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Psst! GOP: Wanna get folks off food stamps?

A Census Bureau report released on Tuesday found that the program had kept about four million people above the poverty level and had prevented millions more from sinking further into poverty. The census data also showed nearly 47 million people living in poverty -- close to the highest level in two decades.


Here's my budget:
by Dave in AZ - for Living on less than a Living Wage

1,000.00 - take home pay
- 750.00 - 1 BR in city center (I need good access to public transportation, car died
- 150.00 - average monthly utility coast
- 30.00 - monthly Suntran bus pass
- 200.00 - monthly food cost (since that what I got on SNAP, I'll use that
- 130.00 - negative monthly cash flow, even before telephone, clothes, shoes, etc.

Sorry, Mr. Boehner, I'd go broke.

Dear Republican Congressmen Idiots: Getting food stamps isn't stopping able bodied adults from being productive, responsible adults and working full time. They are working full time, and they still need food stamps to make it because the minimum wage isn't a living wage! Wanna get folks off food stamps and reduce the size & cost of the program? Raise the minimum wage! If the federal minimum wage laws had kept up with inflation, the minimum wage would currently be $10.74. That would be somewhere to start. And, if you guys would throw in a jobs bill or two, that would be really swell.


OBAMA: "GOP aren't focused on you-They're focused on politics & on trying to mess with me"

This is the United States of America. We’re not some banana republic. This is not a deadbeat nation. We don’t run out on our tab. We’re the world’s bedrock investment. The entire world looks to us to make sure the world economy is stable. We can’t just not pay our bills. And even threatening something like that is the height of irresponsibility.

So what I’ve said is I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States. I am not going to allow anyone to harm this country’s reputation. I’m not going to allow them to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people just so they can make an ideological point.


The GOP Plan To Create More Starving Children In America

Suffer the little children
by David Atkins

The next time someone talks about how food stamps create a "culture of dependency", remind them almost half of the people on SNAP, otherwise known as the food stamp program, are children. And nearly half of those kids belong to parents who have jobs, but are in poverty anyway.

Interestingly, most people demanding the starvation of children so that billionaires can buy more yachts call themselves Christian. Perhaps they're reading a Biblical translation that calls for blood sacrifice of innocents so that the rich may enjoy more fruits of Mammon. I missed that part in my copy

GOP today, nuff said

an oldie from DC Comics about today
hat tip: LiberalEsto

peace, kp

USAF nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

USAF nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document
Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.


Each bomb carried a payload of 4 megatons – the equivalent of 4 million tons of TNT explosive. Had the device detonated, lethal fallout could have been deposited over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and as far north as New York city – putting millions of lives at risk.

Though there has been persistent speculation about how narrow the Goldsboro escape was, the US government has repeatedly publicly denied that its nuclear arsenal has ever put Americans' lives in jeopardy through safety flaws. But in the newly-published document, a senior engineer in the Sandia national laboratories responsible for the mechanical safety of nuclear weapons concludes that "one simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe".

Writing eight years after the accident, Parker F Jones found that the bombs that dropped over North Carolina, just three days after John F Kennedy made his inaugural address as president, were inadequate in their safety controls and that the final switch that prevented disaster could easily have been shorted by an electrical jolt, leading to a nuclear burst. "It would have been bad news – in spades," he wrote.

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The Crazy Party - By PAUL KRUGMAN - Can we say “hoist with their own petard”?

* THE BIG STORY THIS FALL WILL BE THE GOP: Paul Krugman’s column today pushes back on all the Green Lanternites, pointing out the folly of blaming Obama for failing to compromise with a GOP that is in the grip of a base that has taken a turn into sheer insanity:

No, this story is all about the G.O.P. First came the southern strategy, in which the Republican elite cynically exploited racial backlash to promote economic goals, mainly low taxes for rich people and deregulation. Over time, this gradually morphed into what we might call the crazy strategy, in which the elite turned to exploiting the paranoia that has always been a factor in American politics — Hillary killed Vince Foster! Obama was born in Kenya! Death panels! — to promote the same goals.

But now we’re in a third stage, where the elite has lost control of the Frankenstein-like monster it created.

So now we get to witness the hilarious spectacle of Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal, pleading with Republicans to recognize the reality that Obamacare can’t be defunded. Why hilarious? Because Mr. Rove and his colleagues have spent decades trying to ensure that the Republican base lives in an alternate reality defined by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Can we say “hoist with their own petard”?

Of course, the coming confrontations are likely to damage America as a whole, not just the Republican brand. But, you know, this political moment of truth was going to happen sooner or later. We might as well have it now.

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Detroit’s Newest Gang: A ‘Mower Gang’ That Restores Closed Parks

Detroit’s Newest Gang: A ‘Mower Gang’ That Restores Closed Parks

A photo of the Detroit Mower Gang, a volunteer group in Detroit, Michigan who gets together to mow abandoned playgrounds in the city. (Photo/Detroit Mower Gang via Facebook)

A group of local citizens have decided to do something about the blighted city’s dozens of overgrown, unused parks.

Though Michigan resident Tom Nardone was busy working and taking care of his three small children, he said he decided to give back to the community and mow a few of the parks himself once he realized that’s all that needed to be done to keep the parks open.


Nardone said he’s not the type to ask permission first, and showed up at the first park to mow the lawn without asking the city’s permission. “We’re more badass,” he said, “we don’t take any shit.”

From that first mow, Nardone’s work to give kids in Detroit their playgrounds back caught on, and he formed the Mower Gang — a group of “do-gooders” that works to restore parkland in the city.

Every Wednesday night, a group of about 25 to 30 Mower Gang members meet up and mow two to three parks in the city. Nardone, the group’s leader, said that the group has about 20 regular members who show up, nine or ten of whom have tractors.


Immigration activist Enrique Morones—calmly hand pasty-white Bill his pasty-white ass

O'Reilly Clips Don't Make Slog Often
posted by DAN SAVAGE on FRI, SEP 20, 2013 at 7:05 AM
VIDEO worth watching:
But watching this guy—immigration activist Enrique Morones—calmly hand pasty-white Bill his pasty-white ass is just too sweet.

Cutest Obama + Kid Picture (Evah) I must admit, it is hard Not to like our president

Yes he has dissappointed,
but as an elementary school teacher (art K-8) I often judge others on how they respond to children. mho, kpete

President Barack Obama writes a note for Alanah Poullard, 5, while visiting with Wounded Warriors in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Barney Frank: Public weariness of war extends to Afghanistan as well---Lets Get Out---ASAP

Frank: Public weariness of war extends to Afghanistan as well


Every argument against a new involvement in Syria applies with even greater force to continuing to stay in Afghanistan. We're spending much, much more money. More people are being killed. It's more destabilizing.

Frank recommends that his like-minded former colleagues in Congress draft a resolution calling for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, targeting the end of 2013 instead of the end of 2014, and allow the will of the American public to propel that legislation into reality:

Let's push my former colleagues to vote on a resolution that says we will be out of Afghanistan as soon as practical, shooting for the end of this year, if it takes more time than that logistically, OK, to protect everybody's safety, but we should be building on that.

And I believe, once members of Congress are confronted with that choice, they're going to hear from their constituents that they ought to make it.


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