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  •  Somewhat off topic: (2+ / 0-)
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    desmoinesdem, conlakappa

    Although I am the biggest opponent of cigarettes and other tobacco products that you will ever find, I have been uncomfortable with the advertising ban.

    I worry that what is acceptable to advertise will be decreased because of the political clout of certain groups.  And have you noticed that some advertising outlets have refused left-leaning advertising, such as Vote Vets ads?

    I am sure that many in the atheist contingent here on DKos would love to see advertising of religious services banned.

    Banning tobacco advertising started a slippery slope that I am uncomfortable about.

    To say that my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."--Hugh Downs

    by Dar Nirron on Fri May 14, 2010 at 06:41:46 AM PDT

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    •  Brainwashing children does not equal fee speach. (3+ / 0-)
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      desmoinesdem, conlakappa, m00finsan

      The exceedlingly sophisticated behavioral modification program that is known as "marketing" has nothing whatsoever to do with free speach.

      The food industry employs armies of child psychologists, media experts, graphic designers and popular celebrities to stoke demand for products that are directly toxic to children. High-sugar, high-fat, high-salt, low-nutrient foods are creating a generation of Americans who will have shorter life expectancies and drastically higher lifetime morbidity & medical costs than their children.

      It's not free speach to peddle crack cocaine to school kids. This is no different in principle.

      •  Preach. I've railed here often enough about (2+ / 0-)
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        desmoinesdem, m00finsan

        the dangers of "the carryout," which I think we'll finally sink folks in the city.  Yes, getting rid of alcohol and cigarette ads was a good move but I don't see people feeding malt liquor and Marlboros for breakfast.

        Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T. Washington

        by conlakappa on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:43:08 AM PDT

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    •  Straw herring (0+ / 0-)

      I am sure that many in the atheist contingent here on DKos would love to see advertising of religious services banned.

      Really? And your basis for that assumption, other than your consistent track record of anti-atheist prejudice, is?

      Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

      by RandomActsOfReason on Fri May 14, 2010 at 07:20:32 PM PDT

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