What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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From the Department of You Can’t Make This Shit Up:

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans’ well-being than any other human activity. The food industry is the largest sector of our economy; food touches everything from our health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality and the federal budget. Yet we have no food policy — no plan or agreed-upon principles — for managing American agriculture or the food system as a whole.

That must change.

The food system and the diet it’s created have caused incalculable damage to the health of our people and our land, water and air. If a foreign power were to do such harm, we’d regard it as a threat to national security, if not an act of war, and the government would formulate a comprehensive plan and marshal resources to combat it. (The administration even named an Ebola czar to respond to a disease that threatens few Americans.) So when hundreds of thousands of annual deaths are preventable — as the deaths from the chronic diseases linked to the modern American way of eating surely are — preventing those needless deaths is a national priority.

[…]

Our food system is largely a product of agricultural policies that made sense when the most important public health problem concerning food was the lack of it and when the United States saw “feeding the world” as its mission. These policies succeeded in boosting the productivity of American farmers, yet today they are obsolete and counterproductive, providing billions in public support to an industry that churns out a surfeit of unhealthy calories — while at the same time undermining the ability of the world’s farmers to make a living from their land.

These farm policies have nourished an agricultural-industrial complex before which the president and the first lady seem powerless. The administration’s early efforts to use antitrust laws to protect farmers and consumers from agribusiness oligopolies were quietly dropped. Promises to regulate the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture — widely acknowledged as a threat to public health — resulted in toothless voluntary guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration.

When it came to regulating methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed stringent rules for the energy industry — and another voluntary program for agriculture, the single biggest emitter of the gas. And in February the president signed yet another business-as-usual farm bill, which continues to encourage the dumping of cheap but unhealthy calories in the supermarket.


This is brilliant! Why has no one ever thought of this before? Who are these geniuses??

Mark Bittman, an opinion columnist and food writer for the New York Times, is the author of “How to Cook Everything Fast.” Michael Pollan, who teaches journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Ricardo Salvador is a senior scientist and director of the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Olivier De Schutter, a professor of international human rights law at the Catholic University of Louvain, was the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food from 2008 to 2014.


With proper planning we can cure world hunger! We should start with a five-year plan, and we make all the farmers work collectively so we can efficiently allocate resources. With central planning we won’t have to worry about corruption or anything. We’ll put the experts in charge of making policy. Guys like Paul Krugman and Ezra Klein will work with Congress and government bureaucrats.

What could possibly go wrong?


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187 Responses to What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  1. The Klown says:

    Some people are really unclear on the concept of “freedom”. They are also ignorant of history.

    • boutis says:

      They also want to eradicate the cultural ties of people through food. The school lunch program of Mooch is not only about teaching people still in childhood how to work while hungry but to separate them from their culture. It remind me of Dachau. A local rural award winning tiny school district nearby has been forbidden by the Mooch food police from serving cornbread, greens and field peas. Too many calories, salt and protein they were told. This is southern peasant food and it is too good for children now.

    • DeniseVB says:

      There’s over 800 comments for that article, many have taken aim at those “genius” authors. NYT food critics are notoriously foodie elitist snobs, I can’t afford to eat at restaurants they like, prefer the slop at the Mom and Pop diners or off food trucks. 🙂

      • boutis says:

        And their ignorance of food history is astonishing. They pretend to know stuff but they really don’t know squat. They fall all over themselves about locally produced food and sustainability while trashing it at the same time. The hatred of fried or grilled food by these people is instructive. Frying and grillig is high heat cooking and is very energy efficient. It developed in areas that were energy deprived of wood, coal, peat, etc. People need to cook fast so they didn’t use too much fuel because it was scarce or expensive. Areas known for frying are northern Europe, Asia, India and AFRICA. Braising, roasting or stewing are high energy methods that the wealthy or elite prefer.

        • votermom says:

          Very true. It was a culture shock to me how long some baking recipes are.

