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I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it. If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they’ll learn a more important lesson.

West Virginia Delegate Ray Canterbury, R-Greenbrier, speaking against a bill to require schools maximize school meal participation and set up foundations in every county that collect private donations to fund expanded meal programs.

Canterbury further repeated that there is no such thing as a free lunch and predicted the program could set up children for failure by “destroying their work ethic” and “showing them there’s an easy way.”

This man disgusts me. West Virginia has one of the highest rates of poverty in the nation. So Canterbury thinks learning the “work ethic” is more important than food and education… this reminds me of something. 

Oh, right. From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens:

“At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”

“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

“And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

“They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.”

“The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge.

“Both very busy, sir.”

“Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”

“Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,” returned the gentleman, “a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”

“Nothing!” Scrooge replied.

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serenechaos:

choochoobear:

This is from a facebook page Lauren Pierce, the college Republican who was “totes jokin’” about assassination attempts on President Obama.  I’m sure it’ll vanish soon, but it can currently be found here.  See the part about killing one drag rat for every 100 people to join her group?  Yeah, that’s local slang for the homeless people on the main drag, especially homeless kids.
So - yeah.  This is the kind of person Lauren Pierce is.  She’s since made her Twitter private and a few of her friends have cried Freedom of Speech.  She does, in fact, have freedom of speech.  She does not, however, have freedom from the responsibility for her speech.  And the fact she’s scurrying off and hiding from it shows she’s just another privileged fuck-up.

“The Drag” is slang for a strip of the street Guadelupe as it runs by the UToA campus. As this person said, a drag rat is slang for a homeless person along this strip. Generally speaking, drag rats are teens that have run away from their homes. At least, the drag rats I’ve spoken to. Anyway, this is depressing.

Wow. Help me pad my resume as I joke about slaying homeless runaways. For the love Jeebus… This is the delightful little wretch who thought joking about shooting Obama was “just a joke” and that an “attempted assassination” would only make things worse, because then he wouldn’t be the worst president ever. Yep.

serenechaos:

choochoobear:

This is from a facebook page Lauren Pierce, the college Republican who was “totes jokin’” about assassination attempts on President Obama.  I’m sure it’ll vanish soon, but it can currently be found here. See the part about killing one drag rat for every 100 people to join her group?  Yeah, that’s local slang for the homeless people on the main drag, especially homeless kids.

So - yeah.  This is the kind of person Lauren Pierce is.  She’s since made her Twitter private and a few of her friends have cried Freedom of Speech.  She does, in fact, have freedom of speech.  She does not, however, have freedom from the responsibility for her speech.  And the fact she’s scurrying off and hiding from it shows she’s just another privileged fuck-up.

“The Drag” is slang for a strip of the street Guadelupe as it runs by the UToA campus. As this person said, a drag rat is slang for a homeless person along this strip. Generally speaking, drag rats are teens that have run away from their homes. At least, the drag rats I’ve spoken to. Anyway, this is depressing.

Wow. Help me pad my resume as I joke about slaying homeless runaways. For the love Jeebus… This is the delightful little wretch who thought joking about shooting Obama was “just a joke” and that an “attempted assassination” would only make things worse, because then he wouldn’t be the worst president ever. Yep.

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Compassionate conservatism at its best. This is in response to a man hitting 4 people at Occupy DC, one of them pregnant, and receiving no citation

She tweeted this and then preemptively blocked me. Beautiful. Check her out: @RR_Conservative - Gina’s a charmer! Save all teh babiez! (Until mom is pregnant and protesting, then she’s stupid and deserves to get hit.) Pro-life, LULZ!

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This heartless tweet comes courtesy of Matthew Klein, Treasurer of the Orange County Young Republicans. Check him out: @mklein35
In his bio, he claims he loves his country. Well, it’s totally patriotic to celebrate the deaths of others, amirite?! Especially because they’re all looking for a free ride, yeah? Get it? He didn’t have HANDOUTS so he DIED! HILARIOUS! </sarcasm>
For the record, the man was homeless and appears to have died from natural causes. But don’t let that stop the right-wing! They’re losing it over this story, marking the first time many conservatives have given a flying fuck about the homeless. We all know it’s not because they actually care - it’s because they can use his death to attempt to delegitimize the Occupy movement. 
You can contact the Orange County Young Republicans here.

