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Clemson Football Wins National Title And All The White House Gave Them To Eat Was Fast Food

The classic challenge coaches give us when playing sports is that if we can pull off the impossible, they’ll treat us to a steak dinner of some kind. It carries a level of achievement because we get to feast on an expensive, tasty cut of meat to reward our athletic feats.

That’s almost completely the opposite of what Clemson University got during their recent trip to the White House.

Maybe it was because of the government shutdown tightening budgets, or maybe it was because the President thinks that fast food is an actual reward. Whatever the case, the Clemson football team got a massive serving of fast food staples as their reward for winning a national title and getting to meet the President.

According to Reuters reporter Roberta Rampton, the President paid out of pocket for the fast food feast because most of the White House residence staff were furloughed as a part of the shutdown. That meant that Clemson football got to snack on Filet-o-Fishes, fast food salads, Wendy’s burgers, and McDonald’s Quarter Pounders, based on photos that Rampton took.

This is Clemson’s second national title (and White House visit) in the past 3 years. Last time, The Morning Call reports that they were treated to “the best finger food I ever had,” as one player in attendance put it. Shrimp were among the delicacies offered back then, so for any returning Clemson football players, the spread of McDonald’s and Wendy’s was clearly a step down of what they were used to.

Not the feast you dream of when getting to go to such an illustrious place as the White House. Apparently, Clemson’s team ate most of what was available though, so at least they didn’t leave the tour hungry.

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Trump Stamps Out SNAP Production for Unfinished Proposal

With the newly proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, President Donald Trump is attempting to steer America’s hungry population down a road with no pavement, speed limit, or direction.

The newly proposed, “America’s Harvest Box” project, aims to deliver all that a family would need, in terms of nutrition, without the hassle of choosing your food for yourself via food stamps. It seems making America great again means controlling even the most basic of human functions — finding your own food.

By taking that one factor of agency away from the people that might need that freedom the most, Trump is effectively force feeding a nation with these “Harvest Boxes.”

Fiscally, it’s fraught with doublespeak and underlying costs.

Reducing the Department of Agriculture’s budget by nearly 30 percent, or over $200 billion, in the next 10 years, with only four pages of text is reckless. Changing the way people eat their food should take a little longer than a college newspaper’s length to be deemed a considerable amount.

The idea alone seems Orwellian; having a pre-packaged box of food delivered to your doorstep instead of being able to choose for yourself makes the recipients seem like inmates.

Recipients of food stamps have long since adjusted to the workings of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), yet the entire system is up for a rehaul with this new proposal.

While SNAP doesn’t live up to its idealistic standards, it got the job done. One of the problems with SNAP was the restrictions on what families can and can’t buy from certain stores. Things like diapers or other hygienic household supplies seem to be missing from the list of available purchases for these families.

However, that one problem doesn’t require a complete overhaul of a system that’s been helping families survive and thrive. Such families were still able to buy what foods they personally needed, accounting for allergies and certain nutritional needs.

But with the Harvest Box, these particulars are dismissed entirely. Each house will be receiving the same box full of, “shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables,” according to the USDA.

It seems President Trump’s already assumed detached perception of reality is verified as he sees the over 16 million households to be identical in their diets.

The idea, as quoted by the White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, is akin to that of the Blue Apron program, whose stocks fell lower than Trump’s approval ratings in 2017, and hasn’t been able to keep a customer longer than 2 years.

With more than 41 million people eligible for the box, this plan needs to get some fine tuning and have some questions answered, like whether or not the shipping costs will be covered, or whether or not it can accommodate food allergies or religious specificities.

Though the nutritional and food security these SNAP recipients have been granted thus far hasn’t been stellar, it still has been working for them.

Seeing as the amount of people receiving SNAP benefits has lessened since 2016 shows that despite controversy, the program is helping those in need of it, and that’s something to be optimistic about.

The administration posits that the change is due in part of the rate of fraud going on with the cards that SNAP recipients use. However, the rate of fraud in these cases is less than 2 percent, or less than $3 billion, according to the USDA.

With no consideration to specifics or attention to the public, these changes are nothing more than the transcribed pontifications of an old, delusional and out-of-touch President.

Thankfully, this proposal is just that, a proposal, and any chance of it actually coming to fruition lays in the hands of Congress, which hopefully has enough sense to see through this feckless idea.

Photo: Salvation Army USA West // Flickr


Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

In-N-Out President Comes Out Of Hiding, Speaks On The Secret To Successful Burgers

In-N-Out president Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson and the Snyder family has always stayed low-key, rarely making public appearances and certainly staying away from the media limelight, but Snyder actually came out for the grand opening of their In-N-Out store in Oregon this September and said a few things.

In an interview with CBS News, Snyder, 33,  talked about the burger joint’s success, why the company hasn’t gone public, and what her grandparents would think of the fast food restaurant’s success.

Check out the highlights from the CBS interview below, and the full video at the end of the story:


Snyder on In-N-Out’s core:

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“It’s about the quality, the friendliness, the cleanliness. We keep it simple.”

As generic of an answer as that might sound, it seems to hold true for In-N-Out as they’ve kept the stores centralized enough to never stray more than 600 miles from its distribution centers, so that things stay fresh. They also pay their employees pretty well. If you’ve ever had friends who work there, you know their smiles are abnormally big and they’re way too happy.


