FoodSafety.gov

About FoodSafety.gov

FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

According to the Key Findings of the Food Safety Working Group:

“The federal government will enhance http://www.foodsafety.gov to better communicate information to the public and include an improved individual alert system allowing consumers to receive food safety information, such as notification of recalls. Agencies will also use social media to expand public communications.”
Selected Federal Agencies with a Role in Food Safety

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve important roles in ensuring food safety in the United States. More >

State Agencies

During an investigation of foodborne illness or a recall, federal government agencies may work with state agencies such as the state department of public health. Get information about your state… More >

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149 Responses to FoodSafety.gov

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday Jul. 2, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:20 AM

    Pres Obama departs the White House en route to Andrews Air Force Base.
    9:35 AM

    Pres Obama makes a statement on the monthly employment numbers and makes a Recovery Act announcement.
    9:50 AM

    Pres Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base en route to Charleston, W.Va.
    10:00 AM
    10:55 AM

    Pres Obama arrives in Charleston.
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden deliver remarks at the memorial service for Sen. Robert Byrd.
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:55 PM

    Pres Obama departs Charleston en route to Andrews Air Force Base.
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM

    Pres Obama arrives at Andrews Air Force Base.
    3:05 PM

    Pres Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Camp David.
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    The White House Blog
    At USDA Food Safety Conference: New Technologies, Collaboration and Progress

    April 02, 2010 by Jerold Mande

    I was honored to address over 700 national leaders in the food safety field last week at “Advancements in Food Safety Education: Trends, Tools and Technologies,” a conference co-hosted by USDA.

    This was our largest-ever gathering for this event, drawing an audience of educators, scientists, public health officials, industry leaders, consumer representatives and others in the food safety field.

    President Obama made it clear early in his presidency that food safety is among his highest priorities. Less than 60 days after taking office, the President established the Food Safety Working Group to advise him on how to upgrade the U.S. food safety system.

    One goal of the group is to communicate critical food safety messages to food preparers. For example, avoiding cross contamination and staying home from work when you have a stomach virus. Educators and health professionals play a critical role in delivering these messages. Millions of foodborne illnesses are caused by contamination during food preperation, thus training food handlers to prepare food safely is a key part of the President’s goal.

    At the conference, many new and powerful communications approaches were demonstrated, ranging from simple storage and reheating labels for takeout food containers, to the use of social marketing to motivate moms to use food thermometers, and using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to promote key food safety messages. We also learned how citizens can help establish state food safety collaboratives of public, private, and non-profit food safety stakeholders to develop state food safety plans — blueprints to reduce foodborne illness.

    For the entire article: http://www.foodsafetyworkinggroup.gov/

    • CR says:

      US to Tighten Food Import Regulations

      July 26, 2013 Steve Baragona – VOAnews

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new rules aimed at making imported food safer. The FDA says the rules will hold importers accountable for observing the same safety standards as domestic producers.

      The United States imports about 15 percent of its food from 150 countries, according to the FDA.

      The agency currently relies on food safety inspectors at the border, who screen less than two percent of the products coming in. FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor says that’s changing.

      “The big paradigm shift is the shift toward prevention, and for industry being responsible for documenting what they have done to prevent problems,” he said.

      The FDA would require importers to examine their entire supply chains, from farm to shelf, and identify where the safety hazards are. Companies would need to document what they have done to control those hazards.

      Taylor says the new rules will make food safer and not just in the United States.

      “We are also directed to work with foreign governments to build their capacity to oversee food safety in ways that can strengthen food safety in their countries as well as in the United States,” he said.

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/us-to-tighten-food-import-regulations/1711012.html

  3. CR says:

    Be Food Safe This Independence Day
    USDA Offers Summer Grilling Tips

    WASHINGTON, June 28, 2010

    The Fourth of July is nearly upon us, and many Americans will celebrate our Nation’s birthday by grilling or attending cookouts. USDA is reminding consumers that following safe food handling steps are the key to making your cookout safe and healthy for your guests.

    “Barbecuing is a great way to celebrate Independence Day, and it’s important to take a few seconds to measure your food temperature to help protect your family and friends this summer,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Make a food thermometer your most important grilling tool.”

    USDA has four basic steps to help you Be Food Safe and declare independence from foodborne illness any time of year:

    1. Clean: First things first – start with clean surfaces and clean hands. You and your guests should wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Equally important are the surfaces that come in contact with raw and cooked foods – make sure they are clean before you start and are washed frequently.

    2. Separate: Raw meats and poultry should be prepared separately from produce and cooked foods. Use separate cutting boards when chopping raw meats and produce, as juices from raw meats may contain harmful bacteria that can cross-contaminate ready-to-eat foods.

    3. Cook: Your food thermometer is the most important tool that will tell you if your food is thoroughly cooked, as color is not a reliable indicator of doneness. The safe minimum internal temperature to kill any harmful bacteria in steaks, roasts, chops and fish is 145°F, while ground beef should reach 160°F. Take extra care with frozen hamburgers as these take longer to reach a safe internal temperature throughout the patties. It is important to measure the temperature in several areas of your burgers. All poultry and fully cooked meats like hot dogs should be grilled to 165°F or until steaming hot.

    4. Chill: Perishable food should never sit out for more than two hours. If the temperature is above 90°F – which is common at summer picnics – perishable foods shouldn’t sit out more than one hour. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly, and discard any food that has been out too long.

    For the entire article: http://www.usda.gov/2010/06/0347.xml

  4. 123kathleen says:

    USDAFoodSafety video, July 1, 2010 –

    This 4th of July, grill safely and celebrate freedom from foodborne illness!

  5. 123kathleen says:

    The same video in Spanish:

    Inocuidad de los Alimentos Cocidos en la Barbacoa

    Siga los consejos de los expertos del USDA y celebre estar libre de enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos.

  6. CR says:

    Safe Food Handling

    Food Safety While Hiking, Camping & Boating

    5/10/2007

    Outdoor activities are popular with Americans nationwide. The fresh air and exercise revives the spirit and the mind. Hiking, camping, and boating are good activities for active people and families, and in some parts of the country you can enjoy the outdoors for 2 or 3 seasons. In many cases, these activities last all day and involve preparing at least one meal. If the food is not handled correctly, foodborne illness can be an unwelcome souvenir.

    “Keep Hot Foods Hot & Cold Foods Cold”
    Whether you are in your kitchen or enjoying the great outdoors, there are some food safety principles that remain constant. The first is “Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.” Meat and poultry products may contain bacteria that cause foodborne illness. They must be cooked to destroy these bacteria and held at temperatures that are either too hot or too cold for these bacteria to grow.

    Most bacteria do not grow rapidly at temperatures below 40 °F or above 140 °F. The temperature range in between is known as the “Danger Zone.” Bacteria multiply rapidly at these temperatures and can reach dangerous levels after 2 hours.

    If you are traveling with cold foods, bring a cooler with a cold source. If you are cooking, use a hot campfire or portable stove. It is difficult to keep foods hot without a heat source when traveling, so it’s best to cook foods before leaving home, cool them, and transport them cold.

    “Keep Everything Clean”
    The second principle is that bacteria present on raw meat and poultry products can be easily spread to other foods by juices dripping from packages, hands, or utensils. This is called cross-contamination. When transporting raw meat or poultry, double wrap or place the packages in plastic bags to prevent juices from the raw product from dripping on other foods. Always wash your hands before and after handling food, and don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Soap and water are essential to cleanliness, so if you are going somewhere that will not have running water, bring it with you. Even disposable wipes will do.

    For the entire article: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Food_Safety_While_Hiking_Camping_&_Boating/index.asp

  7. CR says:

    Safe Food Handling
    Barbecue and Food Safety

    4/25/2007

    Cooking outdoors was once only a summer activity shared with family and friends. Now more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round. So whether the snow is blowing or the sun is shining brightly, it’s important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

    From the Store: Home First
    When shopping, buy cold food like meat and poultry last, right before checkout. Separate raw meat and poultry from other food in your shopping cart. To guard against cross-contamination — which can happen when raw meat or poultry juices drip on other food — put packages of raw meat and poultry into plastic bags.

    Plan to drive directly home from the grocery store. You may want to take a cooler with ice for perishables. Always refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. Refrigerate within 1 hour when the temperature is above 90 °F.

    At home, place meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately. Freeze poultry and ground meat that won’t be used in 1 or 2 days; freeze other meat within 4 to 5 days.

    Thaw Safely
    Completely thaw meat and poultry before grilling so it cooks more evenly. Use the refrigerator for slow, safe thawing or thaw sealed packages in cold water. You can microwave defrost if the food will be placed immediately on the grill.

    Marinating
    A marinade is a savory, acidic sauce in which a food is soaked to enrich its flavor or to tenderize it. Marinate food in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Poultry and cubed meat or stew meat can be marinated up to 2 days. Beef, veal, pork, and lamb roasts, chops, and steaks may be marinated up to 5 days. If some of the marinade is to be used as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of the marinade before putting raw meat and poultry in it. However, if the marinade used on raw meat or poultry is to be reused, make sure to let it come to a boil first to destroy any harmful bacteria.

    For the entire article: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Barbecue_Food_Safety/index.asp

  8. 123kathleen says:

    USDAFoodSafety video, July 1, 2010 –

    Safe Grilling Instructions in ASL (AMerican Sign Language)

    Follow these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

  9. azgrammy says:

    Hi CR,
    This food safety topic is a function of our government that is mostly ignored until something terrible happens, then public comes screaming & hollering!

    Watching History Channel other evening, there was a segment about early on in America, when slaughter houses were entirely un-supervised;

    Rats ran-muck in slaughter houses, fell in the hoppers, & were routinely ground-up in grinders along with beef…
    Oh yum…
    ….hope you guys are through eating dinner by now….!

    • CR says:

      Ha! Nice to “see” you AZGrammy!

      I thought that the FoodService.gov thread would be timely as everyone will be gathering to feast at dinner tables or picnics or camp sites.

      Good night! “See” you tomorrow morning!

  10. 123kathleen says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, July 1, 2010:

    Statement by the Press Secretary on House Passage of Extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

    Today the House of Representatives moved to extend benefits for Americans looking for work, and the President urges the Republican leadership in the Senate to end their obstruction of this critical aid. The attempts by the majority of Republicans in the Senate to play politics with this issue have not only put the livelihoods of thousands of American families at risk, but also has cut off an important source of revenue during our very fragile economic recovery. Getting the American people back to work is the President’s top economic priority, and that’s why we must do more to not only pass aid for state and local governments and tax cuts for businesses, but also to spur private sector job growth. The President will keep pressing Congress to fight for common-sense jobs legislation during this critical time for our economic recovery.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-press-secretary-house-passage-extension-unemployment-insurance-benefits

  11. 123kathleen says:

    SenateDemocrats video, July 1, 2010 –

    Republicans Block An Extension of Jobless Benefits Again

    Republicans again blocked Democrats’ attempt to extend jobless benefits to millions of unemployed Americans last night. Senator Harry Reid sent a strong message back to the Minority after they prevented passage of the bill.


  12. 123kathleen says:

    White House video, July 1, 2010 –

    West Wing Week: 07/02/10 or “Home of the Kringle”

    Thanks for checking out the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, walk step by step with President Obama as he gets a lesson in mathematics in the Oval Office, attends the G8 and G20 summits in Canada, meets with the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, hosts King Abdullah in the White House and much more.


    • 123kathleen says:

      Video includes a special message about food safety from Agriculture Scretary Tom Vilsak.

  13. CR says:

    Good Friday Morning to Everyone!!!

  14. blackwaterdog says:

    Economy lost 125,000 due to census layoffs. Unemployment at 9.5%.

    I really expected much worse. Thank god…

    • jackieinarizona says:

      OMG. All I have heard this week is how bad unemployment was going to be. That is actually happy news (obviously not for those unemployed). I hope this next quarter drops dramatically.

    • CR says:

      Good morning BWD!

  15. sandy466 says:

    Good Morning CR & BWD and all!! Happy 4th July weekend to all.

  16. CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

    Good morning to my o family. I hope everyone have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

    Wow, I just saw a big breaking news that said unemployment fell from 9.7 to 9.5 per cent, although 125,000 jobs were lost due to the census. I a sure more details will follow.

  17. jackieinarizona says:

    Good morning CR, BWD and Sandy. Hope you have a a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=pbo

  18. jackieinarizona says:

    Here is some good news from the Gulf.

    “Only” 600 feet to go for drilling of a relief well. U.S. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said yesterday that the drilling is “slightly” ahead of schedule. The target for intercepting the leaking well and pumping in mud and cement to permanently seal it is still mid-August, he said.

    http://noir.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aFIjgm.L.Auc&pos=8

    • CR says:

      May the progress continue! Our prayers are with all those affected by the Gulf oil spill.

  19. CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

    Yes, this is indeed good news. I think they will meet the deadline before August but Admial Allen did not want to say so. We all know how the news folks try and make stories out of not meeting deadlines.

  20. sandy466 says:

    Great things are happening across the states.

    State’s retraining program a success
    Andrew S. Levin

    No Worker Left Behind, Michigan’s job-training program, is training thousands of workers for 21st-century jobs and helping create a culture of lifelong learning in Michigan.

    The program, created three years ago, is achieving outstanding placement outcomes and creating a strong partnership among employers, community colleges, work force agencies and the state.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100702/OPINION01/7020328/1008/State-s-retraining-program-a-success#ixzz0sX0nblTH

    • CR says:

      THANK YOU SANDY! Sunshine is coming through the storm clouds!

    • jackieinarizona says:

      I hope come election time, Michigan remembers that it was President Obama that chose to bail out the auto industry and that had he not done that, millions more people would be out of work and the manufacturing production numbers would not be positive.

  21. CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

    President Obama will be speaking soon at the tarmac at AF one I assume. Cnn already has the live stream up.

    • CR says:

      President Obama speaking at Andrews Air Force Base

      7/2/10 POLITICO

      THE JOBS REPORT: President Obama says Friday’s jobs numbers reflect the “planned phase-out of 225,000 temporary census workers” but also “showed the sixth straight month of job growth in the private sector.”

      “Make no mistake: We are headed in the right direction,” he says, adding that as he was reminded in Racine, Wis., “we’re not headed there fast enough for a lot of Americans.” (9:40 a.m.)

  22. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    July 02, 2010

    9:30 AM EDT
    President Obama Speaks on Monthly Job Numbers – Andrews Air Force Base

    (Audio Only) http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
    CSPAN : http://www.cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/02/HP/R/35007/June+Unemployment+Falls+to+95+Employers+cut+125000+jobs.aspx

    11:30 AM EDT
    President Obama and V.P. Biden Speak at Memorial Service for Senator Byrd – Charleston, West Virginia

    (Audio Only) http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  23. CR says:

    Background on the President’s Recovery Act
    (Announcement scheduled for 7/3/10)

    July 02, 2010

    Tomorrow, President Obama will announce investment in sixty-six new Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide that, according to the grantees, will not only directly create approximately 5,000 jobs up front, but will also help spur economic development in some of the nation’s hardest-hit communities, helping create jobs for years to come. In total, tens of millions of Americans and over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities and 2,400 schools in all fifty states stand to benefit from the awards. The $795 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture have been matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of more than $1 billion in bringing broadband service to these communities, most of which currently have little or no access, to help them better compete and do business in the global marketplace.

