Friday, November 8, 2013

Save Us, Nanny State Kenobi...

Ah, it's such a good thing that all other problems have been solved and now the Federal government can get back to the big business of saving us from ourselves. Fresh off the BLNN is this lovely little tidbit...

FDA moves to phase out trans fats from food, citing health concerns
The Food and Drug Administration has declared war on trans fats. The government agency said Thursday it would require food makers to gradually phase out artificial trans fats — the artery-clogging ingredient found in crackers, cookies, pizza and many other baked goods.

The change could potentially prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths, said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
No, no it won't you pencil-necked geek. People aren't going to magically stop shoveling crap into their pieholes because you made one component illegal. Crack, meth, PCP, etc. aren't exactly health foods; they certainly as hell aren't legal, yet folks still manage to cram them into their bodies just the same.

It is positively offensive that the government thinks that it has the right to save us from ourselves. Here is a substance that - in moderation, poses no health risk whatsoever. It is when people overindulge in this item that there are potential problems - so the natural response from the nanny state is to ban this item.

That should scare the living hell out of any thinking person.

How many other items, if abused, could have harmful effects? Say goodbye to alcohol, folks. NSAIDs? GONE. Pretty much *anything* you can use you can abuse, and pretty much everything can harm you if used improperly. At what point do we wind up wrapped in bubblewrap with state-mandated rounded edges?

I think this weekend I'm going to buy some lawn darts - and use them after taking some Sudafed...

That is all.

10 comments:

Opinionated Grump (Rich in NC) said...

don't you have to get fingerprinted to get Suddafed?

Rich in NC

ASM826 said...

See how high you can throw a lawn dart straight up and have the neighborhood kids catch them.

I'm going back to butter and lard, I never cared for the hydrogenated oils anyway.

Crotalus said...

Saw a tweet on Sharp as a Marble that said it best: Kindness is not the socialist's intent. It is his cover story.

Dave H said...

I'm going back to butter and lard

+1.

Actually I switched back to butter several years ago when my fiancee told me that she wouldn't eat margarine after seeing how it's made. (She had worked for a large corporation whose logo looks like a U-shaped bundle of dots.) They had a refinery to make the ingredients for their margarine.

I use lard for pie crust, and pretty much all my other shortening needs are covered by bacon or sausage grease. Pork fat rules! But it does give the sugar cookies a unique taste.

Elisha said...

"Pretty much *anything* you can use you can abuse"

Haven't you heard of the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide abuse?

Ban water now! For the children!

PJS said...

Can you say "Prohibition"? Everyone stopped drinking alcohol, right?

Mikael said...

Used to have arsenik in medicine, lead in paint and deadly nightshade in makeup too.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a good thing honestly.

As much as I hate the nanny state, transfats are really bad for you and it can be really hard to figure out what people use or they outright lie.

B

Ed said...

Cis fats in excess can also cause problems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cis%E2%80%93trans_isomerism

Anonymous said...

Try to find some lawn Jarts. Unless you are lucky at an estate sale (I was) you won't be playing with them...

The problem is not that 'this or that' is bad for you, it's that THE GOVERNMENT assumes the right to decide FOR you. Doesn't matter what particular 'this or that', they don't get to choose, or at least the FEDs don't get to choose.

The FDAs only role in this should be truth in labeling. If it says 'snake oil' on the can, I want it listed which snakes got squeezed. Otherwise, let the buyer decide.