So Don't Buy the Damned Thing!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

[My writing exercise for today is, "What can I blog in 30 minutes while eating a Chick-Fil-A." (And no, I'm not being sanctimonious, either.)]

Matt Drudge points out this story today about Hardee's latest belt-busting offering. Three quotes from within frame the debate that ensued from Hardee's exercising its right to run its restaurant as it pleases.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, dubbed the Thickburgers "food porn," the Monster "the fast-food equivalent of a snuff film."

"At a time of rampant heart disease and obesity, it is the height of corporate irresponsibility for a major chain to peddle a 1,420-calorie sandwich," the center said.

And I thought porn was OK with the Left. (Note the media bias: "advocate for nutrition and health." How 'bout "advocate for government involvement in medicine." Further note to Democrats: The two aren't the same thing.) The bit about the snuff film would be hilarious were it not for the fact that the people who said it mean it and have the ear of our leftist media.

And then there's this, which is about as close to a voice of reason we can get from the media.

"Let the food puritans say what they will," the Star Tribune of Minneapolis said in an editorial. "There's nothing really wrong with counting the occasional juicy burger among life's simple pleasures."

"The promotional campaign has relied so heavily on humor that it seems possible to take the Monster Thickburger itself as kind of a goof on the fast-food industry's belated and rather lame, lawsuit-driven trend toward healthier menu choices," the newspaper said, asking "does anyone who savors a good green salad really think McDonald's or Subway is the place to go?"

Best is what Hardee's has to day. I bet this'll make the eat-your-peas Puritan Left blanch!

"We want Hardee's to be known as the place for big, juicy, decadent burgers," [Andy Puzder, the president and CEO of Hardee's parent company] says. "Every time (comics or critics) come out with something, it helps us advance the impression of the brand. This all helps."

Funny, but no one said what needs to be said, which is this. Let government protect our freedom by staying out of the fast food industry and let it promote good eating habits (and protect our medical industry) by not paying anyone's hospital bills.


[Not bad. Just over 30 minutes. If I can find some blogging software that won't get in my way, I'll be set!]

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