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Hey guys!  So, last week, I didn’t post at all.  Some of you may be wondering what the deal is, seeing as I was a slacker the week before that as well.  Well, it’s not that I’ve run out of steam, I’ve just been super busy.  Last week, I decided to open up an Etsy business (A Touch Of Tallent), and I was working on getting everything set up.  The store doesn’t have anything in it yet, but you can visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Touch-of-Tallent/273328839466212

Anyways, I’ve pretty much got it all worked out now, so hopefully we will get everything back on track.  So, that’s that!  Check back for some “Fat People Problems”! Thanks, guys!

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Is your child a fatass? Their school probably thinks so…

Is your child fat?  If their school thinks so, you’ll know soon enough!  Hey guys…so yesterday, I heard a story about a school that sent home letters to some of the parents with children in their school saying that the children were obese.  Here’s the link:

http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/21348194/2013/02/25/school-sends-home-letter-calling-some-students-obese

I have a few thoughts about this, so let me share them with you.  My first thought when hearing this story was this:  Why is the school doing this?  What concern is it to them whether or not the child is obese?  If they are, (which, since they are only judging by BMI and taking nothing else into consideration, most of these kids are probably only overweight, at most), does the school think that the parents don’t know?  I just can’t understand this whole situation.  Schools are a place to send your children to learn, or at least they used to be.  Anymore, there are constantly stories about making school lunches more healthy, and getting the kids more exercise, and I even read a story about some schools making the kids sit on yoga balls instead of chairs at their desks, because it “helps” them pay better attention.  I’m sorry, but I can’t imagine paying attention to anything but the pain in my back after hours of sitting on a yoga ball and having absolutely no back support.  I just don’t feel that it is the school’s place to worry about the body mass of their students.  Well, unless they think that the student is not being fed at home, in which case it becomes an abuse/neglect situation.

I just think that this opens the door to more bullying from other students, along with bashing the self-esteem of the students who received the letters.  Can you imagine how it would feel to have your school send a letter home saying that you’re fat?  Looking at your school nurse, your teacher, your principal, and knowing that they think you are obese?  That, along with the fact that other kids would make a big deal of the situation.  Picture this:  A slightly overweight kid is walking down the hall, and is pushed down by a gang of bullies.  “Hey fatass!  Did you get a letter?  Bet you did, your titties are bigger than my mom’s!”  This is just another form of discrimination for people who are overweight, and now, not only are they going after adults (more info about employment healthcare based on BMI to come later in the week), they are now going after kids, too.  Is it healthy to be fat?  Not always.  Is stigmatizing fat people to the point where their lives are miserable at every turn going to help the “obesity epidemic”?  Hell no.  You know what?  If someone is fat, get over it.  Until you start walking down the street slapping every smoker, or running every person who is texting while driving off the road, or throwing every drug addict into the sewers to live where you think they belong, mind your own damn business.  It is nobody’s business but mine that I am fat.  My obesity is in no way impairing your health, so get over it.  Do you want to sit next to me on the bus because I take up a bit more space than some skinny person?  No, maybe not.  But I don’t wanna sit next to the guy who poured on half a bottle of cologne, either, but sometimes, you gotta do some things that you find unpleasant.  If that random fat person in McDonalds is not impairing YOUR health, then grow up and get over it.  And please…spare me the “well, my taxes are paying for the healthcare of all those obese people!”  arguement.  MY taxes are paying for a whole hell of a lot that I don’t agree with, so, I’m sorry, that arguement is invalid.

Anyways, that’s my thoughts.  What do you guys think?  Go read the story and leave me a comment and let me know!

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Uh, yeah…I’m not a slacker, I promise!

Hey guys!  Just doing a quick little post to let you know that I’m not being a huge slacker this week with my lack of posting.  My life has been super crazy since January with us trying to get our house rented out, and I was working on it all day yesterday, hence the lack of a post.  I’ve just been busy with work and junk today, so yeah, that’s why nothing special today either.  Sorry guys…I swear though, once things settle down, I’ll try to get back on my normal post schedule.  Anyways, I thought i would share this with you for laughs, and I hope you come back tomorrow for something real!  See you then!

This would totally be my cat…

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Melissa McHippo?

Happy Monday, guys!  How’s it going?  Hope you guys had a restful weekend (I did, for once), and are ready for the week ahead.  Anyways, over the weekend, I was gonna go see Melissa McCarthy’s new movie, “Identity Thief”, and even though I believe that Melissa can do no wrong, I wanted to read some reviews.  So, upon searching, I came across some articles that I found interesting and that I thought I would share with you.

The first is a scathing review from a popular reviewer at the New York Observer, Rex Reed.  Here is the link to the review:

http://observer.com/2013/02/declined-in-identity-thief-batemans-bankable-billing-cant-lift-this-flick-out-of-the-red/

Now, before I continue, I want you guys to know that I DID NOT actually get a chance to go see the movie.  It may possibly be the worst piece of crap that was ever made.  I don’t know.  But, this isn’t really about the movie, it’s about the review.  You see, in Mr. Reed’s review, not only did he review the movie, calling it a “chunk of junk”, and a “trashy, stupefying screenplay”.  Again, maybe it is, and Mr. Reed had every right to express his opinion on the movie, whatever he thought.  But then, he veered off of the movie review, and started reviewing the actors, focusing on Melissa McCarthy.  In the following paragraphs, he referred to Melissa as “tractor-sized”, as well as a “screeching, humongous creep” (talking about her character, but also referencing her weight).  He went on to call her Mr. Bateman’s “female hippo”, and then finishing his rant by calling Melissa McCarthy a  “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”  Now, not only was that all…after hating on Melissa for almost the entirety of his review, he went on to say “Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?”  Yeah.  Not a bad word to say about “attractive” Jason Bateman.

Now, I was pretty happy with the public response to this.  Normally, fat people are made fun of, (check out any news story using the dreaded “fat body” picture…you know the one…the head is cut off and you see the fat, headless body heading away to McDonalds or wherever), the comments section is full of fat haters.  However, in the comment section on Mr. Reed’s review, there were such comments as follows:

“Wow, this review is seriously offensive.  Calling McCarthy a tractor-sized hippo?  Remind me never to read The Observer again.”

“What a JERK! No one’s dress size has anything to do with their acting ability. This guy seriously needs a well-deserved thump on the head.”

And finally, (pardon the language):

“You sir, are a vile cunt. How dare you call a woman a hippo or say she’s tractor sized. I don’t know who you think you are but it’s a damn shame that at this point in your career you’ve resorted to trashing the way a woman looks as part of your gimmick here. Your perpetuation of a double standard is equally pathetic because we both know if Ms. McCarthy was a man, you wouldn’t even think of calling her fat because you’d get your old ass kicked in a minute. Shame on you.”

Apparently, that guy got on the bad side of many people, as there over 1000 comments similar in nature to these.  Rex Reed then put out a statement, here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rex-reed-defends-melissa-mccarthy-421352

and he said things like this:

“I object to using health issues like obesity as comedy talking points. That’s what this girl does, this Melissa Manchester.”  Notice he couldn’t even take the time to figure out who he was talking about, and confused Melissa with a singer who, in my opinion, is in no way comparable.  He went on to say that “I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes. … I have helped people try to lose weight, and I don’t find this to be the subject of a lot of humor.”

Obviously, I don’t agree with this.  Yes, obesity issues are sad, terrible, and a killer of millions of people.  But you know what?  I think that you can use humor to bring a taboo subject to light, to stop the hatred that obese people are viewed with.

Anyways, I think that Melissa McCarthy is a wonderful actress and a great role model for people everywhere, someone who is obviously comfortable in her own skin and happy with who she is.  I applaud her for being a person who is not concerned with becoming the stereotypical size 0 actress, (read the article here:  http://www.crushable.com/2012/11/06/other-stuff/melissa-mccarthy-weight-quote-interview-role-model-daughters-878/ ) and being someone who feels that it is important to be a good role model for her daughters.  Thank you, Melissa, for being who you are, and just know this:  As long as you keep making movies, I’ll keep watching them.  Keep up the good work!

 

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Happy Monday?

What’s up guys?  It’s another Monday, and I have to say, I wish it wasn’t.  I do wanna give a shoutout to my little brother today though, it’s his 21st birthday, so “Happy birthday, bro!”

So, today, I’m tired, so I’m gonna be a bum and just post a bunch of funny junk that I found around the web for you to enjoy.

As always, love me some Rebel! 🙂

 

 

What has happened to Lori Beth Denburg?  I miss her.  This girl really needs to make a comeback!

 

 

Some more Rebel for ya!

 

 

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Enough is enough!

