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“They will not be satisfied until there is a ban on kids advertising altogether.”

The Food Police continue to push for an end to advertising food to kids, which the nanny-staters believe is responsible for making kids fat in this country. And it looks like 2013 will see the Food Police continue to nag those companies they say are holding out against meeting Food Police demands. An FDA report says TV advertising to kids is down, but   use of digital media platforms is up, and that has the Food Police adding digital to its pressure points.

Even with a generally positive report, advertisers are bracing for a fight. “This will bring attention back onto the food advertising issue, adding new fuel to the fire for 2013,” said Dan Jaffe, evp of the Association of National Advertisers. “The advertising and media community have done more than any other sector to respond to the obesity issue. The question is, what is enough?”

At least one advertising attorney believes the FTC is on shaky ground as it tries to nudge the food and beverage industry to do more. “It’s policy-making masquerading as exercising enforement authority…. Companies should not be led to believe that further compromise and cut back on spending and marketing will satisfy the FTC or the food industry critics,” said John Feldman, a partner with Reed Smith, in a statement. “They will not be satisfied until there is a ban on kids advertising altogether.”

Meantime, parents continue to indulge their kids with mountains of high-calorie, high-fat food – failing to teach them about moderation and the need to exercise. They’ll never admit that fat kids aren’t a consequence of advertising. Fat kids are a consequence of eating too much and exercising too little. And that failure to take responsibility gives the Food Police what they love: a clear path to step in and bully companies to cave to their demands while absolving parents of responsibility for raising healthy, nutrition-aware kids.

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$16 Trillion In Debt And Federal Workers Get A Raise

The Weekly Standard reports that President Obama’s latest executive order gives federal employees a pay raise. The cost, according to the CBO, is about $1 billion per year.

The aide explains, “On the cost-estimate, CBO says the (discretionary) cost of the .5% pay-hike the President is calling for in the Exec Order – relative to a freeze – is about $500m in FY 2013 and $11 billion over the ten years from FY 13 – FY 22.  The reason why the FY ’13 savings is only $500 million is because the pay hike as proposed by the President’s Exec Order would not go into effect until April 1st, 2013 – when the current CR expires. So it only covers half the fiscal year. The annualized cost of the pay hike is about $1 billion/year.”


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The Price For Being Faithful To Religious Belief Under Obamacare: $1.3 Million/Day

And what will you do when it is YOUR religious belief that is being over-run by the federal government?

An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman’s womb.

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“The people who have money are hogging it.”

There’s no one better than PJ O’Rourke to slice and dice the Left’s — and Mr. Obama’s — anti-growth, anti-prosperity beliefs. Thanks to Mitch Kokai for first blogging about O’Rourke’s column. It will make you laugh — and then it will make you mourn, for the view that “people who have money are hogging it” has won the day in this country – at least for now, and at least when it comes to federal policy. At that state level here in North Carolina, well, things are much more hopeful for a focus on economic policies that provide business owners with the tools they need – and the freedom they need – to grow and hire.

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200 Utah Teachers Take Control

Some Utah teachers have decided not to be vulnerable.

About 200 Utah teachers are being trained in handling concealed weapons.

Gun-rights advocates are offering the training. They say that classroom teachers could stop school shootings if they carried concealed firearms.


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And It Didn’t Take A Government Program

When I was in elementary school, my mom and dad pushed me to play the violin. I wasn’t very good at all, but it opened up a world of experiences for a kid from a working class family who had never touched a string instrument before that. My parents rented my violin. Making the payments was a stretch. That’s why this story caught my eye. Students in the music program at Zebulon Elementary School got a big surprise, thanks to a nonprofit group and one of its corporate supporters, Fidelity Investments.

The new instruments the Zebulon programs received included four violins, two string basses, two cellos, a flute, a tenor saxophone, a clarinet and a bass clarinet.

Fidelity provided the money, and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, through a grant process, identified Zebulon Elementary as a prime candidate for the donation and helped determine what instruments the school needed.

No government funds were involved in these instruments. Just a private nonprofit and a corporate supporter who wanted to enrich the lives of these kids. Thanks to them both for reminding us that individuals make the difference.

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“We need to break some monopolies that have been held by the teachers unions and the state school board”

Lt. Gov.-Elect Dan Forest has just gone to the top of my list of newly elected state officials to watch. I have a feeling Forest is going to shake up Big Education in this state. From Carolina Journal’s Dan Way:

As lieutenant governor, he will sit on the State Board of Education, which sets policy for K-12 education throughout the state, and chair the 30-member eLearning Commission, which explores ways to connect students to online learning opportunities.

“There haven’t been any formal discussions” about virtual education with Gov.-elect Pat McCrory, said Forest, who, like McCrory, is a Republican. McCrory will be sworn in Jan. 5, and Forest will begin presiding over the Senate on Jan. 9, after which he expects discussions to get more detailed.

As it stands, virtual charter schools are mired in litigation. Last year, State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison unilaterally decided the state would not accept applications for virtual charter schools until more study could be done, policies created, and funding found. The case involved NC Learns, a proposed nonprofit digital learning school in Cabarrus County. 

An administrative law judge sided with the Cabarrus County school district plaintiffs against Harrison. But Wake County Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones overturned the administrative law judge’s decision and sided with Harrison, saying Harrison’s action could be considered a board decision. That ruling is now on appeal. 

“We need to break some monopolies that have been held by the teachers unions and the state school board in terms of calling all the shots, and allowing parents to have more say” in their children’s educational choices, Forest said. 


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Fox Business News Anchor Stuart Varney To Keynote JLF Anniversary Dinner

What will 2013 bring to the U.S. economy? One of the most well known and respected business journalists working today will keynote the John Locke Foundation’s 23rd anniversary event next month. You can purchase your tickets to the February 16 dinner at the North Ridge County Club here.

Varney is an economist educated at the London School of Economics and will have much to say about where the U.S. – and the world – are heading.

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Still On The Payroll?

Campus Reform reports that, as of Dec. 20 when this story was published, the University of Rhode Island professor whose outrageous Twitter rant included a threat against an NRA executive was still employed by the university.

A history professor who seemed to call for the death of the National Rifle Association’s CEO in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting is still teaching at the University of Rhode Island, a spokesman told Campus Reform on Thursday.

The outspoken professor’s employment continues despite apparent investigations into his remarks by the university’s dean’s office, the Rhode Island State Police, and a number of online news outlets.

The school’s spokesman Dave Lavallee confirmed on Thursday that Loomis continued as a professor but declined say whether or not there had been disciplinary action taken against him, citing privacy rules.


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“No plan, nothing that can be scored or analyzed, just another speech.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions of the Senate Budget Committee has had about all he can take of President Obama’s talk about a budget deal. The Weekly Standard posted Session’s reaction to the latest round of big-government rhetoric.

“President Obama today gave yet another speech about the fiscal cliff,” says Sessions. “No plan, nothing that can be scored or analyzed, just another speech.  If President Obama wishes to avoid the fiscal cliff then he, with all the power and influence he holds as the leader of this nation, must submit to Congress – in legislative form – a plan that he believes can pass both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support.  No more secret meetings and pointless press conferences.   Certainly this is not too much to ask.  So we await his action: will he move from an unscorable speech to scorable legislation? If he is unwilling to submit such a plan then we may be left with only one persuasive conclusion: that he has used two years of secret meetings with Republican leaders not as an opportunity to achieve fiscal reform, but as a political exercise to defeat his opposition and preserve the expansion of federal spending.”



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