This heartless tweet comes courtesy of Matthew Klein, Treasurer of the Orange County Young Republicans. Check him out: @mklein35

In his bio, he claims he loves his country. Well, it’s totally patriotic to celebrate the deaths of others, amirite?! Especially because they’re all looking for a free ride, yeah? Get it? He didn’t have HANDOUTS so he DIED! HILARIOUS! </sarcasm>

For the record, the man was homeless and appears to have died from natural causes. But don’t let that stop the right-wing! They’re losing it over this story, marking the first time many conservatives have given a flying fuck about the homeless. We all know it’s not because they actually care - it’s because they can use his death to attempt to delegitimize the Occupy movement. 

You can contact the Orange County Young Republicans here.

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The debate crowd boos a gay soldier, who is currently deployed in Iraq, for asking about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. 

Santorum proceeded to lecture the soldier. According to TPM, Santorum sputtered:

I would say any type of sexual activity has no place in the military. The fact they are making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to and removing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military’s job is to do one thing to defend our the military…

To sum up, Republicans love to claim our soldiers, except for the gay ones. 

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The American Academy of Pediatrics refutes Michelle Bachmann's anti-Gardasil claims

Here’s a response to Michele Bachmann’s claim that Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, can cause mental retardation. I’m pasting their release in its entirety so I can bold for emphasis.

The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made in the Republican presidential campaign that HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation. There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement. Since the vaccine has been introduced, more than 35 million doses have been administered, and it has an excellent safety record.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend that girls receive HPV vaccine around age 11 or 12. That’s because this is the age at which the vaccine produces the best immune response in the body, and because it’s important to protect girls well before the onset of sexual activity. In the U.S., about 6 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year, and 4,000 women die from cervical cancer. This is a life-saving vaccine that can protect girls from cervical cancer.

Before anyone wants to claim they are not speaking to Bachmann directly, I’d like to remind folks that she’s the only one making the claim that it causes mental retardation

This is one of the few things, if not the only thing, Rick Perry has done right as governor as Texas. Opponents have this idea that if young girls get the vaccine, they’ll suddenly become sexually active. This assumes that parents are telling girls they are getting a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer caused by a form of an STD and this means they can have all the unprotected sex they want. I’m 100% sure that’s not the case. Parents are also able to opt out of the vaccine requirement if they wish. 

To me, Bachmann’s statement is cruel and reckless. Often, women don’t know they have HPV because they display no symptoms - same with men. It’s estimated that by age 50, 80% of women will have contracted HPV, and nearly all cases of cervical cancer are linked to persistent infection with the virus. Bachmann is in favor of jettisoning a measure to prevent a form of cancer simply to score political points. 

She belongs with the crowd cheering the deaths of uninsured, because those “innocent little girls” she’s so worried about would see their chances of developing a deadly cancer skyrocket - just so she could outdo her opponents. If that’s not heartless, I don’t know what would be heartless.

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nah he just should’ve taken care of his teeth, information is out there for it to be prevented. and people pay a shit ton to go to medical and dental school so no one should get treatment for free. whatever.

And the heartless comment of the week award goes to…. *drumroll* 

wavesarewashingme for this comment above on a link I posted, "Man Dies From Toothache, Couldn’t Afford Meds"

<sarcasm> It was tagged “unpopular opinion” and with that, I guess it leaves said commenter off the hook, right? 

Hell no. Yeah, there’s information “out there” but it doesn’t mean someone has access to the information. And yes, people pay quite a bit to go to school in this country, as opposed to other countries with socialized medicine and subsidized education. And often, those countries are doing much better in economic and social indicators than the supposed greatest country on Earth.

I can’t get into the mind set that dismissed a human life with “whatever, no one should get shit for free.” And I hope you never have to deal with a tooth infection or other dental problem which can happen even if you brush your teeth twice daily. But if you do, whatever. I’m sure you’ll be able to survive. Or not. You know, whatever. People die all the time. It’s just, like, happens y’know?

Ooh, look, puppy gifs! </sarcasm>

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Rick Perry Wanted to Make Money Off of Dead Teachers

Is it wrong to benefit from someone’s death? What if you knew that at your job, the higher-ups took out a life insurance policy on you, and when you died they would be paid an uncertain amount of money? As your job counts the cash, your family would then be left to pay for all the medical bills, funeral arrangements and more. It sounds devilish, who would ever want to be involved in something like that? The answer: Republican evangelical Tea Party favorite, Rick Perry.

The idea of making money from dead people isn’t a new one. Many corporations, including powerhouses like Walmart and Bank of America, have taken out policies on their employees, who, at the time had no idea it was happening. The practice is called Corporate-owned life insurance, other wise known as Dead Peasant Insurance. When these policies go into action (i.e., the employee dies) the company would cash in on thousands and sometimes millions of dollars. As the families grieved, the company grew its bank account.

