“Haters” Turn Wrath on Starbucks and Bugs!

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So, we now know the next big whine coming from the crowd that won’t be happy until every food and beverage is sanitized to their ridiculous standards — Bugs! Cochineal extract, which, according to a story in Red Orbit, “is actually the chemical extract of carminic acid from the bodies of squished female “scale” insects,” has whipped-up bloggers now pointing accusatory fingers at Starbucks and its Strawberries & Cream Frappuccinos, as if – OMIGOD! – they are feeding us real bugs in their drinks. No, no bugs. Bug juice, sure, but what’s the big deal? I mean, bloody hell, there are some in the environmental movement who would love it if we’d all abandon processed foods and turn to bugs for our protein needs.

So what’s with the Warhol-soup can fascination?

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I don’t get it. I guarantee you, somewhere today people are gathering to ooh and aah at an Andy Warhol art exhibit, especially at his, um, 1962 masterpiece ‘32 Campbell’s Soup Cans‘. Look, I like Campbell Soup just like the next guy, big chicken noodle fan here, but why would people pay to stare at Campbell Soup cans? You can do that at Albertsons for free. I saw the exhibit years ago in Manhattan, wall to wall people, and I remember thinking, gee whiz, what is it that’s missing in these people’s lives that they feel compelled to stand here and stare with amazement at a bunch of Campbell Soup cans? Look, I love Oreos, but I sure as heck wouldn’t pay to walk into an exhibition and go gaga over a work of art called ‘32 Oreo Cookies.’ Well, maybe I would if they were also giving away real Oreos to eat. But the Warhol exhibit I attended in New York? Nada. Nothing. No free soup anywhere. Just that weird Warhol masterpiece and a couple hundred people standing in front of it. Please, someone, anyone, what am I missing here?

For us ordinary mortals, a Death Chart

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Any doubts that soda is front and center in the War on Obesity? If so, you can put those doubts to rest right now. The latest research, from Frank B Hu, MD, PhD, study lead author and Professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health, says “men who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who didn’t drink any sugar-sweetened drinks.” Gee, I think what we ordinary mortals need is a Death Chart just to keep up with all these killer foods and beverages the researchers are suddenly discovering, you know, something that shows how much of what food or beverage we can consume without risking early departure from this screwball planet, not that that’s a bad thing.

Momentum is with the Doom-and-Gloom Cartel … For Now

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So, it begs the question, how much ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring would one have to consume to attain a dangerous level of carcinogens? The FDA says we’d have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach levels that have links to cancer. But what the heck, you and I know that drinking a thousand cans of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi is something ordinary people do every day. Look, I don’t blame Coca-Cola and PepsiCo for changing the caramel color process used in their drinks. First, they don’t want to risk a cancer warning label required by a new California law, and second, it’s become routine for the industry to just go along to get along in the face of culturally-, socially- and politically-correct activism in this country. Plus, Americans seem to lack the will to stand against this onslaught of anti-food laws, regulations and oversights, which seem to evolve and come at us on almost a daily basis. This phony caramel-color crisis whipped-up by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) proves that the industry has no strategy to fend off these assaults. Right now the momentum is on the side of the Doom-and-Gloom Cartel. Until that changes, we face a dark future of continued sterilization of our food supply. Is that a good thing? I’ll let you guys decide.

Eating at Chick-fil-A makes me a bigot?

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A headline in today’s Morning Cup (Chick-fil-A’s Christian Ties Stir College Opposition) doesn’t begin to express the anger I feel. Since when is a company’s Christian bent a reason to boycott that company? These students who are lining up to block Chick-fil-A’s setting up shop on their campuses are themselves intolerant. Their biggest gripe is that the chain’s Christian leanings tags them as anti-gay, even though Chick-Fil-A says it is not anti-anybody. I found no reference to homophobia on the chain’s website. Since when is being Christian in this country a bad thing? I stood up for Chick-fil-A last week and got some hate mail coming my way. “Bob, you are a bigot. Anyone that eats at Chick-fil-A is a bigot!” said one e-mailer. Oh really? All I said was, I’ll pay no attention to these protesters and will continue eating at Chick-fil-A, and that makes me a bigot?