Hey guys.  Today’s post is gonna be kinda serious, so I decided to go ahead and warn you now in case you came here looking for something funny.   So, I was trolling Tumblr this morning, looking for something funny to write about, and I have to say, it is pretty depressing.  I searched the keywords “fat” and “problems”, hoping to find some funny pictures of fat animals, or funny things that people have written (similar to my Fat People Problems, maybe?), or possibly just some pictures of Rebel Wilson being Rebel Wilson.  That girl could do no wrong.  Anyways, while I did find some of these, you know what I found more of?  Pictures of extremely thin girls talking about how fat they looked today.  Pictures of scars and bleeding wounds from where people had cut themselves because they felt so horrible about who they were.  Posts about how they felt so sick because they ate a meal that they spent the next few hours making themselves throw up.  Things like this just make me so sad, and it is even more sad that we have driven ourselves to this.  Is obesity so horrible that it is better to do this ———->

than to eat or gain weight?  I mean, I know this is cause by some sort of mental and/or psychological problem.  But I hate that this exists because of how negative being fat is in our society.  I hate that people would rather cut the word “fat” into their skin (as a constant and everlasting reminder to quit eating) than to be overweight.  And look at this girl.  She is not at all fat.  If anthing, I would say that she is overly skinny, just judging from what I can see.  This is what comes from those people out there who think that it is okay to stigmatize fat people in order to get them to lose weight.  Do you think that the person in that picture is more healthy than someone who is 100lbs overweight?  I can guarantee she is not.  Her body may look better from the outside, but if she is not eating or is throwing up on a regular basis, then she is certainly not anymore healthy than someone who is overweight.  And the thing is, she is not the only one.  There are hundreds of posts like this on Tumblr, as well as on other sites, including Pinterest.  It just seems to me that instead of just focusing on how horrible obesity is, we should focus on how it is viewed by society as a whole, and work on that image.  Take smoking, for example.  It is another highly stigmatized activity, very commonly compared to obesity.  The thing is, however you want to compare them, they are completely different.  I’ve never seen someone yell names out the window at a smoker walking down the road.  I’ve never heard “smoker” jokes like I’ve heard “fat” jokes.  I’ve never seen someone put stickers of  smokers on their truck like this —->

I mean, you don’t see smokers carving “oxygen” into their skin, do you?  No.  So, whether you want to admit it or not, they are different.  In the end, yes, maybe they both affect us the same way, ie: raising healthcare costs, etc.  But there is a certain point-blank and completely acceptable hatred when it comes to being obese, and we really need to change how we view this disease, or medical disorder, or whatever you want to call it.  At the end of the day, whether you weight 100 lbs or 1000, we are all people and we all deserve to be treated that way.  If you think that someone is fat due to them constantly stuffing their face all day, every day, why would you treat them any worse than you would treat a drug addict or a smoker?  Would you put a sticker on your car that says “Don’t blame me…I didn’t hand you the bag of meth”?  Or “Don’t blame me…I didn’t hand you a pack of cigarettes”?  If not, why would you put one that says “Don’t blame me…I didn’t feed your fat ass”?  Why is that viewed as ok?  Why is obeseity viewed with so much more hatred than those things?  Why is it so hard to see that regardless, a person is a person and deserves respect?  Enough is enough.

So, now I will step down off my soapbox and give you pictures of a fat cat, a funny card, and of course, Rebel Wilson.  Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

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Bagpipes, Pony Camp, and Feeding Tubes????

Hey guys!  What’s up?  So, today, I just wanted to do a quick post and share a few more interesting spam comments I received the other day.  They are pretty funny, so I couldn’t resist.

#1:

“Don’t worry or feel overcome when reading through this, though; acquire your bagpipes from a Scottish store where the shopkeeper can guide you. And get guidance out of your teacher (an additional benefit of taking lessons!) – if conceivable, request the old piper to go along with you in your purchasing tour. Your instructor will be in a position to make it easier to not just pick out an excellent list of bagpipes, but in addition the required things that do not instantly spring to thoughts, like string, wax, tape and bag seasoning (you are in for a deal with)..”

Now, I’ve gotten over 1500 spam comment since I started this site, advertising everything from Coach purses to sex toys.  This is the only one I’ve ever gotten about bagpipes, and yeah, it’s pretty interesting.

#2:

“I invested each and every early morning this month purchasing whilst Pipsqueak was at pony camp. In truth, the application retains freezing on me, which can be annoying. My hairstyle appears to flatter us, but I can’t have the lips correct.”

Yeah…I don’t even know what to make of this.  Who is Pipsqueak?  Why is he at pony camp?  Is he a pony?  Is it some sort of weird fetish?  Who knows, but he can’t seem to have the lips correct so I guess none of it matters.

#3:

“For the initial week or two 1 is fed via a tube that operates into the physique by the upper-right chest and down in the vena cava, a major blood vessel (vein) top right into a heart and soul chamber. They call it a ‘central line’ (nothing at all to perform with London Underground, you fully grasp). So that you are liquid-fed by way of your heart and soul until you happen to be healed sufficient to take reliable foods obviously by mouth..”

I’m really glad that they cleared up the fact that the “central line” that the tube is going down into, or the “vena cava”, is not to be perform with London Underground, because I was so confused before they clarified that.  And being liquid-fed by way of the heart and soul, man!  Makes me hungry!  Nom nom nom!!!

Well, that’s it for today, guys!  Hope you got as much of a laugh out of these stupid spam comments as I did!  See you Monday!

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Bazinga!

Hey guys!  No real post today, just a post of my new puppy, Penny!  My cousin found her abandoned on the side of the road on Sunday, and she was so cute, we decided to adopt her.  While we were trying to pick out a name, someone suggested “Shelly”, which reminded me of what Sheldon’s (from Big Bang Theory) mom calls him.  Then we joked that if she was a boy, we would call her Sheldon, and then came up with the stroke of genius to call her Penny (one of the other main characters from Big Bang, in case you live under a rock and don’t know that already).  And so, Penny she is!

Sleepy puppy

 

 

Like most lovely ladies, she has a thing for shoes! 🙂

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Are you saggin’?

What up, peeps?  So, as some of you know, at the start of the new year, I went back on my diet.  And I’m doing it for real this time.  Been going to the gym, eating healthy, the works.  Let’s not call it a diet.  It’s my new way of life.  Anyways, I have some fears about losing a bunch of weight.  I have dreams of losing weight and looking something like Ryan Reynolds.  That would be nice wouldn’t it?  I mean, if I’m gonna do it, I might as well do it right, right?  So, for inspiration, I’ve been looking up pictures of what it looks like when people lose a lot of weight.  Just FYI–I’d like to lose around 200lbs…that’s about half of my body.  So, here’s what I’ve found:

What I look like now:

 

 

What I want to look like after I lose weight:

 

 

What I’m afraid I’ll look like after I lose weight:

 

 

What I’ll probably have to do if I look like that ^ after I lose weight:

 

 

Now, realistically, I don’t expect to ever look like Ryan Reynolds.  I mean, he trains in the gym for like, half of his life, and you know what Sweet Brown says…”Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”  Now, the picture of the guy with all the saggy skin is a little bit overkill for me.  That guy lost like, 500lbs, but still, saggy skin is a reality for me.  And I kinda feel like, which would I rather have?  Gross folds of saggy, baggy skin hanging from my arms, legs, stomach, and everywhere in between, or would I rather be a fatass forever?  I guess when it comes down to it, I would rather be healthy and saggy than to be a fatass who dies at 45, but really, I wish there were some other options.  But what about plastic surgery, you ask?  Yeah.  They do this thing called a corset trunkplasty, where they take you in across your belly and junk.  Estimated cost: $15,000.  End result:

Yeah…not much prettier than the saggy skin, is it?  This picture is a man who lost 300lbs, and this is 6 months after his surgery.  I’m just thinking, jeez…it kinda sucks either way.  Anyways, I guess becoming a bodybuilder is always an option.  I guess it’s not bad to be huge as long as your hugeness is caused my mounds of muscle and not folds of fat.  It might be nice to be able to lift a small plane with one hand, I guess.  I wouldn’t really have to worry about being mugged or anything anymore…So yeah, guess if all else fails, I’ll become a body builder!  Alright! Anyways, guess that’s it, even if I don’t have to worry about any of this for at least a year or more.  Leave it to me to always see the downside.  Whatevs.  See you guys tomorrow!

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What the huh?!

Hey guys!  If you’ve been on here in the last 24-36 hours, you will see that my site has been all kinds of screwed up, and if you are reading this now, you will see it is now reversed.  Yeah.  I have no idea what happened to mess it up, but reversing it was the only way I could find to fix it.  I am by no means a computer genius, and all I could do was mess around until something worked.  So, I hope you like the new reversed look.  I don’t really at the moment, but I’m hoping I’ll get used to it!  Anyways, thanks for your patience, guys! 😀

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