This is disgusting and horrifying. Wal-Mart used to do this, but no longer takes out these policies. For more on Dead Peasant Insurance, watch Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story (Yes, I know it’s Michael Moore, but just watch it.)

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Recently, The Heritage Foundation released a report on poverty in American, largely trying to debunk the idea that poor people are poor. They included facts like the majority of people living in poverty have refrigerators, microwaves, and air conditioners. Never mind these things might be attached to a rental unit of some kind&#8230; it&#8217;s not like those items listed are big-ticket items, particularly when bought used. 
I met a family the other day who, according to the Heritage Foundation, is living in the lap of luxury. I&#8217;ll let you folks make up your minds. 
I was at the Salvation Army last week and was looking at the appliances. There was an older microwave for $5. A woman in front of me (I&#8217;ll call her Ann) at the register bought the microwave and was telling her kids they&#8217;d get microwave popcorn again. It looked like that $5 microwave made those kids&#8217; day. Now, that microwave would have been included in The Heritage Foundation&#8217;s analysis because she also receives WIC, and Heritage Foundation is especially interested in those receiving federal benefits.
I know she receives WIC, because she asked me if all the grocery stores in town took it. Ann just moved here about three weeks ago and was staying with a friend who was now in the process of moving away. I talked to her for about half an hour outside the store. She asked if I knew which hotel was the cheapest and cleanest, because she couldn&#8217;t afford the rent here (college is about to start, so the cheapest rentals are gone) and she&#8217;s on a list for a housing voucher.
I helped her put a suitcase on a luggage rack on the top of her car to make room for the microwave in her trunk. She mentioned she was glad to have a place to work and, she hoped, a place to live. I asked where she moved from. She said Denver, and that she and her kids were living in their car for a few months (in the midst of a heat wave) because her landlord kicked her out and she had nowhere to go. Ann said she never signed a lease and the landlord evicted her with just a few hours notice because her two-year-old was too noisy. She was afraid to go for DFS for help because she thought they&#8217;d take the kids, what with them living in the car. She interviewed for a job at a fast food place here about a week ago and starts this Monday. She&#8217;d been out of work for about 5 months when she moved up here.
I gave her the phone numbers for every community resource I could think of, pointed her towards the hotels I knew were cheap and clean, and offered to help in any way I could. Ann said that I&#8217;d helped, that she already knew how to get along the best she could, and that &#8220;being poor takes skills you don&#8217;t know you have &#8216;til you need them.&#8221;
But according to Heritage Foundation, she&#8217;s not poor. She and her 3 kids are living in a hotel here that has a fridge, a queen bed (or two), a $5 microwave she bought, and she&#8217;s living in the lap of luxury (as defined by them)? I don&#8217;t think so. Their report exemplifies what I (and others) call &#8220;Poor people can&#8217;t have nice things.&#8221; Basically, if you have a very basic amenity, like a microwave, you&#8217;re obviously not poor. Apparently, being poor involves some kind of &#8220;noble suffering&#8221; and if you aren&#8217;t suffering Oliver Twist-style, you aren&#8217;t poor. 
I can see Ann and her kids were struggling. But that&#8217;s seemingly not &#8220;low&#8221; enough for folks at the Heritage Foundation. I don&#8217;t care what &#8220;amenities&#8221; people in poverty supposedly have - to me, one person being one paycheck away from homelessness or food insecurity is one too many. One in seven Americans currently rely on food stamps to eat. And never mind those folks trying to subsist on the goodwill of others and/or unemployment. I&#8217;m not going to quibble about a cell phone or a television. 
I hope she&#8217;s doing alright, the job works out, and the kids get microwave popcorn.

Recently, The Heritage Foundation released a report on poverty in American, largely trying to debunk the idea that poor people are poor. They included facts like the majority of people living in poverty have refrigerators, microwaves, and air conditioners. Never mind these things might be attached to a rental unit of some kind… it’s not like those items listed are big-ticket items, particularly when bought used. 

I met a family the other day who, according to the Heritage Foundation, is living in the lap of luxury. I’ll let you folks make up your minds. 

I was at the Salvation Army last week and was looking at the appliances. There was an older microwave for $5. A woman in front of me (I’ll call her Ann) at the register bought the microwave and was telling her kids they’d get microwave popcorn again. It looked like that $5 microwave made those kids’ day. Now, that microwave would have been included in The Heritage Foundation’s analysis because she also receives WIC, and Heritage Foundation is especially interested in those receiving federal benefits.

