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Daylin Byak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 07:52 PM
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The House passed H.R 554 "Food consumption act"
It's a bill preventing anyone to sue a fast food company because of claims of obsetity.

This is a great bill, can't wait till this get passed in the Senate and gets the signature of the president.

So in the future you won't be reading in the paper of some idiot suing mcdonalds cause there big macs and fries made me fat.

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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 07:53 PM
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1. Finally!!

This is going to really help society.
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 07:53 PM
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2. I agree 100%. It is your choice to eat at McDonalds.
Though, I must ask, why the HELL would one eat there? I don't. I don't shop at Mao-Mart either.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 07:54 PM
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3. Maybe people should just
stay away from fast food and see how the mongrels in congress like that?
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Daylin Byak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 07:59 PM
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4. It's hard to stay away from Mcdonalds
when they got one inside of where i work.(wal-mart)

You can smell the grease, fat, fried burgers and chicken from outside.
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 11:07 PM
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14. Don't forget KFC!
Colonel Sanders was one of the evil 5 who ruled the world (along with the Queen, the Vatican, the Gettys, and the Rothschilds) in tne Mike Myers film "So I Married and Axe Murderer."

"He puts a chemical in his chicken that makes you crave it fortnightly!"
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Zenlitened Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:00 PM
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5. Yeah, we wouldn't want actual judges... um, judging.
Much better to create industry-specific laws. That's what big government is for.

Yay! Lookit me! I'm a modern republican, and ah just luvs guv'munt when it whores for big bizness! :dunce:
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:01 PM
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6. While I think anyone suing McDonald's for obesity is an asshole
I do not like the legislature shielding certain businesses from lawsuits. If you are going to have less regulation, you have to allow for lawsuits. What's good for the Goose should be good for the Gander, or in other words, if we are going to stop looking over your shoulder and allow you to police yourself, we want to keep some sort of mechanism for punishing bad corporations.



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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:04 PM
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7. So much for the American way.
We are Home of the Frivolous Lawsuits, as you probably know. :D

I think it's a good thing too. I see so many fat 6 year olds who look more bloated than me. And I'm 33!

But we are a fast food society because we want everything cheap and fast. I think there's more to the problem than this McSymptom...
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:09 PM
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8. Oops! I thought this might be about a federal tax on food!
That's a'comin' folks!

Seriously, I really did think the repukes had stooped that low. Altho this thing is pretty low, I must say.

There are states here in America that tax food (not food you buy in a restaurant; food you buy in a supermarket! Can you believe it?). That this does not strike people as repugnant, I cannot explain. Thank god I live in CT where that thought is unspoken, even if some think it!

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feelthebreeze Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:13 PM
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9. YEAH, thank God they are protecting the corporations. C'mon man wake up..
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pop goes the weasel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:33 PM
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10. stupid bill
If fast food and junk food makers are going to get special protections against law suits, if Big Pharma has special protection against law suits, if gun makers have special rights in suits, if the government itself has protection against law suits, damn it, where's my protection? And why not everyone else, too? Hey, let's all demand protection from law suits!

I am not at all pleased with this trend toward granting businesses more rights than actual humans. Suing McBurgerJack because you are fat may be stupid, but if McBurgerJack preyed on your stupidity to get you to eat poorly, then McBurgerJack ought to be held accountable for its part in gulling you. Businesses in general need to be accountable for the kind of advertising they do and markets they pursue. The issue is, did the junk food purveyors knowlingly set out to position their products as healthy meals? Let the courts examine the evidence and find out.
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Boojatta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 06:06 PM
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15. Pins in voodoo doll did not cause your injuries, so don't sue me!
"I am not at all pleased with this trend toward granting businesses more rights than actual humans."

Should an individual who owns and runs a small, independent restaurant have to respond to lawsuits from people who claim to have gotten fat eating at that restaurant? Now, suppose the owner opens other locations, hires managers, and sells the business to shareholders. When do the owners cease to be human?


"Suing McBurgerJack because you are fat may be stupid, but <...>"

Stupid? How about clever, bold, and shameless?


"<...> did the junk food purveyors knowlingly set out to position their products as healthy meals? Let the courts examine the evidence and find out."

Can't we make a distinction between nutritional quality and caloric content? Yet, either way, if one has eaten enough of a particular restaurant's food for one to gain weight, then shouldn't one pay significantly more attention to one's own first-hand experience than to advertising?
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Deb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 08:35 PM
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11. Here is the bill
H.R.554
Title: To prevent legislative and regulatory functions from being usurped by civil liability actions brought or continued against food manufacturers, marketers, distributors, advertisers, sellers, and trade associations for claims of injury relating to a person's weight gain, obesity, or any health condition associated with weight gain or obesity.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR00554:@@...

Quick... name a processed food that this bill doesn't cover.

Perhaps if the regulatory and legislative functions were working to the benefit of Americans instead of the corporations, civil law suits wouldn't be necessary.




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Daylin Byak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 09:02 PM
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12. also about the food act
Just in case you wanted to know who came up with the bill, it was started by Rep. Ric Keller(R-FL)
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Deb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-05 09:15 PM
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13. As always with the GOP, it's follow the money
Two of his top ten industry contributers are the food and beverage & food processing and sales.

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/allindus.asp?CID...
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terryg11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-02-06 03:37 PM
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16. it seems to be specifiying weight gain and obesity
which is totally preventable by eating right and taking some responsibility with yourself. IF it was giving them umbrella style protedtion from all lawsuits stemming from their product such as contaminated food then I might have a problem with it. AS I read it doesnt seem bad. People need to wake up and know if they eat shit then they are going to increase their chances of looking like shit
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BorisTheBlade Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 10:18 PM
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17. 100% agreed
It's personal cjhoice, but mcdonalds must provide details of the fat content of thier food.
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Codeblue Donating Member (466 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 09:26 PM
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18. And they do
Quite clearly if one reads nutrition labels. Hell, go to Subway and you can get the fat and caloric information for a Big Mac.
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james101 Donating Member (48 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-31-07 12:26 PM
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19. Fast food is addictive.
Fast food is addictive psychologically. I got two personal training certifications for personal reasons. I learned that fast food could be ok if you stay away from soda and french fries. If you do that you probably won't have to worry about getting obese. The problem is soda and french fries are the most popular items on the menu. Both soda and french fries cause a isulin high. These two items spike blood sugar real fast then within a few hours blood sugar drops and the person feels down. The problem is that's similar to drugs. Caffeine and nicotein do the same thing. These business people aren't stupid, they know they'er trying to market addicting products. So, I think they do have an accountability to consumers who are ignorant of these things.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 03:23 AM
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20. whatever--i'll just sue bush when the time is right for causing me to
become depressed and thereby overeat

i'll blame him for that as i blame him for everything else.
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