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Force Feeding School Lunch – For Profit

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Is this madness REALLY about healthier kids or is it only about money?

In the last day, I have been hit with a couple of articles relating to the madness going on in public schools surrounding school lunches. This isn’t anything new, since the left has a fetish with telling everyone what they should and shouldn’t eat, combatting the so-called problem of childhood obesity in school. But what I’ve seen here from these last couple articles is that liberals are doing a great job in covering up their lucrative greed in the guise of wanting healthier kids.

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1) CEO of Hint Water Gripes that Big Soda Blocks Access to Schools (link)

I read this one on LinkedIn Pulse yesterday and I could only hear the bias and griping. Turns out, Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water, was just “drawing attention” to the issue of schools being in bed with Big Soda – contracts with Big Soda that make it nearly impossible for anyone else to get into the schools.

She made the point to tell people to “Talk to your school and school associations like the PTA. Ask them to provide healthier beverages, and to scale back their partnerships with soda companies.” She claims she wasn’t arguing in favor of her company, which makes zero calorie/sugar/diet sweetener water (there’s a plug for you, lady), but seriously, even if you were blind, deaf, and dumb, you could still smell the bias coming off of this one.

So, would Ms. Goldin be so vocal about it if she didn’t have some major skin in the game? Is this really about healthy choices for kids or is this about the fact that she can’t break into the schools because of these contracts. But I am pretty certain that if the situation was reversed and Hint Water had a ten-year contract with a school, they wouldn’t raise a stink about it – even if a student decided that they wanted a frosty Coke, rather than a bottle of zero-stuff water after school. And why? Because she also griped about Dasani, which is owned by Coca-Cola.

I’m all about healthy choices – but they need to be choices made by kids and their parents, not one company or another, and even not the school administration.

I wonder, by the way, if Hint Water would be willing to start sponsoring student athletics or other extra-curricular activities the same way that PepsiCo and Coke do, particularly for cash-strapped schools that would like some financial help in districts where cash is tight (notwithstanding waste, etc etc…another day on that one).

2) AR School Notes Trash Cans Are Morbidly Obese (link)

The kids of Rogers High in Rogers, Arkansas are among the numerous schools throughout the country who are balking at Michelle O’s so-called Healthy Lunch program.

Among the audacity that we’ve seen, such as kids having their lunches confiscated or thrown away because they weren’t deemed “healthy” enough. So they serve up some nice healthy French Fries because potato still counts as a vegetable. Anyway, here are two things I picked up in the article:

In addition to changing the lunch menu to make it “healthier,” the school sends students back into the line if they fail to take the required fruits and vegetables mandated by the overhaul of the National School Lunch Program.

“When the kids eat the meal we get paid for it. When the kids don’t eat the meal we don’t get paid,” says Margie Bowers, food services director for Rogers Public Schools.

I don’t think the right word here is “eat”, but rather, “take”. If the kids take the apple and pitch it in the bin, the school still gets paid.  So can it be said that they really care about healthy choices or whether they get paid?  With the costs of food going up and students not interested in taking food, mostly because it, as the kids in rural Kentucky’s Harlan District refer to as “tasting like vomit”, the problem now is that if Rogers High is now sending kids BACK to the line to get more “healthier” food!

Anyone See A Similarity?

So let’s see – kids are being told they have to go back into the lunch line because they are aren’t taking healthier choices: They can’t have their Frito Pie and soda pop. I remember seeing a comment of one parent whose kid had to chuck a Chick-Fil-A sandwich. I would be livid – and then I’d go to jail.

Translate: Kids don’t take healthy choices = Kids not participating in the program = School not making sales

The healthy choices are losing in the hearts and minds of kids so liberals have to resort to more coercive methods to forward Moochelle’s Lunch agenda. Kids are strong-armed into “healthy choices” with which they or their parents may disagree. And when contracts lock out competition, would-be challengers appeal to the sentiments of the people because of the evil corporations like Big Soda, Big Snack Chip, or Big Candy Bar having vending contracts. They claim it’s about health. In reality, it’s about regulation and money.

Yet we tell them they shouldn’t have promiscuous or homosexual sex and smoke marijuana and yet we’re called bigoted and judgmental. But that’s for a later issue.

I’m really not sure how Michelle Obama even has the right to tell us what to do just because she’s the First Lady (sic). Yet, she continuously shows her hypocrisy with her opulence.  While Michelle attempts to lecture us about “healthy choices” her kids are treated to a much better fare (and I’m pretty sure none of it is low-sodium/low-fat and whole-grain). (Link)

To my friends

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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Remembering Robin Williams – And A Plea to All

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We never connect to each other in a real way anymore – we manage our relationships virtually.

Yesterday, as you all know, a great man, a legend in the world of stage and screen, and a master of comedy, Robin Williams, took his own life. And while we are all still waiting for the reports from coroners, law enforcement officials, and his family, his death marks the conclusion of his struggle with severe depression.

That is the subject of this post. No rants on politics today. I think we all just need to stop for a moment and realize the final lessons that Mr. Williams is now teaching us – that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how beloved you are by fans or how many people are around you, when you fight the demon of depression, you often fight it alone. And it knows it.

I myself suffer from depression – I’m definitely no stranger to it. All my life, I have suffered and wrestled with feelings of abandonment, neglect, and being ignored, pushed aside and forgotten. I have felt like no one cared that I existed – no one cared for anything that I was or did. The whisperings of the demon are constant in my life and there are days when I rise above it, and there are days when I am overcome by it.

I’ve been to counseling, taken anti-depressant medication, focused on my spirituality, fought addictions, and watched in horror as my struggle spilled into the lives of my family and friends. I’ve used the Twelve Steps, focused on my job, family, God, people. And yet, the demon of depression continues to plague me. It never goes away. It is my thorn in the side.

With Robin’s passing, I think we need to stop for a moment and realize that, while we are the most connected society in the history of mankind, we are also the most isolated. We use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the like to fill the social need that we all have as people, yet we never truly get to know one another. We don’t spend any real time talking to one another. We post things on our walls, timelines, or whatever, hoping someone will come along and give it a read. We use sub-tweets and suggestive statements to get the attention of certain people without indicating that we’re calling someone out. And we all do it behind the cozy confines of our phones and computers, without actually looking the person in the eye. We never connect to each other in a real way anymore – we manage our relationships virtually.

And as we use social media, we become socially disconnected and isolated. It’s a grand paradox.

If you are reading this post, I want to make a special plea to you. Liberal, conservative, libertarian, whatever – doesn’t matter today. Today, politics doesn’t matter, because this is a human problem. And we as humans need to take a moment of pause.

First, I want, you, friend, to reach out to someone else. Make it a point to do so – make the effort. Perhaps you do this already, but if you don’t then take a moment to do it. If you are heavy into social media, then instead of sub-tweeting them or posting things on your wall for them to read, call them!  Send them a personal message. Write an e-mail and show some concern for someone else. Go to lunch. Go to coffee. But please, reader, reach out to someone – preferably not through a digital medium, but through real, old fashioned human-to-human communication. It’s time for us to re-learn what it means to have real relationships, not virtual ones.

Do you know anyone with depression? Someone who silently suffers and who can’t seem to reconcile the pain and the raw of life?  And for the big question, when was the last time you reached out to that person – not to treat them as a sufferer from a disease or someone disadvantaged, but as a person and grant them the one thing that they desire – inclusion into the human race?  The biggest complaint of all those who suffer in the shame of depression is that no one cares enough to grant them their humanity.  So, as Dr. John Bradshaw indicated in his book, Healing the Shame that Binds You, many sufferers slink off believing they are less than human, or they exaggerate themselves to a “larger than life” status in order to compensate for their internal failings. In either case, they suffer.

