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Circumcision Could Be Next on San Francisco’s Chopping Block

S.F. voters could outlaw circumcision, denying parents the right to choose what's best for their newborns.

S.F. voters could outlaw circumcision, denying parents the right to choose what's best for their newborns.

There are rumblings in San Francisco that a measure to ban the circumcision of any child under the age of 18 could end up on the ballot in November 2011 when the city elects its next mayor.

CBS News reports that the author of the ballot measure, activist Lloyd Schofield, equates circumcising newborns with torture sanctioned by government and religious groups:

“Tattooing a child is banned as a felony and circumcision is more harmful than a tattoo,” said Schofield, who believes religious traditions should change.

“People can practice whatever religion they want, but your religious practice ends with someone else’s body,” said Schofield. “It’s a man’s body and…his body doesn’t belong to his culture, his government, his religion or even his parents. It’s his decision.”

Schofield’s anti-circumcision law would make it a “misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the…genitals,” but before his dream can become a reality, he must first secure 7,168 valid signatures to get it on the ballot.

What are your thoughts? Should circumcision remain a decision best left to parents or is it a form of torture, as the proposed ballot measure’s sponsor suggests?

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San Francisco Mayor Vows to Veto Happy Meal Toy Ban

Big Nanny Newsom must enjoy Happy Meals when he gets the munchies.

Big Nanny Newsom must enjoy Happy Meals when he gets the munchies.

While the State-Run Media continues to applaud San Francisco’s self-proclaimed promoters of “food justice,” Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he’s not lovin’ the Happy Meal toy ban and will veto it:

“From encouraging salad bars and exercise in our schools to allowing use of food stamps in farmers markets, no city in America has done more to educate our children and encourage families to make healthier eating choices. We must continue to take steps to combat childhood obesity, a genuine health crisis in America, but this bill takes the wrong approach. Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money. Despite its good intentions, I will veto this unwise and unprecedented governmental intrusion into parental responsibilities and private choices.

After all of the national media coverage the Happy Meal toy ban has enjoyed in recent weeks, it’s rather interesting that as of 11 p.m. EST on Thursday, only 2 media outlets have reported Newsom’s intention to veto the Happy Meal toy ban.

Now, for the bad news: Despite Newsom’s pledge to veto the Happy Meal toy ban, the Board of Supervisors currently has enough votes to override it when it comes up for a final vote within the next two weeks. At that time, the same fascists that voted 8-3 in favor of the ban will vote to sustain or overturn Newsom’s veto.

Contact the Board of Supervisors and take your best shot at knocking some common sense in to them before the Happy Meal toy ban is set in stone.

Express your support to Mayor Newsom for his efforts to veto the ban.

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Anti-Happy Meal Bandits Seek to Spread Misery Across US

Don't let these crooked food cops get away with their crimes against innocent children!

Don't let these crooked food cops get away with their crimes against innocent children!

If the originator of the Happy Meal toy ban and his merry band of nanny state nincompoops get their way, kids from sea to shining sea will be denied the right to enjoy a beloved tradition that’s as American as hamburgers and French fries in boxes with tiny toys wrapped in plastic.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, the nanny state bureaucrat who launched the offensive war on Happy Meals last April and inspired San Francisco to follow suit, warns that his crusade is gaining momentum and support.

“It’s only going to pick up steam,” Yeager told the Los Angeles Times. “The fast-food chains must realize that the tide has turned.”

By his account, Yeager said he’s fielding inquiries from big city officials across the U.S. seeking to learn how they, too, can get away with stealing Happy Meal toys from children and ultimately determining what type of foods parents choose to serve their children. He noted that some health officials have told him his recipe for big government intrusion in citizens’ lives is “ripe to spread across the country.”

Here are a few steps to take if you don’t want Ken Yeager’s traveling circus of anti-obesity freaks trampling your freedom and liberties in your neck of the woods:

1. Blast Ken Yeager on Facebook and tell him to back-off and butt-out of decisions that are best left for parents to make. Since he no longer allows citizens he doesn’t know or trust to look at or post on his Wall, add him as a friend and then plaster his Wall with your thoughts.

