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UAW Workers Reject Mack Trucks Contract, Will Strike.

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UAW Workers Reject Mack Trucks Contract, Will Strike.

By David Shepardson

Union workers at Volvo Group-owned Mack Trucks overwhelmingly rejected a proposed five-year contract deal and will go on strike at 7 a.m. Monday, the United Auto Workers said late on Sunday.

About 73% of workers voted against the deal covering 4,000 workers, the UAW said.


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CBS News: No Evidence Trump Shared Nuclear Secrets With Australian billionaire.

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CBS News: No Evidence Trump Shared Nuclear Secrets With Australian billionaire. Fake news and obscure websites were spreading false stories that Trump was running around passing top secret information. CBS News is reporting that this is false.

“Sources tell CBS News there is no indication former President Trump shared sensitive records with an Australian billionaire + no charges have been filed by the Special Counsel through their alleged discussion about US Nuclear subs was investigated,” CBS’s Catherine Herridge posted on X, formerly Twitter, Saturday.



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Winning. Germany Brings Back Mothballed Coal Plants to Help Keep Lights On.

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Winning. Germany Brings Back Mothballed Coal Plants to Help Keep Lights On. Like other countries we’ve seen where the leap to Green has been a disaster. Despite gas bottlenecks easing since last winter with new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal deliveries, coal-fired power plans will be reactivated.

Bloomberg is reporting that Germany will bring several mothballed coal plants back to the market this winter to ensure that Europe’s largest economy can keep the lights on when demand peaks.

Is this a global trend?

In 2022 coal use globally hit a record as the world burnt over 8 billion tons in a single year for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).




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Dago Red: Its creator and legacy.

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Dago Red: Its creator and legacy. Six decades of grape growing for Los Alamos, Calif., farmer Joe Carrari produces compelling history. Carrari was awash in an acre foot of wine and going broke when he created Dago Red California coastal red wine. Dago Red was far ahead of Two Buck Chuck and has a gold medal to prove it. Bulking wine not for the faint-of-heart growers.

<p> Joe Carrari spends his time at Rancho Alamo, a 3,600-acre ranch at Los Alamos. He leases out 400 acres for vegetable production and the rest is foothills where cattle are grazed.</p>

There was Dago Red long before there was Two Buck Chuck.

More than 136,000 cases of Dago Red wine were sold in the mid-1980s. That’s miniscule compared to the more than 50 million cases of Charles (Two Buck Chuck) Shaw wine sold so far by the Franzias’ Bronco Winery.

Numbers aside, Dago Red is a far more compelling story than Bronco’s economic assault on bulging wine tanks during the miserable economic plight of the California wine industry in the early 2000s.

Dago Red was an admitted desperation idea two decades ago of crafty, veteran California wine grape grower Joe Carrari of Los Alamos, Calif., who refused to fall prey to measly winery grape prices.

When grape prices are low, there is always the debate among growers, vintners and wine merchants about the wisdom of custom crushing. Although wineries and wine merchants say it is a bad idea, many growers do it. However, what about times like now when prices are the highest they’ve been in a couple of decades? Does it make sense to custom crush to meet what seems to be a growing wine grape shortage for at least the next few seasons?

Carrari, the 78-year-old son of an Italian immigrant, has won the custom crush gamble more than once, and he would no doubt do it again, if he felt like it made economic sense. However, he’ll tell you it’s not for the timid.

Carrari is a gregarious, wily, calculating grape grower whom his wife Phyllis claims was born under a grapevine. Joe denies it, although he is not sure about conception. He will confess to picking his first wine grapes at age five.

Joe_20Carrari_20_231.jpgHe whet his wiles growing up in the sand hill vineyards of San Bernardino County, once the largest pre-Prohibition wine grape growing region in the U.S.

Carrari, christened Ferruccio when he was born in 1934 in Alta Loma, Calif., is easily likeable. He has a joke-a-minute and has a remarkable memory with one tale after another about his six decades in the wine grape business and one year of going broke growing corn in Argentina. He ends almost every narrative with a gravelly chuckle.

Although his grapes have become wine behind hundreds of wine labels from wineries big and botique, Carrari will never adorn the cover of a glossy wine aficionado magazine.

However, you will find his craggy mug in American Farmera pictorial depiction of hundreds of men and women who farm America. Joe doesn’t particularly care for his likeness there. It’s an artistically darkened black-and-white photo that makes his well-weathered face look like a Texas Farm to Market road map. Nevertheless, it’s definitely the portrait of proud farmer Joe Carrari, who is as adept in a machine shop as he is in a vineyard or on the phone marketing his grapes or bulk wine.

Indomitable Carrari

Carrari’s farming career has taken him from Southern California to Argentina to farm and back to the U.S. to work for some of the biggest names in the industry — Paul Masson and Rene DiRosa’s Winery Lake Vineyards to name two. He has consulted with Jekel, J. Lohr and several wineries/grape growers in the Paso Robles area. He has also been a consultant for grape growers in New Zealand and delivered grapes to Mexican wineries in the Guadalupe Valley. When he was farming in Cucamonga, he delivered grapes to the only winery in Santa Barbara County at the time. Today there is a winery on just about every corner in the county.

He has planted 6,000 acres of grapes and installed more than 400 Ford industrial engines on well pumps through his company, Videco. His stake driving count is in the hundreds of thousands.

You can read Winkler’s “General Viticulture” from cover to cover several times and consult with the viticultural elite and still go broke producing premium wine grapes.

Joe_20Carrari_20_232_20His_201973_20vintage.jpgThat is where Carrari found himself about 30 years ago in Los Alamos, Calif., — losing money. He refused to sell his Santa Barbara County premium red wine grapes at prices lower than it cost him to produce them. His obstinate Italian nature left him awash in bulk wine. An acre foot — 326,000 gallons — to be fairly specific.

“I refused to take what wineries were offering and lose money. I worked too hard to do that. Production Credit was taking wine as collateral on loans back then, so I crushed the grapes myself,” said Carrari.

His stubbornness extended through four vintages of Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the late 1970s until the mid-80s. The grapes came from parts of his 250 acres of vineyards. They were crushed at San Martin Winery and later moved to the Paul Masson winery in Soledad, Calif., when San Martin sold.

The wine grape economy continued to flounder from an overplanting of grapes, and storage fees were eroding Carrari’s chances for turning a profit on his bulk wine gamble. “I was paying $7,000 per month in storage fees and had to do something, even if it was wrong,” laughs the indomitable Carrari.

He blended the varietals in the proportions he had in storage into a California red wine and then had an artist create an art deco black-and-white checkerboard label and called it Dago Red. It sold retail for $1.99 per bottle. “I was way ahead of Two Buck Chuck. It made a helluva wine. I liked it, and I had other people taste test it before we bottled it. Nine out of 10 who tasted it agreed with me. Everyone liked it. We even sold it by the case in Los Alamos for $1 per bottle,” he chuckles.

Dago Red became a wine phenomenon. It was very popular in California, particularly in the Central Valley. It even won a gold medal as a California Red at the Orange County Wine Festival. That led to the sale of 1,200 cases to a wholesaler in New York (“that put me in business”). He poured it at a California congressional wine reception to rave reviews.

Why Dago Red?

Why Dago Red? “I am Italian. My father immigrated to California from Italy during the Depression. What else would I call it,” roars Carrari.

Dago is from Diego, which was Christopher Columbus’s son’s name. Diego Columbus was the first viceroy to the West Indies, but the local natives could not pronounce his name. They called him Dago.

History aside, the name did not sit well with fellow Italians on the East Coast. He even got in trouble with the Italian Anti-Defamation League. “This fellow called me from Washington, D.C., to complain about the use of Dago on my wine. I responded to him in Italian. He did not understand a word I said. I told him to call me back when he learned to speak Italian and hung up,” howls Carrari.

He later altered the label, putting a photo of the gold medal over the word Dago on the label in deference to his fellow Italians.

Dago Red sold so well Carrari came up with spin-offs from that using white wine grapes from his vineyard.

“It took me 10 years to get rid of all that wine, but in the end I made a $1 million profit after all my expenses,” he said.

Dago Red was not the only time he turned a sour wine deal into a bouquet of money. A prominent North Coast winery contracted for grapes at 22 sugar. The weather turned hot, and the grapes started ripening quickly. He called the winery, but the winery was not ready to accept them. He was told to wait a few days to pick. He waited and when the grapes arrived at the winery, the loads were downgraded for being too high in sugar.

Carrari was angry and left the grapes on the truck and hauled them back to the coast for custom crushing. It was a 250-mile round trip.

“The trucker was really good about it and did not charge me for the back haul. I had worked with him over the years at other vineyards,” Carrari explains.

He eventually sold the wine bulk to Beringer for $3 per gallon. “I made more money that way than had I had them crushed at the winery where they were going to dock me,” he laughs.

These are just two of the tales Carrari likes to spin from more than 60 years of growing grapes and marketing wine not only in California, but throughout the U.S. “I shipped a lot of bulk wine to wineries in other states to get started,” he said.

He learned his viticultural prowess from his father, who was adept at nudging 4 to 5 tons per acre from head-pruned, dryland farm Zinfandel vines. The average rainfall at Rancho Cucamonga is 17 inches per year, just 6 inches more than in Fresno, Calif. Dryland farming wine grapes on less than 2 acre feet of water will make you resourceful for life.

From the 1890s into the mid-1950s, the Cucamonga-Guasti-Ontario Wine District was considered California’s largest wine-growing and wine-producing district. Much of the valley’s grape and wine property was owned by Secundo Guasti, who founded the Italian Vineyard Company in 1883 and built it into a gigantic wine enterprise prior to Prohibition. Guasti farmed the largest contiguous block of wine grapes at the time, 6,000 acres, and Carrari’s father managed some of those vineyards.

Failure brings opportunity

Joe and his father later farmed on their own. Eventually, their vineyards reached 1,400 acres. One of their vineyards was planted in 1906 and was farmed continuously until 1984.

“We shipped grapes all over the U.S.” One year the Carrari family shipped 4,500 tons of grapes to home vintners.

Joe made spending money in high school delivering grapes to Southern Californians for homemade wine. He once rented a stall at the Los Angeles produce market where he sold 145 tons of grapes one season, all hand-picked in lug boxes.

His father was born in Argentina, and Joe tried his hands at farming there after leaving the Cucamonga area in the mid 1960s. That was a disaster. He came back to the U.S. broke with a wife and four children. Fortunately, his viticultural skills quickly landed him jobs with some of the 1970s pioneers, as the state’s grape industry was evolving into a new era.

He was working for Masson when the Central Coast wine grape planting boom of the 1970s began. He was involved in both the successful and the failed. It was a failure that opened the door for him to start his own vineyard management and consulting business and plant his own coastal vineyard.

He became involved in a proposed 2,200-acre vineyard development/bulk wine marketing project that went bankrupt. Carrari stayed with the project for another year afterward to work with creditors. “We eventually paid off unsecured creditors 90 cents on the dollar. That’s unheard of in a bankruptcy.” That established Carrari’s credibility and helped him obtain credit to plant his own vineyard in Los Alamos and bolster his fledgling Videco farm management business.

His company was one of the first to mechanically harvest grapes on the coast. He also owned a nursery that supplied rootstock for new plantings.

Carrari loves to tell stories about the people and projects from his six decades in the business, but at heart Carrari is a grape grower. He beams when he talks about his vineyard adventures.

Vineyard adventures

It put him in good stead with many grape growers.

Like the time he interviewed with Paul Masson at Soledad, and he was asked what he thought about grafting over 75 acres of Pinot Noir to Chenin Blanc because the Pinot Noir was not producing.

“I never did like Pinot Noir. It is hard to set a crop, and it ripens very quickly. Birds love it,” explains Carrari.

Nevertheless, he did not necessarily agree with the decision to graft over the Pinot as Masson’s management was considering.

“I did not think I had all the facts. I asked Vince Petrucci (California State University, Fresno viticulture professor) to come over to take at a look it,” he says.

The duo recommended it be spur pruned rather than caned pruned. It was pruned to two spurs and 15 tons of manure was spread. The result was two canes per vine and 6 tons per acre.

“It went from nothing to 6 tons per acre in 13 months,” he says. “You cannot be expected to have all the answers in this business, but you should be expected to know where to get the answers.”

He found himself farming a block of Muscat that was faltering for no clear reason.

“The spurs looked like toothpicks. The vines were ready to die,” Carrari. He had various clues as to what might be the problem, but nothing was obvious.

“I suspected salt build-up. Muscats are very sensitive to salts, and we were irrigating with a well with 8.2 pH water,” he said.

Carrari decided to create 18-inch-wide French drain 6 feet deep down every other row and apply 5 tons of gypsum per acre. “The vines developed luscious growth the next year, and we got 1 ton per acre. I called it my chemotherapy treatment,” he laughs.

Over the years, Carrari developed a two-row hydraulic stake driver as well as propane burners for leaf thinning and weed control.

Birds are a perennial problem and Carrari’s mechnical prowess tackled that issue with a unique solution. He bought several large mobile, mechanical air compressors. He positioned in them in the vineyard to cycle compressed air through overhead sprinklers used for frost protection to scare the birds away.

Hawk kits, cannons and foil streamers never work, according to Carrari. The air spitting intermittently from the sprinklers did. “We went from 20 percent bird damage down to 4 percent. The only damage was on the edge of the vineyard.”

The 78-year-old Carrari has slowed down. He sold his vineyard a few years back. He still consults and his 1973 Chisholm Ryder grape harvester still harvests a few grapes. He also keeps busy making sure the irrigation systems are working properly on the 400 acres of vegetable ground he leases on the 3,600-acre ranch he bought when he sold his vineyard.

Regrets from six decades of wine grape growing?

“Only regret I have is that it took me so long to learn anything” with another trademark Joe Carrari howl.

Whole article can be found here.



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Trouble on the Horizon for Joey Boy? Third party candidates.

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Trouble on the Horizon for Joey Boy? Third party candidates. Politico and others are reporting that it’s time to take seriously the challengers who are popping up as third and fourth- and fifth-party challengers.

Those worries are shared within the Biden campaign. Among those charged with getting the president reelected, there’s a consensus that a third-party candidate would almost certainly hurt the Democrat in the race, according to four Biden advisers not authorized to speak publicly about internal campaign deliberations.

It’s not just No Labels that has gotten their attention. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is another potential spoiler for Biden — should he run as an independent, as anticipated — along with recently-minted independent candidate Cornel West.



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Candace Owens Delivers Powerful Response to Woke Student After She Asks a Question About Crybaby Trans Pupils “Victimized” by Owens’ Presence at University of Albany.

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Candace Owens Delivers Powerful Response to Woke Student After She Asks a Question About Crybaby Trans Pupils “Victimized” by Owens’ Presence at University of Albany.


Conservative commentator Candace Owens told trans students to get on with their lives and wear a “helmet” in a recent appearance on TPUSA’s Live Free Tour.

The broadcaster, who is eight months pregnant, attended the University at Albany with Turning Point USA on October 4, where her views received mixed reactions from students.

Turning Point USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes conservative politics at high schools, colleges and university campuses. During an audience question portion of her address, one student asked: “What do you have to say to the trans students on this campus who feel actively victimized by your presence here?”



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Winning. Wisconsin mother hopeful after court ruling in favor of parents’ rights to know about child’s transition.

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Winning. Wisconsin mother hopeful after court ruling in favor of parents’ rights to know about child’s transition. So here’s another case of where a school felt that they knew what’s best for a child when it comes to their gender.

Parents sued the Kettle Moraine School District outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, over its policy that enabled and supported students’ transitions to different gender identities at school without informing or receiving consent from a child’s parents.

Judge Michael Maxwell ruled in the Waukesha County Circuit Court that the policy “violates parents’ constitutional right to determine the appropriate medical and healthcare for their children.” Going forward, the judge said the district is no longer permitted to allow or require “staff to refer to students using a name or pronouns at odds with the student’s biological sex, while at school, without express parental consent.”


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Just putting this out there. Protesters Ram Vivek Ramaswamy’s Car During Iowa Visit.

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Protesters Ram Vivek Ramaswamy’s Car During Iowa Visit. The lions of liberalism were at it again. Two progressives rammed into 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s car while he was not in the vehicle during his visit to Iowa on Thursday.

Luckily no one was hurt.


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Trump, Kennedy, and Biden. The Black vote.

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Trump, Kennedy, and Biden. The Black vote.

By Tom Tillison

Fox News host Jesse Watters stated the obvious on Monday’s edition of “The Five,” which is that Donald Trump “is not winning the black vote.”

The popular show’s quintet was discussing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. potentially being a spoiler candidate by running as an independent when Watters opined on who would be hurt more.

“It hurts Biden more than it hurts Trump,” he said. “I looked at some videos for the RFK rallies. You will not see Trump-looking voters at RFK rallies. It is college students and Black Americans. OK? That’s not what I’d consider the Trump base, OK?”

Cohost Jessica Tarlov, the token liberal at the table, chimed in: “At least you’re admitting now that black people don’t like Donald Trump.”

“I’m talking demographically, Jessica. Or did that go over your head?” Watters countered. “Trust me, they don’t vote for Trump, they vote for Democrats.”

“I thought they voted for Trump in bigger numbers than any prior candidate. He keeps banking on the fact that he’ll get more and more black voters,” cohost Martha MacCallum interjected.

“Trump is not winning the black vote!” Watters insisted. “He’ll do better than last time. But when you see a crowd of black people and a crowd of college students, you do not say, ‘That is a Trump rally!’ I mean, come on, people! Are we stupid here? Are we Jamaal Bowman here? What’s going on?”

(U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman is the Democratic lawmaker from New York who claimed he pulled a fire alarm because he thought it would open a locked door.)

Watters proceeded to paint a hypothetical involving northeastern voters.

“Let’s just say New Hampshire — critical vote electorally. You see Trump’s name, you see Biden’s name and you see Kennedy,” he explained. “Kennedy is synonymous with Democrat. Everybody in New Hampshire used to live in Massachusetts. They’re all Boston transplants. This guy has Boston coming out of his pores.”

“Who has a firmer grip on their base? Joe Biden or Donald Trump? Donald Trump does. Donald Trump absolutely does,” Watters continued. “Have you ever met a Trump voter that’s like, ‘You know what, I’m really considering voting for Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, who, if you go on his website, wants to stop mining, logging, and oil exploration. If you go on his website, RFK Jr., who I like, also wants government-run daycare. He is pro-choice! I’m not saying Trump people wouldn’t consider voting for him. I’m saying, overwhelmingly, this pulls from Biden.”

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CVS Drug Store Twenty Blocks from White House Has Bare Shelves From Child Shoplifting Mobs Who Routinely Loot Store Before and After School.

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CVS Drug Store Twenty Blocks from White House Has Bare Shelves From Child Shoplifting Mobs Who Routinely Loot Store Before and After School.

By Kristinn Taylor

A CVS drug store in Northwest Washington, D.C. located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood about twenty blocks north of the White House is being routinely looted by mobs of forty-five or more school children and others to the point that the store just has mostly bare shelves in aisle after aisle. Fox affiliate WTTG-TV reported that children steal and destroy merchandise before and after school, as well as late at night, while others steal items that apparently end up being sold by nearby street vendors as part of a crime ring that plans robberies around the store’s delivery times for products to steal.

The store is located at 3031 14th St. NW, near Irving St.

The WTTG news crew witnessed school children looting the store, but did not air any video of the thieves. The report does show the store to be largely empty of merchandise and customers. When asked what gets stolen the most, an employee reportedly laughed and said. “everything.” The store has one security guard on duty. Local residents interviewed for the report gave the typical liberal ‘it’s bad, but those poor people’ response that is killing Democrat-run cities.


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