the girl who had to eat nuggets…or: one of those things i’ll never get…

yesterday, radio talk show host joe soucheray was applauding the group of mothers who came together in washington at a protest lunch because one of the mom’s little kiddies had had her carefully packed lunch confiscated and was instead forced to eat chicken nuggets by some government crone…

the ‘crone’ in this case was a teacher who thought the young girl should have some milk to round out her lunch and then sent her through the cafeteria line to get it…the little girl, being only four, and in a pre-school class targeted at youngsters who might be lagging behind academically, thought she had to NOT eat her packed lunch but the chicken nuggets from the lunch line…the school has said, ‘yep, we screwed up…the teacher should have got the milk and brought it to her’ but of course the wingnuts are screaming that it’s government overreach and government is bad and once again, obamamussolini mchitlerpants is trying to shove the nanny state down our throats…

while listening to soucheray, a couple of things started twirling about in my brain…

the first being, really? with all the serious problems we have as a country, these mothers are going to become activists over a misunderstanding? yes, it was traumatizing for the little girl to go through the lunch line in a probably crowded and noisy lunch room…but this is what they’re going to choose to make a stand? it’s not like she was being force fed live snakes or something…

a quote from ‘dateline zero’ where i read some pretty sketchy writing on the incident*:

The story quickly became national news, causing outrage from those who say the State is trying to replace the family.

pause…blink…blink…blink…

unless you no longer have a pulse, you likely know that women’s reproductive rights have been in the news lately because obamamussolini mchitlerpants is trying to force everyone to take birth control and get abortions even though the pope frowns on such things…sane people would see this as the state allowing families (and moreso, women) freedom in planning and raising their families…but of course there is a rather strong reaction from the religious right who want the government to give certain employers the right to opt out of this requirement…which would be the equivalent of the state interfering with a woman’s (or a family’s) rights to plan and raise their family…

of course, soucheray, being soucheray i had to listen to a lot of government=bad! talk and remonstrations that this poor little girl only ate three nuggets and was traumatized and was probably hungry all day because of it…

earlier in the show, they covered a story about a middle school class field trip that started off with the kids finding a dead body…of course joe had to jump right in there and wondered whether the school provided grief counseling for the kids…much hilarity ensued because yes, the school did provide grief counseling for those tweeners who were understandably upset at finding a corpse with it’s face blown off…

but, the poor little girl who had to eat nuggets…

arguably there’s a big difference between a four year old who may have special needs and a middle school kid’s emotional maturity, but gruesome death being what it is and middle schoolers not being able to go to the local watering hole and toss back a few while talking it through with some buddies…i would think someone the kids could talk to when they got back to the school wasn’t out of line…

it’s one of those things i don’t and likely never will get…we live in a country with great plenty…and great want…yet, all some people can get worked up enough about to cause them to protest is a four year old eating nuggets? what about the four year old that has had the life beat out of them? or the four year old who has known nothing but bombs, or guerillas or abject poverty? what about those four year olds? conservative talk radio’s hypocrisy knows no bounds…i become incensed when these smug hosts and their callers pat themselves on the back and refuse to see that they’ve only succeeded in windmilling themselves and fomenting fear and distrust of the government…the same government that they depend on daily…the one they insists needs to become smaller…i’m all for that! i can’t wait to see the knicker twisting when some of their favorite government services come to an end…

and that these women found it necessary to protest school lunch when hierarchies of men are trying to make sure women have even less control of their bodies and their sex lives? where are our priorities? yes the nugget girl was upset…as the mother of a special needs daughter, i’ve spent a large amount of time protecting her from trauma and daily hope that NO child undergo needless distress…but you know what? nugget girl is going to be okay…she wasn’t made to walk the gauntlet while her peers pelted her with poultry pieces…she wasn’t beaten until she ate them…she wasn’t ridiculed or really hurt in any way…

but that’s not true for a great deal of our children…especially our girls…because apparently it’s still open season on women…who will have to continue to fight for control of our own bodies and its reproduction…

*bonus ‘dateline zero’ quote: Yes, some government schools have “food police” who inspect children’s lunches on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

yes, isn’t it awful when preschool teachers try to make sure their young charges have proper nutrition…especially when there is a correlation between good nutrition and school success…sigh…and for the sake of my blood pressure, i’m going to ignore the ‘government schools’ and the implication that the usda has moles planted in our schools with the sole purpose of making those ‘government schools’ their slaves…

WHat’s up with that?

