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September 11, 2019

The wealthiest country on earth only if you are wealthy

Filed under: Children, Economics, Education, Food, Harm, Health, News, Questions — Scottie @ 09:33

This 9-year-old was denied lunch on his birthday at school. Now the district is making changes

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/us/school-lunch-changes-ohio-trnd/

A boy from Ohio had the “worst birthday ever” after his school lunch was taken away because of an unpaid balance on his account.

 

Jefferson Sharpnack told his grandmother, Diane Bailey, that he was denied his lunch tray when he went to check out. Instead of getting the cheesy breadsticks he had picked out, he was given a piece of cheese and bread by the lunch staff at Green Primary School in Uniontown, Ohio.
It all happened on his ninth birthday, in front of other students in the lunch line, because of a $9 debt, according to Bailey.

Three-fourths of school districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association. In 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandated schools develop plans for students who have deficit accounts.

Think of the huge tax cut the wealthy got from the Republicans, while 3/4 of school districts have children who can not afford to eat.    Is this the nation we want?   A 9 year embarrassed in front of everyone, who probably was already struggling with the effects of being poor, is going to have a real hard time trying to learn anything.     In a country with billionaires and millionaires no child should ever go hungry.  Adults stop taking food away from children.  I was one of those children.  I got one meal a day normally and it was lunch at school.    Thankfully it was in a better US and not one adult shamed me, in fact I was often given food when I was short money to pay for small amount I took.   A couple hot dogs normally, sometimes they would have sliced pizza and I would get a slice.  Let the children eat, as you don’t know what is happening in their life!   Hugs   

August 29, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Legacy

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

 

August 24, 2019

Door Step package theft have gotten out of hand, here is a video.

Filed under: Animals, Food, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, News, You Tube — Scottie @ 21:12

Bear Steals Package from Chewy Right off Family’s Porch

A family in Lackawanna County was expecting a delivery of dog food from the online pet store Chewy, but a hungry bear had other plans.

August 21, 2019

I am home

Filed under: Food, Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:15

Hello Everyone. Pull up a chunk of that internet thing while we still have it.  I am home, holding my older cat Milo who is doing his best to hold my arm down and purring loudly, and I am beat.  

I got my shots and it seems to be OK.  The bad one they again slowed the dose and it looks like on the other ones in two weeks I can go to a maintenance dose, but on that one it will take about 6 more weeks.  Unlike others I will have to stay on maintenance doses for about ever.   If not I will have to start over every few years.  They adjusted two of my medications, a topical medication for if I get hives or something, and a nasal spray to help when I get all chocked up and feel like I can not breath.  When I told her sometimes it is so bad I vomit she was upset as she had not realized the reactions of the sinuses was that bad.  I thought she would give me a talking to on the cats being so close to me all the time, on my desk / pillows but she just reminded me  I am allergic to them.   I showed her the pictures of them on my desk, in my arms, and sleeping with me and she agreed that was a lot of love they gave me. 

I also lost 10 pounds since my last visit three months ago.  I know I am losing weight which I really don’t mind.   The problem is I am rarely hungry and I am not eating much.  I did not eat last night, have not eaten yet today and I still am not hungry yet.  I know I have to eat due to my medications and I am a diabetic.  Funny thing is my primary care doctor loves that I am losing weight as it helps all my blood work labs.  Yet I am not really that over weight.  I am slightly over 5 foot 7 inches tall and today weighted fully clothed at 184.  I remember when I first got put in a wheelchair I started only eating once a day and small amounts.  Ron got upset at that and talk to my doctor.  He told Ron not to worry, when I got hungry I would eat and it was not like I did not have food available,so when I was hungry I would eat.  

So now I will go to a few sites to catch up on the news and then to each of your blogs as fast as I can read them and maybe leave a semi coherent comment.  Hugs.  Scottie

August 4, 2019

Burping

Filed under: Cartoons, Food, Funny Stuff, Memes — Scottie @ 10:26

https://66.media.tumblr.com/6ae863f50741667ef09983fc04560632/tumblr_pvdjzfLn1i1uacv0ho1_500.jpg

 

 

July 27, 2019

Another Minor Dies In Border Custody

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Food, Harm, Hate, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 09:33

I am posting this because this kid died in his own vomit.   In US custody!   Hugs

Nutritionally empty and will make you feel shame. Popularity has no bearing on truth.

