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FEELING SO VERY SAD ABOUT THE MORBIDLY OBESE VOL. 1 NO. 49


Gauntlet
Gauntlet

Once again, fellow travelers the highest intelligentsia on the shortcomings and outrage of what it means to confront why so fat throws down the gauntlet. A recent interview in the Harvard Gazette has Professor Susan Greenhalgh, a Harvard anthropologist; briefly discuss her new book Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat. According to Professor Greenhalgh, “Our country’s high levels of obesity are a serious problem, but the way we’re approaching it is not working to reduce obesity in adults or prevent it in children. Moreover, it is doing real, measurable damage to ourselves, our psyches, our relationships, our families, and especially our young people” (Sweeney, 2015).

Mount Horeb
Mount Horeb

This righteous treatise was conceived from Greenhalgh’s The Woman and the Body class and born on the Mount Horeb of U.C., Irvine. Ever the enterprising ten-commandments-2proselytizer, Dr. Greenhalgh elucidates on the birth of her holy book, “I was teaching this course and decided to offer students extra credit for writing an essay on diet, weight, and the [body-mass index] in the life of someone they know well. Their essays left me stunned and saddened. So many were accounts of happy, carefree childhoods that were abruptly ended by a medical diagnosis of “overweight” or “obese,” or that came apart slowly as kids were badgered and bullied about their weight. And it was not just heavier kids who were suffering; people of every weight category, including underweight and normal, felt unhappy about their bodies and miserable about their lives” (Sweeney, 2015).

charlton20heston20moses20twnLet us pause and reflect on the last quotation. A medical diagnosis is an objective fact arrived at by a sound corpus of collected science distilled into a few words. It explains an empirical fact that really cannot be denied given the presented evidence. A medical diagnosis is the first step in treating an observed disease, in this case, obesity. Without this diagnosis, an effective algorithm of treatment cannot be started in a rational way. The diagnosis may not be pleasant to hear, but comfort can be taken in the fact that a course of treatment can be prescribed. The quotation goes on to proscribe bullying children about weight and various body types in general. There is bullying and then there is bullying. Vicious or physical bullying of any kind should be condemned, but there is a fine line when it comes to teasing or joking about one’s physical attributes. This has gone on from time immemorial; it is an attribute of the human condition and as such, try as the fat activists might, will not change.

Harvard Professor of Anthropology Susan Greenhalgh is pictured in her home. Her new book
Harvard Professor of Anthropology Susan Greenhalgh is pictured in her home. Her new book “Fat Talk Nation” discusses the human costs of America’s war on obesity. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Professor Greenhalgh continues, “The dominant narrative about weight in America stresses how high levels of obesity are harming the nation by worsening health, raising health care costs, and undermining economic productivity. The stories my students were telling — about the human harm done by the war on fat itself — are virtually unknown. The human costs of the nation’s fight against fat have not been tallied up or even acknowledged, and so remain invisible to the public and policymakers alike.”

“Fat talk is so damaging because it equates thinness not just with “health,” but also with civic virtue and deservingness to belong to the community of valued Americans. Though we have limited control over our weight, fat-talk calls on every American to be a thin, fit “biocitizen,” and awards cultural status and social citizenship only to those who can achieve the thin, fit body” (Sweeney, 2015).

This is a good reason to let the South secede from the Union.
This is a good reason to let the South secede from the Union.

How thin skinned does Professor Greenhalgh think people are. It would seem all fat people are just a group of so many crying babies abused by intransigent bullies, unfeeling, uncaring doctors, and uninformed policymakers. It is been stated before in The Attack of the Morbidly Obese Diversity Police (Matheson, 2015) that keeping fit and

What is wrong with this picture?
What is wrong with this picture?

trim is responsible citizenship which translates into containing the costs of health insurance as well as increasing economic productivity contrary to what the fat activists would have you believe. For instance, look at the benighted, junk food seeking, and morbidly obese naves at Walmart. See how they slowly scurry wobbling side-to-side with the telltale music of chafing noises accompanying their every move; or the whine

Falling down the aisle in the never ending quest for pure 100% sugar filled liquid refreshment!
Falling down the aisle in the never ending quest for pure 100% sugar-filled liquid refreshment!

of fat carts ferrying their obese charges hurrying down the aisles in search of the highest calorie manufactured foodstuffs available. You can safely assume that these people are on Medicaid, food stamps and whatever other aid is available at the trough of Federal handouts. This is not responsible citizenship; it is being slothful and indolent. These people are either sophomoric morons or utter incorrigibles lacking any altruistic desire to promote the greater good of society.

Dr. Greenhalgh sums up her brief interview with the Harvard Gazette thus, “Our country’s high levels of obesity are a serious problem, but the way we’re approaching it is not working to reduce obesity in adults or prevent it in children. Moreover, it is doing real, measurable damage to ourselves, our psyches, our relationships, our families, and especially our young people.”

” What I like about these functions is it’s all you can eat buffet style and don’t worry I have by Maalox tablets right next to me.”

“A concern for social suffering and social justice argues for ending the society-wide war on fat while continuing the search for scientific understanding of obesity’s causes and consequences. As part of that larger project, we need to both reframe the way we talk about obesity or fatness and change how we approach it as a public-health issue. Among other things, we should tell the public the truth about the “bio myths” — partial truths about weight and health that everyone believes but have little scientific credence. Each of us should listen to our own fat-talk and work with others to create fat-talk-free zones where human value is not attached to body weight. Finally, we should launch a nationwide campaign against fat bullying that makes blatant weightism or sizeism just as intolerable as racism, sexism, and homophobia” (Sweeney, 2015).

