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Jul 21 2011

Beverage Industry Shows Some Spine, Enraging Reuters

When does Big Journalism not approve of Freedom of Information Act requests? When they are used by the victims of authoritarian progressivism to fight back:

U.S. public awareness campaigns about sugary soft drinks are under legal attack by beverage makers, which have sued New York City’s health department and hit local governments with requests for documents on the science behind the initiatives.

Efforts to deter consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and fatty foods have gained favor in the United States as [supposedly] skyrocketing obesity rates drive up healthcare costs.

The soda industry, which says it is defending its products from “baseless” attacks, and its attorneys have filed at least six document requests with public agencies from California to New York. Anti-obesity advocates say the requests — which can take hundreds of staff hours for cash-strapped governments to satisfy — come from the tobacco industry’s playbook.

Cash-strapped governments? Where have all the $trillions these greedy fiends are bankrupting the country by stealing from us gone?

The sneer quotes on “baseless” are meant to dismiss the idea that these taxpayer-financed Prohibition-like crusades by nanny state authoritarians like Michael Bloomberg and the Bitter Half really are based on junk science, like global warming and other government initiatives intended to extend control over our lives.

In case you didn’t get the main points touched on above, the Roto-Reuters piece repeats them ad nauseam: 1) soft drinks and food that tastes good raise healthcare costs; and 2) companies that produce soft drinks and food that tastes good are just like tobacco companies, which we all know are evil and deserve to be looted until they finally die.

As the federal anaconda tightens itself around the healthcare industry, expect every aspect of your life to microregulated by lard-assed bureaucrats in the name of controlling healthcare costs, with the eager assistance of the establishment media.

Why would Reuters care if you have a cold Coke when you’re thirsty? Because it makes progressives feel good to take things away from people. Totalitarianism is an end in itself.


Demonize, then loot, then forbid.

On a tip from Susie.

24 Responses to “Beverage Industry Shows Some Spine, Enraging Reuters”

  1. Mickey Shea says:

    Here’s another insane thing, they are basically pushing]
    diet drinks over regular
    sweetened ones, and they are the ones that are really poisonous! Google aspartame poisoning…I’d rather ingest
    natural sugar than some Frankenstein lab chemical.
    And no, I am not fat at all..

  2. Geeknerd says:

    It’s not possible to get fat from second-hand sugar, and it’s really rather hard to get cancer from second-hand (-lung?) smoke.

  3. J says:

    For those who cheered for all the attacks on the tobacco industry, this is your reward.

    But it won’t stop here…

  4. Fiberal says:

    I’m in sympathy with the movement to decrease obesity.

    There’s nothing worse than having to look at an obese person dragging random parts of themselves down the sidewalk.

    But I disagree about the means to get them to lose the weight.

    I mean, there has to be exercise as well as diet.

    Liberals are taking away the wrong things bc it affects everyone. Rather, they should be taking away the gargantuan’s vans, buses and flatbed trucks.

    That way, then they would have to actually walk to get their beer, twinkies and leg of cow.

    No, wait. The liberals would start government programs to bring food directly to their couch of residence.

    Let’s keep thinking.

    Physical inactivity is the real problem.

    Maybe if every time some amorphous pile of adipose tried to squeeze his colossal necrotic carcass through MacDonald’s golden arches to get that last fry, we could pop him with a slingshot.

    Or when some humongoid plops down to gorge on yet another unsuspecting farm animal, set off a firecracker at each bite.

    The ensuing chase would benefit both protagonist and patient.

    I don’t know.. I’ll get back to you on this.

  5. Wyatt's Torch says:

    Sorry Fib. It ain’t the government’s business…no how, no way.

    How about they just get out of our lives, period? If you’re so stupid that you don’t know eating Big Macs and fries and chocolate shakes on a regular basis will make you fat, you need to be weeded out of the gene pool anyhow. Heart disease will take care of it.


    NO HOW.

    NO WAY.

  6. Wyatt's Torch says:

    (Didn’t mean you were so stupid, Fib. That was a rhetorical “you”.)

  7. Ummah Gummah says:

    I know this is Off Topic but I need to get this off my chest:

    Please take a moment to commemorate the passing of our Space Program. The final shuttle has returned home. While you remember the Glorious Year of preparation to land on the Moon and then finally those Glorious Prideful Days when those brave men set foot and planted the flag.. those were the days when nothing seemed impossible and America was on top of the world, in fact looking back at it from the Moon.

    Take a moment also to contemplate who it is that canceled our Space Program and what might motivate this man.

    America’s Undertaker is following his script.



  8. Tim says:

    exactly Wyatt its time we stop putting warning labels on everything and just let nature take its course. Its like watching a car commercial of a car pulling out of a driveway and its says “closed coarse professional driver do not attempt” Really? I shouldnt attempt to drive your vehicle? Okay good to know or seeing a commercial with something doing extremely stunt like and having the “do not attempt” warning. I wish they would put a message up saying “Please if your stupid enough to try this go right ahead, but if you do, and have children already take them out first because the Gene pools already been tarnished”

  9. Columba says:

    Ironically, our local newspaper just ran an article on the growing occurrence of eating disorders in children – mostly anorexia. The previous day, there had been the obligatory article about obesity in children. Apparently, everyone now is either too fat or too skinny, right? Interestingly enough, some of these anorexic children cited the scares about obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, sugar, etc., as the basis for their fear of eating anything.

    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

  10. Spurwing Plover says:

    Good looks like someones taking on the food police at last SCREW CSPI and PCRM

  11. AC says:

    Obamacare socializes the costs of unhealthy choices exactly because weak-minded people can be duped into believing that heavy-handed bureaucratic control over lifestyle choices is necessary for fiscal discipline.

    The statist authoritarians have set up a false dichotomy; they want us to choose between big government’s intrusive health engineers versus runaway costs from poor lifestyle decisions. They never mention that this false dichotomy is of their own doing, brought into being by Obamacare and the continued socialization of the insurance industry, and would never have existed had a free market been retained.

    Do not choose between the health Nazis and runaway costs. If you do then you are playing their game.

    The right choice is for a health system where individuals are financially responsible for their lifestyle and specific risk factors.

  12. TeaPartyTim says:

    See the skinny white girl in the propaganda. That aint how it is. Cut out the bs and say it straight the problem is with the eating habits of the urban jungle ape. Some people live on a primitive level and that means overeating. Liberals keep them fed with food stamps like throwing steaks to dogs. The dogs gonna eat till they throw up. Your gonna be taxed to give them people even more government handouts but its gonna be your kids the government pushes around. theyll never say shit to their overeating pets. Just your kids. The poor hood rats blow up like blimps and reek from all the sweat but the girls with anorexia are white and from the suburbs. See how that works. They wont control who needs control and their message is pure blowback on the types of people who eat right by instinct and dont need no government bureaucrat.

  13. Henry says:

    Nice, Moby. Take that crap to the Klan meeting.

  14. Alan says:

    Sorry, but I’m not standing with the (junk) food industry on this. Soda pop IS junk, has NO health benefits, and schools should have the right to ban candy machines on property, corporate $pon$or$hip$ or no. Stick with fruit juice and granola bars.

    Super Size Me was actually a pretty thoughtful movie. Unlike hypocrite Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock walked the walk and stuffed his face with McDonalds for a month straight. It ruined his health, but the most telling part of the film was his interview with school officials who claimed discipline problems dropped and attention improved when they got rid of the sugar and junk. My girlfriend’s son was three when I saw that movie, and he couldn’t handle sugar and junk without spazzing out either.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish my Mountain Dew.

  15. RNB says:

    Actually, Spurlock admitted to a TV reporter that he had not stuck to the McDonalds diet described in the movie. He stuffed his face with additional calories to make sure he would gain weight. He is at least as big a hypocrite as Michael Moore.

  16. Scott B says:

    “tobacco industry‚Äôs playbook”?

    Not hardly… the particular playbook “litigate them into submission” is a union speciality.

  17. Hail The Amberlamps! says:

    I’ve been to several Tea Party rallies and meetings. Tea Party Titface is a filthy Media Matters Moby dick. You won’t see filth like him at Tea Party gatherings.

    FOAD maggot.

  18. Adam says:

    “Columba says:
    July 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm”
    Excellent point, which I had brought up about a week ago:
    My own younger brother nearly died of anorexia 9 years ago (My parents got him into one of the best hospitals in the country where he got the treatment he needed, and the doctors, upon first examining him, noted that if we hadn’t brought him in, he would have been dead in just a couple months). As such, I definitely have serious concerns that this relentless demonization of the overweight caused by the Bitter Half’s “War on obesity” has undoubtedly led to a rise in eating disorders among kids and teens. The health food Nazis try to claim that kids who aren’t strict vegans will all die of heart attacks by the time they turn 40? Well, anorexic kids and teens are in danger of dying from heart failure before they can even graduate from high school!
    “Interestingly enough, some of these anorexic children cited the scares about obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, sugar, etc., as the basis for their fear of eating anything.”
    Indeed, that was the case with my brother. A real turning point I remember was that when his anorexia started to really get bad, we once all went out to a Chinese restaurant, and refused to eat anything. Not even a fortune cookie! When one was offered to him, he responded, “It’s bad for you.” A freaking fortune cookie!
    Not saying people shouldn’t at least try to take care of themselves, but I’d say child anorexia is far deadlier than child obesity.

  19. A. Levy says:

    Well, i’m thrilled to see a company finally fighting back and forcing these Nazi’s to prove their wild claims. The best they will be able to do is come up with some global-warming type junk “science”. Their maine weapon is not science or facts, but fear and hysteria.

    NYC’s limp-wristed mayor, Bloomberg, is a master at this tactic. As a mega-Billionaire, he truly believes that people should live as he says they must. If he doesn’t like something, that means you can’t have it, legal or not. And if he can’t stop you from using or getting something he has forbidden, he’ll tax you into compliance. A pack of cigarettes in NYC is now $14.50 thanks to him. Fines, fee’s and tolls have never been as high as they’ve become under his rule.

    Here’s a quote he made at a City Hall news conference to a room filled with NYC left-wing reporters; “every year in NYC, 400,000 children die from second-hand smoke“. Not one person challenged that totally absurd, false, and idiotic statement. If that were the case, the streets would be filled with little bodies. The left knows that their lies will be turned into facts by the media, and Bloomberg is a huge part of that media.

  20. Dupree says:

    Heaven forbid people have the freedom to choose what they shovel down their gullets. But I love food! And its sooo tempting! I can’t take the temptation and I can’t reach my toes! People have no will power anymore. But I will say there is far too much salt in most non-perishables. However, it’s probably the salt that makes it non-perishable so… ?

  21. Maudie in Mandeville says:

    Were they demonizing Coke back in 1886? I surmise that sugar only started making people obese under the Obama administration. Must have something to do wiff global warming.

  22. Had it up to here :/ says:

    Soft drinks, sugary or not, french fries and 2000 calorie burgers are not what make people fat. It’s what makes LAZY people fat……

  23. Had it up to here :/ says:

    ….let me clarify, it’s what makes sedentary(sp) people fat…..

  24. Had it up to here :/ says:

    BTW Dave, love the new format

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