Teaching Kids to Love TSA and Hate Tony Tiger

What young boy hasn’t wanted to pretend to be a police officer, a cowboy, a fighter pilot, or some other adult figure leading an exciting and adventurous life? At least that’s the way it used to be. Now, in this early 21st Century, where fear is a component of virtually every public policy — underlying everything from vacation travel to eating a bowl of cereal – the new hero figure being marketed for youngsters is a snooping airport TSA agent.

A few years ago, it was plastic Playmobil figures depicting airport metal detectors that hit the toy stores. Now, in a reflection of the more personal and intrusive TSA activities currently prevalent , the latest entry in this collection of Big Brother toys, is the “Spy Gear Security Scanner,” which mimics the hand-wand used by TSA agents.

In response to seeing this latest “toy” in a store, one parent wrote, “One word: ‘Unbelievable.’ We can now teach our kids early to be TSA thugs.” Ben Popken, managing editor of The Consumerist, notes, “But is it fun? Just look at the box! A cheerful child holds his shirt open for the scanning. His other hand is lofted for a high-five. If that doesn’t spell fun, you might be a terrorist.”

Spy Gear and other companies are providing dozens of toys – from lie detectors to model police surveillance vans (thankfully, toy companies have not yet come out with water-boarding kits) – that promote the fear culture that has become the hallmark of post-9/11 America. These toys fit nicely with official government policies subjecting even toddlers to intrusive body “pat-downs,” and serve to acclimate the next generation of Americans to such unconstitutional procedures.

Even as kids are being taught through play that personal body searches are fun and desirable, other federal killjoys are teaching children that eating sweets and other foods containing substances on government food watch lists, must be avoided.

The latest icon to find itself in the feds’ regulatory gun sights is the venerable Tony the Tiger, who has innocently told two generations of parents and kids that Kellogg’sSugar Frosted Flakes are “Gr-r-reat!”

Thanks to a proposal propounded earlier this month by the “Interagency Working Group Proposal on Food Marketing to Children” — which involves the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and others – the food and advertising industries are being pressured to conform their products and activities to federally-approved “principles.” Basically, private industry is being warned to not include too much sugar, salt or fats in their products, and be careful how they market products to children.

According to the so-called “fact sheet” released by the FTC, “Principle A” should promote food that “provide[s] a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet,” such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and lean meat. “Principle B” seeks to “minimize the content of nutrients that could have a negative impact on health or weight,” including saturated and trans fats.

The FTC proposes that by 2016, “all food products within the categories most heavily marketed directly to children and adolescents ages 2-17 should meet the two basic nutrition principles.”

While these “principles” are not yet formal mandates, and there is no evidence they would achieve the desired results of making kids less fat and significantly healthier, the handwriting is on the wall. As Audrey Hudson notes at Human Events, “[food] industry officials say the intent is clear: Do it, or else.”

Can the day be far off when the only cereal boxes available to parents will contain only the most bland-tasting grains possible, with no hint of sweetness; but on the back will appear a colorful advertisement for a Kiddie Hotline through which the kids can “pretend” to report those they see unlawfully sneaking a bit of sugar with the cereal?

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

69 comments Add your comment

WOW

June 24th, 2011
4:12 pm

Bring on the sheep. I need more sheep!!! BBAhhhhh

TruthBe

June 24th, 2011
5:02 pm

The TSA is a bunch of perverts, child molesters, liars, bullies, fags, queers, and monsters. They have violated the Constitution and broke the laws. TSA hasn’t done one thing to make you safer. They were not designed to help us or protect us but to control us and our right to travel free without harassment. Big Brother at it’s best. Barr you sir should be ashamed of yourself for voting for these thugs. Sir you know better than that. The entire Homeland Secruity should be shut down at once. That idiot Janet what ever her name is should be in jail.

Bozo

June 24th, 2011
5:57 pm

I love me some sheep. Good thing beastiality isn’t a crime!

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Tallulah

June 24th, 2011
6:55 pm

Stop it Bob, stop it. You’re killing me. You’re trolling us now and as funny as your are, you are not as funny as your resident troll(s). Oh my god, my sides are aching and tears are running down my cheeks. Kudus to all the food characters, all the trolls and TrishDisha, the meanest ol’ woman I ever seen. hahahahhahaha. You people are a riot. I’m not a very political person but I must say conservatives are so much more fun to be around than liberals.

WOW

June 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

I can relate to love of the beast. My mom was a sheep

waltinseattle

June 25th, 2011
12:45 am

perhaps a new consenting adult game for the dongeon crowd? waterboarding? and nurse in white might have to move over for “try to relax” this will only take a moment then you can fly away!!! Dear old Miss TSA, I have been a very bad travler. Last week I smuggled onboard a butterknife and some moldy stuff from the back of my icebox…

WOW

June 25th, 2011
9:29 am

Give me Weiner’s weiner

Bozo

June 25th, 2011
11:39 am

I’m gonna be bent over all day at the Atlanta Gay Pride parade today. Luckily I bought lots of KY! Can’t wait to have lots of wieners shoved in my face! Rupaul, here I cum!!!!!!

Bozo

June 25th, 2011
11:40 am

Hey menz, all ya’ll can come over to my double wide today for some free lovinz! I got plenty of room in my trunk for some weinerz!

fickle finger

June 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

TSA could help with the ObamaCare effort. Instead of charging Medicare for the annual prostate exam @ the doc’s, let the airport screener pervs do it since they’re already wearing the rubber gloves and poking around in that vicinity. Over time the government could save millions, maybe enough to start a new war!

WOW

June 25th, 2011
11:24 pm

I am moving to New York. Start spreading the news…I’m leaving today…GAY MARRIAGE IS FINALLY LAW!!!
I am sashaying in my pumps and my mom’s dress about to celebrate and drink a Shirley Temple.

WOW

June 25th, 2011
11:27 pm

or a cosmopolitan…I am coming out of the closet! I feel so liberated…like Larry Craig toe tapping happy!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

June 26th, 2011
10:42 am

keepin’ diversity real…

atlanta’s odd intown mix of afluent gay and ghetto provides a diverse and rich criminal eco system.

WOW

June 26th, 2011
6:12 pm

Gay Pride Rocks! I am so happy and free!!!!!!!!

Bozo

June 26th, 2011
10:03 pm

Wellz I jus got back from getting my booty pounded. Anyone got any Preparation H?

Bozo

June 26th, 2011
10:03 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! I JUST MET MY IDOL BARNEY FRANK AND HE AND I JUST HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!!

Bozo

June 26th, 2011
10:04 pm

I need to visit the free clinic to get this raging case of herpes taken care of.

WOW

June 27th, 2011
8:52 am

Reading all these big words is making my uterus hurt.