Guns and Spice Asshats Round 2  

New2Midlo 52M  
723 posts
11/29/2021 8:41 am

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Guns and Spice Asshats Round 2


A quick update on the whole Penzey's silliness.

First, the relevant portion of his latest newsletter appears below. The TL;DR is that cooks create goodness and guns serve only to destroy that goodness, him doubling down on how "responsible gun owner" is a lie. Also, he commends law enforcement for the risks they take by carrying a gun. First hand experience is LE is the absolute worst at gun safety and what about the risks involved of being LE, that they have to carry guns? Seriously, WTF...multiple WTF's? Add another that the asshat didn't unsubscribe me from his damned newsletter to begin with. And fuck him; next big meal I cook will involve a pistol on my belt and an AR- slung across my chest, making me particularly evil.

As for Bill Penzey Jr., some internet digging confirmed what I'd hinted at previously. The Spice House founded by Bill Penzey Sr. and his wife. It passed to their two , Bill Jr. and his sister. Because no one could stand Bill Jr, they forced him out and he started his own eponymous spice retail business. You have to be a real ass hat for your own family to you out of the family business.

This topic will now be put to bed.

Newsletter :
The fear the Republican/NRA/Russian bedfellows create really is about destroying all the goodness cooks do. Since the fear they create is designed to destroy the goodness cooks do, I think we have every right, and maybe even the responsibility, to object.

Yesterday, in response to our last week’s “Guns are Dumb” mailing I received an email questioning my judgement for saying Guns are Dumb after “The mob destroyed your Minneapolis store.” The email covered “Rittenhouse” and “the people have to protect themselves” and “virtue signaling.” Honestly, as these types of emails go, it had a friendly tone and ended with what I perceived to be a cheery “Get woke, go broke” rather than an angry one.

Our Uptown Minneapolis store indeed vandalized the first night of the George Floyd protests after he killed not far from the store. My response started: “In Uptown we had two windows broken. We should have murdered people over that? Did you see any of the George Floyd video? I wanted to throw rocks through my own windows.”

at the world today I’m thinking Guns are the next thing. I can’t see trying to overturn the Second Amendment, but instead I see possibilities taking on the NRA and its well-fashioned image/lie of the “responsible gun owner.”

There is nothing responsible in bringing something into your home that dramatically increases the odds of you and those you love dying a violent death. My great appreciation goes out to those in law enforcement who take on the many risks of having a gun as part of their commitment to their job. Those protecting animals need guns, too. And I get the values in hunting. But to take on the risks of having a gun in your home because you imagine there’s a reasonable chance you’re going to need to kill a fellow human is 180 degrees at odds with everything at the heart of cooking, and reality, too.

New2Midlo 52M  
1075 posts
11/29/2021 8:42 am

A quick update on the whole Penzey's silliness.

First, the relevant portion of his latest newsletter appears below. The TL;DR is that cooks create goodness and guns serve only to destroy that goodness, him doubling down on how "responsible gun owner" is a lie. Also, he commends law enforcement for the risks they take by carrying a gun. First hand experience is LE is the absolute worst at gun safety and what about the risks involved of being LE, that they have to carry guns? Seriously, WTF...multiple WTF's? Add another that the asshat didn't unsubscribe me from his damned newsletter to begin with. And fuck him; next big meal I cook will involve a pistol on my belt and an AR-15 slung across my chest, making me particularly evil.

As for Bill Penzey Jr., some internet digging confirmed what I'd hinted at previously. The Spice House was founded by Bill Penzey Sr. and his wife. It was passed to their two kids, Bill Jr. and his sister. Because no one could stand Bill Jr, they forced him out and he started his own eponymous spice retail business. You have to be a real ass hat for your own family to kick you out of the family business.

This topic will now be put to bed.

Newsletter Text:
The fear the Republican/NRA/Russian bedfellows create really is about destroying all the goodness cooks do. Since the fear they create is designed to destroy the goodness cooks do, I think we have every right, and maybe even the responsibility, to object.

