CALIFORNIA: THE NANNY STATE?


A California bill seeking to limit restaurants to serving children water or unflavored milk with their meals, SEE SB1192 HERE, passed the Assembly this week and is now making its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk.

The bill, aimed at combating childhood obesity, would not preclude children or parents from ordering alternatives, however, according to ABC 7.

If Brown signs the bill into law, California would be the first state to have such a law, CBS Sacramento affiliate KOVR reported.

According to CBS, several California cities have already passed similar restrictions, as have other cities across the U.S.

The American Cancer Society was a fervent supporter of the bill, CBS reports.

“Some of these kids are drinking up to three sodas a day. This is setting them up for tremendous cancer risks down the road,” Stephanie Winn of the American Cancer Society told KOVR. “Because now we know that 20 percent of all cancers are tied to being overweight.”

A study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that two-thirds of children ages 2 to 19 drink at least one sugary beverage a day. The CDC also found an association between frequent soda consumption and obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, nonalcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, CBS News reported.

However, some parents have balked at the idea of state intervention into their parenting.

“I think the government shouldn’t determine what’s available when I as a mother know what’s best with my child,” Inez Deocio said, according to CBS.

The Independent Journal Review reported that another California parent, Ken Barnes, said Thursday, “Why is this law even necessary? I’m old enough to remember when my mom would say ‘put down that soda, drink some water if you’re thirsty.’

DAWG SAYS:

ANYONE ELSE PLANNING A MOVE OUT OF STATE LIKE ME?

DIPSHIDIOTS OF THE DAY: COUPLE RAISED $4000,000 FOR HOMELESS MAN THEN DIDN’T PAY HIM


A judge ordered a New Jersey couple Thursday to give a homeless Philadelphia man whatever’s left of the $400,000 they raised for him.

Katie McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, were told by the Burlington, New Jersey, judge to turn over the remaining money they raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt, according to NBC Philadelphia.

The judge also demanded that McClure and D’Amico provide a full accounting of each dollar they collected, the station reported.

Bobbitt inspired the fundraising campaign after he gave McClure his last $20 when she ran out of gas on a freeway exit ramp last November outside Philadelphia.

The relationship soured, and Bobbitt claimed in court that the money — nearly $403,000 raised from about 14,000 online donors — never fully ended up in his possession. Bobbitt claims he has only received $150,000 of the money.

The couple admitted to inside edition the money was put in their personal account.

D’Amico told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he withheld the cash because the veteran allegedly has a drug problem. The couple initially purchased a camper for Bobbit to live in and placed it on property controlled by McClure’s family. But Bobbitt was kicked out in June, making him homeless again, according to NBC Philadelphia.

During an appearance Monday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” show, D’Amico said more than $150,000 of the money remained.

He denied misusing the funds but admitted to the Inquirer that he spent $500 of it at a casino.

Jacqueline Promislo, an attorney for Bobbitt, said by email that she’s “very concerned” that much of the money will be gone by the time it’s accounted for.

Asked if Bobbitt might sue to seize some of the couple’s personal assets, she said, “We will represent our client to the best of our abilities to recover all of the money raised for him.”

 

“BLUE SKY” CANDY PACKAGED LIKE BREAKING BAD METH FOR SALE…….


A customer, who shops often at FYE stores, is upset that a new candy, which is made to look like the meth from a popular television show, is on the shelves ready for sale.

“It’s really irresponsible to the millions of people suffering from this terrible drug,” Parker Twede told KSL 5 TV. “I am not easily offended, and I couldn’t stop thinking about this.”

Twede said he was shopping for old vinyl records at the FYE location in the Provo Towne Center Mall, when he spotted the rock candy being marketed as “Blue Sky” meth from the “Breaking Bad” series.

“It’s presented in a little baggie at the checkout, at children’s eye level,” Twede said. “Frankly, it appalled me that this product even exists.”

The product is a spoof from the Emmy-winning show “Breaking Bad,” which aired for five seasons. It tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook and dealer. The series’ logo and an image of the main character, Heisenberg’s hat and face cover the candy’s packaging. The rock candy is designed to resemble the nearly pure blue meth the science teacher cooks in the show.

“I watched it all the way to the end and then back some,” fan of the show, Joey Sorris told KSL 5 TV. “There could be a warning on the label, but then again, I don’t think anyone actually believes this is real meth.”

Twede, and others who find the product inappropriate, said it’s not about tricking people into thinking it’s real, but glamorizing a tragedy that is drug addiction.

“I have personal friends and family where meth has affected their lives,” Twede said.

Twede wrote a letter to FYE officials asking them to remove the product from the shelves.

“Hello, I was at your store in Provo, UT yesterday and was completely appalled by one of the products you carry. Let me preface by saying that I am not by any means easily-offended. When I saw the end cap full of breaking bad candy meth, I couldn’t believe my eyes. What kind of example are you trying to set for the children in your store? This is beyond unacceptable and tacky. I have several family members and friends who have been affected by this horrible drug. To say this is insensitive is a giant understatement. I ask that you please remove this product from your stores as it is glorifying meth use. Shame on you. -Parker Twede, Salt Lake City, UT”

“If I were the company, I would be pulling it off the market,” Alex Goaslind said as he was pushing his child in a stroller around the City Creek Center. “Something that resembles a drug should not be made into candy. I wouldn’t want my kids to eat anything that resembles meth. Why is this even out there?”

The FYE rock candy doesn’t say “meth’ anywhere on the package. Rather, it says “Blue Sky,” which is the street name for the meth the lead characters cook in “Breaking Bad.”

KSL 5 TV talked to a number of people at City Creek Center to get their feedback on the “Blue Sky” rock candy.

David Proffitt started laughing when he saw the candy.

“It’s not really meth. I think it’s funny,” Proffitt said. “And if kids are watching ‘Breaking Bad’ to make the association with the product, then that’s a bigger problem than this store selling the candy.”

Twede isn’t taking it lightly.

“Remember the candy cigarettes from the ’80s and ’90s? They were pulled from the shelves because they were glamorizing smoking, and that isn’t even illegal,” Twede said. “I would hope this could be addressed and FYE would be gracious enough to get rid of this product.”

DAWG SAY:

JUST SHAKING MY HEAD ON THIS ONE…….

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