Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A federal agent was inspecting lunch boxes?

Well, you know this terrorism business has gone too far. Those weirdos are going for pre-schoolers' lunch boxes and making them eat ... well, actually, quite healthy stuff. But fear not. The brave federal officers know how to deal with it. They take away those lunches and make small children eat chicken nuggets in the name of nutrition.

Here is the story as reported by Carolina Journal and spread further afield by Mark Steyn in the National Review, where he put in the George III wouldn't have done this to you file.
A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs - including in-home day care centers - to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.
When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.
Firstly, let me point out that the home-provided lunch was extremely well balanced and nourishing, unlike those chicken nuggets, which the child didn't like anyway. In fact, she ended up eating next to no lunch. Secondly, the idea that a parent who provides a carefully selected and packed lunch should then be forced to pay for cafeteria-provided rubbish is outrageous. Finally, and most outrageously, the idea of federal agents checking children's lunch boxes and demanding that they eat what the government prescribes is so outrageous that I have actually run out of outraged comments and that does not happen to me often as readers of this blog will know.

And what is the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services? I have no doubt someone will tell me that we have something of that kind here as well.

21 comments:

  1. The idea is to extend government regulation as far and into everything as possible, while, here building the case that parents do not feed their kids correctly and, thus, government regulation as school and eventually at home is required. That agent was going to find something wrong as that was the goal.

    The first lady's quest for fighting obesity is totally misguided as she ignores the fact that most kids do not eat enough at school to gain weight. Offered versus Taken (OVT) data clearly show that little, relatively speaking, is eaten at school. The kids eat the excess food after school with their friends and usually not at home. So, what now? Close all restaurants and burger joints for three hours each day after school let's out.

    Child obesity starts at home with the example and eating habits of the parents. Perhaps there can be some material on eating well, but the government has no right ordering or imposing their opinions on us.

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  2. Captain Higley, you could have cut that post down to "the government has no right ordering or imposing their opinions on us." and left it at that!

    I'd also question whether it is right for governments to produce material on eating well; both because it is the beginning of a slippery slope that leads to the ordering & imposing of good eating, and also because it is a simply a complete waste of taxpayers money. If people want to know how to eat well, there are plenty of sources of information already available, and if they don't want to know, government produced information isn't going to make any difference to that.

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  3. If you want to see how far this has all gone, and has yet still to go you should read velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com. Chilling is not the word. If you cheered when smokers were chucked out of pubs, well now they're coming back for a vice you enjoy, and they're using the anti smoking campaign as a template.

    Every day now you can see the anti alcohol rhetoric being upped. Most of the so called science is lies. Did you know that the British are drinking less per capita than ten years ago. Of course not, they don't want to tell you that it's against the narrative.

    This is all about control, and in the forefront is the Bullingdon Club toff, the boy masquerading as our Prime Minister. Does anyone think he'll be cutting back on the port? No this is about hitting the little people. It's getting to the stage now where my hatred of this fool is becoming a medical condition.

    But don't expect anything other than Government spin in the MSM, and look out for the illegal stills beginning to multiply

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