Arizona Takes Huge Step To Shut Down Michelle’s School Nutrition Decrees

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The recently elected Arizona public instruction superintendent made addressing the strict mandates limiting food choice in schools – an initiative enthusiastically supported by Michelle Obama – a high priority just months into her term. Republican Diane Douglas recently released a statement indicating that public schools in the state will not be forced to abide by one particularly controversial aspect included in the set of nutritional guidelines.

“I have ordered effective immediately, that the [Arizona Department of Education] Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for all fundraisers for both traditional public schools and charter public schools,” she announced.

While regulations also dictate what public schools are permitted to serve during meal times, restrictions placed on fundraising efforts have similarly been panned by school officials across the country.

As Western Journalism reported last summer, members of the Tennessee Board of Education sounded off on the impact these limitations would have on clubs and organizations within the school that rely on bake sales to fund student activities.

“If somebody wants to object to federal intrusion in what’s going on in schools,” advised Board Chairman Fielding Rolston, “I think this would be an ideal place to target their objections as opposed to some of the other things people are tending to complain about.”

Douglas continued her criticism of the restrictions in her statement, declaring that “Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control.”

Should local school leaders be allowed to implement their own nutritional standards? Sound off in the comments section below.

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HILARIOUS! The Original Pic Is Crazy Enough, But Look How Social Media Just Bombed It

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The inspiration behind the picture the White House posted on Facebook appears to have been the fat-burning, sweat-provoking physical activities the president and first lady were encouraging at the annual Easter Egg roll.

But the blue boxing gloves on a rather puny-looking president provided the kind of inspiration to Twitter users that Obama’s handlers certainly didn’t anticipate, especially when you consider the photos available of a battered Harry Reid.

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And of course, one good media mashup on twitter is good for a flurry of punchy and irreverently responsive tweets:

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REVEALED! Look Who Really Loves Michelle O’s ‘Healthy’ School Lunches…And It’s Not The Kids

First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary Tom Vilsack and Chef Rachel Ray announce new Nutrition Standards for meals served in America's Schools.

Michelle Obama’s attempt to force feed “healthy” lunches and snacks to America’s school kids has not fared so well, as Western Journalism has reported in numerous posts.

In one recent story, we told you how a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut found that vegetable consumption in schools that adopted the first lady’s food standards has “significantly decreased.”

The university study noted that last year — when compared to 2013 — far fewer students selected Michelle’s recommended veggies from their school menus, with the percentage of carrots/peas/broccoli/salad lovers dropping to 52%.

Now, EAG News reports that the real beneficiaries of some of the rejected menu items from America’s schools are pigs, goats, chickens and even earthworms.

“New Mexico’s Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is accepting fruits and vegetables thrown away by students at several elementary schools in the Rio Rancho area and collects some five tons per week.”

The CEO of the youth ranch says the farm animals happily gobble up the discarded fruits and vegetables to which students have turned up their noses.

The EAG News article goes on to note that a New York school district earlier this year estimated its students throw away 85 percent of the fruits and vegetables they’re offered.

“American schools spend an estimated $3.5 million per day on food that ends up in the garbage can.”

And about those worms that thrive on the tossed-out food: schools around Lincoln, Nebraska have reportedly been participating in a program to provide nourishment to a worm farm.

A spokesperson for the local school system says that, in addition to the benefit for the worms, students get a positive experience in recycling.

“’Composting gives them more hands-on experience. They can see how their waste is going to be turned into a useful product rather than going into a landfill,’ says Brittney Albin, interim recycling coordinator at Lincoln Public Schools.”

In a related development, The White House has just posted a notice that the first lady is teaming up with PBS and government agencies to continue promoting healthy eating for kids.

Regarding the fourth annual “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” the news release says the effort is aimed at getting kids to create an original lunch recipe that is “healthy, affordable, and tasty.”

One might ask if any of those recipes could creatively incorporate the unintended beneficiaries of Michelle Obama’s school lunch program — those well-fed Nebraska earthworms.

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Living Like Royalty, Michelle O Waves Goodbye To How Much Of Our Money At Overseas Resort?

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Ten days ago, Western Journalism reported on the first lady’s free-flowing use of public money as she lives the incredibly good life during foreign excursions loosely billed as official visits.

