October 16, 2013, - 7:01 pm

ABSURD: Big Ten Football Game to Be “Peanut Free” in PC Deference to Peanut Allergies

By Debbie Schlussel

The jihad on peanuts is growing.

Remember the days when peanut allergies were unheard of, and you could still eat peanuts on an airplane or in a public school? Well, suddenly every single precious kid in the world developed allegedly deadly allergies. And as part of the peanutty political correctness, the legumes–roasted, salted, or otherwise–are not only off the menu at those places, but also now banned from a Big Ten football game. This weekend, Northwestern University’s game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers will be “peanut free.” I don’t know when so many kids started to magically become deathly ill from peanuts, but it’s really getting absurd when you have the politically correct food police guarding against peanuts at a big-time football game, with more gusto than they guard against bombs and other real threats.

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When the Northwestern Wildcats face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ryan Field in Evanston on Saturday, something will be missing: peanuts. Northwestern University is hosting its first peanut-free football game to give fans with allergies a chance to focus on the game instead of worrying about negative reactions to the popular stadium snack, which can range from mild irritation to life-threatening anaphylactic shock.










That’s a big draw for Joyce Mason’s family, Northwestern fans from Gurnee. Mason’s daughter Julie, 13, has a potentially life-threatening peanut allergy. Safeguards such as wiping down the seats and traveling with two EpiPens to counter severe reactions aren’t always enough. At a Cubs game a few years ago, Julie broke out in hives and began wheezing despite taking all of those precautions, Mason said, so now they attend only peanut-free games.

Huh? If you have to be that much of a peanut Nazi in order to live, here’s a tip: Don’t. Go. To. The. Game. Stay home, and don’t make everyone else bow to your special needs. This is really all about selfishness, NOT about health.

Peanut allergies affect about five of every 1,000 Americans and are on the rise, said Raoul Wolf, chief of the pediatric allergy and immunology section at University of Chicago Medicine. Though closed environments like airplanes pose a greater danger, stadiums can be “a huge risk,” Wolf said. “If you can smell the peanuts, there’s enough protein in the air to cause a bad reaction. For the most sensitive patients, it’s not a risk worth taking.”

Wow, so because a half of a percent of Americans are affected by peanut allergies, everyone else has to abstain from them? Given that percentage is just under the seven-tenths of a percent of Americans who are Muslim, perhaps we should ban all pig and other non-halal products from all sports stadiums, too. Don’t worry, that’s coming in our future. And I view these Peanazis with the same disdain (though the peanut allergists don’t fly planes into buildings, shoot up Army bases, and try to blow up Americans with underwear and shoes). They want all of us to change our lifestyles and bend over for them.

Several major and minor league baseball teams, including the White Sox, Cubs and Kane County Cougars have banned peanuts in certain sections at select games, as have the Wolves hockey team. But the Wildcats may be the first college team to host an allergy-friendly game, said Dan Yopchick, a Northwestern spokesman. The NCAA does not track which teams offer peanut-free events.

No peanut products will be sold or permitted inside Ryan Field on Saturday. They’ve already started powerwashing the stadium’s nearly 50,000 seats to eliminate any peanut residue.

I wonder what happens if someone sneaks a bag of peanuts into the stadium and starts eating them. Do they get arrested for assault or terrorism?

While some will miss a favorite game-day food, it will be a huge relief for fans with allergies, said Julie Campbell, president of the not-for-profit Illinois Food Allergy Education Association.

“When the whole game is peanut-free, you can relax and enjoy the game like everybody else,” Campbell said.

Uh, no, you are not like everybody else. Everybody else (or at least most of them) doesn’t impose their very specialized food restrictions on you. Just the other way around.

Like I asked before, when did America become so sensitive to peanuts? And why?

I propose a special stadium for a new “No You Can’t” football and baseball league. The place will be perfect for gluten-free, vegan, peanut-allergic, Muslim sports fans. The only thing served will be vegetables, and there will be a few gaunt, skeletal fans in attendance, while the rest of Americans are allowed to live their lives as they please and eat what they want where they want.

Just say “no” to the food Nazis.

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This nonsense coming from a middle aged chubby blogger who still uses brown lip liner? I hope she chokes on her nuts. .

Suzie on October 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Um, are you going to add anything substinate to the discussion and use any of your functioning braincells that was evolved in your head, or are you just going to become a flame-bomber of doing ad-hominem personal attacks on the author here?

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Wow! Your arcticle just makes me so sad. I really hope this is the end of your blog so you can stop spewing your ignorance and intolerance. Please don’t procreate and pass this hate onto your children.

Lauren on October 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Lauren, here’s hoping your brats eat peanuts so that they don’t grow up to be just like you.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Geez…it’s a shame that so many people are acting so insensitive about this topic! My daughter is anaphylactic to peanuts and I appreciate any effort at keeping my daughter safe! Is it really necessary to put each other down? Like anything else in this world, it’s difficult to understand the severity of the situation, until it happens to you!

Sandy on October 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Published July 30, 2013 / Associated Press – Girl with peanut allergy dies after taking bite of treat at California summer camp
Here’s the link – http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/30/girl-with-peanut-allergy-dies-after-taking-bite-treat-at-california-summer-camp/

Enough said.

Raina Maldonado on October 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Raina, thanks for the feel-good article.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hm.

So what’s your REAL beef here? That, “suddenly every single precious kid in the world developed allegedly deadly allergies” and that you, “don’t know when so many kids started to magically become deathly ill from peanuts?”

