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.


Stop the Madness!

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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524 Responses

What a complete muppet! Why do you think your opinion matters ? It doesn’t you are an ignorant fool whose obvious lack of intelligence is evident. What an idiot !

Nolan on October 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Nolan, why do you think your brats matter? They don’t to me, nor do you.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:28 am

My grandson has a peanut allergy and is a huge football fan. We attend the Samford Bulldogs football games and sit as far from most people as we can so as to avoid peanuts so that he is safe. It would be nice if peanuts were not served there but they are and thus we take as much precaution as we are able. I have allergies myself which make me sick but his can KILL him. I feel as if your words are hateful and insensitive. Not only that but they are directed at children who are facing a serious life threatening condition of which they are not at fault for having. I find that sad.

Sonny on October 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Why are you putting your grandson in danger by bringing to a football game in the presence of peanuts? Where are you priorities? Your disregard for your grandson’s safety makes me wonder what else you do with him. For shame!!!

    Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      You are also an idiot. Maybe you need to deal with a food allergy and see how you would feel to be locked in the house all the time for fear of what can kill you.

      Shirley on October 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Shirl, sweetheart, we don’t burn witches nowadays. Unfortunately.

        skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

I’m ignoring the ignorant…

The White Sox do this two games a year, what a great thing Northwestern is doing!!

Peanut Free Dad on October 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Sigh. Where do I start?! I have a funny feeling if you watched any child (or adult for that matter) go into anaphylactic shock you might change your tune a bit. I highly doubt that parents of nut allergy sufferers asked for this ban. I think it is a noble gesture by this team and am proud and honoured that there are people like this in the world. I am appalled that there are people like you. May I quote you from your own blog
This is really all about selfishness, NOT about health.
Yes. It is about selfishness. Selfish that you can’t for one game abstain from eating peanuts. Eat them on the way home. Have popcorn at the stadium.
Tell me, genuinely, how would you feel if, because you were eating nuts, someone went into (potentially irreversible) anaphylactic shock. Would you feel guilt? Would missing peanuts for one game not be worth avoiding guilt like that? Sigh. I have much to say but sense that you will not understand or even read what I have to say. Personally I’d rather ban ignorance than peanuts. At least with ignorance gone the person with the allergy could ask for some compassion and receive it.

Angela Moustafa on October 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Why can’t you abstain from taking your children to a game? And given your name is Moustafa, why can’t you abstain from terrorism?

    Jonathan E. Grant on October 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      “And given your name is Moustafa, why can’t you abstain from terrorism?”

      Hear, hear!

      DS_ROCKS! on October 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I am so sorry that some people are so ignorant.

    Lily on October 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I am so sorry that some people are so ignorant and full of hate. Peanut free games are a great idea. I am sure that people can handle stuffing their faces with something else.

    Lily on October 18, 2013 at 12:06 am

      I am so sorry you are a bad mother.

      skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:42 am

Debbie, Is your life really going to be completely ruined because for one football game you won’t be able to eat peanuts? Are you really that shallow that this would trump common sense? Let these people and children enjoy a game without fear. Find another snack. Peanuts aren’t the only thing you can eat at a game. Why does this bother you so much? When you or someone you love develops some sort of medical condition, you just might begin to understand like Joel Stein did.

“A column written by Mr. Stein in the August 9, 2010 edition of Time Magazine titled ‘Aw Nuts! I had an airtight, zero-tolerance stance on nut allergies. Then my son developed them’. Yes, you read that right, Joel Stein, the same person who ridiculed every food allergic parent in America just over a year ago recently discovered his 1-year-old son is allergic to nuts. He writes ‘Sitting up at 3 in the morning, I found myself totally believing in the nut-allergy epidemic.’ Yes, Mr. Stein, many of us know precisely what that feels like, lying wide awake in the middle of the night thinking about all the ways our seemingly normal lives have changed in that moment our children got their diagnosis of a food allergy. It’s earth shattering and life changing.” -Kelly Rudnicki – Food Allergy Mama – August 2010

Mark Hill on October 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Are peanuts really this important to you, to where you will insult the parents of kids with legitimate, life-threatening allergies? Do some research. It’ll help you avoid sounding cruel.

Chris on October 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I am saddened to witness so much hatred toward children here. They did not ask for this allergy. Shame on those who support this woman. No humanity or compassion at all. Freedom of speech my ass… This is just bullying plain and simple. And by the way, food allergy parents are some of the smartest parents out there. And their kids are healthier too when it comes to diet, obesity and diabetes. Maybe it is survival of the fittest and our allergy kids will rule in The end while they watch your kids stuff their fat little faces with junk like reeses and die early from horrible diseases caused by their poor diets.

Pntnana on October 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The rage I am feeling right now is what I assumed you wanted from an insensitive article like this, am I right??? I too was skeptical of this growing trend and gave my son peanut butter at 1 rather than the recommended age of 3. I was devastated to discover his life threatening allergy! I never ask others to stop eating their favorite foods, however people that are empathetic and caring give up their favorite pb snacks in order to ensure my son’s safety! Which I assume the stadiums are doing for these children as well as adults! It is one game, not a season, so stop comparing us to terrorists and nazis for goodness sakes! Shameful to upset parents that just want to keep their children alive while keeping their lives as normal as possible! You should just be thankful you or your family do not have to worry for your life and can enjoy to ease of everyday life.

