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.

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  1. Profile photo of Bye! Inactive

    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!

    • #1
    • November 13, 2012 at 3:43 am
  2. Profile photo of Edward Smith Inactive

    How will that Veal be prepared?

    Parmigian?

    Francese?

    Marsala?

    With Oyster Mushrooms on the side?

    • #2
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:16 am
  3. Profile photo of Concretevol Thatcher

    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.

    • #3
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:17 am
  4. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

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

    • #4
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:23 am
  5. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    Enjoy the veal.

    • #5
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:25 am
  6. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor
    Troy Senik Post author
    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:27 am
  7. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:29 am
  8. Profile photo of Scott R Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:32 am
  9. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:33 am
  10. Profile photo of Indaba Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:33 am
  11. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:34 am
  12. Profile photo of Indaba Member
    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:34 am
  13. Profile photo of Pencilvania Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:44 am
  14. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

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

    • #15
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:45 am
  15. Profile photo of HeartofAmerica Member
    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:46 am
  16. Profile photo of Palaeologus Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:53 am
  17. Profile photo of Dave Inactive

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:53 am
  18. Profile photo of kylez Member

    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
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:54 am
  19. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    I’d be curious what happens with dog meat.

    • #20
    • November 13, 2012 at 5:55 am
  20. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    Meatless Fridays were reinstituted for English and Scottish Catholics on September 18th, 2012.

    • #21
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:01 am
  21. Profile photo of Frederick Key Inactive

    I’ve been pouting for a week so I haven’t posted anything. I nearly decided to become a liberal myself, and start wasting my days railing about meatless Mondays or trashless Tuesdays or God knows what else. Then I realized that 1) Once you’re aware the government can’t afford to give you everything, it’s impossible to become unaware of that, and 2) At my age it’s just silly to vote based on what you think the government will or won’t do to its citizens’ sex lives. I guess I’ll have to remain a miserable conservative loser and eat meat on Mondays.

    • #22
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:02 am
  22. Profile photo of kylez Member

    Veal you killed from a helicopter, of course.

    • #23
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:03 am
  23. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    Hey, how about a “Tell the Government to Go Take a Jump Day?”

    • #24
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:05 am
  24. Profile photo of Gus Marvinson Inactive
    ~Paules: 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. · 36 minutes ago

    That’s what’s known as federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    • #25
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:07 am
  25. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

    “He don’t eat meat?! That’s ok, I’ll cook lamb.” – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    • #26
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:08 am
  26. Profile photo of Gretchen Inactive
    Ningrim: Saturated Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease · 32 minutes ago

    It doesn’t cause obesity either. Carbs do.

    Thanks, Ningrim, for linking to this video of Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat. Heard him on an EconTalk podcast several months ago, bought the book, and have eaten more steak in the past three months than in the preceding six decades. Losing weight like crazy and feel fine.

    I was irate too when I read about the California nannies and their meatless Mondays, even though I am three thousand miles away.

    The nanny state’s food pyramid, introduced I believe in 1992, probably caused the obesity “epidemic” that started soon after. But not long ago the nannies decided that we must be too fat because we just can’t understand their complicated pyramid with the big fat carb base, so they spent a wad of our money to replace it with the “food plate”. They’ll never wonder if we are too fat because we understand the pyramid.

    Whether to follow a low carb diet should be my decision, not the City Council’s or the Department of Agriculture’s.

    • #27
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:27 am
  27. Profile photo of Tom Lindholtz Inactive

    I will be in violation regularly. We’ve recently adopted a new low-carb dietary lifestyle that is loosely based on the Atkins diet. So, if anything, we’re eating more meat every day. Of course, an ancillary benefit is that, without particularly trying or caring, I’ve lost about 25#. So I’ve reduced my risk of a variety of weight-related disease. So I’m destroying the environment but I’m helping the cost profile of Obamacare.

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    • November 13, 2012 at 6:30 am
  28. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member
    Tom Lindholtz: I will be in violation regularly. We’ve recently adopted a new low-carb dietary lifestyle that is loosely based on the Atkins diet. So, if anything, we’re eating more meat every day. Of course, an ancillary benefit is that, without particularly trying or caring, I’ve lost about 25#. So I’ve reduced my risk of a variety of weight-related disease. So I’m destroying the environment but I’m helping the cost profile of Obamacare.

    One of the worst things Canada’s Conservative government did was to use Health Canada to virtually outlaw the marketing of Atkins/low-carb diets.

    Gotta keep the wheat farmers and bread manufacturers happy.

    • #29
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:37 am
  29. Profile photo of Cornelius Julius Sebastian Thatcher
    Pseudodionysius: Meatless Fridays were reinstituted for English and Scottish Catholics on September 18th, 2012. · 38 minutes ago

    I wish we would. I never understood why that tradition was axed. A minor inconvenience but a wonderful weekly meditation.

    • #30
    • November 13, 2012 at 6:43 am
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