Now they may be trying to suggest that the cat is weirded out as a result of having existed on horrible dry food and this will be cured by the healing powers of Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner in Sauce, but I'm not really buying into it.
So, we're sticking with tuna and sour cream. Why fight a winner?
In other diet news . . . no, not mine, stop that. A woman in New York is suing a snack food company for mislabeling their corn and rice puff snacks.
Pirate's Booty, manufactured by Robert's American Gourmet Food, Inc., was recalled in January after the Good Housekeeping Institute found it contained 147 calories and 8.5 grams of fat, while its label said it contained only 120 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.
The company claimed the discrepancy was a result of new machinery that changed the nutritional information on three of its snacks — Pirate's Booty, Veggie Booty and Fruity Booty.
A message left at the company's headquarters was not immediately returned, but a statement on its Web site said, "These changes have made Pirate's Booty a more consistent and better snack."
OK, these guys screwed up, and they should probably receive some form of punishment from the FDA. And maybe they should make some reparation to customers, perhaps in the way of free packages of their newly relabeled snacks. But, perhaps I am being too soft on them:
In her lawsuit, Meredith Berkman, 37, claims she suffered "emotional distress" because the snack contained three times more fat than its label advertised. Berkman said it caused her "weight gain ... mental anguish, outrage and indignation."
She's suing for $50 million.
[Cough, cough, cough. Sorry, I was just choking on my Fruity Bootys.]
Excuse me?? Fifty million dollars?? Oh, right, THAT'S a reasonable amount. Another lawsuit designed to scam some money from a company - a couple of grand just to go away and not have to spend the bucks defending a RIDICULOUS claim. If they went to court and fought it, she'd lose, but since we do not require that people have a legitimate reason to file suits, nor do we have the losers pay the court costs, we provide an incentive for this type of stunt. It sets up a culture of "Victim Mentality" and rewards those who use the courts to take advantage of the mistakes and misfortunes of others.
[OK, I'll climb off that soapbox for now.]
You know, I'm sensing a theme here:
"Diddakoi - Cows and Ridiculous Lawsuits."
And Oprah. Well, maybe not always Oprah, but here's an intriguing book story I found on Yahoo. From my own state in fact:
HAZLETON, Pa. - A woman was thrown in prison this week after she failed to return three overdue library books.
On Tuesday, a judge sent Theresa Dawn Keller of Tamaqua to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, where she will remain until she pays the Hazleton Public Library $120 for the books, jail officials said.
"She does still owe us money; it is a violation of the crimes code," said reference librarian Jane Dougherty, who filed a private criminal complaint against Keller.
The books — "Star Trek," "Triangle" and "Fall of Freddie the Leaf" — were checked out Sept. 14, 2000, and became due Oct. 5, 2000. A bill charging Keller $40 per book was sent Oct. 26, 2000.
Dougherty said charges are filed against patrons who don't pay a bill or return books after the library sends them a notice. But only those who ignore a court summons to answer the charges are sent to jail.
Ummmm . . . question? How much does it cost to keep this woman in jail? Could we not have her do some community work instead of paying for her room and board in the county slammer?
[MY state tax dollars at work. *sheesh*]
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Quote du jour:
"Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense."
--Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC - 3BC)
Roman statesman, scholar, orator
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