“Daily Show”: Meet the moron who got San Francisco to ban Happy Meals

posted at 6:40 pm on January 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Reason, Heritage, and a slew of other righty blogs, cleanse your palate with a salty, fatty video snack. Things start slow but hang in there for the end of the interview between Frisco nanny-in-chief Eric Mar and Aasif Mandvi, who finally gives up on trying to contain his incredulity. Between Gavin Newsom opposing the ban and TDS now devoting five-minute segments to goofing on it, I wonder how much support there is even on the left for this sort of thing. How would a national poll shake out? Fifteen percent in favor, maybe? Twenty percent?

If they’re willing to go after this sort of liberal excess, I’m guessing the segment on the new edition of Huckleberry Finn is already in the works. Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff? Maybe just a guy who voted once for Bloomberg back when he was an, ahem, “Republican,” right?


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Clueless in San Fran.

richardcamera on January 5, 2011 at 6:44 PM

That was probably the best thing I’ve ever seen come out of the Daily Show. Well done!

halfastro on January 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

They had no happy meals in soviet russia either…

the_nile on January 5, 2011 at 6:49 PM

The lesson the children of San Francisco need to learn from this whole unhappy meal issue is NEVER EVER VOTE FOR A LIBERAL/DEMOCRAT!

wren on January 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Liberals controlling everything, one happy meal, and one happy person at a time.

The goal is misery for everyone, but not for themselves.

capejasmine on January 5, 2011 at 6:52 PM

In SF instead of a Happy Meal you can now order the new Uniform Standard Juvenile Meal Unit No. 8 for your kids.

Cicero43 on January 5, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Nancy Pelosi’s natural habitat.

karl9000 on January 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff?

Not that I can tell.

In fact on Monday’s episode they compared Republicans to Darth Vader’s empire and the Democrats to the Rebel Alliance.

Go RBNY on January 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff? Maybe just a guy who voted once for Bloomberg back when he was an, ahem, “Republican,” right?

Your second job?

malclave on January 5, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff?

Probably not. This kind on cluelessness is universally recognizable.

SlaveDog on January 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff?

I’m pretty sure many liberals would recognize this as misguided, too.

YYZ on January 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I’m pretty sure many liberals would recognize this as misguided, too.

YYZ on January 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Liberalism = freedom for me, but not for thee.

gryphon202 on January 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM

The lesson the children of San Francisco need to learn from this whole unhappy meal issue is NEVER EVER VOTE FOR A LIBERAL/DEMOCRAT!

wren on January 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I’m thinking that you may be right. San Francisco may be developing the next counter-culture to the counter-culture in their own children. That would be totally awesome.

AZfederalist on January 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Although it is kind of funny if Mar assumed that, being a lefty, The Daily Show would naturally show him in a positive light. He must have realized during the interview that it wasn’t gonna go down that way.

Go RBNY on January 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Despite Allahpundit’s periodic proselytizing, this show remains a humor free , lefty snark fest aimed at shallow brained-juice box generation slugs and Stewart is an irredeemable sphincter.Now and forever.Amen.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff?

I’m sure they’re considering it, on the basis of “who else would write the racist bits?”

TexasDan on January 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I wonder how much support there is even on the left for this sort of thing.

We’re not talkin left as in HuffPost or DailyKos left.

We’re talkin San Fransisco left.

BowHuntingTexas on January 5, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Hmmmm…….kids don’t eat the food because it tastes good? It’s ALL ABOUT THE TOY?

Clueless.

GarandFan on January 5, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Why do I want to give them extra points for doing anything marginally logical?

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 7:10 PM

There are still kids in SF?

innominatus on January 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Congratulations, San Francisco. You’ve gone so far to the left that Gavin Newsom is now lecturing you on the necessary limits of government control.

amerpundit on January 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Maybe McDonalds could reach a deal with San Francisco where they get to keep selling Happy Meals, but the toys can only be Mao Tse Tung action figures.

Cicero43 on January 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

“It’s not the role of government to decide what’s best for kids, it’s the role of parents to decide.”

–Gavin Newsom

amerpundit on January 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

What killed me was some other video about the same subject with a little girl saying she thinks she should have control over her own body. Out of the mouths of babes. You just know she’s parroting her liberal parents speaking on ANOTHER topic.

Paul-Cincy on January 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM

That Netflix example was COMEDY GOLD.

John the Libertarian on January 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

I’m thinking that you may be right. San Francisco may be developing the next counter-culture to the counter-culture in their own children. That would be totally awesome.

AZfederalist on January 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM

The problem is all of those people move the hell out of San Francisco as soon as they can and raise their kids someplace else. Thanks to the “make everything uber-queer, ultra-liberal and extra expensive” attitude of the city, San Francisco has the lowest population of children of any major city in the United States. So not many kids are there to begin with.

