Reason.tv: Nanny of the Month for January 2010! Or, Why Snoop Dogg Should Be Outraged!


Past Reason.tv Nannies of The Month have included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (anti-salt, smoking, trans fat, you name it), a New York state senator who wanted to ban fish pedicures, and a Phoenix pol who banned churches from feeding the hungry on their own property.

So who is the first Nanny of The Month of this brand-new, sparking decade? Well, it's NOT Brownsville, Texas, for banning plastic shopping bags. And it's NOT Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) for terminating trans fat in the Golden State.

But it IS a town council somewhere in California that banned something natural and pure. And it does involved the great rapper Snoop Dogg (though not in the way you might think).

Click through to find out.

Written and produced by Ted Balaker. Associate producers were Paul Detrick and Alex Manning and the animation is by Meredith Bragg.

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  1. I wish the councillady on the right was my nanny.

  2. Personally, I think I have the hots for Councilman George Takei.

  3. from the left. Mary Kay rep, Auto dealership owner, semi-retired realtor, well-married ballbreaker.

    1. That’s about what I was thinking, except “retired schoolmarm” for the first one.

      1. I looked em up. I was wrong all the way across. The lady on the right has a degree in biology and seems to be single. Ling-Ling Chang.

        1. They named her after a Panda? And a rhyming name at that?

          Her parents are going into the crookedest resthome she can find.

          1. Donner Party Assisted Living Facility.
            “We specialize in the long-term care of quadraplegics. and the morbidly obese”

  4. This is exactly why I said remaking Footloose was a bad idea.

  5. Apparently, the ban is part of the town’s response to a single bar that created problems for the neighborhood several years ago. Another case of fly vs. shotgun.

  6. Snoop Dog is da bomb dude.


    1. Best anonymity spam post yet.

  7. I don’t remember Bloomberg’s anti-salt campaign, what is that?

    1. About what it sounds like: he’s trying to “convince” manufacturers to put less salt in packaged foods. Much like the smoking ban, this one’s personal: the dude puts salt on his pizza. Local news types say he puts salt on everything he eats.

      1. Nice.

  8. Lilburn, GA tried something similar a little while back. Didn’t work for them either – folks just went a couple of miles down the road to rock out in Duluth.

  9. For those of us who don’t have speakers attached to our work computers, what was banned?

    1. Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Karaoke

    2. Freedom, prolefeed, freedom.

    3. I’m in the same boat… can someone enlighten us? I’m going to surmise some sort of music, judging by Pirate Queen’s comment.

      1. Men with appendages over 3″ were banned. I think you are all safe.

        1. Being a quintuple amputee does have it’s advantages.

      2. no new permits for live entertainment in bars, including DJs

        1. and Karaoke


    Ask the anti-tobacco folks to tell you what truly is in second hand smoke…when it burns from the coal its oxygenated and everything is burned and turned into water vapor…thats right water…you ever burned leaves in the fall…know how the heavy smoke bellows off…….

    Thats the organic material releasing the moisture in the leaves, the greener the leaves/organic material the more smoke thats made..thats why second hand smoke is classified as a class 3 irritant by osha and epa as of 2006……..IN 1993 EPA decided to change the listing of shs to a carcinogen for political reasons ……because it contained a trace amount of 6 chemicals measured in picograms so small even sophisticated scientific equipment can hardly detect it.

    If the same standards to make shs/ets a carcinogen were applied to a glass of tap water, certain foods and most other things in the natural environment they would also be carcinogens. The failure of the EPA to use the dose makes the poison chart in this political decision makes their entire claim a moot point.

    However osha still maintains shs/ets as an irritant only and maintains the dose makes the poison position…….as osha is in charge of indoor air quality its decisions are based on science not political agendas as epa’s is. We can see this is true after a federal judge threw out the epa’s study on shs as junk science..What OSHA should be doing is applying the general duty clause and set indoor standards where limits of safe levels are set. But dog gone it,thats why OSHA didnt set a standard because there was just nothing in shs/ets that could be deemed harmful to humans. So it was left as it was a simple class 3 irritant.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 British Medical Journal & WHO conclude secondhand smoke “health hazard” claims are greatly exaggerated The BMJ published report at:


    concludes that “The results do not support a causal relation between environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality. The association between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease and lung cancer are considerably weaker than generally believed.” What makes this study so significant is that it took place over a 39 year period, and studied the results of non-smokers who lived with smokers…..

    meaning these non-smokers were exposed to secondhand smoke up to 24 hours per day; 365 days per year for 39 years. And there was still no relation between environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality. In light of the damage to business, jobs, and the economy from smoking bans the BMJ report should be revisited by lawmakers as a reference tool and justification to repeal the now unnecessary and very damaging smoking ban laws. Also significant is the World Health Organization (WHO) study:

    Passive smoking doesn’t cause cancer-official By Victoria Macdonald, Health Correspondent ” The results are consistent with their being no additional risk for a person living or working with a smoker and could be consistent with passive smoke having a protective effect against lung cancer. The summary, seen by The Telegraph, also states: ‘There was no association between lung cancer risk and ETS exposure during childhood.’ ” And if lawmakers need additional real world data to further highlight the need to eliminate these onerous and arbitrary laws, air quality testing by Johns Hopkins University proves that secondhand smoke is up to 25,000 times SAFER than occupational (OSHA) workplace regulations.

