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Analysis of Pushy Palin, The Octuplet’s Mystery Helpers and Putrid Peanuts

February 7, 2009

Details and more details on this #2 Universal Day: We’re talkin’ pushy Sarah Palin, The Octuplets Questionable Mystery and putrid peanuts.

Palin Poop hits below the fold with Sarah nudging Obama – NOW?  When the stimulus package is keeping him up nights! – she’s stalking him to push the Alaskan natural gas pipeline on his current visit to Canada, first-husband, Todd’s in contempt of court with possible jail time and, the details of how first-daughter-unmarried Mom, “Bristol” got to be called “Bristol…Sarah worked at The Bristol Inn, Todd lived in Bristol Bay and Bristol, Connecticut…the home of ESPN where Sarah expected to become a sports newscaster, inspired the ever-lusting-after-publicity-Sarah to name her baby girl after them.  Then there’s details of the Octuplets conception…

…the same clinic, doctor and sperm donor that gave Nadya Suleman in vitro fertility for her first six babies, implanted her with eight embryos that produced six boys and two girls – that included two sets of twins…double duh!  And, those scary details bring me to more not-too-nice details about peanut butter…

…to buy it or not to buy it?  That’s the question on mother’s minds and food manufacturers financial spread sheets.   Details reveal; that Peanut Corporation of America’s. CEO, Stewart Parnell, knew that the peanuts carried salmonella and there is mold growing on ceilings and walls of the factory.  He shipped to processors that shipped to manufacturers who then shipped to retail stores, school lunch programs and throughout the world to emerging countries lacking nutritional food.

How could this happen?  Same old story…the overseers, The Department if Agriculture and The Food and Drug Administration are not coordinated and they are not modernized.  I hear those details a lot.  Now Obama-rama brings us “Yes WE Can”, CHANGE and although…

…peanut butter began hundreds of years ago with the Aztecs, was patented in the 1800’s in Montreal, Canada and then patented in the USA by Kellogg’s and, it seems like it’s been a food staple forever; it’s definitely time for change.  However, changes  come too late for hundreds that became ill and a few that died from salmonella in peanuts.  It doesn’t have to be peanut butter that does you in, it can be those tiny, crumbled nuts atop a cookie or in a candy bar. 

Unlike the Securities Exchange Commission that hasn’t punished selfish Wall Street CEOs for making the public sick in the pocketbook ,The Agriculture Department Peanut Standards Board kicked the unscrupulous Peanut Corporation of America’s CEO off the board.  With the recession tightening food budgets, losing nutrition-filled peanut butter from the kitchen cupboard is a disaster.
With it’s reasonable price for all the good stuff that we get from peanuts and as peanut butter, it’s two year, unrefrigerated shelf value, in mind; should we risk eating peanut products now?  “Is it worth wondering if my family will suffer more from eating jelly alone or will they suffer a salmonella illness if by chance they eat tainted peanuts?” 

The decision is on how you calculate risk when you know the details.  For me…just as an eight embryo, in vitro implant in a thirtyish young woman is a bad judgment call and Sarah Palin’s insistence on attention from President Obama in time of worldwide crisis is foolish and naive, until I hear from agencies I can trust – that every tainted, tiny peanut crumb is identified and there is no longer a “peanut problem”, I’ll eat  my crackers with jam.