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i don't think there is any nutritional benefit to the soda. the way that mayor bloomberg went about this -- he means well -- but it raises a lot of red flags. but many studies have been done, including "new england journal of medicine," single cause of obesity and diabetes are the sodas. we are passing it on to our children. two-thirds of americans are overweight, which leads to diabetes and heart disease. so yes, size matters and that's know a urologist talking. >> eric: doctors say it's empty calories. >> if you can replace the soda in your refrigerator with seltzer or water, you are doing an enormous thing. >> you are also taking this with the burgers and it's just not good for you. >> jamie: doctors, great to see you. another great show. >> eric: club soda for the week.
>> jamie: 150,000 people packed st. peter's square this morning. they wanted to witness history in the making because it was the first sunday window partner of pope francis, the new pontiff. and listen in... he seemed so pleased when he was greeted by deafening cheers. look at the crowd, all before delivering the weekly blessing from the papal apartment window. a lot of happy folks there, all the pilgrims coming to the square. welcome to a brand-new hour of america's news headquarters. >> eric: in keeping this his informal style, the leader of
the world's 1.2 billion catholics, he went off the cuff. he didn't read the written remark, but instead, he spontaneously talked about god's power to forgive. and the new pope made another surprising move and appeared right outside the vatican gate, on the street to greet a small crowd of well wishers. he waded into the crowd and blessed the stunned citizens one by one. we have the latest from rome this morning. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hi, eric. on this chilly sunday morning in rome, there has been so much joy and enthusiasm. i don't know whether this is the honeymoon period or whether there is something about pope francis that has gotten under people's skin already. after celebrating in a small church in the vatican near employees and family, he kissed children and asked them to pray for him. and he greeted hoards pressed up
against the entrance to the vatican. the crowds held big posters saying, let's get to work. and your simplicity has captivated all of us. he delivered his first sunday prayer from his window in the apostle stalic window. >> don't forget, god never gets tired of forgiving us. it is we who get tired of asking for forgiveness. have a good sunday and a nice lunch. >> reporter: have a good day. have a nice lunch. the good evening, which he greeted people after the election have become symbolic for the simplicity and familiarity of the new pope, which is going down very well with people. yesterday, he blessed the press corps and recounted how when it was clear he was going to become the pope, one of the cardinals he is close to, embraced him and said, do not forget the poor. it was at that point that pope francis decided on the name francis because of the
connection to the poor. so he confirmed all of that yesterday for us in his own words. and the catholic world news service, eric, is reporting that the orthodox patriarch,bar that will mew i will be attending the inauguration mass here in rome on tuesday for pope francis, which is a first because an orthodox patriarch has not attended a roman catholic installation since the church split in 1054. >> eric: history is being made in the past couple of weeks. amy kellogg, the installation in 48 hours. it happened outside the vatican gate, right at the street. the treat turned red and he came out. as you can see, people just kissed him. they looked at them grabbing him. offered congratulations. but for those who know the pope, his behavior is not surprising at all.
joining us with more ramond flynn, former mayor of boston. welcome. good to see you. >> great to be with you. >> eric: we just saw the video. we have an informal, refreshing style. i would imagine reminiscent of pope john paul ii. you have met pope francis. >> both of them. you know, it's really consistent, eric. you know, he's a man of the people, the man that i met. i rote about him. it's also a man of humility and more importantly, a man forgiveness. as he uttered in his statement today, in his impromptu statement, he said, you know, sometimes people are harder on each other than god is on sinners. now, think about what he said. he said, it's about time that we write a new chapter and that is about forgiveness and understanding and reaching out to people. you know, i think it's
providential that we do this on this, the feast of st. patrick, also a man of forgiveness and reaching out in peace. so this is a really historic time. not only for catholics, but for people across the world. my other friend, bartholomew, is going to attend the installation of pope francis. i will tell you, the whole world is changing. and thank god for it. >> eric: just absolutely amazing. you served from 93 to 97, there in the vatican, under the clinton administration and you knew pope john paul ii. and you know and have met pope francis. what other parallels are there? do you think this will be a new, invigorated church because of this election? >> i love the simplicity, the humility of pope francis. we have heard some of those
things recently in the short period of time he has been pontiff. but those of us who have been around the vatican for a number of years know him and knew his reputation. his reputation was exactly what he is talking about today. impromptu, sim policeic, but profound statements about forgiveness and connecting with people, particularly, eric, connecting with the poor. whoa! that is really sensational. because that's the principle foundation of the catholic faith, social and economic justice. for those of us who have been in politics many years, that's where we cut our teeth, on the catholic teaching of helping the poor, social and economic justice. it seems like, everything we learned as kids, is coming back here today. >> eric: he has the challenge of potentially trying to reform the curia. ambass do, you were the mayor of
boston for many years. as a mayor, what does he do as a -- an executive? how can he change the bureaucracy, as you dealt with every day, in dealing with city agencies? >> there's the number-1 question you just asked. you can't do it inside, eric. you have to have an outsider, a reformist. somebody who looks at a problem and brings a new dimension, new ideas, a new focus to that problem. can taken the be done by the status quo. at least from my experience in 40 years of politics. that's why i thought it was so refreshing that the college of cardinals reached outside of the conclave, outside of the roman curia to bring in somebody from benes aires, i suggest he wasn't even a candidate. he certainly wasn't mentioned as a viable candidate. he is coming in. and he will be able to look at the problem objectively, make the changes that are needed, make the changes that can form
to the changing church, the changing culture. i think it's a great message. you need somebody from the outside to come in and deal with systemic status quo problems. >> eric: that's going to be a challenge. you know that fiferlt hand. thank you so much. >> happy st. patrick's day you? >> beat me to it! of course. thanks so much. >> jamie: fox news alerts, reports from iranian-coaled media that iranian warships have docked in a chinese port, supposedly, showing iran's first domestically built destroyer. if it is fitted with missiles and sophisticated communication equipment, including a helicopter landing pad, well, we don't know yet because it can't be confirmed. but iranian media claims that they are crossing international
waters, more on that as we get it. >> eric: preparations near full swirngs ahead of president obama's visit to israel and the west bank, later this week. it's his first official visit to the jewish state as president. security officials in israel have been stepping up their effort, including keeping a close eye on a vast array of security cameras and deploying police officers and other security personnel. during his visit, the president will sit down for talks with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the two leaders are expected to discuss a growing number of issues, the unrest in syria and how to deal with iran's expanding nuclear program. the president says iran has a year. mr. netanyahu says, only a couple of months. that gap, one of the nairj topics they will discuss. >> jamie: back at home. new troubles for carnival cruises. the cruiseship legend now arriving in tampa this morning,
skipping a stop in the cayman ilans because it had problems with its propulsion system. a company spokesperson saying the passenger presidency got off the ship with no problems and it should depart on time this afternoon for its next trip with a reduced speed. the malfunction is the latest in a growing list of problems. three other ships with problems with issues in the past month. >> eric: a tragic story. police are investigating a deadly bus crash in southern pennsylvania. it was a charter bus, carrying the college woman's lacrosse team from simi hills university in pennsylvania t. veered off a turnpike and slammed into a tree. it killed the driver and the team's pregnant coach. she was six months pregnant. a memorial mass for her is being organized tonight on the seton hill campus. >> jamie: serious new questions
for the u.s. postal service, as it makes drastic cuts in service. we are hearing the u.s. postal service is spending more than $2 million on a national postal forum in california. what's up with that? we go live to san francisco. hi, claudia. >> reporter: good morning, jamie. 4,000 people are attending the national postal forum here in san francisco. 400 are with the u.s. postal service, including the post master general, who will be making a presentation. did over the next four days, executives will be meeting with shippers and those in the direct mail industry. then, everyone gets to have a good time here in san francisco. there is going to be a golf outing, a dinner, a lavish dinner, featuring the foods of fisherman's wharf and chinatown and dancing. the travel, $220,000 in exhibit space and other incidentals will cost the u.s. postal service
$2.2 million. the agency received no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. and the usps says it makes more money than it spens because of the networking that happens here. critics point out the post office is a monopoly that shouldn't need to spend millions of dollars to network. they say that given the agency is $16 billion in debt, the usps is out of touch. >> we are a nation in austerity. the postal service is deep, deep in the hole. toe to see they are having a lav inch conference with golfing outings and a dance party -- it is beyond the pale. >> reporter: in a letter he fired off to the post master, a congressman said, quote, spending millions to participate in a conference seems to exhibit extremely poor judgment by usps judgment...
it is getting close scrutiny in washington, as the house oversight committee holds formal hearings into wasteful travel by governmenties. >> jamie: cloud claudia, great to see you. thanks. >> eric: so you are building your financial nest egg for years, but what if life takes an unexpected turn and have you to spend it before retirement? coming up. jamie has her take-charge consumer protection sec segment. with great tips on how to rebuild your finances after bad things happen. >> jamie: and the tsa's rolling out a new security device that will change the way you check in at the airport. but will it keep flyers safe? the saga of the cancelled white house tour continues. so what happened? when these sixth graders from iowa showed up to try to see the white house? are you really going to disappoint sixth graders?
