Not to mention mercury poisoning is only prevelant in fresh water fish, any sushi utilizing freshwater fish is clearly from a poor quality, unreliable food source, like a 3rd world seafood market or something...
That, and I can almost guarentee you the only time you should NEVER eat a fish product is if it's from the Hudson. That'l get you incredibly sick at the least... ugh. Ofcourse, the Hudson has more pathogens and pollutants atleast 100 fold more than possibly any other river in the entire damn US, and you won't see a single fish being eaten from that river, none the less sushi made from said fish.
And for the last time King, sushi is NOT always raw. There are specific rolls that have ingredients to be cooked by regulation as every other fish/meat/whatever throughout the rest of the US. Aside from puffer fish, sushi is actually quite safe to eat, even moreso if you're not buying cheap shite from a corner store (... the day I see sushi at a corner store is the day I weap...). And there are sushi joints where you can request rolls to not be raw regardless, I'm sure.
Everyone has different tastes. Some of the most prevelant and prominent connoissuers love sushi; most common folk don't. Your typical american cuisine is worlds apart from sushi. And whatever food you're raised on will often solidate your ability (or lack of) to expand your palate to other ethnic groups of food. I don't blame you for not wanting to try it. But Sushi is one of the foods that focuses highly on presentation and garnish to look appealing, so what you think of as looking disgusting is a work of art in the food realm, ya know.
Point being, hate on sushi, that's fine. Anyone who forces someone to eat or love a food is idiotic. Just don't hate a food over misunderstood facts and rumours, yeah? =)
Anywho... I still havn't gotten to Taco Bell. =/ Who cares to make a donation to my pay pal account?!