Thursday, January 14, 2010

This Could Cause An Uprising...!

Few things done by the Powers That Be now days win approval of the common man.

This next story is going to be one of those things, I'm sure! This concerns a food that is almost treasured in the state of Texas! I mean, I have eaten enough of this snack to fill a tractor trailer! It's tasty, filling, and satisfying!

However, it won't be allowed into the state from Mexico unless it passes a new inspection rule of the department of agriculture! See what you think...!

Pork rinds face tougher entry at Mexican border

Texas — U.S. Customs officials say people entering the U.S. from Mexico will have to leave behind a favorite snack starting Thursday — pork rinds, or chicharrones as they're called south of the border.

The salty slices of deep-fried pork skin often seasoned with chili powder will be seized by customs inspectors unless carriers produce a certificate issued by the national government where the snacks originated.

The new rules come as the U.S. Department of Agriculture keeps an eye out for produce that could carry threats to U.S. agriculture. A U.S. Customs spokesman said insufficiently cooked pork rinds could carry classical swine fever, also known as hog cholera, an illness that affects pigs.

Previously pork rinds were cleared if they passed a crispness test, crumbling in an inspector's hands when bent. Now only pork rinds from a few states in southern and western Mexico will be cleared on that test.

Now, I guess that as long as they leave the home grown pork rinds alone, then that's OK. However, I don't remember hearing of any cases of sickness or health problems due to fried pork rinds!

Something else that the PTB can control and take charge of, I reckon. Practice on the snack foods, then go for the bigger beef and veggies! Just some "food for thought"! (sorry, I just couldn't resist!)

Now, let's get some coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit. Oh, pass the pork rinds, will ya?


Phelan said...

You mean you miss the Pork rind fever of '05? Jim ~shakes head~ It was devastating. all those plastic baggies littering the empty streets, pork dust every where. It killed millions!

I still have nightmares to this day.

Kind of makes you wonder if they have nothing better to do. You know now there will be problems with smugglers.

yes, thank you, I do indeed need more coffee.

chinasyndrome said...

Mr jim ya scared hell out of me with that headline I thought obammy done outlawed Coffee and you was taking up arms. Ha ha goodday friend.

Anonymous said...

What is sad about this article is that the sheeple will read it and say..."my gov is looking out for me".
Memo to drug smugglers & terrorists:
Leave the pork rind and entry will be no problem.

Now where is my flask of bourbon, this coffee ain't doing it this morning.


Momlady said...

Ummmmm, why do you need to bring it in from Mexico when you can get it right here in the States? Shouldn't we buy American?

Anonymous said...

Aw man, thats just low down mean on their parts. Cuban cigars are also verboeten to bring across, but the law can't stop someone from going across, smoking the cigar there and come back with a clear conscious. Maybe chicarrones will become used in that manner as well.

It is a Texas tradition. I remember as a very young child, one of our weekend rituals was going to 7-11 (the red 'Yield' sign configuration) and eat a bag of pork rinds, along with a glass of Coca-Cola, in the parking lot.

Sounds pretty lame now, but back then, it was a looked forward to event.

Did it MY way said...

Pork Rinds today....drugs and illegals next? What are they thinking?

I'm with Chucky add the Jack to the coffee this morning.

See Ya

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One, Well I don't eat those things but hey if you love em eatem. And like Momlady said they can be bought American.
Pass me the pot please and you can eat my portion fried pig skin. :P

HermitJim said...

Hey Phelan...
I must have slept through the riot in '05! Lordy, Lordy...what are we coming to?

I would think that with such a scientific test, there wouldn't be a problem!

Hey thanks for coming by today, Phelan!

Hey China...
I think that even the fools in D.C. are smart enough to leave the coffee alone! Of course, they will probably price it out of the market, like with tobacco!

I appreciate the visit today, my friend!

Hey Chucky...
Just makes you wonder what the next big concern of the gov. will be!

We should be working on jobs and health care and feeding the folks without food...but pork rind imports are stealing the spot light!

Guess they want to back door everything!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Hey Momlady...
Let's hope that they leave the home grown pork skins alone...

I will buy American when I can, unless they go up to $10.00 a bag!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Anon 7:29...
I can only imagine what they will go after next!

I wish they would concentrate on the Viagra for a while...maybe then I wouldn't get so many spam emails from the idiots selling it!

Besides, if you eat enough pork don't need it! At least, that's what I heard!

Hey, thanks for the visit today!

Hey Tony...
We may need to keep a close watch on this one!

Fortified coffee coming up!

Thanks for coming by today, buddy!

Hey Jojo...
thanks for letting me have your share! You're too good to me!

Buying local is the way to go, alright!

Hey sweetie...thanks for coming by!

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Oh my! That's all I can say about how ridiculous TPTB are.

I so enjoy your style of writing and the comments you receive are too funny to read! Chinasyndrome's was a good one today!

HermitJim said...

Hey Gen...
I'm sure glad you like the writing...and yes, the comments are a lot of fun to read! I get a lot of smiles from them every day!

I really appreciate you coming by today! The visits are always appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Mexican Viagra, lol. No needee. Just turn on Mexican television station(for example Univision) and take a gander at all of those Mexican cuties on the news and 'novelas'. Dang, they make no pretense of hiding the female form in any way shape, form or fashion, them girls are purdy!

Kyddryn said...

Oh, wow...because we don't have enough to focus our time, energy, and resources on. I'll sleep better at night knowing I'm safe from rogue pork rinds.

Shade and Sweetwater,

HermitJim said...

Hey Anon 12:05...
Guess that's why they eat all that spicy food! Keeps the blood racing through the veins!

Thanks for the visit!

HermitJim said...

Hey K...
You can sleep better just knowing that as we speak, a "Pork Rind Hot Line" is being established here in the great state of Texas!

I think the cost of the project is being funded by Lay's Potato Chips...who are in fear of the same thing happening to them!

Nice to see such co-operation in the snack food industry!

Thanks for the visit!