Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Full-Fat Ice Cream's Got to Go!

Some people take the war on trans fat more personally than others. Anti-fat crusader MeMe Roth literally throws herself into the fight to deliver kids at the YMCA from temptation. Are sprinkles the serpent in the YMCA's otherwise healthy Eden?:

With 30% of America’s children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes; with two-thirds of their parents already overweight; and with the YMCA of the USA asserting its “unique position in the fight against child obesity”; MeMe Roth endeavored to rid the YMCA of junk food. Ms. Roth attempted to discard the sprinkles, artificially-flavored caramel and chocolate syrups, and other high-fructose corn syrup-laden and artificially colored substances, along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream set up near the entranceway as a free celebratory offering to YMCA members. In response, the YMCA blocked its junk food table and held back the 5’6”, 120-pound, Ms. Roth with a 6’ 3” football player volunteer named “Eric” and called the police....

The YMCA has threatened to press charges and terminate Ms. Roth’s family membership to the YMCA.

For more on MeMe, who also wants to boycott Girl Scout cookies, go here.

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    With 30% of America's children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes

    Aren't 100% of America's children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes?

  • Thrall||

    People like that sicken me. They should all watch the Penn and Teller bullshit episode on Obesity. they also need to take care of themselves and their own fucking kids.

    The BMI chart is so old that her at 5' 6" and 120 qualifies as FAT.

  • Fluffy||

    The wording on this blurb is a little odd.

    You have to read it a couple of times to realize that she was "attempting to discard" someone else's ice cream.

    That's pretty neutral language to use to describe someone trying to trash someone else's food, that they were offering to others to be nice.

    If I bust into the Feed the Children warehouse and try to throw everything into a landfill, would you say I was "attempting to discard" it?

  • ||

    "People like that sicken me. "

    How can such hilarious, over-the-top shenanigans sicken you?

  • ||

    "The BMI chart is so old that her at 5' 6" and 120 qualifies as FAT."

    Are you sure about that?

  • Chucklehead||

    So she's the obesity equivalent of the paint-throwing PETA set?

    What a maroon.

  • ||

    Doesn't the name "MeMe" automatically disqualify you from being taken seriously?

    But seriously, it's nice to read something about someone telling one of these self-appointed Meka-Poppins to go pound sand.

  • thoreau||

    Note to fast food stand operators on boats:

    While I don't think travel writers with cameras should be kept under surveillance, people who attack the ice cream stand in front of the YMCA probably should be put on your watch list.

  • ||

    If not for that site, I wouldn't know that Chevy Chase testified before Congress on junk food in schools. Chevy Chase testified before Congress. Chevy Chase. Congress. Testified. Someone therefore regards Chevy Chase as an expert on something. Chevy Chase.

    The country is doomed, people. There's no hope. Compose your death poems, sharpen your tantos, and find your seconds.

  • ||

    So she's the obesity equivalent of the paint-throwing PETA set?

    What a maroon.


    What an imbessil

  • ||

    Whadda a ti-ri-ri-ra-goondi-ae!

  • Cesar||

    "With 30% of America's children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes"

    Thats nothing, MeMe! Don't you know 100% of The Children™ are at risk of dying of something sometime in their lives??

  • Chucklehead||

    What's an imbessil?

  • Bhh||

    I don't think there was a single butterball in my hood growing up because we (gasp) went outside. Now I'm going to go get back on my rocking chair.

  • GILMORE||

    I checked the BMI, and 5'6" 120lbs = 20BMI

    anything 18-24 considered "Desireable".

    But that might not be the best word necessarily. She could still have a sqeaky voice and a bony schnozz.

    Nope. Actually, she's hot as hell, in that kind of bitchy WASP, country club crusader kind of thing. Should have guessed with the MeMe moniker.

    http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2005/01/20/199954/meme.JPG

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    Hiding behind all of MeMe's anti-obesity crusader schtick is a woman who thinks, 'if I can't eat it, NOBODY CAN!'

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    Someone therefore regards Chevy Chase as an expert on something. Chevy Chase.

    Well, chevy should know about the dangers of junk food. He was a former pitchman for Doritos. Hopefully, he'll offer some expert testiony on hypocisy next.

  • Thrall||

    Goddammit I was wrong, she is skinny. Shes TOO fucking skinny. Someone get her a sandwich and a good butt fucking. Then she might be okay.

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    "But that might not be the best word necessarily. She could still have a sqeaky voice and a bony schnozz."

    Heh. This is the type of woman who will drive her kids to distraction.