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It takes great effort and stamina to eat a whole cake!

Therefore, how does hard science and research hurt the great overfed, it does not. It only hurts the thin-skinned, weak-willed, indolent, and slothful citizenry that comprises a good percentage of the three-quarters that are overweight or morbidly obese in the United States as an example. The biggest whiners and complainers concerning fat shaming and other abuse are usually the most hedonistic of the lot. How much compassion can one have for individuals subject to self-abuse and self-pity?

The so-called war on obesity should be pursued as vigorously as possible by the concerned citizenry and the general medical, scientific community. These blog posts are filled with stories of scientific breakthroughs and new avenues potential treatment for obesity. Disabusing the great Booboisie of bio myths is Sisyphean at best, a great financial drain on what could be better spent on research, and a distraction to policymakers as well. The obesity epidemic should become the main topic of general conversation when applicable. The fat activism and fat acceptance movements need to be quashed whenever and wherever they rear their ugly gut.

Dear readers, if you have read this far, the Captain would be most heartened if you would rate this and future articles and/or leave a comment at the top of the blog posts whether positive or negative. In this way, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” may better serve you and our entire readership.


Matheson, M. (2015, June 13). The Attack of the Morbidly Obese Diversity Police VOL. 1 NO. 34. Retrieved September 27, 2015, from The Fat Bastard Gazette: https://thefatbastardgazette.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/attack-of-the-morbidly-obese-diversity-police/

Sweeney, S. (2015, September 14). Weighed down. Retrieved September 27, 2015, from Harvard Gazette: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/09/weighed-down/

Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon
Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner, and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon with Sam Borsalino, Assistant Publisher

Dear Hail-Fellows well met, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is written and edited by your favorite curmudgeons Captain Hank Quinlan and

Flatfoot Willie, Corespondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers
Flatfoot Willie, Correspondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers

Staff (monkeys in the back room). We offer an ongoing tirade to support or offend anyone of any large dimension, cultural background, religious affiliation, or color of skin. This gazette rails against an eclectic mix of circus ring ne’er do wells, big ring fatty and fatso whiners, congenital idiots, the usual motley assortment of the profoundly dumbfounded, and a favorite of intelligent men everywhere, the

May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity.

“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.

All this and more always keeping our major focus on “Why so fat?”  Enough said? We at “The Fat Bastard Gazette” think so. If you like what you read, and you know whom you are, in this yellow blog, tell your friends. We would be elated with an ever-wider readership. We remain cordially yours, Captain Hank Quinlan and the Monkeys in the back room

“The Fat Bastard Gazette” does not purport to offer any definitive medical or pharmaceutical advice whatsoever in any explicit or implied manner. Always consult a qualified physician in all medical or pharmaceutical matters. “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is only the opinion of informed nonprofessionals for the general edification and entertainment of the greater public. 

No similarities to any existing names or characters are expressed or implied. We reserve the right to offend or support anybody, anything, or any sacred totem across the globe.

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EXTRA EDITION “ATTACK OF THE MORBIDLY OBESE DIVERSITY POLICE!” VOL. 1 NO. 34


2-13951-big-brother-orwellIn the prescient wisdom of “The Fat Bastard Gazette,” we declared as early as September 2, 2014 what should be done economically and punitively with unrepentant obese naves. Those far left rapscallions, who prowl about demanding accommodation from both private and public institutions, are making their mark more loudly and outrageously under the umbrella of cultural and personal diversity.

The Fat Bastard emphasizes the word unrepentant. We do not take umbrage with any individual who is morbidly obese and trying to overcome their condition. The Captain himself was 305 pounds, a class III morbidly obese individual. However, the cretins we do rail against are those strident cadres in the Fat Activist Movement and all their sympathetic followers.

fat-bastardThis is just another chink in the armor of Western Civilization, as we know it. It may be said ancient Rome fell not from without but from within. The barbarians were at the gate in just the right time to pick up the pieces. Therefore, so it is with the United States, the largest and presently strongest superpower since Rome, about to be decimated from within by, a pusillanimous group of Fat Activist provocateurs, and an ever widening, accepting, passive audience. We are in a state of decadent decline. The doors to the Scriptorium will be locked with only a select few holding the keys. Our moral fiber and personal accountability to the greater good are sinking at an ever-quickening rate into the moral morass of wanton hedonism.

As a disclaimer, the Captain wants fellow travelers to now that the use of the word fat, fat activist, and fat acceptance are terms used by the Journal of Gender Studies and not pejoratively used by “The Fat Bastard Gazette”

Research published in the Journal of Gender Studies suggest within the last few years, in Canada and the United States, blogs have become integral for fat women and their kindred spirits to create and further develop aggressive strategies to question feminine biased anti-fat conversations by media, government, medicine, and public health. Presently, popular conversations in regards to fat people, in particular women, tend to run from institutions implicating a good‘moral deficit’ to a ‘risky behavior’ to ‘political discrimination’ where parts from each conversation shape how fat women’s bodies are viewed within the larger culture. The main messages surrounding the ideal of the thin body center on good citizenship. These messages emphasize taking personal responsibility; encourage use strict diets and exercise, and “perpetuate an image of responsible citizenship” as an extension of these messages. Fat acceptance bloggers take elements from LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Questioning) movements to extend aggressive dominating strategies, different forms of fat representation, and “address the economic marginalization of fat women in industry.” In addition, through conversations on beauty and body image, bloggers contest anti- fat themes to develop aggressive strategies beyond the themes of fat as a ‘lifestyle choice’, “and body size as biologically rich and genetically determined that dominate the fat acceptance movement.

bac7af26e4d59cdca5c5103e660a6389“For the contributors and founders of FaT GiRL, the world that fat women inhabit was made difficult to navigate through artificial barriers (e.g., small seats on buses); not fat bodies (Lebesco, 2004). The politics promoted by FaT GiRl diverge drastically from more conservative approaches to fat activism employed by groups like the NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Americans)   . PPPO’s (Pretty Porky and Pissed Off) performances, however, underline how public spaces can be and have been organized according to consumerist and fat phobic assumptions that circumscribe how fat women engage with them.”