          • Lulu says:

            Braising, baking or stewing in a southern kitchen is hell in the summer. Fry or boil it fast is cheaper in fuel and preferable to killing the cook with heat stroke. The same goes for quick breads like corn bread and biscuits (or Indian Naan) rather than baked yeast leavened bread. The same goes for Asian cooking. It is more efficient in time, energy and fuel use.

          • votermom says:

            Yeah, it really makes sense in a cold environment – energy goes into cooking and heating at the same time.

          • elliesmom says:

            While I’m a native of Massachusetts, half my family lives in the Carolinas. I grew up with “summer food” and “winter food”. While my kitchen is air conditioned and I could conceivably cook pot roast without dying, it startles me my husband could even consider eating it on a hot night in July. I made a big pot of Italian sausage soup and homemade bread Saturday night. I heard him on the phone telling our daughter I had decided winter was on its way. Growing up we also had summer vegetables and winter vegetables. There was something special about getting “the first of the season”. While we can get most anything all year round, I still lean heavily toward squash and root vegetables in the winter and green veggies in the summer.

          • WMCB says:

            Same here, Ellies mom. I grew up largely without airconditioning in the south. Stews are winter food. Who the hell cooks that in summer? 😉 Summer is for salads and slaw and quick sautés or pan frying.

          • The Klown says:

            And outdoor BBQ’s

      • The Klown says:

        Elitists don’t like anything common. They sneer at Mickey D’s now, but if a cheeseburger and french fries was some new gourmet creation they would be going gaga over it.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Meet the $175 hamburger from a Wall Street burger joint ….

          The burger, created by chef and co-owner Kevin O’Connell, seeks to justify its price with a Kobe beef patty, lots of black truffles, seared foie gras, aged Gruyere cheese, wild mushrooms and flecks of gold leaf on a brioche bun.

          • Lulu says:

            I have eaten Kobe beef once. I had rather have Angus prime any day. If you put too much stuff on a burger you can’t taste the beef then what is the point of eating a burger? Brioche is too soft a bread for a bun unless it isn’t REAL brioche made out of a pound of butter. And just eat a gold leaf sandwich if you want to have sparkly poop as it has no taste.

          • Somebody says:

            I recently had a wagu beef burger at a restaurant that was loaded with all kinds of crap like this one and served on brioche. It wasn’t $175, but it was the most expensive burger I’ve ever eaten. It was one of the cheapest thing on the menu, I’ll never go back there, blech.
            Lulu is correct if you put too much crap on it then you can’t taste the burger, which is probably by design because when the meat is that lean it’s pretty much tasteless and brioche is too soft the damn thing falls apart. My burger came with 4 french fries, I shit you not…..4 french fries. They were fresh cut steak fries, sans any salt, yuck! I blame Mooch!!

          • 49erDweet says:

            No offense, but I really have no problem with regulating food in blue states. Talk about a quick way to educate the low-flos and change a political environment!

          • The Klown says:

            Spices were invented so you wouldn’t have to taste the meat.

          • 49erDweet says:

            In places like that the price of the delicacy is only exceeded by the haughtiness of the server. Snobbery is expensive.

        • Constance says:

          I think I’m going to need to make a Five Guys run for lunch here in a few minutes.

          • Constance says:

            Gosh! It’s only 9:45 am! I think it is probably decadent to eat a burger and fries that early in the day. Thankfully Five Guys doesn’t open until 11 so they are saving me from myself.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Before 5am the other morn I drove through a Golden Arches line and marvelled at how quickly, conveniently, nutritiously, deliciously and inexpensively I was fed and coffeed down. Obviously they are evil, and must be regulated. They were cheerful, too, so that should have been a clue.

          • The Klown says:

            Some mornings I hit the local Taco Bell drive-thru for a couple sausage crunchwraps. I make it there and back before the engine is warm enough to make the heater work.

            Sausage crunchwrap: sausage, hashbrowns, egg, cheese and sauce inside a folded and grilled tortilla.

