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Mayor Bloomberg Is Right to Declare a War on Sugar
The Daily Beast ^ | June 2, 2012 | Michael Tomasky

Posted on 06/03/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer

There’s only one way to say something like this, and it’s loud and proud and without apology: I wholeheartedly support Mike Bloomberg’s war on sugar. It’s unassailable as policy. Refined sugar is without question the worst foodstuff in the world for human health, and high-fructose corn syrup is little better. We are a fat country getting fatter and fatter, and these mountains of refined sugar that people ingest are a big part of the reason. The costs to the health-care system are enormous, so the public interest here is ridiculously obvious. Obesity is a killer. Are we to do nothing, in the name of the “liberty” that entitles millions of people to kill themselves however they please, whatever their diabetes treatments costs their insurers? We have this “liberty” business completely backward in this country, and if Bloomberg can start rebalancing individual freedom and the public good, God bless him, I say.

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According to Michael Tomasky, apologist for the ever more ravenous Nanny State, we should thank NYC Mayor Bloomberg for his latest edict condemning evil soda pop. I've been converted: Out with personal responsibility, choice, and individuality...and in with bureaucratic dictat, paternalism, and the cult of the masterminds! Go "Bloomy" and the geniuses!
1 posted on 06/03/2012 6:44:02 AM PDT by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Prohibition worked so well in the past in the big apple.

Oh, and by the way, how’s that war on drugs working for you ?


2 posted on 06/03/2012 6:48:20 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The government by default will side with the weaklings. It is a policy of “majoring” the minorities into a thug revenge style collective against strong and well minded responsible individuals. It has nothing to do with functions of society, it is completely retarded, and it has everything to do with taking people’s money and lives for whatever “strong reasons” there is for it. And once people accept being weak for sugar, they accept the “organization” and codes to take over, all exploited under various guises and premeditations.

These people are cowards.


3 posted on 06/03/2012 6:49:19 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The government by default will side with the weaklings. It is a policy of “majoring” the minorities into a thug revenge style collective against strong and well minded responsible individuals. It has nothing to do with functions of society, it is completely retarded, and it has everything to do with taking people’s money and lives for whatever “strong reasons” there is for it. And once people accept being weak for sugar, they accept the “organization” and codes to take over, all exploited under various guises and premeditations.

These people are cowards.

Indeed, if God was in the flesh, they would trash Him as a collective. That is the hysteria they want to detract with.


4 posted on 06/03/2012 6:50:23 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

I think it’s excellent that Mayor Bloomie had admitted that New Yorkers are not intelligent enough to make simple health choices.

Now if only we could get him to prohibit them from voting in federal elections.


5 posted on 06/03/2012 6:50:48 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

If it is so bad as Mr. Tomasky asserts then ban it - make it illegal. While you’re at it make alcohol, tobacco, hell - while we’re at it, Starbucks Coffee. Ban them, prohibit them in the name of, well, feelgoodism-control-subjugation.

Ban them, but hear this. Government then loses all rights to the tax money derived therefrom. I never once when buying something on the black market was asked to pay “tax.” And so it will be here if Tomasky had his silly ass way.


6 posted on 06/03/2012 6:53:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Yeah, Right on....let’s get rid of that Mexican food while we’re at it and hot dogs at ball games, all chips must go. Oh by the way, what’s the percentage of grade/high schools in N.Y have specific time set aside for physical exercise....hmmm
Bloomberg is proud that he takes the subway to City Hall, why doesn’t he lead by example and walk or ride a bike. Take the cops out of the patrol cars and have them walk or ride bikes(who cares about response time)
Hey New York, stop complaining, you put this clown in office. Ever since Linsey was elected, the city has been going wacko. Too bad Rudy isn’t in charge


7 posted on 06/03/2012 6:54:21 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

I like how he puts sarcastic quotes around “liberty”.


8 posted on 06/03/2012 6:54:28 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

HFCS is FAR worse than refined sugar.


9 posted on 06/03/2012 6:54:35 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
This talk of “freedom” is absurd. No one’s freedom is being taken away.

Wrong. This is precisely how freedom is taken away. A crumb at a time. It won't stop with sodas. The author then goes on to say that it would be good to take away 10 oz burgers too. This new mandate is really because government is too involved in paying for our healthcare, paying for food, paying for housing,...

10 posted on 06/03/2012 6:55:15 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (The government "gives" and the government takes away (freedom).)
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To: nascarnation

I like that angle — perfect for taunting the libs.


11 posted on 06/03/2012 6:56:20 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

It’s unassailable except as GOVERNMENT policy.


12 posted on 06/03/2012 7:01:08 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

If he’s right we need to outlaw sugar, not just large soda sizes.


13 posted on 06/03/2012 7:02:57 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
I wholeheartedly support Mike Bloomberg’s war on sugar.

The author is a dick.
14 posted on 06/03/2012 7:05:47 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

“Refined sugar is without question the worst foodstuff...”

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Bull Crap. Tofu is. LOL

Actually, no food is bad. Principally, it is how much you eat of it that can be harmful.

I’m diabetic, but I refuse to give up sugar entirely. However, unlike the old days when I would pour most of the sugar bowl into my tea, now I use a teaspoonful. I must be doing something right. The diabetes is under good control without insulin.


15 posted on 06/03/2012 7:05:47 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: shadeaud

As bad as sugar is lack of exercise. Outlaw all cars, and all TV’s and all screens and entertainment of all kinds, including Broadway shows. New Yorkers should be forced, by law, to eat oatmeal and go on long marches. Oh yeah, shut down those damn subways. They are killing people. In the name of “transportation”.


16 posted on 06/03/2012 7:09:03 AM PDT by samtheman (select environmentalists with clue > 0 .... Result set: no rows returned)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

You want to fight childhood obesity?

Get the kids off their fat a$$es and doing some physical exertion.
Turn off kid’s computers, cell phones.
Re-institute Phys. Ed. in schools.
Stop busing so kids can participate in after school activities instead of spending an hour or two riding around.

Heck, when I/we were in school we played sandlot football almost every day, rode our bikes 10+ miles to Biscayne Bays, etc.
Went to Dairy Queen every night for a chocolate malt trying the GAIN weight.
BTW, my friend’s father worked for Coca Cola so soft drinks were plentiful.


17 posted on 06/03/2012 7:14:31 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The sort of people who vote for the nanny state regulators are the sort of weaklings that need a keeper. Oddly they legitimize the concept of state control by their very weak nature. They have no interest in personal freedom because they are literally terrified envisioning themselves responsible for their own lives.


18 posted on 06/03/2012 7:29:58 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Why stop there? If sugar is bad, so are energy drinks, cigarettes, cigars, alcohol, anything with cholesterol in it, riding a bike without a helmet, cars that go faster than 35 mph (that’s all they’re crash tested for), hang gliding, parasailing, skydiving, BASE jumping, rock climbing, water skiing, snow skiing, power tools, firearms, fireworks, chainsaws, sharp knives, bathtubs, swimming pools (that kill more children than guns), tile floors that get slippery when wet, carpet that harbors mold and bacteria, lightning, large trees (kids can fall from them when climbing), fishhooks, buckets (can drown small children), the sun, video games, bowling, baseball, softball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, golf, cell phones, turkey fryers, large dogs, house cats, hiking, standing in a floodplain, car jacks, toasters, AC power, stairs, ropes, power cords, strings, small objects that children can put in their mouths, razors, household cleaners, drain openers, loudspeakers, lead paint, lead bullets, lead fishing sinkers, gasoline, used motor oil, motorcycles, four wheelers, golf carts, wilderness areas, tall cliffs, airplanes, boats, jackhammers...

Heck. If we’re clammoring for government to save us from ourselves, let’s just mandate that everyone must live in a padded room and eat only carrots and celery for the rest of their lives. Bloomberg is a hero! Thank you, O’ Annointed One, for saving us from ourselves!