82683a1c5750e0bd5f734ac7dc7afa5e“Visibility refers to how fat women may experience being fat in relation to anti-fat discourses and contest these discourses through visual strategies. Murray (2005) asserts that in the West, ‘we live in a culture of a negative collective “knowingness” of fat women‘ (p. 154), where fat women are ‘known’ to be lazy, lacking willpower, and (sexually) out of control. Such ‘knowledges’ are thought to ‘inform every interaction we have with others and the world, and position us along a spectrum of bodies and identities’ (p. 154). Murray (2005) asserts that current fat politics asks that the fat body be reconceived within dominant frameworks of beauty; demands sometimes superficially read as subversive.”

“Fat, then, remains popularly understood as an individual responsibility and moral failure and FA (Fat Activism) tantamount to celebrating bad behavior or poor lifestyle choices that lead or contribute to poor health outcomes (Rich & Evans, 2005; Saguy & Riley, 2005).”

“As a result, individual and collective bodies, as well as institutions, corporations, and states, must present as ‘lean,’ ‘fit,’ ‘flexible,’ and ‘autonomous’ to demonstrate power (Elliot, 2007; Lemke, 2001). The fat individual is then characterized as possessing none or limited amounts of those traits and, therefore, putting a strain on the ‘public’ (e.g., the perception that fat people drain government resources, increase medical insurance premiums, and literally take up more space in public areas). Not surprisingly, fat people are targeted by government interventions in an attempt to mitigate the ideological risk they present, which then leads to their further stigmatization (Elliot, 2007; Guthman & DuPuis, 2006; Lebesco, 2011).”

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Body-fat-percentage-men

“This stigmatization of fat bodies encourages the use of self-disciplinary practices (e.g., extreme dieting and exercise) to achieve a socially desired version of selfhood. The choices geared toward meeting the thin body ideal made by individuals exist within larger power structures maintained through ‘self-subjectification,’ defined as how individuals attempt to shape their bodies to meet, often unachievable, physical ideals (Connolly, 1985; Leahy, 2009). Meleo-Erwin (2011) suggests that individuals are ‘disciplined’ through self-subjectification in late capitalist society instead of through techniques of overt coercion; she argues that individuals are regulated through their active engagement with promoted practices and techniques that are normalized by self-subjective behaviors.”

“Implicit in body diversity discourses is the assumption that genetics determine the extent to which bodies regulate hunger and/or metabolize food at a weight-maintaining pace. This assumption has led FAs to assert people have a set weight point that their bodies will revert to without sustained or extreme dieting and exercise (Guthman & DuPuis, 2006; Saguy & Riley, 2005).”

Senator Joseph Mccarthy known for hunting down communists, McCarthy was the Chairman of the Government Operations Committee and its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate in the 1950s nicknamed
Senator Joseph Mccarthy known for hunting down communists, McCarthy was the Chairman of the Government Operations Committee and its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate in the 1950s nicknamed “Tailgunner Joe”

“Increasing knowledge of how self-identified women FA bloggers engage in FA politics and discourses online then, first, provides important insight into the way change or new phenomena in the FA movement in North America relates to the intersection of gender, race, and queer fat politics (Herdon, 2006). Second, this knowledge helps uncover the limitations of medicalized discourses around fat and fat embodiment, especially as it relates to women, by highlighting the ideological chasm that exists between medical and government institutions and fat acceptance activism and the cultural rather than the scientific assumptions that underpin them.”

night_club_for_overweight_01“As with earlier fat acceptance activists, such as the Toronto based group Pretty Porky and Pissed Off, bloggers, like Leslie Kinzel and Jennifer Rowe use or call strategies (e.g., political consumer activism) to highlight the factors that limit fat women’s participation in consumer culture, especially in the area of fashion. In calling for boycotts of retailers who refuse to sell clothing in larger and plus sizes, as Rowe has, fat people can draw attention to how they remain systemically underserved or ignored by certain industries.”

The extreme far left is on the march. Where is Tailgunner Joe when we need him?

Extraordinary taxes should be justly levied on all the truculent,strident, Fat Activists that put undue stress on health insurance premiums, and public aid allotments. Extra fees for the unrepentant morbidly obese that take up extra seats and contribute to excessive fuel consumption are completely in line concerning public transportation. No wide seats should be installed in any public or medical waiting rooms (e.g. doctors’ offices), let the recalcitrant obese stand and force them to think about their self-inflicted malady. Being fat and proud should have more than negative health consequences. Social ostracism as well as monetary penalties should be encouraged not discouraged as politically incorrect. Without actively enforced  punitive measures, the fat epidemic will continue to rise. Let us disabuse ourselves of any accommodation for the Fat Activists. Almost without exception, the unrepentant, obdurate  morbidly obese did it to themselves practicing three of the seven deadly sins, sloth,  gluttony and pride. (“The Fat Bastard Gazette” Vol.1 NO.6)

Dear readers, if you have read this far, the Captain would be most heartened if you would rate this and future articles and/or leave a comment at the top of the blog posts whether positive or negative. In this way, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” may better serve you and our entire readership.


