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October 04, 2008

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Ed

Jeff, I think you are being unfair in who and what you attack... obesity is an easy target because it has obvious, visible signs. But normal-looking people can be much more vile, be they pedophiles, serial killers, drug abusers, wife beaters, Republicans, and other dregs of society who escape your scrutiny and opprobrium just because they look "normal." Don't forget what Hanna Arendt said about "the banality of evil." Many fat people were pretty decent people, ie, Winston Churchill, Jackie Gleason, and Haystack Calhoun, to mention a few. Give the fatties a break!

jeffrey McMahon

Bad eating habits don't make an evil person, to be sure. And to examine wanton eating habits doesn't put those eaters in a class worse than the people you mention.

I don't even know if I've targeted fat people, per se. What I wish to emphasize, and perhaps I haven't been clear, are the qualities of learned helplessness and bad habits that are more general than just eating. Of course, the focus has been in the context of a one-year experiment--3,000 Calories a Day.

Mike W

Ed, I think you are being unfair in who and what you attack...
Republicans are an easy target because they've been working furiously these past eight years to destroy any remaining shed of hope for this nation's future. But Democrats can be just as vile, bought off by Wall Street firms, voting for bail-outs that effectively transfer enormous wealth from the productive to the parasitic, supporting catastrophic wars against whoever's next on AIPAC's hitlist, and generally behaving like de facto Republicans with the added vice of being reflexively against any human activity which is evenly remotely entrepreneurial or free. As a former Republican myself (now in recovery), I can tell you that many Republicans were pretty decent people, i.e., Dwight Eisenhower, Spiro T. Agnew, Karl Rove, and Rush Limbaugh.

Well, OK, Eisenhower.

Ed

Hey, Mike, I'm the professional humor writer here! Stay out of my rice bowl! (Ha ha!)

Mike W

Yeah, I usually try to avoid the cheap shot and stick to the radio stuff, but get weak sometimes...

jeffrey McMahon

My misanthropy transcends partisan criticism.

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