i learned via radio that today is sandy duncan’s birthday…i haven’t thought of sandy duncan in years…

i equate sandy duncan with wheat thins…and wheat thins has launched a new teevee campaign featuring brian and stewie from family guy…

meaning that in twenty odd years, nabisco went from these types of ads:

to this:

this has caused me to ponder:  was sandy duncan ‘cutting edge’ in the late ’80s-early ’90s when she was riding that nabisco money train? was sandy duncan ever cutting edge? were the wheat thins ads just a way for her to remain in the limelight? a desperate attempt to remain relevent? i can’t remember if her last sit com came before or after or during this whitebread campaign…and frankly, i’ve done more thinking about sandy duncan at this point than i ever care to again…but again, i have to ask the question:

has wheat thins themselves become such an edgy cracker that the logical choice to represent them is a erudite toddler and a sentient dog? or, as in the probable last gasp of sandy duncan’s career, is this the death knell for family guy?   i sincerely hope not…although i must say, i would certainly appreciate stewie’s endorsements of cool whip and miracle whip…

a special day…

obligatory:  hubbkf and i do not recognize valentine’s day.  here are some reasons why:

  1. it’s waaaaaay overdone…many years in retail and the food biz have pretty much ruined it for me…
  2.  hubbkf does not like to be told what to do even by me, the love of his life, so nameless, faceless corporations asking him to spend money on stuff?  nuh uh…not gonna happen…
  3. hubbkf is NOT mr. romance…here’s our very first valentine’s day together…i bought him a set of highball glasses with pheasants (arguably his most favorite thing in the world) on them…he came home from work, spied a gift on the dining room table and had an ‘oh shit’ moment.  he went downtown to pamida and bought me a mixer that he had a rain check for.  i knew right then romance was NOT in the cards…and that’s fine…cuz i love hubbkf, not the stuff he buys me.  i still have both him and the mixer…
  4. let’s face it, every day with hubbkf is valentine’s day…also, i’d rather we save the cash we would spend on valentine stuff and use it towards doing something awesome for our anniversary at the end of march…

anyhoo, today is special because it is aidan’s sectional swim meet!  there are not many things that can beat going to a special olympics sporting event.  and i’m interested in how her new relationship status will affect her performance…

yes, the daughter is in love…big time…with a very nice young man named forrest.  it’s awesome to see…her eyes just sparkle and her ‘cheeks blush up’ when she talks about him…which is constantly…yet she’s become more confident and less dependent on hubbkf and i…as her mom, i am overjoyed at finally getting to watch her experience her first romance and grasp the concept of what it means and watch her become a part of a couple…i didn’t think that i ever would…i still may not ever see my daughter walk down the aisle, but knowing that she has been in love and knows some of the joy that her dad and i have makes me very happy…

and last week she told me that her swim times were the best she’s ever recorded…coincidence?  i think not…

love is amazing isn’t it?

not to borrow trouble…

yesterday hubbkf and i were in sioux falls again for an emg on his arms…we were hoping that that a good result would rule out any of the scarier possibilities of what could be wrong with the poor boy…

his arms show no muscle change or any other things…but, now the neurologist is sending us to the mayo clinic…he wants to rule out things such as als and is hoping that the constant fasciculations hubbkf is having is a ‘benign’ condition…but with all the tests so far not being definitive, accompanied with weakness in the legs, the doc wants to be very thorough…

so…more waiting and wondering…

those of you who know me, know that i am a blustery, bold sort of girl…not much gets my dauber down, but this really has me worried…of course als was my first thought when hubbkf started complaining about the fasciculations and all the while they became worse…but you always figure, ‘what are the chances?’

that only gets me so far because i also thought:
what are the chances my daughter is developmentally disabled and not just a little behind because of her premature birth?
or the lump on her back was cancer?
or that i was actually diabetic?
or that my brother’s motorcycle accident would turn fatal?
or that my dad’s cancer would surprise us all by changing it’s tactics and he would be dead by age 60?

i may be bold and blustery, but in a tiny corner of my heart, it hurts really bad…and i don’t like the feeling that i’ve gone down this road before…

i heart pie…

oooooh…i love pie…

yes, i love pie…for no odd reason, my pie patriotism has been called into question…

but, how do i love pie?  let me count the ways…
 
i love, french silk pie, apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, shepherd’s pie, turkey and/or chicken pot pie, banana cream pie, lemon meringue pie, blueberry pie, boston cream pie, custard pie, coconut cream pie, deep fried pie, hubbkf wishes i would try hair pie, moon pies, pizza pie, perkins’ heath crunch pie, sour cream and raisin pie, pecan pie, tarts, flans, cheesecakes and any other various pie-like items…
 
you don’t even want to know what i would or would not do for a piece…

i didn’t think it was possible…

but the weather channel of all places has managed to make the superbowl even more annoying to me:  live coverage with al roker!

questions that must be asked:

why, weather channel?  i don’t see the point here…if you are a fan of weather (and who isn’t?) then you are going to watch the weather channel…if you are a football fan, you will be watching superbowl coverage elsewhere…but probably after watching a bit of ‘weekend update’…you don’t need al roker yukking it up and cluttering the weather report with stupid superbowl facts…

why al roker?  arguably the most annoying person/weather personality ever…i might give weather channel/superbowl coverage a shot if it were ‘abrahms & bettes’…but al?  ewww…no thanks…

 

yes!

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