Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley Presses Pentagon ending Breakfast for Troops

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in National News | 0 comments

Iowa Representative Bruce Braley

Iowa Representative Bruce Braley

The following is from Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley’s official website. The full story is linked here: braley.house.gov/press-release/braley-presses-pentagon-ending-breakfast-troops-serving-afghanistan

“Nutritional experts have long lauded breakfast as the most important meal of the day, but reports that 17 military bases stopped serving hot breakfast have one congressman up in arms.

“On January 17, Congressman Bruce Braley wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh to express his concern. According to Jeff Giertz, Communications Director for the United States Congressman’s office, he was prompted to do so after being contacted by the mother of one of his Iowa constituents who is serving abroad in Afghanistan.
“Colonel Joseph Wawro, the commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, said breakfast and the midnight meal are now MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) at the affected bases, while lunch and dinner are still served hot. He also noted most dining facilities have take-away items like cereal, granola, energy bars, milk, juice, fruit, etc. for supplemental snacking.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with the national budget and everything to do with our responsible reduction of forces,” Wawro said.

Wawro said the initial complaint may have been raised by a recently arrived unit that was unaware of the recent meal changes.

Giertz, however, noted that Braley wrote the letter out of concern for the troops’ morale.

“The least we can offer is to get them a good meal,” Giertz said.

Registered dietitian and Captain Christina Deehl said while MREs are not very popular among the troops, they do yield all the nutrients a soldier needs to meet one-third of his or her Military Recommended Daily Allowance (MRDA).

“When we initially entered Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers were eating MREs every day until we were logistically established. Once again when we draw down and pull out, we will see a similar trend,” Deehl said.

Deehl explained that army dietitians regard food as a tactical weapon, as it maintains mental and physical performance.

“We would never deprive the soldier of adequate nutrition and that’s just all there is to it,” she said.”

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Unions, Government help to bring down the Capitalist System

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Around the World, Economy, Education, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 0 comments

Unions and Governments at all levels have all played a huge role in bringing down the Capitalist system as we know it. Union teamsters came out yesterday fictionally surprised about the high costs that the Obamacare legislation would impose on companies providing healthcare insurance. Can you see the outrageous satire of the Union bosses holding their hands up to their chins, eyes wide “saying oh no, how did this happen? All those promises made to our workers!” Its a bad scene from a British comedy! And while the sarcasm is just oozing forth, those union members, most of whom are either liberal leaning or very weak moderates, walking around oblivious to the situation.

Earlier this week reports came out that Union membership is down to 1930 levels. That’s a major hit to the Democrat party pocketbooks! Last week unemployment claims rose to 368,000. How many of those newly unemployed are/were union employed? www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-31/jobless-claims-in-u-s-increased-38-000-last-week-to-368-000.html

With less money out there to pay for the rising health insurance costs, companies are either a) dumping the worker or b) dumping the health coverage. Both of these actions result in forcing the average worker to become a ward of the state, putting even more pressure on a single payer system! This is right out of the Progressive play book! Play concerned, than dumb, then the “I have no choice” hand. Its a piece of work right out of Hollywood and Americans fall into the stupidity as recently as the healthcare debate back in 2009-10 and during the 2012 election and their doing it again with gun control.

Guess what’s next! Teachers! Our teachers are so underpaid that its now become a crisis, and yet its been a crisis in Utah for what seems like forever! Its a never ending issue. And healthcare coverage will not lesson that urgency. Yes, teachers do take on a load of burden by unreasonable proportions! They have parents, students and administrators all telling them what to do, how to act and what to teach. There are good teachers out there, even great teachers. But the individual teachers is being raked through the coals. Now their pay will become an even bigger crisis should the State find out how much more their health insurance is going to cost. Our taxes will necessarily have to go up to cover our teacher’s healthcare!

More taxes placed on us means less money for ourselves and our own healthcare, which will bring down the whole capitalist system. The burden will be so great, that in the end not even the government will be able to sustain the types of life styles that Americans have come to depend on to maintain a higher average of life expectancy! Who needs death panels when all they’d have to do is over whelm the system so much, that doctors quit, hospitals close, and we now depend on China for healthcare.

Seem outrageous? I don’t think so. Look at Europe, particularly France (who recently declared bankruptcy) and Greece, who’s citizens are begging for the stimulus money to stop coming in so that they can rebuild from scratch! Capitalism is being destroyed all around the world! Food is being with held; yesterday I read an article of Venezuela not having enough flour for bakeries throughout the country. A “Labor conflict” aka Union conflict and government standing in the way of commerce are the cause sited. Customers are being rationed to 2 50lb bags of flour a day, no more. Private bakeries are barely keeping their doors opened. www.washingtonpost.com/business/while-venezuela-tries-to-fight-shortages-lack-of-flour-leaving-some-bakeries-without-bread/2013/01/30/3783c0bc-6b28-11e2-9a0b-db931670f35d_story.html

The elitists’ plan to destroying capitalism is working. We need to stop pretending that we’ve been out of the “greatest recession since the Great Depression”. What a bill of goods the government has sold us. Republicans are worse than the Democrats, I feel, in that they knowing lead a group of freedom loving, peaceful people to slaughter with their compromises. Although those people are not blameless, they did not get elected by the people to protect our rights, and thus a higher responsibility is placed on the elected official, so help them, God!

The only way I see that our communities are going to survive this is get together without the governments help and set up “what if” plans of action. We have to know who are neighbors and community neighbors are. With regret we can no longer help kids in Africa, or even the homeless here at home. We have to strengthen our own homes first before we can help others, or we will all be at the mercy of tyranny.

