Tag Archive: Nanny State


USDA Reports Show Fewer Students Buying School Lunch

 

 

School Lunch Fail

 

 

 

 

” It was just a week ago when an Oklahoma teen’s picture of her school lunch went viral on social media.
 
  It turns out that student is not alone in grumbling about school lunches, an investigation by the Washington Bureau discovered.
 
  Since new federal nutrition standards began rolling out in 2012, fewer students are buying school lunches, even though enrollment is going up.
 
  The Cox Washington Bureau reviewed U.S. Department of Agriculture documents and found thousands fewer students bought meals when stricter standards kicked in.
 
  The rules, championed by first lady Michelle Obama and approved by congress, require more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in lunches. Plus, the rules put limits on sodium, sugar, fat and calories.
 
  Nationwide, more than 1 million fewer students are taking advantage of school lunches each day, a drop of nearly four percent since 2012.”

 

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California Limits Full-Contact Youth Football Practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.

  Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees California high school athletics.

  Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said his bill is motivated by parents worried about the risks associated with concussions, which include long-term brain damage and early onset dementia.

  Under the legislation taking effect in 2015, drills involving game-speed tackling are prohibited in the offseason. They are limited to 90-minute sessions twice a week the rest of the year. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools.”

 

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The Nationalization Of Childhood

 

 

 

 

” ~When I was a kid and watched sci-fi movies set in a futuristic dystopia where individuals are mere chattels of an unseen all-powerful government and enduring human relationships are banned and the progeny of transient sexual encounters are the property of the state, I always found the caper less interesting than the unseen backstory: How did they get there from here? From free western societies to a bunch of glassy-eyed drones wandering around in identikit variety-show catsuits in a land where technology has advanced but liberty has retreated: how’d that happen?

  Well, the current Planet of the Apes prequels have also figured out that’s the most interesting part of the story. (I liked Rise of… immensely, Dawn not so much, but it would be a foolish man who would attempt to compete with Steve Sailer’s brilliant analysis. If American monodailies weren’t determined to die as the most boring papers in the English-speaking world, The New York Times would hire Mr Sailer as their movie critic.)

  But who needs to go to the multiplex when the prequel to all those glassy-eyed serf dystopias is taking place on the news pages? Megan McArdle writes today about the spate of American mommies charged with and, indeed, jailed for leaving their pre-teen children unsupervised. For example, NBC reports from Connecticut:

  Police arrived at 60 Middle Street in Bristol to find the girl alone in the car with the windows rolled up. She was alert and responsive and told officers she had asked to stay in the car while her mom ran inside, according to police.

  Police said the outside temperature was about 85 degrees and the car’s interior “was not excessively hot.”

  The girl’s mother, 30-year-old Christina Williams, was issued a misdemeanor summons for leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle.”

 

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38 Hilarious Warning Signs That Prove Human Beings Are Literally The Worst

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve all seen the nit-wits wearing hats like these but how many of you have seen this one ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Here are three dozen more signs such as these indicating to us that humanity has reached the apex of it’s evolutionary journey and is now backsliding towards a well-deserved purging of the gene pool .

Do we detect a hint of skepticism on the part of our readers ? Think we’ve overstated the danger of our present path towards idiocy ? Have one more sample then , before seeing the rest . You’ll weep for mankind .

 

 

 

Told you so …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways America Is Creating A Generation Of Wimps

 

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” Americans rode in wagon trains across this country, tossed the Brits’ tea in the Boston Harbor, outfought the superpower of the 18th century to get our freedom, pounded the Indians, Mexicans, and Spanish into the ground to fulfill our Manifest Destiny and then for an encore, we saved the planet in WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. Our pioneer-pilgrim, hard-fighting, gold-mining, wagon-training, gun-fighting ancestors were so hard, Kid Rock’sAmerican Bad Ass should have played when they walked into a room. We conquered a continent, built the Hoover Dam, went to the moon, and not only did our Olympic athletes refuse to dip our flag to Hitler during the 1936 Olympics, we made the most evil man who ever lived kill himself in fear before we could get to him.

  That’s the stock that Americans come from, which begs an obvious question: What the hell happened to us?

