Archive for the ‘kids’ Category

Congress: Heed the Signs.

December 22, 2012

Written and animated by Zina Saunders (via Mother Jones.)

Related:

“How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?” Chris Kirk and Dan Kois, Slate

“Gun violence, by the numbers,” Jennifer Kabat, Salon

“The Media Myth Of NRA Electoral Dominance Should End With 2012,” Timothy Johnson, Media Matters

“Five Things Every Elected Official Should Know About The NRA,” Ian Millhiser, Think Progress

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Sandy Hook’s Dangerous Neighbor

December 18, 2012

Sandy Hook's Dangerous Neighbor

In Newtown Connecticut, if you drive 3 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School heading towards Rock Glen State Park, you’ll reach the headquarters of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. NSSF is the association representing 7,000 firearms manufacturers, gun dealers, and shooting range businesses across the country.  Here’s what NSSF has to say about the massacre of 20 neighborhood kids and 6 local educators:

“DEAR NSSF MEMBERS AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATES . . . We at the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute have been deeply shaken and saddened by the horrible events that took place in Newtown last week. There are not many degrees of separation in small communities like Newtown, and so, not surprisingly, we had family, friends and acquaintances that were affected. We are weighed down by their heartbreaking stories and the sorrow that has blanketed our community. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.

Last Friday, we posted on the NSSF and SAAMI websites that out of respect for the families, the community and the ongoing police investigation, it would be inappropriate for our organizations to comment or participate in media requests. That remains our position at this time.”

That’s it. Heartfelt.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation Government Relations division had lots more to say when opposing laws against high-capacity magazines of the type used to slaughter kids three miles from the NSSF doorstep. A similar bill will be reintroduced in Congress. A Connecticut state bill banning high-capacity magazines was defeated last year due to pressure from the gun lobby.

More:

“The Second Most Powerful Gun Lobby Is in Newtown, Connecticut,” Lydia DePillis, The New Republic

“Gun lobby thrives just 3 miles from Sandy Hook school where shooter killed 26,” Larry McShane, New York Daily News

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Guns and Death in the USA

December 15, 2012

Guns in the USA: 12 Facts

“Nation Reels After Gunman Massacres 20 Children at School in Connecticut,” James Barron, New York Times

“Do we love our guns more than our kids?” Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald

“There Are 88.8 Guns per 100 People in This Country,” Esther Zuckerman, The Atlantic Wire

“Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States,” by Ezra Klein, Washington Post blog

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Illegitimate Lunch

August 20, 2012

Illegitimate Lunch

The media are buzzing about remarks by Congressman Todd Akin (R, MO-2) on “Illegitimate Rape,” but few have noticed his comments on “Illegitimate Lunch.” Missouri Republican Akin, a member of the Tea Party Caucus and candidate for the U.S. Senate, recently repeated his belief that the federal government should not subsidize school lunches for poor children. He made these comments after a hearty meal at the 60th annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair.

Update:

“Todd Akin Claims Federal School Lunch Programs Do Not ‘Fall Within the Framework of Our United States Constitution.’” Ian Millhiser, Nation of Change

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10 Years of No Child Left Behind

February 13, 2012

10 Years of No Child Left Behind

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act into law. Mr. Bush, a legacy student at Yale, the Harvard MBA who crashed the world economy, is a great belever in education.

NCLB has been one of the most effective “blame-the-victim” excercises in the history of federal intervention. Schools that face the biggest challenges are wiped off the face of the earth, as if this eliminates their problems. States compete with each other to lower standards so more schools can be judged “adequate.”  At ten years old, NCLB enters the 5th Grade. Almost anything is smarter than this 5th grader.

President Obama is allowing some states the chance to get out from under NCLB, but that won’t help. What’s really needed: government coordination at all levels to advance the education of America’s children.

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Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest

November 16, 2011

Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest

Tuesday, by act of Congress, pizza was declared a vegetable. The Spending Bill before our elected officials contained an Agriculture Department provision recognizing that school kids are dangerously obese, and that subsidizing school lunches of frozen pizza and french fries is unwise and unhealthy. The Congressional response: a slice of pizza = a serving of vegetables.

The American Frozen Food Institute spent over $5 million convincing Congress to protect their juicy $11 billion annual school lunch harvest from the pestilence of nutritional common sense, and they prevailed. Result: kids will still eat government-subsidized carbs, fat, and salt, and Big Food will get fatter, too.

In other farm news, Monsanto announced that Roundup-Ready Pizza Seeds will be available in time for spring planting, and February pizza crop futures rose at the Chicago Board of Trade after predictions of  increased Super Bowl party demand.

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Tattooed Barbie

October 24, 2011

Tattooed Barbie

Barbara Millicent Roberts (aka “Barbie Doll“) is sporting a new look: pink hair, leopard-skin tights and fresh tattoos. While the hair and tights seem questionable choices for a 52-year-old, it’s the tats that have caused consternation:

“Tattooed Barbie Sparks Controversy, Media Frenzy,” Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC

“Barbie dons new ‘punk’ look: Mattel defends doll as parents take aim at tattoos and bad-girl image,” Daniel Prendergast and Tracy Connor, New York Daily News

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This Is Why They Hate Us

July 5, 2011

The French don’t hate Americans because of boorish Yank tourists. They don’t hate us because we’re sexual prudes or because we forced them into NATO. They hate us because we let Mattel Toys corrupt their petits garçons and make them slaves to la malbouffe (junk food).

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This Just In: Sugar Water is Bad for Kids

May 31, 2011

This Just In: Sugar Water is Bad for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants America’s kids and teens to stop chugging the sugary sports drinks and caffeinated energy drinks that make youngsters edgy and obese. This should not be news, since no one benefits from sports swill. Doctors agree that the best product for hydration is water.

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Kids and Dog Parks

May 26, 2011

Kids and Dog Parks

Virginia’s Arlington County may ban children under the age of eight from its dog parks.

While it is true that young children might damage valuable canines, perhaps there is room for compromise. We suggest allowing children in dog parks if they weigh under 80 pounds and are well-supervised, adequately socialized, and on leashes.

Related: Rules and Regulations for Arlington’s Community Canine Areas (CCA).

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