The Reason is Now Clear

In this article “Mom is Shamed for Cake Slice in Kid’s Lunch,” I have begun to understand why the heavens didn’t want me to raise my kids in the United States. It would not have been pretty.

And unfortunately, this article isn’t an outlier. There are (regrettably) way too many instances of schools telling parents what they can and can’t do that I’m sure I know the reason why I needed to be overseas.

You want other examples?  How about the mother who was chastised for sending her daughter to school with a lunch consisting over a turkey sandwich, chips, a banana, and juice. She was promptly told that her lunch wasn’t healthy enough and was given chicken nuggets to supplement. I wish I was making this up, but I’m not.

Then there was the school which prohibited all students from walking to school, regardless of how close they lived to the school. All students had to be dropped off in a car–even those who lived next door.

And don’t get me started on the “sexual surveys” given out to children as young as six years old in a Los Angeles school district.

It’s articles like these that reinforces why it was I was meant to raise my kids overseas. Because I wouldn’t have been able to take it. I’m a mild-mannered kind of guy, but these …  these are my pet peeves. These I would make a stand against. These I would gladly fight, and like I said, it wouldn’t have been pretty.

I would have sent my kids to school with nothing but chocolate cake for an entire week.

I would have walked my kid to school everyday to force a showdown with the principal.

I  would have left out the banana and sent two bags of chips.

Yes, it’s a good thing for everyone involved that I raised my kids overseas. You know why? Because I got to raise them the way that I saw fit. I got to give them treats when I wanted to. I was able to give them permission to leave the house on their own. Shocking!  Actually, when in Vietnam, our kids used to wake up before us, unlock the front door, and walk down to a little street stall to order breakfast by themselves while their derelict parents slept. It was awesome!  They loved it too. (as did our neighbors)

I  wonder what the school food police would have said about my lunches back in the day. I had two standards: bologna and ketchup on white bread or peanut butter and jelly. My friend brought a PBJ, pringles, and a Twinkie every  day! Every day! I was beyond jealous. He had such good parents.

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but in my mind, parenting belongs in the realm of parents. Let schools actually try to teach them about random things like math, English, history, and science.

I’ve never been threatened with arrest, and it’s probably because I raised my kids overseas. The heavens knew what they were doing.

Government Good Intentions Have No Logic

Four-hundred and fifty pages of Obamacare regulations related to restaurant food labeling is about to go into effect.

Does this post need go any further? 450 pages? Who else could make food labeling that complicated?

You may have seen in the news that some restaurants, especially pizza chains, are pushing back against the new rules because the new reglutions woul put undue and unwarranted strain on the restaurant. Domino’s claims that they have 34,000,000 combinations of pizza and couldn’t very well have a display board in their restaurant that includes all of these. The mandatory display would also cost roughly $5000, according to some, and would in fact do nothing since general nutritional facts are found on their website and most of their business is from phone and on-line orders where the customers don’t come into the restaurants anyways.

I am all for someone who wishes to eat healthy to start making wise choices about their meals. Good for them! In fact, I’ve been doing that myself over the past five weeks. But that is the key – “self” – if someone wants to start eating healthier, the last thing that will help is mandatory government labeling.

First of all, anyone who wants to eat healthy and is worrying about calorie in-take should NOT be at any of the fast food restaurants. Period. This is needless overreach. Every one knows it’s unhealthy and high-caloric. We don’t need the government to force restaurants to tell us so.

Second, if someone is interested in knowing calorie or nutrition counts, there are countless FREE ways to do this. Fitness Pal is a great app that I control and gives me great insight into what I’m eating. It’s not the restaurant’s job to tell me what I’m eating. I’m responsible for what I put in my mouth and if I can’t tell that a cheeseburger with bacon, or a massive salad with a cup of fatty dressing is bad for me, then that’s my fault.

So the government is forcing businesses to spend thousands of dollars on new labeling which will benefit few and are completely unnecessary – especially in light of the day and age we live in.

Sounds like another example of government logic.

Governments should encourage healthy living. They should not regulate and mandate healthy living because it doesn’t work.





Is this the solution to the “obesity vs. freedom” problem?

I saw this vending machine on a Malaysian school campus.2014-05-06 15.18.45And I thought, perhaps this is the brilliant solution everyone has been looking for. Isn’t this a win-win for everyone?

The people who spout slogans about freedom and rugged individualism cannot make the argument that schools have no business banning vending machines on campus because they obviously haven’t banned them. There it is in plain view for everyone to see. A clear victory for liberty.

But it is also a victory for the overly protective government who wants the nanny state to take care of everyone’s needs – including their BMI. The harmless mechanized sugar machine is surrounded by a jail cell and a sturdy padlock, sending off signals that the food police are close at hand and that sugary beverages and snacks should be illegal. Or perhaps it’s a metaphor for being trapped in an overweight body if one should happen to partake of these certain snacks. It sends a clear message that sugary items should not be allowed on our school campuses.

I think it is a wonderful solution. Everyone should be happy.

Except the vending guy. Hmmm. What’s he get out of this?


(Our very own) National Cupcake Day

There’s a vicious war being waged on cupcakes throughout the land, so it was only a matter of time until someone took a stand to save the precious treats!

Did you know some school districts don’t allow parents to send their kids to school with a homemade lunch? Did you know that there are certain places where the Happy Meal is banned? Did you know that trans-fats are illegal in NY restaurants, but not in NY homes? Did you know that many school districts have banned the cupcake – the symbol of classroom birthday celebrations since George Washington still had teeth. (Ok, slight hyperbole there.)

And so my American Government class today took a radical stand today by sponsoring “National Cupcake Day” – because our school still allows them. Our statement was simple:

No food police. Let’s champion personal responsibility, individual freedom, and parents’ rights.  And so the containers of cupcakes rolled in all day until we gorged ourselves and rolled out after class.

We had a total of 185 cupcakes for only 19 people. No, we didn’t eat them all. After we ate all we could, the class members were sent out as lobbyists and cupcake ambassadors, to spread the sweetness around campus and inform the happy recipients about the plight of students everywhere who could be stared down by a principal by having such contraband on school grounds.

So remember to fight for cupcake rights!