Quinlan, C. H. (2014, September 2). Early Edition The Fat Bastard Gazette. Retrieved from The Fat Bastard Gazette: ‎https://thefatbastardgazette.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/early-edition

Ricciardelli, A. A. (2015, April 14). Shaping the online fat acceptance movement: talking about body image and beauty standards. doi:10.1080/09589236.2015.1028523

Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon
Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon with Sam Borsalino, Assistant Publisher

Dear Hail-Fellows well met, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is written and edited by your favorite curmudgeons Captain Hank Quinlan and

Flatfoot  Willie, Corespondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers
Flatfoot Willie, Correspondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers

Staff (monkeys in the back room). We offer an ongoing tirade to support or offend anyone of any large dimension, cultural background, religious affiliation, or color of skin. This gazette rails against an eclectic mix of circus ring ne’er do wells, big ring fatty and fatso whiners, congenital idiots, the usual motley assortment of the profoundly dumbfounded, and a favorite of intelligent men everywhere, the

May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .

“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.

All this and more always keeping our major focus on “Why so fat?”  Enough said? We at “The Fat Bastard Gazette” think so. If you like what you read, and you know whom you are, in this yellow blog, tell your friends. We would be elated with an ever-wider readership. We remain cordially yours, Captain Hank Quinlan and the Monkeys in the back room

“The Fat Bastard Gazette” does not purport to offer any definitive medical or pharmaceutical advice whatsoever in any explicit or implied manner. Always consult a qualified physician in all medical or pharmaceutical matters. “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is only the opinion of informed nonprofessionals for the general edification and entertainment of the greater public. 

No similarities to any existing names or characters are expressed or implied. We reserve the right to offend or support anybody, anything, or any sacred totem across the globe.

BARIATRIC EDITION PART 2 “THE FAT BASTARD GAZETTE” VOL.1 NO. 9


rows of fruitcakesPoor benighted Tijuana fruitcakes, cheap surgeries, mediocre doctors and the Captain is being generous here, outré nurses, and who knows what filth and rodeo clowns were around the corner. All this to save a few dollars while taking an unacceptable chance with one’s life, lending credence to the old adage these Tijuana fruitcakes  must believe, ‘life is cheap’. Who are these people really, the Captain would like to know as well as his fellow travelers and have they ever heard of spell check and grammar check!

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“In the United States the lowest quote I got was $24,000.00 for the surgery and in Mexico,” [she] said. “I was getting quotes of $12,000.00 to $14,000.00 and I ended up paying $12,500.00.”

“But it was no bargain–since the April surgery she’s been to the emergency room three times. Larissa said she’s been told she needs surgery or she’ll slowly die.”

“I don’t have any more money, I don’t have insurance and [surgeons here] don’t want to take on somebody else’s mistakes.

The lesson that I want people to take away is this – you have to have money set aside for possible complications as well as the initial surgery. And if you have enough money for that – than why not get a competent US doctor (with US protections) in the first place? I feel like a complete fool. I gambled, and lost.”

She  cavalierly gambled with her life and is losing, doesn’t she know the house always wins. So now, the taxpayer has to pick up the tab for some Mexican butcher wielding a knife and fork at any gringo with no brains, a big belly,  and many American pesos.

The Captain shudders to think of all the flies in the operating room buzzing around her open wound in lovely Tijuana.

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“The morning at the airport meeting the driver was a clusterf*#k…. They allowed us to talk to Dr. Almanza about the surgery and we asked questions and he asked us if we had any prior abdominal surgeries. He used an interpreter but his English wasn’t bad…. All I remember about the surgery was seeing the anesthesiologist’s face and having my arms strapped down. I do not remember seeing Dr. Almanza after surgery either…. The room they tried to put me in had 4-5 beds all occupied from surgeries either the day before or whatever. There were also plastic surgery patients. They even had a bunk bed and I pity whoever tried to haul their butt up there after having surgery. There was a car alarm going off all day long and loud dogs barking. Rest was impossible. I will say that the staff was very friendly but not being able to have rest caused me to leave. I ended up staying at the Hotel Ticuan that night but please book a room in advance if you think you are going to stay there. It was almost completely booked solid! Although they say a reservation is not necessary, I think it certainly is if you don’t want to be left in the dark…. A couple of us who had surgery the same day left early. We got our drain tubes removed and left…. Some people it will be good for and some it will not. It is an individual choice…. The surgery itself seems positive though so keep your eyes wide open and wish you the best of luck!”

This from the Dr.’s web site:

About Dr. Mario Almanza

Dr. Almanza is the leading gastric sleeve surgeon in the world, and has performed more gastric sleeve procedures than any other surgeon in the world. Trust experience and get your weight loss surgery performed by Dr. Mario Almanza. Fill in the form on this page, and you will receive all the information to get started and book your surgery date with Dr. Almanza.

Well this duplicitous, south of the border chop shop chef certainly has a high opinion of himself.   According to the above clip all you have to do is fill in the forum,  put your money down and the renown back yard chef will go to work.  His dogs need to be feed too.

fruitcakeIs the above Tijuana fruitcake of a patient so oblivious to what he has written that he is so lucky to be alive and we presume well.  Where do these rock brained cretins crawl out from!

