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Get ready to ban more things. A new dangerous combination…

OK, now that we’ve decided that banning everything is the way to go, rather than regulating products or educating people, what’s dangerous combinations will we be going after next?

Oh no!!! It’s alcohol and… dessert topping. My God, they’ll get drunk and fat at the same time. We must ban this immediately!!!!

Though the packaging resembles a standard canister of Reddi-wip, these creamy toppings pack between 15-18% alcohol by volume, making one container as powerful as three or four beers. While that’s a lot of whipped cream to consume in one sitting, Dr. Anita Barry, director at the Boston Public Health Department told the Boston Herald there is still concern about the potency of the products. “They can get a significant amount of alcohol in one shot,” she said, adding that there questions about whether the packaging sufficiently revealed the products’ high alcohol content.

What about the children????

…public health officials have also expressed concerns that the sweet flavor and familiar packaging will make the products appealing and dangerous to children.

Certainly this is a non-issue, right? I mean, it’s not like the dangers of alcohol and caffeine. They wouldn’t actually ban it. I’m just crying wolf, right?

Apart from the delisting in Michigan, as of now no other states have banned the products, but a source indicated to the Herald that the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Control Commission is closely monitoring the whipped toppings.

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Next up: rum cake

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32 comments to Get ready to ban more things. A new dangerous combination…

  • kant

    it really baffles me that people are actually raising the alcohol content as an area of concern, given that spirits are normally 80 and 100 proof. Especially considering that people won’t start drinking whipped cream like cans of beer.

    I’m just waiting for the day when some tough-on-scary-things politician is going to introduce a bill that says everything is banned unless specially exempt.

  • @kant See Precautionary Principle, which almost gets you there.

    I also seem to recall sometime a couple of years ago (perhaps on the Agitator’s site) a legislator saying that things in general have no business being legal unless they’ve been proved safe.

  • mikekinseattle

    Plus, there is nitrous oxide in whipped cream! Double trouble.

  • peace and safety

    Eggnog and Sake must be banned.

  • chris

    I had sake pudding in las vegas. Not sure if it had alcohol in it as it was freely available from the dessert bar at the flamingo, but think of the message that would send to kids.. if they knew what sake was.

  • Cannabis

    The “professionals” posting on the ONDCP listserv are going nuts about this topic.

  • Jake

    “…public health officials have also expressed concerns that the sweet flavor and familiar packaging will make the products appealing and dangerous to children.”

    so put an age limit on alcohol products.. oh wait we have that… then put it in a high cupboard if you buy it and have kids… wait wait wait… that is inconceivably hard and ‘encroaches’ on the right of people… best ban it!

  • warren

    How about vanilla extract. 70% b/v. With a little sugar and soda water one of the best drinks in town. A prohibition {alcohol] special. The people that do the prohibiting are an example of first rate bungs I ever read about. What morons.

  • glad i grew up in the age of candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars

  • claygooding

    Once prohibitionists take the bait into their mouth they are as hooked as a heroin addict.
    And our legislators have a learning curve similar to the horizon.

  • darkcycle

    Well, f*ck me.
    The Blueberry chocolate candies available at Costco are over 10% ABV. No labeling. No Age Limiting. And they’re candies. BTW. for a real treat go look at the really stupid post, first up on the ONDCP listserv linked above, I paraphrase: …I suppose for a real kick they could inhale the nitrous then drink the whipped cream….

    I’d try it, but I can’t figure out quite how you’d get the cream out of the container, once the propellant is gone….

  • strayan

    The beauty of it being a legal product is that you can actually recall it (not that I think it should be).

    Try recalling a contaminated batch of MDMA or diamorphine or any other prohibited substance.

  • darkcycle

    Does anyone else smell Karen Tandy’s stench on this? K2 then this idiocy.

  • Karen Tandy works at Motorola. Do you mean Michele Leonhart?

