Childhood Obesity

July 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM (Horrible Parents)

I haven’t updated my blog in over a week because I had nothing to vent about. Today I do. My topic for today is childhood obesity. Recently a specialist from one children’s hospital said that parents of super obese children should lose custody of them. You know what, it may sound harsh but I agree and here’s why. A lot of parents today don’t take the time out to actually make sure their children eat properly and get enough exercise. They will feed their children anything that is cheap and saves time, mostly fast food, and they let their kids sit in front of the computer or TV all day long instead of insisting they go outside and play. When I was younger my mother made healthy dinners most nights. Yea, sometimes we had meals that were unhealthy but the majority of the time we ate healthy meals. If I didn’t want what my mother was cooking then I didn’t eat. End of story. There was no “I want this” or “I want that” or “let’s have McDonalds” it was eat what mom cooked or starve. So I ate what she cooked. Did I ever have fast food? Of course I did, but only very rarely, maybe a few times a year. That’s how it should be. As for exercise my parents allowed both me and my brother to watch TV but only after we had been outside playing. Some parents today just don’t know how to say “NO”. I say grow a pair and stop letting your kids push you around. You are the parent here, not your kids and what you say goes. End of story. Stop worrying that you’re going to look like the bad guy. You’re supposed to be the bad guy as a parent. If you wanted a buddy then you should have got a dog.

Another reason is some parents today are just plain lazy and don’t care what their kids eat or do as long as they stay out of trouble. Now I understand kids who have genetic disorders and may be overweight, and that’s not what this specialist is talking about. Nor are they talking about overweight kids. We are talking about morbidly obese kids. The kind that, if something isn’t done, may end up having a heart attack before age 16. Something has to be done about this because the fact is the problem is getting worse year by year. What I think should happen is the family should be warned that if they don’t start taking measures to get their kids weight under control then they will run the risk of losing custody. I think children services should educate the parents and the kids, monitor their progress and if they see that they are making a conscious effort to fix the problem then that’s it. If they aren’t doing anything to fix the problem, well they were warned. I am also sick of hearing “healthy food is too expensive”. Yes, some of it is but stop using that as an excuse. You can make a healthy meal with $5 if you put some thought into it. As for fast food, that’s fine. BUT in moderation, not 5 times a week. We need to get our act together in this country. Stop letting our kids do what they want and start taking responsibility for them. You became a parent out of your own free will and you have responsibilities. Start taking them more seriously and questions like this won’t come up.

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Gay Marriage

June 26, 2011 at 7:40 PM (Random)

Finally New York State Government has done something right for a change. In case you’re living in a hole, NY passed a new bill allowing gay marriage to start taking place in July. Good for them! Now if only PA and every other state can follow suit. I have been a huge supporter of gay marriage for years. Not just because I have tons of friends who are gay including my best friend of 20 years, but because I don’t see why everyone shouldn’t be able to get married. This is where I start to vent though. I am sick to death of hearing everyone bashing gay marriage. Come on people it’s 2011 for crying out loud! Let people live their own lives the way they want. Do we not have a million other problems to worry about right now like our current President, the economy and illegal immigration? Who cares who anyone wants to marry. Is it really hurting you or personally affecting you in some way? No it’s not so don’t even try to argue that it is. Get off your high horses and shut up, stop whining and put your efforts into fighting a more worthy cause then trying to stop gay marriage.

I am also sick and tired of seeing post after post on Facebook condemning gay marriage. You get the ones who say “it’s a sin” and “God hates gays”. I’m sorry have you personally met God? No you haven’t so again get off your high horse. So what if the bible doesn’t condone gay marriage. When was the bible written? Oh yea that’s right, it was written thousands of years ago. Let me point out again the fact that it is the year 2011. A lot has changed since the bible was written and a lot more will change in the future. Deal with it and get over yourselves. I don’t see you purposely going after people who cheat, murder or steal. Aren’t those sins according to the bible? Don’t try and tell me that you haven’t committed one sin from the bible at least once in your life because you would be committing the sin of lying. So there, now you probably have sinned more than you thought. Get a life, move on and let people be happy the way they want. In case you haven’t noticed there are way more important things to worry about in this country then gay marriage. With all the struggles and conflicts going on why shouldn’t others be able to take happiness any way they can get it? Just let people live their lives and you live yours.

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Stupidity

June 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM (Stupidity)

One of my daily observations has been that some people are just plain stupid. There is no nicer way to put this. While all of us do stupid things throughout our life some people take stupidity to a higher level on a daily basis. Take what happened yesterday for an example. “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn died in a high-speed car crash. Now while I am very sorry he died I really feel no sympathy for him. I know this sounds harsh but look what he did. I do however feel sorry for his family and friends and also for the other person who died in the car with him. Earlier yesterday morning, around 2am Dunn was driving his Porsche down route 322 outside of Philadelphia. He was reportedly drunk and driving at speeds of 110 mph. Dunn lost control of his car, crashed through a guard rail and then slammed into a tree which resulted in his car bursting into flames. There is so much stupidity here it’s unfathomable. First and one of the most common ones is drunk driving. I’m sorry but you’re telling me you just had to drive drunk and you couldn’t find any other way to get home. Second, not only are you drunk but driving at a ridiculously high rate of speed. Where is the common sense in this? Again, while I am sorry Dunn is dead it is a result of his recklessness and his own fault.

