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Armed services are urged to stock kitchens with Gulf seafood
NOLA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Jonathan Tilove

Posted on 12/08/2010 6:07:19 AM PST by FromLori

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who doubles as President Barack Obama's point man on Gulf Coast oil spill recovery, is pressing America's armed services to consume as much Gulf seafood as possible.

Navy Capt. Beci Brenton said Monday that Mabus has talked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the secretaries of the Air Force and Army, and his staff has talked to the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of stores for military personnel, making the point "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood."

In a meeting Monday with Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Mabus reaffirmed his commitment to using the tools at his disposal to help the Gulf seafood industry recover from the damage the BP oil spill has done in reality and perception. The board is gearing up for a large-scale national marketing campaign, with $30 million in BP money and millions more in federal dollars, to reassure restaurants and markets across the country that Gulf seafood is safe.

"He expressed what we wanted to hear: He is in favor of the federal government buying seafood from the Gulf," said Smith, who said he would like to see Gulf seafood as the choice throughout the public domain, "whether it's the military or prison systems or school systems."

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armedforces; gulf
I wouldn't eat it.
1 posted on 12/08/2010 6:07:22 AM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

I would.

If the demand for Gulf seafood drops, the price will drop.

If the quality is OK (and I assume that it is), it will be a good buy (same quality, lower price).

Stock away!


2 posted on 12/08/2010 6:09:19 AM PST by NeilGus
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To: FromLori

If the Govt was really serious about helping out Louisiana they wouldn’t have shutdown oil drilling.


3 posted on 12/08/2010 6:12:03 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: FromLori

obama has a “point man” on Gulf Coast recovery?
That is news to me. Why the Navy Secretary?

Who has a very unfortunate name, BTW

There was an article a while ago about hydrocarbons in the shrimp being at incredibly unsafe levels - but it disappeared and good luck in finding it anywhere...Big Bro and Sis have supprssed it well

But seriously, who wouldn’t want to dine on Gulf shrimps and oysters- nature’s very own sewage filters? Bon Appetit.


4 posted on 12/08/2010 6:12:27 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: FromLori
Same whiners who will charcoal grill their meat and fish over open flames. Infusing it with all that carbon, smoke containing vast amounts of carcinogins, makes it tasty.

But go near a gulf shrimp cocktail? Hell no!?

5 posted on 12/08/2010 6:14:30 AM PST by blackdog
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To: silverleaf

Same folks who put petroleum jelly on their lips.........


6 posted on 12/08/2010 6:15:57 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Salamander

Seems like a friend of mine sent me something about Gulf Seafood a couple of days ago.

What was that about some Corexit stuff?


7 posted on 12/08/2010 6:16:02 AM PST by shibumi (Trailerpark Viking Overlord Pablo (with His Dark Yet Whimsical Band of Cut Throats))
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To: NeilGus

It’s not safe. Read through this site.

http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/


8 posted on 12/08/2010 6:16:36 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: blackdog

That is completely over blown. You have to completely char the meat and be exposed to massive doses for it to even register.


9 posted on 12/08/2010 6:17:54 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: NeilGus

Imagine the paradox if they were to discover that hydrocarbons bond with heavy metals in fish, allowing their metabolism to rid accumulated levels of mercury in tuna?


10 posted on 12/08/2010 6:18:31 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Peter from Rutland

That was my point.


11 posted on 12/08/2010 6:19:09 AM PST by blackdog
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To: FromLori

Sure, right after the white house serves it for 1 year.


12 posted on 12/08/2010 6:19:33 AM PST by trustandobey (GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN!)
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To: FromLori

There is not a thing wrong with it. There was a thimble full of oil in a swimming pool and it is long gone. Americans are idiots.

Merry Christmas


13 posted on 12/08/2010 6:22:42 AM PST by bray (Sarah Palin will destroy the Repub Party, hopfully!)
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To: blackdog

I prefer to consume charcoal over chemical dispersant.


14 posted on 12/08/2010 6:23:02 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: blackdog

“Same folks who put petroleum jelly on their lips.........”

External vs. Internal.


15 posted on 12/08/2010 6:24:38 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: bray
There is not a thing wrong with it. There was a thimble full of oil in a swimming pool and it is long gone. Americans are idiots.

I did the calculations once and that's about right even for the worst estimates for the spill.

16 posted on 12/08/2010 6:29:18 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: FromLori
"He expressed what we wanted to hear: He is in favor of the federal government buying seafood from the Gulf," said Smith, who said he would like to see Gulf seafood as the choice throughout the public domain, "whether it's the military or prison systems or school systems."

At least our military can make some decisions for themselves. Calls to Home-school in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

17 posted on 12/08/2010 6:29:26 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: diverteach

Spot on.


18 posted on 12/08/2010 6:31:00 AM PST by Lumper20
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To: FromLori

Sounds VERY fishy to me.


19 posted on 12/08/2010 6:32:14 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: FromLori

Is it safe to eat? Don’t know. But I do know this: Barack Obama would serve arsenic to our men and women in uniform if he could get away with it.


20 posted on 12/08/2010 6:35:53 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Rebelbase
You must not be a big fan of Nalco then huh?

Guess what? They are a Chicago based chemical manufacturer who got a phone call from someone unmentioned at 3:00AM which told them to make that oil go away.