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drew a lot of attention, after they posted this video. take a look. >> the white house is our house. we want to visit! >> jamie: well, students managed to make it as far as the white house gates and held up the same signs they used in their video. a day earlier, they did receive a tour of the capitol and got to stand on the balcony outside speaker john boehner's office. but no white house tiewmpl. >> eric: the security administration rolling out a new device to try to fight against terror. the agency says this is the world's first so-called -- ready for this -- nonimpact explosive trace detection system. it not only screens for bombs, but can find illegal drugs, too. we have more on what this fancy thing is. >> reporter: it's a fancy thing-a-ma-jig. it's called the quantum sniffer,
approved by the tsa in january to help identify potentially dangerous packages. despite congress requiring that all packages be screened by approved methods, the tsa has had trouble complying. implant scientists, the company behind the quantum sniffer, says passengers on planes could be sitting above cargo that wasn't checked properly and they say their new product could be a game changer. >> x-ray and metal detection detect substances, anomalies. they don't tell you if it's an explosive. the steel shank in your shoe is metal, which will be detected by a metal detector, but doesn't tell you it's an explosive. the advantage to explosive traces, they are telling you -- we are telling you exactly what it is that you detected. >> reporter: all right. here's the deal. the device scans the packages for traces of known explosives
and chemical compounds. once deteched talerts screeners who can inspect the package more closely. but real concern exists over the technology's ability to detect explosive devices in the millions of packages shipped. >> every piece of sniffer technology that we have ever used at the airport did not serve the public well. and that's why they are not there anymore. they have all been removed. it has nothing to do with the ability of the technology to detect the presence or a trace of an explosive. what it has to do with is its ability to check everything. >> reporter: the device is already being used overseas in asia, the middle-east, latin america and europe. u.s. companies are showing interest with at least one unit already shipped. by the way, happy st. patrick's day. >> eric: to you, too, of course.
>> jamie: it is only two days a year you can wear a green dress and tie. no matter how well you have planned for retirely, sometimes there is no way to prepare for life's unexpected surprises. so in today's take-charge consumer protection segment, i wanted to help you plan or get through the unthinkable. we have a financial adviser from diversified financial, someone we call upon often. great to see you. this is a situation where i would advise folks to get professional help. you spend all of this time, saving up for retirement -- it could be divorce, death or illness of a spouse. your kid gets in trouble, have you legal fees. or you could lose your job. where's the first place you can take money from that is less painful? >> let's start with, your point is right. this is an emotional upheaval time. people are traumatized by a death or divorce or there is someone difficulties.
so this is the time where you really want to just calm down, take a step and really consider hiring a professional -- financial adviser. not someone who is looking to sell you the hot stock of the day or a mutual fund. but someone who will look at your asset, liabilities, cash flow and work with your cpa and attorney and form a long-term plan to get through this. >> jamie: a lot of investments that people are make ago savings accounts, cds, checking accounts, they are not paying. so should you go for those first before you touch your requirement, the 401(k), the ira? >> if you go to a 401(k), have you loan privileges, but they are pretaxed accounts, unless we are looking at a roth ira. so you want to look at the lowest interest rate-earning account and go there first. but have you to think about liquidity. sometimes you look at the situation and the client doesn't have a lot of liquidity. i know it is not earning a lot
of money or making a great deal of interest, leave those there in case for emergency fund. >> jamie: it might make sense to go for those. is it hard to borrow against a 401(k)? >> most 401(k)s have loan privileges. you can get between $5- to $50,000, relatively quickly, depending on what you need the money for. >> jamie: let's talk specifically. if you lose your job, you won't be putting in new retirement investments, let's say, so you have a finite dollar amount. if you take it out, you could be hit with a penalty and taxes? >> let's go back to that loan privilege. if you lose the job, you know longer have a loan privilege on the 401(k) plan because have you no source to pay that money back. the way you pay back money in a 401(k) is a salary reduction. so you are looking at taking the 401(k), rolling it over, possibly rolling it to an ira and doing a 72t withdrawal, a
systematic withdrawal with income over a monthly basis. it's complex. talk with your accountant. >> jamie: you say want to deal with this emotionally, but these are emotional issues. >> traumatic. i have been at a funeral parlor with a client who passed away, the spouse -- everybody's telling me i have to sell the house and move in with my kids. that may be the case, but you don't want to make those decisions today. you don't -- >> jamie: not at the funeral parlor. >> typically, a month or two later, when things calm down a little bit. >> jamie: i have to leave it there. but "yes" or "no," home equity lines, can these make sense? >> it's a liquidity issue, and selling assets that you don't need, the extra car, the sports car, the vacation home. there are assets, maybe takes longer, that gives us the liquidity we need. >> jamie: that's a good one, taking them to the pawn shop, if you have extra stuff around. we hope people don't face too
many of these. but if they do, they should try to take charge. appreciate it. if you want more on many of these take-charge consumer protection issue, go to foxnews.com and click on america's news headquarters, at the bottom of our main page and see the last of our 21 consumer protection segments. and if youor twitter, jamie colby tv, follow me on twitter. >> eric: and eric shawn. it's a tweet. president obama's charm offensive and the handling of budget cuts. critics are pointing to the mixed moves of possible political overeach reach. is it? our political panel will weigh in, just ahead. >> jamie: also, pope francis made an historic first appearance to over 100,000 of the faithful in st. peter's
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the ohio district attorney has called for a grand jury to see if other crimes were commit in the shocking case. >> jamie: without a doubt, the president obama so-called charm offensive was a stark contrast to the handling of the sequester. some critics are raising serious concerns about a political overreach that they predict could harm the president's second term agend a. let's bring in political panel. brad blakeman, a former assistant to george w. bush and david mercer, a former deputy financier for the democratic national committee. welcome, gentlemen. >> good to be with you, jamie. >> jamie: david, what about the president's position on the sequester and everything he has to accomplish in his second term? >> i think he is trying to get a balance, both with raising taxes and closing loopholes, as well as making cuts, all of which could be done by congress, but they failed since the sequester went into effect in 2011, to
come to grips with not automatic cuts taking place, but coming together in a bipartisan way on the hill for members of congress to effect those cuts, but not with the draconian effect they might have on those who it will effect, where we have heard from the congressional budget office, we are talk about this possibility of 700,000 job losses -- we can't afford that, when over the last four to five months, we have had gains of 200-plus thousand private sector jobs. we are still seeing how this is going to play out. but i think the president, as both boehner and ryan and romney all warned, that we don't have to go through the sequester if we acted in a balanced way to come up with the cuts that we need, as well as balancing our budget. but we have yet to see that act from congress.
congress, which is suffering all-time low ratings may be in risk of suffering even further rating decrease. >> jamie: let me get brad in here. is the president going to be free to do everything he stated he wants to do? given his sequester and his approach to the sequester? >> let's remember it was the president's idea. he thought by lemplging the military, which he is commander in chief of, that he would be able to bring republicans around to his way of happening. it didn't work. sequester is something that the president could have solved in a day. all he would have to do is call in his budget director, direct him to offset the cuts with other cuts. y he didn't do that. the democrats are scrambling to do that now. the ball is in the president's court and those in the senate. you know, the 1974 budget act requires the president to deliver a budget -- his budget -- to congress, on or before february 1. the president has still deficient as a matter of law in giving his budget to congress.
and congress acts from there. the president has to do three things. he has to tell the congress how much we are going to spend. how much revenue's coming in and what effect it will have to the deficit. but the president said deficits don't matter, budgets don't matter. what does matter? a household or a business can't run a household without a budget or a five-year plan -- at least. the charm offensive is nothing more than window dressing, trying to get the republicans to raise taxes without reining in spending and entitlements. >> jamie: but, david, the president has been clear that jobs air priority, and with all the back and forth with the spending and the cuts and the budget to come -- whatever it is -- how do you see him fulfilling the other promises that he had on the campaign trail on the other issues? can we get past this? >> i think we can get past this.
and the reason why is because all the issues you just mentioned, jamie, are issues that the american people see, the american president obama as being in touch with them. 62% of the american people believe that the g.o.p. is out of touch and too extreme. we even saw jeb bush at the c-pac conference, earlier this past week, talking about the cant everything party -- the republicans can't afford to be. they need to be for a balanced approach to immigration, to... to tax reform. to entitlements. we don't see that. i might remind the audience with regard to what brad had said earlier, is that congress voted for sequestration. they also tried to work -- >> and the president's -- >> to avoid the automatic cuts, to come up with the cuts that they think were necessary and they failed to do that.
and in a day, they could do just the same as brad blakeman wants to put the onus on the president. but you will find that the president is more in tune with the american public on the issues we have just mentioned than the republicans and we are going to see them through by force of the people, not necessarily just the president. it's about time congress started representing the people and their centiments. >> jamie: we have to wrap it. brad, i will give you the last word. >> the president has an obligation as a matter of law to deliver the budget. the house has delivered the budget. the president and the senate did not. they didn't when they controlled all of government. if the president wants to get serious, the republicans are ready to hear him out. >> jamie: gentlemen, thank you very much. >> take care. >> jamie eric. >> eric: jamie, from politics to the new pontiff. a new era at the vatican with pope francis in charge. he walked onto the street to meet people.
for a look behind the news, here's liz trotta and her sunday commentary. >> we have heard an awful lot about humility over the past few days. it's not a word one often comes across in the boisterous and the cynical world of our times. any politician worth his election would run from the word -- humility? that's practically a job disqualifier. journalists in particular are sorely short on this quality -- your commentator included t. may be the most difficult of the virtues since it demanding an acknowledgement that no matter how clever one is, how high on the achievement ladder, everything and everyone is dependent on the will of god. humility became the word of the moment when pope benedict xvi tun stunned the world with his retirement and with the election of his replacement, a jesuit from areg keane tina. now pope francis. the name francis itself, summoned the recognition of
humility, as it's a salute to st. francis, the founder of the san franciscan order. he is a man whose poverty of spirit extended to washing lepers and repeatedly giving away -- literally -- the cloak on his back. media notables got carried away with the mythology with the saint who talked to animals. they chattered on about the sea gull on the sistine chapel smoke stack before the white smoke rose -- was this a sign? probably not. what may be more revealing is history's account of the saint's hair-raising journ tow egypt during the fifth crusade in a humble but futile effort to convince the sultan he should become a christian. who is tempted to wonder what pope francis will do for today's persecuted christians in the
middle-east. last week when he stepped onto the balcony, there was no show biz smile, no fancy papal vestments, just a prayer for his predecessor and a hail marry that even fallen away catholics can dredge from their childhood memories. and a plea for the world to pray for him. simple. humble. the left, especially the new york times, with its relentless campaign for gay pride, could hardly wait to assail the new pope, raising questions about whether as an argentin cardinal, he had confronted the military dictatorship during the so-called dirty war. one of the sources cited is a former member of the montennieros, a guerrilla organization that engagedin terrorism and there is the naked truth, confronting those who support gay marriage and adoption, abortion and married priests. francis will hold the line.
and anyone who understands the immoveable bedrock of church doctrine should not be surprised. the left just doesn't get it. stand by for an equally distorted comparison to how pope pius xii dealt with the nazis in the second world war. given the liberal bent of many jesuit, especially in latin america, it is safe to say that these men, often regarded at the shock troops of the church, may have reacted with dismay over the selection, but with due respect, intellectual rigor, rather than humility has been their hallmark in these times. the papacy of francis may be a teaching moment for them, too. a basic lesson of this pope's election may be that humility is hard work. it is not for pushovers or phonies, or those who cannot rid themselves of pride. and dante's purg tory, those
whose sin was pride had to carry large stones on their backs to learn humility. francis, as a priest, already knows this. and the load he must carry will be grace. >> eric: they tried to steal an election. so said the prosecutors about a four-year-long voter fraud case in new york that just ended. as a new one begins in ohio, where a veteran poll worker is accused of voting, once, twice, three, four, five... six times. s in hidden fees on their 401(k)s?! go to e-trade and roll over your old 401(k)s to a new e-trade retirement account. none of them charge annual fees and all of them offer low cost investments. e-trade. less for us. more for you. boom. heart attack. the doctor recommends bayer aspirin to keep this from happening to me again. it's working.
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eight poll workers were indicted. four pled guilty. two were acquitted and charges were dropped against another pair. one city councilman got 6 months behind bars. the illegal scheme was dispriebed as a huge conspiracy to nonpolitical persons is really a normal political tactic. the people who are targeted live in low-income housing, and there was a sense that they are a lot less likely to ask any questions. in ohio, veteran poll worker was indicted this past week, along with a nun. she boasted of voting in november, twice. well, prosecutors claim she voted more than that. a total of six times in the last two presidential elections and another race. joining us now from cincinnati is the secretary of state of ohio, republican john hustead. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me, eric. >> eric: in troy, new york, a political operative said that
voter fraud is a, quote, normal political tactic. we see it now in case after case after case, a veteran poll worker for many years in your state. how can you stop voter fraud? >> well, we are trying to stop voter fraud by making sure we do our jobs in administering elections. if you vote, you need the proper form of identification. we need poll workers, election officials to double check. in the case of miss richardson, they noticed more than 1 absentee ballot requested from the same address. they noticed that the handwriting looked the same. tai did an investigation. fey found out they were -- they found out they were cast by the same person, that she had cast an absentee ballot in her name and voted at the polls on election day. we have a system to catch these things. when we catch it, we have to refer them to the prosecutor, the sheriffs office, the appropriate law enforcement officials and make sure these
cases are prosecuted because we want to send a very strong message that if you cheat in ohio, you will get caught and you will get prosecuted. >> >> eric: miss richardson said she didn't intend to commit volter fraud. and the granddaughter said, it's not a big deal. what's your reaction when people say, "so what?" >> it is a big deal. it's illegal. we have to follow the rules, follow the law. if you don't uphold the integrity of the election, it undermine this is our democracy. in this case, it was clearly intentional voter fraud. those cases, there must be consequences? >> president obama won your state by 166,000 votes. what do you say to those who say this is a handful of vote, it's six, seven, eight, nine vote it's doesn't really matter? >> it does matter. we had a state rep race that was decided by 6 votes in the state.
there are more elections than just the presidential electionful there are a lot of really important issues that are decided by only a handful of votes every election cycle. and cheating can't be allowed. it could affect an election and it undermines confidence in the election system. and we have to hold people accountable and let them know that if you cheat, we are going to catch you. if you get caught, there will be consequences. it is really not worth t. we have to send that message. it is want worth it. >> eric: you having public hearings in all the counties there. >> we are. we are having public hearings in all the counties. we have over 100 cases rightthan our state. moist of those will not go to prows prosecution. and we do expect do see more results from this investigation, down the road that show in other counties that there are problems as well. >> eric: all right, secretary of
state john hustead on the voter fraud beat. thank you very much, mr. secretary of state. >> thank you. >> eric: of course, if you suspect problems where you live, there is our address, voter fraud at foxnews.com. we will be following these cases. we'll be right back [ engine sputters ] [ dennis ] allstate wants everyone to be protected on the road. whether you're an allstate customer or not. all you have to do is call. [ female announcer ] call and sign up for good hands roadside assistance today. [ dennis ] are you in good hands?
>> jamie: welcome back. it's a centuries-old tradition and it's underway in spain. the last festival transforms the streets of valencia, a celebration filled with parades and flowers and fireworks and it honors st. joseph, also welcoming in the new spring season. we have a reporter streaming live from spain. great to see you. >> reporter: hi, jamie. for those who have never heard of it, i thought i could explain it this way. if you take st. patrick's day and the festivities on the treats of new york and you combine with it -- say mardi gras in new orleans and add 4th of july as well, you start to get an idea of the kind of party they are having here in valencia, spain. there are fire crackers and big booms, like you just heard, going on throughout the night and all day. and the closer we get to the end
of the fiesta, it seem, the more parades we see. for all the feeling of chaos, it is incredibly organized and competitive. this is the 2313 winning team. there are more than 300 voted on. and each one tells a story. they all have double meaning and contain municipallor, satire and social commentary. this year's winner, pokes fun at the financial crisis, facing countries in the euro zone. >> we criticize the society. that's what we do. and we burn it. so we try to make it better. >> reporter: another example of the constant booms going off. now, this is something that is less eccentric and carries a great deal of pride for the people of valencia. the parade where families dress
in traditional costume with thousands of participants, this is especially for the women and the little girls and they compete to be named the queen or the little queen. so they get to represent the entire organization of this very big and very loud party. and the booms -- you are just as likely to hear them at 3:00 in the morning as you are at 3:00 in the afternoon. >> jamie: the party continues. thank you so much. and we'll be right back. er ] it's a rule of nature. you don't decide when vegetables reach the peak of perfection. the vegetables do. at green giant, we pk vegetables only when they're perfect. then freeze them fast so they're are as nutritious as fresh. [ green giant ] ho ho ho. ♪ green giant
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