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    Why doesn't she just find another gay bathhouse to join? One that serves jimmies instead of sprinkles

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    I can't say I applaud her methods but the message is correct - there's no good reason that an institution like the YMCA, which supposedly is dedicated to promoting good health, should serve junk food.

  • Flappy the Eagle||

    WE SHOULD FORCE-FEED HER GRAINS UNTIL SHE IS FAT, AND THEN WE SHOULD PUT HER LIVER ONTO SOME CRACKERS! I AM SICK OF MY GOOSEN BRETHREN HAVING THEIR LIVERS PECKED OUT, BUT I LOVE ICE-CREAM, SO I SHALL EXACT MY REVENGE ON THIS WOMAN'S LIVER! OF COURSE, I DOUBT SHE LIKES FOIE GRAS, BUT IT MATTERS NOT! ZEUS COMMANDS IT!

  • XaabaZu||

    Or perhaps the YMCA can serve an unhealthy treat because the kids getting them were actually getting a lot of exercise? Is not the point of the YWCA/YMCA for kids to get a healthy dose of exercise? That and hot sex in the shower...

  • ||

    What are the odds that a little girl named MeMe would grow up to be a self-important twit?

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    If you're going to eat ice cream you might as well go for the good stuff. Just don't eat it every day.

    I can't say I applaud her methods but the message is correct - there's no good reason that an institution like the YMCA, which supposedly is dedicated to promoting good health, should serve junk food.

    You're really not even trying anymore, Dan T.

    Nope. Actually, she's hot as hell, in that kind of bitchy WASP, country club crusader kind of thing. Should have guessed with the MeMe moniker.

    That mouth looks like it savors opportunities to nag.

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    Dan T-
    Maybe YMCA's thinking was that if you want junk food you should work off the calories first; it's not like Weight Watchers was offering free Krispy Kreams.
    Besides, I doubt the 6'3" football player was morbidly obese; mst YMCA goers can handle a couple extra carbs here and there.

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    That woman obviously needs to get some fiber in her diet... shes totally bound up.

  • ||

    You're really not even trying anymore, Dan T.

    I confess that sometimes I just like to see Reasonoids try to argue againt even the most obvious points.

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    Full-Fat Ice Cream's Got to Go!

    Full fat ice cream is the best. Like Breyers. Ingredients are: Cream, Milk, Sugar, Vanilla. That's pretty much it.

    MMMMMM

    It is pointless to indulge in crap that is bad for you unless it tastes really got dang good.

    there's no good reason that an institution like the YMCA, which supposedly is dedicated to promoting good health, should serve junk food.

    Perhaps not, and that would be a really good reason not to warehouse your children with them while you shuttle off to the office five days a week.

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    Doesn't the name "MeMe" automatically disqualify you from being taken seriously?

    Not if it's your last name (sort of).

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    JP: that link is just living proof that all us men are just pigs. Eh? :-)

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    Hey, when Jesus saw the money changers' tables at the Temple in Jerusalem he took action. Direct action, my friends.

    Did he start a petition drive? Fuck, no! He got right up in their grills and threw down.

    "You got a problem with that you Pharisee pussies? Bring it, bitches!" (This was the first recorded instance of the so-called Come To Jesus Meeting.)

    WWJD? He'd trash that YMCA snack bar. Guaran-fucking-teed.

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    "What are the odds that a little girl named MeMe would grow up to be a self-important twit?"

    30% of America's children are at risk of growing up to be self-important twits!

  • Chucklehead||

    Tanya can move (into) my house any day.

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    "Perhaps not, and that would be a really good reason not to warehouse your children with them while you shuttle off to the office five days a week."

    And TWC receives the coveted 'Zing!' award.

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    JP: that link is just living proof that all us men are just pigs. Eh? :-)

    Well, she is a talented TV personality. She just happens to have a very appropriate last name.

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    JP, her looks are pretty appropriate as well.

    checked out, thanks my man, the coveted Zing award will look very nice hanging on the wall next to my rather extensive collection of shrunken heads and shark teeth.

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    Ms. Roth attempted to discard the sprinkles, artificially-flavored caramel and chocolate syrups, and other high-fructose corn syrup-laden and artificially colored substances, along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream set up near the entranceway as a free celebratory offering to YMCA members.

    Hey, I'm on board. Get rid of all that artificial stuff, and give me syrups made with real sucrose, real milk chocolate, real caramel. The full-fat ice cream can stay, as long as it's made with real butterfat.

  • XaabaZu||

    According to a 'heartbreaking ad' I heard on the radio, one in four American Children as 'at risk' of being hungry. Perhaps they ought to swing by the YMCA?

