Michelle’s Food Gestapo

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A few days ago, it was football. Now it’s food.

Bring out the Nannies!

A Florida school district is considering installing video cameras on cafeteria trash cans so it can monitor what its students are throwing away.

The Lake County School Board is debating the extreme food-salvage method because of, as they claim, the thousands of dollars lost through food wastage, Fox News reported.

Officials claim that more than $75,000 worth of fresh fruit and vegetables have found its way from kids’ plates to the trash can since the Obama Administration (Michelle)launched a policy in January forcing schools to be more healthy. Or what? They send in the Gestapo or the Hall Monitors? “We order you to be more healthy”! And whom did they hire to rummage through the trash cans to obtain this valuable intel?

Actually, I’m sure there would be no end to the amount of liberal busy-bodies that would volunteer their time for such a worthy cause.

“It’s a fairly specific recipe of what they (or she) would like us to serve,” Lake County School Board member Tod Howard told NBC  News. Oh, we’re being served all right; a healthy dose of communism. So which one is it, member Tod? Is it, they would like us to serve, or are forcing us to serve? I’ll go with the latter.

“Unfortunately, much of it has to do with fresh fruit and vegetables and it seems to be going into the trash. And that’s not okay,” added member Tod.

I’ll bet member Tod is not only disappointed, but surprised that children, left to their own devices wouldn’t choose to eat healthy. It’s so unlike the little tikes.

Unlike the government politburo, not everyone is happy about the potential filming, including parents who do not want to see the trash cams adopted.

“So we’re going to spend how many more thousands of dollars to put cameras on trash cans to document the thousands of  dollars in food the kids are throwing away,” one parent wrote on ClickOrlando.com

I might add, many, many more thousands, as the “trash cams” get stolen, pilfered or otherwise tampered with by school yard delinquents. Although, knowing liberals as I do, they have most likely, not acccounted for that reality.

Another parent added, “This is a no brainer, kids are not going to eat the stuff served at school. Has anyone really looked at these lunch trays?”

Among objections are that kids and parents  themselves run the risk of being caught on camera themselves and personally penalized. No! That would never happen. You’ll just have to trust them.

“Because no matter what they say, they are going to try to identify the kids throwing the food away and then social workers  and courts will get involved,” wrote another disgruntled commenter.

Disgruntled continued, “If your child doesn’t eat his school lunch,  you, the parent, will face punishment. Think I’m wrong? There are cities and states that  punish the adults if the children are truant or get in trouble with the law in any manner.”

“Your kid threw away a carrot? Go to jail.  This is what we are coming to.”

But Howard, blinded by his liberal ideology , is adamant that the cameras will serve a quality purpose. What could possibly go wrong member Tod? This isn’t how tyrannical despotism begins or anything.

“If we just can’t get (you mean force) kids to eat broccoli, and 90 percent of it is going in the trash – that’s a waste of taxpayer dollars – and the federal government needs to look at their mandate,” he said. I’m sure member Tod doesn’t means to repeal the mandate, of course, but to strengthen it. One way or the other these kids are going eat healthy! Right member Tod?

“We have no choice in the matter. This is just a tool to help us document he issue.” A  decision has yet to be made.

You’re the tool, member Tod!

Attribution: Daily Caller, Mail Online

Molotov Cocktail

‘Don’t do this yourself… you would be an  idiot.’

With that friendly warning, the ‘Slow Mo’  team launches a Molotov Cocktail at the side of a typical house in  suburbia.

And thanks to their super slow motion capture – which can take a staggering 2,500 frames a second – we can see every moment of  this explosive and destructive attack in the kind of detail normally reserved  for Hollywood action films.

Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, AKA the Slow Mo  team, have a track record for this sort of thing , having previously smashed  watermelons, popped popcorn, and dropped water balloons, all in the name of  science and fun.

This time, it is the side of a house which  falls victim to their destructive ways.

