Michelle Obama Lowers Use of School Lunch Program, Students Refuse to Embrace the Suckage

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In a shocking turn, Michelle Obama, as democratic FLOTUS, has actually caused a decrease in participation in school lunch program!  While decreasing participation in an entitlement is completely antithetical to a democrat, this is really a case of the “law of unintended consequences.” 

But wait, there’s more! The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited the program and found that more than 1 million children abandoned school lunches entirely.

Nationwide, student participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.2 million students (or 3.7 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2012-2013, after having increased steadily for many years… State and local officials reported that the changes to lunch content and nutrition requirements, as well as other factors, influenced student participation.

The GAO also noted that 48 of 50 states faced challenges complying with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The new standards led to kids throwing out their fruits and vegetables, student boycotts, higher lunch costs, and odd food pairings such as “cheese stick with shrimp” in order for schools to comply with the complicated rules…

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The standards forced some schools to stop serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and led middle school and high school students to opt for vending machines or buying food off campus to avoid the lunch line…

The new standards are exhaustive, including calorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. White bread will be mostly phased out beginning in 2014 because only “whole grain rich” items will be allowed.

Of course, it would be a great time to invoke Quinn’s Law…

Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of it’s stated intent.

This is why East Germany built a wall.  People, when they are able, always attempt to flee liberalism.   Anyone with talent or a business fled liberal policies in Detroit.  Now, that city is a wasteland.  Other cities are also on that path.  Maryland passed a millionaire tax, so the millionaires left, resulting in a LOSS in tax revenue.   School lunches over over-controlled, unappetizing, and unfilling disasters, so kids flee elsewhere to escape them.  Bill de Blasio is dead set on turning NYC into another rotting mess like Detroit, so people are leaving.

In the end, the only way that liberalism can work is to build walls and make people prisoners.  They’ll have to ban outside foods from school children, and keep them from sneaking out to eat.  Perhaps that will be Michelle Obama’s next move.

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A Rant On Our American Diet

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For the past month I have been knee-deep in books about Italy and, more importantly, Italian food…and by extension, European food in general…and I am reminded of our trip to France and Italy last February. Never before had we eaten such incredible cuisine and I’ve been to some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and the Caribbean. Every single meal, right down to the pizza we grabbed outside the Colosseum in Rome from a “roach coach”, was sublime, the flavors married to perfection. Not one spice was out of place.

Dining in Italy is an especially lengthy experience and one that shouldn’t be missed. 2 – 3 hour dinners are the norm and anything less is uncivilized. Eating is a time of enjoyment and conversation, a coming together over plates of antipasti, insalate (salad) with in-season greens and vegetables , pastas with delicate sauces, local lamb, and freshly-grated parmigiano, entrees of braised beef or grilled swordfish, and dolci (desserts) wrapped in the famous Italian mascarpone cheese. Most importantly, every chef goes to the local market to buy only the freshest ingredients for the day’s menu.

And then we have American “cuisine” (and I use the term loosely), where we want it fast and cheap and preferably able to be eaten in our cars while we rush to a meeting or dance lesson or soccer match. We deep-fry, salt, and smother whatever we’re eating, usually out of season, and call it “food”. We expect strawberries in January, lamb in the spring, and asparagus in November without giving any thought about from where it came, how far it traveled, and if we really need it. Oh, sure, the recipe calls for that ingredient, but have we thought about why we’re cooking that particular dish at that time of year?

Isn’t there a delicious sweetness to the anticipation of the first strawberries of the season when the fruit is picked at its peak of ripeness and the juices run down our chin, or to the fall pork from the pig that’s been raised in the woods with autumn acorns falling in its path?

Instead we have settled for dietary substitutes: “spread” instead of butter, Cool-Whip instead of real whipped cream, and artificially flavored everything. When did “imitation” anything find its way into our gastronomic lexicon? More importantly, why?

I, too, have been guilty of cooking out of season and have used imitation, pre-packaged food to feed my children, but not anymore. There’s no reason for it! And I’ll certainly walk out of the next restaurant that serves me butter and sour cream substitutes like the one I was in today.

I will only serve vegetables that are in season or that I have canned or frozen while they are fresh. I am in control of my food and I know where it’s grown; if it’s not grown on our own land, I know the local farmer who did raise it. It’s so easy, and yet we’ve succumbed to the siren song of cheaper, faster, bigger; succumbed to the box meals off the shelf and the easy pickings of supermarket heaven. The picture accompanying this rant is from the Rialto Mercato (Rialto Market) in Venice where fishmongers set up their freshly-caught fish, spiny crabs, and black squids and the farmers showcase their heirloom cauliflowers, hot peppers, and extraordinary lettuces. Nothing less will do for either the vendor or the shopper.

