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Richardson: Obese Americans Need Federal Protection
blogs.abcnews.com ^ | 09/19/07 | Teddy Davis and Nancy Flores

Posted on 09/19/2007 10:01:21 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson called Wednesday for obese Americans to be brought under the protection of the Americans for Disabilities Act.

"This is an issue of basic civil rights," said Richardson. "There are no federal laws that protect obese Americans from discrimination in the workplace, school, or anywhere else. This must change."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: obese; richardson
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1 posted on 09/19/2007 10:01:25 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

What, are we hunting them now?


2 posted on 09/19/2007 10:01:56 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: TornadoAlley3

Richardson has a clear conflict of interest.


3 posted on 09/19/2007 10:02:34 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Richardson’s going for the fat vote.


4 posted on 09/19/2007 10:02:35 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt presidential candidate to ever run for office)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Ouch! I'm laughing so hard that my side it hurting.

Please tell me this is a joke. Has the entire country gone completely CRAZY?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

5 posted on 09/19/2007 10:04:28 AM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: TornadoAlley3

call him chubbsy ubbsy.


6 posted on 09/19/2007 10:04:44 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Only in America...

Perhaps the extra fat could be turned into gasoline? Fatonal?

7 posted on 09/19/2007 10:04:50 AM PDT by Left2Right ("Democracy isn't perfect, but other governments are so much worse")
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To: TornadoAlley3

When I was a kid everyone was concerned about anorexia. Their solution was to tell every adult and child they could find not to worry about their weight, or what they ate. What resulted was inevitable, and yet I still hear people on TV prattling the same nonsense even though America has a real obesity problem these days. I think it would do America some good if people would start coming out and say “You know what, it IS bad to be so out of shape.”


8 posted on 09/19/2007 10:05:36 AM PDT by COgamer
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To: expatguy

9 posted on 09/19/2007 10:05:39 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: 1rudeboy

What sport would there be in that?


10 posted on 09/19/2007 10:05:43 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: TornadoAlley3

“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”


11 posted on 09/19/2007 10:06:32 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
What if those people don't fit in the voting booth?


12 posted on 09/19/2007 10:07:27 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: Vaquero

Okay Norman.


13 posted on 09/19/2007 10:07:34 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: TornadoAlley3

People eat themselves into oblivion and they deserve disability for it? Judas priest. Now if a person has a bonafide medical condition, apart from a clinically insatiable appetite for pizza and ice cream, then that’s a whole different matter.


14 posted on 09/19/2007 10:07:41 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
good gravy

as an obese American I can honestly say this is such a huge pile of baloney that I doubt I can stomach any more. It fills me with white meat anger that a politician could be so piggish a to try to get votes for taxpayer bacon.

He won't get any new voters because even we fat pigs have brains.

I am fat because I eat too much and exercise too little, its not a disease and its not an accident, per se.

I didn't even know he was still in the race.

15 posted on 09/19/2007 10:08:32 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: expatguy
"Has the entire country gone completely CRAZY? "

I think so. It just keeps getting worse.

Carolyn

16 posted on 09/19/2007 10:09:27 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Take away their food stamps. That’ll slim them down in a hurry with no Twinkies.


17 posted on 09/19/2007 10:09:37 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The Flyin' Imams Since 11/20/06)
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To: TornadoAlley3

18 posted on 09/19/2007 10:10:06 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: wideawake

Took the words out of my mouth. I’m overweight but I know why. I DON’T need extra protection from the government, but I do need to visit the gym.


19 posted on 09/19/2007 10:10:12 AM PDT by twigs
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To: meowmeow

Can you imagine the civil rights march for fatties. To keep it moving you would have to lay donuts out at every block and have EMT standing by. “We’re fat, we’re here, oh look free donuts”


20 posted on 09/19/2007 10:10:29 AM PDT by Jigajog
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To: stm
Its a bad Simpsons episode
21 posted on 09/19/2007 10:10:36 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: COgamer

Maybe obesity is the new anorexia....


22 posted on 09/19/2007 10:11:43 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: TornadoAlley3

Hot diggity dog! I’n gonna gain 100lbs so I can git me one uh dem wheelchair license plates and park in the closest spot at Wal-Mart! Have you seen the size of them parkin’ lots lately?


23 posted on 09/19/2007 10:11:48 AM PDT by Skenderbej
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To: TornadoAlley3
"Richardson is not a newcomer to the obesity issue."
24 posted on 09/19/2007 10:11:51 AM PDT by magellan
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To: massgopguy

25 posted on 09/19/2007 10:12:05 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: GeronL
... or a good South Park episode
26 posted on 09/19/2007 10:12:21 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: magellan

lol


27 posted on 09/19/2007 10:13:02 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: COgamer
When I was a kid everyone was concerned about anorexia.


28 posted on 09/19/2007 10:13:36 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: stm

Many of the really obese people I know do have some contributing medical condition. The ones who just overeat are usually obese by medical standards, but are not the ones you look at and think enormous.

By insurance company standards, if you are not a rail you are obese. My family is extremely large boned (all that German-Scot blood), and my son has to pay a 25% surcharge although I don’t consider him fat.

There might be a bright side to this. Being we’re all obese, that brings us all under the victim umbrella!


29 posted on 09/19/2007 10:14:25 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: TornadoAlley3
His campaign slogan...
Obesity: it's a HUGE issue.

30 posted on 09/19/2007 10:14:57 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand
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To: CDHart
Okay... so how much weight am I going to have to gain now in order to secure government aid?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

31 posted on 09/19/2007 10:15:04 AM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: TornadoAlley3

Since when is putting the entire bag of Doritos down your throat a disability?


32 posted on 09/19/2007 10:16:21 AM PDT by VirginiaConstitutionalist (Socialized medicine kills.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Three hundred pounds is generally where humans leave off and livestock begins. MOO
33 posted on 09/19/2007 10:16:40 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: TornadoAlley3
There are no federal laws that protect obese Americans from discrimination in the workplace, school, or anywhere else

Patently untrue.

34 posted on 09/19/2007 10:17:03 AM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Obese Americans may also need forklifts.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/19/big.guy.ap/index.html

Firefighters cut a hole in the side of a house and used a forklift to extricate a 900-pound man from his second-floor bedroom after a visiting nurse became worried about his health.
Rescue workers brought in a forklift, high enough to raise a platform to a hole cut into the wall of the house.


35 posted on 09/19/2007 10:17:30 AM PDT by IrishMike (Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it)
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To: massgopguy; 1rudeboy
"What sport would there be in that?"

That really depends on what weapon you are using.

Of course a bow and arrow would be more sporting than an assault rifle.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

36 posted on 09/19/2007 10:17:52 AM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: TornadoAlley3

Big talk, fat boy.


37 posted on 09/19/2007 10:18:03 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Re: “This is an issue of basic civil rights,” said Richardson.

Just wow!

I am stunned at the crop of potential idiots for President and their ideas.

May God help us all.


38 posted on 09/19/2007 10:18:08 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: TornadoAlley3

39 posted on 09/19/2007 10:18:46 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: TornadoAlley3

So the morbidly obese who can barely, huffingly, wheezingly, ooze up a flight of stairs should be hired at federal gunpoint for jobs for which they’re totally unsuited.

I can’t wait to see 450 pound cops trying to chase down criminals, 450 pound firefighters trying to climb ladders to a burning building, and 450 pound she-whales bringing me my wings and beer at Hooters.


40 posted on 09/19/2007 10:18:51 AM PDT by CGTRWK
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To: 1rudeboy; CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

You just got to love our Gov.

NM Ping


41 posted on 09/19/2007 10:19:19 AM PDT by Rogle
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To: TornadoAlley3

Obesity does not discriminate; everyone is at risk unless we act now.

Our very way of life is at stake; soon, only the canopy-eaters will be acceptable and the rest will be banished to their greasy caves to live out their torpid days in isolation and shame.


42 posted on 09/19/2007 10:20:05 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

oh brother.


43 posted on 09/19/2007 10:20:42 AM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: wideawake

No conflict of interest here, if he doesn’t get the vote it is because he is obese.


44 posted on 09/19/2007 10:21:00 AM PDT by Rogle
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To: TornadoAlley3

43 posts, and no conservative has responded to this with
FAT CHANCE of that happening, Billy! ;-)


45 posted on 09/19/2007 10:21:55 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
I kinda liked Richardson. If I *had* to vote Dem, I'd be in favor of him. Heck, I'd take him over more than a few Republicans.

This, while logical, seems like pandering. Politicians pandering? Who'dve thunk it?

46 posted on 09/19/2007 10:22:08 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Jigajog

Well, I'm thin but a donut would stop me too! mmmmmmm...donuts!

47 posted on 09/19/2007 10:22:46 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: TornadoAlley3

I just used this pic on another thread, but I saw this one and just had to.... SAVE THE WHALES!!!!

48 posted on 09/19/2007 10:22:58 AM PDT by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Exactly!! Since the late 60s/70s when fast food restaurants became more popular and cheap and high glucose corn syrup started being added to almost EVERYTHING in the processed food supply, obesity has been on the rise in America. Bill’s definitely trying to make friends in that population of people!


49 posted on 09/19/2007 10:23:47 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Obese Americans Need Federal Protection

No I don't...I mean...No they don't!

50 posted on 09/19/2007 10:23:56 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (I made a prank call...pretended I was a mime.)
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