TheDC Morning: PETA, the enemy within?

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.) PETA, the enemy within? — Has our government been infiltrated? Not by the Muslim Brotherhood, but by a force nearly as contemptible: PETA. TheDC’s Caroline May reports:

“On Wednesday, Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran called on Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to explain why the agency’s employee newsletter encouraged them to not eat meat and participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative for the environment. ‘One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the Meatless Monday initiative,’ The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) July 23, 2012 ‘Greening Headquarters Update‘ read. ‘This international effort, as the name implies, encourages people not to eat meat on Mondays. Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaign Inc. in association with the John Hopkins School of Public Health.'”

Oh dear. This looks bad. We need a Joe McCarthy of PETA and we need one fast if we are to save this country from the vegetarian abyss.

2.) Sullivan Snaps — Even Andrew Sullivan, who usually plays offensive guard for President Obama, was disturbed with the president’s ‘you didn’t build that’ comments from last week. TheDC’s Matt Lewis reports:

“And even Andrew Sullivan, one of Obama’s foremost advocates, described the gaffe as ‘Obama’s Biggest Blunder Yet’: ‘But whatever success I have had is also due to my own efforts. I was the first in my family to go to college and became a classic American immigrant – arriving with a scholarship and now living my own small version of the American Dream. Six other people now have jobs because I spent six years blogging for nothing. Producing the kind of output on the Dish for twelve years is something you have to be devoted to. It takes real elbow grease. I’m ok with paying half my income to various levels of government as the price of having this opportunity, but I’d rather not be told I’m lucky not to pay much more. Or that I somehow owe much of it to someone else I don’t know.'”

Rule #1 for the Obama campaign: When Andrew Sullivan is lambasting you, things aren’t going well.

3.) Queen of hell — Sorry ladies, it looks like Kim Jong-un is taken. Ryan Lovelace reports for TheDC:

“North Korea’s state-run news media identified Ri Sol-Ju as dictator Kim Jong-un’s spouse on Wednesday … The notoriously tight-lipped North Korean media’s revelation is seen as an attempt to broaden Kim Jong-un’s appeal among women and emphasize his maturity, North Korea Cheong Seong-chang analyst told the Times.”

Oh yes, because the North Korean regime is always so worried about what their starving populace thinks of it. But let’s pretend  Kim Jong-un actually wants to broaden his appeal. Why not try closing down the concentration camps? Or instituting a less batshit insane economic policy so the North Korean people can become prosperous enough to buy food? Or, preferably, why not declare the end of the regime, which is the closest approximation of hell on earth?

4.) Iranian nuclear sabotage has just gone from effective to awesome — Matt Pitchford reports for TheDC:

“Iran’s nuclear program has been thunderstruck for the third time. According to an email publicly released by the Finnish digital security firm F-secure, a new virus has shut down part of Iran’s nuclear program and also blasts AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ at full volume in the middle of the night.”

5.) Poll of the Day: With Condi on ticket, Romney tied to Obama in PAPPP poll of Pennsylvania with Condi Rice listed as Mitt Romney’s running mate: Romney-Rice 45%, Obama-Biden 45%. In a straight matchup without anyone listed as Romney’s running mate, Obama leads Romney in Pennsylvania by six percentage points, according to the poll.

6.) Tweet of Yesterday — Albert Brooks: Just arrived in Beijing for the Olympics. These buildings do not look like they’re ready for Friday.

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