The Day the Bake Sale Died


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And our obesity!  Hence the new Massachusetts law banning bake sales. As of August 1, the state will ban junk food, and by extension, bake sales, holiday party treats, and yummy goodies designed to reward behavior. Our true morality now lies not in promoting liberty around the world, but in fighting fat here at home.

It’s not really designed to save children from themselves. It’s designed to make all standards communal. It used to be that if we chose to get fat, it was our responsibility to pay for those choices. The left seeks to relieve us of the consequences of choice, and in the end, is forced to relieve us of choice as well.

On an ideological level, this is a deeper problem than Americans have ever faced before. “We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one,” Reagan said in 1964. “So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning.”

Today’s problem isn’t just redistributing the fat. It’s relieving the inequity of being fat. Our issue is no longer that our natural inequalities should be rectified. It’s that natural inequalities should be drilled out of us. We have moved beyond socialism. We are now approaching the realm of fascism. This is the great leveling – the point at which government legislates how all of us live our lives, not merely how we pay our taxes.

And this is the grand and glorious future Obama has planned for us, now that we’ve accepted the rest of the world as a kind and gentle place. With our foreign enemies appeased, we can focus on the real New Agey mission: moving beyond our individual selves, and becoming utterly community-oriented. All of our choices, in this view, have externalities; therefore, we ought to circumscribe choice.

We used to fight for freedom abroad. Now we are forced to fight for it at home. It starts with bakes sales. But it will not end there.

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  • kafir4life

    Let my cupcakes go!

  • Schlomotion

    You take too long to get your articles submitted, Ben. Massachusetts has repealed the stupid law in less time than it took you to spin a reaction to said law, and that's saying something. In Massachusetts, stupid laws are usually not repealed, just added to.

  • Amused

    LOL….all that over the banning of cake sales ? Might it be the fact that obesity among the young is way out of proportion ? And the FACT that kids are developing Type 2 diabetes before the age of 10 ? Not to mention heart disease ? In record numbers .The only problem is , it's not the cake sales , it's the life style ,no exercise , diets containing high fat ,high cholesterol processed foods .And look at the parents …AND the medicalk bills associated with obesity . But hey who are we to question the wisdom of Big Buisiness ? Just try reading the ingedients on the next box of devil dogs you buy , you'll need a degree in Chemistry to understand what you're eating .Aside from all that , this article is just another of the typical FPM strawman .

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Freedom includes the freedom to be overweight.
      If you don't like paying for others being above ideal weight then take down state run healthcare.

  • BS77

    Before long, by logical extension, the Orwellian Nanny State/Big Brother will have us restricted to living in certain areas; driving will be controlled. Holidays, food, religious observances and even dress will eventually be government ordained. Smoking will be forbidden anywhere outside of government cellars in remote locations with gigantic air filters. Telephones will be all be tapped. TV will be re created to watch you and tell you what to do and when to do it. Work will be government controlled. All businesses and corporations will be Government bureaucracies. Taxes will be about 80%. The Government will eventually open centers that will conveniently offer both abortion and early death "retirement" ….For those over 65, death will be suggested by Government counselors who will offer families up to $100 to convince old uncle T to come in and be "retired". Have a nice day.

    • Amused

      yea man , gimme another piece of that tasty " soylent green " !!

  • mrbean

    Power-grabbing Democrats always promise if we give them the power to control our lives, they will use it only in times of emergency. Of course, emergencies are in the eye of the beholder, and dictatorial power for control-freak Democrats is like whiskey was for 20th-century comedian W.C. Fields: “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore, always carry a small snake.” Democrats will make sure there’s a snakebite soon enough.

  • Amused

    LOL….and Republicans would have you put in jail for using rubbers , woman's suffrage reversed, christians would be allowed to smack around non-christians as part of their faith obligation , having sex for any other reason other than reproduction will be forbidden ……….sound crazy ? Well guess what , all these have been proposed by REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS .Seems to me "controling our lives " lies mainly in the domain of the Republican/Conservative mindset . P.S. and they don't need an "emergency " .

    • Oleg

      When and where have such things been proposed, names, places, and dates? On the other hand we have had the recent case of the U.S Interior department raiding the Gibson guitar factory and confiscating their property on the pretense of using "Illegal wood" wood that was legally cut, legally exported from it's country of origin, and legally imported via U.S customs. It's interesting that every point you make about so called "Republican extremism" is regarding sexual issues, about the only things that liberal Democrats are liberal about are drugs and sexual practices.

