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Girl Scout Cookies Boycott Called by National Action Against Obesity
National Action Against Obesity ^ | February 19, 2007

Posted on 02/21/2007 3:25:57 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084

New York, NY (PRWeb) February 19, 2007 -- www.actionagainstobesity.com -- As America's child and adult obesity figures rise, National Action Against Obesity (NAAO), calls for a boycott of the reported $700 million in Girl Scout Cookies sold annually.

Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era. Girl Scouts have an economic, medical and moral imperative to dump junk food as their $700 million fundraising source. NAAO would like the Girl Scouts to commit to a 5-year plan transitioning away from junk food as the organization's primary fundraiser "Girl Scout Cookies are high-calorie, high-sugar, high in saturated fat and nearly devoid of nutrition. Using young girls as a front to push millions of cookies onto an already bloated population further exacerbates an alarming crisis, no matter how cute the uniforms are," said NAAO President MeMe Roth. "The Girl Scouts sell up to 200 million boxes yearly -- that's about one box for every overweight American."

Girl Scouts of the USA have a flawed business model in direct conflict with their posted mission statement -- 'Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.' "Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era. Girl Scouts have an economic, medical and moral imperative to dump junk food as their $700 million fundraising source. NAAO would like the Girl Scouts to commit to a 5-year plan transitioning away from junk food as the organization's primary fundraiser," continued Roth.

NAAO suggests Girl Scouts look to Boy Scouts as a model -- they're known for community service, unlike Girl Scouts singularly identified with baked goods. "Do your good deed -- while Girl Scout Cookies are on sale through March, smile at the children, offer a donation, but leave those cookies behind."


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KEYWORDS: foodpolice; nannystate; samoasrbest; thinmints
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To: Gabz

Thanks for the ping.

Tell me more about this cookies for the troops thing. Do all the girl scouts gangs or troops or whatever you call them have this or is it just a local thing where you are?

This is the first time in 15 years or more that I don't have a grand daughter involved with the G.S., either that or they forgot about me.

I'd like to contribute to cookies for troops, everybody in their right mind loves G.S. cookies.


101 posted on 02/21/2007 7:30:15 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

As far as I know the "Taste of Home" program is Girl Scout wide. The troop, or specific girl schout/brownie gets the credit, but there is no echange of cookies involved.

You just pay your $3.50 per box and at the end of the cookie drive the GS will send how ever many boxes to the troops.


102 posted on 02/21/2007 7:37:39 PM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

What do these nitwits want??? Brussels sprout sales?

103 posted on 02/21/2007 7:44:54 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The Republican primary field SUCKS!!!)
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To: paulat; Eric Blair 2084

I sincerely hope that paulat is right and this thread really is a fake. If it's not, a certain MeMe/MiMi needs a box of Girl Scout cookies crammed down her pretty little throat.


104 posted on 02/21/2007 7:49:47 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The Republican primary field SUCKS!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Eric Blair 2084
I sincerely hope that paulat is right and this thread really is a fake. If it's not, a certain MeMe/MiMi needs a box of Girl Scout cookies crammed down her pretty little throat.

ARRRRGH!!!! I am NOT saying this post is a fake. It's the stupid poster who said he was going to post fakes.

Please...direct all your comments to him!!!

105 posted on 02/21/2007 7:51:59 PM PST by paulat
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To: Gabz
What kind of a reaction did you get with that pronouncement?

Silence.

We'll see what happens next month.

If the right thing doesn't, I'm done.

106 posted on 02/21/2007 7:55:15 PM PST by elkfersupper (Science bounces off the courthouse wall like virtue off a whorehouse.)
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To: elkfersupper

Good luck, my friend.


107 posted on 02/21/2007 7:58:04 PM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: GOP_Lady
Why can't these people get lives aleady.

Would like to know the answer to that question myself.

Just who are all the people who keep coming up with all this c@@p? Who pays them to meddle in everyone else's business? There are too many of them for all to be independently wealthy. So, someone has to be supporting them. If they were out working to make a living and tending to their own business, they wouldn't have time to worry about whether you and I eat cookies, smoke or may be a little overweight.

108 posted on 02/21/2007 8:01:54 PM PST by jerry639
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To: paulat; Eric Blair 2084
A lot of people put links to "The Onion," as life-imitates-art-imitates-life.

