Conservativism Is Alive And Well

May 15, 2008

What strange days we are in with recent elections. Democrats are high as a kite and they didn’t even need their daily dosage of drugs, while Republicans are so depressed they might just be better off toking a few. Democrat victories in key strong Republican districts have given just cause to members of both parties to feel the way they do, but there is plenty of reason for liberals to be upset while Republicans should be ecstatic.

The biggest reason is this, that these Democrats who have won, won by portraying their selves as “conservatives” at a time Republicans have been, and their current Presidential nominee is currently doing, moving to the left. It’s not an open embracement of the Democrat party, but rather a national embracement of conservativism.

Liberals may call their selves “progressives”, but remain mired in regressive thinking, just think of two cavemen discussing Tookie Williams, a former gang member who killed a man, then went back and killed his wife and children.

“Tuki good, kill man, woman, cave baby, no need club, use magic iron. He steal fire for tribe.”

Or we can try their thinking in any number of ways

“Man build thing called farm, not fair, I take his food, end hunger, fair.”

“Me no trust wheel, leave scar on earth, hurt planet, me trust feet.”

Conservativism on the other hand is the belief that problems left to the public will promptly be solved, liberals believe that the general public can’t be trusted to solve problems, that only the government is capable of solving problems.

Conservatives believe that people are more capable of accomplishing things, even beyond their own belief, while liberals believe that people are inherently too incompetent of living their own life without the guidance of the superior liberal.

Most of America is conservative, most of America believes in God, believes in working for every penny they get, believes that government has grown too big, that taxes are too high. Most Americans do pay attention to the world around them, they know what’s happening in the world, they know we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, in fact, I’m willing to bet that all but the dumbest 2% of the U. S. Population even knows that there are actually only fifty states.

Actually the more I think about it, the more it really annoys me that we have a major Presidential candidate who can actually screw up how many states are in this nation. This isn’t like Dan Quayle misspelling “Potato” or Bill Clinton not inhalling. This isn’t Al Gore inventing the internet or George Bush inventing words (misunderestimate). This is our fifty states, something that everybody knows by heart. By the time I was out of the fifth grade, I had to memorize all fifty states and their capitals. I couldn’t possibly think that there would be 57 states, with one more to go, (Alaska and Hawaii). There’s just no way, not even by accident.

And while Don Cazayoux and Charlie Melancon tell their constituents how conservative they are, they then will turn around and will endorse for President this very “Patriotic American” who doesn’t even know there’s only fifty states. Because despite how conservative they have to campaign, they still are Liberals at heart and that leaves the door wide open Conservative Republicans to defeat them. Sooner or later, they will show us their liberal character that’s hidden by their conservative cloaks.

Ray Nagin endorsed Obama, but let’s face it, Nagin pretty much had too, we have a candidate running for the President who says stupider things than Nagin. But for Don “Couillon” Cazayoux who held David Duke against Woody Jenkins because Jenkins was one of several people, including Democrats and media, who unknowingly used the services of an organization that was partly and secretively owned by David Duke. Casting his super delegate vote for Barack Obama comes with the stench of hypocrisy. Do you know who the owner is of every business you deal with is? At the same time, you know what your pastor believes. How can Don “Couillon” Cazayoux hold Woody Jenkins accountable for a David Duke connection, then turn his cheek to Barack Obama going to Wright’s church for over twenty years?

And how can this conservative who turned moderate magically overnight, cast his candidate for an ultra liberal Barack Obama when Hillary Clinton is a more obvious choice for the “Conservative Louisiana Democrat”? And couldn’t the same be said for Charlie Melancon?

Conservativism is what won these elections for the Democrats, but their liberal hearts will shine through soon enough. America is still a country that is free, still wants to be free, and will still fight to be free. If Obama wins this election, it won’t be because people reject conservativism, but rather because John McCain out liberals Barack Obama.

Maine research studies vending’s impact on kids: health researchers examine the relationship between vending access in high schools and children’s body mass index and quality of diet, one of the first scientific studies of this hotly debated subject.(HEALTH AND NUTRITION)

Automatic Merchandiser March 1, 2006 | Maras, Elliot A group of researchers recently conducted a study on the relationship between access to vending machines in the high school environment and children’s body mass index (BMI) and quality of diet. This research, conducted in Maine, represents one of the first and only studies on school vending machines’ impact on the diet quality and BMI percentiles of high school students. The study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The research was presented at the 2005 annual meeting of NAASO, the Obesity Society, located in Silver Spring, Md. This is considered a leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity and committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances. The annual meeting was held in October 2005, in Vancouver, Canada.

An abstract of the study, titled “Frequency of school vending machine purchases, BMI and diet quality,” appeared in a recent NAASO publication.

