Monday, November 22, 2010

When I was stationed in Rota, Spain

The first time- when I was with the battalion- I ended up on the last dinner shift. Normally the food wasn't bad for the first two shifts, it really sucked, though if you didn't like chicken- which was all the meat that was left. I ended up learning to make some really killer salads off the salad bar- and they weren't what MEEchelle would consider healthy.

That being said, I wonder how long it will take before someone has a problem with the way kids load their salads from the newest idea in school lunch micromanagement from on high?

We all know that for the most part, teachers are in lockstep with every socialistic idea the .gov comes up with.
But in a surprising touch of reality, we have this...

One potential obstacle to the program is the refusal of many school districts to install salad bars for food-safety reasons and because of cumbersome USDA rules governing the federally subsidized school lunch program that feeds some 31 million U.S. school children every day.

Cooper named three school districts she knows of -- Philadelphia, Austin, Tex., and Montgomery County, Md., -- that have already indicated they will not support salad bars. Concerns have been raised that elementary school children in particular might be prone to spread disease at salad bars because they are too short for the standard "sneeze guard" installed on most salad bars, or because they might use their hands instead of the serving utensils provided.

Cooper, who would not comment on the pending White House announcement, has dismissed those concerns, saying, "As far as I’ve found out, there are no documented disease outbreaks from school salad bars. By and large, this is not a high risk area."

Yeah, right- well Mizz Cooper, as far as I know, there have been no airline jijackings from American airports since 9-11. Want to know what the TSA is doing about that?

About that intrusive micromanaging thing?
But schools also are deterred by USDA regulations that require students to pass by a cash register or "point of sale" station after they have been to the salad bar to ensure that they have served themselves the correct portions of fruits and vegetables required under the federal lunch program.
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students the minimum amounts they must take from salad bars, cashiers "must be trained to judge accurately the quantities of self-service items," and point-of-sale registers "must be stationed after the salad bar."

So, on the one hand we have the TSA going apeshite in shredding the Fourth Ammendment for something that hasn't happened in over NINE YEARS, and the other the Dept of Ed poo-pooing any safety concerns for innocent little crotchfruit.

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