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Report: Prince Charles advises banning McDonald’s food
Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Posted on 02/28/2007 7:51:39 AM PST by BenLurkin

LONDON - Prince Charles suggested Tuesday on a visit to the United Arab Emirates that banning McDonald’s fast food was crucial for improving people’s diets, a British news agency reported.

Charles’s comments came while visiting the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi for the launch of a public health campaign, Britain’s Press Association news agency reported.

”Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key,” Charles asked one of the center’s nutritionists, according to the news agency.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman called the remark disappointing. ”This appears to be an off-the-cuff remark, in our opinion,” she said on condition of anonymity, in line with company practice in Britain.

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s Corp. took steps last year to display nutrition facts on its packaging and vary its menu to counter charges that its food is unhealthy and contributes to obesity. There are 25 McDonald’s franchises in the United Arab Emirates.

Charles, who is first in line to the British throne, is an active advocate of organic food. He set up a farm on his Highgrove Estate that does not use artificial pesticides or fertilizers in 1986.

The prince was in the United Arab Emirates with his wife, Camilla, as part of a tour of Gulf countries.

The United Arab Emirates has the world’s second highest number of diabetes cases per capita. One out of five people aged 20 to 79 already suffers from the illness, while 40 percent of the population is at risk for developing it.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: letthemeatcake; mcdonalds; nannystate; princecharles; princeupchuck; unitedarabemirates
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1 posted on 02/28/2007 7:51:40 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

This clown has gone from being annoying to dangerous.


2 posted on 02/28/2007 7:52:13 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

My husband is a diabetic and he has never eaten at a Mickey D's in his life.

In fact he has never eaten at restaurants in the past 30 years, oh, except once last year on a trip to Toronto.


3 posted on 02/28/2007 7:54:21 AM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: BenLurkin

I have to agree with him. McDonalds' food should be banned.

Not on "obesity prevention" grounds, but because their "food" tastes *awful*! A good example - the 10,000 degree plasma wrapped in pastry called the "McDonalds Hot Apple Pie".


4 posted on 02/28/2007 7:54:39 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: BenLurkin

The doofus doesn't have the stones to ask for a ban on 'Fish n Chips'.


5 posted on 02/28/2007 7:54:46 AM PST by AU72
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To: BenLurkin

Average Life time has tripled since we got off the bangers and mash and blood pudding.

This issue needs to be turned over to the "Knock It Off" department.


6 posted on 02/28/2007 7:55:04 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: BenLurkin

Hey Prince,

I'd be more afraid of Catholics starting to outnumber Anglicans in your kingdom than McDonalds contributing to the lard butt's butt size


7 posted on 02/28/2007 7:56:26 AM PST by SaintDismas (.)
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To: BenLurkin

How about if we ban Prince Charles instead? At least forbid him from making stupid statements like that one.


8 posted on 02/28/2007 7:56:46 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: BenLurkin

A bit of spotted dick, anyone?


9 posted on 02/28/2007 7:57:08 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: BenLurkin

This twirp is all about control and power. This is the standard BS you'll hear from Hitlary, Obama-lama-ding-dong, Fooliani and the rest of the libs. Big business is evil because they target our young people blah blah blah. Great Britain is already a socialist state. This won't effect them a bit. It's expected. Unfortunately, the few people that understand the danger of these kinds of politics in this country are just that; "few"


10 posted on 02/28/2007 7:58:50 AM PST by albie
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To: BenLurkin

Yeah, like traditional Brit foods are better for you... Bangers, Fish and Chips, Blood Puddin, and my favorite (not matter what it contains), Spotted Dick.


11 posted on 02/28/2007 7:58:53 AM PST by TWohlford
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To: BenLurkin

He'd do better by forcing companies that want to sell food products in England to use sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup in their recipes...but hey, banning McDonald's is easier for him little brain.


12 posted on 02/28/2007 7:59:03 AM PST by Toggameid
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To: BenLurkin

For once I agree with Chuck.


13 posted on 02/28/2007 7:59:08 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe they could settle with just outlawing the tractor-beams that McDonald's uses to pull people into their restaurants?


14 posted on 02/28/2007 7:59:08 AM PST by Sax
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To: mtbopfuyn

I heard antibiotics will take care of that. ;-)


15 posted on 02/28/2007 7:59:12 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: BenLurkin
Charles, who is first in line to the British throne, is an active advocate of organic food. He set up a farm on his Highgrove Estate that does not use artificial pesticides or fertilizers in 1986.

How many people would have to die in order for this to be viable on a global basis?

This guy is a complete numbskull.

16 posted on 02/28/2007 7:59:16 AM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08! FReepmail me to get on the Newt '08 Ping List)
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To: BenLurkin

He has become a pawn for (radical) Islam.