    • Amused

      lol…..dont like facts do ya Repocons ? That's the legislation that lamebrain republicans are attempting to pass aroundf the country , and there's much more ,just as ludicrous . .And you schmeckels are worried about cake sales ?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        I love facts, and you are spinning them.

        Republicans are not restricting birth control, they are resisting being forced to fund it against moral objections.
        Should you be forced to pay for the Holy Sacrement in Catholic churches since it's food and poor take it for nourishment?

        • Amused

          Again , another dyslexic commenter ….hey ROGER – READ the House Bills that are mentioned , they have nothing to do with ANYONE FUNDING CONTRACEPTIVES FOR ANYONE …..What's the matter with you people here ??? You just ignore and go off on your selected tangent . And what in the hell kind of analogy is that , about Communion Elements ????? Man you're just showing IGNORANCE . Learn to read genius .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Unfunded mandates as deemed by the HHS secretary have the effect of law.

            So, all employers would be forced to pay for contraceptives even over moral objectives.

            Your talking points are ringing hollow.

    • Choi

      Here's something" AMUSING" :
      "Amused" is a LEFT-WING TROLLING L-I-A-R!
      The TROLL knows how FULL of $_ _ T he/she is and is only "amusing" himself/herself with posting NONSENSE.

      • Amused

        I'm a LIAR ? Ok …then refute one single statement that I made . Remember , I said these brainless legislations have been PROPOSED by Republican Lawmakers . I suggest you google those ridiculous laws and then come back here and call me a LIAR .

        • Amused

          Nothin ' to say Choi ? ….didn't think so .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Are you admitting that you have been posting comments here all this time and haven't said a single thing?

          • Amused

            Roger ….you ARE dyslexic ! You are clearly out of your element in this discussion Roger . Read and COMPREHEND before you jump

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Too bad you don't do the same.

            I comprehend and you just didn't like looking the fool.

          • Amused

            I dont really care what I look like to an imbecile like you , who is incapable of any qualified reading comprehension , and who ducks the issue by raising another ….that's pretty dumb of you Roger .And as for any insults or criticism directed towards me , well I take into consideration the source . For all your blather , you haven't refuted the 3 issues I raised , nor have you even acknowledged them , this shows a clear lack of understanding the English language on your part dimbulb . Or of course the ususal repocon response of tossing facts down the memory hole and continuing on as if you've never heard them . That's on you chump , and should give you a good idea of what I consider the worth of any criticism coming from one such as yourself . Dont hurt yourself thinking Rogo-boy .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I have refuted every issue you raised. You just refused to understand the facts involved.

            Don't blame me for your 'stupid'.
            Did you realize that there has been a lawsuit filed for the Catholics that don't want to lose their first amendment right to freedom of religion?
            http://www.battleforthecoreoftheworld.com/

            You may want to read more than huff post when deciding what the facts are.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          Who could ever overcome the great twinkie? I think the big problem most peope
          have is not just being told what to do but if they say no they are against X,Y,Z…
          the government takes their money for government things and starts spending
          on what the populus disdains and has moral objection to. Coercion by Government
          through taxation or regulation is gotten out of hand and the people are becoming
          moreso unwilling participants in the process. Maybe the dynamic will change with
          the next group of people being voted into Washington and the State houses.
          Oh and by the way, lay off of the sugar, no brownies, no cookies, no cake, no………………..
          William

  • AntiSharia

    They amended the law, not because they think people should have the right to make choices, but because Fox News called them out on it and the people made their voices heard. If the people don't hold governments feet to the fire they'll do whatever they want.

    • Amused

      Yea Fox called them out on a bake sale , what about the serious stuff ?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        It was serious stuff.

        Liberty is serious, and the loss of it is serious too.

        • Amused

          yea man …..cake sales are reeeeeeeal serious buisiness . Are you for real Roger ? Or did the Sanitarium give you access to a computer ?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            So you consider freedom as so valueless?

            You can find countries that would give you the limited freedom you seem to want.

  • pierce

    If I am not mistaken "The Bake Sale" has been resurrected.

  • Ghostwriter

    That's stupid! With all the problems we have in the world,we have Massachusetts banning bake sales?! That is dumb beyond words!

    • Choi

      It's all about further LEFTY CONTROL OVER FREE CITIZENS.

      • Amused

        Actually it's all about morons like you believing that .

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          The people of Germany said the same thing over and over as Hitler stole their country too.

          • Amused

            blah ,blah ,blah ,says the repocon puppet /parrot .Phony compar isons to Hitler/Nazis are as old as the hills , and there's just enough imbeciles in this country to believe it . So tell me Roger , when are the concentration camps due to open ? Go take an aspirin , and stay on your prozacs .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            That's where you're sadly wrong.

            You should listen to Kitty Werthmann.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5OnW0-HInI

  • Anne Havranek

    Get the government out of my kitchen!!

    • Amused

      guess you don't mind government between your legs eh ? Scroll up a bit , I lsted Republican proposed legislation that came up for a vote ….hopefully sanbityy ruled , but the FACT that it was propsed lregislation by the republicans lawmakers in this country ,reeeeeeally makes one wonder just what is on the mind of the repocons in this country . To give an employer the right to fire an employee based on her "use of contraceptives' is totally against everything American , indeed stomps the Constitution . You people need to get your heads screwed on straight .

  • sod

    Heard that Obama is going to give Taliban a few top terrorist prisoners as a 'good faith' gesture in order to negotiate with them. What not offer himself as 'buy few get one free' deal? That way Taliban may be more willingly to give up their terrorist acts.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      And there was another assassination in Afghanistan today, one that 'sets back' Karzai's peace negotiations.

  • sneed5

    Here we are again, straightening the deck chairs while the ship sinks! TThings after this upcoming election won't be different if we don't get out and campaign! Vote! Go door to door! Ask people to vote! Ask if they are registered to vote! Register them yourself! Donate! We can't just sit at our internet! It can't be done with the click of a mouse! We may not have it much longer if we get a Deja Vu!!!

  • Amused

    Check the House Bills DIMBULB . And dop something you're obviously incapable of ….READING COMPREHENSION ….these House Bills proposed by REPOCON politicians want to give employers the right to FIRE female employees for their USE of contraceptive ….can't you read arsehole ??? These are not the ideas of any particulatr website , these are BILLS BROUGH BEFORE THE HOUSE BY THE SCHMUCKS PEOPLE LIKE YOU APPROVE > And no these moronic bills will probably NOT pas but the very notion that they would be proposed and brought before the house , is kinda telling about the idiots who proposed them to begin with -ALL REPUBLICANS . So learn to read you sycophant , before you come back here calling me an imbecile .

    • Amused

      Carlos you are typical of the kind of jerk , that lets facts go down the memory hole – purposefull ignorance . Dont hurt yourself thinking SCHMUCKO

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        You let facts go down that hole.

        Republicans don't keep contraceptives from being available. You can go into Walmart and decide for yourself what you want to pay for. Your choice, the rewards of your own labors.

        I resist you saying you should enjoy the rewards of my labor. That's slavery, that's socialism.

        • Amused

          Again Roger you are intent on proving yourself an idiot who cant read . There's nothing much anyone can do about that . If you actually READ and Comprehended what was being proposed in those three links , you wouldn't be coming back again and again like a little parrot repeating the same issue of "paying " for contraceptive . Hey Rogo-boy ….you're a real bean brain . I can see now this whole subject is over your head and all you can spew out is your repocon memes . Oh well , runalong little boy .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Says you. How proud you must be to cobble a few sentences together.

            How many tries did it take you?

          • Amused

            Says me ??? LOL….look at your replies Rogo ! You haven't addressed in any small or large way , the content of the issues I enumerated .Instead you keep repeating about paying for contraceptives , like the little parrot that you are , when paying for contraceptives was simply not the issues of the legislation I stated you repocons are proposing and trying to pass . Trying to sound smart by reusing my words and phrases and your juvenile ad hominems ,simply confirm my estimation of you – NITWIT . Deal with it Rogo . Comeback with FACTS to REFUTE or REBUTT the issues I enumerated .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You don't lay any out to refute. Is this where you accuse me of Dyslexia again?

            And if you understood the issues here you wouldn't be so lame.
            Liberties are being stolen from us and all you want to do is insult those upset by it.