Filed under: Cartoons, Food, Memes, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:29

Should Low-Income Military Families Get a Food Allowance? White House Says No

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Family, Food, Greed, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:55

Why do we have service members at or under the poverty level?  Seriously we spend over half our countries budget on the military and contractors get rich while service members struggle.  I remember the sub standard housing in Georgia when I was stationed there.   In Germany we had good housing but in our own country we could only afford old broken down crap.  Today it is worse with much base housing dangerous to the people living in them.   This is not supporting the troops.  Next time some one uses that talking point let them know our lower military ranks are struggling to eat and have a roof over their heads.   Hugs

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/07/18/should-low-income-military-families-get-food-allowance-white-house-says-no.html

The provision — in the House’s version of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill — would provide a monthly allowance for military families equal to 130% of the federal poverty guidelines minus the service member’s gross income (not counting any allowances) divided by 12.

The Trump administration has already weighed in, taking issue with the advocates’ characterization of the situation as well as a need for the bill. In a statement released July 9, the White House said it “strongly objected” to the provision because service members “receive appropriate compensation already.”

For an E-4 with several years in the military, a spouse and two children, the proposed benefit would be roughly $234 a month.

The amount is intended to be used for food, diapers, clothing, toiletries — any essential need.

“The basic needs allowance really is an allowance to do exactly what it says, help with basic needs, a plus-up to the base pay for service members who are at or below 130% of the federal poverty line. We are talking very low pay,” said Josh Protas, vice president for public policy at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

May 13, 2019

Smart pesky critters

Filed under: Animals, Food, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Nature — Scottie @ 08:10

April 7, 2019

Why it is so hard for people today

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Food, History, Memes, News, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:01

 

March 28, 2019

Offline for awhile

Filed under: Family, Food, Love, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:47

I am off to make a tomato red sauce for my hubby.  He has worked a lot of 12 hour shifts lately and he has not complained but I know it is hard for him.   On my way home from my shots I stopped at the Publix grocery store ( great people ) and picked up all I needed to make hubby a grand meal when he wakes up.  

I make my sauce with a base of Dei Fratelli tomato sauce as I find them the most tasty.  Then I add cut mild sausage ( I get the long links and slice them into small sections as Ron likes the taste to bite into them ) and we went back to very lean beef ( was trying to not use beef but can not find anything we like as much ) and then add minced garlic, oregano , sweet basil, rubbed sage, thyme, peppers ( I use a mix of green , yellow, and red ) diced celery, and a small bit of chopped onion ( I don’t really like the taste of onion but in a sauce it adds a good flavor ) and after the sauce is hot and simmering I add some organic meat balls Ron likes.   People have different takes on meatballs , some think they should be baked and then added , I feel they should be put in the sauce to take on the flavor.  I also got two kinds of “toasted bread” for the supper, one garlic and one three cheese.  I may have forgotten a few things I add or do but you get the idea.  Sauce shouldn’t ever come out the same if you make it often.  I feel it should be adaptable and change with your feelings / mood.  To me my cooking is an extension of myself and reflects how I am feeling at that time.  Lucky for me Ron loves my cooking.  ( also my extension of my self ?  )  Hugs

March 26, 2019

Trump privately vents about federal aid to Puerto Rico as food stamp crisis hits

tRump & crew do not seem to understand that these are US citizens.  Instead they only see these people as “brown people”.   Hugs

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-ne-trump-federal-aids-puerto-rico-20190325-story.html

About 43 percent of Puerto Rico’s residents are grappling with a sudden cut to a benefit they rely on for groceries and other essentials.

Federal lawmakers have also been stalled by the Trump administration, which has derided the extra aid as unnecessary

Puerto Rico will again need the federal government’s help to stave off drastic cuts to Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor and disabled, as well as for the disbursement of billions in hurricane relief aid that has not yet been turned over to the island.

