Federal Food Police Turn Children Against Their Parents

The Federal Food Police are no more about insuring good nutrition than ObamaCare is about providing quality health care.  Both the Food Police and ObamaCare exist for the purpose of controlling the people with the heavy hand of government tyranny.

On 30 January a food inspector [it is still unclear if this was a federal or state agent or a self-appointed busy body] apparently searched the lunch of a 4-year-old preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina.  The food inspector apparently told the little girl that her mother had packed a poor quality lunch for her and also told her she could not eat the food because it was nutritionally inadequate.

Apparently the little girl went home clutching the uneaten lunch her mother had packed for her and asked her mother why she had not prepared a healthy lunch for her.  My first and greatest concern is the little girl was told her parent was not taking proper care of her.  Doubt was placed in the mind of this child, and that doubt will be repeatedly enforced and expanded upon in future years. Socialist brainwashing is now beginning with lunch inspections.

My second concern is did the food inspector have a search warrant that permitted him or her to seize and inspect the lunch of the little girl?  Was her lunch not the private property of her family?  What power did the food inspector have and from where was that power granted?  Was this not a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects the little girl against “unreasonable searches and seizures”?

My third concern is that the Tenth Amendment of The Constitution of the United States has historically “reserved” the right of “the people” to pack lunches for their children and to decide what it is they will provide for their children.

The lunch packed by the mother apparently consisted of a “turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, apple juice, and potato chips.”  The food inspector apparently claimed the lunch was nutritionally inadequate because it lacked milk and a vegetable.  The inspector apparently later decided the cheese in the sandwich was an acceptable milk equivalent.  Sara Burrows wrote in the Carolina Journal,

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs - including in-home day care centers - to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

The inspector also apparently failed to understand that apple juice and a banana constitute two servings of fruit, which appears to fulfill the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition, potatoes are still considered to be vegetables by rational folk.  The Far Left has a very strong aversion to taking potatoes and cutting them into fries or chips and briefly cooking them in oil.  They claim this somehow renders the potato unhealthy and somehow makes the potato no longer a vegetable.  These same Far Left persons will say it is perfectly acceptable to put the same oil that one uses to cook fries and chips on a salad.  They claim the salad is healthy and the fries and chips are junk food.

Why should we trust our government to mandate what we can and cannot eat?  The politicized science of our nanny state has made many of the mandates and suggestions of our government subject to logical questions.

Our government has told us for decades that only low salt diets were healthy.  However, a clinical medical study reported in the May 4, 2001 Issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that low salt diets, as recommended and soon to be mandated by our Federal government, can significantly increase the risk of death.  About 10% of the general population can be benefited by a low salt diet, but that same diet can be dangerous to the majority.  Thus, the mandates of the nanny state should concern all of us.

We would be wise to hearken to the words of Thomas Jefferson, who anticipated corrupt politicians would erect a nanny state for the purpose of taking money and power from the people.

“If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

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"Science ... warns me to be careful"

"Science ... warns me to be careful how I adopt a view which jumps with my preconceptions, and to require stronger evidence for such belief than for one to which I was previously hostile. My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations."

Thomas Huxley, 1860

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I agree that The Food

I agree that The Food Inspector overstepped his bounds.

Dr. May, no one is telling you what you can and cannot eat. You are more than welcome to go the grocery store, buy anything you want, and prepare anything you wish the way you want.

And if the parents don't like it, well, they don't have to send their kid to that school. They can enroll their child in a private school. Or, they can home-school them. It's their choice.

By that rationale, if you don't like the way this country is headed, you can always move. No one is forcing you to live here.

You see, these are all based on the same rationale you used that if an employee doesn't like the health care plan offered by their current or potential employer, they do not have to work there. We all have choices, Dr. May, including you.

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@May...not the Federal Food Police!

May, today's blog is a great attempt at humor. It reminds me of the running joke in the Monty Python series where someone mentioned the Spanish Inquisition.

But, no, May you have no sense of humor, and you probably didn't ever watch Monty Python.

But, instead you continue your "grasping at straw" hate campaign against Obama.

Wake up man! Support a Republican candidate for President instead of this gloom and doom drivel.