          • 49erDweet says:

            I’ll check out the hours on mine. It’s 5 blocks further but NBD. The closer we get to Christmas, the earlier Sunday morning rehearsal times begin. 🙂

      • votermom says:

        Some of the comments are great! Very sarcastic.

    • votermom says:

      Five Year Plan !
      Five Year Plan !
      The March of Progress Will Not Be Impeded !

    • fif says:

      I’d like to hear from the excellent historians here: how do you respond to people who cite the Scandinavian countries ‘success’ with national health care, education etc.? Obviously, it’s a totally different scale compared to the U.S. but this is often a talking point for progs, and I’d like to hear the erudite (and accurate) rebuttal. Thanks!

      • The Klown says:

        The two things usually cited are size and homogenous population.

        • Lulu says:

          Which is currently falling apart. With their huge immigrant populations they now don’t have enough money for the elder and child services and it is infuriating the natives. The immigrants take all the resources that the formerly homogenous population wanted directed at vulnerable people in the society. Also they are spending more on PRISONS than ever before and they don’t like it because they won’t deport them. Sound familiar?

        • 49erDweet says:

          AND…………wait for it…………………………………………………………………They absolutely CONTROL THEIR BORDERS. But that’s probably not important.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m not a historian but I’ve seen those prog graphics with FREE this and that for EVERYONE ! I remember a minimum wage one with $25.00 HOUR. I usually question them with why doncha’ move there, sounds great ? ! I never get a response 😉

        I really don’t think it’s FREE. Good article here:

        Click to access essay_medical_solutions_may_2009_scandinavia-00068243.pdf

      • John Denney says:

        Wealthy Saudis can go anywhere in the world for health care. Many go to Rochester, Minnesota, to the Mayo Clinic. You’d think France, England, or Scandinavia would be closer.
        You’d also think that with all their wealth and the wonderfulness of Islam, Saudi Arabia would have the world’s best health care.

        Meanwhile, the premier hospitals in Orange County, California are Hoag Presbyterian, and St. Joseph’s (Catholic). There’s also a cancer treatment center in Yorba Linda run by 7th Day Adventists. You want government run healthcare, check out the VA hospitals.

      • fif says:

        thanks everyone!

    • 49erDweet says:

      Great post, btw. Yeah, they’re all good but this one is even better.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/11/scientists_find_virus_that_makes_humans_stupid.html

    scientists have found the problem, it is a virus.
    why do I think this could be a great twitter hashtag?

    it is the virus stupid

  3. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6045

    women should not have to do the time, if they commit the crime

    • John Denney says:

      Fave comment: “You’d think all of those perceived obstacle would create a hard ass group of survivors not a sit on your ass group of dependents.”

      Actually, there are those who are “a hard ass group of survivors”. They just don’t get publicity about it. Like Bob. My family had a great dinner at his restaurant. He told me he’s been running it for 40 years and is about to retire. He’s put his two daughters through college and they don’t want to do the hard work of running the restaurant. He does the brute work of handling the meat and the hardwood logs and running the smoker. He was one tired looking man when I spoke to him, and when I shook his hand, it was hard and gnarly. He also grows tomatoes, beans, and okra on the empty lots around his restaurant and they’re on the menu, and for sale as beautiful fresh produce on a table just inside the front door. His sweet little wife takes orders and serves and runs the cash register.

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/smoke-house-bobs-muskogee

  4. votermom says:

    I had some kind of virus yesterday – somewhat high fever and headache and a weird ache along my side. I was this close to asking my hubby to drive me to an urgent care center. But I decided to nap first , and that helped a bit. So my genetic procrastination is helpful, see.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    It’s my hubby’s 239th birthday today 😉 Semper Fi !!

    • DeniseVB says:

      We knew that. 😉 If it weren’t for ValJar, I don’t think anyone would have hired either Obama in Chicago. They weren’t really into that lawyering thing, most former co-workers complained they were unwilling to do the grunt work noobie attorneys are required to do.

