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No Wonder those Little Dogs Never Stop Barking

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Okay, a href=”http://thephatphree.com/features.asp?StoryID=1800SectionID=11LayoutType=1″this post about what one of those yippy little dogs /awould say to it’s female owner (Paris Hilton, perhaps) is just hilarious (Hat Tip to Professor Brannon Denning who is a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/031687.php”guest blogging /aat Instapundit).br /br /strongUpdate:/strong I wonder what in the hell that little yippy dog would have to say if it’s owner bought it a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/B000GF04Q4tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″this?/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?\t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000GF04Q4″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I can’t believe that this gadget uses nanotechnology–aren’t there more useful areas than little dog barks to develope this powerful technology? On the other hand, after listening to one of these little dogs for awhile–maybe not.

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Saturday, July 29th, 2006

I was surprised one day recently when I stopped by my local Jewish Community Center to ask about their summer camps and it was locked and had a code pad up front. When I was let in, office workers were behind locked doors and ushered me in when they saw I was no threat. In my youth, the same center was open to the public–how times have changed. This a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206172,00.html”attack Friday afternoon /aat the Jewish Federation in Seattle leaves me stunned and saddened with the realization that even in the US, Jews are not safe. Somehow, I think it will take more than a locked door and a security code (which the man who claimed to be a Muslim forced his way through yesterday prior to his attack) to keep the Jewish people safe. Perhaps this is an isolated incident–I sure hope so.

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Andrea Yates found Not Guilty

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Andrea Yates was found a href=”http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4073570.html”Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity today/a:br /br /blockquoteA Harris County jury has found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity during her second capital murder trial for the drowning deaths of her children in the family’s bathtub in 2001.br /br /The verdict upholding Yates’ insanity defense comes after the jury deliberated more than 12 hours over three days. Yates appeared shocked and sat staring wide-eyed with her lips slightly parted as State District Judge Belinda Hill asked each juror individually shortly after noon today whether they agreed with the verdict.br /br /….It is unknown how long Yates will be hospitalized, but she will be subject to periodic reviews by state District Judge Belinda Hill’s court./blockquotebr /br /My bet is she will be out within seven to nine years–wish her five children could have been so lucky.br /br /Update: Dave Kopel has more on the a href=”http://www.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopel082801.shtml”double standards for parent murderers: /abr /br /blockquoteMurder a bunch of people in your family. Take long enough to perform the multiple killings so that it’s plain that the killings were not a momentary passion. Are you the victim?br /br /Consider Nikolay Soltys, currently on the FBI’s most-wanted list for murdering seven people: his three-year-old son, his pregnant wife, two cousins (aged 9 and 10), and his aunt and uncle. Nobody defends those heinous acts. Nobody offers excuses about how tough it is to be an immigrant, to support an extended family, to cope with job-related stresses, or the like. Even though there is speculation that money problems helped push Soltys over the edge, nobody is claiming that the murders are “society’s fault” because society isn’t supportive enough of fathers of small children. Instead, Soltys is accurately described as a “monster.”/blockquotebr /br /a href=”http://www.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopelprint082801.html”Read more/a…

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The Carnival of Homeschooling

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The a href=”http://liltinghouse.clubmom.com/the_lilting_house/2006/07/carnival_of_hom_1.html”30th Carnival of Homeschooling /ais up at The Lilting House Blog.

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Vacation and Politics: Some Survival Tips

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

While on vacation this week I caught part of a talk show segment about how to survive a vacation with friends and family members. I watched couples as they described the inherent conflicts they faced when making decisions about where to eat, how much to spend, and where to stay with family members. However, the show didn’t touch on another important source of conflict: how to deal with differing political views when staying in close quarters with family or friends. Certainly, the polite stance to take would be to not bring politics up at all–but with 24 hour news being blared from every restaurant, the polarization of the political parties and for God sakes, that horrible emFox News/em, who can help but get incensed? br /br /As a libertarian/independent, I am often in the company of family members and friends who do not share my political persuasions–to them, I am a rabid right-winger because I am not against the war, like emFox News/em, support Israel and think Bush is doing the best he can under the circumstances (although I certainly disagree with some of his policies; to other of our friends I’m a liberal!). On my recent vacation, one of our family members is a staunch liberal who sees the world in black and white terms while preaching tolerance. In her view, those who do not accept blacks and minorites are rabid racists but she talks non-stop about the horror of the religious right and the need to defeat them. br /br /A husband of a couple I talked with on vacation told me that he very rarely puts himself in a position to vacation or stay with his wife’s sister’s husband who non-chalantly chats about how Americans need to learn to tolerate Muslims and other minorities but talks about others in derogatory terms such as “Oh, you have to discount that man, he is German, you know how they are.” In another case of a single woman I know, her beach vacation ended early when the friends she went with (several of whom she did not know well) sat around the vacation house watching emFox News/em. When she voiced her displeasure and stated that she disliked Bush and perhaps used some very strong language, an argument ensued where the other vacationers told her to leave–ouch–what an unpleasant way to end a vacation.br /br /So what can you do to get along when you vacation with loved ones or friends whose world views are different than yours? First, accept that everyone has differing opinions and that this might be a good thing. The same family member I described above who had little tolerance for the religious right had been very active in the civil right’s movement years ago and is a very good and loyal person. Second, if there are topics that hit a nerve such as discussing the religious right in derogatory terms, change the subject if possible to something more pleasant that you can both agree on or change the topic all together to the weather, sports or something neutral. Thirdly, if you choose to engage in a discussion, realize that it can get heated–perhaps you enjoy this type of verbal engagement–go for it, but do not let it get out of hand and realize that you will probably not change the person’s mind. I calm myself in these situations by focusing on what I can do to change things in some way by discussing information with a larger audience such as by blogging, podcasting or helping in a political campaign. Next, I breathe calmly and count to ten and tell myself I am practicing a href=”http://wso.williams.edu:8000/orgs/peerh/stress/relax.html”relaxation techniques /a in all situations. Finally, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen, in other words, if there are some friends and family members whose political and worldviews are so difficult for you to deal with that you border on hypertension or go into a blinding rage, perhaps being in close quarters is something you should avoid–limit your visits to short ones that involve an activity and less talk.br /br /Have other readers had experiences on vacations where heated political discussions or worldviews clashed? Is so, share some tips with how you coped (or not).

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Back from Vacation

Monday, July 24th, 2006

I spent the week in Orlando at Epcot (the French restaurant was the highlight) and then went on to the a href=”http://www.thebreakers.com/”Breakers in Palm Beach/a. I thought I would get some time to blog but the weather and beach were so beautiful that I spent the time gazing at palm trees–but I guess I have to return to the real world where life is not as perfect–darn!

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29th Carnival of Homeschooling

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

The 29th Carnival of Homeschooling is up at a href=”http://blog.nerdfamily.com/2006/07/carnival-of-homeschooling-29.html”nerdfamily.com/a. Pro-nerd–I’m all for that.

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Fat Kids and Beer Podcast

Monday, July 17th, 2006

The latest Glenn & Helen Show -now a part of PJ Media’s POLITICSCENTRAL- is now available: Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds and Helen “Instawife” Smith talk to Dr. Zemel about fat kids and what can be done about it. Before, they visited a microbrewery. Listen online or download a hi-fi or lo-fi versions at this link.

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Podcast on Fat Kids (excuse me, kids at risk for overweight) and Beer

Monday, July 17th, 2006

a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/brewery3.jpg”img style=”cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/brewery3.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /It’s a podcast on the fly today using our new a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/B000FPQFKOtag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″digital recorder./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000FPQFKO” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Today we are talking about food and beer: are we getting too much or too little? First, we stop in at the a href=”http://www.downtownbrewery.com/”Downtown Grill and Brewery/a for lunch and we interview two guys who have the best jobs in Knoxville: brewing beer. We talk to the master brewer about how he took his beer brewing from a hobby to a successful career and with his apprentice about how he turned his chemistry studies into a cool job. As for being a beer brewer–no college degree is required–maybe this is where all the guys are instead of college. br /br /Next, we stop in and talk with a href=”http://myprofile.cos.com/mzemel%20″Dr. Michael Zemel/a, director of the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/047146368Xtag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″The Calcium Key : The Revolutionary Diet Discovery That Will Help You Lose Weight Faster./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=047146368X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / You may have heard of Dr. Zemel’s research on calcium that shows you can a href=”http://www.webmd.com/content/article/85/98823.htm”drink yourself skinny with /amilk. We’ll talk to him about a very important problem in this country: obesity in children. If you are a parent and have an overweight or chubby kid, you may want to listen to Dr. Zemel’s moderate approach to dealing with overweight kids. You can get more information on overweight kids at a href=”http://aom.americaonthemove.org/site/c.hiJRK0PFJpH/b.1591831/k.EF39/America_On_the_Move__Family_Study_Results_Announced.htm”www.americaonthemove.org/a.br /br /You can subscribe via iTunes by a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″ target=”_blank”clicking here./a If you’d rather, you can a href=”http://politicscentral.com/audio/2006/07/20060716-FatKidsandBeer.mp3″download the file directly here,/a or get a lo-fi version for dialup a href=”http://politicscentral.com/audio/2006/07/20060716-FatKidsandBeer-lofi.mp3″here./a And don’t miss our archive of previous podcasts at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com./abr /br /Music is by a href=”http://www.disgraceland.com/product.asp?productid=dland0001″ target=”_blank”The Opposable Thumbs./abr /br /a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/zemel.0.jpg”img style=”cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/zemel.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”" //a

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Our New Home for the Glenn and Helen Show

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Our podcast–a href=”http://www.politicscentral.com/show/glenn_helen_show/”The Glenn and Helen show/a–has now joined with PJ Media at their new site, a href=”http://www.politicscentral.com/”politicscentral.com/a. Stop by and take a look.

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Podcast with Senator John McCain

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

a href=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/1600/mccain.png”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/750/48/320/mccain.png” border=”0″ alt=”" //abr /We were very pleased to have a href=”http://mccain.senate.gov/”Senator John McCain /a of Arizona do his first podcast ever with us. Senator McCain takes time out of his busy schedule to speak with us about a number of important political issues including immigration, campaign finace reform, gun control, and pork spending. He has some good advice on anger management for those of us with blogs. In addition, we ask him about his run for the 2008 Presidential election–is Condi going to be his running mate? Tune in and find out. br /br /You can a href=”http://podcasts.instapundit.com/JohnMcCain.mp3″listen to the podcast here/a or subscribe a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes./a You can access our archives at the a href=”http://www.GlennandHelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com./a Those with dial-up can a href=”http://www.instapundit.com/extra_archives/2006_02.php#028499″listen here./a Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

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Arizona’s Finest

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

John McCain is on the Glenn and Dr. Helen hotseat. The subjects at hand: immigration, the second amendment and the subject for which the senator is most (in)famous, campaign finance reform, among other things.

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Podcast with Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Today we interview Chris Anderson, the editor in chief of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/B00005N7TLtag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″emWired/em,/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B00005N7TL” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / about his new book, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=as2path=ASIN/1401302378tag=wwwviolentkicomcamp=1789creative=9325″The Long Tail : Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More./aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1401302378″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / He has good news for all of us who have quirky or imaginative wares to sell (books, videos, etc., music)–we may not have a big hit on our hands but there is almost always a niche market for everyone’s talents and products. And thanks to the new world of the Internet and technology, products are getting cheaper to make and market. For example, my DVD of ema href=”http://www.sixthemovie.com/”Six/a/em cost me just $25,000 to produce and it found a home on the Internet as well as colleges and Universities. I never could have done this ten or fifteen years ago. Anderson coined the term “The Long Tail” to describe this phenomenon in which the combined value of modest sellers and quirky titles equals the sells of the top hits. If you want to know more about the future of business, take a listen to the discussion.br /br /You can a href=”http://podcasts.instapundit.com/ChrisAndersonLongTail.mp3″listen to the podcast here/a or by subscribing via a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″iTunes./a And for those stuck with dialup connections, there’s a lo-fi version a href=”http://www.instapundit.com/extra_archives/2006_02.php#028499″here./a You can also see our podcast archives at a href=”http://glennandhelenshow.com/”GlennandHelenShow.com/a. Leave any comments and suggestions below.

