Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Dilbert nails it ...

GOP attempts to tie Weiner's indiscretions to other Dems

I got a letter from the NRCC this afternoon railing on three New York Congressmen, including Brian Higgins, for taking "tainted money" from the apparently aptly named Rep. Anthony Weiner. The letter (full text below) demands that they give the money back.

For the life of me, I don't know what makes the money "tainted" other than the fact that it was at one time held by Weiner, who, although he showed horrible judgment and a general lack of morals, has broken no laws. Is it tainted because Weiner is basically an idiot? If that's the case, is the GOP claiming that they only take money from smart people? Better give all that Sarah Palin money back. Are they claiming that they take money only from people of good moral standing? Anyone out there who ever got cash from Newt Gingrich better throw themselves on the alter and ask for forgiveness. I can't help but wonder how many Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned with in the past decade.

No, this has nothing to do with intelligence or morals and everything to do with the GOP trying to tie popular Democrats like Higgins to people the GOP thinks are toxic. They did the same thing with Kathy Hochul and Nancy Pelosi. How'd that work for them?

If the Republican Party would spend more time governing and less time trying to bring down Democrats, they might actually accomplish something. The "wisdom" and "leadership" at the NRCC these days is completely rudderless. No direction. No clue. No thanks, GOP. Isn't it time for you to go away yet?

Will Owens, Bishop and Higgins Continue to Silently Condone Weiner’s Unacceptable Behavior?  
Good Afternoon, Reps. Bill Owens (NY-23), Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Tim Bishop (NY-1) find themselves deeply exposed to the scandalous Anthony Weiner story which grew to historic proportions yesterday.  Combined they’ve accepted almost $20,000 in tainted campaign cash from the web-surfing and picture-Tweeting Congressman. 
In news I’m sure you didn’t miss, Rep. Weiner came clean after lying about inappropriate pictures he posted of himself on Twitter. Despite Weiner’s stiff denials at the outset of the scandal, New Yorkers now know the hard truth about his bizarre behavior.  
This question remains: Will Owens, Higgins and Bishop return Weiner’s tainted campaign contributions?  
Please consider the following comment from the NRCC as you cover the downfall of Weiner and everybody it touches: “Anthony Weiner’s New York colleagues find themselves between a rock and a hard place.  Owens, Higgins and Bishop should return this tainted cash and stop supporting the Democrats’ bulging spending habits.” – Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman  
Included below is additional information on the money received from Rep. Weiner, as well as these members’ history of returning tainted campaign cash.  
Tainted Campaign Cash from Weiner 
Bishop $10,000 
Higgins $4,000 
Owens $4,000  
Tainted Campaign Cash from Rangel 
Bishop $15,000 / All returned 
Higgins $11,000 / ??? 
Tory Mazzola 
National Republican Congressional Committee 
Twitter: @ToryMazzola

The circle of (food) life ...

I’ve gone through periods of my life where I eat very healthy. Those periods, however, are the exception — not the norm.

I grew up with four food groups, where things were “part of a complete diet,” or something like that. It was the nutritional standard from 1956 until 1992. There was meat, dairy, grains and fruit. Pretty simple. Even I could understand it.

But the year I left for college, the USDA went and gummed up the works, trading four food groups in for a food pyramid consisting of grains, fruits, veggies, dairy, meats and sweets.

This mattered none, however, because the college I went to had the best food. Seriously. And it was all you could eat, so I couldn’t care less what step of the food pyramid it was on.

After graduation, we were lucky enough to have money to afford food at all. And quickly thereafter there were only two food groups: Baby food and adult food.

The whole food pyramid was kind of complex, in my opinion. And never really caught on. It certainly didn’t in my household.

Actually, my household is an anomaly. I’ve joked with my kids for years that just about everything is good for you. For example, “Coffee’s good for you. It’s got vitamin C in it. The C stands for coffee.” Likewise, bubblegum has vitamin B in it, and so on.

Fortunately, my kids are smarter than me and ignore me when I say stupid things like that.
In 2005, the food pyramid got revamped into “my pyramid,” with the same basic info, but presented in a manner which was much less easily digestible. It was like the government didn’t want us to understand nutrition.

Last week, they ditched the pyramid altogether, thankfully, replacing it with “my plate,” which looks a whole lot like a pie chart. But don’t call it a pie chart. You’ll upset the USDA. Plus, pie is not a food group ... even if I think it should be. It’s got vitamin P, you know?

My plate shows that about half of what you eat should be fruits and veggies, with a slightly higher percentage being veggies. The other half should be grains and proteins, with again a higher percentage being grains. And then off on the side, there’s a separate circle for dairy. So we’re almost back to the four food groups, except they gave fruits and veggies each their own group. It’s five food groups. It’s much easier to understand than a food pyramid, that’s for sure. Maybe food pyramids would make sense in Egypt ... or parts of South America.

But this is America where everyone knows that circle gets the square.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why food doesn’t just come color coded at the grocery store. Green label means you can eat as much as you want (veggies, for example). Yellow label means eat in moderation (red meat, for example). And red label means eat very sparingly (Snickers bars). I mean, really, could it get more simple?

Well, sure it could. We could eat all of our meals through a straw like in the movie “Wall-E.” But that didn’t go so well for them.