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A WTF Moment…

Can someone explain the connection between Credit Card Reform and the right to bear arms in national parks? Now don’t get me wrong, I was raised to be a hunter, I bought my first guns at 18, my grandfather was a life long hunter who bought and passed down a south Texas ranch just so his descendants would have a place to hunt…But what the f++k does carrying a gun into Yellowstone…or Yosemite…or The Smokey Mountains have to do with the immoral practices of the credit card industry and the governments need to regulate a group that has begun to make loan sharks look like model citizens?

Unfortunately, the powerful pro-gun forces in the Senate managed to contaminate the bill with an amendment to allow licensed owners to carry loaded firearms into national parks. This is a cynical attempt by the gun lobby to take advantage of consumers when they most need Washington’s help. The House, which could vote on the Senate version as soon as Wednesday, should reject the amendment — even if it takes a little longer for the bill to go to the White House.

via Editorial – Safer Credit Cards – NYTimes.com.

For the record:

Amends: H.R.627 , S.AMDT.1058
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (submitted 5/12/2009) (proposed 5/12/2009)

To protect innocent Americans from violent crime in national parks and refuges.



    Amendment SA 1067 proposed by Senator Coburn to Amendment SA 1058. (consideration: CR S5349, S5359-5360; text: CR S5349)
Amendment SA 1067, pursuant to the order of May 12, 2009, having acheived the required 60 votes in the affirmative, was agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 67 – 29. Record Vote Number: 188.

If they liked him any more…

…maybe they’d take away his parking space, too.

What is it with Republican Governors these days. Especially, Republican Governors with national aspirations. It’s almost as if they can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Even members of their own party have noticed. And it seems as if they are trying to send a message…

The Texas House Friday voted to drain most of GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s office budget and instead spend the money on community mental health crisis services and veterans’ services.

The move, which came during House debate on a $178.4 billion proposal for the two-year period starting Sept. 1, immediately drew a reference to Perry’s recent comments about Texas’ ability to secede from the union. The comments have drawn national attention and some lawmakers’ ire.

“Two days after the governor threatens secession, the House zeroes out his budget,” said Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, House Appropriations Committee vice chairman.(1)

It’s times like these when I really miss Miss Molly…She would be givin’ “Governor Goodhair” what for in a heartbeat.

I was listening to the Hardball podcast yesterday morning as Chris Matthews had Tom Delay on trying to spin the secession comments made by Perry. You heard all of the old arguments that reared their heads back in the first attempt…states rights, sovereignty, etc…Then he went into an attempt to sell the assumption that if Texas attempted to exercise it’s treaty rights to split into five states the US Congress would kick us out. We wouldn’t have to secede.

It seems to me that all these old right-wing exes need to simmer down. While it may be true that in the crowds they run in these kinds of things are talked about often, I don’t think a majority of Texans are wanting to give up our American citizenship to follow these idiots off into the wilderness. And these are the guys who keep mentioning not drinking the cool aide.

Texas Republicans have made quite a name for themselves in the past two decades. It’s too bad they don’t realize what that name is…

Then Gail Collins had this to say…

We don’t want to blame all Texans for the high jinks in Austin. It’s a state full of lovely people, three-fourths of whom, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, have no desire whatsoever to secede from the United States.

But Perry really understands how that other quarter feels.(2)


  1. House vote nearly depletes Gov. Perry’s office budget | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.
  2. Op-Ed Columnist – Twitters From Texas – NYTimes.com.

What, exactly, is a healthful food?

I have a confession to make…I just discovered Marion Nestle and her blog Food Politics. I know, I’m slow on the uptake sometimes.

I find that my feelings about food are becoming somewhat activistic…I am getting more upset by the industrialization of our food on a daily basis. So you can expect to see more of these posts in the coming days…

When it comes to food, defining “healthy” is a major preoccupation of food companies these days. Marketers are falling all over each other trying to label food products with numbers or symbols to convince you that their products are better-for-you choices. These, as I keep saying see posts under “Scoring systems”, are about marketing, not health.

Now, the Strategic Alliance, the component of the Oakland-based Prevention Institute devoted to “promoting healthy food and activity environments,” has produced a working definition of a healthful food. Its report, Setting the Record Straight: Nutritionists Define Healthful Food, applies three principles: Healthful food should be 1 wholesome, 2 produced in ways that are good for people, animals, and natural resources, and 3 available, accessible, and affordable.

via Food Politics » What, exactly, is a healthful food?.

p.s. Mark Bittman has the same reference on his blog today. He links to the pdf for the organization…

Our definition of healthful food is not limited to the nutrients that a food contains. Our definition recognizes that healthful food comes from a food system where food is produced, processed, transported, and marketed in ways that are environmentally sound, sustainable and just. The current industrial food system, with its heavy reliance on fossil fuels, pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, and intensive farming practices fails to meet this standard. It pollutes the air, water, and soil, harms farm animals, and endangers the health of those who work to feed us.

via Setting the Record Straight: Nutritionists Define Healthful Food