I know she receives WIC, because she asked me if all the grocery stores in town took it. Ann just moved here about three weeks ago and was staying with a friend who was now in the process of moving away. I talked to her for about half an hour outside the store. She asked if I knew which hotel was the cheapest and cleanest, because she couldn’t afford the rent here (college is about to start, so the cheapest rentals are gone) and she’s on a list for a housing voucher.

I helped her put a suitcase on a luggage rack on the top of her car to make room for the microwave in her trunk. She mentioned she was glad to have a place to work and, she hoped, a place to live. I asked where she moved from. She said Denver, and that she and her kids were living in their car for a few months (in the midst of a heat wave) because her landlord kicked her out and she had nowhere to go. Ann said she never signed a lease and the landlord evicted her with just a few hours notice because her two-year-old was too noisy. She was afraid to go for DFS for help because she thought they’d take the kids, what with them living in the car. She interviewed for a job at a fast food place here about a week ago and starts this Monday. She’d been out of work for about 5 months when she moved up here.

I gave her the phone numbers for every community resource I could think of, pointed her towards the hotels I knew were cheap and clean, and offered to help in any way I could. Ann said that I’d helped, that she already knew how to get along the best she could, and that “being poor takes skills you don’t know you have ‘til you need them.”

But according to Heritage Foundation, she’s not poor. She and her 3 kids are living in a hotel here that has a fridge, a queen bed (or two), a $5 microwave she bought, and she’s living in the lap of luxury (as defined by them)? I don’t think so. Their report exemplifies what I (and others) call “Poor people can’t have nice things.” Basically, if you have a very basic amenity, like a microwave, you’re obviously not poor. Apparently, being poor involves some kind of “noble suffering” and if you aren’t suffering Oliver Twist-style, you aren’t poor. 

I can see Ann and her kids were struggling. But that’s seemingly not “low” enough for folks at the Heritage Foundation. I don’t care what “amenities” people in poverty supposedly have - to me, one person being one paycheck away from homelessness or food insecurity is one too many. One in seven Americans currently rely on food stamps to eat. And never mind those folks trying to subsist on the goodwill of others and/or unemployment. I’m not going to quibble about a cell phone or a television. 

I hope she’s doing alright, the job works out, and the kids get microwave popcorn.

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You know, what I don’t understand about it is they’re all card-carrying liberals. When does the death of a child bother them? I’ve never seen them get so upset over the death of a child. If the child had died, what, two years earlier in the womb this woman would be a star. She’d be a hero. And folks, I don’t think that is a cliché to say. And I don’t think it is as cheap attempt at humor. I think that while it may be uncomfortable to hear — one of the reasons it is uncomfortable to hear is that there is an element of truth in it.

You people in the media, if you really, really think she is guilty and you want to feel better about this, just tell yourselves that she waited a couple of years to get an abortion and then you’ll feel better.

Rush Limbaugh, claiming the media should just pretend Casey Anthony aborted her child two years late so they feel better.

Is there really any low to which he will not stoop? When does the death of a child bother me? When a child dies. It’s a choice to have an abortion, one that’s much different than the choice to murder a living, breathing, autonomous human being.

Casey Anthony would not be a hero nor a star for having an abortion. She’d simply be one more anonymous American woman of millions who’ve made the choice to not have a child at that particular time. It’s a decision not made lightly, and a choice that two years ago was not as restricted as it is now.

A little girl was murdered and all Limbaugh can do is comment on the people who gave a shit. Callous doesn’t even begin to describe the mental gymnastics needed to make that work.

(Source: realclearpolitics.com)

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My father got sick when I was 22… and I was poor. And my father had an ulcer, and it exploded, and, you know, all these toxins get in your blood - and basically, my father died 50 days after his ulcer. So I had a father get sick while I was poor.

My mother got sick while I was rich. I don’t really wanna get into to it, but my mother was sicker than my father, okay? And my mother’s alive. My mother’s fine, okay?

I remember going to the hospital to see my mother and wondering, was I in the right place? Like, this is a hotel! Like, it had a concierge, man! …If the average person really knew the discrepancy in the healthcare system, there’d be riots in the streets, okay? They would burn this motherfucker down.

CHRIS ROCK, responding to host Bill Maher asking if he ever went to the emergency room as his primary healthcare provider, on Real Time (via inothernews) (via magulartheimpalor) (via allyourlovearebelongtome) (via gertymac)

Reblog for all those dumbfucks who parade about announcing the US has the best healthcare system in the world. It’s a great system, if you’ve got the money.

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This is so true.

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Chris Rock is right. Don’t believe me? Visit a hospital in the poorest part of a city, then a private “medical park.” Then grab your pitchfork and torch.

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