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ALL Of A Sudden....Seven Short Years Have Passed!

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Before Obama,
there was virtually no outlandish presence of Islam in America.

  • All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. Christianity and the bible are banned in schools.
  • All of a sudden we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.
  • All of a sudden we must stop serving pork in prisons.
  • All of a sudden we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by American culture.
  • All of a sudden we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who or what is covered up under them.
  • All of a sudden Muslims are suing employers and refusing to do their jobs if they personally deem it conflicts with Sharia Law.
  • All of a sudden the Attorney General of the United States vows to prosecute anyone who engages in "anti-Muslim speech".
  • All of a sudden, Jihadists who engage in terrorism and openly admit they acted in the name of Islam and ISIS, are emphatically declared they are NOT Islamic by our leaders and/or their actions are determined NOT to be terrorism, but other nebulous terms like 'workplace violence."
  • All of a sudden, it becomes Policy that Secular Middle East dictators that were benign or friendly to the West, must be replaced by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • All of a sudden our troops are withdrawn from Iraq and the middle east, giving rise to ISIS.
  • All of a sudden, America has reduced its nuclear stockpiles to 1950 levels, as Obama's stated goal of a nuke-free America by the time he leaves office continues uninterrupted.
  • All of a sudden, a deal with Iran must be made at any cost, with a pathway to nuclear weapons and HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars handed over to fund their programs.
  • All of a sudden America APOLOGIZES to Muslim states and sponsors of terror worldwide for acts of aggression, war and sabotage THEY perpetrate against our soldiers.
  • All of a sudden, the American Navy is diminished to 1917 Pre-World War I levels of only 300 ships. The Army is at pre-1940 levels. The Air Force scraps 500 planes and planned to retire the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt close air support fighter. A further draw down of another 40,000 military personnel is in progress.
  • All of a sudden half of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unguarded, NONE are in the Middle East.
  • All of a sudden Obama has to empty Guantanamo Bay of captured Jihadists and let them loose in Jihad-friendly Islamic states. He demands to close the facility.
  • All of a sudden America will negotiate with terrorists and trade FIVE Taliban commanders for a deserter and Jihad sympathizer.
  • All of a sudden there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans but there is endless money for Obama's "Syrian refugee" resettlement programs.
  • All of sudden there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.
  • All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do after a mass shooting by two Jihadists, is disarm American Citizens.
  • All of a sudden, the President of the United States cannot attend the Christian Funerals of a Supreme Court Justice and a former First Lady because of previous (seemingly unimportant) commitments.
  • All of a sudden, I’m sick to my stomach. I’m not sure the majority of Americans recognize the seriousness of the situation and how much “progress” has been made by Islam these last 7 years, a very brief time compared to a 75 year lifetime!

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Baby Food ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Nabisco (Phillip Morris)
-Arrowroot Teething Biscuits
-Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas(Nestle)
-Good Start
-Follow-Up Soy

Enfamil Infant Formulas (Mead Johnson)
-Enfamil with Iron
-Enfamil Low Iron
-Enfamil A.R.
-Enfamil Nutramigen
-Enfamil Lacto Free
-Enfamil 22
-Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties)
-Enfamil Pro-Soybee

Isomil Infant Formulas (Abbot Labs)
-Isomil Soy
-Isomil Soy for Diarrhea
-Similac(Abbot Labs)
-Similac Lactose Free
-Similac with Iron
-Similac Low Iron
-Similac Alimentum

Baking ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Aunt Jemima (Quaker)
-Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
-Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
-Cornbread Mix
-Easy Mix Coffee Cake

Betty Crocker (General Mills)
-Pie Crust Mix
-Original Pancake Mix
-Complete Pancake Mix
-Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix
-Muffin Mixes
-Banana Nut
-Lemon Poppy Seed
-Wild Blueberry
-Chocolate Chip
-Apple Streusel
-Quick Bread Mixes Banana
-Cinnamon Streusel
-Lemon Poppy Seed
-Cranberry Orange
-Cookie Mixes Chocolate Chip
-Double Chocolate Chunk
-Peanut Butter

Bisquik (Betty Crocker/General Mills)
-Reduced Fat
-Shake ‘n Pour Pancake Mix
-Shake ‘n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix
-Shake ‘n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix

Duncan Hines (Aurora Foods)
-Muffin Mixes
-Kellogg’s All-Bran Apple Cinnamon
-Kellogg’s All-Bran Blueberry
-Blueberry Crumb
-Chocolate Chip

Hungry Jack (Pillsbury)
-Buttermilk Pancake Mix
-Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties)
-Corn Muffin Mix
-Blueberry Muffin Mix
-Raspberry Muffin Mix
-Pie Crust Mix

Mrs. Butterworths (Aurora Foods)
-Complete Pancake Mix
-Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s)
-Buttermilk Pancake Mix
-Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes
-Chocolate Chip
-Lemon Poppyseed
-Hot Roll Mix

Bakers (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Unsweetened Chocolate
-Semi-Sweet Chocolate
-German Sweet Chocolate
-White Chocolate
-Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
-Milk Chocolate Chips
-Mini Kisses
-Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
-Milk Chocolate Chips
-White Chocolate
-Butterscotch Chips
-Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars

Bread ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Holsum (Interstate Bakeries)
-Holsum Thin Sliced
-Roman Meal
-12 Grain
-Round Top
-Home Pride
-Buttertop White
-Buttertop Wheat

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s)
-Cinnamon Swirl
-Light Oatmeal
-Light Wheat
-100% Whole Wheat
-Hearty Slices
-7 Grain
-9 Grain
-Crunchy Oat
-Whole Wheat
-Light Side
-7 Grain
-Soft Dinner Rolls
-Club Rolls
-Sandwich Buns
-Hoagie Rolls

Thomas’ (Bestfoods)
-English Muffins Original
-Cinnamon Raisin
-Honey Wheat
-Oat Bran
-Maple French Toast
Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry
Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins

Wonder (Interstate Bakeries)
-White Sandwich Bread
-Country Grain
-Thin Sandwich
-Light Wheat
-100% Stoneground Wheat
-Fat Free Multigrain
-Premium Potato
-Beefsteak Rye
-Wonder Hamburger Buns

Breakfast ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

-Pop Tarts (all varieties)
-Pop Tarts Snack Stix (all)
-Nutri-Grain Bars (all)
-Nutri-Grain Fruit Filled Squares (all)
-Nutri-Grain Twists (all)
-Fruit-Full Squares (all)

Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Fruit & Grain Bars (all varieties)
-Nature Valley (General Mills)
-Oats & Honey Granola Bars
-Peanut Butter Granola Bars
-Cinnamon Granola Bars

Pillsbury (General Mills)
-Toaster Scrambles & Strudels (all varieties)

-Chewy Granola Bars (all varieties)
-Fruit & Oatmeal Bars (all varieties)
-Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles

Eggo Frozen Waffles (Kellogg’s)
-Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat
-Nutri-Grain Multi Grain
-Cinnamon Toast
-Apple Cinnamon
-Banana Bread

Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles (Pillsbury/General Mills)

Cereal ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

General Mills
-Corn Chex
-Lucky Charms
-Golden Grahams
-Cinnamon Grahams
-Count Chocula
-Honey Nut Chex
-Frosted Cheerios
-Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
-Multi-Grain Cheerios
-Frosted Wheaties
-Brown Sugar & Oat Total
-Basic 4
-Reeses Puffs
-French Toast Crunch

-Frosted Flakes
-Corn Flakes
-Special K
-Raisin Bran
-Rice Krispies
-Corn Pops
-Product 19
-Froot Loops
-Marshmallow Blasted Fruit Loops
-Apple Jacks
-Smart Start
-Complete Wheat Bran
-Complete Oat Bran
-Just Right Fruit & Nut
-Honey Crunch Corn Flakes
-Raisin Bran Crunch
-Cracklin’ Oat Bran

Country Inn Specialties (all varieties)
-Mothers Cereals (Quaker)
-Toasted Oat Bran
-Peanut Butter Bumpers
-Groovy Grahams
-Harvest Oat Flakes
-Harvest Oat Flakes w/Apples & Almonds
-Honey Round Ups

Post (Kraft-Phillip Morris)
-Raisin Bran
-Bran Flakes
-Grape Nut Flakes
-Grape Nut O’s
-Fruit & Fibre date, raisin and walnut
-Fruit & Fibre peach, raisin and almond
-Honey Bunch of Oats
-Honey Nut Shredded Wheat
-Honey Comb
-Golden Crisp
-Waffle Crisp
-Cocoa Pebbles
-Cinna-Crunch Pebbles
-Fruity Pebbles
-Post Selects Cranberry Almond
-Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch
-Post Selects Blueberry Morning
-Post Selects Great Grains

-Cinnamon Life
-100% Natural Granola
-Toasted Oatmeal
-Toasted Oatmeal Honey Nut
-Oat Bran
-Cap’n Crunch
-Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch
-Cap’n Crunch Crunchling Berries

Chocolate ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Cadbury (Cadbury/Hershey’s)
-Almond Joy
-York Peppermint Patty
-Dairy Milk
-Roast Almond
-Fruit & Nut
-Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
-Mr. Goodbar
-Special Dark
-Milk Chocolate

Kraft (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Toblerone (all varieties)

-M&M (all varieties)
-Three Musketeers
-Milky Way

-Milk Chocolate
-100 Grand

Carnation (Nestle)

Hot Cocoa Mixes:
-Rich Chocolate
-Double Chocolate
-Milk Chocolate
-Marshmallow Madness
-Mini Marshmallow
-No Sugar

-Chocolate Syrup
-Special Dark Chocolate Syrup
-Strawberry Syrup

-Strawberry Nesquik

Swiss Miss (ConAgra)
-Chocolate Sensation
-Milk Chocolate
-Marshmallow Lovers
-Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free
-No Sugar Added

Condiments ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Del Monte (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Ketchup (regular & no salt)
-Chili Sauce
-Cocktail Sauce
-Heinz 57 Steak Sauce

Hellman’s (Bestfoods)
-Real Mayonnaise
-Light Mayonnaise
-Low-Fat Mayonnaise

Hunt’s (ConAgra)
-Ketchup (regular & no salt)
-KC Masterpiece
-Original BBQ sauce
-Garlic & Herb Marinade
-Honey Teriyaki Marinade

Kraft (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Miracle Whip (all varieties)
-Kraft Mayonnaise (all)
-Thick & Spicy BBQ sauces (all varieties)
-Char Grill BBQ sauce
-Honey Hickory BBQ sauce

Nabisco (Nabiso/Phillip Morris)
-A-1 Steak Sauce
Open Pit (Vlasic/Campbells)
-BBQ sauces (all)
-Chi-Chi’s (Hormel)
-Fiesta Salsa (all varieties)
-Old El Paso (Pillsbury)
-Thick & Chunky Salsa
-Garden Pepper Salsa
-Taco Sauce
-Picante Sauce

Ortega (Nestle)
-Taco Sauce
-Salsa Prima Homestyle
-Salsa Prima Roasted Garlic
-Salsa Prima 3 Bell Pepper
-Thick & Chunky Salsa

Pace (Campbells)
-Chunky Salsa
-Picante Sauce

Tostitos Salsa (Frito-Lay/Pepsi)
-All Natural
-All Natural Thick & Chunky
-Roasted Garlic
-Restaurant Style

Cookies ~Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Delicious Brands (Parmalat)
-Animal Crackers
-Ginger Snaps
-Fig Bars
-Sugar-Free Duplex
-Honey Grahams
-Cinnamon Grahams
-Fat Free Vanilla Wafers
-English Toffee Heath Cookies
-Butterfinger Cookies
-Skippy Peanut Butter Cookies

Famous Amos (Keebler/Flowers Industries)
-Chocolate Chip
-Oatmeal Raisin
-Chocolate Sandwich
-Peanut Butter Sandwich
-Vanilla Sandwich
-Oatmeal Macaroon Sandwich

Frookies (Delicious Brands/Parmalat)
-Peanut Butter Chunk
-Chocolate Chip
-Double Chocolate
-Frookwich Vanilla
-Frookwich Chocolate
-Frookwich Peanut Butter
-Frookwich Lemon
-Funky Monkeys Chocolate
-Ginger Snaps
-Lemon Wafers

Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries)
-Chips Deluxe
-E.L. Fudge
-Soft Batch Chocolate Chip
-Golden Vanilla Wafers
-Vienna Fingers
-Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stripes
-Fudge Shoppe Double Fudge & Caramel
-Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stix
-Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter Fudge Stix
-Country Style Oatmeal
-Graham Originals
-Graham Cinnamon Crisp
-Graham Chocolate
-Graham Honey Low Fat
-Crème Filled Wafers
-Chocolate Filled Wafers

Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Oreo,(all varieties)
-Chips Ahoy!(all varieties)
-Fig Newtons (and all Newtons varities)
-Lorna Doone
-Nutter Butters
-Barnum Animal Crackers
-Nilla Wafers
-Nilla Chocolate Wafers
-Pecanz Shortbread
-Family Favorites Oatmeal
-Famous Wafers
-Fudge Covered Mystic Sticks
-Honey Maid Graham Crackers
-Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams
-Honey Maid Chocolate Grahams
-Honey Maid Oatmeal Crunch
-Teddy Grahams
-Teddy Grahams Cinnamon
-Teddy Grahams Chocolate
-Teddy Grahams Chocolate Chips
-Café Cremes Vanilla
-Café Crème Cappuccino

Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s)
-Mint Milano
-Chocolate Chip
-Lemon Nut
-Ginger Men
-Raspberry Chantilly
-Strawberry Verona
-Chocolate Mocha Salzburg
-Chocolate Chunk Chesapeake
-Chocolate Chunk Nantucket
-Chocolate Chunk Sausalito
-Oatmeal Raisin Soft Baked

Sesame Street (Keebler)
-Cookie Monster
-Chocolate Chip
-Chocolate Sandwich
-Vanilla Sandwich
-Cookie Pals
-Honey Grahams
-Cinnamon Grahams
-Frosted Grahams

Snack Wells (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Devil’s Food
-Golden Devil’s Food
-Mint Crème
-Coconut Crème
-Chocolate Sandwich
-Chocolate Chip
-Peanut Butter Chip
-Double Chocolate Chip

Crackers ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries)
-Town House
-Munch ‘Ems (all varieties)
-Zesta Saltines
-Toasteds (Wheat, Onion, Sesame & Butter Crisps)
-Snax Stix (Wheat, Cheddar & original)
-Harvest Bakery (Multigrain, Butter, Corn Bread)

Nabisco (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Ritz (all varieties)
-Wheat Thins (all)
-Better Cheddars
-Premium Saltines (all)
-Ritz Snack Mix (all)
-Vegetable Flavor Crisps
-Swiss Cheese Flavor Crisps
-Cheese Nips (all)
-Uneeda Biscuits

Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s)
-Butter Thins
-Hearty Wheat
-Cracker Trio
-Cracker Quartet
-Three Cheese Snack Stix
-Sesame Snack Stix
-Pumpernickel Snack Stix
-Goldfish (original, cheddar, parmesan, pizza, pretzel)
-Goldfish Snack Mix (all)

Red Oval Farms (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Stoned Wheat Thin (all varieties)
-Crisp ‘N Light Sourdough Rye
-Crisp ‘N Light Wheat

Sunshine (Flowers Industries)
-Cheeze-It (original & reduced fat)
-Cheeze-It White Cheddar
-Cheeze-It Party Mix
-Krispy Original Saltines

Frozen Dinners ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Banquet (ConAgra)
-Pot Pies (all varieties)
-Fried Chicken
-Salisbury Steak
-Chicken Nugget Meal
-Pepperoni Pizza Meal

Budget Gourmet (Heinz)
-Roast Beef Supreme
-Beef Stroganoff
-Three Cheese Lasagne
-Chicken Oriental & Vegeatble
-Fettuccini Primavera

Green Giant (Pillsbury)
-Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavored Sauce
-Rice Medley with Beef Flavored Sauce
-Primavera Pasta
-Pasta Accents Creamy Cheddar
-Create-a-Meals Parmesan Herb Chicken
-Cheesy Pasta and Vegetable
-Beef Noodle
-Sweet & Sour
-Mushroom Wine Chicken

Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
-Stuffed Pasta Shells
-Chicken Parmagiana
-Country Breaded Chicken
-Roast Chicken Breast
-Beef Pot Roast
-Chicken & Corn Bread
-Cheese & Chicken Tortellini
-Lemon Pepper Fish
-Shrimp & Vegetable
-Macaroni & Cheese

Kid Cuisine (ConAgra)
-Chicken Nugget Meal
-Fried Chicken
-Taco Roll Up
-Corn Dog
-Cheese Pizza
-Fish Stix
-Macaroni & Cheese

Lean Cuisine (Stouffer’s/Nestle)
-Skillet Sensations Chicken & Vegetable
-Broccoli & Beef
-Homestyle Beef
-Teriyaki Chicken
-Chicken Alfredo
-Garlic Chicken
-Roast Turkey

-Hearty Portions Chicken Florentine
-Beef Stroganoff
-Cheese & Spinach Manicotti
-Salisbury Steak

-Café Classics Baked Fish
-Baked Chicken
-Chicken a L’Orange
-Chicken Parmesan
-Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes

-Everyday Favorites Chicken Fettuccini
-Chicken Pie
-Angel Hair Pasta
-Three Bean Chili with Rice
-Macaroni & Cheese

Marie Callenders (ConAgra)
-Chicken Pot Pie
-Lasagna & Meat Sauce
-Turkey & Gravy
-Meat Loaf & Gravy
-Country Fried Chicken & Gravy
-Fettuccini with Broccoli & Cheddar
-Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes
-Country Fried Pork Chop with Gravy
-Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes (Heinz)
-Fast Fries
-Steak fries
-Hash Browns
-Tater Tots
-Potato Wedges
-Crispy Crunchies

Rosetto Frozen Pasta (Heinz)
-Cheese Ravioli
-Beef Ravioli
-Italian Sausage Ravioli
-Eight Cheese Stuffed Shells
-Eight Cheese Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Stouffer’s (Nestle)
-Family Style Favorites Macaroni & Cheese
-Stuffed Peppers
-Broccoli au Gratin
-Meat Loaf in Gravy
-Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole

-Homestyle Meatloaf
-Salisbury Steak
-Chicken Breast in Gravy

-Hearty Portions Salisbury Steak
-Chicken Fettucini
-Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
-Chicken Pot Pie

Swanson (Vlasic/Campbells)
-Meat Loaf
-Fish & Chips
-Salisbury Steak
-Chicken Nuggets
-Hungry Man Fried Chicken
-Roast Chicken
-Fisherman’s Platter
-Pork Rib

Voila! (Bird’s Eye/Agri-Link Foods)
-Chicken Voila! Alfredo
-Chicken Voila! Garlic
-Chicken Voila! Pesto
-Chicken Voila! Three Cheese
-Steak Voila! Beef Sirloin
-Shrimp Voila! Garlic

Weight Watchers (Heinz)
-Smart Ones Fiesta Chicken
-Basil Chicken
-Ravioli Florentine
-Fajita Chicken
-Roasted Vegetable Primavera

Energy Bars & Drinks ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Power Bars

Power Bar (Nestle)
-Oatmeal Raisin
-Apple Cinnamon
-Peanut Butter
-Vanilla Crisp
-Chocolate Peanut Butter
-Wild Berry
-Harvest Bars Apple Crisp
-Chocolate Fudge Brownie
-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Drink Mixes

Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix (Nestle)
-Creamy Milk Chocolate
-Classic Chocolate
-French Vanilla
-Café Mocha

Heat & Serve Meals ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Chef Boyardee (ConAgra)
-Macaroni & Cheese
-Mini Ravioli
-ABC’s & 123′s

Dinty Moore (Hormel)
-Beef Stew
-Turkey Stew
-Chicken & Dumplings
-Chili with Beans
-Chili No Beans
-Vegetarian Chili with Beans

Kids’ Kitchen (Hormel)
-Spaghetti Rings with Meatballs
-Macaroni & Cheese
-Pizza Wedges with 3 Cheese

Franco-American (Campbell’s)
-Spaghetti O’s
-Mini Ravioli
-Power Rangers Pasta in Sauce

Meat & Dairy Alternatives ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Loma Linda(Worthington/Kellogg’s*)
-Meatless Chik Nuggest

Morningstar (Worthington/Kellogg’s*)
-Harvest Burger
-Better ‘n Burgers
-Garden Veggie Patties
-Grillers Burgers
-Black Bean Burger
-Chicken Patties

Natural Touch (Worthington/Kellogg’s*)
-Garden Vegetable Pattie
-Black Bean Burger
-Okra Pattie
-Lentil Rice Loaf
-Nine Bean Loaf

Worthington (Worthington/Kellogg’s*)
-Vegetarian Burger
-Savory Slices

Dairy Alternatives

Nutra Blend Soy Beverage(Bestfoods)
*A company letter states that they are in the process of converting to non-genetically modified “proteins” in all products.

Meal Mixes & Sauce Packets ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Betty Crocker (General Mills)
-Garden Vegetable Pilaf
-Creamy Herb Risotto
-Garlic Alfredo Fettuccini
-Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli
-Macaroni & Cheese
-Pasta Alfredo

Knorr (Bestfoods)
-Mushroom Risotto Italian Rice
-Broccoli au Gratin Risotto
-Vegetable Primavera Risotto
-Risotto Milanese
-Original Pilf
-Chicken Pilaf
-Rotini with 4 Cheese
-Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken & Vegetable
-Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato
-Fettuccini with Alfredo
-Classic Sauce Packets Hollandaise

-Lemon Herb
-Mushroom Brown
-Roasted Chicken
-Roasted Pork
-Roasted Turkey

Pasta Sauce Packets Alfredo
-Four Cheese
-Garlic Herb

Lipton (Unilever)
-Rice & Sauce Packets Chicken Broccoli
-Cheddar Broccoli
-Beef Flavor
-Chicken Flavor
-Creamy Chicken

-Sizzle & Stir Skillet Supers Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice
-Spanish Chicken & Rice
-Herb Chicken & Bowties
-Cheddar Chicken & Shells

Near East (Quaker)
-Spicy Tomato Pasta Mix
-Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta Mix
-Falafel Mix
-Lentil Pilaf
-Tomato Lentil
-Toasted Pinenut
-Herb Chicken
-Broccoli & Cheese

Pasta Roni (Quaker)
-Fettuccini Alfredo
-Garlic Alfredo
-Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs
-Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese
-Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Parmesan
-Angel Hair Pasta Primavera
-Garlic & Olive Oil with Vermicelli

Rice-a-Roni (Quaker)
-Rice Pilaf
-Fried Rice
-Chicken & Broccoli
-Long Grain & Wild Rice
-Broccoli au Gratin

Uncle Ben’s (Mars)
-Long Grain & Wild Rice (Original & with Garlic)
-Brown & Wild Rice Mushroom
-Country Inn Mexican Fiesta
-Country Inn Oriental Fried Rice
-Country Inn Chicken & Vegetable
-Country Inn Chicken & Broccoli
-Natural Select Chicken & Herb
-Natural Select Tomato & Basil
-Chef’s Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pilaf
-Chef’s Recipe Beans & Rice
-Chef’s Recipe Broccoli Rice

Frozen Pizza ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Celeste (Aurora Foods)
-Four Cheese

Tombstone (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Sausage & Pepperoni
-Extra Cheese
-Stuffed Crust
-Three Cheese

Totino’s (Pillsbury)
-Crisp Crust

Snack Foods ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Act II Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra)
-Extreme Butter
-Corn on the Cob

Frito-Lay* (PepsiCo)
-Lays Potato Chips (all varieties)
-Ruffles Potato Chips (all)
-Doritos Corn Chips (all)
-Tostitos Corn Chips (all)
-Fritos Corn Chips (all)
-Cheetos (all)
-Rold Gold Pretzels (all)
-Cracker Jack Popcorn

Healthy Choice Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra)
-Organic Corn (soy/canola oils)

Mothers Corn Cakes (Quaker)
-Butter Pop

Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra)
-Smart Pop
-Pour Over
-Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Cakes
-Orville Redenbacher Mini Popcorn Cakes
-Peanut Caramel
-Chocolate Peanut

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn (Betty Crocker/General Mills)
-Jumbo Pop
-Extra Butter
-94% Fat Free Butter

Pringles (Procter & Gamble)
-Low Fat
-Sour Cream & Onion
-Salt & Vinegar
-Quaker Rice Cakes
-Peanut Butter
-Chocolate Crunch
-Cinnamon Streusel
-Sour Cream & Onion
-Apple Cinnamon
-Caramel Corn
-Quaker Corn Cakes
-White Cheddar
-Caramel Corn
-Strawberry Crunch
-Caramel Chocolate Chip
*Frito has informed its corn and potato suppliers that the company wishes to avoid GE crops, but acknowledges that canola or other oils and ingredients in its products may be from GE sources.

Soda & Juice Drinks ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Coca Cola (Coca Cola)
Cherry Coke
Barq’s Root Beer
Minute Maid Orange
Minute Maid Grape
Wild Cherry Pepsi
Mug Root Beer
Mountain Dew
Dr. Pepper
A & W Root Beer
Sunkist Orange
Schweppes Ginger Ale

Capri Sun juices (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Red Berry
-Surfer Cooler
-Splash Cooler
-Wild Cherry
-Strawberry Kiwi
-Fruit Punch
-Pacific Cooler

Fruitopia (Coca Cola)
-Grape Beyond
-Berry Lemonade
-Fruit Integration
-Kiwiberry Ruckus
-Strawberry Passion
-Tremendously Tangerine

Fruit Works (PepsiCo)
-Strawberry Melon
-Peach Papaya
-Pink Lemonade
-Apple Raspberry

Gatorade (Quaker)
-Lemon Lime
-Fierce Grape
-Frost Riptide Rush

Hawaiian Punch (Procter & Gamble)
-Tropical Fruit
-Grape Geyser
-Fruit Juicy Red
-Strawberry Surfin

Hi-C (Coca Cola)
-Pink Lemonade
-Watermelon Rapids
-Boppin’ Berry
-Tropical Punch
-Smashin’ Wildberry
-Blue Cooler
-Blue Moon Berry

Kool Aid (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Blastin’ Berry Cherry
-Bluemoon Berry
-Kickin’ Kiwi Lime
-Tropical Punch
-Wild Berry Tea
-Ocean Spray
-Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Squeeze It (Betty Crocker/General Mills)
-Rockin’ Red Puncher
-Chucklin’ Cherry
-Mystery 2000

Sunny Delight (Procter & Gamble)
-Sunny Delight Original
-Sunny Delight With Calcium Citrus Punch
-Sunny Delight California Style Citrus Punch
Tang juices (Kraft/Phillip Morris)
-Orange Uproar
-Fruit Frenzy
-Berry Panic

Tropicana Twisters (PepsiCo)
-Grape Berry
-Apple Raspberry Blackberry
-Cherry Berry
-Cranberry Raspberry Strawberry
-Pink Grapefruit
-Tropical Strawberry
-Orange Cranberry
-Orange Strawberry Banana

V-8 (Campbells)
-V8 Tomato Juices (all varieties)
-Strawberry Kiwi
-Strawberry Banana
-Fruit Medley
-Berry Blend
-Citrus Blend
-Apple Medley
-Tropical Blend
-Island Blend

Soup ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

-Chicken Noodle
-Cream of Chicken
-Cream of Mushroom
-Cream of Celery
-Cream of Broccoli
-Cheddar Cheese
-Green Pea
-Healthy Request Chicken Noodle
-Cream of Chicken
-Cream of Mushroom
-Cream of Celery
-Campbell’s Select Roasted Chicken with Rice

-Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes
-Chicken Rice
-Vegetable Beef

-Chunky Beef with Rice
-Hearty Chicken & Vegetable
-Pepper Steak
-Baked Potato with Steak & Cheese
-New England Clam Chowder

-Soup to Go Chicken Noodle
-Chicken Rice
-Garden Vegetable
-Vegetable Beef & Rice

Simply Home Chicken Noodle
Chicken Rice
Garden Vegetable
Vegetable Beef with Pasta

Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
-Country Vegetable
-Fiesta Chicken
-Bean & Pasta
-Chicken Noodle
-Chicken with Rice

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s)
-Corn Chowder
-Lobster Bisque
-Chicken & Wild Rice
-New England Clam Chowder
-Crab Soup

Progresso (Pillsbury)
-Tomato Basil
-Chicken Noodle
-Chicken & Wild Rice
-Chicken Barley
-New England Clam Chowder
-Zesty Herb Tomato
-Roasted Chicken with Rotini
-Fat Free Minestrone
-Fat Free Chicken Noodle
-Fat Free Lentil
-Fat Free Roast Chicken

