Along with Jesus, Fox's culture warrior Todd Starnes loves anything that is greasy, fatty, and sugar laden. In his Southern fried mind, anybody who dares to question the benefits of such a diet is a godless commie. And that's why Starnes is accusing Michelle Obama, who, OMG, advocates for healthy eating, of starting a new Civil War. Seriously!
On his Fox radio website, Starnes informs us that the FLOTUS, in "urging Americans to stop drinking sweet tea," has "declared war on the South." As proof of this outrage, Starnes reports that Ms. Obama's latest "culinary atrocity" is the suggestion that folks drink unsweetened tea. Adding to this affront to Southern pride, she also "told Americans to stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets" which, one assumes, are where Starnes spends most of his waking hours.
Starnes continues his catalogue of atrocities: "Mrs. Obama also wants us to consider rustling up some tasty eats from the Department of Agriculture’s Pinterest page. Among her personal favorites are entrees like bean-kale burgers and curried pumpkin with peas."
He finishes with quite the bon mot: "I just got a little throw up in my mouth, America."
It's ironic, Starnes' reaction is similar to that experienced after reading Starnes' indigestible, billous crap!
BTW, Starnes should take a look at aforementioned Pinterest page where there are lots of healthy recipes including, a real American favorite that surely Starnes would love, spiced pork tenderloin with sauteed apples. Oh wait, fruit could be un-American. Never mind....
I’m with Barbara S. on this as Starnes knows the importance of healthier eating due to his own obesity problem. And I don’t understand why Starnes has an issue with Michelle Obama making the comment about “buffets” because Starnes himself has said the same thing.
“Todd also says to stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets.”
“Another was I stopped going to all you can eat buffets…” (page 15)
What these statements show is that Starnes is a straight-up hypocrite. FOX “news”, Starnes and its other talking heads know damn well that there is an obesity problem in the US and, sadly, it’s reaching alarming proportions among the country’s youth which only bodes for misery, early death and huge medical costs for our nation. Yet the First Lady’s attempts to get kids eating healthier and to get moving is being met with scorn and derision in a large part from those given a platform via FOX “news”. I can’t help but wonder if it was Laura Bush or Nancy Reagan who were actively pushing for healthier school meals, etc., FOX “news” and especially Starnes (considering his fat, junk food past) would be providing support as opposed to airing segments that are specifically designed to make First Lady Obama an objective of attacks. It looks like Toddles is so intent on sticking it to Michelle Obama that he’s willing to overlook the fact that he too has said buffets are bad choices.
Btw, I lived more than a decade in NC so I totally understand the whole sweet tea thing. However, a co-worker of mine in NC realized that she needed to lose weight and her first move was to give up sweet tea (which she drank with every meal and through-out the day and evening). Just by giving up sweet tea alone, she lost 25 lbs. in less than 4 months. Sorry, Starnes, but it’s sweet tea that has declared war on the waistlines of the Southern folk. Drink it in moderation and/or, if you just can’t drink unsweetened tea, there’s other choices to make it taste sweeter.
I have no doubt that if Hillary is our next president, Fox will find plenty of code words to bash her with. Bill, too. She’ll be too partial to women, too sensitive, whatever. And Bill will be portrayed as some kind of sex maniac.
The right-wing noise machine still relied largely on printed newspapers and magazines for their bilious attacks. (The only regular television in the era that was willing to routinely bash Bill was the religious cable networks and series, like the 700 Club and CBN and EWTV but even their attacks tended towards Bill’s “moral” issues—like the alleged adultery matters rather than the political/economic matters like Whitewater.)
I can’t help but be amazed at the irony from 2008. Back then, the biggest argument against Hillary (especially from Obama supporters) was that a President Hillary Clinton would face non-stop attacks from the right-wing and so the Democrats really needed Obama to avoid the “divisive” nature of a Clinton Presidency (even though the other argument of the day basically went, “After 8 years of Dubya, any Democrat can win the White House”—but I digress….).
If only I could get a time machine and go back to 2008 and show potential Democratic voters what “President Obama” would face from the right-wing……….Not saying it would really change anything but it might show potential Democratic voters why their votes mattered. Not only in 2008 and 2012 but also in 2010 and 2014. (Then again, it could’ve so thoroughly depressed them, anti-depressant prescriptions would soar.)
Are you suggesting that Todd doesn’t like apple pie and is therefore unAmerican?
Have they ever contributed anything positive to this country? I doubt it.
I heartily encourage Starnes and his fellow rightwingnuts to continue eating as much of those as possible, while not participating in any exercise.
With any luck, there’ll be fewer of them in the next election cycle . . .