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Food Police State

Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog

The problem for me is not that Congress classified pizza as a vegetable, but that it was voting on the issue at all.

The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.

The scuttled changes, which would have stripped pizza’s status as a vegetable and limited how often French fries could be served, stemmed from a 2010 child nutrition law calling on schools to improve the nutritional quality of lunches served to almost 32 million U.S. school children.

The action is a win for the makers of frozen French fries and pizza and comes just weeks after the deep-pocketed food, beverage and restaurant industries successfully weakened government proposals for voluntary food marketing guidelines to children.

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The Truth: John Locke Is So Much Better Than Karl Marx

The following is a paper that I wrote for an intro to political theory college class, and because I’m lazy, it is this week’s edition of THE TRUTH!  My T.A. enjoyed it.  So will you.

(Before reading the piece, why don’t you listen to the most recent KaibCast? It’s the most talked about* and fastest-growing* podcast on the net.  Here’s the link)

Karl Marx and John Locke are among the world’s greatest philosophers, yet their ideas about the world and how it should work are just about completely opposite from each other.  Marx is anti-religion, anti-free market, and pro-beard, while Locke is pro-religion (with exceptions), pro-free market, and anti-beard.  Putting the facial hair issue aside, it is clear from the evidence that Locke’s ideas are far superior and more practical.

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Hands Off My Chocolate Milk!

If you listened to Monday night’s KaibCast, you’d know what I think about elementary schools forcing kids to eat school-provided lunches.  According to the busybody administrators, the kids bring unhealthy lunches to school.  In the name of health, kids are forced to eat whatever crappy food their schools provide.  One such school is Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side.

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Why is this such a bad thing? Because forcing kids to eat something they don’t like is the job of parents, not principals.

And today, the Washington Post reports that schools are also banning chocolate milk!

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Short Takes: 3/23/11

The battle over light bulbs is heating up. The energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by President Bush, makes the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulb obsolete.  Instead, we are stuck with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), which are much more efficient but made in China instead of the U.S. like many incandescent bulbs.  I don’t have a problem with the CFLs, but I don’t like the government deciding what kind of bulbs Americans can buy, especially when U.S. jobs are at stake.

President Obama has done more to destroy American offshore drilling (and the accompanying jobs) than any other President in history.  Yet, while on his spring break to Rio, he promised to help the Brazilians with their offshore drilling.  Gee, thanks Mr. President.  Why don’t you focus on helping America first!!??? He actually said “when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”  We should be buying our own oil from our own offshore drilling.  Obama seriously has issues with America, but not with the rest of the world.  Sorry, but no President before Obama would kill American offshore drilling and then offer to prop up Brazil’s.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer: GOP has ‘vendetta against Elmo’

From The Hill’s Floor Action blog:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a “vendetta against Elmo.”

Boxer made the comments during a floor speech where she made the case for her bill that would ensure that the president and lawmakers are not paid if a government shutdown occurs.

Boxer said that the cost of four hours of the Iraq war would be enough to keep PBS funded — and the popular fire-red children’s character on the air.

Boxer believes that the GOP has more than just a vendetta against Elmo. She added that Republicans hold a “vendetta against healthcare” and a “vendetta against clean energy.”

House Republicans last month passed a bill that would strip government funding for both National Public Radio and PBS.

I’ve got a vendetta against Barbara Boxer.  Since when was it the federal government’s job to fund Elmo?  There is something called competition and the free market.  If Elmo is so great, he will remain on the air because little kids will watch it.

As for the vendettas against healthcare and clean energy, I’m guilty as charged.  I don’t want my money wasted on a bloated government healthcare program (ObamaCare) or crap energy like solar and wind that can’t compete in the free market.  We’ve got lots of coal and natural gas.  It would be a shame if we didn’t use it in a responsible manner.  With solar energy, a cloudy day suddenly causes rolling blackouts, and Barbara Boxer doesn’t have enough hot air to generate the kind of wind power that would actually make a meaningful impact in the energy market.

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More For Your Listening Pleasure

The KaibCast was created for Americans like yourself, with the three important things you want in a talk show… MILDNESS, BETTER TASTE, and COOLER SMOKING. The KaibCast’s right combination of the world’s best conservative commentary has so many things a listener likes, that The KaibCast is just naturally called the listener’s talk show. IT SATISFIES.

(That show description was actually adapted from a cigarette ad from the 1940s)

Listen  to some of my latest KaibCasts.  They’re fun for the whole family (except children and liberals):

Tuesday’s KaibCast: 2/22/11

  • Host Josh Kaib addresses the unrest in Libya, the murder of 4 Americans by Somali pirates, and the continued wrangling over public-sector unions.

The KaibCast Presidents Day Special

  • Host Josh Kaib talks about Presidents.

KaibCast Special: How Unions Are Destroying America

  • Host Josh Kaib will spend the half-hour slamming public sector unions and their complicity in the destruction of America. Also: how the Tea Party is fighting back and why Ed Schultz is a moron.

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Cairo Comes to Wisconsin

Protesters, unhappy with the government, have taken to the streets. Not in Cairo, but in Wisconsin.  The Governor has introduced legislation that would dramatically reduce the power of state employee unions:

Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

The state employee unions have contributed greatly to state budget bloating, not just in Wisconsin but around the country. A specific type of public employee union, the teacher’s unions, have contributed to problems with education by opposing reforms that evaluate teachers.

In parts of Wisconsin, school are closed because teachers are calling in sick so they can protest:

The state’s largest teachers union Wednesday night called on all 98,000 of its members to attend rallies in Madison on Thursday and Friday, which led school districts — including Madison — to cancel classes for Thursday.

“This is not about protecting our pay and our benefits,” Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell said at a press conference on the Capitol Square. “It is about protecting our right to collectively bargain.”

In an interview, Bell said her message stopped short of endorsing the kind of coordinated action that closed Madison schools Wednesday. She asked teachers who “could” come to the rally to come.

Public employees prove time and time again that they are unfit to hold their jobs.  In the private sector, these teachers would be fired. But since they perform a “public service,” they get to fool around and waste taxpayer money.  Because taxpayer money is at stake, public employees should not be allowed to unionize.

Bloated pensions and expensive health plans have nearly bankrupted the states. I applaud the Governor of Wisconsin and the state’s legislature for having the courage to stand up to the bullies in the unions.

U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has compared the protests in his home state with those in Egypt, saying “it’s like Cairo has moved to Madison these days.”

Our Community Organizer in Chief, meanwhile, says Wisconsin is “launching an attack on unions.”  The full quote:

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions…”

I think it’s more like the unions have been assaulting taxpayers, not the other way around.  And some of these protestors, meanwhile, are proving themselves to be quite hateful:

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