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Rich People Eat the Most Fast Food, Gallup Poll Finds

Rich People Eat the Most Fast Food, Gallup Poll Finds


A new study finds that while most Americans eat fast food occasionally, the common customer might make more than you think

A new poll found that wealthy Americans were more likely to eat fast food than any other subset

You'd think with childhood obesity going down and everyone extolling the virtues of healthy, local eating, fast food consumption would be on the decline. Gallup, however, discovers that fast food is just as popular as ever in its most recent poll.

According to a survey of 2,027 adults, eight in 10 Americans eat fast food at least monthly; almost half say they eat fast food on a weekly basis. Out of all the respondents, only 4 percent claim to never eat at a fast-food restaurant.

Of the most popular fast food diners, young adults ranked as the most common consumers; 57 percent of the young adults polled (age 18 to 29) said they eat fast food weekly. The older the respondents, however, the less fast food they ate. More men than women also ate fast food on a weekly basis (53 percent) versus women (42 percent).

The most surprising statistic, however? Wealthier Americans (earning $75,000 annually or more) were more likely to eat fast food weekly than lower-income groups, 51 percent of high-income Americans compared to 39 percent of Americans who earn less than $20,000 a year.


More money, more booze: poll finds people with higher incomes drink more

Income levels and education disparity mark the biggest differences in drinking habits among Americans, and are typically larger than differences caused by gender, age and race. Photograph: Getty Images

Income levels and education disparity mark the biggest differences in drinking habits among Americans, and are typically larger than differences caused by gender, age and race. Photograph: Getty Images

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Rich people and college graduates are more likely to say they drink alcohol. And they prefer wine over beer.

Eight out of 10 adults who qualify as upper-income and highly educated say they drink alcohol, according to Gallup’s annual poll of American consumption habits. The results, released on Monday and conducted via telephone from 8 to 12 July with a random sample of 1,009 adults, found only half of lower-income Americans and those with a high school diploma or less say they drink.

Drinkers within the higher socioeconomic status prefer to drink wine, although beer has historically been the drink of choice among Americans. This year, beer remains the overall popular drink of choice, with 42% of Americans saying they most often drink beer.

But among college graduates, 44% prefer wine, while 35% chose beer. Among non-college graduates, more than half preferred beer over wine.

Gallup found that overall, 64% of Americans say they drink, which is consistent with polls dating to 1939.

Income levels and education disparity mark the biggest differences in drinking habits among Americans, and are typically larger than differences caused by gender, age, race, region and religions, the survey found.

The gap between higher- and lower-income Americans could come from access to alcohol, the study suggests. Americans with higher incomes can afford to drink more and are more likely to do things that involve drinking, such as eat at restaurants, vacation or go out with co-workers.

Income and education levels also affect drinking habits. Out of Americans who make $75,000 or more, 47% said they last drank an alcoholic beverage within the last 24 hours. Out of Americans who make less than $30,000, 18% said they had a drink in the last 24 hours.

Similarly, 45% of college graduates said they had drunk within the past 24 hours, while 28% of Americans with a high school diploma or less education said the same.


General Vegan Statistics: The Vegan Population

Vegan population statistics are difficult to capture, but there are many polls and surveys that have estimated the number of vegans in the United States, UK and other major countries.

Vegan Population Statistics in the United States

The number of vegans in the U.S. has changed over time. But how much it’s changed is up for debate as various sources report different statistics on vegan Americans.

While we can’t know the exact number of vegans in the U.S. for certain, most surveys generally put the count at 2-6% of the population.

In 2014, only 1% of the American population labeled themselves as vegan.

In 2017, that figure spiked to 6%. This sixfold increase was reported by the research firm GlobalData.

However, other surveys have shown differing counts of vegans as a percentage of the U.S. population:

  • 3% of Americans are vegan according to a 2018 Gallup poll
  • 2% of Americans are vegan as of March 2019 according to The Harris Poll conducted on behalf of The Vegetarian Resource Group

What’s interesting is the 39% of people who aren’t vegan but who actively try to incorporate plant-based foods into their diets. This is demonstrated by a 2017 report by the global analytics company Nielson.

Who is leading this steady increase in vegan popularity? A recent 2018 survey shows that nearly 40% of millennials identify as vegan. Baby Boomers and Generation X tie at 21% each, with only 2% of seniors labeling themselves vegan.

Vegan Population Statistics in the UK

Veganism is also booming in Great Britain with a 400% increase over the last two years. In 2016, Ipsos reported that 3.25% of Great Britain aged 15 and older “never eat meat of any form as part of their diet.”

The Vegan Society reports that as of 2018, there were about 600,000 vegans in Great Britain (1.16% of the population). This was an approximately 300% increase in vegans in Great Britain from 2014, when 150,000, or 0.25% of the population, was reported to be vegan.

The same report demonstrates that 14% of the UK are vegetarian and another 31% are actively eating less meat.

Global Vegan and Vegetarian Population Statistics

Around the world, the popularity of meatless diets is soaring.

A completely animal-free diet is the most popular in Western countries like the U.S. and UK, but vegetarianism and veganism are slowly increasing globally:

  • In Canada, veganism was a top search trend in 2017. In the Google trends report, “plant-based diet” topped the list.
  • A “record number” of Australians, roughly 10%, have adopted a plant-based diet.
  • The number of vegetarians in Portugal rose by 400% in the last decade.
  • According to Euromonitor, Italy had the fastest growing vegetarian population—a 94% increase from 2011-2016. shows that only 21% of Germans consume meat on a daily basis, and the vegan population in Germany has doubled in the last decade.
  • While China has one of the largest meat markets in the world, the Chinese government released new dietary guidelines that encourage the population of more than 1.3 billion people to reduce their meat consumption by 50%.

Junk Food: What we are Eating and Why?

Junk food. It’s a term people use loosely, and one that means different things to different people. Pizza may be junk food to you but the staff of life to someone else. So for the sake of clarity, let’s define junk food as items that typically provide a significant amount of calories and little to no nutritional value. Based on this definition, for example, pizza provides the high calories and may or may not score in the nutritional category, depending on the ingredients and preparation.

