April 2011

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows that being in the minority is harder than she thought as she tries to advance the theory that elections really aren’t that important after all.

Pelosi took a shot at the Tea Party with her call to the Republicans to “take back your party”  showing that she doesn’t understand how much the political landscape has changed.

As for talking about shared values Pelosi must have forgotten what she said about the Republicans  a few years ago:

We must draw clear distinctions between our vision of the future and the extreme policies put forward by the Republicans. We cannot allow Republicans to pretend they share our values and then legislate against those values without consequence.

Sounds like Chuck Schumer.

Of course Pelosi and her fellow Democrats were singing a different tune in 2006 when they took control of Congress and in 2008 when Barack Obama won the presidency calling it a mandate which sure sounds to me like elections matter.


As a parent of three children I can still remember the days when my wife and I packed lunches for the kids to take to school.  Lucky for us our children are now grown and that we don’t live in Chicago where one public school has decided to ban lunches from home in the name of good nutrition.

According to the Chicago Tribune administrators at the Little Village Academy no longer allow children to bring lunches from home unless they have a medical excuse such as a food allergy etc…

Principal Elsa  Carmona told the Tribune that her intention is protect the students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

Excellent food choices in a school cafeteria?  Did they suddenly hire a 5 Star Chef to run the kitchen?

I realize that much has changed since the time when I was a child and was subjected to endless trays of salisbury steak, meatloaf, hamburgers and hot dogs that barely passed as edible but for 30 cents or so was certainly cheap enough but for Carmona to call the food excellent has got to be a stretch.

As an good cook knows it is very difficult to serve quality food for an army of children no matter how they try.  Think of hotel banquet food.

And where does Carmona get off on deciding what is unhealthy?  What does she eat for lunch?  I doubt that she eats the cafeteria food every day.

If she is so concerned about unhealthy eating choices then she should ban the staff from bringing their lunches from home as well.  If the cafeteria food is good enough for her students then it should be good enough for her staff.

Then we can see just how excellent the food really is.


Barack Obama launched his campaign with a video that relies mostly on the past and keeps him largely offscreen.

Based on the rocky record the president has accumulated so far, it’s probably a smart strategy to focus on the past than the present since hope and change has been more like doom and despair.

It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Facebook has jumped into the journalism game by creating a page for journalists.

The new Journalists on Facebook page is geared to helping  journalists use Facebook as a reporting tool complete with tips and tricks from fellow journalists.

I just checked the page and it already has over 7,200 likes and growing and lists several notable journalists from Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast and Diane Sawyer of ABC News as fans or members of the page.

The page just launched so there are no words of wisdom from the collective hive yet but this could be an interesting experiment to see if Facebook can convince journalists that Facebook can help them in their jobs rather than be seen as a threat to their livelihoods.

h/t Journalstics

Leave it to PETA to wage their anti-meat campaign to an extreme.

This time the target is San Francisco and their famed Tenderloin District.

According to the New York Times PETA suggested that city officials find another name for the area:

In a letter to Mayor Edwin M. Lee sent Tuesday, Tracy Reiman, the group’s executive vice president, suggested that city officials rename the neighborhood the Tempeh District, a homage to a soy-based meat substitute.

“San Francisco is now renowned for some of the best vegan cuisine in the world,” Ms. Reiman wrote. “And the city deserves a neighborhood named after a delicious cruelty-free food instead of the flesh of an abused animal.”

The mayor didn’t take the bait, possibly because even he knew that the area isn’t named for beef but for the “tenderloin” or bribes that police would take to turn a blind eye to the vice and corruption that permeated the area at the time.

The Times also reported that longtime Tenderloin housing advocate Randy Shaw sent PETA an email clarifying that the neighborhood’s official name was Uptown Tenderloin and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“They were pleased to hear that,” Mr. Shaw said.

What a bunch of meat heads, or maybe that’s supposed to be tempeh heads.

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