Randi Borawski on October 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

So, the stadium should listen to you instead of doing what they think is right? Honestly, I don’t see any hate in this article, but I am a little uncomfortable with the ignorance expressed by the writer.

When there’s an event going on that I think is wrong headed, populated by people I don’t agree with, I stay home. You can do the same. Refreshments served during private events aren’t subject to a popular vote. If my favorite restaurant isn’t serving what I enjoy, I’ll cook at home.

Who the hell are you to tell Northwestern what they can serve, sell, or omit from concessions? Some “conservative” you are. Hypocrite!

Teresa on October 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Dear FLOR & Joss & Main:

I am sickened and completely disappointed to find your ads on the following hate-fest, disguised as a blog by Debbie Schlussel. I am the editorial director/editor of a magazine within your industry and this feels extraordinarily personal. I have a son with life-threatening peanut allergy. I happen to have tickets to the Northwestern Wildcat football game mentioned below. I am one of those unbelievably grateful parents who will go to this ONE SINGLE GAME without worrying that the food there might KILL my son. I am SHOCKED that you would have ads not only ON this blog site, but actually WITHIN this hateful commentary from a woman who obviously means only to be controversial for her own gain. I promise you that your inclusion on this angry diatribe will only diminish your stellar reputation, while at the same time alienating a large section of potential customers, whether their families have food allergies or not. This is shameful. Please rethink your ad dollars. This commentary is misguided, sad and hate-filled… As fellow home furnishings professionals, your inclusion is especially painful to see. I have copied members of FARE, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization, which works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies. I urge you not alienate these potential customers.

Thank you.

Diane on October 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Everybody here, I know where all of these dumbass trolls are coming from, yes there mainly from Facebook, but there not any posters on FB, there on a Facebook group, and it’s called “Parents of Kids with a Severe Peanut Allergy”!

I have a simple question to ALL of the sub-literate trolls who commented here, could you at least prove to me and show me any type of definitive evidence and proof where in this link that DS made fun and mocked those who are allergic to foods or drinks? Let’s go trolls, here’s your chance to be honest and use common-sense and rationality instead of trolling and fire-bombing the messenger!

BTW, here’s there FB group folks:


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

Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Really? Is it THAT important that you have some peanuts that you would take time out of your life to write an article about how it affects YOU? Good grief. . get some counseling for food addiction. You can’t enjoy ONE game without peanuts? Sounds like maybe YOU have a problem. These people who have these allergies, and no not I, nor anyone in my family, have a peanut allergy, have to live with this on a constant basis. Heaven forbid you ever have to deal with something like that. It’s selfish people like you who are ruining this country. What an idiotic point of view you have. I feel sorry for you and if you have any children, because if they one day have to deal with an illness or something else and it requires a little thoughtfulness from other people. .. you just may be out of luck.

Julie on October 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Debbie, you would be singing a different tune if you had a child with a life threatening food allergy. Kids are dying because of their peanut allergies. Innocent. Gone in a moment. Unless they live in a bubble, they have to live in a world full of nuts…going to school where peanut butter is every where, traveling on planes where people bring nuts aboard, and risking their lives just to eat out because of cross contamination. Yes, it takes just a trace to set off a severe reaction. As you mentioned it is just a small percentage of the population, why should we do something nice like offer one peanut free game a year? Because of people like my son. He loves sports. Dreams of the day he can attend a Giants game with his friends and be a normal boy for one afternoon. Have some compassion! You could have written a wonderful article about how people were coming together to make a sporting event available for those who can never attend.

a mom on October 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Too bad you are so ignorant. Maybe if you had a brain that was at least the size of a peanut you would realize this is no trivial matter to a lot of people. Maybe if a relative or close friend of yours suffered from nut allergies you could be enlightened. You are a pathetic excuse for a human being.

Alice on October 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

As I expected, you good for nothing peanutter-trolls are clearly and the epitome of “retardation”, and that’s what I’m going to label all of you dumbass trolls as “retards”.

I simply asked ALL of you peanutter-trolls a question, and I asked for any of you to show me definitive proof ANYWHERE in this piece where Debbie made fun of and attacked kids or anyone with a food allergy or beverage allergy? And NONE of you trolls have yet to step up to the plate and provide evidence of the author making fun of people with a food allergy? Sigh!

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

Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Does anyone think it’s a good idea to locate the sponsors of the peanut allergists and show them some of the mild-mannered comments, tolerance of free speech and the refined language that have been posted here?

Little Al on October 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Buddy, I think we can do a google search of their website and point out and EXPOSE all of the peanutter-trolls here embarrassing themselves with their inane stupidity and so on.

    Little Al, I’ve been asking these low-IQ jackasses “where in this article that Debbie attacked or made fun of those who’re allergic to specific foods (or beverages)”, they’ve YET to step up and try to point out what I’m saying and be objective, but there too busy being subjective and retarded!

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

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      I agree with Little Al and Sean.

      skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:47 am

      “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.”

      So Sean, doesn’t calling someone who carries 2 Epipens a Nazi count as mockery or worse? And who is the Nazi when she’s suggesting people with health conditions stay in their homes and not enjoy normal life?

      Bat Devorah (ha neviiah) on October 18, 2013 at 7:18 am

        Italkit is quite the stalker.

        Yes, it’s Bat Blah Blah, using any pretext for attacking fellow Jews and trying desperately to be relevant.

        skzion on October 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

AGAIN?!?!?!!!!??! 389 comments as I begin this post?!!??!

Boil, boil, peanut oil, Debbie stirs the pot,
Skunky murmurs incantations, looking over Debbie’s libations,
Mumbo jumbo, peanut gumbo,
Louisiana Lightnin’, Kung Fu Fightin’,

Fierce bad women stir the pot, Debbie and Skunky,
Evil women, fierce and bad,
Cory Booker, that’s quite sad.

Mumbo jumbo, peanut gumbo, Skunky’s silver lining,
What is whinging, do you mean whining,
No good answer for John E. and Sean,
On which burner is the big pot on,

Evil women, fierce, not sad, Little Al is big and bad,
Alfredo, Lombardo, Madonna, Shakira,
Looney George Clooney,
Look in da mirra,

Evil women fierce and bad, stir the pot, that’s really rad,
Mumbo jumbo, peanut gumbo, no good answer for Sean and John E.,
Alfredo’s machetes, key limeade,
How dare you all, do Debbie degrade.

Debbie stirs the pot, Skunky murmurs incantations,
Anna Philactic and her brother Pro,
Looking for a web site, where to go,
Mumbo jumbo, boil that oil,
Peanuts, peanuts, we will throw,
To the elephants we will go.

Horse manure, full of fiber, like a lawyer’s liber,
No good answer for Sean and John E.,
Allergic babies on the Ol’ Suwannee,
DS_ROCKS around the clock, Facebook “heroes” here they flock,

Mumbo jumbo, peanut gumbo, Skunky makes a call,
Debbie stirs the boiling pot, Facebook “heroes” whatchoo got?,
Skunky waves her magic wand, of peanut butter I’m quite fond,
Rumble, rumble, in the jungle, fierce bad women,
Facebook bungles.

Facebook “heroes” here they come,
Little children, where they from?
Mumbo jumbo, stir that pot,
Facebook “heroes”, peanut rot.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Wow. Just…..wow. What is your problem Debra? I just cannot imagine what kind of home u grew up in to end up being such a heartless, nasty, mean ignorant bully. Yup. I said it. I called u a bully. U are no better than a school she child running around at recess making fun of the kid with the problem. Why should ANYBODY “stay home” because they have a food allergy? You ask where the “alleged peanut allergies suddenly come from” well, doesn’t matter. They’re here and maybe you should actually witness someone going into anaphylactic shock to see just how ignorant u look. The fact is, they’re real, they can kill. U sit and tell a 12 year old he’s not allowed to come Into the game. Why do u care? Do u need a peanut as an emotional companion? Be quiet Debbie and sit down. You’re embarrassing and self absorbed. Get a grip. Have a heart. The. Have a peanut. At home. Away from the stadium.

TONYA Tripi on October 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

You mean Tonya Harding, don’t you?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    “Tonya Harding”

    I used to have a crush on her. Mean, fit, white-trash blondes – gotta love ’em..

    DS_ROCKS! on October 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Dear ignorant, uneducated self-righteous author:
Peanut allergies are not even in the same category as “gluten free”, etc. innocent children by no fault of their own are becoming increasingly DEATHLY allergic to the protein in peanuts. You have no right to be speaking in regard to something you obviously have no knowledge about. Until you’ve seen your own toddler gasping for air and slowly suffocating bc of the very thing your whining about you being unable to eat, you have no right to speak about it. This is not a joking matter. Yes it is unfortunate that more and more children are being diagnosed. But don’t even begin to classify this along the same lines as a being gluten free. Instead of whining about not having peanuts at a ball game. Educate yourself and know the facts. Take the time to see what actually happens to someone who ingests the peanut protein and see if it’s really that important for you to have peanuts while you sit next to the innocent deathly allergic 3 year old on your next flight.

Karen on October 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Still, the remaining few peanutter-trolls have YET to point out and show proof of where in this link that DS made of fun and attacked anyone with food or beverage allergies?

It’s time for you peanutter-trolls to put up or shut up and answer my question and STOP side-stepping from me, you trolls know that in the back of your mindsets that your clearly full of rubbish and either are incapable of answer my question or just too friggin lazy to point out where in this piece that Ms. Schlussel simply attacked those who have food allergies, etc.? As I said trolls, here’s your perfect opportunity to FINALLY answer my question and STOP making asses of yourselves.

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

Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

The intelligent discussion on this subject was had during the first 50-75 posts last night. The remaining 4,312 posts, of which you Facebook “heroes” have put up 4,294 of them, have done nothing to enlighten or educate.

Don’t you people get it? If children are becoming “increasingly DEATHLY allergic” to peanuts, you don’t get it, do you? It’s obviously not the peanuts. And if it was the peanuts, then it’s the soil, fertilizers, pesticides or facilities where they are processed, or the processing methods and equipment itself.

