Brickbat: Oklahoma Stampede

CPBCPBIn Ontario, people have donated some 40,000 pounds of aid to the Windsor Lifeline Outreach for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection is refusing to allow the donations into the country. Officials are treating it as a commercial shipment, which means each food item must have a certificate from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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  • Live Free or Diet||

    So now we're acting like Haiti.

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    on the bright side, it means you can now ask Papa Legba for help

  • RBS||

  • Tonio||

    Yes, but the Haitian officials just wanted bribes.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

  • UnCivilServant||

    Actually the real reason is thus -

    Mid-to-upper management: "Oh no, the agency is looking bad for reasons other than our usual tripe, we must protect the agency's image"

    Seriously, Bureaucrats are so willfully blind that this is what passes through their head. I know from experience in dealing with them on a daily basis. All rules are arbitrary, and all enforcement is capricious.

  • RBS||

    All rules are arbitrary, and all enforcement is capricious.

    True. I used to work for dad during the summer doing various tasks around houses he was building and every code enforcement guy was different.

  • Ted S.||

    My dad spent the last decade of his working life as a code enforcement officer, and he'd tell you too that most of them were arbitrary in enforcing the rules.

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    I put myself through college and music school working construction and if a code inspector wanted to fuck with you it didn't matter, this outlet is 1/2" off of where it's supposed to be in the plans, etc.

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    To be fair, it's a very flaky business, and a lot of inspectors do a good job of busting corner-cutting builders. But the leeway for capriciousness is huge.

  • ||

    What's arbitrary about one government intervening and the other government acquiescing?

    Rules are for little people, nothing arbitrary about that.

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  • ||

    Peter Dinklage doesn't fool me. Everyone knows that all Hollywood dwarfs are actually English.

  • WomSom||

    Thats some pretty crazy stuff when you think about it.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Indeed, anonybot, indeed.

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    Anyone wishing to make such a shipment has to give advance notice, provide electronic submissions for all the food on board and be ready to provide FDA certification at the border, Hammond said. ”Any shipment with any food, food products, foodstuffs or anything like that, that’s the process.”

    The process is fucking bullshit.

  • creech||

    All of which is why a monetary donation is much better than sending can goods or socks halfway around the world. Much like it is better to send $1,000 to help build a school in Guatemala, using a local carpenter who really needs work, than to have your Snowflake fly down for two weeks, spend $3,000, and brag about (on her college application) the fifteen nails she hammered in a two x four before going off to see the pyramid ruins.

  • fried wylie||

    must have a certificate from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Maybe this is what those warehouses are for?


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