At first I looked to see where this story took place, because part of me is still naïve enough to assume it must have happened in China or North Korea. But I should know better these days:

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.

The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.

When I think “healthy alternative” the first thing that pops into my mind is “chicken nuggets.”

At least now the kid knows who the real boss is, and that’s the whole point:

When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.

“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old. ‘oh. you’re lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”

This is part of the State’s “we know better than your parents” training program. It has nothing to do with food or nutrition. This is the “ghost of Let’s Move future” creeping into the present — how’s it look?

It’s not like they haven’t been telegraphing their intentions for a long time. Here’s Michelle Obama:

“Many of the children in the public schools, they take this information, they understand it,” said Mrs. Obama. “They apply it to their lives, and they push their parents and their families to be different. That’s one of the reasons why we start with kids oftentimes. They are ready for change sometimes when we’re not.”

People who want to believe these kind of statements are just innocent metaphors for healthy living do so at their own peril and that of their children.

Comments

57 Responses to “Federal School Lunch Agents: What Country Is This?”

  1. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 12:11 pm

    More proof of just exactly how tolerant liberals are of people who don't think and act the way they do.

    To quote a line from Lawrence Fishburne's character in the movie Cotton Club, "You can't keep pushing people around without sooner or later somebody's going to push back!" The line was uttered while pushing a bigot's head into the toilet.

  2. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 12:11 pm

    What country is this you ask. Well, it's OBAMA country! You gotta give these government employees something to do during the day…oh wait..

  3. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 12:32 pm

    I think Obama should personally pay for that kid's lunch out of his stash.

    I look forward to seeing how Obama likes the taste of electoral defeat.

  4. TheLiberalMedia on February 15th, 2012 12:49 pm

    That sure is proof! wow. a line from the movie Cotton Club.

  5. TheLiberalMedia on February 15th, 2012 12:50 pm

    So Rick Santorum wanting control of American sex lives is just a ok with you guys? But trying to get kids a healthy lunch!!!! I will not stand for it.

    Break out the 3 pointed hats.

  6. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 12:59 pm

    I read earlier that the left is going to try and push this agenda – that republicans are moving to do away with contraception – nice try media matters troll. Now, go collect your 5 cents a post. Ppppffftttt..

    Riigght – if the 3 pointed hat fits moron, wear it.

  7. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 1:02 pm

    Your proctologist called. They found your head.

  8. PixieByte on February 15th, 2012 1:12 pm

    Please show me where anyone has said that we should get rid of contraception. You are a ok with Obama tearing down the wall separating church and state? He walked through and left it wide open for anyone following him to walk through. That should scare the hell out of you.

  9. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 1:14 pm

    Pixie- koolaid drinkers aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer as evidenced by the mediamatters troll.

  10. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 1:39 pm

    And to think that just yesterday you were accusing us of being morons.

  11. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 2:04 pm

    Apparently TheLiberalMerde enjoys getting slapped around by its intellectual superiors.

  12. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:07 pm

    And where is your proof that Rick Santorum has ever said that if elected he would control Americans sex lives? The closest you could ever come would be to take what Rick Santorum has said about his personal religious beliefs and contort that into being his stated policies.

    Meanwhile, in another thread you attacked a poster over military moves claiming that they were not putting their family first; yet here you are ok with the government telling a child that they cannot eat the meal that was prepared by the childs mother. Of course this is par for the course for liberals.

  13. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Have you ever heard of reading comprehension, because you sure seem to be lacking it.

  14. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 2:11 pm

    I think its a personality disorder that seems rampant in the liberal community. Let's face it, the number of people who actually push the progressive liberal agenda anymore is just a small, small percentage and they work for the liberal media. They all talk amongst themselves to come up with some bull sh@t to leak through the msm to influence the public. It used to work, but anymore..no so much.

  15. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 2:12 pm

    I notice the troll hasn't replied to anything in a while. It must be out stocking up on junk food.

