Congresswoman Kristi Noem is now handing "challenge coins" to children who complain about school lunch. If that's all it takes to get a "challenge coin," Congresswoman Kristi Noem is going to need to press about 144,000 more coins, one for every school kid in South Dakota.
Rep. Noem gave Aberdeen Roncalli sixth-grader Sam Olson a "challenge coin" today for writing a letter to South Dakota's Congressional delegation to complain about school lunches. Unfortunately, Noem took the coin back when she noticed the sign behind Sam and realized Sam and her Catholic school friends have embraced Agenda 21's sustainability campaign.
Kristi apparently predicates her "challenge coin" handouts on "outstanding performance." I'm not sure what's "outstanding" about aping the emptyÂ and self-contradictory political rhetoric of the GOP, Â but I guess we can qualify Noem's Â grandstanding on school lunches as performance art. Now if we could just get Kristi to perform her job, that would be really outstanding!
True to anti-intellectual form, Kristi is not predicating her prizes on spelling. 12-year-old Olson wrote in her letter that (I quote verbatim) "It's hard to learn on an emtey stumich."
Noem made learning spelling and other useful skills even harder today by making Sam and friends wait for lunch:
The students, who normally eat lunch just after 11 a.m., waited for Noem's noon arrival [Kay Nguyen, "Aberdeen Roncalli Student Gets Representative Noem's Attention over School Lunch," Aberdeen American News, October 4, 2012].
Kristi, how am I going to get a challenge coin when you make blogging this easy?