Saturday, June 2, 2012
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Some clueless moron put the following pack of lies on a T-shirt! This idiot makes my teeth hurt! My reply is in all caps.
"Set official limits on lobbyists access to The White House. EXCEPT FOR SOLYNDRA AND GEORGE SOROS AND LYING TO THE POPE AND ON AND ON AND ON… Regained America's respect in the world. BY GOING ABROAD AND TELLING PEOPLE WE’RE “LAZY” AND “A MUSLIM NATION!” Passed Lilly Ledbetter Act for equal pay for equal work, setting new protections & rights for women. YES, A TRUCK DRIVER ON THE ROAD 90 HOURS A WEEK ISN’T WORTH MORE THAN A DISPATCHER WORKING 40 IN AN OFFICE! Got new healthcare centers for vets. AND THEN ADDED LANGUAGE TO BENEFITS FLIERS ABOUT GOING AHEAD AND DYING! Ended Bush-Cheney policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts. AND THEN GAVE OUT NO-BID CONTRACTS! Improved U.S. police (POLICE OR POLICY?) on climate change. PROPOSED POLIY THAT WOULD ADD $100.00 PER MONTHH TO MY POWER BILL PREDICATED O0N THE GLOBAL WARMING HOAX! Pres. Bush gave up on getting Osama but Obama didn't. CLINTON HAD OSAMA TWICE! He gave the orders to kill OBL. Obama got Osama. AND THEN GAVE HIMSELF ALL THE CREDIT! THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM! Created millions of new jobs. YET TO BE SEEN! BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF CENSUS TAKERS HIRED AND FIRED MULTIPLE TIMES TO PAD THE NUMBERS! AND HE DID LAUGH ON CAMERA ABOUT THERE NOT BEING AS MANY SHOVEL READY JOBS AS HE “HOPED!” Secured more mental health professionals for veterans. AND PROPOSED CUTS IN OVERALL MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS! Funded hi-speed internet for K-12 schools. WHILE APPOINTING SOMEONE WHO APPROVED OF CHILD MOLESTING AS A SAFE SCHOOL CZAR! Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital. AGAIN WITH THE HELPING VETERANS WHILE WANTING TO CUT BENEFITS!
Cut taxes for 95% of American working families. WHILE PROPOSING NEW ENERGY TAXES THAT WOULD SERIOUSLY HURT THE AVERAGE CONSUMER! Reengaged in treaties to protect the antarctic. TREATIES THAT ONLY COST THE AVERAGE CONSUMER! MORE GLOBAL WARMING HOAX COSTS! Expanded national youth service program. WITH WHAT MONEY? WHERE’D THE MONEY COME FROM? Repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell. WEAKENING THE MILITARY SERVICES AND OPPOSING THE MAJORITY OF THE ADVISE FROM THE MILITARY SERVICE CHIEFS! Strengthened the Endangered Species Act. YEAH, SAVE THE WHALES BUT KILL THE BABY HUMANS! Unveiled a program to generate clean energy from the ocean. PROMOTING INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE CLEAN ENERGY WHILE WE HAVE A 500 YEAR COAL RESERVE! Saved Detroit auto industry. SAVED UNION JOBS AND USED OUR GRAND CHILDREN’S MONEY TO BUY UP TWO CAR COMPANIES WHO WERE BOTH BUILDING JUNK AND ARE NOW BOTH NOW LYING ABOUT HAVING PAID THE TAXPAYER BACK! Extended unemployment benefits. PAYING PEOPLE NOT TO WORK WITH NEAR WORTHLESS PRINTED MONEY OUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL HAVE TO PAY BACK! Secured better body armor for our troops. DONE BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE! CHECK YOUR DATES! Appointed two women, including the first Latina, to the U.S. Supreme Court. LATINA JUDGE WHO BELIEVES IN LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH ACCORDING TO HER OWN WORDS! Increased spending on roads, bridges, and power plants. OOPS! IN HIS OWN WORDS HE WANTS TO KILL COAL! ACCORDING TO USDOT, AMERICA NEEDS $1.2 TRILLION IN BRIDGE REPAIR AND NEW BRIDGES ALONE AND YET…STIMULUS MONEY BORROWED FROM OUR GRAND CHILDREN HAS GONE UNSPENT AND WE STILL NEED ROADS AND BRIDGES! BUUUUUUT WE HAVE SOME NEW TURTLE BRIDGES TO SAVE THE TURTLES!
