Thursday, January 29, 2009

A fine old American tradition

One of the continual frustrations of Union soldiers during the American Civil War was the poor quality of the provisions with which they provided. Black powder for their rifles that had more smoke than boom, hardtack biscuit that had more worm than wheat, rotten salt pork that even dogs turned their noses up at... corruption in the procurement process meant that Union soldiers were perpetually hungry and unable to see what the fuck they were shooting at because of all the smoke coming out of the front of their rifles.

I am proud to say that this fine old American tradition continues. This week we find that American soldiers were served salmonella-contaminated peanut butter.

Oh well, at least it didn't have worms in it. We think. Oy!

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. To update an old Frank Zappa quote, "Didja git enny inya?" I mean, any in ya MREs?

  2. Nah, it was just the squaddies that got the bad peanut butter. The MRE's didn't get it. As far as we know. Besides none of the MRE's I've eaten recently have had peanut butter in them.

    - Badtux the Well-fed Penguin

  3. You do not want to know how many times my husband got food poisoning on the ship. I thought he was allergic to pork (he can't eat chocolate). I came to find out he was scared of it. He'll eat it now.


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