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Obesity Alarmist Doesn’t Tweet What She Preaches

Thou Tweet with forketh tongue, Linda.

Thou Tweet with forketh tongue, Linda.

The Orlando Sentinel’s in-house anti-obesity crusader, Linda Shrieves, went to bat yesterday for a radical animal ‘rights’ group that is attempting to replace the USDA’s food pyramid with a vegan substitute that eliminates all meat and dairy products.

When the obesity-obsessed Shrieves isn’t taking the journalistic liberty of transforming press releases from the likes of the agenda-driven Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in to public health warnings, she can’t seem to resist Tweeting about the latest deals to be found at fast food restaurants:

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Anti-Hunting Groups Want Sportsmen to Use Safer Bullets and Fish Hooks

Perhaps the EPA will call this concerned citizen as an expert witness to support the anti-hunting groups' case. One can only hope!

Perhaps the EPA will call this concerned citizen as an expert witness to support the anti-hunting groups' case. One can only hope!

Concerned by the health risks posed to fish and wildlife by sportsmen’s lead-based bullets and fish hooks, anti-hunting groups are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make hunting and fishing safer for animals, both dead and alive. Sportsmen counter that the anti-hunting effort is sheer propaganda supported only by junk science.

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) plan to submit a petition to the EPA declaring that that “’it is now incontrovertible fact’ that lead fragments in the bodies of animals shot with lead bullets or lead pellets are “a serious source of lead exposure to scavenging animals’ and a health risk to humans who eat hunters’ kills,” The New York Times (NYT) reports.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has known about the efforts of anti-hunting activist groups since the CBD announced last month in an email alert their plan to launch in August a national campaign to ban the use of traditional ammunition throughout the entire United States. The NSSF wrote in a July 14 blog notice that it “considers the protection of traditional ammunition, specifically the ability of hunters and sportsmen to continue choosing for themselves the best ammunition to shoot, a legislative, regulatory and legal priority.”

Additionally, the NSSF details in an online “Fact Sheet” the propaganda and junk science that is being used by anti-hunting groups to support their on ban lead and traditional ammunition.

“Recently, some have falsely claimed that the use of traditional ammunition poses a danger to (1) wildlife, in particular raptors such as bald eagles, that may feed on entrails or unrecovered game left in the field and (2) that there is a human health risk from consuming game harvested using traditional ammunition,” the NSSF fact sheet states. “There is simply no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact to wildlife populations that would require restricting or banning the use of traditional ammunition beyond current limitations, such as the scientifically-based restriction on waterfowl hunting. And, there is absolutely no evidence that consuming game harvested using tradition ammunition poses a human health risk. In fact, there has never been a single instance of an elevated lead level in a human in the history of the United States due consuming harvested game.”

The NYT was quick to take the CBD’s word that “Scientists” have found “compelling evidence of harm to many species” caused by lead-based bullets without citing (or asking for) any specific studies to back-up their claims. Maybe that’s because, as the NSSF notes, the evidence just isn’t there or is based on junk science supplied by doctors aligned with the anti-hunting groups.

“For more than a century, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely consumed game harvested using traditional hunting ammunition,” the NSSF notes. “Yet, in 2008, when a dermatologist from North Dakota who is on the board of the Peregrine Fund – a group whose stated mission it is to ban the use of traditional ammunition for hunting – claimed to have collected from food pantries packages of venison that contained fragments from lead bullets, many people became concerned and some officials overreacted to the allegations made at the time that this proved that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition posed a human health risk.”

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State and Animal ‘Rights’ Group Seek Ban on ‘Fish Pedicures’

Fish pedicureAn odd yet popular spa treatment that involves hundreds of tiny fish nibbling away on dead skin found on women’s feet has come under fire from a New York State legislator and the notorious media whores at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). While the political angle focuses on human health concerns, the animal ‘rights’ group is worried about the pain and suffering endured by the flesh-eating fish.

Of course, this bit of nanny state news is brought to us by Bloomberg, the media empire owned and operated by New York City’s Nanny-in-Chief/Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) claims pedicures performed by fish cause adverse health conditions in their clients, most notably, those caused by fungal infections transmitted by “unsanitized fish in dirty water.” Robin Ross, president of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, elaborated to Bloomberg, “The fish are defecating and urinating in that water and you’re sticking your feet in it.”

Next, we have the concerned folks at PETA chiming-in, not about their concerns for human health and safety, but about the welfare of the fish nibbling on women’s crusty feet.

“Fish are still very misunderstood,” PETA crusader Kristin Dejournet told Bloomberg. “Changing the water would need to be done quickly in the interest of the customers, but in the interest of the fish, there’s just no way to do it without the fish thinking, Oh my God, what’s happening? Is my pond drying up?” she said. “It’s not natural.”

Hey, Kristin! Think of it this way … at least the fish are still alive and working for a living, unlike their friends on ice at the seafood market.

Finally, we hear from someone who knows something about fish pedicures and can slap some common sense and reality in to at least one of these nut jobs.

John Ho told Bloomberg he is the originator of the fish pedicure in the U.S. and said there has never been a health-related incident among any of his customers, contrary to Sen. Klein’s concerns. According to Ho, “States ban fish pedicures because they don’t have much information.”

Tell Sen. Klein to get his facts before he acts on a(nother) stupid law. Here is his contact information:

Albany Office:
Capitol Building
Room 427
Albany, New York 12247

District Office:
New Office Address
3612 East Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10465

Telephone:
718-822-2049
518-455-3595
Toll Free – (800) 718-2039

Fax:
718-822-2321

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The Revolution Has Begun – Join Us on Facebook

Over 15,000 strong on Facebook and growing, the Nanny State Liberation Front is recruiting freedom-loving Americans who want to stop the nanny state dead in its tracks and repair the damages big government bureaucrats have inflicted upon our great nation and its citizens.