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“Almost echoes my experience to the tee from Dec 2010. You pay for what you get and this is certainly a cut rate surgery. My experience was just the same – tolerable but not the best.
Because of the armed robbery at the recovery house and some issues at the hospital from other patients I can no longer endorse this Dr or the “hospital”. There are alternatives that treat you better, however I have no direct experience with other sites to offer.”

The light bulb is on but only dimly lit.    Too late to be forewarned and  short a brick for a full load.

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“I think a lot of us have had different experiences with our surgeries in Mexico than what we would have had in the US. I went to Mexico for the usual reason, my insurance would not cover my surgery. I put my call light on a total of once while I was a patient after my surgery. I was having quite a bit of pain, and wanted to know if I could get some pain medication. The nurse came in, grabbed the call light out of my hand and yelled “WHAT?” at me! I am a nurse and know, absolutely beyond the shadow of a doubt, if I treated a patient like that, I might as well pack up my stuff and head for the front door. Hospitals in the United States do NOT tolerate attitude like that. But then I remember what I get paid working here in the states, and what nursing staff in Mexico get paid, and there is a SIGNIFICANT difference. The old saying “you get what you pay for” is true. My surgery was successful, but I paid a cut rate to have it done in Mexico, and I got cut rate service. I am happy, thrilled, and excited beyond words with the results I obtained from my VGS, but I know that the “niceties” that you receive here in the United States are not usually part of the hospital experience in Mexico….

If the facility where you are going to have your procedure done is JCAHO Internationally Certified, you can be assured that you are at least getting the minimum in safety standards.”

This Tijuana fruitcake RN is a disgrace to the profession. The Captain RN wouldn’t allow this cretin anywhere near his person.  Of all our contestants she wins the booby prize. Read between the lines dear fellow travelers and you discover this poor retch is clueless as to the life threatening imbecilic chances she took going south of the border!  Read what our fruitcake of the day has to say about her experience. She focuses on all the immediate incidentals highlighted above.  We would like to know if she has any thought as to her extended care now that she is alive

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_____**It has come to my attention that there is a man in Tijuana, Mexico that is posing as a physician, not a surgeon and no – he is not doing surgery he merely owns the clinic. This man is posing as a physician and he is not a physician. He has never been to medical school, he has no formal medical education. ANYONE that claims to be a physician or surgeon you should verify this through the Mexican Government. You need to obtain the license number of the physician and enter it to the following website. The true owner of the license will show up. There is absolutely no reason any licensed physician would deny you their license number, none!***

At least the lights are on and someone is home in this house, but sadly still bent on cut rate backyard surgery. The dogs must be fed!!

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Below  is a quick comparison between the cut rate, Third World Bariatric One Stop Chop Shop back yard care and safe, first rate, Tier 1 legitimate   Bariatric care .

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Below is a vetted WebMD article with legitimate sources! This is a must read: it is why  legitimate bariatric procedures cost so much more! 

Weight loss surgery is expensive. Typical costs can run from $20,000 to $25,000, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The price of your weight loss surgery will depend on several factors:

  • The type of surgery you’re having. Types of weight loss surgery include gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, vertical gastric banding (also called stomach stapling), sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion. Each has a different fee.
  • Your surgeon’s fee. This will vary based on where you live, your surgeon’s expertise, and the procedure’s complexity.
  • The hospital you choose. Costs will vary and may include the operating and hospital rooms, among other fees.

Additional costs may include:

  • Anesthesiologist’s fee
  • Surgical assistant’s fee
  • Device fees
  • Consultant fees (if necessary)
  • Follow-up procedures (for the gastric band)

Will Health Insurance Pay?

If you have health insurance, read your policy carefully, and work closely with your insurer and your doctor to see what’s covered.

Most insurance companies recognize that people who are overweight and obese are more likely to get serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence that bariatric surgery can improve or resolve up to 30 obesity-related conditions, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

If you don’t have health insurance, you’ll likely have to pay the entire bill yourself. Some weight loss surgery centers can help you get a loan that you can repay over a number of years.

Getting Your Insurance to Pay for Weight Loss Surgery

Most major insurance companies will require:

  • Proof that surgery is medically necessary. Your surgeon can help provide your medical history and documentation of your weight-related health problems.
  • Participation in a physician-supervised diet program. You may be required to successfully complete a 6-month weight-loss program before approval is granted. Medicare does not require this 6-month program, but you may be encouraged to participate anyway. This type of diet program involves monthly visits to your bariatric surgeon’s office for 6 months. The insurance companies aren’t trying to find out if you can lose weight through dieting. In fact, most insurance companies require that the patient’s weight be stable during this time — with no up-and-down fluctuations — or you may be denied coverage. They want you to demonstrate over the 6 months prior to surgery that you can commit to lifestyle changes you’ll need to make forever after your weight loss surgery.
  • A psychological evaluation. This is to make sure that you understand weight loss surgery and the impact it will have on your lifestyle. The psychological evaluation also checks for untreated binge eating or any other psychological issues.
  • A nutritional evaluation. You will work one-on-one with a nutritionist to outline specific dietary changes and habits that need to be changed.

What Happens Next?

When you have completed these steps, the surgeon will send a pre authorization letter to your insurance company. The letter will outline your medical history and health problems related to your weight, and provide documentation that you have completed all requirements for approval.

The insurance company will then review your case. If you have symptoms of weight-related conditions, the company may request specific diagnostic tests, such as cardiac, pulmonary, or sleep apnea evaluations.

During this period, keep accurate notes of all communications between the insurance company and your surgeon. Keep copies of completed insurance forms, letters sent, and letters received.

What if Your Insurance Company Declines Coverage?

If your request is turned down, or if the insurance company agrees to pay only a small percentage of the cost, the door is not closed.

What if Your Insurance Company Declines Coverage? continued…

You can write a letter of appeal to the insurance company representative (such as a claims supervisor) who signed the denial. Before you appeal, make sure you understand your policy completely, and that it does not specifically exclude the weight loss surgery you want.

Also, make sure restrictions were not in place when you first began your contract with the health plan.

Your appeal letter should include:

  • An explanation why you feel the procedure should be covered
  • A request for a full explanation of why coverage is being denied (or paid at a reduced level)
  • A request for a copy of the specific statement — taken from the policy or benefits booklet — that explains why your coverage is limited or denied
  • A copy of the denial notification
  • A copy of your doctor’s pre authorization letter

You may find it helpful to send a copy of your appeal letter to your state’s insurance commissioner or the department of corporations if you are covered by an HMO plan. You can explain that you’re having trouble, and ask for assistance. Your bariatric surgeon can help you with your appeal.

Other Ways to Pay for Weight Loss Surgery

If you do not have health insurance, or if your insurer will not cover weight loss surgery, talk to your doctor and your surgeon about financing plans. Check on the interest rate, and make sure you are OK with all of the terms.

SOURCES:

Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, chief of minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: “Insurance Coverage: A Patient’s Guide.”

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: “Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery,” “Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice.”

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on August 13, 2012

© 2014 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

Cordially Yours,

Captain Quinlan and staff

Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon
Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon with Sam Borsalino, Assistant Publisher

Dear Hail-Fellows well met, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is written and edited by your favorite curmudgeons Captain Hank Quinlan and

Flatfoot  Willie, Corespondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers
Flatfoot Willie, Correspondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers

Staff (monkeys in the back room). We offer an ongoing tirade to support or offend anyone of any large dimension, cultural background, religious affiliation, or color of skin. This gazette rails against an eclectic mix of circus ring ne’er do wells, big ring fatty and fatso whiners, congenital idiots, the usual motley assortment of the profoundly dumbfounded, and a favorite of intelligent men everywhere, the

May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .

“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.

All this and more always keeping our major focus on “Why so fat?”  Enough said? We at “The Fat Bastard Gazette” think so. If you like what you read, and you know whom you are, in this yellow blog, tell your friends. We would be elated with an ever-wider readership. We remain cordially yours, Captain Hank Quinlan and the Monkeys in the back room

“The Fat Bastard Gazette” does not purport to offer any definitive medical or pharmaceutical advice whatsoever in any explicit or implied manner. Always consult a qualified physician in all medical or pharmaceutical matters. “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is only the opinion of informed nonprofessionals for the general edification and entertainment of the greater public. 

 No similarities to any existing names or characters are expressed or implied. We reserve the right to offend or support anybody, anything, or any sacred totem across the globe.

HOLIDAY EDITION THE FAT BASTARD GAZETTE VOL.1 NO.7



Thanksgiving is over eh you already morbidly oversized, porcine, fat bellied sows and boars. What do you have to show for it? an extra five, ten, fifteen pounds or more on those already straining joints, heart arrhythmias, spikes in blood sugar levels, further increases in blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and let us not forget those dangerous deep vein blood clots lurking in your legs just waiting to break off and cause a lethal pulmonary embolism. Life is great is it not you miserable overfed cretins! In addition, more holidays are fast on the near horizon, yes, bottom feeders. Let us all chant the mantra; Food and drink food and drink food and drink food and drink food and drink food and drink food and drink, come on every one of you, fat bellied sows and boars, food and drink food and drink food and drink food and drink food and drink We must have food and drink food and drink. Does not the thought behind the simpleton refrain make one nauseous? It makes the staff at “Fat Bastard” want to bend over and vomit on the page!

Below for all you Ph.Ds. is the simplest, most obvious, healthful,food plan, available to all, short of a pure liquid diet which many of you are heading for if you insist on pursuing a slow death of gluttony and debauchery. It even has pictures for the functional illiterates among you.

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE FINE PRINT

· Recommended plate size is 10 inches

· Enjoy fruit and/or dairy with your meal or save as a  snack  throughout the day

· Choose whole fruits over juice

· Aim for a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables

· Choose whole grain rice, pasta, cereals and breads

· Enjoy  healthy fats such as olive oil or canola oil in small amounts

· Choose healthy cooking methods such as baking, broiling or grilling

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE FINE PRINT

Can it be any more obvious than this, as to why so many of us walk around with pendulous bellies, tree trunk thighs, and no neck!

HO, HO, HO!

Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon
Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon with Sam Borsalino, Assistant Publisher

Dear Hail-Fellows well met, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is written and edited by your favorite curmudgeons Captain Hank Quinlan and

Flatfoot  Willie, Corespondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers
Flatfoot Willie, Correspondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers

Staff (monkeys in the back room). We offer an ongoing tirade to support or offend anyone of any large dimension, cultural background, religious affiliation, or color of skin. This gazette rails against an eclectic mix of circus ring ne’er do wells, big ring fatty and fatso whiners, congenital idiots, the usual motley assortment of the profoundly dumbfounded, and a favorite of intelligent men everywhere, the

May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .

“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.

All this and more always keeping our major focus on “Why so fat?”  Enough said? We at “The Fat Bastard Gazette” think so. If you like what you read, and you know whom you are, in this yellow blog, tell your friends. We would be elated with an ever-wider readership. We remain cordially yours, Captain Hank Quinlan and the Monkeys in the back room

“The Fat Bastard Gazette” does not purport to offer any definitive medical or pharmaceutical advice whatsoever in any explicit or implied manner. Always consult a qualified physician in all medical or pharmaceutical matters. “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is only the opinion of informed nonprofessionals for the general edification and entertainment of the greater public. 

 No similarities to any existing names or characters are expressed or implied. We reserve the right to offend or support anybody, anything, or any sacred totem across the globe.

EARLY EDITION THE FAT BASTARD GAZETTE Vol. 1 No.6


Good news! there are now two new clothing outlets for ‘the obesity challenged’ coming to a run down strip mall near you.

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RAGS THAT LOOK 10 YRS. OUT OF DATE,

BUT COVER ANY POOR SLOB’S SORRY

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“ROTUND, TALL, OR SQUAT

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RAGS  FOR THE WORKING

PORCINE DREG AND

MONIED DREG ALIKE.

Dear readers the captain has fallen from grace. He has paid obeisance  to the Beelzebub of fatties and fatsos everywhere. Who or what is it? It is the refrigerator! What is inside the refrigerator? all kinds of tempestuous food. The Good Captain could not control himself, gobbling morsel after morsel of anything and everything he could lay his hands. Cottage cheese, other types of cheeses, fruits, bread, saltines, nuts, tuna fish, tomatoes, and other assorted foods he forgets the name. This proves the saying; our feet are made of clay. Captain may have fallen out of the saddle, but he will dust himself of and get right back up in the saddle again,Red Riders! Without a strong will and determination, any attempt at weight loss is futile. This is a game of all or nothing. As the old cliché goes, “In for a penny in for a pound.” There are no excuses accepted in these matters.

An image of an obese passenger squeezed into an economy airline seat has reopened a debate about how airlines deal with growing numbers of oversized passengers.

Do You Believe this!

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Or  This!

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Or This!!!

Extraordinary taxes should be justly levied on all the truculent,strident, Fat Activists that put undue stress on health insurance premiums, and public aid allotments. Extra fees for the unrepentant morbidly obese that take up extra seats and contribute to excessive fuel consumption are completely in line concerning public transportation. No wide seats should be installed in any public or medical waiting rooms (e.g. doctors’ offices), let the recalcitrant obese stand and force them to think about their self-inflicted malady. Being fat and proud should have more than negative health consequences. Social ostracism as well as monetary penalties should be encouraged not discouraged as politically incorrect. Without actively enforced  punitive measures, the fat epidemic will continue to rise. Let us disabuse ourselves of any accommodation for the Fat Activists. Almost without exception, theunrepentant, obdurate  morbidly obese did it to themselves practicing three of the seven deadly sins, sloth,  gluttony and pride.

Cordially Yours,

Captain Quinlan et al.

 

Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon
Captain Hank Quinlan, Owner and Publisher, Chief Curmudgeon with Sam Borsalino, Assistant Publisher

Dear Hail-Fellows well met, “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is written and edited by your favorite curmudgeons Captain Hank Quinlan and

Flatfoot  Willie, Corespondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers
Flatfoot Willie, Correspondent at Large with fellow Staff Writers

Staff (monkeys in the back room). We offer an ongoing tirade to support or offend anyone of any large dimension, cultural background, religious affiliation, or color of skin. This gazette rails against an eclectic mix of circus ring ne’er do wells, big ring fatty and fatso whiners, congenital idiots, the usual motley assortment of the profoundly dumbfounded, and a favorite of intelligent men everywhere, the

May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .
May the Most Venerable H. L. Mencken bless our unworthy but earnest attempts at tongue in cheek jocularity .

“Great Booboisie.” Nor shall we ignore the wide assortment of shirkers, layabouts, and slugabeds.

Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.
Latest office staff confab at Fat Bastard HQ.

All this and more always keeping our major focus on “Why so fat?”  Enough said? We at “The Fat Bastard Gazette” think so. If you like what you read, and you know whom you are, in this yellow blog, tell your friends. We would be elated with an ever-wider readership. We remain cordially yours, Captain Hank Quinlan and the Monkeys in the back room

“The Fat Bastard Gazette” does not purport to offer any definitive medical or pharmaceutical advice whatsoever in any explicit or implied manner. Always consult a qualified physician in all medical or pharmaceutical matters. “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is only the opinion of informed nonprofessionals for the general edification and entertainment of the greater public. 

 No similarities to any existing names or characters are expressed or implied. We reserve the right to offend or support anybody, anything, or any sacred totem across the globe.

EARLY EDITION THE FAT BASTARD GAZETTE VOL. 1 NO. 1


 

Good Day Fellow Travelers:

Thus begins the  “The Fat Bastard Gazette.”

“Why so fat?” Do all the fatties  (i.e. hereafter considered the female gender) and fatsos  (i.e. hereafter considered the male gender) realize the social as well as physical implications of their more often than not self-inflicted, pathetic condition? The esteemed Captain certainly does. Let us enumerate only a few of the vast plethora of conditions and inconveniences point by point.

Ample pulchritude for one and all.
Ample pulchritude for one and all.

