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Christian Bentzen http://christianbentzen.com progressive vegan blog Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.21 una semana despues no se sabe quién (o qué) está detrás de los artículos de la leche contra la almendra. http://christianbentzen.com/una-semana-despues-no-se-sabe-quien-o-que-esta-detras-de-los-articulos-de-la-leche-contra-la-almendra/ http://christianbentzen.com/una-semana-despues-no-se-sabe-quien-o-que-esta-detras-de-los-articulos-de-la-leche-contra-la-almendra/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:27 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=688 La semana pasada, el blog-o-esfera progresiva absolutamente perdió cuando un artículo publicado por Tom Philpott en Mother Jones ruidosamente proclamó “Lay de la leche de almendras le urbanitas ignorantes”, que luego fue republicado en otros sitios de los medios de comunicación liberales de nuevo, y otra vez, andagain, cada vez con una amplia ronda de (casi completamente) comentarios negativos de los lectores en Facebook, Twitter, y los sitios originales con algunos amenazando con dejar de seguir el blog (s), pero la mayoría de comentarios en la línea de “Vine a esperar más de Mother Jones “o, tal vez más notable,” Esto apesta a dinero Industria Láctea “.

     ¿Lo hace? Y ¿alguien ver algo un poco sospechoso miente debajo de todo este desastre?

     Para un poco de perspectiva, la industria lechera estadounidense está en caída libre con la popularidad de la leche de vaca que cae tan rápidamente como nuestra antigua obsesión con jugo de naranja y la popularidad de no lácteos y veganas alternativas de cultivo en zonas urbanas de la cadera.

     Entonces, ¿por qué estos artículos se publican en los sitios progresistas como Mother Jones, entonces Alternet, a continuación, Huffington Post, etc, y es pura coincidencia que no se originan en, por ejemplo, de Glenn Beck ‘Blaze’ o El diario de llamadas o incluso Fox ?

     Para empezar, que en realidad toma leche de almendras o de otras leches de origen vegetal no lácteos? Si usted saidvegans, vegetarianos, alimentos integrales compradores, el joven, la cadera y progresiva, puede ser a algo.

    También hay que tener en cuenta que la ideología política se correlaciona en gran medida con el lugar donde se come, donde usted compra en el supermercado, y salir a comer.

     De hecho, fue el propio Rush Limbaugh, quien dijo que el consumo de alimentos ecológicos “te hace un idiota”, e incluso el famoso libro “fascismo liberal” de Jonah Goldberg señala vínculos entre el vegetarianismo, Hitler, el socialismo, etc Todos los que ‘granola-comer hippy costa oeste chistes liberales “pueden realmente tener un poco de grano de verdad en ellos.

     Algunos son lo suficientemente viejo para recordar un momento en que las grandes tabacaleras utiliza para bombear millones de dólares en estudios, artículos, anuncios, y similares, en un esfuerzo por mantener su industria en los ojos, y los bolsillos, de los estadounidenses. Por suerte para los fabricantes de cigarrillos, su producto en realidad vino con un ingrediente físicamente adictiva ya presentes en el producto en sí. Ahora Big Tobacco está intentando un golpe de mercado E-cigarrillo como un último esfuerzo para acaparar el mercado de productos ‘alternativos’ de nicotina.

     Entonces, ¿cómo estas piezas del rompecabezas de todo esto atan juntos y cuál es la fuente? ¿De dónde vino esta reciente ola de la leche contra la planta originó?

      Fue hace sólo un mes que el primer artículo de la leche contra la almendra apareció en EE.UU. News and World Report que provocó el “debate” en línea. El artículo recibió miles de acciones y barrió a través de Internet a una velocidad alarmante.

     Así tendría que parecerle tan interesante si te dijera que este artículo “fuente” fue escrito por Tamara Dietista Duker Freuman y que una investigación más profunda en la Sra. Freuman muestra que ella que pasa a ser un pagado ‘el portavoz de prensa’ y consultor [PDF] con la industria lechera? O tal vez, cuando estaba siendo criticado toda la sobreabundancia altamente subsidiados por el de la leche en las escuelas públicas de Estados Unidos, que era la misma la Sra. Freuman que no sólo salió en defensa de la lechería, pero en realidad defendía la leche con chocolate azucarados como “algo bueno” en las escuelas ?

      Sra. Duke sigue en la nómina de Redwood Hill Farms, que vende leches, quesos, cremas sin lactosa, etc, y está encabezado por una mujer con el nombre de Jennifer Lynn Bice.

      Jennifer Lynn Bice es en realidad toda una dama ocupada y un ex miembro de la junta del grupo de presión de gran alcance, la sociedad de queso americano, cuyo lema de 4 letras es “Sirviendo a la Industria del queso”.

