Jerry Lewis To Retire From Labor Day Telethon

Labor Day will no long be the same without Jerry Lewis.

Comedian Jerry Lewis has announced he’s ending his 45-year run as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, saying it’s “time for an all new telethon era.”

“As a labor of love, I’ve hosted the annual telethon since 1966 and I’ll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’” Lewis said.

In an effort to boost viewership and income, this year’s telethon will be shortened to six hours — rather than the normal 21 and a half — and is scheduled for Sept. 4.

The annual telethons have raised more than $1 billion under the care of Lewis, 85, according to the AP. The comedian, who has been suffering from a back condition, said he’ll stay on as national MDA chairman.

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Funny Thing About Matt Drudge

Can you image the bold headlines and countless links that Matt Drudge would have posted if a married liberal elected official had impregnated a household staffer, and kept the news hidden from the voters for a decade?

Matt Drudge would go nuts with the news!  His conservative brain cell would bang endlessly within the confines of his skull.

So I am amused that there is not even one linked story on his site (as of noon 5/17) about Arnold Schwarzenegger who fathered a child more than 10 years ago outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver.


U.S. Government Declares War On Potatoes

Disclaimer:  I love potatoes.  Always have, always will. There is hardly a day that goes by without potatoes in my diet   When I can’t locate real mashed potatoes in restaurants I get snarly.  As a kid whipped mashed potatoes were the first thing  my mom would start my stomach on after a harsh bout of the flu.  I recall at the Montgomery Ward store in Stevens Point one of the older workers telling my mom about the perfect way to make homemade potato soup.  On a cold winter night is there a more perfect comfort food than cheesy potatoes?  In countless ways the potato remains a true gem in the kitchen, and a delight on any table.

Which leads me to the war on this vegetable from my own government!

When I read this article today I was sure the world turned upside down at some point and I was just not informed.  While I understand there is an anti-carb mood among many in the nation, and there should be less fried foods (french fries) in our diet, there is still a  most unsettled feeling I get from this story.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to eliminate the “white potato”—defined as any variety but the sweet potato—from federally subsidized school breakfasts and to limit them sharply at lunch.

Messing with a stalwart like the spud doesn’t go well with the potato industry, school cafeteria directors and legislators from potato-growing regions. They’re fighting to see that in schools, no potato is left behind.

The proposed change is part of a push to make school meals healthier, with more nutrient-rich vegetables and fewer French fries. Under the USDA proposal, school cafeterias would have to limit starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn, peas and lima beans to a total of one cup per week for lunch.

Last year, the government said participants in the USDA’s program for low-income pregnant women and their children couldn’t use federal money to buy white potatoes. The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, made the recommendation, arguing most people already eat enough potatoes and should be encouraged to eat other vegetables.

The white potato was the only veggie excluded, a slight that so infuriated the head of the Washington State Potato Commission that he went on a 60-day, all-potato diet to illustrate that the spud is wholesome.

Tommy Thompson Tells Friends He Will Run For U.S. Senate

If we had not been down this road so many times before with Tommy Thompson we might all think this is for real.  On the other hand this might be the time that Tommy Thompson does enter the political  arena again.  Still, is it not sad to watch when someone who had their day in the sun can not seem to step off the stage?  The continuous on-again, off-again chatter about Thompson’s potential political races makes him look smaller, and his life seem not so content.  Happy folks are not always seeking something bigger.

From Politico.

Tommy Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor and U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, has told friends he plans to run for the Senate seat in Wisconsin that is opening with the retirement of Sen. Herb Kohl (D). Thompson’s announcement gives Republicans a popular former two-term governor of the state to seriously challenge for this toss-up seat.