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Less is More

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

For the Glenn and Helen show, the hosts interview Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of a new book, The Long Tail : Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.

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Women Behaving Badly on the Internet

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Have you noticed how many women think they can use the internet a href=”http://drmelissaclouthier.blogspot.com/2006/07/jeff-goldstein-is-back-cyber-safety.html”to make threats against toddlers/a, a href=”http://www.villagevoice.com/people/0621,bussel,73274,24.html”flash their tits/a, and air their dirty laundry in public, all without repercussions? I have read that women are often afraid to comment on blogs because they do not want to stand up to criticism. However, it seems that there is also the opposite extreme: those women who think that they can say and do anything and no one is supposed to take notice or hold them accountable. br /br /My guess is that these women feel so ineffectual that they do not believe anyone would take them seriously, kind of like when a woman slaps a man, it is seen as funny since she is so “powerless.” On the other side, there is the possibility that these nutjobs have such a sense of entitlement (reinforced by society) that they can get away with saying and doing anything. Luckily, people are catching on to these nutcases and taking action– for example, the professor who threatened Jeff Goldstein’s toddler a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005507.htm”lost her job/a. (The whole sad story is a href=”http://patterico.com/2006/07/07/4838/blogger-threatens-jeff-goldsteins-two-year-old-son/”here./a) br /br /Good for Goldstein for standing up for women’s rights everywhere by holding this woman accountable and not letting her off the hook–maybe women will learn that their actions are not as ineffectual and powerless as they would have others believe. And for those who suffer from a sense of entitlement just because they are women? Maybe a dose of reality will help those women realize what men have always known–freedom and justice requires people to be responsible for their own actions, regardless of gender.br /br /strongUpdate/strong: I have nothing against boob flashers myself and frankly, think it’s fine. What I object to and should have made more clear in my post is that the boob flasher in this case is a href=”http://www.dianablaine.com/”Diane York Blaine/a, a professor, who is upset with conservatives, saying they are out to get her etc. as she dares to expose herself and her tits. However, the reality seems to be that she a href=”http://cardinalmartini.mu.nu/archives/175485.php”discriminates against men /aand is in the classroom preaching that all men are pigs and a href=”http://cardinalmartini.mu.nu/archives/184151.php”complicit in rape /aand when others call her on this–she then seems not to be able to deal with it and obviously thinks her “cute” antics with her boobs make her free. In other words, she thinks that because she is a woman, she can get away with this outrageous behavior. Imagine the reverse–a male professor says all women are sluts in class–than shows his penis on his website and thinks no one should hold him accountable. What do you think, could a male professor get away with this behavior? If so, have him email me so I can write up a case study.

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Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Dr. Melissa has a href=”http://drmelissaclouthier.blogspot.com/2006/07/blogger-personality-type.html”thoughts on blogger personality types/a. What do you think–do bloggers have personality types or are they a diverse group of “strange” individuals who just happen to like the internet?

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Carnival of the Insanities

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

The a href=”http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/07/carnival-of-insanities_09.html”Carnival of the Insanities /a is up at Dr. Sanity’s blog.

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Podcast on North Korea and Missiles

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Today, we are discussing the a href=”http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pridt=060706cat=newsst=newsd8imfndg0src=ap” missile tantrum /ain North Korea with Austin Bay of the a href=”http://austinbay.net/blog/?p=1261″Austin Bay Blog /a and Jim Dunnigan of a href=”http://www.strategypage.com/”Strategy Page/a. They discuss the psychological and political problems with the North Koreans as well as the Japanese and Chinese reaction to the North Koreans having nuclear weapons. We also touch on the foiled plot to blow up the Holland Tunnel in New York and what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. br /br /You can listen to the podcast by a href=”http://podcasts.instapundit.com/BayDunnigan070706.mp3″clicking here/a or subscribe a href=”http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=116559643s=143441″via iTunes here./a There’s a low-fi version for dialup users a href=”http://www.instapundit.com/extra_archives/2006_02.php#028499″here./a You can also see our complete podcast archives a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives/cat_podcasts.php”here/a. Please leave any comments or suggestions below.