In Japan earlier this month to promote a pet educational initiative called “Let Girls Learn,” Mrs. Obama ran up a tab of nearly $80,000 for a fleet of rental cars to carry her and her massive entourage to destinations such as the shrine of a Japanaese rice god.

Now, continuing her Asian tour on behalf of “Let Girls Learn,” the first lady has racked up a huge hotel bill for a brief trip to Cambodia.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that a check of government contracts reveals that Michelle and a delegation of U.S. government officials were booked into luxurious accommodations that cost American taxpayers close to a quarter-million dollars.

“Hotel accommodations for First Lady Michelle Obama’s two-day trip to Cambodia required 85 rooms and cost taxpayers $242,500.”

No run-of-the-mill resort, the Sofitel destination secured by the first lady’s travel planners was an spectacular five-star facility featuring its own golf course and “the largest free form swimming pool in Cambodia.”

In case you’re wondering where Michelle and entourage stayed, here are a few photos to help you picture the surroundings in which the first lady found herself for those two days in Cambodia.

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And how did Mrs. Obama spend her “official” time away from the resort in furtherance of the global campaign to expand educational opportunities for girls?

Mrs. Obama spent 21 minutes talking with a group of 10 female students at Hun Sen Bakorng High School, according to a White House transcript on March 21. She then went back to the hotel to speak at Peace Corps Training Round Table for 12 minutes.

Given Michelle’s reported 33 minutes in meetings on behalf of the education initiative, a little quick math shows that — considering just the $242,500 bill for accommodations — support for the first lady’s presentation in Cambodia cost U.S. taxpayers some $7,350 a minute.

Meanwhile, her husband presides over a federal government budget that has added $7.5 trillion in debt during his presidency.

Photo credit: SOFITEL ANGKOR PHOKEETHRA GOLF AND SPA RESORT HOTEL

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Controversy Budding Over White House Decision To Cut Chief Florist

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Renowned White House Chief Florist Laura Dowling left her position on the eve of Valentine’s Day last month, and the reason for her departure is not clear. The Washington Post reports that there is still no official statement concerning what precipitated her unexpected exodus, but sources say she was escorted from the building on February 13.

When the Post inquired with the first lady’s office, it received a terse reply: “Laura left her position earlier this year.” A short time later, the East Wing sent a slightly longer statement:

As Chief Florist, Laura Dowling and her team treated guests of the White House to their beautiful floral arrangements. Ms. Dowling’s creations were always lively and colorful, reflecting not only the season but the unique and historic rooms which they graced. No two arrangements were ever the same and each one left guests with a lasting impression of the elegance and history of the People’s House. We are grateful for her contribution over the years and wish her well.

Ms. Dowling released a statement through her attorney, published earlier this week:

After almost 6 years as Chief Floral Designer at the White House, I have resigned in order to pursue exciting new opportunities and explore my passion for floral artistry and design. Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be launching a new platform for my work as an author, speaker, instructor and design consultant that builds on the creative ideas and partnerships I’ve formed during my tenure there. It’s been such an honor to work at the White House and I will always be grateful for this incredible opportunity.

Dowling, a French-trained designer, had won her position as top florist in 2009 in a reality TV-style competition and had served in the White House since that time. She succeeded Nancy Clarke, who had been the chief florist for three decades.

The Post noted the contrast between Dowling’s no-fanfare/secret departure with that of other White House staff, like the “crust master” (the president’s words) pastry chef, Bill Yosses, and the family’s personal chef, Sam Kass, whom the president said ”left an indelible mark on the White House.” Mrs. Obama also wished Kass well in his future endeavors in the official White House statement.

The lack of comment by either of the Obamas regarding Ms. Dowling’s departure has caused rampant speculation as to the reason, with many concluding the first lady made the call.

The Post published a follow-up story Tuesday indicating that the first lady and Dowling clashed over matters of taste, with Mrs. Obama no longer liking the chief florist’s “fussy style.”

BizPac Review noted the similarity of the White House statement concerning Dowling’s departure with the language corporations use when they fire someone and do not want the public to know it. Couple that with Ms. Dowling sending her statement through a K Street attorney and a budding, true life, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue drama is in the offing.

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