Tomatoes & Sauces ~ Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Del Monte (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
-Tomato Sauce

Five Brothers Pasta Sauces (Lipton/Unilever)
-Summer Vegetable
-Five Cheese
-Roasted Garlic & Onion
-Tomato & Basil

Healthy Choice Pasta Sauces (ConAgra)
-Garlic & Herb
-Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb

Hunts (ConAgra)
-Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
-Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce
-Tomato Sauce
-Tomato Paste

Prego Pasta Sauces (Campbells)
-Tomato, Basil & Garlic
-Fresh Mushroom
-Ricotta Parmesan
-Meat Flavored
-Roasted Garlic & Herb
-Three Cheese
-Chicken with Parmesan

Ragu Sauces (Lipton/Unilever)
-Old World Traditional
-Old World with Meat
-Old World Marinara
-Old World with Mushrooms
-Ragu Robusto Parmesan & Romano
-Ragu Robusto Roasted Garlic
-Ragu Robusto Sweet Italian Sausage
-Ragu Robusto Six Cheese
-Ragu Robusto Tomato, Olive Oil & Garlic
-Ragu Robusto Classic Italian Meat
-Chunky Garden Style Super Garlic
-Chunky Garden Style Garden Combo
-Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Garlic & Onion
-Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Basil & Italian Cheese
-Pizza Quick Traditional

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A Special Message To KGO Listeners, from KSCO Owner Michael Zwerling

"The abrupt firing of some of the finest talent in the talk radio industry by the new clueless corporate suits at KGO last Friday is an indication of two things:

  • 1) their total disregard, no, make that CONTEMPT for both the talent and the listeners who made that station so special, and
  • 2) their INCREDIBLE, Darwin-award-qualifying stupidity.

KSCO extends invitations to all displaced KGO hosts to come to a station owned and operated by HUMANS with good hearts, good souls, and diverse personalities and perspectives-- not by cold corporate weasels and bean counters.

One of those hosts, Dr. Bill Wattenburg, has graciously accepted our invitation; let's see what the others will do.

Join us on the next KSCO Special for a stimulating discussion of this unprecedented talk radio drama, possibly with some of the players in attendance, this Saturday 10 AM to 12 Noon, right here on still proudly a voice for everyone radio AM 1080 KSCO."

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Dale and MZ Rush Limbaugh Email Thread

Please Add a Comment to let us know what you think.

On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 4:17 PM, Michael Zwerling/KSCO/ZBS wrote:

So will you participate in the discussion?

On Mar 23, 2012, at 3:59 PM, Dale wrote:

Getting Rush off the air is not about censoring him; like me, he is free to say what he wishes. But it is about not enabling a person who uses hate speech and lies (masked as "satire") to silence others.

His whole 3 day tired, with 57 insults/lies, was intended to demonize her, to kill the messenger, to silence her voice.

This is not free speech; it is an attempt to inhibit free speech. \

Dale Ruiff

On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM, Dale wrote:

Michael, I can't find the info on the discussion about the Rush show. Could you forward this information. I will participate if I am available. Thanks, Dale

On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Michael Zwerling wrote:

Hey Dale,

There is nothing on the website promoting further discussion of this issue-- we're going to have Sheriff Joe Arpaio from AZ on from 11:30 to Noon tomorrow, and the expert who claims Obama's birth certificate is bogus and computer-generated from 11 to 11:30.

That leaves the entire 10 o'clock hour for open mike (caller-driven topics) but I thought that if you would come on as a guest it could male for a great, lively discussion.

I guarantee you would find it a worthwhile experience.

You're the Dale running the petition for us to drop Rush, yes?

Michael L. Zwerling
Owner, KSCO NewsTalk AM 1080
Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz-San Jose

On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM, friend wrote: (in Red) (and MZ Replied in Green)

Michael, I was unable to change my schedule to appear, but I was able to listen to your program on Rush in the car. Wow! I am glad I was unable to appear, as you made it clear from the start that you had a closed mind, calling people like me who feel that slander and hate speech have no place on the public airwaves. First, you called me (and those like me) "zealots," which thesaurus.com defines as " activist, diehard, extremist, fanatic, fiend,maniac, militant, nut, radical,"

Dale, I would appreciate it if you would be honest here; this was live talk radio. It seems pretty clear to me that inability to change your schedule had nothing to do with your not appearing on KSCO today; after all, if you had the time to hear the show in such great detail you certainly could have participated via cell phone as most of the others did.

Here's what I believe and I would TRULY welcome you to prove me wrong on this: I don't believe that you ever even HEARD of KSCO before the recent Rush controversy; I also don't believe you reside in our broadcast coverage area, am I right?

I DO believe that after you read my sincere invitation to have you on the station to discuss this issue today, just to be safe you decided to listen to the show to see if you could trust me to treat you fairly at some time in the future, presuming I would make the invitation again -- which I will; consider it a standing one.....

Dale, you need to know that had you chosen to participate, via phone, skype, live in-studio, or otherwise, you would have (and will STILL) been (be) treated with the utmost of dignity and respect by me-- please ask anyone you can find from your perspective who KNOWS me and KSCO to verify this and you will find it to be true.

Did you know that we have the "What's Left" two hour segment featuring hosts from your political point of view each weekday from 2 to 4 PM? Listen to those shows sometime.

Then a moment later, you called me (and those calling for canceling Rush) as Nazis. This is ironic, since your entire framing of the issue followed the standard fascist historic tactic of demonizing those who disagree.

I am glad I was unable to participate in this rightwing propaganda effort, and I feel that you wanted me to set me up for a beating, which in my absence, you did anyway.

