Mississippi is, of course, America’s worst state. And it also has the fattest children on Earth.
A tragic new study proves that 44% of Mississippi’s 10-to-17 year olds are overweight, and 22% of them are Medically Obese. These are kids we’re talking about, not 62-year-old lifelong swine like Haley Barbour.
Oregon, meanwhile, has the lowest ratio of fatso children in America, with “only” 10% of its children officially obese. There was even a small decline in the percentage of overweight and obese kids in Oregon between 2003 and 2007 — Mississippi’s juvenile fat-bags were up 8% during that same period, as the awful state’s child-obesity rate went up 4%.
Nationwide, we continue to have some fat fucking kids, with the most recent national data (from 2004) showing 32% of U.S. kids are overweight and 16% are obese. And that was six years ago. Just look around. It is already much, much higher. We could very easily replace the lost oil from that BP well in the Gulf of Mexico by simply tapping the fat from Mississippi’s children.
As part of my project to highlight different ways of thinking, I think this Mises post on health care is rather remarkable in terms of the amount of cognitive dissonance most readers will experience vis. a vis. what they thought they knew previously.
I challenge you to post your reaction in comments here.
Update: Perhaps some think this headline over the top, but I’ll be disappointed if nobody finds the post’s substance worth commenting on…
Recently our host (Go Go Gadget…) and various others around the blogosphere were celebrating a health care bounce in Obama’s poll numbers, as shown by Pollster.com with Sensitivity: High.
I thought it way too early for this conclusion, and commented we should check back in a week or two with default sensitivity.
It’s been two weeks, so let’s have a gander:
Amy Townsend, 38, of Hurst was preparing last week for yet another round of treatments in her battle against breast cancer.
In addition to steeling herself for possible side effects, she and husband Jesse, 43, were preparing for the possibility that they might have to pay hundreds of dollars, up front, before radiation treatment can begin.
With both Amy and Jesse unemployed, the family buys health insurance through COBRA with a $5,500 yearly maximum for out-of-pocket expenses — a threshold the family has not yet met. COBRA coverage generally lasts up to 18 months.
“We’ve got to come up with some money for next week,” she said.
Though she still faces medical bills, Amy said she was against the health care act, fearing so-called death panels and government inefficiency. [emphasis added]
Former Bush speechwriter David Frum pulls no punches in an article from yesterday:
At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare was Clinton’s in 1994.
This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none.
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