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Is Your Detergent Taking You to the Cleaners? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:29
Expert Shares Tips to Save Money by the Scoopful

The national crime wave that stunned the nation earlier this spring – coast-to-coast thefts of Tide laundry detergent and its use in illicit drug buys – didn’t surprise Kris Anderson.

“Laundry detergent can be expensive and it’s a product just about everyone values – even drug dealers,” says Anderson, president of Country Save Corp. (www.countrysave.com), maker of all-natural laundry and dish detergents.

“But it’s not just stores getting ripped off; it’s consumers. Anyone who buys laundry detergent and doesn’t pay close attention when they scoop it ends up using too much,” Anderson says. “Not only is it a fallacy to believe that more soap will make your clothes cleaner, it’s a huge waste of money and it’s actually bad for your clothes.”

Almost every brand of detergent has a declaration of loads per box on its packaging, he says. And for almost every brand, the number on the box does not match the scooper size provided in the box.

Anderson, whose environmentally safe Country Save laundry detergent is also distributed by the Department of Defense to all soldiers in the field, offers these facts about using your detergent prudently and economically.

• Don’t just fill up the scoop and dump it in the washer. “You definitely won’t get the maximum number of loads from the box,” Anderson says. “For instance, if you use Ultra Tide’s 40-load box and fill the scoop for every load, you’ll get just 15 scoops per box.” Instead, he says, put on your glasses, if necessary, and look at the lines on the side of the scoop. The top line, for a full load, is usually well below the lip of the scoop. Highlight the lines with a dark-colored marker to help you avoid the problem in the future. If you have soft water, using half the recommended amount is sufficient.

• Too much soap causes clothes to fade faster. Over-use of detergent is actually the leading cause of fading. Clothing may also acquire a thin, filmy layer of soap because your washer can’t thoroughly rinse the fabric. Do you tend to be itchy? It could be you’re wearing your detergent!

• Too much soap’s not good for your washing machine, either. Excess soap can gum up the works as soap deposits and lint form in your washing machine. These can contribute to mold – and its accompanying stench; they can plug up filters and other openings; and they can lead to mechanical breakdowns. In some machines, you may also end up wasting (and spending more for) water as the machine spins into extended cycles in an effort to remove the soap.

• Run a test load to see if you’re over-soaping. Run a load with clothes only – no detergent. Do you see suds? That’s an indication of how much detergent you are wearing.

• Reduce pollutants by using an all-natural detergent. While Country Save had the first phosphate-free detergent on the market back in 1977, many companies have now removed the additive because of its harmful effects on rivers, lakes and other fresh water. However, most companies continue to use other additives, such as optic brighteners, fragrances and dyes, Anderson says. “The more often consumers choose the most natural products, the better off our environment will be – even if some people still use too much!

About Country Save Detergent

Country Save became the nation’s first phosphate-free detergent when Elmer Pearson – creator of Elmer’s Glue -- introduced it in 1977. A chemist and environmentalist, he developed Country Save products without animal testing or animal byproducts. They’re designed to be environmentally safe and they’re recommended for people with sensitive skin. The line also includes dish detergent and oxygen-powered powdered bleach. Find Country Save products on the company’s website and amazon.com.

 
Grassley receives award for child advocacy work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:25
WASHINGTON – Iowa leaders and volunteers with the National CASA Association today visited the office of Senator Chuck Grassley to present him the 2012 Children’s Champion in Congress Award.

Aprile Goodman and Deb Pumphrey of Mason City and Jo Stumo and Alan Steckman of Mason City were in Washington, D.C. for an advocates’ conference.  Local CASA -- or Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children -- programs train volunteers who are asked by the court to represent the best interests of children in certain child welfare-related cases.

“For all of the policy improvements Congress makes, it’s the people in the field who make the policies work,” Grassley said.  “Those who spend time waiting at courthouses and weeding through paperwork at child welfare agencies make a tremendous positive difference.  These advocates wade right in and take part, not for glory but out of regard for the quality of life for every child.”

Pumphrey, Goodman, Sutmo, Grassley and Steckman are pictured here.

Grassley was honored this year along with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.  Grassley is Ranking Member and Leahy is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Here is information from the CASA website.

Children’s Champions in Congress

Every four years, the National CASA Association recognizes members of Congress who are strong and powerful voices for children served by CASA/GAL volunteers. This year, we are proud to honor and acknowledge Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Chuck Grassley.

US Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senator Grassley has a long history of fighting for the rights of abused and neglected children. First elected to the US House of Representatives in 1974, he has focused on many issues that affect foster youth, including educational stability, substance abuse, and the over-prescription of psychotropic drugs. He also has worked on several adoption-related policies, including the adoption tax credit, kinship, and adoption awareness resolutions.

Senator Grassley worked to advance the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. Since its enactment, adoptions have increased to 54,000 per year, and many states have doubled their adoptions from foster care. He was a leader in the bipartisan effort to pass the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act of 2008. The act included Senator Grassley's legislation to make it easier for foster children to be permanently cared for by their own relatives, including grandparents and aunts and uncles, and to stay in their own home communities.

In 2009, Senator Grassley formed the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth with Sen. Mary Landrieu. The caucus provides a voice for foster youth in shaping the policies that affect their quality of life. The caucus has a special focus on older youth who need continued support as they age out of the system.

Most recently, Senator Grassley worked to reauthorize grants that support families who struggle with substance abuse and that improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children who are not in their homes or are likely to be removed from their homes because of substance abuse by their parents.

Senator Grassley will be honored during the State of CASA Luncheon on Sunday, June 10.

US Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont

Senator Patrick Leahy of Middlesex, VT, was elected to the United States Senate in 1974. He has a long history of standing up for women’s safety and advocating for improvements in health and education that prepare children for success.

Senator Leahy is a defender of attacks on Head Start funding; a supporter of initiatives that improve access to and quality of special education; and a champion of childhood nutrition programs.

He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2011, Senator Leahy introduced the recently passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). The bill strengthens and improves programs authorized under the landmark law to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Additionally, reauthorization of funding for the CASA program is included in VAWA.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act also emphasizes the need to provide services and support to all victims of domestic and sexual violence. The bill helps to ensure access to services for all victims of domestic violence, mandating that victims seeking assistance cannot be denied services based on gender identity or sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability.

Senator Leahy will be honored during the Awards of Excellence Luncheon Monday, June 11.

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Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General's comments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:16

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, asked Attorney General Eric Holder about Operation Fast and Furious at a hearing today.   Grassley has been conducting an inquiry on the topic for the past year and a half.   Grassley made the following comment after the hearing.

“Attorney General Holder sounded willing to negotiate over releasing documents.  That’s fine if the offer isn’t hollow.  We’ve been talking for a year and a half.  A show of good faith would be to produce the documents in question.

“On an important factual note, the Attorney General said then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey was briefed on gun walking in Operation Wide Receiver and did absolutely nothing.  There is no evidence of that.  Documents show Attorney General Mukasey was briefed about a different case with a controlled delivery.  Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, on the other hand, did learn about gun walking in Operation Wide Receiver and did absolutely nothing.  These facts are critical, and the nation’s top law enforcement officer should take care to get them right.”

Attorney General Holder’s comment about a prior attorney general and Operation Wide Receiver is available at 1:36:04 in the video here.

More details on the Justice Department’s lack of action on the revelations regarding Operation Wide Receiver are available here.

 
Opening statement at DoJ oversight hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:45

Prepared Statement of Ranking Member Chuck Grassley

U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Hearing on Oversight of the Department of Justice

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 

Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding today’s oversight hearing focusing on the Justice Department.  There are a number of high profile issues currently before Congress that involve the Justice Department and hopefully today’s hearing provides us with the opportunity to get some answers.  There is a lot of ground to cover so I thank the Attorney General for appearing today and trust that he will provide candid responses to our questions.

 

ATF Investigation

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died in a shoot-out with Mexican bandits in December 2010.  Those bandits were armed with weapons our own government allowed to be purchased and transferred illegally under Operation Fast and Furious.

