Obesity has been a growing concern over the last few years, and is becoming more and more of a concern because more Americans than ever before are obese.
I myself am overweight, but continue to be aware and careful about what I eat, exercise with a personal trainer and swim at an indoor pool. But there are extraneous variables as to why one is obese: medicines someone is on, heredity (familial), resources a person may not have (access to a gym or a pool), health status (how are a person’s feet, knees and hips).
We should not point a finger at someone who is obese, for there may be reasons besides overeating one is obese, and the person may not have control over it. As a human race, we come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and what we need to do is respect people no matter their color, shape or size.
Note from KBJ: Yes, there "may be reasons besides overeating," but the overwhelming majority of fat people are fat because they eat too much relative to their caloric expenditure. I am sick to death of subsidizing laziness, stupidity, and lack of self-control. If you want to die young, fine, but leave me alone!
I heard that 2015 is the wettest year on record in Dallas/Fort Worth. Don't I know it! This past May, and now again in November, we got rain for days on end. I wouldn't mind the precipitation, except that it plays havoc with the bike trails on which I ride. Today, for example, I had to improvise like crazy to get my 34 miles. It was not pretty. At one point, I walked my bike on a grassy knoll (!) for a quarter of a mile to get around an inundated trail beside a lake. All's well that ends well. I rode 427.6 miles in November, which gives me 4,424.4 miles for the year, with one month to go. The image (click to enlarge) shows me near one of the flooded underpasses. I put my iPhone 5c on a ledge, propped it up with a piece of debris and a weed, and used the 10-second timer to allow me to get in place near the railing. Apart from the flooding, riding conditions were excellent today. The wind chill was 43º when I left my house and 44º when I returned, three hours later. As you can see, I was bundled up against the chill.
Some people are determined to be unhappy and will be unhappy no matter how much wealth, power, social status, and privilege they have. Unfortunately, such people resent happiness in others and do what they can to make others miserable. These people are known as progressives. In a little over a year, the experiment with cosmopolitanism will be over. Those of you who voted for it should be ashamed of yourselves.
Alec MacGillis wonders, Why would anyone dependent on public assistance vote against his or her “own interests” by voting Republican? Let me help: Perhaps these people on public assistance are not as venal as Democrats may think. Perhaps they see their “interests” as self-reliance and personal success rather than government dependency.
JOHN W. HOWARD
Note from KBJ: I have never voted for someone because I thought doing so would benefit me specifically, as opposed to Americans generally. If you wonder why the poor vote Republican, you are making two mistakes. First, you are assuming that people do, or should, vote out of self-interest. Second, you are understanding self-interest in material terms. Is it in a poor person's long-term self-interest to be given things? (That's a rhetorical question, for those of you in the brain-dead progressive camp.) Jesus had it right long ago: If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach him to fish, he eats for a lifetime. The aim of government is to make people self-reliant, self-sufficient, and responsible. If you reward inactivity, you get more of it.
In 1979, as a Boy Scout at the International Jamboree in Sweden, I saw something truly amazing: girls! Camping, hiking, trudging through the mud as equals alongside the boys.
For decades, scouts have been fully integrated in countries all around the world. The Boy Scouts of America is a fine organization, but on this and many other issues, it struggles to adjust to the last century of progress in the world.
Let’s hope that the girls are coming, and let’s tell the boys to “be prepared”!
Note from KBJ: And we all know how normal Sweden is.
Cowboy Songs (1990). I just learned this song on my acoustic guitar. There are many renditions of "Home on the Range." I chose this one because it's in the key of G and has three verses and three choruses. It's also a bit sad.