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11-07-2010, 10:23 AM   #1
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DALLAS -- Just two days after President Obama jokingly told a reporter he liked the idea of serving Slurpees during an upcoming meeting with incoming House Speaker Ohio Rep. John Boehner, and referred to it as "a very delicious drink," 7-Eleven Inc. on Friday dispatched its Slurpee trucks to Capitol Hill to share the iconic frozen beverage with the American people.

The "Slurpee Unity Tour 2010" will make stops at capital cities along the way from 7-Eleven's headquarters in Dallas to Washington, D.C. Fans can keep track of the tour's pit stops at the Slurpee Facebook page or on Twitter @slurpee #slurpeeunity.

While mixing and matching flavors is a standard practice of loyal Slurpee fans, the convenience retailer said people on the Slurpee truck route can join in on the mixing gig as well -- either showing their patriotic colors by mixing red, white or blue Slurpee drinks, or showing their unity by choosing the new flavor created by 7-Eleven for the occasion, "Purple for the People."

On its Slurpee Web site, 7-Eleven Slurpee Home, 7-Eleven had this to say about the new flavor: "Purple for the People is like casting a vote for tastebud reform. A true patriot, it'll not only reach across the aisle, it'll tap dance on over, too. But it's only available on the official Slurpee Unity Tour 2010, so get your unified fanny on over there!!"

For those fans who can't make it to the tour, the convenience store chain is inviting them to post their own unity comment, story, picture or video on the Slurpee Facebook page.

"We are not surprised by President Obama's comments about Slurpee, which is non-partisan and has been bringing people together for more than 40 years," 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto said in a statement. "We have made an offer to the White House to install Slurpee machines and to host a Slurpee Summit."

As reported by CSNews Online, 7-Eleven has reached out to White House officials with a proposal for the Slurpee brand to cater a Slurpee Summit between key Democrats and Republicans. 7-Eleven's request was made via public relations firm New Partners, which has several employees who worked on the Obama campaign in 2008.

Obama's comment last week is not the only nod he's given to Slurpee. During multiple campaign speeches leading up to Tuesday's mid-term election, the president said Republicans stood around drinking Slurpees while Democrats did the hard legislative work.

When asked about the prospect of Republican leaders holding a Slurpee Summit with Obama, Boehner said in an interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News that he looks forward to meeting with the president -- though not necessarily at a Slurpee Summit.

"I don't know about a Slurpee. How about a glass of Merlot?" Boehner said
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Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large berries. The color has less of a blue/black hue than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and with a thinner skin and fewer tannins. Also compared to Cabernet, Merlot grapes tend to have a higher sugar content and lower malic acid.[4] Merlot thrives in cold soil, particularly ferrous clay. The vine tends to bud early which gives it some risk to cold frost and its thin skin increases its susceptibility to rot. If bad weather occurs during flowering, the Merlot vine is prone to develop coulure.(is that cloture)[6] It normally ripens up to two weeks earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. Water stress is important to the vine with it thriving in well drained soil more so than at base of a slope(no bottom of the trickle down here). Pruning is a major component to the quality of the wine that is produced. Wine consultant Michel Rolland is a major proponent for reducing the yields of Merlot grapes to improve quality.[3] The age of the vine is also important, with older vines contributing character to the resulting wine.[4]

A characteristic of the Merlot grape is the propensity to quickly overripen once it hits its initial ripeness level, sometimes in a matter of a few days. There are two schools of thought on the right time to harvest Merlot. The wine makers of Château Pétrus favor early picking to best maintain the wine's acidity and finesse as well as its potential for aging. Others, such as Rolland, favor late picking and the added fruit body that comes with a little bit of over-ripeness.[3
Merlot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He picked a fitting grape....................

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He's certainly doing more for Slurpees than Bush Sr. did for broccoli.
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They can hire some americans (if they can find any to do manual labor) to dig a ditch, then they can drive a car into it, then we can have a contest to see which side can pull the car out of the ditch faster.
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They can hire some americans (if they can find any to do manual labor) to dig a ditch, then they can drive a car into it, then we can have a contest to see which side can pull the car out of the ditch faster.
HA! that's typical liberal-socialist thinking. Why pull the car out of the ditch at all? With enough tax cuts and incentives to business, in no time at all the ditch itself would be levelled out and put to better use through capitalist creative destruction. The car? In this land of liberty, that car can become a collector's item in a few decades, or else the owner may drive it on the 6 lane highway private enterprise built over that ditch. Or best of all, that car can be traded in for a brand new Chevy! That's how we get out of economic problems: we grow ourselves out of them. Throwing money at that car in the ditch won't fix the ditch, won't fix the car, and only encourages car-ditch wallowing.

So, the first thing we have to do is to continue the current tax law for ALL Americans, roll back Obamacare, and weaken the Volker rule. These three things alone will go a long way to filling in that ditch.



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HA! that's typical liberal-socialist thinking. Why pull the car out of the ditch at all? With enough tax cuts and incentives to business, in no time at all the ditch itself would be levelled out and put to better use through capitalist creative destruction. The car? In this land of liberty, that car can become a collector's item in a few decades, or else the owner may drive it on the 6 lane highway private enterprise built over that ditch. Or best of all, that car can be traded in for a brand new Chevy! That's how we get out of economic problems: we grow ourselves out of them. Throwing money at that car in the ditch won't fix the ditch, won't fix the car, and only encourages car-ditch wallowing.

So, the first thing we have to do is to continue the current tax law for ALL Americans, roll back Obamacare, and weaken the Volker rule. These three things alone will go a long way to filling in that ditch.

Of course we can spend 2 years arguing about how american or un-american the ditch is.. and start working for electing "the guys" to fix the ditch/car gap...and complain nothing gets done all the while.
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