  16. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:13 pm

    Here is the menu choices from the Obama's Valentine's Day dinner:

    curdo of Virginia fluke with celery-apple remoulade & American caviar;
    Maine lobster tortelloni with marcona almonds, sultanas & curried salsify veloute;
    line caught Chesapeake rockfish with butter poached Virginia oyster and pancetta & spicy “bouillabaises broth; and
    peidmontese beef duo with creamed trumpet mushrooms, potato pancake & black truffle jus.
    Dessert was not to be missed, with a choice of passion fruit cheesecake with white chocolate sauce, basil, kiwi & coconut sorbet or chocolate truffle tart with cocoa nib ice cream, cocoa nib tuile & mocha caramel sauce. Both were served with assorted petits fours.

    Somehow I doubt these would have made the "let's move" menu.
    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/02/15/obama

  17. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 2:14 pm

    Naw…had to go to school.. It'll be back when 8th grade lets out – around 3:00 or so.

  18. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 2:15 pm

    bu..bu..bu…but Michelle isn't fat – she's just big boned…

  19. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 2:19 pm

    Glenn Beck was explaining how Media Matters writes the talking points and then the report appears verbatim on MSNBCbs.

    Libs don`t have a clue about the truth; they go to someone who has actually read a book and then report what that person says about the book, as an example. So, if the reader lies, then the libs just spread the lies without thought.

    Sounds like TheLiberalMedia didn`t actually read the book !

  20. Pasadena Phil on February 15th, 2012 2:23 pm

    So what part of the chicken do nuggets come from again? Specially-processed "rib meat"? We used to call that "garbage". But I guess if the "new normal" in this upside down world means that eating healthy is eating shit, it all makes sense. After all, these are the same people who believe that when you are deep in debt, you borrow more and when you have a spending problem, you spend even more.

  21. clu seatoe on February 15th, 2012 2:25 pm

    As difficult as it might be to endure, this sort of thing is not the fault of the lefties because we all know that 100% control is what they’re all about. I believe it’s the fault of the right and people in general for not standing up to the bullying tactics.

    Recommendations are just that, recommendations. They have no weight of law behind them and people can decide otherwise. If the guy at the tire store recommends a certain tire for your car does that mean that by law you must buy it? When you go to replace a major appliance in your home and the retail clerk recommends a certain brand or model, does that recommendation require you to make the purchase?

    If you receive an item for Amazon.com without ordering it and later receive the bill for the item, are you going to pay the bill or contest it? I wish I could get a lunch like that for a buck fifty but if it wasn’t ordered don’t expect to be paid for it, thank you very much.

    People can either stand up to the bullies and fight for their rights or sit down, shut up, and stop complaining.

  22. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Fortunately, I had only one face-down at my Daughter`s school, I won btw. In this case, the school AND this food cop would come to understand that any disagreement about my Daughter`s food choices would be addressed TO ME, NOT her.

  23. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:28 pm

    More likely it is checking with its masters to get the latest talking points memo…..

  24. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:36 pm

    I agree people need to stand up against these tactics. I am not sure what the parents have done in this case, other than go to the media about it.

    If it was me I would have gone to the school about it and when things like that have come up with my children I have stood up against it. For example, last school year at the end of the first week of school a letter was sent home with my 3rd grade son saying they needed an additional $5 as they overspent the class budget for a Native American speaker to come in and give a lesson.

    I pointed out to the school that their lack of living within their budget was not my problem and I would not pay the fee. I also went out and found them a nearly identical program that was created by Washington State University and was free to download (to include a really good PowerPoint presentation, handouts, coloring books, etc). I pointed out that this could have saved their budget for the year and I found it with a short 5 minute search. So I did not just complain, I offered them a solution.

  25. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 2:37 pm

    SPG – when my youngest was in middle school we had to march down to her school, every adult in the family went and we threaten a lawsuit…funny how things changed after that. We need to do away with the Dept of Ed, EPA and Dept of Energy. PERIOD!