Why shouldn’t it be so for we Americans?

Original Post:  Dazi Acres

Note:  Dazi Acres is the home, online and off, for our former contributor, Snarky Basterd. 

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SEIU Protester Suggests That McDonalds Workers “Might do Something to the Food”

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I’ve covered the SEIU many times.  Beside having a big affinity for communism, the SEIU has an alleged history of sabotaging workplaces to get what they want.  Allegedly, even nursing home care…

Well, another union, the SEIU, has been accused of sabotaging patient care at nursing homes.  Big Government has more…

Union workers at Connecticut nursing homes represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are alleged to have vandalized and sabotaged assisted living facilities in Connecticut — including those that care for Alzheimer’s patients — during a mass walkout earlier this month.

HealthBridge, which owns the nursing homes, is calling for a criminal probe after union workers allegedly tampered with medication records, removed patient identification bands and even switched the ID bands of various Alzheimer’s patients after union workers voted to stage a walkout because they were unhappy with the progress of labor negotiations between the union and HealthBridge. 

I think it’s right to call for a criminal probe.  Medical ID’s are linked to the medications that the patient in question.  If the medications get mixed up, there can be serious consequences, including death.

Fast forward to now, and we see that  at least one SEIU goon is suggesting that McDonald’s workers might tamper with food unless their pay is raised to $15 an hour. 

So, it looks like the SEIU  is dead set on killing off more jobs, and holding consumer ransom to their unreasonable demands.  But, at least the union bosses will get more money to use to buy Democrat politicians!

NOTE:  It is unknown as to whether or not the SEIU is seeking to “represent” the McDonald’s workers, or that the man wearing the SEIU shirt was an official representative of the union.  It does, however, display an attitude common to union members.

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Frankenstorm Update: Hurricane Sandy is Strengthening, Last Minute Preparations Needed

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As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, there is word that she is strengthening.  Here is more from the NY Times…

Forecasters cautioned that the course of the storm could change, but officials from the National Hurricane Center said that it was no longer a question of if the storms would converge — but where and with how much force.

Dr. Knabb of the National Hurricane Center said the storm’s intensity was unlikely to change. “The center of circulation is only going to be a very small part of the story,” he said. “This is not just going to be a coastal event.” People from Virginia northward should be prepared for a “long-duration event,” he said.

Utility companies were rushing to put crews in place to deal with power failures, which state officials warned could be extensive and long lasting. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told residents that they should be prepared to go 7 to 10 days without electricity. On Saturday evening, Amtrak began to cancel train service to parts of the East Coast, including between Washington, D.C., and New York.

Also, Accuweather has some advise for preparations…

-Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if you doctor must approve the refill.

-Vote. If the stronger models are correct, power could still be out in some paces on election day. Regardless, that is one less thing you will need to do. The election will not (and shouldn’t be) postponed.

-If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. If you don’t have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a “poor man’s generator” and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar charged.

-Keep your car’s gas tank full. If you have a wood-burning fireplace and you know your chimney is clear, get wood. Keep some indoors to keep it dry during the storm. You may need it to heat your home.

-If you live in a 100-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures. Purchase extra staples. Without power, stores will be closed.

-Purchase booster batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.

-If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now. Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a month. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without power for weeks.

-Be proactive. If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.

-Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king. 

OK then, it appears that things are going to get pretty bad, so it’s best that if you haven’t done any preparations that you do so now.  Your humble admins lives by one simple rule-never live in a flood plain.  However, while the CH 2.0 Bunker is high and dry, a power outage has been planned for.

As for blogging, I may have to try the smart phone.  It won’t be able to do much, but updates will be possible.

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Food Prices Rise Under Obama

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Hope and Change apparently means higher food prices.  Big Government has the evidence…

So you think you’ve been paying more for groceries because your food bill is too high?

You’re right. Barack Obama is consuming fine dining while you’re putting another helping of macaroni on your plate. In 2011, with Obama’s inflation beginning to hit, prices skyrocketed for staples that you consume, according to the government:

  • Beef: +10.2%
  • Pork: +8.5%
  • Fish: +7.1%
  • Eggs: +9.2%
  • Dairy: +6.8%
  • Oils and Fats: +9.3%

Thanks to those kinds of prices, more and more people are opting to stay home for dinner – restaurants are simply too expensive. The gap between how much Americans eat out and how much they eat at home is the biggest since the mid-1970’s oil crisis.

