What Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Rules Are Doing Has More Than Just Students Complaining

Western Journalism has covered extensively the overwhelming dissatisfaction among many public school students with nutrition regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and touted by childhood fitness activist Michelle Obama.

Beyond the small portions and unappetizing fare, however, is the financial burden of complying with the new rules. School districts across the nation have had to choose whether to absorb that added expense or drop the federal regulations, thus foregoing the federal funding that goes along with it.

A recent survey by the Student Nutritional Association indicates that eight in 10 districts are now forced to cut spending elsewhere – or fire cafeteria staff – in order to offset compliance costs. Just three percent of districts polled felt the added bureaucracy is helping their financial situation in any way.

Nearly half of the districts have already resorted to layoffs, reduced hours or curtailed hiring as a direct result of the regulations.

“The costs associated with these changes have taken a huge toll on our ability to purchase equipment or expand our offerings,” one source told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have been limited to hire positions needed for our program due to lack of funding. Students are very intolerant of mediocre-tasting products due to decrease of sodium and requirement to use whole grains.”

As a result of the districts’ sacrifice, the only measurable gain seems to be in the amount of garbage collected each school day.

“Our waste has increased dramatically,” another source revealed. “It is shameful the food we throw away. We have the healthiest garbage!”

h/t: Washington Free Beacon

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Watch: Washington Mayor Told To Resign After Calling Barack And Michelle Obama This

KXLY recently reported that Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, Wash., is facing increased pressure to resign after a Facebook comment about the Obama family was criticized by some locals as racist.

“Gorilla face Michelle,” he wrote in the now-deleted post, “can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”

When the backlash that followed reached city hall, five of six council members present at a recent meeting voted to ask Rushing to step down. Airway Heights Police Chief and Acting City Manager Lee Bennett explained why local leaders felt the need to take action.

“When a figurehead makes comments such as these,” he said, “it sets us back and it’s hard to come back from.”

Rushing, however, is not prepared to give up his position.

“He will not resign,” Bennett said. “He understands that what he said has hurt people – it was a mistake.”

As for the council’s potential action, he said it could do nothing, ask Rushing to resign as it has already done, or write a resolution. He is already in the process of drafting such a resolution in case Rushing refuses to resign.

The document, he said, will contain language “denouncing what was said, saying the Airway Heights City Council does not subscribe to this type of behavior” and has “more ethics and morals than that.”

Additionally, the resolution would “impose sanctions” on the mayor.

Previous “questionable” social media posts from Rushing’s accounts were published in an Inlander blog post; however, the mayor insists he is not racist.

“I made a mistake,” he acknowledged in an interview with the Spokane Spokesman-Review. “I owned up to my mistake. If I do resign, that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”

Should this mayor be forced to resign? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Michelle O Just Announced WH Visitors Can Now Do Something That’s Been Banned For 40 Years

First Lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that, after 40 years, White House tourists will be able to take their own photos. It didn’t take long for the first wave of tourists since the announcement to take advantage of their new-found freedoms.

“If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” Obama said in an Instagram post, holding a sign reading, “No photos or social media allowed.”

“Well, not anymore,” she proclaimed, tearing up the sign. The post was accompanied by a White House statement: “Effective today, guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime. Visitors are also encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour,” the statement read. Tourists will be allowed to take photos with phones and still cameras with a lens “no longer than three inches.” The statement also lists which items are prohibited:

Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods, and camera sticks are not permitted on White House Tours.  Flash photography and livestreaming are not permitted while on the tour.

Guests in the White House have already taken advantage of the new privilege:

However, at least one person didn’t like the ban being lifted:

h/t: IJReview

What photos would you take in the White House? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Kids Just Created Black Markets To Sell This In School Due To Michelle O’s Lunch Rules

As Western Journalism has extensively reported, nutritional mandates placed on public schools by the federal government – and with the support of Michelle Obama – have failed miserably in numerous districts across the U.S. Students complain that the new meals are unappetizing and too small while administrators lament the increased preparation cost and spike in food waste.

Disgruntled kids have already made their opinions known via social media, where many students posted images of and complaints about the meals they were being served. When this activism did not achieve the desired result, recent reports indicate students began establishing black markets to trade foods – particularly spices – heavily regulated under the current guidelines.

One Indiana school board president explained that kids in his district “have been caught bringing – and even selling – salt, pepper and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food.”

Describing these deals as part of a “contraband economy,” John S. Payne said that this development is one of several to “reinforce the call for flexibility” as it relates to nutritional restrictions.

He went on to lament other consequences he has noticed throughout the Blackford County School District since the new regulations went into effect.

“Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” he said, noting that those who do purchase school lunches refuse to eat the very types of foods Obama has been pushing as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.

Similar trends are being reported in districts across the nation. Dr. Lynn Harvey oversees the nutrition program for 1.5 million North Carolina public school students. As such, she has noticed a marked increase in wasted food and a staggering drop in school breakfast participation.

Should schools be forced to serve meals that increase both cost and waste? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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A Guy Who’s Fighting ISIS Just Did Something EPIC To Utterly Embarrass Barack And Michelle

When Tom Locks of Britain got the chance to fight against ISIS, he took it. Locks, following the footsteps of a growing number of individuals, sold his home and possessions, left his job and the comforts of everyday life, said goodbye to his friends and loved ones, and headed to the front lines of Kurdistan.

Before leaving Britain, Locks had made a name for himself. He was used to troublemakers, being a former bouncer. He retired from that rough-and-tumble lifestyle, and he started a construction company. By all accounts, he was successful. He was an avid bodybuilder, as well as a builder of homes. He had a large house with TVs in every room and a swimming pool.

One day while watching one of his many televisions, he experienced a pivotal moment that would change the path of his life for the foreseeable future. He said: “last summer I was at home, watching the news and I saw a picture of Mount Sinjar. I just thought, I have a great life, job, beautiful house, and I thought it is time to help someone else.”

Little did he know that helping someone else would include picking up a weapon, although he does not mind doing it. He is happy to help out in whatever capacity he can.

When asked what motivated him to make such a drastic move and whether it was prompted by some religious affiliation, he said: “I had no wish to join a specific group. I just wanted to help people out here. Any society which kills people, cuts people’s heads off needs to be challenged.”

Now fighting on foreign soil, the former bouncer is putting his construction skills to good use. He is helping rebuild anything he can. When he isn’t building, he is wielding a weapon.

He has concerns, though–not about the fight, but rather about the money it takes to embark on the endeavor of fighting against ISIS.

He was asked about the leadership in England, as well as the leadership in the U.S. and their stance on ISIS and lack of a strategy. Locks said: “of course [Barack Obama has] not got a strategy to combat Daesh, neither does David Cameron. That’s why there are people like us out here on the front line, getting mortared and shot on a daily basis. It’s a joke! Not only do they not want to commit people, but they won’t commit a single pound to helping us deal with the world’s biggest problem.”

When asked about Michelle Obama’s speech to the Islamic Mulberry School for Girls, Locks said: “Seriously! What on earth can the first lady have in common with British Muslim girls? That is quite possibly one of the most stupid comments I have ever heard.”

While Locks and other civilians risk life and limb with only funds trickling in from generous donors, Locks is not waiting for his home government to step up to the plate. He has started a fund to help the troops pay for things that keep the campaign running. He hopes, in the meantime, that the U.S. and Great Britain wake up to the very real threat of ISIS.

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