Created more jobs in 2010 than Bush did in eight years. YEAH, HIRED AND FIRED CENSUS WORKERS TO PAD THE NUMBERS AND MOST OF THE REST WERE GOVERNMENT WORKERS! Ended Bush's practice forbidding Medicare to negotiate with Pharma for better rates. NOT! MEDICARE IS STILL BEING RIPPED OFF! Backed a stimulus package that saved US from financial collapse. AND BORROWED TRILLIONS FROM THE NEXT TWO GENERATIONS! Ended media blackout on war dead & return of fallen solders to Dover AFB.THAT BLACKOUT WAS THERE TO PROTECT THE FALLEN SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM THE MEDIA BUT TRIED TO BLOCK FOX NEWS FROM WHITE HOUSE BRIEFINGS! Won the Nobel Peace Prize. AND STILL NO ONE KNOWS WHY! Ended the recession of the Bush years. WITH A MUCH DEEPER RECESSION OF HIS VERY OWN ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE OMB! Enabled the FDA to regulate tobacco for first time. WHILE SUPPORTING ABORTION WHICH HAS TARGETED HIS OWN RACE!
Established a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. WHILE PLACING THE NEXT TWO GENERATIONS IN GREAT FINANCIAL DEBT! Tax credits to first time home buyers. WHILE STILL PUSHING HOME LOANS TO LOW INCOME PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD THEM AND PASSING A TAX ON FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS WHIIIIICH KINDA CANCELS THE FIRST TAX CREDIT! LOL!!!!! Improved veteran benefits and for military personnel. A BLASTED, STINKING LIE! Cut prescription drug costs for medicare recipients by 50%. WHILE ROBBING THE ALREADY IN TROUBLE MEDICARE SYSTEM OF $500 BILLION TO HELP PAY FOR OBAMACARE! Created 'cash for clunkers'. SAVING UNION JOBS WHILE RUNNING A LARGE NUMBER OF CAR DEALERSHIPS OUT OF BUSINESS AND DRIVING UP THE COST OF USED CARS FOR THE LOWER INCOME BUYER AND DESTROYING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PERFECTLY GOOD USED CARS! Protected 300,000 jobs for teachers, principles, and librarians. BOUGHT MORE UNION VOTES! Increased funding for Violence Against Women Act. WHILE SUPPORTING SHARI’AH LAW WHICH ALLOWS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND SUPPORTING ABORTION WHICH IS VIOLENCE AGAINST BABIES! Established a new cyber security office. HIRED MORE GOVERNMENT WORKERS! Provided tax write off for buying hybrid cards. CARDS OR CARS? HYBRID CARS FEW PEOPLE WANT BUT AUTO WORKER‘S UNIONS WANT TO BUILD! Established credit card bill of rights to protect us from predators. AND STILL THE POOR ARE TARGETED FOR CREDIT CARDS THEY CANNOT AFFORD!