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Mayspeak updated from yesterday....

I am re-posting a response I gave May yesterday. He didn't comment on it and I wanted to be double sure that he read it. I did modify the date references in my response.

Yesterday, May posted: "It makes no difference if Barack Obama is going to “plot away” to overturn our Constitution or is “plodding away” to overturn our Constitution."

He then confirmed that Obama had used the word "plod." And it took him until today's (skipping two previous blogs) blog, for him to confirm this.

Did he have the humility or courage to admit that he made a mistake? No! Instead, May essentially said, whether or not the President said "plot" or "plod" is of no significance. (Paraphrasing) He said: "But, I am right anyway."

This blog is not a journalistic endeavor. By the writing style that is obvious, and by the sloppy research, that is also obvious.

The rules for writing a blog are not cast in concrete, but anyone who chooses to write a blog, should set the bar, be able to defend their position. When they are completely wrong and proven so, they should use the words "I was wrong" instead of fearfully avoiding that statement or dancing around the May pole.

May with humility should have said: "I realize in carefully reviewing the Obama-Lauer interview, I was wrong in saying that Obama used the word "plot." I now realize it was "plod." However, I shall endeavor to do better in the future in asserting to support what I still believe: "Obama wants to overturn our Constitution." Continue to follow my blog and I will provide more evidence that premise is true." That is an example of integrity in supporting one's beliefs, regardless if they are proven right or wrong at a later time. Chances are no one will remember it, but be more impressed with how the incident was handled by the blogger.

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." — Samuel Johnson Rasselas, ch. 41

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Sometimes.....

"When you are driving a wagon driven by a mule, sometimes when you have yelled "Whoa mule" a couple of times and the wagon hasn't stopped, you have to jump off of the wagon and hit that mule in the head with a 2x4. You need to do that to get his attention." John Wayne.

There is a lesson in there somewhere........ Sorry Mr. Wayne for paraphrasing you on that one....LOL

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Shoddy Paraphrase. . .again

May, why would you repeat an incorrectly paraphrased quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson when it first appeared in print in 1997? "If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny". THE CORRECT UN-PARAPHRASED QUOTE IS THIS: "Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now." Enhancing an historical quote in the desperate attempt to make it sound like it matches your views is deceitful, even libelous. Dorotik or obviousman, or one of the others who comment on this blog pointed out your bogus interpretation yesterday, and, yet, you still insist on using it. That shows a lack of common sense and intelligence. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Notes_on_the_State_of_Virginia

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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Jefferson quote

"If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, p. 386, by Thomas Jefferson, Edited by John P. Foley, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York and London, 1900 http://sarsat.org/HistoricalAccounts/quotes.htm

I went to Google and found The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia. On page 386, entry number 3502, GOVERNMENT, Fallibility it states: "Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now."

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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Low salt diet

The way I understand it, Americans consume something like 1,000 milligrams over the limit for salt per day. A low salt diet is one thing, a NORMAL or HEALTHY salt diet is another.

"The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day — or 1,500 mg if you're age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. [...] The average American gets about 3,400 mg of sodium a day — much more than recommended." http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sodium/NU00284

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"When you are driving a wagon

"When you are driving a wagon driven by a DEM, sometimes when you have yelled "Whoa DEM" a couple of times and the wagon hasn't stopped, you have to jump off of the wagon and hit that DEM in the head with a 2x4. You need to do that to get his attention." John Wayne (paraphrased)

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School lunches

I attended a Catholic school where there was no real cafeteria, except for needy students, who were given a meal at noon. Mostly our mothers packed our lunches, and I shudder to think what would be said about not only the contents, but what we kids did with the food: we traded our items! A baloney sandwich (with mayo) for a bag of Fritos; Oreo Cookies for Fritos; a Twinkie for the Oreo Cookies. At least we all had milk to drink, provided by the school. Most of us were blue collar and had working parents, and even my "stay-at-home" mom had her own business sewing, but she worked in the basement of our home.

