You know who commits a lot of crimes?
Don’t let those modest clothes and pious, friendly attitudes fool you. Underneath it all, the Amish are a seething, rage-filled organized crime syndicate, just waiting to catch one of your kids alone and off guard. Waiting outside their schools to fill their little systems with one of the most horrible substances imaginable. Yes, the Amish are peddling….
Worse than crack cocaine or crystal meth, raw milk, or ‘raw’ as it’s called on the streets, is now the number one substance of abuse among children aged five to twelve. Most of these kids have ‘cool’ parents, who claim that raw is good for their kids, and that as long as they’re drinking it at home, they’re not hurting anyone else. As a matter of fact, most child raw addicts were turned on to the substance by the very people who are supposed to be protecting them–mom and dad.
Raw is such a rampant epidemic that the Feds have taken notice.
Recently, a small Amish farm in Pennsylvania was raided by the FDA and a group of US Marshals for selling raw to willing consumers. Some time in April of 2010, at about 5 AM, these Amish ‘dealers’ were put under the heat lamps and pumped for information, much like the cows they own are pumped for their ‘product’. According to terrified onlookers, this is how it went down:
Feds: “Where’s the juice, Big M?” (a.k.a. Malachai, whose name we changed to protect his family) “We know you’ve been selling it across state lines. That’s a federal crime, beardy boy.”
Big M: “We don’t abideth by your modern laws, G-Man. So shoveth thee off my farm. And taketh Food and Drug man with thee. That raw is for personal use.”
But alas, Malachai was outnumbered, and outsmarted. The Feds eventually found vats of raw, unprocessed milk labeled for sale to different cities around the country. The Feds had found their smoking gun. It was all they needed to gain a conviction.
The charge: Posession with intent to distribute…raw milk.
Malachai was done for. However, this was not to say that he wasn’t given a chance to change his ways. The FDA had even sent him a letter, telling him to cease and desist. But poor Malachai was just too far gone to think about consequences.
Let this be a lesson to you, boys and girls, about the dangers of messing with the federal government. Sure, you’ll have strong teeth and bones. But if you drink raw milk, you pay the price. Just ask Malachai.
I can’t help but wonder how the next “this is your brain” commercials will play out.
It’s 7 P.M. and all is well.
Like many evenings before this one, I watch as the sun begins to set on the horizon, infusing a brilliant array of pink and orange into encroaching shades of navy blue. In the distance, I can hear children, laughing, playing, and singing. Like music to my ears.
Though it seems like a typical Sunday night, something feels a little off.
Across the street, my long-time neighbors Bob and Cindy are having a birthday party for their only son, Billy. There are kids everywhere. Doing cartwheels. Playing ball. Chasing each other around the yard. Bob and Cindy watch adoringly, as Billy appears to be having the time of his life on this, his special evening.
Soon, Bob’s loud voice breaks through the kids’ playful chatter. “Ok everybody, gather ’round the tree. We’ve got a surprise for the birthday boy!”
Immediately, a circle forms around the big oak in Bob’s front yard. All is quiet. Smiling, Bob reaches up into the tree to reveal Billy’s long awaited birthday surprise.
I can barely make out what’s going on. Then, Cindy switches on the flood lights. And I see it.
Out of the limbs of the big oak, a defenseless paper mache donkey hurtles toward the ground. It’s attached at the neck by a rope, which pulls taught under the weight of the animal and the candy it contains, just a few feet from terra firma. The poor donkey’s glitter-filled eyes almost remind me of tears.
Frozen with fear and disbelief, I can only watch as the horror unfolds mere yards from where I stand. I can almost hear the poor creature choking in agony.
The little demons break out into applause as Bob hands Billy his instrument of torture.
His first Louisville Slugger. It even has a bow on it.
“Ok buddy, you’re first!”
Almost immediately, as if supernaturally, my limbs regain functionality. Adrenaline flows through my veins like the mighty Mississippi. I can not allow this to happen.
“Nooooooo!!” I scream as I dash off the porch.
Like a Secret Service agent protecting his president, I dive in front of the bat just as Billy is about to connect with the donkey’s cute little head. I saved that donkey’s life. Even though he wasn’t really alive. Still, I consider myself a hero.
I on the other hand, probably had a concussion.
Wiping the grass of myself as I stood, I snatched the bat from Billy’s hands and attempted to break it over my knee, you know, like those tough guys do in the movies when they’re trying to prove a point.
Along with the concussion, I think I fractured my kneecap. Needless to say, Billy’s bat was still intact.
Groggily, I limped over to Bob. Looking him straight in the eye, I poked my finger in his chest.
“Dude, what the hell are you doing?” I say in a concussive tone. “Don’t you read Yahoo’s Associated Content?”
Bob just stared at me blankly.
“Bob, letting your kid break a pinata is wrong. It teaches them to hit stuff with bats, then rewards them
with candy when they finally knock its head off.”
I think Bob is getting ready to call the cops at this point.
“No, really man. I read it. Beating the crap out of a pinata can give your kids like PTSD or something. It teaches them to be greedy. Plus it’s immoral. I mean, hitting a defenseless little animal and all.”
Bob didn’t say a word. He just shook his head, and ushered the kids inside. Bob slammed the door behind him.
I flipped open my cell phone. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was on my speed dial. Standing there, I debated turning Bob in for his atrocities.
Then I flipped the phone closed.
“Ungrateful” I mumbled as I walked back across the street.
Every single one of them.
A banana. PB & J. Some chips. Maybe a cookie. And a box of apple juice.
“Hmmm…What are…things you eat for lunch at school when you’re a kid?”
“Oh, I’m sorry Janet. The answer we’re looking for is ‘things you eat for lunch at school when you’re a kid unless you attend Chicago’s Little Village Academy.’ Looks like Sonny Jim takes the lead.”
“In your face, Janet!”
Mocking facial expressions and lewd hand gestures ensue.
Elsa Carmona is the principal of Little Village Academy in Chicago. Along with her teaching degree, Carmona also has a master’s degree in food sciences, an associate’s in human development, and devotes her most of her spare time to the nutrition research program at the Mayo Clinic. She really is quite gifted.
Oh, and she has one more degree. A doctorate in BS from What Gives You The Right university.
It’s in Texas. Google it if you don’t believe me.
No, Ms. Carmona doesn’t have any of the degrees I mentioned. As far as I can tell, she’s just a regular elementary school principal. What she does have though, is quite a high level of audacity. Principal Carmona has banned home-made lunches from her school’s cafeteria.
“Yeah, well stranger things have happened.”
The fact that one principal, in charge of one school, decides that she’s the queen of nutrition and knows more about what’s best for her students than their parents do doesn’t surprise me.
What gets me is that it’s happening in other places too.
A school in Tucson, Arizona won’t let kids bring anything for lunch that contains refined sugar, white flour, or any other kind of processed food. A few schools in New York have banned cupcakes. Schools in numerous locations throughout the country ban their students from eating take-out for lunch.
“They’re only doing this because of the childhood obesity epidemic. Leave them alone…”
No, I don’t think I will.
Childhood obesity starts at home, and that’s where it needs to be dealt with. Rather than banning sack lunches or certain foods from school cafeterias, maybe the district should offer some educational resources for the parents. Or at the very least, if the schools are going to institute a ban like this, they need to be chipping in to help finance these meals.
The bottom line is, schools don’t have the right to tell parents what to feed their kids. Granted, many parents probably need to step it up in the nutrition department. But outlawing cupcakes, and the ‘eat school lunches or go hungry’ mandates infringe on some very basic rights, not only of the parents, but of the students as well.
We need to remember the function of public schools in our society; to teach our children basic academic skills. Schools are not daycares, nor the teachers nursemaids. It is not the responsibility of public schools to raise our kids or monitor what they consume.
Stories like this make me wonder what’s next. Nightly visits from school officials, making sure mom didn’t undercook the chicken? Frisking students for Pixie Stix at the door? Mandatory hypodermic broccoli injections?
I can just see the headlines now.
“NATO Forces Losing Ground As The Great Twinkie Revolt Of 2011 Rages On”
We’re gonna need another federal stimulus package to get through this one.