            Have you read the declaration of Independence? The right to bake cookies is not granted by our government, but by our creator. And when the government becomes so heavy handed that it thinks it can decide what our rights will be, then it's time to make changes.

      • Carlos Perera

        Oh my, the loud-mouthed imbecile and would-be Chekist, is suffering from a bad case of projection. The articles to which he linked–excluding the piece of mendacious agit-prop from freewoodpost.com, which just created the incredibly jejune tampon saga out of whole cloth–reference Arizona House Bill 2625, which allows employers to decline to cover contraception for reasons of conscience and religious principle. Interested readers can peruse the applicable passage (section 1, subsection Z) for themselves at http://legiscan.com/gaits/text/596074, of which the relevant sentence is, "THIS SUBSECTION SHALL NOT EXCLUDE COVERAGE FOR PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS ORDERED BY A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER WITH PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY FOR MEDICAL INDICATIONS OTHER THAN FOR CONTRACEPTIVE, ABORTIFACIENT, ABORTION OR STERILIZATION PURPOSES. A CORPORATION, EMPLOYER, SPONSOR, ISSUER OR OTHER ENTITY OFFERING THE PLAN MAY STATE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OR MORAL CONVICTIONS IN ITS AFFIDAVIT THAT REQUIRE THE SUBSCRIBER TO FIRST PAY FOR THE PRESCRIPTION AND THEN SUBMIT A CLAIM TO THE CORPORATION ALONG WITH EVIDENCE THAT THE PRESCRIPTION IS NOT IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR A PURPOSE COVERED BY THE OBJECTION."

        As I said earlier, what is at issue here is the government's ability to use its police powers to force employers to provide insurance coverage that goes against their consciences and religious principles. Tough-sounding guys like Amused, hiding as they do behind the anonymity of a pseudonym, lack the stones to shake us down in person, but, boy, are they ever brave when it comes to siccing the dogs of government power on us. Note that the most fearsome secret police chiefs of the 20th century–Dzerzhinsky, Yagoda, Beria, Himmler, Lo, etc.–were by and large dweeby guys who'd have been scared to take on a Cub Scout den mother without a squad of big goons to back them.

        • Amused

          Gee…..dyslexia seems to be a common symptom here eh Carlos ? Go back and click on those three links . If anything its repocons ATTEMPTING to be Moral Police .None of the three links has anything to do with anyone paying for someone elses contraceptive . LEAR TO READ MAN ….then come back and attempt a rebuttal from a standpoint of honesty and intelligence ., not your propagandized parrotted ignorant expressions .

          But aside from your purposed deception , tell me genius ….what are contraceptives used for ? Regardless of who is paying ? LOL….you guys are really abunch of dolts , trying your best at pretending you have functioning objective brains .

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Projecting your dyslexia much?

  • radicalconservative

    buy your own damn pills mister “amused.” THAT is the conservative position you friggin liar.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    All in all fat is not healthy and those who are in trouble with that problem should be
    encouaged to fight the bulge. However those of you who are overweight because you
    are stuffing food and sweets and suggary drinks of all kinds down the gullet because
    you are over stressed due to taxes, regulatory demands, government abuse and
    the hell of life because of government conduct, tough.. Well sorry, you are done for if all
    stays the way it is, might as well eat that tenth hot dog and bag of chips and the
    merangue pie, alimode, for two…………burp!………………………….William

  • Amused

    You're not radical , you're run of the mill , oh btw , please point out where I lied . Another dyslexic repocon , who when confronted with a fact , sights another subject . Are you dumb enough to think you fool anyone ? …..well …..you just may dupe the majority on this blog .

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      So many words, so little thought.

      You really are a liberal aren't you?

      • Amused

        You have made yourself irrelevant Rogo …try to bring your replies above the 5th grade level .

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Why, it would leave you all alone and confused.

          Wait, you're still confused and all alone now.

  • Amused

    …like a parrot ….same answer to different issues . THAT is the conservative position.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Like the liberal "we need reform and more complete regulations…"

      • Amused

        I think JP Morgan just proved that …..but that just may elude your understanding .

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Why? Risk means exactly that.

          There are no sure things in life, even at JP Morgan.

  • Amused

    You go and buy yourself a smart pill mister radicalconservative [ is that a code word for stupid ?]

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      "Liberalism"