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2013-05-24 11:15:29 AM

Dafatone: crazy fat


I prefer lazy fat myself.  Crazy requires the necessary effort to move which results in losing weight.

With that said, I have the perfect compromise on my treadmill. I walk and read.  Reading is the lazy part, the walking is to make my knees wonder why I'm doing this to them and if I don't get off the treadmill they will and take me with them.
 
2013-05-24 11:16:44 AM

weirdneighbour: ShawnDoc: I hate people that insist on forcing their kids to get involved in political issues that the kids are too young to understand.

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2013-05-24 11:18:00 AM

DeathCipris: weirdneighbour: ShawnDoc: I hate people that insist on forcing their kids to get involved in political issues that the kids are too young to understand.

[blog.nj.com image 453x300]
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Two for the rod, three for the tackle.
 
2013-05-24 11:19:34 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: DeathCipris: weirdneighbour: ShawnDoc: I hate people that insist on forcing their kids to get involved in political issues that the kids are too young to understand.

[blog.nj.com image 453x300]
[www.gannett-cdn.com image 534x401]

Two for the rod, three for the tackle.


In for a penny, in for a pound?
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?

/I have no idea.
 
2013-05-24 11:29:58 AM
The so-called "libertarian" asshats who want to jump down this girl's throat MAY have a point once McDonalds stops advertising to children.

That is all.
 
2013-05-24 11:34:36 AM

udhq: The so-called "libertarian" asshats who want to jump down this girl's throat MAY have a point once McDonalds stops advertising to children.

That is all.


The asshat girl and her asshat mother, and the asshats defending their asshattery, might have a point if and when free will and common sense are abolished.

That is all.
 
2013-05-24 11:35:54 AM

optikeye: Remember when "Butter" was bad for you and "Transfat Whipped Butter Subsititues" was considered healthy? Yeah, about that.


Yep, remember that.  My mother was just happy that the price of butter got cheaper :) lol
 
2013-05-24 11:41:37 AM

DeathCipris: www.gannett-cdn.com


Yeah that really bothered me, seeing kids holding those signs.

It's strange, I'm hardly the "activist" type, but lately I've been taking a closer interest in the whole "gays in Scouting" issue.
 
2013-05-24 11:42:03 AM
FTFA "Today I ate a rainbow"

Yea kid, and McDonalds burgers are made from slaughtered unicorns.


/go toss an Elf's salad.
 
2013-05-24 11:46:29 AM
That little girl has the look of someone who is going to turn 18 and then have a lesbian affair with a minor and then try and garner as much attention as she possibly can. Just a hunch.
 
2013-05-24 11:47:11 AM

Debeo Summa Credo: udhq: The so-called "libertarian" asshats who want to jump down this girl's throat MAY have a point once McDonalds stops advertising to children.

That is all.

The asshat girl and her asshat mother, and the asshats defending their asshattery, might have a point if and when free will and common sense are abolished.

That is all.


You don't really have free will if one side is allowed to bombard the other side with 15,000 lies per day from birth.
 
2013-05-24 11:52:31 AM

PapaChester: The fact that they have cheap and healthy options makes these people look even more foolish


LOL. What "healthy" options do they have? Also, the kid never said McDonald's "forces" kids to eat there. She just said they trick kids into thinking their food is healthy. That is true. Even you fell for the "healthy options" bullshiat.
 
2013-05-24 11:57:51 AM

wyltoknow: It sort of scares me how complacent people are in regards to blatant manipulation by advertisers.


Some of us just avoid sources of those adverts: kids shows come on dvd now, use the recorder to blast thru commercials, etc. Parents can and should have a greater influence on their children than marketers.
 
2013-05-24 11:58:38 AM

udhq: You don't really have free will if one side is allowed to bombard the other side with 15,000 lies per day from birth.


You sound meek, and easily manipulated.
 
2013-05-24 12:07:23 PM

Pixel_Jockey: That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.


Nor would a 12oz burger be about twelve times the size of a 3.9oz burger.
 
2013-05-24 12:09:36 PM

GoldSpider: udhq: You don't really have free will if one side is allowed to bombard the other side with 15,000 lies per day from birth.

You sound meek, and easily manipulated.


I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.
 
2013-05-24 12:11:36 PM

Rapmaster2000: Pixel_Jockey: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.

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You sound fat.


It looks like I need to get out more often.
 
2013-05-24 12:12:26 PM
No one is FORCED to eat fast food. Obese adults have only themselves to blame, but if a young person is obese by the time they get to high school it is the parents' fault. My late husband and I had our kids playing rec league basketball and soccer from the age of 5 years. They continued on through the middle school and high school teams (adding track).

