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Monday, August 31. 2009
People hate it when I burst their bubbles about eating habits, but facts are facts. Everybody likes to imagine that they can control their health by what they eat, but there is no real evidence for that unless you are starving to death or fat as a pig. (Ordinary American fatness has minimal health effects, but major aesthetic effects).
Here are some real facts for readers who fuss about their food. In my view, unless you are on a serious diet, anybody who fusses overly much about what and when they eat has an eating symptom. Harmless enough, but a symptom.
(Everybody has his share of neurotic symptoms. It's human.)
I will say it again: the only reason to fuss with your food is to make it taste good - and to stay skinny and fit so you look good, have endurance, and do not offend others with your unpleasant appearance.
Hey, honey. Get that beer man over here. I need a cold one or two to go with my Sabrett's.
Prof. James Duane. h/t, Coyote. Entertaining and essential advice for the innocent and the guilty.
"I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money...."
One quote from the non-technical post at Neurophilosophy:
Are Green Shirts the new Brown Shirts? “Shockingly, opponents to Obamacare are being bullied, and consent manufactured by the White House and Obama activists.”
Via Gateway Pundit: “I find it ironic that Obama gave a eulogy for Ted Kennedy when Obama's friend, Bill Ayers, dedicated his book to Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of Bobby Kennedy.”
They’re All Champs:
Via Tom Maguire: “Deborah Solomon of the Times plays twenty questions with Tom Daschle on health care reform, but the tax scammer doesn't have twenty good answers. Per Daschle, all the Dems need to do to win the health care debate is guilt-trip the nation into picking up the tab for the downtrodden.”
My friend Judith Klinghoffer discusses Obama, Third World Style Leader?
Idle young should be entitled to nothing. -- Outstanding read-it-aller!
On this subject, Maimonides’ highest level of tzedakah (usually translated as “charity”, but more properly tzedakah translates as “righteousness”; “charity” is related, in going beyond what is minimal).
Some is good. Excess is not. From Insty:
Did she ask the baby?
It’s going to be one heck of a book by Cheney!
Why I am Anti-Republican. Worth thinking about, from a Reaganite. But, is he being the purist he accuses others of being, or the my-way-or-the-highway type he says he rejects?
A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus:
As Our Enemies Rejoice . . . “Let’s pretend we are a foreign intelligence service trying to assess the state of American counterterrorism efforts….”
Mens Underwear Index: “Here's the theory, briefly: Sales of men's underwear typically are stable because they rank as a necessity. But during times of severe financial strain, men will try to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to dip.”
I’m outa here!
Preparing for 2010. + Ed Morrissey opines: “Maybe the question isn’t so much whether the GOP can win back control of the house, but how quickly that possibility has arisen since Democrats took full control of the Beltway.” Then, Ed raises the ifs-ands-and-buts.
Likely voters: Obama -11%, 30% strongly approve vs 41% strongly disapprove; rest are up for grabs or grabbing lunch or not paying attention as busy working to pay taxes.
Obama = Ivy-League Huey Long, says George Will
“And now, my Famous All-Time All-Jewish Baseball Team, including some backup players”
Without major personnel changes, the Khmer Rouge trial risks descending into farce.
Reuters notes, “Most economists in the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) semi-annual poll were concerned about the outlook for the
My friend Richard Fernandez: Santa Claus versus the Martians
“Higher human needs”! Study: “We find significant differences in the response of donations to taxes across different types of charities. Donations to charities that provide basic goods and services to humans in need appear to be unresponsive to tax incentives, while donations to charities that appeal to higher human needs, animals, and the environment are very sensitive to tax incentives.” In other words, we help the needy, regardless of tax benefits, but the government has to incent us to give to those deemed deserving by government.