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Force Feeding School Lunch – For Profit

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Is this madness REALLY about healthier kids or is it only about money?

In the last day, I have been hit with a couple of articles relating to the madness going on in public schools surrounding school lunches. This isn’t anything new, since the left has a fetish with telling everyone what they should and shouldn’t eat, combatting the so-called problem of childhood obesity in school. But what I’ve seen here from these last couple articles is that liberals are doing a great job in covering up their lucrative greed in the guise of wanting healthier kids.

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1) CEO of Hint Water Gripes that Big Soda Blocks Access to Schools (link)

I read this one on LinkedIn Pulse yesterday and I could only hear the bias and griping. Turns out, Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water, was just “drawing attention” to the issue of schools being in bed with Big Soda – contracts with Big Soda that make it nearly impossible for anyone else to get into the schools.

She made the point to tell people to “Talk to your school and school associations like the PTA. Ask them to provide healthier beverages, and to scale back their partnerships with soda companies.” She claims she wasn’t arguing in favor of her company, which makes zero calorie/sugar/diet sweetener water (there’s a plug for you, lady), but seriously, even if you were blind, deaf, and dumb, you could still smell the bias coming off of this one.

So, would Ms. Goldin be so vocal about it if she didn’t have some major skin in the game? Is this really about healthy choices for kids or is this about the fact that she can’t break into the schools because of these contracts. But I am pretty certain that if the situation was reversed and Hint Water had a ten-year contract with a school, they wouldn’t raise a stink about it – even if a student decided that they wanted a frosty Coke, rather than a bottle of zero-stuff water after school. And why? Because she also griped about Dasani, which is owned by Coca-Cola.

I’m all about healthy choices – but they need to be choices made by kids and their parents, not one company or another, and even not the school administration.

I wonder, by the way, if Hint Water would be willing to start sponsoring student athletics or other extra-curricular activities the same way that PepsiCo and Coke do, particularly for cash-strapped schools that would like some financial help in districts where cash is tight (notwithstanding waste, etc etc…another day on that one).

2) AR School Notes Trash Cans Are Morbidly Obese (link)

The kids of Rogers High in Rogers, Arkansas are among the numerous schools throughout the country who are balking at Michelle O’s so-called Healthy Lunch program.

Among the audacity that we’ve seen, such as kids having their lunches confiscated or thrown away because they weren’t deemed “healthy” enough. So they serve up some nice healthy French Fries because potato still counts as a vegetable. Anyway, here are two things I picked up in the article:

In addition to changing the lunch menu to make it “healthier,” the school sends students back into the line if they fail to take the required fruits and vegetables mandated by the overhaul of the National School Lunch Program.

“When the kids eat the meal we get paid for it. When the kids don’t eat the meal we don’t get paid,” says Margie Bowers, food services director for Rogers Public Schools.

I don’t think the right word here is “eat”, but rather, “take”. If the kids take the apple and pitch it in the bin, the school still gets paid.  So can it be said that they really care about healthy choices or whether they get paid?  With the costs of food going up and students not interested in taking food, mostly because it, as the kids in rural Kentucky’s Harlan District refer to as “tasting like vomit”, the problem now is that if Rogers High is now sending kids BACK to the line to get more “healthier” food!

Anyone See A Similarity?

So let’s see – kids are being told they have to go back into the lunch line because they are aren’t taking healthier choices: They can’t have their Frito Pie and soda pop. I remember seeing a comment of one parent whose kid had to chuck a Chick-Fil-A sandwich. I would be livid – and then I’d go to jail.

Translate: Kids don’t take healthy choices = Kids not participating in the program = School not making sales

The healthy choices are losing in the hearts and minds of kids so liberals have to resort to more coercive methods to forward Moochelle’s Lunch agenda. Kids are strong-armed into “healthy choices” with which they or their parents may disagree. And when contracts lock out competition, would-be challengers appeal to the sentiments of the people because of the evil corporations like Big Soda, Big Snack Chip, or Big Candy Bar having vending contracts. They claim it’s about health. In reality, it’s about regulation and money.

Yet we tell them they shouldn’t have promiscuous or homosexual sex and smoke marijuana and yet we’re called bigoted and judgmental. But that’s for a later issue.

I’m really not sure how Michelle Obama even has the right to tell us what to do just because she’s the First Lady (sic). Yet, she continuously shows her hypocrisy with her opulence.  While Michelle attempts to lecture us about “healthy choices” her kids are treated to a much better fare (and I’m pretty sure none of it is low-sodium/low-fat and whole-grain). (Link)

To my friends

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December 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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Contradictions: Ferguson Part Deux

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Well, Ferguson, MO is on fire again last night from the protesters (read: angry entitlement-types who are lawlessly looting and destroying) because they decided that they were going to make the town pay because they don’t believe in justice – only vengeance. Even though this guy:

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angrily charged and beat on this cop, tried to get his sidearm, called him a pu**y according to eyewitness reports:

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and got himself shot in what the grand jury noted was clear self defense. My condolences to the Brown family for their loss, but when a police officer gives an order, you obey it. It comes from being a responsible citizen:

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Not these guys, BTW. Oh, and someone tell that guy to pull his pants up. He looks like a half-dressed clown.

Now these people feel like it’s their right to commit arson and burn public and private property:

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Well, except for this shop owner who hired a few guns to protect his property. I guess the so-called “protesters” will be protesting somewhere else (Thank GOD for the Second Amendment):

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While this guy, basically lectures us about how we are a nation of laws, yet abrogates the law through executive order and grants amnesty to five million people in the country illegally – that is, in contrary to the laws of the United States:

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I guess Christmas in Ferguson just isn’t what it used to be, eh?  Santa, you might want to fly around, since there is a no-fly zone right now.

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November 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

How Things Are Really Done in Washington

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Well, sometimes I think Saturday Night Live is a lot more fair and balanced than the news is. In any case, it doesn’t get much clearer than this:

I didn’t have time to read myself! Wow! Okay, well go big or go home, huh?

 

Hat Tip: Saturday Night Live

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November 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Obama Breaks Oath of Office: Violates Law by Executive Order

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I have been very reluctant to discuss matters of impeachment on The Rabid Conservative since the entire Tea Party and the Right Wing has been dogging Obama (myself included) since he got into office in 2009. But I’ve kept back from the I-word because it’s just part of the droning downbeat from the Right. But last night, Obama did announce he was going to not follow immigration policy. Not enforcing the law is a violation of the law.

We have all sat back and waited as he announced, in the face of a demolishing defeat in the mid-term elections, that Obama would, by executive order, grant amnesty to people in the country illegally.  Regardless of what people want to call them, the point is, the law does not allow for these people to be in the country. 

Mr. Obama has acknowledged around twenty times that what he was doing without Congress was not right. That didn’t stop him last night though.

Did I mention that these people are in the country illegally? Their first act in the US was to violate federal immigration law. And they KNOW they are in the wrong because many of them live in America in secret. Why? Because they know they are not supposed to be here.

In fact, here is Jay Carney, his OWN former White House Press Secretary, indicating that what Obama is doing is what he said was unconstitutional. And although Carney is trying to defend him, even Anderson Cooper isn’t buying that he is only telling law enforcement that they can “exercise discretion”.

 

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Now, the liberals and the very racist support group La Raza is saying that Obama is operating within his legal limits. But is he? He was given a specific responsibility to uphold the laws of the United States, that “’he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed”. By executive order, he has elected to not enforce immigration policy. This is very similar to the use of Signing Statements, which the last few presidents have used to not enforce parts of the law that the President felt were unconstitutional (like the President has the right to declare laws unconstitutional – this is a power reserved for the Supreme Court).

This is not unusual to Democrats. During the years of George W. Bush’s second term, Representatives Conyers, Kucinich, and Wexler pushed legislation to impeach President Bush on 35 charges, one of which was the unilateral use of Signing Statements.

We all knew this was coming folks. Last night, he stepped over the line and it’s time to remove Barack Obama from office. He clearly does not respect the constitutional authority of Congress and is clearly frustrated at the fact that they are not sending a bill to him that he would like to sign.

I’m pretty sure isn’t much of a stretch to draw up articles of impeachment for Obama – although the entire process of impeachment has become a fad. Ever since Clinton got impeached for lying to a Grand Jury over Zippergate, the Democrats have been aching for some payback.  I would say, it’s time to impeach this Democrat too.

