March 22, 2004

The Ice Cream Taliban

“Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone — a catlike activity that has been made acceptable in informal America but that still offends those who know eating in public is offensive.

“I fear I may by this remark lose the sympathy of many readers, people who will condescendingly regard as quaint or even priggish the view that eating in the street is for dogs. […] This doglike feeding, if one must engage in it, ought to be kept from public view, where, even if WE feel no shame, others are compelled to witness our shameful behavior.” - Leon Cass - Chair, President’s Council on Bioethics

People think PETA is weird, but at least they have a point. Ice cream for heaven’s sake. Is there anything more wholesomely uplifting than hanging around the local hand-made ice cream parlor eating ice cream and watching the people and kids around you enjoying that moment when all the world collapses down to the rays of the summer sun, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of laughter and the lick of an ice cream cone? Ye gods, what are we fighting the terrorists for anyhow?

Found here and here.

Posted by James at March 22, 2004 2:12 AM
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Jim Kunstler, a critic of our crappy oil dependent culture and built environment, often says (paraphrasing) "look around, everywhere you go everything looks the same. And it's not even good the same, its all shit. If we keep building nothing but alienating 4 lane highways dotted with quick lubes and burger kings through our neighborhoods, what are we going to value? It gets to the point where we'll live in a country no longer worth defending."

Posted by: Bil at March 22, 2004 3:00 AM

So people like Leon Kass are in charge of important projects in our country now. Hmm...

Man, we are going down the greasy tube.

If you have yet to be motivated to get your plump tushie of your couch and get to the polls, this ought to do it.

Posted by: Patti at March 22, 2004 11:07 AM

Yeesh. There's a guy who needs something more important to worry about.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 22, 2004 11:51 AM

Saturday!
In the Park!
I think it was the 4th of July!

Saturday!
In the Park!
Can't see with this here log in my eye!

People laughing, people playing, a man selling ice cream,
Throw them all in jail...

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 22, 2004 11:34 PM

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