Or the simple fact they decided to not serve peanuts at this stadium?

Those are two very separate issues. Why are you conflating them?

Why not have a civilized discussion about whether or not banning peanuts at this stadium is a rational decision?

Why mock and belittle parents of children with peanut allergies? Why weave ad hominem attacks throughout your post? Why insinuate that they aren’t in fact real?

Because they are real. Demonstrable by blood tests. Or are you one of those Conservatives that doesn’t believe in science? If so, you are giving the rest of us a bad name.

“Like I asked before, when did America become so sensitive to peanuts? And why?

Nobody knows for certain, but there are theories. You seem pretty knowledgable about the whole thing. Maybe you should contact Stanford or NIH or Princeton to inform them it’s all a made up helicopter parent phenomenon. I’m sure they’d appreciate your insight.

Ginger on October 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Ginger, you trollope, why don’t you run a Medline search to support your ridiculous claims regarding the prevalence of peanut allergies, their severity, and the incidence of harm, including death, from sitting in an environment where peanuts are served. That last item will be particularly interesting.

    Then learn to be a parent and educate your children not to eat those peanuts.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Wow! What a sad outlook on life. I don’t know if you’re a parent or not, but I feel so sorry for your children if you are. How sad that you wouldn’t take a stand to protect your child. Maybe you would be ok with them missing out on life’s special moments because you’re too much of a coward to stand up. But let me tell you, we didn’t choose this allergy for our son. And he doesn’t deserve to be holed up in our house the rest of his life. Have you ever thought that maybe it’s the transition in our food makeup that may be altering our ability to develop immunities to these allergens? Or maybe that America is obsessed with being clean which changes our genetic makep to accept these foods? Both things that little babies don’t control!

When I look into my sons eyes and know that consuming one peanut could kill him, it tears me apart, breaks my heart. As a parent, my job is not to confine him to our home, but it’s to educate him on how to be safe and to survive in a world full of ( in his case) peanuts and to protect him from small minded, insensitive idiots such as yourself.

I dare you to spew this hate speech to one of the many families who have lost a child to a food allergy.

Maybe the answer here is to create a separate space in the world for people like you. While it may not protect my child from an allergic reaction , it will protect him against stupid!

Kim on October 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

You are ignorant. Its about caring about others. Clearly you don’t.

Kelly Whitford on October 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Kelly, you ooze compassion. Lol.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Sean R, , brain cells is two words. I highly doubt ill take the advice of some illiterate idiot who is clearly as insensitive as this Debbie cunt. I dare one of you useless losers to come to my house , I’ll have my peanut allergy kid kick you all square in your tiny set of nuts.
Clearly none of you douchebags have children. What a bunch of scumbags.
Can’t go 3 hours without peanuts? Do you know how douchebaggy that sounds?

Suzie on October 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Yes, Suzie, you are a sterling example of our societal decline. You seem unable to express yourself without descending into obscenity or hostile threats. You are an exemplification and condensation of many of your cohorts’ posts — purported sensitivity falling into rank hostility and intolerance and threats towards those who disagree with you.

    Posts like your show that the peanuters, far from being sensitive and caring, have savage dispositions just under the surface. Reminds me a little of Lord of the Flies.

    But, given the dumbing of society, and the inability of all of you to answer the substantive points of your opponents, I guess that’s all you have.

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hmm, and it looks like that I’ve hit a nerve with a stupid skank here, and that’s you Suzie, for once, relax, take a chill-pill and think for once, got.

    And you still have YET to add anything intelligent and worth reading to this dialogue, but rather continue your stupid trolling and now making threats to us? Shall I ask where you live so I can contact your local authorities for making a threat to us by you saying that, “you’ll have your peanut-allergic son kick us in the nuts”.

    I don’t deal with those who talk like thugs and gang-bangers behind their fire-wall computers and making threats. You really need to lay off of your meds and use some friggin common-sense, got it woman. And you are clearly the perfect exemplification of the terminology troll!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Gee, Sooze, you seem to be too foolish to know if any of us came to your house to have our asses kicked by your peanut allergic BRAT all we’d have to do is chase the bugger around with any peanut type thing and that would put an end FOREVER to his peanut allergy.

    Your little brat would NOT be down for breakfast ever again! What a shame. I make the BEST peanut butter pancakes this side of the Mississippi. He’ll never get to taste ‘em!

    I’d say you have you have the brains of peanut butter but that would make your defective brain delicious. Your brain is more like a pile of elephant snot.

    And you know what elephants like, don’t ya, SOOZE? PEANUT BUTTER!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    Skunky on October 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Skunky, as is common, you have given me a great idea! “Lady” Gaga has her meat dress, maybe we should all descend on Soooz with peanut dresses and suits.

      skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      “Gee, Sooze, you seem to be too foolish to know if any of us came to your house to have our asses kicked by your peanut allergic BRAT all we’d have to do is chase the bugger around with any peanut type thing and that would put an end FOREVER to his peanut allergy.”

      Too funny!

      DS_ROCKS! on October 17, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I should point out that Suzee has lobbied the prison system on behalf of her dear children, all but one of whom is in the slammer thanks to her impressive parenting.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I’ve never heard of you or this blog before, so I’m just wondering if ALL of your posts are this absolutely absurd or if you were just feeling extra PMS’y when you wrote this one? This is honestly one of the most ridiculous blogs I’ve ever read. I wish I could get back the 60 seconds of my life that I wasted on this drivel.

