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Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama’s New Lunch Menu
Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Kyle Olsen

Posted on 09/23/2012 4:51:11 AM PDT by Kaslin

In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The story we published earlier this week on that subject is unfortunately not unique. Students across the country are complaining about the new school lunch regulations.

Perhaps the real motive is to starve students into slimming down. Just ask students in Pierre, South Dakota who, too, are in an all-out revolt.

"I know a lot of my friends who are just drinking a jug of milk for their lunch. And they are not getting a proper meal," middle school student Samantha Gortmaker told Keloland.com.

Despite the fact that the new regulations have increased the cost of a lunch 20 to 25 cents per plate, it’s not pleasing students.

Some are throwing away their vegetables while others are adapting to the rules by becoming industrious. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market - for chocolate syrup. The kiddie capitalists are smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, according to SouthCoastToday.com.

Nancy Carvalho, director of food services for New Bedford Public Schools, was quoted as saying that hummus and black bean salads have been tough sells in elementary cafeterias. That means even smaller children are going through the day fighting hunger pains, which can never be considered a good thing.

One government official tried to put the blame on the students.

"One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they're still hungry is that many children aren't used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it's a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it's that they are not eating all the food that's being offered," USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton was quoted as saying.

Ms. Thornton just put her finger on the problem. The government is trying to impose a new diet that children are not accustomed to. It’s not reasonable to expect them to either eat what the government deems healthy or go hungry.

Many will opt to go hungry, and that’s the government’s fault.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: michelleobama; nannystate; publicschools; schoollunches
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1 posted on 09/23/2012 4:51:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

get the feds out of our schools


2 posted on 09/23/2012 4:52:54 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kaslin

” In New Bedford, Massachusetts, students have created a black market - for chocolate syrup.”

Lol! Force the kiddies into system D early so they learn it well.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/28/black_market_global_economy?page=full


3 posted on 09/23/2012 4:58:47 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder what malia and sasha get to cram down their throats at lunch. Oh, that’s right -—they go to that espensive private school for the 1 percenters. Those reduced calories are only for the little people. You control what people get to eat, you control the people.


4 posted on 09/23/2012 5:00:41 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Kaslin

So lots of folk agree our kids need to eat better but if someone we hate tries to correct that is, it’s bad?


6 posted on 09/23/2012 5:03:53 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Kaslin

So American kids are starving. MO doesn’t care. Her spawn are being nourished.

And USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton might try eating that hogslop before judging children whose parents pay her salary.

And no one ever got the name of the person who threw the NC child’s lunch away and made her buy pink slime chicken strips. A lawsuit would have exposed that info in a hurry.

Parents need to rise up and have this thrown out. Food is just the start. Just think what could be next- they are totally usurping your authority as their parents.


7 posted on 09/23/2012 5:07:23 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: stuartcr
"So lots of folk agree our kids need to eat better but if someone we hate tries to correct that is, it’s bad?"

Yes, when done by governmental force it's very bad and as noted here, completely counter-productive. School menus should be decided on a local basis not by a national imperial edict.

8 posted on 09/23/2012 5:10:06 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: elpadre

The US Dept of Education spends almost $20 BILLION a year, lots of it borrowed. Close it down. Save the money, save the kids.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 5:10:08 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: circlecity

So if the local school district is in a poor environment and the people that live there are not healthy to start with, the kids should just eat what they are told to eat by the locals? What about fed funding for these schools?


10 posted on 09/23/2012 5:15:36 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: circlecity

So if the local school district is in a poor environment and the people that live there are not healthy to start with, the kids should just eat what they are told to eat by the locals? What about fed funding for these schools?


11 posted on 09/23/2012 5:15:47 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

30 years ago, my children didn’t care for the food in their schools’ cafeteria. For all those years, I was up early to make 5 lunches that were nutritious, and were what my children would eat.

Peanut butter was a staple at our house, as well as a few other things they liked.

They are all now healthy adults, raising children of their own.


12 posted on 09/23/2012 5:17:24 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Kaslin

Again, how in the hell can Obama still be winning in the polls?

People don’t like the change that’s coming down from government but yet these morons keep supporting the rats that do this kind of crap.


13 posted on 09/23/2012 5:19:49 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: stuartcr
So lots of folk agree our kids need to eat better but if someone we hate tries to correct that is, it’s bad?

Why would anyone put humus on a kid's plate to eat? I don't even like humus, why would a kid? The school lunches were not that bad, nutritionally plus, the kids would at least eat the food. There has to be a balance in what is served...

