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Lost and Found – August 13th Edition

What to remember about August 13th…

  • 1818  American suffragette and abolitionist Lucy Stone is born in Massachusetts; inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause
  • 1878  First death in the Memphis, Tennessee yellow-fever epidemic; in next few months 20,000 will die
  • 1910  Florence Nightingale dies; founder of professional nursing and the school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London
  • 1912  Famed American golfer Ben Hogan is born in Stephenville, Texas
  • 1918  Opha May Johnson becomes 1st woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps
  • 1926  Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro is born; responsible for the deaths of thousands of dissidents
  • 1937  3-month Battle of Shanghai begins between China’s National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army
  • 1995  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies
  • 2004  American chef, author, and television personality Julia Child dies; WWII veteran of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – that agency later becomes the CIA

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A little Patriotic Goodness

A blast from back in 2013 but well worth sharing again.  Couldn’t let our Canadian friends show us up.

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My first attempt at “constructive” baking.  Fun to make and bake.  Tastes even better!  Put a little America in your mouth.

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Lost and Found – August 13th Edition

What to remember about August 13th…

  • 1818  American suffragette and abolitionist Lucy Stone is born in Massachusetts; inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause
  • 1878  First death in the Memphis, Tennessee yellow-fever epidemic; in next few months 20,000 will die
  • 1910  Florence Nightingale dies; founder of professional nursing and the school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London
  • 1912  Famed American golfer Ben Hogan is born in Stephenville, Texas
  • 1918  Opha May Johnson becomes 1st woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps
  • 1926  Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro is born; responsible for the deaths of thousands of dissidents
  • 1937  3-month Battle of Shanghai begins between China’s National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army
  • 1995  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies
  • 2004  American chef, author, and television personality Julia Child dies; WWII veteran of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – that agency later becomes the CIA

Soylent Green Is… Pink?

In the classic futurist film “Soylent Green“, Charlton Heston plays a detective on the trail of an elusive murderer.  In 2022, massive corporations like Soylent Industries manufacture processed foods for the masses.  Heston finds himself investigating the execution of a Soylent executive while uncovering a government conspiracy around the source of the food supply.  Earth has become massively overpopulated, outstripping the ability to grow enough food.  Where do they get the food?  And what is the “special ingredient” in Soylent Green that makes it so much better than the other varieties.  Apparently the secret is worth killing over and Heston’s character is determined to uncover it.

So, maybe you are wondering why I decided to bring up this 1973 sci-fi classic.  I thought that with all of Michelle Antoinette Obama’s preaching on the benefits of healthier school lunches and salad bars in soldier’s mess halls, maybe we might take a look at what her husband’s government is putting into our children’s food.

That’s right folks – pink slime.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying 7 million pounds of this processed meat product for use in school lunch programs this year.  What you see above is an amonia-washed mixture of miscellaneous trimmings, sinew, and “other” left over after the commercially useable pieces of the cow are harvested.  This is the stuff they can’t even use for pet food.

Actually, the product isn’t new.  Fast food chains used to use a lot of this stuff until consumer groups launched campaigns that led to its removal.  Reports say that many bargain and house brands of ground beef can contain as much as 15% slime.  However, former USDA scientists and food safety experts have warned that pink slime is a “high risk” product.  The whistleblowers have gone so far as to call the use of the term “food” in regards to slime an “economic fraud”.

We have all heard the repeated media scare stories over the increase in obesity in America.  The First Lady has gone to great lengths to raise awareness of obesity especially in children.  I applaud her for that.  However, seeing that the majority of children eat most of their meals in a government institutions now, shouldn’t she be fighting to get healthier food into the schools instead of this crap?  The average school lunch has more calories and fat than one of those evil happy meals.  We surely don’t need government agents monitoring what comes in a sack lunch from home and then forcing them to eat “chicken” nuggets.

If she really wants to make a difference, maybe she could show a leadership and make some changes at home first.

In the mean time children, remember that Soylent Green is people pink.

WI Judge says you have no right to food.

In another startling case of “Judges Gone Wild!”, Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fielder issued a clarification to his earlier ruling stating …

“no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;”

 “no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;”

 “no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice…”

 Elsewhere in his remarks the Judge addresses what he sees as weaknesses in the arguments by the plaintiffs even though they build on established Supreme Court precedents such as…

  • Lawrence v. Texas – right to privacy in your home
  •  Stanley v. Georgia – right to private, consensual conduct
  • Cruzan v. Dir, Mo Dep’t of Health – right to refuse medical treatment
  • Roe v. Wade – right to privacy in your own person
  •  and even the recent Heller v. Doe by Doe – acknowledgement of fundamental rights

The plaintiffs own cows.  They milk the cows.  They prefer to drink raw milk from the cows because they believe it to be healthier in some important aspects than pasteurized milk.  They share their views with others.  What the state of Wisconsin (successfully it seems) argued is that if you raise a cow, you have no right to control how you use the cow or its products.  If you have a food product, the government can decide if you own it – for if you have no right exercise control over the use of an item, then you do not own it.

The money quote from foodrenegade.com is

“Sometimes I think I’ve woken up in a surreal alternate reality. I was raised in a patriotic glow where the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was a well-defined, well-reasoned expectation. America is the “land of the free.” I do not think this means what I once thought it meant, particularly if we have no fundamental right to drink the milk from our own cows.”

Next we’ll hear that we don’t have a fundamental right to eat that cold slice of pizza leftover from last night because some bureaucrat says it’s bad for me. To paraphrase outspoken opponent of Adolf Hitler and Protestant Pastor and Martin Niemöller

First they came my milk, and I did not speak out —
Because I had no cereal.

Then they came for the toast, and I did not speak out —
Because I had no butter.

Then they came for my pizza — and they left no beer for me either.

What’s next?

(Hat Tip to the Instapundit)