Government Sanctioned Fat Shaming

Child_on_Scale.jpgFor years, parents in the State of Georgia have had to fill out a Form 3300 when enrolling their children in school for the first time. The form, which is mandatory, had sections for vision and dental checkups along with vaccinations. Okay…no big deal, right? After all, kids need to be able to see the whiteboard and dental records can show underlying health issues that could affect their learning capabilities. But have they gone too far with the “nutrition” section that includes a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The BMI requirement on Form 3300 is ridiculous at best and at worst is another attempt by big government to dictate what we eat through “fat shaming”. As we have already seen, the BMI has been used in other areas of the country to send "fat" letters to parents regarding their child’s “unhealthy weight”. In almost every situation, the parents said that the claim of their child being overweight was ridiculous. The children also expressed feeling confused and “hurt” that they were fat.

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Would You Host a Bake Sale for the US Military?

This past weekend the Washington Post ran an article about Yuri Biryukov, a Ukrainian business man who has raised $11.5
million to fund much needed equipment for the Ukrainian military.  The money purchased items like bulletproof vests, sleeping bags, blankets, and boots. Despite peace talks and tentative agreements between Ukraine and Russia, fighting continues in the 
contested regions of the east.  According to the Post’s article, Ukraine’s military has diminished since it separated from the Soviet Union in 1991.  Believing the nation was safe, each subsequent Ukrainian administration continued to cut the military budget. Today their defense force has 180,000 members, which are undertrained and lacking proper equipment. With the country teetering on the brink of war since spring, the military has been stretched beyond its capacity, and where the government has not been able to provide, citizens like Biryukov have stepped up.

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Dear Single Women: "Man Down"

Soda_Shop.jpgDear Single Women,

Blogger Matt Walsh published a blog post this week telling single men to “man up”. Although he made some excellent points, he left out the fact that single women are the biggest contributor to men failing to “take the lead” in relationships.

Since the feminist movement of the 1970’s, we have consistently asked men to get in touch with their “feminine side” as we have consistently gotten in touch with our “masculine side”. As a result of this attitude, men are waiting on women to tell them what to do and when to do it in regards to moving a relationship forward.

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Pakistan and Iran Play Host to 2.5 Million Refugees

refugees.jpgThe United Nations recognized June 20th as “World Refugee Day.”  By definition a refugee is “someone who fled his or her home and country owing to well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”  According to UN estimates at the end of 2011, 43.3 million people were classified as refugees.  The majority of these refugees live and/or seek asylum in developing countries.

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Obama Administration: All Talk, No Action

Foreign policy can be tricky, and it is often the one issue in a presidency that brings the most surprises. While there is a
certain amount of predictability when it comes to domestic issues and the players that control them, the international realm can be capricious. Or is it?

FDR_Reagan.jpgAcademically there are several theories in regards to how foreign policy can be applied.  However, in general a term it typically boils down to is whether one is an isolationist or an interventionist.  A quick Google search of the best US Presidents for foreign policy and two names repeatedly appear at the top—Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.  A democrat and a republican.  It is safe to conclude that while historians will still argue over the details, FDR is at the top of the list for overseeing the US’s push toward victory in WWII, and Reagan is at the top for effectively ending the Cold War.  There are vast differences between these two men and their policies, but they have one important trait in common—they never backed down and their adversaries knew it.  In his speech to Congress after the attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR stated

“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory…No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” 

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