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Where’s the Beef?
November 2, 2009

scared cow


This entry proves immortality is possible via the internet. I received an e-mail this morning asking me to check out this e-mail (viewer e-mail in red)…


_Can you check this out please McDonald’s going to buy beef from Argentina where meat is unregulated? Thanks..


MUST Read about McDonalds








I’m sure those of you who aren’t in the cattle business don’t understand the issues here. But to those of us whose living depends on the cattle market, selling cattle, raising the best beef possible… This is frustrating. This will keep us from ever stopping there again, even for a drink. The original message is from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association American cattle producers are very passionate about this.


McDonald’s claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants. Well, we know that is not so. Our opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing of it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonald’s successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to provide beef.


We personally are no longer eating at McDonald’s, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt.


All Americans that sell cows at a livestock auction barn had to sign a paper stating that we do NOT EVER feed our cows any part of another cow. South Americans are not required to do this as of yet.


McDonald’s has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America . The problem is that South Americans aren’t under the same regulations as American beef producers, and the regulations they have are loosely controlled.


They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can’t. The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald’s..


American ranchers raise the highest qual ity beef in the world and this is what Americans deserve to eat. Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of McDonald’s until they see the light.


I’m sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family’s health, that is where I draw the line.




I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) …and those 300 send it to at l east ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) … and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!


I’ll bet you didn’t think you and I had that much potential, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on..



David W. Forrest, Ph.D ., PAS, Dipl.


ACAP Department of Animal Science


Texas A&M University


Phone (979) 845-3560


Fax (979) 862-3399



This e-mail is a hoax that has been “pinging’ inboxes since 2002. I have seen this before (except the original incarnation was purportedly sent by the Texas Cattleman’s Association). I still called the number listed for the professor at the bottom of the e-mail and a very terse message will also explain how this latest incarnation is also a hoax. Here is a statement from McDonald’s that has been verified as accurate…



Comment from McDonald’s Canada:
The past week has brought some unwarranted attention – in the form of a viral email – with regards
to McDonald’s Canada’s beef procurement practices which contained information that was completely
This email is a hoax.  McDonald’s Canada currently sources 100% of its beef from farms and ranches right
across Canada and has no plans today to purchase any beef from South America.  In the past the company
has purchased small quantities of beef from New Zealand, Australia and the United States, but has always
sourced the vast majority of its beef from Canada. 
The first email on this topic originally surfaced in the US in 2002 – at that time referencing the Texas Cattle
Feeders Association – and it has resurfaced again in 2005, 2007, and again in 2008.  McDonald’s
representatives in the US have spoken with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and they deny any
association with the email.  In 2009, a Canadian version emerged that’s practically identical to the one that
originated in the US. 
McDonald’s Canada remains one of the largest purchasers of Canadian beef, and is a proud supporter of the
Canadian beef industry. 
We hope this clears up the confusion. 



The Kindness of Strangers
August 26, 2009

Got an e-mail today from a viewer who has been inundated with a typical e-mail scam. Unfortunately our viewer, Mary Ann, has a job that makes her cell phone and e-mail address easily accessible. Mary Ann says she has received multiple phone calls from the scam artists. Mary Ann asked the we pass along the e-mails she has received along with the crooks’ phone number so you can be on the look out for it.  The sentences in blue are from Mary Ann to me, the ones in red belong to the scam artists….

i get approximately 1-2 emails a week from a middle easterner soliciting money, the investment scheme. today they even called on my cell phone..




I am Mr Andrew James. I am 45 years old and happily married with two children. I am contacting you for you to assist me in my prospective investment in your country. I have decided to invest outside the shores of my country for the future of my two children (a boy and a girl). This is the reason why I anticipate for your assistance in the proposed investment over there in your country. I intend to go into the real estate and hotel investment depending on what your professional advice will be.




Mr Andrew James.