    Good Lord, but now that I think about it, I am 100% at risk of being hungry, because, as it happens, I am hungry right now, and I can't go home til 2:30. Perhaps taxes should be raised and telethons be held in my honour!

    Or I could get some of those M&Ms in the next aisle...

  • XaabaZu||

    that is, provided that no do-gooder zealot has thrown them away so as not to allow us to get more obese...

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    My dream is that some government entity sets up some kind of ice cream booth and MeMe trashes it.

    Just to see the heads spin on H&R.

  • Rhywun||

    along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream

    I wish these party-poopers would quit with the nausea-inducing hyperbole.

  • Rhywun||

    there's no good reason that an institution like the YMCA, which supposedly is dedicated to promoting good health, should serve junk food

    A little stinking ice-cream cone once or twice a week is going to harm NO ONE. Unless there's a giant sign on the table that says "Eat me at every meal!" I don't think there's any cause for concern.

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    A little stinking ice-cream cone once or twice a week is going to harm NO ONE. Unless there's a giant sign on the table that says "Eat me at every meal!" I don't think there's any cause for concern.

    I agree that there's nothing wrong with ice cream as an occasional treat. But America has shown that people will eat too much junk if it's made easily available to them.

  • Flappy the Eagle||

    AFTER MEME'S DELICIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL LIVER HAS BEEN EATEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DEMANDS OF THE KING OF OLYPUS, DAN T WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE CHAINED TO A ROCK TO HAVE HIS LIVER PECKED OUT!

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    Nope. Actually, she's hot as hell,

    Oh come on.

  • robc||

    de stijl,

    It was his own house. If she threw the Y's ice cream out that they were serving in her backyard, that would be okay.

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    Dan T-

    That's exactly right. Ice cream and other treats should be strictly rationed. I envision coupon books like we used for panty hose in WW2.

    What do you think, Dan, one serving per week?

    We would have to figure out enforcement, too. I'm leaning towards misdeamnor, unless one is trafficking in it. Should we set up an enforcement bureau seperately from the cops, Dan?

    Is this what you mean by being too easily available?

  • Rhywun||

    America has shown that people will eat too much junk if it's made easily available to them.

    Because it's a lot easier to locate a YMCA and hope it has an ice-cream counter out front than it is to, oh, go shopping for ice-cream. Unless the ultimate goal is to ban it there too. Nah, that can't be.

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    Gilmore-

    Nice find on the pic. She needs nothing more than a good boinking- that would set all right!

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    ...America has shown that people will eat too much junk if it's made easily available to them.

    thus spake Alice Pitney....

    Scott Stein is posting as Dan T :-)

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    I dare MeMe to pull that crap in Wisconsin. I bet that five minutes after she sets foot in America's Dairyland she'll be addicted to frozen custard.

    Mmmmmmmmmmm.......

    Custard.

    The flavor of the day at my local hangout is Chocolate Raspberry Torte!

    Jay, don't forget that margarine colored to look like butter used to be illegal in WI. People used to smuggle it over the Illinois border.

    Kevin

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    "What's an imbessil?"

    A person who is somewhat smarter than an idjit and slightly dumber than a maroon.

    See the works of that well-known social commentator, B. Bunny, for further explication.

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    Jay-
    Good Idea, but who will volenteer for this dangerous mission? She's so boney, you might break her.

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    Gilmore, no, no, and not even with your wee knee.

    :-)

    Nah, she's okay looking, but not hot as hell.

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    This MeMe chick defintiely needs her blood sugar checked. The YMCA is going to press charges against her and she put out a press release to celebrate it. The best line is the last one:

    MeMe Roth and family are temporarily residing in the Philadelphia area, awaiting relocation to New York City.

    "Awaiting relocation?" By who? Some World Health Organization commando team that rounds up the svelte and blonde refugees of the cheesesteak city in order to refresh the breeding stock for Manhattan bond traders?

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

  • Ben Regenspan||

    From the disclaimer at the bottom of her site (emphasis mine):

    "The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only."

  • thoreau||

    kevrob-

    What's your favorite? Kopps? Gilles? Leon's? Culver's?

    I'm a Kopp's fan, personally.

  • Alice Pitney||

    I've been away working on a political campaign, as some of you may know, but am pleased to discover upon my return to H&R that Dan T. is carrying on the mission without me.

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    Dan T-

    That's exactly right. Ice cream and other treats should be strictly rationed. I envision coupon books like we used for panty hose in WW2.

    What do you think, Dan, one serving per week?

    We would have to figure out enforcement, too. I'm leaning towards misdeamnor, unless one is trafficking in it. Should we set up an enforcement bureau seperately from the cops, Dan?

    Is this what you mean by being too easily available?


    You're making it too complicated. Junk food should be taxed. Heavily. That will cause consumption to drop and raise revenue that will be needed to deal with the health problems caused by the stuff.

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    You're making it too complicated. Junk food should be taxed. Heavily. That will cause consumption to drop and raise revenue that will be needed to deal with the health problems caused by the stuff.

    That's more like it, Dan T. Quality troll.

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    >With 30% of America's children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes

    >>Aren't 100% of America's children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes?

    It's too bad she removed her old press release from her site. It said that "gaining as little as 15 pounds after the age of 18 increases the risk of dying by X%."

    Maybe someone pointed out the problem with that. Damn them if they did.

    I'm disappointed also that she took her society dame photo off of her site. As if being named "MeMe" isn't enough, the vision of her with a sleek blonde chignon, navy sheath, and clutchable pearls around her neck, definitely revealed that she is in fact a lady who lunches, who got a little too caught up in her civic duties.

    I don't think it will improve her reputation among her peers when this story gets out.

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    Dr. T.:

    I used to bicycle twelve miles, round trip, to get a burger and a cone at Kopp's in Glendale. It's a shorter trip to the nearest Culver's, but a Bella's Fat Cat opened in my neighborhood a while ago. Even worse, the pizza joint just behind my house has frozen custard, along with tap microbrews and eleventy-seven versions of fried everything. At least I have to climb stairs to get there! If I had my druthers, I'd probably choose Kopp's, but I'm not that picky.

    Leon's is legendary, but I don't get to Da South Side too often, ehna. Gillies is waythehellover on West Bluemound. It's practically in `Stallis! They are the local original, though, and it is excellent. The stuff sold in the grocery stores is nice, too, even if it is produced by a different company.

    My Mom told me that her Dad used to sell frozen custard at Coney Island. My custard jones must be in my genes, like booze is for alcoholics. :)

    Kevin

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    That's more like it, Dan T. Quality troll.

    I aim to please...if Dan T. didn't exist, you guys would invent me.

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    I can't say I applaud her methods but the message is correct - there's no good reason that an institution like the YMCA, which supposedly is dedicated to promoting good health, should serve junk food.

    Jezus Dan, you are a full on, soft headed, fucking moron.

    When I was a kid my folks sent me off to YMCA camp, where we (god forbid) roasted marshmallows. One kid tried to put out his flaming mallow by waving the stick around violently. The fiery mallow melted free and burned the back of some kids head.

    Anyway, even though that evil YMCA fed me mallows I've avoided becoming an overeating tub of goo in my advanced years. Close call, that.

  • thoreau||

    Leon's is legendary, but I don't get to Da South Side too often, ehna.

    "South" Side? I believe you mean "Sout" Side.

  • ||

    This woman has flipped her wig. Look what she trademarked!

    Secondhand Obesity™

    JM:

    Mary Poppins would've let the kids have their ice cream. "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down..."

  • ||

    Hey, when Jesus saw the money changers' tables at the Temple in Jerusalem he took action. Direct action, my friends.

    Did he start a petition drive? Fuck, no! He got right up in their grills and threw down.


    That's it. Jesus loses a lot of his libertarian cred for initiating violence and for not respecting property rights.

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    Ooh! It's still there! I didn't misremember.

    "Additionally, gaining a modest 10-20 pounds after age 18 materially compromises one's health. According to the New England Journal of Medicine and reported by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), gaining merely 10-20 pounds after age 18 increases your chance of dying by 15%."

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/WomenObesity/BridesObesity/prweb420142.htm#

  • thoreau||

    Jesus loses a lot of his libertarian cred for initiating violence and for not respecting property rights.

    Well, it was His Father's house. If the old man gave him permission to knock over those tables, then it's all good.

    Now, if it turned out that this mode of eviction violated the terms of the contract signed by God and the money changers when they took up residence in the Temple, then you could get God for infringing a contract (which, in libertarian theology, is even more sacred than Jesus :)

  • ||

    The flavor of the day at my local hangout is Chocolate Raspberry Torte!

    Now I've got me a chubby for some Culver's, the best custard there is. Thanks, kevrob.

  • ||

    Good luck getting jurisdiction over the Big Fella, thoreau.

    Sure, he's omnipresent, but service of process would be a bitch. And swearing him in? What a joke! ". . . . so help me, Me"?

  • ||

    That's it. Jesus loses a lot of his libertarian cred for initiating violence and for not respecting property rights.

    Of course, property rights are a result of (and enforced by) violence so you kind of have to choose one of the above...

  • thoreau||

    R C, since you lived in Madison I'll forgive you for thinking that Culver's is the best.