  How did the toughest, most independent society since Sparta turn into a wuss factory full of people who’ve never had an adventure in their life outside of a video game? We now have an entire grievance industry full of losers who spend all their time complaining that they’re “offended” by everything from the name of the Redskins to the “Patriarchy” to politicians using “violent language” like “crosshairs” and “job killing.” Can you imagine a member of the Greatest Generation complaining because a Japanese soldier called him a mean name? Do you think the wagon trains on the Oregon Train were more worried about “isms” or trying to avoid dying of dysentery and being scalped?

  So back to that central question: How did Americans get so soft, so fast?”

 

Find the answers here

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly Half Of Black Males And 40 Percent Of White Males Have Been Arrested By The Age Of 23, Claims New Survey

 

” A third of Americans have been arrested by the time they are 23 according to a new study released in the Crime & Delinquency journal on Monday.

  Amongst males the figure dramatically increases to almost half of black males and nearly 40 percent of white males, which can have a negative impact on their ability to find work, go to school and participate fully in their communities.

  The study analyzed national survey data from 1997 to 2008 of teenagers and young adults and their arrest histories, which ranged from truancy and underage drinking to more serious and violent offenses. Minor traffic violations were excluded.

  This is the first report since the 1960s on how the risk of arrest varies across race and gender, said Robert Brame, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina and lead author of the study.

 The study’s most striking finding is the variance amongst males of different races:

  • By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested
  • By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested “

 

 

    Land of the free ? Hardly . Welcome to Prison Nation , where everyone is guilty of some infraction of the law . We’ve gone from a nation of “the rule of law” to a nation where law rules . When everything is against the law , everyone is a lawbreaker .
Read more at the Daily Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Years Of Little Tyrannies In 2 Minutes!

 

 

 

Published on Dec 30, 2013

” After 12 years, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office on New Year’s Day, 2014.

  His legacy goes far beyond his nanny state war on cigarette smoke, salts and fat, but into his use of the NYPD (which he described as “his personal army”) to spy on citizens and stop-and-frisk young men of color en masse, as well as his abuse of eminent domain to seize private property and hand it over to his fellow billionaire developers for massive vanity projects.

  Reason TV takes a brief year-by-year look back at Mayor Bloomberg’s most outrageous assaults on freedom of choice and civil liberties.

  About 2 minutes. “


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jailing Photogs and Smokers, Outlawing Chipotle! Plus Halle Berry! (Nanny of the Year, 2013)

 

 

Published on Dec 26, 2013

” At Reason TV’s Fifth Annual Nanny of the Year Awards, we recognize those who devote their lives to telling us how to run ours! The nominees for 2013 are trailblazers who insist on breaking barriers that would have been politically impossible to confront just a short time ago. 

  Why stop at banning smoking in public places? Let’s criminalize the dirty deed and throw smokers behind bars, says Oregon State Rep. Mitch Greenlick. (Greenlick also champions prison reform, declaring that we need a “more rational way to decide who gets imprisoned.”) 

  Why stop at cracking down on traditional fast food joints like McDonald’s? Let’s kick it up a notch and outlaw “fast casual” restaurants like Chipotle, says Eastchester, New York Supervisor Anthony Colavita. (Eastchester is “a very upscale community,” Colavita explains. “You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont. We aren’t going to cheapen the town with fast food or these formula fast-quick casual places.”) 

  While we’re at it, let’s make photography a crime! After all, celebrities deserve to be protected from the annoying aspects of their life choices, like dealing with the paparazzi, and anyhow we’d really be doing it (all together now!) for the children (well, for the children of celebrities and politicians, at least), says our first bonafide A-list nominee–actor, humanitarian, and lobbyist Halle Berry. 

  All our nominees recognize that they stand on the shoulders of giants, giants like the recently termed out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom we salute for with a (sort of) lifetime achievement award. 

  Kick off awards season with the awards show that’s 99 percent shorter than all the rest!

  3 minutes, 13 seconds.

  Follow Nanny of the Year/Month on Twitter (@NannyoftheMonth) and submit your nominees for next month!

  Nanny of the Year is written and produced by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Motion graphics and research by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Camera by Zach Weissmueller. Opening graphics by Austin Bragg.

To watch previous episodes, go here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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“My One-Item Christmas List: A Government That Stops Playing Santa”

 

 

 

” I’ve got a new column up at Time’s Ideas section. Here’s the opening:

  Forget a new car, Beats by Dre, or even affordable health care. You know what I really, really, really want for Christmas?

  I want a government that spends less money. I’m not alone in such a wish. Even President Obama, who has asked for more and more spending in each of his annual budget proposals, has called the nation’s long-term spending patterns “unsustainable.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Things ’80s Kids’ Did That Would Horrify Us Now

 

 

 

 

” Now, as a parent myself, my own parents like to tell me I’m too overprotective.

“Really?”

“Well, you survived,” they say. 

“Yep, but it seems like the odds were against me.”

   I write a lot about being a Gen Xer — Here are a few things I did growing up that make me wonder how our generation survived … 

 

 

1.  Thinking the middle seat in the front was the best seat because I could get crushed into the dashboard, I mean, because I got to control the 5 radio stations.

2.  Being totally inaccessible – from after school until dinner. Now, we would call that being lost.

3.  Having an equal intake of air: 50% – Oxygen, 50% – second hand smoke.

4.  Thinking that SPF 4 was responsibly using sun block.

5.  Thinking the haze of Solarcaine I was engulfed in was a healthy way to heal the 2nd degree burns I inevitably got from using SPF 4. “

6.  Getting excited when someone had a pick-up truck because that meant the kids got to ride on the flatbed.

7. Sitting on my dad’s lap and manning the steering wheel.

8.  Eating salami straight from the log.

9. Playing on a rusted swing set where that one leg always popped out of the ground threatening to propel into space and then came back with a thud.

10. Helmets? No one wore them and if you did, you were super geeky… protecting your nerdy brain and all.”

 

 

 

    Read the rest and marvel that any of us survived to see the 21st century , and to think that we are from an even more promiscuous age having grown up in the sixties and early seventies … when every boy had a gun and there was no such thing as a car seat . It’s a miracle that there are any of us left at all .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s Budding Nanny State

 

 

 

 

 

” Parents often try to motivate their children with rewards, from stickers to ice cream to toys. Thousands of books and websites offer suggestions for how to get kids to do homework or clean up their rooms. But is it a mayor’s job to motivate you to drink less soda? Is it government’s job to urge you to sign up for health care by way of schools stealthily sending messages home through your children? Should bureaucrats find ways to change your mind about which washing machine you buy?

  Whether you realize it or not, this so-called “nudging” of consumer choice, at the hand of government, is underway: Earlier this year, the White House revealed that it is establishing a task force dedicated to studying how to motivate you—just as parents do—to do what the government thinks is best for you. Maya Shankar, a senior adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy who is assembling the team, recently told the New York Times the task force will use “evidence-based policymaking” so that “government services are efficient, effective, and serve the needs of the American people.” To be clear, Congress did not pass legislation authorizing such activity; this is something dreamt up by bureaucracies to force their own preferences on citizens, whether by combatting obesity or discouraging procrastination when it comes to saving for retirement. “

 

 

  Below is the entire document about the “Nudge” group and their mission to alter our behavior patterns , which in reality is just another word for indoctrination .

Research to Results:

Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights

 

