1. Government pushes major retailers to stop selling tobacco

    Big Government thugs harassing tobacco retailers

    It's 3 a.m. and you're waiting in an alley in a long trench coat. Suddenly, a dark figure steps out of the shadows, presses a small package firmly in your hands, and quickly disappears.

    No, he didn't hand you a baggie of heroin. It wasn't a stolen handgun either.

    It was a pack of Marlboros! And if that sounds crazy to you... if you don't think you should have to sneak around like a criminal to exercise your RIGHT to smoke... you'd better start making noise before it's too late.

    More than two dozen states have sent official letters to pharmacy retailers Rite Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway and Walmart asking them to stop selling tobacco forever. These same Big Government thugs who have been attacking your right to light up for years now want to tell PRIVATE businesses what they can sell.

    And it's all because these nanny-state liberals smell blood in the water. A few weeks back, CVS caved to their pressure and announced it would pull tobacco products next year. Their CEO even hopped on his soapbox and claimed tobacco was no longer compatible with the chain's health focus.

    Oh please spare me. If there's ever a Hypocrite Olympics, CVS will take home the gold. This is the same company that offers coupons and money-back rebates on hard alcohol... the same company that has made BILLIONS hawking prescription drugs that have been linked to the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

    And you can bet your bottom dollar that you'll still be able to stroll into any CVS store across America and buy all the vodka, Oxycontin, and super-sized bags of candy you can carry.

    Uncle Sam's move to yank tobacco out of pharmacies doesn't have a darned thing to do with your health. It's a groin shot to the entire tobacco industry that will threaten its very right to exist.

    Tobacco companies sell $2 billion worth of their product every year through CVS -- and you'd better believe that's a drop in the bucket next to Walmart.

    Listen, I'd rather put a toilet-handle in my mouth than a cigarette, because who wants to smoke burning paper? And don't even get me started on the chemicals you could be sucking down. But I DO smoke delicious all-tobacco cigars every single day, and the tobacco and nicotine help me fight everything from heart disease to cognitive decline.

    But that's entirely beside the point, isn't it? Because, in this country of all places, you ought to be able to follow the old maxim "smoke 'em if you got 'em" without worrying about some government goon looking over your shoulder while you do.

    So the next time you're in one of these pharmacy retailers Big Government is targeting, walk right up to the counter and buy your tobacco product of choice. And make sure you let the manager know that the day they stop doing business with tobacco companies, they're done doing business with you, too.

  2. Attention Walmart shoppers: Eat this, not that

    Freedom Friday: Retail giant wants to tell you what to eat

    Everyone -- and I mean EVERYONE -- is trying to tell you what to eat.

    The feds, the food industry, your doctors, media know-it-alls and more -- and if that's not enough, now you can add one more name to the growing list of lecturers.

    Starting next month, Walmart is going to put labels on its products that tell you which foods are "GREAT FOR YOU."

    I'm not kidding -- that's the label.

    I've had an advance look at the list of what Walmart thinks is "GREAT FOR YOU," and I have to say it IS actually great for you... if you happen to be building a fallout shelter.

    The list is packed with enough canned meats, canned vegetables, pasta, rice (brown of course), beans, and nonfat dry milk to ride out the apocalypse.

    Fresh fruit and vegetables also make the cut, but fresh meats don't unless they meet the USDA definition of lean. And don't even think about touching real, fresh milk -- only skim and 1% are GREAT FOR YOU.

    It's downright insane, because it's the fats and cholesterol from fresh meat and dairy that are in fact GREAT FOR YOU, not the tasteless junk Walmart is trying sell.

    The initiative doesn't end there, either.

    Walmart's other GREAT FOR YOU claim to fame is that they're getting food makers to create "healthier" products. And you're not going to believe what they consider "healthier."

    The biggest move so far was strong-arming meatpackers into cutting the amounts of sodium used in the solutions that meats are soaked in. But the real reason those meats are soaked in any kind of solution in the first place is to soak you -- so you pay $6.99 a pound for a salt water solution along with your meats.

    If the meat is still being packed in weight-adding liquids, it's still a rip-off no matter how much or how little salt they use. (And since it comes from a meatpacking plant, odds are it's crawling with bacteria, too -- not so "great for you" after all!)

    Forget Walmart or any other supermarket and head straight for the nearest butcher instead. Tell him you want as many grass-fed cuts of fatty organic beef as you can carry home.

    Now that's what I call "GREAT FOR YOU."

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