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(Hot Air)   Eric Mar (D-umbass), the guy who whined about Make-A-Wish/Batkid project taking over San Fransisco, is also behind such brilliant ideas banning Happy Meals and taxing sodas   (hotair.com ) divider line
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1439 clicks; posted to Politics » on 23 Nov 2013 at 3:34 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-11-23 01:05:26 PM  
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2013-11-23 01:16:24 PM  
Not sure who's whinier -- Eric Mar or the author blogger.

But I suppose if you make the choice to live in San Francisco, you're going to run into this sort of a fairly frequent basis.
 
2013-11-23 01:20:43 PM  
Dude sounds like he had a shiatty childhood.
 
2013-11-23 01:24:15 PM  
But I suppose if you make the choice to live in San Francisco, you're going to run into this sort of a fairly frequent basis.

You're also going to run into a shiatload of people who made the whole Batkid thing happen, you fkn moran.
 
2013-11-23 01:30:01 PM  
so, obesity has passed smoking as the number-one health threat in america, costing american taxpayers billions annually.

banning happy meals? taxing sodas? doesn't sound too far-fetched to me.
 
2013-11-23 01:44:04 PM  
You could have probably taken the Batkid to Disneyland for the day and he would have been just as happy. He is only 5 years old. Then use the other $100K spent on the deal to do something for a whole bunch of other sick kids too..
 
2013-11-23 01:52:25 PM  

FlashHarry: so, obesity has passed smoking as the number-one health threat in america, costing american taxpayers billions annually.

banning happy meals? taxing sodas? doesn't sound too far-fetched to me.


Banning toys in happy meals.  Because we wouldn't want kids equating food with fun.

And BTW - no one has yet completely banned cigarettes, even though they pose a far greater threat.
 
2013-11-23 01:55:17 PM  

Errk: You could have probably taken the Batkid to Disneyland for the day and he would have been just as happy. He is only 5 years old. Then use the other $100K spent on the deal to do something for a whole bunch of other sick kids too..


Big picture thinking:

EXPOSURE. Make-A-Wish got international coverage for this one, and millions were following the story on Twitter, Facebook, local news, etc.

Nobody cares if a handful of kids get to go to Disneyland.
 
2013-11-23 01:57:06 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: But I suppose if you make the choice to live in San Francisco, you're going to run into this sort of a fairly frequent basis.

You're also going to run into a shiatload of people who made the whole Batkid thing happen, you fkn moran.


I love how, even when the right wing has a point or is kind-of, sort-of right about something, they still end up sounding like assholes.
 
2013-11-23 02:06:49 PM  

FlashHarry: banning happy meals? taxing sodas? doesn't sound too far-fetched to me.


I'd be perfectly fine with banning the marketing of all food to kids. Let their parents decide what they want them to eat without being undermined by hordes of psychologists, neurologist, sociologists, and marketing experts all conspiring to produce advertisements for (virtually always) crappy food that are designed to make the kid believe they have to have it.
 
2013-11-23 02:40:50 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Errk: You could have probably taken the Batkid to Disneyland for the day and he would have been just as happy. He is only 5 years old. Then use the other $100K spent on the deal to do something for a whole bunch of other sick kids too..

Big picture thinking:

EXPOSURE. Make-A-Wish got international coverage for this one, and millions were following the story on Twitter, Facebook, local news, etc.

Nobody cares if a handful of kids get to go to Disneyland.


So it was all just marketing to raise more money. I would think they already get plenty of exposure. But in the end you could be right.
 
2013-11-23 02:44:53 PM  

FlashHarry: so, obesity has passed smoking as the number-one health threat in america, costing american taxpayers billions annually.

banning happy meals? taxing sodas? doesn't sound too far-fetched to me.


When they came for cigarettes I said nothing because I didn't smoke.
 
2013-11-23 02:53:38 PM  

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2013-11-23 03:23:53 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Banning toys in happy meals. Because we wouldn't want kids equating food with fun.


Because kids convince their parents to go to McDonalds because they want the crappy toy, then everyone winds up eating McDonalds.

I'm not saying I support the ban, or that parents should let their kids convince them to go there. I'm just explaining the rationale.
 
2013-11-23 03:27:22 PM  

Errk: You could have probably taken the Batkid to Disneyland for the day and he would have been just as happy.


Yep. And as ecmoRandomNumbers pointed out, this wasn't really about Batkid. This was about publicity, and it was about making us feel good.
 
2013-11-23 03:35:57 PM  

Krieghund: Benevolent Misanthrope: Banning toys in happy meals. Because we wouldn't want kids equating food with fun.

Because kids convince their parents to go to McDonalds because they want the crappy toy, then everyone winds up eating McDonalds.

I'm not saying I support the ban, or that parents should let their kids convince them to go there. I'm just explaining the rationale.


I know.  I do wish that fast food places would make healthy, tasty, fun food (yes, it is possible) for cheap, instead of the crap they serve now.  I'll bet if people refused to buy the crap and demanded better food, the chains would make it.  But no one seems to agree with me on this one.
 
2013-11-23 03:39:16 PM  
So.. he's a Republican?
 
2013-11-23 03:40:21 PM  

FlashHarry: so, obesity has passed smoking as the number-one health threat in america, costing american taxpayers billions annually.


We should just shoot smokers and fat people. Problem solved.
 
2013-11-23 03:43:27 PM  
I don't think going after sodas or junk food that's bad for kids is that bad of a thing. Although I laugh because when they do this with smoking, people don't see a problem with that.
 
2013-11-23 03:48:53 PM  
And while we're at it we can add diabetics, cancer patients, people with diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, epileptics, alcoholics, drug addicts, AIDS, the old, newborns, pregnant women, MS sufferers...the list goes on and on and on...After all they too cost taxpayers billions annually. Fark 'em! Get them up against the wall!
 
2013-11-23 03:50:56 PM  
shut up Eric Mar, ya whiny cockbag.
 
2013-11-23 03:51:58 PM  
Tax farking soda already, beer should be cheaper.
 
2013-11-23 03:53:08 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Errk: You could have probably taken the Batkid to Disneyland for the day and he would have been just as happy. He is only 5 years old. Then use the other $100K spent on the deal to do something for a whole bunch of other sick kids too..

Big picture thinking:

EXPOSURE. Make-A-Wish got international coverage for this one, and millions were following the story on Twitter, Facebook, local news, etc.

Nobody cares if a handful of kids get to go to Disneyland.


Besides the kids, of course.

It's great that dying kid got to play Batman and a whole city played along, but what about the thousands of other kids out there in the same circumstances? What makes that one kid so special? A lot of other kids could have benefited from the resources spent on a city-wide spectacle.
 
2013-11-23 03:59:27 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: And while we're at it we can add diabetics, cancer patients, people with diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, epileptics, alcoholics, drug addicts, AIDS, the old, newborns, pregnant women, MS sufferers...the list goes on and on and on...After all they too cost taxpayers billions annually. Fark 'em! Get them up against the wall!


Sounds like you're ready for single-payer healthcare.
 
2013-11-23 04:00:06 PM  
But I suppose if you make the choice to live in San Francisco, you're going to run into this sort of a fairly frequent basis.

Yes, such a terrible place to live--vibrant culture, robust economy, top notch schools, beautiful weather--plus with the discretionary income to put on exactly this kind of show. Who would want to live there? If Batkid lived in real America he most likely would have gotten the opportunity to recreate the "squeal like a pig" scene from Deliverance. Maybe the existence and influence of people like Eric Mar is why San Franciscans have the leisure, extra cash, and empathy to make this kind of dream a reality.

Today's conservative is obsessed with being better than the people who disagree with them, and having it acknowledged that they are the better people. It's fine to support Batkid and the Make A Wish Foundation, but to really make it worthwhile to there have to be non-supporters so that he has someone to feel morally superior to. Frankly, without that element in the story, this Jazz Shaw person (real name?) probably wouldn't give a shiat about Batkid and most likely would be thinking "But imagine what I could have done with that money."
 
2013-11-23 04:01:29 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: And while we're at it we can add diabetics, cancer patients, people with diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, epileptics, alcoholics, drug addicts, AIDS, the old, newborns, pregnant women, MS sufferers...the list goes on and on and on...After all they too cost taxpayers billions annually. Fark 'em! Get them up against the wall!


You sound fat.

(It's okay, I'm probably fatter.)
 
2013-11-23 04:02:36 PM  

clambam: But I suppose if you make the choice to live in San Francisco, you're going to run into this sort of a fairly frequent basis.

Yes, such a terrible place to live--vibrant culture, robust economy, top notch schools, beautiful weather--plus with the discretionary income to put on exactly this kind of show. Who would want to live there? If Batkid lived in real America he most likely would have gotten the opportunity to recreate the "squeal like a pig" scene from Deliverance. Maybe the existence and influence of people like Eric Mar is why San Franciscans have the leisure, extra cash, and empathy to make this kind of dream a reality.

Today's conservative is obsessed with being better than the people who disagree with them, and having it acknowledged that they are the better people. It's fine to support Batkid and the Make A Wish Foundation, but to really make it worthwhile to there have to be non-supporters so that he has someone to feel morally superior to. Frankly, without that element in the story, this Jazz Shaw person (real name?) probably wouldn't give a shiat about Batkid and most likely would be thinking "But imagine what I could have done with that money."


You forgot "expensive as fark."
 
2013-11-23 04:16:00 PM  
Is spending $100K to make one kid with cancer happy an appropriate use of money?
 
2013-11-23 04:23:48 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Is spending $100K to make one kid with cancer happy an appropriate use of money?


Yes.
 
2013-11-23 04:27:13 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So.. he's a Republican?


This one is yours, the least you could do is own up to it.
 
2013-11-23 04:29:37 PM  
The idea that there is still some good in the world and that it can happen without the government mandating it, is very bad news to a lunatic liberal.  If that sort of thing continues then people will start believing that freedom is possible and that's a dangerous thought.
 
2013-11-23 04:31:17 PM  
3 people you never invite to a party.

Buzz Killington, Debbie Downer and Eric Mar

A tax on soda like the extra taxes on cigarettes is actually not a bad idea.

Banning Happy Meals is a tougher sell with me. I get all the arguments why letting companies market to children is problematical but an outright ban seems to smack of nanny state extremism.

Batkid thingy was awesome.
 
2013-11-23 04:33:04 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Sounds like you're ready for single-payer healthcare.


Because...?
 
2013-11-23 04:35:36 PM  

elchip: You sound fat.


Down almost 70# since 2010.
 
2013-11-23 04:36:42 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: cameroncrazy1984: Sounds like you're ready for single-payer healthcare.

Because...?


Because it brings the cost for all the things you listed down, also it means people can get treatment for all the things you listed without going bankrupt, but we couldn't have that like every other first world nation, cause that's socialism, which is a bad commie thing, and we hate commies. Damn commies, and their socialism.
 
2013-11-23 04:37:11 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Dancin_In_Anson: And while we're at it we can add diabetics, cancer patients, people with diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, epileptics, alcoholics, drug addicts, AIDS, the old, newborns, pregnant women, MS sufferers...the list goes on and on and on...After all they too cost taxpayers billions annually. Fark 'em! Get them up against the wall!

Sounds like you're ready for single-payer bullet healthcare.


/ftfy
 
2013-11-23 04:37:48 PM  
"Yep, it's the Happy Meal Grinch again. Mar is such a creepy nanny-state liberal, even The Daily Show doesn't like him..."


Personally, he sounds just like a run of the mill liberal to me.   You find these folks in every town.


"Supervise your own kids, Mar. Stop bothering everybody else's "
 
2013-11-23 04:38:04 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Is spending $100K to make one kid with cancer happy an appropriate use of money?


Was $24b to make some other children happy in Congress a better idea?
 
2013-11-23 04:39:54 PM  
As I understand the situation, the Mayor of San Francisco decided to make a big deal of this and spent city money of over $100,000. Make-A-Wish did NOT spend that money. Mar needs to take it up with the Mayor. And Make-A-Wish better not reimburse SF for spending that money.
 
2013-11-23 04:40:51 PM  
I for one think this country needs more miscellaneous laws.
 
2013-11-23 04:41:02 PM  

Errk: You could have probably taken the Batkid to Disneyland for the day and he would have been just as happy. He is only 5 years old. Then use the other $100K spent on the deal to do something for a whole bunch of other sick kids too..


But a generic toy doesn't have the same meaning as a personalized, handmade gift, either. The whole community showed support. That gift is invaluable, not just to him, but to the rest of us--it boosts everyone's faith in communities and shows that helping others is something possible. That's a big damn gift.
 
2013-11-23 04:44:21 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: FlashHarry: banning happy meals? taxing sodas? doesn't sound too far-fetched to me.

I'd be perfectly fine with banning the marketing of all food anything to kids.


How about we agree that these billion dollar companies have a financial interest in getting their customers to disregard their own health, and thus shouldn't have access to the minds of children that have no defenses against this kind of thing?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_for_a_Commercial-Free_Childho od
 
2013-11-23 04:46:08 PM  
did we get cameroncrazy's opinion on this? I'll be happy to wait while he pukes.

dammit Cameron, don't let me down.

/got to love the profile pic - holding a beer while looking like a deer in the headlights........
 
2013-11-23 04:48:13 PM  
There are several states that already tax soda.  And didn't Republicans already show interest in taxing junk food (which would be tricky, since these are the same people who voted to legally have pizza declared a vegetable)?
 
2013-11-23 04:48:15 PM  
If one of the kids wishes for world peace will we end the war?
 
2013-11-23 04:49:59 PM  
*supports tax on pop*

I mean as someone who drinks it, from a pure 'this costs me more money!' standpoint I'm not thrilled, but honestly I'd be so much more in favor of taxation on things society doesn't want me to have instead of outright banning them.
 
2013-11-23 04:52:21 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So.. he's a Republican?


No, Republican douchbaggery is about straight, white, male privilege.  Democrat douchbaggery is about taking away fun things because they are "bad for you."
 
2013-11-23 04:52:54 PM  
Eric Mar should really get off the back of San Fransisco.
 
2013-11-23 04:54:08 PM  
Got my ass kicked all up and down facebook for this, but I still think it's true.  The whole Batkid thing was more about people feeling good about themselves than it was about doing something for the kid.  It made for a heartwarming story, and this world certainly needs more of that, but an effective way of dealing with people in need isn't to pick one at random and go overboard like it was some kind of charitable lottery.
 
2013-11-23 04:54:22 PM  

paygun: The idea that there is still some good in the world and that it can happen without the government mandating it, is very bad news to a lunatic liberal.  If that sort of thing continues then people will start believing that freedom is possible and that's a dangerous thought.


You're overplaying it. 5/10
 
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