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, LONG LIVE USASOC!


19 posted on 06/03/2012 7:30:19 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

This is a country that was founded on personal Liberty and Freedom. The Constitution was designed as a “No, Government, You CAN’T!” document.

Today, there are so many nosy busy-body, ‘there’s-got-to-be-a-law-against-that’ mentality types, that they have decided to make it THEIR business, what YOU and I CAN’T do!

The Mayor of New York City forgets that he is elected to REPRESENT, not LORD OVER the population of the city, just as Obama thinks he can LORD OVER America.

If I, a military veteran, walks along the sidewalk to one of my favored stops, and hears such nonsense, there might be cause for, in today’s world, to grab their smartphone.

We, the People, have become silent too long, on ANYBODY, at any level, who wishes to LORD OVER those within their sphere of control!

I say NO!


20 posted on 06/03/2012 7:30:48 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The way the economy is going Adult Diabetes and the obesity epidemic will be solved


21 posted on 06/03/2012 7:43:08 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: Terry L Smith
Maybe I am Old but we have mandatory PE in School. Now they claim its bullying or why play to keep score or time when running a race.

Lets let kids spend all their time on computers and other indoor games.

22 posted on 06/03/2012 7:45:21 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Terry L Smith

Doomburg’s edict is against the princilples of freedom.

Sugar is definatley not one of the better or essential foods, although very enticing. Educating the sugar abusing public would be more “American” than his edict.

I still see Darwin as more revelent here. Dogs that chase cars soon are out of our hair. At some point this obesity problem will resolve itself.


23 posted on 06/03/2012 7:48:29 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire.

Had he spent hundreds of millions on pro-exercise and pro-healthy eating private initiatives—instead of buying his mayorship, I’d applaud his efforts.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 7:50:14 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Vinnie

Way to go Vinnie.
Hey you wanna open up a Heart Attack Grill in Bloomberg’s backyard ? Why should Las Vegas have all the fun?

I’m not being sarcastic. I’m just amazed that the Bloomberg sheeple just keep on grazing. Grass might be all that they are allowed if he’s in office much longer.

I had a great childhood too. Came home, did my homework, took off on my bike, played ball, came home for dinner, worked on my Dynaco stereo amplifier kit - always had something to do. And if I came home too early, stepdad worried that I was sick.


25 posted on 06/03/2012 7:54:31 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: maine yankee

Its good to see that NYC has been able to solve all their major problem. Now they can work on smaller problem like this.
Bloomberg and his ilk just crave control. They enjoy abusing power and flexing their muscles.
WOrse than Nazis...at least the Nazi Government allowed simple pleasures.....


26 posted on 06/03/2012 8:02:58 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

27 posted on 06/03/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The obesity epidemic is directly related to the abundance and access to COMPUTERS.

We work all day on our butts, then go home and sit at our computers, watch tv or play video games.

Next, nanny B. Will have everyone marching for an hour in the evening to burn calories.

If you want to really tackle the problem, computers would time out after an hour ... And not come on fer 12 hours, or tax the real culprit .. Tax computers.


28 posted on 06/03/2012 8:17:46 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: shadeaud

If we want to outlaw bad things let’s outlaw illegitimacy - outlaw that because it is the main cause of violence, illegal gun activity, crime, drug addiction, poor grades, entrenched poverty, dying neighborhoods, illiteracy, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, obesity, failing health, etc., etc.

Can we run some regression analysis of the above social problems with illegitimacy. Let’s see the correlation numbers and then let’s talk about what needs fixing. Correlation doesn’t mean causation, or does it? Let’s see the data!

This problem is really the one that the coward Bloomberg needs to address, but of course he won’t.


29 posted on 06/03/2012 8:17:46 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

(snicker)

30 posted on 06/03/2012 8:20:08 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: A'elian' nation
Hey you wanna open up a Heart Attack Grill..

I haven't been to one/it yet but will certainly have it on my 'to do' list if I ever make it to Vegas. That is where it's located now right?

31 posted on 06/03/2012 8:26:27 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Why are the liberals worried about this? Do you think, for even one moment, that Bloomberg cares about you or your health? If he was such a humanitarian, I guarantee you he wouldn’t have a private helicopter to fly around in. He’d have sold that helicopter and given the money to the poor. What’s his real motive?


32 posted on 06/03/2012 8:27:05 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

I wanted it.
I worked hard for it.
I earned it.
I deserved it.

Tell Bloomberg to mind his own f’n business.


33 posted on 06/03/2012 8:33:35 AM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: maine yankee

What war on drugs? /s


34 posted on 06/03/2012 8:38:20 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

The “F as in Fat” study presented by the Trust for America’s Health provided statistical information to show that the nation is becoming more obese. The states were ranked 1 to 50, from the highest percentage of obese people to the lowest. States 51 through 57 were, unfortunately, left out of the study. Sorry, Mr. President.

News broadcasts across the country scolded their respective localities for their gluttony. Rather than simply take the statistics at face value, however, I wanted to see if there is any relationship between the federal government’s social welfare programs and obesity, a link between Big Brother and Big Butts, so to speak. What I found proves no causality, of course, and a much more extensive analysis would need to be done to bear out my findings. The findings, however, are provocative.

In the Trust for America’s Health study, the most obese state in the country is Mississippi, followed by Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, answering the question of why Mark Sanford had to fly all the way to Argentina to sow his oats. The least obese–and presumably the healthiest–states are Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Hawaii. I limited my investigation to these ten states.

I compared the TAH’s numbers with the federal government’s statistics on individual Food Stamp participation for each of the ten states. More effort was required to find this information than I would have imagined, until I discovered that the official name of the program, as of October 2008, is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Now it sounds much more like the bureaucratic black hole that it is. Here are the top five obese states, with their percentages of obesity and food stamp participation:

Mississippi – 32.5% of population is obese, 14.8% of pop. participates in SNAP
Alabama – 31.1% obese, 11.9% SNAP
West Virginia – 31.1% obese, 15.3% SNAP
Tennessee – 30.2% obese, 14.5% SNAP
South Carolina – 29.7% obese, 13.0% SNAP
Average of the top five: 30.92% obese, 13.9% SNAP

These numbers aren’t particularly striking until you compare them with the least obese states. I have listed them from 46 (Hawaii) to 50 (Colorado). Colorado, again, was the least obese state in the nation.

Hawaii – 21.8% obese, 7.4% SNAP
Rhode Island – 21.7% obese, 8.1% SNAP
Connecticut – 21.3% obese, 6.4% SNAP
Massachusetts – 21.2% obese, 7.7% SNAP
Colorado – 18.9% obese, 5.1% SNAP
Average of the bottom five: 21.0% obese, 6.9% SNAP

More at: http://theconstitutionalalamo.com/2009/07/02/government-welfare-encourages-obesity-or-so-it-appears/


35 posted on 06/03/2012 8:39:48 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Why no venting of spleen on tobacco - something TOTALLY without remeeming quality? Why does Bloomy slam soda one day and endorse National Doughnut Day the next?


36 posted on 06/03/2012 8:49:12 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Back in the ‘50s, sacharrine was about the only sugar “substitute” and it left a bitter aftertatse. Real sugar was the mode for sweetening and far less people were overwieght. Technological “advances” have contributed to a lessening of exercise and other healthy habits - typical leftist rhetoric to blame everything but the problem.


37 posted on 06/03/2012 8:59:20 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Liberals sure do like that “war” word.

“War on Sugar”
“War on Poverty”
“War on Women”
“War on Cancer”
“War on Rush”

There must be thousands of “wars” these idiots are waging.