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Get ready for the explosion: The Molotov flies through the air - in super-slow motion - as the Slo Mo team take great glee in educating their viewers

Get ready for the explosion: The Molotov flies through  the air – in super-slow motion – as the Slo Mo team take great glee in educating  their viewers
As the molotov cocktail hits the wall, the glass shatteers and the fuel begins to spread

As the molotov cocktail hits the wall, the glass  shatteers and the fuel begins to spread
It's time to burn! As the flames spread out, more and more fuel catches alight, leading to a blossoming flame

It’s time to burn! As the flames spread out, more and  more fuel catches alight, leading to a blossoming flame
The flames spread across the brick wall - luckily this was not thrown in anger as the ferocity of the flame is obvious

The flames spread across the brick wall – luckily this  was not thrown in anger as the ferocity of the flame is obvious
The burning liquid spreads down the side of the house - on slow-motion is looks spectacular, if savage

The burning liquid spreads down the side of the house –  on slow-motion is looks spectacular, if savage
As the liquid drops down, the flames lick across the floor, burning the pool of fire

As the liquid drops down, the flames lick across the  floor, burning as it goes

The flames 'drip' down the wall as the liquid burns. This whole sequence has lasted around a second, with the bottle not even landing by the time of this final image

The flames ‘drip’ down the wall as the liquid burns.  This whole sequence has lasted around a second, with the bottle not even landing  by the time of this final image

The Slow Mo team have millions of subscribers  to their YouTube channel and more than 60,000 Twitter followers.

Hollywood director Michael Bay – known and  lampooned for his high-octane super-slow-motion scenes in action films such as  Transformers – may well end up jealous of the pair’s camera.

They used a Phantom Flex camera to record the  action, which provided them with high-definition footage to keep for  posterity.

The video is part of a series of slow-motion  videos, more than 60 in total, posted by the pair on their YouTube  video.

What did we just do? Gavin Free (left) and Daniel Gruchy (right) enjoy blowing things up in the name of scienceWhat did we just do? Gavin Free (left) and Daniel Gruchy  (right) enjoy blowing things up in the name of science

Previously they have tackled a  computer with  a sledgehammer, played golf with an apple, and exploded  ‘bottle-bombs’,  capturing each moment at a fraction of the pace of real  life.

The pair do not go to lengths to  explain  their motivations or what the audience is witnessing. Instead they seem to enjoy nothing more than watching everyday objects explode in super slow motion.

But that is part of the beauty of  science –  sometimes there doesn’t need to be a reason, other than watching life from a new perspective.

Release the Sheikh

It’s difficult not to question the Obama regime on a number of issues. Foreign policy is becoming a major issue to be questioned. First we are told the Arab Spring in Egypt was a good and democratic thing; that raadicals were not involved. Then they tell us the new president Morsi is NOT a Muslim Brotherhood plant; that he is secular and does not want to destroy Israel. We were told that there is not now, nor will there be any discussion for the release of the Islamic terrorist known as the Blind Sheikh. All lies. Time to shine some more light on this administrations next wrong-doing. As you read, just surplant the word “transfer” with the words, “outright release”.

by:  of The Blaze

Egypts Mohammed Morsi: I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom for Blind Sheikh

Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman sits and prays inside an iron cage at the opening of court session, 06 August 1989 in Cairo. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Just weeks after TheBlaze’s exclusive report that claimed the U.S. State Department was “actively considering” transferring Omar Abdel-Rahman, or the “Blind Sheikh” to Egypt, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi publicly called on the U.S. to allow the convicted terrorist to serve out the rest of his sentence at home in Egypt, state media reported on Thursday, according to AFP.

“I will do everything in my power to secure freedom for… detainees, including Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman,” Morsi said.

“What I want is to intervene for humanitarian reasons, not to interfere in a court ruling,” Morsi reportedly told members of the Egyptian community in New York while he was in the U.S. for the UN General Assembly.

The Blind Sheikh was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, plotting to bomb other New York sites and plotting to assassinate former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

“We want his family to be allowed to visit him and to serve his sentence in Egypt as part of a prisoner swap between Egypt and the United States,” Morsi said, according to the official MENA news agency.

Egypts Mohammed Morsi: I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom for Blind Sheikh

Morsi, of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, said that “recent incidents around the US embassy in Cairo have delayed efforts in this regard,” MENA reported.

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“On June 29, on the eve of his inauguration, Morsi told a rally in Cairo that he would work to free Abdul Rahman, commonly referred to as ‘the blind sheikh,” AFP reports.

Remember, this is the same Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt that the Obama administration wants to send $450 million to, and eventually a total of $1 billion.