Yesterday, in response to our last week’s “Guns are Dumb” mailing I received an email questioning my judgement for saying Guns are Dumb after “The mob destroyed your Minneapolis store.” The email covered “Rittenhouse” and “the people have to protect themselves” and “virtue signaling.” Honestly, as these types of emails go, it had a friendly tone and ended with what I perceived to be a cheery “Get woke, go broke” rather than an angry one.

Our Uptown Minneapolis store was indeed vandalized the first night of the George Floyd protests after he was killed not far from the store. My response started: “In Uptown we had two windows broken. We should have murdered people over that? Did you see any of the George Floyd video? I wanted to throw rocks through my own windows.”
Looking at the world today I’m thinking Guns are the next thing. I can’t see trying to overturn the Second Amendment, but instead I see possibilities taking on the NRA and its well-fashioned image/lie of the “responsible gun owner.”

There is nothing responsible in bringing something into your home that dramatically increases the odds of you and those you love dying a violent death. My great appreciation goes out to those in law enforcement who take on the many risks of having a gun as part of their commitment to their job. Those protecting animals need guns, too. And I get the values in hunting. But to take on the risks of having a gun in your home because you imagine there’s a reasonable chance you’re going to need to kill a fellow human is 180 degrees at odds with everything at the heart of cooking, and reality, too.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41166 posts
11/29/2021 9:26 am

I don't know whether it's true or not but I read that Canada has as many guns per head as America but far, far fewer gun-related crimes.


New2Midlo replies on 11/29/2021 1:40 pm:
Canada has ~35 guns per 100 people, whereas the US is 121.
No idea on their crime rate and for once, I'm not feeling sufficiently curious to investigate.

If I were sufficiently motivated, I'd ferret out some facts behind the 'someone in the household family member is more likely to die if there's a gun in the house' number. Consider that the large majority of shooting deaths are the result of economic conditions, it would follow that a large majority of those would involve illegal guns. I'd venture to guess that said death in the household is most frequently the dude with the illegal gun.

SomewhereSE 64M
336 posts
11/29/2021 9:46 am

Come live anywhere along the southern US border near drug and human smuggler routes where law enforcement is not nearby, it’s nothing like living in an ivory tower, you might change your mind…


New2Midlo replies on 11/29/2021 1:52 pm:
Awesome point! Super easy to be anti gun living in Wisconsin.

For me, the sport came first, followed by the self-protection component. Is there a likelihood I'll be mugged? No Is the possibility zero? Nope Is it likely I'll get a flat tire? No etc.

staci_19702 51T  
3767 posts
11/29/2021 10:11 am

Oh hell. The family doesn’t even like him!?!?
I would have an MP5 for kitchen use. Keep the AR for outdoor grilling.
Never had tried their spices, I won’t have to now. I also don’t eat at McDonald’s nor do I purchase any Nike products. Also adding Ben & Jerry’s to my list of “never agains”.
I’m enjoying your posts on this. 😃

Have a great day! 💋
Staci


New2Midlo replies on 11/29/2021 1:58 pm:
My kitchen gun is a Glock .40 cal. AR's are in the living room and bedroom. .375 revolver is downstairs in the gym and a .45 in my office. Does that make me a freak?

But I really like your idea of an MP5. Unfortunately, I'd only want the full auto version and those are $20k plus. A bit too rich for my blood.

positively4you 72F  
4605 posts
11/29/2021 3:37 pm

I bet Mr Spice Rack would squeal like a girl if he was up against some nut job and begging for the popo to come save him. Or the armed citizen next to him would suddenly be his best friend.


New2Midlo replies on 11/30/2021 7:22 am:
The likelihood of which is extremely slim, but not zero. What irked me the most about his ignorance was his unyielding 'guns are bad, period' stance, along with there could be no such thing as a responsible gun owner. As a complete gun safety freak, I took the latter a bit personally.

pagancountrygirl 64F  
6466 posts
12/31/2021 7:52 pm

I guess I'm failing to see the correlation between cooking (with or without his spices) and the "evils" of gun ownership.
I'm not having trouble understanding how his family forced him out of the family business. Being around a raving fanatic has got to be draining and extremely bad for business.

Pagan
Hmmmm....I know I left that wand around here somewhere!


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