  Overview:A growing body of evidence suggests that insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals. The practice of using behavioral insights to inform policy has seen success overseas. In 2010, UK PrimeMinister David Cameron commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), which through a process of rapid, iterative experimentation (“Test, Learn, Adapt”), has successfully identified and tested interventions that will further advance priorities of the British government, while saving the government at least £1 billion within the next five years (see previous Annual Reports 2010-11 and 2011-12).
  The federal government is currently creating a new team that will help build federal capacity to experiment with these approaches, and to scale behavioral interventions that have been rigorously evaluated, using, where possible, randomized controlled trials. The team will be staffed by 4-5 experts in behavioral science and experimental design and evaluation. It is likely that selected individuals will serve on a temporary detail under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act before returning to their home organization, which can be a university, non-profit, or state and local government. Our preference is for individuals who are willing to serve full time but we will also consider people who are only in a position to serve part-time. Moreover, several agencies are looking to recruit expert academics to sit directly within their agencies and to help inspire, design, and execute on specific policy projects, and so it is possible to serve in this capacity as well.
   If you are aware of individuals with strong analytic skills, experience designing, testing, and evaluating rigorous randomized control trials, and a strong research background in fields such as social psychology, cognitive psychology, or behavioral economics, please encourage them send a CV and contact information to mshankar2@ostp.eop.gov, which will be sent to the relevant parties for consideration.
Job Responsibilities for Central Team:
   Build Capacity: Work with a broad range of federal agencies to identify new program areas that could benefit from the application of behavioral insights.Help to design, implement, and test the relevant interventions using rigorous experimental methods.
  Enhance Capacity: Provide conceptual and technical support to agencies with specific behavioral insights efforts already underway.
  Convene: Lead a multi-agency “community of practice” to identify and share promising practices and common challenges.
  Create and Provide Resources: Generate tutorials and other “how to” documents to help accelerate these efforts within agencies. Manage online library of relevant documents and media.
  Help inspire new ideas: Work with external partners to identify research findings that can inform policy and practice.
  We are already working with over a dozen federal departments and agencies on newly-designed behavioral insights projects, including the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Veterans Administration, Department of Treasury, Social SecurityAdministration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the United States Department ofAgriculture.
  Below are some examples of U.S. and international policy initiatives that have benefited from the implementation of behavioral insights:
  Increasing college enrollment and retention: Providing streamlined personal assistance on theFAFSA form (e.g., pre-populating forms using tax return data and following up with a personal call)to low or moderate income individuals resulted in a 29% greater likelihood of their attending college for two consecutive years.
   Getting people back to work: Asking unemployed individuals to create a concrete plan for immediate implementation regarding how, when, and where they would pursue reemployment efforts led to a15-20% decrease in their likelihood of claiming unemployment benefits just 13 weeks later.
 
  Improving academic performance: Students taught to view their intelligence as a “muscle” that can grow with hard work and perseverance (as compared to a “fixed trait”, such as eye-color) experienced academic boosts of ½ a letter grade, with the largest effects often seen for low-performing students,students of color, or females in STEM-related courses.
   Increasing retirement savings: The Save More Tomorrow program 1) invites employees to pledge now to increase their savings rate later, since self-control is easier to exert for future events; 2) links planned increases in the savings rate to pay raises, in order to diminish loss aversion; and 3) leverages the power of inertia by keeping members enrolled until they reach a preset limit or elect to opt.Adoption of these auto-escalation plans has boosted annual savings by an estimated $7.4 billion.
   Increasing adoption of energy efficient measures: Offering an attic-clearance service (at full cost) to people led to a five-fold increase in their subsequent adoption of attic-insulation. Interestingly,providing additional government subsidies on attic insulation services had no such effect.
  Increasing tax compliance: Sending letters to late taxpayers that indicated a social norm –i.e., that “9 out of 10 people in Britain paid their taxes on time” – resulted in a 15 percent increase in response rates over a three-month period, rolling out to £30 million of extra annual revenue.”

    Now where have we seen governments attempting to control their “subjects” behavioral patterns ? Oh yes , that is standard operating procedure for all totalitarian states throughout history whether it be the Nazis , Soviet Union , Red China , Cuba , North Korea  , you name the dictatorship and chances are that they were/are heavily invested in “behavioral modification” of their citizens .

    The whole concept of the State using it’s power to coerce in order to force people to behave in a certain way is about as un-American as any idea we have heard . It is particularly fitting that it originates with the most Statist regime ever to be “elected” in this country .

   Left unsaid throughout these discussions is what will be done to those that refuse to “modify their behavior” . Re-education camps is the way all of the other regimes have dealt the recalcitrant peons that refused to submit . Gulags perhaps ? Before you say “It can’t happen here” be aware that preparations are already under way .

   In the final analysis it comes down to conformity which is or at least , always has been , anathema to the American spirit .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many Private Harms Caused By The Government Shutdown Are Due To Its Own Insistence On Meddling In Our Lives

 

 

 

” The government is so involved in our lives that even basic commerce—simply hiring people—is threatened by political jockeying. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid attacked Republicans as “anarchists” for bringing about the shutdown. Nothing could be further from anarchy than fishing boats sitting idle, waiting for a government functionary to give sailors permission to work. And yet, the common response is anger about the government shutdown, not anger about having to jump through so many hoops in the first place. Even before the shutdown, it would take months for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to approve permits for craft breweries.

