Smart Aleck Cart

16 07 2014

Amurrika

Really?  Really.

You’ll read here that the author is worried that these things will break down often.  Before any of that, they’ll be stolen. I’m waiting to see the first homeless person pushing a talking cart with a screen.

Even if that doesn’t happen, the whole thing will be a big flop. You really expect people to be neat and tidy and studious about obeying the subdivided sections of the cart? They’ll throw anything in any part of the cart, so the “healthy” section will get filled up with junk and trash food, the cart will congratulate you on buying healthy food, and you’ll get whatever rewards they think you should get.

How will the cart be able to tell that the person doing the shopping is going to be using food stamps? This whole project is to get food stampers to buy healthy food, right? What about the scant few of us remaining who actually pay cash for food?  Can we avoid the nanny cart, or are they going to make us take one, too?

Being a St. Louisan, and also a once every few weeks patron of Soulard Market. They don’t have grocery carts, you either have to bring your own push-behind or push-ahead cart or radio flyer wagon or something, or carry what you buy. I know that most vendors there take food stamps, they display such notices proudly and prominently. So you’re telling me that all the healthy food you buy from there with food stamps won’t count toward your points or rewards or computer voiced “ataboy” or “atagirl” because there won’t be these smart carts there?

UPDATE 7/20

You knew Earl of Taint would come through.





Civilization Desert

20 05 2014

Around the Metro

Inspired by an Instapundit post, I checked out the census tracts that the USDA considers food deserts around here.

stlfooddesert

So, river bottoms, industrial areas and the airport are food deserts.  They better be!

Lafayette Square, within comfortable walking distance to Soulard Market if you’re in halfway decent shape, is a food desert.  I can assure you that it’s not a money desert.

Some of the other colored tracts surprise me, because they either have or are very close to a lot of legitimate first world food merchants.

What is totally unsurprising is that ESL and surrounding parts of northwestern St. Clair County are food deserts.  They’re also civilization deserts.

Though the more I think of it, the more I realize that “food desert” is a census tract which has neither a union shop/UFCW supermarket nor a Whole Paycheck/Trader Blows.  That’s also unsurprising, that Obama’s USDA is focused on unions and hipster yuppies.

 

 

 





Canada to Annex St. Louis

25 02 2014

Hamilton, Ontario

Well, almost.

And to this news, I say:  It’s aboot time, eh?

Related:  Canadians Shocked at Olympic Biathlon





Warning: Virulent Racism Ahead

21 11 2013

Portland, Oregon

pbjsandwich





Print Job

8 11 2013

Oak Brook, Illinois

McDonald’s thinking of using 3D printers for Happy Meals

3D printing the actual food?





Ribbed

6 10 2013

Toronto

Toronto Sun, H/T V-Dare:

Pan Am Games diversity push raises questions

TORONTO – Scott Anders, of Scooters Catering, had hoped to be able to sell his hot dogs, gently smoked pulled pork and St. Louis style ribs at some of the venues during the 2015 Pan Am Games.

I hoped Torontonians would have enjoyed bones drowned in thick tangy tomato-based sauce.

Unfortunately, thanks to affirmative action and the cult of diversity, we’ll never know.





Square Beyond Compare

26 09 2013

Hollywood

Jon Hamm defends our pizza.  Start at 2:00.





Asparagus Racism

17 07 2013

U-City

P-D:

Dry asparagus prompts questions about racial discrimination in University City

A dried-out batch of asparagus has touched off a debate about racial discrimination, grocery stores and the role of citizen-led commissions.

It started in May when resident David Olander was perusing the produce section of the University City Schnucks. He noticed the asparagus weren’t resting in a tray of water.

“It was just sitting there dried out,” said Olander, a member of the city’s human relations commission.

Olander summoned an assistant manager, and then he asked the question: Did the quality of the asparagus have any relationship to the store’s location in a black neighborhood?

“‘I certainly hope not,’” Olander recalled the manager saying.

Olander’s experience prompted him to write a letter to Schnucks CEO Scott Schnuck, and out of that came a meeting with Schnucks employees.

