Subway Contest, Homeschooler Entries Not Accepted

What’s up with this?

Subway, the sandwich restaurant, wants to hear your child’s story – unless he or she is homeschooled.

The national chain’s “Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest” offers prizes and a chance to be published on the Subway website and in Scholastic’s “Parent & Child” magazine but specifically excludes homeschoolers:

It’s their marketing department, but if it were mine, I wouldn’t exclude that part of the population that is home-schooled. If it has anything to do with the grand prize itself, which is $5000 of athletic equipment for the entrant’s school, then what is stopping them from awarding the prize to what would be the entrant’s school if he/she were to use it? To me it would be a win win. The school would be happy to accept the donation, and the winner would be happy to have been responsible for them getting it. How great is that? That makes too much sense to me. A whole lot more sense than dividing up contestants by how they are educated, and excluding some. A little NEA’ish perhaps??

related link: Subway sandwich contest: Homeschoolers not wanted

updated 5/27/08

Cheesesteak News

The cheesesteak. Can you think of a sandwich that carries more sway and passion with aficionados? I can’t. Some disturbing news out of Philly. Coming from a big win last month by being chosen the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia, John Bucci, 42, owner of John’s Roast Pork is now fighting preleukemia and preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Bucci’s spry 75 year old mother, Vonda, also a fixture at the shop, has a lot to deal with. And she will. ‘I have to have faith,’ she says. Vonda, our prayers are with you and your son and family.

On a much lighter note. What kind of cheese belongs on a cheesesteak? A recent survey showed American Cheese first, followed by Provolone. Cheez Whiz came in third. We use White American by default at Philly’s. IMHO, it offers the best blend of flavor for most cheesesteak lovers. Mozzarella is pretty good too but didn’t make the top three. As for the Wiz, I agree with Vonda at John’s Roast Pork. I prefer real cheese to a concoction made in a laboratory.

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Overplayed Assassin?

Is this primary season getting on your nerves just a bit? What makes ‘news’ nowadays is virtually anything that either candidate says becomes an issue of some sort of attack when in reality, they are not. Take Hillary Clinton’s statement below for example. I’m on her side (what did he say?) on this issue that ought to be a non-issue. In response to critics asking her to quit, she has said the following on more than one occasion.

“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls to drop out.

Coming from someone who’s life’s dream is to become the President, from someone who, obviously, is not a quitter, not when it comes to the race for the presidency, what she said was not only true but are two good reasons to reject calls from others in her party for her to drop out of the race.

This controversy is a lot like what Geraldine Ferraro stepped in when she also correctly analyzed the political landscape as relates to Sen. Barack Obama.

Here is what RFK Jr. said about Hillary’s statement.

Clinton campaign issued a statement from Robert Kennedy Jr. on Friday night in which he said Clinton’s reference to his father’s death was “clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June. I have heard her make this reference before, also citing her husband’s 1992 race, both of which were hard fought through June. I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense.”

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