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Just Desserts

From Fred Hiatt at The Washington Post:

Is Elmo a Kenyan, too? Or maybe a Socialist? He is awfully red, after all.

I ask because the Sesame Street puppet recently visited the White House to support “Let’s Move,” first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. And that campaign has become, in one of the more striking political stories of the past year, the latest battleground in the left-right culture wars.

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The obesity epidemic is a genuine public health emergency, with vast implications for the nation’s well-being, economy and even national security. And yet, could anyone really be against children eating healthier food and getting more exercise? Could anyone really object to White House assistant chef Sam Kass trying to interest Elmo in a vegetable-laden burrito?

Well, yes, if Michelle Obama is for it, someone will be against it. Someone like Glenn Beck, for example, who was moved to rail against carrot sticks, or Sarah Palin, who warned that Obama wants to deprive us all of dessert.

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Poisoning Political Debate

From MEDIA MATTERS (August 7, 2009):

Washington, DC – Today, Media Matters for America called for Fox News to immediately fire Glenn Beck after he talked about “put[ting] poison” in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wine. As Media Matters noted, Beck warned his viewers on August 3 that “[i]f anyone thinks that it would be a good idea to turn violent, think again,” adding that “[i]f you ever hear someone thinking about or talking about turning violent, it is your patriotic duty to stop them.”


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A Fight Brewing Over the Budget

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Wednesday offered a budget vision sharply at odds with the Democratic proposal, calling for sweeping tax cuts, major changes in Medicare and a suspension of the economic stimulus program.

The Republican plan, introduced after days of ridicule from Democrats about the absence of an alternative to President Obama’s proposal, would also freeze most domestic spending for five years, increase Pentagon spending, permanently extend the Bush-era tax breaks and eliminate any taxes on successful investments in 2010 as a way to spur the economy. Republicans said they would spend $4.8 trillion less than Democrats over 10 years.

“This is our budget, with real policies and real numbers,” said Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the senior Republican on the Budget Committee.

Wow!! Real numbers? Sell it, baby!!!!

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Mother Knows Best!

From The Huffington Post:

Sen. John McCain may be “proud” of the Paris Hilton/Britney Spears ad released this week, but his feisty 96-year-old mother apparently disagrees.

Roberta McCain was a featured guest at a McCain campaign event on Thursday afternoon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. The Huffington Post obtained some audio of an exchange after the event where Mrs. McCain is asked about the Paris Hilton ad.

“Oh, well, I didn’t see it — I think it’s kinda stupid,” she says.

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Diebold, But Not Da Beautiful

Yeah, I know you were probably expecting something about the State of the Union speech, but, c’mon, what is there to say? The state of the union sucks, and Chimpy’s an asshole. There. Done. And to think the idiot talking heads on tv took hours and hours and hours to say that very same thing.
As a resident of Floriduhhhhh, I am quite relieved that the vote was today, as now we won’t be bombarded with campaign ads for a while. In other words, today marks the end of….
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