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July 18, 2008

NPR: Economy Is Forcing Fat People to Starve

Check out the picture accompanying a tear-jerking NPR piece that weeps for Americans who are cutting down on food because they can't afford it due to the horrible economy:

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Shapely figures courtesy of food stamps.

Public media: your tax dollar at work. Socialism can't even produce socialist propaganda as competently as the free market.

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Comments

In the story the Mom says "I just can't get a job".

Nothing says go-getter energenic to a future employeer than 4 extra tons of globbing fat!

I don't usually knock people on their weight, but there is more than the economy effecting these 2.

Posted by: sunflower at July 18, 2008 9:46 AM

The minute I looked at that I said to myself - mother and daughter. Notice the tat on the daughter's wrist area - prolly from the gang she's friendly with.

ZOMG!

I can;t believe I paid for those 2 to get that heavy.

Posted by: vonster at July 18, 2008 10:23 AM

I had a job as a cashier for a year or so, and based on personal experience, most people with LINK cards(Electronic food stamp credit card used in Illinois) were overweight. They also had a tendency to buy fatty/high calorie/junk food. Not profiling or anything, just going with what I've seen.

Posted by: conservativeteen at July 18, 2008 10:40 AM

watch out Van, You're about to offend a large portion of your readership!

i took a mild drubbing here for calling gluttony on these types.. Last week your readers were rushing to the defense of the obese....

Posted by: Anonymous at July 18, 2008 10:41 AM

Worst, yet...they'll have to stop buying organic food, too!

Posted by: Mike at July 18, 2008 11:18 AM

...they'll have to stop buying organic food, too!

Posted by: Mike at July 18, 2008 11:19 AM

For a second I thought I'd dialed up "Caption This".

Posted by: Arcticman Speaks! at July 18, 2008 11:23 AM

I'm sure these two poor victims only eat because of the stress and trauma put on them by society, by labeling them with words like fat, over-weight, obese, heffer, lazy, plump etc. After all, I'm sure they work really hard in between the bag of cheetos and a cheese burger to exercise.....it's just so darn difficult. Especially when the remote is on the other side of the room.
Sorry but this is discusting, do people have no shame. Trying to portray these two as "starving" because of the cost of food is beyond stupid, if anything the high food costs should be considered a favor to them, as they may actually lose some weight as a result adding a few extra years to their lives.....you would almost think this was a somekind of joke and not a serious story.

Posted by: Pete at July 18, 2008 11:25 AM

Oh well, she can always get a job at WalMart no matter how unemployable she is. And plus, with their low prices, she can probably get a stegosaurus cheap...
What? Oh, the state outlawed WalMarts?
Well, maybe she can find a minimum wage job...
what? Oh the minimum wage has been raised that makes her desirability to be hired even lower.
Damn you, bush!

Posted by: joeindc44 at July 18, 2008 11:26 AM

Jeees!
The extra food these slobs 'can't afford' would feed 5 of the kids at the orphanage I help in Uganda. And every one of those kids are more industrious in a single day than these two possibly could be in a month.

Posted by: Mike O at July 18, 2008 11:52 AM

"Where the poor are fat" - baldilocks blog

Posted by: forest at July 18, 2008 12:03 PM

Look out! Return of the anonymous lib. At least hash head actually gave himself a name.

Anony, The government shouldn't be sending fat people of to reeducation camps. The government also shouldn't be making it easy for them to get unemployment checks(free money).

Posted by: conservativeteen at July 18, 2008 12:04 PM

Once again... I contend that these libtrolls don't understand the concept of a slippery slope and why we have issues with the government mandating individual rights like food consumption. But then... what do I know? I'm just a backward hick who has never had an independant thought. Grrrrr... I can smell the snobbery from here.

Posted by: Thulsa Doom at July 18, 2008 12:33 PM

The mother never worked? NEVER?

You're standing, aren't you? Breathing too? Have a pulse, the ability to form simple sentences and the wherewithal to bathe occasionally?

From the Fostoria, Ohio website:

"Manufacturing industries drive the local economy and job market, and there is strong employment in areas such as automotive, rubber, plastics, printing, machinery, metals and building materials production. Other professions well-represented throughout the area include retail and wholesale sales, healthcare, education and government positions."

Don't tell me you can't find a job there.

Posted by: Saltine at July 18, 2008 12:47 PM

They're in a favored minority group. Why should they have to work?

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at July 18, 2008 12:56 PM

V mentioned this before in another comment thread (from TFA): People tell Nunez her daughter could get more money in public assistance if she had a child.

