North Carolina’s Nanny-Stater of the Month

Posted by: Phineas on June 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Yes, this month’s award goes to a busybody in the backyard of my blog-buddy, ST. Now, you may think you want your hamburger rare or medium-rare (1). You might even be looking forward to it.

Well, forget it! Nanny knows best what you can eat, so nothing less than (flavorless) medium for you, Bub!

Presenting Reason.TV‘s Nanny of the Month for May 2011, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources:

Thank goodness the State is there to make the choices we can’t be trusted with.

(1) FWIW, I’m a “rare side of medium-rare” kind of guy.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “North Carolina’s Nanny-Stater of the Month”


  1. Carlos says:

    Because of the way hamburger is processed/handled it really should be fully cooked.

    That having been said, I find no reason for the state or feds to get involved in telling people who eat meat how it should be cooked. It’s just one more wrinkle in a face of freedom being fractured by nanny state.

  2. John A says:

    Odd that earlier this week it was also in the news that cooking pork to “pink” rather than “grey” in the middle is probably OK.

  3. Phineas says:

    If I remember right, that “pink is ok” came about because a) incidence of trichinosis is very rare now and b) it was found to be killed at a lower temp, say 135 instead of 140.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Just to give you an idea of my preferences, upon looking at a hamburger I was eating, a friend of mine once remarked he had “seen cattle hurt worse get up and walk away.”