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Chuck Pinkey

July 16, 2013

Border war, or battle of the bulge?

Sadly, I heard the other night that the United States of America ranks second in obesity. That’s right, we are second only to Mexico in our percentage of fat people. I wonder why that is? 

We’ll get back to that in a minute. Last Wednesday, I was eating Chinese with some friends, some of whom are Jewish, and we began discussing ethnic foods. One of my friends was eating something resembling seaweed, drinking soup that looked like you dragged a chicken through it, and talking about the joys of Jewish food.

Feeling somewhat defensive, I pointed out that Jewish folks have unleavened bread and Christians have Italian bread. Japanese have sushi, but Americans have prime rib. Do you think the Chinese want to compare the fortune cookie to an Oreo? Bet not!

In Hong Kong, they eat fried insects. In Buffalo, we have hot wings! What is the common thread running through pizza, spaghetti and meat balls, pot roast, and hot fudge sundaes? They are all American foods!

What could be better than Jack Daniels, McDonalds, or KFC? Who would want to savor borscht soup or matzo balls, when you can eat a sloppy cheeseburger or a chili dog with cheese? 

Like the icon of obese Americana, Homer Simpson, would say, “Mmm, bacon!”

The common denominator to all the above good food is the unqualified success of America in her ability to produce artery-clogging, great-tasting food.

We’ll get back to that in a minute, but meanwhile, the liberal media is in a buzz! The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform package and the House Republicans have declared it dead on arrival.

They maintain that they will tackle the issue with smaller, more targeted laws that do not repeat the mistakes of 1986 and Obamacare. In 1986, under President Reagan, immigration reform was passed, amnesty granted, but the border was not secured. 

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