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The legislator that sponsored the bill is 5' 10", 230lbs, according to the report I read this morning.
 

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This will never pass. My first thought though, was that half the folks who are shocked and appalled by this are probably anti-smoking nazis. Why be surprised?
 
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I envision a bunch of fat people hanging outside of McDonald's waiting for a skinny person to come by and buy them a Big Mac.

This is beyond stupid.
 

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This will never pass. My first thought though, was that half the folks who are shocked and appalled by this are probably anti-smoking nazis. Why be surprised?
Exactly. Those who've applauded the smoking bans will be crying when the iron fist of government crashes down on them. Give the government an inch and they'll take 100 miles.
 
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Exactly. Those who've applauded the smoking bans will be crying when the iron fist of government crashes down on them. Give the government an inch and they'll take 100 miles.
Not quite the same, but I get your point. This would more like having to perform a breath test before buying cigarettes. If your lung capacity is less than a certain percentage, then they can't sell you cigarettes. I cringe to type this, as it will be picked up and introduced in some legislature.
 

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Mississippi House Bill 282 is the work of Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows
These guys probably have insurance company execs slipping stacks of $100 bills under their doors at night.
 
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I saw a blurb on CNN about this last night. The take they presented was that the bill's authors know it won't pass (don't intend it to pass?) but are hoping it stimulates awareness and discussion of the high rate of obesity in Mississippi.

The bill is garbage and using this method to shed light on the issue might qualify no better, but ultimately it is walking-dead legislation from inception though its introduction, at least from what I heard reported, is intended to achieve another purpose.
 

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I saw a blurb on CNN about this last night. The take they presented was that the bill's authors know it won't pass (don't intend it to pass?) but are hoping it stimulates awareness and discussion of the high rate of obesity in Mississippi.

The bill is garbage and using this method to shed light on the issue might qualify no better, but ultimately it is walking-dead legislation from inception though its introduction, at least from what I heard reported, is intended to achieve another purpose.
I guess I am one of those people that would only propose a bill if I intended to see it through. If it is important enough to propose it, it is important enough to see it through. There are other ways to stimulate discussion and awareness, IMO.
 

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I guess I am one of those people that would only propose a bill if I intended to see it through. If it is important enough to propose it, it is important enough to see it through. There are other ways to stimulate discussion and awareness, IMO.
Precisely. Make an after school special or a public awareness campaign. Don't tie up an already convoluted legislative process.
 

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I guess I am one of those people that would only propose a bill if I intended to see it through. If it is important enough to propose it, it is important enough to see it through. There are other ways to stimulate discussion and awareness, IMO.
I agree, it's a cheap stunt and in part counter-productive as this sort of thing tends to inspire more outrage at the potential infringement of civil liberties then "obesity" itself.
 
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Exactly. Those who've applauded the smoking bans will be crying when the iron fist of government crashes down on them. Give the government an inch and they'll take 100 miles.
I agree this bill is a waste of time and resources, but IMO smoking bans are different because someone else's obesity doesn't hurt me, but someone's second hand smoke can.
 

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