California, I Quit

Just a reminder for those of you in red states who’ve been talking about how doomed the nation is since Tuesday night: things could still be worse. You could live in my part of the world. From the Los Angeles Daily News:

The Los Angeles [City] Council, in a 14-0 vote on Friday, adopted a resolution urging residents to adopt a personal pledge to have a “meatless Monday.”

While it does not have the force of law and police will not be checking what you brought to work for lunch, city officials said they hope it will start a trend, make residents healthier and reduce the impact on the environment.

“This follows the `good food’ agenda we recently adopted supporting local, sustainable food choices,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has called for a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles to fight obesity.

“We can reduce saturated fats and reduce the risk of heart disease by 19 percent,” Perry said. “While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses.”

Councilman Ed Reyes, who joined with Perry in proposing the resolution, said one of his sons has been diagnosed with diabetes.

“The issue is how does a local municipality engage in this and how do we create change,” Reyes said. “If we do it one plate at time, one meal, one day, we are ratcheting down the impact on our environment. We start with one day a week and then, who knows, maybe we can change our habits for a lifetime.”

By the way, it should be noted that the aforementioned Councilwoman Perry is also a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. Best and brightest, and all that.

In case, you’re wondering, the guy sitting in the front row of Monday council meetings from now on eating a double serving of veal (oh yes, it will be veal) — that would be me.

  1. Bye!

    My wife and I just bailed on California and took our votes to a swing state, not that it did any good.

    But we had our fill of foie gras in Vegas on our way out!

  2. Edward Smith

    How will that Veal be prepared?

    Parmigian?

    Francese?

    Marsala?

    With Oyster Mushrooms on the side?

  3. Concretevol

    Ahhh, that is similar to the impulse I have to smoke in elevators in government buildings!  (and I don’t smoke)  I’m sorry though, there is no weather good enough to put up with living out there.  Y’all need to vote with your feet as they say.

  4. Percival

    Troy, spring for the pâté de foie gras and bacon appetizers too.  Transformative.

  5. Pseudodionysius

    Enjoy the veal.

  6. Troy Senik, Ed.
    Edward Smith: How will that Veal be prepared?

    Parmigian?

    Francese?

    Marsala?

    With Oyster Mushrooms on the side? · 7 minutes ago

    Scallopini. Accept no substitutes.

  7. The Mugwump

    I’m waiting for the day one of these loons declares that 312 million is more people than we need.  We could make do with half that many, and it would be easier on the environment.  

  8. Scott R

    There’s an obesity problem in South Los Angeles.

    Food stamp enrollment is at record levels.

    We’re broke.

    Thinking, thinking, thinking…Gotta be a solution. Gotta be.

     

  9. Misthiocracy

    This reminds me of Adbusters’ “Buy Nothing Day”, in that there used to be a Buy Nothing Day each and every week.  It was called Sunday.

    There also used to be a meatless day each and every week.  It was called Friday.

  10. Indaba

    I took a look at Perry and Reyes and they are tubs of lard! With their BMI and obese waist sizes, maybe they need to do a scientific study on why they are so fat and do not seem to realize it.  If Reyes’s son is diabetic, it is zero to do with meat. His son should be strongly advised to seek a dietitian’s expertise for his health, as his father does not have a clue. 

    Did anyone remind Perry that Friday’s meal is supposed to be fish if you are Catholic – slimming and helps diabetes – that might be a better meal to regulate?

    Your California government has way too much money to pay your officials. If they had less available money, they would be less able to pay so many salaries to so many silly (and obese but seemingly oblivious to their chubby images) government officials who appear to have no long term vision about the impact of their foolish, little, pet projects, and are unaware they make LA the laughing stock of the world.

  11. KC Mulville

    Wow – a day to go meatless, for some meaningful purpose … what a stunning idea!

    If only the Catholic Church could come up with such a clever idea!. Oh wait …

    (Dear God; not only are they trying to replace religion, now they’re trying to replace the sacramentals and the ascetic pieties of religion. What’s next? A preisthood? – - Well at least we know they won’t be celibate …)

  12. Indaba
    Misthiocracy: This reminds me of Adbusters’ “Buy Nothing Day”, in that there used to be a Buy Nothing Day each and every week.  It was called Sunday.

    There also used to be a meatless day each and every week.  It was called Friday. · 0 minutes ago

    Posted Friday’s fish day same time as you – great minds think alike.

  13. Pencilvania

    So secularism is a religion after all! Maybe next Earth Day they’ll all put the ashes of recycled sackcloths on their foreheads in the sign of the O. 

  14. Misthiocracy

    I wanna see Californians start eating nothing but dolphin meat on Mondays.  That’ll show ‘em!

  15. HeartofAmerica
    Percival: Troy, spring for the pâté de foie gras and bacon appetizers too.  Transformative. · 18 minutes ago

    Don’t forget the large Coke, Twinkies for desert, and to really bring it home…don’t forget the large can of Crisco. Go big or go home!

  16. Palaeologus

    Apparently Leftists these days do nothing but recycle… the Wilson administration. I predict Tofu Tuesdays and Fat-free Fridays are in the works, Wheatless Wednesdays are a given.

    I hereby dedicate the bacon in my avatar to the city of Los Angeles. Poor bastards.

  17. Dave

    Imagine if the Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles had called for the reinstitution of meatless Fridays–it would no doubt have been denounced as a narrow minded attempt to control people!

  18. kylez

    I was about to say I have accidentally had a meatless Monday, since I am having mac and cheese for dinner, but I happened to have ham in my scrambled eggs for lunch. Shame on me.

  19. Pseudodionysius

    I’d be curious what happens with dog meat.

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