Thursday, January 28, 2016

The County Organizes Another Phony "TRADE" Trip On Our Dime. By Geniusofdespair

County Commissioner Pepe Diaz is going to lead a TRADE mission to China and Taiwan in April. Does anyone actually get business from these expensive trips we pay for? I call it globetrotting on our dime. It is a colossal waste of money sending Pepe anywhere except to the Keys to go to traffic court on his DUI offense.


Anonymous said...

Voters are plain stupid.

Anonymous said...

He will have such a great time with the new drinks to be discovered:

Huangjiu or "yellow wine" is a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed directly from grains such as millet, rice, and wheat. It is not distilled but typically has an alcohol content around 20%, more than twice that of most wines. It is usually pasteurized, aged, and filtered prior to bottling. Despite its name, huangjiu may be clear, beige, or reddish as well as yellow. The Chinese form of sake, mijiu, is generally considered a form of huangjiu within China.

Huangjiu is classified based on several factors. Among them are the drink's "dryness", the starter used in its production, and the production method.


Locally produced crockery jars of baijiu in a liquor store in Haikou on Hainan, with signs indicating the alcohol content and price per jin (1/2 kilo).
Baijiu or shaojiu is a distilled alcoholic beverage. It is usually sorghum-based, but some varieties are distilled from huangjiu or other rice-based drinks. All typically have an alcohol content greater than 30% and are so similar in color and feel to vodka that baijiu is sometimes known as "Chinese vodka". There are many varieties, classified by their fragrance, but most are only distilled once, permitting stronger flavors and scent than vodka. The prestige brand within China is the "sauce-scented" Moutai or Mao-t'ai, produced in the southern city of Maotai in Guizhou. More common brands include Wuliangye and varieties of erguotou.

Modern Chinese beers derive from the Russian and German breweries established at Harbin and Qingdao. Most are pale lagers, although other styles are available, particularly in brewpubs catering to the expatriate communities in Beijing and Shanghai.

The principal Chinese brands are Tsingtao and Harbin. Other major brewers include Yanjing, San Miguel, Zhujiang, Snow, and Reeb.

Domestic production within China is dominated by a few large vinyards, including Changyu Pioneer Wine, China Great Wall Wine, and Dynasty Wine[13][14] Notable regions include Yantai, Beijing, Zhangjiakou in Hebei, Yibin in Sichuan, Tonghua in Jilin, Taiyuan in Shanxi, and Ningxia. Yantai alone holds over 140 wineries and produces 40% of the country's wine.[13]

Traditional Uyghur wine from Xinjiang is known as museles (Arabic: المثلث, lit. "the triangle"). Its production requires crushing the grapes by hand, then straining them through atlas silk and boiling the juice with an equal volume of water, as well as added sugar. This is cooked until the original volume of the juice is reached and then stored in clay urns along with various flavorings.

Other fermented beverages include choujiu (made from sticky rice), lychee wine, gouqi jiu (made from wolfberries), Qingke jiu (made from Tibetan highland barley), and kumis (made from mare or yak milk). The peach-scented Luzhou Laojiao prides itself on continuous production since 1573 during the Ming dynasty. The ginger-flavored liqueur Canton is no longer produced in China but is instead imported for consumption in the United States from a distillery in France unrelated to its original production.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, Pepe Diaz is the best they could find to represent us?

Anonymous said...

Pepe loves to go to Asia. The ITC has become commissioners travel agency
Herald did a good job a series of articles and editorial few years ago exposing the shame of these "missions " lead by commissioners. No ROI. Herald however dropped the ball and it's again business as usual.

Pepe lives to eat and drink on these trips. He used to require other agencies participate so they could pick up the checks for his gluttony! At least he won't be riding his motorcycle.

Zwoman said...

He is the commissioner responsible for veterans' issues. What has he done? Many cities, including Orlando and Salt Lake City have taken advantage of federal dollars to end veteran homelessness. And Miami? Nada, nunca, nadie working for homeless veterans. This city is a giant dump of corruption and incompetence. But fear not, all county residents will be homeless when the ocean level rise subsumes the county. Sometimes you do get what you deserve.

Anonymous said...

Bottoms Up - Pepe!

Anonymous said...

how on earth did Poopie Diaz become chairman of the ITC. He stepped down from this job once before because his staff got caught red-handed faking reports on mission accomplishments to justify county taxpayer dollars spent on these junkets. this deadbeat commissioner needs to be recalled. An investigation should be conducted on the many $millions per year spent, buried in budgets, especially at the Seaport under corrupt director Juan Kuryla who only got this job because of travel privileges he provides to politicos, family and friends.