New Jersey governor Chris Christie recently decided to undergo weight loss surgery after years of enduring the media’s hefty jokes. But it wasn’t late night television’s search for laughs that convinced him to finally go under the knife.
Christie said he had a wake-up call after his 50th birthday, and realized he needed to make several lifestyle changes if he wanted to be around to see his children grow.
Family was the most important reason for the procedure, but there was an elephant in the room that Christie refused to acknowledge in Tuesday’s presser: the 2016 presidential race.
“Whatever size I happen to be when I have to make decisions about what to do next with my career I doubt that will play any role or effect in what I decide to do,” said Christie. “It’s not a career issue for me. It is a long-term health issue for me.”
The governor is currently one of more than 78 million American adults who are considered obese, and one of more than 500,000 people who have undergone lap band surgery worldwide.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, explained why the procedure might have appealed to Christie.
In the case of gastric bypass surgery, “you are actually operating on the stomach itself, using a stapler of sorts to small pouches within the stomach, and it’s just more of an invasive operation,” he said. “The risk is higher up front.”
I’ve always had a problem with outlets specifically labeled as being for a certain race. If something is sounds abhorrent to done with one race then, if you agree with the scientifically (and morally and philosophically and logically) true premise that there is no significant difference between the races, then it remains abhorrent when done with another race. That’s the factual starting point. Humans get confused because we’re a messy bag of emotions and operate illogically due to that influence. History, culture and a persons specific personality facts can aid in deduction of fact but they don’t translate to BEING fact. Ie: Either a statement is racist or it isn’t. It can’t be racist when a caucasian says it but not racist when a black person says it. Reality doesn’t work that way.
People who express puzzlement at why there are race specific spotlights such as a “black entertainment television (BET)” channel are dismissed instead of argued with precisely because there is no logical argument – only the emotional appeal that essentially everything everywhere is exclusionary to blacks (which is of course false – hence the reliance on avoiding making that argument and instead requiring an emotional acceptance of the racial premise) and thus special services are needed.
There has always been entertainment and advertising pandering to racial minorities but now there are actual websites being made to be the “black version” of popular existing sites.
One example is BlackStartup.com, which is a site for black people to get their black-centric businesses funded by people who believe in the idea presented. Dubbed the “Kickstarter for black community”, the site exists because of the crazy premise that…what exactly? Blacks are too scared to use the popular Kickstarter.com service or one of its many startup competitors? Because Kickstarter and its competitors are all made up of closet-racists who won’t fun a good idea if they know it was assembled by and/or will be used to benefit a group of blacks? Wtf?
“Access to capital is a bigger problem in the African-American community than in non-minority communities,” said founder Nathan Bennett-Fleming in an interview with VentureBeat. “Crowdfunding is a powerful solution to address its unique set of challenges. I want to promote the idea of community reinvestment and provide people with a dedicated way to not only achieve innovation within the space, but also address social systemic problems.”
A University of Michigan study found that while African-Americans are almost twice as likely as Caucasians to begin the new business creation process, businesses owned by Caucasians exist at more than twice the rate of those owned by black individuals. Fleming calls this the “black startup gap” and outlined multiple factors that perpetuate it, with a lack of funding as the first. He said most members of the black community start businesses on personal savings, credit, and the support of their friends and family because they have historically been discriminated against in terms of loans, funding, and resources. While these problems are getting better, people within the community still have limited interactions with angel investors and venture capitalists, and don’t feel there are viable financial channels bring their business to the next level.
Bennett-Fleming worked at Goldman Sachs during a college summer, attended law school, and worked on crowdfunding legislation surrounding the JOBS Act. He witnessed the difficulty that people in the African-American community had trying to find financing and realized that crowdfunding could help democratize access to capital as well as draw on the strength of the community. Along with classmates of his from Morehouse - Olugbolahan Adewumi, Elgin Tucker, Kyle Yeldell, and Christopher Hollins- they set out to build BlackStartup.
“Our community is under-valued and highly profitable,” he said. “There is already a strong affinity within the community on the ground and the ability to market directly to a community that is under-marketed creates a significant value proposition. There is already a trend towards more focused, niche crowdfunding platforms. It is a vehicle to better use the tremendous consumer and wealth power of a specific community to take on its challenges.”
I don’t understand why this is something worthy to support but support it has received:
The Washington, D.C.-based company has had no problem gaining praise and capital, with the site snagging the coveted Yale Entrepreneur Institute’s Fellowship, which doles out $20,000 in capital seed money, an elite mentor, and a 10-week boot camp in New Haven, Ct.
That same article sums up exactly what is wrong with the emphasis on race in matters like this:
While BlackStartup focuses primarily on supporting Black causes through funding, Bennett-Fleming says he and the founders have the ultimate goal of expanding to help other marginalized groups. ”We are considering broadening our approach to include other minority groups on our platform,” he said. ”We want to use these new technologies to address the Black entrepreneurial gap, the Black opportunity gap, and other economic challenges facing the Black community as well as other marginalized communities.”
The “black community” is not a marginalized community. It is one that is fully accepted and embraced by our government, entertainment products and popular culture. The mistake these people are making is misidentifying the marginalization and putting an insulting emphasis on race. It is true that blacks are commonly part of communities that are marginalized and it’s great to do something about that. But the marginalization is not their skin color. It is family structure, crime and poorly governed urban areas. Blacks disproportionally suffer from those 3 afflictions and thus disproportionally suffer in other areas, but claiming that the afflictions exist as realists of the melanin content in their skin is not only factually inaccurate, it’s just straight up racism.
Instead of supporting long-since debunked Hitlarian policies with the intent to help people – why not just help people regardless of their skin color? If you want to help a “community”, why does it have to be one based on race? Support integration – not apartheid. Try to fix problems for everyone – not just special groups. This should not be a difficult concept…
Why do bad things happen to good breasts? Actually – there’s plenty of low-hanging comedy fruit below in the eulogy-following presentation of them, but the reason they’re no longer with us is actually quite real and Jolies articulate words on the subject are inspiring:
My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple.
Two weeks later I had the major surgery, where the breast tissue is removed and temporary fillers are put in place. The operation can take eight hours. You wake up with drain tubes and expanders in your breasts. It does feel like a scene out of a science-fiction film. But days after surgery you can be back to a normal life.
Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.
I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.
It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.
I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.
For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.
Powerful stuff. I seem to like her more and more the more I learn about her.
Okay, now enough with the silly stuff and lets get serious here for a moment as I invite you to press play below and take a walk down Mammary Lane…
BONUS: Click here for a movie-cap of them out and uncensored. I’m not going to Mr Skin you the movie title and time stamp because that would cheapen this otherwise very tasteful (click here for a closeup of them) and heartfelt (here’s a full frontal one with good lighting thats like BAM) tribute…to Miss Angelina Jolie’s tits…
Sleep well, my loves. May you be at peace at last.
The man who rescued the 3 girls who were kidnapped and held hostage for years in Ohio is a dead ringer for the barber in Coming to America. Holy moly!
If you haven’t seen the interview with him after the rescue happened, don’t bother only cuz the song version is so much better and this EXTENDED remix version is even better:
PS: I’m proud of everyone who got the connection here last night:
I like this interview for the following reasons:
1) We get to see Steve Little talk as a human being, outside of his somewhat-kicked-in-the-head character of Stevie on HBO’s Eastbound & Down (as well as his voice acting work on shows like Adventure Time where even his animated character such as The Duke of Nuts still have that slightly-slower Derp goin on. In fact, his real-life persona has just enough of the Derp twang that lets you know its the same guy. Kindov nuts to me.
2) Like all actors – he’s not super good at the interview format
3) The interviewer – like good interviewers – is. He stays focused, high-energy without overdoing it, saves every low spot from turning into a segment-wrecker – the dude is on point.
I never heard of this movie, the Catechism Cataclysm, and it sounds notveryfun but for the above reasons, this interview is. To me. It might be a little too inside-baseball for the average viewer though and if you aren’t familiar with any of Little’s work AND you don’t care about observing quality interviewing skills – you’ll want to skip this one.
(Interview from 10/20/2011)
Here’s a highlight reel of Stevie from the first season of Eastbound & Down:
Here’s some sweet Duke of Nuts father/son action:
Women, as a gender, are a blessing to the earth and the “pregnant women glow” euphemism is one of the few cliches I not only tolerate but actually endorse cuz they’re just such lovely creatures, but i’ll be damned if i’m gonna lie and pretend like Kim Kardashians old-lady-tablecloth dress wearing inhumanly-swollen orca blubber cased development stage isn’t the grossest friggin thing i’ve seen since that time I saw a dog throw up after eating its own poop .__.
