Wednesday, February 15, 2012

First they came for the Twinkies....

You occasionally hear stories of Totalitarian regimes like Iran and China charging a "Bullet Fee" to the families of executed protesters.  They prop your kid against a wall, shoot him, and then charge Mom and Dad for the bullet. 

If you step out of line in the U.S. it's not as severe.  But they'll charge you for the chicken nuggets. 

The food police at West Hoke Elementary School looked at a 4-year-old's homemade lunch, declared it to be counter-revolutionary, and made the girl eat some chicken nuggets (she ate three of them). 


Yes, you are paying for food police. 
Yes, if your child goes to a government school, they're looking at the lunch you pack for them. 
Yes, they have nothing better to do. 
Yes, the children they're harassing are going to be paying for the Food Nazi's retirement and pension programs for a long, long time. 

The little girl's family was charged $1.25 for the chicken nuggets.  Why the breaded chicken nuggets were superior to the turkey sandwich that Mom packed, well, that remains a mystery. 
While the mother and grandmother thought the potato chips and lack of vegetable were what disqualified the lunch, a spokeswoman for the Division of Child Development said that should not have been a problem.


“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” The lunch has to include a fruit or vegetable, but not both, she said.

There are no clear restrictions about what additional items — like potato chips — can be included in preschoolers’ lunch boxes.
I'm dealing with a similar situation at work.  The fire inspector doesn't want to see pallets stored inside the warehouse; the environmental inspector doesn't want them outside.  When I bring up the contradiction, both sides back off.  They don't want attention drawn to themselves, they want to keep serving as Civil "Service" lifers and collect their retirements at a ridiculously early age.  The system is the point of the system - not fire prevention or the environment. 
Enough of my problems.  Back to the Carolina Journal:
“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” The lunch has to include a fruit or vegetable, but not both, she said.


There are no clear restrictions about what additional items — like potato chips — can be included in preschoolers’ lunch boxes.

“If a parent sends their child with a Coke and a Twinkie, the child care provider is going to need to provide a balanced lunch for the child,” Kozlowski said.

Ultimately, the child care provider can’t take the Coke and Twinkie away from the child, but Kozlowski said she “would think the Pre-K provider would talk with the parent about that not being a healthy choice for their child.”
Well, I would think that the kid's lunch was non of Jani Kozlowski's freakin' business, but I'm apparently wrong. 

These people can't reliably deliver Sports Illustrated. 
They've blown every penny you've sent to Social Security. 
They're a totally owned subsidiary of a gaggle of lobbyists. 
They're spending a third of the money you give them to blow up, slaughter, and maim some brown people overseas. 
They're the object of the derisive cliche "Good Enough For Government Work". 

You're going to let them tell you what your kid should eat? 

Here's a picture of the Department Of Agriculture's old food pyramid.  Note the 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta that they recommended. 
Eat that for a year and let me know how it works out for you. 

4 comments:

Nick Rowe said...

How did we survive childhood without bicycle helmets, free school lunches, product safety warnings and sex education?

Stephen M. Smith said...

If the fats, oils, and sweets manufacturers had had better a lobby the USDA would have recommended a steady diet of M&Ms, potato chips, and Ho-Hos.

Dzugashvili said...

Ah, the chicken nugget! 10 grams of hormones, antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fat! Just the ticket for my growing boy!

Homer Simpson

The Whited Sepulchre said...

And while I'm thinking of it, who the hell asked Michelle to go flying around the countryside on an anti-obesity campaign?
Is she a dietician?
Has she recently dropped some pounds?
Does she know more about the subject than, say, Obama's clinically obese Surgeon General?
Just wondering....