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Friday, 28 October 2005
Farewell to Coke, Pepsi, Soda and Snickers Bars
Topic: Amerikakankare

Coke, Pepsi Soda, and Snickers Bar Funeral Services Planned to Be Held in Most California High Schools

Sugar-laden,high-fat edibles and other junk food items will be banned from California school campuses in 2007. Let's all hope they are also banned from families' tables. Students and teachers are getting ready to conduct mock funeral services. Under two new laws that are set to take effect in 2007, sodas, chocolate bars, candy and a large variety of food items readily available on campuses will have to be carted away. Creative students are writing poems, plays and composing songs to be performed during the services.

Healthy eating and drinking as in fruit juice and water make a comeback with these laws. Junk food ban will be new to California. That's good music to the ears of parents and citizens concerned by the epidemic of obesity that is spread all over the country. More space will be created by the removal of vending machines. Already, Pepsi and other beverage companies are pushing their drinks to foreign markets such as India and Africa. Pepsi and Coke may have have fallen under the scrutinity of the public who becomes more health-conscious.

At a publich high school in California, I observed that the students were walking behind a hearse carrying a casket filled with a large cardboard image of a soda bottle. The students were wearing their best funeral outfits. They wore black netting that covered their faces. Lots of mascara covered their cheecks. They took a very solemn stance against fast food and soda. The students paid their respects to the cardboard in the coffin. Eulogies were pronounced. Other passersby nodded and laughed.

Here's a sample of some of the eulogies, poems and speeches.

To Cheeto, Snickers, Chips, Natcho, Cheese, Candy and Soda

I am saying farewell to a few companions I thought Were out there to watch my back. I thought we were tight Ever since I can remember, they were always around Never once did I have the courage to question them Their masters have been pushing them down my throat Ever since I became interested in watching TV and cartoons They made me salivate and summon the courage to ask my parents to purchase them. Without them seeing, I placed them in the shopping cart

I am saying farewell to you, tasty, zesty companions! I am saying farewell to you because you made me stop Eating and enjoying dinners with my parents I am saying bye bye to you because you become too cheap You are everywhere, at gas stations, vending machines at school It's time for you to go to the ether world, the abyss I am saying farewell because you were not true companions You shoved your way into my life with large marketing tricks And very deceitful ads that pop up and pop under on the TV and computer screens I am saying farewell because you took advantage of my innocence You abused me. You betrayed the trust I had in you. You only cared about profits

I am saying farewell because you started distancing yourself from me first Over the years, I gained weight. You did not care about my silent suffering You did not care about my health. You made me tune out my parents and their advice You stole my early years of adolescence. You cared less about my shame I dragged my unhealthy body everywhere I went. Never did you ask me to stop indulging! You made me believe I was part of the "in crowd," the hip set when I had you in my hands I am saying farewell because your bright neons and sleek bottles Are just trompe-oeil, traps that will enslave my soul. You are so fake! I want my freedom back. I want to be free from substances that destroy my fitness.

Bye bye Soda Bye bye Snickers Bye bye Cheeto Bye bye Natcho Bye bye Cheese Bye bye Candy

Candy and Chocolate

I must say farewell even when I remember the good times I must say farewell even when I remember How nice Candy was to me when I was dejected and sad Candy, I will never stop looking at you, but I won't touch you any longer I will continue to savor the good times. Memories will last a long time Candy and Chocolate, you both were fantastic friends But I must get rid of you. You did not have the courage to tell me How addictive you can be.

Farewell to you, beautiful and sweet Candy Farewell to you, obsessive chocolate. We must part ways. Go your separate ways Farewell. Farewell. Farewell.


Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:11 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005 7:27 AM PDT
Thursday, 27 October 2005
News Commentary: Abortion and Crime Rates
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Amerikakankare

Do abortions contribute to the lowering of the crime rate in this country? This question was being debated in Slate Magazine six yers ago by Dr. Steven D. Levitt, author of "Freakonomics" that became a bestseller. But now we may have an answer from a well-known source. Let's say it's a troubling one. It makes us ask the questions of whether these talk show formats are conducive to the discussion of such hardcore issues as race, abortions etc.

Author of many books including the 1993 best seller "The Book of Virtues," former education secretary in the Reagan administration, former director of drug policy during George H.W. Bush's administration, and current talk show host, William Bennett, is a well-known public figure. He talked about the potential of reducing crime by aborting all black children.

"I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," radio talk show host Bennett said in his broadcast. "That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do but your crime rate wuld go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky."

William Bennett tried to defend his position. "I was pointing out that abortion should not be opposed for economic reasons, any more than racism or, for that matter, slavery or segregation should be supported or opposed for economic reasons." He went on to say that "immoral policies are wrong because they are wrong, not because of an economic calculation. One could just as easily have said you could abort all children and prevent all crime to show the absurdity of the proposition."

When somebody like Bennett says things like that even in an attempt to make a point, people tend to get surprised by some type of revelations. Does this go back to the old plan repatriating all Black people to Africa. Already, as a country, we are dealing with issues of mistrust and people who think others have hidden agenda. When the common, ordinary, uncultured man hears such statements, he'll start being panicked and worried that his offsprings may be exterminated in some type of modern-day apartheid. Even South Africa did not get to that point. Little by little, these types of public statements erode the foundation of respect for the person of color or Black man and woman. In a case of emergency as revealed by Katrina, the slow, sleeping indifference may manifest itself into inactions by those who are called to provide services to everybody regardless of skin color, staggering statistics of crime, birth rate, past history.

Now, maybe the format was not appropriate to get into these kinds of issues. Will Bennett lose his talk show? We doubt it. We are sure people will pay closer attention now. The worst thing about it is that he may end up getting more listeners as a result of this brouhaha.


Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 8:50 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005 7:25 AM PDT

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