Of course, these days, people are much better informed about nutrition (except for the inspector mentioned in the story Dr. May reprints in part, who should be fired or re-educated about his/her job). I do think that with all the problems that are caused by bad diets, it's good to have an emphasis on early childhood nutrition; Michele Obama has been a champion for improving the diets of children, and she deserves applause for that. There are always "bad actors" who overreach (like the inspector in the story), but they shouldn't detract or distract from quality education and focus on nutritious meals, and the delivery of such food to our children.

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A Thomas Jefferson Quote Free Take On The Story

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Great Journalism (Not)

"The Federal Food Police...."

"...a food inspector..."

"...[it is still unclear if this was a federal or state agent or a self-appointed busy body]..."

"The food inspector..."

"apparently" "apparently"......etc.

In summary; someone apparently did something to someone, so Barack Obama is evil.

Gotcha'.

It sounds more to me like a conservative, capitalist type, with ties to the food service vendor that contracts with the school for lunches, is trying to brainwash the kiddos into believing they should buy their "healthy" lunches from them.

Yep, that's it. I'm sure of it.

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@crncob

Here we go again, another extreme conservative non-thinker misquoting John Wayne.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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Facts

Obviously May, you have never taught school and seen what many children either bring to eat or buy to eat. You will gripe about any good change that just might help to keep our children healthy. If you want to twist the facts, you can find negativity anywhere.

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From The Patriot Post this morning

From The Patriot Post this morning

“Reminiscent of George Orwell's ‘Ministry of Truth,’ the Obama campaign has launched a ‘truth team’ to fire up the president's base and share his re-election message with undecided voters. The so-called ‘truth team,’ which is supported by the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union, among others, kicked off in several swing states this week with a three-pronged approach, each with their own website. Attack Watch will defend the president against ‘false’ attacks, which seem to be any statements that criticize Obama in any way. Keeping GOP Honest will in turn make false statements about the Republican agenda and record. Keeping His Word will have the toughest job of all, as it seeks to find good things to say about Obama's abysmal record. This is the second attempt by the Obama campaign to launch such an effort this election cycle. Upon last fall's launch, Attack Watch was mocked widely by conservatives and even some in the Leftmedia. No word yet on the color of the uniform shirts for these goons.”

http://patriotpost.us/edition/2012/02/17/digest/

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@May

After reading all the diatribe, misinformation, outright lies, and twisted thinking that I have read from you on this blog, I can definitely see a need for something to hold you and others like you accountable to the American public at large. I say go for it, President Obama, nail these suckers every chance you get.

4 more years of Christian bliss with Obama

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Government Recommended Low Salt Diets Can Kill

Government Recommended Low Salt Diets Can Kill

A clinical medical study reported in the May 4, 2001 Issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that low salt diets, as recommended and soon to be mandated by our Federal government, can significantly increase the risk of death. http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/03/salt.heart.attack/index.html?hpt=Sbin

This is the low salt diet that the Obama Administration has been preparing to enforce upon the American people. There have even been discussions of not allowing restaurants to add salt to food.

There have been strong recommendations that government should mandate low salt diets, which some bureaucrats claim would cause future generations to lose their taste for salt. Such government tyranny is in total disregard for the fact that our Creator gave us a taste for salt for the simple reason that without an adequate salt intake people can die.

The NIH has pushed low salt diet science for more than 30 years. In 2004, a National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel recommended, “Healthy 19-to 50-year old adults should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.” There was no scientific or clinical evidence to support such a statement. In essence, it was an experiment on the American people by government bureaucrats intent on proving themselves to be correct about the benefits of a low salt diet. At that time prominent physicians and other experts correctly characterized the low salt diet as dangerous nonsense, http://junksciencearchive.com/dec04/jsa200409.html The IOM panel recommendation is “nonsense,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Resnik, executive editor of the American Journal of Hypertension and a professor at Cornell Medical College. Resnick was a member of the IOM panel until his resignation over the panel’s disregard for testimony and data that contradicted its apparently pre-determined recommendation. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,111285,00.html

The Salt Institute commented on the government-funded study that was just published, http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/296784

The study in the May 4 edition of JAMA concludes that lower sodium is associated with higher mortality. “Taken together, our current findings refute the estimates of computer models of lives saved and health care costs reduced with lower salt intake. They do also not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction of salt intake at the population level,” wrote the authors.

