Fat Albert Should Be Ashamed of Himself!

As I type, multi-chinned apparatchik Dan Glickman of the Motion Picture Association of America is declaiming the overabundance of fatty foods on TV, especially kids TV. To his credit, Glickman says censorship isn't the answer, but that "we" all need to do our parts to prevent images of smoking and especially eating from warping kids.

And now a woman from a group funded by the tobacco company lawsuits is attacking smoking in movies.

And now a doctor is inveighing against advertisements for fatty foods.

Let's be clear: Whatever legislative rules do or do not come out such hearings, they are a waste of time, at least in a place prides itself on being the land of the free.

C-SPAN hearings here.

Btw, does movie smoking cause real-world smoking? No.

Does violence in movies cause real-world violence? No.

The upside of all this? If Congress is wasting its time on this sort of crap, they can't be pushing idiotic, unenforceable, and counterproductive immigration laws.

These hearings are brought to you by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who often appears in pandering publicity shots with his longtime, and equally annoying, companion, Clifford the Big Red Dog, whose BMI can't be healthy. Is it just me, or are these guys the J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson of media killjoys?

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    Everyone I know who even ate just once has never been able to break the eating habit. They tell me there are terrible withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit cold turkey, too.

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    I dunno Nick. I'm not sure if pushing idiotic, enforceable, and counterproductive violations of the 1st Amendment is a fair trade-off.

    If I had to choose....

    It would be Markey. In the library. In the maid's outfit. With a candlestick in his ass whilst felating Col. Mustard. With a very, very lucky and well compensated paparazzi.

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    They tell me there are terrible withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit cold turkey, too.

    I had no problem quitting cold turkey. I simply went with roast beef instead.

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    It's even harder to quit warm turkey. mmm, tryptophan...

    Yeah, these hearings are disgusting. I was just watching them while eating breakfast, and almost had to throw my delicious sausages at the TV screen. Ed Markey sucks Tiamat's tits.

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    These hearings are brought to you by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who often appears in pandering publicity shots with his longtime, and equally annoying, companion, Clifford the Big Red Dog, whose BMI can't be healthy.

    He's using cartoon characters to market anti-freedom politics to kids. Shouldn't that be illegal or something? Big F'ing smirk.

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    I caught and old Pink Panther cartoon on Boomerang the other day. The pink one still puffs a cigarette in the opening credit. I wondered how that slipped past the nannies.

  • Timothy||

    Tiamat is a lizard, lizards don't have tits. Geeze. /uberdork

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    /pedant powers, activate!

    A figurative lizard who also represented primordial chaos. She was also described as having udders, so I think that counts as teats.

    /pedant powers, deactivate!
    /unemployed stoner powers, Re-activate!

    *cries in the woods*

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    Tiamat is described as having an udder in Enûma Elish.

  • Liberty Dog||

    Randolph beat me to it, of course I can't even spell my own name correctly, so what do I know.

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    Ed Markey...off his meds or delusional, hysterical yahoo.

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    "...at least in a place prides itself on being the land of the free."

    Since when? I'll grant you that this place prides itself on being called the land of the free. But lets not get carried away. Choice has no place in a free society.

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