NY Senator Says: Laundry Detergent Looks too “Delicious”

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From the state that has brought you government sanctioned reductions in trans fat, cigarettes and even baby formula, get ready for the next great enemy of the state:  Laundry detergent.


According to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), some laundry detergent is being packaged in such a way that it deceptively looks like food—particularly to children.  The Senator is pushing for legislation to change this ‘dangerous’ marketing.   Schumer even goes as far as to recount an incident in which a staffer left a box of detergent on a desk in his office and how “delicious” it appeared to look.  Yes, he’s serious.



The Chicago teacher strike goes into it’s second day with no immediate end in sight.  Aside from being the highest paid teachers in the United States, with an average salary of $76,000, they also balked at a 16 percent pay increase.


While many of us can sympathize with some of the demands from the teachers’ union, such as smaller class sizes and better working conditions, when 40,000 students are displaced on to the crime filled streets of Chicago the sympathy starts to run thin.   I also highlight one of the major sticking points in the negotiations during the broadcast.  The teachers are rejecting performance based evaluations.  It is quite apparent that the teachers and/or their union is against being held accountable for the performance of their students.



In what I would best describe as a tradition of each presidential campaign cycle, it is again time to appeal to the voting populous and their sense of reason.  I ask the question why are we so beholden to the binary way of voting—whereby we must elect a Democrat or Republican, a zero or a one, a “D” or an “R”.  Isn’t it time we evolve?  Haven’t the two parties shown us the path into war, debt and the downfall of our civil liberties?  For more on this and my groveling to the people to please vote against both Romney and Obama, tune in.


Also on this episode…


The Michael Groff Stupid News File.


Madonna 140, Shakira 140, Bill Clinton 137 … No, that’s not the number of sexual partners for each one.  What statistic those numbers do correlate with will shock you!


What would you do if you found a Major League Baseball player’s wallet?  More than likely it isn’t what one Tampa Bay resident decided to do.

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15 Responses to “NY Senator Says: Laundry Detergent Looks too “Delicious””

  1. Mike! Glad to hear another podcast from you!

    I’ve missed hearing a fellow voice of reason around here.

    • I had a rather hard time cshnoiog just one type of physician I would want to work for. So many of them fascinate me, and with me not really going into any medical field other than support, I never gave this any thought in the past. After reading the list, I am more favorable of working for a neonatologist. It is difficult to think about how neonatologist physicians sometimes have the most difficult job in the world, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to be a part of saving a baby’s life. I had a coworker once whose baby was born at 36 weeks, and her baby had a lot of heart and lung problems. There were concerns about whether or not they would ever fully develop once she had him, but after many months in the NICU, and many scares that happened during it, the doctors were able to save him and he is now a very healthy 5 year old. It is because of that I have a higher interest in the neonatologist field.I hate to say which type of physician I would care less to work for, and it is because I worry that many will take it the wrong way. When I was 16, I used to help my mom at an assisted living home as a caregiver. We would get to work at 7:00 A.M. every morning to prepare breakfast for four of the elderly men and women that we were caring for. We would then make sure that all bedding was changed, rooms were cleaned, meals were prepared, and appointments were handled. We worked 12 hour days, and they were always grueling. The owner of the home made sure that everyone had their medicine and made it to their doctor appointments on time. However, she was more worried about getting paid for her services than actually helping the elderly. She would yell at them if they did something wrong, and even call them terrible names. My mom reported her and we both quit our job, but it has always left a sting in my heart since then. It is because of my experience with that situation that I do not think I could ever work for a gerontologist. I know that the situations would be much different, but ever since my experience with caring for elderly individuals it is very hard for me to think about assisting a physician in geriatrics because I worry that someone else might treat the elderly in the same way the owner of the home did. I am a firm believer that the elderly deserve the ultimate care and comfort when going through any treatment and aging in general, but I do not think I could ever work in that environment again.

  2. Welcome back Mike! Was afraid we lost you for good. :(
    but here you are :D

  3. Yay! More Mike!


  4. Just got done listening to the show!!! OMG it’s good to hear you again!

    I wish someone would offer me a 16% pay raise. I haven’t had a raise in two years but I work more hours now. Figure that out! Greedy people hurting our children’s future, gotta love it.

    Ok, Madonna might actually have a reasonably high IQ but there is no chance Shakira is above a 90. I don’t believe it for 1 second! GWBush is as likely to have a 125 IQ as I have of being a quarterback for the Redskins.

    Awesome show! Please keep it up!

    • MichaelGroff Says:
      September 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Wow, thank you to everyone who has responded thus far. It is nice to be back behind the microphone again.

      @Dana: I was just as surprised as you by the celebrity IQ findings… also in a general state of disbelief. I suppose I see your point about Madonna, she did compose many of her songs and the mathematics and organization involved in composing does require at least some intellect… I think, but 140? As for Shakira… there’s just no way, period.

      @Oliver: Yeah, I’m here and I do intend to keep up on the shows a bit more frequently. Well, hopefully a lot more frequently than every 562 days! :)

      Thanks again everyone!

  5. James (Summer time co-host) Says:
    September 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Mike, you have no idea how fantastic it was to see the podcast in my gmail box. I was estatic when you said on skype you’d be doing a new podcast and it’s delicious hearing some reason. I can’t even say how great it is to hear some of these topics. you know it’s sad when a third party internet [podcast is more reliable than the yahoo homepage, or even my customized google news page.

  6. Glad you are back Mike

  7. John C. MacClore Says:
    September 13, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Welcome back, Mike.

  8. Glad you’re back!!

  9. the nebraska ambassador Says:
    September 28, 2012 at 6:25 am


    glad you are back. Im only about 20 mins in but welcome back. Its a constant i have missed while in my non neb. exile ;)

    • For me this is a relatively easy qioetusn, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

    • Slam dunkin like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative articles.