Friday, May 20, 2016


Half truth


I DON'T USUALLY VISIT Yahoo! News, but I was bored, so …

Two headlines caught my attention - that is what hedscq are supposed to do.

One Trump Fat Shames Christie: No More Oreos for VP-in-Waiting? reads: Donald Trump could have been fat shaming Gov. Chris Christie by telling him at a Thursday night New Jersey fundraiser "no more Oreos," or he could have just been taking a political potshot at Nabisco products, or both.

Another Yahoo! headline reads Donald Trump mocks Chris Christie's weight, telling rally 'he can't eat Oreos anymore'; this blubs over-long first 'graph reads Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to mock the weight struggles of his rival-turned-supporter Chris Christie, telling a rally 'he's not eating Oreos anymore'. Discussing his own boycott of Oreos, as a response to the company moving some of its jobs to Mexico, Trump said he wasn't eating the snack and pointed at New Jersey governor and former presidential hopeful Christie, who had lap band surgery in 2013 to lose weight. "I'm not eating Oreos any more, you know that... but neither is Chris," Trump told supporters at a fundraiser to pay off Christie's debt accumulated by his defunct campaign for presidential nominee."

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THE SECOND SLAP at Trump was a little better; it acknowledged the Trump said he wasn't eating the snack and pointed at New Jersey governor and former presidential hopeful Christie, who had lap band surgery in 2013 to lose weight. "I'm not eating Oreos any more, you know that... but neither is Chris."

I saw the clip and it in no way "shamed" Christie. Christie seemed amused by Trump's statement and apparently agrees with Trump about foregoing Mexican Oreos. The headline writers' (or their bosses) simply wanted to shame Trump.

If someone really loves the cream-filled cookie sandwich and wants to "Buy American," they can by Leaf Bakery's Hydrox; Nabisco's Oreo's are basically a copy of the Hydrox, which came first.

Trump is upset because Nabisco put 600 Chicago employees on the street. This, lest anyone forget, is Obama's political hometown and where his pal and former Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is mayor.

According to Snopes, While it's true that Nabisco's parent company announced the elimination of some jobs at a Chicago plant, the number of jobs affected was 600, and the facility was not closed. The company concurrently invested the expansion of manufacturing plants in three states, and Oreos remain in production in the U.S. at facilities in New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia.

Snopes did NOT specify what Nabisco is/will be manufacturing in the Chicago plant that "was not closed."

The Chicago Tribune reported in 2015 that Mondelez International will lay off half of its 1,200 employees in its bakery on Chicago's Southwest Side after deciding to make a major investment in a Mexico plant rather than its long-standing facility here.

The company decided not to make a $130 million upgrade to the facility, the company's largest U.S. bakery, which dates to the 1950s, because the three unions that represent workers either did not make a proposal to keep the work or their concession packages were inadequate, said Laurie Guzzinati, a Mondelez spokeswoman.

The facility makes BelVita, Mini Chips Ahoy and Cheese Nips, among other products, and those will continue to be made in Chicago on seven production lines that will be upgraded. Nine other lines will shut down, and that work will be transferred to four state-of-the-art production lines in Salinas, Mexico.

The Chicago Tribune article failed to specify what products would be made in Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Business web site asks Could a President Trump stop Mondelez's Mexico move?

Why this was not asked of Obama; the move was announced in 2015.

The site cited several of Trump's proposals, but in the end failed to answer its own question.

Perhaps he could follow Obama's lead and issue unconstitutional executive orders.

A little Hydrox history

HydroxTM is the original creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie! It debuted in 1908 and was manufactured by Sunshine Biscuits. Sunshine Biscuits was purchased by Keebler in 1996, and in 1999, Keebler replaced HydroxTM with a similar but reformulated product named Droxies. Keebler was later acquired by Kellogg's in 2001. Kellogg's removed Droxies from the market in 2003.

Leaf Brands is proud to bring back the original sandwich cookie, HydroxTM! Yep, it predated Oreo and was always free of animal fats. The new HydroxTM release will be exactly the way you remember it, circa 1908 to 1999. It will taste like the original HydroxTM you remember; less sweet than the others and those amazing crispier cookies!

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