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  • Quote: "America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system." -- Walter Cronkite.
  • Article: Most U.S. youths unfit to serve, data show by William H. McMichael.

    "U.S. military-age youth are increasingly unfit to serve — mostly because they’re in such lousy shape.

    According to the latest Pentagon figures, a full 35 percent, or more than one-third, of the roughly 31.2 million Americans aged 17 to 24 are unqualified for military service because of physical and medical issues. And, said Curt Gilroy, the Pentagon’s director of accessions, “the major component of this is obesity. We have an obesity crisis in the country. There’s no question about it.”

    The Pentagon draws its data from the Centers for Disease Control, which regularly tracks obesity. The steadily rising trend is not good news for military recruiters, despite their recent successes, nor for the overall health of the U.S. population.

    In 1987, according to the CDC, a mere 6 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds, or about 1 out of 20, were obese. In 2008, 22 years later, 23 percent of that age group — almost 1 out of 4 — was considered to be obese."

  • Article: God Hates Figs by Charlie Anders.
    • JESUS REBUKED THE FIG AS AN EVIL ABOMINATION.
      • "Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he was hungry.
        "And when he saw a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it, but leaves only, and said to it, Let no fruit grow on you henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
        "And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon has the fig tree withered away!"

        --Matthew 21:18-20
    • JESUS COMMANDED US NOT TO EAT OF THE CURSED FIG.
      • "The next day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry:
        "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find any thing on it: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
        "And Jesus answered and said to it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it.
        --Mark 11:12-14
    • EAT A FIG, GO TO HELL.
      • "He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet."
        --Psalm 78:47
    • GOD PROMISES TERRIBLE VENGEANCE FOR FIG-EATERS.
      • "Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like poor figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten."
        --Jeremiah 29:17

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