Monday, November 28, 2005

Advocate Me, Baby!

Ooh. This one's fun.

I present to you The Center For Consumer Freedom. From their About Us page:
The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition of restaurants, food companies, and consumers working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

The growing cabal of "food cops," health care enforcers, militant activists, meddling bureaucrats, and violent radicals who think they know "what's best for you" are pushing against our basic freedoms. We're here to push back.
Hmm. "Food companies" finally getting up the guts to push back against health care enforcers, huh?
Q:Who funds you guys? How about some "full disclosure"?
The Center for Consumer Freedom is supported by restaurants, food companies and more than 1,000 concerned individuals. From farm to fork, our friends and supporters include businesses, employees and consumers.
Many of the companies and individuals who support the Center financially have indicated that they want anonymity as contributors. They are reasonably apprehensive about privacy and safety in light of the violence some activist groups have adopted as a "game plan" to impose their views.
Oh sure, yup, right. These poor little individuals fear for their safety.

Okay. You know what? Fuck you. I thought that fishy smell was familiar.

What you meant to say was "We were formed in 1995 with initial funding from Philip Morris. Our primary funders include Coca-Cola, Monsanto, Wendy's, and Tyson [funders not disclosed since 2002]. We are a lobbying group run by the same man, Rick Berman, that created The American Beverage Association [which I wrote about a couple months ago in regards to their study showing no connection between soda and childhood obesity]."

More information at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

For those of you who have read this long, I humbly submit to you this GEM of a cartoon from their "Cartoons" page. Tells a rich story about their angle on the world. (For them, a "nanny" is an outta control activist trying to take our freedoms away, etc.)
Remember. This is not a Libertarian "Freedom" organization. This is an Industry Promotion PR attack.

And, finally, as a goodbye, I give you a Thanksgiving Op-Ed from a Lobbyist group. Huh?

Some highlights
I’ve seen turkeys up close. They live up to their rep. They’re weak, slow, fat, and not very agile. And they can't fly. There’s an urban legend about turkeys being so stupid that they often look up at the sky with their mouths open, fascinated by raindrops, until they drown. Exaggerated? Maybe. But the turkey is no bald eagle.
Last year HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] installed its very first “vegan” president. Think “vegetarian” with a cape and tights.
Each November when the President ceremonially declares that at least one Washington turkey will be safe for a while, some of us hope that the “pardoned” bird winds up stuffed and dripping with gravy anyway. Like the Pilgrims, we’re a frugal people. Waste not, want not.

Oh, stop it, you guys are TOO MUCH! This Op-Ed, brought to you by David Martosko, Director of Research at the Center for Consumer Freedom.

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