Jen E on October 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

With so much in this world to complain about – you pick on a growing segment of kids (and adults) that have a DISABILITY. What a class act, Ms Oh Poor Me- I Can’t Eat Peanuts. It’s one freaking game and how dare someone put the needs of a child’s life over your right to eat this one thing at this one game!!! I get it, I truly do.

Brigita Daw on October 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    How about this, Gita: don’t buy your teenaged girl a Miley Virus Halloween costume the way you planned? Try real parenting for a change.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

No one, Debbie Schlussel, is stopping YOU from enjoying peanuts in the privacy of YOUR home. Do you even understand what an anaphylactic shock is? Probably not, too busy being SELFISH yourself to understand how these peanut allergies could be life or death. So you can actually come across as an educated person: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/anaphylaxis

You also don’t seem to understand that those with peanut allergies are medically tested for this right? Right? That its not a joke and something as simple as the DUST from a cracked open peanut can set off said anaphylactic shock you learned about earlier.

I found your article about smoking and I quote: “Just like smoking, it’s harmful to your children’s health. And America’s health.” but you’re okay with children dying to peanut dust so you can enjoy peanuts at a game? Shame on you.

Moosh on October 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Calm down, nutters and make yourselves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for crying out loud.

I see that Skzion’s “Wow” rule is as valid as ever. And as if we didn’t have enough “you’re mean and cruel blah-blah-blah…” posts by know-nothings on more IMPORTANT and germane columns we have to suffer the food allergy/mom-jeans goon squad.

Predictable and crashing bores, the lot of ‘em. God bless George Washington Carver and allllllll things peanut butter! :D

Skunky on October 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Skunky, here’s my theory and assumption with these sub-literate, reactionary trolls, either they don’t work for a living and presumably collecting SSI checks from the government, or, just or, that a certain smear-organization assumingly forwarded this link to certain websites on both the left wing and the right wing so that all of these POS trolls to come over here and make asses of themselves? That’s what I think Skunky.

    And to that poster who said DS “is one of those conservatives who deny science”, I’ll say bullocks to your claim and assumption, in the past on this blogs, Ms. Schlussel has quoted scientists (I mean the legit ones, not the ones who uses propaganda) in their works on any scientific researches and scientific theories (ie, evolution) regarding stuff related to science, etc. And there are PLENTY of us on the political right wing who believes in scientific theories and researches, not just left wingers alone, so maybe its you who needs to get out more frequently instead of listening to your dear leaders from MSNBC, CNN, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, and vice versa.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Wow! Your panties are in a wad over ONE GAME? It’s not like they are permanently banning them. Here’s an idea – why don’t YOU stay home that night if you don’t like it.

Pamela on October 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

This post should have never been published. I am saddened by your lack of support for people who, unfortunately, have to deal with this allergy and worry every day of their lives. I, for one, do not have an allergy, I have no family members who have the allergy, and I know no one who does. However, I 100% support peanut free sports events. No one should have to miss out on life because they were born with an allergy. You are absurd. This is just ignorance at it’s best. Also, I can’t even begin to address how disgusted I am by your comments about Muslims. I hope that one day you find it in your heart to stop being blinded by hatred.

Sarah on October 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Sarah,

    “This post should have never been published.”

    Um, let me clarify something to you, in case you didn’t know here in the US, we have something that we all value and cherish, and it’s called the “1st Amendment”, got it! DS has EVERY right to publish this story, and you know why she has every right to do so, because her speech is protected by the 1st Amendment you stupid twit, and with her expressing this story here, she’s also taking advantage of her rights to “freedom of expression”! Now, in your next asinine comment, you said this:

    “I 100% support peanut free sports events.”

    Thanks for giving out your overt collectivist fascist views, you remind of the mayor of my city, a year ago he wanted to ban sugary foods and beverages, etc., and he was called out and held to task on his collectivist dogma subjective views, and thankfully, such legislation wasn’t passed.

    As DS stated, in the article, that with them banning a certain food from this sporting event, that its NOT about health, but selfishness. To me, this is “food-fascism” 101, as I’ve said in my many comments here this afternoon, if your allergic to any food or beverage, AVOID them, and don’t buy it, it’s really easy and simple, its not hard and difficult. And I hope that one day you find in your heart to stop being blinded by demagoguery and stupidity and use your brain-cells and quit using the right-side of your brain!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

ABSURD. What is actually ABSURD is that you care more about eating some stupid peanut at one stupid game, instead of being compassionate toward a child that could potentially, ya know, DIE from it. Wow. Talk about absurd.

jennifer on October 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Everyone slap Skzion on the back. He’s the one who noticed yonks ago how dopes always start their posts with “WOW”.

The best thing about this thread is whose gonna read a bunch of nutters bellowing about their dopey families and peanut butter allergies? Not me. WHO. CARES?

I like what DSR did earlier…talking about his favourite peanut butter treats. I am a bona fide peanut butter fan. My favourite treat this summer was peanut butter frozen yogurt with peanut butter sauce on top. No lie. It’s only for those like me who love peanut butter and hate peanut butter harpies in mom jeans.

My favourite brand (and hard to find) is “Reese’s” peanut butter brand. All orange, yellow and black!!

At the end of “The Jerk”, a penniless Steve Martin walks away dirt-poor with his pants around his ankles and only taking (carrying) his most prized possessions. In my life, a jar of “Reese’s” peanut butter would be one of my items I’d grab! Yummo!

