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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Latest National Security Threat: The Whopper

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

click to enlarge Alice Waters and red-state defense hawks might finallly have something in common. - CHP - NWHF/FLICKR
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  • Alice Waters and red-state defense hawks might finallly have something in common.
All that artificially cheap corn-fed mystery meat, neon orange processed cheese, soft white bread, and watery sauced spaghetti in shitty school lunches might be accomplishing something their politicized opponents would actually applaud: hamstringing military recruitment.

This morning, the Associated Press revealed that Mission: Readiness, a group made up of retired Army, Navy, and Air Force officers, is fearful that school lunches have overstuffed America's youth to the point where too few of them can meet the military's standards for physical fitness. Weight issues are now the number one reason why recruits don't make the cut. The group's new report says nearly 27 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too overweight to join the military.

Today, Mission: Readiness is meeting with Sen. Richard Lugar, Republican, from factory farm-rich Indiana, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to push a nutrition bill aiming to improve school lunches. In the article, retired Navy Rear Admiral James Barnett Jr., a member, was quoted as saying, "When over a quarter of young adults are too fat to fight, we need to take notice." According to Barnett, national security in the year 2030 is "absolutely dependent" on finding a solution to the obesity epidemic.

Draft Alice Waters, dude!

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