Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Boycott Kellogg's

Pot activists aren't taking Kellogg's very public snub of Olympic champion Michael Phelps lightly: four national organizations are calling for a boycott of all the cereal and snack company's products – and asking their members to contact Kellogg with complaints.

The Marijuana Policy Project, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Alliance are all urging a Kellogg boycott.

"Kellogg's had no problem signing up Phelps when he had a conviction for drunk driving, an illegal act that could actually have killed someone," said Rob Kampia, the Marijuana Policy Project's executive director.

I don't really give a damn about Michael Phelps, but Kellogg's is being kinda hypocritical here, aren't they?

29 comments:

coreydbarbarian said...

perhaps (just perhaps) kellogg's glaring hypocrisy is reflective of our nations double-standard on drug policy?

while i am definitely boycotting kellogg's, i think they are following the governments example here. our nation's drug policy is at best an example of cognitive dissonance, at worst an institutional psychosis.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it was just because this is another strike against the fish. This was his second offense and he claimed to have learned his lesson from his first. Is Kellogs required to wait for three? Maybe they could use that picture on the front of one of the cereals. Now available at your local grocery store "Hippy Lettuce, the breakfast of champions".
The boycott is stupid. Phelps should realize by now that cameras are everywhere and keep his head out of the bong.

coreydbarbarian said...

lol.

anonymous's defensive posturing would be entirely amusing if i could somehow discount the 10 million americans that've been incarcerated for ingesting a plant, their families, and the 2 million americans currently residing in our prisons for said "offense".

perhaps foolish know-it-alls should stop pretending they have the right to dictate what others eat, drink, think or do.

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Anonymous said...

Lets see where this argument has suddenly wandered of to. So now, Kelloggs should take to the political realm and become the voice of legalized drugs? Ah, no they shouldn't. Their branding was built on family and values and such posturing will be disastrous to the company. Leave the legalization battles to the hippy lettuce coalition. Maybe the foolishness know-it-alls should stop telling Kelloggs who they should put on their cereal boxes.

Shitstorm McGee said...

Fuck Kellogg's, and fuck you too Anonymous. Even a dim-wirtted asshole should be able to differentiate between an attack on hypocrisy and dictating who is on a cereal box!

For the record: drinking and driving is far, far worse than taking a hit from a bong.

For the record: drugs should be legal and taxed - ALL OF THEM!

For the record: celebrity product endorsements are fucking idiotic - ALL OF THEM!

BAWDYSCOT said...

The main thing keeping mary jane illegal is the fact it is too fucking easy to grow. The government could not control it and in effect not taxed to the fullest(Waaaaaaahh!), hence the illegality. Is that right, fuck no. Is that reality, my opinion, yeah.

If you want to read something funny here is this...



What Michael Phelps Should Have Said
Smoking pot shouldn't be a crime. Or the public's business.

Radley Balko | February 2, 2009

Dear America,

I take it back. I don’t apologize.

Because you know what? It’s none of your goddamned business. I work my ass off 10 months a year. It’s that hard work that gave you all those gooey feelings of patriotism last summer. If during my brief window of down time I want to relax, enjoy myself, and partake of a substance that’s a hell of a lot less bad for me than alcohol, tobacco, or, frankly, most of the prescription drugs most of you are taking, well, you can spare me the lecture.

I put myself through hell. I make my body do things nature never really intended us to endure. All world-class athletes do. We do it because you love to watch us push ourselves as far as we can possibly go. Some of us get hurt. Sometimes permanently. You’re watching the Super Bowl tonight. You’re watching 300 pound men smash each while running at full speed, in full pads. You know what the average life expectancy of an NFL player is? Fifty-five. That’s about 20 years shorter than your average non-NFL player. Yet you watch. And cheer. And you jump up spill your beer when a linebacker lays out a wide receiver on a crossing route across the middle. The harder he gets hit, the louder and more enthusiastically you scream.

Yet you all get bent out of shape when Ricky Williams, or I, or Josh Howard smoke a little dope to relax. Why? Because the idiots you’ve elected to make your laws have, without a shred of evidence, beat it into your head that smoking marijuana is something akin to drinking antifreeze, and done only by dirty hippies and sex offenders.

You’ll have to pardon my cynicism. But I call bullshit. You don’t give a damn about my health. You just get a voyeuristic thrill from watching an elite athlete fall from grace–all the better if you get to exercise a little moral righteousness in the process. And it’s hypocritical righteousness at that, given that 40 percent of you have tried pot at least once in your lives.

