Sunday, March 11, 2012

Newt Gingrich Thinks Walt Disney Co is Engaged in War on Religion; Rick Santorum Wins Kansas Against No Competition; Airline Food Tries to Get Tasty

And Other News That Requires Comments

In his continuing attempt to be relevant Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich attacked ABC, who is owned by the Walt Disney Corporation for airing what Mr. Gingrich thinks is an anti-Christian program.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, speaking to a crowd in Gulfport, Miss., on Friday teed off on a new ABC show called "GCB," which is based on the novel "Good Christian Bitches.”

Apparently what Mr. Gingrich wanted was for a show called Good Islamic Bitches

"Here's to show you the biases of the elite media, look at the new show that's on that has the word 'Christian' in it and I want you to take the exact name, drop out Christian and put in Muslim,” Gingrich said. “And ask yourself, is there any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one because anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry but they have to be very protective of Islam."

Actually Mr. Gingrich, what the show attacks is hypocrisy, so we can see why the show is something you would take as a personal attack on yourself.

There were caucuses in Kansas over the weekend and the non-surprise winner was Rick Santorum.  Mr. Santorum ran pretty much unopposed in the caucuses, the other candidates thinking they really didn’t matter enough to make an effort.  Mr. Santorum is trumpeting this victory, much the same way Mitt Romney basked in the glow of his victory in the Virginia primary after his puppy like follower Virginia Government Robert McDonnell made sure that no one other than Ron Paul was on the Virginia ballot.

The New Times is reporting that airlines are making an effort to improve the food they serve in flight.  First of all it turns out that altitude is a culprit in airline food tasting badly,

Even before a plane takes off, the atmosphere inside the cabin dries out the nose. As the plane ascends, the change in air pressure numbs about a third of the taste buds. And as the plane reaches a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, cabin humidity levels are kept low by design, to reduce the risk of fuselage corrosion. Soon, the nose no longer knows. Taste buds are M.I.A. Cotton mouth sets in.

although this author is highly skeptical and thinks that is just airline propaganda.

But airlines are apparently making an effort, at least for the passengers that pay the big bucks for a nice seat (actually those big bucks are borne by the company expense account).

But after years of belt-tightening, airline executives are investing again to attract business passengers willing to pay a premium for tickets, and food is a big part of that effort. This includes devising new menus and even hiring celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay, of“Hell’s Kitchen” fame, to consult. The motivation is obvious: business and first class account for about a third of all airline seats but generate a majority of the revenue. Keeping high-end customers is crucial to the bottom line.

For the rest of us, the ones who scour the internet looking for that one ticket that is $1.00 less than the previous quote, the best travel advice is the oldest travel advice, namely, never ever get on an airline hungry and always have enough food in the carry on for triple the allotted time of the flight.  And yes, that is the conservative approach; in some cases even this blog supports conservatives.

The New York Times also reports that the re-election team of Mr. Obama is making a big effort to win over women voters.  This is a wasted effort, the Republican Party is doing everything in its power to make women vote Democratic and in view of their efforts it seems like there is nothing more Democrats can do or need to do.

In a stunning triumph that is sure to have absolutely no impact on the Republican race for the Presidential nomination Mitt Romney captured all nine of the delegates from Guam.  In a related move no party official from either the Democratic or Republican party could explain why Guam is allowed any delegates to the Democratic or Republican conventions.

The always controversial Doonebury cartoon plans to run a series of strips that highlight in a humorous (if that is possible) and satirical (yes that is completely possible) manner the controversy over procedures which Conservatives are mandating for women seeking a legal abortion.   This is being met with objections, since Conservatives don’t want people really exposed to what they have done and some papers will not run the strips.  Some will, using this eminently sensible logic.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, by contrast, plans to run the strips, telling Comic Riffs: “Garry Trudeau’s metier is political satire; if we choose to carry ‘Doonesbury,’ we can’t yank the strip every time it deals with a highly charged issue.”

And even the Washington Post is too embarrassed not to run it. 

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