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

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Pie Chart

June 24th, 2011
7:22 am

WWCCD? (What would Count Chocula do?)

Cereal Buzzkiller

June 24th, 2011
7:24 am

In truth, our children are obese and diabetic and they all have some form of asthma. We’ve poisoned them with corporate corpulance, like the fatten-’em-up-and-eat-them bunch of over-brissed, cannibis-smoking cannibals we truly are!!!

Cereal Buzzkiller

June 24th, 2011
7:26 am

Remember how Sally Struthers got fat before our eyes during her “feed the children” campaign? In truth, she only wanted us to feed the children so she could eat them. She went full Blair Witch, man.

Harpo sez

June 24th, 2011
7:29 am

Oprah did an entire show on Scottish Oatmeal. With Blueberries. This is the perfect breakfast. Not Quaker Oats, okay? Scottish Oatmeal is found in clear plastic bags in the specialty area of your grocery store. Ask for it and save your children, (and your own fat you-know-what).

Scottish Oatmeal is the “Porridge” of the olden days of Oliver Twist. It’s what got him caned for asking for more.

stranger in a strange land

June 24th, 2011
8:24 am

“principles” from the US Govt. Anyone else see the irony in that?

Carlosgvv

June 24th, 2011
8:25 am

The powers that be in this Country know the more dumbed down we are the easier it will be to make America a real “Big Brother” state.

Joe Camel

June 24th, 2011
8:55 am

Tony———
if you are reading this.
Walk………..don’t run.Be cool. Don’t show anxiety.
Make your way to Mexico City.
From there you are free.
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Come down to Brazil.They LOVE us down here.No FDA,FTC,TSA,FBI,etc…………………
our economy is eating the U.S. Federal Leviathon’s lunch…………..We welcome you to eat their BREAKFAST.
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God Speed.

Leprechaun

June 24th, 2011
9:09 am

Aiiii.Tony……a wee bit o wisdom.
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When groped by thee TSA raskels…………….tape a magically delicious marshmellow and a 50 dollar bill betwixst the buttocks.
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This did me soul fine in 2000 and two..I escaped.
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Saint Patrick willing ,…God Speed, lad…………and may me Irish eyes be shining upon you soon.

Quisp Dude

June 24th, 2011
9:34 am

Trust me Tony.
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You DON”T want to do 2 to 50 at Area 51.
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Get out while you can.

Aunt Jemima

June 24th, 2011
9:40 am

Master Tony———-
Go……..Dawg…………Run.
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The master’s tools WILL NEVER dismantle the master’s house.
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I’s gots to stay……..cuz of my chillun.
But you ins is free.
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Run child.run.
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I

Bryan G.

June 24th, 2011
9:51 am

I always enjoy reading when Bob Barr – a man who voted for the Patriot Act – bemoans the post- 9/11 fear culture. I’m not saying you aren’t right, but I think every column you write like this must say at the bottom: “Bob Barr is a former Congressman who voted for the Patriot Act. He now thinks that was stupid.”

Iheartobama

June 24th, 2011
9:53 am

We are getting closer to 1984 than people realize.

Square Nutritional SoyBean Derivative Breakfast Allotment Patriotic Federal Man

June 24th, 2011
9:55 am

C’mon Tony——-
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We only want to TALK to you. .turn yourself in.
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Trust us.

Hillbilly D

June 24th, 2011
10:20 am

I can’t even stand to smell oatmeal, much less eat it. Give me grits, eggs, a cathead biscuit and gravy, and bacon, sausage or tenderloin, anyday.

Bryan

June 24th, 2011
10:34 am

There is some conflict here between the first part of the article and the second. These toys — while pretty lame — are being put out by a private company. The market will respond as it responds — assuming that most people see them as ridiculous, no one will buy them. (In fact, without the free publicity Bob is providing, I can confidently say that no one would have even heard of them.)

Oh, sure, I think it says something about our society that anyone could even *think* that playing “TSA agent” might be something a kid would want to do. I know it’s an overblown comparison, but it’s sort of like giving an East German kid a toy checkpoint… But, hey, free markets. Some ideas are going to be really dumb…what can you do?

seabeau

June 24th, 2011
10:37 am

“Do away with the TSA” Another government boondoggle!! Why should non-flyers subsidize flyers cost???

seabeau

June 24th, 2011
10:39 am

Get rid of those stupid machines and long lines!! Use racial profilling instead!! Its quicker and its proven to work!! Just as Israel!!

Obozonomics

June 24th, 2011
11:03 am

seabeau,
they will never do that, because it works

SaveOurRepublic

June 24th, 2011
11:14 am

TSA is largely a joke…mere window dressing as an attempt to present the mirage of “safety”. They’re a watered down extension of the Orwellian DHS…both need to be abolished as they’re instruments of the (ever growing) police state.

Harpo sez

June 24th, 2011
11:16 am

And I said Oprah sez we needs 2B eatin’ Scottish Oatmeal with Blueberries.

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TrishaDishaWarEagle

June 24th, 2011
11:32 am

glancing back at my own a** ….looking at photo of oprah

glancing at my own a** again ….looking at photo of michelle obama

WTF..I will keep eating as I always have, my butt is half the size of either of theirs.

