Oct 22nd 2008 8:12PM I honestly can not imagine spending that much money on any clothing shopping spree! What in the world is wrong with that woman??? Does she honestly think that people give a damn about what clothes she's wearing?
I know many find her to be attractive, but my opinion is that she happens to stand out in a mainly male dominated field. In the 'real world' she is just an average woman who is able to buy the best of everything and charge it to the state she lives in or the US government. If we all had access to that kind of money we'd look pretty damn good too!
Sep 28th 2008 12:34PM sononsj - Funny, but I find it sad that you are judging my parenting. First of all, my child was already an adult by the time Super-Size was all the rage with the very parents I find to be making a huge mistake - going overboard.
I was VERY careful about what I put in my child's stomach. But I didn't go overboard which, as I already said, makes a person want to rebel and in the case of Mc Donalds, make them gorge themselves on their food everytime they had a chance.
IF she and I had McDonald's when she was younger, we'd split a Happy Meal with milk. Neither one of us were big eaters. It fulfilled her need to want to eat where her friends ate and everyone was happy. Not a big deal.
Actually, she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 10 years old - most likely due to her large consumption of dairy products - and she was forced to become very aware of her diet. She still had cravings, but chose when to give into those cravings and knew she would pay the price.
I'm willing to bet that she now has a healthier diet that YOU do. She's very aware of the health risks involved with Crohn's and does her best to keep everything in line, which allows her to lead a more normal life.
Get over yourself. I've known many parents who had your attitude only to see their kids eat like pigs, do drug, smoke and drink by the age of 14-15. And these are upper middle-class children who have had "the best" of everything.
Sep 27th 2008 3:26PM I am so sick of the superior attitudes of the anti-McDonald's people. "I have never taken my kids to McDonalds and never will".
Well, I hate to tell you this, but you more likely to be creating future fast food junkies. Any time a child is restricted from having something, going somewhere, doing something, as soon as they have the opportunity, they gorge themselves on whatever it is. The kids that I grew up with and the children I have watched growing up throughout my adulthood have proven my statement.
I raised my daughter to undestand limitations, but never restricted her from basic things that other children were experiencing - such as a McDonalds hamburger every once in awhile. She has grown up to be a very healthy eater - healthier than I am! And makes healthy and educated choices about the foods that she puts into her body. Her education came from classes she took in college, NOT from selling vitamins.
Refusing to allow your children to eat McDonalds while every other child is enjoying a hamburger or Chicken McNuggets while playing at the playland is cruel in my opinion. Oh sure, I was always a nervous wreck about her playing on things that so many other kids played on, but I'm a germaphobe, so even basic things freak me out - but I learned to curb my phobia to allow my daughter to live as others do.
Jul 28th 2008 4:58PM Oh yes, just what I want to spend $1,250 on, a jacket that at least 6000 other people will be wearing this year. What a unique look that will be.
I thought our country was near to being in a recession. I wonder how many of the 6000 have foreclosed on a home this year? I also how many are getting near to foreclosing and are expecting the government to bail them out, only to turn around and spend that much money on a fugly jacket?
No thanks, I'll stick to paying my mortgage on time and skip the overly sold, overly worn clothing.
Jul 23rd 2008 12:14PM The problem with our country is that this is even an issue. As long as we continue to allow any race to control what is correct and what isn't, we will have racial issues.
Although Disney has made several cartoons that I'm not crazy about, I'm really sick of adults turning a cartoon into a racial and political issue. The farytale of Pochahontas IS different than the real story because it was meant for children. Many real life people have been made into characters - Grizzly Adams being the perfect example. Anyone who was a child of the 70's remembers Grizzly Adams as a man who had a special relationship with animals. Somehow all animals felt safe and trusted him. The real life Grizzly Adams was raised on the east coast and traveled to the west coast in search of a better life - leaving his wife behind. He killed many animals and opened the first zoo in San Francisco in the dark basement of a building downtown. Bears were tethered in that basement without any fresh air or sunlight. He was what we consider to be abusive to his animals and ended up dying from a wound on his forehead that had been caused by one of his bears. His favorite bear reopened the wound and he died a slow, painful death. Now that story certainly isn't the same "feel good" story we watched in our childhood and I believe the real story should be made into a movie. There are MANY people who have gone into animal training because of the Grizzly Adams movie and television series - if the real story was told, people may think twice about handling wild animals.
I think Disney should make the movie and those who like it will be entertained, those who don't can watch something else.
We have so much more to worry about when it comes to racial issues - Disney should not even bother trying to represent any race - they're wasting their time because no one in ever pleased.
Jun 10th 2008 8:36PM I love new gadgets, but phones are getting to be waay too much. Too much of everything.
I bought a new Blackberry Pearl a few months ago and then realized there was just no reason to pay the additional fees for it and last weekend not only quit using the phone, but I canceled my account and number altogether. Yep, no more cell phone!
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not someone who carried one just to be carrying it. I thought I needed it because I travel so much and I was one of the first people in my area to have one - remember the yucky bag phones?? I didn't keep that one one minute longer than I had to!
Anyway, I'm changing my life and believe that it may not be so bad that people can not reach me every minute of the day. I lived a perfectly full life before and I'm sure I will continue to do so now.
My attitude is - if there comes a day when cell phone providers quit robbing us for service and if they quit selling crap phones, then maybe, just maybe I'll carry one again. If not, no big deal.
My husband and daughter think I've lost my mind - they know how much I use my phone and they also know what a gadget freak I am. But I'd rather spend my money on other gadgets that are enjoyable, not crap that frustrates me and takes too much money from me.
Jun 10th 2008 4:10PM I don't really understand how Obama would be considered to be our first "black" president when he is just as much white as he is black.
This also goes with Halle Berry who supposedly won the first Oscar for a black leading lady. She too is as much white as she is black.
I think it's wrong for people to use their to benefit themselves as much as it's wrong to deny your race when it benefits you.
I am one person who is incredibly sick of the entire race issue. But I'm also realistic enough to know it's always going to be a part of our country.
Apr 8th 2008 7:06AM I really don't understand the comments I'm reading. These aren't people with an opinion making the statements in the article - they are experts and their professional reputation is on the line when they report their findings.
I'm not saying I'm going to stop drinking water - but I certainly respect what I've read and will take it into consideration from now on.
Apr 8th 2008 6:50AM First of all, when did it become acceptable for children to bring cakes and such to school for their birthday? My goodness, if the average classroom has 25 children in it, that's a lot of time being spent on birthday's. And then add holidays and children seem to be wasting too much time Birthday parties are how children should celebrate and of course that's after school or on weekends. And school is where our children should be LEARNING. Something that many children don't seem to be doing very well anymore. I personally know several people who are in their early 20's who graduated from high school but can hardly read, can't spell to save their lives and 2 of them can't even do basic multiplication!
The only "treats" my daughter had before she went off to school - mind you an expensive private school - were things like Cheerios and crackers. And her juice was half water half real juice - not the so-called fruit juices that brag about having a whopping 10% REAL fruit juice.
Her first year in school - and every year after that - the teachers would hand out papers at the beginning of the year asking parents to provide only nutritious snacks when a special day or event arrived. In no time it became some sort of sick contest to see what parent could bring the sweetest, stickiest, make-your-child-sick junk food. I was extremely upset because I had no idea this was going on at first. Here I was bringing things like sliced fruit and veggies and other parents were bringing Hostess crap and anything to put the children either in sugar comas or to make them climb the walls.
Her first year, even her teacher provided them with SUGAR cereal as part of a project for Christmas. I was there that day and watched the kids eat more of the crappy cereal then actually using it for the project - my daughter was just as bad as the rest.
Children don't understand what's going on and depend on parents and adults to protect them and keep them safe and healthy. My daughter never knew what she was missing until she went to school and learned that junk food existed. Oh, and the parents that actually brought soda in for the kids should have been put in detention themselves!
Fortunately for us, our daughter was always a very respectful child who listened well. After she "found out" about junk food, we allowed her to have it in limited amounts - our thinking being that if we banned it completely, she'd be more likely to stuff herself with it whenever she had the opportunity and we weren't around to stop her.
She's now a 20 year-old woman who has a very healthy diet and respects her father and I for caring enough to make sure she ate what her growing body needed. So many of the children she grew up with in school had parents who didn't pay attention to anything their children did - what they were eating was the least of it.
And for you parents who are just starting out, I say it's well worth the effort to provide your child(ren) with healthy food. My daughter was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 10 and due to her diet and our constant watch over her, she has been hospital free so far. Her doctors are always amazed by how we are able to keep everything at healthy levels without having to put her in the hospital. Had we allowed her to start eating junk and not cared about her diet and overall health, she would have been in a very dangerous situation when she got sick.
Mar 10th 2008 4:55AM For the people who are against the date changing this year - the Catholic church plays a VERY large part in the day it is called SAINT Patrick's Day. It is a holy day, not a day of getting drunk off of green beer and singing stupid songs.
I am part Irish and believe that any person who is Irish should be insulted by what America has done to a holy day.