From TheBlaze’s exclusive report:

The U.S. State Department is actively considering negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told TheBlaze.

That seems to line up directly with what Morsi is now calling for. As previously mentioned, Morsi told Egyptians in New York, “What I want is to intervene for humanitarian reasons.”

The State Department, Justice Department and the White House have all denied that they are considering transferring or releasing the Blind Sheikh.

Egypts Mohammed Morsi: I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom for Blind Sheikh
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier this month that there is no plan to “release” the Blind Sheikh and that, to her knowledge, no “senior” Egyptians had made the request “recently.” Well, now she has the Egyptian president telling the U.S. to transfer him this week. Maybe that will get the federal government’s attention.

The Blind Sheikh is the former leader of the radical “Islamic Group” in Egypt, which now holds 13 seats in the Egyptian Parliament. The Obama administration recently hosted a member of the designated terrorist organization at the White House named Hani Nour Eldin. Eldin met with senior State Department and Obama administration officials and reportedly urged the National Security Council to consider Rahman’s release from U.S. custody.

Dog Photo of the Year

This soaking dog may not be smiling while peeking out from behind a shower curtain, but maybe it hasn’t heard it’s just received a special mention in the Dog Portrait Gallery.

The picture, taken by Opal Seabrook, was among the best of the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition, which has recently announced its winners.

Held annually, the contest is open to both professionals and amateurs, young and old, from all around the world – and this year attracted 5,000 entries.

Got any sham-pooch? This sopping wet hound was given special mention in the Dog Portrait category. It was taken by by Opal SeabrookGot any sham-pooch? This sopping wet hound was given special mention in the Dog Portrait category. It was taken by by Opal Seabrook
Let sleeping dogs lie... awkwardly: Third place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Pam LangrishLet sleeping dogs lie… awkwardly: Third place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Pam Langrish
This year's overall winner was Catherine Laurenson, from Glasgow, for her photo of a Border Collie On the scent of victory: This year’s overall winner was Catherine Laurenson, from Glasgow, for her photo of a Border Collie
Intense? Sure I can do intense: Second place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Jason BanburyIntense? Sure I can do intense: Second place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Jason Banbury
Who let the tots out: Second place runner-up in the Man's Best Friend category. Photo taken by Catherine MacGregorWho let the tots out: Second place runner-up in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Catherine MacGregor
Sea looks a bit ruff... Winner in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Doug JewellSea looks a bit ruff… Winner in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Doug Jewell
It's spray time: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Ben BurfittIt’s spray time: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Ben Burfitt
Lots of cows and bow-wow-wows: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Jon OakeyLots of cows and bow-wow-wows: Second place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Jon Oakey

The competition has six categories: Portrait, Man’s Best Friend; Dogs At Play; Dogs At Work; and I Love Dogs Because – a category specifically for those aged 16 and under. There was also a new category this year, Puppy.

This year’s overall winner was Catherine Laurenson, from Glasgow, for her photo of a Border Collie set against a clear blue sky.

In addition to the new Dog Photographer of the Year trophy, she was awarded a glamorous Uggie collar and lead from Holly & Lil.

The pair’s image will appear on the front cover of the Kennel Gazette and put on display at Discover Dogs and Crufts.

Meanwhile, Jessica Keating, winner of the Under 16 category, will receive a day at Crufts 2013.

The winning images will be on display at Discover Dogs, which takes place at Earls Court, London, on November 10 and 11.

Let leaping dogs fly: Third place runner-up in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Joshua CarterLet leaping dogs fly: Third place runner-up in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Joshua Carter
And they call it poppy love: Third place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Sarah BrownAnd they call it poppy love: Third place runner-up in the Dog Portrait category. Photo taken by Sarah Brown
Bubble and sleek: Winner in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Jessica KeatingBubble and sleek: Winner in the 16 and Under category. Photo taken by Jessica Keating
I've got this competition licked: Winner in the Man's Best Friend category. Photo taken by Emma CarterI’ve got this competition licked: Winner in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Emma Carter
Now that's setting the dog among the pigeons: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Tracey AdamsNow that’s setting the dog among the pigeons: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Play category. Photo taken by Tracey Adams

WHO’S IN THE LEAD? FULL LIST OF KENNEL CLUB CONTEST WINNERS

Straw dogs: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Leanne Graham
Straw dogs: Third place runner-up in the Dogs at Work category. Photo taken by Leanne Graham