Passed Healthcare Reform; AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN CLOSED MEETINGS CREATING MORE THAN 100 NEW GOVERNMENT AGENCIES! SO MUCH FOR OBAMA TRANSPARENCY! prevents denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions; THIS IS NOT “INSURANCE!” Allows children to stay on parents' coverage until age 26. LIKE RISSIA! AND THE NEXT TWO GENERATIONS PAY FOR IT! Significantly increased Pell Grants for students. AGAIN! WE’RE BROKE! WHERE’D THE MONEY COME FROM? STUDENT LOANS ARE NOW CLOSE TO $1 TRILLION AND AS OF THIS WEEK SURPASSED NATIONAL CARD DEBT, GUARANTEED BY THE NEXT TWO GENERATIONS! Increased Hope Credit for schools to $2,500. SCHOOLS WHO ARE NOW HOPELESSLY UNDER-PREFORMING! AND THE MONEY CAME FROM WHERE? Stopped Banks from foreclosing willy-nilly on home mortgages. STOPPING BANKS FROM TRYING TO RECOVER RESOURCES FOR THEIR SHAREHOLDERS! FASCISM AT IT’S BEST! Ended 'stop-loss' that overworked our soldiers. BUT OPPOSED THE SURGE THAT PUT ENOUGH TROOPS ON THE GROUND TO ACTUALLY DO THE JOB! Removed restrictions on embryonic stem0cell research, giving hope to Parkinson's Disease and spinal cord injury patients. NO ESR RESEARCH HAS EVER BEEN SUCCESSFUL! BUUUUUT IT DOES PROFIT FROM KILLING BABIES! Helped reverse a downward spiral of stock market. BY PROPPING UP BANKS WITH OUR GRAND CHILDREN’S MONEY, MANY OF THEM WERE FORCED TO ACCEPT! Made more loans available to small businesses. AND MORE LOANS TO PEOPLE UNABLE TO PAY THEM BACK! AND THE MONEY CAME FROM WHERE?
Secured expenses for "fallen soldiers" families to travel to Dover AFB. made more loans available to small businesses. REPEATED FROM THE LAST PARAGRAPH! Increased federal support to non-defense scientific research. BUT MADE IT NECESSARY FOR US TO RELY ON RUSSIA TO SERVICE OUR SATELLITES! AND THE MONEY CAME FROM WHERE? Expanded hate crime law to include sexual orientation. UNNECESSARY SINCE STATE LAWS ALREADY HAD THIS COVERED! BUT IT DID BUY SOME VOTES! Restarted & made progress in nuclear non-proliferation talks. WHILE WEAKENING THIS NATION IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD! Made torture illegal and closed secret, illegal "detention" facilities. THOSE FACILITIES HAVE PRODUCED VALUABLE INTELLIGENCE THAT HAS SAVED AMERICAN LIVES! Gained access to Swiss banks of tax evaders & criminals. WHILE DEMOCRAT PARTY MEMBERS NUMBER AMONG THOSE TAX EVADERS & THE OBAMA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REFUSES TO PROSECUTE CRIMINALS LIKE THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR VOTER INTIMIDATION.
Stopped tax breaks for exporting jobs. WHILE PROLIFERATING AN ANTI-BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT PROMOTED BY THE LAST SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIONS THAT DRIVES JOBS AND BUSINESS OFFSHORE! Cracked down on companies denying sick pay, vacations, etc. INTERFERING IN THE PRIVATE BUSINESS OF COMPANIES TRYING TO STAY AFLOAT IN A TERRIBLE ECONOMY! Ordered SEALS (TO) free U.S. Navy captain help (HELD?) by Somali pirates; WHILE IMPORTING THOUSANDS OF SOMALIS WHO ARE NOW ROAMING IN GANGS KILLING AND STEALING IN THEIR HOST AMERICAN CITIES! increased U.S. Navy patrols off Somali coast. Secured SCHIP covers (CHIP COVERAGE?) 4 million more children. AND CHARGING IT OFF TO THE NEXT TWO GENERATIONS! Obtained new funding for science and research labs. WHERE FROM? WHERE’D THE MONEY COME FROM? WE’RE FREAKIN’ BROKE! WHERE’D THE MONEY COME FROM? Ended practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific papers, rules, regs and reports. BUT STILL PROMOTES THE MAN-CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING HOAX! closed some offshore tax safe havens. WHILE DRIVING BUSINESS TO OTHER HAVENS! Increased funding by 10% to national parks. AND WHERE’D THE MONEY COME FROM? Answer me! Idiot!
Pronounces "nuclear" correctly LOL! BUT IS UNABLE TO PRONOUNCE “CORPS” CORRECTLY! Lol! Lol! Lol!"
This moron strives very hard to remain as clueless as possible! Kind of like the moron who blindly supports anything labeled establishment republican!
Since the creation of the federal program that forced banks to give loans to people who couldn't pay them by Jimmy Carter both parties have been in power in the White House and both houses of congress! So both parties can take full responsibility for the housing crash and the financial chaos that followed!