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Glenn and Helen: Rumors of Wars

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Glenn and Dr. Helen talk to Austin Bay and Strategy Page’s Jim Dunnigan about the subject of their joint effort, A Quick and Dirty Guide to War: Briefings on Present and Potential Wars.

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Blog Week in Review, July 7, 2006

Friday, July 7th, 2006

In this week’s Blog Week in Review, Tammy Bruce, Eric Umansky and Glenn Reynolds discuss immigration hearings, “Blogola” and North Korea. As usual, Austin Bay moderates and Ed Driscoll produces.

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Carnival of Homeschooling

Friday, July 7th, 2006

The a href=”http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Tami/160771/”27th Carnival of Homeschooling /a is up at Tami’s blog. The 28th Carnival of Homeschooling is requesting submissions at the a href=”http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/”Why Homeschool Blog/a. If you would like to send in an entry, you can do soa href=”http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2006/07/request-for-submissions-for-next.html” here/a.

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Obesity, Buffets and Political Correctness

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Dr. Wes, who is of normal weight, notes that at a href=”http://drwes.blogspot.com/2006/07/suggestion-to-help-fight-obesity.html”a recent hotel buffet/a, he was one of the skinniest guys in the room:br /br /blockquoteSo the next morning we came downstairs for breakfast. It was remarkable how many people there were obese. Not just a little overweight. I mean obese. It was striking. And the place was packed to capacity. Tons of people (I mean that literally) having their breakfasts of biscuits and gravy, sweet rolls, cereal, french toast, orange juice, coffee, eggs and sausage, before heading out for the day. I wondered if others noticed the same phenomenon. Now I’m no anorexic, but for me to be one of the skinniest guys there was striking – the average body mass index there seemed to exceed the national deficit./blockquotebr /br /Dr. Wes also notes that doctors are now being told not to tell kids that they are fat. According to this ema href=”http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-07-02-obese-or-not_x.htm”USA Today /emarticle/a, the CDC has decided that to refer to kids as obese or fat could mislabel or “traumatize” them.br /br /Are our kids such hot house flowers that the truth about their condition is enough to send them over the edge? If so, their obesity, at risk of being overweight, fat or lard etc. is the least of our problems.br /br /Update: Eden at Justonebite has some a href=”http://www.justonebite.com/index.php/j1b/feast-of-wire/”more thoughts /aon the expense of healthy food as well as the time needed to prepare healthier foods. Just this morning, Glenn and I were discussing using minute rice for dinner instead of the slow cooked brown rice which is supposedly better for you. The reason for the minute rice? Neither one of us wants to take the time to cook the real stuff for 45 minutes. To tell you the truth, I am absent-minded (i.e. surfing the internet lost in blogland) and usually end up burning the rice and/or starting a fire. Then the meal is ruined and I feel really stupid whereas with the minute rice, I just pop it in the microwave and push one button and feel like a chef.br /br /strongUpdate II/strong: It seems that the comments about those who are overweight are reflective of the dichotomy in our society between those who are prejudiced against the overweight and those who think people should be treated as human beings regardless of their size. I have witnessed people who are so fearful and prejudiced against the overweight that they cease to see them as human and think that they should lose weight before presenting themselves to the world. This is hogwash. br /br /Is being overweight a health issue? Maybe, but so what? Is that any reason to make cruel remarks to people’s face about their condition or pay someone less because they are overweight? People are so concerned with appearance that their manners and humanity have gone out the window–maybe we should get some of it back. Perhaps a little less emphasis on looks and a little more on treating others with some decency is more warranted than accusing others of being an eyesore. That cruel behavior, in my opinion, is worse than weighing 500 pounds. Does this mean that doctors and professionals should not bring up weight issues if it is for health reasons? Of course they should. However, that is a different issue then accusing others of being morally bankrupt, lazy or just plain slothful just for weighing too much. One could say the same about those who treat others like trash, just because they can’t regulate their cruel behavior.

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