Punishing the poor for being poor.

Kansas has found another way to punish the poor. Punishing the poor for being poor — and then charging them for being poor — is the height of hateful spite.

[…] legislators in Kansas, not trusting the poor to use their money wisely, have voted to limit how much cash that welfare beneficiaries can receive, effectively reducing their overall benefits, as well.

The legislature placed a daily cap of $25 on cash withdrawals beginning July 1, which will force beneficiaries to make more frequent trips to the ATM to withdraw money from the debit cards used to pay public assistance benefits.

Since there’s a fee for every withdrawal, the limit means that some families will get substantially less money.

Poverty is not a crime

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A biblical definition of marriage

“Bible-believing” Christians desperately want gay marriage to be illegal. They say it’s because that’s what the Bible teaches.

However, in the New Testament Jesus says remarriage after divorce is a sin, but I don’t see Christians fighting to make that illegal. And Paul explicitly forbids marriage between Christians and non-Christians, but I don’t see Christians trying to criminalize inter-religious marriage.

So, what’s with the cherry-picking, Christians? Why can’t you be consistent?

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The Amtrak crash just illustrates a larger national tragedy

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The recent crash of an Amtrak train not only illustrates our decaying infrastructure, but also a larger national and societal tragedy.

The United States of America was once the greatest nation on earth, but in recent generations it has become a land of crumbling infrastructure, dysfunctional politics, predatory oligarchy, a widening gap between the rich and poor, and wasting most of its money and resources on a bloated military.

We are nothing more than a warmongering military machine, with the only real profit coming from the instigation and furthering of endless conflict in the world to create wealth for our military industrial complex. We are in the death and destruction business.

Meanwhile, our infrastructure, institutions and society are falling apart. The incredible military might we built to win World War 2 has metastasized and is now choking us to death.

Passenger rail services in Britain and much of western Europe have for many years had automatic safety systems that warn train drivers if they are speeding and then trigger the brakes to prevent the kind of crash that killed eight and injured more than 200 in a derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Amtrak chiefs promised on Thursday, at the same press conference in Philadelphia where officials announced a rise in the death toll in the crash from seven to eight, that the busiest US train system would have automatic braking by the end of the year.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after a congressional committee in Washington voted not to increase public funding for Amtrak by the $1bn requested by president Barack Obama, but instead to cut it further.

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John Boehner proctology

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John Boehner would be a great lobbyist for proctologists because he’s such a huge asshole.

House Republicans voted to cut funding for Amtrak just one day after a crash killed eight people. Boehner called the question about it “stupid,” then refused to answer it.

Like I said. Asshole. Or maybe just a mean drunk.

House Speaker John Boehner fired back at a reporter Thursday who dared to ask him about the House committee vote Wednesday to cut Amtrak funding.

“Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?”

Well, yes. People are just a tad concerned about Tuesday night’s crash that has now claimed the lives of eight people. But Boehner apparently isn’t.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that people take on the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here,” he said.

And… scene. Boehner ended the press conference.

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Jon Stewart’s latest scathing takedown of Fox News

Jon Stewart ripped Fox News a new one over its nonstop hatred of poor people.

One of my favorite features of The Daily Show is when someone criticizes Fox News for doing something (in this case it was President Obama calling out the right wing network for its portrayal of poor people as lazy leeches), Fox News vehemently defends itself by claiming it’s never done any such thing… and then Jon promptly finds many examples of Fox News doing what Fox News claims it’s never done.

See Wednesday night’s particularly scathing takedown of Fox News here.

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Rick Santorum’s excuse

Rick Santorum’s excuse for why Christianity is fading in America is there aren’t enough anti-abortion zealots running for president.

Rush Limbaugh yesterday said it’s because of all the gays getting married. So maybe Limbaugh and Santorum need to get their stories straight.

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Gay marriage and the criminalization of Christianity

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Some right wing Christians claim that if gay marriage becomes federal law, then Christians will suffer a “holocaust,” i.e. be criminalized, or maybe even herded into extermination camps “just like Nazi Germany.”

I would like them to please explain why, in states where gay marriage has already been legalized, the criminalization of Christian hasn’t happened.

I’ll be waiting for their answer.

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