Skunky on October 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Skunky jan (that’s Persian for dear), I think its time that DS makes some drastic change to the comment section of this blog (we can email her on it), from now on, we have to make an account to comment here, along with a passowrd and also about the comment section, if comments reaches over 100, shutdown the comment section (some blogsites do that), and if that article is 30 days old, shutdown the comment section, this way we’ll all avoid the dumbass trolls who’re nothing but pieces of work.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    “My favourite treat this summer was peanut butter frozen yogurt with peanut butter sauce on top. No lie. It’s only for those like me who love peanut butter and hate peanut butter harpies in mom jeans.”

    How about Payday bars? OMFG I love them. They had chocolate-covered Paydays a few years ago but they stopped making them.

    DS_ROCKS! on October 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Oh dearest writer,

I probably felt the same way that you did before I died and was brought back to life a few times. It only took being diagnosed as terminal in my 20′s for me to really investigate what the hell was going on with me- and being diagnosed with food allergies- one of them being peanuts saved me. I am 11 years into this battle. Born and raised in agriculture and the food industry. Food was my life and for that matter still is. Unitl it happens to you or someone you love- you won’t ever get it or take it seriously. I honestly invite you to eat out with me. Let’s go to dinner sometime. Walk a day in my shoes because I certainly have walked many in yours. Let’s just put this in perspective. Having food allergies is not a choice and it’s part of ADA- so by saying that a kid with food allergies should stay home and never enjoy a sports outting is like telling a kid in wheelchair that they are not allowed to go out of the house- they should just stay on the sidewalks and never roll onto the grass…. really??? Let me enlighten you, darling. Come visit me.

Food Allergy Gal on October 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Gal, I laughed at the start of your comment because I thought it was a jest.

    Next time, please STAY DEAD.

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

What a heartless and sad way to describe food allergies. You obviously do not have children who could die by one potential touch of food? Maybe one day you will be given that opportunity to experience that and realize how thoughtless and horrible you just sounded. Doubtful, these are very serious life threatening issues and need the best of the best taking care and raising strong little advocates. You obviously do not fit that part. Educate yourself before sounding so foolish. So disgusting!

Shelley Primeau on October 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

What an awesome thing for Northwestern University to do for people who have severe peanut allergies! It doesn’t sound to me like they were pressured into it by the “crazy” mothers…it sounds more like Northwestern just wants to be kind & considerate & is offering one special day for a certain population. Very cool. I don’t have a kid w/ a life threatening allergy, but if I did, I would be so happy someone cared enough to offer this. As for the “writer” & a lot of the others who have left heartless comments…well, you can’t fix stupid, so why bother to try. Better to focus on the positive side of this article…way to go Northwestern! Have a great game!

Jennifer on October 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Little Al and Sean R,
Don’t you two have a building or marathon to bomb?

Suzie on October 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Um, and you’ve yet to add anything substantive to the dialogue, all you’ve done is troll, troll, troll endlessly, you’re not only wasting our time, but your time as well Suzie, please go away, far away and leave it up to us who’s IQ are over 95!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Suzie, do you have some kind of additional mental impairment that causes you to see the opposite of what actually exists. Debbie’s post for today comes down hard against the family of the Boston Marathon Bomber. So your sarcastic invective is a little misplaced, isn’t it?

    By the way, since you are into correcting grammatical mistakes, “mother” is singular” so she would be protecting “her” innocent child. Oh, and it is “heebie jeebies” with a “j”. So I would be cautious about correcting others’ grammar.

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Soooz, you ho, isn’t it time you visited your baby daddy and your offspring in prison?

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I will be contacting ALL your advertisers and inform them of your offensive blog. You are very ignorant. Shame on you.

Alison on October 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    And do you know who advertises this blog Alison? For starters, from the looks of it, NOONE advertises this blogsite, have you heard of this website on talk shows and commercial ads on television and radio?

    Proves that your not that smart of a person, but someone who engages in unthinking emotions and feelings by only using the right-side of your brain, not smart of you Alison. And whether you like it or not, DS will ALWAYS be here to give out anything occurring in the world, whether you and your ilk of braindead trolls like it or not.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    And this is one of the dangers that the ‘peanut victims’ represent. They want more than someone who disagrees with them staying home from the game. Like all PCers, they want to suppress speech that disagrees with their own views. Just like others shouldn’t have the right to eat peanuts at times of the peanuters own choosing, others should not have the right to disagree with them in print.

    This is a key reason why these PCers are the harbingers of totalitarianism. They cannot tolerate disagreement.

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Another fantastic synthesis, Little Al.

      skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Alison, I will visit your house and coat it with peanut butter paint.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:12 am

Wow the ignorance in this article is amazing! Are you aware you are picking on innocent children with a disability?!?!?! Is it ok to make fun of kids with intellectual disabilities or cancer? How dare you compare a parent of a kid with a food allergy to a terrorist. How would you feel sitting in a stadium full of people with guns aimed at you. That is what it is like for a kid with a severe peanut allergy to sit in a place full of peanuts. Do you think this kids and parents are happy that they have to limit their lives and live in fear? Shame on you!!!! An adult picking on babies, disgusting!

Allergy mom on October 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I just got off the line with Scott brand, I told them they should be ashamed to support such trash. They couldn’t have been more apologetic.
As for the wastes of space that agree with Debbie the Douchebag, I pity their worthless existence on this earth. To be so outraged that some football game won’t serve peanuts at ONE game… These people have no lives. Get a job, get a hobby, get married, have a kid. Do something meaningful with your life .

Suzie on October 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Whoa, the kettle calling black eh Suzie, your telling us to get a hobby, etc., LOFL, maybe its you and your ilk of trolls are the ones who needs a real hobby instead of trolling on a community message board and making total asses of yourselves. I can presumably envision you Suzie, physically your probably overweight, unattractive looking, very bitchy and stink, husband is probably sick of you, etc. As for the link, show me ANYWHERE in this link where Debbie made fun and mocked those who’re allergic to peanuts or any foods or beverages? She didn’t mock anyone with an allergy, she knows ALOT better to not do anything like that. So STOP putting stupidity, idiocy and demagoguery over common-thought and rationalism, got it! Now vamoose with your illogical subjective rhetoric.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Sooz, do you think you are REALLY anonymous here? Who exactly pays you to troll this site? No one, I’ll bet. You slacking at work? Or perhaps you are one of the innumerable welfare bums of America?

    Your brats need to see you at the prison.

    PS: Do you seriously think that a blogress who takes on all of Poland–and all of the Dar al-Islam can be intimidated by the likes of totalitarian YOU?

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:21 am

your lack of compassion is heart breaking.

laura on October 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I would never wish anyone to have a child with a food allergy but I do wish it on you. Until you have to go through it and live with it you will not understand or you are just an idiot who doesn’t have the common sense to see what is going on around you. To see a child struggling for a breath and know that you have to administer an Epi and you know it is going to hurt them but you have to in order to save their life you will maybe “get it”. It’s sad that people can’t live with “peanuts” for a couple of hours at a game. There is enough other junk food to consume. Let these peanut allergy people try to have a normal life and get to go places. I really feel sorry for such close minded people that your entire life revolves around peanuts.

Shirley on October 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Shirl, I hope that your annoying offspring choke down some peanuts and spare us another generation of malicious petty authoritarians.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:25 am

A couple of things to note about myself-

1) I grew up attending Big Ten football and loved eating peanuts there as much as anyone
2) I’m a parent of 2 small children, neither of which have any sort of food allergy.

I cannot begin to understand what it must be like to have a child with severe food allergies that I have to worry to such a degree. My hats off the all of you parents, because I don’t know if I could handle it. Not only would I have to worry about my child literally surviving any and every place we went, I would have to deal with ignorant and selfish people like this woman. I want my children to experience everything possible. I want them to play at the park, go to museums, and go to sporting events. Thankfully, they can and I only have to worry about the typical parenting issues. These children and their parents don’t have that luxury. They may not be able to play at the park because some kids that were there earlier were eating goldfish crackers and had their hands all over the equipment, leaving residue for the next unsuspecting child with allergies to react to. This is not done out of malice, mind you. Just ignorance. Articles like this are only perpetuating that ignorance. These kids cannot always enjoy the simple pleasures of going to a Big Ten football game, where some of my favorite memories were made as a child. For you to selfishly claim that this is somehow a war on people like you and me is absurd. I would be more than happy to take one game and allow these children to experience the simple pleasures without worrying about a life threatening reaction. ONE GAME to not eat nuts. What a small price to pay for memories these children may cherish for a lifetime. Shame on you.

Stephanie on October 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Shame on you. I’m talking about all you parents of children born with inferior genetics. Natural selection has left your kids behind, and they will be swallowed up by life because they are undermined by neurotic and overbearing head cases like yourselves. You are all lucky to have shelter in a nanny state

Janet on October 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Janet, Does this mean that you support not giving any medical aid or spending any money on trying to treat “children born with inferior genetics” like children fighting other life-threatening diseases or conditions, such as histiocytosis, leukemia, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and the list could go on and on?

    Don’t all these children and all children and people have above all other rights the right to live?

    We as a society do our best to find cures, treatments and ways to accommodate these children so that they can hopefully have as “normal” a life as possible.

    As a first world country and society, we are not relegated to only the fittest, strongest survive. We do our best so that all may survive.

    Would you also be so pithy with the survivors of breast cancer? Or those still fighting it? Would you be as incensed if they required everyone to wear pink in support of fighting breast cancer?

    When we as a society begin to consistently devalue human life and the quality thereof, we make our way towards a very, very dark future where people are slaughtered because they are not worthy of living due to medical issues that they have or will develop. We are not so far away from this now as there are those advocating abortion even up to 28 days AFTER birth.

    Mark Hill on October 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

So you value peanuts over human life? What a heartbreakingly selfish point of view. There’s nothing “magical” about a peanut allergy. You know that when one of your best friends has taken her son to the hospital multiple times because of accidental exposure in school, day care and all the other places a child should feel safe, and despite her desperate efforts to keep him safe. Instead of hostility, why not try compassion? We’re in this together, and when we value having nuts over giving a kid who has never seen a game in a stadium one day to have fun, the world is a much bleaker place. I hope you never have to know the fear a parent of a kid with allergies feels. It is overwhelming, and the anger of people like you creates even more frustration for parents of kids with allergies. They don’t need that crap. They don’t need to be afraid that your disregard for their child’s safety could one day lead to their death.

Kendahl on October 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

You know Debbie, if you want to reply to the people posting, you could just do so under your own name instead of using names like “Little Al”. Isn’t it so convenient that “Little Al” is there to immediately bash anyone that questions you on any of your blog posts at any time of day? Sorry but it is a little hard to believe that you have some stalker that is stalking your website 24/7 in order to bash anyone who doesn’t praise you.

If you want to answer us, then just answer us. Grow a pair.