But the letter and meeting were tinged with allegations that the St. Louis area’s largest grocery chain was discriminating against minority communities — accusations that Schnucks vehemently denies.

“Schnucks does not discriminate on any level,” said spokeswoman Lori Willis.

I do know that national chain fast feeders give lower quality foodstuffs to their ghetto locations.  It’s not as if Bellcurvius has discriminating palettes, but they do have an insatiable appetite for food from 365BellCurve fast feeders.  So why waste the best choices on them?

That said, I’m tempted to think that Schnucks might be doing the same thing here.  Trouble is, Bellcurvius isn’t exactly known for being asparagus aficionados, so there’s no incentive for the Schnucks Home Office to stick them with crummy asparagus.

On top of that, there’s a simpler and probably more truthful explanation — If the U-City Schnucks they’re taking about here is the one on Olive close to Heman Park, then most of the employees at this Schnucks are probably black, (even though the Schnucks itself is close to the SWPL liberal heavily Jewish south-of-Olive part of U-City, while north of Olive is Bell Curve City), which means it’s catch as catch can when it comes to maintaining the fresh fruits and vegetables.  This particular Schnucks, like many ghetto or close-to-ghetto big box grocery stores, probably also has a big problem with grazing (people eating food from packages and containers that are easy to open, without paying for it), and meat spoilage (taking a pack of meat from the meat freezer then not putting it back in the freezer when they decide they don’t want it or can’t afford it for the Kool-Aid Jammers they need to buy).

Meanwhile, you can probably guess where I get my fresh asparagus when I’m in the mood for asparagus.





Gibs and Take

10 07 2013

Sunset Hills

BreadCo to scale back its “pay what you want” for Turkey Chili program.

Why?

Normally, you would think that there were too many takers but not enough givers.  But actually, the problem in this instance was just the opposite:  Too many givers but hardly any takers.

The reason is that there’s no BreadCo on the corner of Martin Luther King and Rev. Rastus Rollo McGoober.  That and now that they mention it, I noticed that the BreadCos didn’t exactly advertise this program very widely.  Like I said, no BreadCos in Bell Curve City, and I guess the suits didn’t want Bell Curve City going to BreadCos in any big numbers.

And because I know I’ll get the question, I’ll answer it again.  The national chain is called Panera, its world headquarters is in St. Louis, and Panera restaurants everywhere but St. Louis are called Panera.  But in St. Louis itself, they’re called St. Louis Bread Company (“BreadCo,” colloquially and locally).





Three Day Old Burger

1 05 2013

Jackson, Tennessee

WREG-CBS-3 Memphis:

Restaurant Rage: Woman Trashes Store When She Can’t Return Burger

A Memphis woman is accused of destroying two cash registers at a popular Memphis restaurant when the employees refused to take back a three-day old hamburger.

Police say 41-year-old Chondra London did several thousand dollars worth of damage to the Tops Barb.B.Q on Jackson.

The store’s surveillance cameras captured it all.

Store Manager Frankie Lemay says London bought three double cheeseburgers and a couple of fries, and three days later tried to return one of the burgers.

Lemay says she became enraged when she wouldn’t take it back and pushed two cash registers and a credit card machine right over the counter.

One of the cash registers hit Lemay on the legs, “I had big bruises this way and this way.”

Lemay wasn’t able to catch London, but did help police pick her out of a photo lineup.

She can’t believe one person could get so upset over a $5 burger, “People are crazy, people are crazy.”

London has been charged with vandalism.

Tops Barb.B.Q estimates damage at around $14,000.

“She can’t believe one person could get so upset over a five dollar burger.”  Well, anything is possible when you’re dealing with the lower half of Bellcurvius’s bell curve.

Aside from the obvious, Miss London needs to lay off the double cheeseburgers for awhile.  Where she’s going, she just might have no choice.

And also…ordering burgers when you’re at a BBQ restaurant in western Tennessee?





What’s Wrong With Us

15 04 2013

Ocala, Florida

kpt





Busing

4 04 2013

Vermont

Yes, this is the famous “busy single mom” faux pas.  Then again, her husband spends so much time away from her and their children, either golfing, playing “Barack-the-Brick” basketball, hustling money, and what not, that she might feel like a single mother at times.