    The Chemistry of Secondary Smoke About 94% of secondary smoke is composed of water vapor and ordinary air with a slight excess of carbon dioxide. Another 3 % is carbon monoxide. The last 3 % contains the rest of the 4,000 or so chemicals supposedly to be found in smoke? but found, obviously, in very small quantities if at all.This is because most of the assumed chemicals have never actually been found in secondhand smoke. (1989 Report of the Surgeon General p. 80). Most of these chemicals can only be found in quantities measured in nanograms, picograms and femtograms. Many cannot even be detected in these amounts: their presence is simply theorized rather than measured. To bring those quantities into a real world perspective, take a saltshaker and shake out a few grains of salt. A single grain of that salt will weigh in the ballpark of 100 million picograms! (Allen Blackman. Chemistry Magazine 10/08/01). – (Excerpted from “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” with permission of the author.)

    The Myth of the Smoking Ban ‘Miracle’ Restrictions on smoking around the world are claimed to have had a dramatic effect on heart attack rates. It’s not true. http://www.spiked-online.com/i…..icle/7451/

    As for secondhand smoke in the air, OSHA has stated outright that: “Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA, To Leroy J Pletten, PHD, July 8, 1997

    Heres what the smoke free groups did to try and prove a connection to heart disease and second hand smoke….

    The “30 minute” experiments that the statement is based on have nothing at all to do with the exposures one might get on a park bench sitting next to a smoker or even with what one would normally get in any decently ventilated bar or restaurant.

    The exposures in the supportive experiments involve smoke concentrations at levels of 400% to 2,000% as high as what used to be measured in the middle of the smoking sections of pressurized airplanes!! (Which used to be held up as one of the worst smoking environments.)

    The experiments take nonsmokers who avoid smoke in all their daily home, social, and working life, force them to sign papers

    acknowledging the “danger” they are about to be put in, and then sealing them in smoke-choked chambers that nonsmokers would run screaming from if they weren’t being paid $100 to endure 30 minutes for science. . . . When the poor souls come stumbling out blood test measurement show small changes that could theoretically relate to heart disease.

    The changes are like ones other experimenters find when they feed subjects a bowl of corn flakes and milk…. but in the kooky world of antismoking research those results get twisted into representing an unusual and deadly threat.

    And remember: they only get those results in EXTREME conditions, nothing like normal restaurant/park or even decent bar/casino exposures. . . . The Antismokers today are lying just like Big Tobacco did back in the 1950s.
    Antismoking extremism needs to be put to rest. Smoking is unhealthy like a lot of other things, but the smoke from burning smokers at the stake smells a lot worse than Newports. . . .

    Cornflakes, White Bread Could Boost Heart Risk
    ‘High-glycemic’ carbs like these hamper blood vessel function, study shows.

    THURSDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) — Eating a diet rich in carbohydrates that boost blood sugar levels — foods such as cornflakes or white bread — may hamper the functioning of your blood vessels and raise your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests.


    1. “..The association between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease and lung cancer are considerably weaker than generally believed.”

      Well, I’m not sure about that having personally witnessed numerous individuals suffer massive coronaries at the mere mention of second hand smoke.

  11. Note that the EPA report of 1992 on second hand smoke was tossed out as junk science by federal judge osteen.
    Followed by 2 congressional comittees with henry waxman in attendance,both comittees also tossed the epa report as junk science………yet these same smoke free and govmnt health groups continue to make claims shs/ets harms people. Sg general carmona was asked to provide some names of the dead he claimed of 50,000 deaths to shs a year……..yet he couldnt name one and he declared the number was computer generated on the sammac system……….to this date there still are no names………note this too the relative risk factor of second hand smoke is a 1.1 while tap waters is a 1.24 and milks is a 2.4 yet we dont call these things carcinogens as the epa study of 1992 tried to claim…….then when we find not one smoke free group lists the true major component in second hand smoke is water vapor and air at nearly 94%…..surgeon general report of 1989 pg 80.

  12. Then we have OSHA not making a rule of limits………..why because nano grams and femptograms are not going to harm anyone………what we have here is a lie and mass propaganda by health officials andnon-profits out to secure profits for big pharma elling the cessation drugs….the guilty parties are the robert woods johnson foundation aka johnson and johnson along with the american cancer society ,hired out by RWJF to lobby for smoking bans…….note also that all state wide bans include tax dollars for smoke free droups and 300-500 million dollars for purchasing and paying for quit lines and buy cessation drugs from big pharma…………This story is bigger than the global arming hype from the climategate emails………..follow the money and you will find the world health orginization is heavily financed by big pharma and lets not forget the world anti-tobacco treaty where countries were blackmaled to sign the treaty or lose world bank loans………….Even the tobacco companies had there hands tied by the MSA deal to stay shut up about anything tobacco control may say in the future……….leaving tobacco control prohibitionists the ability to make any claim they so desired and see it rubber stamped by government agencies staffed with people from the same non-profit groups…look at obamas hhs secretary or the cdc director all from tobacco control back grounds even the new surgeon general comes from tobacco control in mississippi…………….colusion you bet.

    1. Fuck walls of text.

    2. Correct, hemptograms are not going to harm anyone and that’s because unlike tobacco marijuana is not manufactured by corporations it’s natural and comes from a plant.

  13. I agree unless they tell ya the truth!
    Get edumicated. Even nannies can read.

  14. Wait, those four aren’t selling insurance?

  15. 1901: REGULATION: Strong anti-cigarette activity in 43 of the 45 states. “[O]nly Wyoming and Louisiana had paid no attention to the cigarette controversy, while the other forty-three states either already had anti-cigarette laws on the books, were considering new or tougher anti-cigarette laws, or were the scenes of heavy anti- cigarette activity” (Dillow, 1981:10).

    1904: New York: A judge sends a woman is sent to jail for 30 days for smoking in front of her children.
    1904: New York CIty. A woman is arrested for smoking a cigarette in an automobile. “You can’t do that on Fifth Avenue,” the arresting officer says

    1907: Business owners are refusing to hire smokers. On August 8, the New York Times writes: “Business … is doing what all the anti-cigarette specialists could not do.”

    1917: SMOKEFREE: Tobacco control laws have fallen, including smoking bans in numerous cities, and the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho and Tennessee.

  16. For FSM’s sake Harley78, this here crowd isn’t big on teh nanny state nor making laws based on lifestyle epi.
    You’re preaching to the choir, and somewhat redundantly too.
    Please, cut out the walls o text, K?

  17. harleyrider1978 – We need a law to disable the copy/paste function on your computer

  18. I have a feeling this isn’t about being a nanny so much as making sure the current establishments with permits don’t have to face any new competition. There is probably a good ‘follow the money’ story here.

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  20. If the same criteria to wolves gray create shs/ets any carcinogen were being ascribed to any tumbler regarding faucet mineral water, several meals and most alternative activities in the environment they might also end up being cancerous carcinogens. auto repair That inability in the EPA to work with that serving makes that toxin monitor within this political decision makes its entire state any moot point.

    Nonetheless osha nonetheless retains shs/ets for irritant only in addition to retains that serving makes that toxin place……. since osha is actually in charge of house air conditioning excellent it has the decisions tend to be determined by science not political agendas since epa’s is actually. You can notice this can be accurate once any federal determine used out that epa’s examine about shs since useless science.. Just what OSHA needs to be accomplishing is actually implementing the final responsibility terms in addition to set house criteria exactly where restrictions regarding safe degrees tend to be set. Nonetheless dog long gone the idea, thats the key reason why OSHA didnt set a standard due to the fact there were only almost nothing within shs/ets that may be deemed bad for humans. So that it appeared to be kept precisely as it appeared to be a super easy school SEVERAL irritant.

  21. That association among exposure to be able to environmental bad smoke and aerobic disease in addition to lung cancer tumor are substantially weaker compared to generally considered. ”

    Good, I’m unsure about which having individually witnessed a good number of individuals endure massive coronaries in the mere refer to of carbon monoxide smoke.
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  22. Written and made by Ted Balaker. Associate producers were being Paul Detrick in addition to Alex Manning and also the animation is through Meredith Bragg.
    Accurate, hemptograms are not gonna harm anyone that is certainly because unlike tobacco marijuana seriously isn’t manufactured by businesses it’s natural and proceeds from a plant.
    I have thoughts this isn’t about being nanny so much as by ensuring the current shops with permits need not face any fresh competition. There may perhaps be a good ‘follow that money’ story in this article.

  23. Written and made by Ted Balaker. Associate producers were being Paul Detrick in addition to Alex Manning and also the animation is through Meredith Bragg.
    Accurate, hemptograms are not gonna harm anyone that is certainly because unlike tobacco marijuana seriously isn’t manufactured by businesses it’s natural and proceeds from a plant.
    I have thoughts this isn’t about being nanny so much as by ensuring the current shops with permits need not face any fresh competition. There may perhaps be a good ‘follow that money’ story in this article.

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