Maybe you don’t know someone like that, but everyone is connected to someone. Even the Scriptures make this key point:

For no one lives to himself and no one dies to himself. – Romans 14:7 ESV

Each one of us is connected in some way to someone else. Each one of us represents a thread in that tapestry of humanity. Pull on that thread, cut it, remove it, and something unique is lost. The challenge that we all have here is that we must realize the value that each of us has on society.  Regardless of our political leanings, religious affiliations, status, station – every person matters to someone else. You, as a person, may not have that much of an impact on me as a person, but that does not mean that you are unimportant. Those of us who suffer from depression make that mistake in thinking. Find your importance. Be relevant. Don’t sit idly and let it pass you by.

Maybe you’re suffering from depression and maybe even teetering on brink of suicide. Maybe you feel so utterly alone and in this digitally-connected world, you feel no one cares. Whether you realize it or not, there is someone out there in the world who loves you and who wants the best for you. Perhaps they aren’t good at showing it. Perhaps they get so wrapped up in their lives, their job, their pursuits or what not that they don’t make the time. The best thing I have found to beating back depression is not to wait for someone to come to you – you go to someone else, help them, love on them, and show concern for someone else. Only you can break your cycle of depression; no one can do it for you, friend.

And if you are not sure who to talk to, leave a comment below and I will personally reach out to you. I may not have the solution to your problem; I’m just a man with his own issues, but I will listen. And if you are contemplating ending your own life, get on the phone, call 911, and get help. Reader, please don’t think that you must suffer alone – I’ve made this mistake in thinking myself.

You are not alone in your fight. You do not have to walk the path alone.

Robin Williams was one of the greatest comedy legends, and I will always remember him. Not for his genius, although he did make me laugh on numerous occasions, but for his struggle. Every war, ever struggle, claims casualties and the war against depression is no different. But it’s an enemy we can fight, if we take it seriously.

Not just to my friends today. Today, it’s for everyone, particularly for those who suffer in silence.

TRC

Written by The Rabid Conservative

August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

Overreaction and Oversensitivity

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Lately, I have been wandering around Twitter, listening to the large amounts of ranting from the hundreds of people out there – liberal and conservative, who seem to find offense around every corner. Every time there is a post or tweet with which someone doesn’t agree, I see a flurry of 140 character rage, the like is not compared to out of control school children who don’t get their way.

I’m finding all the faux-anger to be so dull, boring, predictable, and useless.

I expect liberals to fly off the handle and let their seething rage drop from every post. The constant and incessant wave of hatred from liberals who want to change the world, truth, and reality from how it naturally operates into something completely unnatural is of no surprise to me. What concerns me and what really often disturbs me is when those people who hold up the conservative banner behave in precisely the same way.

Yes, we conservatives have a reason for our anger. We can list them over and over, and for some of us, we have. But when we vent that anger off in the same way as our opposition, we show one thing true: we are no different than they are. Sure, we have different views, but we’re just as hate-filled, raging, seething, as the left is.

And liberals find validation in that – not distinction.

Now, I know the title of this blog is The Rabid Conservative and I seem to hold the attitude that I am, now criticizing. But for those that know me in person, I’m not a fuming, anger-filled, oversensitive person. Although I do have my moments, at the end of the day, I find myself the same as any other human being.

Concerning Trolls

Trolls are an ominous breed of Internet life. They seek to irritate by stirring up emotional dischord. They spew nonsensical rhetoric at anyone who will listen. They don’t care about who or what they affect, so long as they get a rise, they win.

Emotional people tend to get affected by trolls. Trolls target them, like moths to a street lamp. Trolls will say or do anything to get a reaction and then leave the emotional person to fume.

If the trolled person is a female, what we see next is a bunch of males come in to “offer encouragement and support” to this “frail and damaged heart”. How pathetically stereotypical. #WannaBePaladins

What’s the rule with trolls? Ignore them completely. Cut them off from their source of fun and they lose interest. Trolls thrive on conflict.

Concerning Atheist Haters and Christian Reactions

The thing about atheists that helps their cause is when they see Christian folks go all insane when someone says something about the Lord. They remind me of the Jewish leaders who tore their clothing and went all berserk when Jesus said something that they found offensive. Jesus offered this advice to His followers:

Matt. 5:38-40 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

I have often deflated arguments with atheists like this: I refuse to argue with them. They want me to prove my faith – I refuse. They want me to “prove God exists”. I say, they wouldn’t believe it anyway, so why bother?

In fact, I seriously doubt any atheist would be willing to believe in God, even if he showed up in a white suit, looking like Morgan Freeman:

or in a black tuxedo with round glasses, smoking a huge stogie like George Burns.

Don’t mention it, kid. It’s a pleasure helping you out.

By the way, with respect to God and Jesus, I don’t think the Almighty requires us to come to His defense. (hat tip: Tom) I think He’s strong enough to contend with anyone who sits in contrary to Him. He doesn’t need us to stand up for Him just because one of His other creations doubts that He is even there.

Reagan’s 80% Rule

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.” – Ronald Wilson Reagan

Lately, I have been seeing conservatives who differ on certain issues fighting with each other like they somehow get the right to call themselves a “true conservative”. It is as if they represent the guidestick by which all other conservatives are judged.

I see much infighting between “conservatives” and “libertarians” and between center-right Christians, and far-right Fundamentalists, the guy who loves homosexuals the way Jesus does and the woman who hates them the way Satan does. It’s purely disgusting really.

The consummate conservative of the last 50 years has to be Ronald Reagan. Conservatives look to him as the person who pretty much defined their movement. But if you look at Reagan’s record, his fiscal policies were not in keeping with what the so-called true conservatives would espouse. But Reagan did establish one thing – give a little, get a lot. Reagan understood the 80/20 rule very well during his tenure in office.

The Closing Thought

What’s with all the rage and anger anyway? Are we so angry at Obama that we tie him to everything that is wrong in the universe, just because it brings a little soothing to our soft, squishy ego? Does it make us feel good to unleash hellfire and brimstone on liberals, as if it is some sort therapy or coping mechanism? Are we so unable to cope with the very disappointing activities of the Democrats that we can’t find solace and peace amidst the storms of life? Are we too angry to see the small victories and blessings that happen when we’re too busy fuming our own rage?

By the way, congrats to Mr. Kevin Faulconer, the new mayor of the very liberal San Francisco. The Obama machine failed miserably there and now San Francisco has a Republican as their chief executive.

And, by the way, a shout out to Mr. Ray Nagin, who is up on some serious corruption charges for his mayoral activities in New Orleans. He was a Democrat.

Oh look, I just got unfollowed and blocked because I asked an objective question to someone who was overly emotional about what some troll said to her and a group of kids, like the troll actually caused any real harm beyond a bruised ego.

Call the Waaa-mbulance – we have another casualty.

Come, debate me on this.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

February 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Fight for 15? I say, FIRE for 15!

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I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. People are striking at McDonalds because they aren’t making $15/hour. Are you kidding me? $15/hour?

Since when is this McDonald’s fault? Since when was Subway and Burger King responsible for making sure that employees could sustain a family of six on their meager minimum wage salary. But today, these ingrates are laying this at the feet of all those companies out there that provide those jobs. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

The way I see it, every person who decides to strike because of this crap needs to be fired and replaced with people who want to work, not these idiots with their pricy neck tattoos and acrylic nails (hat tip: @FlyOverAngel) or the ones that weigh in at over 250 lbs (hat tip: @jd_bowen). They need to LOSE their jobs because they’re obviously not happy with them.

When I started out after high school, I took a job making $3.35/hour washing dishes at a truck stop. I didn’t gripe that it wasn’t enough to live on. I just needed something for residual income before going to the Army. That’s what a minimum wage job is for. I never complained. I busted my butt.

I was there to wash dishes. But I went further. I learned how to prepare food and work the grill, I bleached down the kitchen when time allowed, I waited tables so the waitresses could get a break, and I made our customers feel welcome and valued. I learned a lot about customer service – that was my takeaway beyond the pay.

Now I’m sure there are those out there that want to work, but can’t find a job, but the majority that I see in my experience are those who are not willing to do what it takes, to make the sacrifices and hold the moral line against those things that will eradicate prosperity.

You want to know why the so-called living wage is going up?

  1. It’s because Fed continues to devalue our money by pumping more stimulus into the economy. The more plentiful something is, the less valuable it is. The value of a hamburger doesn’t change that much. But when it takes more dollars to get the same value, the hamburger goes up in price.
  2. It’s because of entitlement. Everyone is believing that lie that they deserve a new car or a 52″ LCD TV. It would seem my generation was the last one to hear the message that if you want the big things, earn the money and go buy them.
  3. It’s because of immorality. Sorry, but getting drunk, stoned, or knocked up has serious financial costs. When you have three kids by three different men (and you don’t know which one is which), you deserve to live in poverty. The kids, however, also suffer for your mistake. Don’t expect that you’ll get jobs in a corporate office if you’re sporting gang tattoos or have sunken red eyes from smoking mary-jane all night.

I don’t have much sympathy for those who don’t want to work and are not willing to sacrifice to get ahead. They’re not going to be the next Donald Trump by holding a sign and griping about how hard things are. They climb that ladder through hard work, diligence, and persistence.

By the way, do you think the labor bosses and tinpots at the SEIU make paltry salaries? How many different ways can you say hypocrisy?

To my friends.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

Stupid Human-Animals on Black Friday

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Y’know folks, I don’t see what the hype over Black Friday is supposed to achieve.  I keep hearing the ads on the radio and TV about all those Black Friday deals, mingled in with talk about the stores that were open on Thanksgiving Day.

This has got to be the great contradiction of America. On the last Thursday of November, we’re supposed to come together with family and friends and take a day to reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. And really, it’s supposed to be being thankful to God for His wondrous bounty. And then, on the VERY NEXT DAY, we’re supposed to turn all of that off and venture out into the world like mesmerized drones to buy the very latest in Chinese-made junk.

Today, I am sitting comfortably in my chair, with a nice hot cup of French-pressed Arabica coffee, watching my wife play XCOM: Enemy Within, and enjoying one of the very few days off that I get in the year (even though I do have schoolwork to grade today). Meanwhile, thousands of people, ungrateful, not thankful, filled with thoughts of entitlement by what Big Corporate America owes them.

So in this clip, we see a Wal-Mart, full of people with two very stupid women fighting over a TV.  And when I say stupid, I don’t mean “derp” stupid, but I mean the form of stupid that barely separates them from apes.  Total animals, these people are, fighting over things like two chimpanzees fighting over some fruit in a jungle somewhere.

I’m not even sorry for what I’m saying.  People that participate in this nonsense are total fools…and probably vote Democrat.  The represent everything that is wrong in our country today. They are total animals.

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November 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

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The Positives of Conservatism – Limited Government

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So I’ve decided to try and start a series of posts on the positives of Conservatism. To elaborate, we spend a LOT of time trashing the left. And while it’s good sport for us, it hardly does anything to win the hearts and minds of those who vacillate between left and right. So, it’s my opinion that we, as Conservatives, need to actually start uniting behind a real message of hope – one that works because it’s not contrary to the left, but rather, promotes the things that are great about America. If we can do that, we stand to begin winning hearts and minds to the RIGHT path.