  26. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 2:37 pm

    My thought as well.

  27. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:38 pm

    From the movie The Great Outdoors:

    Roman: [while barbequing lobsters] How about the gourmet here, you know what he wanted? Hotdogs! You know what they make those things out of, Chet? You know? Lips and a$$holes!

  28. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:39 pm

    Ahh, no wonder he was wondering yesterday if SPG was a 12 year old girl.

  29. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 2:40 pm

    Or it could be that they are just a masochistic in nature.

  30. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 2:53 pm

    We need to get rid of those Depts. right off the bat …. as a start the ball rolling maneuver !

    My event was alone and in mid.sch. too. It was ugly …… and the red-faced teacher / coach was "cured" !

  31. Pasadena Phil on February 15th, 2012 2:54 pm

    Exactly. To too many people on these threads it's never ever the right time to do the right thing. It's always up to someone else to do something while we wait to see what happens. It's always about the next election while we once again vote for the establishment liberal. The Tea Party is about NOW. We do the right thing NOW.

  32. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 2:55 pm

    That`s why they always say, "You don`t want to watch sausage being made !"

  33. backwoodsconsr on February 15th, 2012 2:56 pm

    Wishful thinking?

  34. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 3:03 pm

    Don`t forget her mouth !

  35. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 3:11 pm

    Exactly. How much you want to bet that this food cop wouldn't have been so "tuff" if it had been a target instead of a 4 year old girl.

  36. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 3:16 pm

    That would be a great start at the Federal level. At the state level they need to do away with the district offices. Give the control and responsibility of the schools to the principles (to include the ability to fire teachers just there collecting a paycheck). That would cut out some serious overhead costs that are were most of the education $'s are being wasted in the first place. Next step would be to do away with mandatory membership in teacher's unions. If you want to be part of a union fine, but it should be a choice not an employment requirement.

  37. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 3:21 pm

    I saw that the Catholic church is in the process of filing lawsuits against the unconstitutional madate and have heard than many a priest have vowed to go to jail in needs be to fight this.

  38. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 3:40 pm

    NC does not allow public service unions, so they have "associations" … (pause for snickers). This county has had a long string of check-collecting, very liberal superintendents (state and county), so it`s tuff to get rid of them or teachers.

  39. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 3:44 pm

    Exactly my point – lawsuits – why waste time? I always thought something had to be an actual law before you could treat it as such..just don't do it. They give these kinds of actions from Obama credence when they react like this. I would love for them to thumb their nose at him and just refuse him.

  40. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 4:12 pm

    In fact, for TheLiberalMedia`s type, 8 is too late !

  41. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 4:13 pm

    Yes indeed, but make it a very public "nose-thumbing" !

  42. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 4:17 pm

    Such a trouble maker ! Off to the re-education camp for you ! ;-)

    Now here is an example of a perfect interwebs code name – TRUE SOLDIER ! I salute you !

  43. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 4:29 pm

    Thanks….and I'll see you at the camp…lol

  44. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 4:31 pm

    The sad thing part is that it is a law (for now). No matter how unconstituitional it is, it was passed by Congress and signed into law and the HHS "powers" were granted in the law. This is why lawsuits are neccessary in this case.

  45. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 4:34 pm

    Cool ! I`ll be the tall fur-face w/ a Cheby hat and American Flag lapel pin in the center of the BowTie !

  46. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 4:36 pm

    No, a law was not passed that allowed Obama to dictate to the Catholic church to provide contraception. Nor was there a law passed that he could dictate what insurance companies would cover.

  47. Misscheryl on February 15th, 2012 4:52 pm
  48. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 6:47 pm

    This section of the Obamacare law is what they are using to do what they are doing. In passing Obamacare they gave the HHS Secretary the power to determine what are essential health benefits. This type of broad/undefined powers that our Founding Fathers never inteded to allow.

