When Coulrophobics get political

@laglen (19782)
United States
April 1, 2010 10:16am CST
Ronald McDonald MUST be stopped! http://video.foxnews.com/v/4131080/fast-food-clown-in-crosshairs "For nearly 50 years, Ronald McDonald has hooked kids on unhealthy foods spurring a deadly epidemic of diet related diseases." - Deborah Lapidus, Corporate Accountability International. "We think of Ronald McDonald as a deep-fried Joe Camel for the 21st Century. Really Ronald deserves a break and so do we" Holy crap, then take one! What a waste of time and energy. Ok people, here is an idea, if you think McDonalds is bad, DONT GO! If you think it is bad for kids, DONT TAKE THEM. geez oh pete, why do I have to explain this? Should we disregard all the Ronald McDonald house has done? Arent you relieved that this crazy chick is here to tell you how awful ol ronnie is? Have you now changed your mind and decided that McDonalds is bad? Do you think parents should make this decision?
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
1 Apr 10
As a child I never once wanted to go to McDonalds because of that clown. When my children were growing up they never once wanted to go to McDonalds because of that clown. People go to McDonalds because it's convenient and/or they like the food. What's next...are they going to go after Wendy...the Taco Bell dog (is he even still around?)...the talking M & Ms? Some people have too much time on their hands....
• United States
1 Apr 10
They will go after the cute little M&Ms next..saying they are making kids fat. Also the taco bell dog. Any excuse but to look at the real reason...it is the parents. They decide what their kids eat.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Yep, and decide what their kids do. My grandkids aren't allowed to sit around all day playing video games or watching tv. They go outside to play and it's impossible to do that while sitting on your butt.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Yep and it better ALWAYS be up to parents what kids eat except in cases where kids are removed for being 400 lbs when they are 9... I bristle at any government involvement trying to screw with anybody's access to anything.
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• United States
4 Apr 10
I don't have any problem with nutritionists advising what foods are good or bad for us, but I do have a problem when they try to dictate what we can eat, or when their rants set companies up to be sued when it's the consumer's choice to go to these types of restaurants. Besides, it's not as though we haven't been warned for years how bad these places are, and we still choose to go there. It's as though these "do-gooders" aren't happy unless they have something to complain about or unless they're making life miserable for the rest of us. What I have noticed when I take children to McDonald's, or any other fast food restaurant, is that the child doesn't care about the food and often doesn't eat much if any of it. What they want is the toy or to play on the playground.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
5 Apr 10
LOL! That is the one and only reason my friends and I even go to those places. It's not because any of us love the food. The kids seem to take turns as to which of them is hungry enough to eat more than one meal.... but the reason we go is for the indoor play areas. They are safe, contained, and when it's super windy outside, it's a temperate climate controlled place so our kids don't freeze or get blown off play equipment outside. Sometimes they play for hours at a time, and if we aren't hungry, we'll buy a soda or tea or lemonade and refill it. Believe me, if there was a nice sit down place where we could order healthier food that also HAD A PLAY AREA, we would choose that instead! My daughter LOVES fruit and salads, soup especially and she really likes meat, any kind. A nice buffet type place that had say... a large salad bar including kid friendly options, soup, rolls, fruit, etc would be a nice addition to any place with a play area and it would QUICKLY make money, even in this rotten economy. Look at how Chuck E Cheese does... they are always packed. I HATE THEIR PIZZA. I go there maybe once a year when I am obliged to go because somebody's kid has a party there and my kid is invited lol.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
7 Apr 10
Very good point precious. I think this is usually the case. I do know that there are kids that are crazy for the food too, but that is few and that is due to parents. I do not think anybody needs to monitor that. I think education is key. I also think that it is up to me to educate myself, but thats a whole other discussion.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Now I know who one of the, THEYS" is, Deborah Lapidus. You know the, "Theys." They're the ones who butt into your business and life, because they know what's best for you. Aren't we so lucky to have the, "Theys," to save us from ourselves? Of course food keeps tasting worse and worse thanks to the, "Theys." To tell the truth, I think the, "Theys," are just as responsible for unhealthy and fat children and our nation in general. They've taken the good taste out of food to the point that we're eating everything in sight just to find something that taste good. If this organization wants to get rid of clowns, they should start with themselves and then maybe the clowns who call themselves mothers but won't care for their children by staying home to cook them a health meal.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
2 Apr 10
hey, dont beat around the bush, tell me how you really feel! I always like to know who the "theys" are that will save me from myself. Whew! Thank goodness for nannys!
@irishidid (8711)
• United States
2 Apr 10
McDonald's sucks but no one forces anyone to go there or to any other fast food place. When does this nonsense end and how far does it go? "Ma'am, we see you've purchased ingredients that could possibly be used in the illegal making of chocolate chip cookies. We're going to have to ask you to drop the grocery sack and get face down on the ground."
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
2 Apr 10
lol what are you gonna do with those apples? dip em?
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Free market is democracy with you feet and wallets. If Ronald McDonald is so bad quit going to his burger shop. Sooner or later, McDonald's will change to compete. The flip side people keep going into McDonald's and buying Ron's burger, McDonald's will have no need to change. That is how it works. Just like in nature the survival of the fittest.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Well obviously the majority of people LIKE fast food or there wouldn't be so much of it so readily available. I think THAT in itself speaks much louder than Ann Coulter and any news story lol. I hope they realize that, hah!
