Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Latest food to avoid: pistachios

My my my... what's next? I'm running out of foods to avoid.

I wonder now - every time I shop - is this lettuce safe? How about the spinach... is it safe to buy it again? Should I simply avoid all non-local vegetables and shop at the local farmers market?

Is it OK to buy peanuts again? How about pet food? So corn syrup contains... mercury? Can I actually find any cough syrup that doesn't contain corn syrup?

And how much of this stuff presented to us as 'food' is being shipped in with little to no oversight from China? (Shudder.)

Thanks guys. You -- yes, I'm looking at you, FDA. We once - once - had one of the safest food distribution systems in the world.

No more.

But obviously the GOP is right... quite obviously government oversight is bad. (For corporate greed.) Good thing they got rid of nearly all of it under the eight years of the Bush Administration. I'm sure we all needed a little more lead and mercury in our diets anyway -- it will create an even larger and more bloated market for all of those big Pharma drugs, as one by one we all get sick.

Do I sound cynical? Oh I'm not the only one.

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