Turning Over New Leaf

Friday, April 17, 2015

Take Me to Your Leader

Paltrow’s Choice Groceries for the Poor

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, British resident and self-proclaimed American political analyst, has entertained us once again, as most Hollywood celebrities do quite often.

Ms. Paltrow announced her political analysis of world religion in 2012 by stating in public, “I don’t believe in religion. I believe in spirituality. Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world. I don’t believe in organized religion at all. It’s what separates people.” She is certainly entitled to that opinion. She explained to the uninformed residents of the world that religion causes war and no one should adopt a religion.
Oh oh. She then appeared on the British TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” and proudly announced her Jewish ancestry, declaring that she would raise her two children Jewish. Well, that’s good. Maybe she saw the light. She might have discovered that Judaism is not a warrior religion hell-bent on world domination when someone read The Simpleton Book of Religion and Politics to her at bedtime.

Of course, she continued to exercise her political prowess and, as you may recall, she hosted a fund raiser for President Obama at her home. That’s a good thing, especially when she was called upon to give her introductory speech. Oh oh. It did not go so well. She was, however, capable of outlining the basics of her political expertise to the leader of the Free World by uttering into the microphone: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

I am sure we can all understand and forgive her. Hollywood has. However, on her recent return from Planet Airhead, Paltrow entertained us once again. She decided she was an average American – just like some other politicians we know. Then, Chef Mario Batali challenged the actress to feed her family for a week on a $29 food budget, which was the same amount low income families receive through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  
Since she grew up wealthy, Paltrow set out to prove she was in touch with those living at the poverty level. She decided to struggle as the poor struggle. Oh oh. It did not go so well. Her attempt to score political points by accepting the Food Stamp challenge failed. She did not realize how difficult it is for poverty-stricken Americans to go four days without organic cilantro.

Gwyneth, in the future, when you and your Hollywood colleagues consider dabbling in politics, try completing this sentence first: “Render unto Caesar . . .”


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Can You Identify This Little Character?

lli Pika

Can You Identify This Little Character?

Endemic to China, this little creature, approximately eight inches in length, is akin to both a rabbit and a panda. Very little is known about this species of animal. It was discovered in the early 1980s, and has rarely been spotted since that time. In fact, one had not been seen in twenty years.

Last summer, after two decades, the Ili pika was finally sighted and photographed (above) by its original discoverer, Wei-dong Li. The long-eared, teddy bear-like creature is not out of the woods yet. It is now an endangered species, since its numbers have dwindled from several thousand to rarely spotted in the last two decades. Its biggest problem is atmospheric pollution for which China is famous.  

I tried to find out as much as I could about the Ili pika, but most of the information available online emanates from far-left environmental websites using the animals’ demise as proof for global warming claims. From what I can see, however, it is neither West Virginia coal miners, nor the Canadian Keystone pipeline that threatens this species.
China has no interest in preventing extinctions by controlling the tremendous amount of pollution its government causes. The world must rely on “green energy” college graduate activists without jobs to promise votes to politicians who in turn waste time passing laws to oversee the use of your living room fireplace.

In the interim, as an animal lover, I remain saddened by the stupidity of mankind.

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