So this is no big news headline, but Americans keep getting fatter and fatter.
And our ability to bring in revenue for the government has plummeted as well, thanks to the Republicans’ belief that any new taxes equal the fall of life as we know it.
So I thought it was good that a writer named Mark Bittman wrote a piece in the N.Y. Times Sunday bringing back the argument that we should tax junk food.
Think about it: You’re giving people a financial inducement to eat healthier, and all that crap people are eating is making them sick and driving up health care costs, which affects all of us.
Truly, I’ve never been on this side of this issue before; I used think people should be able to eat whatever the hell they want and that’s their business.
But I’ve been turned around on it. Read this fascinating article and see what you think.
**NFL labor peace has finally arrived. There’s no sport that I anticipate more in the beginning of the season than football, probably because the offseason is so long. (Totally random digression: Football also was the subject of my all-time favorite quote from the greatest TV show ever, “The Wire.” It was from Prez, the cop-turned-teacher; while he was watching a game his girlfriend came in and asked who was winning. His reply: “Nobody wins. One side just loses more slowly.” True of the drug war, too, of course.)
Anyway, from everything I’m reading, neither the players nor the owners got everything they wanted. Thankfully, there’ll be no 18-game season anytime soon, and it looks like retired players got a much better deal than they previously had.
Now, the next week should be nuts, with every team trying to sign its own free agents, and everyone else’s. From my Jets fan perspective, keeping Santonio Holmes needs to be Priority No.1. Braylon Edwards can walk, I’d like to see them keep Antonio Cromartie because he’s pretty good, but Brad Smith is sadly, probably a goner.
Most importantly, training camp opens in a few days, and the season will start on time.
Awesome. To get you ready for the season, check out (above) the Evolution of Dance guy doing the “Evolution of the Touchdown Dance.”
**And finally, just your typical Beastie Boys song performed with the characters of Sesame Street. This killed me: