Protesting against the wrong president: Uh, no, you didn't get it right ["There's No Crying in Baseball — Just Try Telling that to the St. Louis Tea Party," Chad Garrison]. But thanks for playing. Many Tea Party people protest the heck out of Obama, but where were they when Bush was spending, borrowing, warring, lying and exceeding his constitutional authority through illegal wiretaps and countless other executive orders? If the issues mattered, you'd have protested Bush as well. Protest if you must, but at least be true as to why you're doing it.
Craig Mayhem, via the Internet
Biased press: Tea parties were held in 1,501 cities across the country on Independence Day. Your biased media preferred to cover Michael Jackson instead. You cannot demean protest, as it is our liberty to do so, no matter to what degree.
Elliott, via the Internet
Limbaugh-like lament: "No crying in baseball," Mr. Garrison? Hmmm. Let me see if I got this right: You equate lawful protest to crying because they are picking on your messiah Obama. I bet you did not share a similar opinion of the code-pink crowd whose protesters oppose military deployments of any kind by an all-volunteer military. I just have one question for you: Did Obama have to open his mouth for you to write your silly little blog?
erudite enigma, via the Internet
You're welcome, Dean: Thanks a lot, Chad. Nothing incites the morons like a snarky blog post about tea baggers. You might as well have posted a video of yourself strangling a bald eagle.
Dean, via the Internet
LETTERS, JULY 2, 2009
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
Nichelle irked over our dearth of dead-celeb photos: I am completely outraged with this week's issue. I would have thought that the death of Farrah Fawcett and the untimely demise of Michael Jackson would've made the front cover! There's not even a picture of this man, who happens to be an icon in the music industry! Instead, he made page ten — and still no photo. How utterly disrespectful. I certainly expected better from the RFT.
Nichelle, St. Louis, via the Internet
FEATURE, JULY 2, 2009
Meatless is good: If meat substitutes like this will encourage people to eat less meat — all the better ["Where's the Beef?" Aimee Levitt]. Eating less meat, according to the United Nations, will help in curbing global warming and will lessen our impact on the environment. While there's no substitute for eating locally grown, unprocessed foods, the amount of petroleum used in processing the plant products used in meat substitutes is far less than those used to process meat. If all animals were free range and grass fed, that would be one thing, but they're not. While I am a vegetarian for personal moral reasons, I understand that not everyone believes what I believe. However, many of the meat products available are processed in horrific, inexcusable conditions that I doubt even the most carnivorous human beings could justify.
Caitlin, Webster Groves, via the Internet
Match lacks taste: My family eats vegetarian meals fairly often, but we don't feel the need for meat substitutes. I know people who tried Match and were disappointed, mainly because there wasn't information on the packaging on how to prepare the product. There's no mention that the cook needs to add fat and seasonings. I know people who tried to use it as they would ground beef and were disappointed. To make the product truly convenient, there needs to be more information on how to prepare it.
Robin, Belleville, Illinois, via the Internet
DAILY RFT, JULY 1, 2009
MATCH'S MAKER HAS A BEEF
Unctuous vegetarians: I always wonder about the vegetarians who are sanctimonious about processed foods ["Behind the Story: 'Where's the Beef?'" Aimee Levitt]. Have they never eaten a packaged cookie or a potato chip? Drank a soda, fruit juice or soy milk? And they tell me how hard it is for a vegetarian cook to serve only vegetables to a normal mainstream eater. Tell me how eating meat is good for our environment and our health. A meat eater might not want to eat our "stuff," but then they are the ones who wind up costing our medical system the most money — and contribute to global warming. Somehow, everyone else should make the sacrifice, or somehow, magically, our planet is going to cool, and animals won't suffer. And then medicine will come up with more expensive magic bullets to unclog our arteries.
Allison Burgess, founder, Match Foods