U.S. regulators dealt a blow to First Lady Michelle Obama´s anti-childhood obesity campaign by announcing they are relaxing school meal rules. Mrs Obama had supported new rules that would restrict calories and limit portion sizes in school meals but some students, parents and lawmakers complained that new stricter policies left many children hungry. Under the adjustment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would suspend daily and weekly maximum amounts for grains and meat or meat alternatives. That means school districts this year can serve larger portions of those items without penalty. USDA officials said late on Friday they were
Comments: You shot coffee through your teeth and down your nose when you saw the photo, dintcha?
Michelle NEVER cared about obesity. This program was and is designed to get her name into every public school in the country on an almost daily basis. The $4 billion she was provided should have been labeled campaign funds.
Same for Barack´s early September public school messages that disrupted classes and help sell his ghost written books. Unprecedented intrusion meant to spread the Obama. Same with Obama´s constant campaigning at colleges this year, with some 50-80 college appearances by Sibelius, Duncan, Biden, et al. Always in guise of education message so that taxpayers picked up tab. Obama fully utilized federal government to promote Obama.
I´m not sure why Mooch has any input on anything. She wasn´t elected to a single thing. She has no power. She´s just a married woman with two kids. Government has no business in what we eat and especially this woman.
My guess is there is more to this story than they are saying. I would bet the the KIDS are refusing to eat the junk that meets Michelle´s guidlines. So, they bring a lunch from home. THAT is what is behind this change. When the schools lose money, they listen and change. It was only a matter of time before this happened!
I substitute in our school district´s cafeterias for all age levels. I watch as child after child leaves the lunch line, walks past the trash, dumps their fruit and/or vegetables and then goes and sits down to eat. It´s such a waste of food!
At least five people have been killed and dozens injured in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after militiamen opened fire on demonstrators. The protesters had marched to the headquarters of the Misrata militia to demand that it leave Tripoli. Hours after the incident, armed men returned to storm the compound, where militiamen are still holed up. The Libyan government has been struggling to contain numerous militias who control many parts of the country. There have been increasing demands from civilians that the militias--which emerged during the 2011 revolution--disband or join the army, in line with an end-of-year deadline set by the
A newspaper has formally apologised to its readers for an 1863 editorial in which it dismissed President Abraham Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address as "silly remarks" that should be consigned to the dustbin of history. On its opinion pages 150 years ago The Harrisburg Patriot & Union in Pennsylvania was scathing, referring to the "little speeches" of the president which "fell below our expectations," and referring to him as a "jester" who "does not possess sense." The publication concluded: "We pass over the silly remarks of the President. For the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be
China is coming under increasing pressure to increase its aid to the Philippines to counter ridicule abroad at its meagre offer of help, and criticism at home that is allowing the spread of American and Japanese influence by failing to send warships. While Washington pledged about £14 million and dispatched an aircraft carrier battle group to the worst affected areas, commentators have mocked Beijing, which runs the world’s second biggest economy, for its initial offer of a £60,000 donation.[Snip] It has since increased its offer of help to £1 million--mainly blankets and tents--but still less than the furniture store Ikea
The diary of a top al Qaeda leader has revealed that their expressed purpose while planning attacks in the months and years leading up to September 11th was to ´bring America down to its knees´. Abu Zubaydah was captured by American and Pakistani intelligence officials in 2002 and was taken to Guantanamo Bay in 2006. A translation of his diaries have been released to Al Jazeera America as a result of a Freedom of Information request, and they have shed light on the man who many believe helped al Qaeda plan terrorist attacks for the decade leading up to 9/11.
Almost three months before the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could ´crash the plane at take-off,´ according to government documents. [Snip] Two series of internal emails in July between officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including HealthCare.gov project manager Henry Chao, describe struggles with contractors, staff shortages and software problems long before the federal healthcare website crashed on its October 1 launch and threw the roll out of Obamacare into political turmoil. In a July 16 email
This is about trust and legacy. President Obama is scrambling to save his reputation for honesty, and the damage that has already been done to the law that, in the public mind, bears his name: Obamacare. He admits that he has to work hard to win back credibility with the American people--"that´s on me," he said, admitting that the practical implementation of this huge change had been "fumbled". His problem, as so often with politicians, goes back to a rash promise. He said that under his signature legislation--the Affordable Care Act--people would be able to keep their current health insurance.
If you live in New York State, as I do, you must be prepared to accept its culture of deference to bureaucracy. This is a place in which freedom and dignity have been ceded to regulators at all levels. Occasionally, though, there is resistance. It registers mostly as plaintive reflection, not useful action; still, it is comforting to see one’s fellow citizens questioning the premises of what we erroneously call “the nanny state”. (Nannies are employees who perform a useful service, which service has been requested and can be terminated at the employer’s discretion. A better term would be “molester
While I was away being Radley´s Provocateur-in-Residence (yes, it went very well, thank you) someone calling himself Sai Gon Seamus (an expatriate Irishman living in Vietnam, I´m guessing) Tweeted this at me: @JamesDelingpole Hey s***bag, just remember they hanged Lord Haw Haw. #Haiyan If it hadn´t been for the hashtag, this would have puzzled me greatly. But I think I can roughly guess what he´s struggling to articulate. He´s saying: "As an evil climate change denier you are as bad as a Nazi propagandist. Just as William Joyce was hanged for his complicity with a regime responsible for so many
Prescribing statins to millions more healthy people would make only a minimal difference to their average lifespan but risk exposing thousands to harmful side effects, a leading doctor has claimed. [Snip] Side effects experienced by up to one in five patients include severe muscle aches, memory disturbance, sexual dysfunction, cataracts and diabetes. New US guidelines on statins, issued on Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, recommend that doctors should consider prescribing the drugs to all people with at least a 7.5 percent risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke within the next decade.
