“This Isn’t China, Is It?”

February 15, 2012 at 10:57 am
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Tyrannical FLOTUS Fat Czar Michelle Obama would approve.

It takes a Nanny State to raise a child.

Parents…back…away…from…your…children.

Ze Obama Regime’s  Food Nazis vill be obeyed.

Via The Civitas Institute

A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.

NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to enhance school readiness for four year-olds.

The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her. While the four-year-old was still allowed to eat her home lunch, the girl was forced to take a helping of chicken nuggets, milk, a fruit and a vegetable to supplement her sack lunch.
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The mother, who lives in Fayetteville, sent a statement to state Rep. G.L. Pridgen (R-Robeson) detailing her complaint. Pridgen says he was shocked to hear it. Pridgen has since learned this is a nationwide practice based on federal guidelines.

An assistant to Pridgen says the girl’s grandmother was also upset and asked, “This isn’t China, is it?”

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Michelle Obama: we can’t just leave it up to the parents.
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Cede the children, feed the state.” Chicago public schools have ALREADY banned lunches brought from home:

There’s nothing wrong with encouraging our children to eat healthier, of course. There’s nothing wrong with well-run, locally based and parent-driven efforts. But as I’ve noted before, the federal foodie cops care much less about students’ waistlines than they do about boosting government and public union payrolls.

In a little-noticed announcement several months ago, Obama health officials declared their intention to use school lunch applications to boost government health care rolls. Never mind the privacy concerns of parents.

Big Government programs “for the children” are never about the children. If they were, you wouldn’t see Chicago public school officials banning students from bringing home-packed meals made by their own parents. In April, The Chicago Tribune reported that “unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.” The bottom line? Banning homemade lunches means a fatter payday for the school and its food provider.

Remember: The unwritten mantra driving Mrs. Obama’s federal school lunch meddling and expansion is: “Cede the children, feed the state.” And the biggest beneficiaries of her efforts over the past three years have been her husband’s deep-pocketed pals at the Service Employees International Union. There are 400,000 workers who prepare and serve lunch to American schoolchildren. SEIU represents tens of thousands of those workers and is trying to unionize many more at all costs.

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Big Brother Nanny State TagTeam: Students Physical Activity Electronically Monitored 24/7

January 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

The slippery slope slickens…

Orwell's '1984' was not supposed to be an instruction manual.

(NY Post) — A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock.

The athletics chair for the Bay Shore schools ordered 10 Polar Active monitors, at $90 a pop, for use starting this spring. The wristwatch like devices count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students’ sleeping habits in a bid to combat obesity.

The ‘around the clock’ monitoring is where it gets real sticky (not that I am pro school hours monitoring, quite the contrary) in my opinion. If it were a child of mine, I’d be livid. The monitor would be ripped off of my child’s wrist so fast, the entire school district board’s heads would spin.

But Ted Nagengast, the Bay Shore athletics chair, said, “It’s a great reinforcement in fighting the obesity epidemic. It tells kids, in real time, ‘Am I active? Am I not active?’ We want to give kids the opportunity to become active.”

Preposterous! There is no need for electronic monitoring to alert if one is active or not. Either one is active, or one is sedentary. The entire justification is utterly inane. Which leads me to believe, that there is much more to the monitoring than meets the eye.

In the South Orange-Maplewood School District, where earlier versions of the devices have been used for two years, upper-grade students’ marks in phys ed are based in part on heart-rate monitors and activity sensors.

No offense to the blind but, are all phys-ed teachers blind? Can they not see if the students are physically active????? Or since they are monitored 24/7, does their physical activity or lack thereof at home come into play? If so, WTH?

Teachers use hand-held computers to collect data from each student’s wrist monitor during class, then upload the information to the school computer system for storage and long-term tracking.

But privacy advocates and parents worry that schools are using electronic monitors in phys ed without families’ knowledge or consent.

Their concerns are valid. According to this St. Louis mother her child was monitored without her knowledge or consent.

“I didn’t even know it was going on, and I’m active in the school,” said Beth Huebner, of St. Louis.

Her son, a fourth-grader, wore a Polar Active monitor in class without her OK last fall at Ross Elementary School.
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“It’s all about secondary use,” said Virginia Rezmierski, an expert on information technology and privacy at the University of Michigan.

“Does the data pass along with the child from school to school? When will insurance companies want to get access to it? Will a school want to medicate a child that the monitor identifies as hyperactive? It’s potentially very dangerous ground.

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Exactly. I wonder if FLOTUS Fat Czar’s “Let’s Move” campaign has anything to do with this invasion of privacy. There could be some crony ties to the company “Polar Electro, of Lake Success, LI, the US division of a Finland firm” supplying the monitors as well.

This flagrant educational overreach calls for a taste of Pink Floyd.

Teachers leave them kids alone!

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Good News! Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Put On Hold

December 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Let there be non-governmental enforced light!

"How many American, European or other officials should it take to change a light bulb? None. How many citizens should be allowed to choose? Everyone."

(Chicago Tribune) –The traditional incandescent light bulb won a nine-month reprieve late Thursday from new federal rules that would have led to its demise.

The deal to avert a government shutdown starting Friday night includes a provision that prevents the Department of Energy from spending any money to implement or enforce the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that is set to start going into effect for 100-watt bulbs in 2012.

The new standards and regulations remain on the book, even if they now won’t be enforced.

The efficiency rules are intended to phase out of the old bulbs that are essentially unchanged since the time of Thomas Edison and a phase in of the more efficient bulbs such as halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED bulbs.

Those more efficient bills have a more expensive initial cost, about $1.50 to $2 a bulb compared to 25 or 50 cents for a less efficient light.

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At a hearing in May, Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican elected with Tea Party support last year, lectured an Energy Department official that

“you raise the cost of all the items with all the rules and all your notions that you know what’s best for me….I find it insulting.”

The reprieve ends on Sept. 30, 2012, the end of the government’s fiscal year.

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Paging Orwell:

Secretary Chu [Secretary of Energy, who is an advocate of the ban, said of the potential repeal,

We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.”

Confused by the bureaucratic doublespeak? Reaching for your copy of Orwell’s Guide to Big Brotherisms? You should be. Chu apparently believes that government regulations that restrict choice and force decisions upon you are great things for society because they pre-select the best choice imaginable, taking the guesswork out of being a free-thinking being. And they’re saving you money to boot!

Chu isn’t the only one who thinks the light bulb ban is a great idea. Former Senator John Warner (R–VA) said, “We’ll be dropping backwards in America’s need to become more energy-efficient.” And then there’s Jim Presswood of the environmental activist Natural Resources Defense Council, who says, “Clearly, consumers, the economy and the environment will suffer if these standards are repealed.” The organization claims that the ban would save consumers $85 per year.

Well, that’s not entirely true. In California, utilities spent nearly $550 million to subsidize CFLs for consumers, but they didn’t get such great results. In March, The Wall Street Journal reported that energy savings under the program were 73 percent less than expected.

From recycling to cleanup after breakage,  CFL’s are a huge PITA.

http://epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling.html#whererecycle

http://epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html

Also see:

Five Myths About the Federal Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

GE…Bringing Big Gov Nanny State to Life With “MyPlate.gov“ Microwave Button

October 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Because thinking for yourself is not an option…in Obama Nation.

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 Jonathon M. Seidl has more at The Blaze.

Also see:

GE responds to charges of crony capitalism

Crony Capitalism, Obama Style-> GE to sign 5 deals with China

Solyndra Is Only The Tip Of Obama’s Crony Capitalism Iceberg