Dichotomy of Anniversaries

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the first shot fired in what became the bloodiest battle these United States has ever seen.   And this battle was about much more than slavery as it is so well defined by ALLEN C. GUELZO  in today’s New York Post editorial:

“On the day Lincoln was inaugurated in 1861, the United States was the only large-scale example of a democracy left in the world. There had been others — but from 1789 until 1861, all of those other struggles for democracy had been snuffed out by kings, emperors and dictators of various sorts.

If the American democracy shattered itself because seven states weren’t willing to abide by the outcome of the presidential election, then every one of those kings, emperors and dictators would be able to say to their nations, “See what democracy gets you? Instability. Disorder.”

We do well, for both its cost and its lesson, not to forget how dearly bought democracy’s survival was.

Read more: New York Post

Celebrated today on Google, Time and Twitter is Yuri Gagarin’s anniversary of his launch into space.  Of course the Soviets used this as one of their best propaganda moments of all time.
Comrade Matrix finds this juxtaposition of anniversaries, as well as those that are highlighting their choice to take note of,  as an interesting comment on our culture and a clear sign of the times.

What do School Salad bars get you? The USDA, CDC and a ton of Regulations

H/T and  Update:Hot Air/ Chicago school to kids: You can’t bring lunch from home.  Best part of this? The government has their greasy little fingers in it. No doubt grant money for this.

Wasteful, expensive, counterproductive, irritating to countless people who are subject to it: Clearly this is a policy the feds should consider taking national.

At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.

What do School Salad bars get you? The USDA, CDC and a ton of Regulations

If this is what happens with Michelle Obama’s little feel good program, just imagine Obamacare. Who is going to do the enforcement of these Regs? Re-education camps next.

That aside, check this out:

“But schools also are deterred by USDA regulations that require students to pass by a cash register or “point of sale” station after they have been to the salad bar to ensure that they have served themselves the correct portions of fruits and vegetables required under the federal lunch program. In October, the USDA’s Food and Services division, which oversees the subsidized meal program, circulated a memo saying that while it encourages the use of salad bars in schools, school menu planners must tell students the minimum amounts they must take from salad bars, cashiers “must be trained to judge accurately the quantities of self-service items,” and point-of-sale registers “must be stationed after the salad bar.”

Cooper has previously said USDA rules too often “don’t work on the ground” and that forcing students to double back and pass a checkpoint after they’ve been to the salad bar “slows everything down.”  Also, the CDC was trying to determine how local health inspectors might pass judgment on salad bars scattered across the country and what federal health requirements they might apply

Gotta love it.  ”Um, you have to go back.  You have too much three-bean salad and not enough of the useless iceberg lettuce.”

H/T Liberty Pundits

Thermal Body Scanners in use by TSA and Boston Government

Drudge reportsThermal Cameras On Boston Streets Can Show Activity Inside Homes…  Digging deeper, the TSA had this exactly in mind in awarding Siemens a contract to do this very thing, How much longer are we to allow this intrusiveness?

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports.

Boston officials had hoped to have aerial and street-level photos taken across about four square miles of the city this winter using infrared cameras that would show heat loss in the city homes.

Officials planned on sharing the photos and analysis with homeowners, and were hoping the findings would increase enrollment in efficiency programs and also create business opportunities.

But, the project hit a snag when the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts raised concerns that the infrared cameras would reveal information about what’s going on inside the homes. Sagewell’s cameras can take up to 20,000 images of homes per day.

TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers discovered Story here

One project allocated to Northeastern University and Siemens would mount backscatter x-ray scanners and video cameras on roving vans, along with other cameras on buildings and utility poles, to monitor groups of pedestrians, assess what they carried, and even track their eye movements. In another program, the researchers were asked to develop a system of long range x-ray scanning to determine what metal objects an individual might have on his or her body at distances up to thirty feet.

Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets.

The projects range from what the DHS describes as “a walk through x-ray screening system that could be deployed at entrances to special events or other points of interest” to “covert inspection of moving subjects” employing the same backscatter imaging technology currently used in American airports.

The 173-page collection of contracts and reports, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, includes contracts with Siemens Corporations, Northeastern University, and Rapiscan Systems. The study was expected to cost more than $3.5 million.

More here at Forbes

U.S. Pays To Upgrade Mexican Trucks

Who else will report this? We have been following this story for months and no one else cares? This still does not solve the Mexican Diesel fuel issue. Hell or High Water, Obama will have his way.

In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise.

Since the Mexican truckers have no intention of fixing the problem, Uncle Sam has stepped in to save the environment. U.S. taxpayers have picked up the cost to replace old mufflers on dozens of trucks and many more are scheduled to be upgraded by the middle of this year. The unbelievable story was reported this week by an Arizona newspaper that says replacing the old mufflers with new catalytic converters will reduce harmful diesel emissions by up to 30%. Full story here  Judicial Watch H/T:Commie Blaster Spending Money Like Water

From our earlier posts:

From earlier posting from Bunkerville: Mexican Truckers say they cannot meet U.S. EPA Standards

Mexican government says it will ease its trade sanctions against U.S. imports only after its trucks are allowed to cross the border.

Sanctions? Juan really…

Juan Carlos Munoz, president of Mexico’s National Chamber of Motor Transport of Freight, said Mexican trucks cannot meet U.S. environmental emissions standards, which effectively shuts them out of the market.

Mexican oil companies “do not have sufficient capacity to supply the diesel suitable for these new technologies” required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Munoz said after meeting with Mexico’s transportation secretary.   From: All Headline News  :

Last month we posted a story: Obama to lift ban on controversial border trucking program  with Mexico. Now there is a new wrinkle to this story. It turns out the Mexican diesel fuel does not meet the EPA standards. Anyone want to make a bet  there is an EPA waiver? 

The Obama administration announced a proposal last week to resurrect a controversial program that gives Mexican cargo trucks access to American highways.  (New York Times, Jan. 6, 2011) This announcement comes after a two-year ban of the cross-border trucking program with Mexico and was made the same day President Obama appointed William Daley to be his White House Chief of Staff.  (NBC Chicago, Jan. 6, 2011) Daley, who served as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, is considered one of the “architects” of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took effect in 1994.  (The Washington Post, Jan. 6, 2011)

According to a NAFTA arbitration panel, a cross-border trucking program included in the agreement requires the United States to allow trucks from Mexico and Canada access to American highways.  (Secretariat File No. USA-MEX-98-2008-01

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