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Here are some of the purchases I’ve made recently:

2 leather belts of very high quality: http://www.naturalreflections.com.  I was quite pleased with them.  They were $20 each and thick, almost like shoe sole leather!  They arrived in the mail roughly 4 days after I ordered them.  Very pleased and I highly recommend.

While visiting Philadelphia: some antique books (printed in USA).  I really like classic old books.  We also bought made in USA souvenirs at the Carpenter House there, a set of pewter jacks and a large brass key.

In New York today, we stopped in to American Apparel and I picked up some men’s dress socks (3 pairs for $12).  I also saw that they have an extensive winter clothing line and have started selling made in USA shoes.  The shoes are unisex and look like dance shoes, but are leather and only $65 a pair!  I was quite impressed with American Apparel!

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A recent article in the LA Times, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-china-jetliner-20101113,0,4824354.story hightlights one of the many unfair trade practices that the Chinese have implemented to put themselves at an advantage over their trading partners.  They are keen on entering higher-end manufacturing segments, such as large plane aviation, and this article details their efforts in building a passenger plane to compete with the likes of the Boeing 737.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to build a plane, however, they’re going about it by requiring that outside suppliers, such as Rockwell or GE, partner in joint ventures with state-owned Chinese companies.  This way, all the foreign technology can be adopted by Chinese companies and they can later wave goodbye to the Americans when they’re done!  Not only that, but state-owned airlines will be required, if not strongly encouraged by the government, to buy planes from their domestic producers.  So then you will have Chinese plane manufacturers with a protected home market, government-subsidized production, and research cost that was skipped by stealing foreign technology. Then, they’ll be able to undercut Airbus and Boeing through their continued Yuan undervaluation and these factors.

Such unfair Chinese trade practices must be countered.  We should require that any Chinese companies wanting to do business in the US be required to have domestic joint venture partners.  We should require that Chinese producers manufacture a portion of their products in the US.  We should also require our federal government contractors to have a minimum of American equipment or supplies or set a ceiling for Chinese products.  I am all for free trade, but the trade we have with China is anything but fair.  Our government is betraying our interests by kowtowing to the Chinese and selling our jobs overseas in exchange for financing our budget deficit.  I would much rather piss of China and have them stop funding our debt-addiction than lose another single job to them because of this.  The American people have to wake up and stop blaming all our problems on cheaper Chinese labor.  The reality is far more complex.

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There’s an adage that says: “If you don’t have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.”  Quality products are the end result of that thinking.  A $5.99 laminated particle board picture frame is not built to last, nor will it be a cherished item at auction one day…or even at a garage sale.    That’s where Kaufmann Mercantile comes in…
Sebastian Kaufmann is a native of Frankfurt, Germany who is based in Los Angeles.  He is a man on a mission with a different take on quality, design, lifestyle and impact.   Sebastian views classic design, built to last quality and products that bring better living changes to people as a covenant.
As the just-introduced store site on Kaufmann Mercantile grows, so does the cool eclecticism.  KM features anything from sleek writing instruments to a handmade football to a classic design, hand blown coffeemaker that creates a “coffee experience”.  KM offers all kinds of “experiences” courtesy of things like best garden tools and classic kitchen items that still deliver innovative performance.  KM will also be adding an ever-growing list of fantastic food and beverage items.  KM is especially proud to feature exceptional items that are made in the USA.
Kaufmann Mercantile adds great items every week and they have just introduced a gift card that doesn’t expire on some arbitrary timetable.  Customers can use it when they are ready to use it…in keeping with Sebastian Kaufmann’s own especially particular nature.
WHO: Sebastian Kaufmann

WHAT: Kaufmann Mercantile.com

WHERE: http://store.kaufmann-mercantile.com / or http://kaufmann-mercantile.com

WHEN: Everyday!

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Somebody’s Mother’s kicked off a spectacular SEASON OF RECIPES beginning with Halloween.

They are now pleased to present sumptuous pies for THANKSGIVING:  http://somebodysmothers.com/thanksgiving, followed by CHRISTMAS, CHANUKAH & NEW YEARS culinary and beverage magic.  And that’s just the rest of 2010!
Somebody’s Mother’s dessert sauces have been enchanting those in the know for the past five years.  Ever since the family recipe was first launched, this “gathering secret” has been enthusiastically shared by media, via competitons (named a 2009 SOFI Silver Finalist by the NASFT) and by a wonderful, growing fanbase from coast to coast.
Lynn Lasher started this “grown up lemonade stand” as an example for her three kids.  Just as her kids built lemonade stand businesses when they were young, Lynn wanted them to understand the hands-on dedication needed to build a real business as grown-ups.  Their collective hard-work has delivered three, gourmet natural sauces that ignite imaginations…
Someboday’s Mother’s just recently started to include recipes on its website.  Now, for the first time, the Chocolate, White Chocolate with Pear William and Caramel sauces will be inspiring innovative seasonal creations and twists on all-time favorites.
Wherever the celebration is, Somebody’s Mother’s season of recipes will inspire and excite. For all recipes as they post, visit:  http://www.somebodysmothers.com/.   Somebody’s Mother’s is available online and in finer retail outlets listed in the “store” section (with a host of new outlets debuting throughout the country!).
Contact: Thom Rafferty  •  310-736-8051 • tsr3@roadrunner.com •
1140 N. Clark Street • Los Angeles, CA  90069

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