17 posted on 02/28/2007 8:01:10 AM PST by rintense (Just say no to McCain in 2008!)
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To: BenLurkin

All "organic" means is that it was grown in manure.

So, that makes Mr. Windsor's remarks about fast food...


18 posted on 02/28/2007 8:03:28 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: BenLurkin
You know what else they should do?

They should make everybody gather at the town square for government led calisthenics each dawn.
19 posted on 02/28/2007 8:03:42 AM PST by msnimje (Brian Camenker - The Right's own version of marKOS Moulitsas Zúniga of Daily Kos)
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To: BenLurkin

Ronald ? Ahh come on he's not that bad.


20 posted on 02/28/2007 8:03:53 AM PST by Rummenigge (there's people willing to blow out the light because it casts a shadow)
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To: BenLurkin

Ronald ? Ahh come on he's not that bad.


21 posted on 02/28/2007 8:03:55 AM PST by Rummenigge (there's people willing to blow out the light because it casts a shadow)
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To: RexBeach

"McDonald's food should be banned." - Dave Thomas


22 posted on 02/28/2007 8:04:29 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: BenLurkin

Prince Charles had better stick to talking to trees(as he claims to). He seems pretty good at it.
BTW, is he cheating on his new wife yet?


23 posted on 02/28/2007 8:05:24 AM PST by ShawTaylor
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To: BenLurkin

From: http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1008553

McDonald's hot apple pie

(thing) by FastEddie (2.9 d) (print) ? 1 C! Thu Apr 05 2001 at 11:25:09
Apple Pie: good.
Hot apple pie: good.
McDonalds Hot Apple Pie: the foodstuff of Satan.

I have no idea how they manage to superheat the filling in those pies to approximately the surface temperature of the Sun. I can state with near-certainty that at least 90% of the world's spontaneous combustion cases were caused by eating said pie.

Usual chain of events:
1: "Oh, i think i'll have a Hot Apple Pie"
2: "This looks gorgeous"
3: Head bursts into flames.


24 posted on 02/28/2007 8:06:08 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: BenLurkin

Well now that's a coincidence...Just recently I advocated banning pompous, philandering, British royal ninnies.


25 posted on 02/28/2007 8:07:42 AM PST by opus86
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To: BenLurkin
The government must care for the weak and oppressed citizenry that can not resist the McDonalds drive thru.

Everytime the Prince speaks on subjects such as this his red clown nose becomes larger.
26 posted on 02/28/2007 8:07:55 AM PST by A message (We who care, Can Not Fail)
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To: BenLurkin
The government must care for the weak and oppressed citizenry that can not resist the McDonalds drive thru.

Everytime the Prince speaks on subjects such as this his red clown nose becomes larger.
27 posted on 02/28/2007 8:08:03 AM PST by A message (We who care, Can Not Fail)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh, Chuck, have a cheeseburger and live a little.


28 posted on 02/28/2007 8:08:52 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: ShawTaylor
BTW, is he cheating on his new wife yet?

No, his horse bucked him off.

29 posted on 02/28/2007 8:08:57 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Spktyr
"McDonalds Hot Apple Pie".
One of my favorites.
No resemblance to Apple Pie.
Two pies and a medium coffee and I'm good for 200 mi. hard driving on a road trip.
The good Prince is making me hungry.
Have you tried the Ranch Wraps?
30 posted on 02/28/2007 8:09:09 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: BenLurkin

Shush, Your Highness. You're making a proper Charlie of yourself.


31 posted on 02/28/2007 8:10:13 AM PST by FostersExport
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To: All

Ever seen the crap they serve in the average U.K. eateries???

Ever seen a plate of Bangers and Mash? Gag


32 posted on 02/28/2007 8:10:30 AM PST by imintrouble
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To: BenLurkin

What Prince Charles is thinking: "Everyone should eat top sirloin instead. I do why doesn't everyone else? Why don't their chefs make them healthier food?"



33 posted on 02/28/2007 8:11:01 AM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Ramcat

I'm guessing you wait a while for the Hot Lava Pie to cool off, as no human can possibly eat one fresh from the store.

I think the "serving temperature" of the things is something like nine billion degrees Fahrenheit.


34 posted on 02/28/2007 8:11:05 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: BenLurkin

He's going to go the Al Gore route to get popularity back. He's going to attach himself to many liberal causes.


35 posted on 02/28/2007 8:11:54 AM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: BenLurkin

What happened to the list of Truly Important Problems? I know I had it here somewhere...


36 posted on 02/28/2007 8:12:35 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo (If the Moon didn't exist, people would have traveled to Mars by now.)
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To: Spktyr

Actually, their apple pies were pretty good, back when they still fried 'em. Nowadays, I go to Krystal, instead.

However, as log as folks are not actually starving, why is it gub'mint's job to improve their diet?


37 posted on 02/28/2007 8:14:48 AM PST by Little Ray
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To: BenLurkin

Things like this make me feel really bad for Queen Elizabeth. Now, there's a woman who knows how to keep her mouth shut -- too bad it's apparently not hereditary!


38 posted on 02/28/2007 8:14:57 AM PST by maryz
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To: BenLurkin

Anything ever come of that rumor a while back that Charles had secretly converted to Islam?


39 posted on 02/28/2007 8:16:03 AM PST by maryz
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To: imintrouble

Mince meat pie, deep fried fish, french fries, doner kebabs, black pudding. Has Charles seen what else the British eat. McDonalds is no worse than any of the above foods.


40 posted on 02/28/2007 8:16:19 AM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Spktyr
I'm guessing you wait a while for the Hot Lava Pie to cool off, as no human can possibly eat one fresh from the store.
Are you sure you want to use fresh as an adjective?
Yeah, I usually gulp coffee for about 20 mi. before starting on the pies.
I'm only in for the sugar and caffeine buzz.
41 posted on 02/28/2007 8:16:42 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: Spktyr

Well, that's what the free market is for. IIRC, the royals never even carry money, so they have no concept of it.


42 posted on 02/28/2007 8:18:39 AM PST by twigs
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To: Spktyr
I am laughing because I agree with your assessment. Their apple pie filling is so ridiculously hot and napalm-like in that it adheres to the lips and buccal mucosa like superheated tar.

It is amazing to me that people are so down on McDonald's food. Or ANY fast food of ANY ethnicity. It is MUCH LESS crappy and greasy than fish and chips (which will give you instant pancreatitis it is so greasy.)

What people need to do is just get lumberjack-type jobs that force them to burn 8000 calories a day. Then McDonald's would be perfect and cost-effective.

That is what is wrong with the world today: these candy-ass desk jobs.

43 posted on 02/28/2007 8:20:54 AM PST by caddie
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To: BenLurkin

Why don't we just start by banning monarchies instead?


44 posted on 02/28/2007 8:21:01 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Alouette

My husband is too and we rarely eat fast food. In his case, it's hereditary. I find the incidence in UAE interesting, though. I do genealogy and all the records say hubby is English and German. But he looks Middle Eastern. He was once asked if he was lebanese by a waiter in a ME restaurant. Ii STILL think there's more about him than we know from the legal records.


45 posted on 02/28/2007 8:21:55 AM PST by twigs
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To: BenLurkin

This from a nation whose favorite snack food is deep-fried Mars bars


46 posted on 02/28/2007 8:23:58 AM PST by libertarianPA (http://www.amarxica.com)
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To: BenLurkin

He set up a farm on his Highgrove Estate that does not use artificial pesticides or fertilizers in 1986...Big deal. One year the farm doesn't use pesticides or fertilizers.


47 posted on 02/28/2007 8:24:01 AM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: BenLurkin

Are you kidding? McDonalds makes the only edible food in the entire United Kingdom!


48 posted on 02/28/2007 8:27:42 AM PST by cartan
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To: BenLurkin

I must, for a brief moment, stand in defence of our British cousins.

1) Breakfast. When I was over there, breakfast consisted of fried eggs, toast, fried toast, fried potatoes, BBQ beans, bacon, and some sort of white thing that looked like a sausage but had absolutely NO flavour. Aside from the fried toast, which seemed pointless, and the sausage-like thing, which was nasty, it was all excellent. And English tea is a reasonable substitute for coffee.

2) Fish and Chips. I've has some truly hideous objects labeled "fish and chips" ... in the USA. I've also had good fish and chips in the USA. And good fish and chips in UK. It doesn't have to taste like 10W-40.

3) Beyond that, my only real complaint is that they (even in the 'ethnic' restaurants) have no idea what "spicy" means. None whatsoever.


49 posted on 02/28/2007 8:29:39 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BenLurkin

Other high calorie foods His Royal Chuckness needs to get banned:

1. Shepherd's pie
2. Scones
3. Shortbread
4. Beef Wellington
5. Trifle
6. Ale and beer
7. Pasties
8. Cottage pie
9. Bangers and mash
10. Steak and kidney pie
11. Fish and chips
12. Treacle and toffee

Get to work, Chuck. You will no doubt lose your throne in the process, so there will be an upside for the rest of us.


50 posted on 02/28/2007 8:29:58 AM PST by Cecily
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