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Refugees taught how to eat American food
BBC News ^ | 7.31.2006 | Ian Brimacombe

Posted on 07/31/2006 9:06:06 AM PDT by World_Events

How much is in a serving? "This guy is overweight," she says, explaining that this is because he eats too much fast food and drinks cola.

"And guess what happens?" she asks. "Inside his body there are lots of problems."

At a table, a dozen or so refugees - most of them from Africa - sit and nod. Some smile and chat among themselves. They appear to get the picture.

This workshop on how to eat American food responsibly is part of an Illinois state-funded programme to improve the nutrition of refugees who are being re-settled in the land of plenty.

"First we are most concerned about whether they will understand how to eat American food," says Shana Willis, with the non-profit refugee resettlement agency Heartland, one of the project co-ordinators.

"They did not only not understand how to eat American food, but they went immediately to the junk food and it was then that we realised, this is going to have a much more important impact than we anticipated."

Culture shock

One of the major challenges for organisers is to change the way the refugees think about food. Many of the new arrivals suffered from malnutrition and came from places where food was scarce.

I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating... Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?

And there is plain culture shock.

"I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating," says one man through a translator. "Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?"

In mid-western Chicago, the answer is not obvious.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; antifastfood; antimcdonalds; illinois; immigrantlist; immigration; indoctrination; islaminamerica; nannystate; reeducationcenters; refugees; taxdollarsatwork; worldwar3; worldwariii; youpayforthis

1 posted on 07/31/2006 9:06:07 AM PDT by World_Events
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To: World_Events
I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating... Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?

And there are so many infidels - which ones do I kill or rape first?

2 posted on 07/31/2006 9:08:15 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: World_Events

Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?"

I suggest back where you came from?


3 posted on 07/31/2006 9:08:43 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: World_Events
"I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating," says one man through a translator. "Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?"

Why on earth are we still importing muslims?

4 posted on 07/31/2006 9:11:42 AM PDT by teawithmisswilliams ((Question Diversity))
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To: World_Events

"I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating," says one man through a translator. "Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?"


How wonderful. Those really are some vexing problems.


5 posted on 07/31/2006 9:13:44 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: World_Events

"Where will i find dates to break my Ramadan fasting?"Try the supermarket dumba@@.I think the real intent of the program is to find employment for some useless lib with an equally useless Ph.D.


6 posted on 07/31/2006 9:15:17 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Mike Bates

Nice that your state has so much discretionary funds. /s


7 posted on 07/31/2006 9:16:10 AM PDT by Millee (A joke then, a joke N.O.W.)
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To: 2banana

"And, where do I get halal goat meat?"

To believe the experts at Ask The Imam (a South African based site that dispenses advice to muslims around the world), muslims should only buy food products from other muslims.


8 posted on 07/31/2006 9:16:39 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: World_Events

Why are we importing hate filled death cultists???


9 posted on 07/31/2006 9:18:16 AM PDT by tkathy (Einstein: Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.)
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To: Thombo2
How much is in a serving? "This guy is overweight," she says, explaining that this is because he eats too much fast food and drinks cola.

"And guess what happens?" she asks. "Inside his body there are lots of problems."

Sounds like a lib pushing the "Supersize This" anti-corporate, anti-Western dining talking points.

If she said "meat eating is killing the planet" then such intentions would be obvious. And yes this is a new leftist talking point.

10 posted on 07/31/2006 9:18:59 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: tkathy

More importantly, where will US refugees flee to?


11 posted on 07/31/2006 9:19:41 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: World_Events

Tax dollars at work.


12 posted on 07/31/2006 9:20:33 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: World_Events

"Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?"

Oh, for goodness sakes. There are quite a few halal markets in middling, southern Greensboro, NC, so I'm fairly certain this is a nonissue in Chicago.


13 posted on 07/31/2006 9:25:33 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Millee

This is an ESSENTIAL HUMAN SERVICE that only the government can provide. Illinois is known for its fastidious fiscal management and protecting scarce tax dollars.
Considering Blagojevich is the gov, I'm surprised there aren't yet taxpayer-funded classes on the correct way of applying hairspray.


14 posted on 07/31/2006 9:26:11 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: World_Events

My dad and his family immigrated through Ellis Island in 1927. I remember the many times my grandfather spoke with fond remembrances of the "Introduction to American Eating" class they took at Ellis Island.


15 posted on 07/31/2006 9:27:32 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: weegee

I agree.What i find infuriating is that WE fund this crap.Am i(we)supposed to buy the premise that immigrants are not capable of purchasing and consuming healthy food?Whatever happened to good old common sense?


18 posted on 07/31/2006 9:36:30 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Really! And back then, if anyone had suggested such a thing as a course in American Eating, he would have been thought of as crazy as a loon. Unfortunately, those who vote for RINO's and 'Rats have allowed the growth of the Nanny State, and the Food Police are just one of its manifestations. People need to demand accountability as to how their tax dollars are being spent.


19 posted on 07/31/2006 9:37:59 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: headstamp

""I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating," says one man through a translator. "Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?""

H.E.B

Or Shoprite.


20 posted on 07/31/2006 10:18:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: Thombo2

The socialists find it their duty to dictate to others how to live.

On this, the jihadists agree.


21 posted on 07/31/2006 10:27:02 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: Mike Bates
American dining education in Chicago:

Ordering at the Billy Goat may go something like this: "Cheezborger! Cheezborger! You want doublecheez?!? Who's next!?! WHO'S NEXT!?!" If you take more than one second to answer: "Don't look at the menu, look at ME! I order for you - DOUBLECHEEZ!" If you only feel like a single: "No. DOUBLECHEEZ!!!" If it's the end of the week: "It's Friday, doublecheez for everybody! It's payday! Triplecheez for the big guy!" Want French fries with that? "No fries - CHEEPS!" Thirsty? "No Pepsi - COKE!" To drink: "Coke or Diet?!"

Such rantings by the Billy Goat staff have gone on for almost 40 years and originated when Billy Goat Sianis and another Greek immigrant by the name of Bill Charuchas would entertain patrons by yelling out: "Try the double cheese! It's the best! No fries, cheeps!" In the 1978, Sam Sianis and Charuchas were immortalized by Saturday Night Live's John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Loraine Newman. The sketch was originally written by Don Novello (of Father Guido Sarducci fame) when he was an advertising copywriter in Chicago. John Belushi and Bill Murray knew the Billy Goat from their Second City days, and the rest is history. As a result, the Billy Goat Tavern achieved national infamy. When in Chicago, Don Novello and Bill Murray still come by and visit Sam and the Billy Goat staff and have their "Doublecheezborger"!


22 posted on 07/31/2006 10:30:55 AM PDT by weegee (Call Ted Kennedy's office and tell them you would've called 10 hours ago but couldn't get to a phone)
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To: World_Events

Sure it is a nice interest story...but why exactly are we going to this much trouble? To make some politicians feel good by playing God?


23 posted on 07/31/2006 10:48:11 AM PDT by MalikDelosReyes ("'Wise men' often wonder while strong men die.")
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To: World_Events

On second thought, it is much more simpler than that. Witness the perfect Democratic citizen. Helpless and completely reliant on the government and his liberal betters.


24 posted on 07/31/2006 10:51:48 AM PDT by MalikDelosReyes ("'Wise men' often wonder while strong men die.")
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yeah but they are too close to the Neese's plant


25 posted on 07/31/2006 10:54:06 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: World_Events

"Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat? "

I have a few suggestions, but they would get me banned.


26 posted on 07/31/2006 10:56:58 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: World_Events
This workshop on how to eat American food responsibly is part of an Illinois state-funded programme to improve the nutrition of refugees who are being re-settled in the land of plenty.

YES!! Keep out responsible productive immigrants and open the floodgates for human debris that doesn't even know enough as to how to eat - What a wonderful waste of taxpayer money! I wonder how many state employees are getting their trotters in the public trough on this one.

Some smile and chat among themselves. They appear to get the picture.

Yep and the picture is one where the hardworking taxpayers will provide everything for you. Why work?

27 posted on 07/31/2006 10:57:18 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: weegee

No fries!.....Chips


28 posted on 07/31/2006 11:43:38 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: weegee
"And, where do I get halal goat meat?"

Dearborn, Michigan

29 posted on 07/31/2006 11:45:53 AM PDT by madison10
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To: World_Events

OH now-- lets be helpful. The answer is obvious for these poor SOB's.
You get dates, and goat meat, and rocks for stoning women, and bomb belts for your babies in any number of MUSLIM PARADISE COUNTRIES!
Pick one- and stay there.Why would you want to leave one anyway?
We don't do the 12th century here.


30 posted on 07/31/2006 11:49:53 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


31 posted on 07/31/2006 12:53:00 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: 2banana

Quit letting "refugees" in here, make them stay in the country that every one of them is partially responsible for getting it into the situation that they are fleeing.

I don't buy this refugee BS at all.


32 posted on 07/31/2006 12:57:54 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: World_Events
Now we have to pay to teach them how to eat?

This is just another ridiculous episode in this government's insane raid on American taxpayers for the benefit of foreign interests.

I'll vote Constitution Party from now on. The inmates are running the asylum.

33 posted on 07/31/2006 1:30:17 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: World_Events

We should be bringing in more Europeans and stop bringing in Muslim refugees like these ill educated Somalis. They get into fights when they live with American blacks


34 posted on 07/31/2006 1:49:14 PM PDT by dennisw (Confucius say man who go through turnstile sideways going to Bangkok)
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To: World_Events

Ok, I'm going to take an unpopular position: this sounds like it's probably a good idea. I remember reading an article a few years ago about many inner-city dwellers having such bad diets that they were contracting nutritional-deficiency diseases like scurvy and beriberi. Markets in those areas wouldn't stock fresh produce because it would rot before anyone bought it. The costs of a class on how to avoid malnutrition can't be that high, and if it helps prevent these kinds of problems (and the people showing up in emergency rooms for treatment) then I say go for it. Of course, it would make sense to follow up and see if it really does some good; if not, discontinue the program.


35 posted on 07/31/2006 1:50:24 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: World_Events
I have been here just a few months and its very disorientating... Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?

Africa would be a good place to start.

36 posted on 07/31/2006 3:32:29 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: World_Events
Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting?

eharmony.com ?

37 posted on 07/31/2006 5:17:38 PM PDT by Petruchio (* Censored *)
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To: madison10
Dearborn, MI

LOL! You gotta' lose your mind in Detroit's, Mecca City!

Seriously though, who is forcing these Muslims here as "refugees"? Since we know it's not Christians I can only assume it's the old Sunni vs. Shiite crap. If that's the case these people shouldn't be allowed here as refugees at all.

38 posted on 07/31/2006 8:28:24 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: World_Events

[an old convict and H.I. lying on their prison bunks, passing the time]
Ear-Bending Cellmate: ...and when there was no meat, we ate fowl and when there was no fowl, we ate crawdad and when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate sand.
H.I.: You ate what?
Ear-Bending Cellmate: We ate sand.
[pause]
H.I.: You ate SAND?
Ear-Bending Cellmate: That's right!

Mark


39 posted on 07/31/2006 8:43:27 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: World_Events
Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting?

In the meat department - under the label "pork". That's the special American spelling for dates.

40 posted on 07/31/2006 8:54:35 PM PDT by neutrino (Globalization is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.(173))
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To: teawithmisswilliams
Why on earth are we still importing muslims?

Moronic Liberals in the West have a guilty conscience which manifests itself as a wish to be punished. Unfortunately, they want all of us to share in their self-abuse and self-destruction.

41 posted on 07/31/2006 9:08:17 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: World_Events

---Where will I find dates to break my Ramadan fasting? And, where do I get halal goat meat?---

No problem. Both are ingredients in the misnamed Double Bacon Burger. Order not less than 4, which is the number of purity in our country! That way you may carry extras about in your pockets (or the folds of your robe)! Don't forget to wash them down with a six-pack of Bud. This will leave a pleasant fragrance upon your breath.


42 posted on 07/31/2006 9:13:53 PM PDT by claudiustg (dou•ble•think ('d&-b&l-"thi[ng]k), noun, 1949: a simultaneous belief in two contradictory ideas.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The State Department and the Immigration Dep't. (or whatever they're calling it these days) should not be run by Moronic "Liberals" after 5 years of an allegedly conservative President. Imho, of course.


43 posted on 08/01/2006 2:04:58 PM PDT by teawithmisswilliams ((Question Diversity))
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