    Broadband Impact
    According to analysis released by the National Economic Council last year, overall Recovery Act investments in broadband are expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in the near term and expand economic development and job opportunities in communities that would otherwise be left behind in the new knowledge-based economy. Recovery Act broadband projects help bring down the cost of private investment, attract Internet service providers to new areas, improve digital literacy among students and workers, and help create new opportunities in employment, education, and entrepreneurship by wiring homes and businesses. With new or increased broadband access, communities can compete on a level playing field to attract new businesses, schools can create distance learning opportunities, medical professionals can provide cost-efficient remote diagnoses and care, and business owners can expand the market for their products beyond their neighborhoods to better compete in the global economy.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/background-presidents-recovery-act-announcement-tomorrow

  24. sandy466 says:

    http://www.serve.gov/oilspill.asp

    The Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill is one of the most challenging environmental disasters that the country has faced. The communities whose livelihoods are dependent upon the Gulf of Mexico are being severely affected by the oil spill.

    The Corporation for National and Community Service is working with its network of community partners and national service resources to launch a short-and long-term effort to leverage citizen service to address the devastating economic, health and environmental impact inflicted by the oil spill.

    * Click here to read more about the Corporation’s oil spill strategy (PDF)

  25. vero804 says:

    Morning all!

    So I missed the jobs report being released. I’m now at the office. I turned on my computer and cnn.com is my homepage. I clicked to find out the job numbers.

    This was the title: Job losses return

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm?hpt=T1

    My heart sank, and I began reading the article. 225,000 census jobs were “lost” because they were temporary. I do a little more digging and find out that if we hadn’t had those census jobs, the jobs report would have shown a gain of 83,000 private sector jobs. That’s like double last month, which showed a job gain, but was discounted due to the addition of 100s of thousands of census jobs. I guess if we discount the census jobs again, we have a Job Gain.

    The spin is incredible.

    Have a nice day, y’all!

    • CR says:

      Good morning Vero!

      Yes America is on the right path! We knew that it would take time to get America back on it’s feet!

  26. CR says:

    The Employment Situation in June

    7/20/10 Posted by Christina Romer – WhiteHouse.gov

    Today’s employment report shows continued signs of gradual labor market recovery. Private nonfarm payroll employment increased by 83,000 in June and the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.5%. June marks the sixth month in a row that private sector employment has increased. These continued signs of healing are important, particularly given the recent volatility in world markets and the mixed behavior of other recent economic indicators. However, much stronger job gains are needed to repair the damage caused by the financial crisis and put the millions of unemployed Americans back to work.
    Payroll Employment

    Total payroll employment fell 125,000 in June. This decline had been widely anticipated because some of the temporary employment related to the Census began to wind down last month. Temporary Census employment dropped 225,000 in June. Non-Census employment rose 100,000, reflecting a rise in private employment of 83,000 and a rise in other types of Federal employment. Private employment rose at an average monthly rate of 119,000 in the second quarter of 2010, up from 79,000 in the first quarter, and up dramatically from the average decline of 752,000 in the first quarter of 2009. Private employment has increased 593,000 since its low point in December 2009.

    Employment gains were spread broadly across industries. The biggest gains were in professional and business services (including an increase of 20,500 in temporary help services), leisure and hospitality, and education and health. Manufacturing also added employment for the sixth month in a row. Besides the decline in Federal employment related to the Census, the industries losing jobs were construction, finance, information, and state and local government. Average weekly hours for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls also declined one-tenth of an hour in June. Hours, however, are still up four-tenths from their low in October 2009.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/02/employment-situation-june

  27. CR says:

    The hidden hand of Joe Biden

    7/2/10 GLENN THRUSH – POLITICO

    When President Barack Obama announced in the Rose Garden last week that he had sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he also made a point of telling his fractious Afghanistan team that he welcomed “debate” but would not abide “division.”

    The poster child for that all-for-one approach was standing directly on the president’s right: Vice President Joe Biden.

    On Afghanistan, Obama’s most problematic foreign policy issue, Biden has earned the president’s respect and confidence by being both private skeptic and public cheerleader for administration policy. With a combination of subtlety and discretion that belie his reputation as a glad-handing chatterbox, Biden has parlayed the tricky dual role into a steady — if somewhat improbable — path to power in the Obama White House.

    “He’s a total team player,” says White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the member of Obama’s inner circle who has most forcefully pushed the idea of expanding Biden’s role as a foreign affairs troubleshooter.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39308.html

    • 123kathleen says:

      Good article. Nice to see VPOTUS getting the credit we know he deserves. The President chose wisely (no surprise!).

  28. CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

    Senator Byrd’s memorial service is on live C-Span2 right now. I haven’t seen PBO or Biden yet. Right now they are just playing music. Everyone is doing a lot of fanning. It must be really hot there.

  29. CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

    42 and 44 just walked in together with biden. Nice to see.