      El ACS puede ser una figura fuerte en la escena pública cuando se trata de queso, pero ¿qué pasa con las organizaciones reales lácteos y grupos de cabildeo?

      El Nacional de Productores de Leche de la Fundación es el brazo de cabildeo líder de la industria láctea y se ha estado quedando muy ocupado en el cambio nacional hacia las leches de origen vegetal. De hecho, enviaron una petición legal enérgica-[PDF] a la FDA pidiendo que la definición de “leche” y “queso” sólo sea aquellos productos que vienen directamente de las vacas, una posición que se beneficiaría en gran medida de su industria.

      Más acerca de que la definición de “Milk” por el NMPF: oculto dentro de la petición es una parte que pide la FDA (en secreto) incluyen edulcorantes químicos como el aspartame y la sucralosa.

  Es importante destacar que necesitaría ninguno de estos aditivos que se enumeran en la etiqueta, ya que simplemente serían barridos bajo la definición de “leche”, por lo que cuando una empresa se ​​enumeran “leche” en la etiqueta, que incluye automáticamente el aspartamo o la sucralosa – no el Caso con leche de almendras o leche de anacardo, o de soja o arroz, o o o.

    Atar esto al artículo original por Tom Philpott. Lectores veteranos recordarán la época Sr. Philpott trató de defender la idea de una alianza-vegan omnívoro en el 2011 o el tiempo que defendió lácteos “orgánicos” (dos veces) como una alternativa saludable a los productos lácteos convencionales citando astudy que fue financiado por la propia industria láctea.

    Su argumento en contra de la leche de almendras es principalmente que es A.) artificialmente inflada en el precio y B.) El medio ambiente hostil debido a su consumo de agua.

     Irónicamente, Philpott podría haber aprendido acerca de las consecuencias ambientales de la almendra en crecimiento vs Dairy leyendo un artículo en su revista con gráficos muy claros y conocidos que, desde un punto de vista ambiental, la leche de almendras es todavía una opción mejor que la leche de vaca.

     Entonces, ¿hay una conexión entre el valor de mercado a la baja de los productos lácteos y la erupción repentina de artículos de leche anti-almendros por las personas en o alrededor de ‘Big Ag’ y los fabricantes de lácteos? El tiempo lo dirá, aunque te puedo decir que si es el caso, ciertamente no sería la primera vez que una industria utiliza contactos con los medios para empujar una falsa narrativa.

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What’s up with the recent rash of Anti-almond milk articles circling the interwebs? http://christianbentzen.com/whats-up-with-the-recent-rash-of-anti-almond-milk-articles-circling-the-interwebs/ http://christianbentzen.com/whats-up-with-the-recent-rash-of-anti-almond-milk-articles-circling-the-interwebs/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:37:34 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=684 Last week, the progressive blog-o-sphere absolutely lost it when an article published by Tom Philpott on Mother Jones loudly proclaimed “Lay off the Almond Milk you ignorant hipsters”, which was later republished on other liberal media sites again, and again, andagain, each time with an extensive round of (almost completely) negative comments from readers on Facebook, Twitter, and the original sites with some threatening to unfollow the blog(s) but most commenting along the lines of “I came to expect more from Mother Jones” or, perhaps more notably, “This reeks of Dairy Industry money”.

    Does it? And does anyone see something a bit fishy lying under this whole debacle?

    For some perspective, The American dairy industry is in free-fall with the popularity of cows milk falling as rapidly as our former obsession with orange juice and the popularity of non-dairy and vegan alternatives growing in urban, hip areas.

    So why did these articles get published on progressive sites like Mother Jones, then Alternet, then Huffington Post, etc. and is it pure coincidence that they didn’t originate in, say, Glenn Beck’s ‘Blaze’ or The Daily Caller or even Fox?

    To begin, who actually drinks almond milk or other non-dairy plant-based milks? If you saidvegans, vegetarians, whole-foods shoppers, the young, hip, and progressive, you may be on to something.

   Also keep in mind that political ideology is largely correlated with where you eat, where you shop for groceries, and go out to eat.

    In fact, it was Rush Limbaugh himself who said that eating organic food “makes you a jerk” and even Jonah Golberg’s famous “Liberal Fascism” book notes links between vegetarianism, Hitler, Socialism, etc. All those ‘west coast granola-eating hippy liberal’ jokes may actually have some grain of truth to them.

    Some are old enough to remember a time when big Tobacco used to pump millions into studies, articles, advertisements, and the like in an effort to sustain their industry in the eyes, and pockets, of Americans. Luckily for the cigarette manufacturers, their product actually came with a physically addictive ingredient already present in the product itself.  Now Big Tobacco is attempting a takeover of the E-cigarette market as a last-ditch effort to corner the market on ‘alternative’ nicotine products.

    So how do these puzzle pieces all this tie in together and what is the source? Where did this recent rash of anti-plant milk originate?

     It was only one month ago that the first anti-almond milk article appeared in U.S. News and World report which sparked the ‘debate’ online. The article received thousands of shares and swept across the internet at alarming speed.

    So would it strike you as interesting if I told you that this ‘source’ article was written by Dietician Tamara Duker Freuman and that some deeper research into Ms. Freuman shows that she just so happens to be a paid ‘Media spokesman’ and consultant [PDF] with the Dairy industry? Or perhaps, when all the highly-subsidized overabundance of milk in U.S. public schools was being criticized, it was the same Ms. Freuman who not only came to Dairy’s defense but actually advocated sugar-laden chocolate milk as a ‘good thing’ in schools?

     Mrs. Duke remains on the payroll of Redwood hill Farms, which sells milks, cheeses, lactose-free creams, etc. and is headed by a woman by the name of Jennifer Lynn Bice.

     Jennifer Lynn Bice is actually quite a busy lady and a former board member of the powerful lobbying group, the American cheese society whose 4-letter motto is “Serving the Cheese Industry”.

     The ACS may be a strong figure on the public stage when it comes to cheese but what about the actual Dairy organizations and lobbying groups?

     The National Milk Producers Foundation is the leading lobbying arm of the dairy industry and has been staying quite busy in the national shift toward plant-based milks. In fact, they sent a strongly-worded legal request [PDF] to the FDA asking that the definition of “milk” and “Cheese” only be those products that directly come from cows, a position that would greatly benefit their industry.

     More about that definition of “Milk” by the NMPF: hidden within the petition is a portion asking the FDA to (secretly) include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.

 Importantly, none of these additives would need to be listed on the label as they would simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose – not the case with Almond milk, or cashew milk, or soy, or rice, or or or.

   Tying this back to the original article by Tom Philpott. Long-time readers may recall the time Mr. Philpott tried to advocate the idea of a vegan-omnivore alliance in 2011 or the time he defended ‘organic’ dairy (twice) as a healthier alternative to conventional dairy by citing astudy that was funded by the dairy industry itself.

   His argument against almond milk is primarily that it’s A.) Artificially inflated in Price and B.) Environmentally unfriendly due to its water usage.

    Ironically, Philpott could have learned about the environmental consequences of almond growing vs. Dairy by reading an article in his own magazine with very clear charts and known that from an environmental standpoint, almond milk is still a better choice than cow’s milk.

    So is there a connection between the falling market value of Dairy products and the sudden rash of anti-almond milk articles by people in or around ‘Big Ag’ and the Dairy manufacturers? Time will tell, though I can tell you that if it is the case, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time an industry used media contacts to push a false narrative.

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Surprise! The Minute Men group is back, launching “Operation Normandy”. http://christianbentzen.com/surprise-the-minute-men-group-is-back-launching-operation-normandy/ http://christianbentzen.com/surprise-the-minute-men-group-is-back-launching-operation-normandy/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:13:43 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=680

Does the group “Minute Men” ring a bell with you?

    There are literally thousands of anti-immigrant groups around the United Sates ranging from comparatively mild lobby organizations all the way to extreme white supremacist groups. However, the Minute Men is/was the most publicly visible civilian group aiming to curb illegal immigration on the country’s southern border and, after spawning many copycats and subsidiaries, they have again decided to descend upon the border with backpacks and Gadsden flags, vowing to fight against what they described as an ‘invasion’.

         At its height, the group was the face of one pillar of the conservative movement that would later lend its energy to the founding of the national Tea Party movement and thus attracted hundreds of civilian volunteers and had a large role in ginning up anti-immigration fever nationally.

     All of their efforts have been closely monitored by civil and human rights groups like TheSouthern Poverty Law Centerthe Anti-Defamation League and the ACLU, all of which considered them in line with many other known hate groups.

     However, The Minuteman Project almost disappeared after about 2010 due to legal charges against its leaders and a subdued political climate with regard to immigration.  However, with the recent news of children crossing the border and creating a humanitarian crisis, the group is now trying for a comeback:

       Calling it “Operation Normandy” The Minute Men plan to organize at least 3,500 volunteers to patrol the Southern border as unofficial border ‘soldiers’ against what its founder Jim Gilchrist describes as an invasion coming into the United States from Mexico.

         Gilchrist estimates the effort will “dwarf” his previous call issued in April 2005 for Minute men to come to the border and now wants to cover the 2,000-mile border from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas with Operation Normandy, scheduling it to begin on May 1, 2015.

In a call to action, Gilchrist describes:

     “It is very clever of the pro-illegal alien, anti-rule of law criminal elements in Mexico and the United States to use unwitting children as weapons in their assault upon the sovereignty of the United States…..These criminals know very well that the U. S. Border Patrol will warmly welcome these children and essentially provide protective and privileged custody for them indefinitely, until they are in the custody of someone, some organization, or some family in the United States. Once established in a household or an orphanage, each of the children will be followed by several dozen relatives and friends also from south of the border.”

        So will this effort either succeed in re-hashing conservative anger over the immigration situation or will it, in fact, backfire in years to come as more and more Latinos lean politically left because of their perceived position within an energized GOP?

In an e-mail to conservative outlet WND, Gilchrist describes:

“If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944 then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be.”

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“Father of the Tea Party” Rick Santelli gets intellectually demolished on live TV http://christianbentzen.com/father-of-the-tea-party-rick-santelli-gets-intellectually-demolished-on-live-tv/ http://christianbentzen.com/father-of-the-tea-party-rick-santelli-gets-intellectually-demolished-on-live-tv/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:43 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=677 Remember Rick Santelli? He’s the CNBC financial analyst who, in 2009, was credited with beginning America’s love affair with a then-budding political movement which later dubbed itself “The Tea Party”.

      It was during a live report, when Santelli lost it and began loudly screaming about President Obama and the Pelosi-Reid liberal power-o-sphere over their support of the economic bailout.

    Well, all the elderlywhiteruralreligious fundamentalist, usually Southern, Conservatives heard the call and made history – including the flood of  (mostly fascinating) Tea Party Congressional candidates who came into office 2010 after apexing with Glenn Beck’smarch on Washington D.C.

    Five years later, the now-lauded Santelli could barely hold himself together when confronted with the truth about all of his economic predictions, libertarian-leaning economic ideas, and the current state of affairs in Congress when a CNBC host happened to point out that almost everything he had ever predicted had been terribly, terribly wrong.

     Santelli’s primary argument was that the President’s administration was going to essentially tank the economy by triggering rapid inflation leading inevitably to the devaluation of the Dollar as an international currency.

     The only problem with his argument is that none of this has occurred. On the contrary, the economy has been making steady gains in jobs and the GDP numbers even surprise optimistic economists. The dollar is remaining steady, albeit damaged from previous years, and there has been no hyperinflation as has been seen in places like Greece.

     For anyone who hasn’t been following the likes of Paul Krugman, Mark Thoma or Brad DeLong over the past few years, the substance of the argument here might be news in and of itself, but rather the rare occasion when an intellectual leader of Tea Party economics gets intellectually demolished on live television. Leave it to Steve Liesman to call out the devastatingly harmful, destructive stupid of Rick Santelli:

 “It’s impossible for you to have been more wrong, Rick. Your call for inflation, the destruction of the dollar, the failure of the U.S. economy to rebound. Rick, it’s impossible for you to have been more wrong. Every single bit of advice you gave would have lost people money, Rick… There is no piece of advice that you’ve given that’s worked, Rick. Not a single one… The higher interest rates never came. The inability of the U.S. to sell bonds never happened. The dollar never crashed, Rick. There isn’t a single one that’s worked for you.”

       Did Liesman’s thorough debunking of Santelli’s conservative cheer-leading change his mind? I sincerely doubt it. The likes of Tea Party Scions like Santelli have proven themselves incapable of looking inward or evaluating fact-based trends in, well, much of anything.

       What this segment does succeed at doing publicly is expose the weakness of the Tea Party’s claim to intellectual honesty. The very man whose ideas they have fallen back on for five years would rather leave a live interview instead of showing any pride in the success of his economic worldview – likely because that view has brought little, if any success at all.

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Conservative PJ Media: Hillary Clinton wouldn’t know Sharia Law if it was cheating on her with multiple women http://christianbentzen.com/conservative-outlet-pj-media-says-hillary-clinton/ http://christianbentzen.com/conservative-outlet-pj-media-says-hillary-clinton/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:27:37 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=672 Stay classy folks. 

    PJ Media’s “token black guy” named Zo is at it again with a particularly outlandish remark on Michelle Obama taking selfies at urinals after Joan Rivers called her a “tranny”. If this wasn’t disrespectful enough, he continues a tirade on into true foaming-at-the-mouth insanity:

…..”oh, and speaking of Hobby Lobby, Hillary Clinton tries to compare the decision to Sharia Law. Hillary Clinton wouldn’t know Sharia law if it was cheating on her right in front of her with multiple women right there in front of her face. but then again, maybe should would know and is just plain ignorant to the ramifications of it like she ignored the updates leading up to Benghazi…..  or she does understand the significance of the Hobby Lobby decision and what it means to religious freedom thus, she has to do what she can to destroy Christian Freedom.

