Empathy. I've got it. There are certain people I feel bad for again and again. There was once a guy without his legs on the 3 train shaking a cup, grimacing and eeking out "it ain't easy for me.." That's experience has been indellibly etched into my brain and I think about it every time I see someone asking for money.
I also feel bad for the children of celebrities. I imagine that it's pretty traumatic having scumbags (Page Six, tabloid folk, etc.) covering your every move and then having it considered front page news. Even the left-leaning headline blog the Huffington Post considers it top priority:
It ranks four stories higher than this one:
Get your dang priorities straight, Ms. Huffington! But I get caught up in it a little too. As much as I respect the Pitt-Jolie child's privacy, here's a little bit of what that little bloke eats at the Lycee Francais de New York School:
Monday: Tomatoes Florentine, Baked Rotisserie Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Baby Carrots, Fresh Fruit
Tuesday: Chicken Noodle Soup, Eggplant Parm, Sauted Spinach with Olive Oil and Garlic, Chocolate Cake
Now check out what my school is servin' up this week:
Meals are now being universally served at low-income schools, but is it really healthy? Pizza and burgers are loaded with unnecessary fats. The kids are no longer hungry, but they've filled them up with trash! They're still never going to get the same chances that other students will.
In 1969, that vile enemy combantant group the Black Panthers initiated a breakfast program in Oakland that fed up to 10,000 a morning. These "enemies" thought this was necessary to give black children the same advantage in school as their white counterparts. Roll in that grave, Uncle Sam!
These Breakfasts include even nutrient that they need for the day. For too long have our people gone hungry and without the proper health aids they need. -- Huey Newtown
Do you think they were serving pizza and burgers? No! They're not out on a second date in high school; they need legitmate nourishment!
It is a beautiful sight to see our children eat in the mornings after remembering the times when our stomachs were not full, and even the teachers in the schools say that there is a great improvement in the academic skills of the children that do get the breakfast. At one time there were children that passed out in class from hunger, or had to be sent home for something to eat. But our children shall be fed, and the Black Panther Party will not let the malady of hunger keep our children down any longer.
Ms. Agnes: "I dunno, the kids eat it."
Cost of tuition at the Bradgelina School:
1st Grade - 5th Grade $ 14,900.00
6th Grade - 9th Grade $ 15,800.00
10th Grade - 12th Grade $ 17,600.00