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A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco for Flag and Cross ©2019.

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A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco for Flag and Cross ©2019.

See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website, Comically Incorrect.

 

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New Pork Rules Could Outlaw Bacon in California

This would be an unforgivable overreach by the state government.

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There are plenty of times in which Americans engage in a bit of exaggeration at the expense of our federal government.  It’s a defense mechanism, really, in which we are trained to extrapolate the worst possible outcome of any interaction with our elected officials, to guard against abuse at the hands of the tyrannical among us. Very rarely do these sorts of predictions come true.  Truly, this is just part of the American DNA, and it has deep roots in the caffeinated waters of Boston Harbor back in 1773. And if you thought that a new tax on tea was a flimsy enough excuse to rail against the oppressors, what happens when a state government outlaws bacon? At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market. The threat is no hogwash, either. California’s restaurants and groceries use about 255 million pounds of pork a month, but its farms produce only 45 million pounds, according to Rabobank, a global food and agriculture financial services company. The National Pork Producers Council has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal aid to help pay for retrofitting hog facilities around the nation to fill the gap. Hog farmers said they haven’t complied because of the cost and because California hasn’t yet issued…

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Secret Service Reduced to Starbuck’s Runs with Hunter Biden’s Wife

And just wait until you see what it cost the taxpayers!

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For an elite law enforcement unit such as the Secret Service, there has to come a point in which you wonder what it is that you’re even doing sometimes. These are the folks who would take a bullet, very literally, for our executive branch, yet some within the first family seem to think that they’re also to be used as errand boys. Hunter Biden’s wife was spotted being escorted by Secret Service agents on a Malibu, California coffee run Tuesday. Melissa Cohen, mother of Hunter’s 1-year-old son Beau, was spotted grabbing an iced coffee at a Starbucks near the couple’s California home accompanied by Secret Service agents. One agent stayed in the car behind the wheel while another agent opened the door for Cohen as she returned to the car holding the iced coffee. And just wait until you see what this coffee run cost the taxpayers… The Daily Mail calculated that since top agents earn $148,437 per year, which translates to an hourly rate of $71.36, the two-hour coffee excursion had a taxpayer-funded price tag of up to $285.44. The couple has been given 24-hour Secret Service protection at their $20,000 a month Malibu home. Hunter Biden has long stood accused of benefiting unduly from his father’s political clout, and it appears that perhaps this sort of sentiment is now spreading throughout the family.

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