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Alabama State Legislator likens Common Core to ’50 Shades of Gray’

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Education, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 0 comments

Alabama State Representative Jim Barton

Alabama State Representative Jim Barton

Current Alabama State Legislator Jim Barton (R) and two other Candidates running for office were asked about their views on the Common Core during a meeting. “The moderator denounced the Common Core State Standards, a set of uniform educational benchmarks established by the National Governors Association. The program’s stated goal is to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”

They have been adopted in 45 states, including Alabama. Would the candidates support a bill to withhold state funding from being used to comply with the program, effectively killing the initiative in the state?

Barton: He said that he supports the bill. The Common Core Standards “makes ’50 Shades of Grey’ look like a G book,” he said, referring to the book many derided as “mommy porn.” “We will fight hard to repeal that,” he said.

“There is nothing Christian about it, it’s a terrible thing.”

Two other conservatives that sat on the discussion gave equal compelling answers.

Bill Hightower: All education should be handled at a local level, he said. “They want to change how we view the family… I don’t want that top down approach.”

Nick Matranga: He said that the Common Core Standards “were hijacked by the Obama administration. They should be repealed and replaced with standards that reflect “The good Christian people” in Alabama.”

Nick Matranga: We improve education. Help coordinate with industry to produce skilled workers that are in demand.
blog.al.com/live/2013/01/jim_barton_compares_common_cor.html

If you know my stand at all about Common Core you know that the minute I came out of a 4 hour meeting on CC, I called up my husband and without hesitation or want of discussion, and told him we were taking our children out of public school and homeschooling them.

Since that time, over 2 years ago now, the more I learn about Common Core, the more grateful I am that my children are out of that system. I have posted on here about David Coleman and how he sees teaching informational text more important than classical literature. I watch as other children are taught to plan for a job and train for the future, instead of being raised as a individual with individual needs, wants and understandings.

Our children have been put on an assembly line, with no regard to God, country, or family. And that seems to be just fine, in a state that is heavily religious outside of the Southern Bible belt, which is baffling to me!

So now we have our dully deserved status as major hypocrites. Utah Legislators who hold positions in which they benefit from implementing Common Core, parents who know nothing of what is going on with the subtle innuendos of Common Core theology, Non partisan school boards that have no accountability and everyone is fine. Except when the current President speaks and his side kicks pass outrageous bills!

I have never read ’50 shades of Gray’ nor do I ever intend to. I consider those types of books a poison for my marriage and I respect my husband too much for reading such trash. But if what I have heard of the sleaziness is as bad as I have read about what the plans are for our children with Common Core Standards, I’m so glad that I have chosen to read pages that have helped me in saving my children’s minds from trash!

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The Controversy surrounding Utah’s A.G is shameful!

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Lisa's Personal Insights, Utah State Headlines | 3 comments

Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Utah Attorney General John Swallow

The controversy surrounding newly elected Utah Attorney John Swallow is starting to become shameful! Allegations from Southern Utah citizen and business owner Jeremy Johnson about getting help by bribing his way out of a situation, are indeed eyebrow raising. I mean seriously, anyone who thinks that a small timer business man can get away with bribing a very high and powerful Sitting Senate majority leader, without it backfiring hasn’t seen enough Hollywood movies! $300,000 in upfront fees in chump change to Harry Reid, who supports the gambling in Nevada! Seriously know who your dealing with for goodness sake!

Now, according poplar Utah blog writer, Holly Richardson, more evidence is coming out that more such deals of problems being taken care of by Swallow once he gets in office. And in her blog she outlines two more instances. hollyonthehill.com/time-for-swallow-to-step-down/

I agree that an investigation should take place and I commend Swallow for turning the case over to the United States Attorney For The District of Utah David B. Barlow. Elected officials should not ever engage in making promises to gain votes! Nor should citizens promise their vote in exchange for help! It makes both sides look like desperate fools, at the very least. But asking and and promising are not against the law. Acting on them is!

This ever continued guilty until innocent thought process has destroyed lives that didn’t need to be destroyed! Here-say alone is not worthy of justice, and as any attorney and judge will tell you is not accepted in court! And this multi-calling of his resignation before a conclusion of the investigation has concluded is premature! Too many questions have yet to be answered! And the fact that a clear motive is presented from Johnson’s stand point and is not being talked about more, is suspicious to me! What more is being hidden about Johnson’s problems and who else was he talking too?

John Swallow, is a very powerful attorney that helped bring the Obama Administration to stand before the Supreme Court fighting for citizen’s right to NOT buy what the government says we do! Now as Attorney General he is concentrating on Utah’s lands issues, which would be a huge win not only for Utah’s sovereignty but financially as well! Don’t you think that alone would create enemies? Especially at a time when our economic trials are teetering on the more severe side!

Something smells about this whole thing and its not a Northern wind coming off the Great Lake Lake! Part of it is the lack of support that 62% who voted for Swallow, are now remaining silent except for maybe 2 or 3 that I know. I have personally spoken to John Swallow, in a quick one on one conversation. He looked me straight in the eye and said that the accusations are a complete lie and that he is innocent! I believe him, but he sure does have a fight a head of him.

If you voted for John because of Conservative values and principles and you believed the integrity that he portrayed, than its time for a show of support. Allow the investigation to go forward and present a reasonable conclusion. The Governor’s office said it best when they issued about the situation to KUTV: “All the Governor knows is what he has read in the paper, and it would be irresponsible to arrive at conclusions based only on that alone.

“The fact is there is a current investigation of Mr. Johnson and federal agencies are aware of the allegations. This is an instance when facts should not be politicized and process should be followed.” www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_3437.shtml

If in the end the allegations are proven to be true, than John should step down and the charges should be applied accordingly. If we are going to be right, be right all the way through. But let’s not draw the embarrassment to us prematurely for calling on resignations before the investigation is done! Otherwise the last laugh will be given to the supporters while the shame will be on the shoulders of the naysayers.

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