Here’s a crazy thought: If I can smoke a little dope and go on to win 14 Olympic gold medals, maybe pot smokers aren’t doomed to lives of couch surfing and video games, as our moronic government would have us believe. In fact, the list of successful pot smokers includes not just world class athletes like me, Howard, Williams, and others, it includes Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, the last three U.S. presidents, several Supreme Court justices, and luminaries and success stories from all sectors of business and the arts, sciences, and humanities.

So go ahead. Ban me from the next Olympics. Yank my endorsement deals. Stick your collective noses in the air and get all indignant on me. While you’re at it, keep arresting cancer and AIDS patients who dare to smoke the stuff because it deadens their pain, or enables them to eat. Keep sending in goon squads to kick down doors and shoot little old ladies, maim innocent toddlers, handcuff elderly post-polio patients to their beds at gunpoint, and slaughter the family pet.

Tell you what. I’ll make you a deal. I’ll apologize for smoking pot when every politician who ever did drugs and then voted to uphold or strengthen the drug laws marches his ass off to the nearest federal prison to serve out the sentence he wants to impose on everyone else for committing the same crimes he committed. I’ll apologize when the sons, daughters, and nephews of powerful politicians who get caught possessing or dealing drugs in the frat house or prep school get the same treatment as the no-name, probably black kid caught on the corner or the front stoop doing the same thing.

Until then, I for one will have none of it. I smoked pot. I liked it. I’ll probably do it again. I refuse to apologize for it, because by apologizing I help perpetuate this stupid lie, this idea that what someone puts into his own body on his own time is any of the government’s damned business. Or any of yours. I’m not going to bend over and allow myself to be propaganda for this wasteful, ridiculous, immoral war.

Go ahead and tear me down if you like. But let’s see you rationalize in your next lame ONDCP commercial how the greatest motherfucking swimmer the world has ever seen...is also a proud pot smoker.

Yours,

Michael Phelps

coreydbarbarian said...

sweet.

that was a great link, bawdy.

coreydbarbarian said...

on that note...

David said...

Dear Mike

Shouldn't couldn't wouldn't but still is. You cannot pick & chose what laws you will or will not follow. Don't like the law then change it. Until then, you just lost millions upon millions Mike. If Pot is worth that much to you then we wish you well. Keep working you butt off & we will keep giving our endorsements to smarter athletes. They are a dime a dozen.

Sincerely

David Mackay
CEO Kelloggs

Ceroill said...

CSM- this is completely nonsequitur. I just logged on, and find a strange glitch in evidence, at least for me. When I log onto the homepage of this blog I see no articles on the left. No headlines, nothin. Everything else is still there on the page, and if I scroll down to where the latest comments are linked, I can reach the articles in question. But if I return to the main page, the primary text area is still blank.

It is...10:34 PM Central Time, Monday, Feb 16.

csm said...

Don't know what the problem is there, Bob. Things are fine here. Anyone else experiencing the type of problems Bob explains above?

Ceroill said...

Whatever it was, it was transient. A few hours later things were back to normal.

coreydbarbarian said...

"You cannot pick & chose what laws you will or will not follow. Don't like the law then change it. "

--i keep wondering what henry david thoreau, mlk jr., or gandi would say in response. or rosa parks.

furthermore, i'm pretty sure good ol' king george expressed similar sentiments to those pesky american colonists.

i'd explain how abiding by an unjust and immoral law makes an individual immoral themselves, but i fear such nuance escapes your vision.

shouldn't you be standing somewhere yelling "drill baby drill!" or "cut taxes!" or something?

Anonymous said...

The 1st thing Gandhi would say is add an h please, but he would say it politely.

Rosa would say my feet were tired and racial prejudice does not correlate with drug regulations. Drug regs apply to all not just one group.

MLK would state "I didn't break laws I sought to change them. Please do the same."

I think you meant to say "Spend Baby Spend" who cares how it cripples our children. I'm following Thoreau.

coreydbarbarian said...

and that, my friends, is why i try not to engage the anonymous bloggers anymore; there is absolutely no logical consistancy to this argument. i have seen more substantial arguments from my 3yr old nephew.

BAWDYSCOT said...

It's just that we can't get away from people wanting to tell others how to run their lives. And the bitch of it is, most social conservatives are the most vocal about the government staying out of their lives, whether financially or bureaucratically, but believe not a scintilla of governmental restraint is in order when it comes to the activities of daily living.

