Uncommon Sense

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You’re too stupid to make good decisions, government should make them for you

The USDA awarded $2 million to practice psycological manipulation of school kids in efforts to improve their “choices” of food during lunch because you and your kids can’t be trusted to make good decisions:

Across the nation, many schools are already taking steps to provide students with healthier meals and the nutrition knowledge to make healthier choices. However, it is well recognized that understanding the value of a healthy diet does not always translate into healthy choices. Research has shown that good intentions may not be enough: when choosing what or how much to eat, we may be unconsciously influenced….

USDA Funds Research on Improving Child Nutrition Programs Through Behavioral Economics
October 12, 2010 by Mary Reardon (USDA)

Here are some of the studies the UDSA is paying for:

Using Nudges From Cafeterias and Parents To Encourage Healthy Food Choices at School

Nudging High School Students Toward Better School Lunch Food Choices: Planning for Behavioral Economic Interventions in West Virginia

Using Positive Deviance Principles To Identify Best Practices of Choice Architecture and Build Research Capacity With School Food Authorities

Children’s Food Choices: Understanding Defaults

Did you catch that stuff about “choice architecture”? It looks like the options made available will be modified to give the illusion that the students are making their own choices about their food, “nudging” them to be more likely to actually consume the healthier stuff.

But the AP doesn’t see this as manipulation or social engineering. No, the AP report on this apparently didn’t challenge the “incentivizing” narrative of the government program. Ever wonder what makes a reporter choose to challenge the official story as opposed to simply report it?
School cafeterias to try psychology in lunch line.

Do you see any patterns here? Anything like food Nazis?

No-Oreo zone: Kids at school can’t bring processed food
April 4, 2010 by Stephanie Innes

A Crackdown on Bake Sales in City Schools
October 2, 2010 by JENNIFER MEDINA

The sandwich they tried to ban
April 30, 2010 by Luke Leitch

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White House and media ramp up anti-capitalist hype with false accusations

Mark Shields: White House Made Up Chamber of Commerce Foreign Money Story
October 16, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

Is our impartial news media fully reporting on this issue, particularly on the total lack of evidence for the charge?

Media Parrot Far-left Blog’s Smear Campaign Against Chamber of Commerce, Ignore Identical Activities by Unions
October 6, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

Chris Matthews: Chamber of Commerce Causing Unemployment, Hurting Economy
October 13, 2010 by Noel Shepherd

Media Expand Left-Wing Attack on Chamber of Commerce over ‘Foreign’ Contributions
October 14, 2010 by Julia A. Seymour

U.S. Chamber of ‘Terror Companies’? Could the White House unsubstantiated allegations be retaliation against the Chamber for an unfavorable press release?
October 15, 2010 by Tim Graham

U.S. Chamber warns of ‘double-dip’ recession because of Dem policies

At least some in the media are questing the baseless charges.

Time’s Klein Harps on Chamber’s ‘Foreign Money’ While Leftist Mother Jones Mag Says Complaint Is Weak

Have you heard of any of these stories?

Chamber of Commerce Blasts Media for Shoddy Coverage of Unsubstantiated ThinkProgress Smear
October 8, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

Krauthammer: W.H. Chamber Accusations ‘Reptilian Desperation,’ ‘Oozes of Slime and Innuendo’
October 11, 2010 by Jeff Poor

Hume Asks About Undisclosed ’08 Obama Donors in Wake of W.H.’s Chamber Witch Hunt
October 12, 2010 by Jeff Poor

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Democrat says ‘Elections Are Not the Time to Educate People’

Howard Dean: ‘Elections Are Not the Time to Educate People’
October 18, 2010 by Penny Starr

(CNSNews.com) – Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says Democrats campaigning for the Nov. 2 mid-term elections should wait until they win before “educating” constituents about the benefits they will derive from the health care law signed into law by President Barack Obama in March.

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, asked Dean on Saturday why Democrats are not touting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while campaigning.

“I don’t think we should be making the case right now,” Dean said. “Elections are not the time to educate people. You win the election, then you educate people afterwards,” Dean said.

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Think you know Sarah Palin?

Five myths about Sarah Palin
October 17, 2010 by Matthew Continetti

Think you know Sarah Palin? The former Alaska governor has been in the spotlight ever since John McCain named her as his running mate on Aug. 29, 2008. Yet, while practically everybody has an opinion about Palin, not all of those opinions are grounded in reality. Many of them are based more on a “Saturday Night Live” caricature than on the living, breathing, 46-year-old mother of five. The real Sarah Palin is a complex woman who has risen in no time from obscurity to the stratosphere of American politics, fusing celebrity and populism in novel ways. Now that she’s laying the foundation for a possible presidential run in 2012, it’s worth taking a moment to separate the facts about Palin from the fables.

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If you watch the Plame movie, remember the real history first

Plame and the ‘Bush Lied’ Meme
August 29, 2006 by Jack Kelly

Mr. Wilson’s charge was important because it marked the beginning of the “Bush lied” meme about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But investigations by the Senate Intelligence Committee; the Robb-Silberman Commission on prewar intelligence, and the British Butler Commission all concluded it was Mr. Wilson who was not telling the truth. Saddam had indeed tried to buy uranium in Africa, as even Mr. Wilson himself had acknowledged to the CIA officers who debriefed him after his Niger trip.

