Govt. Should Trap Fat People Like Squirrels – NYTImes

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This New York Times cartoon illustrating an article urging government crackdowns on people’s diet deserves a prize for honesty. It is attached to a piece by Michael Mudd headlined “How to Force Ethics on the Food Industry.”

This former Kraft Foods executive wants a jihad against food choices – including a bevy of new taxes on foods currently considered not healthy enough.

The cartoon would have been more accurate if it showed people like Mudd and Mayor Bloomberg using electric cattle prods on people lined up at convenience store checkouts.


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7 Responses to Govt. Should Trap Fat People Like Squirrels – NYTImes

  1. Alpowolf March 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    The current government approach to obesity reminds me strongly of the scene in Full Metal Jacket when the drill instructor finds a jelly doughnut in “Gomer Pyle’s” footlocker, and proceeds to punish the entire platoon for the transgression. Mass punishment is the government’s default “solution” to every problem.

  2. Jim March 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Great point . I have always avoided jelly doughnuts even when they were not under squirrel traps. Glazed donuts – well, that’s a different story. (They didn’t have jelly doughnuts in my hometown when I was growing up – they were a big city affectation.)

  3. Tom Blanton March 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Does anyone know if there was an exception made for free large fountain drinks given to members of the NYPD?

    I’m pretty sure that most police academies train future peace officers to scarf down free 7-11 jelly doughnuts or free 7-11 chili dogs in one big gulp. Obviously, these officers are going to require a very large high-fructose corn syrup beverage to wash down these snacks. I understand that the consumption of this 3-item food pyramid is known as “bulking up” in police fitness circles.

    Jim, did you interview that champion body-builder policeman that you one photographed about his diet and exercise regimen? I’ll bet he knew all about the jelly doughnut. While the military may eschew the jelly-filled taste treats, the paramilitary chews them – very quickly.

    • Jim March 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      No, I didn’t interview that guy. I was standing in an area swarming with police visiting DC to raise hell and petition Congress for special treatment. I used a point-and-shoot Coolpix for that photo – and it was pretty much of a literal point and shoot and scram situation.

  4. Jim March 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Tom, your comment gave me a pretext to repost —

  5. Cornmesser March 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Oh, ha ha ha ha! ! Ha! ! Le temps de le manquer! Eden est à court de conte de fées chaotique en constante évolution, mais aussi Guangcan! ! Le gaz éloignés des bombes, doux, en ligne droite et en vue des agriculteurs,Normalisé voile du calendrier grégorien

    • The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit March 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm #