Put Another Candle On Your Birthday … Run, It’s The Cops!

[An observation whilst the morning tea cools… note that the tea is black, no sweetners]

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that, as a result of the battle of obesity (being fought because UBL is overweight, I guess), schools have started to ban birthday cupcakes. For example, Orange County’s Saddleback Valley Unified School District now only allows non-nutritious classroom only three times per year, stating “A birthday doesn’t have to be associated with food.” California’s has banned junk-food and soda sales in schools. Districts are looking well beyond school lunches: vending machines, band fundraisers, booster-club sales, treats as rewards from teachers, concession stands at football games — and the ubiquitous birthday parties. Santa Clara, after heated debate, updated its nutrition policy, baning unhealthful food from vending machines and prohibiting teachers from dishing out candy as a reward, but granting a reprieve to birthday cupcake parties and cheese-dripping nachos at football games. In the Duxbury School District in Massachusetts, parents and educators in the Chandler School Council decided to forgo all classroom treats two years ago. The Westside Union School District in Lancaster decided that all classroom celebrations ought to be consolidated into one party per month and planned to emphasize healthful food in PTA and school newsletters but decided against a ban. Texas (you remember them: home to “Big Tex” and deep-fried goodies at the Texas State Fair) passed the Safe Cupcake amendment, which guarantees parents’ right to deliver unhealthful treats to the classroom — such as sweetheart candies on Valentine’s Day and candy corn on Halloween, sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnam after a school in his district booted out a father bringing birthday pizzas to his child’s class. We’re also lucky that Google can still serve cupcakes as this is their 8th birthday.

So what do you think? Should the cupcakes be allowed for classroom birthday parties?


Birthday Wishes for ginamariewade

OK, Folks, you know the drill. Let’s gather in front of our large, 13″, Black and White TV set, and and watch as a tall, lanky man in a khaki uniform strides out, introduces himself as Sheriff John, and says:

“Kids, as you know, I try to grant requests for birthday songs. I know that not everyone likes polkas, although I can’t understand why. Today’s request is for a song from a British independent band called The Smiths, and goes something like this:”

He takes out his guitar, plucks an “A” notes and sings:

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Birthday Wishes for ixixlix

OK, Folks, you know the drill, although this is a bit late because ixixlix didn’t have her birthday in her LJ profile, and I suffer from CRS.

Allright everyone, let’s gather in front of our large, 13″, Black and White TV set, and watch as a tall, lanky man in a khaki uniform, wearing a Viking hat (horns and all), strides out, introduces himself as Sheriff John, and says:

I know you’re wondering what happened to my sharp lawman’s cowboy hat. We’ll, in honor of today’s song, I’ve decided to wear a different hat. I’ve also asked the Volga Boatmen to accompany me on this song. This is going out to you, ixixlix.

He then clears his throat, takes out his guitar, plucks an “A” note, and then starts singing:

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