These, of course, will have a disproportionate impact on the poor and middle class.  Once again, it shows how little this administration cares for those two segments of the population.  But, I wonder how many from each will vote for Obama, so he can do even more, “hope and change.”

To those who will vote for the empty suit in November, I can only ask one thing…

How ya likin’ that change?

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#Occupy Uses Feces and Urine as Protest Tools?

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Apparently, the answer to that question is yes.  No matter what one thinks or feels about the big banks, one thing is clear-that since the occupods don’t like them, no one can use them.  So what do they do?  They dump human waste into banks!   However, they forgot that banks have cameras.  Here is the footage, via The Blaze…

The Blaze also has some coverage…

Security cameras and witnesses were vital in helping police identify and arrest a suspect.

NBC-NY reports:

Police said Occupy Wall Street protesters were captured on surveillance video dragging a large receptacle of human urine and feces to an open-air plaza at the corner of Nassau and Cedar streets last Wednesday evening, just before 8 p.m.

They then poured the waste down a set of stairs there, police said.

Then, the story takes a rather sick turn…

In a bizarre twist to the story, it seems that Mr. Amos’ van was also used to haul food for the Occupiers. Also in the NY Post story:

Amos was in charge of bringing food for protesters at 60 Wall St. and his white van was caught crossing the Brooklyn Bridge several times.

Kindly categorize that under, “ick!”

OK what do we make of this, other than a juvenile act of vandalism?  It goes along with my conclusion in  yesterday’s post.  #occupy is a tiny fraction of 1% of the population, but they have endowed themselves with the authority to tell all 300,000,000 plus Americans where we can deposit our money.  Of course, they won’t stop there.  It’s the nature of any totalitarian movement to dictate to the people.  They’re simply performing as expected.

Linked at the Conservatory, and King Shamus.  Thanks!

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Constitution “Too Old, Embraces Few Rights”- Dismissing the Document so Individual Freedom can be Ignored

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Our Constitution is an incredible document.  Unique in it’s design and application, it puts the rights of the individual over the power of the state.  It hearkens to the notion of  natural rights-that our rights are granted by our creator, and that government cannot take them away, or otherwise abridge them.  That people have a right to speak freely, worship as they please (or not at all), and bear arms in their own defense, can be secure in their papers and possessions, and many others.  But, it’s greatest strength, in my opinion, is that it limits the powers of the government.  As President Obama lamented, the Constitutions is a collection of negative liberties that limit the power of the government.  It is those limitations on government power that allowed this nation to be the most free, and therefore prosperous in human history.

However, our Constitution, while a boon to the individual citizen, is the bane of those that desire government control over all aspects of human life.  We’ve seem countless attempts to circumvent the Constitution’s prohibition against government power.  Many times, the founding document is ignored outright, other times, a liberal judge is utilized to invent something that is not present.  No matter the methodology, the intent is clear-bypass the Constitution to grant the federal government more and more unconstitutional power.

We’ve seen the results unfold over the past few decades.  Creeping into our lives bit by bit, government takes one freedom after another, and makes it more and more difficult to enjoy others.  At the time of this writing, we are in a rather deep recession caused by the government’s fiscal policies, and social engineering to increase home ownership.  Both of these collided, and the common citizen is left holding the bill, and a bunch of debt certificates that we call currency.  Again, had the government not meddled in things that they have no legal authority to do, we would not be in this mess we are in now.

Statists, no matter what letter comes after their name, have been increasingly critical of the Constitution.  But I saw two more in recent days, both of which display the disdain of our would be “progressive” masters.  The first comes from the NY Times, the liberal media mothership…

“The turn of the twenty-first century, however, saw the beginning of a steep plunge that continues through the most recent years for which we have data, to the point that the constitutions of the world’s democracies are, on average, less similar to the U.S. Constitution now than they were at the end of World War II.”

There are lots of possible reasons. Our Constitution is terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights. The commitment of some members of the Supreme Court to interpreting the Constitution according to its original meaning in the 18th century may send the signal that it is of little current use to, say, a new African nation. And the Constitution’s waning influence may be part of a general decline in American power and prestige.

In an interview, Professor Law identified a central reason for the trend: the availability of newer, sexier and more powerful operating systems in the constitutional marketplace. “Nobody wants to copy Windows 3.1,” he said.

Here, they are resurrecting a common argument.  Essentially, to avoid discussing the rights, and more importantly, the limitations on government in the Constitution, they state that it was written for a 18th century, agrarian, slave owning, nation.  Rather than discuss that powerful governments always end up in tyranny, they stress that the document is outmoded, and not fit for the 21st century.

