The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 23, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

“More than 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported from overseas, and yet in 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only inspected 3.7 percent of shrimp imports and tested 0.7 percent.”

Our miniscule shrimp industry feels this way about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal: “Members of the U.S. shrimp industry are voicing concerns that elements of a major trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, could weaken the ability of regulators to reject unsafe seafood imports.”

The rest of the story here.

46 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 23, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

  1. We’ve sold off all the manufacturing jobs, now we have to attack what’s left.

    So just pipe down and roll over without questioning intent or details of any trade agreements. Washington knows what best.

  2. Just to editorialize a bit on a question that was asked of me a few days ago.
    What’s my cholesterol score?
    I have no idea and I don’t want to know.
    Allow me to explain.
    There’s bad cholesterol.
    There’s good cholesterol.
    Then, there’s really really really good cholesterol.
    100lbs of Royal Red shrimp qualify as really really really good cholesterol.
    Down here in the South, EVERYTHING is fried.
    I mean everything.
    This includes deep fat fried French Toast which is really gross and tastes like crap

    • “…deep fat fried French Toast which is really gross and tastes like crap.”

      Which is why they grow sugar cane on Sand Mountain and make syrup.

    • That could work. Putin is FAR more loved and admired by wingnuts than is, say, Obama. Putin’s a REAL MAN, after all, and Obama’s a wuss. Putin is a lot more like the real men from Tejas — Rick Perry, George Bush, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz — like for example, and all ‘a their politics are the same as Vlad’s so what could go wrong?

      I say go for it, Tejasicans everywhere!

    • Folks, that was, Rush “My ratings, like my morality, is in the gutter and I’m desperately trying to remain marginally relevant in a world spinning out of my ability to comprehend” Limbaugh.

    • The ironic and hypocritical part is that Lushbo pitched fits over a Shinto shrine near Pearl Harbor and the “Ground Zero Mosque”. Oh wait. Japanese and “Arabs” aren’t white.

  3. L.A. Gang Member Gold Plate’s Own Genitals To Death

    The young man that is originally from El Salvador and is an active member of the MS-13 crime family is believed to have attempted to gold plate his own genitals with a professional automotive gold plater stolen from a local garage after first painting his genitals with a lead-based paint, believe experts

    Gold platting (sic) one’s own genitals is “a medical impossibility” and should not be attempted, warns Dr Ian Joseffson

  4. What’s up with Murray and Wyden?

    Obama Wins Cloture Vote On TPP

    The 60-37 vote all but ensures the passage of legislation that will allow Obama to “fast-track” the trade pacts he negotiates through Congress, preventing filibusters or amendments. Liberals have long assailed Obama’s trade agenda, but Republicans successfully wooed a bloc of Democrats led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to secure enough votes to overcome a filibuster.

    • Like they couldn’t have done away with this horseshit 150 years ago? Who screwed that up? All these asshats are only doing this now to deflect from anyone bringing up gun laws again.

    • Seems appropriate to re-print this:

      November 3, 2004

      Fuck the South. Fuck ’em. We should have let them go when they wanted to leave. But no, we had to kill half a million people so they’d stay part of our special Union. Fighting for the right to keep slaves – yeah, those are states we want to keep.

      And now what do we get? We’re the fucking Arrogant Northeast Liberal Elite? How about this for arrogant: the South is the Real America? The Authentic America. Really?

      Cause we fucking founded this country, assholes. Those Founding Fathers you keep going on and on about? All that bullshit about what you think they meant by the Second Amendment giving you the right to keep your assault weapons in the glove compartment because you didn’t bother to read the first half of the fucking sentence? Who do you think those wig-wearing lacy-shirt sporting revolutionaries were? They were fucking blue-staters, dickhead. Boston? Philadelphia? New York? Hello? Think there might be a reason all the fucking monuments are up here in our backyard?

      No, No. Get the fuck out. We’re not letting you visit the Liberty Bell and fucking Plymouth Rock anymore until you get over your real American selves and start respecting those other nine amendments. Who do you think those fucking stripes on the flag are for? Nine are for fucking blue states. And it would be 10 if those Vermonters had gotten their fucking Subarus together and broken off from New York a little earlier. Get it? We started this shit, so don’t get all uppity about how real you are you Johnny-come-lately “Oooooh I’ve been a state for almost a hundred years” dickheads. Fuck off.

      Arrogant? You wanna talk about us Northeasterners being fucking arrogant? What’s more American than arrogance? Hmmm? Maybe horsies? I don’t think so. Arrogance is the fucking cornerstone of what it means to be American. And I wouldn’t be so fucking arrogant if I wasn’t paying for your fucking bridges, bitch.