If you people would all pool your money and hire some qualified nutritional researchers, you might have a better answer than blaming food that NO ONE was allergic to until America decided that a lack of self discipline could be classified as A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. Add to that the notion that my house cleaning methods are now classified as O.C.D. and you MIGHT begin to see what I mean.

But no, you New Age Nazis are more interested in another great American pastime of the New Age Left, The Doped Up Winfrey Crowd, namely The Blame Game, The Scapegoat Makers.

Get over yourselves, get out of here, or folks like me, Little Al and others will spend the whole night baiting you in to your ridiculous rages again. Look in the mirror, or perhaps go out and buy a new set of disorders to define yourselves by. It’s a new American game, something’s wrong with me, my husband, children, wife, boss, neighbor, let’s define it and fix it.

Saul Alinsky is alive and well and living in the minds of parents with peanut allergic kids.

You people do that well, Identify, Define, Attack, Destroy. Look in the mirror and stop clogging up this web site.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Bravo and well said Alfredo, if were here yet again to defend common-sense and rationalism over these peanutter-trolls stupidity, then so be it.

    And I don’t think these freaks will answer my question and here it goes again: “where in this piece that Debbie attacked or mocked children and/or adults with food or beverage allergies?”!

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

    Sean R. on October 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

“DSR, this would be a great guerrilla action at a no-peanut game.”

IKR? They would gasp upon being sprayed, then swoon in unison.



Made me of that great scene from “Eating Raoul” where the protagonist throws a lamp in the hot-tub full of jackasses.

DS_ROCKS! on October 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Sean R., yup, that’s right, that’s why I included those lines in my silly poem, the ones about you and Mr. Grant. No one had any REAL substance for either of you, just Alinsky-like personal attacks.

DS_ROCKS, I loved Tonya Harding, because I’m in to ass and thighs, which she had plenty of. If a woman has boobs, great, if she’s board flat and it says Home Depot Lumber Dept. across her chest, as long as she’s got that ass and those thighs, she’s hot enough for me. Face counts too, of course, don’t be lookin’ like The Wicked Witch of The West, LOL!!!

Once a woman has had work done, i.e., face work of any kind including lip augmentation, implants, tattoos or errant piercings, she’s automatically disqualified, no matter how hot she might be otherwise. Tonya eventually had face work and fake boobs. Shame, she was hot enough.

Now, back to Crouching Elephants, Hidden Planter’s.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Oh, by the way, another reason why the two people who have now put up 5,401 posts about their “peanut allergic” children may have been able to be so prolific is because Facebook has changed their policy. Facebook announced earlier today that 13-17 year olds will now be able to put up public posts. Perhaps Soccer Mom and ROCK RIBBED CONSERVATIVE Dad let Junior and Missy Doo Dah stay home from school to flame us. And of course, they have a copy of Rules For Radicals sitting by the computer.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 12:17 am

And one more thing…since it’s so hard to give one day up of favorite foods and you throw a hissy…imagine how these families feel doing everyday just to save their own life! Selfish.

Shelley Primeau on October 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

VERY creative name, Shelley, but Prime Beef is spelled just how I typed it. You two tired yet? I just ate a nice meal, so I have to stay up for a while. Might have a Cuban cigar, if there’s any of those left, some Puerto Rican rum, ya nevah know. Oh, did you catch what I said last night, rum and Coke is called a Cuba Libre. There goes that Cuban connection again, but I don’t think Mark is looking in on this web site.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

Although I am a mother and gainfully employed and thus have not had time to read all of the responses, I have read many and feel a need to respond again as there are many comments made by a few individuals for which I feel uniquely qualified to respond. First, while you have enjoyed insulting my intelligence, you should know that I have a degree from the same school as your beloved DS, a fact I am frankly ashamed of at the moment. In addition, I also hold Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and work in the criminal justice field. I am fairly certain that said commenters possess none of these qualifications. Therefore, I feel the need to call attention to their lack of qualification in commenting on other’s intelligence or mental health. Do you even know what an IQ of 95 means? While DS may be a member of Mensa, I highly doubt you can claim the same. The pejorative terms you use to describe parents standing up for their children are degrading and inappropriate. When attempting to degrade someone you should only talk about something you actually know. While I would love to spend the time psychoanalyzing you to embarrass you in front of the rest of the readers, I don’t give away my expertise for free. With regard to the comments about genetic inferiority, this was a concept used by the Nazi’s. If you have read the bio about DS you would know that she is the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants and likely finds the comment as offensive as I do. However, you should know that research on allergies has not actually concluded it is related to genetics and thus the comment again goes out the window. While it is common for allergies to run in families not all kids with allergies have any relative with allergies. Additionally, many adults who have never had allergies are developing them. My “inferior genes” created a 5’10” blond haired blue-eyed former model and captain of the swim team with multiple advanced degrees and a beautiful, intelligent, silly and amazing daughter who happens to have life threatening food allergies despite not having any myself. So go ahead and keep up your inferior genes argument. Call me whatever you want, that is called projection my friends, look it up. While you might have 1st Amendment rights to free speech you do not have a right to bully or threaten others. There have been comments made today that may not have been intended to be serious but they are indeed serious. Running after a known peanut allergic kid with a spoonful of peanut butter could lead to attempted murder charges. This is not a joke. This kind of comment could be considered a terrorist threat and others are examples of cyber bullying. I suggest you Google cyber bullying and Florida. While you might not like being inconvenienced by not being allowed to eat peanuts somewhere I am sure you would be even less happy with the food you will be forced to eat in prison. Food allergies are a disability under the ADA, something DS should be well aware of, as should you with all of your uneducated opinions. So before you spout off at the mouth again you should think about the possible ramifications. DS’s bio indicates she is a lawyer, if as others have suggested you are in fact her posting under a pseudonym you are playing with fire and insulting your intelligence. If these posters are in fact just fans, you should be aware that based on her bio, you may in fact be insulting her as well due to your own lack of intelligence. On a final note, these kids are dealing with enough in life and don’t need to be bullied by adults. Self-respecting adults should have more important things to do with their lives than pick on defenseless children. While you may again suggest that is not what you are doing, I again suggest you are the one with a lack of intelligence.

