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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Calorie Counts on Menues/ Ferguson/ Health Care Costs

Missoulian: New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus
How Many Calories? Look at the Menu!
FDA has issued two final rules requiring that calories be listed on certain menus in chain restaurants and other places selling restaurant-type food and on certain vending machines.

Missoulian: Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests
Attorney General Holder Statement on the Conclusion of the Grand Jury Proceeding in the Shooting of Michael Brown
“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing.  Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now.  Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence.  And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hagel/ Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in camp sketched Thursday 28th 1861. Alfred Rudolph, 1828-1891, artist

Civil War: Thanksgiving Foods
George Washington had signed a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789 recommending November 26th of that year be a “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.”  (The Library of Congress has a copy of this proclamation).  At the time of the Civil War, some states did celebrate Thanksgiving on a day decided by the governor—usually in October or November after the crops had been harvested and the bounty preserved.  From 1837-1877, Sarah Buell Hale, editor of  the country’s most popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, promoted Thanksgiving through the pages of her magazine.  She printed recipes for creating the perfect dinner of turkey, oysters, potatoes, macaroni, chicken pot pie, cranberries, and pie.  She also lobbied every president from Zachary Taylor to Abraham Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving as a national holiday.  On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the war, President Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving, setting aside the last Thursday in November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.””