I guess I can understand how you can feel that way given what you heard me say. But you are WRONG, plain and simple. I think one of the dirtiest, most rotten things a person can do to another person is to set him or her up for a public humiliation/flogging under the pretense of an invitation for a civil, respectful discussion. That would be an ambush and I do not ambush people -- EVER!

Dale, I never even mentioned your name, so how can you say I gave YOU a beating? If you would have participated, I would have been just as kind and courteous to you as I was to that Shelly lady who called from Aptos, and to the others who share your point of view regarding Rush. Ask any one of them about me and fairness.

Then, later, I heard you say you believe Obama is an alien and not legitimate. Ok, I get it. You are a far right "zealot" with no interest in "fair and balanced" discussion but looking for the opportunity to slander (like Rush) those who have differing opinions. As you know, when you go far enough right, you end up at fascism, which thrives by demonizing, slandering, and practicing hate speech.

My objection to Rush is that I have heard him call for resegregation of the races (when, after a few blacks beat up a white kid in a bus, he said: "This is Obama's America. We need to go back to segregation." He claimed later this was satire, but who was the target he was satirizing?

You clearly listen to Rush a lot more than I do. I can't comment on the above.

Then his 3 day rant and slander against Ms Fluke was not only lewd but criminal (slander is using lies to harm a person's reputation).

We have had hosts and callers on our station say just that-- and that Ms Fluke could well have a good case of slander against Rush if she chose to pursue it..

Your use of Nazi to describe my efforts to have Rush cancelled was also a slander.

Oh STOP it. If you REALLY believe that than please Dale, SUE ME AND KSCO NOW; get on with it!!

Hate speech enables or leads to hate crimes, so when a person with an audience of 15 million on the public airwaves preaches hatred (of liberals, of minorities, of women (feminazis), and of gays, he is actually encouraging acts of violence and seeking to silence the voices of these groups and those who seek equality and justice for them.

I've NEVER heard Rush try to silence those who disagree with him -- RIDICULE THEM, YES, but silence-- no NEVER -- that is YOUR method; not Rush's nor mine.

Then you went kind of crazy on the radio. I used to listen to Rush but his poisonous barbs gave me headaches. I will no longer listen to your station or buy from sponsors I am aware of. You are a far right extremist using fascist rhetoric to demonize those who disagree with you.

You are wrong. Make me prove it. (I've actually been accused of being a closet liberal-- honestly!)

Your views on Obama to me have no other source than racism, as no other President has ever been challenged on his citizenship. The fact that shortly after his birth, 2 Honolulu newspapers printed birth notices makes your believes cranky and absurd. The only rational explanation for so demonizing Obama (whose birth certificate has been verified by both Republican and Democratic officials in Hawaii) is that he is black. I accuse you of racism, Michael, tho I know that you will deny it (there are no racists; Zimmerman is no racist: the real racists are the blacks, etc).

You greatly disappointed me in the way you set up the discussion by calling those, in advance, who disagreed with you as Nazis. I am grateful I did not give you the opportunity to attack me, as clearly you intended to.

I hope you will re-think this, Dale because again, you are wrong; NOTHING could be further from the truth regarding how you have characterized me.

Polls show that between 25% and 40% believe Obama is not a citizen. These are the same people (45-70% according to 2003 polls) who thought Hussein was behind 9/11. This lie was advanced by people like Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, and other rightwingers, tho there was zero evidence and in fact Al Quada hated Hussein for his secularism.

Such misinformed people commonly get their misinformation from Rush, Hannity, and stations like yours, which broadcast these lies. The result: 900, 000 civilians killed in Iraq, just as in Vietnam, 2 million civilians (including hundreds of thousands of children) were killed based on the fraud of the Gulf of Tonkin. Lies, hate speech, and slander lead to violence. Sadly, you are part of this process of fueling hatred and despicable acts by ignorant and brainwashed people.

Regarding Sheriff Arpaio, the Justice Department says he violated Federal law and the Constitution. " Neil V. Wake ruled in 2008, and again in 2010, that the Maricopa County jails violated the constitutional rights of inmates in medical and other care related issues." He has also been found guilty of abuse of power by numerous judges and courts. Even among Republicans, his approval has dropped to 57%. This man has been found guilty of discrimination and abusing his power.

I was inclined to think well of you, but now I realize that you broadcast views, both your own and those of people like Rush, that encourage fear, ignorance, and hatred.

Why don't you write a guest commentary about me and submit it for KSCO airplay? Or we could simply publish this letter and my response on our website KSCO.COM?

Would you make a similar offer to me if the situation were reversed? Somehow I think not, but again, hopefully I'm wrong about this also.



Sincerely, Dale Ruff

From: friend Date: Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM Subject: Re: Rush and censorhsip To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael, you are in denial about the kinds of rhetoric and views you broadcast. They are far far right, very extreme. You flat out said that those who wanted to get Rush off the air (and that certainly included me foremost in this context) were Nazis.

Everything else you say pales before the extremism of that slur and your real view of my position. Perhaps you can makes changes in your schedule with less than 24 hrs notice, but I cannot. Nor do I have a cell phone.

I have listened to your station for many years, that is where I heard Limbaugh, and I have heard your mother whine about liberals many times. I have listened to Cory Gold and Costa, etc. etc. Bigot people always tell you what you are thinking and doing, because they are operating from stereotypes.

The sad thing is I was prepared to like you because your invitation seemed so sincere, but when I heard you call people who think hate speech, lewdness, and slander should not be broadcast "Nazis", I lost all respect for you. People like David Duke, a neo-Nazi, love Rush's hate speech. I know understand that you do too.

Do you think calling someone a prostitute and other lies to destroy their reputation is not slander. Slander is lies meant to hurt a person's standing in the community. This is exactly what Rush was doing, for 3 days straight, talking about how Ms. Fluke had too much sex and should "back off," saying she should send him sex tapes to watch, etc.