"A lot of people have told me, 'Why don't your daughter have a kid?'"

To a moonbat, a child is not something to be loved, raised, taught, and cherished as a human life. A child is a commodity, a tool, a means to an end, and otherwise an inconvenience. To even suggest that someone should have a child for the sole purpose of getting a larger government check is disgusting just by the inhuman nature of the thought behind it. Who cares about the child - after all, it's only good for a paycheck, right? And when that otherwise unloved and unwanted child grows up to be just like his parents - uneducated, unemployed, a drain on the rest of productive society, and probably a criminal - well, that's society's fault for the "unfair" hand they were dealt.

Filthy statists. Greedy stealing leeches. Yes, sometimes finding a job can be tough, but if you really want to work in this country, you can find a job. It may not be a great job, or a glamorous job, but it will pay the bills and put food on the table until you can move up to something better. And yet we pay them to sit on their overlarge duffs and not work. Amazing.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at July 18, 2008 1:12 PM

They get free handouts to ensure that they remain loyal to the Democrat Party vote.

Posted by: Oiao at July 18, 2008 1:21 PM

Wow! those two ladies probably ought to call Jenny.

Posted by: Mockinbird at July 18, 2008 1:24 PM

America - a country of such great wealth and abundance that even her poor & starving are morbidly obese! Tell me, when else in the history of mankind has this ever been the case?

Posted by: alacazaba at July 18, 2008 1:55 PM

"alacazaba at July 18, 2008 1:55 PM"

BINGO!
Will Rogers said that America is the only country where people go to the "poor house" in a CAR!

Posted by: KHarn at July 18, 2008 3:09 PM

Sell the car, buy a BIKE you FAT BITCH!

Posted by: Marc at July 18, 2008 3:50 PM

Good God, how many food stamps have they been getting? A phone book's worth every week?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at July 18, 2008 3:57 PM

Think of their shoes. They deserve sympathy.

Posted by: claw at July 18, 2008 5:33 PM

Daaammm!! Just one of them cows would feed my family for six months!!

Posted by: Sage at July 18, 2008 6:39 PM

Conservateen, funny that you should mention the Illinois LINK cards. I have been noticing the same thing. When I see someone with a literally overflowing shopping cart and it's almost all snack foods and other junk, not cheap stuff, they always whip out their LINK card to pay for it.

The rest of us have to make decisions about what we can afford, what's a good deal, and so on. But apparently when you're on welfare, it's like Christmas Day every day when you go grocery shopping.

The last time I was in line behind one of these extravaganzas, after ringing up it all up, the mom's PIN number wouldn't work, and the cashier let her have the groceries, anyway, with a warning about her not being able to use the card if it happens again more than a certain number of times. Sheesh, sounds like a prescription for fraud!

Oh, and I know this doesn't prove anything, but as the mom was getting the card out of her wallet, she accidentally spilled a sizeable bundle of dollar bills onto the floor -- all fifties!

Posted by: ent at July 18, 2008 6:45 PM

... and just wait a few more years when they require medical attention for problems brought on by all those extra pounds. We'll get to pay for that, too.

Posted by: Dave at July 18, 2008 8:29 PM

Get 'em a couple of "GOD D**M AMERICA!!!" t-shirts, size XXXXXL, pronto!

Posted by: PabloD at July 18, 2008 8:50 PM

WHEN THEY GO CAMPING, THE BEARS HIDE THEIR FOOD!

Posted by: big booya at July 18, 2008 8:50 PM

When they go camping, the Bears are the food.

Posted by: Oiao at July 18, 2008 9:10 PM

There is enough edible meat and fat on either one of those two losers to keep a pack of wild dogs fed for a year.

Give me a break.

The best thing that could happen to Americans such as these lovely specimens is to starve half to death. They they will be trim and more energetic and maybe even not as hard to look at. That will only help them find jobs.

Posted by: John West at July 18, 2008 10:27 PM

Last week the media hated fat people.

Posted by: Jack Savage at July 19, 2008 1:10 AM

LAst week this blog loved fat people.

and by the way, alacazaba, obesity is not a sign of wealth. Being fat does not equal prosperity.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2008 1:18 AM

I blame it on our not having sweat shops anymore. If we put kids to work in sweatshops making clothing and other crap then we wouldn't have to outsource our sweatshop work to China, and other crappy places.

