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France wine producers guilty of fraud in US

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A dozen French winemakers and traders have been found guilty of a massive scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to a leading US buyer.

The judge in Carcassonne, south-west France, said the producers and traders had severely damaged the reputation of the Languedoc region.

The 12 more than doubled profits passing off the wine to E and J Gallo under its Red Bicyclette brand.

In a statement on its website it said it was “deeply disappointed” to learn its supplier, Sieur d’Arques, had been found guilty of selling falsely labeled French Pinot Noir.

The court ruled the 12 had deliberately and repeatedly mislabeled the wine as one of the more expensive varieties of grape in order to get a better price from E and J Gallo.

The Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir single grape wine is hugely popular in the United States.

French Customs Officers spotted the swindle and called in investigators. They found the amount of Pinot Noir being sold to Gallo was far more than the region produced. Some of those in the scandal were not even Pinot Noir producers.

The judge handed out suspended jail sentences ranging from one month to six months for the most prominent wine trader and ordered all the defendants to pay fines.

The fines ranged from 1,500 euros ($2,050; £1,300) to the top figure of 180,000 euros ($247,050; £156,500) for Sieur d’Arques. The judge said that the accused together made seven million euros in profits from the scam.

The judge said: “The scale of the fraud caused severe damage for the wines of the Languedoc for which the United States is an important outlet.”

A lawyer for Sieur d’Arques, Jean-Marie Bourland, told Agence France-Presse: “There is no prejudice. Not a single American consumer complained.”

A lawyer for three other defendants argued his clients had delivered a wine that had Pinot Noir characteristics.

E and J Gallo said it was no longer selling any of the wine to its customers.

Not a bad scam – You double your profits and when caught get a slap on the wrist. Just a wild guess, but I’d say the odds are extremely good that false labeling continues.

I especially like the part where the lawyer said, “Not a single American consumer complained.”

French humor no doubt.

The US course of action and a just punishment for such a grand scheme is to no longer buy French wine.

That would be American humor.

Written by Lord Crimson

February 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Posted in Europe, Food, France, Humor, Life

Canadian Premier Turns to US Health Care System

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Socialist health care system fails another Canadian.

It seems in spite of the claims that government run health care is superior those who must live with it tell a far different tale. In this case, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week. Not in Canada, but in the United States.

Deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale confirmed the treatment at a news conference Tuesday, but would not reveal the location of the operation or how it would be paid for.

“He has gone to a renowned expert in the procedure that he needs to have done,” said Ms. Dunderdale, who will become acting premier while Mr. Williams is away for three to 12 weeks.

“In consultation with his own doctors, he’s decided to go that route.”

Mr. Williams’ decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada’s health-care system.

“It was never an option offered to him to have this procedure done in this province,” said Ms. Dunderdale, refusing to answer whether the procedure could be done elsewhere in Canada.

Mr. Williams, 59, has said nothing of his health in the media.

“The premier has made a commitment that once he’s through this procedure and he’s well enough, he’s going to talk about the whole process and share as much detail with you as he’s comfortable to do at that time,” she said.

The lesson here is that Politicians always find a way to bypass what they force on everyone else. The vulgar part about it is that the taxpayers always get stuck with the bill.

Written by Lord Crimson

February 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Veterans Day Salute

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veteransday

A salute to our wonderful veterans who sacrifice to keep us free.

Thank You!

Written by Lord Crimson

November 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

Posted in Life, Military, Security, War

Aging of the Presidents

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It’s no secret that the stress level is high for the family that takes on the US presidency. Here are some going in – coming out pictures of recent presidents that opted to trade youth for power.

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A few even go crazy somewhere along the way.

Written by Lord Crimson

October 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

Posted in Government, Humor, Life, Politics

ObamaCare – The Great Lie

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It’s easy to tell when Obama is lying about health care – Obama is always lying about health care.

Or is it his teleprompter… it’s always been a challenge trying to decide who is actually running the show. Whatever the answer we can agree that the President subscribes to the theory that if you lie often enough the lies start to sound true.

ObamaCare is a Tax

Obama rejects the notion that requiring people to get health insurance and fining them if they don’t would not amount to a backhanded tax increase.

Of course it’s a tax increase. Try not carrying insurance under ObamaCare or pay the huge fine and you can bet the IRS will show up at your door demanding the non-tax.

ObamaCare transfers the burden of payment.

The President also claims, “What it’s saying is, that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore.”

Another lie, because carrying the burdens of others is exactly what ObamaCare is designed to do. Presently there are three types who don’t carry insurance.

First we have the poor, who cannot pay for their care no matter what law is passed.

Next we have the young and healthy, who understand paying huge premiums over a period of their life is insane especially if they deem it unlikely they will need much health care until their twilight years.

Last we have illegal immigrants who won’t pay because they feel why bother when rich Uncle Sam will pay for it.

The point of mandates is to drag the young kicking and screaming into the system so that the system can have “community rating” under which they will pay even higher premiums in order to subsidize care for older, sicker, illegal people.

Auto Insurance- the False Analogy

“Right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase,” said Obama.

Another lie. If you want to go without collision or theft insurance, you will not be fined. You certainly don’t have to pay for auto insurance if you don’t own an automobile. The only reason you are required to carry auto liability insurance is that an automobile can cause great harm to people and property. There’s no such thing as health liability insurance. It’s an asinine analogy, one Obama hopes you won’t figure out.

Obama Calls You Stupid

“I’ve tried to keep it digestible,” Obama said. “It’s very hard for people to get their arms around it. And that’s been a case where I have been humbled and I just keep on trying harder.”

Yet, another lie and exactly the opposite of what he says. I can’t help notice that he is humbled by our stupidity. The problem isn’t that Americans don’t grasp the idea behind ObamaCare, it’s that people know exactly what Obamacare is.

What is ObamaCare?

ObamaCare is a socialist monstrosity that will destroy the finest health care system in the world. It’s a straight up power and money grab for the purpose of control. It’s a return to bondage were government is the master and the people must survive on the whims of tyranny. It is the destruction of freedom.

ObamaCare is a lie.

Written by Lord Crimson

September 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

Democracy: No Crystal Ball Required

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Democracy

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

* From bondage to spiritual faith;
* From spiritual faith to great courage;
* From courage to liberty;
* From liberty to abundance;
* From abundance to complacency;
* From complacency to apathy;
* From apathy to dependence;
* From dependence back into bondage.

Sir Alexander Fraser Tyler

Written by Lord Crimson

September 1, 2009 at 9:51 am

Posted in Government, Life

Papa John Reunited With Muscle Car

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Papa John

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter was reunited with the muscle car he sold three decades ago for a future in the pizza business. After a nationwide search for the 1971 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro, Schnatter said that he found it in Kentucky.

Jeff Robinson, a resident of Flatwoods, Ky., bought the car a few years ago and agreed to return it to Schnatter who rewarded him with a $250,000 prize.

Schnatter said seeing the car “kind of hit me emotionally” and that it looks very much the same as it did when he sold it in 1983.

The car was sold by Schnatter to help rescue his father’s bar in Jeffersonville, Ind. Schnatter would later begin selling pizzas there.

The best part –

To celebrate the event, the Papa John’s pizza chain is offering a free large, one-topping pizza to Chevrolet Camaro owners on Wednesday.

Written by Lord Crimson

August 25, 2009 at 2:02 pm