Lindsey on October 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Um Lindsey, could it be the reason why DS hasn’t responded to any of us here is because she’s a VERY busy person with a lot of work and crapola to take care of, instead of sitting behind a computer half the day blogging and doing social-media, etc.? Think about it.

    Maybe its just about phucking time for you peanutter-fascists here to give up and let it go away, there’s a broader life out there besides being on a friggin computer and adding NOTHING intelligent and substantive to the discussion, but doing endless flame-throwing the article!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Freud had the book on you, Lindsey.

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Sean R., it’s always unexpected what posts will make people chuck a wobbly…anti-semitic Pollocks, Cherie Currie, Lara Logan apologists and now the Peanut Butter Mom Jeans Goon Squad.

I’ve had enough of the whinging here. It’s too stupid. I don’t care about these whinging harpies. I’ll not go seconds without my peanut butter. EVER.

And if you don’t STFU about it we’ll chase you all with a spoon full of peanut butter.

And before I go I wanna remind others that ITALKIT saw fit to attack DS earlier (with the mom jeans brigade) this AM. So jealous, so competitive. So effin’ nuts.

And a last hurrah to Skzion who alerted us all to the “WOW” factor all those years ago. How clever! Cheers, mate! ;)

Skunky on October 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Hey thanks, Skunky!

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:36 am

All these weirdo, creepy dudes with their hands in their pants sitting behind a computer give me the heebie geebies. They will never comprehend the strength that a mother has when it comes to protecting their innocent child. This Debbie character made a huge mistake. Huge. Blog about sweater season or pumpkin picking. Shut your worthless traps when it comes to our children.

Suzie on October 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    ‘jeebies’ begins with a ‘j’, fool. Correct your own grammar before you try to criticize the grammar of others.

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Your pomposity and ignorance is beyond comprehension. I hope you never feel the pain of watching your child slowly die, gasping for air.
You don’t want to be bothered. Really?

kdk345 on October 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Wow! Such ignorance! I’m a big believer in karma and it just might come back to bite you in the ass! Then you will see how selfish and inconsiderate you are. These aren’t “alleged” allergies…. They are very real and very deadly. Do you also have a problem if an autistic child acts out in your presence while you are out and about? Do you also have a problem with the kid in a wheelchair that may have special accommodations that might get in your way? What about a child who is blind and may need special assistance or a guide dog to help them along? And does the person who has to do sign language to someone who is deaf so they can know what’s going on bother you too? I guess any child with any other kind of needs that aren’t considered “normal” should just stay locked in their homes and not enjoy anything in life so the rest of the world doesn’t have to be inconvenienced! There are already so many things that these kids can’t partake because of their allergies. They feel it everyday. Then a prejudice, selfish person like you comes into play and makes them feel like outcasts. Count your blessings that you are healthy! There is a such thing as compassion, and sadly, you have none! Actually, you are quite cruel… our children didn’t ask for these allergies and deserve the right to live the fullest of lives just like you! Like I said before, you better hope that karma doesn’t come back and make you eat your words up. And if you DO end up having a child or a loved one with a deadly food allergy, let’s not be hypocritical… good luck explaining to them why they can’t go out and enjoy life!

Renae on October 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I hope you get fired for this article!! Selfish ignorant bitch!!

Justin H on October 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

And you folks have yet to answer even one of my substantive points.

Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Oh and Debbie…my son who has a peanut allergy just read your article. And even though I teach him to respect his elders, he thinks that you are an idiot!!

Lisa on October 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    And we, Lisa, think you are an intolerant self-satisfied little twat who wants to ruin life for the rest of us because your little brat is imperfect.

    Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Lisa, I’d like to thank your well-bred offspring with 10 boxes of Cracker Jack. What’s your address?

    skzion on October 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Haven’t seen so many people miss the central point in a very long time. The overriding emotion wielded in previous comments speaks loudly to the lack of comprehension affecting the trolls. As I read it, the essay is essentially illustrating the current practice of placing limitations on the many in order to satisfy the few. It doesn’t have to be peanuts; they could just as easily be a metaphor for any number of situations arising in current society. The quiet masses MUST concede to the loud whining minority IN ALL CASES anymore. I guess, in truth, I shouldn’t be surprised by the negative responses. It seems linear thought has been replaced by selective emotional response in all matters of personal behavior today.

Kent on October 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Kent, too bad I can’t buy you a cigar. You are exactly right.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:23 am

Spell it any way you want, Little Al. You’re still the epitome of creepy

Suzie on October 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Another well thought out, substantive comment, designed to inspire respect for your impressive argumentation. You are acting like a second grader with your epithets. Grow up!

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    And Sooz, you’re the epitome of ho.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:32 am

You are a fucking bitch for posting such a negative article about peanuts. I pray your kids and their kids end up with a peanut allergy. Cunt!

I care about people on October 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Wow lady, your anger towards people unlike you runs the gamut from Muslims to little kids with peanut allergies. I don’t know what happened in your life to make you so bitter, but try to get a grip.

Victoria on October 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Victoria, don’t you think you should be even-handed in your criticisms of excessive anger? Look at the comment right above yours, by the misnamed “I Care About People”. Are you equally critical of that person’s comments?

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Baseball stadiums have been having select games that are peanut free for years now. This is nothing new. The game tickets also sell out right away. Do you know why?? Because peanut allergies are on the rise. It is true that waaayyy more children have food allergies now than before. Why don’t you try to research some of the theories behind why that is rather than bash the kids who are struggling with allergies? Also, parents of children with peanut allergies do not want to have to affect other people. Here is the problem. Most highly allergic people cannot even be around others that are eating peanuts. Therefore, they could not go to the game at all. It is not a matter of wanting to restrict it for you, it is a matter of hoping that fellow humans are kind enough to go one game without eating one food item in order for their child to enjoy a game. Really, would you also say that those Wheelchair Nazi’s impose upon us by having us walk down and up ramps instead of having only stairs everywhere? We just ask for an accommodation to allow us to do something that we could not otherwise do. I see where you are in your journey of life. You have not yet reached a point where you are willing to make one ridiculously small sacrifice that would help a fellow human. I hope that you can somehow find compassion is your life…because a life without it isn’t worth peanuts!

Heidi on October 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Get over yourself, Kent. This is one game. It’s not all of NCAA Football forever.

Stephanie on October 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I love my genetically inferior child…you do realize that’s the same argument hitler used, right?

Sarah on October 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I avoided peanuts like a plague for the last nearly 20 years because my stomach would not handle it for long. Then, a couple of months ago while my gf was visting suddenly she had craving for nuts. It was past 1.00 AM and all the stores were closed except a little bodega. All they had was one little pack of salted peanuts.
” Since I am going on aliyah, and will only return for Pesach, please have some peanuts with me”. Such was the persuasive power she had over me that I relented. Apparently, my stomach was able to handle it and I didnt have any skin rashes. Now, I am using peanuts in almost all my cookings and as snacks instead of more pricey pistacios. Hurray for peanuts!!!!!

Rex on October 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Allergy moms and dads, there are what, two, three, people on here defending this ignorant, completely irresponsible post? I think it’s safe to say a vast majority of the population would be glad to refrain from peanuts for a few hours so that a child can enjoy a game. There are so many compassionate, educated, well-meaning people out there and I refuse to let the noise of a few little boys, who clearly have an unhealthy obsession with this blogger, drown out that reality.

Courtney on October 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I really wonder if any of you peanuters has an IQ over 90. Courtney, you do not seem to be able to avoid ad hominem attacks. Like your cohorts, you rely on inflammatory emotion, devoid of logic or substantive reasoning. This is what is disturbing about your post and all the others. Emotional intolerance, no analysis of the prevalence of really severe allergies, no analysis of how many children retain these allergies into adulthood, and reliance on the actions of a college community noted for its political correctness.

    I am making frequent comments because I am concerned with maintaining free speech, and not letting political correctness or victimology drown it out.

    I am noticing a trend among all of you now — because of your inability to reply substantively, you are degrading yourself with these kinds of personal attacks. They say more about you, though, than they do about me. Have you ever heard of projection?

    Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Not one of the band of intolerant parents have answered a simple question. WHY does your little brat have to go a football game? Why should 50,000 people change their behavior because your little bastard has a peanut allergy?

If you banned peanuts from school, you would have a valid point; however, a sporting event is not a necessity, most people in this country do not attend football games (but may watch them on television).

So why should so many people be inconvienced for the luxury of your child to go to a game?

Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    How dare you call our children little “brats” and “bastards” just because they were born with a peanut allergy. This was completely out of their control and they already deal with serious problems every day. You are only discrediting everyone on your side by posting this.

    In response to your post, we did not FORCE the University to make a peanut free football game. They opted to do this as a nice gesture to these kids. It is the same reason every charity does anything nice for kids. Because of kindness and compassion. The kind hearted people at that University thought “Hey these kids never get to go out to a sporting event. Lets give them one night where they can go to a football game and have a fun evening.” This was an act of kindness by Northwestern.

    This does not limit your rights. If you cant go three hours without peanuts, you have the right to stay home for ONE game just like our kids have to stay home for EVERY game. You are mistaking one act of charity from one organization as some worldwide ban on peanuts. No one is saying the world should give up peanuts. This is just a bunch of compassionate people saying, “hey i can give up peanuts for one night so these kids can go to the game”.

    Seriously, how heartless are you that you think there is a problem with this?

    Lindsey on October 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Lindsey, I have seen the children of parents like you. Your kids are brats and bastards, the latter often literally.

      I have seen kids in restaurants yell and scream and stick their fingers in other patrons’ food, and the parents think it is cute and clever. Your children are raised like vilda chias (wild animals). You think because something popped out from between your legs besides a yeast infection that you created perfection. No, your kids are not.

      The funny thing is, I don’t blame the children. Their parents are so self-absorbed, so wrapped up in their wonderment towards themselves and their own self-defined greatness, that they believe their children should not be trained to be functional in a society. They raise their children to believe in entitlements, that the world is for them and them alone, without caring or worrying about the consequences to others. Their problems are everybody else’s problems, instead of the parents’ problems.

      Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        Are you kidding me Jonathan?? You don’t know anything about me except that I appreciate what Northwestern did for these kids and with that information. Alone you decide that my kids are brats, literally bastards, and not disciplined and then you say I am entitled?

        You are WRONG on every accusation. I have been happily married for nearly ten years. My kids are very well disciplined and make straight A’s. I in NO way ask other people to take the burden of my daughters food allergy but when people do something nice for them, I say thank you. Both me and my husband work full time, pay taxes and have never had government assistance. We are also republican. You know nothing about me.

        I however went to your website and see that you are a lawyer. Are you kidding me? An attorney actually behaves this way on the Internet? I wonder what your coworkers and clients would think if they knew what a tyrannical Nazi you were.