Nah, but seriously though: the crazy intense contrast-makeup on that creepy flat-haired head pinned onto that blown-up fat sack wrapped up literally from head to toe, including arms and hands and fingers, in potpourri flower mosaic…Jesus Christ… put it down!
If I didn’t see this posted by people as an argument AGAINST Capitalism, I would have thought it was clearly arguing for it.
I’m still not convinced that it isn’t a pro-capitalism comic, since there isn’t any direct tip-off as to which direction it’s going except that the hard working entrepreneur is a old guy in a suit and top hat – which is imagery that hippies like to illustrate us working-types. Okay, okay – there’s also the fact that the guy is dismayed and angered at the construction – is positively intrigued by the result – angry that he has to pay someone for their labor – and then dismayed at their purchase choice, feeling resentment to the person who now has their money they exchanged for their service or product.
Textbook stupid-Leftist hypocritical-hippie dictatorial greed: They think they are entitled to the spoils of someone else’s work, but they complain and attempt to prevent that work from taking place in the first place and then they’re unhappy that someone else is profiting from that work that other people or even they themselves chose to buy.
The comic sums up Capitalism accurately: A Consumer is observed to be enjoying something, so a businessman thinks of a way to do it better. He takes a risk and works hard, hoping to earn money from the idea, planning, work and gamble in the presentation of his product. The Consumer finds his product useful and chooses to trade some of the money they earned themselves for the Businessmans product. Everybody wins. That’s the beauty of the system. It gives people an opportunity to earn a living by serving his fellow man while also giving people more choices to pursue happiness in accordance to their personal tastes. Mind you, that word “opportunity”. Not “guarantee”.
The inherit evil of Communism is that it guarantee’s the profits of MY labor to someone else. The inherit morality of Capitalism is that it guarantee’s me a profit ONLY if I provide something to someone else that they want and choose.
Hippies love “pay only what you can afford” type deals – except with the Government. And that’s what Capitalism is: A bowl of choices. Pay only what you want by using only the amount of money YOU choose to spend on whatever goods or services you choose – and offer products and labor to people but you will ONLY get paid if people want and need what you are offering and freely choose to patronize it.
Back to the comic: What could possibly be the complaint about this? That the greedy businessman is creating something that the consumer doesn’t want or need because it already existed? Nope. Can’t be, since the guy in the comic DOES clearly want or need the shade. The attempted point could be that the shade was already provided and so the man ended up having to pay for what he was getting for free earlier – but that’s even represented more 0ppositely in the comic. Who the hell is going to argue that that hut is the same or worse than a freakin tree? No one. The consumer gained a new and better way to do something and chose to pay for that opportunity. Tree’s are cool and all, but since you’re viewing this writing on an electronic device, don’t even try and act like there is no value in something as basic as walls and a roof. If the businessman did the Consumer a disservice in this picture then why did the Consumer choose to purchase the outcome? It has to be assumed that this is a tree on land where it’s public and legal to cut, since Capitalism doesn’t steal from private land – so we’re not in this guys back yard or anything; We’re out in the arena of ideas where everyone has the same tools and recourses available to them and whomever has an idea that fits within the rules can try it out. This person had an idea, created something and someone else wanted and used it. Why in the everloving fruitcake should he not profit from that?
In reality, this comic is an unintentional praise to Mr Capitalism – the Entrepreneur. Not only did he think of a way to help someone, work at making that idea into a reality and then have that reality be desired and used – but he also thought of that something by re-thinking how something can be done better than it currently is.
Thinking of a product people didn’t know they wanted and thinking of a way to do something better before others even considered doing it any differently is the most wonderful gift of creation. It’s literally what makes us human and why Leftism strips a person of their humanity more with each notch on the scale to Communism.
Before the phones were introduced, there wasn’t exactly a huge clamoring for centuries for a method of talking to something at a different location than you in real time. And after the phone was commonplace, there wasn’t any century of people demanding that their phones be mobile, have cameras, access the internet and be built with large touch screens for ease of use, customization and convenience. Yet both were huge leaps that spawned from Capitalists with ideas they wanted to try and changed the world because people needed and wanted something desperately that they only learned they needed and wanted due to Capitalism.