WOW

June 24th, 2011
11:41 am

Left wing retards have been trying to get rid of Ronald McDonald for years so none of this surprises me. Left wing retards always blame everything else except the real problems.

Quick question for the left wing retards:

If sugar etc are so bad for you then why does Obama’s fat wife like to chow down on fatty foods?

WOW

June 24th, 2011
11:42 am

TrishaDishaWarEagle

Damn straight! I love how hypocritical the left really is.

Remember the left wing retard mantra: Do as I say and not as I do.

Grasshopper

June 24th, 2011
11:43 am

‘Now, in this early 21st Century, where fear is a component of virtually every public policy…’

This is the way Bob starts and then writes a whole article telling us to be nothing but fearful.

Ah…the irony!

MrLiberty

June 24th, 2011
11:54 am

Bob, if you are always going to be a week behind LewRockwell.com, why don’t you at least do the right thing and provide a link to that site and their great blog??? You link to CATO and the NRA – two wannabee freedom oriented organizations at best.

MrLiberty

June 24th, 2011
11:55 am

Grasshopper – It is ALWAYS correct to be fearful of your government. One must always be cautious of the fear THEY try to engender.

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WOW

June 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

The powers that be in this Country know the more dumbed down we are the easier it will be to make America a real “Big Brother” state.

I actually find that being dumbed down ain’t so bad. I can read the cereal boxes ok and the toys are great. I am still hoping to get a job with the TSA if I can get my GED. Still struggling with the alphabet though. Sometimes I rally feel like a gump.

Junior Samples

June 24th, 2011
12:27 pm

Free roll of tin foil in every box of Frosted Flakes!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

June 24th, 2011
12:36 pm

the REAL Junior Samples , so I have heard from people and a CMT biography, was a old moonshiner before being famous and thus highly unlikely to trust government, pay all the taxes the government says he owed, or put up with a lot of of collectivist crap ..

I think he died a year or two before I was born but that Culhanes skit is hillarious!

WOW

June 24th, 2011
12:36 pm

Well, looks like another left wing retard stole my blog handle.

USinUK

June 24th, 2011
12:39 pm

Does anyone know where I can get a free bottle of Midol? I don’t want to actually pay for it because I am a government welfare baby.

Granny Godzilla

June 24th, 2011
12:39 pm

USinUK

I usually get mine from the free clinic along with my free boxes of depends diapers.

getalife

June 24th, 2011
12:40 pm

i can’t spel caus i am went to a all black colleg in black place.

AmVet

June 24th, 2011
12:40 pm

I hate white people and I served in the military as a cook so everyone has to bow down to me.

DebbieDoRight

June 24th, 2011
12:41 pm

I belong to the US Wican association of America. I eat cat blood.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

June 24th, 2011
12:44 pm

@wow

Damn straight! Michelle Obama has small children trapped in lunar orbit around her a** ..Same as how Al Gore preaches a lot carbon footprint but uses 27 X the us average KwH of electricity at his Tennessee Blimp Hanger..I mean home..

To hell with anyone who ever wants to be meddling in my life…whether they claim it is for the good of society, or my own good, I resent it and in most cases they are utterly full of sh*t anyway with their lunatic theories. This is why I smile a W’esque smirky smile when I tell a pain in the ass busy body do-gooder the tale of Jim Fixx.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

June 24th, 2011
12:48 pm

Wow this blog just turned into the Madam Tussauds of Left Wing Bookman sycophant Aholes :) Along with captions for their displays..bravo whoever did it.

SaveOurRepublic

June 24th, 2011
1:08 pm

MrLiberty @ 11:54 AM EDT (6/24/11) – Good reference to Lew Rockwell…a solid site. Alex Jones Infowars.com & Rense.com are good ones too. BTW, GOA far trumps the NRA in the way of defending our 2nd Amendment.

Booger Fling

June 24th, 2011
1:30 pm

Sugar alone isn’t causing the obesity and diabetes problems, it’s the other ingredients in EVERYTHING that are causing this epidimic. If the government really wants healthier food they should do something about High Fructose Corn Syrup and GMO products.

For those that don’t know GMO is Genetically Modified Organism. And chances are you’ve eaten some today. This contributes to the epidimic. GMO’s don’t provide the nutrients needed to sustain a healthy individual.

WOW

June 24th, 2011
1:35 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle

Left wingers are effing morons. Anyhoo I just noticed on the AJC front page that an Emory monkey is on the loose. I guess that means the Democrats just found themselves another voter.

Portley Pepperpot

June 24th, 2011
1:35 pm

“Sugar alone isn’t causing the obesity and diabetes problems”

People cause themselves to get fat by becoming lazy and sitting in front of the tv watching BET, Jerry Springer etc…

WOW

June 24th, 2011
1:46 pm

“People cause themselves to get fat by becoming lazy and sitting in front of the tv watching BET, Jerry Springer etc…”

Don’t forget that blogging all day instead of working has the same impact. I am a prime example of that.

Grasshopper

June 24th, 2011
2:12 pm

‘Left wingers are effing morons. Anyhoo I just noticed on the AJC front page that an Emory monkey is on the loose. I guess that means the Democrats just found themselves another voter.’

Zing!

Bozo

June 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

I love it how people make stupid comments and then claim somebody “stole their” blog handle. Moron

Bozo

June 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

I like little boys.

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.