Massachusetts Soda Tax Is Bad Science and Bad Politics
(January 29th, 2010)
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has become the latest pol to jump on the soda tax bandwagon in the wrongheaded belief that kicking the fizz habit will make everyone skinnier. If Patrick’s proposal to eliminate the sales-tax exemption for soda and candy were to become law, Bay State consumers...
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SPECIAL REPORT: Terrorism Grand Jury Subpoenas HSUS Lawyer
(January 28th, 2010)
You might remember the 2004 animal-rights attack on a University of Iowa animal laboratory, carried out by the terrorist Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Here’s the scene: 55-gallon drums filled with acid-soaked research documents, 401 “liberated” laboratory animals, the continuous harassment of researchers, and a warning to “stop or...
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More Troubling Signs With HSUS’s Haiti Haul
(January 27th, 2010)
We told you last week about some serious issues we had with the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) latest fundraising drive, which is raising money in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake. Today, new concerns come from a disaster expert with Humane Society International...
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Is PETA Going for the Gold in Terrorism?
(January 26th, 2010)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is well-known for its assaults on common decency, but its latest move in Canada may have significantly backfired. PETA took responsibility for an attack yesterday on Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, in which a protester smeared her face with a tofu...
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Stossel Gives Us a Break
(January 25th, 2010)
We’d like to thank consumer reporter and investigative journalist John Stossel for highlighting our work fighting food fascists on his blog this morning. Stossel will air an episode of his cable news show this Thursday on the “Attack of the Food Police.” Working out of New York City,...
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Maven Marion to “Ordinary Mortals”: You’re Stupid
(January 25th, 2010)
Food activist and NYU professor Marion Nestle positions herself as a defender of the little guy in her personal crusade against “Big Food” -- that is, any company that dares to feed millions of Americans. But how much regard does she really hold for the average Joe? In...
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Farmer Brown Stands Up to (Animal Rights) Bullies
(January 22nd, 2010)
Farmers get a bad rap. They work their fingers to the bone to feed us, and most Americans have never even met one. They sink their savings into one of the riskiest investments known to man, and all most consumers can seem to do is gripe about the price...
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Europe Binges on Fat Taxes
(January 21st, 2010)
  European governments are resorting to an array of punitive “fat taxes” in an ill-conceived bid to stop people from putting on weight. The latest site of this authoritarian binge is Romania. Last week, Romanian Health Minister Attila Cseke (an apt first name) announced that his country will begin imposing...
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The Latest From the Animal (Rights) Kingdom
(January 21st, 2010)
We’ve been spending a lot of time discussing the deceptive Humane Society of the United States recently. But there’s plenty of other news of note about HSUS’s philosophical ally in the animal rights industry: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This week, PETA gave "Avatar" director James Cameron its “Outstanding Feature...
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NY Soft Drink Tax: Second Verse, As Bad As The First
(January 20th, 2010)
Empire State Governor David Paterson wasn’t bluffing when he said last fall that he wanted to bring his widely panned soft-drink tax proposal back from the grave. You might remember that in December 2008, he proposed an 18 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages like sports drinks, energy drinks,...
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