Part of this series will be questions to ask people. Liberals will likely retort with race-bating, hate-bating, or some other emotionally charged response about how Bush screwed this or that up, or how the Tea Party is wrecking America. But these questions are designed to be individualized – which means you have to start having conversations with individual people.

In other words, how government is supposed to be.

So here is something to “pass through the grass”.

On Limited Government

When I stand around a watercooler, I never hear anyone who sings the praises of the government. Mostly, the conversation takes a downward turn about how stupid everyone in the belt-way is, or how inept the government is, or how they simply hate them. Without exception, I NEVER hear, “oh, I love the government”, or “I simply love Congress”.

The only part of the government, really, that gets any real respect and adoration is our Military. And that’s because they justly earn it. Thanks for your service, my Brothers and Sisters in Arms.

Today, approval of Congress has never been lower, something like 85% disapproval, less than 10% approval according to Real Clear Politics. It’s never been as bad as it is now. Now chalk it up to things like the shutdown, or the O’care rollout, or their general acts that are morally questionable when spending money and earmarking – but either way, less than one person in ten has a positive view of Congress.

Logic dictates one of either two courses of

  • They are unwilling to improve.
  • They are unable to improve.

To that end, either way, that doesn’t sit will with me when we consider that we’re to trust government with our money, our freedoms, or even our health care.

Ask: If everyone in government is so stupid and incapable, then why do we want to continuously trust them with things that could effectively mean life or death?

Government only was commissioned for specific things. Originally and specifically, it was commissioned for:

  1. print money – Dept of Treasury;
  2. negotiate treaties and communicate with other nations – Dept of State;
  3. raise and maintain a military – Dept of War (now Defense); and
  4. manage commerce issues between the several States – Dept of Commerce.

The way I see it, this is what it should be. But now, government has become so bloated and unworkable, it’s beyond repair. We as individuals need to evaluate just how involved government is in our lives. We saw a glimpse of this during the shutdown. Frankly, it should be a very disturbing thing to all Americans as to how dependent we have become on government.

Ask: Are you saying then that you NEED the government, because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself, or you want the government to pony up because it continuously takes from you. In either case, why is the government something that is desirable?

Ask: Wouldn’t you feel better if you were to realize the American Dream on your own, rather than holding to a handout?

Ask: Wouldn’t it not be better to be unaffected by what happens in Washington on a personal level, than to have people in Washington make decisions without considering how it affects you?

In the end, the more that government is involved in our lives, the less liberty and freedom we enjoy. We can’t allow the bureaucrats to sacrifice our liberty for the entitlement of others. Each person is to control their own destiny – without an overreaching government messing it up.

So, the first benefit of conservatism is that we believe that with government out of the way most of the time, people are more free to control their own destinies. Government has its purposes, but it’s better to have those purposes limited and specific, not over-reaching and broad.

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October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

Another Reason Why I’m Opting Out

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Not that ObamaCare is a train-wreck and a travesty to the health care industry in general – as well as a Socialist killjoy to free-market medical coverage, but now, I have another reason:

Identity Theft

Turns out we have a story out of Kansas of a so-called ObamaCare Navigator (someone who is supposed to help people unable to figure out O-crap-care’s inner workings) who has a history.  Rosilyn Wells of Laurence, Kansas has:

1) An outstanding arrest warrant
2) History of writing bad checks
3) A bankruptcy
4) An outstanding tax bill of $1700

Yet, ObamAd, Inc has her on the rolls as a Navigator.

Thing is, Navigators have privileged access to people’s personal data. And with a woman like this, one who has a pattern on financial issues, it would seem to me she has no business being a Navigator.

But how many people out there are on the rolls as a Navigator, yet don’t engender the trust worthy of such a posting? How many scammers are out there, just waiting to abuse their privileges. It’s too easy.

So, where I certainly wasn’t interested in getting scammed by the new insurance mandates, now, I don’t even want to be near them. I’m trying to keep what little money I actually have.

No thanks – I decline.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

October 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

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