So I’m at the airport and I grab a slice at Sbarro. It’s a mushroom. Not exactly on my diet, but what the heck. The price says $3.79. I figure, hey pretty smart, with the tax it’s probably gonna’ be $4 even. I hand the lady four singles and she points to the register . . . once again, I’m wrong. The lady rings me up and it’s $4.04. So the easy thing, which would be to create a price that means people can pay with bills, and cashiers aren’t burdened with making change, is swapped out for the harder row to hoe, which results in me walking around with 96 cents in my pocket. Why not make the pizza cost three-seventy-whatever . . . just so the math works out for everyone . . . am I the only one annoyed by this?
According to an AP story, even splurging on one meal that includes saturated fats, like a fast food burger and fries, causes arterial constriction and inflammation to occur within hours. Saturated fats and trans fats, as we are learning each day it seems, are not just unhealthy, they are suicidal to consume. So, it seems to me to be time for Governor Pawlenty, Mayor Coleman, and Mayor Rybak to ban the use of these foods in our school systems, and other publicly funded food programs. Public school lunch programs answer to city, state, and USDA budget issues, are typically managed by school boards, and are staffed by union employees with inflexible bosses. School lunch reform has been a desperate need ever since the Reagan administration redefined the word lunch. These are our kids, and they need our help.
Japan has coerced the international community to slacken the rules restricting the hunting of whales. The slow and steady comeback of the whale population is now in jeopardy. The Japanese accuse the “West” of practicing cultural imperialism, arguing that telling someone else what to eat or not to eat is hypocritical given that we are a hamburger nation, and kill millions of cows ignoring their sacrosanct status in India, for example. The Japanese who argue for the lifting of the twenty-year-old IWC ban on whaling are insane. And guess what? The Bush administration is sympathetic to the argument, and will probably aim to move the position of the IWC away from saving the whales, and toward regulating their slaughter. The 2007 IWC confab is in Alaska this coming year, where our reps are hell-bent on growing the quotas on whale harvesting. Make a difference and call your congressman . . . and vote—early and often—but not on Diebold machines. What happened to my country?
Check out this video we found on YouTube of foods on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair.