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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:09 PM

Mississippi House Passes Bill Affirming Right to "Eat 20 Big Macs," Guzzle "1,000 Sodas"

In an unbelievable waste of taxpayer money and legislative time, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Wednesday HB 1182, a bill meant to affirm the right of citizens of the fattest state in the nation to keep getting fatter.

"If you wanna go eat 20 Big Macs, you can go eat 20 Big Macs," said Democratic Rep. Gregory Holloway, the bill's handler. "If you want 1,000 sodas, you can still do that" (That's a 14,600 calorie meal, as The Clarion Ledger points out).

It's been dubbed the "Anti-Mayor Bloomberg Bill" by opponents. Sure enough, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Jerry Turner, confesses that it is indeed the Anti-Mayor Bloomberg Bill. That's a reference to the anti-obesity New York City law that bans the sell of sodas larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and other vendors.

In a rousing speech that nearly caused some members of the Republican House to soil themselves in excitement, Turner defended the law on the basis of championing "personal liberty," drawing "hoots of approval" from fellow Republicans, who seem to have forgotten that they are representatives, not a load of fratasses.

What Turner doesn't mention, of course, is that the "personal liberty" bill that encourages Mississippians to get even fatter and even unhealthier comes at huge cost to the tax payers, who must shoulder the burden of a healthcare crisis in Mississippi that is caused, in large part, by our 35% obesity rate. That crisis also means that everyone else's healthcare premiums cost more, too. But don't tell the Mississippi Republicans that, who have spent years wondering why Medicaid costs the state so much. Don't tell Democrats like Holloway, either.

More: http://www.deepsouthprogressive.com/2013/02/mississippi-house-passes-bill-affirming_13.html

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Reply Mississippi House Passes Bill Affirming Right to "Eat 20 Big Macs," Guzzle "1,000 Sodas" (Original post)
ashtonelijah Feb 2013 OP
JaneyVee Feb 2013 #1
arely staircase Feb 2013 #24
ashtonelijah Feb 2013 #31
Ian David Feb 2013 #2
Happyhippychick Feb 2013 #3
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #4
Selatius Feb 2013 #5
arely staircase Feb 2013 #25
snappyturtle Feb 2013 #6
LiberalAndProud Feb 2013 #7
Ian Iam Feb 2013 #8
Initech Feb 2013 #9
Stinky The Clown Feb 2013 #10
mindwalker_i Feb 2013 #11
CanonRay Feb 2013 #12
DevonRex Feb 2013 #13
freshwest Feb 2013 #18
DevonRex Feb 2013 #19
freshwest Feb 2013 #22
DevonRex Feb 2013 #21
freshwest Feb 2013 #23
ashtonelijah Feb 2013 #29
freshwest Feb 2013 #32
ashtonelijah Feb 2013 #28
DevonRex Feb 2013 #36
Warren Stupidity Feb 2013 #14
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #15
lonestarnot Feb 2013 #16
ck4829 Feb 2013 #17
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #20
ashtonelijah Feb 2013 #30
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #33
DinahMoeHum Feb 2013 #26
NoGOPZone Feb 2013 #27
RedCappedBandit Feb 2013 #34
Brigid Feb 2013 #35
Heywood J Feb 2013 #37
Downtown Hound Feb 2013 #38

Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:13 PM

1. How am I not staring at an Onion link?

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:48 PM

24. if this is not satire

then satire is dead.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:46 PM

31. I asked myself the same thing when I was typing the headline.

n/t

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:13 PM

2. They should call it the Mr. Creosote Bill

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:15 PM

3. If red staters want to eat that way, oh well.

Enjoy!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:16 PM

4. What a waste of taxpayer money. Shame on them. I love burgers but I don't need a bill

 

to tell me how many I should eat or not eat.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:17 PM

5. They'd rather vote on bills like this than bills taxing the rich to repair their broken schools.

Mississippi is a good example of private and business interests controlling the state government. It has always been like this.

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Response to Selatius (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:56 PM

25. or doing much good for anyone except said interests

i would guess given the state's miserable ranking in almost everything that indicates a first world level of economic prosperity. granted much of that first world prosperity too has wafted up into the hands of top shelf plutocrats and their paid hucksters, out of the hands of a suffering middle class. but mississipi is something akin to the last years of czarist russia - still clinging to fuedalism centuries after the rest of Europe. there may still be slaves there who were never told about the outcome of the civil war.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:17 PM

6. Unbelievable! What a waste of money or could it be that everything in Mississippi is perfect

so that the congressmen can instead spend their time on this frivolity?

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:18 PM

7. Honestly, I've got nothing against the eat what you want sentiment.

But really, they had to spend time on this? I'd want to dock their pay if I were a constituent.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:21 PM

8. Anti-Mayor Bloomberg Bill?

 

I should think 'Thinning The Herd Bill' would be more apt.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:23 PM

9. At the very least the Mississippi legislature just created a booming economy for cardiologists.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:29 PM

10. If you live in a blue state, the legislative action of these ASSHOLES will cost you money

Blue states subsidize the added costs those unhealthy people who will come out of this stupid action.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:30 PM

11. That's what Repubs mean when they say they support freedom

(Insert picture of guy from Star Trek - Yangs and Congs)

Freedom means you can buy big macks, you can buy whoppers, you can choose to go to Safeway vs. Lucky's, you can buy more cloths than TVs or vice versa. You can suck one corporate d*** or the other. The choice is yours!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:30 PM

12. Mississippi; Fatest state in the Union

Kinda figures, doesn't it. Why oh why did we let them back in...

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:36 PM

13. I love your blog.

I was born in Mississippi. Haven't lived there in a long time. But I know it well.

ETA: I liked you on FB and added you to my favorites list. Lots of great articles there. It'll help keep me informed. My family there are all RWers.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:17 PM

18. Too bad the 'manmade tornado that hit Hades-burg' video on the blog was removed by the user.

Last edited Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:50 AM - Edit history (1)

The HAARP weather control force was strong with that one...



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Response to freshwest (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:31 PM

19. The wha????

Did I miss something? HAARP? You've got to be kidding me. Oh, man. Back to poking around...

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:44 PM

22. Second story on the right, you know, the gummit did it.

Last edited Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:50 PM - Edit history (1)

The Infowars crowd has so far claimed that Katrina, an earthquake in China and the earthquake in Japan with the resulting Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy all the bird deaths were all created by Government using HAARP and weapons.

Oh, and Obama caused the BP spill and used mind control to make every last one of the shootings and all acts of terrorism since before 911.

Plus, the new head of PBS in Georgia believes the Government is using mind control on all of us and he'll be doing that on the state dime. That's why I tell people to check CT out when arguing with WJs. This stuff's 24/7 and growing more every day. Here's the DU thread on GA:

Listeners, employees quit Georgia public broadcasting as mind-control conspiracy theorist takes over

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022253137

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Response to freshwest (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:43 PM

21. Ok. It's a YouTube Channel.

KafkaWinstonWorld. All the nutty you could want in one place.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:45 PM

23. Ooh, yeah. And just think - they all vote teabagger!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:40 PM

29. Just realized she removed it.

I think she's probably mentally ill after watching some of her other videos (as if the Hades-burg video wasn't enough). But the fact is, there are people on our TVs and radio every single day who say things that are just as out of tune with reality and the real world. These non-clinically-mentally-ill people who spout these crazy conspiracies are only encouraging people who actually are mentally ill to leap off the deep end with them. That's the real danger, I think.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Reply #29)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:48 PM

32. I don't what harm they cause except in the voting booth.

That's done more than people realize. I've known people who seemed quite sane all of their lives. Then they watched FOX and listened to Glenn Beck, then Alex Jones. And then they were off the races. They believed Obama was the greatest threat to their lives. None of it had to do with their reality - not one single bit of it. All in their minds, inserted by hate radio and teevee.

I don't recognize this country, though I followed all the trends and learned what they were listening to and watching and reading. I can't hop on board the plane to Nutsoville with them and they are ruining things with their voting patterns.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:38 PM

28. Thanks for the support!

Glad you like it, and thanks for following me! Much appreciated!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:18 AM

36. I have young relatives

Still in MS who are FB friends. There's still hope for a couple of them, politics-wise, so your blog will actually help me out. I can link to it for a progressive voice on local news so they won't just have their tea party parents' views. Or the Jackson newspaper. Is it the Clarion Ledger? I don't think it does a great job, anyway. And I know my tiny hometown paper was/is horrendous. You really don't want to know how bad. I'm about to crown you the Media Giant Of Mississippi.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:39 PM

14. Fetch the bucket!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:40 PM

15. He apparently misunderstands the New York city law.

There's nothing in that law that would prevent a person from buying 1000 sodas - they would all just be 16oz sodas.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 09:43 PM

16. Are they also on the 2 1/2 day per weekers plan? Post a pic. I want to look at them.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:14 PM

17. "Let me finish this last big mac, then I'll join your Tea Party protest against social security!"

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:40 PM

20. So very mature of the Mississippi House!

They obviously have more fat than brains in their tiny little heads!

Thank you for your Op, ash.

PS. Are your friends doing ok since Hattiesburg?

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:44 PM

30. Doing good!

All my friends and family are safe and sound. Some have lost homes, but the community is really helping out and we're also getting help from around the country. All the local businesses have been out in full force, the restaurants are handing out free meals, local technology companies are offering free wifi and phone charging, nightclubs are hosting special events nightly to raise money for victims via cover charge, and neighbors are offering housing to those who lost their homes. Hundreds of students gathered today on the University campus to start the cleanup. It's a beautiful thing. We're also grateful for all the support from around the nation. Thanks so much!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Reply #30)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:55 PM

33. So very glad to hear that!

Be Well!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:02 PM

26. May they all drop dead from heart attacks or strokes. . .

. . .that is, if they have any hearts or brains to begin with.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:04 PM

27. What if you want to eat 1,000 Big Macs and guzzle 20 sodas? nt

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:58 PM

34. Plump, content, and apathetic consumers.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:09 AM

35. I think the MS legislators are already consuming too much junk, apparently.

All that fat clogging up their arteries is preventing blood from getting to their brains.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:57 AM

37. Personal liberty.

Need an abortion? No way.
Voting while non-white? Hell no.
Want to guzzle sodas and Big Macs? You're good to go!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:27 AM

38. Um, this needed a bill? n/t

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