“Bacon tastes good, Pork Chops tastes good. A sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie but I’d never know cause I’d never eat the filthy mother fu%^er.” God love Quentin Tarantino and the domestic pig- Sus scrofa. Tarantino’s new movie Inglourious Basterds, is about a band of Jewish-American soldiers on a scalp-hunting revenge quest against the Nazis which is to have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20. The film may or may not have pigs in it.
All those holier than thou folks that avoid pig have no idea just how good pig tastes let alone how much the pig has provided for humanity. Besides being one of the most commonly consumed meats, we use almost every part of the pig for one thing or another.
Bones & skin are used for glue, pigskin garments, gloves, shoes and footballs. Hair is used for artist’s brushes, insulation, upholstery. Dried bones are used for buttons, bone china. Pigs are a source of nearly 40 drugs and pharmaceuticals such as insulin. Animal insulins saved millions of lives. Pig heart valves are surgically implanted in humans to replace diseased valves.
Recipients of pig valves to repair heart damage put religious beliefs aside when it comes to saving their own ass.
The Jews and surprisingly, Christians are forbidden from eating pork. Here is a quote from the Old Testament to that effect: “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.” Deuteronomy 14:8
The 3,000 year old Confucian Book of Rites says, “A gentleman does not eat the flesh of pigs and dogs.” Ancient China recognized pork-eating as the root of many human ailments. Buddhists, Jains and Hindus usually avoid eating any kind of meat. The verses 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, and 16:115 of the Qur’an forbids Muslims by God to eat the meat of the pig.
Seeing as so many religions bar the eating of pig, it’s no wonder the pig is often a lucky charm, sort of a rabbits foot if you will-in Germany, Austria, England, and Ireland, as well as some Anglo Americans. The tradition is that pigs bring good luck — especially at the New Year — is apparently Teutonic in origin.The Chinese Zodiac says those born in the Year of The Pig are is a fun and enlightening personality blessed with patience and understanding. People born under the sign of the Pig enjoy life and all it has to offer, including family and friends.
In Cincinnati, they have the flying pig marathon. http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/ . http://www.pigradio.com/ offer music on line. Feed the pig reminds us to save our pennies with the most ridiculous looking animated piggy bank I have ever seen http://www.feedthepig.org/. For a fabulous peanut butter cheese tart recipe check out http://noblepig.com/ and http://recipe.com has a whole list of delightful pork recipes from on the grill, the frying pan, the oven and even the microwave. http://www.pigradio.com/ offer music. Should you be so inclined to raise pigs- http://raisingpigs.blogspot.com/
Twenty countries have banned imports of pigs, pork and other meat in response to the H1N1 flu strain that has infected both people and swine. This despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and others have made it clear that swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food and you cannot get the flu from eating pork or pork products.The National Pork Producers Council has a flurry of new ads reminding people that pork is safe.
From WAPO http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/10/AR2009051002064_pf.html “The U.S. pork industry, battered by import bans by nearly two dozen countries worried about the H1N1 flu outbreak, could soon receive some help from the government, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.” While tracing the lineage of H1N1 flu, a pork industry bailout might lay in tax payer’s future.
On the anniversary of reggae artist Bob Marley’s death,5.11 http://encyclopedia.tfd.com/Bob+Marley many of Marley’s songs contained Biblical references, sometimes using wordplay to fuse activism and religion, as in “Revolution” and “Revelation”:
|Revelation reveals the truth …|
|It takes a revolution to make a solution …|
H1N1 Swine Flu is indeed a revolution in genetic mutation that appears to have been created and released in a lab in Russia or China, not from a pig in Mexico. How science and governments find a solution is yet to be determined. In the mean time, give me my eggs and bacon for breakfast, a hot sausage sandwich smothered in peppers and onions and pork chops for dinner. Note to self- remember cholesterol meds.
Yep, pig is good. The flu, not so good.
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