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Archive for August 28th, 2007

College Football and the Simpsons

Posted by Mike on August 28, 2007

With the kickoff to the new college football season only days away, I figured this oldie and goodie is also timely.  The Notre Dame and Boston College comparison alone makes it worth the read.

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Mitt Romney, Larry Craig and Rapid Response

Posted by Mike on August 28, 2007

Mitt Romney helped his campaign today by turning a potentially embarrassing situation to his advantage. Before news of Larry Craig’s “There’s Something About Mary” audition, the Idaho Senator was serving as Romney’s campaign chairman. Naturally, Romney’s Republican opponents were ready to pounce, but Romney’s rapid response should squash any negative consequences.

Rather than defending the Senator or dryly admitting a mistake, Romney quickly condemned the Senator’s moral lapse and compared him to other perverts like Mark Foley and Bill Clinton. In addition to sending a message to Republican voters that he values morality, Romney’s statement shows an aptitude in the art of rapid response. With She Who Must Not Be Named resurrecting her husband’s infamous smear machine, effective rapid response will be a necessity in the upcoming general election. Any candidate who is incapable of effectively responding to negative news in real time is a candidate who could easily hand over the White House to the Democrats.

Whatever his other flaws may be, it is clear that Mitt Romney would not neglect his PR duties in the event he is nominated. That is something the GOP should keep in mind.

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Larry Craig’s Indiscretion

Posted by Ryan on August 28, 2007

Conservative Idaho Senator Larry Craig is not having a very good week.  Allegations from a June incident have surfaced and it doesn’t look good.  Rather than go through all the details, suffice it to say that he should behave himself better in airport bathrooms from now on– one never knows if there’s a cop in the next stall who isn’t cool with your public sexual advances.  Nor should you brag when caught that you’re an esteemed member of the Senate, because suddenly that doesn’t mean as much at that point to the complaining officer. 

He’s already gone in front of a judge and paid his fine, but do we need more deviant sexual behavior from Republican members of Congress, with Mark Foley finally out of the news and our consciousness?  No.  Yet, the Dems are in on this kind of stuff too, but they seem not to mind when embarassing sexual exploits become news (and they still wonder why they won’t get the God vote).  This may hurt Craig’s career, or it may not.  Only the people of Idaho and MSM harping can be the judge now.

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America is Too Fat!!!

Posted by Ryan on August 28, 2007

The Trust For America’s Health (TFAH) monitors the health of various states as a way to raise awareness for, among other issues, America’s obesity problem.  According to their findings, Colorado is the slimmest state, while Mississippians (pdf) are just about ready to walk around with tuba players behind them.  Yet, all states have shown an increase in the percentage of obese people, including the always doom-laden increase in childhood obesity rates– children don’t feed themselves, though, so  parents need to stop spoiling their kids and while encouraging a sedentary lifestyle in front of the TV or computer screen.  We’re not just talking about America becoming more “big-boned” every year, but our tonnage and flab is increasing at a rate that will crush our health care system in the future. 

However, the TFAH concludes in their study that government policies have failed to decrease the public’s waistline.  Of course they’ve failed!  Whenever one trusts the government to change cultural and/or social patterns it will fail.  But the TFAH finds that MORE government involvement on all levels can help!  Good luck with that.  I’m sorry, but being fat is the new smoking in this regard:  you know smoking’s going to kill you so don’t start crying if you start now and get cancer later, just like eating fattening foods and sitting on your butt all day is going to make you fat, and thereby increase the likelihood of dying young.  Don’t come crying and attempt to coerce my government to use my money to force you to put the Big Mac down! 

Yet, if a local town or School Board wants to impose its own restrictions on food or create wellness programs in phys ed or health class, then that’s different, because the more local the government, the more it will reflect the direct will of the people in that area.  If TFAH wants to work with private companies and individual towns and cities, it’s their prerogative too, and probably the best route for this group and this issue.  A grassroot stigma and information campaign might do the trick in the long run.  However, getting the feds involved is only going to encourage average Joe Fatman to acquiesce to the idea that Nanny Goverment will come to save the day anyway, while doing little about his own waistline!  TFAH needs to start with Mississippi… and quick!

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