One of the false claims Mr. Wilson made was that he had been sent to Niger at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney. In his July 14, 2003 column, Robert Novak disclosed that he had been sent instead at the insistence of his wife, Valerie Plame, who worked at the CIA.

Ms. Plame had once been an undercover operative. Concern was expressed that the leaker had violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

The Wilson-Plame-Novak-Rove Blame Game
November 23, 2005 by Factcheck.org

Armitage: Joe Told Everyone About Wife
February 13th, 2007 by Sweetness and Light

Whopper: Joseph Wilson
December 3, 2003 by Timothy Noah

My Role in the Valerie Plame Leak Story
July 12, 2006 by Robert Novak

Armitage leaked Plame, but Fitzgerald blames Bush?
by Mark Kilmer

Was Plame covert? Conservative commentators weigh in
June 6, 2007 by Alex Koppelman

MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, whose father, Richard Carlson, is on the advisory committee for the fund set up to help pay for Libby’s defense, told Salon that he believes the CIA was defining Plame as covert at the time of Novak’s column, but questioned the definition.

“If it is in fact true that she had served under nonofficial cover and was then working at Langley, the story is why was CIA calling her covert? … I’m covert too, how does that sound? What does that mean?” Carlson said. “CIA clearly didn’t really give a shit about keeping her identity secret….

Was She Covert?
March 22, 2007 by Robert D. Novak

As House intelligence committee chairman when Republicans controlled Congress, Hoekstra had tried repeatedly to learn Plame’s status from the CIA but got only double talk from Langley. Waxman, 67, the 17-term congressman from Beverly Hills, may be a bully and a partisan. But he is no fool who would misrepresent the director of central intelligence. Waxman was correctly quoting Hayden. But Hayden, in a conference with Hoekstra yesterday, still did not answer whether Plame was covert under the terms of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

The former CIA employee’s status is critical to the attempted political rehabilitation of former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife. The Democratic target always has been Karl Rove, President Bush’s principal adviser. The purpose of last week’s hearing was to blame Rove for “outing” Plame, in preparation for revoking his security clearance.

Claims of a White House plot became so discredited that Wilson was cut out of Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign by the summer of 2004. Last week’s hearing attempted to revive a dormant issue. The glamorous Mrs. Wilson was depicted as the victim of White House machinations that aborted her career in intelligence.

Waxman and Democratic colleagues did not ask these pertinent questions: Had not Plame been outed years ago by a Soviet agent? Was she not on an administrative, not operational, track at Langley? How could she be covert if, in public view, she drove to work each day at Langley? What about comments to me by then CIA spokesman Bill Harlow that Plame never would be given another foreign assignment? What about testimony to the FBI that her CIA employment was common knowledge in Washington?

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Book thrown at Obama, media not as interested as shoe thrown at Bush

Obama has the book thrown at him: Moment a missile narrowly misses U.S. President’s head (and what’s with the naked man?)
October 11, 2010 by Daily Mail Reporter

This is the astonishing moment a book was apparently hurled at the head of President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Philadelphia.

The flying missile narrowly missed hitting the President yesterday.

It is not clear what the book was, where it came from in the crowd, or why it was thrown at Mr Obama – who did not appear to notice the danger.

The bizarre incident recalled the moment in 2008 when an angry Iraqi journalist hurled a shoe at then-U.S. President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.

The surprisingly nimble Mr Bush ducked the shoe – and the moment became immortalised with online parodies and internet video games.

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Progressivism vs Reality – national debt is a myth?

Rep. Phil Hare Explains that the $13.3 Trillion Debt is a Myth

Is this ideology or idiocy?

“Everyday that I am here is going to be spent, debunking the MYTH, that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend. Well you can spend.”-Rep. Phil Hare, D-IL

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Racism, anti-Americanism and idiocy at the OneNation rally

15 Photos From the #OneNation Rally You’ll Never See In Legacy Media
OCTOBER 02, 2010 by Doug Ross

We are supposed to believe the Tea Party is a bunch of racist, intolerant un-American idiots, and the leftists are supposed to be the opposite. It turns out the dominant narrative is backwards. But don’t bother looking for the truth on the matter in the main stream news media.

ABC Sanitizes Left Wing Rally, Excludes Communist and Socialist Signs
October 4, 2010 by Scott Whitlock

Good Morning America on Sunday recapped the liberal One Nation rally held on the nation’s capital, Saturday, but skipped any mention of the socialist and Communist themed signs seen during the march.

These are some of the signs that were featured during reporter Tahman Bradley’s segment: “”Peace, justice, equality, hope, change,” “Fair trade, not free trade,” “Educate every child,” “Full and fair employment” and “Silence GOP lies.” However, signs with the Communist Party USA logo, posters reading “Capitalism is failing, socialism is the alternative” and “Build a socialist alternative” were not.

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Democrats Put Us In This Situation

Jobless Advocate Shocks Ed Schultz: Democrats Put Us In This Situation
September 30, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

Ed Schultz must have had the shock of his life Thursday when a jobless advocate told him, “It was the Democrats that caused us to be in the situation that we’re in.”

Mignon Veasley-Fields is a 61-year-old Los Angeles grandmother who has been out of work since June 2008. Her unemployment benefits ran out over three months ago.

Since then, she has been bringing attention to the long-term unemployed in this nation referred to as “99ers” signifying the number of weeks they received benefits before they stopped.

In recent weeks, a new group has emerged called the 99er NOVOs: they are so angered by Washington that they are refusing to vote in the upcoming elections.

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