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September 27, 2012

Let Freedom Ring! However, You’re Going To Need a Permit For The Bell. – “It’s For The Children” Edition

“Let Freedom Ring!  However, You’re Going To Need a Permit For The Bell,” is a periodic series in which we explore the new and exciting ways in which the notions of freedom and liberty are being interpreted in our modern and progressive world.

Childhood Hunger

Out: National disgrace.

In: National Policy.

Nobody wants to see a child go hungry.

Unless you’re Michelle Obama.

As part of the First Lady’s war on obesity, new federal school lunch guidelines limit the number of calories that can be served and often substitute “healthy” foods that kids won’t eat anyway.  These standards are uniform without making exceptions for more active kids, such as those on sports teams or who work before school.

Think of it as kind of the “Mao Jacket” of school lunches.

As far as Michelle Obama is concerned, no child in this great nation of ours should have to sit in school, unable to concentrate, just because he or she is too full. Not when we clearly have the means to dispose of all those carrot sticks and apple slices that end up in the trash.

Come to think of it, the Administration’s overall approach to economic policy makes a lot more sense now.

Giving Away Food to Needy Children

Out: A Charitable Act of Selflessness to be Celebrated.

In: A $600-a-Day Fine

In what is apparently a coordinated effort to see to it that kids go hungry, Philadelphia authorities cracked down on Angela Prattis for distributing food to needy kids at a gazebo on her property in the summer. While she was working with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and had all her other paperwork in order, she came up against what was apparently a zoning issue.

While the city cracked down on her, she obviously had good intentions, so Chester Township business manager William Pisarek was of course willing to go out of his way to help out:

"I don't think it's my responsibility to go to her to say, 'why don’t you come to talk to me to see if there’s something that we can do to help your program.’”

That word you're looking for to describe Mr. Pisarek?  It's "hero." 

Children Playing Outside in Front of Their House

Out: A timeless scene played out all across America.

In: Child abuse.

Tammy Cooper of LaPorte, Texas, made the mistake of letting her children go outside and ride their scooters rather than keeping them inside the house where they could be doing something less provocative, like staring at the television all day.

A neighbor, apparently disturbed at the unfamiliar site of children playing outside in the street, called the cops even though Ms. Cooper had been sitting on her front lawn watching her 6 and 9-year-olds. After careful consideration of the situation and taking into account the best interests of the children, the LaPorte police department decided to tear the woman away from her family while her daughter grabbed an officer’s leg and begged him, “Please, please don’t take my mom to jail. Please, she didn’t do anything wrong,” and lock her up for 18 hours.

It was kind of like a scene out of a Rockwell painting, only instead of an officer sitting with the boy at a lunch counter, it’s an officer hauling a mother off to jail for while her children cry because they were playing outside.

It kind of brings a tear of joy to our eye. At least we think that’s a tear of joy.

A Young Girl Drawing Pictures in Chalk on The Sidewalk

Out: A Charming and Harmless Display of Creative Expression and a Sure Sign That Summer Has Arrived.

In: Against the rules.

As “Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton,” a sub-association of the Stapleton MCA (Master Community Association) in Denver, Colorado, points out,

“Anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment (of shared space) isn’t allowed.”

It was not immediately clear whether a three-year-old girl drawing pictures of flowers and hearts in chalk on the sidewalk was offensive, disturbing, or interfered with people’s “peaceful enjoyment” of walking along pale-grey slabs of concrete, but apparently some neighbors had complained.

Hey, it’s not like she drew a picture of chalk art Mohammad. Now that would be reprehensible and disgusting.

J.

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I know of another example of this police state we live in. My niece, well, she is actually the daughter from my brother-in-law's previous marriage, but we claim her, anyway. She worked as a nanny. She was driving her employer's car, with 3 kids, properly imprisoned in the proper car seats.
A small town Gestapo stopped her because one of the license plate bolts had slipped loose, and the plate was hanging cockeyed--the other bolt was in tight, and unless the other bolt came away, the plate wasn't going anywhere because of the design of the plate enclosure. Since she had an Illinois driver's license, where we put a sticker on the back to renew it, if you have been a good kid and not got caught and had to pay the fine, and this was Michigan, the cop refused to turn the license over to see the renewal sticker. He cuffed her, and took her to jail. Left the 3 kids imprisoned in the car. When the tow truck guy showed up a couple hours later; he recognized the car, and the kids, and called the owner, before he hauled it off. It caused a "minor flap" locally. The biggest flap was because she is the product of 2 Mexican parents. Never mind that she was born in Michigan, of 2 legal Mexicans who happen to be US citizens, and the only Spanish she can speak is from the menu at Taco Bell. She is a "minority", and the cop failed to recognize this.
It is a real good thing that this happened when I was not there. I would have been guilty of 1) assault of an officer; 2)illegal discharge of a firearm within the city limits; 3)killing the MFJA with my 12 gage.

Posted by: John Illinois | Sep 27, 2012 9:23:41 PM

Wow.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Sep 27, 2012 10:34:26 PM

I would urge every thinking individual to do their utmost to hasten the return of COMMON SENSE to our lives.
Or just vote the idiots out!!!!!

Posted by: barryjo | Sep 28, 2012 8:56:03 AM

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