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November 05, 2010

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals ..."agenda of food justice" ~ INSANE In San Fran!

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals

Los Angeles Times

The city's board of supervisors votes to forbid restaurants from giving away toys with meals that have high levels of calories, sugar and fat.

San Francisco's board of supervisors has voted, by a veto-proof margin, to ban most of McDonald's Happy Meals as they are now served in the restaurants.

The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the country to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.

The ordinance would also require restaurants to provide fruits and vegetables with all meals for children that come with toys.

"We're part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice," said Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure. "From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It's a survival issue and a day-to-day issue."

Just after the vote, McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said, "We are extremely disappointed with today's decision. It's not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for."

The ban, already enacted in a similar measure by Santa Clara County, was opposed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who was vying to be lieutenant governor in Tuesday's election. But because the measure was passed by eight votes — one more than needed to override a veto — his opposition doesn't matter unless one of the supervisors changes his or her mind after the promised veto.

Under the ordinance, scheduled to take effect in December 2011, restaurants may include a toy with a meal if the food and drink combined contain fewer than 600 calories, and if less than 35% of the calories come from fat.

Over the last few weeks, the proposed ban caused a stir online and on cable television, with supporters arguing that it would help protect children from obesity, and opponents seeing it as the latest example of the nanny state gone wild.

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Wild Thing's comment........

More attacks on our FREEDOM from the left. What a bunch of left wing control freaks! They are totally insane!!!

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. "— C.S. Lewis

“Food justice”


I suppose if they had Village People action figures instead of the fun and cute toys that have had it would be OK in San Fran.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at November 5, 2010 03:45 AM


They have taken Gym out of schools, recess is gone, busses transport kids to and from school, they are not allowed to walk home. When they get home, there are video games, the Idiot Box, or some other sense numbing object to play with.

Today you tell a kid to go outside and play and they look at you like you are speaking a foreign language, they don't know what you are talking about.

When I was in the lower grades, and being it was the Buffalo Area, we always had plenty of snow, the school would organize Snow ball fights after school. There was a huge field across the street from the school, doubled as a ball diamond in summer and battle ground in Winter. And for about an hour almost every kid in the school would hurl snow balls at each other. No one ever got hurt that I remember, it was fun and great exercise expecially when the tempuratures were hovering around 20-25 degrees, burned up a lot of energy and calories just running around and throwing snow balls.

I suppose by today's standards, that would be considered too combative, too rough, for the girls, and on and on. But Some of the girls could throw snow balls better than alot of the guys.

These brilliant, genius Morons can not figure out why kids are getting fat. When they do nothing and sit on their butt all day ride home and again sit in front of the TV, It should be obvious why they are getting fat.

Posted by: Mark at November 5, 2010 07:15 AM

San Francisco has become Orwell's 1984. The local govt. tries to control all aspects of daily life.
Too bad. SF used to be a really nice and fun place in the 60's. Now the Haight-Ashbury hippies run the town and have decided that socialism is the way to fly. I guess they never paid much attention to failing socialist wonders like East Berlin or Havana. Being high on pot all the time probably does insulate one from reality.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at November 5, 2010 09:51 AM

McRib (you know, it's sure not Halal) will be next!

Posted by: Anonymous at November 5, 2010 02:45 PM

A few Questions

  • Why is it acceptable that a parent, relative, or teacher forcefully modify a child's behavior but not a government official? I see no difference in the principle of the matter. Also,if we are going to rule out the "in the child's best interest" justification, I cannot think of a defense for any authority figure who inhibits a child's liberty (tradition is not a defense).
  • Assuming that people agree to grant each other complete liberty insofar as their actions do not infringe upon the liberty of others, is this banning of happy meals justifiable? Does a person infringe upon the liberties of others by becoming obese? Couldn't a pro-ban person make an argument that obese people infringe upon their liberty by causing an increase in health insurance premiums ( due to high medical expenses associated with the frequent treatment of obesity-related diseases)?

Posted by: A dude at November 5, 2010 08:10 PM