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.