38 posted on 06/03/2012 9:06:38 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Bloomberg is only half right. Sugar is toxic in the amounts some people ingest it that’s for sure. But you can’t get there (less sugar consumption) from here (nanny state) What he’s proposing wont even make a dent. There’s powerful interests in America doing the same unhealthy things theyre doing now. All one has to do is walk down any grocery store food isles and see endless “low fat” foods for sale, as if fat was the problem. People are just not educated on why they are fat. Amazing really


39 posted on 06/03/2012 9:09:36 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: Paleo Conservative

That cartoon is OUTSTANDING! Thanks for posting.


40 posted on 06/03/2012 9:13:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Free Stuff or Freedom! You Decide 2012.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
"The costs to the health-care system are enormous, so the public interest here is ridiculously obvious."

This is the sole reason that any gov't run health care system MUST not be allowed to take hold.

First, your diet is at their mercy; next will be your hobbies: like to skydive? Sorry, the "costs to the health-care system are enormous"; Like to rock climb? Sorry, "the costs to the health-care system are enormous"; Want to have a child? Must do a pre-natal DNA screen to insure the child will be "normal". If the child has Downs or a genetic predisposition for say, Parkinsons, "the costs to the health-care system are enormous". Like being a couch spud? Sorry, gov't now mandates two hours a day at a gov't run health club because, after all, if you allowed to expand at the waist a bit, "the costs to the health-care system are enormous"

Control the health care industry, and you can control the population.


41 posted on 06/03/2012 9:29:24 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

We are a free country. If we are to remain that way, people like Bloomberg must shut up.

If a person wants a 40 oz. drink, they should be able to order it.

Bloomberg is a clown, and in order to maintain his status, he must come up with goofball stuff like this every few months. He will be gone soon. But that will not stop his crazy schemes.


42 posted on 06/03/2012 9:38:08 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: FLAMING DEATH

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399201/

In the movie The Island, people were kept as replacement parts and given a strictly controlled diet to keep them healthy.


43 posted on 06/03/2012 9:44:58 AM PDT by samtheman (select environmentalists with clue > 0 .... Result set: no rows returned)
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To: ex91B10; CharlesThe Hammer

The two main reasons why health care costs have gone through the roof in the last four decades is government intervention, and the out of control legal industry. Medicine, as a profession, has been villified due to the blurry lines between doctors, lawyers, insurance companies, and the government. One big amorphous blob of regulations, red tape, liabilities, and hoop jumping... when all you wanted was a broken bone set and a bottle of pills. And now politicians and lawyers are saying more government involvement and lawyers will solve the problem. Nice little Hegelian dialectic they’ve set up.


44 posted on 06/03/2012 9:46:27 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

If Bloomnerd and the other nanny staters that are so concerned about obesity and health REALLY want to do something good (while leaving us folk alone), go to the American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, the American Medical Association, etc., and have them stop pushing any and all sorts of carbohydrates on us as a better alternative to modest fat in our diets (protein is the constant). Sheesh...


45 posted on 06/03/2012 9:51:09 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: SaintDismas

Bloomberg is totally wrong. Americans didn’t bleed out on the beaches of Normandy so this little tin-pot dictator could decide by decree what is an appropriate sized beverage.


46 posted on 06/03/2012 9:53:20 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Scrooge them tyrants to hades.
Its none of their business who eats what. I had 2 donuts this AM and my weight is normal and if I was obese that’s on me and not the nanny govt.


47 posted on 06/03/2012 10:07:02 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer
Michael Tomasky is well-known and a self-admitted 'progressive', so of course he would support yet another tyrannical power grab.

I really hope I get a chance for some payback on these bitches.

48 posted on 06/03/2012 10:15:35 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: CharlesThe Hammer

Sugar and carbs bad for health. Gay sex and same-sex marriage is good for health. The new modern and govt approved ‘Thinkspeech’.


49 posted on 06/03/2012 10:15:46 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: maine yankee

Its good to see that NYC has been able to solve all their major problem. Now they can work on smaller problem like this.
Bloomberg and his ilk just crave control. They enjoy abusing power and flexing their muscles.
WOrse than Nazis...at least the Nazi Government allowed simple pleasures.....


50 posted on 06/03/2012 10:21:29 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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