Plus our kids grew up watching us parents walk, run, lift weights and practice soccer with them (I still have my cleats). I cooked during the work/school week: fast food was the weekend treat.

We never had problems with weight. My husband and son have passed but my daughter, who is 25 yo now still runs and cycles and is a brick house. I run long distance, lift weighs and dance (my pic is in my profile). We eat all we want.

Parents HAVE to be active with their kids. If the child has a medical condition that contributes to obesity (thyroid, PCOS) then the parents have to work doubly hard to make sure the child maintains a healthy weight because it's not just about looks - it's about mobility, strength and quality of life!
 
2013-05-24 12:16:35 PM

Rapmaster2000: Pixel_Jockey: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

That's a cute graphic, but 42 oz drinks and 12oz hamburgers are not all that common.

[cdn.biggestmenu.com image 500x375]
You sound fat.


I'm curious, did you just take that pic to prove me wrong, or do you just happen to have a bunch of stock photography with comically oversized drinks?
 
2013-05-24 12:20:35 PM
Everything in moderation - why is this so hard to understand?
 
2013-05-24 12:26:14 PM

udhq: I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.


That's why parents are supposed to be a barrier between kids and the things they see on TV.
 
2013-05-24 12:26:19 PM

udhq: GoldSpider: udhq: You don't really have free will if one side is allowed to bombard the other side with 15,000 lies per day from birth.

You sound meek, and easily manipulated.

I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.


I'm impressed that these 3-5 year olds are able to get to McDonalds by themselves and procure currency on their own with which to buy the poisonous food about which they've been lied to.

Are we dealing with some sort of breed of super-preschoolers here? Maybe there's something in the food that allows them to be so precociously self sufficient. Science should look into that.
 
2013-05-24 12:26:27 PM

udhq: GoldSpider: udhq: You don't really have free will if one side is allowed to bombard the other side with 15,000 lies per day from birth.

You sound meek, and easily manipulated.

I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.


It's too bad all those orphans don't have an adult person, or even two, that could educate their children properly when subjects like fast food and "healthy" fast food options come up in conversation. Unfortunately, such a position of paternal authority doesn't exist since all the adults died off.
 
2013-05-24 12:33:51 PM
The odd McDonald's isn't the problem, it's that most people can't cook a damn or work too many hours and rely heavily on pre-made junk food.

My cousin's kid already has something like 5 cavities and she's only 3. Mom works nights for health insurance and Dad has his own business and works long hours during the day.

Neither knows how to cook.
 
2013-05-24 12:34:40 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: ChubbyTiger: Bungles: When I've visited the US, the ludicrous portion sizes in random cafes and restaurants makes the standardised sizing of McDonalds look positively health-conscious. At least you know what you're eating.

I've had many regular main meals in Texas and Las Vegas that would have easily been 2500 calories on the plate in a single course, and half a salt-mine.

This. We've got portion issues. Hell, I went to France and ate out every meal for a week+. Croissant for breakfast, lots of wine, etc. and I actually lost a little bit of weight.

/less fast than that sounded

Don't worry, you don't sound very fast.


Thank you Swype, for totally rotskying me.

/not fat
//not particularly fast, either
 
2013-05-24 12:37:15 PM

GreenSun: Lol, poor little kid being used as a TOOL by her own mother! She's lucky she wasn't born in a poor country, otherwise her mother might have sold her to prostitution or slave trade.


I guess that make's mom an "Attention Pimp"
 
2013-05-24 12:39:27 PM
The existence of parents shouldn't be seen as a society-wide license to prey on children with impunity.
 
2013-05-24 12:41:22 PM

ukexpat: Everything in moderation - why is this so hard to understand?


This.

And yet, in my nearly 30 or so years on this planet, I have yet to see a McDonalds ad that suggests anything but unlimited, immoderate use of their product.
 
2013-05-24 12:56:58 PM

GoldSpider: That's why parents are supposed to be a barrier between kids and the things they see on TV.


Debeo Summa Credo: Are we dealing with some sort of breed of super-preschoolers here? Maybe there's something in the food that allows them to be so precociously self sufficient. Science should look into that.


mooseyfate: It's too bad all those orphans don't have an adult person, or even two, that could educate their children properly when subjects like fast food and "healthy" fast food options come up in conversation. Unfortunately, such a position of paternal authority doesn't exist since all the adults died off.


All 3 of the above statements could also be used to defend the man driving around in the white "free candy" cargo van.

