EU Bans Claiming Water Prevents Dehydration

The European Union is cracking down on what it considers ridiculous claims (they’re tired of the competition). This week’s ridiculous claim that is punishable by a couple of years in jail is that water can keep people hydrated. No, seriously:

Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.

EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.

Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.

Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.

Claiming that global temperatures are increasing, which is melting the polar ice caps, making the oceans rise and someday engulf all coastal cities, killing millions and leaving millions more as “climate change refugees” all because you won’t buy an electric car is still just fine with the EU though.

Here’s a side note for critics of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. Say what you will, but you’ll have to admit it’s better than the EU’s 20-20-20 monstrosity.

DC Restaurant Adds OWS “99 Percent” Burger to Menu for Greedy Price of $9.99

There’s also a 1% burger on the menu for $58:

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Here’s the irony: Taking the ingredients into consideration, the 1% burger is a better deal. When it comes to the Occupy burger, 99 percent seems to be the markup:

A steakhouse in Washington, D.C., is taking a cue from the anti-Wall Street “Occupy” rallies, outfitting its menu with two burgers — one for the so-called 99 percent and another for the remaining one percent.

BLT Steak, just blocks from the “Occupy Washington” rally in Washington, D.C., has a rotating menu of politically-themed sandwiches, according to Eater.com.

New on the menu is the “99 percent,” a six ounce patty melt served on Wonder Bread going for $9.99. Its nemesis, the “One percent,” contains eight ounces of “Kobe” beef served with foie gras, gold leaf, and Grey Poupon. It is $58.

Eater points out that the $9.99 price tag on a patty melt and white bread is perhaps the bigger markup of the two burgers. “The ’99 percent’ is more or less a total ripoff, and the ‘One percent’ is not nearly as excessive as it could be,” the blog said.

How many “Occupiers” will consider this support of the movement (and I use the word “movement” in the most scatological way possible) instead of seeing it as a restaurant owner putting 45 cents worth of ingredients on a plate and charging $9.99 for it?

Charging ten bucks is a thumb in the eye of the Occupiers, because they want it for… you know… free. But if the restaurant did that for Occupiers they would be saying “I’m one of you,” and that only ends badly for businesses that appease.

You can also season the Occupy Burger to your liking. They say it tastes great sprinkled with a dash of assault and pepper spray:

Well of Course: St. Louis Mayor’s Office Responds to Sexual Assault at ‘Occupy’ Emcampment by Criticizing Tea Party

Here’s the short version: It was rumored that a woman taking part in the “Occupy St. Louis” camp was sexually assaulted.

A St. Louis Police Sergeant later confirmed the assault, and stated that the media isn’t reporting the dangers that really exist at the OWS protests.

The Chief of Staff of the St. Louis Mayor responded to confirmation of the assault by… calling the officer a Tea Party extremist.

Video by way of Gateway Pundit:


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There goes a Chief of Staff who probably kicks his cat when the dog s*#ts on the carpet.

OWS Update: Where are the animal rights wacko protesters when you really need them?

If POTUS Gets Eaten By a Crocodile in the Outback, FLOTUS Gets 87 Pairs of Lanvin Sneakers

One of the funnier photo captions I’ve read lately:

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It’s true — Obama was gifted with crocodile insurance when he visited Australia.

£30,000 is roughly $47,000 — so that’s 87 pairs of Lanvin sneakers Michelle Obama gets if the president gets consumed by a crocodile.

Sources tell me that it did indeed almost happen when the prez arrived in Australia. A croc lunged for Michelle’s french fries, missed and got the president. Fortunately the crocodile choked on a teleprompter, allowing Obama to escape.

At the RAAF Base in Darwin, Australia, President Obama kicked himself:

‘I have to admit when we reformed health care in America, crocodile insurance is one thing we left out.’

That’s not accurate, Mr. President — the entire Obamacare bill is a croc!

Henry Waxman: Steven Chu Throwing Taxpayer Money Down the Crapper on Solyndra Will Save Us From Fires, Droughts and Floods

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Steven Chu, Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrats saved us from a horrible death by thirst, fire and drowning by throwing $535 million down the hole on Solyndra — and nobody even bothered to thank them!

That’s the laughable view of the congressman who wields weapons-grade ugly, Henry Waxman:

(CNSNews.com) – Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that Department of Energy subsidies, such as the the failed $535-million loan guarantee to solar company Sloyndra, were “saving” people from “fires, droughts and floods” that are caused by global warming.

“I want to put this in perspective Dr. Chu,” Waxman told Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Thursday at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the Solyndra failure. “You’ve been trying to move our nation toward a clean energy economy. And that’s essential to protect American families from fires and droughts and floods and other extreme weather that climate change will bring.”

Question for Waxman: How many taxpayer-funded bankruptcies will it take to fully stave off global warming and save the world?

White House Unhappy with New Benetton Ads

They’ve got a problem with this?

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It would seem so:

An advertising campaign that depicts President Barack Obama kissing two male world leaders on the mouth drew a critical response from the White House on Thursday.

“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” said White House Spokesman Eric Schultz.

The “Unhate” campaign for Italian clothing firm Benetton showed various world leaders kissing, including Obama lip-locked with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, a longtime Washington adversary.

The ad depicting Obama kissing Hu Jintao was simply ridiculous — everybody knows that’s just impossible to do while you’re bowing.

Anyway, somebody needs to tell Sean Penn the above picture is a fake, because he flew into a jealous rage against Obama and had to be restrained while warning the President to “stay the f*#k away from my Hugo“:

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Transparent Irony, Courtesy of Vice President Pluggers

I love the days when Joe Biden writes all the blog material for me:

Spot the irony in Vice President Biden’s schedule today, from the White House’s daily guidance:

At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At 2:30 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives of the National Sheriffs’ Association in the Roosevelt Room. These meetings are closed press.”

Hopefully Biden keeps the funny coming for the next several hours. If so I can take the entire day off!

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Congrats, America: US Debt Passes $15 Trillion

When 40 cents of every dollar you spend is borrowed money, is there any other possible outcome?

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America is now over $15 trillion in the hole, but thanks to Nancy Pelosi’s connections at Visa, at least the US is now earning Rewards Points on the debt.

This must be a good sign, because, as Sheriff Joe Biden says, you have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt. Thank goodness Obama signed that pay as you go legislation last year!

The debt has risen over $4 trillion just since Obama took office, which is a rate of debt spending previously called “unpatriotic” by none other than… Obama:

(h/t HAP)

Bullet Hits White House Window; Update: Suspect Arrested in Pennsylvania

It’s a good thing the authorities already have a suspect in mind, or else somebody might have blamed this on those darn Teabaggers (if they haven’t anyway).

As a matter of fact, the truth could be in the opposite direction:

ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week may pose a threat to President Obama.

The Secret Service now suspects that a bullet fired in this incident may have hit the White House after a bullet round was found in a White House window, though the round had not yet been conclusively linked to the incident. The round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass, while an additional round has been found on the exterior of the White House.

Police believe the suspect, 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega of Idaho, is mentally ill. Ortega has an extensive record, ranging from domestic violence to drug charges. Sources say a police investigation has uncovered evidence suggesting Ortega has a fixation on the White House.
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Authorities suspect Ortega has been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.

He certainly would blend in nicely with the Occupiers, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, the MSM refuses to stop linking the Tea Party and Sarah Palin to the shooting of Rep. Giffords, when in fact it was the work of a mentally ill lunatic, probably not unlike the person above who the media would never dare link to the Occupy protest.

Update: AP reporting the suspect has been arrested at a Pennsylvania hotel.

Update II: More on the suspect here. Thankfully he was caught.