Of course, should the crab fishers attempt business as usual, they would undoubtedly find that the parts of government that enforce the regulations are still working. The federal employees with the ability to punish are still on the job. 

Such is often the case when municipal governments face cutbacks as well. Citizens may discover it can take months to navigate government bureaucracy and workers point the finger at staff cuts. But fail to jump through the hoops, like small businesses in non-functional Detroit have attempted, and the bureaucrats and enforcers will come to shut it down.

Government has cleverly made itself impossible to live without because officials have made it illegal for nearly any commerce to take place without its extensive permission structure. The ultimate consequence of such broad government intervention in all aspects of the economy reinforces the idea that we cannot shut down or cut back government, because the regulatory structures and laws still exist.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barack Obama’s Dead Fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

CNN Article Admits Gun Accidents Among Children Are Literally 1 In A Million

 

 

 

” CNN ran an article on the front page of its website today in which the topic of parents asking about guns prior to playdates and sleepovers.

The article said more parents are asking the question about gun ownership and storage before letting children go to a friend’s home.

What is surprising is that CNN actually admitted the following in the article.

Despite incidents such as the recent death of a 6-year-old New Jersey boy shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate, as well as the accidental shooting of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy’s wife by a 4-year-old boy, accidental firearms deaths are rare among children.

According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 703 children under the age of 15 died in accidental firearms deaths between 2001 and 2010, the latest year for which the agency’s statistics on fatalities are available. During the same period, 7,766 children under the age of 14 suffered accidental firearms injuries — about one injury for every million children.

Injuries (note, that is injuries, not deaths) occur at a rate of around 1 in 1,000,000.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Irons Slams Bloomberg “Nanny State”

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“Jeremy Irons joins Josh Zepps in studio to discuss Mayor Bloomberg’s drink ban in NYC”

 

 

 

 

 

Medicaid Expansion: Déjà Vu All Over Again

 

 

 

” Republican governors are following the script of Obama and Clinton in their campaign strategy for the Medicaid expansion that is needed to implement ObamaCare: The cast of earnest white coats and tearful upstanding, hard-working patients with hard-luck stories. Statements that sound as though they were written by the same PR firm. The same dire consequences of inaction.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” is a favorite concluding sentence.

What “it” basically means is to get the “free” federal money before somebody else does. Since it doesn’t cost “us” anything, at least not at first, it’s a “no brainer” to just grab it. It means billions of dollars, and thousands of jobs, for “us.

But if we exercise our brains for a minute, we see that in reality the billions go to “them,” not “us.” They are the ones in the expensive suits lurking in the background and attending the closed-door meetings. They are the million-dollar-a-year executives of managed-care companies or administrators in big hospital chains. They get the billions and trickle a portion down to people in scrubs and white coats who do real work, for the care of approved patients. They are the real players; the visible ones are props, shills, or camouflage. They are the decision-makers, who decide who is eligible for what.

They don’t think like doctors. Doctors ask, “What is the best way to help this patient with hepatitis c?” Rather, they ask, “Is this person with a certain set of social characteristics worth spending some of ‘our’ resources?” “

 

 

 

 

 

Three Cheers For Autonomy

” In today’s New York Times, philosopher Sarah Conly gives “Three Cheers for the Nanny State,” specifically, NYC’s famed big soda ban. Invoking aspects of the theory of “nudge,” made popular in a book by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, Conly argues that, sometimes, the government can rightfully save us from ourselves.

The popularity of “nudge theory” is closely tied to the recent spate of popular science books on the foibles of the human brain. Books such as Predictably Irrational and A Mind of Its Own are part of a new self-help fad: the idea that scientists studying the error-prone human brain can help us understand why we are unable to quit smoking, lose weight, and many other common problems.

It was only a matter of time until government regulators and their champions embraced this new science in order to put a fresh spin on an old impulse—their never-ending desire to save us from ourselves. But despite the valid insights of cognitive neuroscience, both nudge theory and Conly’s editorial are no more defensible than any other paternalism. We should not be deceived into believing that there is any new wine in those old wineskins. “

 

 

If … You Might Live In A Nation Founded By Geniuses But Run By Idiots

 

 

 

 

 

” If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots. .