  • darkcycle

    Duh. Thanks Pete, this Flu got me muddled…

  • vicky vampire

    iTS THE Fucking Nanny state our cars must off street or snow removel I get some of that for safety but then now you have to bring your trash cans up from curb or you’lll get notice ticket or something and now in some towns in Utah if do not shovel sidewalk hefty fines ,hey some folk travel and are elderly or sick and WTF SO YOUR neighbors now will help you come on everyone busy enough yes they say we will for you lazy asses to keep thing s clean one guy on local talk here in Salt Lake City said whats next are we going to be ordered to clean the parks or be fined and this is part of this whip ban with alchohol I used to think it was only the religious right doing this stuff now its also a bunch of busy bodies who feed on power and like lording it on you .

    There starting to put chips in trashs cans I’m sorry guys but thats the ultimate last straw for and monitoring how many times you put trash out and fining accordinlly look these folks can f theemselmes i TOLD MY HUBBY i WILL NOT COMPLY AT ALL I recycle but will not be told I’m not puting out enough trash and I don’t know I’m rambling now this really pisses me off your thoughts our society is nuts.

  • DdC

    MPP’s Bill Gives Voice To Lost Children

    Dunlop’s private member’s bill aims to write into law that children who are endangered by drug trafficking fall under the category of abused children.

    It could even be argued that the added threat of incarceration and risk of separation from children might serve as a strong incentive for parents to clean up their acts.

    More profit for the Child Protection Racket…

    * Treating Behavioral Disorders in Children with Ritalin 10/11/01

    * Columbian schoolchildren sprayed from above 08/26/00

    * Three million children receiving stimulant drugs for ADHD

    * Getting Rich Off Prohibition

    * Help Keep Georgia Kids Out Of Adult Jails

    * Treating Children Like People

    * Sexual Abuse Pervasive in Louisiana Juvenile Detention

    * Dare has stranglehold on Drug education!
    Communities should have alternatives to using the DARE program, becuause of it’s ineffectiveness. There are other programs out there infinitely more effective, but DARE has a stranglehold on drug education. DARE has, you stated contributed to increased drug use, and should be replaced with a more effective program. DARE gets some of it’s funding from Pharmaceutical companies.
    ~ Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA)

    * Human Rights Watch has documented abominable conditions for children in detention in countries around the world. In the United States (Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, and Maryland), Pakistan, Jamaica, among other countries, children are subjected to excessive force, inadequate medical and mental health care, and are provided with little or no education. Often, these children are placed in the facilities along side adults, exposing them to physical and sexual abuse.

    Candyman Stoner

    * Sen. Stoner Targets Stoner Pops
    By: Tracey Christensen 4/1/2008
    A Georgia state senator with the last name “Stoner” has put his name on a bill to ban the sale of so-called “Stoner Pops” to minors. The legal lollipops taste like illegal marijuana and critics say they help hook youngsters on the real thing.

    State of denial By Bruce Van Dyke 11.25.10
    It’s time for this state to join the 21st century. It’s time for the state to stop pretending that it’s 1937, the age of Reefer Madness. It’s time for this state to pull its big dumb head out of its big dumb ostrich hole and establish a sane, civilized, and eventually lucrative system of dispensaries for medical marijauna.

  • Time to ban spices....

    …..hell the kids will gulp down large amounts of nutmeg to get high. Dont these fucking nanny statist trolls get it! The more you ban stuff the more people (especially kids) want it. Oh silly me , of course they know this….thats the point…keep the prisons full. Indoctrinate the next generation.

    Yup nanny state, police state, NWO …whatever. We live in times where you will be charged with crimes that are not crimes. Only when we reclaim control of our country from these parasites will we be a free society.

    They want to ban things that are ‘bad’ for you yet, states all over the country are pushing for land based casinos. Are you kidding? Casinos can ruin lives faster than any drug. Have you seen the look in the eyes of casino goers as they leave…
    Can you tell me who’s lives are ruined when a spouse spends the family into debt?

    I have a solution. In order to stop ruining live, all life must be ended.

  • claygooding

    Dang you Pete,you have me craving rum cake topped with whipped cream/alcohol chased with four loco and followed closely with a fattie.

  • Shap

    RIP Four Loko and anything remotely similar to it

  • Jhelion

    I carry this in my restaurant – goes great on jello shots

  • Servetus

    Could Kahlua be next?

    Stay tuned as prohib hysteria mounts an assault on all combinations of everything.

  • Bruce

    14 years toothless, dreaming of dentures, yet just the first quarter of this year my generous Canada gov’t has spent 65 million dollars on advertising telling me what to do, how important the 1812 memorial is, and what is a healthy choice for me. Yah oh KAY
    Riiiight

  • Windy

    The thing about Kahlua is one can make a very tasty substitute, much cheaper, at home. The recipe is simple:
    8 cups raw sugar
    4 ounces of Kava instant coffee
    8 cups of water
    Mix together, bring to boil, reduce heat (or it will boil over) and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool thoroughly, then stir in:
    1/4 cup pure vanilla extract
    1.75 liters vodka
    Makes 4.4 liters of coffee liqueur. Use just like you would use Kahlua.

  • Time to ban spices....

    …Maybe we here on Petes couch should come up with recipes for every ‘Get high/drunk” combo we can find and post them here. Yup ! Make thier job easy! Then, when they have banned everything and our cabiets are bare of foods…then maybe the public will take a stand against this idiocy.

  • Jake

    Is beginning to remind me of iRobot – ‘cant you see the logic, it is for your own protection’, making acceptable ‘some lives will be lost in the transition’. That would work, if none of us valued this thing called freedom…

  • DdC

    Virtues’ of Ganja

    Near beer looks and taste like real beer, moonshine looking like bottled water may be a risk. As mentioned, candy cigarettes and m&m’s look like pills. Booze in mouthwash and the Priest giving kids a taste of sacramental vino at Mass. They tried banning Hemp candy, the only danger is its making schizophrenics out of the drug worriers. Ganja may protect cigarette smokers and those stuck in traffic by expectorating the pollutants before they do lung damage. What would the message be to the rugrats? What about the Ganjawar profits? Are these sucker moms that selfish they would worry more about their kids health than prison profits? Lets bust the parents if their kids get caught with pot. Why enable the evil doers with bogus laws that only perpetuate the profits, thereby disregarding any notion of concern for the citizens wellfare. Kids are bombarded every Christmas with war toys. WTF is that message?

    “Our problems stem
    from our acceptance of
    this filthy, rotten system.”
    ~ Dorothy Day

    Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

    Hypocrisy & Double Standards

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    * Bill Bendit’s Virtues
    * Fair Deal for Noelle Bush
    * Can John Ashcroft Overcome His Ideology?
    * JEB BUSH CAUGHT IN ILLEGAL DRUG COVER-UP SCANDAL
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    * PREJUDICE: MARIJUANA AND JIM CROW LAWS
    * Cunningham’s Vote to Support the Death Penalty for Drugs
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    * 99.28% ditchweed
    * Drug Czar Seeks To Ban All Hemp Products

  • Cliff

    So much for rum and coke and Irish coffee. The horror. At least we’ll be safe from awake drunks and kids high on whatever they can find to get high, even if it kills them.

  • Cliff

    The thing about Kahlua is one can make a very tasty substitute, much cheaper, at home. The recipe is simple:
    8 cups raw sugar
    4 ounces of Kava instant coffee
    8 cups of water
    Mix together, bring to boil, reduce heat (or it will boil over) and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool thoroughly, then stir in:
    1/4 cup pure vanilla extract
    1.75 liters vodka
    Makes 4.4 liters of coffee liqueur. Use just like you would use Kahlua.

    Hmmm, mixing different ingredients to get a high while you enjoy yourself with a tasty flavor. That could lead to too much pleasure and stimulation. Be careful, the illegal combination of alcohol and caffeine may attract moral sadists who would like to lock you up. For their own pleasure of course.

  • Duncan20903

    The “professionals” posting on the ONDCP listserv are going nuts about this topic.

    That’s simply impossible. Those people were nucking futz when they came through the door.

  • Duncan20903

    I’d try it, but I can’t figure out quite how you’d get the cream out of the container, once the propellant is gone….

    It just sort of dribbles out of the can after the NO2 has been expelled. The cream is no longer whipped so it won’t make a pretty ice cream sundae.

    It’s a really damn expensive way to enjoy whippeds.

    Duh. Thanks Pete, this Flu got me muddled…

    Don’t be embarrassed. Those two are for all intents and purposes identical twins.