Attacks on food stamps for being full of waste and fraud are fairly commonplace. “Food Stamp Program Riddled with Waste and Fraud,” one Heartland Institute post declared. “This program is known for waste, fraud and abuse,” according to Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO).
The biggest problem with this critique is that it’s completely factually incorrect. Food stamp “fraud” (which mainly means trading food stamps for cash, a totally reasonable activity that in a just world would be 100 percent legal without any fees attached to it) is very rare, with a fraud rate of only 1 percent.
As for waste, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Dottie Rosenbaum has a new report explaining that the rate of overpayment and underpayment (that is, the payment of either too much or too little in benefits to participants, including any payments to ineligible people) have both been falling considerably in recent years:
Matthew Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky’s Adopted Son, Tells the Untold Story of His Childhood Sexual Abuse —Tune in for this special episode of Oprah Prime on Thursday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
According to philly.com, this will be the first television interview given by any of Sandusky’s six adopted children since his 2012 sex-abuse charges. According to the website, Matt Sandusky, 35, met Jerry and his wife, Dottie, when he was a boy attending their Second Mile charity. A few years later he would move in with the family and would be formally adopted when he was 18.
Matt Sandusky tells Oprah that his adoptive father had a ritual of “grooming, methodical control and manipulation,” according to Oprah’s website.
“At bedtime, his ritual began,” Sandusky tells Oprah in a brief video clip of the episode.
What if militias announced a showdown with the feds and nobody came?
That’s pretty much what happened in Texas this week, after a handful of militia activists called on their fellow militia members to intervene in the increasingly fraught humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, involving large numbers of children from Central America who are straining the government’s ability to process their complicated cases.
For a Texas militiaman named Chris Davis, there was nothing complicated about it. In a video he posted at YouTube - which he has since been removed - he offered a simple solution for dealing with the young border crossers.
“How?” Davis asked rhetorically. “You see an illegal, you point your gun right dead at them, right between the eyes, and say ‘Get back across the border, or you will be shot.’ Simple as that. If you get any flak from sheriffs, city, or feds, Border Patrol, tell them look — this is our birthright. We have a right to secure our own land. This is our land. This is our birthright.”
Democrat, Republican or Independent, it doesn’t matter. Any Black man or woman can be the victim of racism anywhere—but especially on the campaign trail, as a Florida congressional hopeful found out.
Gloreatha “Glo” Smith, a Black conservative running in the Republican primary for Florida’s 5th congressional district, was surprised when her husband showed her a campaign poster that he found on the ground just outside downtown Jacksonville last week. Smith’s skin had been spray-painted white by racist vandals.
“It was a little hurtful, but honestly I don’t know anyone’s motive or reasoning for doing such a thing,” Smith said. “We’ve not spent a lot of time thinking about the whys and who did it. We want to leave that up to law enforcement to check it out and do their investigation and stay focused on our campaign.”
Since 2009, there have been 17 shootings involving anti-government extremists and law enforcement. In just three months since Bundy’s “victory” over the BLM, there have been several standoffs. In April, a BLM worker driving a marked federal vehicle was accosted by two hooded men who pointed a handgun at him and held a sign that read, “You need to die.” The following month, a local Utah county commissioner and 50 others rode all-terrain vehicles across the 14-mile stretch of Recapture Canyon that the BLM has closed to motor vehicles, in protest of the federal government’s control over public lands. In mid-June a man named Brent Douglas Cole allegedly shot and wounded a BLM ranger and a California Highway Patrol officer while camping in Nevada City, California.
Then, of course, there were the Millers.
The Millers left a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a swastika on the police officers’ bodies.
At the Bundy ranch, before he and his wife, Amanda, were reportedly asked to leave, Jerad Miller told a Las Vegas TV station, “I feel sorry for any federal agents that want to come in here and try to push us around, or anything like that. I really don’t want violence toward them, but if they’re gonna come bring violence to us, well, if that’s the language they want to speak, we’ll learn it.”
Less than two months later, the couple shot and killed two Las Vegas cops and another man and before dying in a shootout with police. The Millers left a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and a swastika on the police officers’ bodies.
Since 2009, there have been 17 shooting incidents between antigovernment extremists and law enforcement. In 2010, a father-and-son team of sovereign citizens, who believe that the law doesn’t apply to them, executed two Arkansas police officers during a traffic stop, and a California extremist shot and injured two state troopers. Another extremist in Texas tried to kill two sheriff’s deputies. Similar incidents have happened since, some ending in loss of life.
For those harboring deep hatred of the federal government, the BLM pullout was seen as a dramatic victory, one instance where the armed radicals of the right stared through their own gunsights at the gun barrels of law enforcement officials and won. Rather than being condemned, their actions garnered the support of numerous politicians, including the governor of Nevada and commentators like Fox News’ Sean Hannity — a truly repulsive spectacle. This pandering to the far right by both politicians and media figures ended in a hurry, however, when Bundy engaged in racist blather about “the Negro.” Racism was crossing a line, apparently, but the calls from the ranch for revolution and outright defiance of federal law enforcement seemed to be just fine with the Hannitys of the world.
The fallout from the BLM stand down is very troubling: an even more emboldened antigovernment movement. Just in the months since the Bundy “victory,” tense standoffs between the BLM and antigovernment activists have taken place across the West — in Idaho, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The scariest incident happened in Utah, where two men pointed a handgun at a BLM worker in a marked federal vehicle while holding up a sign that said, “You need to die.”
Business Insider has more on Charles C. Johnson and it is hardly flattering. The title is pretty scathing and the contents, well, we’ve read enough about the clown called Charles C. Johnson here at LGF. Hmm, I wonder if the “C” stands for clown and this is simply performance art taking what Charles Johnson of LGF does with respectability, adding the “C” and the clown-like attitude, all for getting followers. I digress, here’s the read….
Meet The ‘Mega Troll’ Who’s Turned A Major US Senate Race Into His Own Performance Art Piece
Charles C. Johnson hadn’t covered the Mississippi Senate Republican primary until it was already over.
Almost a week after incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran officially staved off a primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel — results that were certified this week — Johnson exploded onto the Mississippi scene in a major way.
On June 30, Johnson published a story that was viewed in conservative circles as a bombshell — and in mainstream circles as a joke.
Read more: businessinsider.com
Nice to see performance art is making it into media reviews.
As usual the Far right backlash against common core is fed by populist reactionary fear mired in fundamentalist ignorance. This means the usual anti-science theocrats who not only want to rewrite science classes according to the bible, but also rewrite history based on their narrow theocratic view of how things ought to be in this country are all very much against the standards. Lying about everything is the norm with them, and twisting everything is the point and purpose of the exercise, if one lie gets debunked another takes its place.
So the usual suspects from Phylis Schafly to Wall builders are trying to paint this as a Federal move, and have already branded Common Core as “Obamacore” and anti-states rights even though it was created by state bodies, not Federal, and Common Core does not come from President Obama. Truth doesn’t matter to them however because lying for Jesus is the game, and any change in the U.S. is what they blame.
The video at the link is typical - watch as the “concerned mom” ignorantly paints common core as everything it is not. Common core recognizes that children attack problems individually and through different mental tools and the program works with those abilities to teach children different methods of solving problems and the concepts behind the solutions. CC allows children to pick their own tools and the methods that work best for them. Behind her animus is someone who wants kids memorizing tables and events instead of being able to critically think their way to an answer for future problems, someone who fears that the schools will teach her kids to actually think for themselves.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 61 percent of parents know little or nothing about the Common Core. But the 19 percent who view the standards “very negatively,” particularly in red states, are the parents driving the debate and making Common Core a wedge issue in the upcoming election. Prominent Tea Party members have denounced “Obamacore” as the epitome of a federal takeover. Several Republican governors in the past few months—Nikki Haley in South Carolina, Mike Pence in Indiana, Mary Fallin in Oklahoma, and Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, who once supported the standards—have repealed Common Core in their states as a result, many say, of pressure from small groups of local activists.
Austin’s #CanISee conference —as in, “Can I see what my children are learning?”— is a who’s-who of the far-right movement that some peg as fringe, but nevertheless gets results. They’re the voters who vow to use Common Core as a litmus test come November. They’re also the activists who Core supporters say are fueling myths and misconceptions about the standards.
For the mostly female, mostly older, all-white crowd, Common Core is more than an attack on states’ rights; it’s an affront to Christian, conservative values. These mothers and grandmothers see a campaign against Common Core as an extension of protecting the nuclear family. Eagle Forum, anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly’s national organization, is a sponsor of the conference. In the foyer outside, booths proffer fliers about What You Need to Know About Marriage and How to Speak Up for Life.
More: Meet America’s Most Hardcore Anti-Common Core Moms - NBC News.com
Cross posted at Noblesse Oblige
A disturbing new report says 51 potential minor human trafficking victims — five of them age 6 and under — were discovered over a nine-month period through a statewide first-response network.
The information comes from the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Center, which has a state contract to screen children who are referred by law enforcement, children’s service agencies, and others.
Statistics from the July 2013 to March 2014 found 51 minors identified as possible human trafficking victims. While the majority were 13 to 18 years old, five of the victims were age six and under. All but 1 of the 51 cases involved females. They came from both urban and rural areas.
Think it’s hot outside right now? By the end of the century, summertime Boston could feel as hot as Miami, a new report warns.
Future summers in cities across the U.S. could see even more blistering temperatures by the end of the century, according to the report by the non-profit group Climate Central.
The effects of climate change are not as far off as most would like to think. Summers today are already hotter than they were in the 1970s, with average temperatures increasing 0.4 degrees per decade in the U.S. The analysis shows that future Americans could see an average increase of 7 to 10 degrees in summer high temperatures — with some cities as much as 12 degrees hotter — by the year 2100.