"Don't blame him, he's just doing his job.  It's the parents' responsibility to teach their children that the only things in the back of that van are werthers and sadness.  If anyone else tries to reinforce that point, look out, they're trying to steal your freedom!"
 
2013-05-24 01:01:07 PM

udhq: All 3 of the above statements could also be used to defend the man driving around in the white "free candy" cargo van.


If you're going to sell your opinion as a rational, reasonable rebuttal to ours, you ought not equate fast food with child kidnapping and/or rape.
 
2013-05-24 01:02:27 PM

udhq: GoldSpider: That's why parents are supposed to be a barrier between kids and the things they see on TV.

Debeo Summa Credo: Are we dealing with some sort of breed of super-preschoolers here? Maybe there's something in the food that allows them to be so precociously self sufficient. Science should look into that.

mooseyfate: It's too bad all those orphans don't have an adult person, or even two, that could educate their children properly when subjects like fast food and "healthy" fast food options come up in conversation. Unfortunately, such a position of paternal authority doesn't exist since all the adults died off.

All 3 of the above statements could also be used to defend the man driving around in the white "free candy" cargo van.

"Don't blame him, he's just doing his job.  It's the parents' responsibility to teach their children that the only things in the back of that van are werthers and sadness.  If anyone else tries to reinforce that point, look out, they're trying to steal your freedom!"


That argument is so stupid, it just gave me cancer. Equating advertising to child molesters? Did you even read that before you posted it? Because I really hope you didn't type that up and sit there with a smug look on your face, proudly proclaiming in your inner voice: That'll show them!
 
2013-05-24 01:05:53 PM

GoldSpider: udhq: All 3 of the above statements could also be used to defend the man driving around in the white "free candy" cargo van.

If you're going to sell your opinion as a rational, reasonable rebuttal to ours, you ought not equate fast food with child kidnapping and/or rape.


No one is "equating" the two.  I'm just pointing out that you are bending over backwards to defend people who make money by preying on children and giving them life long health problems.
 
2013-05-24 01:08:30 PM

udhq: No one is "equating" the two.


Right, you're just "comparing" them.
 
2013-05-24 01:13:58 PM

GoldSpider: udhq: No one is "equating" the two.

Right, you're just "comparing" them.


I'm just saying that both prey on children.  You dispute that?
 
2013-05-24 01:15:50 PM

mooseyfate: That argument is so stupid, it just gave me cancer. Equating advertising to child molesters? Did you even read that before you posted it? Because I really hope you didn't type that up and sit there with a smug look on your face, proudly proclaiming in your inner voice: That'll show them!


Here's a scenario to consider:  You've already made clear that you're ok with McDonald's delivering unlimited, almost completely unregulated sales pitches to children on a daily basis, based on the argument that most kids have parents to protect them.

What if McDonalds hired people to drive around to playgrounds and parks and hand out free burgers and fries to children to get them hooked?  Would that behavior be excusable under the assumption that most have parents to teach them the truth about these foods?
 
2013-05-24 01:27:45 PM
For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why I was craving a McDonald's sausage biscuit this morning.  I now realize it's because I had a bunch of friends on Facebook fawningly posting this video all over my feed.
 
2013-05-24 01:31:50 PM
The free market says that the public wants disgustingly unhealthy fast food. Shouldn't they be allowed to have it?

/I used to eat McD's once a month or so as a treat and I really enjoyed it
//stopped going a few years ago, it started to gross me out
 
2013-05-24 01:32:05 PM

ukexpat: Everything in moderation - why is this so hard to understand?


because it is impossible to achieve without becoming a hypocrite.

if you do everything in moderation, then you are excessively applying moderation, which contradicts acting moderately when you take it to the extreme and apply it to everything.

if you apply moderation to how you apply moderation, then eventually you must take it to the extreme occasionally and thus you are not applying moderation to everything.

it is a paradox to apply moderation to everything.

//moderate amount of slashies
 
2013-05-24 01:38:59 PM
What! Parents use there kids to forward there own half baked agendas?
Who knew?
 
2013-05-24 01:46:19 PM

udhq: The so-called "libertarian" asshats who want to jump down this girl's throat MAY have a point once McDonalds stops advertising to children.

That is all.


Isn't she, in her public protest, also advertising a viewpoint in an effort to modify the behavior of others? Why is her ability to advertise inherently better than anyone else's?
 
2013-05-24 01:47:08 PM

udhq: I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.


No one is forced to watch Saturday morning cartoons, either.

/also, what is a Saturday morning cartoon?  How old are you?
 
2013-05-24 01:49:24 PM

udhq: You've already made clear that you're ok with McDonald's delivering unlimited, almost completely unregulated sales pitches to children on a daily basis


You're putting words in mouths like they were hamburgers and you're McDonald's.
 
