Another victim of truth

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    How about it was none of his business. If you wish to be a couch potato, so what. If you want to eat a 4000 calorie hamburger, so what. It's called freedom. I get upset if my money is used for someone elses health care, so it comes back to personal responsibility.




    Doctor gets dunked over anti-doughnut campaign
    Dr. Jason Newsom railed against burgers, French fries, fried chicken and sweet tea in his campaign to promote better eating in a part of the country known as the Redneck Riviera. He might still be leading the charge if he had only left the doughnuts alone.

    By MELISSA NELSON

    The Associated Press




    ROBERT COOPER / AP

    Dr. Jason Newsom was forced to resign after an anti-obesity campaign angered business owners.

    PENSACOLA, Fla. — Dr. Jason Newsom railed against burgers, French fries, fried chicken and sweet tea in his campaign to promote better eating in a part of the country known as the Redneck Riviera. He might still be leading the charge if he had only left the doughnuts alone.
    Newsom, 38, a former Army doctor who served in Iraq, returned home to Panama City a few years ago to run the Bay County Health Department and started a one-man war on obesity by posting sardonic warnings on an electronic sign outside:
    "Sweet Tea
    Liquid Sugar."
    "Hamburger
    Spare Tire."
    "French Fries
    Thunder Thighs."
    He also called out KFC by name to make people think twice about fried chicken.
    Then he parodied "America Runs on Dunkin'," the doughnut chain's slogan, with: "America Dies on Dunkin'."
    Some power players in the Gulf Coast tourist town decided they had had their fill.
    A county commissioner who owns a doughnut shop and two lawyers who own a new Dunkin' Donuts on Panama City Beach turned against him, along with some of his own employees, Newsom said. After the lawyers threatened to sue, his bosses at the Florida Health Department made him remove the anti-fried-dough rants and eventually forced him to resign, he said.

    "I picked on doughnuts because those things are ubiquitous in this county. Everywhere I went, there were two dozen doughnuts on the back table. At church, there were always doughnuts on the back table at Sunday school. It is social-expectation thing," said Newsom, a lean 6-foot, 167-pounder in a county where 39 percent of all adults were overweight in 2007 and one in four was obese.

    Newsom's $140,000-a-year salary was paid jointly by the state and the county. His job primarily involved educating the public about health issues — swine flu, AIDS and the like — but he also decided to address the dangers of overeating.
    He angered employees by barring doughnuts from department meetings and announcing he would throw the fat-laden sweets away if he saw them in the break room. He also banned candy bars in the vending machines, putting in peanuts instead.
    In May, lawyers Bo Rivard and Michael Duncan, co-owners of a new Dunkin' Donuts, asked Newsom to take down the "America Dies on Dunkin"' message. Newsom already had run other anti-doughnut warnings, including "Doughnuts Diabetes," and "Dunkin' Donuts Death."
    The businessmen had the backing of County Commissioner Mike Thomas, who owns a diner and a doughnut shop. Thomas called for Newsom's ouster, saying the doctor shouldn't have named businesses on the message board.
    "I think he was somewhat of a zealot," Thomas said. "I don't have a problem with him pushing an agenda, it's the way he did it. People borrowed money to go into business and they are being attacked by the government."
    A short time after Newsom's meeting with Rivard and Duncan, Newsom said, his bosses at the state Health Department told him his leadership wasn't wanted and he could be fired or resign. He chose to resign May 8 but has reapplied for the job.
    "I have never been known for my subtlety. I don't have a knack for it. I speak the truth to people and just assume that my data and purpose are so real and true that everyone will see the value of what I'm doing," said Newsom, now working at a prison, doing exams.
    Rivard and Duncan did not return numerous calls.
    "Dunkin' Donuts is pleased that the signs have been removed," Andrew Mastrangelo, a spokesman for Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Donuts said in an e-mail.
    The Florida Health Department has refused to talk about Newsom since he is considered a job applicant.
    Newsom is hoping to get his job back so he can resume his campaign against overeating.
    "My method was a little provocative ... but there wasn't a person in Bay County who wasn't talking about health and healthy eating," he said.
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    That dickweed best watch is ass, lest the prosoners he's currently (probably) mau-mauing could have grounds for a "cruel and unusual" lawsuit. :lol:
     
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    Say what?:confused:
     
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    Actually, he better watch his ass because the cops are not going to appreciate him knocking their favorite cuisine. :)

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    Any minute now a right winger is going to come in and make a complete fool of themselves by dissing the doc. The same right winger will then wander off in to a health care thread and start banging on about how people shouldn't get health care because of their shitty diet!

    It's called being "flexible".

    Okay, who's going to go first?

    :lol:
     
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    In SoCal it's sushi Immie :D
     
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    Maybe so, but not in the "Redneck Riviera" :D

    Sushi? Yuck!! Do you know what that shit is made out of?

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    Mercury? :eusa_eh:
     
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    Actually, for me, probably a slow and painful death as I am allergic to seafood. Mercury poisoning would be the least of my worries. But, I just mean the ingredients for sushi. Raw fish? I think I'd rather eat a booger.

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    You don't fuck with doughnuts.

    They always win.
     

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