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Opening Arguments

Drop and give me 10, Fido

Dear God in Heaven, does it never stop?

During her Google Hangout today, First Lady Michelle Obama reminded the audience that dogs need a proper diet and exercise, just like children do.

The First Lady admitted that President Obama liked to tease their own dog, “Bo” for being lazy, but that they encouraged her girls to take him on walks.

“Dogs are no different,” Michelle Obama explained to a woman on the chat. “You want to make sure they are eating a balanced diet, and if they are not an active dog, make sure that their food is reflective of an inactive dog and then get them out there and throw that ball and get them running.”

Obviously this is a hard problem to get a handle on, and certainly people can't be trusted to monitor their own dogs' diet and exercise routines. The American Action Forum has estimated that new federal regulations aimed at snack foods and drinks served in schools could cost schools $127 million and require more than 926,000 hours of paperwork. I'm sure we could get the job done for dogs for $50 million and 250,000 hours of paperwork.

She seems to be neglecting cats and cat owners here. Not sure if I should be glad she's leaving us alone or offended that she doesn't seem to care about us.


Lois Marquart
Tue, 03/05/2013 - 10:26am

And have you seen what Michelle has done to McDonalds Happy Meals?  The only reason I have is my grandsons' disappointment with the misniscule size of french fries doled out. Of course, I guess the apple slices are not a bad idea, but still--------.

Harl Delos
Tue, 03/05/2013 - 12:17pm

What size kid are they aiming at when they decided how big the french fries are in a Fun Meal? Oops. Happy meal.  Burger Chef brought out the Fun Meal first, a couple of years before Ronald McDonald copied the idea..

My grandson, who just turned 2 in January, is built like a Charleroix bull.  He weighs about 55 pounds, and he picks up his 30-pound 5-year-old cousin when hugging him, as if he were a Kleenex. It's appropriate that kids get extra nutrition when in growth spurts, but otherwise, we all need calories proportionate to our non-fat, non-bone mass.

If I was in charge (yeah, like they're THAT crazy!), I'd offer apple slices or orange segments in adult meal deals as an alternative to french fries.  I think a lot of adults go to Subway to get away from the salt and the fat, but they'd still like a hot lunch.  It wouldn't take much for a big fast-food joint to get away from most HFCS that makes you fat - Pepsi Throwback is sweetened with sugar, not HFCS, and Coke would gladly sell McDonald's 1950s-recipe syrup is McDonald's said "If you don't want to sell us non-HFCS drinks, Pepsi would be glad to sell us non-HFCS drinks."

And switching back to the original french fry oil would be easy, too.  They switched away from it because health nuts were screaming about cholesterol, but these days, we know it's trans fats, not cholesterol, that causes all the cancer and heart disease, and the original fry oil had no trans fats because it wasn't hydrogenated, it was flavored beef tallow.

I don't think hydrogenated foods should be listed as "Generally Recognized As Safe" by the food and drug administration.  We don't have a snack food problem, we have a poison-disguised-as-food problem. Eventually, the insurance companies will be telling companies that if they want to buy insurance, they need to eliminate hydrogenated ingredients and possibly HFCS from their products, but it'd be nice if we could hurry that proces along by a decade or two, and save consumers all that misery and death.