2013-05-24 01:50:03 PM

udhq: GoldSpider: That's why parents are supposed to be a barrier between kids and the things they see on TV.

Debeo Summa Credo: Are we dealing with some sort of breed of super-preschoolers here? Maybe there's something in the food that allows them to be so precociously self sufficient. Science should look into that.

mooseyfate: It's too bad all those orphans don't have an adult person, or even two, that could educate their children properly when subjects like fast food and "healthy" fast food options come up in conversation. Unfortunately, such a position of paternal authority doesn't exist since all the adults died off.

All 3 of the above statements could also be used to defend the man driving around in the white "free candy" cargo van.

"Don't blame him, he's just doing his job.  It's the parents' responsibility to teach their children that the only things in the back of that van are werthers and sadness.  If anyone else tries to reinforce that point, look out, they're trying to steal your freedom!"


Except, ya know, kidnapping children is a crime, and selling them a cheeseburger isn't.
 
2013-05-24 01:53:33 PM
Oh little girl, you're so stupid! Nobody's forced to eat at Mcdonalds. Hell, I rarely even see a commercial from them anymore, so it's not like they're blitzing everyone trying to annoy them into going. Sounds like someone got a coachin' from their idiotic tart mother who is using the girl as a puppet for her own schemes.

Any parent who needs to live through their child is a loser.
 
2013-05-24 01:56:20 PM

udhq: ukexpat: Everything in moderation - why is this so hard to understand?

This.

And yet, in my nearly 30 or so years on this planet, I have yet to see a McDonalds ad that suggests anything but unlimited, immoderate use of their product.


Post one ad from McDonalds where they explicitly suggest an unlimited and immoderate use of their product. It shouldn't be too hard since you claim there's 30 years worth.
 
2013-05-24 01:58:11 PM

werty789: Oops. that should be healthy foods.


It also should be DOES.
 
2013-05-24 01:59:31 PM
What the CEO of McDonald's might look like:

www.supernaturalwiki.com

Look at him, taunting that boy with healthy snacks! What a monster! They're gonna ride that toy horse straight to the drive-thru at Mickey D's, and the boy will even get a consolation prize for his nightmarish ordeal!
 
2013-05-24 02:03:18 PM

Rapmaster2000: Hyjamon: Rapmaster2000: [www.washingtonpost.com image 600x530]
Not that I'm blaming McDonald's for this.  They're just giving you fatties what you want.  It's smart business.

this.  Especially the sodas.  Sometimes I order a meal and get the medium size but ask for a small soda.  the medium barely fits in my cupholders or is too top heavy to hand a turn and the large, I don't need a large QUART of soda to go with a hamburger.

Since purchasing a BMW (yeah, pricks on the inside), I have to get a small everywhere I go.  Anything larger than that won't fit in the cupholder.  I imagine some stern German engineer saying "cars are for driving, not for drinking!"


I never thought about that. They hold a beer perfectly. The oddity is that my friend's Caravan has cup holders big enough for a five gallon bucket.
 
2013-05-24 02:07:09 PM

DarkVader: You say kids aren't forced to eat there, but I can remember being a kid and not having a choice.

We ended up at SickDonalds, because my idiot sister wanted to go there.  I protested, frequently loudly, but was still handed that awful hamburger tasting of sawdust and the cardboard fries.  I still don't understand how you people could possibly like those fries, they're some sort of reconstituted potato mush, very slight changes to the processing and that stuff would be the box, not the fries.

But yes, I was forced to eat there.  I would have been perfectly happy with some broiled scallops over rice, and some steamed asparagus, maybe with a nice mustard sauce.  I would have been ecstatic with a nice plate of crab, or some steamed oysters, or...  well, you get the idea.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't necessarily healthy food, I wanted my butter, I wanted my cheese, I wanted my cream sauces.


Wow... I have you farkied as a "wanna be tough guy and a liar." So, maybe it's prophetic.
 
2013-05-24 02:07:30 PM

poot_rootbeer: udhq: I'm not, but I can't speak for the millions of 3-5 year olds that will sit through dozens of McDonalds ads tomorrow during Saturday morning cartoons without possessing the cognitive tools to know that they are being flat-out lied to.

No one is forced to watch Saturday morning cartoons, either.

/also, what is a Saturday morning cartoon?  How old are you?


Yeah, does that whole get up early and wait for cartoons thing exist any longer? I loved it as a child, but something tells me that my kid will be like, why did you have to wait?

Well, back in the olden days....
 
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