Friday, May 21, 2010

Arrest Ronald McDonald and send him to Texas for re-training.

It looks like another loop-job is running for office. Rand Paul is a Republican from Kentucky, and while I normally don't care what happens in Kentucky, in this case I'll make an exception. Here's what he had to say about President Obama on "Good Morning, America."
"What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of, 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,'" Paul said. "I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I've heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it's part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it's always got to be someone's fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen."
Un-American? Hey Rand, what does the big "B" in BP stand for? British. You're right that accidents sometimes happen. Sometimes nitwits are elected to office. Let's hope the gang in Kentucky can figure you out before November. Somebody should check to see if BP has contributed to his campaign.
Meanwhile, in Texas they're revising history:

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas State Board of Education (not an oxymoron) adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teaching of the civil rights movement, slavery, America's relationship with the U.N. and hundreds of other items. The ideological debate over the guidelines, which drew intense scrutiny beyond Texas, will be used to teach some 4.8 million Texas students for the next 10 years.

Oy. At least they rejected changing B.C. and A.D. to B.C.E. and C.E. Don't ask me what they mean. I really don't want to know.

It's called the United States, but that's a physical designation only. There is nothing united about what goes on in this country, and if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being in Texas, Alabama or even parts of Indiana or Arizona where they don't observe daylight savings time, you're in for a rude awakening. Now, you have to keep your kids out of school because you have no control over what they're being taught. And as we see, parents have lost some (or all) control over what goes on with their children. To wit:

CHICAGO - Retire Ronald McDonald? No way. That's the message McDonald's Corp.'s CEO Jim Skinner gave Thursday to the red-haired clown's critics who say the cartoon promotes unhealthy eating and should go the way of the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel. "The answer is no," Skinner told a room full of shareholders who gathered for a meeting at the company's headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois.

A group who calls themselves Corporate Accountability International wants McDonald's to retire the colorful clown because they say he promotes childhood obesity by encouraging kids to eat at McDonald's. I say, where are the parents? Do the kids drive themselves to McDonald's and indulge in fatty fries and Big Mac's? No. The parents are the ones who should be retired for encouraging their kids to eat crap. It's part of a bigger problem: Not taking responsibility for your own actions. They claim Ronald is "dangerous," and "sends insidious messages to young people." I'm surprised that they know what insidious means.
Corporate images and advertising are said to be detrimental to behavior, but if we are that gullible, the problem isn't advertising, it's our own behavior. Blaming corporations for our problems is shifting the blame to someone who is not responsible for what we do. Teach your kids to eat good food and stop blaming somebody else because your ten-year old weighs 200 pounds.
It isn't my problem.

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