Foods and beverages that easily fit the junk food definition include foods high in sugar such as cookies, cakes, pies, candy, and sugar-sweetened soda, and high-fat snacks such as potato chips, pork rinds, cheese crackers, just about anything deep-fried, and similar foods. One item that immediately meets the exception is diet soda, which is basically a vehicle for artificial sweeteners.

Another characteristic of junk food is it tends to leave you feeling hungry or ready to eat again not long after you consume it. This is especially true of sugary junk foods, which send you on a sugar high only to let you crash soon thereafter. One of the biggest problems with junk food is that too many people are eating them instead of healthy foods. Kids are grabbing a box of cookies and a soda after school, for example, instead of a banana and sparkling water.

Is Fast Food Junk Food?

Since the concept of fast food was first introduced during the 1950s, the types of foods that fall into this category have changed. Today, fast foods are considered to be “quick and easy substitutes for home cooking,” and “almost always high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

In addition, typically fast foods contain or are wholly processed and laden with artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives and other scary seven ingredients. Items such as French fries, onion rings, burgers, fried chicken nuggets, fried fish and chicken sandwiches, doughnuts, and shakes are among the more popular fast foods.

You can, however, walk into a fast food restaurant and get salads, fruit, and some beverages that don’t fit this description. Therefore, while it’s true that many fast foods fit the junk food definition, some do not.

What’s the Status of Fast Food and Junk Food Today?

The latest available figures on fast food consumption is from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which noted that:

  • Adults consumed an average of 11.3 percent of their total daily calories from fast food during 2007-2010, which was a slight decline from 2003-2006 figures (12.8%)
  • Adults age 60 and older consumed the lowest percentage of daily calories (6.0%) from fast foods
  • One third (34.3%) of all kids and adolescents (2-19 years) ate fast food on a given day
  • About 12 percent (11.6%) of children and adolescents got fewer than 25 percent of their daily calories from fast food
  • More than 12 percent (12.1%) got more than 40 percent of their daily calories from fast food
  • Nearly 11 percent (10.7%) obtained 25 to 40 percent of their daily calories from fast food

Now let’s take a look at junk food consumption. Exact figures are difficult to pin down, so here’s what I was able to uncover.

Chocolate and other candy: A survey of more than 24,000 American adults conducted found that 75.5 percent of consumed chocolate and other candies in 2011. The succeeding four years saw a rise in consumption to 82.35 percent in 2015.

Soda: Great news! People are drinking less soda. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, 63 percent of Americans say they actively try to avoid drinking soda. That’s better than the 41 percent reported in 2002. A recent report in the New York Times noted that consumption of full-calorie soda has declined 25 percent over the past two decades. People are still drinking sugary soda, however. Another 2014 survey of adults in 18 states found that 17 percent were downing at least one sugary pop daily. A CDC survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. Consumption ranged from 12 percent among people in Hawaii and New York state to 30 and 32 percent in Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively.

Snacking is Huge: Nearly all Americans (94%) snack at least once a day, according to Snacking Motivations and Attitudes US 2015 from Mintel. This figure is up significantly from 64 percent one year earlier. Exactly how much of that snacking involves junk food isn’t clear. However, you can make some assumptions based on how participants responded to survey questions. For example, individuals who say they snack to satisfy a craving are likely not reaching for an apple or broccoli, as the foods people typically crave are sugary, fatty, and/or salty options.

With that in mind, here’s what the survey found:

  • 50 percent of adults snack two to three times daily
  • 62 percent say they most often snack to satisfy a craving and that percentage reaches 70 percent in the 55-62 age group
  • 63 percent value the taste of salty snacks more than their nutrition
  • 33 percent stated they are choosing healthier snacks than they did a year ago, specifically those lower in calories and with simple ingredients
  • 29 percent of adults claim they snack on healthy foods only, compared with 25 percent in 2008-2009
  • About one-third (34%) limit how many sweet snacks they eat, such as candy, cookies, and ice cream. This is especially the case among people age 70 and older (45%)
  • 24 percent of millennials (age 21-38) snack four or more times daily, and 23 percent snack more now than they did a year ago
  • 27 percent of millennials snack when they are bored and 17 percent snack because they are stressed
  • Overall, 51 percent of consumers say taste is more important than health when it comes to snack choices and 74 percent agree flavor is more important than which brand they choose

What Does It All Mean?

Given the overwhelming number of people who are overweight or obese, one has to wonder about these statistics concerning fast food and junk food. It appears many people say they are trying to make better food choices, yet 51 percent say taste is more important than health. Another possible red flag is that 77 percent of snackers say they want ready-to-eat snacks rather than something you have to prepare. Are they reaching for a banana or a bag of chips?

According to the NPD Group, a market research company that interviews 12 million consumer per year, snack foods consumed at main meals will increase about 5 percent over the next five years, or to 86.4 billion eatings in 2018. They believe the strongest growth will be in what is known as “better-for-you” categories, such as fresh fruit, nutrition bars, and yogurt, “consumers perceive as more healthful and convenient.”

Whether or not some of these foods are indeed healthful is questionable, as some so-called healthy products are havens for sugar and artificial ingredients. Some good news, however, is that NPD has projected that “Ready-to-eat sweetened snack foods and desserts, which consumers are less likely to eat at main meals, will be flat in the next five years.”

The wisest move for all consumers is to focus on fresh, natural, whole foods as much as possible, for meals and snacks, and to steer clear of fast food and junk food. If you do find yourself at a restaurant, party, or event where junk food is the main fare, look for the least offensive items. In addition, Naturally Savvy founder Andrea Donsky wrote Unjunk Your Junk Food, an excellent reference to help you switch your snacking choices to much healthier options.


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It isn’t just buying groceries and figuring out meals that apparently have become more untenable in the past several decades. The very act of feeding yourself in America has changed in fundamental ways. Dinner is the meal in which the social ramifications of those changes are perhaps most acutely felt. People in the United States eat alone more frequently than they ever have before. After decades as the idealized daily performance of the country’s communal life, dinner as it’s commonly imagined has begun to vanish.

