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Chad’s Morning Brief: Obama Administration’s Advice on School Violence, Democrats Want Food Stamps in Farm Bill, & More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of August 14, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.

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1. Run and Hide (link)

No, run and hide isn’t the new name of Obama’s foreign policy… though it would make sense. Instead it’s the advice the administration is giving to schools about possible school shootings. Nothing about arming teachers or administrators. Nothing about increased security. Just run and hide.

In response to the Newtown, Conn. massacre and a host of school shootings in recent years, the Obama administration released a 67-page report on emergency planning this summer that includes several pages advising educators on how to manage “an active shooter situation.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s “live-shooter” section doesn’t recommend that schools arm teachers or employ armed guards. It doesn’t even advise schools to add door locks for classrooms.

Instead, the section counsels teachers and students to “run,” “hide” and then “fight”—but only “if neither running nor hiding is a safe option.”

Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education and the uppermost name on the report, does not explain how this guidance differs from the very unsuccessful actions attempted by the 26 victims of Adam Lanza, the lone gunman who attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Twenty of those victims were children who were six and seven years old.

As students across the nation head back to school this fall, administrators are trying to put systems in place to keep students safe in the event of another gunman running amok on campus.

A number of principals in the Los Angeles Unified School District participated in “live-shooter training” this summer, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. They will transmit what they learned in the training with teachers in the next few weeks.

What did they learn? That’s some kind of closely-held secret, apparently. Steve Zipperman, a retired LAPD captain who now runs the LAUSD police force, would only tell the Daily News that school officials have been trained in “how to decide in the moment how to save as many lives as possible” when “a traditional lockdown may not be the most appropriate decision.”

Great advice from this administration right there.

2. Food Stamp Funding (link)

Democrats are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to include Food Stamp funding in the Farm Bill.

Democratic lawmakers are calling on House Speaker John Boehner to include funding for nutrition assistance programs in any future farm bill that comes before the House.

In a letter to Boehner Tuesday, 204 House Democrats, led by Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro, wrote of the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps — citing the more than 47 million Americans on the program and the high percentage of children who participate in the program.

In June, the House voted down a farm bill that included nutrition assistance funding, largely due to disagreements over the level of food stamp cuts in the bill — at the time the proposed cuts were $2 billion annually from the nearly $80 billion a year program.

Subsequently, House Republicans stripped food stamp funding from the bill and were able to pass a bill dealing solely with farm programs in July. The House has yet to pass the SNAP portion of the original bill.

All of the lawmakers who signed the letter to Boehner opposed the farm bill that passed last month without food stamp funding.

“We voted against this bill in large part because of this intentional omission. We strongly believe in the critical importance of SNAP,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote in their letter to Boehner. “Given the essential nature of this program to millions of American families, the final language of the Farm Bill or any other legislation related to SNAP must be crafted to ensure that we do not increase hunger in America.”

They further warned against the coming expiration of the Recovery Act, which served to temporarily increase benefits.

“This means that, beginning November 1st, each SNAP enrollee will see a cut to their benefit that is, on average, less than $1.50 per meal,” they wrote.

Reforms must be made to the Food Stamp program. Democrats won’t accept that so look for this debate to continue. I do think these two bills need to be separated.

3. Clowns Face Sensitivity Training (link)

Rodeo clowns at the Missouri State Fair must go through sensitivity training.

In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training.

The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local mediareports.

But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to the director of the Missouri State Fair that they have proof that all officials and subcontractors of the MRCA have successfully participated in sensitivity training.”

This entire story is just stupid.

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These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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