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Food Police Striking Back: Mrs. Obama Doubles Down on School Lunch Diktats

cafe-garbage-630x472Originally posted at The Clash Daily

After all the healthy food hoopla issuing forth from Washington, DC, some school cafeteria directors are now claiming that the phased-in standards associated with Michelle Obama’s federally-funded school lunch program are limited, pricy, and unappetizing. In response, an agriculture spending bill that was written and proposed by Congressman Robert Aderholt, (R-AL) was approved by a House subcommittee. The bill seeks to allow schools to waive the school lunch standards put in place by the first lady and the USDA if, after a six-month period, the programs result in a net loss.

The problem is that like her husband, Michelle Obama does not take kindly to noncompliance. Rebel against the FLOTUS’ control and a harder pushback is sure to follow, which is how Michelle is choosing to deal with the critics of her carrot-stick-and-cauliflower diktats.

In other words, after six years, Americans should be well aware that when it comes to Barack and Michelle Obama, “resistance is futile”.

That’s why even though Congressional efforts to provide waivers to those schools desiring to opt out are being well-received in some circles, similar to the way her husband refuses to budge on Obamacare, Michelle is vowing to fight any and all efforts to defy having the government determine what schoolchildren should eat for school-provided breakfasts and lunches.

Sam Kass, the former personal home chef to the Chicago-based Obamas who now directs Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, said Boss Lady Michelle just “wants to have a conversation about what is really happening out in the country.”

Translation: Despite the personal experience of those dealing directly with the negative responses of students rebelling against the federally-funded food edicts, Mrs. Obama is prepared to do the Chicago strong-arm treatment on the non-compliant until they yield to her will.

As usual, propaganda is the first step in the arm-twisting process, which is why the first lady began her retaliation by hosting an event at the White House to highlight the success of a program that is, in fact, largely a failure. At the roundtable, Michelle expressed the opinion that allowing schools to opt out is “unacceptable” to her… “not just as First Lady but also as a mother.”

Rest assured, if they had one, the White House Successful Healthy School Lunch PowerPoint presentation did not include images of cafeteria garbage cans full of black bean and guacamole salad, nor did it include close-ups of the grimacing faces of children attempting to wash down undercooked whole wheat pasta with room-temperature skim milk.

Nonetheless, Democrat drones…sorry, school nutrition officials were summoned to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to assist Mrs. Obama in her attempt to salvage the restrictive, expensive, and downright dull “Let’s Move!” federally-funded school lunch program. The job of the first lady’s charges was to share how magnificently the healthy food standards are working in their individual penitentiaries schools.

At the roundtable discussion, Über political Michelle said “The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health. Now is not the time to roll back everything we have worked for.”

In addition to hype campaigns and targeting Congress, it’s likely that Michelle will also be going after schools that originally signed on to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new School Lunch and Breakfast Program who, after citing uneaten provisions being dumped because students turn their noses up at tasteless mandated foods with less sodium, little fat, and restrictive calorie allowances, now want to opt out.

The School Nutrition Association, which represents school nutrition directors and companies that sell food to schools, endorses the Congressional proposal because President Leah Schmidt said schools deserve more autonomy.

Autonomy is a philosophical notion that is anathema to both Mama Obama and her enforcers in the federal government.

Nonetheless, Schmidt believes that “School meal programs need more flexibility to plan menus that increase student consumption of healthy choices while limiting waste,” which is why Leah was not asked to be part of Mrs. Obama’s supposedly non-political, one-sided White House discussion.

Regrettably, representatives from the 524 schools who thus far have chosen to drop out of the school lunch program were not in attendance either. Neither was the superintendent of the Waterford, Wisconsin school district that dropped the school lunch program because “students complained about taste, portions are not big enough for athletes and dollars get wasted on fruits and vegetables that students must take but often are thrown away.”

Mrs. Obama’s advocator, Sam Kass, claims that allowing schools to opt out is a “real assault” on the first lady’s effort to assault kids by force-feeding them horrible tasting food. According to Mr. Kass, even though one million students are choosing to opt out, and the ones who haven’t opted out just yet are cranky, starving, and sneaking off campus for lunch, “These standards are working!”

No offense to Sam, who’s probably a nice enough guy, but that is just the sort of delusional optimism and contrived positivity typically projected by the president and first lady’s toadies in their attempts to convince an unwilling America to accept yet another failed Obama policy.
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Coca-Cola Must Go, but Condoms Can Stay!

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Originally posted at The Blacksphere

Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (the food stamp guy) are at it again, and Coca-Cola is in the cross-hairs!

This time the “Smart Snack Squad” are “straining out gnats and swallowing camels” by announcing and instituting “school wellness standards” that focus only on food.

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Smart Snacks in Schools,” regulations mandated by the first lady’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are in the process of being instituted.

What does that mean?

It means that the same people who feel it’s necessary to make sure school kids get free condoms are about to dictate how food can and cannot be marketed on school premises.

Snacks deemed “unhealthy” by Mrs. Obama and the feds are henceforth banned in perpetuity from public school grounds. So the condom machines can stay, but the First Amendment and the soda machines must go.

About the proposal, a representative of the USDA had this to say:

“Ensuring that unhealthy food is not marketed to children is one of the first lady’s top priorities; that is why it is so important for schools to reinforce the importance of healthy choices and eliminate marketing of unhealthy products.”

The proposal does allow the promotion of food and drink products, but only those that meet snack standards, which includes nothing besides “plain water…unflavored low fat milk,” and 100% fruit juice.  Yippee!

Thankfully, high school students (who the snack standard posse has no objection to having sex in the school parking lot during recess or getting a ride to the abortion clinic in the school van if need be) can only have soda that has fewer than 60 calories.

So, along with the Bible, patriotic t-shirts, and Pop Tarts that can be chewed into the shape of a handgun, brand name snack treats are now barred.  No more Coca-Cola or Pepsi in vending machines or anywhere else, including book covers and computer screensavers.

“[The] USDA is committed to working closely with students, parents, school stakeholders, and the food and beverage industries,” said Tom Vilsack, “to implement the new guidelines and make the healthy choice, the easy choice for America’s young people.”

Vilsack also said the marketing rules would ensure that school environments promote what sex-obsessed control-freak liberals consider “healthy choices.”

Michelle ‘Food Cop’ Obama had this to say about the proposal:

“The idea here is simple—our classrooms should be healthy places where [after sex education class] kids aren’t bombarded with ads for junk food.”

Mrs. Obama was adamant that school, where every other religious and moral conviction imparted by a parent is undone, shouldn’t be a place where, “When parents are working hard to teach their kids healthy habits at home…[it]… shouldn’t be undone by unhealthy messages at school.”

The obvious contradiction here is that liberals like Michelle Obama and Tom ‘Food Stamp’ Vilsack are busy policing food ads and directing food choices, but ideologically the group they run with simply refuses to address the sexual activities of school-aged children.

In fact, while the feds are pushing carrot juice and celery sticks, their liberal policies proudly facilitate premarital sex, encourage underage sexual experimentation, and applaud promiscuity.

The argument is that sex is a primal urge, and kid’s are gonna do it anyway.  Oh, so that’s why it’s all about the snacks and never about the sex.

Yeah but don’t kids eat?

Follow me on this one. Is there any more primal a drive than the will to survive? And isn’t it true that in order to survive one needs to eat?

Therefore, if given the choice between eating and having sex, most human beings would eat. That’s why, if you can stop people from eating certain things, shouldn’t it be even easier to stop people from doing certain things?

Which poses the question: Why do liberals make the effort to control food promiscuity in children but absolutely refuse to address underage sexual promiscuity?

If influencing kids to make “healthy choices” simply entails limiting messages that sell unhealthy food and beverages to children, why not experiment with limiting all those government-approved messages that encourage young people to behave immorally.

What is worse for an emotionally and physically immature kid underage sex, or a can of Pringles and a Mountain Dew?

It’s obvious that liberals like to pick and choose what guidelines to promote to ‘help’ America’s young people make the “easy choice” to do what’s right.

If sexual behavior cannot be controlled then neither can food choices.

But if food choices can be controlled, which is what Mrs. Obama claims, then liberals could also stress making moral choices – but don’t!

‘Fried Fat Cakes’ Michelle Establishes ‘No Fry Zones’

michelleobamabotswana2011juneMichelle ‘Fried Fat Cakes’ Obama is now monitoring frying pans, deep fryers, turkey fryers, and commercial fryers in both schools and churches.  It appears the quest to do away with ‘food desserts’ has given way to ‘no-fry zones.’  After all, it takes a woman who really enjoys fried onion rings to make sure that no one else does.

Unlike his wife, the President avoids fried Twinkies at state fairs, but he has been known to enjoy a corndog or two on occasion.  Although the President also steers clear of racist Whole Foods organic chicken, he has openly indulged in non-racist fried chicken., not to mention Indonesian fried ‘rintek wuuk,’ and much like Michelle has been caught tucking into piles of crispy French fries.

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Michelle Obama’s Share-the-Starvation School Lunch Program

 

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

School menu monitor Michelle Obama has always put the welfare of America’s school children first. Right?  Now, the first lady, in conjunction with the USDA and the 2010 “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act,” is on a one-woman mission to eradicate what she believes to be the greatest “threat to national security” — childhood obesity.

Michelle Obama’s vision to promote healthier BMIs includes force-feeding federally-funded food to kids in school cafeterias and mandating that school-aged slackers “Let’s Move!” their rotund selves around the perimeter of the schoolyard during recess.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack vouched for the new law, saying the goal is to improve “nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in schools” by providing the USDA with the authority to establish requirements for foods available “during the school day, including vending machines, the ‘a la carte’ lunch lines, and school stores. ”

According to Suzanne Perez Tobias of the Wichita Eagle, the law sets “calorie maximums for school lunches — 650 calories for elementary-schoolers, 700 for middle-schoolers and 850 for high schoolers.”

As a result, voracious children who once enjoyed the freedom to choose sloppy joes for lunch are now getting their first taste of oppressive government regulation. In New York City, kids who reject the unenticing menu may even be forced to endure swallowing school-provided morning-after pills on an empty stomach.

Overseen by Mama Obama, the new school lunch program is but a mere foreshadowing of what America is in for when Obamacare kicks in. Along with stringent regulations and increased paperwork, the costs of the life-saving government-dictated provisions are sure to go up while the portions and choices will go down.

In the meantime, someone should inform the first lady that the “one-size-fits-all” menu she’s hawking isn’t fitting the caloric needs of different-sized kids growing at different rates, all with varying energy needs. As a result, many school children are spending the day anything but “hunger-free.”

One concerned food service worker from Montana put it this way:  “It’s completely flip-flopped in terms of portion size.” The “new federal guidelines require vegetables to comprise the largest portion of a student’s lunch, while the entrée is now being treated as a side dish.”

Another school food service worker said that “Two ounces of protein won’t cut it for high school athletes.” Maybe Michelle feels that if she can work out those impressive biceps on an empty stomach, high school athletes who need food-driven power to plow through those football dummies should quit complaining and toughen up.

Probably the most shocking change concerning the school lunch change is that “Even though some kids may be leaving the lunch room hungry, the new Obama-imposed rules prohibit students from receiving additional helpings, even when there’s food left over.”

In other words, every child attending a publicly-funded school has been put on a USDA-enforced diet by America’s intrusive first lady.  In Obama’s world it could be called “Sharing-the-Starvation,” where everyone gets to equally experience what it’s like to go hungry.

Nick Blohm, a 6′ 3″/210-lb. varsity football linebacker at Mukwonago High School in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, is one of the hungry ones.  Nick isn’t faring well on the same caloric intake as a 95-lb. flute player in the Pep Band.  Neither are 581 of the 830 Mukwonago students who boycotted the hummus and edamame salad -laden cafeteria.

In fairness, it could be that while Michelle’s expertise is in dietetics and kinesiology, math may not be her forte. The Mukwonago football slogan is: “To be the best outwork the rest.”  The problem is that mathematically in order for Nick to “outwork the rest,” doing so on the caloric intake of a vegetarian won’t provide him with the oomph he needs.

Nick has a plan, though; he thinks he can get around the unappetizing cafeteria fare by bringing a bagged lunch from home.  What Mr. Blohm and his mom are probably not anticipating is a future where nannies Michelle and Tom possibly impose X-Ray scanning at cafeteria checkpoints for students attempting to sneak in unauthorized bagged lunches.

In the meantime, Michelle Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia, who attend the exclusive private school Sidwell Friends, are free to enjoy classic Caesar salad, cheese and all, and pepperoni flatbread pizza.  Just as in most dictatorships, the elites remain unaffected by the very government impositions they inflict on everybody else.

To quote our beloved President, this school lunch to-do is indeed a “teachable moment.”  America should pay heed to what happens when a benevolent government worms its way into private choice and uses the excuse that it’s for the good of the citizenry.  The truth is that what is currently taking place in school cafeterias across America is an omen of a future where the government that is currently regulating Tater Tots will one day be rationing health care.

The Obamas: Chilidogs and Couture

Originally posted at American Thinker

In these perilous times, people accuse me of being obsessed with pap like Michelle and Barack Obama’s food and clothing. But it should be obvious that it’s not about the food or the clothes, it’s about double standards, arrogance and hypocrisy, all of which impact policy and governing, whether directly or indirectly.

The truth is, Mr. and Mrs. Obama are free to eat a side of beef every day and take two cargo planes full of couture everywhere they go if they want to. However, a problem arises when the first couple exercises a lifestyle that their policy edicts try to deny everyone else.

Case in point:  One day after ‘piece of the pie’ maven Michelle Obama “unveiled the USDA’s new nutritional plate,” Obama chose to eat outside the colored lines. The new pyramid replacement plate is split into four easy-to-follow sections – red for fruits, orange for grains, purple for protein, green, the largest section, for veggies, and a blue circular satellite for dairy.

Michelle and the USDA put their heads together and decided what, and how much, we should eat. One problem – Barry isn’t obeying, and if I had to guess, based on history, neither is Shelley.

Customarily, the day after an Obama directive is issued the President usually makes some sort of public announcement, in word or deed, exempting himself and his wife from what they demand from the rest of us. For example:  Ridicule SUV drivers and then soon after, gas up Air Force One and fly cross-country just to make a TV appearance or attend a fundraiser.

In this case, Michelle promoted healthy foods like quinoa and Brussels sprouts one day and the next day Obama brazenly stuffed his face with such a large hunk of chilidog that he made champion hot dog eaters Joey Chestnut and Kobayashi look like rank amateurs.

By choosing to eat at Rudy’s Hot Dog in Toledo, Ohio, Barack made yet another in a long list of symbolic exemptions for himself, except this time the statement took the form of two frankfurters smothered in chili and a pile of greasy, salty French fries.

Maybe between the “the house specialty chili dog, which comes with mustard, onion, chili sauce and cheese, and topped …with a bowl of chili and a portion of fries on the side,” Obama convinced himself he was eating protein, veggies, dairy and grain and by doing so was dutifully participating in Michelle’s healthy plate initiative.

After all, “The First Lady is renowned for her toned arms and vegetable patch.” Yet despite the organic fare in the White House garden the only sign of vegetables on her husband’s plate “appeared to be some fried onions.”

To compensate for straying off the reservation, Obama did try to balance the scales by offering a few dietary suggestions to Ohio representative Marcy Kaptur, who requested ketchup on her dog.  A mortified Obama, cheeks bulging with a gargantuan mouthful of chilidog, told Marcy, “By the way, as an aficionado of hot dogs, you shouldn’t put ketchup on hot dogs… I’m trying to teach my girls.”  Aficionado of hot dogs?

The cat is officially out of the bag. The Obama girls eat nitrate-infused ground mystery meat stuffed into pig-intestine casings, and we know this because Dad admitted he’s been advising Sasha and Malia on how to properly choose hot dog condiments.

Anyway, while America obediently tried to squeeze brown rice and tofu into purple and orange triangles, Obama “happily munched on the unhealthy meal before he visited the city’s Chrysler factory” where he was booed for reasons unrelated to the gas-inducing lunch.

So, as always, chilidogs and fried onion rings are not the issue; nor is it that Michelle wore designer Peter Som to launch the USDA’s MyPlate initiative.  What continues to be of concern is what is represented by the dichotomy of combining the unveiling of the food pyramid replacement with a rousing pig fest at Rudy’s Hot Dog joint. That type of superciliousness is the perfect embodiment of the Obamas’ arrogance and hypocrisy – and two chilidogs and a side of fries is just another in a long list of in-your-face examples to confirm the double standard.

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