For most of history, dinner was no great shakes. For years, the evening meal—or any meal, for that matter—didn’t have a place in the home to become an event. “Rooms and tables had multiple uses, and families would eat in shifts, if necessary,” the dining historian Mackensie Griffin writes for NPR. “If there weren’t enough chairs for all members of the family, the men would sit and the women and children might stand.” While the concepts of a dining room and dining table technically were imported to America from Europe in the late 1700s, it took until the mid-1800s for them to filter down from early adopters like Thomas Jefferson to middle-class households, according to Griffin.

Once everyone got to sit down, dinner gradually transformed from merely the day’s late meal to a cultural institution in which all members of the family got the chance to fulfill their social roles. In the American imagination, men came home from work to gaze upon the beautiful wife, obedient children, and comfortable home their salaries provided. Women spent their days making sure the domestic realm met those expectations. Dinner was theoretically when that labor could be left behind and the spoils of modern success could be enjoyed.

This cultural rebranding began in earnest after World War II. As white Americans decamped for shiny new suburbs and reimagined their lives in spacious single-family homes, social pressure to project an image of domestic tranquility became intense. These residential areas lacked the restaurant and bar options of denser cities, so family life became more centered around the home than ever before. Embodying the American dream every night was considered both patriotic and morally necessary, and having the money for this kind of domesticity was thought to be a sign that people prioritized hard work and family values. Eating together every night didn’t just mean you were well fed it also meant you were a good person.

Today, half a century after these ideals took hold in the American psyche, plenty of cultural pressure still exists for both women and men to fulfill them, at the dinner table and beyond. Americans still want the economic stability and work-life balance that would enable them to regularly cook and eat with loved ones, even if they want the institution of dinner itself modernized. And, certainly, people still find ways to sit down and eat together as frequently as possible.

But there has also been tremendous upheaval in the structures of American life and work. Women—the people traditionally forced into meal management—have voluntarily entered the workforce in droves or been forced into it for financial reasons. Average commute times get longer seemingly every year, ensuring that working adults get home later and later. And almost all middle-class work now involves a great deal of time spent on a computer, which means millions of Americans’ jobs don’t end for the day when they leave the office. For many, their work never really ends at all.

Predictably, these drastic changes in how Americans spend their days have led to similarly enormous differences in how they spend their evenings. Women now devote a little more than half the average time per day to cooking compared with 1965. Men cook a bit more on average, but their increased time in the kitchen is not nearly enough to make up the difference. Fast food has proliferated to fill that gap, especially among low-wage workers who most lack resources and control of their own time. More recently, the rapid expansion of pricier “fast-casual” chains that claim healthier and fresher offerings suggests that an even broader proportion of the population is now looking for quick fixes. Going out to dinner is fun, but if it feels like the only option, it can drain bank accounts and make people feel unable to care for their bodies.

This net loss in meal time can beget a nagging tension. There’s that lingering moralistic pressure that it’s important for you to cook wholesome food, sit down with people you care about, breathe, enjoy. But for many people, the trade-offs it would take to get there push the ideal dinner farther and farther out of reach. This can weigh especially hard on parents, who often simply don’t have the time that preparing family meals requires. In a 2011 survey from the Pew Research Center, 84 percent of parents said they had dinner with at least one of their children at least a few times per week only half said it happens every night. A 2014 poll found that more than half of adults felt that they had fewer meals with their families now than when they were kids.

The most detailed meal stats are kept on parents, and for most of modern history, surveying the country’s landscape of married people and parents would give you a pretty solid idea of how even young adults were living. In 1968, for example, 83 percent of people between 25 and 37 years old were married. But in 2018, only 46 percent of people in the same age range had tied the knot. Today, 24 million more households consist of adult roommates than in 1995. From February 2018 to February 2019, 45 percent of American meals were eaten alone.

Eating alone or with an inconsistent set of friends, dating partners, and housemates can make cooking at home a tricky proposition. Food marketers are fast at work developing products to serve the burgeoning band of solo eaters, but many grocery packages and recipes are developed for multiple people eating the same dish the night it’s made. (Good luck buying a single chicken breast.) People navigate this by eating out, grabbing takeout, or ordering from a delivery app. A 2017 Gallup poll found that 72 percent of adults under 35 had eaten dinner at a restaurant in the previous week, and 41 percent had done it two or more times. The numbers were far lower for adults over 55. Among young adults making less than $30,000 a year, most still had a restaurant dinner. Cooking is less expensive in the long term, but a well-stocked kitchen and time to prepare meals are often very difficult to come by for the working poor.

Eating dinner alone is still eating, of course. But food can have far more value than just calories. As public-health campaigns are keen to remind people, there are good reasons to cook dinner and eat with your family. Cooking gives people better control and understanding of what they consume, which usually leads to more healthful choices than whatever a restaurant serves up. Preparing food and eating with friends or loved ones is also the kind of intimate bonding that strengthens social ties. Researchers have compared isolation’s impact on health to that of smoking cigarettes, and Americans are deeply lonely. Those who worry about the deterioration of dinnertime aren’t simply scolds.

They might be scolding the wrong people, however. By all indications, Americans want to cook and eat together. They’ll subscribe to delivery ingredient boxes by the millions, buy a staggering number of Instant Pots and air fryers, and make the internet sometimes feel like one giant recipe swap. It isn’t that they’ve gotten lazy or gluttonous. The very structure of American life has changed to make the basics of stability difficult to attain, down to something as simple as eating with your partner or child, or having a partner or child at all. The problem of dinner is far larger than what you’re going to eat.


Constitution State Staples: Connecticut's Most-Classic Dishes

Connecticut-style hot dogs, burgers, pizzas and lobster rolls await.

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Noshing in the Nutmeg State

Though its New York neighbor gets more culinary street cred, Connecticut is a hotbed of local flavors, including a local take on the lobster roll, collegiate-level ice cream and coal-fired, clam-topped pizzas that lure fans from around the world to the Nutmeg State.

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White Clam Pizza

Few other pizzas are as revered as Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana’s white clam pizza. Pepe has served its charred and chewy pizzas since 1925 on New Haven’s historic Wooster Street. The elder statesman of New Haven’s well-regarded pizza scene, Pepe’s continues to draw long lines trailing down the block for a chance to enjoy a taste of New Haven’s history from its coal-fired brick ovens. The clam pie, in particular, has inspired hundreds of imitators with few matching the intoxicating combination of Romano cheese, fresh garlic, olive oil, parsley and clams. Combining the Connecticut shoreline’s love of seafood with Pepe’s signature chewy and charred crust, Pepe’s is the place for an authentic Connecticut pizza experience.

Steamed Cheeseburger

Family-owned lunch counter Ted’s Restaurant is home to one of Central Connecticut’s specialties, the steamed burger. Ted’s has served its famous version of the steamed cheeseburger since 1959. Each is hand-packed and cooked using a custom-built steam cabinet. But the burger doesn’t become the famous Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburger until the beef is topped with its molten-cheese partner in crime. A 2-ounce block of cheddar cheese is also steamed, then poured over each burger, encapsulating the patty in an envelope of cheese. Rather than fries, Ted’s serves crispy home fries, with — you guessed it — steamed cheese.

Pumpkin Pie

In September and October, Michele Albano and her staff transform a truckload of Connecticut-grown pumpkins into 4,000 pounds of pumpkin puree. The pumpkin becomes fodder for the countless iterations of pumpkin pies at Michele’s Pies. Though the shop has at least a dozen different types of award-winning fruit, nut and cream pies, perhaps none are as famous as her Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, as seen on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Though pumpkin pies can be found in pretty much any grocery store in autumn, Michele’s have a devoted statewide following, thanks to local Connecticut ingredients and a treasured traditional pie crust recipe.

Carpetbaggers

The elder statesman of the South Norwalk dining scene, Match and its chef and owner, Matt Storch, have been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1999. The restaurant is known for its eclectic New American approach with a New England twist, and of them, few dishes are as beloved as Match’s Carpetbaggers appetizer. Local bluepoint oysters are dredged in a semolina-based batter and fried to a light golden brown. Served warm and placed back on their shells, each oyster is topped with chilled beef tartare and a dollop of aioli. The alternating layering of flavors, textures and temperatures packs a nuanced punch, making this dish one of the most-memorable oyster dishes along Connecticut’s seafood-loving coastline.

Mac and Cheese

Inhabiting a cozy subterranean space off of Whitney Avenue in New Haven, Caseus is home to the state’s most-decadent cheesecentric dishes. Though the restaurant is known for well-appointed charcuterie boards and a gastropub menu, its most-famous offering may be the macaroni and cheese. The Caseus Mac & Cheese begins with orecchiette pasta and a bechamel base, and it features no fewer than six cheeses: Raclette, Gouda, Comte, cheddar, provolone and Schnebelhorn. Topped with brioche breadcrumbs and baked to a golden brown, the dish can be topped with Berkshire pork, house bacon lardons or chiles. Caseus also has a four-wheeled ambassador, The Cheese Truck, which rolls across the state each week serving memorable cheese-filled dishes.

Cupcakes

No tiny bake shop, Nora Cupcake has transformed itself from a small operation with a dozen or so flavors to a thriving business with a staggering 300 varieties of cupcakes. This explosion of popularity is no coincidence. Owner Carrie Carella’s creativity, passion for baking and hard work have turned the flagship Middletown store north of Rapallo Avenue (hence, the name NoRa) into Connecticut’s cupcake shop of choice. With so many flavors to choose from, selecting a favorite is an impossible task. But the seasonal specialty Irish Car Bomb is worth waiting patiently until March to enjoy. A chocolate Guinness cupcake, stuffed with a Jameson-dark chocolate ganache, is finished with a Bailey's cream cheese frosting and topped with a malt ball. It's one of the many cupcake masterpieces to be admired and then quickly enjoyed.

Cali Burrito

San Diego-style (or California) burritos are alive and well in Connecticut at Danbury’s Green Grunion truck. How did San Diego-style burritos make it all the way to Connecticut? Chef-Owner Paul Mannion spent time in the Southern California city and was determined not to leave his cravings behind when he returned to his home state, so he launched the Green Grunion. What sets this burrito apart from any other in a 100-mile radius is Mannion’s attention to detail and the brilliantly layered components. Each burrito is made to order vegetables and marinated beef are griddled to maintain their texture, twice-fried french fries are used as a key starch component, and housemade sauces bind each hefty burrito, which is then grilled on both sides.

Ice Cream

The secret to the UCONN Dairy Bar’s success is in its cows. Using a century-old recipe and fresh milk from the cows that reside nearby on Horse Barn Hill, the Dairy Bar has been Huskies fans’ ice cream of choice for more than 60 years. The Creamery began bottling milk in the early 1900s, and the UCONN Dairy Bar opened in 1953 to sell its dairy products. The original recipe is used today in its 24 different flavors of ice cream.

"Bernice Original" Cheeseburger

Shady Glen, a Manchester roadside diner, is home to one of the most-unique cheeseburgers, easily identifiable by its trademark crispy American cheese “wings.” To achieve the unusual effect, Shady Glen places four slices of cheese onto each burger patty, casting them purposefully beyond the edge of the burger in order for the cheese to fry directly on the griddle. The lot is flipped upward for its signature Flying Nun appearance. Do save room for dessert: Shady Glen began as a dairy and farm store in 1948, and it still serves delicious homemade ice cream.

The Black Duck Burger

The Black Duck Cafe has served burgers and seafood from a retired barge on Westport’s Saugatuck River since 1978. The uneven floor and weathered nautical vibe lend a seaside dive bar patina that is beloved by its regulars and a curiosity to all who drive by. In-season, whole belly clams are excellent, but the Black Duck Burger is the restaurant’s year-round specialty. Sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms smother a 6-ounce Angus burger patty — available in a 3/4-pound size for heartier appetites. The Black Duck’s character and burger prowess make it a Connecticut culinary landmark.

Ricotta Gnocchi

Serving classic Italian cooking with a deference for well-sourced ingredients, Liana’s Trattoria in Fairfield is a cozy hidden Italian gem. Liana DeMeglio is a warm matriarchal presence in her restaurant, making dinner often feel like a meal in her own home. If there is one Italian dish revered in this part of Connecticut, it is her airy housemade gnocchi, offered with a choice of three sauces: sage butter, Bolognese and creamy Gorgonzola. Beginning with local ricotta cheese and finished in the hands of DeMeglio, these gnocchi forever change expectations.