The island would not need Congress to step in to fund its food stamps and Medicaid programs if it were a state. For U.S. states, the federal government has committed to funding these programs’ needs, whatever the cost and without needing to take a vote. But Puerto Rico instead funds its programs through a block grant from the federal government, which need to be regularly renewed, and also gives food stamp benefits about 40 percent smaller than those of U.S. states.

But at an Oval Office meeting on Feb. 22, Trump asked top advisers for ways to limit federal support from going to Puerto Rico, believing it is taking money that should be going to the mainland, according to senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of the presidents’ private remarks.

The meeting — an afternoon session focused on Housing and Urban Development grants — ended abruptly, and Trump has continued to ask aides how much money the island will get. Then, Trump said he wanted the money to only fortify the electric grid there.

A senior administration official with direct knowledge of the meeting described Trump’s stance: “He doesn’t want another single dollar going to the island.”

The impasse comes amid a hardening opposition by the president against extending additional aid to Puerto Rico. Trump sees the island as fundamentally broken and has told advisers that no amount of money will ever fix its systemic problems.

He describes in meetings that large swaths of the island never had power to begin with and that it is “ridiculous” how much money is going to Puerto Rico in food stamp aid, according to the senior official. He has occasionally groused about how ungrateful political officials in Puerto Rico were for the administration’s help, the official said.

Trump also read a Wall Street Journal story from October and became convinced that bondholders and others were profiting off federal government aid — and grew furious. (The story describes prices on Puerto Rico’s bonds increasing after its governing fiscal board projected disaster funding would boost the island’s overall economic health.) Since then, aides have described a president who regularly brings up the island to make sure it is not getting too much money. Current and former officials say Trump often complains in meetings that Puerto Rico doesn’t even know how to spend the money the island has been allocated.

March 10, 2019

Shocker: “Humanitarian Aid” Stunt Used To Escalate Against Venezuela

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Food, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:20

As it turns out (and who could have predicted this?), all that posturing by the United States government about “humanitarian aid” seems to have been a cynical ploy to further escalate against the Venezuelan government, which has been a longtime CIA target for regime change ever since President Hugo Chávez took office in 1999. It may be time to face the cold, stark possibility that, as hard as it is to fathom, the government of the United States of America is interested in Venezuela not for humanitarian reasons at all, but because it has the single largest proven oil reserves of any nation on the entire planet.

After all, if the US were so keen on getting its $20 million of humanitarian aid to the people of Venezuela, it could simply have given that shipment to one of the many nations that Venezuela is currently accepting aid from like Russia, China, India, Turkey or Cuba to deliver instead of instigating a hostile stand-off on Colombian and Brazilian border towns. Or, rather than demanding that a literally besieged government passively allow large, unexamined shipping containers to be delivered by the government orchestrating that siege into the hands of the Venezuelan faction that is collaborating with it, they could simply have given that shipment to the UN or the Red Cross for delivery. But rather than taking those extremely easy and diplomatically simple measures to deliver its relatively small amount of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people, the most difficult and provocative path was deliberately taken instead, with some extremely suspicious activity leading to the delivery being set fire to by anti-Maduro protesters.

View at Medium.com

A smattering of writings from Caitlin Johnstone on Venezuela.

Filed under: Food, Greed, Harm, History, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:14

Firstly, Maduro is not refusing humanitarian aid for his people. Only an idiot would believe that the latest Official Bad Guy (who coincidentally happens to be sitting on top of the largest oil reserves on earth) is intentionally starving and depriving his people, and anyone who makes such claims should have to explain how they make that work in their minds. What’s the idea behind that, exactly? Is he starving them all and cutting them off from medical supplies because he hates them? Is he trying to kill everyone in Venezuela so that he can have the entire country to himself? Does he have some strange sexual fetish for the slow starvation of an entire citizenry? How specifically does this work?

February 17, 2019

Laughter

Filed under: Food, Funny Stuff, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:57

I like laughing and people who can laugh.   Today I encountered the perfect example.   Ron is working a lot of 12 hour night shifts in a row.   We were running short on stuff so I decided after the Sunday morning news shows I would drive down to the local Publix grocery store about 2 miles away.  I knew because I was going there around noon time and the local churches ( yes three between here and there ) would also be getting out it would be very slow on the road and the store would be busy.   I also was struggling with my back.  Long story short I went to help some older people with a new laptop a few days ago and it took hours and I hurt my back sitting in their kitchen chairs.   Not their fault , they are grand people,  it is the damage in my back requires certain supports and stuff.   So the muscles in my back along my spine in the lower and middle levels are swollen ( spasmed ) and very sore.  Makes walking or lifting anything really painful.   So I got myself in the correct frame of mind before I even left the house.   And it begins!

