Idiot of the Week — Julie Gunlock

Idiot of the Week medal

Until today, I was blissfully ignorant of Julie Gunlock.  She flitted across my radar, and I set out to write a post about some very foolish remarks she made on Fox & Friends yesterday morning.  A simple post about a single issue, yes?  But nooooooo … Julie would not be satisfied with that.  She wanted more.  She begged for more … and then she showed me why she deserved the famous and much-coveted Idiot of the Week Award.  I must admit, Julie is more than qualified for this award and who am I to argue with an idiot?  First, let me tell you what put her in the cross-hairs to begin with.

On Fox & Friends, Julie despaired that schools are becoming too liberal.  Why?  Because … wait for it … they are providing meals and sometimes even healthcare for children!  GASP! 

“More and more now these schools, elementary schools are taking on and supplanting parents. They get dropped off at 6:30 in the morning, they get three meals a day. There is after-care. There is even health care services at some schools. So, really schools have tried more and more to take on the role of parenting.”

Gunlock added that liberal bias was seeping into the curriculum as well, lamenting the fact that some schools were teaching kids about climate change and transgender issues.  OH HORRORS!!! To remedy the problem, Gunlock suggested reading The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. Um, no thanks.

So who is Julie that she is such an ‘expert’ on children and education?  Is she a teacher?  No.  Does she have a degree in education?  No.  She is “a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and directs the organization’s Culture of Alarmism project. She is the author of the book ‘From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back’.”

Ms. Gunlock has contributed articles to a number of publications, including The Washington Post, New York Times and Huffington Post, but more recently she is a regular contributor for such conservative publications as The Federalist, Townhall, National Review, and The American Spectator. Just a look at the titles of some of her recent articles in these publications reinforces her qualifications for this award:

Radical Environmentalists Should Mind Their Own Business – Takes on the “Mind the Store” campaign which is a coalition representing more than 11 million individuals and over 450 organizations and businesses united by a common concern about toxic chemicals found in homes, places of work, and products consumers use every day. Ms. Gunlock claims to know better.

It’s Best to Take Government Health Advice with a Pinch of Salt – claims that FDA guidelines are “completely ineffective and based on dubious and outdated science.”

This Summer, Let’s Stop Blaming Soda “These days, soft drinks are in the cross hairs of the food nannies, and are blamed for a variety of conditions and social ills – from obesity to violence in children … such rhetoric has little to do with actual research.”  Gee, she has no degree in any of the hard sciences, so I wonder … ???

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The Food Marxists at the FDA – rants against FDA requirements limiting salt in processed foods.  “And, if that isn’t outrageous enough, consider also that food manufacturers are already providing consumers an abundance of low-salt and no-salt products.”  Oh the inhumanity!!!

Popping the Bee-Pocalypse Myth – claims that despite scientific evidence, she somehow knows that “the environmentalists’ dirty little secret is that bees are actually doing fine”. Again … where is that relevant science degree?

#FreakoutFriday: The Truth About Gummy Bears “How in the world could anyone freak out about adorable, sweet, chewy Gummy Bears?”  I’d hate to see your kids’ dental bills, lady!

Ms. Gunlock also writes a blog:

Debbie Downer Alarmists Ruin the Greatest Show on Earth – criticizes animal rights groups for protesting cruel treatment of wild animals, specifically elephants, in circuses.  Oh yes, by all means let us continue abusing animals, for they were put here only for your entertainment, Ms. Gunlock!

Alarmism About Food Creates New Mental Condition: Orthorexia – claims that such things as nutritional labels and FDA warnings contribute to a “fixation on righteous eating”, and “an obsessive focus on clean food consumption”.

Gunlock’s main focus seems to be about food.  She is miffed at the government for issuing advice and warnings about GMOs, sugar, salt, and raw cookie dough, to name a few.  She rails against former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former First Lady Michelle Obama for their campaigns to get people, especially children, to eat healthier and consume less sugar.  She is against environmental regulations, and just about everything else that makes sense.  She seems obsessed with food, and is resentful of any attempts to advise consumers about eating healthy.

She decries the fact that if shopping for toys on Amazon, the toys are not labeled as being for either ‘boys’ or ‘girls’.  I guess that gives us a clue where she stands on LGBT rights, eh?  And by the way, she appears to be a fan of da trumpeter, which by now should come as no surprise.

So, back to her complaint about schools serving meals to the children.  Never mind that, in many school districts, the meals they receive at school may well be the only nutritious food they get in a day. And never mind, I suppose, that in many cases both parents in the family work full-time just to make ends meet. I can just picture Ms. Gunlock saying, “Let them eat cake!”

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Ms. Gunlock says she fixes her children (she has two children) a breakfast of cinnamon toast (with sugar) in the morning, packs their school lunch, including cookies or candy, gives them a cereal bar for an afternoon snack, prepares dinner (with desert, of course), and then gives them a bowl of cereal (with sugar) at bedtime.  I can see where her way is so much healthier than the fruit, veggies and protein they would have gotten in those awful school lunches, can’t you?

So, Ms. Julie Gunlock, for your beliefs that healthy eating is a liberal plot to make you and your children miserable, and for your obvious intent to spread the joy of tooth decay, obesity and heart disease to the rest of us, I now award you Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  No, don’t thank me … you have more than earned it!  Just please, stay away from my kitchen!

32 thoughts on “Idiot of the Week — Julie Gunlock

  1. It is like this guy here in the Netherlands who complained about one school “forcing” the children to drink water at break time, not juices or soda pops. He was quoted in the papers: “Water is for dogs.” – Hello???? Water just is THE valuable resource we have here on earth and millions of people crave having safe and clean drinking water. – Plus it is healthy, and if you stop drinking sugar beverage all the time, you will realise it also tastes good! – Mind you, here the water coming out of the tap is really good, no chlorine taste nothing. – This guys almost make me choke on my morning tea …

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  2. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when her children’s doctor tells her the kiddies need to slim down as they’re headed for diabetes and her doctor tells her the same. Also, I’d like to hear the children’s dentist report his findings. The fast food restaurants must love her. She certainly deserves the award twice over. 😀 — Suzane

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    • Agreed! She looks like a heart attack looking for a place to happen, and I can only imagine the issues her kids are headed for. I have friends who are the same … live for today … eat, drink & be merry … and all that rot. Which is fine if that is how a person chooses to eat, but for Pete’s sake, don’t try to impose it on the rest of us!

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  3. Dear Jill,
    My first thought matched your and Kim’s thinking, “poor. poor kids. Before the days of the food alarmists, I would never have made meals for my children, like she does. It’s as if folks like her have to invent grievances like kids being fed at school.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • She is, like too many these days, a small-minded person who concerns herself only with her own immediate pleasure and with no thought for the future beyond today. People like her are part of the reason we need such things as FDA guidelines, for common sense fails these people. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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  4. There is a sad pleading look in those eyes. Reaching out to the world with an expression which cries out ‘Please. Please take me seriously,’…..Quite tragic really.
    …’Scue me interruptin’ thar, but she’d jus’ a closet liberal! If she really embraced the trooth ’bout them soc-si-alists in the government, she’d have high-tailed out into the forest to build a log cabin! Only two kids! Bah…she should have six an’ be feedin’ them on oatmeal porridge an’ beanz! An’ why an’t she teachin’ them to hunts barrs an’ elk an’ skin em an’ prepare them for Sunday Dinner!… with raspberry gurgles for deserts!’
    (Sorry ’bout that, someone appears to have hacked into my brain 🙃)

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    • 🙃 😀 🙃 No, dear Roger … NOBODY could hack into that marvelous brain of yours! It would require skills far beyond any normal human being! You are just having mind bounce again! The results of your mind bounce make me laugh, and should be shared with the world at large!

      Now to the point … I cannot see this lady in a log cabin in the woods, let alone hunting for her food! She is addicted to Wal-Mart, candy, and buttery movie-theater popcorn 🍿 and is incensed when any of those ‘conveniences’ that she so loves are threatened or … GASP … taken away! Pass the salt …

      Funny thing is that of all the articles I researched, it was mentioned in passing that she has a husband (thankfully perhaps there is another, hopefully more positive influence on the children’s lives), but other than that, no mention of him. I was curious about his feelings regarding the food he is served and the fact that he had to build a special pantry to house all the cookies, candy and chips! 🍩 🍰 🍭

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  5. Just who is this advert for fast food trying to impress. No, don’t tell me, let me guess.
    She really couldn’t have chosen to lambast or ridicule a more important set of proven scientific facts could she. While the world will struggle more and more if it continues along her path she doesn’t want it to improve because that would simply show there are other things she cares for more than the well being of her children.
    The woman is asinine.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • Yes, she is asinine! Throughout glancing through her articles (I could not bring myself to read any of them in full), I kept thinking, “who the heck does she think she is???”. But really, she is no different, I suppose, than the climate deniers who think they know more than the scientists who have devoted their lives to research. She made me want to never eat another potato chip! 😀

      xxx Cwtch, dear David xxx

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  6. She is in a group called the “blamers”. You know them; they are the ones who take no responsibility for themselves. This prevents them from having to look deeply into their own souls (eww!) and acknowledge what a mess they’ve made..of everything. If you can’t look with-in, there’s only one other way to look..with-out. Then you simply decide which group of people you hate but secretly envy, and wa-la! you have your target. And I believe this is the true definition of “idiot”.

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