ball, paddle ball, jai-ali and frisbee.

Prizes (2): Peek Pronto with one-year of service (ARV $320).

Prize: Too Faced Lock Down Ultimate Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow in Bedroom Eyes, Dramarama, I'm Guilty, Jailbait and Prisoner of Love.

Prizes (2): Pair of Keds Green Label shoes.

Prize: Aurora bracelet from Twisted Silver (ARV $30).

Pearl bracelets (3 prizes)

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