 

Nearly one year ago, three whistleblowers testified before the House Government Oversight Committee about the use of this practice, called “gunwalking,” in Operation Fast and Furious.  Agent Terry’s mother and sister testified that day as well.  Here we are—one year later—and the Terry family is still waiting for answers.  They are still waiting for justice.  The FBI doesn’t have the shooter in custody.  And, the Justice Department is still defying a Congressional subpoena for information about how all this happened.

 

A lot has happened in the last year, virtually every official in the chain of command from the whistleblowers up to the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has been re-assigned.  The United States Attorney for Arizona resigned and admitted leaking sensitive information about one of the whistleblowers to the press.  The Chief of the Criminal Division of the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona refused to testify, citing his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.  Then he resigned.

 

The head of the Criminal Division in Washington, Lanny Breuer, admitted he knew about gunwalking in an earlier case called Wide Receiver.  However, he failed to speak up about it when he was sent copies of a letter to me denying that ATF ever let guns walk.  He stayed silent for eight months while the public controversy over gunwalking grew.  Emails surfaced that show Breuer’s Deputy discussed gunwalking in the context of both Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious.  So senior people at Justice had to have known the details of what was going on.

 

Even more evidence of that fact arose recently.  The House Committee obtained affidavits in support of wiretap applications in Fast and Furious.  We cannot discuss them in open session because the Justice Department has indicated that they are under seal.  But, there is now a public dispute as to what the content of the applications show that senior DOJ officials knew or did not know.  One side says the applications show immense detail such that anyone reviewing them would have to have known that guns were being allowed to be transferred and trafficked across the border.  The Attorney General says he has recently reviewed them, and he does not believe they show evidence of gunwalking.

 

However, when we interviewed the Acting ATF Director on July 4th last year, he told us something very different.  According to former Director Melson, he read the affidavits for the first time on a plane on March 30, 2011—after this controversy had arisen.  This was two months after the Justice Department denied in a letter to me that ATF ever walked guns.  Director Melson said that when he read the affidavits, he was alarmed.  He said, “I was surprised at the number of guns being purchased with our knowledge and not being interdicted.  Primarily because of the number of guns that could, as a result, land in Mexico.”  He said he immediately drafted an email warning “you better back off … the statement in … this February 4th letter to Senator Grassley, because I don't believe we can say that in light of the information that our agent was swearing to before a federal district court judge to get the wiretap.”

 

We have been seeking that email since last summer to corroborate Director Melson’s testimony.  But, the Justice Department has not produced it.  That email should have led the Justice Department to withdraw its initial denial letter in April 2011 instead of December 2011.  We still don’t have a decent explanation for why it took so long to acknowledge the truth.

 

I also wrote to the Attorney General four months ago asking him to seek the Court’s permission to share the affidavits with Congress.  I received no substantive reply to my request.

 

The Justice Department has provided 80,000 pages of documents to the Office of Inspector General. We learned just last Thursday from the Attorney General’s testimony in the House that the Department has gathered 140,000 pages of documents for its own internal review.  Yet, the Department has only produced to Congress a mere 7,000 or so pages of documents.  That’s just a spit in the ocean.

 

This constant stonewalling is why the House Committee is forced to move forward with contempt proceedings.  I urge the Attorney General to show some leadership and to avoid this Constitutional stand-off and come clean. I think the American people deserve a better explanation than they have received so far. I know the Terry family does.

 

Leaks of Classified National Security Information

In the past month, there have been a number of damaging classified national security leaks to the media. These leaks have included information about U.S. involvement in cyber-attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, details about the thwarted underwear bombing plot in Yemen, the President’s so called “kill list,” details on the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, and the identity of the Pakistani doctor who helped locate Osama Bin Laden. Every leak is damaging to national security, but the most dangerous ones threaten ongoing operations and risk the lives of men and women—American and foreign—who are working on our behalf abroad.

