• When PC Takes This Out of America’s Armed Forces … Danger Ahead

    Surge Summary: Popular modern preferences in lots of areas — including America’s Armed Forces — are watering down things to the point of blandness; and in the latter case, potential danger.

    by Larry Usoff

    You took all the taste out of it.

    Let me establish that I am not a gourmand…nor a gourmet chef.  I do know, however, what I like and in certain instances I’ve been greatly disappointed.  My wife and I like to eat roasts, and with certain types of roasts it’s almost mandatory that one uses horseradish.  Now, horseradish, for those that are uninformed on the subject, comes in two different strengths and colors.  The “purple”, which gets its color from beets, is usually the milder of the two.  The white is usually the stronger taste.  In the past, whenever using either of the types, it was enough that you used a bit about the size of your pinky fingernail.  That, on a good-sized chunk of roast was about the best thing you could put on a fork.  Recently we did the roast and we had the horseradish all ready…but it wasn’t the same.  All the “zing” was gone from the horseradish.  It took almost a tablespoonful to get any sort of a real taste out of it.  They took all the taste out of it.

    My guess is that there’s a bunch of people out there that like chili, right?  No, not the Tex-Mex type that burns all the way down, but the canned types and there’s a LARGE variety of that.  Some of the private labels are very good, or were, and that brings up the title again…you took all the taste out of it.  Just because some of us like it with beans…and some don’t, that’s not a reason to think that hot sauce is going to take the place of a good mix.  A good chili, and again, I’m no chef, should be a little warm, have good consistency and leave you full without that burning feeling.  Personally, I like to crunch up some saltines in my chili, so when the mix is a bit watery they add a little body to it.  Again, there’s a line between watering down a mix and adding hot sauce to cover it up, and the mix being so thick, and so hot, that you have to have a glass of milk standing by.  Incidentally, milk or just about any dairy product that can coat your stomach might minimize any distress you’d incur.

    You like pancakes or waffles?  It used to be that syrup for these delicacies would take a moment or two to pour out…no more.  The two syrups that feature women have been watered down to the point where it’s almost pointless to put it on the hotcakes or waffles, because it runs right off the sides.  It used to be that the syrup was sweet and if you wanted a less-sweet type you got the “Lite”.  Now it pours like water, some have a taste like a cola drink and in general are not too good.  You took all the taste out of them.  Now I sweeten my waffles and cakes with 10X sugar, also known as Confectioner’s Sugar.  Luckily, butter has not changed its taste.

    I once had the temerity to write to a manufacturer of a spicy product and asked them what had happened to it, that it had lost its “zing”.  The reply rather startled me.  They said that they had people writing in complaining that there was TOO MUCH “zing” and so they toned it down.  I called the process “blandifying” and think that they may have lost more than just me in that process. It isn’t only spicy foods or sweet foods that seem to have lost their taste.  We like cheeses, pretty much all kinds, but we’ve had to limit ourselves to about five types because some of the others now taste like thin cardboard.  Pretty sure that cows are still giving milk the same way, and cheeses are probably made the same way, or better than they were a hundred years ago.  So, what could account for the difference in these things tasting differently?  Oh wait…maybe the grass that the cows eat is different, probably has some mutant gene in it, huh?  No, I honestly don’t know why some things taste different.  All I do know is that they DO…and not for the better, either.

    Finally, and this is off the subject of food, but it’s also something from which the “taste” has all but been removed.  I’m talking about our armed services.  In recent years, and since I’m retired Navy, that’s of special interest to me, it seems that political correctness has reared its ugly head.  Nowhere that PC takes hold does anything good come out of it, and the armed forces are no exception.  We have seen men brought up on charges for doing their job…and some of them have gone to prison for it.  The services are more about being correct than they are about being accurate…and the recent spate of ship to ship collisions are an indication of that condition.  A lot of men and women who might have re-enlisted in the past are getting out now and that creates a dearth of experienced personnel.

    Parting shot: It’s an old axiom that if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  When you take the zing out of something, you don’t want to do that, or eat that anymore and that’s bad for business.  In the armed forces it can be fatal…right?

    The views expressed here are the author’s and not necessarily those of Daily Surge.

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    Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired. Articulate. Opinionated. Patriotic. Conservative. Cultured enough so that I can be taken almost anywhere. Makes no excuses for what I say or do, but takes responsibility for them. Duty. Honor. Country. E-mail me at: amafrog@att.net

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