Sure enough as I left my driveway and headed to the side road to go to the main road the church behind my home which is right there on the side road was having an exodus of very white  ( or blue ) haired ladies and bald men shuffling slowly from the church steps and across the side road to the parking lot.  I realized why they bunch up that way and go in herds, there is safety in numbers and the slower ones in front hold back the faster shuffling ones behind them.  I just let the car shut it self off and even though every now and again one of the docile creatures would look up and motion me to run over them I waved the entire migration through.   This however caused several of the first ones to get their cars started into the side road where it seemed to confuse them there was two directions to travel.  The side road is only wide enough for two small cars with a single piece of paper between them so there was a lot of hestations and false starts to enter traffic.   I waited my turn as I no longer had my huge 6.6 turbo diesel dually pick up and the new little car did not have the ground clearance to use those ahead of me as speed bumps.   We traveled down the side road at a stately 25 miles an hour slowing to the cautious speed of 12 MPH when meeting oncoming traffic.   Lucky for my sanity this stretch is only for the first mile of the the trip.  

At the end of the side road we meet the main road, a two lane in each direction divided by a median.   To inter this road one gets a break in the North bound traffic and then moves to a large center paved opening where the median would be.  Then when one gets another break one merges into the southbound traffic.   This takes only a minute or so in rush hour traffic during the week and is almost instant at any other time.  But not at church release time for the gentle herd.   Having just been filled to the brim with the information of what waited for them should they lose at this blood sport of moving traffic they were not taking any chances.  This judging the approaching cars speed was a serious business needing a committee of elders with at least two deacons.   I was looking for the sign that said “give up all who wish to leave this side road” but I couldn’t see it.   After 5 minutes I was tempted to pull over into the grass and go to the front of the line to wave those filled with the foot stopping power of the holy spirit forward.  I also felt maybe I should check for those who had over done with the excitement of this endeavor and had fallen asleep.  I should mention the main road was not overly busy.  After ten minutes I was at the head of the line.  The was a new problem.   Apparently there was a bible convention in the center waiting area as no less than five cars were waiting to move into the two south bound lanes.   Being very kind people they were each waiting for their fellows to go first.   I counted three on coming cars, yes just three, well spaced out .  Remember there are two lanes here.   I was starting to lose my ZEN, and my wanting to use the twin turbos on the new car was kicking in.  I got the chance!  

Leaving the herd behind I was able to do a decent 57 MPH the rest of the entire nearly a mile to the store entrance where I zip into the parking lot.  Which was jammed.   I had figured it would be busy so didn’t mind the parking nearly half way down the parking lot on the exit doors side, which was so far way it needed a different zip code.   My pain pills were still working some so I made my way inside, selected my cart of choice, which was a much smaller selection than normal, and waited while four members of a new herd belonging to the Church of Cannot Understand the Traffic Flow of In and Out Doors to slowly one at a time make the daring plod from the store into the cart storage area and out of second set of entrance doors.  They were timid creatures needing time to work the courage up to cross the threshold so I leaned a while on the shopping cart.  I felt my pants pocket where my pill case was in a very reassuring way. 

I won’t bore anyone with most of the shopping detail of deadlocked isles and confused shoppers wonder why the things they wanted to buy seemed in the wrong isles / departments and who had moved them.   However I did simply break down in loud laughter at row of milk coolers.   It was here the total absurdity of the situation got to me.  There was a conflab going on in the general area of the coolers.  There were people with carts trying to go in every direction , mostly into each other.  There was people who had abandoned their carts to try to do solo missions through the dangerous beachhead to the valued containers of milk.  There seemed to be a complete subsection of the herd trying to figure out if the percentage was what they normally got while their counterparts were more convinced the they needed to heft each jug for weight comparisons before selection.   I even took a minute to feel sorry for the short elderly lady in front of me who muttered ” I only need a milk and I am out of here”, a feeling I agreed with.   Just to be clear there is no milk shortage in florida, but it seems everyone in the county wants to buy it at the same time from the same store.  