They did what they were told to do by the feds. Very profitable I'm sure. There is not much to the dispersant based on the MSDS. It's easy to say something "chemical" is bad.

21 posted on 12/08/2010 6:36:37 AM PST by blackdog
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To: LibWhacker
Be fair now. It's not like he dug trenches a few thousand feet from nuclear bombs and filled them with enlisted men and set the bombs off to see what would happen?

It's not like he snuck into homes of children with downs syndrome and put radioactive isotopes in their breakfast cereal?

Ordering federal agencies to buy commodoties from a specific source for reasons of support is nothing new.

Didn't we just get a floor vote on a food safety bill? Doesn't it cover this? or is it only for Monsanto?

22 posted on 12/08/2010 6:42:40 AM PST by blackdog
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To: FromLori

I don’t know if the gulf seafood is safe, either. I do know, however, that the means by which the government has certified the seafood is safe are suspicious, at best. Theres an article about the testing here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-fi-fda-seafood-20101029,0,2608868.story

Apparently, the high-sensitivity testing for dispersants consisted of a chemical test for Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (aka Dulcolax). Great. Dulcolax is (1) not that toxic and (2) likely to not be well absorbed into living organisms (it’s used as a stool softener exactly because it’s not well absorbed).

Did they test for hydrocarbons, i.e. all that stuff that (1) is toxic (2) makes up crude oil (3) is well absorbed into flesh and (4) dissolves into fat? Why, yes they did. They used “sensory testing” i.e. they had people sniff a big bunch of dead fish, smelling for slightly-higher-than-background traces of an oily smell. Not chemical testing, not absorption spectroscopy, not mass spectroscopy, not even dog testing (dogs are generally believed to have 10,000 times more olfactory sensitivity than humans). Seems like they picked a testing method that would specifically NOT detect toxins unless present in giant concentrations.

So, this “testing” program proved that the fish is safe. Great. Based on the story, however, the “testing” program doesn’t seem like it possibly prove any such thing. Just something to consider.


23 posted on 12/08/2010 6:50:17 AM PST by Jubal Harshaw
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To: NeilGus

I lived in the Pensacola area twice, and thought that the Gulf had some of the best seafood available.


24 posted on 12/08/2010 7:00:01 AM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: bray
There was a thimble full of oil in a swimming pool and it is long gone.

There are 80 square miles of dead fish on the Gulf floor. The submersible returned covered in oil and disperant.

Help yourself.

25 posted on 12/08/2010 7:01:35 AM PST by GingisK
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To: GingisK

Do you have proof? I don’t trust scientists who have political agendas. There are millions of sq miles of healthy fish to eat. I will enjoy your portion.

Merry Christmas


26 posted on 12/08/2010 7:05:42 AM PST by bray (Sarah Palin will destroy the Repub Party, hopfully!)
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To: Peter from Rutland

Let’s have another internet brawl where we both buy plane tickets to beat eachother up. :)


27 posted on 12/08/2010 7:08:44 AM PST by Lazamataz (Lowering Kristinn's IQ since May 21, 1999)
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To: FromLori
I wouldn't eat it.

Friggin' ditto.

This regime is 100% wrong about everything, and I have to reason to believe they are breaking that perfect record now.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 12/08/2010 7:20:49 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Lazamataz

I’ll pass, thanks!


29 posted on 12/08/2010 7:38:19 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Peter from Rutland

30 posted on 12/08/2010 7:43:09 AM PST by Lazamataz (Lowering Kristinn's IQ since May 21, 1999)
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To: FromLori
Any Freepers who live down there know what the real deal is? I miss shrimp. I won't buy the ones from Indonesia and would really like to start buying USA shrimp again. I see they are coming back to our markets.
31 posted on 12/08/2010 8:49:46 AM PST by ladyvet
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To: bray
"There are millions of sq miles of healthy fish to eat. I will enjoy your portion."

Living in Oregon you have access to prolific NW Pacific goodies. Why would you eat something from 1/2 the country away when fresh fish is available from your own coast? I'm sticking with NC seafood.

32 posted on 12/08/2010 9:41:23 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: The Comedian
This regime is 100% wrong about everything, and I have to no reason to believe they are breaking that perfect record now.

D'oh.

33 posted on 12/08/2010 10:02:42 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Rebelbase

We don’t have Jumbo Shrimps up here although the Dungenes is incredible.

Pray for America


34 posted on 12/08/2010 11:08:30 AM PST by bray (Sarah Palin will destroy the Repub Party, hopfully!)
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To: shibumi

They’re gonna need a lot of -deep- dredging nets to get the carcasses up.


35 posted on 12/08/2010 2:25:15 PM PST by Salamander (Black Ace Dog Handler)
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To: GingisK

“The submersible returned covered in oil and disperant.”

AKA “Secret sauce”.

/bleah!


36 posted on 12/08/2010 2:29:01 PM PST by Salamander (Black Ace Dog Handler)
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To: The Comedian
This regime is 100% wrong about everything, and I have to reason to believe they are breaking that perfect record now.

This is the best answer I've seen to all of the topics posted this month! It rates really high on my list of Favorite Freeper Quotes.

37 posted on 12/08/2010 3:39:25 PM PST by GingisK
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