Jamie Oliver and Taking A Stand for Healthy Lunches

Later on that evening Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was on TV. Now -- you may say that Jamie Oliver is a bit crazy; who does this guy think he is, coming over to America and telling people how to eat? Why does he care? Why should anyone listen to him, anyway? Does it really matter that 31 million children participate in the USDA’s school lunch program and 11 million in the breakfast program? Or that many of those kids are consuming up to half of their daily calories at school? He kicked the leg of the desk noisily as I squatted down to look him in the eye. ...more


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Blood, Guts and Rock & Roll: We're Up in Arms About Bratz, But We Ignore Killstreaks in Black Ops

We get so bent out of shape about kids seeing sex acts or sexy Katy Perry on Sesame Street. I don't want my daughter watching Miley Cyrus writhe in satin sheets, either, but Katy Perry's cleavage doesn't freak me out half as much as watching the neighborhood kids bludgeon each other on Halloween. Seriously, why are we so tolerant of violence? Opponents say there aren't any studies proving definitively that watching violent video games harms your child (the American Psychological Association, who in my opinion doesn't have skin in the game, begs to differ) -- but, um, do there really have to be? Doesn't your gut work just fine? How do you feel after you watch someone get shot on the nightly news? After watching the opening sequence of Bambi? ...more


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