allergy mom on October 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

    allergy mom, let me introduce you to a paragraph.

    Paragraph, this is allergy mom.

    (Tip of the hat to Skunky.)

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Allergy Mom, wherever you got your doctorate from did not instill good habits of grammar. “Nazis” does not have an apostrophe. Mixing up singular and plural nouns and pronouns, as you do in your last two sentences supports my assertion. You also mix up indicative and subjunctive tenses in your sentences, and do not always distinguish properly between commas and semicolons. While I recognize that your comments are extemporaneous, there are still quite a few grammatical errors.

    In addition to the inability to psychoanalyze other based on virtually no data, I think in your case there would be severe problems of transference. The barely disguised vitriol in your comments suggests strongly supports my opinion in this.

    I suspect that in your studies of psychology you learned that ‘psychoanalysis’ is a term with a fairly rigorous meaning, and regardless of the ‘school’ involved, is a lengthy process which must be based on much more than reading a few comments from someone you do not know. Many of us remember the foolish attempts to psychoanalyze Nixon, Bush II, and others. And projection? Again, that works both ways. Look again at all the comments, not only those you disagree with.

    And then there are the threats. Do you think your arguments about bullying or threatening others might apply to any of the numerous comments that opponents of Debbie’s post have made here in the last 24 hours? Examine them carefully. You will see that the threats and the obscenity have largely been one way, and it has not been Debbie or her supporters making them. Do you have anything to say about this?

    Also, do you deal with hate speech in your work? Look again at all the comments, not just those of Debbie and her supporters. Remember that obscenity can often be looked upon as threatening, and, again, in this context look at all the comments, and words such as ‘c—‘ ‘f—‘ and ‘a—-‘ applied against Debbie in these comments. What do you make of comments expressing the hope that she or her offspring will contract and suffer from peanut allergies? I also think ad hominem attacks, in the context of the overall hostility of the comments against her and her supporters can be considered threatening, as can the sheer weight in numbers of the comments against her.

    And the vagueness and indirectness in your threats, indeed makes your remarks First Amendment issues. Your vagueness extends them pervasively and loosely, so they can be interpreted to cover virtually any comment made here that you disagree with. Your remarks are clearly meant to intimidate (not only here, but, presumably in any future discussions and posts that might occur), which abridges others’ First Amendment rights, and when taken together with the comments of those whose general point of view is consistent with yours, could constitute hate speech, as well. In terms of Florida, I place importance on the fact that Debbie, herself is the only person whose specific identity in this discussion is known with certainty.

    You may be new to this blog, and not aware of Debbie’s history with others who have tried to intimidate her and her supporters. You have probably picked up on the fact that she does not have a friendly overall relationship with the Muslim community. Numerous threats, not only legal, have been made against her and against this site for a long time (and not only by Muslims), and we have not been intimidated. Like those whose thought is, in general, compatible with yours, they have made threats against her, and falsely accused her of making the threats.

    Lastly, there is also a long history on this blog of hostile (i.e. anti-Debbie) commenters boasting about their intelligence, and belittling the intelligence of those they disagree with. My experience in reading these comments has generally been that the really intelligent people who communicate here can be recognized by the quality of their comments, and do not need to proclaim their mental ability as a central theme of their writing. If they are truly intelligent, they do not need to proclaim it — it will be apparent from the content and context of their language.

    Little Al on October 18, 2013 at 2:16 am

      Allergy Mom, I also notice that you do not distinguish properly in all cases between singular and plural pronouns.

      Little Al on October 18, 2013 at 2:30 am

        nor between the nominative and objective case

        Little Al on October 18, 2013 at 2:33 am

      Little Al – your moniker that refers to either your brain size or private size both are correct. By posting on peoples spelling or grammar does not make you intelligent but just an internet annoyance. Sorry not a “troll” as I have donated to Debbie’s causes and disagree with others on her position. You on the other hand have no life except to be snarky and miserable.

      Ronan on October 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

Debbie S. You are a total moron! One of the reasons why there are so many allergies is because of all the GMO chemicals being added to our foods. Tell a 6 yr old child they cannot experience a movie theatre or a class trip to the farm because of life threatening peanut allergies. I imagine if you had a child with a severe life threatening peanut allergy – you’d be crying with disbelief over what you just said. Prayers for you and your ignorant mind.

