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(ABC)   Government goes looking for thousands of unaccounted-for MREs distributed to Katrina victims and military personnel, finds them on Ebay   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 114
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2006-02-15 12:20:03 AM  
*shrugs* who cares?
 
2006-02-15 12:20:31 AM  
img.fark.com
 
2006-02-15 12:21:53 AM  
Fancy that, the third time I've seen this article...
 
2006-02-15 12:22:04 AM  
Great seller highly recommended with gravy!!!!1! A+++++++
 
2006-02-15 12:22:48 AM  
Who the fark would buy one of those things? They beat starvation but not by much.
 
2006-02-15 12:23:24 AM  
*shrugs* who cares?

Why, anyone who loves the great taste of freeze-dried chicken, Spanish-American-War-era salt pork, and dual purpose ketchup/icing, that's who! After all, you can't spell "I aM REally starving if I'm willing to eat this" without MRE.

Also, hungry hurricane refugees.
 
2006-02-15 12:25:41 AM  
Nice picture of a TV dinner they got there.
 
2006-02-15 12:26:19 AM  
If you buy one, you'll get what you deserve. The spaghetti and meat sauce takes no prisoners. You have been warned.
 
2006-02-15 12:26:55 AM  
and they won't prosecute a single person I'm sure.

It is illegal to resell them, and if I remember correctly it even says so on the package. But hey, this is America, who follows the rules? They were meant for someone else anyway. Probably the guy who reads the instructions...
 
2006-02-15 12:27:41 AM  
Another great triumph of the entitlement culture where "disaster victims" think they deserve free welfare from the government. Wah wah now they are selling soldiers food on eBay! What are the soldiers in Iraq gonna eat now? They should send every single lazy-ass Katrina "victim" a bill for their relief, AND a warning for aiding the terrorists in Iraq (since it would cost real people too much money to ship them all to Gitmo).

Remember, people, if you weren't so poor and lazy, you would see this as an OPPORTUNITY, not a disaster. Jeez, read Sun Tzu some time.
 
2006-02-15 12:27:56 AM  

Nawlins Trash..."Where our vouchers??" "Where we gonna stay at??"

Well, why don't you go look for a job?

"A job!!!! you be racist"

 
Ro
2006-02-15 12:28:57 AM  

after watching The War of the Worlds was considering buying some of 'em on eBay...


then get a life.

 
2006-02-15 12:29:00 AM  
ive eaten a couple of these (not in the military or anything) and they are surprisingly not bad. not good. but not bad. like most food tends to be...
 
2006-02-15 12:29:44 AM  
I've got a box of Chicken Tetrazini that I can't bring myself to eat. Anyone want to bid on it? Genuine straight-from-New Orleans . . . I'm pretty sure the mud smear looks like Jesus. Or Che.
 
2006-02-15 12:30:35 AM  
semiotix

MRE's are awesome! I love the 'cheeze' spread. Also, the heater thing makes a great big noise when used improperly. They're all the goodness of chef boyardee applied to something other than pasta and meat sauce.
 
2006-02-15 12:30:54 AM  
No Such Agency: Another great triumph of the entitlement culture where "disaster victims" think they deserve free welfare from the government. Wah wah now they are selling soldiers food on eBay! What are the soldiers in Iraq gonna eat now? They should send every single lazy-ass Katrina "victim" a bill for their relief, AND a warning for aiding the terrorists in Iraq (since it would cost real people too much money to ship them all to Gitmo).

Remember, people, if you weren't so poor and lazy, you would see this as an OPPORTUNITY, not a disaster. Jeez, read Sun Tzu some time.


WTF?
 
2006-02-15 12:31:22 AM  
BTW, if you'd ever eaten C or K-rats, you'd never biatch about MRE's.
 
2006-02-15 12:31:53 AM  
While I am not for ripping of the tax payers, I've got to say, since about half my family was homeless thanks to Katrina (and a big THANKS to those who helped out!),
so many people are still without basic things, and are in need of funds, due to the fact that mortages still must be met on homes unsafe to live in, and car payments have to be made on undrivable cars..
I'm willing to let some of my tax money go to MREs they can sell on Ebay.
If somebody is jonesin' for a little bottle of tabasco, and past by date M&Ms... let them pay somebody who has to make the car payment or have what little bit of credit they have left go to heck..
 
2006-02-15 12:33:30 AM  
I have a box of MREs from a friend in the National Guard. 10 meals. Great for camping trips as an 'emergency meal'

Actually, they don't suck at all. They have everything you could possibly need for a meal. Entre, snack, desert item, packet with Coffee, Tea or Kool-Aid-type mix, gum, TP, salt/pepper/sugar/cream, condiments, spork and even an packet that heats the entree by just adding water.

Pretty cool stuff. Lasts for-freakin'-ever.


Very high caloric content.
 
2006-02-15 12:34:48 AM  
blueeyedjess

Damn skippy. If they'd clear customs, I'd buy a case just for the stale chicklets and 'cake in box'
 
2006-02-15 12:37:22 AM  
blueeyedjess

I've got to say, since about half my family was homeless thanks to Katrina (and a big THANKS to those who helped out!)

You are very welcome. Although, the ones placed in my community don't seem to want to help themselves. Crime Wave....weeeee

 
2006-02-15 12:41:04 AM  
Abnormalia That's the FIRST thing I was thinking! lol! Couldn't even do a GIS for the damn things? haha- TV Dinners- ready to eat- as long as you've got a microwave and electricity! lol!
 
2006-02-15 12:41:56 AM  
My sister gave me a bunch of MREs in '99. The next year we had a wicked ass ice storm that knocked out the power for almost two days. Those MREs came in handy since I was in college and didn't have much food in the apartment and all the stores in town were closed. The pouch that you mix with water for heat and the mini Tobasco bottles rocked. The chicken and rice combo was pretty good. Tuna and noodles...the mini bottle of Tobasco saved that mess, sort of.
 
2006-02-15 12:43:24 AM  
abcnews.go.com

This is not an MRE!
 
2006-02-15 12:47:22 AM  
In other news people will buy anything on ebay including crap food.
 
2006-02-15 12:51:02 AM  
Why is there a picture of a tv dinner in the story?

MRE's look a touch different.
 
2006-02-15 12:54:24 AM  
MRE's were given away with careless abandon. All you had to do was get in line to get them, and they would throw a case or two in your car. A friend of mine got cases that he told them he didn't need, and didn't want, but everytime he was in the line for ice, he got a case of MRE's.

It is actually a good thing, if you think about it. Food is cheap, there is no reason to make it hard to get. That some dirtbags take advantage of it to profit is a cheap price to pay to make sure that anybody who needs it can get it when they need it.
 
2006-02-15 12:54:57 AM  
Petey4335:
In other news people will buy anything on ebay including crap food.

I think the giant Cheezie proved that...
 
2006-02-15 12:55:53 AM  
I came here expecting the obligatory Tremors 2 references....

I guess I'm the only one here who has seen Tremors 2....

/and not without good reason may I add
//honestly though, its a masterpiece compared to Tremors 3
///and they had that tv series and prequel... couldn't have been all that good
////slashie slash
 
2006-02-15 12:57:03 AM  
I actually like MREs. Some Vietnam-era pagan dude at a festival I went to taught me how to make frosting out of the non-dairy creamer and sugar packets for the "poundcake in a sack" thingy, and they're pretty damn decent. Everything you need for a meal and a snack later on, with next to no cleanup necessary. Very good for college and camping, and you can get 'em for $3 apiece at Army Suplus places if you buy in bulk.

/Heresy for a Culinary Student, but eh
 
2006-02-15 01:02:17 AM  
I was one of the lucky ones. I only had to eat MREs for lunch, and you didn't even have to do that, because our supply sergeant made daily runs to BIAP to bring back chips, tuna, and candy.

6 months later, we had a chow hall and 4 hot meals a day.

Anyone remember the disgusting Omlet with Ham? Yuk!
 
2006-02-15 01:06:10 AM  
Hey look, the discussion isn't different than the other two times the exact same katrina MRE on eBay story was posted either!
 
2006-02-15 01:07:42 AM  
optimus_prime: Anyone remember the disgusting Omlet with Ham? Yuk!

Oh, and that's the other good thing about buying them - you get to pick meals, instead of being handed the top one on the box.

(Omelettes - or anything primarily made with eggs for that matter - should not be shelf-stable. It just defies the laws of food.)
 
2006-02-15 01:09:36 AM  
I'm a Katrina survivor (don't like being labeled "victim") and those MREs were a farking lifesaver. And yes, the military distributed them down here like there was no tomorrow. I'm not surprised there were spares (my family ended up with a couple of cases of twelve left over, but we're keeping them in case we get hit by Katrina's baby's daddy's other baby's momma's cousin next year). They're not that bad when you haven't eaten a bite in three or four days. Thank you to all that helped us from south Mississippi.
 
2006-02-15 01:10:49 AM  
Besides, it's hard getting them to the people who actually need them. You might get your feet wet or something.

*strange as it may seem, the best all-around C-Ration was the Ham & Eggs thingie*
 
2006-02-15 01:12:04 AM  
Only one person so far mentioned the taxpayers. Gotta be fark.
 
