2008
02.07

When I was young, I remember how much I used to love being in America and how much I thought the government was really trying to help us out. My family wasn’t wealthy. In fact, we were on welfare most of my childhood. My mom worked hard and got us out of downtown Trenton.

Now that I’m older, I realize just how fucked up our government really is and the more I learn, the more I really wish I didn’t live here.

Do you remember a few years ago when Bush was trying to pass that law that allowed presidential candidates to be reelected for more than two terms? I do. Mostly because I emailed my Senator. This was at a time where my mother was writing to him… usually several times a day. He answered me. I was impressed by that.

The newest law that really gets me is this one:

HOUSE BILL NO. 282

An act to prohibit certain food establishments from serving food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the state department of health; to direct the department to prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese and to provide those materials to the food establishments; to direct the department to monitor the food establishments for compliance with the provisions of this act; and for related purposes. Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of Mississippi:

SECTION 1.

(1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.

(2) Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.

(3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2008.

I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong. How are you going to try to prevent people from eating? If anything, this should be UNconstitutional.

Yes, obesity is a problem, but that’s someone’s personal problem. You shouldn’t try to control someone else like that. I’m so disgusted by our country right now.

  1. Wow, that’s insane! Can you imagine working at McDonald’s, and having to say, “Sorry. You’re too fat to eat here.” WTF is this country coming to?! The people that propose these things are certifiably insane.

  2. Wow, that’s certainly not the right way to handle obesity. I mean, yes, it is a rising problem and all that, but that’s just plain … mean.

  3. Wow… I just really don’t have any words that can even begin to describe how utterly appalled I am at the idea that someone would even THINK of doing something like that. Obesity is a growing problem in America, but refusing to serve people (who would otherwise probably eat nothing) food isn’t the way to fix it.

  4. [quote comment=”20486″]Wow, that’s insane! Can you imagine working at McDonald’s, and having to say, “Sorry. You’re too fat to eat here.” WTF is this country coming to?! The people that propose these things are certifiably insane.[/quote]

    Well, you know, luckily they can go through the drive through there… I guess.

  5. [quote comment=”20488″]Wow… I just really don’t have any words that can even begin to describe how utterly appalled I am at the idea that someone would even THINK of doing something like that. Obesity is a growing problem in America, but refusing to serve people (who would otherwise probably eat nothing) food isn’t the way to fix it.[/quote]

    Exactly! And some people have health problems (ie thyroid disorders) and can’t help it!

  6. I have to admit, I would like to see how they would implement this.

    What are they going to do, have a scale at the register? And what if someone orders something to go, will they not be allowed to? Will they send a secret tracer in your burger and then storm through your house and arrest you for bringing home a Big Mac to your cousin Tiny who can’t buy the burger themselves?

  7. [quote comment=”20493″]I have to admit, I would like to see how they would implement this.

    What are they going to do, have a scale at the register? And what if someone orders something to go, will they not be allowed to? Will they send a secret tracer in your burger and then storm through your house and arrest you for bringing home a Big Mac to your cousin Tiny who can’t buy the burger themselves?[/quote]

    The article I read said that the restaurants would have to keep scales & BMI calculators at the front and keep patrons weights on file. lol.

  8. I’m actually reading the New York Post and the bill writer said he never expected the bill to pass but was just “trying to side a little light on the Number One problem in Mississippi.”

    I hate to imagine what the number two problem is.

  9. Two things:

    1) It should be stressed that this is a Mississippi proposal and not a national proposal. I’m not saying the Mississippi legislature has nothing better to do, but state legislatures deal with stupid bills all the time.

    2) Senator Arlen Spector is pursuing the NFL/Patriots Spygate thing on the U.S. Senate level and that is wicked nuts. Don’t we have like a collapsing economy?

  10. I disagree. The NFL is under scrutiny because of federal anti-trust laws. It’s the same as the federal government being involved over steroids in baseball.

    Well, not EXACTLY but there are many similarities that make you wonder why sports and politics are so mixed with each other.

  11. Before you assume there are any altruistic motives on Spector’s part, it is worth doing a search for his ties to Comcast.

    Comcast has been trying to find ways of eliminating the NFL’s anti-trust exemption for years and Spector is their man in Washington. This is all about Spector doing a favor for one of his big money contributors.

    Worth a passing read.

  12. FWIW, the linked article both supports what you say and also makes the money connection clear…

  13. [quote comment=”20499″]FWIW, the linked article both supports what you say and also makes the money connection clear…[/quote]
    Part of the anti-trust law that Spector was concerned with was how the NFL-owned NFL network was vying to carry the exclusive coverage of the final regular season game between the Patriots and Giants and not share it with any of the networks as it generally does with all their other games. Basically, this would be the first Pay-Per-View football game when it comes down to it, because the only ones that would have been able to see it (other than those in attendance) would be those that pay for the NFL Network. The exemption they have allows them to black out games within a certain mileage of the venue if a certain percentage of tickets for the game has not been met, but not black out everyone entirely just because they don’t have access to their NFL-owned cable network.

    His interest in SpyGate isn’t so much a “What happened here?” case as much as it is a “Okay, you fine this guy and team for breaking your rules but you allow the evidence to be destroyed?” case, seeing as apparently the NFL is having a difficult time governing itself.

    And the only reason why Comcast wants the antitrust broken is because they don’t want to pay to carry the NFL network. Sorry, suck it up, and move on.