Then it happened.  The thing that set me off.  I admit I was not not graceful nor restrained in any way.  That I didn’t pee my pants is a miracle worthy of a Sunday morning sermon.  Into this complete cluster of confusion walked a tall very portly man with a mission.  He immediately assessed the situation and in a pleasantly deep loud ringing voice proceed to announce the need for a traffic light at the milk department.  He kept up a steady list of pronouncements as to the situation offering to contact medical aid for those who had passed out while waiting.  He was funny and brash, and while doing this he attracted enough attention that he managed to slip his huge bulk to the doors of the coolers, subtracted a gallon of the precious white stuff and back out again without being the subject of an evening news police report.   I roared.  I thought it was a superb performance.  I laughed so hard I got to coughing.  Several people decided I was mentally unhinged and I found the entire area in front of the milk coolers was suddenly emptying of people.  It was down to the short older lady, me , two guys who were trying hard not to notice me.   The lady started to laugh with me.  She looked at me and said ” was that on our shopping list”, which caused me to laugh uncontrollably even more.   

I was now in such good humor I didn’t mind the limping walk to the car because my pain medications had worn off in the years this excursion had taken me.    Nor did I get upset at the nice couple getting out of the church nearest the grocery store proceeding to do a stately 37 MPH all the way down the main road , and when they turned on the the side road I realized I would follow them all the way to our park.  At the grand speed of 19 MPH.   To be fair there was two other cars coming the other way on this same road and we had to be sure no sudden moves were made that may actually start the blood flow in their bodies. One must take precautions you know.  

Well thank you everyone for sharing my monumental attempt to get a few items so the cats would have treats.  I will now go read political / religious news so I can calm my nerves and lower my blood pressure.  😜😜😂🤣😁😃😊😎😻😻  Hugs

 

January 18, 2019

REUTERS: Private Prison Group Works Asylum Seekers For Pennies, Then Gouges Them For Commissary Food

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Food, Greed, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 17:00

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/01/reuters-private-prison-group-works-asylum-seekers-for-pennies-then-gouges-them-for-commissary-food/

Reuters reports:

Immigrants and activists say facilities such as Adelanto, owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based Geo Group Inc, the nation’s largest for-profit corrections company, deliberately skimp on essentials, even food, to coerce detainees to labor for pennies an hour to supplement meager rations.

 

RELATED: In late 2017, Geo Group executives partied lavishly at Trump’s Miami golf resort after landing a $110 million federal contract. That contract came months after they donated six figures to a pro-Trump super PAC.

December 21, 2018

The dictator strikes again.

Filed under: Children, Economics, Food, Greed, Harm, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:57

The president gave billions to corporate farms due to his tariffs hurting their profits, yet we cut the very food assistance the poor need to survive.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Criminal, Economics, Family, Food, Greed, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:48

December 20, 2018

Trump Admin Moves To Restrict Food Stamps Eligibility

Filed under: Children, Economics, Family, Food, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:07

https://www.joemygod.com/2018/12/trump-admin-moves-to-restrict-food-stamps-eligibility/

If there was work available that a person could do while having childcare and necessary flexibility while paying a wage high enough to afford to feed yourself and your children you wouldn’t need these laws.  The fact is that the single largest group needing food assistance is military families.   One of the largest groups is also low income workers like walmart employees.  People seem to forget for a mother to go work even part time she needs to have childcare, yet none of these programs provide it, nor give an exception for mothers who have no one to look after their children.    It is being between a rock and a hard place, there is no way for a mother to win.  I find it interesting that republicans view wealth.  To get the wealthy to do more they give them tax cuts and rebates.  To get the poor to do more they take away any support or assistance they get.  Really seems backwards to me.  Hugs

 

December 19, 2018

A little girl died because she was not given anything to drink in US custody. I do not care how remote the post was, the people who worked there had liquids to drink, they could have shared.

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Fascism, Food, Harm, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:18

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