This is not the first study challenging the conventional wisdom of the anti-salt movement. Other studies show:

Low-Salt Diet Leads to Higher Mortality: An examination of the largest US federal database of nutrition and health (NHANES), published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found a higher rate of cardiac events and death with patients put on low-salt diets -- a result perfectly consistent with the late study.

Risk of Diabetes: A 2010 Harvard study linked low-salt diets to an increase in insulin resistance, the condition that is a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes. Recent studies out of Australia show that individuals with type I or type II diabetes die in much greater numbers when placed on a salt restricted diet.

Falls, Cognitive Problems, Among Elderly: Because of declining renal function in the aging body, the kidneys retain less sodium. Recent studies have shown that elderly people with hyponatremia have more falls and broken hips and a decrease in cognitive abilities. Low Birth Weights, Poor Brain Development: A 2007 study found that babies with low birth weight are also born with low sodium in their blood serum because their mothers were on low-salt intakes. Another study found that infants with low sodium may be predisposed to poor neurodevelopmental function between the ages of 10 and 13.

No Link Between Hypertension, Salt, in U.S. Population: If salt consumption and hypertension were linked, both would be rising. But a 2010 paper by two Harvard researchers shows that while hypertension has increased among Americans over the last 40 years, sodium consumption has remained flat.

About 10% or more of the general public are “salt sensitive” and can be benefited by low salt diets. These people can benefit their blood pressure and general health by restricting salt in their diets. The majority of us do not and should not be subjected to whims of poorly qualified bureaucrats and politicians.

Government bureaucrats who push for universal low salt diets are among those who are also pushing Global Warming and Embryonic Stem Cell research as settled science. Our United States Congress, our US Attorney General, and our FBI need to start investigating NIH, universities, and other self-serving bureaucratic organizations for potential scientific fraud and abuse. Science and scientific research needs to be taken from the hands of bureaucrats and the dishonest and returned to its foundational integrity.

I fear the apparent hoax of low salt diet benefits is just the tip of the iceberg, which will almost certainly include Global Warming hysteria and the push for government-funded Embryonic Stem Cell research. Much of the blame for such possible government hoaxes also rests on our members of Congress and those working in our White House.

This article can be read online http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/may/2011-05-04/government-recommended-low-salt-diets-can-kill#.Tz6AkJjrPIq

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federal inspector?

The articles I found indicated this person either was a state inspector or simply someone assigned by the school to enforce local policy. The tie-in to "Obamacare" [sic] is uncertain and possibly bogus.

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ederal inspector?

The articles I found indicated this person either was a state inspector or simply someone assigned by the school to enforce local policy. The tie-in to "Obamacare" [sic] is uncertain and possibly bogus.

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@May

At this point, after reading your blog posts for many years, I think you'd be happy to be the federal nanny, on just about any issue. That's at least the impression you give.

Please remember that I did at one time encourage you to provide "red meat" to your base, just to be sure that you're connecting with them.

Now, I dunno. I think you would prefer, considering your most recent posts, to be in a role like that of the "health czar" or do you NOT have such ambitions????

I believe you want to serve in that kind of federal role. So, if a Republican is elected president,sure, why shouldn't you fill a post like that of the Surgeon General of the US? Is that what you have in mind??? Just asking. I know you have an ego, given all that you've posted in the past--you have a "calling," at least in your own mind.

Well, if you do get a federal job, we won't have to respond to your blog posts on the AJ site. You'll be in a position that you presently may despise (if you're being consistent). But I'll trust that you're going to be able to modify any kind of concern you have, regarding serving in a federal position, so long as you're being elevated, socially....

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Rush Limbaugh Dupes His Listeners

To digress, I really feel sad for Limbaugh's listeners. He goes on and on today about how the Obama Administration is "scamming" the American people by not reporting the Real Unemployment as opposed to the standard unemployment THAT HAS BEEN USED TO GAUGE OUR ECONOMIC HEALTH SINCE THE EARLY 1900S. It's very sad because there are 1,000s of listeners out there who will believe that the Obama Administration is the only one who has used the standard unemployment rate (U3) as the indicator when it has been used under every other administration, including RONALD REAGAN. I mean, how can someone sleep at night knowing that they are deliberately manipulating their audience like that? Wait a minute- that's what Dr. May was doing, as well. Implying that THIS administration, unlike others, is doing this. I thank God every night that I was blessed with a brain not to fall prey to these manipulators. Very sad for his believers, though. They are so, so ignorant- and they're ignorant that they're ignorant.

