Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Offensive, or just crafy? - Palin's use of 'blood libel' in statement on Tucson shooting - Fact Checker

Quoting your self-righteous, indignant material...if what you said actually happened, I would agree. But read the story again: the author is quoting Ronald Reagan, NOT Sarah Palin. The author is pointing out that Reagan was talking about social contexts, and Palin was talking about individual acts of violence. I can't find your straw-man accusations in the actual article. Wow, it's so easy to make the opponent look bad, when you don't bother to quote what they said.

I mean it's just insane to say that blacks and other minorities commit crimes in disproportionate numbers and then claim that you speak without regard to race or social-status. These comments come straight out of fear of minorities. If you aren't willing to accept any responsibility for the actions of criminals, and you think that minorities are disproportionately-criminal than how can you claim to be blind to race? It's inherent in your comment! You're a walking talking racist who then wants to deny any responsibility for minority crime.

That is the very problem with crime, it's a self-perpetuating cycle. Sure some criminals don't choose their victims based on their race and social status but surely some do if not most. And it is their very socioeconomic status combined with the prejudice of other ethnic groups towards that socioeconomic status that *keeps* them in that socioeconomic status and that makes them such a risk to those groups.

This is utter nonsense...and she's saying it like it makes perfect sense. What does she want us to believe, that whites are afraid of minorities, are prejudiced towards minorities, shun minorities, simply because they are **Minorities**, and not because to whites minorities represent a high risk of criminal activity? LOL!

I don't see how she can talk her way out of this. Prejudice exists in this country, there's no doubt about it. It is either an irrational fear of minorities simply because they are different or a rational fear simply because of the risk they represent. But the end result is the same: minorities do not get the same chance to succeed in this country that whites get, therefore they are under more economic pressure, and therefore more of them turn to crime, more often. It's a self-perpetuating cycle...were this not the case, whites would not have a rational leg to stand on for being prejudiced at all.

It's not going to be hard for the average white person to take a hard look at what she is saying and see the inherent contradiction. Now it is right there on the table for all to see. If you want to blame the individual and not society then you have to admit that the individuals are characterized by race and socioeconomic status. If you feel prejudiced at all towards them as a result then what more is there to say? There is absolutely no defense here.

Honestly she should have shut up while she was only so far behind. Now she's clearly a blatant racist as well as delusional.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yet another reason to shun commercially processed meats

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The recall announced in the news release from the Department of Agriculture below may be a low health risk, but it shows how easily someone with impure intentions can introduce products of questionable quality into the U.S. food chain. In this case, a company that makes bulk supplies of frozen pre-formed hamburger patties was found to have repackaged meat that had been returned. The problem was discovered after institutions that had received some of the bad meat complained about off-odors and discoloration. More details below or at

Personally, I'm going to stick to buying meat directly from farmers or from a local butcher I can trust. In the San Francisco area, my favorite is Woodland's Market in Kentfield, whose owner has been in the meat business most of his life. John can tell you everything you might want to know about any of the meats in his store. In San Francisco, Dave the Butcher at the Marina Market, Avedano's, and Prather Ranch are good picks. Also, Marin Sun Farms meats are sold at farmers markets in SF and Marin. In New York, I have been buying meat from an Amish farmer who sells at the Thursday Greenmarket in Morningside Heights (115th and Broadway) and from Fresh Direct. I would welcome other suggestions.

Also worth noting that even if the burgers from One Great Burger were fresh, I would not want to eat them. These quarter-pound patties have 27% fat. Although some of the flavor of a burger comes from the fat, ground meat with 15% fat or less tastes just fine - and is considerably healthier.

News Releases
New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Adulteration
Recall Release CLASS II RECALL

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Adrian Gianforti

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2011 - One Great Burger, an Elizabeth, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 226,400 pounds of ground beef products that may have become spoiled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The problem was discovered by FSIS during an investigation into customer complaints of discoloration and off-odors in the products. The review uncovered evidence to show that the establishment repackaged and recoded returned products and sent them out for further distribution to institutional customers. Therefore, FSIS must consider the products to be adulterated and has acted to remove the products from commerce. FSIS is continuing to investigate the product subject to recall in commerce. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician. 

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF Only)] 

  • 20 lbs. boxes of "ONEGREAT HAMBURGERS" with "ITEM #02044" labeled on the front as well as "KEEP FROZEN."

Each box bears establishment number "EST. 34575" within the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced between Jan. 2010 and May 2010 and contain "PACKED ON" dates ranging from July 2010 to Nov. 2010. The products were distributed to institutions in California and Oregon. 

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. 

Media with questions about the recall should contact the company's public relations representative, Frank Tobin, at (323) 661-3720. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company's Director of Technical Services, John Haug, at (973) 477-9039. 

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

NYTimes editorial clearly explains why GOP must take the lead in cooling down political hate talk

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From the Jan. 9, 2011 Opinion page of The New York Times.

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