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth- and drug-infested “homes” — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working through 99 weeks of unemployment checks without any requirement to prove they sought but couldn’t find work — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, wall-sized plasma do-it-all TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses but run by idiots.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Are Our Teachers Telling Our Kids To Be Afraid Of Guns?

 

Glenn Beck School Guns

 

” Tonight on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn focused on some of the insane stories making headlines in the news. A kid suspended from school for making a gun out of a pastry. Another teen suspended for wrestling away a loaded weapon from another student. Why are these the lessons being taught to our kids? Why are our students being taught to be terrified of guns and to sit down and wait for first responders when faced with a real threat? Glenn looks at the insanity permeating schools today in a monologue that should leave parents taking a hard look in the mirror and wondering how much longer they’ll allow this indoctrination to go on.”

 

 

Conservatives Are Boobs When it Comes to Pop Culture

 

 

 

” Now that we are descending into nanny-state soft tyranny under the sure and certain leadership of our beloved Not-A-Dictator, we are going to need a Minister of All Cultures and my nominee is John Nolte of Breitbart’s Big Hollywood. First of all, I know Nolte so even under the new regime, I should be able to score copies of movies with all the offensive scenes still intact. And second of all, I’m beginning to think that he is the last sane man discussing pop culture in America except for me. And I’m not too sure about me.

Last week, the Noltenator ran a terrific piece defending funny man Seth MacFarlane from both left-wing and right-wing attacks on his off-beat, politically incorrect and also very amusing Academy Awards performance. Especially under fire was a song called “We Saw Your Boobs,” which named which actresses had exposed themselves in which movies. Critics on left and right called the song sexist, offensive, puerile, etc, and Nolte explained to them: shut the hell up.

” What strikes me as wrong-headed… is all this taking of offense and hurling of “ists.” I fear we’re becoming a nation of well-intentioned (sometimes) “Footloose” dads who see danger in harmless fun; where we cry “ist” to put a stop to things that make us uncomfortable; where — so “we don’t offend” and “for the good of others” – we build restrictions. And what happens in the process? We lose our own capacity for joy and that very healthy exercise known as laughing at ourselves.”

 

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TIME Executive Editor: ‘We’re All Welfare Queens’ and ‘Socialists From the Day We’re Born’

 

 

 

“We’re all socialists from the day we’re born. You know, you don’t have to be poor or unemployed to be on Welfare. We’re all at the trough. We’re all Welfare queens.”

So said TIME magazine executive editor Michael Duffy on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary):”

 

 

 Video at the link … As someone who has never taken a dime in unemployment benefits or any other type of government provided , tax-payer funded largesse , I can say that neither I nor any of my successful small business owning family members have ever lined up at ” the trough” . This comment is very revealing of the leftist mentality that everyone expects something for nothing . 

    It is indicative of the problems that we as a society are faced with today . The people who most adhere to this philosophy control , or have controlled , the narrative for two generations and have succeeded in beating the life out of the American ” can do ” spirit . No longer are we a people that when faced with adversity , buck up and do what must be done to elevate our condition … No , today all you hear is ” the government must do something ” or ” there ought to be a law ” . For shame …

   Benjamin Franklin said it best two hundred plus years ago : ” When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

How prophetic .

 

7-Year-Old Gets Suspended for Gun-Shaped Pastry

 

 

Poptart Pistol Suspension

 

 

” A Maryland kid chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun at school and wound up with two days supension. The pastry in question was not named, but it’s gotta be a Pop-Tart, right? “

Atty General Holder Argues Parents Have No Right to Educate their Children

 

 

 

 

” The background for this case is the German war on homeschooling that has led some families to seek political asylum in the United States where homeschooling is still legal for now.

The Romeikes’ case is now before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, with the US government seeking to revoke their asylum and force them to return to Germany. And the details of Attorney-General Holder’s arguments in the brief for Romeike v. Holder are sinister, to say the least.

According to Holder, parents have no fundamental right to home-educate their children.

“[Holder’s office] argued that there was no violation of anyone’s protected rights in a law that entirely bans homeschooling. There would only be a problem if Germany banned homeschooling for some but permitted it for others.”

 

 

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