An excellent summary of why you should avoid avoid Joel Osteen — in his own words! Hat tip: Glenn

KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They’re wrong, aren’t they?

OSTEEN: Well, I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person’s heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity. So I don’t know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.


Skip the “cleanse” diets. They are basically counter-productive starvation diets. Just eat a little less, eat a little healthier and exercise a little more. And ignore what celebrities say.

What you need to know:

The cleanse diets make 2 claims: 1) clean your guts an 2) lose weight fast.

With respect to weight loss, they are right – this is basically a starvation diet. Your body loses mostly fluids at first, then starts to lose muscle and fat in order to keep basic bodily functions running. There is a potential for serious bodily damage for people who maintain calorie deprivation for several weeks. . . .

With respect to detoxification – guess what? That’s what your liver is for. Our body is an amazing machine that knows how to rid itself of toxins without any intervention. Calling these starvation diets “detox” plays off people’s fear that there are poisons lurking in their body that can be magically removed by subjecting oneself to days of a concoction that tastes bad.

Scientifically there is no evidence that cleanse diets do any good. Most people who go on rapid weight loss diets often gain the weight back with a vengeance.

Dear Lucy – lose a little less weight but do it the right way. Keep eating healthy food, exercise, and be patient.

One last note to celebrities – please DON’T share your diet tips and tricks with us mere mortals. The fact that your are gorgeous and can sing and act (at least some of you) does not mean you know anything about nutrition. Our idolizing societal norms mean that you are setting examples for millions of people. That’s too much of a responsibility for you to pass off quack diets to your fans.


Stay classy, LGBT activists — What Happens When You Let Gay Philly Activists Into the White House — They pose for pics giving Ronald Reagan’s portait the finger. That was just the beginning. They are just like the groping blind men of Sodom.


An excellent point by Haemet related to my Roundup note that Socialized Medicine Euthanizes 130,000 Old People per Year in UK.

To put it another way, if the American medical system killed the same proportion of people as does the NHS, then we would lose approximately 643,000 people a year . . .

While any death from a lack of access to health care (or food, or shelter) is a tragedy, the phrase “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” comes to mind. Equal opportunity early death is not the solution to inconsistent access to health care.

The next time someone says that our health care system “kills” 46,000 per year, be sure to remember that even if that claim was true it should result in victory laps, not a dismantling of our system.


A good overview of the history of Social Security — My only objection was the perpetuation of the myth of a “trust fund.” The grand total of money saved from prior contributions to fund future obligations is — wait for it — $0.00. Zero. Anyone hinting otherwise is not well informed on this topic. This is a Ponzi scheme waiting to crumble.

4 thoughts on “Roundup

  1. Just want to say that I don’t know the cleansing diet programs to which you are referring, but the fact is that if our bodies were truly operating efficiently, we would not have such high rates of disease in this country. Our natural detox systems are as overloaded as our immune systems (which is really the same thing). There are indeed benefits of detox programs and cleansing methods. Finding the ones that work is the key. Merely starving isn’t one of them. Good detox programs still speak of supplying the body with nutrition, and not all fasting programs require no food at all. I know this from personal experience.

  2. You might want to include a brief mention of the SCOTUS ruling on the Arizona immigration law.

    I was reading the Yahoo coverage. My favorite quote from the article:

    Erika Andiola, an activist and undocumented immigrant in Arizona, said that the Latino community will not be happy with the decision, as the immigration checks portion of the law was most unpopular with them. “It’s another message to the Latino community that if you look brown you’re a perfect target for the police,” she said.

    No, you stupid b***h….it’s another message to the Latino community that if you are in the country illegally you’re a perfect target for the police.

  3. The post you linked to said that Osteen’s interview with King proved one needed to go to seminary to be a pastor. I’m not sure what they teach in Seminary, but I think my forth grader could have given King the right answers. Perhaps Osteen doesn’t need a degree at all. Perhaps what he really needs is the Gospel.

    • Dan,
      I agree that Seminary isn’t the issue, and with that I disagreed with the post. But the point was well-made, which is why I liked the post. You are 100% correct that anyone who actually READ their Bible could have given King the right answers.

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