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Feb022012

Michelle Obama Out Push-Ups Ellen DeGeneres As Million Moms Denouces JC Penney for Hiring Popular Talk Show Host

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America’s First Lady Michelle Obama won a push-up challenge with Ellen DeGeneres, knocking out an impressive 25 in front of the audience.During a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show airing today, America’s First Lady Michelle Obama accepted and won a challenge from Degeneres to see who could do more push-ups on the spot. Michelle was appearing to promote her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, which stresses the need to exercise in America’s battle against obesity.

Michelle Obama’s Push Ups

“And I thought it wouldn’t be good to show up the first lady,” retorted Degeneres. “So, I stopped because I thought this looks bad that I’m going to beat her. And I’m 54 and you’re 48. Let’s make sure we know.” via ABC

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You’re talking to somebody who directed traffic in the middle of Sixth Avenue, when New York went dark in “Son of Sam” summer.

Decending 62 floors of late-night darkness with only a candle, I had a terrified, weeping Spanish cleaning woman in tow. “It’s all right,” I kept telling her. “You can lean on me. Come on, you can do it. You’ll be fine.” Anne

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McDonald’s Abandons Use of ‘Pink Slime’ in Burgers

MSNBC reports that McDonald’s has eliminated the use of ammonium hydroxide in its hamburger meat. Denying that the decision had anothing to do with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign to get amonium-treated chicken and beef out of the US food supply, the company agrees that an ingredient used in fertilizers, household cleaners and some ‘roll-your-own- explosives doesn’t belong in its Big Macs.

Ah yes, Timothy McVeigh used 1625 kilograms of ammonium hydroxide to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The US Agriculture Department classifies ammonium hydroxide as ‘generally recognized as safe.’

British chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign began in April when he called for the elimination of ‘pink slime’ on his TV show, ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

The use of treated scrap meat “to me as a chef and a food lover is shocking,” Oliver said. “… Basically we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest form for dogs and making it ‘fit’ for humans.” Note that McDonald’s calls the pink slime ‘Select lean beef trimmings’.

Jamie Oliver | 70% of America’s Beef Is Treated with Ammonia

Exercise as Housecleaning for the Body via New York Times

When ticking off the benefits of physical activity, few of us would include intracellular housecleaning. But a new study suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body’s cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects.

AOC Culture Wars

Yesterday’s news focused on the decision of the Susan G Komen Foundation to stop funding breast exams and mammogram referrals for poor women through Planned Parenthood. Today the social conservatives have taken on JC Penney’s decision to hire Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

“Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families,” the million (or so) moms write on their website. “DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.” via Reuters

First a Planned Parenthood update. The backlash against Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been severe, probably because the transparency of the timing of their action is so obvious to thinking people. When you hire a woman named Karen Handel, who is an avowed opponent of Planned Parenthood as your Senior Vice President for Public Policy in April 2011, and then amend your bylaws prohibiting funding any organization under investigation, after a Republican has launched one of Planned Parenthood in Congress, the general public really isn’t that stupid as to your intentions.

Many Republican moderate and even prolife women are astonished that Komen would hijack breast exams for poor women without a backup plan, which they do not have.

“Komen has placed its supporters in the untenable position of aligning themselves with acquiescence to the agenda of the religious right, or aligning themselves with health care and breast cancer organizations that will not bow to such pressures,” said Calif state Sen. Alex Padilla said, formerly one of Komen’s ‘Pink Tie Guys’.

“The choice is clear to me. I choose the latter.”

Anne of Carversville also supports Planned Parenthood, and Anne has signed the petition condemning Komen’s decision. In its 7th new goal, the petition has garnered 61,543 signatures in a little over 24 hours.