Thousands of patients are needlessly going blind because they are waiting so long for appointments at NHS eye clinics, a report warns. As many as four in ten eye specialists and nurses admit that their patients are losing sight unnecessarily as they cannot get vital checks or treatment. The report by the RNIB says NHS eye clinics are struggling to cope with the rising numbers of elderly patients losing their sight on top of cuts to their budgets. One mother of three was forced to wait 18 months for a check on a condition triggered by diabetes which has led
Passengers on a U.S. Airways flight stood up in defense of a blind man who they believe was wrongly kicked off the plane. The stand-off came after Albert Rizzi´s guide dog became ´out of control´ according to crew on the flight from Philadelphia to MacArthur Airport on Long Island. Travelers claim that Mr Rizzi was mistreated by a flight attendant on the Wednesday evening flight. Passengers refused to travel after the crew told Mr Rizzi to get off the plane and were taken to Long Island by bus instead. The flight attendant would not allow the plane to take off because
Brazilian Roberto Unger is a leading political philosopher and an advocate of progressive politics. He has taught at Harvard Law School for about 40 years and US President Barack Obama was one of his students in the 1980s. Asked why he moved from welcoming Obama´s election in 2008 to calling him a "disaster" for the Democratic party, Mr Unger told HARDtalk the president had failed to "come up with a sequel to Roosevelt´s New Deal" of the 1930s. "There is no project in the United States responsive to the needs and aspirations of the broad working class majority of the
President Obama announces today that he supports a “fix” for Obamacare that would allow some Americans to keep the healthcare plans they already had for an additional year. That was already built into the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare law. It’s not an actual change to anything, it’s just an attempt to get out ahead of the bills that Republican Fred Upton and Democrat Mary Landrieu are sponsoring in the House and Senate that would legislatively “fix” Obamacare. It’s an exercise in blame-shifting, and an abdication of leadership. As news of the plan leaked, skepticism spread.(Snip for tweets)Barack Obama’s credibility
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare. First, the obligatory caveats. It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans’ lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance, their doctors, their money, or all three. Nor is it particularly amusing to think of the incredible waste of time and tax dollars that has gone into Obamacare’s construction. And the still-unfolding violence that this misbegotten legislation will visit on the economy and our liberties is not funny either. This very magazine has been downright
In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power, Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just minutes before he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: After Obama and I slipped through a security checkpoint and he momentarily broke free from the entourage, I sidled up to him and told him that he seemed to be impressing many people of influence in this rarefied atmosphere. Obama, his gaze fixed directly ahead, never broke his stride. “I´m LeBron, baby,” he replied, referring to LeBron
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful women in the world, declared she would not be stripping off her lingerie to get ‘buck naked’ on screen. The billionaire TV tsarina and occasional actress was speaking to me about her role in director Lee Daniels’s movie The Butler, in which she plays Gloria, wife of a White House butler played by Forest Whitaker. Gloria becomes bored with her middle-class life while her husband’s off looking after ‘that other family in the White House’. Oprah said that after a while Gloria starts to drink, and fools around with a neighbour, played by
In a recent interview with BBC News, Oprah Winfrey said that President Obama is disrespected because he is an African-American. "There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American," Winfrey said. "There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it." Speaking with the BBC´s Will Gompertz in the UK to promote "The Butler," Winfrey also spoke to the global issue of racism. "It´s gotten better. Are there still places where people are terrorized because of the color of their
On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne
“Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” — Bill Clinton, Nov. 12 So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea. Coming from the dean of the Democratic Party, this one line marked the breaching of the dam. It legitimized the brewing rebellion of panicked
On Thursday, President Obama conducted the “Springtime for Hitler” of press conferences. He came out at noon and proceeded to blather his way through an hour of self-justifications and evasions and apologies and complaints. And as he went on, you could almost see America reacting as the audience in “The Producers” did to the happy-talk number about Adolf romping at his retreat in Berchtesgaden — with gaped-mouth astonishment. First, he said he had not been “informed directly that the Web site would not be working.” What on earth does that mean? Was he somehow informed indirectly? In an affronted tone, the president
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so on Thursday one desperate President, Barack Obama, attempted to sell the idea that he had found a way to keep his Obamacare pledge: “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.” This exuberantly delivered and oft-repeated sales pitch for the program that has dominated his presidency “ended up not being accurate,” as Obama mincingly put it. He had no choice — not when health insurers complying with his regulations have canceled policies for millions of Americans. Not when those newly uninsured cannot buy coverage using Obama’s botched website. Not when congressional Democrats are panicking
The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama´s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises,
Something is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative. For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be? The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are
President Obama’s former spiritual advisor Joshua DuBois joined The O’Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, “The President´s Devotional: Daily Readings That Inspired Obama.” He told Bill O’Reilly, “The president’s a committed Christian and his faith is a really important part of his life. Every single morning for the last six years he’s woken up and read these devotionals to try grow closer to God and closer to his neighbors as well.” DuBois recalled going with the president to visit Reverend Billy Graham. “He doesn’t wear this stuff on his sleeve. That’s not the kind guy he is, but he