      How’s that working out for us now ?

    • Anthony says:

      Awesome article, Helen.

      My favorite comment: “She sounds like Ms. Baylock in the Omen.”

    • piper says:

      Read the book Blood Feud by Klein. Obama is harangued daily by Mooch and babied by Valerie. An insecure man crippled by his own emotions and incompetency.

  6. angienc says:

    I’m old enough to remember when Justice Scalia asked the hypothetical during the Obamacare hearings that if the government could force people to buy insurance from private companies because it was “good for them” what would stop the government from forcing people to buy broccoli, because eating broccoli is good for them too. The progs laughed and laughed that it was totally NOT THE SAME THING.
    And yet here they are.

    Good thing for us that the Obamacare decision was NOT based on the Commerce Clause like everyone was arguing for, but on the tax clause (I’m sure the idiot progs don’t understand the difference) so their broccoli crusade will not be as easy as they think.

    • votermom says:

      Can’t wait for the National Sex Policy. Do people realuze how much health care dollars go into STDs?
      Forget birth control, they need to start issuing mandatory unisex chastity belts.

      • Mandatory birth control will be a natural progression of these kinds of policies, much to progs future chagrin. That’s about the place where they will find the bright line, I suspect. They won’t always be in control, and they’re already no longer ascendant.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Interesting how diplomats from the poorest countries live ….. in America!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11207048/Revealed-New-York-multi-million-dollar-mansions-belonging-to-the-poorest-nations-on-earth.html

    I bet they don’t have to pay taxes either. Foreign diplomats get immunity from everything here.

  8. votermom says:

    I got to try out my new fancy shmancy blender. I made a foamy coffee drink in it. Not bad!
    We also made soup & a fruit sorbet.
    I like how easy it is to clean – you just “blend” some soapy water and rinse.

    • Lulu says:

      I still have my stainless steel Waring bar blender from 1980. It has 2 or 3 horsepower and sounds like a bass boat engine. It is the original margarita machine. I left the top off once and the ceiling was covered with mutilated tomatoes. Do not leave the top off your fancy blender or “look” into it while it is running. My B-I-L did that once to great hilarity.

      • elliesmom says:

        I have a vintage Waring, too. They made those things to last. Did yours come with a warning not to blend anything hot? Mine did. It was a warning I should have heeded. lol

        • cynic says:

          I found an unused waring at an estate sale, and bought it as insurance. Knowing how much I use the one I have, I figured if it died, I have another one.

        • thewizardofroz says:

          The trick to blending hot things safely is to remove the center cap before putting the cover on, place a folded kitchen towel over the cover, hold it down lightly, and start at the lowest speed. When everything is blended, you can increase the speed but keep holding the towel on until the desired consistency is reached. This method allows the steam to escape and avoids a dangerous disaster.

          Roz in NJ/NYC

        • Lulu says:

          Yep. I always figured there was some reason for it but never knew what. Mine has no rubber feet anymore and has to sit on a dishtowel when it runs or the noise is so much it sounds like takeoff.

      • votermom says:

        This thing is loud too, and the container is huge. I have to halve any of the recipes I try in the book that came with it.

      • piper says:

        My 40 year old Osterizer is alive and blending on a daily basis.

        • thewizardofroz says:

          My original Osterizer — chrome “beehive” base, two speeds: low and high — was around 50 years old when the motor died a few years ago. I replaced it with the Osterizer “Classic Beehive.” The base is much lighter in weight, and the glass container has a handle which my original didn’t.

          Roz in NJ/NYC

      • WMCB says:

        I wish I could find old appliances in good shape. Old appliances I loved that were made better back in the day: Blenders, percolators, waffle irons, and good old American dishwashers that used a ton of water, ran forever, and dried everything bone dry.

        • Lulu says:

          I have a old, new stock electric skillet in original packaging squirreled for when my ancient one dies. I found it at an estate sale. The new ones are garbage.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Does it have your initials? We would starve w/o ours!