A storm is coming!
Friday, December 9, 2011
No! They're not at the gates! They're here and in some cases THEY are US!
A short review;
*we have spent ourselves into a $15 trillion plus national debt without a will to cut even $1.2 trillion over 10 years!
*we have Afghani police and military leaders in New York this week to learn how to control their borders as we cede U.S. territory in Arizona to Mexican drug lords!
*our out-of-the-mainstream media are so far to the left they manufacture more news than they report!
*our liar-in-chief refuses to put people to work on a pipeline to bring oil from a close ally while he is cozy with Middle Eastern nations who mostly hate us!
*followers of Islam have infiltrated the heartland of America and lay in wait for the coming economic crash while it is politically incorrect to even think about how to stop them!
*terrorist front groups like the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) foment racism and suspicion, linking themselves with groups like the Muslim Brotherhood!
*almost 44 million people are on food stamps and that number has been increasing for 38 straight months!
*we have an attorney general who refuses to prosecute voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party and then refuses to give congress records and documents concerning that department's culpability in a Border Patrol Agent's death!
*we complain of the barbarism of Islam and we have butchered over 50,000 million innocent babies in abortion mills!
*we whine about a lack of civility in society and yet we have raised two generations without a biblical world view!
*we spend the inheritance of our grandchildren on what people feel they are entitled to today!
*we yearn for fairness and equality and socialize our economy while socialist countries around the world move to a more capitalist system!
*we scold Europe over economic excesses while we spend money we don't have like drunken sailors!
*we make doing business in this country expensive and laden with regulation and then cry like babies when they move off shore to do business!
*we make farming more expensive and since 2007 we have become a net food importer!
*we worry about a lack of jobs while we haven't built a new gasoline refinery in over 30 years because of wacko environmentalists who drive their cars to protests!
* we penalize ordinary citizens who demand truth and speak it and ban them from the public forum just as I was at my local paper!
*we fight new power plants as our electrical power grid system crumbles from too much demand!
*we push away jobs while we reward unemployment with 99 weeks of benefits we cannot afford to pay!
*we embrace our enemies and insult our friends!
*we sooner embrace a lie than face the truth!
We have a normalcy bias!
"The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation."
A new phrase? Sadly, no!
Jesus Christ spoke of it!
"20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is withinb you.”
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 Men will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his dayc will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”
The flood brought a paradigm shift in the thought process of man. Fire raining down from heaven brought the same shift to the people of the valley!
The normalcy bias was broken!
Very intelligent and educated Jews of Europe in the 1930s kept hoping things would get better despite all they saw before their eyes!
On the morning of 9/11 the people of New York went to work with a normalcy bias despite all the evidence that war was looming!
It's always better to heed the indications of danger and disaster and prepare! And turn from the direction one is taking but...
As a nation...we refuse!
To preach as Noah did is to be labeled a "right-wing nut job!"
We have a normalcy bias and we are about to suffer a paradigm shift in our thought processes!
An economic disaster is looming and a vulture, Islam, awaits the fall of the carcass!
This post would not be possible without
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Yes! What's in a word? Or the absense of a word? Often the latter can be as powerful a menace as the former!
From the garbage being proffered forth on the TLC channel there won't be any real truth about Islam or what being Muslim in America is really like!
And of course one of the soft-spoken imams in the first episode has close links to jihadist/terrorists! Anyone really surprised?
All American Muslim seems to be just another joke on anyone silly enough to believe this propaganda puff piece!
While our president praises the "Arab Spring" in Egypt, women are herded around like domestic animals!
The American people still like keeping their heads in the sand! Too involved in sports to see their country going to hell in a hand basket!
The debt clock ticked over the $15 trillion mark this week and the debt super committee can't decide on $1.2 trillion in cuts!
Over the next 10 years the U.S. has $40 trillion in unfunded liability, our offshore oil platforms are vulnerable to foreign attack, we are a net importer of our food, food prices are on the rise and expected to only go higher, we haven't built a new gasoline refinery in 30 years, we don't use enough of the abundant gas and coal we have right here and the government kills more jobs than it says it wants to create!
Government doesn't create jobs! Commerce does!