        Lindsey on October 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Jonathan…your response to Brandon was intelligent & I actually agreed w/ a lot of your comments & observations…but then you make emotionally charged comments like this to someone who is probably a very nice person. You know what I think is wrong w/ our society? Social media and lack of accountability. It gives bullies and just plain mean people a safe place to spew their hatefulness. I see that you have attached your website so you obviously aren’t trying to conceal your identity. However, I seriously doubt you would say all of your nasty comments if the person and/or their kid was standing right in front of you. But maybe I’m wrong. At any rate, I have said my peace and will not look at this blog again. Much too toxic.

        Jennifer on October 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    inconvenienced. Sorry for the typo.

    Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I’ve almost watched my daughter die twice, I have an adult friend with a life threatening peanut allergy, it is a fact that peanut allergies have a 20% chance of being outgrown. My child has as much of a right to attend a game as yours and return home still breathing. This is NOT political in any way. You’re delusional to make this political. I don’t, for one second, think the masses should change their ways for the few UNLESS it could KILL any member of “the few” due to a medical condition that they didn’t ask for. We aren’t talking about religious beliefs, or food intolerances here. We’re talking about deadly food-allergies. Know one understands the facts and science behind food allergies better than the parent of an allergic child. It IS an epidemic. Stop making a medical condition about politics.

Courtney on October 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Courtney, why do you think that we should all pander to your manifest inability to parent?

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:30 am

Jonathan…I don’t think any of the parents of kids with life threatening allergies asked for this accommodation. I think Northwestern is just trying to do something cool. I’m not a parent of a child with allergies but I think it’s cool. I can live w/ out peanuts for a few hours. What’s not cool is calling innocent kids brats. They didn’t ask for their allergies and I doubt most care about this game.

Jennifer on October 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

No one is asking for peanuts to be banned from all sporting events forever. This is ONE GAME. My question is why can’t you live without peanuts for one game to show some compassion?

Courtney on October 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

John, man to man can I ask you a question?

Is the lack of peanuts at this particular game truly inconveniencing you? No, really.. I’m curious.

Brandon T on October 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    You asked a good question, Brandon.

    The peanut per se is not the issue. The issue is the sense of entitlement that people are entitled to go to a game, and that 50,000 other people must change their food choices for the convenience of one person. It is arbitrary, selfish and self-centered.

    If we were talking about a school, with classrooms, teachers, etc., I would be inclined to agree with a peanut ban, but this a football game is a frivolous endeavor where one with a peanut allergy does not have to attend. In fact, that person could watch the game on television. So a child does not experience a specific sporting event. I myself had challenges relating to food that prevented me from enjoying activities others engaged in, but I did not stop them from those activities merely because I could not partake.

    Our society breaks down when we bend over backward for every individual, or when we start labeling people as exceptional worthy of perks because they have been labeled as having a “disability.” That is victimhood, and modern Americans seem to relish in it, whether to get a welfare check from the government or to get undeserved privileges. There was a time when we worked to overcome our problems, or ignored them and moved on, but now, everyone wants to pronounce with pride their personal issues, and expect society to bend in their direction to avoid hurt feelings.

    This has led to the stagnation of America. At one time were problem solvers. Now, we are a bunch of crybabies.

    Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      “The issue is the sense of entitlement that people are entitled to go to a game, and that 50,000 other people must change their food choices for the convenience of one person. It is arbitrary, selfish and self-centered.”

      Whoops-there it is!

      Peanutters in 400+ posts have yet to address that point.

      DS_ROCKS! on October 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Jonathan,

      I understand your point, but from the information the school displays on their webpage it sounds like it was the school’s decision to do this one time thing. I understand the argument about bending over backwards for the few, but I also understand empathy. Why put down a group of individuals-kids with these allergies and their moms because of the school’s decision? It is not fair to assume that someone with a peanut allergy is from a broken home, has uneducated parents, is on government assistance, doesn’t work, or is liberal. Sorry, totally opposite here. We were all happily eating peanuts and peanut butter up until my son began breaking out in hives from it. Trust me I love peanut butter but knowing it could harm my child I don’t have it in my home now. Initially I told myself it couldn’t be peanuts but after further testing I found that it indeed was the culprit of his symptoms. Yes, the parents are responsible for taking care of their children, and as far as I know there are no peanut allergy parents that are expecting anyone else to do it. Don’t compare peanut allergies and parents to people who work the system. I’ve worked with people who did take advantage of the system, used their check for drugs and junk, didn’t feed their children, and it angered me immensely. It is ridiculous that that happens. At the same time, not everyone who gets assistance are bad people… many have a true disability whether born with it or sustained it later on in life.

      One game isn’t enough to get all hyped up about. If you hear that all games will be peanut free, then I expect to hear your rant. I’ve never expected anyone to cater to me and certainly don’t expect it now. Peanut allergies suck tremendously. I wish it was made up, because I certainly would have gone on with my life as I did before the diagnosis and been just fine. It would be nice to have a free choice of places to go, restaurants to eat at, groceries to buy without careful research. You’re lucky to not be affected by this particular allergy.

      I don’t know anyone who thinks there are ‘perks’ to having this allergy. I don’t understand why you say that. Did you think that about your own allergies growing up and did you expect people to cater to you? I’ve never once considered that people should bend over backwards for me and my family, even with the peanut allergy now. I know the world isn’t going to stop for a peanut allergy and that is ridiculous to suggest that it would. When it happens, then you can point fingers.

      Laura on October 18, 2013 at 3:25 am

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