All I want is…

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The universal question of the season is “so, what do you want for Christmas?”  Feel free to amend that question with Hannukah, Kwanzaa or your holiday of choice.  In any event,  I’m not one of those who demurs and says, “Don’t bother, I’ve got everything I need.”  Nope, I hit ‘em with my list, detailed… Read more »

Hail the departing heroes

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There’s going to more than enough time to analyze and carp about Congress this week and the FY2015 “cromnibus” spending bill, but more and more I’m thinking about the retiring members of Congress who, party notwithstanding, are pillars of the institution, type of member I hope all 535 aspire to be.  The 114th Congress will need adult supervision as… Read more »

Unleash the “Cromnibus”!

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As I write this House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA) just told Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D, MD) that, all things being equal, the 113th Congress will adjourn for good on Thursday, December 11.  All they have to do is get the government paid for through September, 2015. Pray to whatever deity in which… Read more »

Is this same old, same old?

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I’m still amazed when politicians ignore what’s directly in front of their collective face.  Such is the case with immigration reform and President Obama’s decision to  double-dog dare the Republicans to challenge his November 20 “executive order,” action effectively granting legal status to nearly 5 million undocumented workers in this country who just 24 hours… Read more »

Food nannies rave on

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Knowing you’re tired of hearing  post-election this and that, I’ve decided to tell you about one of the most naïve scribblings by a gaggle of foodies-as-nannies I’ve come across in a very long time.  In fact, so urban-wealthy-elitist, wrong-headed and out of touch is this manifesto on the need for a “national food policy” fashioned in their… Read more »

Lessons from Tuesday

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We’re in the Republican afterglow from Tuesday’s elections, the celebratory noise is still loud, and the rhythm of backslapping can be felt all over town.  Then there’s the undertones of Democrat grumbling and activist teeth gnashing, creating an interesting tune to which GOP congressional leaders and President Obama dance as they bob and weave over what’s… Read more »

Here’s how you should vote

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When you vote November 4 – and if  you’re smart, you will vote because it does matter, no matter how frustrated you are with the sitting Congress – consider the next two years and the issues Congress will face.  Keep in mind most of the tough issues of the last two years were kicked down… Read more »

Foodies attack!

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A group calling itself Food Policy Action (FPA), a coalition of unions, animal rights, environmental, organic and self-proclaimed consumer groups, has decided it will spend this last month before the mid-term elections spending lots of money to convince voters to consider “food policy” at the polls. This is no rag-tag bunch.  FPA is chaired by… Read more »

‘Global animal welfare’ — who’s on first?

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Consider the following while thinking about “global” animal welfare and the explosion of producer group, government and food company “standards:” * All producer and meat processing groups in the U.S. and Canada decades ago set science- and producer experience-based standards for best-care and handling practices for the animals they raise; Canada has nonbinding “best practices” developed… Read more »