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Sunday, November 21, 2010

FDA: Foolish DumbAsses

I am pleasantly surprised to find myself in agreement with the Roanoke Times editorial page this morning.  Mark the record book.

In "Alcoholic energy drinks cause the jitters," the boys there write:
It comes as no surprise to learn that Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic drink drawing much angst these days, was thought up by three Ohio State University students. Who else but college students would seek the buzz of combining a few beers with NoDoz all in the economy of just one can?

Last week, the FDA, after a year-long review, took steps to ban it and similar malt beverages spiked with "energy" drinks -- sometimes dubbed "blackout in a can."

While this should quell the growing nationwide movement of colleges and states enacting individual bans, it raises additional questions.

The FDA ruling and the information the agency relied on from the Centers for Disease Control cite over-imbibing as the danger. Is that risk more keen because these 24-ounce beverages are the equivalent of four beers? If so, caffeine isn't the only problem.

Or is any mixture of alcohol and caffeine risky? Is mixing Red Bull and vodka equally harmful? What about the classic rum and Coke or ending dinner with an Irish coffee -- or even just regular coffee -- after sharing a bottle of wine?

If the FDA is acting based on medical evidence rather than bowing to popular sentiment, it needs to tell the public whether the combination of alcohol and caffeine can be safe in moderation. [link]
All that's fine.  And with the editorial stance I agree.  Especially the part where the editorialist acknowledges that the possibility may exist in which human beings might actually do things in moderation on occasion and, therefore, may not require laws to govern their behavior, always.

But here's what caught my attention.  The FDA's explanation for this chapter in its ongoing effort to intrude into every crevice of our daily lives, as reported by the Times:
The FDA ruled the products unsafe because caffeine can mask sensory cues, causing people to fail to realize how intoxicated they are and allowing them to continue drinking beyond safe levels.

"Studies suggest that drinking caffeine and alcohol together may lead to hazardous and life-threatening behaviors," the FDA alert said. "For example, serious concerns are raised about whether the combination of alcohol and caffeine is associated with an increased risk of alcohol-related consequences, including alcohol poisoning, sexual assault and riding with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol."
That would be funny if it weren't so ridiculous.

Remember, all this hubbub arose after an incident occurred in which a bunch of college students were rushed to the hospital out in Washington because they drank a caffeine/alcohol concoction to excess.

College students drank to excess?   And some of them found themselves in the hospital emergency room?  Can that be?

Call out the freaking National Guard.  America as we know it is in danger of structural collapse.

"The FDA ruled the products unsafe because caffeine can mask sensory cues, causing people to fail to realize how intoxicated they are."  The same can be said of the other half of the equation - alcohol.  Why not ban that too?

Uh ... never mind.  Guess I shouldn't give these nannies any ideas, huh?

Profiles In Courage

George W. Bush:

"I will never relent in defending America - whatever it takes."

Barack Obama:

"My goal is to make sure that, by 2014, we have transitioned, Afghans are in the lead, and it is a goal to make sure that we are not still engaged in combat operations of the sort that we're involved with now. Certainly, our footprint will have been significantly reduced. But beyond that, you know, it's hard to anticipate exactly what is going to be necessary."

You Think The Tea Party Hasn't Moved a Mountain?

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA9) can't really be put into the category of Washington politicians who were defeated because they clung to the notion that humans are causing the planet to heat up.  I really don't think he cares one way or another about the issue.  But he was willing to go along with his environmentalist buddies because he knew they were going to prevail, so he thought it best to cut a deal with them.

He succeeded in his effort.  And was run out of office because of that success.

Many of his buddies, though, bought into the nonsense.  And many of his buddies are soon to be looking for a nice room in the retirement village.

Here's to the Tea Party!
Indeed, a ThinkProgress analysis found that 50 percent of the incoming freshman GOP class deny the existence of manmade climate change, while a shocking 86 percent are opposed to any legislation to address climate change that increases government revenue. Meanwhile, all of the Republicans vying to chair the House Energy Committee — which handles climate and energy issues — in the new Congress are climate change deniers. 
So you know, the ThinkProgress piece wasn't meant to be a tribute to those Republicans who reject all the "climate change" hooey.  It was written under the banner "Radical Right-wing Agenda."  They think progress comes from the radical redistribution of the world's wealth under the guise of reducing the earth's temperature by 0.2° C. - at best, - and that that's simply ... well, common sense.

The quote above comes from this article in "Climate Progress":

It's worth noting on this first anniversary of Climategate that a pretty strong case can be made that those who pushed Anthropogenic Global Warming theory were no less in denial.  After all it was they who fabricated and manipulated data, coerced publications to shun dissent, and "hid the decline" so as to keep their house of cards from crumbling.  A house of cards that they knew was unsupported by factual data.

It's also worth noting that Republican Rep. Bob Inglis was bounced from office because he proved himself to be an easily-manipulated flake.  See above.

Bottom line: The American people have seen "global warming" for what it is.  A fraud.  And they turned on those who would have wrecked our economy and our way of life in order to bring about a 0.2° change in global temperature.  A fool's errand if there ever was one.

And an army of new Republicans have taken charge.  Republicans who won't be swept up in trendy, but unsupportable environmentalist fads.

Here's to those Republicans.  And to the Tea Party that made it happen.

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And while we're on the subject of wealth redistribution, here's something that appeared in Investor's Business Daily:
The Climate Cash Cow

Hoaxes: A high-ranking member of the U.N.'s Panel on Climate Change admits the group's primary goal is the redistribution of wealth and not environmental protection or saving the Earth.

Money, they say, is the root of all evil. It's also the motivating force behind what is left of the climate change movement after the devastating Climate-gate and IPCC scandals that saw the deliberate manipulation of scientific data to spur the world into taking draconian regulatory action.

Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change (say that twice), told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung last week: "The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War."

Edenhofer let the environmental cat out of the bag when he said "climate policy is redistributing the world's wealth" and that "it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization." [link]
Once again, trillions of dollars would have ultimately changed hands in the effort to reduce the planet's temperature 0.2° C.  Only suckers and idiots could have bought into such a scheme.

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