 

At a hearing last May, I asked Attorney General Holder about his statement where he said, “Leaks endanger the lives of Americans serving overseas.”  He added that, “[To] the extent that we can find anybody involved in breaking American law who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described…they will be held responsible.  They will be held accountable.”  I agree with his statements and believe these leaks need to be investigated and prosecuted—especially if they were made for political gain as some have alleged.

 

Unfortunately, as I pointed out in May of last year, Attorney General Holder’s statements say one thing and the Department’s actions in prosecuting leaks say another.  For example, it was reported in the press last year that the Department had dropped the prosecution of a former Department of Justice Attorney, Thomas Tamm, who admitted to leaking classified national security information to the press.  While the Department wouldn’t comment, Tamm’s attorney told the press that he received a letter from the Department confirming that the investigation and prosecution of Mr. Tamm had concluded.

 

Another example of the DOJ’s failure to prosecute their own is related to the Anthrax attacks.  As part of that investigation, information was leaked to the press regarding the involvement of Dr. Stephen Hatfill.  Those leaks ultimately led to a taxpayer funded settlement of nearly $6 million.  In a September 2011 letter, the Department stated, “[a]fter an extensive investigation, career prosecutors concluded that … criminal charges were not appropriate in this matter.”  At the May hearing, Attorney General Holder added, “when it comes to cases that involve national security, sometimes there is a balancing that has to be done … between what our national security interests are and what might be gained by prosecuting a particular individual.”  The Attorney General went on to emphasize that the decisions not to prosecute were made by career employees—not political ones.

 

Based upon conflicts between the Attorney General’s past statements and actual Department practice, I am concerned about the decision to appoint two political appointees—U.S. Attorneys—to investigate this matter.  Further, despite attempts to package this as a special prosecutor, the Attorney General’s decision to assign these two U.S. Attorneys treats this grave national security matter like a regular criminal investigation.  The only reason these U.S. Attorneys were assigned to the investigation is because of their proximity to where the conduct likely occurred. On top of all this, there have been reports that that the National Security Division at the Department has been recused from involvement in the leak investigation—a signal they could possibly be the source of the leak.

 

Given the potential conflicts of interest with the Department investigating itself, the past failures of the Justice Department to prosecute their own who admitted to classified leaks, and the Attorney General’s own tepid responses to my past questions about leak prosecutions, I believe the only way to truly get to the bottom of these dangerous leaks is to appoint an independent special prosecutor.  I want to hear from the Attorney General both why he assigned this matter to two U.S. Attorneys as a regular investigation and how we can have any confidence in the Department to prosecute their own, given their past failures and the double standard of internal discipline we have seen as part of the investigation of discovery failures in the prosecution of Senator Stevens.

 

I also want to discuss a topic I believe the Attorney General and I agree on: the urgent need to reauthorize the expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  This is critical to our national security and the law has helped produce significant intelligence that is vital to protect the nation against international terrorism and other threats.

 

Time permitting, I would like to discuss some important national security matters, including the Justice Department’s legal advice on targeted killing of U.S. citizens abroad, the Department’s continued delays in adjudicating FBI employees’ whistleblower complaints, the Attorney General’s failure to answer a letter signed by all Judiciary Committee Republicans on the transfer of the dangerous terrorist detainee Ali Mussa Daqduq, and the Department’s failures in the prosecution of Senator Stevens. I would also like to ask the Attorney General about the lack of attention his department has given to local jurisdictions that refuse to assist the federal government when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws. The Department has challenged four states that have immigration enforcement-minded laws, yet it has turned a blind eye to jurisdictions such as Cook County which has an ordinance directing the Sheriff to disregard immigration detainers.  The ordinance undermines public safety and hinders Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ability to enforce the nation’s laws.  Despite the strong rhetoric from Secretary Napolitano and ICE’s Assistance Secretary Morton, this administration and this Department of Justice have not adequately addressed this issue in Cook County or other cities that stand in the way of enforcing our immigration laws.

 

Thank you.

