Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.


AOC Shares Story of How Hard It Was for Her to Buy Fresh Basil, ‘Very Illustrative’ of Racism

Could not load the poll.


BLUMENAUER: “In Portland, we have people who are camping in the streets and in the vacant lots. There are consequences for our failure to do what the representative just talks about. And it produces conditions that deeply trouble people, produces unnecessary conflict, has health implications, so doing it right is actually going to improve the quality of life for everyone. And failure to do that is going to diminish the quality of life for all.”

BRAYLOR: “That was an excellent point. Our next question comes from Katrin Eriksen and she asks, the Bronx is consistently ranked one of the unhealthiest zip codes in New York state due to a laundry list of socioeconomic, environmental and health impacts. What is being done to make access to healthy fresh produce and quality meat available to the poorest of Bronx neighborhoods? Also, what is being done to promote healthy exercise habits of Bronx residents? They add, Earl and AOC have worked together on the ag portion of the Green New Deal and that ties into this conversation. She says thank you for taking the time to read her thoughts and she looks forward to hearing them during the town hall. So I’ll turn it first to you, Congressman Ocasio-Cortez.”

OCASIO-CORTEZ: “Sure, sure. What an incredible and thorough question. This area, of course, touches very close to home and it’s — and I’m glad that it’s being asked because, you know, as a Bronx resident, there have been many times, I mean, it’s almost a way of life where it can be very difficult to get access to fresh and healthy foods. I remember one of the early — earliest times, like, one of the worst stories I have about this is that I was very excited to make — I think I was making gazpacho or something like that. I looked at this recipe and I needed basil, and I was going home and I get off the subway station and I go into the grocery store and there’s no basil, no fresh basil in the grocery store. So then I walked to another grocery store two blocks down, no fresh basil. I was very stubborn about making this recipe that evening, and I must’ve been — I must’ve walked around for an hour in our neighborhoods, visiting four or five grocery stores, and there was no basil, no fresh basil in any of them. And it just goes to show, it’s very — it’s very illustrative of the difficulties that we have in our communities in accessing fresh produce. And even when we do or are able to access some of that fresh produce, a lot of times it’s on a styrofoam tray wrapped in plastic, or if you’re able to access it, it may have been sprayed with tons of pesticides and what have you, and it’s almost as though the good stuff, you have to travel all the way to affluent neighborhoods to do that. And in fact, in New York City that is very common. People will go to work and they’ll commute to their job in Manhattan, which tends to be in a more affluent neighborhood, in a service economy job, and then what a lot of people will do, and what I used to do when I worked in restaurants, is that I’ll go shopping in the grocery store in the more affluent neighborhood and then I’ll take it onto the subway and schlep my groceries an hour into the Bronx, almost like importing them from Manhattan in order to feel like I was eating fresher food. And I noticed that I was not the only one that did this because I would look down the subway car and so many people were carrying bags of fresh groceries. And so, this is a very, very — you know, this is a very systemic problem and it goes all the way from what seeds that the federal government encourages we plant and what we subsidize, Earl touched on that earlier, that much of the food that the federal government subsidizes is less healthy. And we can simply ship some of those subsidies into not only healthier crops, but more sustainable agricultural practices like regenerative agriculture to make sure that it’s not just healthy for us, but healthy for our earth, which then becomes healthy for us. So everything from that to examining what is allowed to be purchased under programs like WIC, SNAP, etc., we can expand and change the scope of these programs to make sure that, you know, families can actually purchase deeply nutritious food. For those of you who don’t know, you can use SNAP at our farmers markets here in New York City and I’d really, really encourage you all to do that because if you have access to SNAP or WIC or any food assistance program in our green markets here in New York City, your SNAP — your SNAP points kind of, they — your SNAP goes further. Sometimes you can get double the amount of groceries if you get them at a local farmers market, or a CSA. But, as you mentioned, there’s a lot of — there’s a lot of progress to go, everything from zoning, once again, to make sure that we can get more grocery stores per capita in our community. Even just a subway stop down from me in Castle Hill, the only grocery store that was accessible to many seniors and communities in the area was on the verge of shutting down. And we have to make sure that we are — that we make these grocery stores financially tenable, lot of this comes down to small business fronts and etc. To make sure that grocery stores can stick around. And you know, when it comes to exercise, one of the things that I am very excited about is that we’ve been very successful in winning and gaining is expanding the amount of green space in the Bronx. We’ve been very successful in — you know, in the south Bronx, a little bit south of my district we have the complete revamp of Barretto Point Park and we have many, many of our local community members have been revamping and doing activities in Virginia Park, right here in Parkchester, and really expanding access to green space. And bike lanes. Bike lanes — we are on the Zoom call with the chairman of the Congressional Bike Caucus, so Earl, I’ll let you take that part away, but you know, I think bike lanes and building pro-biking infrastructure in our communities will allow people to get from A to B in many healthy ways as well.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

Related Articles


  1. um ,if you want basil so badly, you’ve got to rub hairs under the water and wait for it to pop up.
    Like literally, literally all like, doesn’t she know that ?
    This is like our War War two too and she doesn’t like literally know the basics new green dealings ?

  2. Bronx resident?

    Her family moved to toney Westchester when she was five.

    Everything with the Left is performative, truth is irrelevant, image is everything.

    Yorktown Heights is hardly Eastchester Projects.

    That her constituents buy Ocasio-Cortez’s fraudulent “from rags to riches” fantasy speaks not only to her dishonesty but also to the galactic gullibility of her constituents.

    Those who voted for Cortez (who was personally responsible for rejecting 25,000 Amazon jobs because she was too stupid to understand the meaning of “tax incentives” )deserve the city they get.

    NYC is careening towards a fate worse than Detroit.

    So, Obama was right at least once, elections do have consequences.

  3. Omgoodness, not being able to find fresh basil is a “difficulty?” If she finds a way to impose her green new deal and socialism on everyone, she hasn’t seen anything yet. There will be grocery store shortages like we’ve never seen in our lifetimes.

    1. She needs to go to the Asian market. They always have at least one variety. I love the ones with the purple stems. Cheap, too.
      I was once on food stamps, and the trick is to make them go as far as possible, so none of us would have even wanted to go to the markets she wants us to go to. We wanted the cheap stuff. We NEEDED the cheap stuff.
      We used to have a joke, after listening to hippie organic friends back then, that went, “You have to be rich to eat like a peasant”, because they all paid extra for that organic stuff. She’s so out of touch.

  4. You can buy whole basil plants in the Walmart produce section, OCrazio. The stupidity that rolls out of this creature’s mouth is unbelievable. And she supposedly has a degree in economics, is a proud communist, but couldn’t pronounce John Maynard Keynes’ name ???? That staged photo of her boo-hooing at the empty parking lot and passing it off as crying at “caged children” says it all. She’s nothing but a bad actress.

  5. You have to be a special kind of stupid to be AOC. Lived in the city for years and never had a problem finding fresh fruit and veggies but it is something she can whine about so its OK.

  6. Hey you ignorant woman. There is no basil in gazpacho. You are full of it, as usual.
    Oh you have to ‘schlep’ your groceries from somewhere else? what a bunch of bs.

  7. Total BS. The Bronx Terminal Market in the Bronx is the main drop off point for all meat and produce coming into NYC. Funny she doesn’t name the supermarkets she visited.

  8. I’m embarrassed for AOC…but I’m more embarrassed for the rubes who buy her preposterous nonsense and support her! LOL!

  9. “Darned whiteys people, hoarding all that basil in their Affluent Neighborhoods.

    Hmm, maybe if food stamps no longer covered buying potato chips and other snacks, poor people would start buying healthy foods and the stores would stock them.

    Just what economics did Boston University teach her?”

  10. Uhh, basil is one of the EASIEST herbs to grow – soil, water, a little fertilizer and seeds, it will take off and grow (like a weed!). None of AOC’s family, neighbors, friends grew basil? That’s RACIST, you don’t have to be Italian to grow basil!
    And this woman is in Congress? WHY?

  11. It is the very best time and energy to make several plans for the
    future and it’s time and energy to be happy.
    We have read this create of course, if I could I wish to suggest you few
    attention-grabbing things or advice. Maybe you could write next articles talking about this
    informative article. I want to read more issues about it!

    My site – WardMGratton

  12. Hello, Neat post. There is an issue along with your website in internet explorer, might test this¡K IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a big section of people will pass over your excellent writing due to this problem.

  13. Have you seen the “Grandma Video: yet? I just finished watching it and it blew my socks off! It tells the story of how a 64 year-old grandmother stumbled across a breakthrough 3-step formula, that allowed her to pocket commissions from the internet her VERY FIRST WEEK! And the best part… If you want, you can plug into the exact same system for yourself and have everything up and running before you go to bed tonight. You’re probably thinking something like: “This sounds a little too good to be true”. And hey, that’s totally fair if that’s what you’re thinking But don’t you owe it to yourself to at least find out the truth? Just take a few minutes out of your day, and watch the “Grandma Video” for yourself… You’ll see for yourself that it’s everything I’ve told you and MUCH MUCH more!

  14.|||||} says:

    Transform Your Store Into An “AI” Leads & Sales Machine Do you have a Website or a Blog? Building an email list from your Website is getting HARDER with each passing year. Your Website visitors have probably seen squeeze pages and opt-in forms a million times across the Web. Some of ClickBank’s top Platinum Group Clients have developed an INCREDIBLE Software for list-building. ConversioBot’s an automated Chatbot which engages with your visitors in a really fun and interactive way. It uses sophisticated “Artificial Intelligence” to persuade them to opt-in to your list. The ConversioBot founders have seen their email lists grow almost TWICE AS FAST with their brand NEW Chatbot Software. In fact, this revolutionary “AI” Technology built them an Email list of 11,763 Subscribers in only 7 days. Across three of their ClickBank accounts, they generated 6,386 sales in 6 months with this Chatbot automation. ConversioBot’s a cloud-based app which any ClickBank Affiliate or Vendor can install on their Website by copying and pasting one line of “automated Bot code”. It’s also available as a WordPress plugin. You don’t need any special skills or experience. You don’t need to know a thing about coding. ConversioBot comes with a range of “DONE-FOR-YOU” Chatbots designed to build your list. You can add them to your Website in under 60 SECONDS! You can also easily customize them or you can build your own using a simple “drag-and-drop” Bot Builder. It’s also fully integrated with major Email marketing services like Aweber, Getresponse, Mailchimp and Sendlane. Right now it’s the official Launch week and for a short time only, ConversioBot’s available at a special Launch price. Whether you’re a Newbie or you’re experienced..This List-Building App Could Blow Any Other List-Building Method Out Of The Water >>

  15. I actually love your website.. Great colors & theme.
    Have you make this page yourself? Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my website and would like to figure out where you got this from or specifically what the theme is known as.

    my blog post unicorn stickers

  16. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, wonderful blog!

  17. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to return the favor.I’m trying to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  18. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

  19. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came to return the favor.I’m trying to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  20. Hey there are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

  21. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  22. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any methods to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

  23. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  24. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

  25. That is the correct blog for anybody who wants to seek out out about this topic. You realize so much its almost exhausting to argue with you (not that I truly would needHaHa). You positively put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  26. Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, very good site!

  27. My spouse and I stumbled over here different web page and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to finding out about
    your web page again. 0mniartist asmr

  28. I will immediately grab your rss feed as I can’t find your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  29. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Thank you

  30. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering
    the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly
    again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you
    shield this increase.

  31. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding blog!

    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.

    I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

  32. Just wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness for your post is simply excellent and that i can think you are knowledgeable on this
    subject. Well together with your permission allow me to grasp your feed to stay up to date with approaching
    post. Thanks one million and please continue the gratifying work.

  33. I simply wanted to jot down a quick note to be able to express gratitude to you for all of the fabulous recommendations you are posting at this website. My extended internet look up has at the end of the day been paid with brilliant tips to share with my two friends. I would say that most of us site visitors actually are extremely lucky to be in a fine community with so many outstanding professionals with valuable solutions. I feel very much privileged to have discovered the website page and look forward to really more awesome times reading here. Thank you once again for a lot of things.

  34. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you, However I am having problems with your RSS.
    I don’t understand the reason why I can’t join it.
    Is there anybody else getting the same RSS
    issues? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond?

  35. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post,
    I will try to get the hang of it!

  36. Hi everyone, it’s my first visit at this website, and piece of writing is in fact fruitful
    in support of me, keep up posting these articles.

  37. naturally like your web-site but you need to
    take a look at the spelling on several of your
    posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues
    and I to find it very bothersome to inform the
    reality then again I will certainly come back again.

  38. Fantastic site you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Kudos!

  39. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  40. scoliosis
    I’m not positive where you’re getting your
    information, however great topic. I needs to spend a while studying more or working out more.
    Thank you for fantastic information I was looking for this info for my mission. scoliosis

  41. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really like the information you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.

    I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, wonderful site!

  42. Okay so I’m to write a creative writing essay on my own personal utopia and what i would like it to be like and all that. I’m having issues starting though. I can’t seem to come up with a good introduction that would lead to my thesis—which i don’t even have..

  43. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read more things about it!

  44. Bong Coasters & Bong Pads metal one hitter A one hitter dugout is one of the simplest ways to smoke legal herbs on the market. So while they are extremely convenient to use, the disadvantage is that it holds a relatively small amount of weed and needs to be refilled all the time if you tend to smoke frequently .

  45. Dab Mat dab wax pen We have secure servers and exchange zero customer information. The glass storage jar has 2.5 mm thick sides and a super thick 7 mm bottom. The glass has to be made to exact dimensions in order to for all the pieces to fit together correctly. .

  46. Excellent post. Keep posting such kind of information on your page.
    Im really impressed by it.
    Hey there, You’ve performed an excellent job.
    I will certainly digg it and for my part suggest to my
    friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this
    web site.

  47. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

    The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Ie.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or
    something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.

    The design and style look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon.

  48. Bong Coasters & Bong Pads best dab torch We have secure servers and exchange zero customer information. The glass storage jar has 2.5 milimet thick sides and a super thick 7 mm bottom. The glass has to be made to exact dimensions in order to for all the pieces to fit together correctly. .

  49. Dab Pads & Silicone Mats the dart one hitter A one hitter dugout is one of the simplest ways to smoke legal herbs on the market. So while they are extremely convenient to use, the disadvantage is that it holds a relatively small amount of weed and needs to be refilled all the time if you tend to smoke frequently .

  50. I’m very pleased to uncover this great site.
    I wanted to thank you for your time just for this fantastic read!!
    I definitely appreciated every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to look
    at new things on your website.

  51. It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

    I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things
    or tips. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read even more things about it!

  52. I’m still learning from you, while I’m making my way to the top as well. I absolutely enjoy reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the posts coming. I enjoyed it!

  53. A person essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to create this particular publish amazing. Fantastic job!

  54. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  55. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  56. Just wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is simply great and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  57. I’m not sure why but this web site is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  58. Nice post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I’m
    inspired! Extremely useful information specifically the ultimate section 🙂
    I deal with such information much. I used to be seeking this certain info for a long time.
    Thanks and best of luck.

  59. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that
    “perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appeal.
    I must say you have done a great job with this. Additionally, the blog loads very quick
    for me on Chrome. Excellent Blog!

  60. I would like to thank you for the efforts
    you’ve put in writing this blog. I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get
    my own site now 😉

  61. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google,
    and found that it is really informative. I am gonna watch out for
    brussels. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future.
    A lot of people will be benefited from your
    writing. Cheers!

  62. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying
    to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords
    but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share.

  63. Urban owned and operated wall street companies. URBT Company. is often known as a multi-media company headquartered in The southern part of California. It happens to be the oldest Urban-owned or operated televison broadcasting company in America, operating quite a few television stations. Urban TV Network Company also operates several popular business units, including URBT TV and online streaming TV business. The business was started 1984 and the current Chief Executive is Mr. Collins. Urban Television Network Company. stock symbol URBT went public in 1984, Collins became the original Afro american man to direct a Wall Street corporation focused on multi-media. Urban TV Network Company. is essential investment decision for every single and every black family.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button