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The War On Peanuts
IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2008

Posted on 12/02/2008 8:22:05 PM PST by Kaslin

Trends: North Carolina is the fifth-largest peanut grower in the U.S., yet peanut-allergy nazis have persuaded even officials in that state to crack down on PB&Js.


Take Union County Public Schools, the fastest-growing school district in the Tar Heel state. Officials there recently sent letters home to parents asking that they no longer pack peanut-butter sandwiches or cookies in their kids' lunches.

If they abide by the restriction, a certificate with their child's name will be placed on display at their school "in acknowledgment of the voluntary commitment to safety your family has made."

The district's also shaming parents into washing their kids' hands in the morning before they go on the bus, lest they transfer the dangerous peanut molecule and endanger a seat mate.

The move isn't isolated to North Carolina. It's a national trend. Other states have banned peanuts altogether from schools, while others have created peanut-free zones within schools.

A Washington lobbyist group is behind the anti-peanut push. It's stalking schools with fears about children going into anaphylactic shock if they so much as touch something peanutty.

"Just a small amount of food on your hands can get on desks, books, playground equipment," warns the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

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1 posted on 12/02/2008 8:22:05 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

there should be a peanut shaving lotion that we can wear

just to p*ss off liberals.


2 posted on 12/02/2008 8:23:37 PM PST by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Kaslin

They just did a study showing EXPOSING kids to peanuts (in little bits) PREVENTS those Allergies.. Isolating them makes it worse


3 posted on 12/02/2008 8:23:59 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: Kaslin

This is just nuts!


4 posted on 12/02/2008 8:24:01 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Shut Up and Drill!!!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

It’s by design: a primary mission of schools appears to be to desensitize children to arbitrary and irrational exercises of government power.


5 posted on 12/02/2008 8:27:36 PM PST by Buchal ("Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .")
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To: Kaslin

Peanuts are sometimes called “goober peas”; given that “goober” could be a slang word targeting African-Americans, peanuts are racist!
[/sarc]
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6 posted on 12/02/2008 8:28:45 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: ken21

That’s hilarious!


7 posted on 12/02/2008 8:29:17 PM PST by dellbabe68
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To: Kaslin

A young boy went into the confessional and told the priest that he had thrown peanuts into the pond. The priest thought this was a strange little sin to confess to, but said nothing. The next small boy also confessed to throwing peanuts in the pond, and the next. Finally a very small boy came in, so the priest went ahead and said,

“And did you throw peanuts in the river?”

“No, Father,” said the kid. “I am Peanuts.”


8 posted on 12/02/2008 8:29:30 PM PST by Redcitizen
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To: demoskowitz

>They just did a study showing EXPOSING kids to peanuts (in little bits) PREVENTS those Allergies.. Isolating them makes it worse

No we’re just assuming the health department has OUR health on it’s minds. {As opposed to its pocketbook.}

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9 posted on 12/02/2008 8:30:14 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kaslin

10 posted on 12/02/2008 8:31:11 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: Kaslin

ya know its funny.. being the preparedness geek that I am I always have a bag of Peanuts in my “man bag” with me at all times (Right now its nothing more than a camera bag clipped on my belt) no one has EVER locked up or died near me. I figure its good food in an emergency and now Peanuts are not “PC” so thats even more reason to carry them.. lol


11 posted on 12/02/2008 8:32:50 PM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Kaslin

I understand that some children can die from exposure to peanuts or anything thats even thought about touching a peanut.

But...If my child was so highly allergic to peanuts that they could die with just a whiff of it then you can bet your ass i’d homeschool!!!

No way would i make everybody else change their lives because my child had an allergy. Why do we always try to change the majority to suit the minority?


12 posted on 12/02/2008 8:43:11 PM PST by annelizly
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To: Redcitizen

LOL that is funny


13 posted on 12/02/2008 8:44:06 PM PST by Kaslin (0bama was not elected. He was instead selected by the MSM)
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To: ken21

There is it’s “Ole’ du Cheap Peanutbutter.”


14 posted on 12/02/2008 8:47:16 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin


15 posted on 12/02/2008 8:55:03 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
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To: Kaslin
This problem, which affects less than 1/2 of 1% of the population is today's featured disease and will receive special privileges.

The genes for Celiac disease, certainly equally fatal, although over a longer period of time, are the heritage of 3.5% of the population, and 1.3% (nearly 3 times the number of peanut sufferers) show symptoms from infancy!

Celiac, BTW, is a violent inherited allergy to gluten, a principle ingredient in wheat, rye and barley.

No Jim Beam sauce for you!

And NO ONE recommends banning poisonous bread products from school cafeterias!

16 posted on 12/02/2008 8:55:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ken21
If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.
-Barry Goldwater-
17 posted on 12/02/2008 8:58:16 PM PST by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: annelizly

“Why do we always try to change the majority to suit the minority?”

There are many reasons, but let me tell you two reasons we do that to you.
First, it is inappropriate for any one person to stand out in the group; which is what pass-fail, P.C., zero tolerance, non-competition, etc. is all about.
Second, and most important, so that you will know we have the power and you do not.
;^)


18 posted on 12/02/2008 9:06:20 PM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: Kaslin

Did someone hie a subliminal message in this article? I just read it and went and made a PB&J sandwich.


19 posted on 12/02/2008 9:08:22 PM PST by yawningotter
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To: Kaslin

Did anyone on this forum ever hear or know of anyone having a nut allergy in their school during the late l940’,s, 1950’s, and 1960’s. Why so many nowadays?


20 posted on 12/02/2008 9:20:50 PM PST by golf lover
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To: Kaslin

I’m going to start claiming to be allergic to soy. That might be fun.


21 posted on 12/02/2008 9:21:22 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (History repeats itself because human nature is static.)
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To: golf lover

I went to schools of 3000 kids in the ‘60s and ‘70s and never heard of a peanut allergy. I had my children in the ‘80s. Apparently, after that, it became a no-no for pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat peanuts or peanut butter. According to another article posted, kids get peanut allergies if they are not exposed to peanuts as infants.


22 posted on 12/02/2008 9:26:38 PM PST by Montanabound
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To: Kaslin
I'm allergic to excessive doses of government spending. I might have a near-death experience if these bailouts keep piling up.
23 posted on 12/02/2008 9:37:06 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Enjoying the final death throes of the dinosaur media.)
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To: golf lover

No, I knew no one with peanut allergies. In fact, I knew no one who had any kind of “life threatening” allergies at all.

And I only knew one kid who had asthma.

Regards,


24 posted on 12/02/2008 9:41:57 PM PST by VermiciousKnid (Wake up and smell the incense!)
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To: golf lover

PS: I did know a couple of kids who were allergic to dogs or cats. My own brother was very sensitive to poison ivy, but that’s all.


25 posted on 12/02/2008 9:43:15 PM PST by VermiciousKnid (Wake up and smell the incense!)
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To: golf lover
"Did anyone on this forum ever hear or know of anyone having a nut allergy in their school during the late l940’,s, 1950’s, and 1960’s. Why so many nowadays?"

Home cooking during the time we grew up versus fast food and processed food of today.

26 posted on 12/02/2008 10:09:11 PM PST by USAF70 (I'm a bitter clinger)
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To: golf lover

Never heard of this until a few years ago. PB&J was packed in most lunches of the kids in my 50’s-60’s school days.


27 posted on 12/02/2008 10:20:48 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: frog in a pot

Zero tolerance isn’t a bad concept. We should have zero tolerance for some things like pedophilia, rape or communism ;). The problem with zero tolerance in schools is that they usually adopt it in response to something silly and then take it to ludicrous lengths so that a picture of a pirate with a sword becomes a weapon violation.


28 posted on 12/02/2008 11:25:46 PM PST by elmer fudd (Fukoku kyohei)
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To: golf lover

You asked about nut allergies back in earlier days. I grew up in the 60’s, and my older brother had a violent allergy to black walnuts, of all things. (My grandparents had a black walnut tree, else I suppose he would never have been exposed to them at all.) But I do not remember any of my schoolmates having peanut allergies.

I just read about the recent Israeli study that seems to indicate that kids who are not exposed to peanuts earlier actually have higher rates of allergies to them. I had been holding off on giving my twin toddlers peanut butter ... but that study decided me, and they’ve been eating it ever since (a couple of weeks now). No anaphylactic shock so far! :)


29 posted on 12/03/2008 12:16:56 AM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (Q: How many Obamas does it take to change a light bulb? A: THAT'S NOT FUNNY!)
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To: Kaslin
This is ridiculous. Half the time, from what I have observed, when a person is suffering from an allergy, it is because they are deficient in other nutrient/s. Fix the deficiencies and SOLVE the allergy. Don't mask it or run from the problem. The schools and their officials need to go back and do some studying. Oh wait, I forgot, they're just as nutritionally deficient and brain dead as the rest of the sheep who believe in banning something so wonderfully nutritious. What are they going to believe next? All foods should be banned, except the ones they make in their approved labs? Where will it stop?

Malnutrition is running rampant in the U.S. When they start injecting flavors into supposedly fresh fruits and vegetables sold in our ‘stupormarkets’ to disguise how tasteless they are anymore, eyebrows everywhere should raise. Throw the fruit back, like they did to King Henry VIII. Apparently, peanuts are the only thing they can't inject something into and are far more healthy. Why else would they really want to ban them?

30 posted on 12/03/2008 2:46:57 AM PST by Éireann michele
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To: golf lover

I was in public school from ‘52 to ‘64 and PB&J sandwiches were a staple. I never heard of an allergy to peanuts until the late ‘80s.


31 posted on 12/03/2008 4:38:12 AM PST by .44 Special (Táimid Buarch)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t remember bodies stacking up in the school cafeteria when I took peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to school every day.

Probably one of those suppressed memories.


32 posted on 12/03/2008 6:18:47 AM PST by wildbill
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To: Kaslin

Question: what’s the percentage of people who do have peanut allergies?


33 posted on 12/03/2008 7:17:30 AM PST by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delenda est)
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To: golf lover

I was in grade school back in the sixties and never heard of peanut butter allergies. Who didn’t eat PB&J sandwiches then?


34 posted on 12/03/2008 9:59:29 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Comrade, can you spare a crust of bread?)
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To: eXe
....no one has EVER locked up or died near me.


CHOICE is a HELL of a lot more DEADLY than peanuts; but you don't hear the 'schools' trying to OUTLAW that; do you!!

35 posted on 12/03/2008 10:14:07 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: golf lover
... anyone on this forum ever hear or know of anyone having a nut allergy in their school during the late l940’,s, 1950’s, and 1960’s.

They all dropped dead and it was blamed on...?

36 posted on 12/03/2008 10:16:00 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: elmer fudd

“Zero tolerance isn’t a bad concept. We should have zero tolerance for some things like pedophilia, rape or communism ;). The problem with zero tolerance in schools is...”

You are correct, of course, when you acknowledge that the two words can have merit when used literally. We seem to agree when the two words are used to refer to a certain doctrine used in schools, the doctrine often produces absurd results.

I predict those results when the “doctrine” rather than the two words is used anywhere.

We probably agree as well that Zero Tolerance mind-numbingly recognizes only the self-serving aspects of a factual setting, Many of us at an early age experienced Zero Tolerance when our over-worked mother did not have time to sort out the issues (“just do it”, “because I said so”, etc.).. But that was in the security of our own homes and with a mother who we knew loved us. The State provides neither security or love.

Regards,


37 posted on 12/03/2008 11:38:43 AM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: dighton

Whew! I thought someone was taking aim at my favorite comic kids, thank goodness it's only goobers!!

38 posted on 12/03/2008 11:52:03 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: CE2949BB; Drumbo

Aaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaha!

So good to eat, good to wear too!


39 posted on 12/03/2008 3:13:52 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Drill now drill hard drill often and give old Gaia a cigarette afterwards she deserves it." HerrBlu)
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To: annelizly
No way would i make everybody else change their lives because my child had an allergy

You're so yesterday. :)

40 posted on 12/03/2008 3:20:48 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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