While we whine about illegal aliens coming and taking our jobs, generally speaking, we teach two generations of children that working and sweating with our hands at a trade or craft is something to be avoided!
And God forbid that a Border Patrol should offend some drug smuggler! We throw him in prison and let the smuggler free!
Yes! There is a storm coming! When we should say a word we are silent! When we do say a word we are silenced by highly educated politically correct, arrogant idiots who only look down on people they consider their lessers!
A lot of this attitude can be found at the Victoria Advocate in my own hometown of Victoria, Texas! It's new leadership has done it's best to silence and slander me but I still speak up!
A storm is coming! When American credit is down-graded again and austerity measures are forced on a population that has grown up with entitlement mentality and riots in the streets burn the cities, will you speak up then?
We've raised two generations of children without a biblical world view and we have a growing Muslim population whose religion teaches that we need to convert or die!
Yes folks, a storm is coming!
No one will ever say that Kenneth Schustereit was silent!
Some photo credits go to www.barenakedislam.com
Monday, September 5, 2011
Top ten reasons to stop the disease called shari’ah law! Expanded with comments!
10. Islam commands that drinkers and gamblers should be whipped.
So the judicial government of a nation should round up Grandma at the bridge game, take away her Sherry and whip her? Yeah, that something the government really needs to get into!
9. Islam allows husbands to hit their wives even if the husbands merely fear highhandedness in their wives.
So if a fellow feels his wife is just a little more intelligent that himself he can beat her? Oops! Yup, that’s right! Devout Muslims don’t allow girls to be educated! Stupid morons! Grow a set of stones and pick on someone your own size! Moron? Did I say “moron?” Oh so sorry, but perhaps these Muslims should stop marrying their first cousins!
8. Islam allows an injured plaintiff to exact legal revenge—physical eye for physical eye.
So if I have an accident due to a blow-out and kill a Muslim’s child, he can kill my child?
7. Islam commands that a male and female thief must have a hand cut off.
SO…no chance for one to turn his/her life around! Just wack off that right hand! Hmmmm! Forgiveness doesn’t amount to much in Islam!
6. Islam commands that highway robbers should be crucified or mutilated.
Welllll! Then Barak Obama should get in line! He has robbed my grandchildren of their futures! Hang him up there with Bush, Clinton and the last several presidents!
5. Islam commands that homosexuals must be executed.
Do the gays in the United States that are having rallies for Islam know about this? Chuckle! Oops! They’ll be starting in Pakistan won’t they! If they hold to that rule there won’t be a Taliban left!
4. Islam orders unmarried fornicators to be whipped and adulterers to be stoned to death.
Oooooook! So we depopulate half the United States! And Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia and Yemin and so on and so on!
3. Islam orders death for Muslim and possible death for non—Muslim critics of Muhammad and the Quran and even sharia itself.
Muhammed was a perverted pedophile who married a nine year old girl! He wrote a book of contradictions justifying murder, rape and genocide that is the basis for shari’ah law which is more of a plan for anarchy!
2. Islam orders apostates to be killed.
“Good and peaceful Muslims,” the kind the American left love are indeed apostates deserving of the same death as an infadel dog!
1. Islam commands offensive and aggressive and unjust jihad.
Small correction here! In Islam there is no unjust jihad! Jihad is always offensive, aggressive and justified in the eyes of an inbred half-whit!
Eliyahu Sterne NY Times editorial contributor
Supporters of these bills contend that such measures are needed to protect the country against homegrown terrorism and safeguard its Judeo-Christian values. The Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has said that “Shariah is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States and in the world as we know it.”
This is exactly wrong. The crusade against Shariah undermines American democracy, ignores our country’s successful history of religious tolerance and assimilation, and creates a dangerous divide between America and its fastest-growing religious minority.
So! These are the words of Eliyahu Sterne! A Jew would write this load of horse manure? Do not the Jews call someone like this a “Judenrat!?”
Silly, clueless Americans remind me of the bird sitting on the fence post and they hear a slight whisper...
Load that MA-Duece! Grab a dime! Set that head space and let's rock and roll!
