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VICTORY: Wisconsin City Rejects Ban on Happy Meal Toys

Ronald McDonald and his Happy Meal toys are free as a bird in Superior, Wis.

Ronald McDonald and his Happy Meal toys are free as a bird in Superior, Wis.

Last week, the Nanny State Liberation Front led the national media pack in reporting that a big government bureaucrat in Superior, Wis., was threatening to ban Happy Meal toys. Today, we’re pleased to announce that City Councilor Greg Mertzig’s proposal was handily defeated by a 7-to-1 vote on Tuesday night.

Mertzig’s toy-grabbing proposal was so lacking in support among local citizens that he had to bring in food activists from neighboring Duluth to make his case to an unimpressed city council, reports the Superior Telegram.

Councilor Tom Bridge noted that his office received plenty of calls from citizens supporting the toy ban, however, none of them lived in Superior. Aside from Mertzig and his friends in Duluth, he said, “No one from Superior was in support of it.”

Hats off to all who contacted Councilor Greg Mertzig and his colleagues, telling them to back-off and butt-out of decisions best left to parents.

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Happy Meal ‘Ban’ Wagon Arrives in Wisconsin City

Read the tagline. It's not just a city; it's how nanny state bureaucrats like Greg Mertzig think of themselves.

Read the tagline. It's not just a catchy slogan; it's how bureaucrats like Greg Mertzig think of themselves.

A nanny state bureaucrat in Superior, Wisc. is equating the lure of Happy Meal toys to candy cigarettes, claiming both types of novelty items encourage “lethal habits” that need to be controlled “at a very young age.”

“It was a marketing tactic by the tobacco industry to get kids to think it was cool to smoke at a very young age, develop these lethal habits at a very young age,” says City Councilor Greg Mertzig. “To a lesser extent, these toys in their Happy Meals kind of do the same thing. They reward kids and get them to think that it’s the okay thing to do at a very young age.”

Mertzig, an Iraq and Afghanistan war vet, told Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) that he’s firing at will upon fast food restaurants that, he says, are making America’s future soldiers too fat to fight. And, he claims his constituents support his efforts to determine how and what parents feed their own children:

“They don’t meet the physical requirements to join the military so there was an argument that it was actually a national security issue. And so through the dialogue with my constituents we decided and I decided that day that we needed to do something.”

Mertzig’s proposed ordinance would “ban free toys in meals with more than 600 calories, 10% fat and can’t have any trans fat. It could also require fruits or vegetables and whole grain foods,” reports WPR’s Mike Simonson.

The Happy Meal toy ban will be offered to the city council on Dec. 7. If Mertzig musters enough support, it will be voted on by the the council members at a later date.

Superior City Attorney Frog Prell told the local FOX News affiliate that Mertzig’s efforts to mimic San Francisco and Santa Clara County, Calif. will pose “an enforcement problem if this ordinance gets any momentum, for sure.”

Contact Councilman Greg Mertzig and tell him to back down in his war against parents and their right to determine what’s best for their own children to consume:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1065835578
(Click “Send Gregory a Message” below his cute profile picture)

Email: mertzigg@ci.superior.wi.us

Tel: (715) 392-1148

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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

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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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