Becky on October 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

Hey, allergy mom, you blew it with this one.

“. . . I am fairly certain that said commenters possess none of these qualifications.” . . .

You know NOTHING about ANYONE on this web site. Your genetic predisposition to CONDESCENSION is a dead giveaway. And as far as threatening people by your “playing with fire” comment, unless you belong to the NSA and your contingent is right outside our homes, don’t threaten people here. You have TOTALLY disqualified yourself from genuine discussion.


Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 1:10 am

Debbie, my blood is boiling and I can’t even describe how mad you have made me. I can’t even believe I am stooping to this level to even respond to an idiot. Sit in an emergency room, funeral home or visit all the families who unfortunately watched their child suffer from anaphylactic shock, or worse never recovered and died because of this allergy. Why this epidemic? We have no idea, it just is and there is no cure. We wish this was not our reality but we are not so fortunate and wish our children did not suffer from this deadly allergy. This is not a choice, avoidance is the only thing that can keep children and all with this allergy safe until hopefully a cure is discovered. You are very lucky and blessed that you do not have a loved one with this allergy, we all wish we were that lucky. Unfortunately it’s people like you who will harm my daughter because you cannot eat your precious peanuts elsewhere. I love peanuts and peanut butter but love my daughter more, her LIFE, – you get it through your thick stupid head, her LIFE is more important than eating peanuts for the past 8 years!!! Her life and others with this allergy are more important. It’s that simple, they have no choice, but you do. Educate yourself before you spill your idiotic opinions with no facts. I hope you never live in fear that someone you care for dies because someone else was too selfish to care about the life of another human being, when it could easily have been avoided if the right choice was made. I am no longer mad or upset, just really sad that it’s stupid people like you that my daughter has to deal with. I cannot always be there to protect her, but I cannot be held responsible for my actions if our paths ever cross and you are just as ignorant as you were when you wrote this, and because of your stupidity my daughter or anyone with this allergy came to harm because of you. The fear you should have is that everyone who you have offended or upset doesn’t kick your smug ass. Yes I am stooping to your level because my blood is boiling again and you’re pissing me off. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but if you ever knowingly eat peanuts and purposefully and intentionally touch or expose someone who has this life threatening allergy, you should be arrested and I will petition and do everything I possibly can to have a law passed to make sure you will be prosecuted for attempted murder or murder. Sorry won’t cut it, sorry is too late if someone dies from this. It’s no different from having a loaded gun and pulling the trigger. Stupid ass!

TD on October 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Another tedious indignation troll who never learned paragraphing.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Another calm, collected, non-threatening missive. Will Allergy Mom (assuming she is not the same person as TD !@?!) condemn this verbiage? TD is not mad or upset, but under certain circumstances, she tells us, she cannot be held responsible for her actions. But as I said earlier, Debbie is used to dealing with threats, and, as has been noted, she is an attorney.

    Little Al on October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

Nice copy and paste job, but your use of the famous Dallas Cowboys running back’s initials won’t score you any touchdowns here. 51,390 identical posts have already been made. Got repetition?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

Oh look, I’m finally at the end of the comments.

I was chatting with my hair stylist (seriously). He started off being sympathetic to the nutters’ cause but ended up thinking they were nutter jerks.

The a-hole nutters need to be confronted. They are bad parents and bad people. If I could change the mind of a liberal who works for a living so easily, almost everyone else should be even easier.

skzion on October 18, 2013 at 2:05 am

Skzion, you stole my thunder about paragraphs. I was thinking of that while I was brushing and flossing. Okay, let me give this a try. And remember, the LEAST intelligent of them all, is more intelligent than all of US put together. ROTFLMAO!!!

I am a mother of a peanut allergic nine year old boy who loves football and space technology. If you’ve never sat for 57 straight hours in an emergency room, holding your poor, sweet, dear child’s hand as he struggles to breathe, you have no idea how truly heartbreaking this all can be. It is so sad and infuriating all at once to see the callous and insensitive remarks being made by these insolent morons on your web site, miss debie. I have six doctorates, 17 master’s degrees, teach arts and crafts at three local maximum security prisons, and my IQ is 609 points higher than miss debie’s. I also work 205 hours a week baking cookies for charity, and driving each batch to their respective destinations. I also volunteer 102 hours a week building homes for Habitat For Humanity. We are a typical CONSERVATIVE MIDWESTERN family, for those of you who think I am a left wing troll. My husband is a 7’9″, 601 pounds, all muscle Army Ranger currently on manoovers in Porto RRico and has Heriberto in his coordinates. When he gets hold of him and finishes pounding Joaquin’s face in to powder, he will punch him so hard that Octavio will become the first human to orbit Jewpiter. I can also shoot three different types of fire arms, and can read the Torah while standing on one foot and take a shower at the same time. I am truly and miserably distressed at what I have read on your blog and wish that miss debie will get fired. You are all moronic morons with moronic brains, but you have no brains at all. You are just insensitive bastards with no life who love to torture people who are not like you.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 2:17 am

“This is really all about selfishness..” I can’t even believe what I just read. Why would you treat anyone any differently because of something they have no control over? Did they choose to have an allergy?? I don’t think so. I have someone who is very close to me who is highly allergic to peanuts. Yes she has to be very careful about where she goes, what she does, who she’s around, what she eats, and especially about inconsiderate people like you! If you just can’t stand the thought of going some place where peanuts are not for a day, or if you can’t put them up for an hour or two because you could possibly be the cause of someone’s DEATH.. Then I strongly suggest you looking into some type of therapy. I hope and pray no one in your family develops an allergy because we sure know you won’t care! I will pray for you and for anyone who agrees with your ignorance.

Katie on October 18, 2013 at 2:30 am

Little Al, BIGGING UP with a dissertation worthy of a couple doctorates. Three cheers from the peanut gallery, all the coquis outside my house and in the surrounding fields. Niiiiiiiiice!!!

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 2:30 am

Anyone ever send away for that “Mr. Peanut” bank? I did and thought it would be a detailed replica of the character, but when it came it turned out to just be a monochrome injection-molded job. I was disappointed, but it was still cool enough.

Oh, and I couldn’t live – literally – without Peanut Butter Crunch cereal.

DS_ROCKS! on October 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

I wasn’t going to reply to this ignorant post but feel I need too. This article makes claims of “so called” life threatening peanut allergy, talks of selfishness, compares it to Muslim beliefs and dietary restrictions. All so uneducated it kills me. I’ve seen wonderful posts in reply supporting these kids and horrible heartless posts attacking for no reason. Calling peanut allergic parents uneducated.

I can assure peanut allergic parents are extremely educated. They’ve been forced to be. Regardless of the daft that I have MS in a health related ilex I had lots of learning to so after my child was determined to be allergic. Then to discover that 3/4 of my kids are allergic changed my goal. (We have no family history). Our goal is not to eliminate peanuts from your lives. My goal is to help find a cure so out kids don’t har to live in fear. I live peanut butter as much a anyone but the truth is it will kill my child. I watched her go into anaphylaxis. I watched her get life flighted from a tiny treat that snuck through the cracks. And until you’ve seen that, until you’ve felt the pain of almost losing a chile to something so ridiculous I don’t expect you to understand out battle.

We aren’t selfish because we aren’t asking for a peanut free game. They are providing it. You sound selfish when you can’t Give up peanuts for a day. Comparing it to a dietary restriction due to religious beliefs. Really. Will pork kill them like peanuts almost killed my daughter.

So what’s your next topic? Autism? Are you going to post about this post about this growing problem also. What else will you claim doesn’t exist because it doesn’t effect you. So much for living in a compassionate world.

Amy on October 18, 2013 at 7:57 am

Don’t know why there is so much anger aimed at Debbie! The Margaret Sanger gangs (CPUSA, DNC, OWS, CAIR, Planned Parenthood, NOW) already has a way to deal with “defective” children — it is their holy sacrament, called INFANTICIDE.

Hans Schaden on October 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

Okay, not a single crazed “peanut free mom” has stated WHY their child MUST go to a football game.

I do not doubt the severity of the peanut allergies of your child, so why would you want to inflict them to a stadium when the allergy is so severe that you must wipe down the seats and carry two epi-pens? It sounds that you are abusing your child putting them in such a situation.

Also, why doesn’t your child take allergy shots?

Many of you have stated that your child should not have to miss experiences because of their “disability” yet that is precisely what they should be doing. I had allergies and other ailments, and rather than have society change, or inflict my problems on everyone else, I simply did not go to certain locales that put me in harm’s way.

This is the Narcissism of today’s parents. “My child is so great that I will inflict them on everybody everywhere and everyone must accommodate him.” When anybody wants to spend more money in government, they say, “It’s for the children.”
(George Carlin had a great response to the self-centered nature of today’s parents. He said “F–k the children.” )

Seriously, if you don’t want hurt feelings, don’t inflict your child’s problems on everyone else. Deal with them medically, instead of making your child a social cause.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

How stupid are you? People vs. Peanuts, hmmmm LET ME THINK…….. I CHOOSE PEOPLE.

Lisa on October 18, 2013 at 9:35 am

    No, Lisa (and the rest of the peanutter authoritarians), you don’t choose “people,” you purport to choose your own brats. Don’t pose as some disinterested benefactor of humanity.

    I said “purport” because I don’t think you really care about even your own brats. No, you want to shed your invisibility as generically bad parents and forgettable submediocrities and aquire some degree of public notice. This is your Kardashian moment.

    skzion on October 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

Something else that bothers me is that the parents of the children with severe allergies is that they want everyone else to sacrifice something or change their eating habits, but they won’t sacrifice the idea of taking their child to something as frivolous as a college football game.

If you were talking about a peanut free school, the parents would have a very valid point. That is not the issue here. The issue is something so frivolous and something so few people ever do, and yet you want everyone else to change their lifestyle for your child.

When I was in school maybe one or two children out of 600 had a peanut allergy, and yet they still functioned in school. Are there any doctors that can post here and tell us what is going wrong? Is it because parents are bubble wrapping their children so much that they are not developing a proper immune system? After all, polio hit America particularly hard because we were a cleaner less polluted country and thus fewer Americans had exposure to the polio antigen than in people in other countries.