  9. HELENK3 says:

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/feds-to-back-risky-home-loans-again/

    here we go again. Why do I think the government is filled with slow learners?

  10. votermom says:

    Who says the Omperor has no clothes?!

  11. votermom says:

    Love Pat Sajak.

  12. piper says:

    Lloyd Marcus on the black community and NAACP
    Upon reading a post-election article in which the NAACP is all fired up about supposed black voter suppression, my response was, when will these people ever seriously do something to help black people? Folks, I am sorry, but the NAACP and others in their civil rights syndicate are a despicable bunch. All they really care about is furthering liberalism and increasing their political power. They are disgusting.
    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/11/when_will_the_naacp_truly_help_their_people.html#ixzz3IfzCC11C
    Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

    • The Klown says:

      Why isn’t the NAACP concerned about getting IDs for all those people who (allegedly) can’t obtain a valid ID?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Virginia has waived it’s state photo i.d. fee of $14. I think you can register to vote and get free i.d. at the DMV now. Easy-peasy and doesn’t seem racist to me. Protecting the integrity of the vote, priceless 😀

      • WMCB says:

        One org actually did a followup on some people who supposedly “couldn’t get ID.”

        When one state was having the Voter ID law fight, the Left trotted out around 8 people (young, elderly, immigrant, etc) who could not, no way, get ID. Total sob stories.

        The law passed. Someone went back and checked, and all but one of them had gotten ID within 2 weeks of it passing. MOST of them voted. If cons were smart, they’d check back later on every one of these “woe is me, it’s a bus ride across town and I simply can’t do it” sad sacks.

    • leslie says:

      Maybe this the wrong place fort his comment, but just before I got out of the car to go into my building this evening, I heard a news report that the (IL) state treasurer winner still had not been confirmed.. There were about 1000 votes separating the R and D. So the R went back to look at the provisional votes and learned that hundreds of voters In Cook County had voted once with a provisional ballot and then returned to vote on election day. So there were duplicate votes all over Cook County for the democrats. (Frankly I’m surprised it was hundreds and not thousands.) I’m going to keep my eyes/ears open for further reports.

    • votermom says:

      I notice Asian students don’t get this “protection.”
      Serves them right for obeying rules and other white privilege stuff, huh?

    • WMCB says:

      The result of this will be that more and more white parents will pull their kids and either private or home school. Who wants to see their kid discriminated against? They will be followed closely behind by black parents who care, also pulling their kids, as who wants to go to school with more and more problem kids who have now been given a get-out-of-discipline-free pass?

      You’ll end up with another school filled with mostly under-performing, ill-disciplined black kids, a few under-performing, ill-disciplined white kids whose parents don’t care, and a sprinkling of poor souls of any color who are stuck in the school and and don’t have another option. Good teachers will leave, “sitting on a bench til my pension” ones will flood in.

      And we will be told the school spiraling downward is the fault of “racism” of course, not the fault of their ham-handed policy that was supposed to address an earlier “racism”, but couldn’t have been better designed to leave you with a school full of nothing but the dregs.

      • elliesmom says:

        Because of federal laws it is also much more difficult to suspend a child who has a special education IEP. A lot of parents with otherwise perfectly normal kids who get in trouble a lot try to get them “diagnosed” with a learning disability so they don’t have to deal with the kids’ being suspended. We suspended a kid from school once. I looked out the window and saw him sticking nails in tires in the parking lot. My car was one of them so while the school did nothing, I filed a police report. Within a couple of months he had an IEP that said we could only discipline him with in-school suspension because he had “oppositional defiant disorder tendencies”, and he was excused from science class because I was a source of stress for him. While that might be true, it shifted all of the responsibility for dealing with it to the school. We never saw his parents again after they handed in the paperwork. I counted myself lucky to have him gone to be honest.

        • The Klown says:

          How do you blame a teacher for taking the path of least resistance and passing the kid along to someone else?

          • elliesmom says:

            We often passed kids from 8th grade to high school because we didn’t want them driving themselves to school. Eventually, you have to pass them on for the sake of the other kids. Do you really want a 17 year old kid in middle school?

      • The Klown says:

        As far back as I can remember we have been hearing how black kids get screwed by the educational system. It started before I was born with calls for ending segregation. We did that. Then we tried busing. We’ve tried a lot of things. We spend a fortune on inner-city schools. Black kids are still under-performing.

        What’s it called when you keep doing the same thing over and over and keep expecting different results?

        • Anthony says:

          “What’s it called when you keep doing the same thing over and over and keep expecting different results?”

          Its called “The Progressive Agenda”

      • According to the article, 70% of MPS students are already non-white. At any rate, I bet it goes to the SCOTUS. You can’t have separate but equal disciplinary standards in schools. The superintendent would have been better off just making it a universal no-suspension policy for nonviolent offenses.

  13. fif says:

    omg – hell just froze over, I agree with Obama about something!

    Obama calls on FCC to keep Internet ‘free and open’

    The president says that all Internet service providers should agree to not block or throttle Internet traffic.

    http://www.cnet.com/news/president-obama-calls-on-fcc-to-keep-internet-free-and-open/

    • 49erDweet says:

      OK. That was taken from The Onion, right?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Of course the FCC was filled by people he selected, with the orders to make the internet not free, and now he covers himself by acting like OMG, what’s happening, we must keep it free.

    • driguana says:

      I’m not sure I understand all of this. Can someone explain it in simple terms…

      • Say you have Netflix and Comcast broadband internet. Comcast can say to Netflix, “Hey, we’re going to slow down everything you stream to our customers unless you pay us X.” Comcast can also say to WordPress, or even the klown, “We’re going to make your shit load really slow unless you pay us x.” Comcast could say to you, “If you don’t pay X in fees, we’re going to give you slower internet than the Joneses.” Net neutrality is a movement to prevent that and deliver uniform internet speeds regardless.

        But of course, this move by Obama in particular is red meat for the Obama base. He doesn’t support it, really, as DT already noted. He just needs to change the conversation from, “Oh, hei, maybe Obama isn’t so great, maybe he’s irreparably fucked us” to something a bit more positive and hopey-changey. You know how it is. You can fool some of the people some of the time; you can fool progressives all the time.

  14. votermom says:

    Speaking of that stupid virus:

  15. Somebody says:

    The Goracle thinks a national food policy is needed, all the little proggies are jumping aboard.
    http://twitchy.com/2014/11/09/they-never-ever-stop-ever-al-gore-thinks-its-time-for-a-national-policy-on-food/

  16. HELENK3 says:

    http://therightscoop.com/ferguson-resident-we-are-getting-prepared-for-war/

    the backtrack bunch may get that race war they have been pushing

    also check at the bottom about who is going to ferguson

  17. SHV says:

    “business-as-usual farm bill, which continues to encourage the dumping of cheap but unhealthy calories in the supermarket.”
    *****
    That is true. Big Ag., Retail Grocers Asso., Banks, etc. spend millions lobbying to expand the Food Stamp (SNAP) program and more millions at the Federal and State level preventing restrictions on what and where that money can be spent. It’s another bi-partisan program of tax dollars crony capitalism.
    A few years ago, Breitbart had an article listing the lobbying dollars and profits from SNAP and it was the usual rate of return of millions for bribes and billions in profits. States have very little control over SNAP but IIRC, a few years ago the Mass. legislature passed some restrictions which were then vetoed by Deval Patrick because it would “Hurt the self-esteem of poor people”.

    • elliesmom says:

      That’s right. Most of the things the bill restricted weren’t even food.

    • WMCB says:

      The Farm bill encourages a hell of a lot more dumping of EXPENSIVE calories into useless fuel than it does food. Another thing the GOP would take up if they had a brain. Left, right, libertarian, whatever voters all hate the ethanol boondoggle gravy train.