Posted by: largebill at July 19, 2008 4:43 AM

Anon, I believe that in certain parts of Africa, obesity is indeed seen as a sign of prosperity (I guess because they couldn't get that fat unless they had access to a LOT of food).
btw, this blog never 'loved' fat people, we just felt it was wrong to take kids away from their parents for being fat.

Posted by: Adam at July 19, 2008 6:04 AM

Obama voters?

Posted by: Mike at July 19, 2008 6:55 AM

Anon doesn't have the ability to understand the most simple of concepts. We did not "love fat people" as a rule last week. We just loved the concept that we had the freedom to be fatty fats if we wanted to be and that we are not made to fit a mold mandated by the government. How hard is that to understand? Unless, of course, you want to think we are as one-dimensional as you are indoctrinated to believe we are by your leftist hierophants... hmmmm...

Posted by: Thulsa Doom at July 19, 2008 7:37 AM

listen dopes, last week i made the point of saying that NO ONE was propsing taking children from families due to obesity, except in extereme cases and that I didn't support the idea. Voluntarily sending kids to a camp to learn about proper eating and nutrition is not some sort of fascism! None of the articles linked here suggested forcibly removing anyone from anywhere. You just all jumped to the conlcusions you already had.

No. the reality is you all defended the obese and attacked me for calling them gluttonous and disgusting. Here you are doing the same....

It's amazing how you cant twist any story, and i mean, ANY story to fit your narrow minded thinking.

And yes, dipshits, fatness is a sign of propesperiy in places where THERE IS NO FOOD. The fact is, in America, you don't become obese without eating WAYYYYY too much crap. These people arent eating high quality products, I can tell you.

But Greed and Gluttony are the new American patimes...so as last week, you should be treating these people as patriots.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2008 7:47 AM

I sent this letter to the NPR Ombudsman:
You should really pick a more sympathetic couple for a story about people having to cut back on food due to the "depression era" type economy which you are trying to convince people exists. The 2 Nunez relations look like a cut back in food would probably help them in the long run. If you can convince enough people that the economy is hopeless they will stop spending money and since 2/3 of the economy is based on consumer spending the result will be what you are looking for.
How come every time the economy cycles down socialist advocating media outlets like yours cry the end of the world and advocate ever more socialism and government and look to change the system. Your socialism may seem more sympathetic but the end result is educating people to wait until the end of time for a govt bailout or program. That would be ok if there were infinite resources but there is a limit to what people are willing to pay.
Most people I know who make 70-150K end up paying over 50% of their income in state and govt programs and taxes (28% federal 12.4 % soc sec we will never see (so we have to save an additional 5% of income), 2% medicare, 6% state income 6% state sales etc.) If I have to pay more I will simply work less because the free time/ family time is worth more to me and many others. This money is used to support slugs like the Nunez's. Those 2 should be liposuctioned and the fat used as biofuel to power a city bus to get their butts looking for a job. Good luck using my tax dollars to try to get rid of a system that very much encourages learning and production and discourages bad behaviors (passively rather than through govt regulation). I know you keep saying its only 10% of you funding but 1% would be too much.
I think the socialism you advocate is actually very cruel and ultimately creates more poverty and dependence. Your socialist dream system really only serves those people who wish to derive power from the dependence. You guys are practically giddy that your dream candidate Obama will become President and have both houses on congress. Then you Socialist dream state can finally be completed. The sad fact is that we cannot afford the Socialism we already have and your idealism will not make up for a scarcity of resources. If you raise the capital gains tax to 28% you can expect that people will gravitate to safer investments thus leading to less innovation and fewer jobs. If venture capitalists were not willing to risk it all for a very large gain there would be no Apple, Intel or Microsoft. Those companies would have sold out early to behemoths like IBM. Who knows what technology would never have existed without their struggle as competitors. If you raise the income tax you can forget about a windfall from me because I refuse to be a government slave for your attempts at social engineering.
In conclusion, if your goal in this story was to evoke sympathy for poor Ohioans who are suffering for a lack of food you probably should not pick a pair of people who are morbidly obese.

Posted by: John at July 19, 2008 8:02 AM

Those pathetic women are just pathetic. How can you hate them? I hate the people who make their lifestyle possible.

Think what is in store for them from being obese, aside from their daily dose of misery from carrying around an extra 150 pounds all day.

Hypertension-Stroke, heart failure, kidney failure.

Diabetes-Atherosclerosis, heart attacks, kidney failure, gangrene of legs, strokes, blindness

Cancer risk is also elevated.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/obesity

They are likely very stupid, too. It didn't say if they smoked. That would just accelerate the process of their physical decay.

Well, nothing to worry about. There is nothing wrong with the human race that 10 cold winters in a row without welfare checks or Christian charity wouldn't solve. I blame the govt and the religious people for this situation. I may not live to see it, but, it will come sooner or later, so, not to worry.

I also have to wonder what these gals learned in school about health and nutrition.

I just wonder who they will be voting for in Nov. I assume the party of social parasites will get their support.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2008 8:14 AM

yes they are obama voters and yet they dont have green cards. go figure

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2008 8:30 AM

We do NOT have problems with kids going to fat camps IF it is the choice of the kids/the kid's parents. What we DO have issue with is when the government steps in and starts enforcing upon us WHAT we can eat, how MUCH we can eat, and how we HAVE to look. It starts with voluntary fat camps... but there are situations already starting to occur in the U.S. where more and more control is being placed by the government on what we eat. The use of trans-fats is already starting to pull fines by local governing bodies in response to national pressures to conform. Follow the logic of the corrupting quality of power, and you'll see that after these laws start to take hold there is little way to stop them from growing and becoming more and more oppressive. Once again... I contend that some people do NOT get the idea that where you give a massive governing body an inch they will take a mile.

Posted by: Thulsa Doom at July 19, 2008 8:34 AM

anon says he hates "the people who make their lifestyle possible."

As with all people who love socialism, who worship the State as God (and you know you do, Anon), personal responsibility has NOTHING TO DO with how people look, act, behave or anything else. If the STATE doesn't take care of you, OH MY GOD!

Go to North Korea, Anon. The state takes care of those folks real well. No one is fat THERE, I guarantee it. You'd love it. And if you ever want to meet, I'm in So Cal. Face to face. You and me. Mano a mano.

Posted by: matt at July 19, 2008 11:04 AM

...... I think I'm having a Big Mac Attack !! NOT

Posted by: The Beast at July 19, 2008 1:53 PM

Just think of the stupidity or shear blind ignorance of the NPR reporters who thought this would pass with these two as the story my god are they stupid at NPR! Also she states she can't get a job really? I was at a fast food restaurant last week and noticed all the employees had Jamaican accents the manager was a nice lady and sat down and talked about how they had to import people from different countries on student and work visa's to fill the slots so no sorry lady you could get a job very easily if you bothered to get off your two ton fat ass!

Posted by: Oldcorw at July 19, 2008 2:50 PM

Wow. After consuming a bottle of Boonesfarm, I am compeled to post.

I believe that the Nunez clan can end the wars in the Middle East. We'll just broadcast that we're going to draft the girls and send 'em in to Iraq. We then send the pair on rape missions
in to suspected terrorist cells. I'd surely cut and run if threatened with that prospect, and I'm a thug.

Posted by: Manny at July 19, 2008 6:38 PM

Government largesse turning people in government supported large asses. I expect it took 1 or 2 bags of groceries just to get these two home from the grocery store.

Posted by: Ralph Woods at July 19, 2008 8:32 PM

EEEEK! It's Jabba the Slutt and Mama Hindenberg!

To be fair, gang, it is meat that NPR says these
two can't afford. I guess cheetos and ice cream are free in Ohio.

Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy at July 19, 2008 11:28 PM

I love the headline "For Some Ohioans, Even Meat Is Out of Reach". I suspect that meat would be out of reach for these ladies if you merely put it at the top of a staircase.

Posted by: Chairman Me at July 20, 2008 8:00 AM

I like how the byline of the NPR arcitle is "Feeling the Economic Pinch". But if you can pinch more than a foot, can you still feel it?

Posted by: willy at July 20, 2008 9:36 AM

This NPR article MUST be a joke. There are too many puns. "Feel the pinch"! LOL. If you can pinch more than an inch its time to consider weight loss. These two happen to be MORBIDLY OBESE...not just fat. They cannot be this stupid at NPR therefore this must be a joke.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 20, 2008 3:39 PM

they should shot them and save money and time

Posted by: Rippi at July 20, 2008 8:40 PM

They should wear XXXXXXXL T-shirts that read..."PROUDLY MADE IN THE U. S. A."..OR..."BODIES BY SAM"..."Uncle Sam" i.e., ...The daughter could also save some of her "income" to fix the d % @ # car rather than getting a $300 Tat>>>Can you imagine what those tats will look like when she turns 60 (if she lives that)....JD

Posted by: Jesse De Russe at July 22, 2008 10:50 AM