Telephone Contact: +229 97077 538

I have many more asking me to send $$$

If you see this in your in-box or get a call from this number please report it immediately. For e-mail scams go to To report the phone fraud go to or call 877-FTC-HELP. If the phone calls persist, as they have in Mary Ann’s case, then I suggest calling your carrier and having the number blocked. Also, if you want to keep up with the latest e-mails scams you can register to have the FBI send you notices. Here’s the web address…

Health Care Solution: Euthanize the Old?
July 28, 2009

Got a call from mom this morning asking why “the news” has not spent more time warning senior citizens about H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”. It’s not the entire bill that had mom nearly apoplectic;  apparently it was only “page 425”. This page of the proposed bill explains how senior citizens will be required to go through mandatory counseling every five years regarding euthanasia. From what I gather President Obama just doesn’t like old people and his proposed bill wants to push anyone over the age of sixty-five toward their great reward. One problem–IT’S NOT TRUE. I did a little research and found out a “page 425” e-mail has been circulating the web faster than a two-for-one, all you can eat buffet coupon. Here’s exactly what mom received this morning….

What a wonderful health care program the government wants to provide.  I hope people WAKE-UP to what all of the idiots in DC are trying to do to this country.  Of course Obama has said he will not use this new system and of those sitting on their thrones in DC will not be required to use it either.



Page 425 of Health Care BILL


On page 425 it says in black and white that EVERYONE on Social Security, (will include all Senior Citizens and SSI people) will go to MANDATORY counseling every 5 years to learn and to choose from ways to end your suffering (and your life).  Health care will be denied based on age.  500 Billion will be cut from Seniors healthcare.  The only way for that to happen is to drastically cut health care, the oldest and the sickest will be cut first.  Paying for your own care will not be an option.  Now, CALL YOUR PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON!  Tell them to read page 425 if they don’t read anything else.  Surely some of them have parents.


“ON PAGE 425 OF OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE BILL, the Federal Government will require EVERYONE who is on Social Security to undergo a counseling session every 5 years with the objective being that they will explain to them just how to end their own life earlier.  Yes… They are going to push SUICIDE to cut medicare spending!”

If this doesn’t make your blood boil….. Nothing will!!


 What this bogus e-mail is referring to is section 1233 of H.R. 3200. This section of the bill explains how medicare will pay for “advance care planning consultation” once every five years. This “consultation” covers everything from nursing homes, hospice care, antibiotics, etc. Also, the proposed bill explains that if a patients health status changes within that five years (i.e. diagnosed with terminal cancer) then medicare will pay for additional counseling. The “Page 425” e-mail is a hoax intended to inflame an already fiery topic.

Imminent Gang Attack
March 19, 2009

OK, so the internet has been buzzing with an e-mail claiming a gang initiation was about to take place in the Houston area. Specifically random people would be shot in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Naturally this is another in a long line of hoaxes. I checked around with local law enforcement and received these two responses.

From Baytown Police…

Threats of Gang Initiation Perpetuate Internet Hoax

Email warnings of a gang initiation in which 3 women will be killed or attacked at various local stores seems to be making the rounds of inboxes around the region. The Baytown Police Department is advising residents concerned about recent internet and text message rumors, that these rumors are an unsubstantiated hoax.

The email and text messages received by Baytown residents are similar to ones coming out of Galveston County and other locations around the State. There has been no credible information discovered by either the Baytown Police Department or the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that would substantiate these internet and text messaging warnings. The City of Baytown’s 911 dispatch has received hundreds of calls since yesterday regarding the emails. No local law enforcement agencies have issued any warnings.

“While this emailed warning is a hoax, the Baytown Police Department takes our residents’ safety seriously,” said Police Chief Keith Dougherty. “Our officers thoroughly investigate each claim to determine its validity.

According to, the online urban legends reference website, the gang initiation murder urban legend has been making the rounds of inboxes since July 2005 and is unsubstantiated.

The Baytown Police do advise that people should always use caution when entering or exiting their vehicles, and when in doubt report any suspicious activity to the local police.

From Fort Bend County…

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous inquiries from citizens who are concerned about an email and text message being disseminated warning that women and children will be shot at an unidentified Wal-Mart store. The context of the message warns of an alleged gang initiation planned in which women and children will be killed and urges all women not to shop at Wal-Mart.

Law Enforcement Officials of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office have found no credible information to substantiate this as a real threat including an open resource revealing this threat as an urban myth or hoax and has in fact been circulated throughout numerous states across the country.

While this is considered a hoax, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division has advised their field deputies and will be stepping up patrol in and around the Wal-Mart located in the unincorporated area of Fort Bend County at 5660 Grand Parkway, in order to ensure the safety of our citizens.

Ladies Beware!
January 21, 2009

Here’s a copy of an e-mail that was sent to me to check out. Spoiler’s just another urban myth. Here’s the e-mail in case it pops up in your in-box….

Share with your sisters, daughters, nieces, mothers, and female friends.  This


Incident has been confirmed. In Katy , TX

A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no ,but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car.  The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman.  As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time.   Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath.  She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.
She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something
at that moment.   She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help.  The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.  Apparently,  there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.
This drug is called ‘BURUNDANGA’ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them.

This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.
So take heed and make sure you don’t accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets.  This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services .

**end of e-mail**

This one started showing up around May of last year. Naturally I checked with Katy PD and no such incident was ever reported. Plus, variations of this e-mail have this happening all the way from lil’ ol’ Katy, Texas all the way to Ontario and even in the UK. The only factual thing in the e-mail is there is a drug called Burundanga. I looked it up and found out Burundanga is from a shrub in Colombia. The drug has been used to incapacitate victims in Colombia, but not in the U.S. The shrub is called barrachera (“drunken binge”). The drug derived from the shrub, Burundanga, has been used by tribal cultures since the beginning of time. It’s been referred to by exotic names such as “zombie powder” or “Nightshade”. More commonly it’s known as a date rape drug. A couple of things show this e-mail as being a hoax right off the bat (these observations can be applied to similar e-mails). While the e-mail mentions a location it doesn’t mention a specific location, i.e. which gas station or even a rough address. The e-mail also doesn’t mention “who” this happened to. It’s just another in a long line of vague references. However, earlier versions of this e-mail did include that this happened to a “neighbor of Jaime Rodriguez”. The last red flag (this one would take a little checking) is the part where the e-mail states the “woman” noticed a strong odor coming from the hand used to take the business card. Burundanaga is odorless and tasteless (hence its effectiveness at being a date rape drug). Plus, Burundanga has to be ingested or inhaled(the drug itself has to be inhaled, not just the odor) for it to have any effect.

This e-mail is actually just a new twist on a tired, old urban legend. That one involved men selling perfume in parking lots. The “men” would hand “women” a card scented with a particular perfume that turned out to be chloroform. I really need one of those game show buzzers to hit everytime I see an e-mail like this.

The Taxman Cometh
December 17, 2008

Just wanted to let everyone know about an IRS scam that never seems to die. The attachments sent with the e-mail are very official looking forms asking for loads of personal information. The fax number is also a New York area code. This is completely bogus. Here’s the e-mail I received along with the letter….

From: Internal Revenue Service []

To: rarnold

Subject: Please see the attachment

Please see the attachment make sure you fill all the columns and send fax to: 1-646-731-6884.




Our records indicate that you are a non-resident alien. As a result, you are exempted from United States of America Tax reporting and withholdings, on interest paid you on your account and other financial dealing to protect your exemption from tax on your account and other financial benefit in rectifying your exemption status.


Therefore, you are to authenticate the following by completing form W-4100B2, and return to us as soon as possible through the fax number: +1-646-731-6884.


If you are a USA Citizen and resident, please complete form W-4100B2 and fax it to us, please indicate “USA Citizen/Resident” on the form and return it to us.


When completing form W-4100B2, please follow the steps below


1.                   We need you to provide your permanent address if different from the current mailing address on your Form W-4100B2 , you must indicate if a non-USA resident, your country of origin to support your non-resident status (if your bank account or other financial dealing has a USA address for mailing purpose).


2.                   If any joint account holder are now USA residents or Citizen, or in any way subject to USA tax reporting laws, Please check the box in this section.


3.                   Please complete 1 through 19 and have all account holders, sign and date the form separately and fax it to the   above-mentioned number.


Please, complete Form W-4100B2 ‘attached” and return to us within 1 (one) week from the receipt of this letter by faxing it, to enable us update your records immediately if your account or any other financial benefits are not rectified in a timely manner, it will be subject to USA tax reporting and back up withholding (if back up withholding applies, we are required to withhold 30% of the interest paid to you).


We appreciate your cooperation in helping us protect your exempt status and also update our records.






Laura Stevens

IRS .Public Relations.



 This type of phishing scam has been around since at least 2002, the only thing that changes is the type of form sent with the e-mail. Some other variations include promising recipients tax refunds. In case you are wondering  the IRS does not, has not and will not ask for personal information via e-mail. Plus, the IRS doesn’t even initiate contact with a taxpayer via e-mail. So if this pops up in your inbox just delete it. You can also report these e-mails to

Warning: New Carjacking Technique!
December 10, 2008

OK, now that I have your attention I wanted to let you know about a hoax e-mail making the rounds. This one has been around since 2004 but it is making a comeback because it’s the Holiday Season and everybody is out and about buying presents. What Recession? Seriously, we all keep hearing about our blisteringly bad economy, but you would never know by looking at all the shoppers crowding stores. But I digress, back to the matter at hand. I’ve pasted a copy of the e-mail I received. Read it and then I’ll explain…

Warning..!!!! Warning..!!!! Warning..!!!!

Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for gas. Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car. Then we received this email yesterday:



NEW WAY TO DO CARJACKINGS (NOT A JOKE)’Heads up everyone! Please, keep this circulating… You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse. When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!


If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.

This e-mail is not true. There has never been a documented case of this happening anywhere in the United States. There are a couple of reasons why this e-mail is so persistent. First, it is certainly a plausible scenario. However, if you think about it most of us park our cars head-in, which means most of us approach our car from the rear when we come back. Given that, it is unlikely we wouldn’t see something stuck to our back window. Second, some of these e-mails come from actual law enforcement officers. Here’s how that happens. An officer will get it and forward it to a friend or family member just as an FYI in case it turns out to be real. Then those people start forwarding the e-mail to everybody they know and those forwarded e-mails come with the officer’s name attached. Hence the air credibility. Still, this e-mail should serve as a reminder the thieves are out in droves during the Holidays. I don’t care how many times people are told don’t leave packages in your car, there are those who walk through life believing they’re surrounded by a bubble of invincibility. I’ll give you an example, I went to Best Buy over the weekend and I as walked through the parking lot I saw several cars with purses laying on the front seat, packages in the back, I even saw one person who left their coat with their Med Center ID out in the open. Not Smart. Trust me; I have covered enough of these stories to know that just because you are in a well lit, crowded parking lot does not ensure your belongings are safe. The thieves can move with freakish speed. I remember one couple who parked in a covered garage at a mall and were inside the mall for only twenty minutes. That was still enough time for someone to smash their back window and steal their brand new 72 inch flat-screen TV. All this happened in a parking lot with literally dozens of other cars around, people coming in and out and roving security patrols. Also, I know everyone is told to put their belongings in the trunk. That is great advice, but don’t wait to do it when you have arrived at your location. If you pull into a parking lot, get out and put everything in the trunk all you have done is tell every thief casing the place, “Hey, all you have to do is smash the window and hit the trunk release button.” Put things in your trunk before you get to where you are going. Better yet take packages home then go back out. I know that’s a pain, but it won’t be nearly as much of pain as losing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of merchandise. Yes Virginia, there is Santa Claus and even he has to watch his back!