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November 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

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Teabagged–Dems Lose Big

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No comments necessary: just this video – since we’ve been getting called “tea-baggers” by the left for the last few years.

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November 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Rationalized Violence

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It seems to me that the radical Islamic anger is very much like the same kind of anger as being demonstrated in Ferguson, MO.

We’ve been watching copious amounts of violence in the last few weeks, between Hamas and Israel fighting things out and the growing levels of violence in Ferguson. And I don’t know about you but I see a lot of parallels based on the notion of “justified hate”, or “rationalized violence”. 

In fact, they’re beginning to look a lot alike, which is kind of scary.

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Radical Islamists have been at it for centuries. Ever since Mohammad made the first appeals to begin raiding caravans in 623 because he felt justified in his perception of Meccan oppression of early Muslims, Muslims have always used violence as a means to an end – first to end oppression, then as a means of subjugation and conquest (the driver for the Islamic State), Muslims have always referred back to verses like Quran 22:29 and 22:39-40 that permit oppressed Muslims to fight if they are oppressed.

Where I take issue is how very easily that Muslims claim “oppression” and justify their violence. It’s pretty much become a natural reaction for them – claim oppression, cite the Quran, throw a brick, bomb a plane. And then when the oppressor becomes the oppressed, the roles reverse and the cycle continues.

Sound familiar?

Michael Brown raided a convenience store to steal some cigarillos and got physical with the clerk, despite his reported overall gentle nature.  Darren Wilson was, no-doubt unaware that Brown had robbed a liquor store, but I can see how someone who just committed a violent crime would be hostile towards police. As the testimony alludes, Brown attacks the cop, pushes him into the cruiser, they both fight after the gun; gun goes off, Brown runs, cop yells “freeze”, he turns on the cop, cop puts him down.

Then the “rationalized violence” ensues because it was a white cop and a black perpetrator. Al Sharpton starts preaching his hate sermons again and riots akin to the LA riots over the beat down of Rodney King ensue, because of the message of how black people are still “oppressed” – or at least the ones protesting certainly feel that way.

But it seems to me that in both of these situations, whether it’s groups like Hamas that feel like they have to launch rockets into Israel, or ISIS beheading Americans or a group of thug punks throwing bricks through storefront windows, they believe their violence is justified, despite what anyone else thinks.

This is disturbing, particularly in Ferguson where they are calling it “Civil Disobedience” – even though there is very little in the line of civility where a Molotov cocktail is involved.

So where am I going with this? Not too sure – perhaps it’s only to draw the similarities to see what can be learned by it. Is it because people are oppressed or they just feel that way?  Is it oppression or a deep seeded sense of entitlement that has been preached to them all their lives that says they are entitled to loot businesses or decapitate someone?  Am I drawing comparisons that thread into a wider view of the human condition?

What do you think? Post below in the comments. This should be interesting.

To my friends.


I want to take a quick second and congratulate my friend and fellow blogger Lady K on her newest writing gig with OUTSET Magazine. She presently writes for Pocket Full of Liberty and various other places, commenting on culture, politics, anti-feminism, and of course, coffee (very important here at TRC). You can follow her on Twitter.

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August 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

Remembering Robin Williams – And A Plea to All

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We never connect to each other in a real way anymore – we manage our relationships virtually.

Yesterday, as you all know, a great man, a legend in the world of stage and screen, and a master of comedy, Robin Williams, took his own life. And while we are all still waiting for the reports from coroners, law enforcement officials, and his family, his death marks the conclusion of his struggle with severe depression.

That is the subject of this post. No rants on politics today. I think we all just need to stop for a moment and realize the final lessons that Mr. Williams is now teaching us – that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how beloved you are by fans or how many people are around you, when you fight the demon of depression, you often fight it alone. And it knows it.

I myself suffer from depression – I’m definitely no stranger to it. All my life, I have suffered and wrestled with feelings of abandonment, neglect, and being ignored, pushed aside and forgotten. I have felt like no one cared that I existed – no one cared for anything that I was or did. The whisperings of the demon are constant in my life and there are days when I rise above it, and there are days when I am overcome by it.

I’ve been to counseling, taken anti-depressant medication, focused on my spirituality, fought addictions, and watched in horror as my struggle spilled into the lives of my family and friends. I’ve used the Twelve Steps, focused on my job, family, God, people. And yet, the demon of depression continues to plague me. It never goes away. It is my thorn in the side.

With Robin’s passing, I think we need to stop for a moment and realize that, while we are the most connected society in the history of mankind, we are also the most isolated. We use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the like to fill the social need that we all have as people, yet we never truly get to know one another. We don’t spend any real time talking to one another. We post things on our walls, timelines, or whatever, hoping someone will come along and give it a read. We use sub-tweets and suggestive statements to get the attention of certain people without indicating that we’re calling someone out. And we all do it behind the cozy confines of our phones and computers, without actually looking the person in the eye. We never connect to each other in a real way anymore – we manage our relationships virtually.

And as we use social media, we become socially disconnected and isolated. It’s a grand paradox.

If you are reading this post, I want to make a special plea to you. Liberal, conservative, libertarian, whatever – doesn’t matter today. Today, politics doesn’t matter, because this is a human problem. And we as humans need to take a moment of pause.

First, I want, you, friend, to reach out to someone else. Make it a point to do so – make the effort. Perhaps you do this already, but if you don’t then take a moment to do it. If you are heavy into social media, then instead of sub-tweeting them or posting things on your wall for them to read, call them!  Send them a personal message. Write an e-mail and show some concern for someone else. Go to lunch. Go to coffee. But please, reader, reach out to someone – preferably not through a digital medium, but through real, old fashioned human-to-human communication. It’s time for us to re-learn what it means to have real relationships, not virtual ones.

Do you know anyone with depression? Someone who silently suffers and who can’t seem to reconcile the pain and the raw of life?  And for the big question, when was the last time you reached out to that person – not to treat them as a sufferer from a disease or someone disadvantaged, but as a person and grant them the one thing that they desire – inclusion into the human race?  The biggest complaint of all those who suffer in the shame of depression is that no one cares enough to grant them their humanity.  So, as Dr. John Bradshaw indicated in his book, Healing the Shame that Binds You, many sufferers slink off believing they are less than human, or they exaggerate themselves to a “larger than life” status in order to compensate for their internal failings. In either case, they suffer.

Maybe you don’t know someone like that, but everyone is connected to someone. Even the Scriptures make this key point:

For no one lives to himself and no one dies to himself. – Romans 14:7 ESV

Each one of us is connected in some way to someone else. Each one of us represents a thread in that tapestry of humanity. Pull on that thread, cut it, remove it, and something unique is lost. The challenge that we all have here is that we must realize the value that each of us has on society.  Regardless of our political leanings, religious affiliations, status, station – every person matters to someone else. You, as a person, may not have that much of an impact on me as a person, but that does not mean that you are unimportant. Those of us who suffer from depression make that mistake in thinking. Find your importance. Be relevant. Don’t sit idly and let it pass you by.

Maybe you’re suffering from depression and maybe even teetering on brink of suicide. Maybe you feel so utterly alone and in this digitally-connected world, you feel no one cares. Whether you realize it or not, there is someone out there in the world who loves you and who wants the best for you. Perhaps they aren’t good at showing it. Perhaps they get so wrapped up in their lives, their job, their pursuits or what not that they don’t make the time. The best thing I have found to beating back depression is not to wait for someone to come to you – you go to someone else, help them, love on them, and show concern for someone else. Only you can break your cycle of depression; no one can do it for you, friend.

And if you are not sure who to talk to, leave a comment below and I will personally reach out to you. I may not have the solution to your problem; I’m just a man with his own issues, but I will listen. And if you are contemplating ending your own life, get on the phone, call 911, and get help. Reader, please don’t think that you must suffer alone – I’ve made this mistake in thinking myself.

You are not alone in your fight. You do not have to walk the path alone.

Robin Williams was one of the greatest comedy legends, and I will always remember him. Not for his genius, although he did make me laugh on numerous occasions, but for his struggle. Every war, ever struggle, claims casualties and the war against depression is no different. But it’s an enemy we can fight, if we take it seriously.

Not just to my friends today. Today, it’s for everyone, particularly for those who suffer in silence.

TRC

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August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

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