      Ok, so it’s “freedom” when a corporation that someone works for can decided whether or not your private health decisions are covered in your insurance but “anti-Christian bigotry” when those same employees simply ask that all healthcare services be provided by their health insurance plans….to be fair, I generally would like my dental coverage to take care of teeth cleanings and my car insurance to handle accidents but I digress. 

      Just to clarify, Hobby Lobby’s decision IS similar to Sharia Law in that religious faith is now codified into law via corporate legal power. Car companies and real estate agents in Saudi Arabia will not sell their products and services directly to a woman, without a man present to offer his “consent”. So now we have a private company not offering their “consent” for their female employees to have common contraception. 

     Zo ends the video with, “And what else did I say that was stupid”?   Well, you can start by pressing re-play. 

 

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Quick and Easy vegan Thai-style radish greens http://christianbentzen.com/quick-and-easy-vegan-thai-style-radish-greens/ http://christianbentzen.com/quick-and-easy-vegan-thai-style-radish-greens/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:38:54 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=662 With many root vegetables, we first think of Autumn soups, comforting au gratins, or creamy mashes for the fall kitchen. However, just about all of them have leaves above ground that are not only fully edible, but quite nutritious and very tasty when added to any vegan meal. The radish is certainly no exception to this rule so why stop with the root?

The leaves of the radish plant actually contain more Vitamin C, protein and calcium than their roots and are rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins. These enzymes and nutrients make radish greens an powerful anti-cancer food. The greens also contain healthy amounts of Vitamin C, zinc, B-complex vitamins and phosphorus, which are quite effective in treating skin disorders such as rashes and dry skin. They have even historically been used to treat kidney and skin disorders, fight cancer and even soothe insect bites.

Radish tops don’t stay fresh for very long, and it’s best separate them from the roots soon after harvesting or bringing them home from the market. Wash and store the leaves like other salad greens and eat them within a day or two.

One interesting way to remember how to best cook root vegetable’s top halves is to keep in mind that many, if not most, slightly mimic the root in their flavor profiles – i.e., beet greens tend to be sweeter, radish greens are slightly peppery and crisp.

For this quick recipe, I choose Thai seasonings but you can cook it any way you like as veggie stir fries are quite versatile depending on taste or what other dishes they’re meant to complement.

Ingredients:

- 1 bunch of organic radish greens, chopped / cleaned thoroughly
- 1 handful of chopped green onions, leeks, or other onion-family member –
1 tablespoon Coconut oil (I recommend this highly though you can sub avocado or olive)
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic
– 1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari sauce [or soy sauce if you eat gluten]
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of Thai seasoning mixture (available in most groceries)OR; -
                                   sub 1 teaspoon chopped lemongrass
                                           1 teaspoon Thai chili paste (to taste)
                                           1 teaspoon chopped Ginger

Directions:

1.) Cut off stem and leaves of the radish greens from their red roots and rinse/clean thouroughly. Root vegetables are much closer to the ground and therefore should be washed quite rigorously to avoid dirt or contagions.

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2.) Heat up coconut oil over medium heat until melt. Add in chopped garlic and Green Onions and begin to sweat.

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3.) Toss in Radish greens and stir to coat evenly with the now-infused oil for about one minute (these greens cook quick, they’re certainly not collards!)

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4.) Add in Tamari (or soy) sauce, the Thai seasoning mix, and stir thoroughly to coat every leaf evenly.

5.) Test leaves (and especially stems) for tenderness. The stems shouldn’t be crunchy and the leaves should have shrunk significantly with the heat.

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6.) Remove from heat and add sesame oil last, stirring one last time to coat.

7.) Enjoy with rice, as a side dish, or toss with chilled soba noodles (my favorite way)

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Fox News is stuck in the 1950′s and Bill O’reilly’s visit to San Francisco LGBT pride prove it. http://christianbentzen.com/fox-news-is-stuck-in-the-1950s-and-bill-oreillys-visit-to-san-francisco-lgbt-pride-prove-it/ http://christianbentzen.com/fox-news-is-stuck-in-the-1950s-and-bill-oreillys-visit-to-san-francisco-lgbt-pride-prove-it/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:54:46 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=655 Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, along with its paid funny-guy Jesse Watters, have a long history of promoting ‘light-hearted’ segments within an otherwise serious-toned news program (or at least what’s meant to appear as one to the casual observer) but to most of us who regularly abstain from nightly O’Reilly viewing first met Jesse Waters last week after he got into trouble for referring to “Beyoncé voters” who “depend on government much more than married women.”

     Naturally, making a comment that many people would find offensive while stereotyping a particular minority made Waters an instant conservative star online even though he’s been on the channel for quite some time.

     Last night, Watters’ segment turned its focus toward the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, where he live-trolled the parade route in downtown San Francisco in order to (it would appear) find all the most outlandishly-dressed and flamboyant of all the attendants available for filming and sudden questioning.

     While sporting a light pink polo shirt with an upturned collar, Watters trolls for five minutes of what was intended to be comedy for, I would venture to guess, 60-something conservative men.

Some of his greatest hits:

-   “Does it make you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?”

-    “Can I have a straight pride parade if I wanted to?”

-   “Is the gay pride parade shoving something down people’s throats?”

-   “Are you sure you guys don’t like girls?” “Are you sure?”

-   “I have to be honest with you, the pants look a little tight”

   That last line was literally spoken to California state Senator Mark Leno directly in his face. Just moments later, cameras cut to an unidentified person in the crowd clad only in tight briefs to whom Waters inquires: “You look a little promiscuous.”

     Clearly, Fox has its standards in line with regard to respecting pubic officials and offices. After all, isn’t it conservatives who always preach the patriotism and respect line?

     Later, while talking about what Watters deemed “traditional marriage,” one parade goer shouted that those who would deny gay people equal rights should “keep it in your heart, keep it private, but don’t shove it down someone’s throat.”
     Watters replied, “Isn’t the gay pride parade shoving something down other people’s throat?”

     Then, after E! talk show host / fashion reporter Ross Mathews joked with Watters that he was ‘taking a fashion risk’ with his popped-collar polo shirt, Watters responded, “I’m taking a big risk here just talking to you, though.”

     Now as we all know, even though Watters undoubtedly received some intelligent answers from, I don’t know, maybe the majority of parade goers who arrive in simple shorts and tee-shirts? I doubt that’s get a rise out of anyone in the Fox News demographic.

    In fact, as a gay man I find the entire segment not just lacking in any comedic value, I find this piece quite insulting, stereotype-enforcing, and frankly bigoted in it’s undertone of what was reminiscent of local news coverage of gay events back in the late 1950’s.

   I’m not just trying to unfairly poke at it or try and stretch out just anything and call it bigotry. I mean actually compare the mocking tone, choice of interviewees, questions, emphasis on stereotypes, etc. and you will see the undercurrent of homophobia that we once saw from news reports of the 50’s, 60’s, and on into the late 1980’s in some cases.

  After all, imagine if this whole segment happened to be taking place at a Native-American cultural event, or a disabled person’s rights seminar, or a meeting of the NAACP?

Imagine if the same tone were simulated outside of gay people:

-  “Do you wear feathers to school?” “Hey, hi-how-are-ya hi-how-are-ya?”

-   “Would you support abortion just if she saw her baby was going to unable to walk?”  “Do you guys really need all those parking spots up front?”

-  “I heard you guys like fried foods and sweet drinks, are you partially responsible for the diabetes epidemic?” “All you guys like that, right?”

     This, to me, is really yet another example of why I’m less up for a fight and more confused upon being told by a millennial or young adult that they choose to be conservative or are a republican. I strain to not begin a detailed debate on the matter unless they push it (say climate change is false or something) but I truly feel a deep sense of confusion.

    How did they not grow up with television shows, books, movies, trends, fashions, events, and the like which form the building blocks of what I would call a more modern view of the world? How could they choose a social movement that contradicts all that they witnessed in their lives and all that science and experience tell us of this world?

    The answers are even more clear to someone who’s argued with the young-conservative set than a vegetarian being asked where they get their protein – they’ll always, always end with “well I’m a fiscal conservative” or “I just don’t like welfare” or “I don’t like hand outs” or or or.

     The truth is that even young republicans are fed up with the far-right’s view of gay marriage and more broadly gay people in general. In fact, social conservatism as a whole may be in trouble with this generation.  

    Alternatively, Bill O’reilly’s show has a demographic similar to the Fox News channel itself:elderly white people, specifically older white men.

    Notice even the subtleties of his segment – the show wove in old cuts of Mel Brook’s first directorial effort “The Producers” film from over fifty years ago with a young and panicked Gene Wilder saying to the late Zero Mostel “Max, he wearing a dress.” when he saw actor Christopher Hewlett playing an over-the-top cross dresser preparing to go to a costume party garbed as Marie Antoinette.

