Selective Thoughts

Bruce Bialosky

11/26/2012 12:01:00 AM - Bruce Bialosky

Five years ago while driving my son Sam to The University of Kansas, we stopped to get gas off the I-70 in the western part of the state. There was a rather large market adjacent to the gas pumps which we entered to buy some drinks. There was a massive display of Hostess products. The entire family of delicious treats was on there – Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ding-Dongs, Fruits Pies and Snowballs. I knew I was no longer in California as I never see them in health-obsessed Los Angeles.

Now they will all be gone unless someone buys them out of bankruptcy. A slice of America is disappearing which I will miss even if I have not had one for over forty years.

More importantly, Wonder Bread will not be made any longer. Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City, which was founded in the 1920’s, may be the best darn ‘Q in America and has a real dilemma. They are probably the largest user of Wonder Bread in the world. It was always a slice of life to go in there and see an untold number of loaves stacked up ready to be provided to the endless line of customers streaming through for ribs or pulled pork or burnt ends. I am sure they never counted on this …

Spending two weeks in Ohio working on the campaign produced many memorable experiences, but at the top was the sticker shock. Everything was so much cheaper. After driving from our home base in Columbus to Cleveland to see our friends Dennis Prager and Michael Medved, who were appearing with Hugh Hewitt and Jon Voight, we went to get gas for the ride home. I called my wife who was filling up in Los Angeles at the time. I was paying exactly one dollar less per gallon than she was for gas. But she had the honor of being in the Golden State!

Benghazi has certainly turned out to be one of the juicier political stories in a long, long time.

It will be interesting to see when the first Democrat turns on the Administration and their series of falsehoods and surrealistic assertions.

The best moment so far has been when President Obama channeled Elvis Presley to protect his “Little Sister” Susan Rice. The Daily Caller nailed it when they stated Obama set women’s rights back one hundred years by telling the press that the Republicans should come after him and leave her alone. On top of it, he’s thinking of nominating her for Secretary of State. If she cannot handle this criticism, how is she going to handle Mahmoud Abbas or Vladimir Putin?

The other best part of the news conference was when the Chicago Tribune’s White House reporter, Christi Parsons, thought she was at a Tom Jones concert and seemed ready to throw her panties at the President. Her gushing was nauseating. It was an embarrassment for modern journalism, the press corps and the Chicago Tribune. The fact that she was not either suspended or fired is indicative of the reason why the press is held in such low regard today.

The Susan Rice issue could have been headed off if just one of the five Sunday talk show hosts would have just said “Why are you here.” It was illogical that she was there in the first place. There are probably two reasons they did not ask here that. First, they want to get guests from the White House and did not want to get cut off. Second, because she is a woman and they still play patty cake with female guests.

Now that the Miami Marlins have dumped many of their most valuable players a year after being handed an expensive new stadium by the local government – funded with the public’s money -- maybe this stupidity will stop. If a professional team wants an expensive new stadium that will bring them oodles of new revenue, they should fund it themselves. Elected officials should stop acting like country bumpkins in dealing with the billionaire owners. Of course, the problem lies in the fact that the local officials are spending OPM (other people’s money).

In most Administrations that have a second term, a lot of people exit because they want to go make money. This Administration could be different. Where would Hilda Solis at Labor go to other than to work at a union? Kathleen Sebelius probably wants to hang around to make sure all her friends get exemptions from ObamaCare while the rest of us get stuck abiding by all the nonsensical rules she makes up. Hillary seems to be one of the few who actually has a life. And I am sure someone will pay Geithner big dollars for his access to the Administration. Other than that, you have a group of people who never worked in private industry so another four years with a job is a delight for them.

Unfortunately, you may be the one without a job.

Since we don’t have immigration reform except in the minds of a few people,let me bring back a golden oldie from a prior Selective Thoughts that no one has answered yet:

Obama’s new policy ignores “qualified” illegal immigrants who are under the age of 30. We’ll be giving these young people special treatment because they were supposedly brought here through no fault of their own.

So here’s the big question: Does this mean that we’re going to leave the kids here and send back their parents?

I have previously excoriated David Letterman for letting his left-wing politics infect his show. At least he continues a time-honored tradition of having young comics on the show like Johnny Carson did for 30 years.

On the other hand, Jay Leno virtually never has a stand-up comedian perform on the show, which is particularly odd since he still works every week at a comedy club in Hermosa Beach and must interact with a lot of young comedians. Someone needs to remind Jay that The Tonight Show is supposed to be a comedy show and it would be nice if someone other than he was responsible for the yucks.

Nice to see Hillary is going to the Middle East. Since Benghazi she has been MIA and I was about to send out a search party.