Bacon is popular. How popular you ask? Well, Americans eat nearly 18 pounds of it, yearly. Our English brethren, the Brits, consume an equal amount each year. Supposedly, bacon is addictive because it contains six types of umami, which produces an addictive neurochemical response.
Don’t tell that to President Obama. He’s made a point of denying bacon to all prisoners locked up in federal prison facilities. Does our brilliant president not realize that he’s going to cause a whole lot of jonesing in federal jails?
Actually, the feds have removed bacon, along with pork chops and ham, along with all other pig products from menus at 122 federal prisons. That means the nation’s 206,000 federal inmates won’t be tasting savory bacon until they’re back on the streets.
It’s not clear what’s behind this ban of pork in the nation’s jails. According to the Bureau of Prisons and their spokesman, Edmond Ross, the decision is solely based on a “survey of prisoners’ food preference.” Apparently, they just don’t like pork.
Not to get all conspiratorial, but something seems odd about this. I tend to concur with the National Pork Producers Council and their spokesman, Dave Warner, finding it hard to believe inmates said, “no” to bacon.
And of course, this has gotten conservatives’ dander up. Jihad Watch, in an article by Robert Spencer, intimated that there was more to this than pork being pooh-poohed by prisoner consensus. Or better, maybe pork isn’t popular because more and more of federal prisoners happen to be of Muslim persuasion.
Did any enterprising reporters at the New York Times, or the other mainstream mouthpieces for progressive propaganda dig a little deeper on this? I think you know the answer to that one. Spencer asks, “does the increasing number of Islamic jihadist and other Muslim inmates account for this? “Apparently Dana Williams, another BOP spokesman didn’t’ say and no reporter bothered to ask him.
So, could the pork ban be bogus? It’s a possibility, especially when there have been grumblings from inmates’ families that the ban is due to complaints by Muslim inmates.
Spencer finds it interesting that their (the BOP’s) decision “just happens to coincide with Sharia at a time when the Obama Administration and Islamic advocacy groups are actively working in numerous fields to make special accommodation for Islamic laws and mores, and when some Muslims around the world are becoming increasingly aggressive in demanding non-Muslims conform to their ways of living.”