  30. 123kathleen says:

    Happy Friday CR, Jackie, COS, Sandy, Jocelyne and Vero and all friends!

    >^..^<

  31. 123kathleen says:

    Fugumble video, July 2, 2010 –

    President Obama speaks about the June 2010 jobs report and the investment in broadband.


    • 123kathleen says:

      White House Blog, July 2, 2010:

      President Obama on June Jobs Numbers: A Positive Six Months

      by Jesse Lee

      In a month where one might easily be confused by the official jobs numbers, the President followed up on CEA Chair Christina Romer’s excellent explanation this morning by laying down the bottom line:

      “This morning, we received the June employment report. It reflected the planned phase out of 225,000 temporary Census jobs. But it also showed the sixth straight month of job growth in the private sector. All told, our economy has created nearly 600,000 private sector jobs this year. That’s a stark turnaround from the first six months of last year, when we lost 3.7 million jobs at the height of the recession.

      Now, make no mistake: We are headed in the right direction. But as I was reminded on a trip to Racine, Wisconsin, earlier this week, we’re not headed there fast enough for a lot of Americans. We’re not headed there fast enough for me, either. The recession dug us a hole of about 8 million jobs deep. And we continue to fight headwinds from volatile global markets. So we still have a great deal of work to do to repair the economy and get the American people back to work.”

      Speaking at Andrews Airforce Base on his way to Charleston, West Virginia for Senator Byrd’s memorial service, the President also emphasized another key point: the Recovery Act is still in action, and still putting people back to work. The President took the opportunity to announce yet another component of the “Summer of Recovery”:

      “Secretary Locke and Secretary Vilsack have joined me here today to announce that the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture will invest in 66 new projects across America that will finally bring reliable broadband Internet service to communities that currently have little or no access.

      In the short term, we expect these projects to create about 5,000 construction and installation jobs around the country. And once we emerge from the immediate crisis, the long-term economic gains to communities that have been left behind in the digital age will be immeasurable.

      All told, these investments will benefit tens of millions of Americans — more than 685,000 businesses, 900 health care facilities, and 2,400 schools around the — across the country. And studies have shown that when communities adopt broadband access, it can lead to hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Broadband can remove geographic barriers between patients and their doctors. It can connect our kids to the digital skills and 21st century education required for the jobs of the future. And it can prepare America to run on clean energy by helping us upgrade to a smarter, stronger, more secure electrical grid.

      So we’re investing in our people and we’re investing in their future. We’re competing aggressively to make sure that jobs and industries and the markets of tomorrow take root right here in the United States. We’re moving forward. And to every American who is looking for work, I promise you we are going to keep on doing everything that we can — I will do everything in my power to help our economy create jobs and opportunity for all people.

      Now, Sunday is the Fourth of July. And if that date reminds us of anything, it’s that America has never backed down from a challenge. We’ve faced our share of tough times before. But in such moments, we don’t flinch. We dig deeper, we innovate, we compete and we win. That’s in our DNA. And it’s going to be what brings us through these tough times towards a brighter day.

      So I want to say happy Fourth of July to everybody. I want our troops overseas to know that we are thinking of your bravery and grateful for your service.”

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/02/president-obama-june-jobs-numbers-a-positive-six-months

  32. CR says:

    The Most Unhappy Fellow

    6/30/10 By GAIL COLLINS – New York Times

    Our Independence Day weekend winner of the title of Most Unhappy Person in Washington is: John Boehner, the House minority leader.

    I know this is a bit of a surprise since the award almost always goes to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, whose job is frequently compared to herding cats. Although cats are much more sympathetic than senators.

    I’d go for squirrels. Rabid squirrels. Rabid squirrels that are running for re-election.

    Even this week, Reid’s life looked pretty miserable because he is trying to get a commitment on finance reform from the newest Republican senator, Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

    Brown ran as a sort of populist man of the people, but in April, he told The Boston Globe that he couldn’t support the then-current version of the bill. When asked what he wanted changed, Brown said: “Well, what areas do you think should be fixed? I mean, you know, tell me. And then I’ll get a team and go fix it.”

    It was at this point that we began to suspect that Massachusetts’s junior senator is not a deep thinker.

    Brown came around and voted for the bill when it passed the Senate. Then he backed away when it came out of conference committee because the conferees had added a tax on big banks.

    Which Brown claimed he could not support. This was at the same time that he was refusing to give the Democrats a final critical vote on extending unemployment benefits. We have here a populist man of the people playing the role of friend to the big banks while not being particularly helpful to the long-term unemployed. What can I tell you? The guy is extremely popular in Massachusetts. Maybe it’s because he drives a truck.

    The Democrats dove back into conference and got rid of a $19 billion tax just to make Brown happy. Now he says he’s going to spend the upcoming holiday recess pondering the bill’s implications.

    This must be very frustrating for Reid, but it’s the sort of thing that happens so often that he must think of it as normal life. Boehner, the House Republican leader, seems to be in a more pathetic state, which began with an interview he did with The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This is the paper owned by Richard Mellon Scaife, the wealthy patron of right-wing causes, but all I can say is, you go, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Boehner dismissed the financial reform package as “killing an ant with a nuclear weapon.” Once again, Democrats did the happy dance.

    For the entire article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/opinion/01collins.html?_r=1&ref=gailcollins

    • CR says:

      * HAPPY DANCE !!! * HAPPY DANCE !!! *

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      Rock Where Are You?!
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      FIRED UP…!!

      READY TO GO..!!!

      * HAPPY DANCE !!! * HAPPY DANCE !!! *

    • 123kathleen says:

      Wonderful! I smiled all the way through this! :)

  33. 123kathleen says:

    Big applause for Vicki Kennedy’s praise of Sen. Byrd’s opposition to “the onrushing tides of war.”

  34. CR says:

    World Cup News:

    The Netherlands beat Brazil in a World Cup match:

    Netherlands 2:1 (0:1) Brazil

    I sent “Bert Moving with Cheese” an email congratulating the Netherlands on their win!

    • 123kathleen says:

      *honk* for the Netherlands!

    • CR says:

      Here is “Bert Moving with Cheese”‘s reply:

      My wife Rosie and I really appreciate your kind words. I have been very busy at work lately but I will show up again at OFA and your blog very soon.

      Thanks, and have a splendid day!

  35. 123kathleen says:

    Speaking of Rep. Boehner, here’s my vote for cartoon of the day:

    http://blogs.courant.com/bob_englehart/2010/07/july-2-2010.html

    • CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

      Hey Kathleen thanks for this. I am adding this to my scrap book with the pictures of PBO speaking about it. I wish that all of you could see my now 34 volume scrapbook collection of pictures of each and every daily event which PBO has done. This is a historic election and I wanted to remember each and every day of it. :)

    • jackieinarizona says:

      The four comments are totally stupid. Speaking of out of touch . . . Obama elitist and far left, excuse me? I cannot believe the stupidity.

      • 123kathleen says:

        Jackie, I submitted a comment that is being held for approval. We’ll see if it shows up.

  36. CompassionateObamaSupporter says:

    Anyone want to bet that MSM will compare President Clinton’s speech with PBO?

  37. 123kathleen says:

    The President speaking about Sen. Byrd expressing regret for things he had done in his past:

    Then-Senator Obama said, “None of us are absent some regrets, Senator. That’s why we enjoy and seek the grace of God.”

    In closing: “…may he be welcomed kindly by the righteous Judge.…”

    • CR says:

      Pres Obama said:

      ‘MY FRIEND’: President Obama begins his eulogy of Sen. Robert Byrd by telling the senator’s family and all of West Virginia, “I want you all to know that all America shares your loss.”

      Byrd, Obama says at the memorial service in Charleston, “knew how to run a good and long race” and “knew how to keep the faith, with his state, with his family, with his country and his constitution.”

      “He was a Senate icon,” Obama says. “He was a party leader. He was an elder statesman. And he was my friend. That’s how I’ll remember him.”

      Source: POLITICO

  38. 123kathleen says:

    Washington Post, July 2, 2010:

    Putting my father, Thurgood Marshall, on trial

    By Thurgood Marshall Jr.

    I was too young to attend the confirmation hearing of my father, Thurgood Marshall, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee 43 years ago. But I have been witness to a rehearing of sorts as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

    I believe that this spectacle is partly a result of my father having lived a life of consequence as a practicing attorney and as a jurist. The rhetoric serves as a reminder that President Lyndon Johnson displayed wisdom and great courage in nominating my father to the Supreme Court. Yes, he had served as solicitor general of the United States and as a federal appellate judge who authored more than 90 opinions without a single reversal, but as notable is what he did before holding those positions.

    When my father was confirmed 69 to 11, more than four decades ago, that historic act came after he worked for years in private practice drafting wills, trying murder cases and engaging in all legal issues in between; after working in the courts to bring long-overdue voting rights to the disenfranchised and to desegregate schools.

    If there is to be a new round of battles on those issues, then I suspect that the victory margin would be far greater since legions of Americans of every stripe regard the resolutions of those issues as achievements that make our union more perfect. If there is to be a new round of battles over my father’s jurisprudence, his vision of the role of the courts or his belief in the 14th Amendment, then I like those odds, too. As Kagan, who clerked for my father in the 1987 Supreme Court term, noted this week, my father revered the high court because “his whole life was about seeing the courts take seriously claims that were not taken seriously anyplace else.” ….

    Two [of his] former clerks, Ralph K. Winter and Douglas Ginsburg, were nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan. Those nominations did not prompt the kind of harsh innuendo to which we have been subjected this week.

    A debate this week about judicial activism seems to have revealed only one thing: One person’s activism is another’s adherence to constitutional principle. And to my ear, a progressive jurist sounds far more desirable than a regressive one. But the Kagan hearing is not the proper forum to rehash my father’s work.

    Elena Kagan is her own person. If she is confirmed, that is precisely how she will serve her country as an associate justice. I have worked closely with her and know well that she has far too much respect for the rule of law and for the Supreme Court to render decisions by seeking to channel anyone else. Her intellect and integrity are impeccable.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/01/AR2010070104904.html

    • 123kathleen says:

      KaganNomination video, June 30, 2010 –

      Senator Al Franken pays tribute to and defends the distinguished record of Justice Thurgood Marshall.

  39. CR says:

    Cantwell gets to yes
    Now just two votes shy of 60

    7/2/10 By POLITICO STAFF

    Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell announced late Thursday that she would support the Wall Street reform bill passed by the House earlier this week, putting the White House two votes away from a major win on financial regulation.

    From Cantwell’s statement: “I will vote in support of the conference report because it makes great strides toward our ultimate goal: bringing all standard derivatives onto exchanges and clearinghouses, with aggregate position limits and strong anti-manipulation tools. … This legislation is not perfect, and I will continue to push for even bolder action – including a return to the Glass-Steagall separation of commercial and investment banking – to reign in Wall Street, put an end to the concept of ‘too-big-to-fail.’ But this bill makes significant strides toward preventing the kind of financial meltdown that we saw in the fall of 2008.”

    POLITICO’s Chris Frates details the three possible Republican “yes” votes still up for grabs:

    “Sen. Scott Brown remains on the fence even after Democrats took the unusual step of reopening the House-Senate conference committee to remove a $19 billion bank fee he opposed.

    “Sen. Olympia Snowe reportedly approves of the elimination of the bank fee and has been talking with Democratic Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd.

    “Sen. Chuck Grassley has said he would consider the final bill.”

  40. CR says:

    Solar Treat: Total Eclipse of the Sun July 11

    7/2/10 SPACE.com

    A total solar eclipse on July 11 has the potential to give some ground-based observers a stunning five-minute celestial show, but you’d almost have to go to ends of the Earth to try and see it.

    Solar eclipses occur when the moon gets between the sun and Earth, blotting out some or all of the sun.

    While the moon’s dark cone of shadow (called the umbra) will pass more than one-third of the way around the Earth during this solar eclipse, virtually the entire ground track for the event falls over the remote open ocean waters of the South Pacific. Land encounters will be very few and generally far between.

    (This graphic shows the ground track depicting where this total eclipse of 2010 will be visible from and when.)

    For astronomers, total solar eclipses provide an opportunity to observe the pearly white corona, or outer atmosphere, of the sun. They occur when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, completely obscuring the sun from our persepective.

    The corona’s brightness is only about one-millionth as bright as sunlight, but when the moon completely obscures the visible disk of the sun the corona shines out in magnificent splendor.

    Today, we needn’t wait for an eclipse to observe the corona — astronomers use an instrument called the coronagraph, developed in 1930 by the French astronomer, Bernard Lyot to observe the brighter, inner part of the corona. But the beauty and awesomeness of a total eclipse are still unequaled and is why some will travel long distances, to remote parts of the earth or on the ocean to experience this glorious spectacle.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/f4dQHh

    • 123kathleen says:

      Astronomy fun!

      *rubs hands delightedly*

    • 123kathleen says:

      NASA Television vdieo –

      “What’s up for July”

      Jane Houston-Jones of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discusses our home galaxy, its different types of nebulae, and which of its favorite “attractions” are visible this month.


  41. 123kathleen says:

    Latest releases:

    First, White House video of the President’s remarks on the June jobs report. It’s a few seconds longer than the MSNBC clip upthread, and we see he was accompanied by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

  42. 123kathleen says:

    USDA video, June 30, 2010 –

    USDA BIOFUEL PLAN

    A new USDA report provides a plan to achieve America’s renewable energy goals.


  43. 123kathleen says:

    Reuters, July 2, 2010:

    Obama signs 3-month extension of homebuyer credit

    President Barack Obama on Friday signed a law giving consumers already in the process of buying a home three extra months to close the deal and still get a popular tax credit from the government.

    Homebuyers with contracts signed by April 30 who failed to go to closing by the original June 30 deadline will now have until September 30 to complete their purchases.

    The measure is meant to support the battered U.S. housing market which still faces tough headwinds despite low mortgage interest rates.

    The Senate late Wednesday approved the measure just hours ahead of the earlier deadline and one day after House of Representatives quickly approved the measure.

    The $8,000 tax credit for first time homebuyers and $6,500 credit for others purchasing a new primary residence was a highly popular temporary measure by the Obama administration to jump start home sales during the economic recession….

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6614AE20100702?type=politicsNews

  44. jocelyneinmontreal says:

    Arizona Grandma posted this on OFA:

    The new Republican theme song…too funny

  45. CR says:

    URU 0:0 GHA in overtime

  46. jocelyneinmontreal says:

    What a match!

    • CR says:

      Paul the Octopus predicts Germany will beat Argentina in tough game at World Cup

      6/29/10 AP

      BERLIN (AP) — Octopus oracle Paul hesitated but ultimately picked Germany to win — again — this time over Argentina in their quarterfinal matchup at the soccer World Cup.

      Paul, who rose to global fame after he correctly predicted all four of Germany’s games in this year’s tournament, indicated Tuesday that Saturday’s game will be a tough battle.

      Sea Life Aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig in the western city of Oberhausen said Paul took about an hour before he approached a water glass in his aquarium containing a mussel and marked with a Germany flag. He ignored a similar glass with Argentina’s flag.