The rights guaranteed by our Constitution are parsimonious by international standards, and they are frozen in amber. As Sanford Levinson wrote in 2006 in “Our Undemocratic Constitution,” “the U.S. Constitution is the most difficult to amend of any constitution currently existing in the world today.” (Yugoslavia used to hold that title, but Yugoslavia did not work out.)

That is the point, is it not?  The fact that it is not easy to amend is not a flaw, but a feature.  It is built to be changed, but there are many safeguards to protect us from sudden and “fashionable” changes.

Here is one of the core issues for the statist crowd:

These days, the overlap between the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and those most popular around the world is spotty. We recognize rights not widely protected, including ones to a speedy and public trial, and we are an outlier in prohibiting government establishment of religion. But the Constitution is out of step with the rest of the world in failing to protect, at least in so many words, a right to travel, the presumption of innocence and entitlement to food, education and health care.

The last sentence is the crux of the matter, and where we see the greatest difference, and the greatest threat.  There are reasons that entitlement to food, education, and health care are not in our Constitution- the federal government has no role in them!  And, when government has gotten involved in issues, have they not gotten worse?  We’ve spent billions on education, yet graduation rates and illiteracy rates are flat-lined, if not to the negative.  We have welfare programs to fight a “war on poverty.”  The result is that poverty won!  We have more poor people, and the system has created a permanent dependent class, who almost always vote for the party that keeps the benefits coming.

Besides government intervention being ineffective at best, and destructive at worst, there is another problem.  When government grants these rights, the government can take them away.  That gives the government incredible power over the populace.  Who wants to rock the boat, and risk losing their food, health care, or education?  Of course, if the government can give you food, housing, and education, they then have the power to dictate every single detail of your diet, dwelling, indoctrination, and what treatment or medications that you can receive.  Then, I might remind you of the 20,000 British citizens that were killed by their government when bureaucrats decided that their cancer treatment was too expensive.  They didn’t have a right at all, once the government decided that the treasury was more important than their lives.  In the end, government power is the goal of these so called rights, not the freedom of the individual.

I have often said that tyrants do not announce themselves.  The Constitution of the USSR was a beautiful document.  Their government made many promises as to the rights of the people.  Of course, since government controlled everything, those alleged freedoms were never seen.  Hitler and Mussolini portrayed themselves as champions of the “little man.”  We all know where that led.  All over the planet, and all through history, dictators have used soaring rhetoric and promises of “peace, land, and bread” to lull a populace into a false sense of security.  Once the tyrant is in power, however, there is often little of all of these.

In the final analysis, the critics of our founding documents lead from a false argument.  They ignore the strengths of the US Constitution, and embrace an all powerful state that, in the end, will control all aspects of human life.  I then have to ask, if government controls everything that you do, are you free, and do you have rights at all?

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Fascist Friday: The Government intends on telling us what we can eat

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Conservatives and Libertarians always warn of the the ever-expanding powers of the state.  Frankly, it doesn’t matter who is in charge, the state takes on a power all of it’s own.  We covered many examples of government intrusions into our lives; how much water our toilets can use, TSA gropings and porno-scanners, mandates to force us into buying insurance, and the like.   While that is just the tip of the iceberg, it does give one the impression that government power has been growing to levels that would make the founders wretch.

Some of you might not see it.  Some will deny it, and others will say that it’s all necessary, and that we are simply over-reacting.  For those of you, I offer the latest example of government over-reach.  They are openly stating that they have to power to tell us what to eat…

(CNSNews.com) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and “we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.”

“You know, as we deal with this issue of reducing sodium and sugar, it sounds simple to do, but you all know better than I do, it’s not as simple as it sounds,” said Vilsack.

“It’s going to take time for people’s taste to adjust and they will adjust over time, but it will take some time,” he said. “So, we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.

You can go the the CNS link to hear the audio.

So, the US Agriculture Secretary is telling us that we HAVE to change our tastes?  Under what Constitutional authority are they operating?  Who or what gives them the right or power to control what Americans eat?

This I must tell you, whoever occupies the White House in 2013 will have to remove this program, and as much of the related bureaucracy as humanly possible.  It must be ripped out by the root, and completely destroyed.  Government has NO role in determining what we eat.

For those of you that scoff at freedom loving Americans for pointing out the nature of the state, and the nannies therein, do you want government telling you what you can or cannot eat?

H/T: Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then go Ahead

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