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And once again.....

And once again we see that May doesn't do his homework---called research. He simply picked up on conservative blogs wrapped a few of his own words around them, and included a paraphrased Thomas Jefferson quote, voila, a blog with bogus information.

Then when exposed by Chicken Finger, May resorts to "Government Recommended Low Salt Diets Can Kill" During that portion of the post "recommended" becomes "mandated". (After all May has to keep his "Obama is a dictator" rants) As if that weren't enough he ends that with "I fear" followed by "Global Warming hysteria" and "embryonic stem cell research."

May's blogs are an amusing collection of misinformation, designed to spew hate. It is safe to say that you can take them "with a grain of salt."

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Dr. May's Blogs are an Embarrassment to Lubbock, Texas

Sorry, but I have to call it that way. Whatever good points he makes about conservative values are ruined by his continued practice of misquoting, his lack of rigor in research, and his hyperbolic diction, especially his titles. Maybe the LAJ could have another conservative-style blog that represents the majority of conservatives as opposed to the...how does that 80s' song go??.... Lunatic Fringe.

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The embarassment of May's blogs

You know, I don't think these blog posts are any worst than the comments of Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or other Rightwing authors.

But currently May doesn't have the status to make his posts count in the way that the comments of other righty-writers do. So, I hope he can find some means to move away from Lubbock, through his writing, and find a place beside or alongside other righties, and we'll perhaps find another commentator here in Lubbock to fill his shoes.

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@westernm Well......

westernm, well May could move back to the farm in Illinois. There he could help the Republicans defeat Obama in 2012. He is simply singing to the choir in Texas. Obama didn't win here in 2008 and won't in 2012.

And that is what puzzles me because of this limited local blog's exposure.

So far his greatest achievement politically has been to be on a sub-committee at the Board of Health.

I suppose he could be waiting on some cushy state political position or a political appointment in Washington. Since that hasn't happened to date, it would suggest that Neugebauer and Perry aren't as stupid as I thought they were.

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Are You *^$%%^^&& Kidding Me???

I don't care if it was 25 years ago- what kind of sick person would do this?? And all along, I felt Romney, due to his moderate stance, would be the one Republican I might vote for along with Huntsman. Well, so much for that. Time to volunteer extra hours to make sure this a-hole never sets foot in the White House:

From a story on Yahoo:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., has angered animal rights activists for strapping his dog to the roof of his car on a family trip from Boston to Ontario, Canada.

According to the Boston Globe, in one of the family’s 12-hour drives to their family’s cottage in Canada over 25 years ago, Romney strapped a dog carrier to the roof of the car for the whole trip — with the family Irish setter, Seamus, inside.

Seamus protested in a scatological way, going to the bathroom on the roof of the car.

Animal rights activists reached by TIME Magazine said the tale seems a little cruel.

"It is commonsense that any dog who’s under extreme stress might show that stress by losing control of his bowels: that alone should have been sufficient indication that the dog was, basically, being tortured," Time quoted Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as saying.

Newkirk said it was "a lesson in cruelty that was … wrong for [his children] to witness."

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Interesting.....

I find it interesting that May had the time to go over and comment on Dr. Brian Carr's blog today.

Let's see now, May commented on Dr. Carr's blog (Lubbock Left /Pinch Hitters) twice at 9:55AM and 10:10AM (Lubbock incorrect blog time)

(Speculation) Then May checks on his own blog, and realizes that it is not correct, again, and changes the subject completely at 10:30AM.

And as of the time of this posting, May has not returned to either blog.

What is clear is that May lacks the basic courage to admit that he was wrong, somewhat wrong, partially wrong, or to counter the information provided with alternate facts on this blog or previous blogs.

Frankly, I do not see any true Conservative doing that or approving of those actions.

Paraphrasing what someone said on Dr. Carr's blog, May does the Democrats a big service, in every blog he writes.

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