2. Ditto for San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar.

3. Visit ObesitySolvers.com and FreetoChooseOurMeals.com and learn how you can be prepared if the food police start abusing citizens’ rights in your town or city.

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San Francisco Fascists Approve Happy Meal Toy Ban

“We’re part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice,” San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar proclaimed upon securing a veto-proof vote to ban Happy Meal toys.

The rest of the story from the San Francisco Chronicle:

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to banning toy giveaways in Happy Meals and similar fast-food offerings aimed at kids unless they have reduced sodium, fat and sugar content and include fruit and vegetables.

The legislation, which sponsors said is intended to promote healthy eating and help combat childhood obesity, was passed on an 8-3 vote – the bare minimum needed to overturn Mayor Gavin Newsom’s promised veto.

The board is scheduled to take a final vote next week. If it goes on the books, the restrictions wouldn’t go into effect until December 2011.

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San Fran Considers Treating Drunks to Free Booze and Housing

San Francisco bureaucrats are hoping the city's alcoholics live this dream, too!

San Francisco bureaucrats are hoping the city's alcoholics live this dream, too!

If San Francisco bureaucrats get their way, pretty soon there will be no Happy Meal toys for kids and unrepentant alcoholics will be rewarded with free public housing and all the booze they can drink.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city already blows “about $13.5 million a year dealing with inveterate street drunks who pass out in doorways, vomit and urinate in public, get rushed to the emergency room and cycle through the city’s various treatment programs, including a ‘sobering center.'”

Now, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and the city’s Department of Public Health want to mimic a program currently underway in Seattle, Wash., that takes drunks off of the streets and does absolutely nothing to encourage them to quit their alcohol addictions that have, for the most part, ruined their lives forever. While some critics of the program refer to it as “Bunks for Drunks,” it sounds more like a hospice house for terminal alcoholics to exit society and drink away the rest of their lives with big government’s blessing.

The city is expected to add 500 new public housing units over the next three years that Dufty and his cronies are hoping will be rewarded to drunks who are unwilling to kick their habits and rejoin the rest of society as productive, tax-paying citizens.

“This seems like an appropriate response for this hard-to-serve population,” Dufty, who’s running for mayor, told the Chronicle. “I think there is merit.”

How do you feel about taxpayer money being used to perpetuate alcoholism as opposed to treating it? Contact Supervisor Dufty if you’d like to discuss the “merit” of his proposal:

Supervisor Dufty’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BevanDufty
Email: Bevan.Dufty@sfgov.org
Tel: (415) 554-6968
Fax: (415) 554-6909
Mailing address:
City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, Ca 94102-4689

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AP’s Anti-Happy Meal Propaganda

The Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday on the preliminary approval of San Francisco’s Happy Meal toy ban and decided to add a little something extra to let readers know that it’s a step in the right direction:

Several doctors testified in favor of the San Francisco law. One recalled seeing children in hospital waiting rooms carrying McDonald’s Happy Meals.

Is this anonymous doctor insinuating that the children were injured or sickened by their Happy Meals or the toys contained inside the boxes? What is the purpose of including this bizarre observation?

Now, look at the full report. It’s 4 paragraphs long and contains 6 sentences.

We’re just wondering why 1/3 of the article was dedicated to something that leaves readers scratching their heads wondering what the heck the AP is trying to express and how it’s relevant. Then again, it’s the AP and unless you subscribe to their agenda, you just might never understand.

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S.F. Happy Meal Ban Extends to Adult Breakfast Foods

Tired of busybody bureaucrats telling you what you can't eat? Join the Nanny State Liberation Front on Facebook.

Tired of busybody bureaucrats telling you what you can't eat? Join the Nanny State Liberation Front on Facebook.

