Eat Chinese Food, And An Hour Later You're… Dead?

It looks as if a good lesson to live by is this: If a foreign country doesn’t give a rip about the rights or lives of its own citizens, chances are they don’t care too much your health.

In April, the FDA refused almost twice as much food from China because it was contaminated in some form or another than from both Mexico and Canada combined.

From WorldNetDaily:

While Americans are still recovering from a scandal over poison pet foods imported from China, FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.

Refused by the FDA in April because they were “filthy”:

Salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil, dried apple, dried peach, dried pear, dried round bean curd, dried mushroom, olives, frozen bay scallops, frozen Pacific cod, sardines, frozen seafood mix, fermented bean curd,

Among the foods rejected because they were contaminated with pesticides:

Frozen eel, ginseng, frozen red raspberry crumble, and mushrooms. Frozen catfish was stopped because it was laced with banned antibiotics. Scallops and sardines were turned away because they were coated with putrefying bacteria.

There goes dinner.

Oh, by the way, if your box of prune slices squawks, don’t open it:

China has also attempted to export hundreds of thousands of pounds of chickens and poultry products to the U.S., even though it is not yet certified to do so. Chinese exporters disguise the meat by labeling crates “dried lily flower” or “prune slices” or “vegetables.”

Despite the deliberate deception, the U.S. government is about to certify the Chinese to export poultry legally.

Hardly surprising. For now, I think I’ll be avoiding Chinese food, except the kind of Chinese food that’s strictly American!

Eat Chinese Food, And An Hour Later You’re… Dead?

It looks as if a good lesson to live by is this: If a foreign country doesn’t give a rip about the rights or lives of its own citizens, chances are they don’t care too much your health.

In April, the FDA refused almost twice as much food from China because it was contaminated in some form or another than from both Mexico and Canada combined.

From WorldNetDaily:

While Americans are still recovering from a scandal over poison pet foods imported from China, FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.

Refused by the FDA in April because they were “filthy”:

Salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil, dried apple, dried peach, dried pear, dried round bean curd, dried mushroom, olives, frozen bay scallops, frozen Pacific cod, sardines, frozen seafood mix, fermented bean curd,

Among the foods rejected because they were contaminated with pesticides:

Frozen eel, ginseng, frozen red raspberry crumble, and mushrooms. Frozen catfish was stopped because it was laced with banned antibiotics. Scallops and sardines were turned away because they were coated with putrefying bacteria.

There goes dinner.

Oh, by the way, if your box of prune slices squawks, don’t open it:

China has also attempted to export hundreds of thousands of pounds of chickens and poultry products to the U.S., even though it is not yet certified to do so. Chinese exporters disguise the meat by labeling crates “dried lily flower” or “prune slices” or “vegetables.”

Despite the deliberate deception, the U.S. government is about to certify the Chinese to export poultry legally.

Hardly surprising. For now, I think I’ll be avoiding Chinese food, except the kind of Chinese food that’s strictly American!

John Wayne, Where Are You?

null“I have found a certain type calls himself a Liberal. Now I always thought I was a Liberal. I came up terribly surprised one time when I found out that I was a right-wing conservative extremist, when I listened to everybody’s point of view that I ever met, and then decided how I should feel. But this so-called new Liberal group, Jesus, they never listen to your point of view…”

– John Wayne

Today marks what would have been actor John Wayne’s 100th birthday.

The man born in 1907 as Marion Robert Morrison was an actor whose films often reflected his personal view on politics and life in general. True, that’s not a rarity for Hollywood, if we take into account some of the leftist celluloid chowder that’s been served up in recent decades, but The Duke represented much of what gives today’s Tinseltown actor/activist the runs: Wayne was pro-America, pro-traditional values, pro-traditional roles and pro-family — ideals that are, in Hollywood these days, mocked more often than not.

John Wayne also backed wars, and didn’t just “support the troops,” but “supported the war” as well, as Wayne seemed to know the two aren’t mutually exclusive as today’s Hollywood seems to believe.

In the new millennium, Hollywood still puts out its share of war movies — the irony being that these often star, as the combat hero du jour, a feverishly anti-war, anti-gun actor who had to be tutored as to which was the working end of the rifle. My guess is that Wayne might have viewed it as hypocritical for an anti-war actor to rake in millions of dollars for portraying a war hero. Of course, The Duke lived during a Hollywood era when “war hero” wasn’t necessarily a laughable oxymoron. How silly we were back in the day.

A century after his birth, John Wayne may also have gotten a hearty, smoke-emitting chuckle from watching today’s Hollywood elites fire up a bunch of ozone-busting, greenhouse gas spewing tanks, half tracks, diesel trucks and Humvees to make a war movie — and then use the money they make to burn tens of thousands of gallons of jet fuel to fly halfway around the world to rallies led by anti-American dictators, spiral-eyed, hacky-sack-brained activists and the types of people who thought Jimmy Carter was a good president, where they blame planetary ills, both real and imagined, on your Chevy Tahoe and hairspray.

Yes, there are still Hollywood actors who embrace traditional American values in both their personal lives and in film, but finding one is about as rare as spotting an psychiatric drugs in Tom Cruise’s medicine cabinet. The preceding comparison is valid in that I wish both were far more common.

Will we ever see the likes of John Wayne again? The Duke was once, arguably, the most famous actor in the world. Today’s most famous are, to a great degree, limo-libs who campaign on behalf of the political candidate who is going to raise our taxes the most, and then, right after the election, head halfway around the world to take tax-exile junkets to their vacation homes on the French Riviera.

Again, John Wayne would have laughed.

It’s not so much the John Wayne attitude that I miss coming from Hollywood as much as the demand for men such as John Wayne from the public. Maybe the demand is still there, incubating, waiting for another John Wayne, if there is one, to emerge and embrace with great zeal. Not today.

So often though it seems as if we’re making today’s actors, directors and producers rich for insulting us, and if one does stray from the script of “progressive” behavior, they are ostracized. There are no doubt many in Hollywood who feel that by coming out as anti-communist (as John Wayne did) or anti-socialist or anti-terrorist, they’d be accused of giving Joe McCarthy a post-mortem totalitarian erection, so they turn in a different direction and suppress any urge they might have to let their Duke-ness show.

Hollywood as it exists today displays a kind of McCarthyism in reverse, where any traditional view of what constitutes “American” is placed in a formaldehyde jar for careful dissection before being thrown out of the casting office and back to “flyover country” where it belongs.

Of course, the heyday of John Wayne was back when Hollywood was proud to be long on demonstrating to the planet why the United States was a world leader, and short on apologizing for it.

John Wayne, where are you?

Update: The following was written in the comments section to this post at the MensNewsDaily site:

> Hollywood actors who embrace traditional American values

Ya mean, like being divorced three times (not to mention several high-profile affairs), and being an ardent supporter of McCarthyism, George Wallace, and Richard Nixon? Wayne’s fame was due in large part to the fact that almost every other prominent male actor (i.e., his competition) signed on to fight WWII, leaving the field to Wayne. You forgot to mention all that. What a Great Faux American.

But it is funny how John Wayne and Barry Goldwater went in opposite directions with respect to some reference frame — the former from liberal to ultra-conservative, the latter from ultra-conservative to liberal.

Here’s my response:

If we insist on making personal perfection the sole requisite to be a patriot, than I guess most of us don’t qualify to at least some degree — which is how some want it to be obviously.

Wayne was 34 when Pearl Harbor happened. I was about 34 when 9/11 happened. So I guess the fact that I didn’t run out and join the army on 9/12 means I can’t possess or impart American values or be a patriot either. Dang.

In any case, the commentary is about idiot actors with no appreciation of from where their ability to freely create what they create emanates — not whether joining or not joining the Army or getting divorced a couple of times qualifies or disqualifies one from being associated with the label “patriot.”

There's No Crying in Politics!

Personally, I don’t like weepy leadership. It isn’t effective. If Winston Churchill gave his famous “We will fight in the hills” speech while welling up with tears, the message sent would have changed dramatically. What if General Patton would have said, “An army is a team. It eats, sleeps, fights and cries as a team”? What if President Truman’s nickname was “Give ’em sobbing, Harry”?

House Minority Leader John Boehner joined the pantheon of weepy politicians when he got misty (video & story here) while angered about Democrat resistance to the Iraq spending bill.

Boehner did say one telling thing, whether or not he knows it: “I didn’t come here to be a congressman — I came here to do something.”

Doing “something” is generally the problem. If a politicians ever tells me he wants to go to Washington to do nothing, then I might vote for him.

There’s No Crying in Politics!

Personally, I don’t like weepy leadership. It isn’t effective. If Winston Churchill gave his famous “We will fight in the hills” speech while welling up with tears, the message sent would have changed dramatically. What if General Patton would have said, “An army is a team. It eats, sleeps, fights and cries as a team”? What if President Truman’s nickname was “Give ’em sobbing, Harry”?

House Minority Leader John Boehner joined the pantheon of weepy politicians when he got misty (video & story here) while angered about Democrat resistance to the Iraq spending bill.

Boehner did say one telling thing, whether or not he knows it: “I didn’t come here to be a congressman — I came here to do something.”

Doing “something” is generally the problem. If a politicians ever tells me he wants to go to Washington to do nothing, then I might vote for him.

Rosie & Company: Real Stories of the Moron Patrol

It was with no feeling of pure coincidence that I read these two news stories posted very near each other:

Rosie leaves The View in a snit and might not return

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions decline

For that, I think we owe Rosie a debt of gratitude — even if my theory is based on junk science. But being a junk scientist is a discipline that seems to be catching on. As a matter of fact, my friends at the smelting plant in town are still proud to know that Rosie “fire can’t melt steel” O’Donnell is praising them for accomplishing the impossible each and every day.

I don’t watch The View much. As I’ve written before, I have seen it on a few occasions, and I must say that Barbara Walters provides work to so many mentally challenged individuals that I’m sure she qualifies for some sort of tax break. That has to be one of the reasons she keeps it breathing — that and they seem to reel in viewers. They say about NASCAR that many of the fans watch just for the wrecks, and with The View, that’s pretty much all you see.

The latest battle is the now famous cat fight about the war between Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell, with Rosie yelling “Git in mah BELLAH!” and Elizabeth saying “Nuh UH!”

Who was right? I did what every other self-respecting man does when watching an argument between two women: Took the side of the best looking one.

This time, fortunately, my instincts turned out to be correct, and Hasselbeck stood up to O’Donnell’s usual bullying with admirable aplomb. Rosie plays debate ball like Dick Butkis wearing a blindfold, and ends up pummeling anything and everything, including, most often, herself.

This apparently is not limited to Rosie. It’s a trait she also looks for in her staff.

When you think “class act,” you think “Rosie O’Donnell,” and Rosie’s staff didn’t disappoint after the Hasselbeck/O’Donnell slap-fight. Check this out:

Yesterday, Rosie’s chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly escorted from the building after she was caught drawing moustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck that hang in the “View” studios.

The Post’s Adam Buckman reports ABC confirmed in a statement only that “photographs at ‘The View’s’ offices were defaced. Rosie O’Donnell was not in the building. ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter.” Barber is an old friend of O’Donnell who worked with her years ago on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Somebody writes Rosie’s drivel? The network paying for a writer for Rosie O’Donnell is kind of like shelling out big bucks to hire Emeril Lagasse to make a hot dog — and then paint mustaches on pictures of Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Oh well, it’s good to know there’s work out there for fiction scribes other than just in novels and network news.

Rosie & Company: Real Stories of the Moron Patrol

It was with no feeling of pure coincidence that I read these two news stories posted very near each other:

Rosie leaves The View in a snit and might not return

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions decline

For that, I think we owe Rosie a debt of gratitude — even if my theory is based on junk science. But being a junk scientist is a discipline that seems to be catching on. As a matter of fact, my friends at the smelting plant in town are still proud to know that Rosie “fire can’t melt steel” O’Donnell is praising them for accomplishing the impossible each and every day.

I don’t watch The View much. As I’ve written before, I have seen it on a few occasions, and I must say that Barbara Walters provides work to so many mentally challenged individuals that I’m sure she qualifies for some sort of tax break. That has to be one of the reasons she keeps it breathing — that and they seem to reel in viewers. They say about NASCAR that many of the fans watch just for the wrecks, and with The View, that’s pretty much all you see.

The latest battle is the now famous cat fight about the war between Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell, with Rosie yelling “Git in mah BELLAH!” and Elizabeth saying “Nuh UH!”

Who was right? I did what every other self-respecting man does when watching an argument between two women: Took the side of the best looking one.

This time, fortunately, my instincts turned out to be correct, and Hasselbeck stood up to O’Donnell’s usual bullying with admirable aplomb. Rosie plays debate ball like Dick Butkis wearing a blindfold, and ends up pummeling anything and everything, including, most often, herself.

This apparently is not limited to Rosie. It’s a trait she also looks for in her staff.

When you think “class act,” you think “Rosie O’Donnell,” and Rosie’s staff didn’t disappoint after the Hasselbeck/O’Donnell slap-fight. Check this out:

Yesterday, Rosie’s chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly escorted from the building after she was caught drawing moustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck that hang in the “View” studios.

The Post’s Adam Buckman reports ABC confirmed in a statement only that “photographs at ‘The View’s’ offices were defaced. Rosie O’Donnell was not in the building. ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter.” Barber is an old friend of O’Donnell who worked with her years ago on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Somebody writes Rosie’s drivel? The network paying for a writer for Rosie O’Donnell is kind of like shelling out big bucks to hire Emeril Lagasse to make a hot dog — and then paint mustaches on pictures of Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

Oh well, it’s good to know there’s work out there for fiction scribes other than just in novels and network news.

John Edwards and Bumper Stickers

Presidential candidate John Edwards, the first politician to get his hands on booty that does not belong to a waitress or 19-year-old intern, said recently that the war on terror is a “bumper sticker slogan” that Bush has used to justify abuses such as Abu Ghraib and the invasion of Iraq.

I thought glorified slip n fall lawyers like Edwards only paid attention to ambulance bumpers, but apparently he’s watching ours too.

So, the “war on terror” is empty, silly bumper-sticker rhetoric that nevertheless threatens to take away the rights of fellow human beings? In that aspect, it’s not much different than the sticker that says “Edwards for President.”

If there’s a bumper sticker on anybody’s car, it’s Edwards’, which is proudly sporting one that says “How’s my suing?”

Vader and Hobgoblin Beat Cheney

Amnesty International (or, as George W. Bush calls it, “…International”) has the following poll on their website:

Who’s got the worst human rights record?

( ) Vote for Darth Vader
Torture, enslavement of Wookiees, decimation of the Alderaanian civilization.

( ) Vote for Hobgoblin
Attacks on Spiderman, gassing civilian populations, using innocents as human shields.

( ) Vote for Dick Cheney
Torture, black sites, “disappearances,” kangaroo courts, indefinite detention, and more!

Yeah, but who’s the only one with a grandson born to his lesbian daughter? Cheney should win hands-down on the liberal acceptance scale.

By the way, I once knew a lesbian whose nickname was “Hobgoblin.” Don’t ask…

Food or Fuel: A Coming Dilemma?

After reading this article on rising food prices due to the use of corn for ethanol-blended fuel, it struck me that those engaged in any movements to “save the planet” could soon be fighting counterproductive battles.

On the one hand, we have those who seek to rid the world of fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases and replace them with cleaner burning forms of energy, and on the other hand, we have those involved in any number of “feed the world” groups.

The latest craze is food-for-fuel. Right now, the big thing is corn. I see it firsthand every day. In the 50 acres of field far behind my house, the owner of that property has plowed under the land to grow corn for ethanol.

If demand for biofuels continues to grow, the price of corn and soybean oil will rise further. Throw other potential sources in the mix, and we could, quite literally, end up putting dinner in our gas tanks.

In the U.S., food prices are already being affected by biofuels:

A study released in May from Iowa State University shows increased prices for ethanol have already led to bigger grocery bills for the average American — an increase of $47 US compared to July 2006.

In the United States, as elsewhere, ethanol is made from corn. But corn is also used to feed chickens, hogs and cattle, which means a rise in prices for meat, eggs and dairy.

The coming dilemma could be this: Which is more important? The environment, or people? Is there a way to balance the two?

This is why it’s so important to not mindlessly jump on any junk-science bandwagon, or Gore’s Ark, as it concerns the unproven man-made global warming panic-for-profit push.

Because of some phoney “crisis,” our grocery bills might go through the roof and a plate of food that might have ended up feeding a starving Somalian might instead go toward heating Al Gore’s pool.