    SEC. 1302 ø42 U.S.C. 18022¿. ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS REQUIREMENTS.
    (a) ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE.—In this title, the
    term ‘‘essential health benefits package’’ means, with respect to
    any health plan, coverage that—
    (1) provides for the essential health benefits defined by the
    Secretary under subsection (b)

    Of course what the HHS Secretary is violating the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but until the USSC agrees with that this is the law of the land. Now you can see why the D's wanted to keep it under wraps and pass it as quickly as they could before anyone could descover all these issues.

  49. Jimbo on February 15th, 2012 7:00 pm

    Give your children to the state, and eventually you'll have your nuggets served to you on a tray. It's just that simple.

    Home school.

  50. Jimbo on February 15th, 2012 7:04 pm

    Since when slapping the big, fat greedy hand reaching into MY wallet to pay for YOUR abortifacients and sterilizations "wanting to control American sex lives?"
    Contracept your stupid liberal weirdness out of the gene pool, but leave me and my money out of it.

    Eat your own damn nuggets while you're at it.

  51. Truesoldier__ on February 15th, 2012 9:30 pm

    Tin foil hat alert: I was thinking about this a bit ago and it would not surprise me if Obama rounded a bunch of us up say mid October and held us until just after election day to try to ensure his re-election. Between Big Sis labeling us all possible terrorists, monitoring Conservative sites and the law Congress passed and Obama signed allowing him to arrest and hold without trial Americans caught on American soil that are suspected of terrorism.

    For those of you that do not know what I am talking about here are some links:

    Detain American Citizens: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/with

    DHS report on possible groups that could be recruited for radicalization: http://michellemalkin.cachefly.net/michellemalkin

    DHS monitors "Social Networking/Media Capability" sites: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/01

  52. SignPainterGuy on February 15th, 2012 9:43 pm

    Along those lines, the FBI is watching people who use AOL and pay in cash. Fascinating !
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/are-you-making-th

    All paper money says, "Legal tender for all debts public and private", but if you actually use it a lot, you`re suspect ! They want you to use checks and plastic so you can be traced in you spending habits.

  53. clu seatoe on February 15th, 2012 10:35 pm

    …any disagreement about my Daughter`s food choices would be addressed TO ME, NOT her.

    SPG,

    Excellent point.

  54. ChapBix on February 16th, 2012 12:41 am

    "Recommendations are just that, recommendations." It used to be that recommendation emanating from the federal government (or any government, for that matter) were nothing more than advice like you got in public service ads on radio or TV. With the election of Obama, those turned into mandates as seen in this example.

    There will be more instances, similar and comparable, to this one. Each one will produce less and less sensitivity to them until there is no outcry at all from the masses..

  55. ChapBix on February 16th, 2012 12:47 am

    "And where is your proof that Rick Santorum has ever said that if elected he would control Americans sex lives?"

    Part and parcel of the same strategy used to oust Herman Cain from the Republican primaries. No evidence needed, just baseless allegations.

  56. ChapBix on February 16th, 2012 1:06 am

    Actually, Misscheryl is closer to being right, I think. Although ambiguous power was given to the HHS Secretary, what is being issued is a rule rather than actual legislation. It has the force of law, though. A rule like this may be modified by a succeeding administration or eliminated if so desired. Not totally sure on this, but any change of the rule would be subject to the same process of hearings and responses by the public as the original rule.

  57. Truesoldier__ on February 16th, 2012 5:33 pm

    I beleive you to be correct. With that being said, the only other way to get rid of the rule created by the HHS Secretary (who was given this unlimited and unchecked power in the Obamacare law) would be to take the ruling to court on the basis that the rule created violates the 1st ammendment (which is what Catholics are doing).

    Like anything else, if this goes unchallenged and is fully implemented it will be that much harder to get Congress to change it.

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