Banning Cigarettes, Now Cooking Oil. Is banning Ice Cream really far behind?

Does what we like to eat matter at all? Can people make any trade-offs of risks for other benefits? Will hang gliding or parachuting be banned because of the risks, with no weight given by the government to the excitement people get from doing those activities? This is a pretty sad state of affairs.

Edward M. Burke, who has served on the Chicago City Council since 1969, . . . is pressing his colleagues to make it illegal for restaurants to use oils that contain trans fats, which have been tied to a string of health problems, including clogged arteries and heart attacks.

If approved, nutrition experts say, the ban will be the first in a major city, following the lead of towns like Tiburon, Calif., just north of San Francisco, where restaurant owners have voluntarily given up the oils. In truth, while the proposal’s prospects are uncertain, Chicago officials have been on a bit of a banning binge these days in what critics mock as City Hall’s effort to micromanage residents’ lives in mundane ways.

The aldermen voted in April to forbid restaurants to sell foie gras. They have weighed a proposal to force cabbies to dress better. And there is talk of an ordinance to outlaw smoking at the beach.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over regulation is not the way to go. People should be allowed a fair degree of self-regulation, where we get to make informed choices. Guns are no different. We know the risks (and if we dont, we should be informed) and therefore we make a personal choice.

7/18/2006 9:24 AM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Wherever you find atrocities you will be sure to find gun bans.

Our government, federal, state, and local, is our worst enemy, worst than any mugger, rapist, murderer, drug dealer or user, and worst than any vicious animal or terrorist.

Chicago is on a ban roll that started with gun bans, including saturday night specials. Daley is responsible for this and has taught other city politicians to institute bans. Now that banning has become a way of life for Chicago politicians, Daley is beginning to have second thoughts about bans that involve what we eat. But the ban bandwagon got it's start with Daley. The next ban involves so-called assault weapons with Daley lobbyists in the state capital pushing the collectivists and other fascists to finally disarm the entire state; then the dictator Daley and his 12,000 strong police force can do as they please.

It's not ice cream that's not far behind it's hunting rifles; then it will be whatever the dictator decides. In no other city and state are assault rifles in need in case our dictators decide to usurp all power.


7/18/2006 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a simple saying, SNS, that goes - "You get the government you deserve".

If the people of Chicago/IL are so stupid as to be incapable of understanding how tyrannical their elected employees are, then I suggest you move and let them wallow in their ignorance.

If the people of Chicago/IL have brains, quit whining and fire the SOB's!

7/19/2006 2:51 PM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Anonymous, good point. I have been advised to leave Illinois; I did leave Chicago. When will some of us be advised to leave the US ? Should the likes of Madison, Washington, Adams and Franklin been advised to stop their whining or leave the country ?

Chicago, of which I don't live in, has Lake Michigan - my favorite playground. Lake Michigan is somewhat unique. Chicago separates me from the lake; to get to the lake I must pass thru the city. To do this I must also go unarmed. And the political diseases of city government spread to the rest of the country via all the government cheerleaders and city paid police.

7/19/2006 7:58 PM  

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