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Comment by RunLikeADog on August 7, 2013 at 7:36am
I don't disagree with the message the UNM prof was attempting convey, I do disagree with the way he did it. Fact is, we as a society have to stop coddling and protecting people who chose to be unhealthy. That will ruin us as a society long before the other things we obsess over like same-sex-marriage, climate change, terrorism.
Comment by Krista on August 7, 2013 at 8:02am

That is a strange contest for sure, but prairie dogs really are a big problem for both ranchers and farmers.  Their holes are just large enough for cattle/horses/any animal to break their leg and they eat/destroy crops.  I'm sure they have redeeming qualities, I just don't really know what they are (much like mice).  

Comment by PJH on August 7, 2013 at 8:04am

Good comment I read to the prairie dog article:  it would be much more useful and less about killing for the sake of killing if they were to sponsor a hunt of feral pigs, which are causing a great deal of damage and spreading rapidly.

Comment by once banned twice shy on August 7, 2013 at 10:58am

Re: the ABQ Uptown Fountain:  what's a little e-coli?  Aren't kids covered in the stuff in general anyway? 

And RLAD:  Really?  Fat people are more dangerous than climate change?  Seriously?  Are you also suggesting that fat people are worse than two planes plowing into the WTC?  Or the hundreds of IEDs that kill numbers of people throughout the world?  You also seem to support the idea that fat people should be prohibited from participating in certain activities just based on their weight.  Faaaaabulous idea.  Here's a bit of information for you:  most obese people do not choose to be fat.  There are a variety of reasons people become obese and it would behoove you to maybe research the complex causes and roots of obesity before you support discrimination based on a flawed impression that fat people could be thin if they chose. 

And Krista.  Perhaps this link will interest you:  Killing creatures isn't probably the best answer for whatever problems we create when we invade their habitat. 

Comment by Phil_0 on August 7, 2013 at 12:12pm

Good suggestion PJH. I imagine that would be a lot more fun for a hunter than taking pot-shots at docile rodents. Krista, I hear what you're saying but they're also an important part of plains and prairie ecosystems...lots of important and endangered critters eat them, hang out around them, or re-use their burrows. Seems like removal is a better - and more comprehensive - option than setting a bunch of guys loose with firearms.

Comment by RunLikeADog on August 7, 2013 at 12:59pm
Actually OBTS, you should do some research. Obesity is a voluntary condition. Roughly 1/3 of our population is obese or overweight. The percentage of people that are obese due to a metabolic or other medical condition that cannot be controlled is minuscule. I hope you do not believe that that is both normal and acceptable. When the armed forces, first responders and police departments cannot fill their ranks because of the deteriorating health condition of the general population, you know you have some real problems. Obese and overweight people prohibit themselves from certain activities, not the other way around. So please, do not try to make those that are healthy responsible for the condition of the obese and overweight.
Comment by Laura F. Sanchez on August 7, 2013 at 1:25pm

Nature's so annoying. Reduce the number of predators like coyotes, (ahem, Gunhawk Firearms) and prey species, like prairie dogs, explode. Wipe out prairie dogs, and other predators like hawks and owls disappear. Hawks and owls disappear, mice and rats populations explode . . . and so on and so on. Mother Nature--what a bitch.

Comment by Krista on August 7, 2013 at 1:40pm

Thanks for the link, OBTS.  I honestly had no clue what prairie dogs did (hence my equation of them to mice--who probably really do something great that I'm still unaware of due to my dislike of mice in my kitchen).  For the record, I was definitely not supporting the organized contest of their demise, just pointing out that farmers and ranchers have their reasons for not liking the little creatures. 

Comment by once banned twice shy on August 7, 2013 at 3:38pm

RLAD do you think that shaming and insulting fat people solves the problem?  I think you're being a bit hyperbolic when you say that first responders and the military cannot find ANYONE to fill their ranks.  I have read that these organizations are complaining about the fitness level of applicants.  The causes of that are complicated and varied.  I think you have to address the root causes of obesity and try to address them instead of shaming and discriminating against fat people.  It's not going to achieve your goal of making them less fat.

Comment by RunLikeADog on August 7, 2013 at 4:16pm
OBTS, if you don't mind over 20% of our Country's GDP going to health care, mostly because people have volunteer to be unhealthy, instead of some of that money going to education, environmental issues, and other causes more worthy, then by all means carry on.


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