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April 1, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Look. Just go ahead and ban all the things. Except the things that we used to call evil and sins and that were obviously pretty harmful. Keep them. Ban the rest.

It’s a pretty bold move to blast Girl Scout cookies, those precious sugary treats whose limited run from late winter to early spring is just about over for the year.

But a few brave voices argue it’s no longer all that delightful to see little girls peddling packaged cookies, or to buy them in the name of supporting the community. (And no, this is not an April Fools’ joke.)

To some doctors and parents, the tradition increasingly feels out of step with the uncomfortable public health realities of our day.

“The problem is that selling high-fat sugar-laden cookies to an increasingly calorie-addicted populace is no longer congruent with [the Girl Scouts' aim to make the world a better place].” That’s what John Mandrola, a heart doctor in Louisville, Ky., on his blog in March. (He also blogs for Medscape/Cardiology.)

The sentiment was echoed by Diane Hartman, a writer and editor in Denver, who penned an indignant in the Denver Post, “Why are we letting Girl Scouts sell these fattening cookies?”

Exactly. Preach it, sister. Why are we allowing some people to do things that we personally disapprove, except those things that used to be taboo, which are a-ok now? Just ban all the things. Flip the script. Bring the hammer of gubmint down on them all.

Because, concern, and feelings, and all that crap.

See these two girls? They’re minions of evil, er, if we still believed in evil. Which hardly anyone does anymore.

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Seems to me, one thing evil would do if it existed would be to divide people and distract them over stupid little stuff with no moral content, while really big issues carrying vast implications just slip past with no moral discussion whatsoever.

That would be a clever strategy.

h/t Althouse, who seems to be taking this nonsense seriously, and Ace, who is in in a proper full rant mode.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Remember when this country was fun?
16 weeks ago
16 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ban the cookies. Just don't ban the abortions.

Know what I mean?
16 weeks ago
16 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't care about the nutrional value of GS Cookies, or the lack thereof.


I DO care about the far left-wing, feminist agenda of the Girl Scouts, so I don't buy them, and I encourage others to refrain from buying them.

And when I run into conservatives who don't know abut the agenda of the Girl Scouts, I encourage them to do some homework. There's plenty of documentation online.

16 weeks ago
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It's interesting and schadenfreude-istic that while the Boy Scouts of America have become one of the No. 1 enemies of the liberal PC police in the past decade, the leadership of the Girl Scouts of America have gone all-in on the liberal agenda during that same time.

Doesn't matter to the truest of the True Believers -- They're so absorbed in both their nanny state beliefs and in the general idea of linking both scouting organizations to traditional American society that all the liberal street cred the GSA has tried to build up protects them not a whit from the latest pressure effort in the name of telling others how to live their lives.
16 weeks ago
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Food is the new sex, in that it's now acceptable to have stronger opinions about which nutrients your fellow humans consume than about their promiscuity. Example: veganism, organic food-ism, paleoism, etc.
16 weeks ago
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I have a fantastic idea! Why not have the Girl Scouts sell firearms? No fat or sugar in guns, the Girl Scouts get tot promote public safety with a product people want, and best of all they undermine the gender norm of boys being associated with guns!

BTW, for those who don't want to buy Girl Scout cookies but who still miss the delicious taste, Walmart has a knockoff line that, to me, taste exactly the same. They're much cheaper, too.
16 weeks ago
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I'm picturing the faces on the leaders of the Girl Scouts as they first here this brilliant proposal. Priceless, truly priceless!

They'd better have some paramedics standing by ready to treat for heart attacks, strokes, and so forth....
16 weeks ago
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I like that; Girl Scouts selling guns and ammo!
16 weeks ago
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Acute anal-retentiveness is the most annoying of all leftist traits and character flaws. Some people call it "do-gooding", but it isn't good.
16 weeks ago
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While I personally will not buy from the abortion loving girl scouts, the banning of their cookies would be stupid. Therefor they will be banned.
16 weeks ago
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If you think GS Cookies are evil incarnate, DON'T EAT THE DAMNED THINGS! That's how adults deal with such a situation, not acting like dependent children running to Mama Fed to get something banned or setting up some new bureaucracy to establish federal standards for the design, manufacture, marketing, and consumption of said product. Jeez! Everybody is running around like they're still six years old.
16 weeks ago
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Liberals don't understand a free market. If you don't like cookies don't buy them buy cupcakes (or whatever you like) instead. The concept of freedom doesn't exist in the so called 'liberal' mind.

Until the Girl Scouts start selling burbon they aren't getting any of my money:P
16 weeks ago
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That's not the point - someone else could be eating them! Can't have others be happy now. It's the new Puritanism.

It's infuriating how selective the "your choices are costing me" argument is used: to justify restricting choice in some things (food), but not others (sex, firearms, pot, etc.). The Progressive Puritanism can be best summed up as simply: "Stop liking things I don't like!".

16 weeks ago
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it is npr not nrp
16 weeks ago
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