Guest Post by Karl Denninger
First came Kathy Strait, 55, who withdrew six pills from a miniature backpack and swallowed them. Then emerged her daughter, Franny Tidwell, 32, who rummaged through 29 bottles of medication atop the refrigerator and brought down her own: oxcarbazepine for bipolar disorder, fluoxetine for depression, an opiate for pain. She next reached for two green bottles of Tenex, a medication for hyperactivity, filled two glasses with water and said, “Come here, boys.”
This is about the destruction of America financially and physically, and encouraging the destructiveness with our tax dollars. There’s a picture starting this page, the one right on the top. You’ll notice something up front — the adults in the pictures are horribly fat.
Not a little overweight — obese.
Then you read on with the reality of their “finances.”
$300 for cellphone bills. Another $98 for cable (presumably, or Dish) TV. $315 for furniture bought on credit (what?!) and a $600 electric bill.
Give me 15 minutes and while I can probably not do much for the power bill (it’s allegedly got late charges on it, and probably is so high due to crap insulation in the house) I bet I can get $20-50/month out of it. I can trivially cut the cell bill in half simply by swapping the service over to Straight Talk cards. Cable? Screw that — out the door it goes. Furniture on credit? Out the door it goes — then go to the thrift store and find something serviceable to replace it for a couple hundred bucks, once, or go on Craigslist and do the same.
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That’s before I start on the fridge and cupboards and throw out everything white. Sugar, pasta, grains, potatoes, all of it. In the trash. Yes, these folks are poor. Well, you know what — chicken thighs are cheap and eaten skin-on they’re high-fat, zero-carb, moderate protein. Eggs work too. Bacon might be too pricey most of the time, unless there’s a butcher shop in town where you can get the trimmings from various pork cuts — salt that stuff and stick it in a bag in the fridge for a few days. No, it’s not bacon but it’s close and it too is high fat, low-carb. Reserve the fat when you cook it in a coffee cup in the fridge and you don’t need butter for the eggs.
When their pants fall off so will the need for the drugs. The kids will probably “lose” their “ADD” at the same time they lose their carb addiction. If not gone, it’ll be greatly attenuated. And the adults will no longer be in nearly as much pain since one of the primary causes, hauling around an extra 100lbs or more, will disappear.
Of course the Post story is all about money. Money unearned, and thus a cycle of dependency enabled by more money. Nobody wants to talk about that. Or about how a family manages to be so broke they can’t buy food but has $300 worth of cellphone bills between them. Or how said family that has enough pill bottles to cover the top of the refrigerator (which, incidentally, is a horrid place to store them because it’s hot and heat degrades medicine) has every adult in the house at least 50, 100 or more pounds beyond obese when the cure for that requires exactly zero drugs and taking care of that would likely cut the drug requirement at least in half and maybe to zero!
So when do we stop the horse****? Ever?
Look folks, ignorance is curable and it doesn’t take much. Sure, you’ll get some initial pushback — right up until those adult womens’ pants all fall off and they’re not hurting all the time any more. I’m willing to bet the griping stops right about the time the first 20lbs (each) disappears. Since there is, according to the story, someone from the “government” coming in to “work with” these folks on a regular basis where is something constructive — like turning that $300 cell bill into about $100 with Straight Talk cards which would instantly free up $200 a month for chicken thighs?
What the **** is wrong with the so-called “helping arts” — you know, the snowflakes that go to college, get a ****ing Masters in Social Work and then don’t make it their mission in life to take what is a critical situation and actually attempt to make it better?
I want to find that jackass “Jason Ryan” referenced in the story and shove this column in his face, demanding to know why someone with an advanced degree can’t do the ****ing math and actually help these people? Why he can’t make clear that the 300+ extra pounds these three adult women are carrying around are largely responsible for that huge ****ing stash of pills on the fridge and that for less money than they spend now their pants could all fall off and with it half the pill stash and need for same would disappear. Why he can’t point out to them that the $300 cellphone bill is rape and while they might have been duped into it they can fix it right now at the closest WalMart without losing anything in terms of cell service.
Every ******ned so-called “social worker” and every single ****ing university that puts out this **** in the so-called “helping arts” needs to be flushed down the toilet and the “schools” cranking out this trash defunded and razed to rubble. Don’t get me started about the clergy here — these folks go to church and maybe a few sermons on basic life facts like getting the damned carbs out of the house and not being a victim of cell company financial rapists, and how to put a stop to that might help. We are talking rural America here in an area where this sort of poverty and trouble is common — if you’re a man of God then why are you remaining silent while your alleged flock kill themselves slowly?
The answer is not more money. Yes, this family and many like it have serious issues. Many of them are of their own design but more than a few are unintentionally so. You can say “well people should look and learn” but the fact is that not only do many people refuse to do it on their own, at least at first, how much professional negligence or worse was involved here over the years?
How many times have these three seen a doctor who has a ****ing doctorate degree and yet were not urged to get the carbs out of their ****ing diets? They’re all pill pushers instead and drive this cycle of dependency, misery and death for their own personal profit profit and the result is clearly visible on top of that fridge and in the body sizes of these adults with their children soon to follow if someone doesn’t step in and point out the truth; I note that one of those “cute kids” in the pictures is already getting fat.
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If you won’t stand up against the medical scam and demand that all these “doctors” get tossed in prison for the rest of their natural lives then what about people like this who are not only bleeding the government (that’s you, taxpayer) dry but killing themselves and their kids through ignorance? It may well be a psychological coping mechanism just like addiction is but I see referenced in the article not only professionals who see these people on a regular basis — social workers and doctors — but clergy as well who also apparently have refused to step up.
The bottom line is this folks: The reason those social workers, doctors and clergy refuse to step up is because you let them “earn a living” and even profit without doing so. The rest of us who aren’t ignorant intentionally turn our heads instead of catcalling every one of these bastards who have a professional charge to do the right thing every time we see them, we don’t picket their homes and we don’t stick nasty notes in the collection plate demanding that Sir Pastor actually take care of his damn flock instead of preach high and mighty about Hell.
Wake up America and look in the mirror; what you’ll see staring back at you is the Devil.
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