15 posted on 09/23/2012 5:25:32 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (ABO)
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To: Kaslin

My daughter is an athlete and says she’s starving everyday even when she eats the lunch. Even the non-athletes are hungry. I noticed her bringing snacks, mostly healthy, to school, which she never did before. She has a BMI of 21.3 and hasn’t gained any weight despite the extra food and she’s even checked this herself, but she knows she’s bringing extra food to school and wondering if it was going to make her gain weight. I don’t want her obsessing on her weight, either. She said some kids are scraping together whatever few dollars they have and going over to the convenience store near the school before or after school and are eating tons of candy bars, chips, whatever. So whatever this new dietary plan is, it isn’t working. I can pack my kids a lunch, but a lot of parents won’t. What it comes down to is kids are now getting the lunch (many of them for free), tossing most of it or still being hungry after eating what is edible, coming up with money and eating convenience store junk. Not helping the situation. Tax payers are paying for lunch that winds up in the garbage and some how kids that get “free” lunch can afford candy and soda after school to stop the hunger pains. Go figure. Spending more, eating worse, and more gov’t control. And being hungry all day during class. Thanks Michelle!


16 posted on 09/23/2012 5:25:36 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: stuartcr
NO SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BROKE

The union sees that the teachers have what is needed to keep the voters from rebelling against the system and the gov't. provides the money to provide the influence.

I won't take the time to look it up, but I think the national average cost per pupil is something like 7 or 8 thousand a year.

For school districts that no longer provide paper, pencils and all the OTHER things I got for free from the Boston Public School District (it was stamped on the green pencils we got), wayyy back in neanderthal times ... 1953 or 4, They're not broke.

17 posted on 09/23/2012 5:26:21 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: stuartcr

And who are you or anyone else to decide for them what they should eat? How many times have “experts” told us what was good for us to eat and how many times have they quietly revised the food pyramids and their recommendations? The obesity we see now is because of the incorrect recommendations the experts made in the past and because of the lack of recess and the longer school days. If the Federal governments butted out the schools could experiment locally to see what works. Hint recess and lots of food choices. Any moron should have figured out by now that forbidding or limiting sweets makes them desirable especially to suggestable kids. We never limited sweets, never pushed them and our kids could take them or leave them. We wound up throwing out Halloween candy en mass a week later. Coercion is not the answer to any question when it comes to Government and its law abiding citizen and social engineering should be outlawed.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 5:31:30 AM PDT by JayGalt
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To: Kaslin

“We are Hungry” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IB7NDUSBOo


19 posted on 09/23/2012 5:38:19 AM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: stuartcr

What’s the food you hate the most?

Would it be good if we made a situation where that was the only food you had available for 8 hours of the day 5 days out of the week? Would you consider it benevolent of us if we said you had to either eat that thing you hate or else go hungry for most of your waking hours? Since we know what is good for you, and there’s no other food that’s good for you except the crap that we know you hate?


20 posted on 09/23/2012 5:44:22 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: MacMattico

Interstingly enough, you should see what these inner-city kids are eating. Mostly, Hot Fries, candy and soda. They bring them in from home and just push the cafe food around the plate at lunch time. In my two years at a inner city charter school I NEVER saw any kid eat anything healthy.

Yet Michelle doesn’t mention that.


21 posted on 09/23/2012 5:45:30 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: basil

“For all those years, I was up early to make 5 lunches”

Is it still an option in public schools?


22 posted on 09/23/2012 5:48:37 AM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Kaslin
” smuggling in bottles of it and selling it by the squeeze, “

Yeah; I think I could make a good ad for the RNC with that.

This is unreal. If we can't get these clowns out of office this year; we should hang it up.

23 posted on 09/23/2012 5:48:39 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: stuartcr
So if the local school district is in a poor environment and the people that live there are not healthy to start with, the kids should just eat what they are told to eat by the locals? What about fed funding for these schools?

Where do you think 'federal money' comes from?

And why do you think that money should be used as a cudgel to extort behavior out of the people it was taken from?

24 posted on 09/23/2012 5:51:05 AM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: freeangel
The first thing cults will do to new members is control their diet especially the intake of meat.

Meat eaters are not as easily controlled as are the veggies.

It's all about control.

25 posted on 09/23/2012 5:54:18 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: JayGalt
How many times have “experts” told us what was good for us to eat and how many times have they quietly revised the food pyramids and their recommendations?

The way to get recognized as an "expert" in that system is to come up with a "new" revision that overthrows the previous system. It doesn't have to be true, just plausible enough to form a new paradigm. Time passes, and then another wannabe "expert" comes along...lather, rinse, repeat.

It's relatively harmless when it's just slick health magazines pushing the stuff — you can purchase them or not — but here, it's happening with the federal government behind it.

If God had wanted the government to raise kids, He could have given them to the government. But what we see IRL is that He actually gives them to parents. who are then responsible for them. It figures, since kids don't do well in the federally mandated one-size-fits-all-or-else regimen. This kid can eat PB&J, which would send that other one to the hospital. Fine: parents can give individual attention where it is needed, and they don't have to worry about being charged with favoritism because they don't do the same for the neighbors' kids, for whom they are not responsible.

Make out that the gummint is responsible for everybody, and you make this one-size-fits-all-but-actually-fits-nobody regimen the law of the land.

26 posted on 09/23/2012 5:55:57 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: knarf

You can’t have your pudding if you don’t eat your meat!


27 posted on 09/23/2012 5:57:54 AM PDT by myrabach
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To: Holly_P

It would be if my kids were still in school! I have no idea what the options are today.


28 posted on 09/23/2012 5:58:43 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Kaslin

Our son is a high school athlete, and he’s come home with the same complaint of inadequate food portions. The cafeteria staff are sympathetic but tell the kids that they’ll be fired if they give larger portions. Our son has already decided to go to a nearby convenience store before he swims at 5:30am to pick up a suitably sized hoagie for lunch rather than go to the cafeteria and go hungry. Absurd.


29 posted on 09/23/2012 5:59:37 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: knarf

“For school districts that no longer provide paper, pencils and all the OTHER things I got for free from the Boston Public School District (it was stamped on the green pencils we got), wayyy back in neanderthal times ... 1953 or 4, They’re not broke”.

You didn’t get them for free. It was a way for the schools to give tax payer pencils to kids that did not or could not bring their own.

In the third grade at my school we were made to put all our own pencils into a box on the teachers desk for everyone to use as needed, these were pencils (a certain number, I don’t remember) we were required to buy and bring to school on the first day, of course there were a lot of kids who brought none. Communism in its simplest form.

When the box emptied we were told how many more we were required to bring. To her credit, the teacher also bought pencils and paper on her own.


30 posted on 09/23/2012 6:00:55 AM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Holly_P
What years are you referring to and what school district?

I know my parent's tax dollars paid for the pencils, but I got pencils, paper, and an eraser at the beginning of the year ... up until around 5th or 6th grade.

I think the pencils were still available in Jr High, but we were too cool for them ... we bought BICs.

31 posted on 09/23/2012 6:06:13 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Holly_P
In the third grade at my school we were made to put all our own pencils into a box on the teachers desk for everyone to use as needed, these were pencils (a certain number, I don’t remember) we were required to buy and bring to school on the first day, of course there were a lot of kids who brought none. Communism in its simplest form.

I heard about this in Chicago. I told the kids to tell the teacher they were responsible enough to bring pencils and that those who were not could go without writing or bring their own damn pencils. I'll have to see if the morons are doing the same thing this year. Maybe I could get a bunch of pencils made with anti-socialist quotes printed on the pencils or "Karen Lewis is a bloated parasite."
32 posted on 09/23/2012 6:06:40 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Kaslin

,,,,, just shut up and eat it ,,,, I’m the boss around here .


33 posted on 09/23/2012 6:11:58 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: knarf

“What years are you referring to and what school district?”

Third grade, about 20 years ago, Illinois.


34 posted on 09/23/2012 6:13:13 AM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Kaslin

I was speaking with a high school girl and she said that the “meat” being served wasn’t meat at all but soy. Has anyone else heard of this?


35 posted on 09/23/2012 6:13:13 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: dragonblustar
Again, how in the hell can Obama still be winning in the polls?

It isn't who casts the votes, it's who counts the ballots.

The Big Lie sez: "Duh1 is winning".

If enough people believe that, they might get demoralized and not vote against him. If enough people believe the votes are close, it will be a running screen for the massive voter fraud the dems will need to take swing states.

Of course the polls are being reported as saying Obama is doing well...look at who is doing the reporting.

36 posted on 09/23/2012 6:22:27 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kaslin

Our little local school district is going to cancel “grandparents day” because they are ashamed to serve the grandparents the food they are required to serve the children. The staff and all knows that no one likes the crap they have to serve.


37 posted on 09/23/2012 6:22:38 AM PDT by GrannyK
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To: Kaslin

When you can force citizens to buy health insurance, you can force them to eat what you want them to eat.


38 posted on 09/23/2012 6:23:31 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: basil

LOL...me too! I did the math...[average] 365 school days X 5 sammies X 12 years of school is 21,900 sandwiches. We deserve some kind of a brown bag award! LOL

The first day of school [via my GD], kids bring home notices of *peanut butter* allergies of some kid in the classroom....so PBJ sammies are NOT allowed. When the heck did *this* all happen? Ridiculous.


39 posted on 09/23/2012 6:24:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: elpadre

If you all vote right these kids will get decent food Jan. 20th...2013


40 posted on 09/23/2012 6:25:06 AM PDT by GrannyK
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To: stuartcr

I agree with your sarcastic comment. Non nutritious junk food served in schools has been a problem. If the kids are hungry then they need to bring their own lunch to school. Very simple solution.


41 posted on 09/23/2012 6:26:59 AM PDT by BBF (Very simple solution - Bring your own lunch to school)
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To: Holly_P
The three biggest lies America ever bought in to were;

Never discuss sex, politics or religion.

Read today's newspaper.

It is for the transfer of information I frequent FR.

There is SO much here, but as in all infopaks ... if we don't have complete data .. we come to wrong conclusions.

Our ages make things different ... not wrong ... just different.

42 posted on 09/23/2012 6:29:04 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: CAluvdubya

What the heck is humus? I thought that was something you add to garden soil.


43 posted on 09/23/2012 6:30:37 AM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: stuartcr
So it's okay for the government to decide what and how much your kid eats? Even if it leaves the kid hungry? North Korea doesn't have anything on us!
44 posted on 09/23/2012 6:33:35 AM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the word Obama!)
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To: Kaslin

My kiddos go to private school that does not provide food service, so they all pack. They get a meat and cheese sandwich, sliced veggies with dip (baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers) a salty snack, dessert and a bottled water. Their father feeds them a healthy breakfast before school. When I pink them up in the afternoon they are starving. The kids skipping the gross lunch must really be hungry.


45 posted on 09/23/2012 6:35:32 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Holly_P

I am a special education para-educator (in other words, a teachers aide) in a Maryland public school. School breakfast is $1.30 and school lunches are $2.45 for middle and high schools ($1.20 and $2.25 for breakfast and lunch in elementary schools) Bringing in packed lunches from home is still an option here in our schools as I pack my sons (and my own) lunch.


46 posted on 09/23/2012 6:38:42 AM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Kaslin

my niece, with 2 grade schoolers, has reported numerous kids pooping their pants ... unable to cope with the fiber in whole grain bread


47 posted on 09/23/2012 6:47:11 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: stuartcr
So lots of folk agree our kids need to eat better but if someone we hate tries to correct that is, it’s bad?

So where do you draw the line where the federal monster has to stop at ?

I assume these children have at least one parent...who are responsible for their well being?

Personally, I think the federal government needs to receive your weekly dinner plans to make sure you are not eating too many bon bons...if you don't you will need to pay a tax surcharge...

48 posted on 09/23/2012 6:48:53 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: KansasGirl

“What the heck is humus? I thought that was something you add to garden soil.”

I eat it occasionally, as a chip dip. Kind of thick for that though.


49 posted on 09/23/2012 6:49:33 AM PDT by Holly_P
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To: mom4melody

I love homeschooling my kids. We eat lots of beef, chicken, pork, and still have stuff around like PBJ sandwiches, fruits and veggies, and sweets if we want ‘em. We have heavy whipping cream as a staple, buy butter by the case, high fat content stews, and quality salts, basically everything the extremists say is unhealthy, and I have not one single fat kid. Everyone is healthy.

NO ONE tells my kids what they can or cannot have but my wife or myself. How much is this worth to me? 75% of my property tax that goes to the public schools that I won’t ever see a dime’s worth of benefit from, and having to buy my own curriculum every year. It’s worth every penny of that.

In addition, I don’t have “gay pride” crap, demo-crap, and other crap shoved down my kids’ throats every day, and I don’t have to deprogram them when they get home.

One of my co-workers is the President of the school board in his district, and he’s been talking about their lax attitude about getting switched over to the Moochelle food program. We have some interesting conversations at work!


50 posted on 09/23/2012 6:50:30 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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