Once upon a time in America, you could buy french fries anywhere. Good, old-fashioned, fattening, bad for you, artery clogging french fries were in abundance. Then, the food police stepped in. "You can't serve those french fries to people who want to consume them. You are killing people with trans fats. Don't you know that choleserol is a heart killer? Besides, when otherwise healthy customers smell the french fries, they may want to order a product that they ordinarily wouldn't even think about. Second hand french fry aroma may be addictive. Worse yet, that smell may cause people with allergies to get sick. We must ban french fries in public places. People should not have to have free choice when deciding whether or not they patronize or work in a french fry rich environment."
The health Nazi's already are trying to eradicate certain foods from our diets. The prototype for this kind of Un-American activity began with smoking bans. The goose-stepping of these 'no choice' brown shirts is continuing this week in Northern Kentucky.
In conjunction with county health boards, the Judge-Executives of Campbell, Boone, and Kenton counties are trying to force a smoking ban ordinance on small businesses this week. They are attempting to take away choice from the citizens they claim to serve. By publically banning a legal product, they are taking responsibility away from consenting adults and owners of private property. They also are usurping the authority of the local governments of the municipalities within their counties. At the same time, they are also placing the burden of enforcement of this ban on already over-taxed, local, law enforcement agencies. "Don't worry about the real criminals, there are ashtrays out at Moe's Tavern!"
French fries are next. We have already seen that go down in more socialist 'nanny-states' in our country.
The answer is simple. If you want to serve french fries, and someone wants to eat french fries- let it happen! No one is making you buy the french fries or even forcing you to go where french fries are served. Same thing with cigarettes.
It was one of my favorite seasonal bits done by the legendary Gary Burbank. The ongoing saga of Cincinnati's sorry excuse for an NFL franchise. Since it's last airing on The Big One, let us consider what has changed.
Barrack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President. (Today, he is being sworn at on an almost daily basis) Real unemployment has swollen to double digits country wide. We are spending trillions of dollars that we simply don't have on all kinds of ridiculousness like street cars, a health care debacle, extended jobless benefits and shovel-ready projects that have yet to put the first shovel to work. Lindsay Lohan has been in and out of rehab more than anyone has been in and out of Jenna Jameson. The Reds won the NL Central division and made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Everything has changed! Except the Bengals.
Mike Brown still runs(ruins) the team like it's an insurance company. Marvin Lewis still talks in circles and makes excuses for himself and his overpaid divas. The team still struggles to sell out home games. Carson Palmer still hasn't all that potential and 'elite' quarterback status. Bengals fans still are unfulfilled, bitter, and always expectant of the worst.
It's nice to know some things never change. By the way, we still miss you Garish.