Overall Winner: Catherine Laurenson
Dogs at Work (winner): Catherine Laurenson Runner-up (2nd place): Jon Oakey Runner-up (3rd place): Leanne Graham
Dog Portrait (winner): Shane Wilkinson Runner-up (2nd place): Jason Banbury Runner-up (3rd place): Sarah Brown Special Mention: Opal Seabrook
Dogs at Play (winner): Doug Jewell Runner-up (2nd place): Ben Burfitt Runner-up (3rd place): Tracey Adams
Puppies (winner): Rhian White Runner-up (2nd place): Tracey Jarvis Runner-up (3rd place): Pam Langrish
Man’s Best Friend (winner): Emma Carter Runner-up (2nd place): Catherine MacGregor Runner-Up (3rd place): Sarah Brown
I Love Dogs Because… (winner): Jessica Keating (16 years and under) Runner-up (2nd place): Conor O’ Beolain Runner-up (3rd place): Joshua Carter

How does your garden... growl? Winner in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Rhian WhiteHow does your garden… growl? Winner in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Rhian White
I'm a puppy... get me out of here! Second place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Tracey JarvisI’m a puppy… get me out of here! Second place runner-up in the Puppies category. Photo taken by Tracey Jarvis

Best buddies forever: Third place runner-up in the Man's Best Friend category. Photo taken by Sarah BrownBest buddies forever: Third place runner-up in the Man’s Best Friend category. Photo taken by Sarah Brown

Reflections in the forest: Winner in the Dog Portrait category, taken by Shane WilkinsonReflections in the forest: Winner in the Dog Portrait category, taken by Shane Wilkinson
Attribution: Mail Online

Suspect Jobs Report

from: Breitbart

Oct. 5, 2012

Suspicion about the federal government’s September jobs report has fallen on Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who appeared on CNBC this morning and defended the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), claiming–falsely–that upward revisions of 86,000 jobs were from the private sector. In fact, the new number is entirely accounted for by upwards revisions to state and federal government payrolls.

The BLS reported that while only 114,000 jobs were created in September–which would have translated into a rise in unemployment from 8.1% to 8.2%–the unemployment rate fell dramatically to 7.8%. That unusual drop is the fastest in nearly three decades, and was unexpected even in the rosiest predictions.

One reason for the rise was an upward revision of 86,000 to the July and August jobs numbers–all of which came from a 91,000 increase in the estimate of public sector jobs. Private sector job estimates were actually revised downward by 5,000.

In addition, the BLS reported a large rise in the number of part-time jobs, adding 600,000 jobs to the total–a dramatic increase of 7.5%, not explained by any other economic indicators–and raising questions about whether the government had changed the way it counted part-time workers.

Solis was adamant today in defending both the revisions and the BLS’s methodology for counting part-time workers–relying largely on the upwards revisions for July and August jobs (emphasis added):

CNBC: We’re getting bombarded by people who do not believe the number. They believe this number was fixed and typed to coincide with Election Day. What do you say to them?…I’ll rephrase the question. A lot of people do not believe the 7.8 number. They believe that somehow BLS fixed this to coincide with the election cycle. What is labor’s response?

Solis: You know, I’m insulted when I hear that because we have a very professional, civil service organization where you have top, top economists that work at the BLS. They’ve been doing these calculations. These are — these are our best trained and best-skilled individuals working in the BLS, and it’s really ludicrous to hear that kind of statement, and I say that because just look at the — we have to look at what happens across the board, not just in one month, but look what happened in the last two months. We also saw revisions there upwards of 86,000 additional jobs added and this brings us now to 5.2 million private sector jobs across the board, we saw 104 private sector jobs created….

CNBC: Before I let you go, you say skepticism over the numbers are ludicrous. You say you’re insulted. Is there a danger, you believe, when large sections was country don’t believe the data. Not that it’s ever been considered gospel, but when you have disbelief how much danger is embedded in that?

Solis: I will tell you that we look at each report differently. We just saw revisions for the last two months and this happens. I mean, these are estimates that obviously, the BLS puts out. They do the best calculation, using the best measurements and tools and we’ve been using them for the past 70 years. We haven’t changed anything and the information that I received is given to me by our professional, civil service staff in the BLS.

