We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Leaving this morning for an out-doorsy weekend. This pic made me notice how filthy my keyboard is. I need to run it through the dishwasher.
We discussed the rise of the black middle class earlier this week. Here's one piece on that. A quote:
Larry Tye helped answer an ages-old question: How did a high percentage of black people, who toiled as slaves and suffered under Jim Crow laws, shed that oppression to live middle-class lives and enjoy the American dream?
I have no idea why anybody listens to him at all, but I am not surprised. I remember when he was found to have a mistress and "love child", a friend said that was the end of him, but I disagreed. The people who listen to him have no moral scruples for their heroes (Bill Clinton being another example). Since that is true, that shows his followers are only playing political games and have no concern for society or truth.
1. Happy Meal toys are a form of commercial speech. The City of San Francisco does not have the authority to restrict commercial speech absent fraud. But the city commissioners (more like commisars) really want to drive McDonald's and their ilk and kith and kin out of the city. I assume any normal people still in the city are there because of an underwater house or a job that's hard to replace. Run, my friends, run!
2. Our hot-dog-vending friend is a tough case to empathize with. In the bad old days of street vendors, people got very sick from dirty food. It still happens. I love resourceful entrepreneurship, but I also like my colon.
3. Re God vs Government: I personally believe in a Divinity who may, rarely, intervene in human events but I think God mostly doesn't. I also know the government has very limited ability to solve problems. So where do I fit in?
A columnist who obviously does not know what he is writing about.
Kids don't live on McDonald's food and there is no way an occasional meal there will make them fat. Saying that is just away to avoid responsibility and shift blame.
Furthermore, hamburgers are good for you. A hamburger is basically a hot beef sandwich. Beef is one of the most nutritious foods one can eat and bread... well bread has long been considered the staff of life.
Obesity is caused because calories consumed exceed calories burned. It is as simple as that. It has nothing to do with the food being processed versus being consumed raw.
You wanna get thin? Change the equation. Work harder and eat less.
The columnist on the Happy Meals justifies the ban in part with the following statement:
"I was an obese child, and precisely for the reasons progressives point to: I ate hamburgers far too often. My parents, like many well-meaning adults back then and now, would have preferred me to gobble down fruit and whole-grain bread, just as they would have preferred me to play with handcrafted birch-wood toys instead of Six Million Dollar Man figurines. But I wailed like a car alarm until I got what I wanted."
I told him that no, he didn't get fat because McDonalds was marketing hamburgers - he got fat because his parents decided they'd rather be his friends than his parents. If his parents had withheld TV for a day every time he'd wailed, or smacked him on his butt - in other words, if they'd done their job - he wouldn't have gotten fat.
But no. So, here he is, years later, still wailing like a car alarm blaming outside factors for his problems instead of taking personal responsibility for them. And expecting everyone else to change to accomodate his issues. I'll bet there's a lot stronger correlation between "wailed like a car alarm when I was a kid and got what I wanted" and "apologist for Statist control when I grew up" than there is between "ate hamburgers" and "got fat".
BD, we need to work on reducing the wear on your shoulder with some home brewed low velocity loads, or RST's if you prefer to resist tinkering.
Hope you had a good one. It has been an enjoyable season so far.