Feds crack down on bake sales!

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Vic Berardelli
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Feds crack down on bake sales!

As part of Michelle Obama's healthy school eating initiative, the child nutirtion bill gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers!

Republicans, notably Sarah Palin, and public school organizations decry the bill as an unnecessary intrusion on a common practice often used to raise money. "This could be a real train wreck for school districts," Lucy Gettman of the National School Boards Association said Friday, a day after the House cleared the bill. "The federal government should not be in the business of regulating this kind of activity at the local level."

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20101204/D9JSPCAO0.html

johnw
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safety nazi (n.) A person

safety nazi
(n.) A person obsessed with safety and possessing a fascist belief that everyone who believes otherwise is irresponsible, reckless, and should be publicly chastised.

Commonly have children who wear helmets to do virtually anything fun and are responsible for child proof cigarette lighters, the disappearance of fireworks, and for laws requiring use of seat-belts and motorcycle helmets. Also includes almost anything related to OSHA. Common to internet bulletin boards dealing with outdoor adventure.

syn. safety police
I remember the day when you could actually buy bottle rockets and fire crackers, but the safety nazis took care of that.

woodcanoe
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When I grew up in the 1950's

When I grew up in the 1950's my friends and I did some of the craziest stuff you could ever do on bikes. We went to the fair and watched the auto thrill shows.Then we came home and built ramps and jumped them. We had those speedometers that would register 50 mph and we would pedal down the steepest hills in town trying to hit 50, and we had those sirens that went on the front wheels and we would be holding them on tight at the same time making lots of noise.

I saw some pretty spectacular bike wrecks, that ended up with lots of very painful road rash, but never saw a head injury or a bike wreck that the hapless victim did not walk away from.

As I watch todays youngsters ride around in their helmets and other protective gear, I marvel at the fact that we managed to grow up to adulthood without all this big-brother protection and intervention in our lives.

Our parents would have taken up arms and fought them off. Parents today just get with the program like good little citizens.

There are a lot of fat kids. But don't blame them. Look at their parents. If the welfare system would stop letting them buy soda and chips, and have to get out and work, rather than lay on the couch watching Oprah, the kids wouldn't look like this.

The government is taking care of us.

"May I see your papers sir"

WC

BlueJay
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I'd like to see every PTA in

I'd like to see every PTA in the country fight this one. And a face-off between Palin and Michelle O might be entertaining. One more step in the incremental elimination of our liberties

"There are a lot of fat kids. But don't blame them. Look at their parents. If the welfare system would stop letting them buy soda and chips, and have to get out and work, rather than lay on the couch watching Oprah, the kids wouldn't look like this."

wc, I agree. You sound like me after a trip to the grocery story. Also, way too many of our foods, are loaded with high fructose corn syrup which, for some reason, leads to abnormal weight-gain. Bad stuff these food additives.

Naran
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Finally - something our local

Finally - something our local school board can take a stand on, and collectively agree to defeat. (closing half-empty schools -- naaah -- but fight an attack on bake sales?? Heck, yes!).

This is ridiculous. Wait until the Pillsbury Dough Boy gets through beating up Mrs. Obama. He and his pals from Betty Crocker won't be very happy about this. They make LOTS of "dough" from all those school bake sales.

Punk
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Bluejay, It's ridiculous to

Bluejay,

It's ridiculous to think that HFCS is the cause. Sure it contributes, but so do many other ingredients.

The problem is that more kids sit on their asses all day watching TV and playing video games than going outside and moving around.

BlueJay
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I didn't say it's "the

I didn't say it's "the cause", merely one factor regarding the foods they (and we) eat. Geez, am I that bad at expressing myself on paper or screen? I believe I used the word "Also" in the phrase. And I most certainly agree that inactivity is a MAJOR part of the equation, along with poor dietary practices.

Thrasybulus
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Dear Punk, They've tested

Dear Punk,

They've tested rats on the stuff, and Blue Jay is right. It has unique "fatten you up" properties. That's why they feed it to livestock. If you want your kids to look like livestock, well....

Other tests show that one slice of white bread and one soda pop daily equal vast weight differences in children. Not that I want the government doing anything about it - a truly scientific method would cancel Medicaid and Medicare for the obese and let Darwin sort it out.

johnw
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Thrasybulus makes a good

Thrasybulus makes a good point about medicaid and medicare. With so many receiving free health care with no repercussions for their own actions financially why not get fat? Those individuals apparently care little for their appearance why should they care about their health either?
In 99.9% of the cases of obesity it is the persons own failure to take any responsibility. Ditto with their kids. How many times do we see overweight people with their overweight children in tow. Just because somebody puts something in front of you doesn't mean you have to eat it.
We have a welfare system that allows people to purchase high calorie low nutrition food because it is "fair" but we want to regulate bake sales? Something is completely out of whack.
When it comes down to the government becoming the food police I can't agree with it. .....But organized crime is always looking for new revenue streams...psst want to buy some Twinkies???

Vic Berardelli
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I don't give a damn about

I don't give a damn about the scientific causes etc. which this thread denegrated into. I do give a damn about loss of freedom and expansion of government powers over individual decisions. This is one more incremental step to regimentation where a government bureacracy run amok will be there when you roll out of bed to hand you your official agenda for the day.

Islander
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Vic, you are exactly right

Vic, you are exactly right

Naran
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I think the way America's

I think the way America's public schoolchildren have been fed for decades is dismal. The processed, deep-fried, "nuggetry" of our kids is not a good thing. I'm heartened by the new emphasis on making school cafeteria menus healthier.

That said, this attempt to outlaw bake sales is plain outrageous.

BlueJay
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We have a welfare system that

We have a welfare system that allows people to purchase high calorie low nutrition food because it is "fair" but we want to regulate bake sales? Something is completely out of whack.

johnw, well said. In a nutshell.

spinmaker
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Near double-digit

Near double-digit unemployment. Our troops in harm's way. North Korea ramping up its forces. European markets collapsing. Foreclosures on the rise. Trillions of dollars in national debt; and this....this is what is keeping the First Lady up at night?...bake sales and chocolate-chip cookies??? Really? WTF???

Naran
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Yep - talk about spun sugar,

Yep - talk about spun sugar, and cotton candy.

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Just one year ago today the

Just one year ago today the USDA rolled out "MyPlate" to help us all eat healthy.
http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-428b1c

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