Tuesday, July 20, 2010


If it were not for my daughter, I would have never come across this article by NPR and I’m guessing nobody else would have either since they have about a dozen followers.


This article sounds innocent enough. “Eating Nutritiously a Struggle When Money is Scarce” but quickly digresses into a bleeding-heart emotional boohooery (it’s my word and I’ll use it when I want) of complete garbage as only NPR can provide.

I only write about this idiotic article because it is a good example of what the left tries to do to win supporters over to their illogical, power-grabbing policies. They break out their section of violins and attempt to get people so emotionally overwhelmed with empathy and compassion, that they do not dig deeper than the symbolic surface to find logical substance underneath

Many will read the article and simply think that it’s just terrible that so many are struggling and cannot provide nutritious meals for their children. The government should do something about this…insert statist power-grab here. They’ve just gained one more supporter of redistributing wealth. Let’s examine a few lines from the article beyond the emotions, utilizing common sense and logic.

But Alex, who lives in Carlisle, Pa., is one of 17 million children who live in U.S. households where getting enough food is a challenge.”

I would love to know where they came up with the 17 million statistic. According to government statistics, in 2009 there were 74.5 million children in America. So, according to the writer of this article, 23% of children in the United States don’t get enough food…oh, wait…that’s right, they vagueified (my word creation also) the sentence into “getting enough food is a challenge” which pretty much gives them free reign to make up whatever number they want. What exactly defines “challenge” in getting enough food?

"When he gets up on his own, he'll go find what he wants," she says. "He'll get a hot dog bun, or get a piece of bread. He'll get an ice pop or something."

And that's exactly what he did early one morning, before his family headed out to the local food pantry. Alex ate a blue ice pop for breakfast.”


Also, note that they were headed out to the local food pantry…we’ll discuss that more later.

Hunger in America is complicated. It's not just getting enough food, but getting the right food — and making the right choices.”

Please, say this exact line to a humanitarian aid worker in a starving African nation and see what response you get. I doubt that a Mom over there would complain about her son eating an icy pop for breakfast.

Connie Williamson says it's not easy on a tight budget. She spends hours driving around each month looking for deals. She has to stretch $600 in food stamps for herself, her husband, Alex and two teenage girls.”

Now we’ve reached the meat and potatoes of the article. That’s right, folks! This poor family has to survive on $600 worth of food stamps. It’s horrible how they’re expected to make it on a $600 handout. REALLY??? SERIOUSLY??? Have we truly reached that level of spoiled entitlement-minded hell, that Americans feel perfectly confident in receiving $600 free dollars from hard-working Americans and complaining that it’s not enough in the same breath? As Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good Men, “I would rather you just said Thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!”

If you substitute “get a job” for “pick up a weapon” and “earn your own money” for “stand a post” it fits perfectly.

But when Alex was thirsty after a walk, his mother gave him a plastic water bottle filled with orange soda.”

"A gallon of milk is $3-something. A bottle of orange soda is 89 cents," she says. "Do the math."

Wow!! Now this might be the stupidest statement in the entire article. HOW ABOUT WATER??? Last time I checked a glass of water was much cheaper than either, and was much better at quenching a child’s thirst. What idiocy!!! Also, if she’s talking about a 20 ounce bottle of soda, she’s trying to compare it with a 128 ounce gallon of milk…BRILLIANT!!!

The White House agrees. First lady Michelle Obama recently welcomed hundreds of chefs on the White House lawn. She was encouraging them to volunteer at schools to help cafeteria workers, students and their parents learn how to prepare more nutritious meals.”

Insert political agenda of the entire article HERE.

"She noted that almost a third of U.S. children are overweight."

"Good nutrition at school is more important than ever," she told the chefs. "A major key to giving our children a healthy future will be to pass a strong child nutrition bill."

Statist power-grab insertion mentioned earlier.

President Obama has asked Congress for a billion dollars more a year to do things like make school lunches healthier and to expand access to subsidized meals for low-income children.”

Redistribution of wealth sneaks in through the side door

The refrigerator and pantry are often filled with food — but the family sometimes has to go to the local soup kitchen to make ends meet.”

More violins…in case you were beginning to wake up from their earlier spell. I know, I know…I’m so insensitive!!

He says he especially doesn't like it when his mother makes Brussels sprouts for dinner.

His 14-year-old sister, Beanna, tries to explain.

"He more or less just worries about if there's going to be enough food that he likes or if we have something that he likes," she says. "He's really picky about what he wants."

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up you ate what your parents put in front of you. I’m guessing that had my parents been on the government cheese (yeah, I said it) they would have been even less sympathetic to a picky child.

As Beanna talks, Alex goes to the refrigerator for some chocolate. He gets upset when his sister tells him he can only have one piece.”

I can’t even comment anymore on this article. This has become so insane!!! Poor kid only gets one piece of chocolate…what has America become when a family living on government entitlements can only get one piece of chocolate. OH THE SHAME!!!

"We can't really complain that the poor are heavier, when what we're donating is our kind of castaways," she says.”

They even take the time to complain about the people who donate food to the needy. Priceless!!


  1. I actually listened to part 1 of this yesterday. I listen to NPR regularly, they do have some great programs that are not as biased as you may think like science friday and many others. Many things are biased all over the media, including fox news and msnbc on the other end. It is the listeners job to discern what the truth is, which is usually in the middle. I am sure you are aware this however...There are equally appalling information and misinformation coming from left and right.

    I had some very strong feelings when listening this as well...as a person who has travelled a lot and seen real hunger as children fight with dogs and cows for food in a dumpster. I do understand your emotion. It was quite hard, (no impossible) to swallow. However, I don't believe it is a right vs left issue, but a bit more complex.

  2. I guess my comment was not approved? LOL

  3. If you look at some of the comments from the past, you'll see that I post all comments, as long as they aren't vulgar, Julie.

    I work nights and sleep days so it takes me a little bit to check the comments and publish them. Thanks for the input.

  4. Well ok then, I was not sure who it went through? I thought maybe you had a screener like Palin or Bush. Maybe Jennifer is filtering me?

    I guess you are entitled to sleep ;-) I guess what your telling me Ron is that I am not vulgar enough? LOL and you are welcome..Thanks for writing, even though I may rarely agree with you...I still appreciate that you take time to share your thoughts and put them together constructively not device fully (right vs left) or out of malice for a group of people.