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If you have been reading some of my posts or keeping up on the current news, most of you by now know about the breaking news story that Hostess is going out of business.
Quite frankly, I think the news coverage of this is bullshit. There are more important things going on in the world, such as: the missile strikes on Gaza, IKEA using prisoners for forced labor, another oil rig off the U.S. coast blowing up, The E.U. halting judicial aid over corruption, JP Morgan Chase and Credit Suisse paying $417 million due to them fucking over the housing market, air-borne Ebola, and the U.K. threatening companies to release personal data.
Instead, we’re hoarding them as though the world is going to end and that last Twinkie or fruit pie might be our last. Considering the rate of Diabetes in the U.S., that actually might not be far from the truth.
I personally can’t stand the things made by Hostess; they always leave my mouth feeling gritty. Still, the miniature Donettes were probably my favorite, but I would not go as far as to hoard them. I stopped eating them due to them using animal shortening (FYI-vegetarian), as well as them being, well, unhealthy. Considering that each Twinkie is almost half sugar/corn syrup (19g out of 42g total, or almost 5 teaspoons of sugar), I can actually see why the diabetes has gone up as high as it has.
Even so, there are healthier alternatives than entertaining a corporate giant’s death throes without all the preservative-based crap that is in their products. They may last shorter than store-bought, but let’s face it, if you’re going through the effort of hoarding and/or making your own Twinkies, I really doubt they need to last the 3-4 weeks (after all, when was the last time you bought food that you didn’t immediately eat?).
That being said, with all the people going around mourning that they won’t be able to get one item out of their junk food-based diet, moping around and saying that life won’t be worth living (some of which people are greatly exaggerating, while I’m sure a few people out there are dead serious), I offer the following bit of advice: This is not the end of Hostess food products. Other companies will pick up where they left off (assuming the company, while dissolved, doesn’t sic any Patent Trolls onto said companies making replacements). At the very worst, someone will come along and mass-market them ten or twenty years down the line, such as what they did with Moon Pies. If you’re sitting on your ass bitching about it, all I can say it, it’s probably for the best. Now go eat some broccoli, you fat fuck.
I know I’m generalizing with the fat comment, but damn people, if this is the most earth-shattering news that is going on in your life, you need to get some other hobbies. Hey, I know! Why don’t you make your own and sell them to the masses, sort of what I suggested would happen above? That way you encompass the best of both worlds: you (and others) can have your Twinkies and eat them, too! And even have some scratch to boot! It beats bitching and moaning about it. After all, I feel the only people that are actually entitled to complain about Hostess going under are the 18,500 people being unemployed right around the holiday season.
Seriously. Grow the fuck up, you Emo Hipsters.
The bolded part. Nailed it.
Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, screaming at a constituent during his “Cup of Joe with Joe” in Gurnee, Illinois this Sunday.
Walsh also falsely claimed that unions somehow have more power and influence than corporations in America. The constituent had asked a very reasonable question regarding the influence of bank lobbyists and the revolving door of former senators becoming lobbyists or heads of corporations, or vice versa.
Mike Huckabee, encouraging voter suppression this Friday in Mason, Ohio.
He was speaking in support of Issue 2. Issue 2 is the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, the bill in Ohio that stripped collective bargaining rights. Enough signatures were gathered to put SB 5 on the ballot as Issue 2.
A ‘yes’ vote means the voter supports SB 5 and Issue 2. A ‘no’ vote means the voter does not support SB 5 and Issue 2. So if you don’t support it, and you’re the relative of someone who does, Mike Huckabee thinks said relative should keep you from voting.
Thought experiment: What if a Democrat said this? What if Howard Dean said this at a fundraiser? Fox News would have a collective aneurysm. Instead, Huckabee’s comments are defended as “just a joke” online. Gotcha.
Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America’s largest unions have announced that they’re now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.
The group has attracted some mockery, largely for its members’ proclivity for dressing up like zombies. But a new Rasmussen poll finds that the group enjoys a higher approval rating (33 percent) than does Congress (14 percent).
Perhaps sensing a groundswell of opinion, several key Democrats have endorsed the group, including former Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. John Larson, who called it a sign of a coming "American autumn" — a reference to the Arab Spring protests that have reshaped parts of the Middle East.
I’ve seen this quote from Gandhi used in reference to Occupy Wall Street:
"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
However, I think this summary of social change from César Chávez, founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is also apropos to the movement:
"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours."