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February 20, 2008

Bureauweenies Go After Energy Drinks

Now energy drinks have found their way into the crosshairs of nanny-state totalitarians. Maine state Rep. Troy Jackson is pushing a bill that would forbid their sale to minors under 18 — a first step toward banning them altogether, which France and Denmark have already done to Red Bull. California is considering labeling requirements that establish energy drinks as officially bad.

Energy drinks are politically incorrect because they contain caffeine, which allegedly overstimulates people. Monster Energy, for example, contains almost half as much caffeine per ounce as a cup of Starbucks Coffee.

By now it should be clear that bureaucrats ban for the sake of banning, and will continue until we recover enough of our lost character to make them stop.

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The next menace to public health.

On a tip from David M.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 20, 2008 11:14 AM

Comments

Will they be banning minors from buying coffee...specifically Starbucks...next? Nah...Starbucks is cool.

Posted by: Pam at February 20, 2008 11:27 AM

Perhaps they'll require a prescription in future...

Posted by: Archonix at February 20, 2008 12:24 PM

This is how all fascist societies evolve. Nazi Germany banned books, and stopped tolerating minorities. If it didn't coincide with "their truth" they would ban it, imprison it or kill it.
Looking at how moonbats tend to "stalk, harrass, and argue fantasy, tirelessly and for days on end... they are trying to kill off our rights one, by one. People may laugh and say "That's just an energy drink", but this is how government siezes control and freedoms are gradually lost over time. Everyone gets "used to it" and just lets it happen. It scares me, but of course, I like my freedoms.

Posted by: HoosierArmyMom at February 20, 2008 2:11 PM

"Monster Energy, for example, contains almost half as much caffeine per ounce as a cup of Starbucks Coffee."

This was not a misprint, correct? So did they say just what was their problem, with a lower caffeine content? Or is this just random manipulation of us, for their amusement?

Posted by: kumayama at February 20, 2008 3:54 PM

kumayama,

It's not a misprint. From the source article:

A 16-ounce can of Monster Energy, for example, contains 160 milligrams of caffeine, compared to 330 milligrams in a 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee.

Posted by: Van Helsing at February 20, 2008 5:54 PM

If it were Britain, they would be trying to license the energy drink drinkers.

Posted by: ent at February 20, 2008 7:03 PM

Dude, Monster energy drinks kick ass! Whenever my friends and I get together for a sleepover, Monster is the stuff that keeps us going in the early morning so we can finish our Halo tournament! Hey, its much funner then getting hammered with beer.
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Although one of my friends had six cans of it, and got sick. Oh well, too much of a good thing...

Posted by: conservativeteen at February 21, 2008 11:50 AM