Category Archives: food police

Stop with all the %@!*#&^! Warnings, would ya’??!?

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We’re being warned to death.

Product warnings. Tool Warnings. Ride Warnings. Viewer Warnings. Warnings on everything from coffee to cough drops, and from matches to mattresses. Warnings in every single set of instructions for anything we’ve ever bought, and ever WILL buy. Warnings at work, Warnings at home, and Warnings the entirety of our commute between.

“Warning: there’s another Warning ahead! 

You have been Warned…”

Yet now, even as we are several orders of magnitude past merely being replete with warnings, the state of California wants to drop still another warning into our lives. Any guesses what new “danger” has been uncovered by our duly-elected Wizards of Smart, and which now (naturally) requires a warning label to protect us from its fearsome wrath?

Give up?

It’s SODA.

Yes, the drink.

As in “Soda Pop”.


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Washington DC’s “Food Police”: an unappetizing stew of Ego and Power

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As tempted as I am to believe that our elected leaders and media elite are intentionally and overtly evil…I don’t. Rather, I hold that tremendous power coupled with outsized ego has infused them with the belief that “they know better” how we should live our own lives, and that’s that. 

They’ve no humility and even less doubt. Considering they could be wrong, or that their ideals ought not be made compulsory, simply never enters into the equation.

And for the most recent evidence of that theory, we can look no further than the White House’s ill-conceived Public School Lunch program, also known as Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010.

For a glimpse of what I mean, check out this video from ABC News from back in 2012:

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Fighting the Food Fanatics

“Life Tastes Good…”

(*Coca-cola slogan from 2001)


We’ve heard it all our lives: Don’t eat this, don’t drink that. Such-and-such food is horrible for you!! And this other food? Even worse.

Sure, burgers-&-fries are a given. But there’s TONS more: Trail mix. Canned soup. Bread. Gluten. Soda. Granola. Sugar.

…All bad. Evil, in fact.

no-junk-food3“Evil” is more accurate, at least based on the popular rhetoric. After all, each proclamation is broadcast and echoed with a religious fervor that’d put most congregations to shame.

These various foods and ingredients are “temptations”, you see, which makes us (the consumer) the sinners in need of absolution.

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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.

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What’s next? A ticket for drinking coffee?

I thought that Indiana was a better-than-your-average-nanny state.  I mean, we’re in flyover country (Illinois doesn’t count, because they have Chicago and it’s on a large body of water).  We’re not like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco.  But now a statewide smoking ban is going into effect on July 1st.  And in the same editorial which mentions that, our local conservative newspaper, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, gave fair warning of another intrusive overstep which may be in the works.

According to the Greenfield Daily Reporter:

Police across Indiana are calling on lawmakers to beef up a new state law that bars texting-while-driving so that it covers all activities that can distract motorists behind the wheel.

All activities?  Really?  I’ve seen a lot of strange things, especially out in LA-LA land, where folks commute an hour or more each way.

For instance, I’ve seen:

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Soda is NOT the enemy

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KAYSVILLE — Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.

The federally mandated law prohibits the sale of carbonated beverages after lunch is served. The program is an effort to help fight childhood obesity and to have young students make better food choices. 

Had no idea this was a federal law now, but, hey… at least this makes it impossible for the kids to buy soda at the school, which was the intent all along, right?


Before lunch you can come and buy a carbonated beverage. You can take it into the cafeteria and eat your lunch, but you can’t first go buy school lunch then come out in the hallway and buy a drink,” said Davis High Principal Dee Burton.

Principal Burton said he does not understand the law with rules that seem to be contradictory.

“We can sell a Snickers bar, but can’t sell licorice. We can’t sell Swedish Fish, we can’t sell Starburst, we can’t sell Skittles, but we can sell ice cream, we can sell the Snickers bar, Milky Ways, all that stuff,” said Burton.

Sooooo, the machines are still there, but you just have to reconfigure in which order you buy your lunch and your soda?  They sell some candy, but not other kinds of candy? And this made sense…to WHOM, exactly? How does this law help anything?


Personally, I was never a fan of the soda machines in schools. Kids are there to learn, and they really don’t need Zingers and a Mountain Dew to do so. If kids want snacks, and are being asked to pay for them anyway, they can bring them to school themselves. Personal responsibility and all that….

And if you’re wondering why the schools DON’T just get rid of the machines, the answer is simple. As Joe Biden might say, it’s a four-letter word: M-O-N-E-Y.

Schools sign big, multi-year contracts with snack vendors and drink companies, which can bring in thousands, tens of thousands or even millions of dollars to a school and/or school district. Thus, the conflict between the incessantly droning “snacks are bad” rhetoric and the hypocrisy in keeping the machines on site. It results in the liberal illogic of making the kids alter their route in order to get their sodas, and yet the food police in the schools will still be able to perform their public hand-wringing about the evils of sodas & snacks, ……..all the while continuing to receive $$$$$ from their machines which sell sodas and snacks.

So, what to do? Do we ban the sodas from schools? Do we basically do to Coke and Pepsi what we’ve already  done to Joe Camel?


Honestly, I don’t think that’s the problem. The problem is that schools feel the need to pimp themselves out to whatever will bring in more cash, so they can afford to do all the programs that need funding: sports, band, etc.,…

Much as our federal spending has ballooned out of control, so too has our spending on education. We now spend about 5x more per child for public school education than we did back in the early 1960s, and I dare someone to tell me that we are putting out a better educated student. We’re spending over $10,000/child, but how much of it is football, and baseball, and band, or even the 14th edition English book, when the 13th edition was just dandy, thank you? Lord knows that I loved music and sports, and the newest books, and everything else. But when you end up having to try to contort your logic to simultaneously vilify & allow sodas on campus, all because the schools need the money so badly to pay for all these promises that you couldn’t otherwise afford, perhaps you’ve lost sight of your priorities just a wee bit.

It is the same trap where we find our nation today with federal entitlement spending. No one wants to cut anything, since it’s all wonderfully important, and so much of what we do is “good”, and people really like it, and …..oh, spare me.     WE. ARE. BROKE. Maybe it’s time to scale things back a bit, eh? And maybe concentrate on getting the economy going again? Hmmm?

Here’s a little something that I would ask the big-brained folks in charge to try to keep in mind when they are spending our tax dollars:

**More government is not Better government, and More spending on education doesn’t mean a Better Education.**

Class dismissed.