    Come to Milwaukee and try Kopp's. There is no comparison!

  • ||

    "gaining merely 10-20 pounds after age 18 increases your chance of dying by 15%."

    Wow. That means, like, they have a 115% chance of dying, right?

  • ||

    Yep.

    Sounds like overkill to me.

  • ||

    gaining merely 10-20 pounds after age 18 increases your chance of dying by 15%

    Does this mean that if I hadn't gained those extra pounds, I would now have only an 87% chance of dying? Fock!

  • ||

    You're making it too complicated. Junk food should be taxed. Heavily.

    I used to bicycle twelve miles, round trip, to get a burger and a cone at Kopp's in Glendale.

    People like kevrob shouldn't be taxed if they're taking care of themselves by bicycling off the fat. Why not adopt Sullum's suggestion and tax *fat people*? Heavily. What do you think? Is $10 a year for each pound over the taxpayer's ideal weight sufficient, or do we need to jack it up to $50?

  • dhex||

    ha i just realized her name is meme.

    that's awesome.

  • tadl||

    I like the fat tax idea. Let's make it law, then put full fat ice cream carts on every other corner? That way, more people will get fat and pay more taxes.

    But before that, we'd need to institute the obnoxious idiot tax so that we could also tax MeMe for pulling these stunts.

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    That will cause consumption to drop and raise revenue that will be needed to deal with the health problems caused by the stuff.

    worked for tobackyy

  • ||

    "Additionally, gaining a modest 10-20 pounds after age 18 materially compromises one's health. According to the New England Journal of Medicine and reported by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), gaining merely 10-20 pounds after age 18 increases your chance of dying by 15%."

    Statements like the above really need to distinguish between gaining fat and gaining muscle. I gained 20 pounds between the ages of 18-22, but it was was 20 pounds of hard-earned muscle (and I've gained even more muscle since then.)

    I enjoy my wife rolling her eyes when I complain I haven't had enough calories in a given day. I truly enjoy pumping iron, because I truly enjoy eating.

    Also, I now must try some of this frozen custard stuff, because it sounds too good to be true.

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    They'll pry my sprinkles out of my sticky-artificial-chocolate-and-caramel-syrup-covered cold dead fingers.

    Somebody had to say it.

  • ||

    The Y I belong to hasn't pimped ice cream yet.

    Where do I go to complain!?

  • ||

    A cubic inch of muscle weighs more than a cubic inch of body fat. The body mass index is the product of junk science.

  • Scott Stein||

    Wine Commonsewer,

    For the record (are we keeping records?), I am not posting as Dan T. But it would save me some effort promoting my novel if he would just change his name to Alice Pitney and link to her blog when he comments about fattening food. Anyway, anyone who reads Liberty can look for a review of Mean Martin Manning in the July issue, out next month (in June). I also have an essay appearing in that issue about the Virginia Tech shooter's creative writing.

  • The Wine Commonsewer||

    Shameless self-promotion, Alice. :-)

    Nah, I was just kidding, Alice is a chick and Dan T is a guy. Plus they never post at the same time. Wait.....

  • ||

    Here's something I find really comical (if someone else has pointed this out I apologise; I don't have time to read through the whole thread). Having gone to this woman's website, she complains that the movie character Shrek is hypocritical for promoting both junk food and exercise. (One as a product placement and the other as a public health campaign.) Umm, MeMe...isn't exercise a really good way of burning the calories you get from junk food, so that you can eat more of it?

  • dhex||

    it would seem that meme is a bit of a food essentialist. the issue is that junk food, like sin, marks the soul indelibly.

  • ||

    I can guarun-frikin-tee you that she has a secret stash of full-on junk food, somewhere in her house, just waiting for a good ol' secret gorging.

  • ||

    MeMe was on Hannity & Colmes last night saying that the new American Idol winner is obese and a bad role model. Classy!

  • ||

    The more I think about it, why are we even talking about this freak? I looked her name up on the web. Most of the web postings about her seem to come from:

    A. Her own publicity releases

    B. Cable News Talk Shows, Blogs, and Editorials all talking about how annoying she is.

    Here's a little idea. This woman is obviously an attention addict. Since she wants to cure us of our food addiction, maybe it's time we return the favour by curing HER addiction-by ignoring her.

  • ||

    She has probibly been reading and seeing all that poppycock agisnt fast food places prodused by jerks like MORGAN SPURLOCK we dont need any wheatgerm inhaling heath freaks dictatiing what we can or cant eat or drink she should be fed on a diet of bread and water and the YMCA should terminate her membership if she is going to act like a squaling brat

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