Salt. Tobacco. Toilets. Guns. Soda. Light bulbs. And now….Macaroni and Cheese??

2-9-2015: In light of the First Lady coming out today as stridently anti-Mac-&-Cheese, this post from back in 2013 is (sadly) more prescient than I’d like



Don’t these people ever sleep?

Even as Mayor Bloomberg’s attempted Soda ban was failing in court, a new Nanny-ish attempt at rescinding some of our most simple pleasures is in the news: Mac & Cheese.

Don’t let its innocent looks fool you: it’s a little, blue Box O’ Death.


“Weapon of Mac Destruction”

From the

Vani Hari and Lisa Leake launched a petition on Tuesday, which has already collected more than 50,000 signatures, calling on Kraft Foods to remove artificial dyes Yellow #5 and Yellow #6 from Macaroni and Cheese products.

“If an American company can take the time and expense to reformulate a safer food product for countries overseas, then I believe Americans deserve the same treatment,” said Leake, a mother of two girls and creator of the “100 Days of Real Food” website in a press release. “It’s rather shocking that we are still being fed ingredients, which are no longer used – and in some cases banned – elsewhere.”

Okay, for all you folks who weren’t hip to this already: “Macaroni & Cheese is NOT, I repeat NOT, a health food”.

There. Satisfied? Now will you busybodies leave us alone??


Seriously, what is it that drives these people? Is everything that brings me any enjoyment whatsoever on their hit list?

  • Food that actually tastes good, 
  • Tobacco,  
  • Light bulbs which only cost me $.89/4-pack, 
  • My toilet that used to actually work

If this keeps up, the list of items/activities which haven’t been banned will be shorter than the list of stuff that has.

It’s not as if these petitioners don’t have alternatives, after all. Despite loaded verbiage such as “…we are still being fed…” in their press release, the Kraft folks are not holding them down, while an associate gleefully pours hot Mac & Cheese down their throats. In fact, Kraft already makes 14 other variations without added colors and/or with natural food coloring.

Plus, have you seen the amount of competition Kraft has in this category? There are more different makers and more kinds/types/varieties of pasta and cheese than I ever dreamed possible. But no, that’s not good enough. These folks insist that Kraft get with their program, and remove the artificial coloring.

Seriously, people: WHY? Why go after an overwhelmingly popular brand item that’s been around forever? Can’t they simply choose to not buy it? I’m not a big cooked squash guy, but I’m not demanding it be pulled from the shelves until farmers make it taste like Count Chocula®.

After all, haven’t we heard for years, “if you don’t like it, don’t watch” when it comes to offensive TV shows, or “if you don’t like abortion, don’t have one” when it comes to the issue of Life itself?

Seems that the Statists only approve of choice in SOME areas, I guess.


One more thing: the various self-appointed Food Nazis have taken us down the “food scare” path plenty of times before. Remember the Aspartame scare? And the saccharin scare? And the Red Dye #2 scare? The ALAR scare? Or what about how much better margarine was for you than butter?

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, …and wrong.

The only near certainty about any of this is that whatever we think we know today, will likely be wrong in thirty years. Of course, if the Leftists have their way, by then the only remaining food options will be tree bark and cannibalism.

Ha-ha-ha!!! Oh, I’m just being silly…

Tree bark will be off-limits, too.

26 responses to “Salt. Tobacco. Toilets. Guns. Soda. Light bulbs. And now….Macaroni and Cheese??

  1. LivinRightinPGH

    And let’s not forget the “Cyclamate” ban that was the first attack on the soda industry!

    I have a question: If Nanny Bloomberg wants to ban all of these things that are SO BAD for you, like soda, salt, etc, why doesn’t he ban ALL cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and cigars in the city of New York? In December of 2012, the following taxes were initiated:

    New York State imposes an excise tax on cigarettes at the rate of $4.35 per package of twenty cigarettes. New York City imposes a local excise tax at the rate of $1.50 per package of twenty cigarettes, bringing the combined tax rate in New York City to $5.85.

    A tax stamp affixed to the bottom of each pack of cigarettes sold in the State provides evidence that the taxes were paid. A state tax stamp is evidence that the state excise tax was paid. A joint state/city tax stamp is evidence that both the state and city taxes were paid.

    New York State also imposes an excise tax on tobacco products at the following rates:
    •75% of the wholesale price on cigars and tobacco products (other than little cigars and snuff)
    •$4.35 per twenty little cigars
    •$2 per container of snuff one ounce or less, and $2 per ounce and a proportionate rate on any fractional amount thereof for containers with more than one ounce.

    Moral of the story: If you can tax the daylights out of something, they really don’t care if it’s “bad” for you……

    • It’s bad, …but not so bad that they don’t want to make $$$ off of it.
      Crazy times, Pgh.

      There seems to be one or two of these every single day.
      Gotta hand it to them, buddy: I didn’t see this one coming, and I sure as heck can’t guess what they’ll try to ban next.

      I only know it’ll be something I like…

  2. LivinRightinPGH

    Charmin Ultra Plush……replaced by 100% biodegradable stuff that has the softness of a telephone pole, and will be rationed to 4 squares per person, limited to 3 usages per day.

