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Kathy Lee Gifford thinks Obese means depressed!

Yesterday on the Today Show, Kathie Lee Gifford actually said,”Some would rather be depressed than obese, but you’re depressed anyway when you are when you are obese. “.  It’s in the video from the NBC site below (after the commercial).  Well, I take great offense to that!  I’m the happiest person I know and I’m as fat as fat can be.  Depressed my ass!  What is wrong with her?  What would I be depressed?  People move out of my way in the buffet line!

Would you call Santa depressed?  No, he’s a jolly fat man!

You know who is depressed, those skinny ass models who can’t eat!  That’s who’s depressed.  You ever see one of them smile?  No, you have not because they can eat and smiling takes muscle power they don’t have because they don’t eat.  It is a never-ending  circle!

I demand that the Today Show makes Kathie Lee Gifford apologize for her insensitive and hurtful remarks!  I demand a personal apology!  How dare she call fat people depressed!  We should all call them on Monday morning and demand our due as the heavyweights we are!

Obese People Unite!  Big is Beautiful!  I like big butts and I cannot lie.  You other brothers cannot deny, well you get the idea.  There’s nothing sadder than a fat, white woman trying to rap.

Hey, you gonna eat that?

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For those of you without a sense of humor, I mean all of this in a humorous way.  I have no issue with Kathie Lee Gifford’s statement.  It is her opinion and I support her right to have one.  It is a generalization that does have some truth, some overweight people are depressed – just like some skinny people are.  It’s just the way things go.

I, also, wrote this late at night and I’m a little tired.  It might not be as funny as I think it is right at the moment I wrote it.  But, heck, it isn’t like Kathie Lee Gifford will read this and have her feelings hurt by it.

The GOP Problem

According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans believe that the GOP should listen to the Tea Party. An overwhelming amount of Republicans (88%), a high number of Independents (46%) and a majority amount of Democrats (51%) respondents believe that the Tea Party ideas should be important to the GOP.

I wonder about that. The poll, according to the article, didn’t ask about which ideas are important, so I wonder just how telling is this poll? How can you answer a blanket statement when the Tea Party ideas differ across the board. For example, Rand Paul is against the Federal Reserve and wants massive cuts to medicare. Are those the Tea Party ideas the poll respondents think the Republican Party should get behind? I’m not sure how Republicans feel about the Federal Reserve, but I am willing to bet that 88% of Republicans do not want cuts to medicare.

Smaller government is ensposed by Tea Party candidates, but what does smaller government actually look like? Ronald Reagan – a Tea Party hero – championed the smaller goverment cause, yet when he left office the government had actually grown.  In fact, at least one of his deregulations blew up in his face.  In 1982, Congress passed and Reagan signed the Garn – St. Germain Depository Institutions Act “easing regulations of savings and loans…leading to the later S&L collapse.”1.  I believe President Reagan learned his lesson. In 1987, he signed the Competitive Equality Banking Act. He publically criticized the act, but I think this was an act. I think Reagan saw with the S&L collapse just why we needed banking regulations in the first place.

I bring this up because I believe that Ronald Reagan possessed something that the Tea Party leaders and candidates seriously lack: common sense. Reagan knew when to compromise and when to stand strong. Reagan would have a good time talking (and, reportedly drinking beer) with Tip O’Neill after the Congressional day was done. I can’t see one of the Tea Party disciples doing the samething and that is their failure and the failure of the GOP. (And, the failure of the Dems, who without Teddy to lead them seem a little loss trying to find their way across the aisle.) Without finding the common ground, without compromising and moving to center, we can probably kiss our great nation goodbye.  To paraphrase another great Republican, Abe Lincoln,  “A nation divided cannot stand.”

I believe if the GOP continues to bend the way of the extremists and, believe me – the Tea Party is full of extremists, they will not only hurt themselves, but they will hurt the nation.  And, then the GOP problem will become our problem.

1 The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street pg. 27

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Killing Marriage

There’s an article on MSNBC that quotes a new survey about marriage.  According to the article, 4 in 10 people believe that marriage is becoming obsolete.  By my calculations, that works out to 40% of the people out there.

Ironic, isn’t it?

At a time when gay people are screaming for our rights to be married, 40% of straight people aren’t feeling the need to get married.  All of those anti-gay marriage groups keep proclaiming that you have to stop gay marriage in order to protect marriage.  I think they need to change their tune and their focus.

Instead of picking on the people who want to marry, they should start taking a good look at those people who don’t want or don’t feel the need to get married.  Maybe, they should hold Pro-marriage rallies for straight people and let them know the advantages of marriage.

And, there are plenty of advantages to be married, including inheritance rights, health care decision making and tax advantages.  Married couples – when the marriage works – offer a  stable environment for their families and friends.  Saving money on your taxes is a good thing, as well, so why wouldn’t straight people want to get married?

It makes no sense at all.

What does make sense is that the decline of the idea of marriage as an institution to which one would want to strive cannot be blamed on us gay people.

To straights every where:  Start working to save your marriages!

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