First they came for the smokers, and y’all said nothing. Well, now they are after your dinner (and your Red Meat, Conservatives!) I read about the “study”, otherwise known as a stealth preliminary tax proposal aimed to further control your life, highlighted on CNN at The Snooper Report yesterday.
CNN: Should Americans banish the burger?
(CNN) — Hamburgers are an American passion. And millions of Americans consume burgers, and other forms of meat, every day without consequences.
Should Americans continue to make meat — and particularly hamburgers — part of their diet?
But ground beef contaminated with E. coli bacteria has sickened, paralyzed and even killed some people who ate it.
On Monday night’s “Larry King Live,” a wide range of guests joined an in-depth and spirited debate to answer this question: Should meat, and most specifically hamburgers, be a part of the American diet?
For another guest, even the promise of contamination-free beef wasn’t enough. Dr. Colin Campbell of Cornell University advocates a meat-free diet.
Campbell said he grew up on a dairy farm and for a long time held to the belief that animal protein was an essential part of a healthy diet. He said the results of years of research changed his mind.
The conclusion of his studies: “The closer we get to consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet, the healthier we’re going to be on all accounts.”
In response, I’m re-posting something I had posted at Red State a few months ago. Firstly, because someone has to speak up for our delicious eats; to do otherwise would be Un-American, indeed. Secondly, because I was totally correct and will take any chance to gloat about it.
Pry my Burger and Fries Out of My Cold Dead Hands
Burgers, fries and other various deep-fried foodstuffs. Yes, we like fried eats here in America. We even deep-fry oreos, candy bars and Coke (that was, admittedly, a new one for me. People actually deep-fry cola syrup. I bet it is delish, which is why I will not even tempt myself and won’t give it a go.) “So what,” you may ask? Well, evidently the FDA now wants to keep us safe… from our yummy cereals! OK, they are starting with Cheerios, which aren’t THAT yummy, but still, I don’t like where this is heading. I knew this was coming after I read some “news” articles awhile ago lamenting our slip in life expectancy ranking – which now has some controlling bureaucrat-y sour pusses wanting to get all up in our stuff! Double-stuff, even.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles.
Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan and most of Europe, as well as Jordan, Guam and the Cayman Islands. A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics.
One of the reasons (besides the, oh so tiresome, lack of socialized medicine excuse) cited for our untimely acts of pushing up daisies; we are lazy and fat – apparently.
Adults in the United States have one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Nearly a third of U.S. adults 20 years and older are obese, while about two-thirds are overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
“The U.S. has the resources that allow people to get fat and lazy,” said Paul Terry, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta. “We have the luxury of choosing a bad lifestyle as opposed to having one imposed on us by hard times.”
The bolded line says it all…….. Jealousy! Leave us alone, disturbing researcher dudes. Obvy, we LIKE being fat and dying young. Yet, we still remain some of the richest and most productive of people – weird, huh? Funny how Freedom, and that Free Market thing, works.
So if we choose to spend our riches on fatty foods, alcohol, cigarettes and cars, to drive our fat asses through fast-food drive-thru windows, shaddup. Don’t worry, we’ll still save all your skinnier, older asses whenever necessary and will continue to give beaucoup (See? Even a redneck American can use Citizen of the World-y terms) foreign aid, as usual. We just need to take a quick snack break or stop to catch our breaths a little more often. Deal with it.
Plus, what is the big deal? Who the hell wants to live too long, doddering around and breaking hips left and right? I’d prefer to enjoy my life now rather than have a few extra years at the tail end, puttering around an empty house, save about a dozen cats (I am fairly certain that I will turn into a crazy cat lady).
It isn’t really financially feasible anyway. We can retire at 62 years old and start collecting social security, which was clearly originally meant for short-term use, not potentially THIRTY YEARS (or more, in the cases of Larry King and Helen “I *do* Remember the Maine” Thomas.)
With just an average life expectancy of almost 78 years people are already receiving retirement benefits for 16 years, from an already collapsing Ponzi scheme. Which just goes to show you how stupid our politicians are; why are they all up in arms and trying to ban things like trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup and smoking? Wouldn’t these “bad” things help to cull the herd and lessen the drain on social security and health care? Soon, we won’t have enough workers paying in to cover the people getting paid, right? Use your heads, politicians. ENCOURAGE the fatty foods and the smoking! Or if you persist in trying to “save” us, then perhaps a change in the retirement age is called for. Wasn’t the life expectancy when social security was instituted way lower? (I probably should look that up, but as an American, I am far too fat and lazy to do so.)
But, I digress, as always. I say leave our penchant for excess alone. It is a personal decision, a lifestyle choice, or perhaps even a deathstyle. (I’m talking to you, Death Panels. I’d rather have deep-fried bacon-wrapped macaroni and cheese than a little blue pill) And, frankly, this isn’t the business of old white lawyer dudes in Washington… or even half-white lawyer dude presidents (in collusion with the old white, predominantly male, special interest “health industry.”)
Give me liberty or give me death! Or, give me liberty AND death. My stomach, my choice! You will never take my Frrrreeeedom … nor make me eat fat-Free!
And pass the Ho-Hos. Thankies!