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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Guy Yedwab says:

    Actually, to be fair to the FDA, they’re following in the lead of the Australian government:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/11/the-aussies-serious-about-smoking/66218/Report

  2. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Canada does the same thing. When I got married, many of my friends who were up for the wedding bought packs of cigarettes just for the art on them.Report

  3. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    The funny part is that they aren’t going to tell anyone that the horrible lip sores are A: on people who’ve smoked a dozen packs a week since before most teenager’s *parents* were born, B: the result of long-term medical conditions that went untreated and could easily have been handled, and C: probably the result of syphilis or other non-smoking diseases.

    Instead they go around talking like smoking a cig will immediately and unavoidably turn you into a rot-faced bum.Report

  4. Avatar Simon K says:

    I heard the completely straight-faced presentation of this on NPR and was left thinking – “Am I the only person who realizes how ridiculous this is?”.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    “Oh, Jaybird. You’re over-reacting to Bloomberg’s attitude toward salt. That’s NYC and besides it’ll never pass and, anyway, even if it did it wouldn’t leak out into the rest of the country.”Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

      “Oh, Jaybird. The San Francisco soda ban is just San Francisco and it’s not banning soda in stores.”Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        “Oh, Jaybird. The Happy Meal ban…”

        You know, I’m trying to imagine someone defending that to me and I respect all y’all too much to imagine what you’d say.Report

        • Avatar ThatPirateGuy in reply to Jaybird says:

          I cannot stand food politics. Locally grown organic crazies make me gag. I react like a vampire shown a cross when I see homeopathic “remedies.”

          The happy meal ban is the food version of a moral panic that feels rather degrading to people without money. Still we do have a serious obesity problem so some solution is needed. NOT happy meal bans, I’d suggest things such as the government not organizing industry groups to promote more cheese and ending agri-cultural subsidies.

          If you want to get crazy we could ramp-up an educational program to teach nutrition. Crazier still figure away to teach nutritious cooking to adults(website or something probably a bad idea).Report

        • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

          Freedom is the freedom to marked unhealthy crap to children. Remove that, and the Gualg isn’t far behind.Report