Nope - not even links to The Onion are allowed on FR. That's the way The Onion wants it.

109 posted on 02/21/2007 8:08:12 PM PST by CFC__VRWC (Go Gators! NCAA Football and Basketball Champions!)
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To: CFC__VRWC; Eric Blair 2084
Nope - not even links to The Onion are allowed on FR. That's the way The Onion wants it.

I didn't even go that far to find out...I was just warning Eric.

110 posted on 02/21/2007 8:10:40 PM PST by paulat
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To: elkfersupper
I told them today I would not be coming to the noontime Board meetings anymore unless they feed us

And they are supposed to feed you, why? I bring my own lunch to work...I don't depend on anyone else...what's the problem?

111 posted on 02/21/2007 8:14:02 PM PST by paulat
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To: elkfersupper
I told them today I would not be coming to the noontime Board meetings anymore unless they feed us

And they are supposed to feed you, why? I bring my own lunch to work...I don't depend on anyone else...what's the problem?

112 posted on 02/21/2007 8:14:06 PM PST by paulat
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To: All

Sorry about the double-post...my machine went into over-dirve and it cam out twice.


113 posted on 02/21/2007 8:18:16 PM PST by paulat
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To: Gabz

I will have to ask the store manager, I suppose. I don't remember seeing a troop number, or any uniforms either.

It's been a long time since I was a scout, but I seem to remember having to wear my Girl Scout uniform whenever I was out representing the Girl Scouts. When I was trying to sell cookies, for instance...


114 posted on 02/22/2007 4:06:18 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart

I was never a scout, but the uniform rule you mention remains true to this day.

What you described is totally unacceptable. I really encourage you to get a hold of the GS council and tell them about it. Thnkgs like that givethe rest of the girls a bad name.


115 posted on 02/22/2007 4:16:06 AM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: hellinahandcart

Apparently the article isn't a fake. I wish it were.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=NAAO+%2B+girl+scouts&btnG=Google+Search


116 posted on 02/22/2007 4:21:32 AM PST by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII vet always said that America's best ally is Britain. He was right.)
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To: Iowa Granny; Miss Marple; Peach; Mo1

I believe you mentioned the Calorie Police a couple of weeks ago.

Girl Scout Cookies....yummmm.


117 posted on 02/22/2007 4:22:38 AM PST by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII vet always said that America's best ally is Britain. He was right.)
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To: prairiebreeze

The ONLY reason that group is going after Girl Scout cookies specifically instead of all cookies is that without the sales from those cookies, the GS may cease to exist.

And we all know the left would like that. Just can't have a group that teaches things like honor and duty, etc.


118 posted on 02/22/2007 4:23:54 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons' pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

I suggest NAOO kiss my butt.

Girl Scouts do plenty of philanthropic projects. These are nothing but food nazi's.


119 posted on 02/22/2007 4:24:12 AM PST by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII vet always said that America's best ally is Britain. He was right.)
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To: prairiebreeze
Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era.

And Meme Roth is making how much in profits by going around & telling people they are fat?

120 posted on 02/22/2007 4:32:51 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Mo1
And Meme Roth is making how much in profits by going around & telling people they are fat?

Ouch....that's gonna leave a mark :)

Right on the money, kiddo!!!!

121 posted on 02/22/2007 4:35:45 AM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: Mo1; Eric Blair 2084

""Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era.""

"And Meme Roth is making how much in profits by going around & telling people they are fat?"

Look for a MeMe, Girl Scout approved, exercize video soon.
$19.99 retail - $0.01 of proceeds to go to the GS.
The 'Thin Mints' will now be a Pilates position.

Title: "Look at ME - Look at MEMEMEME"
It'll be a win-win /s


122 posted on 02/22/2007 4:53:07 AM PST by libertarian27 (The Boston Tea Party wasn't just about the Tea)
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To: Mo1

You get the Blue Ribbon this morning for that observation, Mo1.

It would be interesting to look into the funding sources for NAAO.


123 posted on 02/22/2007 4:54:35 AM PST by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII vet always said that America's best ally is Britain. He was right.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Tell me which one is the fake story.

"Girl Scouts Dump Cookie Sale, Peddle Cigarettes Instead"

124 posted on 02/22/2007 4:58:27 AM PST by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: TheRightGuy

LOL!!