  18. votermom says:

  19. HELENK3 says:

    Major shakeup promised at the VA. On FOX now. should be video later. many to fired for living up to values of VA

  20. HELENK3 says:

    http://soopermexican.com/2014/11/10/some-more-controversial-tweets-from-soon-to-be-unemployed-texas-teacher/

    there is something seriously wrong with this woman. No way should be a teacher

  21. WMCB says:

    Good.

  22. WMCB says:

    Net Neutrality.

  23. WMCB says:

  24. HELENK3 says:

    discussion on FOX about backtrack taking out his pen to raise the minimum wage. maybe I missing something but why are so many so willing to bypass the founding father’s idea of three branches of government and have a dictator?

    • Constance says:

      The new Dem strategy is to bring up concepts that will be divisive to Republicans and make them look bad to simple voters who the Dems feel are their constituency. That way they think they can keep Republicans too tied up in knots and bickering amongst themselves to accomplish anything. The Republicans should just not respond and talk about all the positive things and bills they hope to accomplish for American voters and the middle class. Let the Dems act outrageous and meanwhile run a narrative about how Dems don’t respect American taxpayers and workers or our system of government.

    • leslie says:

      One of the issues that *lame duck Governor Pat Quinn ran on in IL was increasing the minimum wage to $10. So did many of the D’s running for state House and Senate. Oddly enough, the Ds ran the state for the past “who know how many years” and they never passed the minimum wage increase. But they blamed it on the Rs during this election.

  25. The Klown says:

    Shortly after Wilson killed Brown on Aug. 9, there was looting and vandalism of Ferguson businesses, as protesters clashed with police. The protests over Brown’s death have since been mostly peaceful as the grand jury decision is awaited.

    Tory Russell, one of the founders of the Hands Up United group that has been protesting Brown’s death, said the group had been hoping to negotiate terms of engagement with law enforcement authorities that might help keep protests peaceful but that such talks had gone nowhere.

    “I told them if there is no indictment, please only come through neighborhoods when called. Please do not continue to traumatize our community,” said Russell. But “they don’t want to meet with the youth. I honestly believe they are planning to kill us in the streets.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-ferguson-michael-brown-grand-jury-20141110-story.html

    • elliesmom says:

      Then maybe they should stay out of the streets.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Their reasoning ability and Elvis has left the building.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Heard about one jurisdiction that responded this way. “Ambulances will be allowed to respond to your area after Fire Fighters have cleared it. Fire Fighters may respond after Detectives have cleared your area. Detectives may respond after uniformed Police say it’s OK to enter. So whatever you do, make sure only slow bleeders are injured.

  26. The Klown says:

    Last night I rearranged my bedroom because:

    1. It allows cleaning in hard to reach areas
    2. It extends carpet life by changing wear patterns
    3. I was bored.

    The kittens were enthusiastic and having a blast exploring when the room was all torn apart. Now that it has been reassembled in a different configuration they are critical and disapproving of the new layout.

  27. DeniseVB says:

    My friend Killer Bunny Foo Foo has a “fan” page up on FB:

    https://www.facebook.com/GOPBunny

    She from the Ace group and has a radio show too. Cool lady 🙂

  28. driguana says:

    Speaking of cats….Billie the Cat showed up a couple of weeks ago and we thought she was feral…finally coaxed her into eating on the patio and she has now turned very friendly and we can pet her and she sleeps on a rug on the patio. Think she must have been abandoned. Izzy, our terrier, wants to fight with her and Lucy, our house cat, hisses at her from afar. Not sure how this will go but along with Baby, our sun conure, we don’t need another indoor pet!!!

  29. 49erDweet says:

    One day a week I work with a bunch of amazing young techies. They see me as a geezer and usually ignore me, but they found out I recently replaced my cellphone and plan with a winner that costs less, and now they’re trying to find sand in my ointment. Driving them crazy. Fun.

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