Archive: Feb 2007

Punchline Press Conference

You may catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but it takes a box full of cookies to attract the press. Never one to come to a party empty-handed, representatives…
Posted February 27, 2007 at 12:00 am

Mercury-In-Fish Activists Flailing In Wake of Scientific Bombshell

It’s been a little over a week since the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published a groundbreaking study in which researchers found that the government’s hyper-precautionary mercury-in-fish warnings…
Posted February 26, 2007 at 12:00 am

Animal-Rights Scaremongering Runs A-Monk

Talk about chutzpah. No, seriously, talk about the chutzpah of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), because the victims of its latest smear campaign aren’t inclined to…
Posted February 23, 2007 at 12:00 am

Eating: It’s Not Your Fault

Giving a column to a think tank is a lot like giving car keys to a 14-year-old boy: You know it’s going to end badly. Nevertheless, yesterday WashingtonPost.com handed over…
Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:00 am

Illinois Lawmaker Is Ill-Annoying

Chicago’s recent flurry of anti-consumer-choice regulations — including a ban on the French delicacy foie gras — has inspired at least one overzealous Illinois state legislator. Just last month,…
Posted February 20, 2007 at 12:00 am

Thin Mints Get Chewed Out

Americans can sleep well tonight, secure in the knowledge that food activists have outted another dangerous criminal front group: Girl Scouts. In a press release today, National Action Against…
Posted February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am

Mercury Scare Campaigns Smell Fishy (Again)

Today the mainstream medical community weighed in on the mercury-in-fish debate, and — yet again — the activist case for “toxic tuna” looks to be in troubled…
Posted February 16, 2007 at 12:00 am

PETA Animal Cruelty Trial: The Fallout Continues

PETA’s successes with a North Carolina jury haven’t translated well into the court of public opinion. As we wrote in yesterday’s Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, the fact that PETA…
Posted February 14, 2007 at 12:00 am

Food Police Pickup Line: “Giggidy, Giggidy, Sue”

As the playboy of the activist community, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has a problem with commitment. Since the group’s tumultuous relationship with the food industry…
Posted February 13, 2007 at 12:00 am

Fahrenheit 2%: Cheese Bans Not Far From Science Fiction

If he had known the threat dairy products would face in the 21st century, Ray Bradbury may have written his cautionary novel on a different subject. In a February…
Posted February 12, 2007 at 12:00 am