I will take this one step further and even consider referring to Dunn as a murderer because the safety of the passenger in his car was ultimately his responsibility. Now bear with me for a second. The legal definition of murder is (1) intentional murder; (2) a killing that resulted from the intent to do serious bodily injury; (3) a killing that resulted from a depraved heart or extreme recklessness; and (4) murder committed by an accomplice during the commission of, attempt of, or flight from certain felonies. The one that can be applied to Dunn would be number 3, a killing that resulted from extreme recklessness. While most of us think of murder as intent to kill the law sees you as a murderer if you kill someone as a result of your recklessness or gross negligence. Hence, Dunn can be looked at as a murderer because his passenger died as a direct result of his carelessness. I realize some people will disagree with me on this, but I am just pointing out the legal definition of murder. Look it up yourself if you like.

I do feel sorry Dunn died. I’m not saying that I don’t. I also don’t think he deserved to die or anything like that but what do you honestly expect when you drive like that. He took a chance, a big chance and in the end it turned out bad for him. Do you think he even considered the other passenger, his family or his friends? I highly doubt it. Someone asked me today if it had been my family member who died would I feel the same way. Let’s say this was my brother who died. Yes, of course I would be very upset but at the same time I would say you know what, he did this to himself. It’s not like it was an accident. Do I think he set out to die that night, no I don’t. But when you act in such a reckless manner you have to deal with the consequences, and unfortunately death was the consequence he and his passenger had to pay. Now not only does his family and friends have to deal with his death, but the family and friends of his passenger have to deal with their loss. All of this could have been prevented with a little common sense. All this boils down to one thing. Lack of common sense. As I said in my first post most people now-a-days lack common sense. If people would just take a second to think about what they are doing, things like this could be prevented. I would like to think maybe someone will learn from Dunn’s mistakes but I think with the amount of stupidity in this world today that would be wishful thinking.

How do you feel about it? Do you feel sorry for him, even though he was reckless and stupid? And are you already as sick as I am of seeing all these Facebook pages saying RIP Ryan Dunn?

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Parenting

June 20, 2011 at 3:52 AM (Horrible Parents)

I have always felt some people should never be parents. Over the last few months while watching and reading story after story of children who have died because of their parents I believe now more than ever you should have to obtain a license in order to become one. The other day I was watching the movie “Parenthood” and in this movie a very young Keanu Reeves turns to his mother in law and says “You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”  He was absolutely right. Why should you need a license for everything else and not need one for the most important job of all? At the very least we should all be required to take classes on how to be good parents. We should learn the basics on what to do and what not to do when raising children. I realize for most this is common sense but unfortunately more and more people with no common sense whatsoever are having children these days and in the end the children are the ones paying the consequences.

In case you didn’t hear about it, back in April there was this woman named Lashanda Armstrong from Newburgh New York who decided to end it all by driving her car into the Hudson River. While committing suicide is never something you should do, this woman did not just commit suicide, she also committed murder. Earlier in the evening Lashanda got into a fight with her boyfriend. Then she made time to post one last status on Facebook saying “I’m so sorry everyone forgive me please for what I’m gonna do…. This Is It!!!!”. She then went and loaded her four kids, ages ranging from eleven months to ten years into her car and drove down to the river where she proceeded to drive her car off a pier right into the water. On her drive down she even told her children “You’re all going to die with me”. Miraculously her ten-year old son was able to make it out of the submerged car and swim to shore but Lashanda and her three other children all died that night. One of Lashanda’s neighbors was quoted as saying “she was such a good mom; she took care of her kids.” Really lady? I’m sorry but a “good” mom wouldn’t have wanted to commit suicide and abandon her children in the first place and a “good” mom who did commit suicide wouldn’t have taken her children with her to die. As far as I’m concerned she was a selfish horrible excuse for a human being and one of the worst mothers to have ever lived.

Then I see in the news the other day about a couple from Missouri who left their four-month old son home alone and their pet ferret chewed off most of his fingers. What is wrong with people? These people even lied to the cops about being home at the time. They were out, probably drinking, while their little baby was home being attacked by a ferret. Where is the common sense here? What makes it alright to leave your baby home alone? Have these people ever heard of a baby sitter? As for the ferret, reports say they had wanted to get rid of it because it had in fact bitten the child once before even though at the time of the incident the parents told the cops the ferret had never given them any problems. Why didn’t you get rid of the ferret and why would you leave your baby home alone with it when you knew it was dangerous?  Now this poor baby has to go through his life with half his fingers missing. I hope the parents rot in jail for a very long time and this sweet little boy gets the loving parents he deserves. This is yet another example among hundreds more as to why some people have no business being parents.

So what do you think? Should would-be-parents be required to get a license and at least prove they are going to be fit to raise a child? Should everyone be required to take some classes on common sense? Or do you think no matter what anyone does things like this are going to continue to happen because there is no getting rid of all the stupid people in this world?

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