2006-02-15 01:14:06 AM  
flash backs to the peautbutter, hot chocolate, creamer, and sugar mixture. add a little hot water. yum-o

/loved me some tukey-a-la-king
//glad i don't have to eat that shiat anymore
 
2006-02-15 01:18:25 AM  
bakatare: Only one person so far mentioned the taxpayers. Gotta be fark.

Taxpayers had already paid for the MREs, because the government had already bought them. The government has to use them somehow - as has been already said on the thread, there are a lot of red-tape issues with selling off surplus and they don't have an eternal "good by" date. It's long, but doesn't run forever.

That's pretty much why they give them away all the time - it's necessary to have a stock just in case it's necessary (can't make any more if someone's blown up the factory after all), but they have to cycle it pretty well continuously to get the older-dated ones out of the warehouse before they simply go bad and no one can use them. Besides, they certainly helped - and the people down there probably didn't receive any more of the things than their taxes had already paid to purchase.
 
2006-02-15 01:23:14 AM  
They taste passable, but not like crap. Very high sodium content makes them not very useful for normal people who aren't running up mountains and fighting bears and whatnot. The heater packs really are pretty awesome (and cheap). The poundcakes are damned tasty.

Useful for camping and for short hiking (for long treks they weigh too much) and for fightin' wars with. Other than that, if you're just lazy you get much more bang for your buck with TV dinners. Or Burger King for that matter.
 
2006-02-15 01:24:34 AM  
No Such Agency: They should send every single lazy-ass Katrina "victim" a bill for their relief, AND a warning for aiding the terrorists in Iraq (since it would cost real people too much money to ship them all to Gitmo).

Remember, people, if you weren't so poor and lazy, you would see this as an OPPORTUNITY, not a disaster. Jeez, read Sun Tzu some time.


Please assure me that you don't own any handguns or rifles.

I need to be able to sleep tonight.
 
2006-02-15 01:27:39 AM  
Squirrely Wrath,

I'm glad to hear things are going better for you.

Great name, Squirrely Wrath.
 
2006-02-15 01:29:14 AM  
O RLY? No shiat! Is it timefor a "no-shiatter" tag?
 
2006-02-15 01:38:11 AM  
No Such Agency: They should send every single lazy-ass Katrina "victim" a bill for their relief, AND a warning for aiding the terrorists in Iraq (since it would cost real people too much money to ship them all to Gitmo).

Remember, people, if you weren't so poor and lazy, you would see this as an OPPORTUNITY, not a disaster. Jeez, read Sun Tzu some time.

Please assure me that you don't own any handguns or rifles.

I need to be able to sleep tonight.

And please tell us you didn't reproduce. Not everyone who's poor is lazy. Moran.
 
2006-02-15 01:41:07 AM  
You didn't hear this from me, but if you add that little bottle of tobascco sauce to the heater with just a few drops of water you have a ready made tear gas suprise...

/trill friends and family
//drop it and run
///trust me
 
2006-02-15 01:43:03 AM  
Squirrely Wrath, i'm all up in Bay Saint Louis. Hope to see you around town...s sometime.

I've had a few, and they're alright. I liked the burrito one. Horrible gas though.
 
2006-02-15 01:48:03 AM  
After searching for mre's on ebay, I found this great purse. WTF?
http://cgi.ebay.com/MRE-Purse-Hurricane-Katrina-Jambalaya-New-Orleans_W0QQitem Z6848400981QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 
2006-02-15 01:51:24 AM  
MRE's Ha. damn things are a goumet meal compared to C rations. Dad was a career Jarhead, the threat of having to eat them was enough to make me a pretty good hunter, and a pretty good fisherman.
 
2006-02-15 01:59:23 AM  
Oh yeah, outraged gov't relentlessly tracks down rogues cheating taxpayers out of an $86 case of tortillas.

Kind of takes your mind off somebody pissing away 10,000 taxpayer dollars per Iraqi over the last 4 years, doesn't it? Well that's the idea. Hey look over there! Illegal aliens!
 
2006-02-15 02:05:16 AM  
"WADDED BEEF:And please tell us you didn't reproduce. Not everyone who's poor is lazy. Moran."


Okay...so they arent lazy. Then why are they poor?

Um let me think of the possibilities here.....

Didn't study hard enough in school? Lazy
Didn't go to college or Trade School? Lazy
Would rather work at Mc.D's than get a real job? Lazy


nope...I think lazy pretty much sums it up fine.
 
2006-02-15 02:08:13 AM  
www.fas.org

That's an MRE
 
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