On why the family has always stayed low-key:

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“We don’t want to be in the spotlight. We don’t want a bunch of attention. We want to do what we do best and that’s serve good burgers to our customers. It’s not about us here.”

We’re starting to see a trend here. Snyder again preaches simplicity and just focusing on the restaurant instead of her ownership. A mood that seems to have a trickle down effect on its stores.


On what her grandparents, founders Harry and Esther Snyder, would think of the restaurant’s growth:

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“I think they would be amazed because they had no idea we would end up here.”

While the popularity of In-N-Out is evident, the restaurant only has 304 stores throughout six states. Compare that to McDonald’s which has over 14,000 stores worldwide.


On In-N-Out franchising, or going public:

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“Never. The only reason we’d ever do that is for the money, and I wouldn’t do it.”

It’s not the way grandpa and grandma Snyder would want their business run, and Lynsi seems to strongly believe in keeping things small. The company is worth upward of $1 billion, so it’s not doing too badly for being small.


Lynsi gets complete control of the company in a couple years when she turns 35, and Forbes has said she’s likely the richest woman in her 30s.


It looks like not much will change for In-N-Out in the future and we can consistently find delicious Double-Doubles and Animal Style fries.

Here’s a list of how to take advantage of everything on their menu, for all you In-N-Out newbs, and even some veteranos.


McDonald’s Just Hired Obama’s Former Press Secretary To Help Improve Its Image


Despite the company’s big restructuring initiative, McDonald’s still isn’t doing so great. As of May, same-store sales are still falling as the company struggles to maintain a steady trend. Because of this, they have announced a new global chief of communications: Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs previously worked for President Barack Obama as his former press secretary. Gibbs’ recent appointment came after his predecessor, Bridget Coffing, announced her retirement after with the company. Coffing had been with McDonald’s for the past 30 years.

McDonald’s announced Monday that global same-store sales fell 0.3 percent in May and 2.2. percent in the US.

In his new role, Gibbs, will report only to current CEO Steve Easterbrook.


Obama Bets Beer in US-Canada Olympic Hockey Game


“For a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over,” Obama joked with Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper during the North American Leaders Summit.

In what has become an Olympic tradition between the two leaders (Obama sent a case of Yuengling to Canada in 2010), the President and Canadian PM bet cases of beer on the US vs Canada hockey matches.

Of course, the leaders wagered the bet via Twitter:


At the moment, Harper is one case richer as Canada’s women’s hockey won the gold in Sochi after scoring in overtime for a 3-2 victory. Still, there’s room for redemption as the Canada and US men’s teams face off in the Olympic semi-finals on Friday.

Although, they should raise the stakes: Losing country keeps Justin Bieber.

Picthx @barackobama


The Obama Butter Bust, In Case You Missed It

Is it just me, or is there something weirdly ominous about a presidential butter sculpture entitled “The Harvest” getting wheeled around Chicago during the “Frankenstorm”?

Conspiracy theories aside, the BBB (‘Bama Butter Bust) has been in the works since 2008 and is meant to represent “his historical significance and the way his presidency has been seen in America—what it may have changed about America or failed to change.”

Which, all things considered, still sounds a little too dark and cryptic for my taste. In fact the bust, which the sculptors say they hope will spark a discussion from onlookers, in many ways raises more questions than it answers.

Wait, so you’re saying our 44th president is an unsalted fermented cream product used on toast? Why is it called “The Harvest”? Why in the world isn’t he wearing a tie?

For those looking to solve a few of these mysteries for themselves, the bust will be on display at the group’s ongoing exhibit “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary” at the Chicago Cultural Center until February 17.

Good luck trying to figure it out though. Ominous title aside, I for one think the BBB is just plain creepy looking — mystical dairy voodoo be damned.

[Via Chicagoist]

Celebrity Grub

Bill Clinton, the FOODBEAST

Sure Bill Clinton’s faced a lot of controversies while in office. But according to his former Presidential Pastry Chef, Ronald Mesnier, Clinton was crazy about his sweets.

Mesnier told FOX News that one night he had made a strawberry short cake, which the President had eaten half in one sitting and woke up the next morning craving more.

“No one could find the cake,” said Mesnier. “Clinton was pounding on the table and shouting, ‘I want my goddamned cake.’” If the most powerful man in the free world wants cake, you better believe you need to get in that kitchen.

Clinton was known for his bad diet habits while in office, a diet that included countless sweets, snacks, and trips to McDonald’s. Clinton could even eat five or six pork chops at a time, Mesnier told FOX. In 2004, he went through a quadruple bypass.

Since, he has adopted a vegan lifestyle. But the world will never forget what a FoodBeast this man truly was.

via: FOX News Photo: WikimediaCommons/Bob McNeely/The White House


Obama Apron

Are you fired up and ready to grill? Well, the president is. Obama’s 2012 campaign is in full swing, and his kitchen merchandise from the 2012 Democratic Convention is showing it. Show your patriotic side with this Obama Apron. Is anyone thinking Obama for round two? Should Rick Perry make a competing apron? How about a grill set? ($35 @ Barrack Obama)