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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Skinny Bitch

Robert Downes - March 3rd, 2008
Skinny Bitch
Skinny Bitch in the Kitch
By Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Running Press
$13.95 - $14.95


It was just an obscure diet book on the shelves a little over a year ago, but today, Skinny Bitch and its sister publication Skinny Bitch in the Kitch
are two of the fattest books on the bestseller charts.
Specifically, Skinny Bitch has spent the past 30 weeks at the top of the New York Times Paperback Advice Bestseller List, with Skinny Bitch in the Kitch weighing in at number four, along with nine weeks on the list.
Both books offer “vegan diet advice from the world of modeling.” Author Rory Freedman is a former agent for Ford Models and a “self-taught know-it-all,” while Kim Barnouin is a former model who holds an MS degree in holistic nutrition.
The books succeed on their outrageous humor and take-no-prisoners attitude. “Stop being a moron and start getting skinny!” is a sample of what you’re in for. Readers are lectured that: “If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, you’re ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.”
The tough talk has been a clarion call for readers, who are exhorted to “stop eating (or cooking) crap and start looking fabulous.”
So, what is that crap you’ve been eating? Freedman and Barnouin run down the list of the usual suspects: sugar, dairy, carbs, meat, too much protein -- all of the things that models tend to avoid in order to slip into size 0 outfits.
Chapter headings spell out the gospel of Freedman and Barnouin’s bible: “Sugar is the Devil,” “The Dairy Disaster,” “You Are What You Eat,” and the intriguing “Pooping,” which advocates eating plenty of fiber, drinking lots of water and exercising to get your stools just right.
There’s a healthful portion of raunch and bad taste in the Skinny Bitch books that makes the message go down easy. Readers are “morons” and “shitheads” who should “quit whining” and get skinny by eating right. The “f” word is salted on like a tour at boot camp. And it turns out that reading turgid facts about nutrition is a lot easier when they’re sprinkled with the spice of the authors’ outrageous humor.
Freedman and Barnouin are militant vegetarians who save their greatest wrath for America’s meat-based diet. Or, as they call it: “The Dead, Rotting Decomposing Flesh Diet.”
Fans of the Atkins Diet, which advocates monstrous portions of meat as a mainstay, will not be pleased. The authors lead off their anti-meat crusade with the following attack:
“The Atkins diet. Hmm. Eat the flesh of dead cows, dead pigs, and dead chickens. Avoid fresh fruit. You are a total moron if you think the Atkins diet will make you thin. Or, you are a gluttonous pig who wants to believe you can eat cheeseburgers all day long and lose weight.”
Nor do the authors countenance the cruelty to 10 billion animals slaughtered each year in America and the “gross, stomach-turning realities of the meat-production industry.”
They also scorn government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, claiming that both have a vested interest in supporting the purveyors of unhealthy, processed food, and a reliance on drugs, rather than good nutrition.
So, what should you eat? “You need to get healthy if you want to be skinny!” the authors assert.
That means an all-vegan diet, with no fish, poultry, eggs or dairy, and no looking back or excuses for backsliding. Add to that plenty of vitamins.
The menu for a typical day is as follows: granola, fruit and yogurt for breakfast; a club sandwich made with fake bacon and fake turkey with a three-bean salad for lunch; and vegan pad thai for dinner with no egg, shrimp or fish stock.
Skinning Bitch in the Kitch carries on in the same vein, offering all-veg recipes for the newly-converted.
Whether readers are ready to make the leap to pure vegetarianism in order to become skinny bitches is anyone’s guess, but the books guarantee plenty of laughs and some common-sense advice on nutrition, making for a fun, informative read.
 
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