Oh yeah and then there's the sexual genital mutilation of thousands of little girls every year in the Muslim world! A religion founded by a dirty, nasty old sexual predator and pervert!
This commentary would not have been possible without the help of www.barenakedislam
Everything in italics is the work of Kenneth Don Schustereit
Proudly banned from the Victoria Advocate in Victoria, Texas!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I've been writing about it for years and it gets worse every day! Starvation and want in the midst of plenty!
We see this, another example, from the Associated Press;
"SOLAN, India -- Sunil Sharma, a young tomato farmer in northern India, must navigate decripit roads, corrupt policemen and blazing heat to deliver his produce in an unrefrigerated truck to New Delhi's wholesale vegetable market.
India is plagued by malnutrition and soaring inflation, but it's not for lack of food. It is the world's second largest grower of fresh produce, but loses an estimated 40 percent of its fruit and vegetables to rot because of the kind of problems Sharma faces every week.
During one recent journey trucking tomatoes for himself and two other farmers to the capital, he was stuck for three days.
"Of the 350 crates of tomatoes I started out with, I could salvage only around 150 crates. The rest had turned to pulp," a despondent Sharma said.
Post-harvest food losses of the scale found in India are a problem throughout the developing world and translate into lower incomes for farmers and higher prices for consumers. Inflation is already undermining living standards across Asia with world food prices at record highs since December last year, according to the U.N. food agency.
In India, home to more than a third of the world's 150 million malnourished children younger than 5, food inflation reached nearly 10 percent in July.
"It's criminal neglect on the part of the government to allow this volume of wastage," says Biraj
Patnaik, an adviser to India's Supreme Court on food policy. "Just cutting back on the waste would make such a dent in bringing down food inflation, making food more affordable, and hence, available to poor families."
At a busy New Delhi market, shop-owner Raj Kumar polishes his vegetables with a drop of oil on his duster. Shiny purple eggplants, bright green beans and golden lemons beckon middle-class shoppers.
But around the corner from Kumar's brightly lit shop lay the food that had arrived there wilted and rotten: a heap of beans turning gray, mushy eggplants and blight-blackened potatoes.
"I throw out vegetables every day. What can I do with them? Nobody wants these," he said.
Savitri Debi, a housewife with two teenage children, says she is shocked and angry at the mass of vegetables thrown away by shopkeepers.
"Vegetable prices keep going up and up. But look at the amount that is wasted," says Debi as she shopped for groceries. "It just makes me so angry that every day this place has mounds of rotten vegetables, when we can barely afford to buy potatoes."
The government, as well, has expressed horror and frustration at the rot. It has begun work on a strategy to cut post-harvest losses by building modern grain silos, cold storage warehouses and setting up farmers' markets in remote areas to link vegetable growers with retail outlets in the cities, Food Minister K.V. Thomas told The Associated Press.
Plans are also afoot to assign special -- though not refrigerated -- railway wagons to transport vegetables on a priority basis to modern warehouses, he said.
But for Ranvir Thakur, a farmer in the agriculturally rich Solan district of Himachal Pradesh 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Delhi, the government's efforts seem all too far away.
"Growing vegetables in India is a risky business," Thakur said as he tried to find a buyer for a truckload of his almost table-ready tomatoes and capsicums at the bustling vegetable market in Solan.
"We face the risk of vegetables rotting at every stage -- whether in the field, on the road, or in the markets," says Thakur, his weather-beaten face grimacing as he recalls recent losses.
The fetid odor of decaying vegetables hits the visitor to the 'mandi' or wholesale market in Solan nearly a hundred meters (yards) away from its massive gates. The mandi, the first point of sale for local farmers, was crowded with farmers, traders, commission agents and truckers surrounded by thickets of plastic crates stacked atop each other in shaky towers.
Hundreds of vegetable and fruit trucks reach the wholesale market each morning. Commission agents trawl the narrow alleys between the crates, looking out for the best bargains. Deals are struck, crates of vegetables-- color-coded to indicate the owner-- are auctioned in a high-decibel exchange and swiftly heaved onto trucks by a swarm of sweating musclemen.
Trader Balwant Singh says the paucity of refrigerated trucks means that delays at state border crossings, traffic jams, or the frequent landslides that clog hill roads can wilt and rot vegetables.
"There are only one or two trucks, belonging to private firms, that are refrigerated. The rest are open trucks, with tarps or plastic sheets for cover in case it rains," Singh said. "By the time we put up the tarps, the vegetables are soaked, and these begin to decay when we hit the heat and humidity in the plains."
Some believe allowing supermarket giants such as Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour to operate in India's multibillion-dollar retail market could succeed where the government has failed. They are keen to move in, sign contracts directly with farmers, use refrigerated transport and storage to reduce waste and bypass the middlemen.
Their entry so far has been blocked by government restrictions out of fear they will wipe out millions of small grocery stores in India. A government panel last month recommended allowing up to 51 percent foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail on condition that at least half the investment is made in back-end infrastructure such as cold storage chains and warehouses. A decision by the Cabinet could take several months.
Sharma, the young tomato grower, says the vulnerability of the farmers is exploited by road transport inspectors who demand bribes for trucks to enter neighboring states.
"The worst is when we enter Delhi. Police and transport officials hold up the trucks for hours at the toll gates till we pay up."
Sharma said he pays a bribe of 1,500 rupees ($33) for his truck every time he crosses into New Delhi on his way to Azadpur Mandi, one of Asia's biggest wholesale markets.
Spread over 90 acres in northern Delhi, Azadpur Mandi is a nerve center of India's fruit and vegetable trade. Trucks, cars, horse-carts and bicycle-driven carts are parked haphazardly in an ankle-deep mix of mud and putrefying vegetables.
Heaps of produce that is overripe and unlikely to withstand further transportation are tossed aside, crushed underfoot, or dumped in the mandi's overflowing garbage site.
When Sharma's truck arrives, a gang of loaders surrounds it. After a quick agreement, a trio of workers begins disgorging its contents. It's soon evident that delays have cost Sharma heavily.
"We'll barely recover the cost of hiring the truck. Such a large amount has spoiled," said Prem Singh, Sharma's trader at Azadpur Mandi.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/08/30/fruit-and-vegetables-rot-as-hunger-stalks-india/#ixzz1WWAbhMkL"
Now consider please that much of India's grain crops are literally eaten every year by rats because in many areas the rodent is worshipped! HUMAN children go hungry because a rat is more important!
Can Americans throw stones at India? I think not since we would rather have healthy wildlife than healthy children! Since American businesses discard tens of thousands of pounds of non-perishable grocery items per week! From the shelf to the landfill!
Farmers in the United States are regularly regulated out of business by USDA and EPA bureaucrats in an effort TO FORCE THEM TO GROW LESS FOOD!
This is done for a host of reasons not the least of which are food safety and saving the earth! Some idiot doesn't was the lettuce or the carrots before making salad and it's the farmer's fault! Another idiot builds a home next to a truck farm and whines to the government about the dust!
Likewise we have more oil and coal than any other country in the western hemisphere but are unable to retrieve it due to government restrictions for reasons as insane as "oil platforms and windmills ruin the sunsets" and "solar farms disturb the pristine sand!"
In the midst of plenty we pay insane prices for gasoline! In the midst of plenty food prices and waste in this country grow every day!
The developer and land speculator wants more water so he can line his pockets so he buys enough political clout so water can be looted from rural agricultural and ranching communities and pipe it straight to his latest money maker! In the mean time more farms and livestock operations move to other countries making the United States more dependent on imported food!
Uh, excuse me! Have we learned nothing from importing our oil?
Hunger and want in the midst of plenty!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Just one gallon of ice cold milk! That's how far the average American is away from not having enough food in the house! We take so much for granted!
I saw this week that a small can of evaporated milk is up to a dollar!
Just five years ago who would have imagined that!
How much food do you have in the house?
Did you know that more than 80% of the world's people don't have enough clean water to drink?
There is coming a time when famine will touch American shores!
Man-made, man-caused famine! Not because of some crop pestilence but because we, the American people, were convinced by our government that we should grow less food! We are buying more food from other countries now than we grow here!
THAT, folks, is an invitation to disaster!