But that’s not what interests me about this video.  It’s the first part, where she proclaims that people in “underserved communities” (black ghettos) are going to be bused to farmers’ markets, mainly because “underserved” communities are “food deserts” (black undertow ghettos can’t sustain a big box supermarket).

As you know, I frequent Soulard Market, one of those farmers’ markets.  Hell, even when I lived in Carbondale, when I made it back to St. Louis, I made it my business to go to Soulard Market for this or that.  Do you think I’m thrilled about the concept of ghetto blacks being trucked in by the busload into the place?  Hell no.  And what for?  Blackie O is so hot and bothered about ghetto blacks not eating enough fruits and vegetables.  But in spite of these photos I took, there are plenty of blacks who shop at Soulard.  In spite of most of Soulard Market being fresh fruit and vegetable vendors, most black Soulard patrons don’t spend much time at those — They’re mainly hanging around the meat markets and the few stands that sell shirts and hats and sunglasses and fake bling.  Even when fresh fruits and vegetables are offered and plainly in sight, if the current coterie of black SM patrons is any clue, they’ll ignore them like they were either invisible or known poisons, and go for the food which gives so many of their men the hypertension which they’re world famous for having and which kills so many of them before their time.





Consolation Pizza

24 09 2012

America

Open revolt over Marie Antoinette Obama’s food obsession.  People who are hungry do strange and irrational things.  Or in this case, people who willingly go hungry because the food available to them is less satisfying than eating air just might be the force behind something rational in about a month and a half:  Firing Marie Antoinette Obama’s husband.

Townhall:

Nancy Carvalho, director of food services for New Bedford Public Schools, was quoted as saying that hummus and black bean salads have been tough sells in elementary cafeterias. That means even smaller children are going through the day fighting hunger pains, which can never be considered a good thing.

One government official tried to put the blame on the students.

“One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they’re still hungry is that many children aren’t used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it’s a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it’s that they are not eating all the food that’s being offered,” USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton was quoted as saying.

Ms. Thornton just put her finger on the problem. The government is trying to impose a new diet that children are not accustomed to. It’s not reasonable to expect them to either eat what the government deems healthy or go hungry.

Did you think a “government official” who ultimately works for Marie Antoinette Obama’s husband would blame Marie Antoinette Obama herself?  Eventually, if this bullshit isn’t stopped, it will be a racial hate crime not to eat hummus and black bean salads for lunch.

Notice something about the YT video above.  Who isn’t protesting?  That’s right, no black girls and young black women.  That’s because I think Marie Antoinette Obama’s food obsession is basically racial/gender projection. What I mean by that is because she’s a black woman, and many black women get to an age when they plump up just by looking at food, ergo her maniacal obsession over eating healthy exists purely out of racial and gender loyalty. That white football players aren’t getting enough calories from her rabbit food lunches to be functional doesn’t matter to her, because she is not a white man.

As an aside, I attended two different St. Louis City Public magnet schools from second to fifth grade, but neither school had its own cafeteria, so they, like most St. Louis City elementary schools (from what I came to understand), had to truck in boxed lunches in a JIT sense from a central supplier.  Anyway, whoever made that food during those days (that would have been 1984-88) made some of the best pizza I ever ate.  Pizza was always served on the first day of school, as if they were trying to lighten the blow of summer vacation ending, and in general, it was about a once a month appearance on our lunch trays.  Two out of those four school years, the pizza was also served on the last day of school.  The pizza slice itself was rectangular, about six inches by four inches, and had pepperoni and sausage bits.  It was kept warm in a white box slightly larger than the pizza slice itself, with a few holes along two sides to vent steam.  If anybody reading these words knows what they did to make 1980s boxed SLPS pizza so delicious, please tell me!





Yum Yum Eat Em Up

11 09 2012

Walnut Park

Food, shooting, 1 AM, ghetto.

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the food in question was not chateaubriand.  Whatever was the delicacy, that was as good as he’ll ever eat for the rest of his life.  It’s bologna from here on out.