While all of the media buzz about San Francisco’s assault on fast food restaurants has been focused on toys found in kids’ meals, the Board of Supervisors last week decided to take a shot at regulating “breakfast items” marketed to adults, too.

According to a Sept. 27 amendment to the city’s proposed Happy Meal toy ban ordinance, “a new category of items — breakfast items — are required to contain 0.5 cups of fruit. A Meal must now also contain whole grains where bread is part of the offering.”

The amendment defines “Whole grains” as “Bread, such as a hamburger bun or other sandwhich, that is part of a Meal must be made with at least 50 percent whole wheat.”

Adult customers who prefer plain white bread to whole wheat will have no choice when it comes to ordering their beloved McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and Burger King Croissan’wichs. More importantly, adult customers do not purchase fast food breakfast meals because of toy incentives, leaving one to wonder why the crackdown on breakfast meal breads is even necessary to be included in the city’s proposed Happy Meal toy ban ordinance.

If this doesn’t sit well in your stomach, contact San Francisco’s self-appointed Food Czar Eric Mar:

Mar’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ericmarsf
Email – Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
Tel. – (415) 554-7410
Fax – (415) 554-7415
Mailing address:
Supervisor Eric Mar
City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, Ca 94102-4689

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San Fran Happy Meal Ban Based on Shoddy Data

Visit FreetoChooseOurMeals.com to learn how you can keep Happy Meals legal in San Francisco.

Visit FreetoChooseOurMeals.com to learn how you can keep Happy Meals legal in San Francisco.

The statistics being used by a San Francisco lawmaker to ram his Happy Meal toy ban down parents’ throats are “demonstrably false,” reports SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi. He says Supervisor Eric Mar’s (D) claim that Happy Meal toys bait kids in to consuming “over one-third of their meals” at fast food restaurants was cherry-picked from a study that recklessly mingles “hyperlocal” and “incredibly broad” data to portray San Franciscans as fast food junkies.

Eskenazi explains that Mar and his staff are promoting a citation from a 2008 study produced by the American Farmland Trust (AFT) that asks whether San Francisco can sustain itself on food produced within 100 miles of the city. The AFT’s “Think Globally — Eat Locally” report “has exceedingly little to do with pizza, fast food, or Happy Meal toys,” he says:

[I]t includes a citation — on page 24 for those who click on the link above — noting that 56 percent of San Franciscans’ food budgets are spent on home-prepared meals. In the very next paragraph, the study notes, “When food intake is measured by weight rather than dollars, fast food and pizza restaurants claim the largest share of total food consumed – a whopping 35 percent.”

This is problematic — as the source for this claim is the 2003-04 United States Department of Agriculture “What We Eat in America” survey. This is a national study of roughly 5,000 Americans’ diets reported over two days — not a survey of San Franciscans’ eating habits, as the juxtaposition implies.

It is simply not accurate to use this national data to claim one-third of the food “San Franciscans” consume by weight is pizza and fast food. That the American Farmland Trust would so casually jump between hyperlocal data and incredibly broad national data is odd — and has led to Supervisor Eric Mar’s staff making an understandable mistake when drafting this proposal.

Read the rest of the article and tell us if you think Supervisor Eric Mar is making an “understandable” mistake by using shoddy data to wage war against children’s Happy Meals — or, do you think he knows exactly what he’s doing and will do whatever it takes to achieve victory?

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Fascism Is the New San Francisco Treat

It's up to you, America, to turn that frown upside down! Don't let the nanny state get away with dictating to parents how and what their own kids eat.

It's up to you, America, to turn that frown upside down! Don't let the nanny state get away with dictating to parents how and what their own kids eat.

What the heck took San Francisco so long to officially draft a law banning toys in kids’ Happy Meals? As the NSLF reported on July 7, City Supervisor Eric Mar has been plotting against Ronald McDonald since April to kill the incentive for kids to crave his Happy Meals.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s proposed crackdown on Happy Meals could have a “far greater impact” than a similar ban recently enacted by Santa Clara County, Calif.

