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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #125

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For the first time in eight years, McDonald’s has created a new burger.

Now available at the Golden Arches are three varieties of Angus Beef burgers, each is 1/3 pound on a sesame seed roll at $3.99:

Deluxe – The classic cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and red onions. Mushroom & Swiss – Topped with sautéed mushrooms and swiss cheese.
Bacon & Cheese – Topped with bacon and red onion.

Take a look at the bacon and cheese (it will be the burger to the left)  and as you do, imagine how you would describe this new product:

What you have on that new Angus burger with the cheese and red onions is a “weapon of mass destruction.”

That’s right, a “weapon of mass destruction.”

No wonder we couldn’t find them in Iraq. They’re all over here sandwiched between beef, pickles, and barbecue sauce.

Making this ridiculous comparison is lefty journalist Arun Grupta of The Indypendent who has written, “Gonzo Gastronomy: How the Food Industry Has Made Bacon a Weapon of Mass Destruction.” McDonald’s (and others), fully aware of the unhealthy aspects of bacon intentionally are attempting to get consumers addicted and proliferate heart disease an obesity.

This week, Grupta appeared on the Pacifica Radio Network to express this absurd hyperbole to an, of course, alarmed radio interviewer.

Here are a few quotes from Grupta’s interview:

“The bacon (used by McDonald’s) has, actually, eighteen ingredients. You wouldn’t think that bacon would have eighteen ingredients. Six of these are apparently types of umami. Now, umami is Japanese for—it’s the fifth flavor, after sweet, salty, sour and bitter. And it’s loosely translated as “deliciousness.” It’s meaty, savory flavor. And it’s highly addictive, and it has a response on our neurochemicals also. And so, McDonald’s pumps this with all sorts of umami. This is something I’ve been looking at. A lot of our foods are pumped with all sorts of umami, everything from savory foods to ice cream, because it elicits an actual neurochemical, physiological response.”

“As someone who cooks a lot and goes to a lot of parties, I’ve just been noticing a tremendous proliferation of bacon in all sorts of various ways. I went to a brunch a few months ago, where someone had actually made bacon vodka and bacon ice cream. And I also noticed in popular culture that it was becoming very common, like there’s this Wendy’s Baconator sandwich, which has six strips of bacon, and it was wildly successful when it was introduced in 2007. It sold 25 million units just in the first eight weeks.

Now, bacon is the end of this food chain, and it is, you know, that joke about ‘when in doubt, throw cheese and bacon on it.’ In the high end, in the gourmet cooking industry, chefs always joke about ‘bacon makes everything taste better.’ It does play this key role.”

“What the fast food and the processed food industry has done is they’ve taken these very cheap commodities from the factory farming system; it’s processed them, added a lot of value to itself in terms of profit; and then, essentially, made many of us addicted to them. And so, this all fits together, and bacon plays this key role. And so, what I was doing was trying to explain exactly how bacon ultimately becomes this weapon of mass destruction.”

Also interviewed on the program was Dr. David Kessler, the former FDA Commissioner who has written a new book, “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite." I've written about Kessler in a previous Culinary no-no.

Kessler also spoke with great drama:

“It’s a very serious epidemic. But understand what this is going to take. This is going to take not just pieces of legislation. Legislation is important. But in the end, we’re going to have to view food differently. That’s the real difference. Once our behavior becomes conditioned and driven—you know, if I look it that plate of fries, I mean, or that bacon cheeseburger, you know, I say, ‘That’s my friend, right? I want that. That’s going to make me feel better,’ I mean, there’s nothing I can do to get in between you and that food. We really are going to have to change how we view food in this country.”

“You know, we had this problem under control back four or five decades. We used to eat at meals. Today, what have we done in the United States? We’ve taken down those barriers. We are literally eating fat, sugar and salt all day long. There are children who go throughout the day without any sense at all of any sensation of hunger, because they’re eating constantly.”

Back to Arun Grupta:

“In a given month—this is from Fast Food Nation—over 90 percent of American children between the ages of three and eight visit a McDonald’s. That’s an absolutely stunning figure. And they’re constantly bombarded with these messages to eat this type of food.

And so, we can easily have government saying, like, no, we’re not going to allow this to be marketed to children so that they don’t form these unhealthy food habits from the beginning.”

Here’s the entire interview.

Scary stuff, especially during this rapid transformation into Marxism we’re witnessing in America.

It used to be that if you ate the wrong foods, lived an unhealthy lifestyle, and became fat and developed heart problems, that was your fault and your problem. Now food alarmists think it’s the government’s problem and ultimate responsibility to find solutions. Here come the government food police.

Not market McDonald’s hamburgers to kids? You know what means. Restrictions on advertising, an infringement on the First Amendment.

I see banning cigarette advertising decades ago put a stop to smoking, so much so that further government intervention has become unnecessary. Right.

Bacon a weapon of mass destruction? If that’s the case, bombs away!


As I work backstage at the Wisconsin State Fair, I’ve noticed there is quite a buzz about that new chocolate-covered bacon. But I have yet to find anyone who’s tried it and likes it.


I don’t blame coffee shop owners who are trying to run successful businesses for doing this.

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