Sunday, July 20, 2008

Skinny People In Trouble?

We saw yesterday at Lou's place and NPR the sad story of the hungry hippos and her mom. Now today the ever entertaining if rarely accurate Gretchen Morgenson in the ever myopic forest and trees Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt via NY Times has a piece on "Diane" and her personal finance troubles.

Once again we are confronted with the same stated versus revealed preferences issue. The LA Times got bit by this on Thursday when Peter Hong reported on the "Return of The Flippers." Poor Peter was handed a story of greed, deceit and financial ruin only to run with a front page ad for a fake NRU type scam. Worse for the old stream media they haven't even gotten around to the real story yet while OCRenter has the real story.
But this isn't about that. No, this is about bad habits. The hungry hippos are on effin' food stamps! Look at them, complaining about the price of freakin' groceries. Don't give me no glandular problem or other excuses. Those are potato chips and fried chicken rolling in waves offa momma and baby.

And Diane. Please, give up smoking and YooHoos before bitchin' 'bout your other problems.


Think these young ladies are complaining about the price of Moon Pies?

26 comments:

Sweet Cashback said...

First to say that the pictures shown on this blog have been less then appealing lately....

Bring back the models in bikinis and maybe some six-packs for KC.

Casey Serin said...

A 320-pound walrus is complaining about fat people?

I never thought I'd see the day... ;-)

Steve said...

I saw this and got to thinking about Fat people.

How many calories a day does it take to maintain this sort of bulk? I'd guess somewhere higher than 5000 per day, which is a lot of Big Macs. Running a pure calorie per dollar calculation, how do these walruses stay so well fed on welfare money? How about the cost of them smokes?

Lou Minatti said...

Rob,

The link to the Times piece is wrong.

Rob Dawg said...

Already fixed Lou. Remember, I'm posting from the mountain fortress so cut me a little slack.

Casey Serin said...

How about you exit the "mountain fortress" and hop on a "mountain bike" to shed some of your massive beer gut? ;-)

Sorry, it's 95 degrees where I am and I'm bored today. heh.

Rob Dawg said...

Just got back from my brisk walk at 6200 feet altitude Casey. My flippers are a little sore and the blubber won't stop jiggling but I ain't had a beer in over 10 weeks.

Akubi said...

@Sweet Cashback
First to say that the pictures shown on this blog have been less then appealing lately....
Hey, I thought the Call Me Ishmael-san link I posted a few days ago was rather cute! (Warning: Link may require mind bleach.)

bobn said...

Think these young ladies are complaining about the price of Moon Pies?

No because:

a) Daddy pays the bills

and

b) when you are 17 you can eat fucking anything - pure whale blubber fried in beer batter and dipped in ranch dressing, all day every day - and it just doesn't matter. God I wish I was 17 again.

Son of Brock Landers said...

I love how this woman is out on disability? what disability? Anxiety/obesity? Several years back the social security administration visited top disability insurance carriers to learn how to better administer and handle claims with the intent of returning people to the workforce and off the govt dole. This si no lie, I was present for one of these tours on the carrier side. Looks like it was not executed well.

RD - thanks for explaining my bradley effect reference to the board. I think this year might be the year of the bradley effect with the phony mass transit riding poll responses and one specific election.

Lou Minatti said...

A family torn apart by an irresponsible spouse who abuses credit cards. Wow! I am shocked, shocked I tell ya.

Lost Cause said...

And to think that I would not subscribe to the Times because of their neo-con editorial writers of lies and crap. I had no idea they were all such liars and incompetants. This story bothered me spotlighting the flipping floppers, and they never bothered to print my comment either. Jerks. I hope they go bankrupt too.

Lost Cause said...

PS -- Rob is on his way to a svelt looking dude. No need to make cracks about the old Rob. I think we have had plenty of cracks, Casey.

Bill in NC said...

Diane's essentially judgement-proof, assuming her only income is SS disability.

Were I in her situation, I'd go ahead and formally notify the creditors not to contact me anymore.

I get the feeling everyone here would bash my uncle, who was thin as a whip but AFAIK essentially never worked again after his heart transplant nearly 20 years ago.

Housebound for the last 5, now on hospice, he might eke out another couple of years if he's lucky (and nobody with a cold comes to visit)

Lou Minatti said...

Rob is on his way to a svelt looking dude.

Based upon that one picture of Rob that we've all seen, I never thought he was a lardass. He looked like a regular guy who could stand to lose 10 or 20 pounds.

I'm quickly on my way to size 32, same as when I was 18.

Rob Dawg said...

Less than 195 but should be 180. There enough curiosity.

Akubi said...

Somewhere in my news feeds I recently read that people who drink (even beer!) aren't generally a fat as people who don't.

Akubi said...

Currently watching Nature and there's this POS baboon that reminds me of Dick Cheney.
Monkey Brains 'R Us in the U. S. of f-ing A! Woohoo!

Akubi said...

I am so under-whelmed with the SWEET-ness, but still feel the big baboom is an A-hole.

Lou,
Given your arugula issues, I was somewhat facetious in my commentary.

Itsallgood.

Casey Serin said...

Rob Dawg wrote: Less than 195 but should be 180.

Is that in kilograms? Zing! ;-)

Lou Minatti said...

Given your arugula issues, I was somewhat facetious in my commentary.

I have still not come across a plate of arugula. Is Barack Obama still complaining about the price?

w said...

Come on now, don't be so harsh on arrugula. Arrugula pay's my bills!

Akubi said...

@Lou,
I have still not come across a plate of arugula. Is Barack Obama still complaining about the price?
I thought Houston was a pretty metropolitan area and you've never come across arugula...?! It isn't particularly trendy or new. I've been eating it most of my life.
To avoid appearing "elitist" for eating healthy food, I believe Obama's PR folks banned the word "arugula" from his vocabulary.

@W,
Do you grow arugula?

segfault said...

I haven't kept up with this blog lately. Arugula is a reference to My Blue Heaven with Steve Martin, right?

I think we have had plenty of cracks, Casey.

Well, Casey has certainly had plenty of cracks... Eeew!

Akubi said...

@Segfault,
And that was back in 1990! Arugula is nothing new.

w said...

Several of my customers grow arugula. One specializes in an heirloom variety.

Arugula is such a nice complement to beef.