How I Spent My Summer Vacation

15 08 2012

Rhode Island

The summer I was 12 years old, the last thing on my mind was evangelizing vegetables to my fellow 12-year olds.

VEGETABLES~!





Crap Snacks

7 07 2012

ESL and Belleville

BND:

Hiding gun in rack of ‘Rap Snacks’ fails to save Belleville man from prison

A Belleville felon will be home in six months, then in his home for six months, after being caught with a gun he tried to hide in a sales rack of “Rap Snacks.”

Shevon A. Martin was sentenced to six months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon, U.S. District Attorney Stephen Wigginton said Friday. He will serve home confinement for six months after his release.

Martin was arrested Aug. 24 after members of the FBI’s Working Against Violent Elements team approached the ZX convenience store on Bond Avenue in East St. Louis. Wigginton said the store is well-known as an open-air drug market where weapons are present.

Martin went into the store when officers pulled up and tried to hide a loaded Sturm Ruger 9mm pistol in the rack of “Rap Snacks” potato chip bags.

Martin was previously convicted in 2008 of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in St. Clair County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kit Morrissey prosecuted Martin on the federal charge.

Genius.   Hiding a gun in a bag of “Rap Snacks.”  Because nobody gets suspicious when they see a bag of “Rap Snacks.”

“Rap Snacks” are distributed by Evans Food Group, a Chicago-based firm which is known as the country’s largest producer of generic-label pork rinds.  It is said that “Rap Snacks” are the result of black entrepreneurship, but in reality, it’s just one of many labels of snacks distributed by a large corporation.  It’s like “record labels” — You’ll hear about this rapper or that rapper starting his own record label.  Yeah, it’s a label, but it’s under the aegis of WMG or UMG.

Needless to say, none of the quickie marts I managed ever carried “Rap Snacks.”  If you walk into a quickie mart and see them available, and you don’t know already, that’s one clue you’re in the ghetto.





Billions and Billions Not So Happily Served

19 06 2012

C-Trib:

Survey shows McDonald’s lowest in fast-food satisfaction

Being the biggest doesn’t necessarily yield the happiest customers, according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index released Tuesday. Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. received the lowest customer satisfaction ranking of any full-service or fast-food chain on the survey, with 73 percent satisfaction, up from 72 percent.

McDonald’s, which serves 68 million customers around the world every day, has been a historically poor performer on the satisfaction index. The chain has shown significant improvement in the past decade, up from 61 percent satisfaction in 2002. Competitors Burger King and Wendy’s have posted smaller gains over the last decade, but their ratings were still higher in 2011. Wendy’s outperformed all burger rivals with a 78 percent rating, and Burger King remained at 75 percent.

Yeah, but just wait until 365Black kicks into full gear.  Once it does, it’ll be 73% dissatisfaction.





In the News: Tommy Greenwell

12 06 2012

Mentioned in passing in an ordnance find in Wardell.

He used to own Chubby’s in Hayti, the best BBQ restaurant in Missouri.  But, the second to last time I was there, I found out that he and Mrs. Greenwell had a parting of the ways, and the judge gave her the joint.





Next to a Mercedes Dealership

11 06 2012

WaPo:

Will Philadelphia’s experiment in eradicating ‘food deserts’ work?

(snip)

Others question whether proximity is a good metric for defining access. Adam Drewnowski at the University of Washington recently surveyed Seattle residents on where they bought groceries. He found that most people don’t shop where they live — access is determined as much by price and public transit, for instance, as proximity.

“If you live next to a Mercedes dealership, that doesn’t mean you’ll buy a Mercedes,” he says. “And it’s the same with living next to a grocery store: That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll start eating salads.”

Oh, surprise.  Just because you put a zucchini bar next to people who swill on crap-in-a-sack from a clown’s head doesn’t mean they’re trading quadruple slopburgers for zucchini?  How much of our money will Blackie O on behalf of our Federal government burn through before this becomes obvious even to Blackie O?

I live in Ballwin, and I get my fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses from Soulard Market, (even though some people think that people who live close to Soulard Market have never heard of Soulard Market), where you know I was two days ago, and the canned and bottled and boxed goods from the Shop-n-Save on Manslaughter Road close to me.  One’s close, one’s far.





She Walks the Line

6 06 2012

AP:

First lady walks fine line on NYC drink proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn’t anything she’d want to do at the federal level, but she offered some kind words Tuesday for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to do just that. She later issued a statement backing away from taking a stand on New York’s controversial proposed ban.

Translation:  She would if she could get away with it, and she knows from the outrage over Bloomy that she can’t get away with it.  I actually think that Bloomy did what he did on behalf of the Obama gang as a trial balloon — If it weren’t such a PR clusterfuck, you can bet your bip that Blackie O would already be talking about prohibiting big soda cups.

We’ve already had lunch nazis confiscate the healthy brought-from-home lunches of school kids, telling them in the process that their parents are evil and stupid, so they should eat the mystery meat they call school lunch made at the school.





The Diversity Track

24 05 2012

Food trucks:  The New Racism in D.C.

This Occutard better be careful with his wishes.  These fake ethnics slinging this fake ethnic food is the “in” which D.C.’s growing SWPL population uses to pretend that they support diversity, even though they’re trying to clear the real diversity out of the District.





People in Soulard Don’t Have Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

23 05 2012

Really?  That’s news to me.

5:

Save-A-Lot to move into old Foodland building

If all goes as planned one part of St. Louis won’t be a food desert anymore.

On Tuesday night we got a look at plans for a Save-A-Lot that will move into the old Foodland building near Jefferson and Interstate 44.

Foodland shut down in 2004.

People who live in Lafayette Square, Soulard, and the Gate District have had limited access to affordable fresh food since then.

There are also plans for a hardware store, coffee shop, fitness gym and bank.

This particular edifice has hosted just about every grocery chain that has ever existed in St. Louis in the era of supermarkets.  I’ll give you a hint — There’s a reason why it’s been vacant since 2004.  It has far more to do with the demographics to its west than to its east.

But let the implication sink in — People who live in Soulard don’t have access to fresh food.

Hello?  Anyone home?  Think:  Any given Saturday with decent weather, big crowds, people hauling push carts behind them or in front of them, yelling clerks, live animals, people playing instruments with their instrument cases open for pocket change donations, taking #38 at a meat market when they’re currently serving customer #14, so you know you’ve got a long wait…except this will never happen on a certain Saturday in February.

Does any of this ring a bell?





Some Men Just Can’t Handle Their Onions

22 05 2012

Even though some of us try regularly.





Just to be Provocative

16 04 2012

I propose renaming that delicacy to “Sloppy Mohammed.”

Oh boy, I feel a fatwa comin’ on.





Kind of Place

13 01 2012

I was searching on YouTube for TI-89 hacks.  One thing led to another, and its “suggest” mechanism led me to this video:

This was McDonald’s first really big national TV ad campaign, the “Happy Place” slogan in 1967.

Someone said this at AR during its one of their recent stories about McDonald’s crime:

Sometime back in the ’70s or ’80s, I remember reading a magazine article about McDonald’s corporate strategy. Back when they were starting out in the ’50s, their head honcho Ray Kroc committed to making his restaurants as family-friendly as possible. Because other burger joints and malt shops back then were known as hangouts for greasers, hot-rodders, and Juvenile Delinquents (remember them?), McD’s decided their shops would never contain any cigarette machines or payphones (which is still the case to this day). The idea was let their competitors have the troublesome teenaged clientele; the Golden Arches would instead position itself as the “good” burger chain. The one you can take the kids to without having some duck-tailed Fonzie-wannabe leaning on the cig machine while making an obscene phone call and leering at your pubescent daughter.

And for several decades, the concept of cheap, G-rated food and ambiance worked brilliantly. McDonald’s became not only a large, rich corporation, they turned into an international money-making machine the likes of which the food industry had never before seen.

I really can’t say what caused the McD’s brain trust to abandon this successful strategy of wholesomeness and trade it for the current “365Black” (sic) masterplan. I’d probably guess “Political Correctness gone mad,” if I didn’t think Political Correctness was mad to begin with. But for a company that originally set out courting the most respectable and well-behaved segment of society — suburban middle-class white parents and their non-smoking children — to change course to go chasing after the poorest and most troublesome segment of society, well, that’s something for historians and economists of the future to try to figure out. As an example of a corporation doing a total 180-degree turnaround in their Mission Statement, the self-inflicted blackening of McDonaldland is pretty hard to beat for sheer bizarreness.

The video proves this.

The crossover had to be some time around 2003, the year McD’s introduced it’s Ebonics-sounding “I’m lovin’ it” slogan, part of it was Ronald McDonald “hangin” with various rappers.





Non Sequitur

21 12 2011

5:

White Castle burger chain considers alcohol sales

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The White Castle hamburger chain is sipping on the idea of selling alcoholic beverages at its restaurants.

The 90-year-old company is testing beer and wine sales at a location in Lafayette, Ind., that combines a traditional White Castle burger joint with a Blaze Modern BBQ, a new restaurant concept also being tried out. In other cities, Columbus, Ohio-based White Castle is testing an Asian food concept and a restaurant that serves grilled sandwiches.

Customers in Lafayette can buy a glass wine for $4.50 or a domestic beer for $3.

They don’t get it.  White Castle is a place you go in the middle of the night after you’re already drunk.  Every St. Louisan, as well as every denizen of a metro area that has WCs, has their particular “Drunk at 3 AM” White Castle location.  But it does not follow that people will want to go to White Castle just to get souzed when they’re not already souzed.





The Soup Nazi Is Real

23 09 2011

His name is Tom VilSUCK.

CNS:

USDA Secretary: We Must ‘Create Appropriate Transition’ for What Americans Eat

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and “we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.”

Hey, VilSUCK:  My taste buds, my choice.





Taking the “Cracker” Out Of “Cracker Barrel”

14 06 2011

P-D:

Business meeting between 2 cousins leads to gunfire at Ferguson Cracker Barrel

ST. LOUIS • A business meeting between two cousins at a Cracker Barrel restaurant turned violent this morning when the men began arguing and one pulled a gun, police said.

The two men were inside the Ferguson restaurant shortly after 11 a.m. when they argued, said Tom Jackson, the Ferguson police chief.

They went outside, where one of them pulled a gun and fired between eight and 10 shots, some into the ground.

No one was struck, but the man who was shot at ran off. The shooter was taken into custody at the scene, and the second man later turned himself in at a St. Louis County police station.

The men are apparently in business together.

Probably not for much longer.

Among the P-D’s photos are one of the “shooter” cousin.  Yep.  Not a “cracker.”

This CB in Ferguson just might be the only one in the country that’s in danger of being “ghettoed” out of business.

Incidentally, the only Godfather’s Pizza in St. Louis is also in Ferguson.  Something last night made me look that up.  No way in hell I’m going to Ferguson for pizza, even if I were a Cainiac.

 





Calories Burned Minus Calories Consumed

9 02 2010

AG Sec Tom Vilsack pushing for better nutrition and fewer empty calories in school breakfasts and lunches, and no more sugary drinks out of vending machines.

Meanwhile, the Title IX extremists, ambulance chasing shysters and self-esteem screwballs who infest/support the Obama administration are continuing to do away with sports and clubs for men and boys, eliminating games and other means of physical exertion that might have the slightest of risk of physical contact and of someone actually losing, failing or flunking, and doping up boys that actually want to burn calories on Ritalin.





Chef in Chief

8 10 2009

Just as Winston Smith had to do exercises every morning in plain view of Big Brother’s TV monitor, which would scold him if the slacked off or dogged it, principals of Philadelphia’s city public schools will now be responsible to make sure that all the students at his or her school eat breakfast at school.  And, in addition to Federal and state school lunch programs, every Philly public school student can now get free breakfast, even if they can otherwise afford it.

When did parents go out of the breakfast business?  If not for that, then the students should know when they’re hungry.  I mean, when I recover from a hangover wake up, and I’m hungry, and I have food, I’m going to eat.








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