Automatic Merchandiser sought permission from the study’s authors to provide a summary in the interest of providing readers some idea of how access to vending machines affects students’ diet quality and BMI percentiles from a scientific standpoint. The vending industry has been criticized in recent years for contributing to rising childhood obesity, resulting in legislative proposals to restrict vending machines in schools.

While rising obesity has alarmed many public officials and a portion of the public at large, some observers have noted a lack of scientific understanding of the causes of obesity. Automatic Merchandiser is committed to providing its readers credible research on the role vending plays in contributing to childhood obesity.

The abstract noted that the purpose of the study was to examine the differences in the frequency of vending purchases and the BMI percentile and diet quality in high school students.

MEASUREMENT STANDARDS BMI is a measure of weight for height and is gender and age specific. Some school districts have begun using BMI assessment as part of their efforts to monitor students’ health.

To determine BMI percentile in the study, height was measured twice to the nearest 0.25 cm using a stadiometer, the standard tool for measuring height. Weight was measured twice to nearest 0.1 kg using a calibrated digital scale. CDC growth charts were used to calculate age and gender specific BMI percentile. site cdc growth charts

To determine diet quality, researchers used the self-administered “Youth Food Frequency Questionnaire” to assess calories per day, total fat, saturated fat, total carbohydrates and sucrose.

The abstract noted there is concern that school vending machines offering low nutritional value items may contribute to weight gain and poor dietary intake in youth. The abstract also noted that a 2003 study found that 35 percent of items in vending machines in secondary schools met the “low-fat” criteria of less than or equal to 5.5 grams of fat per serving.

The study examined the differences between the frequency of vending purchases and percentile of body mass index and diet quality.

PARAMETERS IDENTIFIED Subjects included 552 students (225 girls, 327 boys) with a mean age of 15.8, plus or minus 0.9 years, from seven public high schools in Maine.

A total of 74 vending machines–55 beverage and 19 snack–were in the schools. Out of these 74 machines, 57 machines–44 beverage and 13 snack–were accessible to students. Subjects self-reported frequency of vending purchased in the past 30 days.

The beverages in the 44 glassfront beverage machines accessible to students consisted of 1,065 items. Beverage machines carried the following product mix:

* Sweetened beverages other than regular soda, 43.2 percent * Water, 40.4 percent * Regular soda, 7.7 percent * 100 percent juice, 4.8 percent * Diet soda, 1.8 percent * Milk, 2 percent [GRAPHICS OMITTED] Forty-six percent of all beverages met a low-fat, low-sugar criteria.

Seven of the machines were restricted access.

The 13 snack vending machines accessible to students carried a total of 480 items. Snack machines carried the following product mix:

* Salty snacks, 39 percent * Cookies, 26 percent * Candy, 25 percent * Other, 7.7 percent * Ice cream, 2.5 percent Twenty-three percent of all snack items met a low-fat criteria of less than or equal to 30 percent of total calories from fat and low sugar, less than 35 percent of sugar by weight.

Seven of the snack machines were restricted access.

Subjects were categorized into four groups based on self report of frequency of vending purchases:

1) 35.5 percent: zero items or only water;

2) 29 percent: 1 to 3 items;

3) 18.5 percent: 4 to 6 items; and 4) 17 percent: more than 7 items.

The greatest number of subjects reported purchasing water, followed by sweetened beverages other than soda, regular soda, salty snacks, 100 percent juice, candy, cookies, diet soda, other products and ice cream, as indicated in the chart above.

Preliminary analyses found consistent results for BMI percentile and diet quality between gender and age groups.

A later analysis showed no differences in BMI percentile between the groups. There were differences found in calories between groups. go to website cdc growth charts

FREQUENCY OF PURCHASE AND BODY MASS INDEX The results suggest that frequency of purchases from school vending machines was not associated with BMI, however; greater frequency of purchases was associated with a poorer diet quality. Students reporting a greater frequency of vending purchases had a greater caloric intake and poorer absolute dietary intake as compared to a lower frequency of purchases. This trend was also observed with the relative dietary intake of total fat and sucrose.

Other factors such as type of vending machines available or access to machines during the school day need to be considered, the authors noted.

No association was found between the number of unrestricted vending machines per student and frequency of vending purchases.

The researchers noted that in considering differences among the “frequency of purchase” groups, other factors, such as physical activity, intake of fruits and vegetables or availability of foods from other school food venues, should be considered. Longer term studies are needed to determine the effect that frequency of purchases from school vending machines has on BMI percentile in high school students.

Contributing authors included: Janet Whatley Blum, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine; Anne-Marie Davee, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine; Rachel Devore, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine; Paul Jenkins, Bassett Research Institute, Cooperstown, N.Y.; Christina Beaudoin, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine; Janet Leiter, Bureau of Health, Maine Department of Health and Human Services; Lori Kaley, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine; and Debra Wigand, Bureau of Health and Human Services.

[GRAPHICS OMITTED] Elliot Maras, Editor Maras, Elliot


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