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The Tea Party Jumps the Shark
The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Mardi Harrison, Community Blogger

Posted on 06/05/2014 8:43:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Watching the Tea Party consistently object to everything and anything the Obama administration has proposed over these 5 years has certainly been frustrating to those of us who believe that government can play a positive and valuable part in the lives of the citizenry.

In another column I listed just some of the initiatives that could have had our economy singing, our people employed, and our citizens enjoying the equal treatment guaranteed to them under our constitution and our laws. Instead, we have the most ineffective congress in history, universal, unrelenting obstruction, and our people and economy continue to struggle. And the Tea Party insults our intelligence by bemoaning that the Obama administration doesn’t accomplish anything. Crazy-making!

But for me, the Tea Party has absolutely jumped the shark with their latest attacks on Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative. If there is one universal imperative that everyone should be thrilled to get behind, it’s raising healthier kids. But as I understand the Tea Party argument – “government has no right to tell me what to feed my kids – if I want to feed them poison in the form of fast foods and junk, well, they’re my kids, and that’s my right.” Sarah Palin personified the position a couple of years ago, when she expressed her opposition to the First Lady’s initiative by delivering cupcakes to a local elementary school. About our children, she was metaphorically – and actually -- saying, “let them eat cake!”

This reaction strikes me as infantile. It’s as though the entire Tea Party is throwing itself on the floor and having a tantrum. “No! I WON’T eat my vegetables! I don’t wanna – and you can’t make me!” What kind of a parent chooses not to feed healthy food to his/her child? What kind of a parent is fine with allowing his/her children to become increasingly obese? What kind of parent would deny healthy food to someone else’s kid? Just what is really going on here?

My hope is this -- that a hatred of our President that is so blind and overwhelming that it manifests in a desire to intentionally harm our children will finally rip the blinders from the public’s eyes, and start them thinking about whether other issues that conservatives have opposed were actually objectionable, or were just another in a long line of otherwise worthy positions that were maligned because of who proposed them.

Or is this something more? The real opposition seems to be to new healthy requirements in school lunch programs. Who are the major beneficiaries of those programs? Poor children. For some of those children, their school lunch is the best meal of their day. But conservative hostility to poor people seems to have no bounds, so are they really saying that not only do poor children not have a right to decent, well-funded schools, but they don’t even have a right to healthy food?

Think I’m imagining things? The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill to mandate that white potatoes be included on the list of foods that women can purchase with their WIC dollars. (These are the same folks who rammed through an “expanded definition of vegetables in school food to include the tomato sauce on pizza). There’s nothing wrong with potatoes – I like potatoes, but studies demonstrate that most women and children already consume plenty of potatoes – what they need is incentive to purchase more fruits and vegetables. This is why the nonpartisan, scientific Institute of Medicine, which advises on WIC standards, has cautioned that white potatoes should not be included in the WIC program.

The current standards are making a difference. In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which set higher nutritional standards for school lunches, and now, 90% of schools report that they are meeting these standards, and guess what? The rate of childhood obesity is declining for the first time ever. I can see why the Tea Party wouldn’t love that – (not!)

Is it just that lazy parents who enjoy junk food themselves don’t want to have to change their own habits? Could they really be so selfish that they’re willing to trash their kids’ health rather than adopt new healthy habits themselves? I think the real answer is much more insidious. Like so many other political issues, you just have to follow the money. There are huge food companies that make a lot of money feeding junk to our kids. It’s a very lucrative income stream that they don’t want to give up. There’s gold in them thar burgers! So, they frame the issue as an infringement on personal freedom, mention that the Obama’s are in favor of healthy food, and a million Tea Party members reflexively hyperventilate and attack the First Lady.

Shouldn’t this be the issue that demonstrates to rational people in this country just how irrational the Tea Party is when they put their ideology of anti-Obamism and obstruction before everything – including their own healthier kids? Won’t this finally be the bridge too far? If not this issue – is there ANY Tea Party position that the citizens of America will decide is too absurd for them to accept?


TOPICS: Food; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: michelleobama; obama; palin; teaparty
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1 posted on 06/05/2014 8:43:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another attack means the Tea Party are still alive while the left thinks that the same old liberal rhetoric is effective ammo and nobody sees through the BS.


2 posted on 06/05/2014 8:44:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Think I’m imagining things?"

Actually for most liberals, "drug-induced hallucination" is a more accurate phrase.

3 posted on 06/05/2014 8:46:23 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess , after reading her ‘commentary’, that Mardi has NO CHILDREN.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 8:46:24 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tell Mardi Harrison, Community Blogger, to ask David Dewhurst if he thinks the Tea Party has jumped the Shark.


5 posted on 06/05/2014 8:46:38 PM PDT by superfries
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s disturbing to see how liberals think.


6 posted on 06/05/2014 8:46:51 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those who have no children have no business pontificating to those who do.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 8:47:51 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The first few sentences were all I needed to know this article is BS. Stopped there.


8 posted on 06/05/2014 8:48:27 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Moonman62

It sure is. I would like to see the contents of this other column full of stuff that “could have” had our economy singing. I bet it’s full of the usual pap.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 8:48:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Olog-hai

I have no doubt that Tea Party kids are far more healthy then Obot kids.
Just get the fricking Communist out of our lives.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 8:48:43 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These people live in an alternate reality. Michelle is the first lady and has no business telling people what to eat. Sadly, the recent research I’ve read indicates carbs of any kind are what is making us fat. Michelle is pushing all of this whole grain stuff which will only make us fatter.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 8:49:09 PM PDT by Essie
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To: Moonman62
It’s disturbing to see how liberals think.

I think it's interesting to see the lengths to which they will go to outwit themselves.

12 posted on 06/05/2014 8:50:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“economy singing” frustrated by grouchy old conservatives ...
Barfarama lama ding dong!

I’ve seen this attitude from my So. CA relatives: “Obama could have achieved so much—if not for the contrary, obstructionist Tea Party swine.”
Of course they know better, but are yellow dog dhimmis. They sound like this deluded blogger.


13 posted on 06/05/2014 8:51:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Watching the Tea Party consistently object to everything and anything the Obama administration has proposed over these 5 years has certainly been frustrating to those of us who believe that government can play a positive and valuable part in the lives of the citizenry.

Lady, why do you insist on believing that when there is absolutely no evidence that government is capable of playing such a role?

Have you any examples of what you claim to be the case? A single one?

Do you have any reason whatsoever to believe that the government spending your money can do more good than you spending your money?

From the outset, your essay rests on a false premise.

14 posted on 06/05/2014 8:51:47 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But... i thought the Tea Party was irrelevant and dead?

HAHAHAHAHAH! Listen to these rubes squirm. Lets CRUSH ‘EM! And Moochelle!


15 posted on 06/05/2014 8:51:58 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: okie01

Notice it says the government “CAN”. Not that it ever has. Typical ‘we can do it!’ troglodyte.


16 posted on 06/05/2014 8:52:48 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SaxxonWoods

“The first few sentences were all I needed to know this article is BS. Stopped there.”

I did too. They are SO obvious.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 8:53:12 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM HEAVEN WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: superfries

Community Organizer..... Community Blogger...... hmmmmmmmm.

Didn’t Obama hire a bunch of ‘community bloggers’ ?


18 posted on 06/05/2014 8:54:07 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ol’ Mardi dumped the snark too often. That’s all for her/him/it.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 8:54:52 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Comments?

My comment is that I think Mardi Harrison, Community Blogger is a huge sycophant for 0. She reeks of irrelevancy.

Here’s one of her “blog posts” where she trips over herself attempting to lick 0’s boots...

http://www.phillyburbs.com/blogs/politically_astute/hanging-with-the-president/article_b2ca9055-cb11-5cdb-8a05-40ef47424bb5.html


20 posted on 06/05/2014 8:55:23 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author thinks that people’s opposition to Obama is driven by hatred? Where has he or she been the past five and and a half years. Obama’s policies are a disaster. That is why people oppose him. Sadly, it’s clear that this article is a product of the irrational hatred some have for the Tea Party. The Tea Party wants to save this country. Obama wants to destroy it.


21 posted on 06/05/2014 8:55:24 PM PDT by Essie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Cute column from Mardi Harrison, Community Blogger.
They are so adorable when they are all p***ed off.
Sometime, after reading their columns, I try to picture them in my mind.
Mardi Harrison, I see as a forty year old feminist with long dreadlocks, kinda fat and really doesn’t get out much.
Or maybe she IS married and her maiden name was Gras.
22 posted on 06/05/2014 8:56:38 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Satire?

The drunken ravings of propagandist Lord Haw Haw after the Nazis had lost?

Obama’s “honesty” has jumped the shark. And the same excuses have been trotted out after each scandal. All of them. They never do settle on ONE excuse...


23 posted on 06/05/2014 8:57:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We were eating broccoli earlier tonight. Two of my children asked if there was butter on it. And salt. Then they talked about how awful the broccoli at school is because it has no butter or salt or cheese. Lol. I told them why it is so tasteless. They continued to eat our broccoli and to talk about other nasty tasting vegetables at school. Like green beans that taste like cardboard. Our youngest son used to like a lot of foods, but he goes for junk food now at every opportunity. He thinks everything is going to taste “nasty” like school food. So we are working on giving him vegetables that taste good this summer. He would eat breakfast at school. (Breakfast is “free” for every student and served in the classrooms.) they have things like sausage biscuits or croissants. Sometimes they had pop tarts. They also had muffins and fruit. Most of the children ate their fruit and drank their milk. Lunch was another story. I saw so much food thrown away. No one likes cardboard pasta. Or cardboard tortillas. Lol

I don’t have a problem with schools serving food that isn’t loaded with preservatives and MSG. I do have a problem with mandates from DC.


24 posted on 06/05/2014 8:57:47 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mardi Harrison, lawyer

25 posted on 06/05/2014 9:00:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Which one?


26 posted on 06/05/2014 9:01:37 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mardi Harrison
Realtor/Attorney/ProblemSolver at Keller Williams/Mardi Harrison Esq.
Greater Philadelphia Area Law Practice


27 posted on 06/05/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

28 posted on 06/05/2014 9:02:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For those who might be interested, Mardi Harrison is an attorney specializing in employment law.

Mardi Harrison, Esq.

Her firm's URL is...SueTheBoss.com

I.e., she's not an ambulance-chaser, she's a grievance-chaser.

29 posted on 06/05/2014 9:03:48 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: GeronL; Moonman62
Well............. I could not find her blog with the 'economy singing' pap, but I did find this.

Read it (if you haven't eaten recently and can refrain from gagging) and you will see WHY she wrote this particular article.

Hanging with the President

30 posted on 06/05/2014 9:04:18 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Watching the Tea Party consistently object to everything and anything the Obama administration has proposed over these 5 years has certainly been frustrating to those of us who believe that government can play a positive and valuable part in the lives of the citizenry.

LOL yeah right. Not this government!

31 posted on 06/05/2014 9:06:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“This reaction strikes me as infantile.”

Seems to me she’s the infantile one - she’s so helpless and stupid she needs the government to tell her what she must feed her kids.


32 posted on 06/05/2014 9:06:41 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

STFU Mardi and get out of the way. You lose.


33 posted on 06/05/2014 9:06:58 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: kcvl

Which one?


34 posted on 06/05/2014 9:08:06 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mardi Harrison

Realtor/Attorney/ProblemSolver at Keller Williams/Mardi Harrison Esq.

Greater Philadelphia Area Law Practice

35 posted on 06/05/2014 9:08:11 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: UCANSEE2

She sounds like a real moron. Golly gee, she “installed” apps on her IPhone all by her lonesome self. A huge triumph!

” He was not given the questions in advance “... is she really gullible enough to believe that?

She thinks it is “cool” that the President would do propaganda like that. lol.


36 posted on 06/05/2014 9:11:17 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: kcvl
I saw that picture of the author that you had posted, and immediately thought of Rush Limbaugh's Undeniable Truth of Life #24:


"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream."

37 posted on 06/05/2014 9:12:11 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Jane Long

I was going to ask if she was on the left or the right


38 posted on 06/05/2014 9:12:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s a babbling cliche. And she’s unreadable.


39 posted on 06/05/2014 9:14:14 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: kcvl

What a wonderfully poofy dog you have there, Mardi. Wonder what the carbon footprint of that brow-dry session was.


40 posted on 06/05/2014 9:16:02 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just what Frederic Bastiat stated so long ago -- it remains true even in our "enlightened age".

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

41 posted on 06/05/2014 9:16:06 PM PDT by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Yes she is, I still want to find those economic ideas she says would have saved the economy if it weren’t for those meddling TEA Party kids....


42 posted on 06/05/2014 9:17:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is a fundamental truth in debate that if you cannot express your opponents' arguments in terms with which they would agree, you do not understand the issue. This individual is a perfect example. I doubt that she actually knows any "Tea Party" members, by which one must understand members in a largely mythical projection to begin with. Clearly, however, she is a big believer in governments doing things for people, ignoring the case that governments actually do things to people and that sometimes even those things approved of by the experts of the moment are not only destructive but cannot be recovered from. If she does not appreciate this, and I get the sense that she does not, then she cannot possibly understand that political viewpoint she categorizes as "Tea Party".

This is not to be dismissed as a child's tantrum as she does. It is not to be marginalized as an incoherent expression of frustration at a world we do not understand. We understand it all too well.

43 posted on 06/05/2014 9:17:36 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: L,TOWM

bump


44 posted on 06/05/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She needs a cheese burger and a double order of fries. That’ll settle her down. It works for the wookie.


45 posted on 06/05/2014 9:20:22 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: okie01

Ohh, c’mon — the nation’s police forces are doing a fine job in removing dogs from the public streets, the backyards of homes, driveways, public parks, and any other location the police might happen to be in proximity to a barking or growling dog, whether leashed or not...


46 posted on 06/05/2014 9:20:36 PM PDT by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
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To: Tupelo; UCANSEE2; Jane Long; Essie; okie01; aquila48; VRWC For Truth; GeronL; DJ MacWoW

Mardi Harrison, esquire, 66 years old (photo from 2011 when she was 63)

47 posted on 06/05/2014 9:21:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And they are poo poo heads and I hate them!

Pray America wakes up


48 posted on 06/05/2014 9:22:01 PM PDT by bray (Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There’s nothing wrong with potatoes – I like potatoes, but studies demonstrate that most women and children already consume plenty of potatoes – what they need is incentive to purchase more fruits and vegetables.

Excuse me, but I thought Potatoes fell into the "fruits and vegetables" category.

This is why the nonpartisan, scientific Institute of Medicine, which advises on WIC standards, has cautioned that white potatoes should not be included in the WIC program.

Even the "scientific" Institute of Medicine should know the above.

Let's put it this way. Every year, medical "misfortune" kills over 100,000 people in a country believed to have one of the best systems of medical care in the world.

How many children have died of 'Big Mac poisoning", have been 'supersized' to death, ate too many cupcakes and succumbed? Even the annual candy orgies of Halloween and Easter fail to flood emergency rooms with critical care patients OD'd on sugary orange pumpkins or jelly beans and chocolate bunnies.

It turns out that people, given choices, will eat what they crave. For some, that will be sugar, for others red meat, for others yet a variety of vegetables, and for many, some combination, often balanced by what tastes good.

Just as not two people are exactly alike, their nutritional requirements will vary, from month to month, even day to day, depending on a number of factors from age, activity level, climate, genetics, and pregnancy, to name a few.

The idea that someone, somewhere else, who knows neither me nor my life, can somehow concoct a set regime of nutritional requirements which will keep me healthy in all circumstances, with no knowledge of the individual requirements of my physiology is patently insane.

The idea of such a regimen being imposed by fiat or law is repugnant at best, and deserving of outright defiance as a matter of principle.

49 posted on 06/05/2014 9:22:47 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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Turned on the local news tonight for just a few minutes. After one minute it was time for a commercial break - 7 commercials as a matter of fact. Four of them centered around exercise and what to eat - including a plate of vegetables. It’s just non-stop on all the cooking programs, everywhere. This is getting worse than the non-stop campaign commercials we were getting two weeks ago.

Couldn’t even stand to leave it on long enough to catch the weather. Enough already!


50 posted on 06/05/2014 9:23:39 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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