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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Eat This (or: Subjectio Ergo Sum)

Set down the victory champagne. He's still in charge -- as are his ideological minions seeded across the government.

W isn't about to go bipartisan when there's still so much compassionate conservatism to ladle out.

Turns out the best way to fight hunger in Bush 43's administration isn't to get food to the famished but to simply stop calling the foodless ``hungry.''

Every year, the Agriculture Department issues a report that measures Americans' access to food, and it has consistently used the word "hunger" to describe those who can least afford to put food on the table. But not this year.

Mark Nord, the lead author of the report, said "hungry" is "not a scientifically accurate term for the specific phenomenon being measured in the food security survey." Nord, a USDA sociologist, said, "We don't have a measure of that condition."

The USDA said that 12 percent of Americans -- 35 million people -- could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times. Beginning this year, the USDA has determined "very low food security" to be a more scientifically palatable description for that group. (Washington Post; 11-16)

Brilliant. (Aside from that whole ``more scientifically palatable" mumbo-jumbo -- which is starkly out of place with the rest of this administration's revelational M.O.)

If we stop acknowledging the problem itself, it will go away. How Zen!

American students falling behind their global peers? No Child Left Behind!

Gay-bashing? Defense of Marriage!

Atmospheric pollution? Shrinking woodlands? Clear Skies! Healthy Forests!

Obviously, there are those who don't get it. There are people, eggheads and nitpickers mostly, who insist on calling things as they grimly are instead of how they might be. This helps explain why we never saw Katrina for the blessing it was. It wasn't a horrible natural calamity -- it was simply an unanticipated water surplus. And who doesn't love water?!?!


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