Arepas

The humble Venezuelan arepa, a pan-roasted or fried corn cake filled with a variety of ingredients, is the foundation for one of Norwalk’s most-popular restaurants. Valencia Luncheria began as a tiny BYOB eight-table luncheonette, but it has since expanded its soulful Latin American comfort food and drink menu while staying true to its arepa, empanada and rice-and-beans roots. Valencia boasts 30 arepa offerings, from the vegetarian Aphrodite — a mango-and-avocado combination — to the heartier meat-filled Carlo, a chicken, avocado, queso and fennel arepa. Dining in, order a bunch of arepas and try them with Valencia’s twin signature sauces, a cilantro-based green sauce and a smoky chipotle-based red sauce.

Cow Trax Ice Cream

It could be the gentle symphony of moos from a nearby herd of cows, or the bucolic 150-year-old dairy farm setting, but Newtown’s Ferris Acres Creamery is one of Connecticut’s most-beloved ice cream destinations. With more than 50 flavors to choose from, the shop usually has something for every taste, but the majority of ice cream fans are there for just one the locally inspired Cow Trax is many a regular’s top choice. A rich and creamy vanilla base is densely packed with swirls of peanut butter and mini chocolate chips. Open seasonally and on certain holidays, the shop offers cones, cups and, around the corner, a to-go window for pints, which is a nifty way to get an ice cream fix without the wait.

The New Englander

One of Connecticut’s favorite hot dog stands, Super Duper Weenie first began operation as a food truck in 1992, before moving to its permanent Fairfield location in 1999. Owner Gary Zemola, a culinary school graduate, is a strong proponent for fresh and well-sourced ingredients. As a result, all of Super Duper Weenie’s toppings are made in-house (including a top-secret homemade relish), house-baked rolls and fresh-cut fries. Inspiration for the menu’s hot dog offerings stretches from California to New York, but the house favorite is the New Englander. Sourced from family-run Hummel Bros. in New Haven, each hot dog is spit and grilled before being generously topped with sauerkraut, bacon, raw white onions, mustard and relish.

White Mashed Potato Pizza

In a town known as a destination for pizza lovers, relative newcomer Bar has its own cult following. By far the most-coveted pizza is the white mashed potato pizza. Topped with a deceptively thin layer of garlicky mashed potatoes and aged cheeses, the ultra-thin pie is even better topped with crisp, chopped chunks of bacon. All of Bar’s oblong pizzas are cooked in a natural gas-burning brick oven — a departure from the coal-burning ovens of their famous New Haven “apizza” neighbors. Tall glass windows along the facade allow light from Crown Street to brighten the split dining space, an airy factorylike setup with two bars and a house-brewed beer menu that nearly rivals the size and following of its pizza menu.

Doughnuts

Served warm, Lakeside Diner’s cinnamon-sugar-coated doughnuts have been a daily ritual for some patrons devoted for more than 50 years. The cozy 50-year-old Stamford breakfast and lunch spot has plenty of diner charm and a full menu, but its small cake doughnuts are the signature move. Rolled in cinnamon and sugar, the outer layer of the doughnut has a hint of a crust, which gives way to a soft and moist interior. The diner is fairly small and homey. If you’re lucky to score a seat at one of Lakeside’s few tables, or the counter, you’ll also enjoy a view of Holts Ice Pond. If not, it’s just as easy to grab a box of doughnuts to go.

Hot Dog with Famous Sauce

In a state known for its hot dog worship, one spot stands out for its longevity and a closely guarded recipe. Known by its regulars as “Cappy’s,” Capitol Lunch has served hot dogs with a signature Greek-style meat sauce since 1929. Cappy’s opened as a shoe-shine shop that sold hot dogs to entice new customers, then flipped its business model to focus solely on the meat-topped hot dogs that customers demanded. While the staff members won’t give away the recipe for their meat sauce, they will give you some hints (no hot sauce, no beans just meat and spices) and even let customers buy it by the pint. Capitol Lunch uses Martin Rosol’s hot dogs, made specially for the restaurant. The hot dogs are grilled and served on a steamed bun with mustard, sauce and diced raw white onions. The key to their success may be how little things have changed over the years. The same family runs the restaurant, and prices stay low: a mere $1.90 per hot dog.

The Original Hamburger Sandwich

New Haven gets raves for its pizzas, but it’s also home to the hamburger. Founded in 1895, Louis' Lunch claims the lofty title of “the birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich.” The restaurant's simple and straightforward juicy burgers are made daily from a proprietary blend of ground beef, cooked to order in the restaurant’s original open-flame cast-iron grills, and served on toasted white bread. Don’t even think about asking for ketchup. The family-owned Louis' Lunch will not oblige any condiments, with the exception of cheese, tomato and onion.

Roast Chicken

Mill Street Bar & Table in the Byram neighborhood of Greenwich celebrates American seasonal fine dining in one of Connecticut’s most-elegant tavern-inspired settings. The executive chef and managing partner of Mill Street, Geoff Lazlo, along with partner Bill King, has formulated a menu filled with rustic yet sophisticated dishes that embrace the bounty of land, farm and sea. The whole or half pasture-raised chicken, served with herbed spaetzle and corn, is homey and classic. Each bird begins with a lengthy 24-hour brine before being roasted over the kitchen’s wood-burning oven. Divided and served simply on a plate, the roasted chicken is crispy on the outside and supremely juicy, with hints of smoke from the fire.

Hot Oil Pizza with Stingers

Bar-style pizza is characterized by its defiantly thin crust, best sampled at Colony Grill in Stamford. Open since 1935, the post-Prohibition-style tavern has a menu that is dedicated to its crispy and perfectly round pizzas with one very special topping: Colony Grill is the home of the wonderfully greasy and spicy Original Hot Oil Bar Pie. Plainly, it’s a cheese pizza topped with chile-infused oil. Up the spice quotient with “stingers,” Colony Grill’s vernacular for "charred jalapenos."