The last thing I can think of with the comic is that maybe it’s trying to be an Aesop for Environmentalism, claiming that Capitalism profits off of destroying nature. Well, there is no profit in destroying anything vast numbers of people want, so that makes no sense in theory and no macro-example in practice. The Lorax lied to you. Western Civilization’s brand of ethical Capitalism, especially, relies on a cycle. No big business can afford to be Oncelers (the bag guy businessman from The Lorax) and just use every Truffula tree till the entire area is decimated because unlike children for whom that Dr Seuss book was written for: adults int he business world already know that that is a poor profit model ahead of time. So while it’s cute in kids books and cartoons – the truth is that if you want more Truffula trees – you should patronize products in Seussland that uses Truffula, since what you’re doing is garuanteeing, though the profit motive of Capitalism, that more Truffula’s be planted and raised. I don’t know why this surprises hippies, but: Businesses want to stay in business.
So what else is there to this dopey comic? What could I possibly be missing in where it shows how bad Capitalism actually is?
Getting rich under Capitalism is noble because you can’t get rich under Capitalism unless you serve your fellow man (ie: provide a good or service that someone wants or needs). Like life, it is’t perfect, but its the most logical and moral system that exists.
From a 2003 episode of Friends… heh
Nah, but seriously about that whole job situation though:
When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the long-term unemployment rate stood at 22.6%. By January 2010, one year into the Obama economy, the rate had catapulted to 41.6%. That’s a better than four-fifths jump during his first year in the White House.
Suppose however, someone may say that Obama needed a couple of years to implement his grandiose economic policies with the willing Democratic majority he enjoyed during his first two years. If we look then at 2011 and 2012, the average monthly long-term unemployment rate was 43.8% and 41.1%, respectively…atrocious numbers indeed and virtually unchanged since when he took office.
But, these aren’t just numbers or statistics on paper. These numbers represent millions of real Americans and their families. The hardships that accompany long-term unemployment can be, and often are, devastating. Sadly, so many of our fellow Americans have learned just that during this presidency.
USA Today analysis on the plummeting U.S. birthrate:
•Children make up 24% of the nation’s population, down from 25.7% in 2000. The kid population declined more precipitously in 58.6% of the country’ 3,143 counties.
•The number of counties that had a greater share of kids than the national average fell from 1,378 to 1,247.
•Even in counties where the percentage of children grew, only 49 gained more than 1 percentage point — many of them suburbs on the outer edge of metropolitan areas such as Forsyth, Whitfield and Newton outside Atlanta and Cabarrus and Union outside Charlotte.
A University of Southern California analysis of the state’s shrinking child population found that Los Angeles County is at the center of the decline because of difficult living conditions for families facing high housing costs during economic hard times.
“President Obama hasn’t done anything about the unemployment problem” -Dennis Kucinich (former Democrat congressman)
“We have massive amounts of people who are out of work and… [Obama] has to be held accountable for not creating the jobs. We have about 8 million people out of work, about another 8 million people working part time and shouldn’t be. We need an economic agenda. We don’t have it.”
A staunch liberal, Kucinich has been actively outspoken against some of the administration’s policies and actions since leaving office at the end of the last Congress.
Earlier this week he told the Washington Times that the Obama administration has not been transparent and open with disclosures, attempting to spin issues for its own political advantage.
Reporter taking self pic at stadium accidentally captures moment she almost caught a baseball with her skull
Kelly Nash is a reporter for Sun Sports covering the Tampa Bay Rays and also protected by Angels. She was at Fenway Park before a game when she took a picture of herself – an action I refuse to join the trend-monkeys in calling a “selfie” (unless ironically or otherwise mocking the term) during batting practice. She went to text the pic to some family members and noticed – “oh gee – I was almost fkkn killed or seriously brain damaged” (my paraphrase of her inner monologue).
Nash joked that she thinks she was saved by the DVD of “Angels In The Outfield” she was carrying in her bag. Which is funny, except she really friggin had the DVD. Wtf? When I first read the quote, I joined what I suspect is “everyone” who also read it and thought it was a cute nod to relevant nostalgia, but nope. This chick actually had Disney’s Angels in the friggin Outfield with her on DVD at a baseball game where an errant ball came close, but was clearly misdirected by an Angel, to konking her. Dude.