I fucking hate fat mobiles.
I swear by my life that when, and if, it ever comes to it: a cane. Crutches, if it's that bad. ...Lead for lunch otherwise. I will never be caught, even dead, in one. Shame on anyone who doesn't have real issues that demand it, to be caught in one.
...Fat mobiles are more pathetic than voting for who's going to rule you next, or hand you a check. It's a virtual archetype for my hate of where America is and headed, drunkenly shitting itself every step of the way.
I loved this post: DECLINE, DECAY, DENIAL, DELUSION, & DESPAIR (thanks commenter SadieSue). Amongst many jewels, not this:
fat fuck guy on scooter
Not this either:
He did not intend either of those to be jewels, and that's what makes it a post worth reading. Oh, my. Even when I was 80 pounds overweight I got around on my own two legs and even as I did, I raged about those fat mobiles...and another thing: fucking double and triple wide baby mobiles. ...In my day, they were strollers and they were modest, and that's when people weren't carrying or backpacking babies (as they should 100%, exclusively). Now they're in fucking baby SUVs. Just an excerpt from that post I hope you read.
The majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on their $10,000 rolling credit card balance, and growing ever more dependent on the welfare/warfare state to provide and protect them from accepting personal responsibility for their lives. A minority of critical thinking people have chosen to question everything they see and hear being spewed at us by the propagandist mainstream media, the corporate fascist government, and the powerful banking cabal that has an iron grip upon our throats as they choke the life out of the global economy in their never ending desire for more riches and more power.
The decline of the Great American Empire cannot be attributed to one factor or one bogeyman. There are a multitude of factors, villains, and choices made by the American people that have led to our moral, civil, social, and economic decline. The kabuki theater that passes for our electoral process is little more than a diversion from our imminent fate. Neither candidate for President has any intention of changing the course of the U.S. Titanic. Our rendezvous with destiny has been charted, and there aren’t nearly enough lifeboats. Those who built the ship and recklessly navigated it into a sea of icebergs will be the 1st into the few lifeboats. The leaders we’ve chosen, the choices we’ve made, and our unwillingness to deal with facts and reality have set in motion a disaster that cannot be averted. It’s a shame the majority of Americans have the math aptitude of a 6th grader, because the unsustainability of our empire can be calculated quite easily. Math is hard for Americans, but denial and delusion are easy.
...We took the nephews to Disneyland a few years back. Probably never again. Do people have no sense of spacial engineering—that the park was designed for walking people, carrying babies? Fuck me! Now a baby in its SUV takes up more space than a 300 pound man. ...The only thing to do, I guess, is go fasted, decide your designation, then see how fast you can get there through the gauntlet of immovable objects and baby SUV objects—being over-protected by parents who believe every second of a baby's life must be managed by authority from above.
...I'm hating America more an more. From both sides: the loss of what it was vs. the complete imbecile it's becoming. Having lived a long while in other cultures, visiting other cultures, how come America hasn't one that lasts over hundreds of years, at least on the fundamentals of raising kids, how to feed them, minimally raise them, let them get a sense of themselves (see Free Range Kids for more on that particularity)? From the same post.
If I wanted to be politically correct, I’d call the fat asses cruising on their “free” rascal scooters, the weight challenged disabled on their powered mobility enhancement vehicles. You know a trend has become a massive scam, when South Park dedicates an entire show to the shame of obesity and the scooter brigade. The majority of the scooter squad jamming up the boardwalk was less than 50 years old. They weren’t disabled. They were just too obese and lazy to wobble down the boardwalk to the next junk food joint. They were certainly in the right place. The Wildwood boardwalk is home to pizza topped with cheese fries, chocolate covered bacon, fried Oreos, funnel cake topped with powdered sugar, and 64 ounce sugar laced lemonade. The place would make Nanny Bloomberg’s head explode.
We’ve all seen the commercials for the Scooter store urging anyone on Medicare to rush in and get a power scooter or wheelchair “at little or no cost to you”. The entitlement “free shit” mentality permeates our culture. There is a cost and it is over $800 million per year, paid for by the 53% who pay Federal taxes. Records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that the cost of motorized scooters and wheelchairs to the government health service for senior citizens rose 179% between 1999 and 2009, the last year for which full records are available. This data is fascinating as the number of Americans over the age of 65 only increased by 18% over this same time frame. The bill in 1999 was $259 million; in 2009 it was $723 million – and is surely over $1 billion today. This is another billion dollar scam being funded by your tax dollars, but there are no spending cuts possible according to our beloved Congressmen.
A recent report by Medicare’s inspector general also showed that 61% of the motorized wheelchairs provided to Medicare recipients in the first half of 2007 went to people who didn’t qualify for them. (Only people who cannot get around without one are supposed to be eligible.) The inspector general found that Medicare is billed an average of $4,018 for a motorized wheelchair that normally sells for $1,048. As a taxpayer, you will be shocked to find out that people are selling their “no cost” Rascal 600 B mobility scooters on eBay. I’m sure the keen eyed government drones working in the Health & Human Services agency are policing the resale of taxpayer paid for scooters. I find it amusing that scooters have various naming classes, just like BMW and Mercedes. The vast majority of people I see tooling around on their “mobility scooters” are just plain fat. They aren’t over 65 years old. On my Sunday bike ride I was flabbergasted and amused by the sight of a 350 pound woman on a Rascal with the pedal to the metal pulling a 275 pound man in a wheelchair attached by rope. The plague of slow metabolism is sweeping the countryside.
It's like there is no foundation...no knowledge that ought to take teams of elephants, semi trucks and Saturn V rockets to change? It's like we just all popped up sometime in the 1900s and now need "scientists" and "experts" to tell us how to raise kids, minutely. News: those scientists and experts live at the foot of dirt scratching savages who came before and figured out how to get a viable baby to become a productive member of the tribe so as to perpetuate survival. Dumbness. How long will y'all rest on the mantle of vaccines?
...Ah, I'm getting bored.
[For an update, please see: Lemons to Lemonade Documentary - Ed]
My impetus for the post was just to suggest that someone do a new website to shame Fat Mobilers publicly, and I'm serious. Do a website where people can upload YouTube video publicly shaming people who clearly ought not be using a scooter (as the article I linked expounds upon, it's a $billion + scam you pay for).
Call out their fat, lazy, pathetic asses right out in public. I will love to see it. I will promote it. I will participate. Someone do it and make a million bucks, please.
No mercy. No quarter. Fuck them.
[For an update, please see: Lemons to Lemonade Documentary - Ed]
Update: Judging by comments so far, a lot of people didn't fully get the rant, so here's some points of clarification, in no particular order:
- I am not making fun of fat people in general. I was one. I'm making fun of a) throwing in the towel, getting on a scooter and exacerbating the situation and b) the fact that taxpayers often pay for these things and apparently, for many who don't need it other than they don't want to walk to go get more cheap junk to eat.
- I don't buy the idea that most fat people who are obese have some sort of magical metabolic derangement that prevents them from being not fat. To gauge the difference, look at the obesity rates back in the 60s in the US. That's probably a truer notion of actual metabolic derangement than the 30% now.
- I do care about being helpful, that's what this blog is about in many ways, after all. But I and commenters and other bloggers can only help those who want it.
- If you're currently on a scooter and working to get off, I have no beef with you and I encourage you to keep at it and will be the first in line clapping when you do.
- Unlike others, I think shame, even public shame, is a far more effective motivator of good social behavior than laws, regulations, public incentives. This is an issue that won't go away as healthcare becomes increasingly socialized and people come to realize they're paying for another's ability to indulge in obvious pathological behavior.
There that should about do it.