125 posted on 02/22/2007 5:06:10 AM PST by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII vet always said that America's best ally is Britain. He was right.)
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To: hellinahandcart

If you remember the troop number you can go to the GSUSA website and there will be contact info to lodge a complaint.


126 posted on 02/22/2007 5:10:02 AM PST by LadyNavyVet
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To: Graybeard58

"Using young girls as a front to push millions of cookies onto an already bloated population further exacerbates an alarming crisis, no matter how cute the uniforms are," said NAAO President MeMe Roth."

No, but if you could use those same girls as a front to push your fascist ideology onto an increasingly assaulted and gullible population, if you could use them to push the homosexual agenda, the free sex agenda, the global warming agenda,, if you had the power to break their will, drain their minds, make them your own personal, private little army of girl activists complete with cute little black uniforms,, that would be just fine, wouldn't it!


127 posted on 02/22/2007 5:13:23 AM PST by freemike
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To: Eric Blair 2084
"Girl Scout Cookies are high-calorie, high-sugar, high in saturated fat and nearly devoid of nutrition.

I could say that this story is a fake based on the fact that anything that's high calorie, high sugar, high fat is nutritionally dense, not devoid of nutrition, but these kinds of people say stuff like this all the time.

What makes me think this is fake is that they hold up the Boy Scouts as a good example. Food wackos, in the mode of Center for Science in the Public Interest types, are usually politically left and, therefore, would be against the Boy Scouts.
128 posted on 02/22/2007 5:14:27 AM PST by aruanan
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To: prairiebreeze
Check out the hot new GSA uniforms!


129 posted on 02/22/2007 5:18:17 AM PST by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: freemike

Why are you adressing your reply #127 to me?

I neither posted the article nor said what you have within quotation marks.


130 posted on 02/22/2007 5:18:21 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; indylindy
And of you don't believe that, check out the blog post.
131 posted on 02/22/2007 5:56:35 AM PST by Doohickey (I am not unappeasable. YOU are just too easily appeased.)
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To: Gabz

Sorry, I refuse to take anyone named 'MeMe' seriously.


132 posted on 02/22/2007 5:57:14 AM PST by Doohickey (I am not unappeasable. YOU are just too easily appeased.)
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To: Doohickey

You have a point there.


133 posted on 02/22/2007 6:04:57 AM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: hellinahandcart
You do, in fact, manage the grocery store, and had I been accosted by obnoxious adults and children, I would have gone to see the Manager of the chain and reminded him/her of his/her duties to his/her customers. No one has the right to demand anything. I'm just saying that our experience was in the "traditional" sense of the endeavor to raise troop monies. I and my husband are suckers for well-behaved, attractive children, supervised by equally attractive, respectful adults selling "Thin Mints" or Innsbrook wrapping papers, etc. The big baby of the household has a weakness for "Thin Mints" and finds blonde, blue-eyed angelic faces irresistable (or so he told me when we were dating).

I'm sorry for the abuse you suffered at the hands of the cookie monsters and feel your pain. Note to yourself: AVOID grocery store in future during spring/fall, depending on your area's scouting cookie sales. Otherwise, complain to the manager about the infidels accosting you in the aisles.
134 posted on 02/22/2007 7:52:48 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Just a guess here but wouldn't that be the same as when people post Scrappleface stories? If so where's the problem if it's a vanity thread?


135 posted on 02/22/2007 7:56:41 AM PST by TheKidster (.)
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To: Gabz
Good Lord, is there no end to the joylessness and hand-wringing?

It's too bad our manufacturing base is so small now, or these people would be working worthwhile jobs in shoe shops or textile mills.

136 posted on 02/22/2007 8:25:54 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: hellinahandcart

Yes, I am serious. You can verify with Melanie Morgan or Move America Forward directly. They started sending a different kind of cookies because of it.


137 posted on 02/22/2007 8:26:09 AM PST by usflagwaver
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To: Eric Blair 2084; Gabz
I just sent them an e-mail, asking who funds them.

If they answer, I'll share their response with everyone.

138 posted on 02/22/2007 8:31:44 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Gabz

Good for them, but I bet if you checked with the national office of the Girl Scouts, they would tell you not to do so. That is what happened to Move America Forward. They purchased thousands of dollars worth of cookies from a local chapter in California. They advertised it all over the radio station that Melanie Morgan works for. When the Girl Scouts of America found out, they sent the letter to Move America Forward to stop using their cookies and their name.


