Free Republic Fatties Think Obesity Epidemic Is Fake


The proto-teabaggers at America's oldest wingnut web forum have carefully considered this whole "obesity epidemic" thing -- and they'vedecided it's all a hoax. If there are so many obese people everywhere, then wouldn't everybody be fat? Oh, everybody's fat? Okay then, well riddle them this: If people are fat, and liberal women like Michelle Obama are trying to tell fat people to eat less servings of chicken-fried steak and two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew every day at breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert and "fourthmeal," then isn't it much more likely that people are really obese because of a secret "infectious source" that the government should get out of the way to let government scientists solve, in a medical laboratory somewhere? Join us for a mystical voyage through the logic channels of the Free Republic.

  • The non-existent obesity epidemic is just another excuse for those who want to control our lives to get our permission to tell us how to live. Too many people are willing to go along with what the "experts" say when it comes to health. Whenever "everybody knows" something is true, that is the time to question it.
  • First, I do agree that folks talking about the obesity epidemic are trying to control our lives. But I don't agree about that there isn't an obesity problem. It exists, but life-style changes won't fix it. There is reason to believe that there is an infectious source to some of the obesity problem: see .... It'd be nice if the politicians would stop worrying about obesity and let the scientist work on the problem.
  • Hey, I’m in shape. (Round is a shape.)
  • The young are flat out fat, because their parents cannot say NO to anything their little hearts desire. I have 5 children, 4 of them are borderline morbidly obese. They lived with their mother most of their lives, and she pampered them, fed them the most fattening things I could imagine. If you are familiar with “Schwans” food delivery, you know how rich and sweet their products are. Want a treat, have a 400 calorie popsicle, or a couple of soda pops and a candy bar. When I was younger, if you wanted a candy bar and pop, you bought it yourself, out of your own money....and that money did NOT come from mom or dad. Meals were served three times a day, and you ate then, or starved. We were kicked out of the house in the A.M. to play, or get stuck cleaning or mowing the lawn, picking weeds, or even painting a fence. TV was shut off all day.
  • 1 out of every 3 women at my large corporation, are not just overweight... they are rotund and obese. With all that blubber, they look to me, like Walruses. and yet, 60 minutes does a piece last week about hunger in America... so which is it? I think it’s fat... America is fat..mostly due to junk food diets, soda pop, and television.
  • This is an attempt at linkage. AIDS treatment costs a lot of money and is going to cost more. AIDS is linked to behavior. They’re trying to say that catching AIDS is the same as being obese. They’re just trying to justify the behavior and the cost.
  • 25 years ago you could go 30 days without seeing a 250 lb women. Go to any shopping center today, and it won't take 30 seconds. A 300 lb housewife buckling the stands at my niece's soccer games is commonplace. At 350 I rarely bat an eye. You'd expect a sense of shame, but instead find them strutting in miniskirts and knee high boots. At Wal Mart, when they asked me "paper or plastic?", I assumed it was for a barf bag. I'd venture to say in the last 25 years, the average weight of a housewife has doubled, if not more.

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. George State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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