Django on January 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

There are still kids in SF?

innominatus on January 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

only gender neutral and toy less

Wade on January 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

That is only one of thousands of reasons we don’t live in CA. In TX we eat what we want. Those here have not said ‘we can or can not’ do what those who want us to bail them out in those states cratering under the nanny!
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letget on January 5, 2011 at 7:27 PM

In Rome, Happy Meals, which are way more expensive there than here, come with “frutas,” a small bag of (in my case) sliced apples and grapes. It was enormously refreshing–I wish we could get something like that here. Eric Mar is an officious fusspot who apparently doesn’t grasp the absurdity of his position even when he’s being slapped in the face with it. Talk about your deer in the headlights.

SukieTawdry on January 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

You know how bad it is with these freakshow lefties that have taken over when I find myself agreeing with Gavin Newsome.
Apparently 2011 is taking place in bizzaro-world.

BakerAllie on January 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I am speechless.

Funny how a liberal show is the one to more effectively expose the madness of liberal, progressive nanny statism than any Conservative media outlet or show has in decades.

I believe his success here is that the councilman opened up his office and was set up fantastically because he thought the Daily Show would be friendly to him and ‘safe”.

Doing so was the undoing in a public manner that we rarely see.

Genius
…….. and Classic and timeless and delicious and BEAUTIFUL.

Opposite Day on January 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Gatta admit, 60 minutes has nothing on the Daily Show as far as investigative reporting goes.

Kini on January 5, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Am I the last person to know that Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News is Mayor Newsoms ex-wife?

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I just got home from a few days visiting my son and his family at Stanford… the nanny statism is so pervasive it is unbelievable. I truly do not understand how anyone can live long in that environment. I know my kids are itching to get away from it.

We visited the Monterrey Aquarium… oh my gosh don’t get me started about the propaganda.

But honestly, the notes from school children were pretty even, pro and con propoganda. I was surprized. I’m wondering if the brainwashing is starting to wear a bit thin for most everyone.

petunia on January 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Am I the last person to know that Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News is Mayor Newsoms ex-wife?

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Not anymore, I must be the last now.

petunia on January 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I think I’d rather take my chances feeding my kids cheeseburgers rather then letting them live in San Francisco, where they’re more likely to be drilled in the rear by an AIDS carrier. Can’t ban that unhealthy lifestyle, now can we?

OxyCon on January 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Exit question: Do they have a conservative on the writing staff? Maybe just a guy who voted once for Bloomberg back when he was an, ahem, “Republican,” right?

Bloomberg was never really a Republican. He was interviewed by Louis Rukeyser, years ago, and he announced he was a Democrat. He only ran as a Republican because the NY Democratic party had an outright socialist in Mark Green.

Preview of what’s happened on the national stage.

rbj on January 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Yet those same crypto-Marxists neo-commie food fascists have no problem with EATING THE RICH.

Hope it chokes them.

Jack Bauer on January 5, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Opposite Day on January 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

You need to watch RED EYE — and not the remarkably unfunny Stewart.

Jack Bauer on January 5, 2011 at 8:10 PM

petunia on January 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Well good, I’m in good company.

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

This morning, on NPR, a Dcotor Greer was giving an interview about why obisity in inner cities is a problem we must throw money at. Personal responsibility is a myth, he said.

1. Inner cities don’t have access to fruit and vegetables.

2. They can’t exercise because gangs keep them indoors.

3. Indoors it is too hot and humid to exercise.

Solution, more rec centers, subsidized markets, tax payer shade trees, and school monitoring. As I listened I couldn’t help but think of the thousands listening saying to themselves ‘Yeah! We are victims!’

Limerick on January 5, 2011 at 8:21 PM

…interview between Frisco nanny-in-chief Eric Mar and Aasif Mandvi, who finally gives up on trying to contain his incredulity.

Better yet is the look on Mar’s face just at the end of interview when realizes how his logic is pretzeled, when he asserts that govt can’t force a private business (Netflix sending “Supersize Me”) to alter their business plan, yet the govt can force MickeyDees to change their business practice…umm because of food equality???

What the.. 1st it’s social justice, then it’s environmental justice, now it’s food justice. It’s about time the earth just opened up and swallow these blithering moonbats.

AH_C on January 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Maybe McDonald’s could just replace the Happy Meal in San Francisco with The Angry Meal!

In place of a toy, if you are a girl, you get a Nancy Pelosi voodoo doll, complete with pins to stick in it, and and if you are a boy, you get an Eric Mar Inflatable Punching Bag that you beat the crap out of whenever you feel in the mood to do so!

pilamaye on January 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM

It’s about time the earth just opened up and swallow these blithering moonbats.

AH_C on January 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM

… and just what do you have against the earth?

/talk about toxic waste

AZfederalist on January 5, 2011 at 8:35 PM

That Netflix example was COMEDY GOLD.

John the Libertarian on January 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

These are the same people who are constantly reminding everyone how incredibly smart they are.

Baxter Greene on January 5, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Maybe McDonald’s could just replace the Happy Meal in San Francisco with The Angry Meal!

In place of a toy, if you are a girl, you get a Nancy Pelosi voodoo doll, complete with pins to stick in it, and and if you are a boy, you get an Eric Mar Inflatable Punching Bag that you beat the crap out of whenever you feel in the mood to do so!

pilamaye on January 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Sign me up!!

tom on January 5, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I’m pretty sure many liberals would recognize this as misguided, too.

YYZ on January 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

That seems reasonable. Of course it would also seem reasonable that they wouldn’t keep electing these kind of politicians either, huh? Oh yeah, reason…

anuts on January 5, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Didn’t Aasif go after a union group that was protesting Wal-Mart recently? And didn’t he take on Wikileaks as well?

…how’s Mandvi’s voting record?

MadisonConservative on January 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Government prefers The Crappy Meal.

profitsbeard on January 5, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Daily Show & Newsome = RIGHT WING WINGNUTS, TEA-SIPPY, MCBUSHITLERY

\it could happen

dts-01 on January 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Notice that he said “We don’t have the power to do that.” when referring to Netflix? He didn’t say that they shouldn’t have that power. He said that they don’t have the power. What a creep.

watson007 on January 5, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Do they have a conservative on the writing staff? I think a lot of folks like Stewart think they’re Progressive, and think Conservatives are really nutsy, but their actual viewpoints are probably closer in many respects to Conservatives than the Michael Moore-style Progressive. They’re just too dumb to realize it.

BKeyser on January 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM

First they came for the happy meal, and I did not speak out–

DSchoen on January 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM

He is a former shop steward for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 790.

I wonder if that has anything to do with his taking on MacDonald’s?

mistersurefire on January 5, 2011 at 10:53 PM

It would be funny as hell if McDs would sell the toys separately for $.01 – but only in San Fran.

Neo-con Artist on January 5, 2011 at 11:04 PM

What’s funny is that Mar’s Netflix meltdown is exactly the same type of cognitive dissonance on display when it comes to ObamaCare and the individual mandate.

They’re all like, why of course forcing people to buy something is constitutional! Why that’s what we do when it comes to car insurance!

And then everyone with a brain is like, dude, no.

Seixon on January 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

MORE PROOF that Liberals can’t stand to see anyone happy: especially children!!!

landlines on January 6, 2011 at 12:08 AM

It’s a stupid law and I have yet to meet anyone in San Francisco who supports it.

Sadly, these stupid prohibitions are not limited to lefties or just one place in CA:

Here is a list of crazy laws that apply to California.

lexhamfox on January 6, 2011 at 12:37 AM

That was hilarious, especially when the reporter trapped the idiot councilman up in his own ludicrous “reasoning” (we don’t have the power to force Netflix to change their business practices, but we do have the power to force McDonald’s to change their business practices because . . . er . . . um . . . it’s all about food equanimity or something or other . . . .)

I just wish when the idiot councilman admitted that his own 10-year old daughter had eaten a lot of Happy Meals in her lifetime, the reporter would have asked the guy just who it was who purchased those evil Happy Meals for the little tyke? I’m guessing Daddy’s little darling wasn’t driving herself to the McDonalds . . .

AZCoyote on January 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Every now and then the Daily Show gets it right.

jeffn21 on January 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Kids, your new Happy Meal, The San Francisco Treat!
Sorry, Rice A Roni, for using that jingle line.

mitch088 on January 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

So is it government’s goal to remove all temptation from us?

abcurtis on January 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Pro-Choice for killing babies = good
Pro-Choice for Happy Meals = bad

Liberals are a disease.

saltydogg14 on January 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM

You folks are ridiculous with this hyperventilation about the approach of government stepping in to help reduce child obesity.

Have you looked around at the stats around you?
Heart disease is among the top, if not the biggest killer of Americans.
America is the fattest country on earth – the biggest obesity rate.
You eat the most junk food per capita than anywhere else.
Your kids are sold what amounts to toxic waste at their school cafeterias.

Many other points as the ones above.

You get all hysterical at the suggestion of banning pop drinks like coke and sprite from schools, or doing what SF did (which amounts to a really small intervention compared to the damage “Micky Dee’s” does).

Are you really that worried about McDonald’s bottom line? Or the inability of getting these “banned” toys for your kids? Or nonavailability of this garbage they sell as food? No. McDonald’s will continue busting out record profits, your kids can still get those toys, and you can feed them as much toxic waste from McD’s menu as you wish.

But you’re still hysterical and busy nuking strawmen.

AlexB on January 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM