Redeployment Is Not An Option

Armed And Packing Heath (Bars)



A little girl in Texas accepted a Jolly Rancher from a classmate and is now spending a week in detention.  The “friend” is in detention too, but I think they should skip the trial and get straight to the execution.  The teacher had her taser drawn, but after shouting; “DROP THE CANDY AND PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!!” The terrified 8 year old did what she was told.  I don’t know if there is any truth to the rumor that the principal has authorized the use of deadly force for a Snickers bar, but I wouldn’t doubt it.

Is this seriously what our schools have been reduced to?  The school is claiming they did what they did because they were afraid of losing their funding due to the new “junk food” laws that the state had implemented.  The State of Texas said it was an incorrect interpretation of the law and that the school was in no danger of losing their funding.  That’s the nice PR department way of saying; “What the hell are you guys thinking?” and running as fast as they can the other way.  The school is refusing to talk to reporters.

It’s not like the kids were taking Butterfinger hits off of a chocolate bong and freebasing SweeTarts in the classroom, it was ONE JOLLY RANCHER IN THE CAFETERIA!!  The junk food laws being passed by States across the U.S. are designed to keep fast food vendors out of the schools, which is also bullshit and now Michelle Obama is getting ready to stick her nose in it, and I’ll rant about that in a minute, but; really?  You think teachers and administrators don’t have enough to worry about that now we’re going to make them our child’s nutritionists also?  Want to combat childhood obesity?  Here’s an idea: how about we go back to having PE everyday instead of every 3rd day?

Kids need nutritious food, I understand that; but do they honestly think that they have the right to tell me what I can pack in my kids lunchbox?  Or what food I can bring into school if I come to have lunch with my kids?  Just try and get my Chik-fil-A or McDonald’s bag away from me; I’ll take hostages.  A kid brought in a couple of Jolly Ranchers to share with her friend at lunch, so what?  Take the candy away, give a verbal warning and move on.  Instead their solution was to traumatize a little girl who had never been in trouble in her life and made her take home a form stating her crime.  Are those the memories and life lessons you want your kids bringing home from school?



Before I go on, is there anyone out there that doesn’t understand that eating a Big Mac will not give you six pack abs?  Anyone unclear on the concept of a Wendy’s Triple Baconator being a bad idea if you’re trying to lose 10 pounds before the wedding?  Good.  Anyone not understand that we live in a free country and we can put pretty much whatever we want (and some people do) in our mouths?  I didn’t think so.  I’m overweight-it’s not like it’s some big mystery to me how it happened; I didn’t wake up one day and say; “Oh my gosh! I’ve put on 25 pounds!  I’ve got to lay off of those vegetables and quit going to the gym!”

For now, we are still a nation of choices: you can choose to take care of yourself, or you can choose not to.  You can choose to feed your children skinless chicken breast and steamed broccoli every night for dinner, or you can drive thru McDonald’s four times a week, either way, it’s your CHOICE.  Well, that’s getting ready to change.  Michelle Obama is heading up a task force to “end childhood obesity in one generation.”  Great, let’s do it; send her out to give speeches and promote healthy eating habits to school children and parents that don’t know any better; I’m all for it.  The problem is that isn’t what the true plan is.  Follow this link to see what I’m talking about.  Halfway through the article the FTC commissioner says they’ll see “whether we can make them do more” after giving a non-denial/denial that they are offering anything but a gentle push to marketers to quit marketing unhealthy food to kids by enticing them with toys (can you say “McDonald’s”?).  You know, like they did when we were young.  I can’t remember seeing ONE single cereal commercial telling me to dig down to the bottom of the box to get the prize.  Maybe they can get the Cracker Jack folks to pay reparations for the toys they’ve been sticking in their product since 1912.

There is also talk of implementing a tax on sugar.  They are letting the state and local governments test the waters right now, and though they deny it, a federal sugar tax is on the way.  NYC has toyed with the idea of a tax on trans fats; the “fat tax” is expected to raise over $400 million a year in revenue.  Even the Governor is defending it.  It’s almost like they are looking for new things to tax to make up for the shortfall from all of the other things they are already taxing.  How come every time there isn’t enough money to go around the government’s first reaction is to raise taxes or tax something else?  Why not cut spending first?  Why?  Because it means less money and power for them, that’s why.  Why is it that those that scream loudest to; “keep your hands out of my uterus!” and “you can’t tell me what to do with my body! I’ll have an abortion if I want to!” are the same ones wanting to tell you what you can eat?  Kill an unborn child, sure; but how dare you eat a double cheeseburger!



The Do-gooders say all they are trying to do is help people.  They state that 1 in 3 children living in poverty are obese and they need the help.  My question is; if they are living on food stamps, then it’s obviously the government food making them fat, and if it isn’t the government food, then how are they able to pay for McDonald’s and KFC with food stamps?  Doing something about childhood obesity is admirable, but like most behaviors, it can’t be, and shouldn’t be legislated.  Do you really want the government telling you what you can and can’t eat?  Do you really think it would stop at food?  Do you want someone deciding what clothes you should wear?  Where you should live?  What movies you can watch?  Which books you can read?  What kind of light-bulb to use?  Oops, too late for that one.  They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions; I say it looks like they’re trying to make it a 6 lane expressway.  It’ll be a toll road, of course.

Some will argue that all of these behaviors raise the cost of health care and that these measures will curb those costs; a necessity now that health care has passed.  I would argue the opposite; there is no incentive to look after your health anymore.  Why bother?  The government will take care of us all now and it’ll be “free”, why should I worry about it?  Before you tell me to put my tin foil hat back on, I would encourage you to take a look around at what’s happening in the world.  You might want to start looking out for your own best interest, before somebody else does.

*A special shout-out to Cathy at Tadpoles and Teacups for the title inspiration.

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  1. Tom

    It’s bad. My wife told me she heard local reports of the junk food tax going into effect, and I could hear my wallet scream from the next room.

    No doubt we’re heading toward a government food society. I can almost taste the Soylent Green.

    (NukeDad) There’s enough crap in our food already that we don’t know about-Roundup weed killer being one of them, who knows where it will stop? I just think they are pushing way too much way too fast. Americans don’t do well with being pushed. It’s kinda what started the whole country. I just hope they don’t push too far, but then again, maybe it’s exactly what they planned all along.

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    May 12, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  2. WeaselMomma


    Swing and it’s outta the park.

    People either step up and say ‘no more’ or we will start losing or paying for freedoms.

    The government is trying to do the same thing with salt.

    No good can come of this.

    (NukeDad) Sin taxes are great until they make everything a sin, then they’re out of tax bases.

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    May 12, 2010 @ 10:49 am

  3. Otter

    Great post. I couldn’t agree more. I have always been for less government. It drives me nuts that they think they know how to better run my life than I do myself. If I want to eat that delicious chicken sandwich thing shown in your post and polish it off with a box of twinkies and a carton of camels it should be my choice.

    Maybe if they want the kids to be healthier they should outlaw video games so they will get off their butts.

    Just kidding. Only outlaw them for kids. I like video games.

    (NukeDad) No kidding, the only thing left when the apocalypse comes will be us playing Halo 3 while eating our unsalted/non-fat potato chips.

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    May 12, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  4. PJ Mullen

    Yeah, that policy plan seems like it will be about as effective as any else this administration has done. Throw into it the salt ban NYC is trying to put together and dump all these morons into a river. I’m a big guy and always have been, but I know what the problem is, I just need to fix it. Still, if I want a JJ’s #9 with a bag of chips for lunch, I’m going to do it regardless of how bad it will set me back. And I still don’t get the argument that curbing advertising will help this situation. Parents still need to parent. When my son begs for M&M’s for breakfast he doesn’t get them.

    (NukeDad) Exactly, PJ; I screamed bloody murder for desert when I was a kid, it didn’t mean that I didn’t have to plow through the liver and onions first. It’s unfortunate that so many people out there refuse to take responsibility for themselves. I’m like you-bigger than I need to be, but I’m not blaming it on commercials and ignorance.

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    May 12, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  5. Tara R.

    The Jolly Rancher debacle was an example of a school administration’s hysterical reaction to a non-issue. They can’t unring that bell, and those girls and their parents are still scratching their heads wondering ‘what the heck just happened?’

    Micro-managing is not the answer. You can’t legislate morality, intelligence or ethics.

    (NukeDad) Agreed. It’s a shame that common sense is such an under-used commodity these days.

    May 13, 2010 @ 8:03 am

  6. seashore

    You are so very right on so many points. I can’t even wrap my mind around the various taxes and what would and would not be taxed. It’s insane.

    But, having healthy food available in schools is so important. There are so many prepacked, precooked, prejunked items being put in our kids lunches it is sad. Yes, I pack my kids lunches, but that option isn’t available to everyone. Offer healthy choices yes, but don’t turn-in to the Gestapo!

    (NukeDad) I guess my point was that, like in most things, everyone gets punished for the irresponsible acts of the few. They’re even talking about doing school dinners now. If the parents are too irresponsible to provide even ONE meal a day for their children, then maybe the children need to be placed somewhere where they will be provided for.

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    May 13, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  7. Chris @ CleverFather

    What is wrong with everything in moderation? Do we really need to ban/limit EVERYTHING that is deemed unhealthy?

    (NukeDad) You filthy heathens don’t know what’s good for you, only the government can determine that! Just do as we say and everything will be fine….

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    May 14, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

  8. ThePeachy1

    OK. had this exact conversation a week ago with my DH. When did we start to decide what companies can and can not sell. Seriously how completely stupid does anyone have to be to think that the gvt telling us what we CAN and CAN NOT purchased with what is left of our money when they get done bending us over is insane. If you’re so stupid you don’t know good food from bad food, please die. We are over riding Darwin. he had it right, please don’t let these dummies mate.

    (NukeDad) People just don’t think about the big picture-they think giving up a little freedom in this “one isolated incidence” is OK, never realizing that there have been lots of little incidences before and many more planned for the future. Before they know it, all choice is gone and they end up pissed off and wanting to point the finger of blame at someone, but never themselves.

    May 15, 2010 @ 10:52 pm


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