 
Week 2 of Summer Reading PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:35
Week 2 of Summer Reading

books on a plate illustration Summer Reading started last week at all Rock Island Libraries. If you haven't picked up your forms yet for the childrens, young adult or adult reading clubs, there's still lots of time to read and win! With themes such as Reading is So Delicious, Feed Your Mind: READ and Books are Brain Food, the library is cooking up a summer stacked high with fun and reading.

 

To see the entire list of events, see "Summer @ Your Library" on the library website. See below for events during Week 2 of our summer!

 

Summer Reading events and prizes sponsored by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch events) and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation (summer art and drama.)

Reading is So Delicious for Kids

 

The Reading is So Delicious summer reading club offers: A Read-to-Me club log for ages two to five, the I'm a Reader book club for ages six to eight, and the Ravenous Reader log for ages nine to 11. With each log, kids earn prizes for reaching age-appropriate reading goals at three levels, and an extra chance to win special prize baskets.  Fill out an ice cream cone iwth your name on it to be added to our summer reading wall! Events this week include:

 

photo of ventriloquist Kevin HornerVentriloquist Kevin Horner and friends: Thursday, June 14, at 2:30 pm, Main Library. Please note NEW time - schedule changed after publication of summer reading brochure!

 

Storytime at 30/31 Branch: 10:30 am, Tuesday, June 12

Storytime at Southwest: 10:30 am., Wednesday, June 13

 

Book Tasting at 30/31 Branch: 3:00 pm, Wednesday, June 13, 30/31 Children's Room. Offers a taste of new books to add to your summer reading list.

 

Legos at 30/31 Branch: 4:00 pm, Wednesday, June 13 , 30/31 Children's Room

 

Math Munch with Elizabeth: Build a taste for math with five weeks of fun projects! 3:15 to 4:00 pm, Tuesday, June 12 to July 10. Main Library Children's Room.

 

Max Reader's Birthday Bash, Friday, June 15, 10:30 am, Main Library Children's Room. Stories and birthday fun with our library mascot, Max Reader Mouse. (Replaces regular storytime.)

 

All programs are free. No library card required. Questions, call the Children's Room at 309-732-7360,

Teens: Feed your Mind - READ!

Teens ages 12 to 18 turn in a reading card when they complete at least six hours of reading, or a program card for attending any one of 20 events. You can enter multiple times, and earn more chances to win books, DVDs, gift cards, or the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle® eReader. This week, you can earn points for attending:

 

Teen Game Night: Thursday, June 14, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Main Library Community Room, 2nd floor. Board games, Wii games and snacks.

 

The Chocolate Game, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street. Chocolate-bar eating contest with obstacles. Win a gift card!

Books are Brain Food for Adults

Adults 18 and up can win with the Books Are Brain Food reading club.  To enter the reading contest, adults fill out an entry form for every book they read between June 4 and July 27.  Entry forms and boxes at all Rock Island locations. Top prize is a new Sony® eReader.

 

Events this week include:

 

All About NuVal Numbers, 3:30 pm, Tuesday, June 12, Southwest Branch Community Room, 9010 Ridgewood Road. What do those numbers on the front of packages mean? How can you use them to eat better? Learn how with HyVee nutritionist Chrissy Walters.

 

Recipe Club Swap and Shop: A delicious program for adults! Bring a favorite recipe to share, and watch a cooking demonstration by cook Rachel Doumbia. This session will focus on breakfast foods. 2:00 pm, Wednesday, June 13, Southwest Branch Community Room, 9010 Ridgewood Road.

 

Southwest Branch Location

 

And next week, don't miss:

 

Dinner and a Movie Night, Tuesday, June 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring dinner from a local restaurant or home and enjoy the free classic movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes." Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.

Hungry for More Details?
Pick up the summer program brochure at any Rock Island Library, or visit the library website. Reading logs and entry forms are available at the Rock Island Main Library, 30/31 Branch and Southwest Branch. You have until July 27 to turn in your reading logs and entry forms!
Rock Island, Illinois > 309.732.7323 (READ) > www.rockislandlibrary.org Rock Solid, Rock Island.

 
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