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Left Coast Liberals Create Health Care ‘Crisis’ for Pets

Treating pets like humans is what the radical animal 'rights' crowd does best.

Treating pets like humans is what the radical animal 'rights' crowd does best.

Taking a few pages from the Obama playbook for giving people what they don’t want or need and making them feel like they’ll die without it, a California Democrat is pitching health care reform for pets. Animal ‘rights’ groups supporting the initiative say millions of cats and dogs are running-up billions of dollars in health care bills at veterinarians’ offices nationwide, and only 1 percent of their owners have health insurance.

California pet owners who already have insurance are complaining that their providers are corrupt and need the helping hand of big government to step-in and reform the greedy industry. Can you say, “Crisis!?!?”

Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones, who is running for state insurance commissioner in the November election, said some of the same practices being corrected by the recently enacted federal health care overhaul are used by pet insurance companies, including denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Jones has introduced a bill that would make pet insurers post detailed information on their websites so consumers can see exactly what is covered and what is not. They could then compare options, just as if they were buying insurance for themselves in a post-health reform world.

Think this is crazy and doesn’t stand a chance of becoming law? Jones’ bill has already passed the state Assembly and a Senate insurance committee. The only thing preventing this absurdity from becoming a reality is an upcoming hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the world’s most prominent radical animal ‘rights’ group, and the mainstream American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) claim to be working on behalf of pet owners to get the petcare legislation passed. Both groups lobbied for the removal of the provision in the petcare bill that would ban insurers from denying health care to pets with pre-existing conditions, citing concerns that it would drive-up costs for insurers and members.

Coincidentally, the ASPCA sells health care insurance plans for pets, so it stands to benefit from state lawmakers ‘encouraging’ pet owners to purchase petcare plans. And, the organization’s petcare website notes, “The ASPCA also benefits from every plan that’s purchased. That means, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of animals across the country by protecting your pet at home.”

The ASPCA receives “up to 10% of the purchase price” for every petcare plan purchased, so making sure the California petcare bill becomes law will be “making a difference” in its operating budget, too.

It comes as no surprise that big government bureaucrats in bankrupt California are applying their time and resources to fixing a problem that has little impact on the overall economic recovery of the state and its taxpaying citizens. The state’s current unemployment rate is at 12.3 percent, yet state and local lawmakers continue prefer to consume their efforts with issues that have no potential to put citizens back to work.

Banning toys in Happy Meals, promoting an “official” pot brownie recipe, prohibiting citizens from buying pets, a plastic bag ban, a soda tax, and restrictions on soft drink sales are just a few of the recent efforts made by California lawmakers that have absolutely no potential to help the state and its unemployed citizens recover from economic devastation.

It’s time to stop watching from the sidelines and start fighting big government on the front lines. Join the revolution today! The Nanny State Liberation Front wants you!

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San Francisco Nannies Propose Ban on Pet Sales

S.F. Ponders Pet BanHaving just banned sugar-sweetened beverages on city property, promoted an official “pot brownie” recipe, and currently working on a bill to ban toys in kids’ Happy Meals, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is now proposing criminal charges to be brought against anyone caught selling pets other than fish.

“If [San Francisco’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare] approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be the country’s first ban on the sale of all pets except fish,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported today. “That includes dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards and nearly every other critter, or, as the commission calls them, companion animals.”

Everything is being banned in San Francisco except the ridiculous efforts of nanny state bureaucrats to dictate how citizens live their own lives independent of unnecessary government intrusion. Join the Nanny State Liberation Front on Facebook if you’ve had enough of big government butting its nose in places it doesn’t belong.

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On the Front Lines

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June 21, 2010

Left Coast Mayor Calls for Summer Soda Boycott
San Francisco Chronicle; June 21, 2010
“For the third year in a row, Newsom is calling for a ‘Soda Free Summer,’ encouraging city residents not to drink sugar-sweetened beverages. The Board of Supervisors is to vote on a nonbinding resolution Tuesday calling for the same thing.”

Federal “Fatherhood” Website Tells Men How to Be Dads
Fatherhood.gov; June 21, 2010
Hmm. There’s a federal website to tell men how to be fathers, but nothing for mothers. Perhaps the feminists would get ticked-off at a male-dominated government telling them how to run their lives and raise their kids.

Obama Likely Wouldn’t Have Supported Ratification of the Constitution
BIGGOVERNMENT.com; June 20, 2010
According to then State Sen. Obama, “[The Constitution] says what the states can’t do to you, it says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.”

Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism
FOX News; June 18, 2010
“We can significantly advance security without having a deleterious impact on individual rights in most instances,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “At the same time, there are situations where trade-offs are inevitable.”

PETA’s Bloody Chicken Statue Runs Afoul of City Rules
Denver Post; June 19, 2010
“The [radical animal ‘rights’] group wanted to put the statue up near 16th and Champa streets in front of a McDonald’s restaurant. The statue would have remained there from mid-June to mid-September.”

‘Tis the Season for Anti-barbecue Scare Campaigns
Financial Post (Canada); June 18, 2010
Injecting a strong dose of reality in to the scaremongers, Dr. Gilbert Ross, executive director of ASCH, said “the increased risk of cancer from eating charred meat is extremely remote. One would have to eat charred meats daily for one’s entire life to even measurably increase any risk.”

Working Mothers Blamed for Contributing to Child Obesity ‘Epidemic’
Reuters; June 10, 2010
Someone forward this article to the feminists at the National Organization for Women. Let’s instigate a cat fight!