      All those Federal taxes you love to hate? It all comes from us and goes to you, so shut up and enjoy your fucking Tennessee Valley Authority electricity and your fancy highways that we paid for. And the next time Florida gets hit by a hurricane you can come crying to us if you want to, but you’re the ones who built on a fucking swamp. “Let the Spanish keep it, it’s a shithole,” we said, but you had to have your fucking orange juice.

      The next dickwad who says, “It’s your money, not the government’s money” is gonna get their ass kicked. Nine of the ten states that get the most federal fucking dollars and pay the least… can you guess? Go on, guess. That’s right, motherfucker, they’re red states. And eight of the ten states that receive the least and pay the most? It’s too easy, asshole, they’re blue states. It’s not your money, assholes, it’s fucking our money. What was that Real American Value you were spouting a minute ago? Self reliance? Try this for self reliance: buy your own fucking stop signs, assholes.

      Let’s talk about those values for a fucking minute. You and your Southern values can bite my ass because the blue states got the values over you fucking Real Americans every day of the goddamn week. Which state do you think has the lowest divorce rate you marriage-hyping dickwads? Well? Can you guess? It’s fucking Massachusetts, the fucking center of the gay marriage universe. Yes, that’s right, the state you love to tie around the neck of anyone to the left of Strom Thurmond has the lowest divorce rate in the fucking nation. Think that’s just some aberration? How about this: 9 of the 10 lowest divorce rates are fucking blue states, asshole, and most are in the Northeast, where our values suck so bad. And where are the highest divorce rates? Care to fucking guess? 10 of the top 10 are fucking red-ass we’re-so-fucking-moral states. And while Nevada is the worst, the Bible Belt is doing its fucking part.

      But two guys making out is going to fucking ruin marriage for you? Yeah? Seems like you’re ruining it pretty well on your own, you little bastards. Oh, but that’s ok because you go to church, right? I mean you do, right? Cause we fucking get to hear about it every goddamn year at election time. Yes, we’re fascinated by how you get up every Sunday morning and sing, and then you’re fucking towers of moral superiority. Yeah, that’s a workable formula. Maybe us fucking Northerners don’t talk about religion as much as you because we’re not so busy sinning, hmmm? Ever think of that, you self-righteous assholes? No, you’re too busy erecting giant stone tablets of the Ten Commandments in buildings paid for by the fucking Northeast Liberal Elite. And who has the highest murder rates in the nation? It ain’t us up here in the North, assholes.

      Well this gravy train is fucking over. Take your liberal-bashing, federal-tax-leaching, confederate-flag-waving, holier-than-thou, hypocritical bullshit and shove it up your ass.

      And no, you can’t have your fucking convention in New York next time. Fuck off.

  5. Thanks to Rudepundit… I accidentally spent 10 mins in the comment section of the Daily Caller re: the Stars and Bars.

    Things I was ‘learned’ there:
    1. The Democrat Party started the KKK
    2. The Republican Party freed the slaves
    3. The Battle Flag is a symbol of Southern Pride and States Rights
    4. All Democrats are racist filth
    5. etc etc etc
    6. Oh and the last 50 years since the passing of the Civil Right’s Movement never happened – you know when all the neo-Confederate racist bigots who nailed the S&B to the flagpole in Charleston to intimidate any black Americans who saw it, suddenly became Republicans…..

    Any teh stoopid and teh vile and teh vicious bile filled with hate is very strong over there.

    • The Republican Party freed the ‘original’ slaves, then discovered that it was possible to pay employees less than it cost to keep real slaves. By externalizing the costs of feeding, clothing, shelter, and healthcare, they increased their profits and created the ‘new’ slaves.

  6. NASCAR backs movement to remove Confederate flag from S.C. Statehouse

    NASCAR, a sport with deep Southern roots, issued a statement Tuesday supporting the movement to take down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. The racing sanctioning body also reiterated its stance that while it discourages its use, it will not ban the flag from being flown by fans during race weekends.


    “As our industry works collectively to ensure that all fans are welcome at our races, NASCAR will continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity.”

    NASCAR fans often fly flags from their campsites and motor homes while camping at the track. The Confederate flag, while not as common as in the past, still is the flag of choice of some NASCAR fans, especially at places in the Deep South such as Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. NASCAR has supported a program that would exchange flags of NASCAR drivers for Confederate flags at tracks.(/strong)

    “While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events,” NASCAR said in the statement.

    This week Nascar races at Sonoma, but next weekend they will be at Daytona, where I expect there will be a lot more Confederate flags in the infield. The camera crews will likely be instructed to avoid shots of fans displaying the flag during telecasts, if that hasn’t already been the policy.

    • How the hell did I get the bold tag closer inside parentheses? Lucky it cancelled at the end of the blockquote.

    • I think the nation should collect all the statues and monuments that eventually will be discarded and assemble them together about 100 miles offshore. Imagine the discovery of them by archaeologists in a couple thousand years from now, when they will have been long forgotten!

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