His hate speech is evil because it encourages others to act out the hate. Do you think hate speech, which has the effect of intimidating those targeted and encouraging the extremed, is intended to further rational discussion? You know that hate speech is the prelude to violent acts. Hate speech includes racist comments, homophobic slurs, and misogynistic remarks. Rush does not deny making such statements but defends them as "satire."

I have spent a lot of time, on the internet discussions, trying to reason with the birthers, which you belong to. Almost of of them articulated racist attitudes and refused to answer questions about such inconvenient facts as the 2 newspaper notices of birth in Honolulu, or both Republican officials confirming his birth certificate. Behind this absurd movement, unprecedented in our history, lies a bedrock of racism in the inability to accept a black President as legitimate.

As for the Sheriff, he has been found guilty of violating Federal law and the Constitution.

So you called me (by implication) a Nazi for opposing hate speech and you defend a blatent bigot (Rush), a disgraced sheriff, and you join the racist ranks of the birthers.

You can deny it; you can project. I have lost all respect for you now that I see what you are really about. You say you would never set me up, but when you called me a Nazi (not by name but by my call to cancel Rush), I realized that all along you thought me a Nazi for my viewpoint. Pretending that you were acting out of respect withers in the face of that ugly slur.

Like most rightwingers I have sought to have some dialogue with, you are, just beneath the surface, ready to erupt into the most scurrilous lies.

And you did go nuts over the radio today. You are a sad excuse for a human being.

You can publish or read anything you wish. I have lost all respect for you and wish to have nothing to do with you. When you set up a live discussion on air with the prelude comment that those who disagree with you are Nazis, that's all I need to know about you. That is hate speech. That is slander. That is pathetic.

Dale Ruff

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By and for the 99%, a visionary Blueprint for a Radical Remake of America (or any country)

Third Draft-mod C, November 14, 2011

Where do the Occupy and other progressive movements go from here? The grievances and the villains have been clearly identified, the philosophy and the operational principals established and there is a sense of optimism in the air that change is possible. I respectfully ask you to roll forward your clock to a day not too far in the future when, by some set of amazing and unforeseen events, the ideal outcome has arrived. Hold this thought for a moment. So, what would this ideal world look like? Anything you can imagine, so let’s put it together! To get us started I have penned a modest Blueprint for a Radical Remake below. Why do this kind of exercise you might ask? Having a vision for the best possible outcome is essential as it gives you a point in space to aim at. And we have all experienced that when a shared, clear vision is held and actively pursued, the universe always seems to provide all of the steps to reach it.

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Michael Zwerling

Dear Mike,
I wish to correct some misinformation contained in Michael Olsen’s opinion piece about me and CAFA. This piece has appeared in a number of places and has for quite some time been posted on your KSCO website. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but when that opinion is based on misinformation, it has no substance. It’s even worse if the writer is a news person, because one of the first duties of a news person is to check the facts.

Olsen’s statement that “CAFA does not like these attractions” referring to the Fairgrounds hosting attractions throughout the year is factually incorrect. CAFA is a supporter of the Fairgrounds in many ways. CAFA members attend, sponsor, and donate to a multitude of events and activities at the Fairgrounds. At issue is the failure of the Fairgrounds to follow a Master Plan that they began to establish over a year ago. A Master Plan was to be set up to allow controlled development of the Fairgrounds. I think we would all agree that uncontrolled development of almost anything usually results in problems that are difficult to correct later.

Long before CAFA was formed, many members of the community approached the Fairgrounds management and Board of Directors with concerns and offers of input to the Master Planning process. Last year, Fairgrounds Management promised changes to the noise policy, having acknowledged it as inadequate and unenforceable. The community was promised a meeting with the Master Plan consultants (RCH Group) the Fairgrounds had hired. A finished Master Plan was promised in the near future. NONE of the promised actions came to be. Instead, the Fairgrounds started to add new events, one at a time, without the benefit of a plan, much less community input. Some of the new events included extremely loud attractions on days that used to be quiet. Some new events ignored sanitation and waterway requirements. We protested and even offered solutions.

CAFA was formed by a large diverse group of community citizens being repeatedly ignored by the cavalier State institution known as the 14th District Agricultural Association (Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds). After trying many times to help and have a say in the expansion plans, and after the Fairgrounds repeatedly broke its promises, CAFA sought legal counsel. The Fairgrounds approved a new event with a 35-day limit to challenge. CAFA was forced to sue or else lose the right to address potential problems posed by this new event as well as future new events.

The idea that CAFA’s lawsuit can cost the Fairgrounds its existence is supported only by the Fairgrounds’ refusal to work with the community that it exists to serve. Although a few concessions have been given to the community, there is much more to do and there is no written agreement that would keep these concessions in place.

Other factual errors in Michael Olson’s piece:
  • 1. I did not “develop a mansion on Rancho Brazil Lane.” The Victorian farmhouse I live in was moved to its current location in pieces after falling victim to the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. It was put back together by a contractor in 1994, then sold to another couple in 1998; we purchased the house in 2001.
  • 2. I am not a “developer” (nor is CAFA associated with a developer). To use this lie to support an assertion about my “agenda” is misleading and inflammatory. Where (or why) did Mr. Olson come up with this lie?
  • 3. To decry a citizen’s integrity by perceiving him/her as “rich” ignores the possibility that there is a real issue to be addressed here.
  • 4. I invite Mr. Olson to bring a watermelon of his choice to see if he can toss it from our house to the closest Fairgrounds border. If he is successful, he would win the Guinness world record in many categories.
  • Bottom line, Olsen’s article uses falsehoods to support a predator/prey opinion, when in fact no such scenario exists. Presenting falsehoods brings into question a person’s credibility in other areas as well. To continue to host Olsen’s piece does not speak well of KSCO’s journalistic integrity. I suggest that you remove it, or at least correct the falsehoods. Also, I request that in the future you and your staff take the time to check the facts before making potentially slanderous broadcasts and ads.

    Max Kelley
    CAFA member

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