« Guess What's Been Banned Now? | Main | The Pajamas Media Panel »
September 27, 2006
The Smokers Were Right
Remember how a lot of people scoffed when smokers warned that banning their habit was only the beginning?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three years after the city banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: artificial trans fatty acids.I know Mayor Bloomberg is a Republican, but let's face it - the guy is also a major control freak with tendencies towards absolutist rule who thinks he knows best how you should lead your life. (In other words, he's a liberal).
Yes, trans fats are bad for you but they give a lot of foods their taste and texture. You know why that pie crust or that croissant is so flaky? You know why those fries have so much flavor?
Yup - ingredients with trans fats. (Updated - scroll down)
There's no argument that these things are bad for you, but most of us don't eat them on a regular enough basis to really hurt us. And even if we did, why should the government be sticking their nose into what I choose to eat? I know..I know... there are public policy questions here regarding the cost of health care and the contribution of fatty foods to the increasing costs of that care, but there are ways to provide incentives for good behavior without arbitrarily banning entire food groups.
First smoking, then fois gras, now trans fats. The banning of these things may seem harmless, but it's a disgusting intrusion into our lives and a limitation on our freedom.
Let's fight this.
On another note, I cann't wait to see this guy's reaction.
Cross posted at my moronblog
UPDATE - Okay, yes. Trans fats are not the ideal. Lard and butter are much better. But we were stuck with trans fats when the frickin' health nannies told us years ago that lard and butter were bad. Until these idiots make up their mind on what's bad for us and what's good, we might want to put a hold on making broad public policy based on their advice.
I'd be more than happy to eat stuff cooked with lard and butter - if you've never had a pie crust baked with lard, or donuts fried in it, you're missing out. It's like touching the face of God, it's so good.
m [/b][/i][/s][/u] : "The rude-and-disruptive-Demwoman-kicked-off-a-plan ..."
buzzsaw90: "And yes, we do amuse one another in other ways. P ..."
Lizzy [/i]: "Lefty Airplane lady logic: I don't like your views ..."
buzzion: "[I]370 But the majority of AIDS patients in Americ ..."
Very Irredeemably Undude: "Trump needs to learn to keep his remarks focused a ..."
buzzsaw90: "There's a subculture in the gay community (bug cha ..."
Mortimer - FINISH HER !: "Shapiro seemed to accept the media's premise judgi ..."
Gina McCarthy: "In early January the department disclosed that it ..."
TheJamesMadison: "373 I'm going to disagree a bit here. The Federa ..."
LizLem: "Work called and said due to crazy snowstorm we got ..."
mustbequantum: "Maybe someone from the federalist society could ..."
Independent George: "355 Also very interesting to me. The media inc ..."
Monday Mid-Morning Open Thread
The Morning Report 1/23/17
Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/22/17)
CBD-Less Food Thread
Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-22-2017
Open Thread for Politics
Overnight Open Thread (21 Jan 2017)
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Real Clear Politics
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Primary Document: The Audio
Paul Anka Haiku Contest Announcement
Integrity SAT's: Entrance Exam for Paul Anka's Band
AllahPundit's Paul Anka 45's Collection
AnkaPundit: Paul Anka Takes Over the Site for a Weekend (Continues through to Monday's postings)
George Bush Slices Don Rumsfeld Like an F*ckin' Hammer
Top Top Tens
Democratic Forays into Erotica
New Shows On Gore's DNC/MTV Network
Nicknames for Potatoes, By People Who Really Hate Potatoes
Star Wars Euphemisms for Self-Abuse
Signs You're at an Iraqi "Wedding Party"
Signs Your Clown Has Gone Bad
Signs That You, Geroge Michael, Should Probably Just Give It Up
Signs of Hip-Hop Influence on John Kerry
NYT Headlines Spinning Bush's Jobs Boom
Things People Are More Likely to Say Than "Did You Hear What Al Franken Said Yesterday?"
Signs that Paul Krugman Has Lost His Frickin' Mind
All-Time Best NBA Players, According to Senator Robert Byrd
Other Bad Things About the Jews, According to the Koran
Signs That David Letterman Just Doesn't Care Anymore
Examples of Bob Kerrey's Insufferable Racial Jackassery
Signs Andy Rooney Is Going Senile
Other Judgments Dick Clarke Made About Condi Rice Based on Her Appearance
Collective Names for Groups of People
John Kerry's Other Vietnam Super-Pets
Cool Things About the XM8 Assault Rifle
Media-Approved Facts About the Democrat Spy
Changes to Make Christianity More "Inclusive"
Secret John Kerry Senatorial Accomplishments
John Edwards Campaign Excuses
John Kerry Pick-Up Lines
Changes Liberal Senator George Michell Will Make at Disney
Torments in Dog-Hell
The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Movable Type 2.64