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A man of many words. Profane, profound, loyal to a fault and a right rat bastard. I love the finer things in life: expensive cigars, cheap women and all the salted, cured meats I can eat. A friend to dogs, lover of humanity and despiser of people. If I were King the world would be a better place, because, well...I would be King! Oh, and I like ice cream.

Friday, October 06, 2006

More Unbelieveable Crap

You may have seen this ad or TV commercials for something called The Center for Consumer Freedom at consumerfreedom.com.

Who is behind these? Turns out the Center for Consumer Freedom is a front group for tobacco, alcohol, and restaurant interests. They've been buying tony spots in popular publications (NYTimes, LA Times, Newsweek, Wash Post, etc.) promoting their dubious health messages under the guise of respectable journalism.

Here are just a handful of the groups they take to task:

CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest)
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
Ralph Nadar's group, Public Citizen
US Surgeon General

A look at ConsumerDeception.com reveals some of the companies backing this crapola are: Philip Morris (over $3 million in contributions to Consumer Freedom), Arby's, Burger King, Chi-Chi's, Coca Cola, Hard Rock Cafe, Outback Steakhouse, Tyson Foods, and Wendy's.

The guy behind all this is someone named Richard Berman, a Washington lobbyist.

So the obesity epidemic in this country is all hype, eh?

To reitierate, "If they were not sheep, they would not need to be shorn."

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