Top Of My Head

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Date: November 23, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Alaska

It must be Sarah Palin’s day here at Top Of My Head – three articles in one day.  But, the Palins are headline grabbers, so here goes.

According to an article on MSNBC, the ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska are down – a lot.  I’m not surprised.  The show received a lot of hype, a lot of attention, Palin is a name, so ratings would be high for the original broadcast.  It isn’t unusual for any reality show to lose viewers.  I was speaking with my friend, Preston, this weekend and he said he couldn’t believe that I wasn’t watching the show.  I told him I wasn’t interested in Sarah Palin’s Alaska.  It isn’t my cup of tea.  To be honest, the show could be called Katie Couric’s Alaska and I still wouldn’t be interested.  I’m not a nature show watcher.

But, the article mentions Andy Almon, Willow’s boyfriend.  I guess he appears on the show, which makes me a little confused.  I thought Sarah Palin’s show was all about Alaska.  A travelogue, if you will, about what to see when you’re in Alaska.  I thought it would show forests and ice flows or whatever it is they have in Alaska.  So, what’s Willow’s boyfriend doing on the show?  How does he work into this?

So, if I’m reading the article right, the show is like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” mixed with a pretty, woodsy outdoors?

I’m a little more than surprised. I would think that Palin would keep her children out of it as much as possible. A nice nature – come see Alaska – show would probably serve her better than to show family meltdowns and drama.

Am I wrong?

Can Sarah Palin hear herself talk?

Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s show last night. Hannity asked her this question: “You actually use the phrase ‘I fear for our democracy’. What did you mean by that?”

Here is Palin’s verbatim answer: “I do. I fear for our democracy. Because, um, I recognize and I know you did, too, Sean and you try to sound a warning bell uh, through your commentary through the campaign as I was nominated for VP and running with one of my heroes, Senator John McCain, as we were witnessing what the other campaign was actually telling America people warning them what they were going to do to America. They warned Barack Obama did as candidate that he would fundamentally transform America. That he would redistribute somebody’s wealth. He would take it and give it to somebody else. Those things that do erode our free market and our freedoms and our disincentives to a strong work ethic and productivity and now what see are some manifestations of what he had warned us of what he would do in that campaign. We’re seeing that come home to roost now. We see with the quantitative easing of the feds that Barack Obama has now come out and supported as the fed says that we’re going to print more money out of thin air and we’re going to incur more debt and we’re going to devalue our dollar and we’re going to mess with China’s currency and we’re going to preach to them that they can’t be messing with it, but we’re be messing with our own. All these things that are taking place right now. Especially this occurrence of this huge debt, Sean. What it is doing is eroding our opportunities which eventually erodes our democracy and our freedoms. And, we cannot succeed this way – this is no way – with the quantitative easing, with this new 600 billion dollar infusion of fake money into our system. That’s not how we get our economy back on the right track. We became the foremost super power by incentivizing producers and job creators and work ethic, not by punishing work ethic, but that’s exactly what Barack Obama and those in the White House and leftists in Congress are doing to our economy and our job creators. They’re disincentizing our work ethic.”

Anyone know what any of that means or how that answers the question?

Sarah Palin takes on Michelle Obama and Healthy Eating

I was going to call this article Sarah Palin – Hypocrite, but then I went and looked up the definition of hypocrite and realized that it didn’t apply.  Imagine that, I’ve been using hypocrite incorrectly for most of my life.  A hypocrite is someone who does one thing and says another.  Sarah Palin is many things, but she certainly doesn’t spout off things she doesn’t believe.  At least I don’t think she does.  And, thanks to my newly understanding of the word hypocrite, it turns out that I’m not one either.

I was reading my Bloomberg BusinessWeek and I saw an article on page 44 with the title “Duck, Sugar! It’s a Food Fight”. (The online version calls it: “Sarah Palin Stews Over Government Food Rules”.)  Now, as most people know, since her husband became President, Michelle Obama has been working to improve the health of our children and ourselves.  The First Lady is passionate about ending childhood obesity, which I believe is a good thing.  Remember when we were kids?  The only time we were inside a house was when it rained.  We ran around, played sports and didn’t come home until we heard Mr. Robinson’s famous (at least in our neighborhood) whistle.  Our Moms and Dads would have dinner on the table and we rarely went to a fast food restaurant.  We didn’t have to worry about what we ate, we burned calories at a massive rate.  Childhood was our diet plan.

Kids today grow up eating McDonald’s like it is part of the food pyramid.  With all of their after school activities, they don’t have time to run around the neighborhood.  It’s no wonder their little bodies are getting pretty thick around the middle.

According to the article, the government revises the guidelines every five years.  On this go around, the guidelines are pretty strict about salt and sugar intakes. As we’ve been hearing in the past year or so, we eat too much salt in this country. Changing the food pyramid to reflect these facts sounds like a good thing to me.  But, apparently, to the right wing, the Tea Party and even to Mama Grizzly herself, getting our kids healthy is not a priority the government should undertake.  Somehow, they make these guidelines out to be the devil.  Now, I just don’t get it.

What is the big deal with working with the companies who feed our children their school lunches and get them to “pledged to double the amount of fruit and vegetables in their meals within 10 years?” How can that be a bad thing? It’s not even mandated by law. But, to Sarah Palin and the gang, it’s big-government interference. According to the article, ” she showed up at a Pennsylvania school bearing dozens of cookies, a gesture intended to show her disapproval of a state proposal to limit the sweets served in public schools.” Has the woman hit her head? Or, is she and the right wing so adamant about their beliefs, so rigid that they can’t see what is a good thing?

On top of that, I thought the right-wing gang believed in states’ rights? So, wouldn’t the State of Pennsylvania have the right to determine what is served in school lunches?

Sometimes, I wonder if that woman is just crazy and then I think, she’s crazy like a fox. She knows to keep up the anti-everything rhetoric, because I can’t believe for a second that any good mother wouldn’t want nutritional facts on the food they serve their kids and wouldn’t want their kids to have healthy choices for their school lunch? How is it possible that Sarah Palin would come out swinging about making healthy decisions when feeding out kids? What is wrong with her? This seems like a no-brainer to me.

Get it, Sarah Palin and no-brainer. Get it?

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