Kanibaba

A restaurant at the leading edge of the invasivore movement, Miya’s Sushi is one of the country’s pioneers of sustainable sushi. Since opening as one of New Haven county’s first sushi bars in 1982 by Chef Bun Lai’s mother, Miya’s has shifted its focus in the last decade to what the team calls “future sushi,” following Seafood Watch’s sustainable seafood guide and relying heavily on invasive species and plants for the majority of its menu. The centerpiece of the menu is Kanibaba, featuring Chesapeake Bay blue catfish stuffed in potato skin, topped with toasted organic cow’s milk cheese, topped with a lemon dill remoulade, and finished with deep-fried Asian shore crabs that are gathered in nearby Branford. It’s delicious and forward-thinking food that is challenging notions of what sushi can be.

Luigi Bianco Pizza

Stamford’s Fortina Pizza is an energetic and fun-loving place, attracting a range of diners all eager for straightforward modern Italian comfort food. Twin wood-fired ovens turn out the majority of dishes on the menu, which includes antipasti, pastas, classic Italian entrees and pizzas. A list of about a dozen pizzas includes a peerless white pizza called the Luigi Bianco, an intoxicating combination of Robiola, burrata and Parmesan cheeses, drizzled with pureed black truffle. The earthy, rich truffle against a chewy Neapolitan-style crust makes this one of Connecticut’s favorite pizzas.

Lobster Roll

There is no shortage of warm, buttery lobster rolls along the Connecticut coast, but one veteran stands out. Open seasonally since 1947, Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is beloved for its classic New England seafood sandwich. Abbott’s serves three different sizes of hot lobster rolls: the Original Hot Lobster Roll, with a quarter pound of lobster meat the “OMG” Hot Lobster Roll, with 7 ounces of meat and the “LOL” Hot Lobster Roll, packed with a full pound of lobster. Each is served with melted butter on a toasted hamburger bun — a signature departure from the split hot dog roll typical to Connecticut style. Beautiful Mystic River views, plentiful outdoor seating and a BYOB policy help seal Abbott’s popularity as a southeastern Connecticut summer destination.

Root Beer Float

Stepping through the doors of Bethel’s Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant feels like stepping back in time. Painted wooden booths, enamel-top tables, old gas station memorabilia and carhop mementos set the scene. The diner has been serving Dagwoods (its signature French-style burger) with root beer floats since first opening as a carhop in 1948. The Sycamore’s homemade root beer is crafted using a secret family recipe that has been passed down from its original owners. Served ice cold in a frozen glass mug, the soda is even better with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect throwback root beer float — an ideal accompaniment for a Dagwood.

Smoked-Trout Dip

Situated along the Saugatuck River, The Whelk is the locus of Westport’s thriving dining scene, representing one of the state’s most-creative seafood menus, thanks to James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner Bill Taibe. The New England-chic dining room with its statement white marble bar befits a sophisticated oyster bar, but The Whelk goes beyond with craveworthy small plates. Every meal at The Whelk should begin with the restaurant's addictive smoked-trout dip, served with crispy trout skin and Parker House rolls.

Roast Clam Special

There is no better place to enjoy the summer bounty of the Connecticut shoreline than the roadside clambake known as The Place in Guilford. The cash-only outdoor restaurant is open seasonally, weather permitting. The unpretentious outdoor dining space is a collection of about 50 bright-red tables, tree-stump seating and a single large painted wooden menu towering above. Although the menu has expanded over the years, the dish that started it all in the 1940s, the roast clam special, is still the dish to order. Littleneck clams are cooked directly over an open flame until they open. They’re served with melted butter and a dollop of cocktail sauce. Veterans know to embrace the informal clambake experience and come with coolers of drinks and prepared appetizers.

G. Swensen Meatballs

Located in the rural Litchfield County town of Washington, Community Table is home to Nordic-inspired cuisine in a Scandinavian-modern setting. Chef Marcell Davidsen, a native of Denmark, works closely with nearby farms to curate much of the restaurant’s seasonal menu, but one of its most-popular dishes remains year-round: G. Swensen Meatballs. Familiar yet exotic, the Swedish meatballs are plated over a signature gravy and accompanied by small dishes of lingonberries, pickles and potatoes. The dish was inspired by the owner’s visit to the G. Swensen family-run restaurant in Torekov, Sweden.


Study: TV Ads Have Dramatic Impact On Children’s Fast-Food Consumption

HANOVER, N.H. — If your kids would rather down a Big Mac for dinner than a home-cooked burger, the TV may be to blame. A new study finds that preschoolers who watch programming with advertisements for fast-food are more likely to eat products from those restaurants than children not exposed to ads.

The study, conducted by researchers in Dartmouth University, is the first of its kind to link fast-food commercials to consumption in preschool-aged children.

A new study finds that preschoolers are more likely to eat fast-food products when they’re frequently exposed to TV commercials for them.

“Most parents won’t be surprised by the study’s findings since they probably know this from observing their own children, and the results are also consistent with food marketing influences that have been observed in highly controlled laboratory settings,” says lead author Madeline Dalton, PhD, a professor of pediatrics at the university, in a news release .

Dalton and her team recruited 548 families with preschool-aged children in Southern New Hampshire for the study. Parents filled out a survey that reported their children’s TV-viewing time, the channels they watched, and their fast-food consumption.

Their responses were cross-referenced with a list of fast-food commercials aired on kids’ TV channels during the same period. Researchers calculated each child’s exposure to advertising from three major brands: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Subway.

The results showed that forty-three percent of the preschoolers surveyed ate from one of the three restaurants during the previous week — nearly identical to the 41% of the preschoolers whowere exposed to TV advertising for such products.

Ultimately, the researchers found that children who had moderate or high exposure to fast-food TV ads were 30% more likely to consume the often unhealthy meals.

Interestingly, nearly three out of four fast-food ads the children viewed were for McDonald’s, which was the clear favorite place to eat, accounting for nearly 80% of fast-food consumption.

Researchers found that advertising exposure was independent of other factors that contribute to eating fast-food, such as socioeconomic status, how much their parents ate from such restaurants, and the overall number of television hours watched.

“An important part of the take-home message for parents is that there are preschool channels that don’t feature fast-food advertising, and to the extent that they can direct their child’s viewing to those channels exclusively, they themselves can protect their children from that exposure,” says Meghan Longacre, PhD, a study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical data sciences.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, fast-food chains create the most exposure to food advertising in children ages two to 11 in the United States. The industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on child-targeted advertising.