Obesity survey

  • Does one really want to join the legion of the very, very, and morbidly obese?
  • Is your most fervent desire to become one of the ambulatory obese circus performers who think they should not pay more for the privilege of taking two or more seats in any public conveyances? By what right do you clowns deserve monetary privilege?
  • “You may be morbidly obese if you are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight; have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40; have a BMI over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health issues, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight; or are unable to achieve a healthy body …” (Morbidly Obese – University of South Alabama Health System).
  • Does one really want to resign oneself to a daily regimen of anti-fungal spray or cream to stave off a nasty, red, and raw fungal condition under those developing folds of fat?
  • Does one enjoy the possibility of developing nasty, nasty bedsores? Our Good Captain observing some so deep that the femur (i.e. thighbone) is exposed. More often than not one insidious consequence of morbid obesity is the dreaded or most certainly should be dreaded malady termed diabetes. One deleterious effect of this malady being extensive nerve damage; left untreated it ravages the body effecting the ability to sense pressure or discomfort, result the bedsore.
  • What is to be done about hygienic matters concerning the very, very fat? Are you the readers all aware of what awaits the morbidly obese? The infamous hospital bed bath and a long list of other repetitive, hilarious, indignities lie in wait for the clowns of obesity. The Captain as Ringmaster knows firsthand. He certainly rolled enough of the morbidly obese, usually along with two others, on their side to give the slap dash, poor excuse for a proper bath or shower, bed bath. And while at it, shoving the light mauve plastic bed pan under what appears to be the right spot for bladder relief and anal defecation, only to discover he et al. missed the sweet spot and so had to change all the bed linen while having to repeat an abbreviated bed bath. This part of the Circus Maximus entertainment taking at least 30 delightfully fun-filled minutes or more. Add to this all the oral and IV medications along with any focused assessments another 45 minutes and one has a real crowd pleaser on one’s hands.
  • Do you relish a diminished quality of life? One spent on an especially sized hospital bed with: weight sensor proportional control air mattress, automatic side-to-side turning capability to prevent prevalent nasty bedsores, built-in bed scale; automatic upper/lower body controls that allow one to assume the sitting position, and the all-important obese clown pleaser, fanfare please, the emergency deflate. All this so The Good Captain et al. can perform activities of daily living as well as advanced CPR when you present and obese clowns of the future go into cardiac arrest ; an almost guaranteed certainty as a member of the very, very fat.
  • Some inexpensive, Big Top medications released as generics frequently prescribed to treat secondary medical conditions related to morbid obesity; favorites include but are not limited to: Metoprolol (Lopressor), Doxazosin (Cardura), and not to be undone paroxetine (Paxil).

       Lopressor

  • More common
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • convulsions
  • decreased urine
  • dry mouth
  • increased thirst
  • light-headedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • loss of appetite
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Less common
  • Ankle, knee, or great toe joint pain
  • decreased ability to exercise
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • joint stiffness or swelling
  • lower back or side pain
  • swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • tightness in the chest
  • wheezing

       Cardura

  • More common
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • fainting (sudden)
  • fast and pounding heartbeat
  • irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • Rare

Painful or prolonged erection of the penis (called priapism), although extremely rare, must have immediate medical attention. If painful or prolonged erection occurs, call your doctor or go to an emergency room as soon as possible

        Paxil

  • More common
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • fainting (sudden)
  • fast and pounding heartbeat
  • irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • Rare
  • Painful or prolonged erection of the penis (called priapism), although extremely rare, must have immediate medical attention. If painful or prolonged erection occurs, call your doctor or go to an emergency room as soon as possible

(Data sources include Micromedex® (updated May 6th, 2014), Cerner Multum™ (updated June 16th, 2014), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated June 12th, 2014) and others. To view content sources and attributions, refer to our editorial policy. Copyright © 2000-2014 Drugs.com. All rights reserved)

The bold, italicized side effects are those incurred by Captain Quinlan while being medicated for morbid obesity by these very same drugs. Captain Quinlan, for the curious still reading up to this point, finally took notice at a somewhat debilitating weight of 305 lbs. or 21.8 stone; hefty baggage to drag along for a 63 yr. old slugabed, 6-foot man. This self-inflicted, unhealthful behavior did not bode well for The Dear Captain.  Big Q. has now lost 40 lbs. in one month related to vigorous cardio exercise and change in diet. He is off the Lopressor and Cardura. The Captain’s blood pressure is only 10 points above the ideal 120/80. The swelling in ankles and feet is gone.  “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son” or Captain guilty of two out of three offences (As spoken by The Venerable Dean Vernon Wormer, Animal House 1978).

The Venerable Dean Vernon Wormer

The Venerable Dean Vernon Wormer

 

So many topics of consequence and the farcical shall not go unremarked. Remain vigilant for upcoming editions of “The Fat Bastard Gazette.” Remember dear readers, we publish or perish. A brief missive indicates to “T.F.B.G.” staff and Our Good Captain that discerning individuals and possibly a few members of the Booboisie, who could benefit greatly, are reading the Gazette. We shall also unflaggingly remain true to The Most Venerable and Illustrious Muckraker of all time, H. L. Mencken. This giant among commentators

The Most Venerable H. L. Mencken

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gave us not only the benefit of his unique style, wit,  and wisdom but the most apt term in the English vernacular. What term is it you might ask? It is the term “Booboisie,” (Boob·oi·sie [boo-bwah-zee] noun – a segment of the public composed of uneducated, uncultured persons.)

As Always We Remain Cordially  Yours,                                   Captain Quinlan, the Staff, and All Hail Fellows Well Met

“The Fat Bastard Gazette” does not purport to offer any definitive medical or pharmaceutical advice whatsoever in any explicit or implied manner. Always consult a qualified physician in all medical or pharmaceutical matters. “The Fat Bastard Gazette” is only the opinion of informed nonprofessionals for the general edification and entertainment of the greater public.  

 No similarities to any existing names or characters are expressed or implied. We reserve the right to offend or support anybody, anything, or any sacred totem across the globe.