When President Obama promised to fundamentally transform America, we had no idea he was secretly plotting to ban biscuits and grits.
The 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act strictly limited calories, fat, salt, sugar and just about everything else that makes food edible – including grits. . . .
We could originally serve half whole grains but that changed in 2012 when we had to start serving 100 percent whole grains,” said Stephanie Dillard, the child nutrition director for Geneva County Schools in Alabama.
That meant no more grits.
“And grits are a staple in the South,” Ms. Dillard told me. “Students really want to eat their grits.” –Todd Starnes
Comment: Here’s a genuine question–and an important one politically. When, exactly, did the United States make an explicit political decision that Washington and not local schools should decide what all children eat?
Answer: We never made such a self-conscious decision.
This was the creeping effect of Washington control. It always works the same way.
Here is the generic sequence by which local control is eliminated and moved to Washington without the peoples’ representatives ever making an explicit democratic decision to do so
The country perceives a problem, such as poor kids needing additional nutrition
We make a political decision to solve or manage the problem by passing a law and appropriating funding.
Congress passes a general law saying, “Here’s some money for these kids’ nutrition.”
The goal, we hypothesize here, is worthy. In this case, it certainly is.
The President and his staff, who helped write the law sign it.
Because the law needs implementation, a federal agency sets out rules and regulations with explicit criteria for key terms such as
Who is eligible? (“All children whose families are less than 4 (or 6 or 8) times the poverty level.”
Many of the key terms, such as “poverty level in 2017,” are defined by another bureaucracy
How much money goes to each school district
What foods the district has to serve to receive the money–and what foods it cannot serve. This restriction will apply to ALL their federal funds
QED: All control over school lunches has been snatched away from local control without Congress and the President explicitly deciding on this change.
To put it another way, this is how the country ends up being ruled by mid-level bureaucrats, whose regulatory control has grown exponentially.
Here’s the music to accompany the story: “If I don’t love you baby, grits ain’t groceries.” Little Milton and Bonnie Raitt do it right. Stay around for Little Milton’s interview about the early days at Sun Records.
(I wonder how long I’ll enjoy it, but that’s another matter. Won’t know til I try.)
The premise is simple. Brockmire is a great major-league announcer (think “Bob Uecker”) until, on his anniversary, he comes home to surprise his wife and finds her (we are told) in the midst of a sexual Bacchanalia. He goes back to the stadium, broadcasts the game, but gets drunk and goes into a career-ending rant about what his wife did.
A decade later, we find him back at a minor-league baseball park in a declining small town, making one last stab at getting back in the broadcasting booth. His self-pity hysterically funny, matched, as it is, with his pitch-perfect announcer’s voice.
This clip is not from the series itself–it’s from the Funny or Die shorts that preceded it–but it gives you a sense of Brockmire’s life before he ended up in Pennsylvania, broadcasting for the “Frackers.”
Sameline Alce and Desiré Nugent . . . instead of just finishing off the remnants in disappointment, they’re now suing Wise Foods on the grounds that their air-filled bags deceived them into overpaying.
The pair filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Monday night, claiming the Pennsylvania-based chip company was “misleading” customers by intentionally leaving their bags 58% to 75% empty. –Fox News
The weight of the bags is accurate, they acknowledge, but the size of the bags is misleading.
Comment: They are also suing Kevin Costner and Bull Durham for the grossly-misleading song, “Sixty Minute Man.”