  3. We all know what is bad for us, did anybody really think Mac & Cheese was somehow good for you? Well, I now have to stock up on that as well, before they make it taste like total crap. Put them with my light bulbs!

    • I was comfortably sure it wasn’t good for me: it’s a comfort food, like ice cream. Come to think of it, I believe there’s artificial coloring in ice cream, too.
      QUICK: Ban it!

      Or maybe they can hold off their inevitable Ice Cream jihad until next week…?

      If I have to keep hoarding everything that is being taken off the market, I’m gonna need to buy a 2nd house just to store it all!!

  4. When I was poor, Kraft Mac N’ Cheese was the least expensive meal one could buy at 25 cents a box.

    • Same here, MrG. Although I admit, I liked it then and I still like it now. But when I was just out of college and struggling, I don’t recall the sheer size of that food category: “boxed mac and cheese”. There’s a TON of ’em. And that’s not even going into the frozen dinner ones, too.

      Nope, the Nannies need to make sure that we don’t consume anything which they have deemed unacceptable. And I love the logic: “we would like Kraft to give us more options by taking away one of our options”.

      If you read the ABC report that I linked, they mention these ladies’ source of their concern: The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) which is a far-left whacko “food danger” group.

      The CPSI has been around since the 1970s. They don’t want just Kraft to stop using these colorings in this one product: they want ALL manufacturers of EVERYTHING to stop using ALL artificial coloring…. and everything else they can find.

      Click to access food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf

      Good gosh amighty: I just want to be left alone. Can’t I just buy my light bulbs, my mac n’ cheese, my working 5-gallon toilet, and my soda, put it all into my PLASTIC bags, and go home?
      When did all this become so nuts?

  5. That’s right! Tree bark is the skin of trees, which every good little socialist graduate of the school system knows are living and just as important as humans, making logging and tree surgery (two occupations I’ve spent a lot of time around) as immoral as murder–or maybe more so. Fools.

  6. I grew up on this stuff. If you can’t handle the coloring, don’t buy it .
    How stupid people are. They are just making me ill. They should fix themselves first before trying to change everyone else. These guys need to go and all the idiots who believe them.

    • Thanks for commenting, Di!

      Obviously, these Statists aren’t pleased with things existing of which they don’t approve, which is why they want to force Kraft to change to fit THEIR preferences.

      “Choices for me, but not for thee…”

    • “They should fix themselves first before trying to change everyone else.”

      You know it, and I know it. But (and this is the sickest part of all) they think they’re the ones who are whole, and we’re the ones who are broken and need fixing. It’s disgusting.

      • LivinRightinPGH

        And there is always that little voice in my head that’s telling me these types of stories are nothing more than diversions to keep us distracted from other, more sinister, things that are going on.

        I’m starting to feel like Frank Burns on M*A*S*H*, after having Margaret tell him he’s paranoid: “Yeah, but I wouldn’t be paranoid if everyone wasn’t against me!”

  7. You are right on every count. I don’t know how you do that so often. 🙂

    This whole thing reminds me of an experience I had when I was in a high school political science class. Some students were arguing in favor of the creation of hardcore pornography because of 1st Amendment protection. When I raised the issue of public decency and the detrimental effects porn has on individuals and families, they just said that it’s up to individuals to make their own decisions, not allow the government to set morality standards. I wonder if those same people, years later, would also argue in favor of Kraft in this case. I don’t see much difference.

    Do we trust people to be smart enough to buy food they want to eat or do we force them to do what is assumed to be right in the moment, even if it turns out to be completely false? This is why the free market has to be allowed to work through issues like these, rather than arbitrary government edicts. The market can correct over time, but faulty laws are hard to repeal.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Robert, and it’s wonderful to see you again here.

      Yeah, I’d be happy to argue against the porn issue, due to its addictive qualities and just from a decency perspective. But these ladies don’t even have that much of an argument.
      They have 2 artificial colorings (Yellow #5 & #6) which have been approved by the FDA for years and are still approved. If you go up to my reply to MrG, you’ll see I linked to the source of their complaint, which is a far-left group that is basically trying to eliminate artificial coloring, flavoring and everything else.

      Let the people choose what they want. If it becomes proven that the side-effects they are touting are actually true, Kraft will change. But until then, I’d really like them to leave me and my little blue boxes alone.

      Thanks for stopping by, partner. I owe your place a visit, too.
      C U in a bit….

  8. My 14-year-old son will likely engage in armed combat if they come after his mac-n-cheese. It is absolutely his favorite snack — often with vegetables mixed in. His sister, in a health-food nut phase that passed like a summer storm, tried to convert him to homemade mac-n-cheese, but it doesn’t taste the same. Odd that — that he prefers to eat something he likes the taste of.

    • Mac and cheese is one of the greatest comfort foods in the last 40 years. My 11-year-old chose it for his birthday meal (I’d originally offered him steak, too: go figure).

      Have no fear, though: if the Mac & cheese storm troopers come to town, my family will line up shoulder-to-shoulder with yours.
      Like a great man once said: “…From my cold, dead hands….!”

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