The repugnant myth of the poor's unhealthy eating habits

By Kali Holloway
Published September 27, 2015 4:00PM (UTC)

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This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

In a country where it is a national pastime to find new ways to blame poor people for the crime of being poor, even food choice becomes a site of class warfare. Consider the popularized image of the low-income family who subsists on a steady diet of fast food each burger, fry and milkshake they consume regarded as yet more evidence of bad decision-making. It’s one of those ideas now deeply embedded in our poverty-pathologizing culture, the kind of untested “fact” politicians reference to ensure we remain “them” and “us,” even at the dinner table. The trouble is, it simply isn’t true.

A recent Centers for Disease Control survey of 5,000 American children and adolescents age 2 to 19 offers proof that poor people not only don't consume more fast food than those with higher incomes, they actually consume slightly less. The study, which looked at figures from 2011-'12, found that “no significant difference was seen by poverty status in the average daily percentage of calories consumed from fast food among children and adolescents aged 2 to 19.” In fact, the poorest children surveyed got the least amount of their daily calorie intake from fast food, at just 11.5 percent. That number rose to 13 percent for their more affluent peers.

If anything, the takeaway from the study is that American kids across the board are eating way too much fast food, with “34.3 percent of all children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 consum[ing] fast food on a given day.”

As the Atlantic notes, this isn’t the first study to indicate that the much cited link between poverty and fast food consumption doesn’t really exist. At least, not in numbers any more glaring or worrisome than for other socioeconomic groups. In 2011, researchers from UC Davis noted that people with lower-middle-class incomes — not the poor — ate the most McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Domino’s and the like. “Fast-food restaurant visits rose along with annual household income up to $60,000,” researchers wrote. And a Gallup poll from 2013 found “[t]hose earning the least actually are the least likely to eat fast food weekly — 39% of Americans earning less than $20,000 a year do so.” Conversely, more affluent Americans — “those earning $75,000 a year or more — are more likely to eat [fast food] at least weekly (51%) than are lower-income groups.”

Still, the mythical relationship between poverty and fast-food is used and manipulated, time and time again. In 2014, the Daily Caller — Tucker Carlson’s website — stoked anti-poverty sentiments among its conservative readership with a list of “questionable” items which food stamps can be used, including two fast food restaurants. (“Taco Bell is one of many fast food restaurants that accept EBT cards. Guacamole is extra? Who cares? It’s on the taxpayer.”) Fox’s Boston affiliate, in a piece on its website titled “Should Welfare Recipients be Blocked from Buying Fast Food?” opens with this fine bit of scaremongering: “Massachusetts State welfare recipients have spent a whopping $44,000 worth of Big Macs, Happy Meals and Chicken McNuggets last year in a debit card spending spree.”

But perhaps most troubling is the way this fallacious idea is trotted out when it comes to policy for the poor. Earlier this year, Arizona Senate Republican Kelly Townsend submitted a bill to prohibit the use of food stamps at fast food restaurants. Maine’s Republican governor Paul LePage has been pushinglegislation that would keep food stamp recipients from buying “unhealthy” food, whatever that means. In Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, state Rep. Robert Brooks has put forth a bill that would keep food stamp recipients from buying “crab, lobster or other shellfish” — none of which, last I checked, falls under the banner of “junk food.” And Republicans in Missouri are trying to pass a law that would make food stamps invalid for buying “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks” — and unbelievably, “seafood or steak."

“I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs with their EBT cards," Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin, who introduced the bill, told theWashington Post. "When I can't afford it on my pay, I don't want people on the taxpayer's dime to afford those kinds of foods either."

I don’t for one nanosecond believe Rick Brattin when he says he saw, with his own eyes, EBT card users buying fancy steaks and seafood. I also can hardly believe that Brattin, whose salary is paid with tax revenue, doesn’t see the irony in complaining about anyone doing anything on the “taxpayer’s dime.” However, the one thing I appreciate about Brattin’s words is how they cut to the chase on all this pretend handwringing and faux outrage about how poor people use their food stamps, or what they buy for dinner, or the kind of cellphones they own, or cars they drive, or any of the other nonsense reasons used as justification for taking punitive action. Because let's just admit that this constant restricting of rights and tightening of resources is absolutely punishment against the poor.

Fundamental to this way of thinking is the idea that being poor is a crime for which one must be humiliated and stigmatized at every possible turn, an offense for which people should be constantly reminded that they both deserve and inherently are less. It perpetuates the dumb and simple idea that the poor are poor because they simply refuse to stop being poor: that they spend their money frivolously and foolishly, and so must be told what to buy and what to eat. It’s an idea that, followed to its logical end, suggests that the poor deserve to be poor. Which is absurd for endless reasons, mainly that it’s straight-up wrong about how poor people use their money.

Talking Points Memo notes “[t]he poor spend nearly double the share that the rich spend on food they cook at home, while the rich spend more on eating out” according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. And a recent Mother Jones article points out that food stamp recipients are more mindful about food than the aforementioned lawmakers would have us know:

[D]ictating what you can buy with food stamps is the kind of thing that only sounds good to people who don't actually have to survive on a poverty income. No one denies me the occasional candy bar or Coke why would I feel entitled to exert that kind of control over poor people? And guess what: SNAP recipients already eat more virtuously than the rest of us. A 2008 USDA report found that they are less likely than those with higher incomes to consume at least one serving of sweets or salty snacks per day. More recently, a 2015 USDA study concluded that, adjusting for demographic differences, people who take SNAP benefits don't consume any more sugary drinks than their low-income peers who aren't in the program.

There are questions worth investigating based on the CDC study findings. For example, researchers are still trying to understand why the poorest Americans, despite consuming less fast food, are disproportionately obese. (The Food Research and Action Center offers up a number of ideas, from food deserts to unsafe playgrounds that make exercise difficult.) But what it does clear up is the false idea that poverty is somehow uniquely synonymous with fast food. Or that being poor is a simple problem of poor people's own making.

Kali Holloway

Kali Holloway is the senior director of Make It Right, a project of the Independent Media Institute. She co-curated the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts 2017 summer performance and film series, “Theater of the Resist.” She previously worked on the HBO documentary Southern Rites, PBS documentary The New Public and Emmy-nominated film Brooklyn Castle, and Outreach Consultant on the award-winning documentary The New Black. Her writing has appeared in AlterNet, Salon, the Guardian, TIME, the Huffington Post, the National Memo, and numerous other outlets.


