"Racist" Tanning Tax and Other Odd Stuff

by DavalosMcCormack on April 2, 2010

stock-photo-beautiful-young-sexy-woman-laying-in-bikini-during-sunbath-next-to-swimming-pool-3462464-1Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. use tanning salons every year. Around 70 percent of them are white women between the ages of 15 to 49. Now those women are the victims of what one conservative commentator is calling a “racist” tax.

Doc Thompson has no real medical expertise but that isn’t stopping the right wing radio nut from denouncing a new tax on tanning salons (it’s part of the massive health care reform bill that Congress just passed). “Doc” says the tax is racist because the people who use tanning salons are white people and so this is a form of discrimination against all “light skinned people”.

Now if “Doc” ever removes his head from his gluteous he might realize that the tax could help save lives. A review of seven studies of indoor tanning salons found that your risk of getting melanoma – a form of skin cancer – increases by 70 percent if you start using them before the age of 35.

It’s also been proven that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can increase a person’s risk for malignant melanoma, and tanning beds are the perfect device to deliver UV rays to your skin, at super close range. So, clearly they are not good for you.

But I guess none of that matters to “Doc”. He’s much happier making these kinds of rabid, nonsensical claims about racism on his radio show than actually looking at the facts.

I’m guessing if “Doc” did have a medical background, it would be in proctology!

Superstitious? Not me

The gym I go to has lots of cool amenities. Squash and tennis courts, swimming pool, basketball and racquet ball courts, saunas and steam rooms. But one thing it doesn’t have is a locker numbered 666!

Now, it’s not a religious club. There are no crucifixes or other religious symbols anywhere in evidence. Yet for some reason they have decided that having a locker #666 would be tantamount to endorsing Satan and all his ways.

The number itself is found in the Bible, in the Book of Revelations, where it is referred to as the Number of the Beast.

There are a few fellas at the gym who are pretty beastly in their behaviour, but nothing that warrants associating them with Old Nick.

The lack of the 666 is even more peculiar when you consider that the early Greek versions of the Bible, where the number referring to the “antichrist” is found, actually refer to it being 616, not 666!

Think I should tell them?

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