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Cheers! To Champagne Entrepreneurs

JPK2 Wrote: Dec 30, 2013 1:42 PM
One other thing concerning European wine. Like the beer industry in Europe, the wine industry is in a steady decline. One can blame demographics for this. In particular, French vinters have become a particularly old group. Wine consumption in France is down 30% since 1990. With consistently low birthrates the last 40 years, the French wine consumer has gotten older and older. To make matters worse, the French youth have turned to hard liquor and not wine. And the growing Muslim minority in France (15%) are teetotalers. As a result, many of the smaller vineyards in France have gone bankrupt or sold out to large concerns. France has gone through the same evolution in its wine production as Germany has with its beer production (about half of the 2200 breweries have closed in Germany since 1993).
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Cheers! To Champagne Entrepreneurs

JPK2 Wrote: Dec 30, 2013 1:37 PM
Up until the French Revolution, there were plenty of the female vinters in France. They were called nuns. French nuns, within the confines of their convents ran their own bakeries, butcher shops, farms, breweries, and vineyards. Many of the these were Benedictine and Trappist nuns, whose discipline required manual labor. Like their monk compatriots, they were totally self sufficient. And like other religious houses across Europe, they eventually operated some of the most prosperous enterprises. The proceeds were then put back into the local economy and public charities. However, the Reformation destroyed most of the convent and monasteries across Northern Europe; and what the Protestants started was completed by Napoleon, who forced all enterprises owned by the Church to be sold off to private investors.
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Ryan Saves GOP from Itself

JPK2 Wrote: Dec 14, 2013 10:02 AM
Here's what the "budget deal" accomplished: 1)It fixed ObamaCare funding for the next 3 years. 2)It cemented in $62 billion per year of new taxes (aka fees) 3)It fixed non-discretionary spending for the next 4 years 4) It allows over $60 billion per year in new spending for the next 3 years Obama and the Dems got everything they wanted. New taxes and new spending. ObamaCare forever. Yes, Larry. We avoided disaster
Gays should understand that in general they are outnumbered 96-4. They will not have the law on their side forever. If they keep this up they will be just be starting the Karma Train. They should tread carefully. They've got a great thing going in the US. Don't blow it.
Congress can hold Sebelius in contemp.
Wait until you find out that your doctor's visit to treat STDs ends up at Media Matters or with one of the labor unions. I can just imagine the phone call you will get one night, "That's a nice family you got there. I wouldn't want your wife to know.... Now knock off the tea party stuff, or else."
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We Live in a World of Lies

JPK2 Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 1:38 PM
Try reading the interviews instead of Media Matters or Wiki. McKinney, Henderson, and Sheppard were well known drug dealers in Wyoming. They were also seen together in gay bars. That alone destroys the narrative that the killers were homophobes. Sheppard was a methhead who owed money. It's a simple as that.
This is just a game to you and your ilk. You haven't a clue what kind of grief ObamaCare is causing to millions of Americans. To you it is politics as blood sport - quite pathetic.
When ObamaCare finally dies a violent death, the American voter will be in no mood for the federal government to even hand out condoms.
You're full of it. Conservatives have offered dozens of alternatives, both in the House and in their Think Tanks. From block granting Medicaid to capping damages in malpractice awards, to ending the state insurance commissions (thus, allowing nationwide pooling of high risk insurance customers(something the auto insurance does) and many more ideas; where do you think the very popular medical insurance accounts originated? But, every step of the way the Democrats blocked virtually all of their ideas. For, the Democrats there is only one plan that they will consider - the total nationalization of healthcare. So, please take your talking points and go home
What will Toure say next? That Obama has the power to veto SCOTUS opinions? Will he say that Obama can overturn amendments? Or will he refer Michelle Obama as Queen Obama?
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