“The restrictions would pertain to all restaurants but effectively would target the dozens of fast-food establishments in the city, among them McDonald’s, Jack in the Box and Burger King,” the Chronicle reports. “San Francisco’s legislation would not prohibit toy giveaways outright, but limit them to menu items that meet strict nutrition guidelines.”

In plain English, Mar’s law would outlaw any kids’ meal from containing more than 600 calories or 480 milligrams of sodium, effectively eliminating fast-food restaurants from serving hamburgers and french fries to children in Happy Meal-type menu offerings.

“Our legislation will encourage restaurants that offer unhealthy meals marketed toward children and youth to offer healthier food options with incentive items or toys,” Mar said. “It will help protect the public’s health, reduce costs to our health care system and promote healthier eating habits.”

The proposed law also dictates that Happy Meals include fruits and vegetables, though no indication has been given if ketchup, french fries and pickles meet Mar’s standards of approval. The only thing we do know is that Happy Meals “at least a half-cup of fruit and three-quarters of a cup of vegetables” must be included in the boxes that used to contain fun food and toys for kids.

“Toy bans are only proven to disappoint kids, frustrate parents and generate headlines for ambitious politicians,” Daniel Conway, director of public affairs for the California Restaurant Association, told the Chronicle. “The Board of Supervisors needs to stop gorging on political gimmicks and instead focus on creating jobs in their city.”

At the time of this posting, only 3 comments have been made on the Chronicle’s report, all of which oppose the city’s proposed ban on Happy Meals. Be sure to add your two cents and smack the voice of reason in to readers and City Council members who believe it’s big government’s role to tell parents how and what to feed their own children.

Tell City Supervisor Eric Mar to back-off and butt-out of parents’ roles in determining what’s best for their own kids to eat. Here’s his contact information:

Eric Mar’s Facebook page

City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, Ca 94102-4689
(415) 554-7410 – voice
(415) 554-7415 – fax
Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org

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Anti-Happy Meal Activists Declare ‘Captain America’ a Threat to Kids

Only fascists can find evil in Captain America.

Only fascists can find evil in Captain America.

Jumping onboard the anti-Happy Meal bandwagon is a coalition of nanny state activists who claim a comic book-themed toy giveaway might inspire kids to self-combust, clobber each other to death, or possibly defend freedom! That’s right, Captain America is one of eight “Marvel Heroes” currently included in Happy Meals that has been declared a threat to children.

“Cap is a great character. It’s easy to paint him as a symbol of jingoism, but to do so requires that you to ignore his whole history,” writes Brian Clevinger on Marvel Comics’ website. “Cap is everything we should seek to be as citizens both of our nation and of the world. He embodies this ceaseless optimism about what America could be and what we ought to be as Americans. Who wouldn’t want to work with that?”

Well, the concerned folks at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) certainly don’t want American children trying to emulate Captain America or any other Marvel Comics superheroes who protect the vulnerable and weak against the forces of evil.

“[I]t’s terrible that McDonald’s, the leading distributor of toys in the United States, relentlessly perpetuates the worst gendered stereotypes with its Happy Meal giveaways,” a CCFC action alert reads. “During the current promotion, boys get violent action figures with their burgers and fries.”

The CCFC wants an outright ban on Happy Meal toys, using the “Marvel Heroes” promotion as the heaviest weapon in its arsenal to make its case and draw some publicity. Congrats, folks! We recognize your arrogance in assuming that you know what’s best for children, as opposed to leaving it up to their parents to make the ‘tough’ decisions when purchasing food at McDonald’s.

Read the CCFC’s ridiculous action alert and give them a piece of your mind (actually, you’ll be sending a letter to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner — just change the anti-Happy Meal tone and tell him to keep fighting against these nanny state wingnuts).

Related News:
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‘Food Police’ Become America’s Most Wanted Criminals
Delusional Anti-Happy Meal Activist KO’d by Voice of Reason
Activist Group Threatens Lawsuit Unless Happy Meal Toys Banned

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