Ceroill said...

bawdy- this is because, as far as I can see (I could be wrong), is it's because they don't see bureaucracy and finances as being an area of 'morality' while one's personal life is. And they feel they have the market cornered in that department. Therefore, since they feel it should be so painfully obvious how right they are, and yet see that others don't see it, therefore it is necessary to force them into that mold. Even if it's the gummint that does it.

Just my opinion. I could be wrong.

BAWDYSCOT said...

Bob,

The left does the same exact thing when they want to tell us how to live by eating right and exercising and that it takes a village to raise your kids. The problem as I see it, is we as a people have given in to the urge to push our beliefs on others and have given up on the rights of the individual. The only defense I can see of the left is that they are not being hypocritical as they have almost always gravitated to the collective and not the individual. The right(social) doesn't have a leg to stand on.

Anonymous said...

It is a treat to watch you guys turn this whole issue into a left right argument when in reality this is just an issue of we will be a society of laws or a society of chaos. Corey the Barbarian takes the assumption I am a conservative and that I believe weed should be regulated. I never made that argument. He also uses apples to compare oranges and is just all over the place. Just a mess.

Drug regulations are needed. You can't put heart medications and other very dangerous beta blockers,calcium channel blockers, etc and allow patients to medicate themselves. Therefore such a blanket statement is ridiculous and few believe such nonsense. Where to draw that line is a defensible discussion.

Coreydbarbarian, I would venture to say my anonymous moniker makes much more sense than yours. The posture of my argument is without question.

Ceroill said...

Bawdy, indeed they do, indeed they do. Both extremes are convinced they have the answers to everything.

BAWDYSCOT said...

Anonymous(fcc, maybe, sounds like him), we are talking weed here, not prescription medicine,

I am a libertarian and believe in "a society of laws". But just few of them, all that is necessary and good ones. Our drug laws are not good ones. Especially the ones concerning pot. The government should not get into the personal morals issue unless another citizen's rights have been infringed.

Verification word: (s)ciatic

csm said...

Ever been to Europe anony? In many countries you go to a drug store and buy medication - no prescription necessary. I came down with a bad cough in Greece a few years ago and got drugs that would've required a scrip here... and they helped.

coreydbarbarian said...

that's a great point, csm. come to think about it, the u s of a didn't try to legislate such issues until the 2nd & 3rd decade of the 20th century, and even then it was more about racial discrimination than protecting anyones health.

BAWDYSCOT said...

Now I am confused. The two of you(Csm and Corey) have gone on record lambasting the previous administration and it's ambivilence towards government regulation, but you are congratulatory of the Europeans because they have a more lax policy towards pharmaceuticals? Please explain.

Anonymous said...

CSM your example is complete stupidity. Iran beheads women does that mean we should? The US has 100,000 deaths due to the misuse of perscription drugs every year with regs in place. Some things professionals need to manage, Things like drugs, nukes, Hazardous waste etc. I'm not interested in being like Europe.

csm said...

So I'm guessing you would be in favor of more gun regulations, being that they are dangerous and all, you fucking anonymous troll?

Cigarettes are more dangerous than most "drugs" - nicotine is the most addictive substance on the planet. And alcohol is more dangerous than pot. I don't use any of it (tobacco, pot, even alcohol these days).

And Bawdy, really? You're confused? Really? I'm surprised. I thought you were more intelligent than that? There is a HUGE difference between the government protecting me from myself (drugs) and protecting me from greedy shitbags (oversight, biz regulations, etc.). Got it?

Anonymous said...

CSM you are so ridiculous. Cigs cannot begin to compare with heart meds, cancer drugs and other high risk drugs in the marketplace. Adddiction is not the driving issue but death is.
You cannot even seem to grasp the difference between perscription medications and recreational drugs. Continue to question the intelligence of others while you drown in your own ignorance.
In case you missed it, we have gun regulations. We also have limitations on the firearms one can own. Attempted to by an HK416 lately? If you desire to produce similes make them legitimate.

csm said...

Oh, yes, because everyone is clamoring to take heart medicine without a doctor's guidance (please, insert a very mocking tone to that).

Seems like the anonymous fuckstick doesn't think that cigs can kill. And the reason I don't differentiate between perscription drugs and others is because there is no difference. Every "drug" has a different impact and is taken for different reasons. Whether they are illegal or not is solely a stupid political decision.

Finally, I leave it to the regular participants in this forum to judge the relative intelligence of me and this anonymous fuckstick (and I don't even really care what those fucks think either!) [The term fucks being used with all the love I can muster.]