Doctors should answer this question. Let’s not hear from parents who don’t know the science.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Jonathan Grant…you are as insensitive as Debbie Schlussel and share her lack of empathy. Isn’t that a characteristic of a narcissist?

    Chris Gierymski on October 18, 2013 at 10:32 am


lily allen on October 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

You are all proving how ignorant you are. To the person who said get allergy shots. There are none you idiot. If that was easy we would. Is do anything to keep my kids safe. We skip bday parties. We only ask family and school to make changes and it’s very limited what we ask for. I dot think I heard one peanut parent say they were asking or expecting this from anyone. They are simply saying it is nice that there are organizations being considerate and letting these kids experience a day with no worries.

What is wrong with you people that you can’t be happy that people are being carog for others. No instead you only worry about yourself. Watch that you are left with the same lack of compassion should you ever need anything “special”.

I’m a conservative and absolutely disappointed in Debbie’s article. Can’t we be happy for those who chose to do nice things for others rather than knock them because we get nothing out of it. Sounds like a very liberal view “me me me society”.

Don’t speak of what you don’t know. And trust me you don’t know what you don’t know.

Amy on October 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Thank you Amy. Very true. There is no such shot. It only shows his ignorance. However this is the same guy that also said that peanut allergy kids were literally bastards as if somehow there is a correlation between children without dads and kids who develop peanut allergies. He also states that the moms of peanut allergy kids are protective of them because it is the first time that something other than a yeast infection came from between our legs. He also stated that Mustafa was a terrorist simply because of his name. Oh and then of course there is the “Fuck the children” phrase. This man is seriously deranged and in no way should be taken seriously. Sad thing is look at his website he has linked. He is an attorney! Amazing what “professionals” come up with in their spare time. lol.

    I have come to the conclusion that these people can not be reasoned with. No amount of logic or compassion will ever convince them to think of anyone other than themselves.

    Mindy on October 18, 2013 at 11:03 am




Co-qui, . . .

Co-qui, . . .


Hard to tell, since the number of identical posts from our two Facebook “heroes” is now up to 112,341. I will say one thing, they have a lot of energy.

HEYYYYYYYY, wait a second here, PEANUTS are an AMAZING energy food. You guys cheating? C’mon, fess up, where do you two get all this energy to keep posting the same old crap from? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, crystal meth? Crack? Krokodil?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

Many people have children who have skin that is sensitive to sunlight. Shouldn’t all football games be played in dome stadiums? How HEARTLESS of others to not have dome stadiums so these sun-sensitive creatures of God can enjoy a football game also!!! The arrogance and condescension displayed by so many is genuinely sad and inconsiderate! And to think that I went to the same skool that Debbie did! The shame! The shame!

PDMac60 on October 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

I suppose we should take out all wheelchair ramps? Widened doorways? Handrails in restroom stalls? To stay along the same lines as your anti-disability rant(and food allergies are considered by the ADA to be a hidden disability) if someone can’t strut into the game on their own two feet then they should stay home right? As an allergy mom all we ask is that you don’t poison our children. And it’s one damn game! I suppose if my son were going into anaphylaxis (of which can happen easily just from touching peanut residue) you would point and laugh. In my opinion the only one with a disability here is you…ignorance and hate.

AllergyMom on October 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

From reading the comments so far, the defenders of this ladies blog are far better skilled in logic and articulation than the trolls of hyper-sensitivity.

PDMac60 on October 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Seriously PD? Have you read any of the stuff that Alfredo or Jonathan Grant have posted? Let me quote my previous post:

    “This is the same man that said that peanut allergy kids were literally bastards as if somehow there is a correlation between children without dads and kids who develop peanut allergies. He also states that the moms of peanut allergy kids are protective of them because it is the first time that something other than a yeast infection came from between our legs. He also stated that Mustafa was a terrorist simply because of his name. Oh and then of course there is the “Fuck the children” phrase.”

    Oh yes, the defenders of Debbie are SOO logical. Sigh…

    Mindy on October 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Hey mindy, I know it’s been a good few months but was laughing at the pathetic attempt to rile me and you mentioned those idiots calling me a terrorist because of my name which made me laugh even more. My name is Angela. My surname is Moustafa. I must be worse because I married into the name then hahaha.

      Angela Moustafa on May 3, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Allergymom, the addition of handicap facilities does not detract from what others can and cannot do. Sorry bitch. Try again.

If the allergy is so bad that a child cannot touch peanut residue, what will you do if they do not powerwash EVERYTHING in the stadium well enough? Doesn’t the stadium need to be sterilized to ensure safety?

So if some people think that they shouldn’t have to change their customs and behavior for a minute minority, then that is “ignorance and hate?” Your arrogance and condescension is astounding.

PDMac60 on October 18, 2013 at 11:26 am

Jonathan Grant is a fierce, bad, evil man who should kno better because he claims to be an attorney. I’m going to find out if he really is one and have his license renew—, I mean revoked. I’m going to the lawyers bar in his state, find him and smack the drink right out of his hand. After that, he will be unable to practice law annywher. He is mean, vishus, and mean, plus he is also fierce and bad. He and Debra shood go to the zoo in Thetroit and get stepped on by the elephant after they feed it peanuts. I’m mad as hel and I’m not going to take it annymor.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

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