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Poll: Record High Worry In U.S. About Hunger, Race Relations

Republicans lost control of the Senate because of that $600 stimulus check. They also lost control of the House because of Ryancare and the Trump tax cuts.

“WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year after the coronavirus pandemic upended Americans’ lives and caused an economic crisis, worry about hunger and homelessness in the country eclipses concerns about 13 other national issues for the first time. The 55% of U.S. adults who say they personally worry “a great deal” about these consequences of poverty marks an eight-percentage-point increase since last year and the highest point in 20 years of measurement.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans highly worried about the economy has climbed 16 points, to 49%. A similar 15-point increase to 38% is seen in the public’s worry about joblessness since 2019 (it was not included in the 2020 poll), which reflects the historic pandemic-fueled spike in the U.S. unemployment rate last spring. While the national unemployment rate has dropped since then, it remains higher than it had been for more than five years before the pandemic began.

Yet, it is not just COVID-19 that is behind substantial increases in the public’s worry levels over the past year. The 17-point surge in high-level worry about race relations, to a record-high 48%, is likely owed to increased attention to racial injustice in the U.S. after the death of George Floyd while in police custody last May.

These latest data are from a March 1-15 Gallup poll, which also finds a 15-point surge to 37% in the percentage of Americans expressing a great deal of worry about the availability and affordability of energy. This increase comes in the wake of February’s Texas power grid failure and steadily rising oil prices.

There are also eight-point increases in the percentages saying they worry a great deal about three other issues — crime and violence (to 50%), the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S. (to 46%), and illegal immigration (to 40%). Changes in worry about the remaining six issues are five points or less. …”

If the Republicans want to return to power and build an enduring governing majority, it is clear they are going to need some better answers on economics.

Note: They’ve got immigration and crime going for them but those two issues aren’t enough to carry them across the finish line. Protecting the wealth of ultra billionaires is a losing issue.

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That tired old conservative horse shit about tax cuts, a strong defense and limited government isn’t going to appeal to most Republican voters anymore, not when issues like basic survival and racial violence have moved to the fore.

The aspects of Conservative Equine Refuse are not completely destructive, in and of themselves. However, when you combine all that with the politicians having sold out their constitutional responsibility to protect American Industry, and the resultant destruction of what was once proudly thought of as, ‘The American Dream’, plus the fact that they allow the Medical and Pharmaceutical establishments to bilk us, and it becomes a disaster!

This all goes back to Ronald Reagan hiring Alan Greenspan, though, unfortunately, Reagan’s mistake was many times compounded by the insistence of Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama keeping Greenspan on.

Alan Greenspan essentially took a historically massive economy and shrunk it to the point where we are now hovering on 3rd World.

The only aspect of our big economy we have left is that we are still the world’s largest market. Yet, as the dollar continues to accelerate in it’s depreciation, and our shopping power contracts, that, too, will go.

We’ve been pillaged and sacked – from culture and race to politic and finance.

It is said that America does everything quickly, and, to that end, I’ll finish by noting that no empire in history rose to such heights so quickly, nor sunk at such a pace.

We’ve been bled white, and in more ways than one.

I agree with your assessment of the Reagan era. He and his corporate cronies turned America over to the tender mercies of Wall Street. As a result wages stagnated and then fell. Job security disappeared. The base of our economy shifted from manufacturing to consuming, from savings to debt. The rich got a lot richer and the middle class began to shrink out of existence. Too bad Carter and Mondale were such weak candidates.

“plus the fact that they allow the Medical and Pharmaceutical establishments to bilk us, and it becomes a disaster!”

What is up with the drug company ads on TV? The public doesn’t decide to take a drug, your doctor does. Are high drug prices a giant way to prop up the failing media? Is this a bribe to not go after them? Is part of you prescription drug price meant to keep all these leftist managers on the 400+ superfluous cable TV channels employed?

I agree with ole Spann above. Not interested in the Koch brothers restoration fund….

“The 17-point surge in high-level worry about race relations, to a record-high 48%, is likely owed to increased attention to racial injustice in the U.S.”

ppl are worried about racial injustice ?
I don’t think that’s their concern. By the racial flight from cities, it looks like they want to get away from blacks.

More and more ppl are learning , the less they have to do wi non-whites, the better.

Maybe one day the Republicans will get the nerve to talk about racial discrimination against Whites and the decline of the Whites race but don’t hold your breath.

When unicorns graze on lollipop trees.

@ lincolnites, america, before and after, thee lincolnites, it should be understood by now.

No, what’s going to appeal to conservatives is keeping what they’ve worked their asses off for.
Their income. Their communities free from crime, their schools free from tranny reading hours. Their nuclear families without miscegenation…

Stop funding the lazy. Welfare class- which, UBI does, in addition to all the other numerous perks that parasites receive.

That’s only if UBI is supplemental, buffoon. If it replaces welfare spending, it will lead to a slimmed down welfare state and lower taxes for everyone. You can’t have UBI and open borders so immigration would have to be cut back. You’re fighting a losing battle, boomer.

Do they have crime? They’re doing their best to avoid the issue.

Getting my $4800 in Biden Bux next week and my $500/mo Kids Kash starting in July – the Repubs can stick all of their 20th Century Boomer BS into Where the Sun Don’t Shine.

He did one good thing for us.

Nigger economics. A permanent tax and spending cut would be White economics.

Don’t give me that Boomer-tier BS – after coughing up hundreds of thousands of Dollars in various taxes and fees to Federal, State and local govts in my lifetime I will take back every penny I can get.

The food costs are getting crazy. It is part of inflation.

Cost me $20 for just two hamburgers at a fast food drive through the other day (not McNiggers since I stopped going there when they put s racial quota on hiring Whites)

Are the commie Jews planning another Ukrainian famine?

I was driving home from work last week when I noticed a new talk radio show on 560AM “The Shawn Thompson Show” and it wasn’t too promising. He really yacked on about the whole “taxes” bit that seems pretty stale with the existential threat now being posed by the left. The “tax cut” hobby horse has grown quite old.

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