The salad days of soup arise with tom...

The salad days of soup arise with tomato scare

There are 16 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 10, 2008, titled The salad days of soup arise with tomato scare. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Y es, according to news reports, one in four New Yorkers are sick from all that sex in their city, but who cares about their problems when the rest of us can't get a decent tomato salad? I'm talking tomatoes, ...

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John Kass

Urbana, IL

#1 Jun 10, 2008
No, I'm not looking forward to that Tomato Tax. Why, I remember the last salmonella outbreak way back in aught-six. Back then it was spinach. Ah, spinach. Sour on the tastebuds, but then refreshing, renewing. Like the feel of a warm fire after a hard morning of shovelling snow so you could call dibs on your parking space. Like the bittersweet smile of a retired factory worker who knows that those jobs have gone far, far away now, but remembers a time when a proud man could buy tomatoes for his whole family. Mix it with some feta and eggs, wrap it in golden, paper-thin phyllo dough. The Greeks call it spanakopita. Or simmer it in chicken stock with some sherry and cream and you've got germiny a l'epinards. But back in that terrible summer, when the sun-kissed hills of Salinas lay quiet and still, all we had was death. Death stalking our produce aisles like a leafy assassin. Also projectile diarrhea.

But what did Barack Obama know about spinach, or even tomatoes? After Congress shrieked and demagogued us into the Spinach Producers Operational Revenue Kickback (SPORK) and suddenly we couldn't even afford to pick dandelions anymore, Mr. "I'm So Great!" just switched to his precious "arugula." Oh, don't even get me started on Barack Obama. I mean, McCain too, but that guy... He's all like "Look at me! My life is going great! I'm Mr. Popular! I went to Harvard!" I bet he doesn't know that the Greeks call arugula "rokka!" Or the secret bet he doesn't know Chicago used to have streetcars! They were called the "Green Hornets!" I've heard people talk about them. Old guys! Cool, grizzled old guys from like, Estonia! I bet Mr. Perfect didn't know that, huh? That guy just makes me so...I mean McCain too, but that guy...

What was I talking about? I don't know. Soup...go have some soup.
Depot Jim

United States

#2 Jun 11, 2008
How are we going to have a Greek Salad without tomatoes? This is more depressing than the gas prices.
Bill Dwyer

Palatine, IL

#3 Jun 11, 2008
Go to Turco's in Oak Park, East Ave. and Roosevelt Road. Great Caprese salad, made with grape tomatoes, which aren't the source of salmonella. Delicious.

Can't help with the Greek salad.
Marty Didier

Northbrook, IL

#4 Jun 11, 2008
Some things make a lot of sense and others are very suspicious. Guess where this one sits?

As they say, "All of those who have had sex ended up dying". Does this mean we need to end this also?

Marty Didier
Northbrook, IL

Carbondale, IL

#5 Jun 11, 2008
Two "John Kasses" and only one world?
The Bubba

Mountain Lakes, NJ

#6 Jun 11, 2008
I must be very bored at work to not only read this column but then to post a remark.......HELP!!!!!

Jupiter, FL

#7 Jun 11, 2008
Jim Johnson just resigned from Obama's v.p. "vetting" team and was last seen being pelted with inedible tomatoes by ... Obama! Seems there was no more room at the Inn Under the Bus. Obama, demonstrating amazing pelting prowess, is promoting tomato tossing as an Olympic sport, but also took a time out (splat! Take that Johnson!) to say that we should not be "distracted" by the lack of tomatoes in our salads. "A few red peppers and you'll never know the difference."

United States

#8 Jun 11, 2008
When someone says "these are my salad days" - why is that a good thing? I like salad, tomatoes or not, but it's not like I'm crying if I don't eat salad for a few days. I usually like Kass even less than salad - I could probably go weeks without reading him and not cry at all. He writes a perfectly fine column about tomatoes, but then his snide side sneaks in and has to take digs at Obama and McCain. I'm surprised Kass doesn't call up the campaigns and ask them to promise not to pardon the tomato growers.
Bubba Zanetti

Princeton, IL

#9 Jun 11, 2008
Leave it to Kass to somehow drag Obama's name into a column about tomatoes. Would that he were just as obsessed and critical about his idol GWB.

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 11, 2008
Can someone explain the 1 in 4 New Yorker's have disease statement. I have no clue what Kass is referring to, but I am curious.

Chicago, IL

#11 Jun 11, 2008
Augustus wrote:
Can someone explain the 1 in 4 New Yorker's have disease statement. I have no clue what Kass is referring to, but I am curious.
Per usual, Kass jumps all over the place in trying to make a point. In this instance, recent reports say that one in four New Yorkers have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. How that relates to tomatoes, I don't know. Similarly, Kass compares billion-dollar oil profiteering to tomatoes. Why? I don't know. Most of Kass's columns are incomprehensible.

Buffalo Grove, IL

#12 Jun 11, 2008
Y'know, you guys need some tomatoes. You're crabby as all get out.

As usual, this is a good column. And for the Obamanite who complained that Kass said something about St. Barack, he also said something about McCain.

When will people learn that the majority of pols are crooks? That Republicans and Democrats are really the same brand?

Probably not until there are no more tomatoes in the world, THEN you'll wake up and smell the ... OH, NO!!! WE HAVE NO COFFEE????
william pappas

Rockford, MI

#13 Jun 11, 2008
satire at its finest--John scores again--thanks for the memories of mama and tomato soup and grilled cheese--the village salad can't be the same without tomatoes and growing your own is a good option!!

“People are fun to watch”

Since: Aug 07


#14 Jun 11, 2008
Excellent article, Kass. I can't fathom a hillbilly greek salad without tomatoes. I am growing my own this year. In Wyoming, lots of guns to protect my big boys, but unfortunately no good greek salads....
Dion in Peoria

Peoria, IL

#15 Jun 11, 2008
Clearly, Kass' muse is on June break ... political allusions neither satirical nor amusing ... and you want a REAL Greek man's meal? Make the condensed tomato soup with OUZO, not water or milk, adding CLAMS; and the cheese sandwich with feta on artisan Greek bread adding olive spread ... no pathogen would dare try to survive that environment ... besides, tomatoes are New World produce, not Greek in origin in any way, so "Greek" salad which includes tomatoes is a misnomer ...
concerned citizen

Chicago, IL

#17 Jun 11, 2008
WOW....... cannot believe you bothered to shy away from people in chicago doing their everyday jobs to write about a reeal issues..... Congratulations for your discovery of journalism!

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