Archive for March 20, 2012

Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters

As someone who volunteers at a food bank, this makes fire come out of my ears:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.

It’s the “no bagels for you” edict.

“I can’t give you something that’s a supplement to the food you already have? Sorry that’s wrong,” Richter said.

Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.

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Billionaire Bloomberg, this is insane.  Food banks and homeless shelters are really hurting.  The crappy economy has caused people to cut back, or stop, donations of all kinds, i.e.  food, money, toiletries, while the number of people using homeless shelters and food banks has ballooned.  If my memory serves, visits to the food bank where I volunteer have increased 75% over the last two years.

You’re a very nice man (I say through clenched teeth) to worry about people’s salt, fat and fiber intake but this isn’t the way to deal with that.  For God’s sake man, reverse this decision.  People could literally starve to death.

 

March 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM Leave a comment

Romney: Latinos Will Vote For Me!

This is Mitt Romney on Sunday:

20% of the votes are in, and yet CNN has called it for me.  Apparently the reason they were able to make the call was that with only 20% in, 83% of the people of Puerto Rico, or those who voted, voted for me.   So that’s a pretty good start.  So I intend to become our nominee and I intend to get Latino voters to vote for a Republican and take back the White House.  We’re going to get that job done.

Thank you to the people of Puerto Rico.  Thank you to Governor Fortuno and Luce, his wife, ah, thank you to Zorie [sp?] and all the other people in Puerto Rico who helped us have this extraordinary victory and by the way, 20 delegates — all the delegates that were in that contest — are ours so that ah, that’s good news.

Conservative principles are applying in Puerto Rico and those people who don’t think that Latinos will vote for a Republican, need to take a look in Puerto Rico and see there that conservative principles and Latino voters go together.  And that Hispanic voters are going to vote for a Republican if we stand for something, conservative principles that bring growth and good jobs and rising home values.  That’s why we’re going to win.  We’re going to get Latino voters to help us out.

Sounds pretty good huh?  Unfortunately, the cheering crowd didn’t knew a few inconvenient facts:  (1)  Only 130,000 people voted in the Puerto Rican primary so that means Romney got (I’m worse that terrible at math) something like 118,000 votes.  Hardly a sweeping endorsement by Latinos as a whole.  And (2), there’s this: a Fox (for God’s sake) poll showing that no matter who the Republican nominee is, pitted against Obama, that person would only get 14% of the Latino vote.

So, all this lofty talk is just a bunch of hot air right now.

(Whoever the Republican nominee is, I bet money they’ll pick Marco Rubio (R-FL) as their running mate for these very reasons.)

March 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM Leave a comment

How Do You Break This to the Wife?

March 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM Leave a comment

Romney’s Dog Seamus Getting Revenge From the Grave

From Public Policy Polling:

Mitt Romney’s ‘dog problem’ has received tons of media attention in the last week so we decided to do a poll about it. Here’s what we found:

-20% of voters have a favorable opinion of Romney’s treatment of dogs to 29% with an unfavorable opinion. These numbers suggest that the Seamus story has gotten around enough for people to have a negative view of Romney on dogs, but 51% with no opinion indicates the story hasn’t penetrated that deeply yet.

-By contrast 44% of voters have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama’s treatment of dogs to 14% with an unfavorable one. Apparently voters think he’s taking good care of Bo. Asked who would be a better President for dogs, 37% of voters pick Obama to 21% for Romney with 42% not holding an opinion either way.

-68% of voters think it’s inhumane to put your dog in a kennel on the roof of your car to only 14% who consider it humane. On this there’s a bipartisan consensus- 74% of Democrats, 66% of independents, and 63% of Republicans think it’s inhumane to strap the family dog to the top of the car.

-Whether this is really an issue that’s going to hurt Mitt Romney in the campaign is a different question though. 55% of voters say it makes no difference to their vote, while 35% say it makes them less likely to vote for Romney and 7% more likely.

Most of the people who say the Seamus incident makes them less inclined to vote for Romney aren’t voting for him anyway though. Among Romney voters just 17% say it makes them less likely to vote for him to 75% who say it doesn’t make a difference and 6% who actually consider it a positive. Among undecideds 29% say it makes them less likely to vote Romney, 14% more likely, and 56% say it doesn’t make a difference.

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Romney laughs about the Seamus issue but it’s influencing voters.  Oops.  Good for you Seamus.  You’re getting revenge from the grave.

(Who straps a dog to the roof of their car in an “airtight” crate (link immediately above) and of the crate was airtight, how did the dog breathe???  Guess he must have lied about that part.)

March 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM 1 comment

7.6 Magnitude Earthquake 115 Miles East of Acapulco, Mexico

Magnitude 7.6 – OAXACA, MEXICO

No U.S. aid until they learn English.

March 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM Leave a comment

Why is the New York Times Taking This Seriously?

Check out this ridiculousness:

Vatican Inquiry Finds Progress in Irish Abuse Scandal

The Catholic Church in Ireland has made “excellent” progress in addressing a sexual abuse scandal and reporting new abuse cases directly to the Vatican, but would-be priests need better screening and training, according to a summary of a nearly year-long investigation issued by the Vatican on Tuesday.

So the Catholic church investigated its sexual abuse scandal and found it had made “excellent” progress?  Of course it did!

March 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM Leave a comment

Fox Could Care Less About Treyvon Martin’s Murder

When a 17-year-old kid is shot and killed for walking while black, some news outlets care and some don’t:

(Via.)

March 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM Leave a comment


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