Note that Solis describes the 86,000 upward revision as if it were an increase in private sector jobs, though in fact the increase came entirely from revisions to public sector payrolls by cash-strapped federal and state governments. Instead of shedding jobs, as previously claimed, governments have been adding jobs.

Ban Football?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio program a month or two ago. He was discussing the NFL, football in general, concussions and other injuries. The crux of his monologue was his claim that, due to injuries, within a decade or two, there will be no more football.

People called in to his program saying he was crazy. The NFL, after all, is not only wildly popular, but a veritable money-making machine for all involved. No one in their right mind would ever try to put the brakes on that gravy train.

As Rush often says, “Don’t doubt me”.

Well, I for one, do not doubt him. His track record is very good. He claims to know liberals better than they know themselves. As he puts it rather ingloriously, “I know liberals as well as I know my own glorious naked body”. Scary thought, I know.  Try not to dwell on that.

Liberals are really quite predictable. They are all Nannies at heart. They don’t think, they feel. They feel somehow better equipped to solve the worlds problems than us conservatives, that “something” always must be done. Liberals are also the kings of the knee-jerk reaction and contradiction.

If they see something they don’t like, unlike a conservative, who can simply avoid it, the liberal must stop it, ban it or shut it down.

Of course the liberal must employ the government to do their bidding. The government is the only entity large enough and with enough authority to demand society cease whatever behavior or product the liberal finds so offensive.

It always happens the same way. It begins small with a “concerned citizen” suggesting to a local politician that something should be regulating. The politician, seeing a golden opportunity, provides a knee-jerk law or regulation. Maybe not enough motorists are wearing seatbelts, or helmets, or car seats. Second hand smoke, salt, sugar, trans fats are all killing us. “Do it for the children”, they exclaim. If it saves just one life, it will be worth it (except for abortion). Herein also lies the contradiction, or paradox. One example is cigarette smoking. The liberal desperately needs the tax revenue from smokers to fund their silly government programs but yet they call for regulations virtually banning the product.

Then “science” or “medicine” is employed, proving the “concerned citizen” right. It could be faux-science (global warming), but that matters not. As long as it advances the agenda and the agenda is always for our own good. Liberals care more than we do, so we couldn’t very well be left to fend for ourselves. What do we think this is, a free society?

Before you know it, there has been a state law passed, regulating this or that and finally an overarching federal law.

It’s always the same tune, just with different lyrics.

That brings us full circle, back to football. Even I was surprised how fast this has progressed.

When Limbaugh predicts something, it usually takes years for society to catch up.

Don’t Doubt Him!

(I live in New Hampshire, so don’t doubt me when I say, Dover is a liberal stronghold. I don’t know what their “Nannies per capita” are, but it’s up there.)

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A proposal to drop football at one New Hampshire school district has surprised and upset many residents.

The idea was suggested at a Dover School Board meeting Monday night by board member Paul Butler, a retired physician.

Butler said the potential for concussions is too great of a risk. He said concussions on developing brains can have a long-lasting impact, including the possibility of brain damage, depression and dementia.

Butler said he knows stopping the game isn’t popular.

“I suspect it’s going to take a long time. This might be the first volley. It took a long time for people to wear bicycle helmets. It took a long time for people to stop smoking,” he said.

The board later released a statement that Butler’s comments were his reaction to various studies he’s read and is not the opinion of the board itself. It said termination of the high school football program isn’t on the agenda at this time.

Dover Athletic Director Peter Wotton said safer tackling is being coached and players are being supervised by doctors.

“Any sport is a target, because it feel like anytime you put kids in motion — there is an inherent risk to playing sports and taking part in athletics, and for some reason the target is on football. I don’t think it should be on anything,” he said.

Wotton said girls basketball ranked higher in concussions in 2011.

A new law in New Hampshire is aimed at protecting student athletes from concussions and other head injuries. Under the law, coaches and other athletic officials who suspect that an athlete has suffered a concussion will be required to remove him or her from play immediately, and the athlete will have to get written authorization from a health care provider and a parent before returning.

Information about such injuries also will be distributed to all youth athletes each year, and parents will have to sign forms indicating they had read the information before the start of practice or competition.

And so it begins. Don’t Doubt Him!