      Who would that even resonate with? I imagine many more people would better associate the show Friends and its characters’ reactions. Hell, even Seinfeld would be more recognizable to most at this point and that’s one of the central problems with the social conservative movement: it’s aged, dying, and not self-replacing.  

    The segment may have lasted only about five minutes but was somehow able to disrespect a public official in a childish manner, insult the LGBT community, perpetuate long, long extinguished stereotypes, and show yet again, that Fox News is not a News channel, it’s aSenior Center blood pressure elevator.

Notice the eerily-similar tone of the two clips:

 



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The top 5 health benefits of Beet Greens. http://christianbentzen.com/the-top-5-health-benefits-of-beet-greens/ http://christianbentzen.com/the-top-5-health-benefits-of-beet-greens/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:46:40 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=650      

    Beets are one of those vegetables that, upon first mentioning their name to someone, incite an immediate strong reaction in one direction or another. There is little middle ground in people’s minds with regard to this veggie and most people are seemingly set in their love for or hatred of, this historically valuable and very nutritious plant.

    Like many root vegetables, beets are a favorite of the cold-weather cultures because most citrus, Mediterranean, or temperate produce simply does not grow in climates with little sun and long winters. Think Russian cuisine or of Polish borscht. Beets don’t (usually) find themselves in, say, Latin cuisine. Though who knows?

    From a historical perspective, the beet  greens were the portion of the plant primarily used in cooking and the sweet root that most people think of as a “beet” in today’s age wasn’t cultivated until the rise of Ancient Rome.

   In fact, the natural sweetness of beets came to be used as a  primary source of sugar during the late 19th century  with Napoleon himself issuing a decree that beets, in place of sugar cane, be used as France’s primary source of sweetener after the British cut of his supplies to sugar cane in the Caribbean.

  Regardless of how you currently feel about beets and beet greens more specifically, I always suggest that people include them in their diets, even if they must be snuck in through the back door via stir-fries, smoothies, or other avenues because their nutrient density is impressive enough to take the flavor dive in this [bitter] green.

Beet Green

Why include Beet Greens in your diet?

1.) Improves Vision.

Beet greens are a naturally high source of vitamin A. The human body uses fat to process and store vitamin A, which remains in your system longer than water soluble vitamins and it is necessary for maintaining good vision, playing a role in light absorption in the rods and cones of your retina. On top of this, the vitamin A content in beet greens helps strengthen the immune system by stimulating production of antibodies and white blood cells.

2.) Improve mental health and well-being.

Beet greens contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression as well as trytophan,  a nutrient capable of relaxing the mind and instilling the body with an overall sense of well-being [same nutrient as Chocolate].

3.) Facilitate clotting of the blood.

   Beet greens are a wonderful source of vitamin K, a nutrient that helps control the healthy clotting of the body’s blood supply and may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease. On average, adult males require 120 micrograms of vitamin K and adult females 90 micrograms. Amazingly, One cup of raw beet greens will provide 152 micrograms of this nutrient without a single supplement necessary.

4.) Anti-cancer and pro-immunity qualities.

    Yet another important benefit of beet greens’ vitamin A content is that it strengthens the body’s immune system by stimulating antibodies and white blood cells, thus making the body better prepared to fight against infections. Studies have also shown that vitamin A can play a role in cancer prevention. In fact, if you regularly consume vitamin A-rich plants like beet greens, you are at less risk of developing cancer than if you get your vitamin A from animal products. A vitamin A compound, beta-carotene, is also a known antioxidant that can fight the effects of free radicals in the body. Beet greens are also high in Chlorophyll and damaged genetic code caused by carcinogenic substances can be prevented by chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll, which reduces the binding of carcinogens from foods like cooked meat products that damage the DNA and other organs of the body particularly the liver.

5.) Aids in digestion, high in trace minerals.

 Beet greens are high in plant-based fiber. Fiber is absolutely essential in all healthy diets and is the greatest defense against colon cancer. Additionally, beet greens are high in other trace minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.

    The array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and hormone-elevating qualities of beet greens are reason enough to include these often-wasted tops to the classic ‘beet’ we see in typical American grocery stores and should never been thrown out. I recommend treating this deep leafy green as you would kale, spinach, or chard – sauté it up in your oil of choice and add in any herbs/spices you like depending on what type of meal you have in mind. Just remember, nature gives us entire plants, not bits and pieces. 

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[Video] Watch out Chick-fil-a fans, Burger King just chose the winning side of this culture war. http://christianbentzen.com/video-watch-out-chick-fil-a-fans-burger-king-just-chose-the-winning-side-of-this-culture-war/ http://christianbentzen.com/video-watch-out-chick-fil-a-fans-burger-king-just-chose-the-winning-side-of-this-culture-war/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:11:41 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=644    It can only be physically found behind one counter at one Burger King in the heart of San Francisco’s gay neighborhood (Garhorhood) but customers at this location may be surprised upon walking in to see a rainbow-themed menu board on the wall advertising a product that the fast-food giant has never sold before – “The Proud Whopper”.

  Anyone who walked into this Burger King during the annual San Francisco pride parade was able to see this colorful menu along with the mystery “new” burger but, as the newly-released promo video shows, most thought it was the same Whopper they had eaten any other day. In fact, one woman is shown even loudly exclaiming, “This is the same shit!”

    However, the ‘mystery’ was revealed to anyone eating it just as soon as they unwrapped the colorful paper wrapper and saw a message written in all caps: “We Are All the Same Inside.”

    While Burger King-affiliated film crews record reactions on the spot for the promo video, not all the responses were positive (yes, even in the progressive stronghold that is ‘Frisco), one man states confidently, “Well, if that’s what they’re gonna do, they won’t be having my business anymore.” Most other customers smile, some cry, but the vast majority express support for solidarity with the LGBT event.

      Burger King also partly sponsored the LGBT pride parade in New York City this past weekend, and the company handed out approximately 70,000 rainbow-colored paper crowns, the kids meal staple of the company for years, as a sign of solidarity.

      In the big world of fast food, a mainstay of the Standard American Diet, the ‘Proud Whopper’ campaign puts Burger King in great contrast to conservative Chick-fil-A, which is still trying to recover from anti-equality comments made by CEO Dan Cathy as well as large sums of money that Chick-fil-A moved through their charitable foundation towards supporting [straight-only] marriage.

     The Proud Whoppers, which went on sale June 28, will be available at the San Francisco location throughout San Francisco Pride week.

     Now, let’s grab about popcorn (and maybe proud whopper) as we sit back and watch theconservative backlash begin…..

Update: Check out some of the vile Comments made at Conservative blog Free Republic…..whoa.

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[Video] Christian Conservative radio host caught raping 12-year-old boy(s) http://christianbentzen.com/video-christian-conservative-radio-host-caught-raping-12-year-old-boys/ http://christianbentzen.com/video-christian-conservative-radio-host-caught-raping-12-year-old-boys/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:52 +0000 http://christianbentzen.com/?p=638 The grand irony in cases such as that of Christian Conservative radio host John Balyo is that that those people who shout the loudest are oftentimes the very people participating in the activities that they themselves spend years railing against. This fact has been repeatedly reported on in countless stories over the years and was actually the primarily subject of the 2009 documentary ‘Outrage’.

Let’s now turn our attention to Mr. John Balyo, the [now-former] host of a “family-friendly” Christian radio station who was arrested on first-degree criminal sex charges involving children, having admitted to raping a 12-year-old boy. Balyo was arrested Friday at the Big Ticket Festival, one of the largest Christian festivals in the U.S and when federal authorities raided his private residence earlier this month, he was allegedly found with a 12-year old boy and child porn on his hard drive.

Balyo was ordered Monday to be held without bond after prosecutor David Gilbert said Balyo made incriminating statements to investigators. “The defendant did make admissions to count one of the complaint,” Gilbert told Calhoun County District Court Magistrate David Heiss during Balyo’s arraignment.

Mr. Balyo’s online biography has since been removed from the radio station’s website, but a cache of it remains online. A cursory glance at his biography reveals that he graduated from the Christian Conservative Cornerstone University in 2003 and soon began work in social commentary from a “family-centered perspective”:

“The most important part of my story is how CHRIST found me when I was about 8-years-old as my mom led me down the Romans Road one night….I’ll never forget how excited I was while trying to evangelize all the neighbor kids! My walk with Him has been – and continues to be – a great journey.”

Mr. Balyo allegedly paid a defendant, who is the subject of a separate child-exploitation investigation, to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims. Further details about the investigation are being withheld pending the defendant’s appearance in court to answer to the charges,” a release from the Department of Homeland Security explained on Friday.

Ironically (though not surprisingly), Cornerstone University requires students to sign a “Lifestyle Statement” in a promise to abstain from “every form of immorality, including immoral sexual behavior, homosexuality, lying, stealing and cheating.”

Which all leads one to wonder, why is it often the case that those who spend their lives and careers in the Religious Right movement are the most likely to be caught taking a ‘wide stance’ [credit if you know the reference] when truths about their personal lives finally come to the surface? And for that matter, if he had been asked about his political leanings toward the LGBT rights movement just weeks before finally being caught with his pants down, what do you think he’d have said?

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