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
2 Apr 10
ya know, mcdonalds does have healthier alternatives. They have salads, they offer apples in happy meals along with milk. It is the same with anything else, lets hope some people can handle themselves!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
3 Apr 10
I know. We love the apples.... and they also have those snack wrap things and salads, fruit, etc. Honestly, sometimes I go just to let my squirt play and all I get is a drink lol.
@jb78000 (15173)
1 Apr 10
everybody knows mcdonalds is bad anyway. however if she is annoying a dodgy multinational that puts small businesses out of business then i have to say good for her. she's going to be kept busy though, there are plenty more. if she is saying mcdonalds are responsible for people eating unhealthy food this is dodgy ground.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Very dodgy. I have yet to be forced to eat the crap. We go there about once every six months or so. It is nice for a treat, but I wouldnt want to eat there everyday. If somebody else wants to, I say go for it!
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
3 Apr 10
Absolutely retarded. My parents did something amazing. They cooked food, and didn't buy McDonalds. Shockingly, since we didn't buy McDonalds food, and cooked our own, I ended up not eating burgers and fries all the time. Amazing how that works. Just more idiot leftism, trying to blame someone else for their own choices. Whiny people need to shut up, and take responsibility for their own actions.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
3 Apr 10
Children failing in school has to do with budget crisis, increased class sizes, TEACHER FAILURE, teacher layoffs, the NCLB act (which doesn't work btw), AS WELL AS parents who are not involved, parents who don't value education, who don't teach their kids other things, etc. The government DOES run the public school system, and there ARE some ways in which they are failing our kids. There is NO regular PE any more in our elementary schools. The school lunch programs don't appear very healthy to me. I don't see much nutrition being taught in school either - not to say it's the only place kids ought to learn about it but it should be a bigger part of education than it is BECAUSE of the fact so many kids are becoming obese. It's a real life education type of thing that should be focused on in an on-going way, since it continues to affect you your whole life! Since this is in politics, I'll add my two cents about THAT. At this rate, the way the government is going, I'd rather protect my kids FROM it. There is nothing to be proud of at this point in American government. The whole thing is rather embarrassing, to be honest. Here we are with elected officials who have been elected by lying and made the stakes even worse by pushing through things that more than 67% of people didn't want. Hardly something to be proud of, in my opinion. My main goal now is to stand firm and avoid being affected/influenced by whatever the government does, since it's easier than confronting and fighting. Not saying I won't, I will if I have to, but the first one is less stressful.
@jb78000 (15173)
3 Apr 10
andy, that looked very much like abuse, and not done in fun. is this supposed to be a sign of maturity or your vastly superior intelligence? doesn't work, it just looks childish and extremely rude.
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@jb78000 (15173)
4 Apr 10
oh and it is interesting that the subject of people changing their views politically as they get older has been brought up. this definitely happens with some people. traditionally it is becoming more conservative (with a small c, i don;t mean suddenly developing extreme Conservative views at the age of 30). i know somebody who has changed quite a bit, gradually becoming less and less conservative oddly enough. was actually very surprised last time we discussed politics. there are also a few people, probably insecure, who start off with one set of extreme views, then for whatever reason suddenly switch to the opposite set of extreme views.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
4 Apr 10
laglen, great discussion. Lovely wording. We have become a society of, among other not-so-good things, nit-picking dunderheads. You are right - parents should decide whether or not to patronize McDonalds, for better or for worse, and this should in no way become a political issue (as in NY's attempted banning of using salt in food). We have in fact gone instead from the sublime to the ridiculous in every area of our lives and conduct. As an aside, coulrophobics, or the understanding of coulrophobia is an interesting topic to me. But, either way, I love your passion and way of expressing yourself re the waste and stupidity of what we have begun to elevate to importance, as in "sound and fury signifying nothing."
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
4 Apr 10
NY attempted to ban using salt in FOOD?? OMG I am never going near NY. NEVER. What idiot came up with that idea? And what's worse, the idiot who TRIED it or all the idiots who apparently tried to help support the first one? LMAO!
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
5 Apr 10
mommyboo, I learned this on MyLot. It was on a recent posting, but I can't remember which one. Idiot is certainly the right word for the moron who wasted a pretend brain cell on that one.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
5 Apr 10
ladybug, If I remembered the posting, I would have mentioned it at the time. Frankly, it is tedious to have to respond to your ramblings. You are constantly nit-picking and going on tangents because you do not understand principles. Your love for all things "left" is also tedious as you bring up the "right" when the discussion has nothing to do with your political bent. I am sorry to hear you watch American idol, but glad that they gave a strobe light warning. Most of the time responsible adults take the time to learn and research what they need to know about their own particular problems. Demanding that cooks do not use salt is ridiculous, and codifying it even more moronic. If people don't want to eat salt or eat at restaurants that season with it, they have every right not to go there. We do not need "big brother" telling us what and what not to do at every turn. A well placed warning may be in order, but not a demanding "thou shalt not" for every little what if. Do you remember when America was a free country and people had freedom of speech and their God-given free will right to choose. Corollary to that was the responsibility and accountability, i.e. consequence of making that choice. The liberal era of blame and no responsibility or accountability has made fools and dunderheads of those who simply refuse wisdom and like to play "isms" rather than actually work toward earning something. Remember the woman who sued McDonald's because SHE spilled hot coffee on herself? Do you think we need a mandate to stay off of train tracks or not play in the street? Sometime an individual must grow up and make responsible choices all by himself.