      Only when the oracle’s organizers went to remove the glasses did Paul jump inside the German one and gulp down the mussel.

  47. CR says:

    Fourth of July Recipes: Spike & Rachael Do The President Obama Burger, The Michelle Melt

    7/2/10 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Celeb chef Rachael Ray and DC’s own chef Spike Mendelsohn –both fave White House chefs–teamed up today on Ray’s TV show to make very special Obama burgers for the Fourth of July holiday, and these are healthy as well as delicious. The First Family will be enjoying burgers on the Fourth, too, when they host military heroes and their families for an Independence Day barbecue on the South Lawn.

    For the entire article with recipes: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2010/07/fourth-of-july-recipes-president-obama.html

    • CR says:

      Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies…(For The Inauguration)

      1/17/09 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

      Michelle’s Shortbread Cookie recipe has been around the internets for a while, but it’s getting big play during The Onauguration, because DC’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel is handing out jarloads of freshly baked cookies to guests. But there’s a lovely angle: Culi students in training at d.c. central kitchen are making more than 8,000 of the cookies, under the supervision of the Ritz-Carlton’s pastry chef Jerome Girardot (a story from NPR is here).

      d.c. central kitchen is a twenty-year-old non-profit, founded by Robert Eggers during the Bush I era; their first project was gathering up left-over food from Onaugural Balls and distributing it to homeless people. In the ensuing two decades, the organization has grown into a high-profile force for social action in the DC area and nationally, and a large part of their energy is devoted to teaching culinary skills to homeless individuals and former prison inmates. Read more about their excellent work by clicking the link above.

      Michelle’s cookies are meant to be cut into squares, but Ob Fo is still loving the Bam image cookie, so the pic above is a shortbread cookie from Little Rae’s Bakery in Seattle, which Ob Fo blogged about here. The Seattle bakery is the only bakery that made First Family cookies, rather than just Bam cookies, and they were huge sellers….

      For the entire article with recipe: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2009/01/michelle-obamas-shortbread-cookiesfor.html

    • 123kathleen says:

      Mango chutney in a turkeyburger? I’ll be trying that!

  48. CR says:

    From Meta’s pastrystudio.blogspot.com:

    Today’s post is featuring POTUS’ favorite PIE!

    ————

    Cherry Pies

    7/2/10 pastrystudio.blogspot.com

    Cherries are now in such great abundance it’s fairly difficult to escape the desire to make that all-American classic, Cherry Pie. Who can possibly resist pie? It’s the very next best thing to simply eating fresh cherries right out of the bag. I remember being with friends on our way up the coast in Northern California at this time of year to have a picnic. We stopped at a roadside stand when we scouted a hand-painted sign and saw beautiful big baskets of fresh cherries for sale. We bought a big bag and they were so incredibly good, they were gone before we arrived at our destination. All we had left was a bag of cherry pits and red-stained fingers. But if you purchase some beautiful fresh red cherries soon and you happen to have any left, consider making some delicious pie.

    Fresh cherries juice nicely in the baking process, bubbling up just enough to steal your attention. These are individual pies so that pie crust lovers can have more than their fair share of flaky buttery morsels on their plate. You can share your pie if you’re feeling modest, but who knows when the next chance to enjoy fresh homemade cherry pie will come around once again?

    For Meta’s entire article and recipe: http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com/2010/07/cherry-pies.html

  49. CR says:

    Court sides with Schwarzenegger on minimum wage

    7/2/10 CATHY BUSSEWITZ and JUDY LIN – AP

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A state appellate court on Friday sided with the Schwarzenegger administration in its attempt to temporarily impose the federal minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.

    It was not immediately clear how the ruling would affect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order a day earlier to pay 200,000 state workers the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour as the state wrestles with a budget crisis.

    The state controller, who cuts state paychecks, has refused to comply with the order. Friday’s ruling affirms a lower-court decision in favor of the administration in a lawsuit filed two years ago after the governor’s first attempt to impose the minimum wage.

    The latest ruling from the California 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento concludes that state Controller John Chiang cannot ignore the minimum wage order from the state Department of Personnel Administration.

    It says “the DPA has the authority to direct the controller to defer salary payments in excess of federally mandated minimum wages when appropriations for the salaries are lacking due to a budget impasse.”

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/i591nY

  50. 123kathleen says:

    Hi everybody, we just got back in from errands and I see there are many good things on this blog I need to read right now!

  51. 123kathleen says:

    The White House Blog has this video that walks us through the new HealthCare.gov website:

    Using the new site, you can:

    •Find all of your coverage options in one place, including the private insurance plans that are available for someone with your health needs in your zip code and the public programs for which you may be eligible.

    •Explore an interactive timeline of the Affordable Care Act to see what benefits are becoming available and when you or your family will be able to access them.

    •Learn about new consumer protections, like the Patient’s Bill of Rights and the efforts to fight Medicare fraud.

    This video gives a good overview:

  52. 123kathleen says:

    White House video, July 2, 2010 –

    Remembering Senator Robert Byrd

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak at a memorial service for Senator Robert Byrd in Charleston, WV.


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