139 posted on 02/22/2007 8:34:40 AM PST by usflagwaver
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Oh just come on now......

Sheesh


140 posted on 02/22/2007 8:38:12 AM PST by roaddog727 (BullS##t does not get bridges built)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
It's all the cookies' fault! I have no choice whether to eat them or not, therefore they must be banned!
141 posted on 02/22/2007 8:39:17 AM PST by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: usflagwaver

The forms, flyers and posters for the Taste of Home program CAME from the national office. I'm the Troop Cookie mom, I know where all the paperwork comes from.

It sounds to me like Move America Forward was using the GS name without express permission from GS and was not doing this in affiliation with GS. That's a shame, I agree, but if they did it without express permission it's understandable.


142 posted on 02/22/2007 8:46:17 AM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: Madame Dufarge

Ah yes, worthwhile and productive forms of employment.....something these hand-wringers know nothing about.


143 posted on 02/22/2007 8:48:50 AM PST by Gabz (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, heinz57 and french-fried potatoes)
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To: paulat
And they are supposed to feed you, why?

It's a volunteer board of a non-profit comprised of business people. They purposely schedule meetings around a noon hour so that some of might be able to attend occasionally.

144 posted on 02/22/2007 11:56:59 AM PST by elkfersupper (Science bounces off the courthouse wall like virtue off a whorehouse.)
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To: Graybeard58

Sorry,, I just scrolled down and clicked on the wrong "post reply" button.


145 posted on 02/22/2007 3:29:10 PM PST by freemike
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
Not only are the cookies wonderful, but the salespeople are irresistable.

And the organzation knew they had a winning product with their first box of cookies sold. Who could resist such an "angelic face"?

These sweet little girls could sell dog biscuits to people without pets.

I'm wondering how much of the profit from cookie sales realistically benefits these young girls and all the volunteers necessary to keep the organization in existence.

I hardly expect any bleeding heart liberal to even imagine such a question, while I view conservatives as those who look deeper into every issue.

146 posted on 02/23/2007 12:16:11 AM PST by IIntense
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Especially those chocolate mint ones...
147 posted on 02/23/2007 12:22:24 AM PST by JasonC
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To: IIntense

Back in the 1950's when I was in scouting and my mother was Neighborhood Chairman for the largest area in St. Louis, I understood that the individual troop received a small percentage, but the greater part went to fund camping facilities and then another small part went to pay for the product with the left-over to the National hierarchy. Whether that is still the case, I cannot say. I only know that my mother (who was no camper by ANY stretch of the imagination) shepherded hundreds of girls to Camp Fiddlecreek and learned herself then taught them all the skills any soldier in battle would need to keep clean and cook and survive.

Trust me, I learned how to cook everything over an open fire you can imagine -- she'd never let me near her kitchen, but I can camp the poop out of anybody -- it's the skinning and cleaning of fish that I never could bring myself to do. I had trouble in Biology for Elementary School Teachers when I had to knock a frog out to disect it. I did, however, keep my disection kit for carving pumpkins every Halloween and still have my mess kit and bow and arrows somewhere. ;-)


148 posted on 02/23/2007 7:31:51 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Gabz; Eric Blair 2084
Got a response to my e-mail from MeMe.

It would appear that her goal is "doing well by doing good."

Thank you for writing, Ms. -------. Up to now all efforts have been 100% volunteer and at the expense of volunteers. However, NAAO is transitioning into consultancy work as well, which hopefully will offset costs, if not some day produce real revenues. It's NAAO's goal to become a new-gen for-profit advocacy.

NAAO believes many organizations would support its efforts--certainly the insurance industry.

Thank you for taking the time to write.

MeMe

149 posted on 02/23/2007 11:22:28 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Madame Dufarge; paulat

To All,

Like I said, you can't make this stuff up. FYI, the fake story I was going to post was in the Onion. (It would be obvious to everyone that it was a joke, I like my credibility and wouldn't damage it). I can't post it here and I'm not even sure I can post a link to it.

Go to the Onion.com website and look at the article about the crackdown on "childhood imagination". I'll ask the mods if I can post the link.

Sincerely,

The "yahoo who posted this" (as paulat calls me)


150 posted on 02/23/2007 12:28:52 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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