Wait a second.
Wasn’t it just a month ago that the Republican Wonk Wizard Paul Ryan was complaining about the lack of work ethic in urban inner cities?
So now the House Republicans want to cut ALL of the money for summer lunch programs in the cities and instead spend it ONLY in rural areas.
What this amounts to is rewarding Republicans who are the majority in rural America while punishing urban voters who are a Democrat majority.
And using kids to reward/punish.
Republican family values.
‘I hadn’t heard about it other than in this brief passage tucked away in a Politico article about the House GOP agriculture bill’.
‘But it takes a small program intended provide meals to children in the school lunch program during the summer months and says it can now only be used to benefit kids in “rural areas”.
‘In other words, “urban” kids are now out of luck’.
‘Here’s the passage in question ..’
‘And in a surprising twist, the bill language specifies that only rural areas are to benefit in the future from funding requested by the administration this year to continue a modest summer demonstration program to help children from low-income households — both urban and rural — during those months when school meals are not available’.
‘Since 2010, the program has operated from an initial appropriation of $85 million, and the goal has been to test alternative approaches to distribute aid when schools are not in session’.
‘The White House asked for an additional $30 million to continue the effort, but the House bill provides $27 million for what’s described as an entirely new pilot program focused on rural areas only’.
‘Democrats were surprised to see urban children were excluded’.
‘And the GOP had some trouble explaining the history itself. But a spokeswoman confirmed that the intent of the bill is a pilot project in “rural areas” only’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/wtf–15
‘In an effort to force a vote on increasing sanctions on Iran, the Senate Minority is trying to attach the measure to an otherwise non-controversial bill that would help veterans, immensely’.
‘And, they’re willing to kill the veterans legislation, unless they get their way on making Iran sanctions a part of it’.
‘The Senate Republican caucus is willing to throw veterans under the bus, just so they can run campaign ads’.
‘This is the situation’.
‘Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced an excellent bill to help veterans, which is backed by every major veterans group in the nation, including VoteVets.org, which I represent’.
‘Among the bill’s many benefits, it would improve access to health and dental care for veterans, allowing the VA to open 27 new clinics and medical facilities, expand educational opportunities, reauthorize previous provisions under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, including job training for veterans, and restore cost of living adjustments to military pensions’.
‘The bill previous cleared a procedural vote by 99-0’.
‘That’s how non-controversial it is’.
‘And now, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is offering a substitute bill, which includes increased sanctions on Iran, which is highly controversial. I could write a whole piece on why increasing sanctions, at this time, is a bad idea’.
From : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-soltz/senate-republicans-about_b_4867343.html
* Headline from Fark @ :
‘Quizzes are not part of the new law’.
‘Here’s how it’s supposed to work’:
‘But that’s not the procedure encountered by the voters voicing complaints’.
‘Tuesday primaries marked the first state-wide election in Arkansas since the state’s new voter ID law went into effect earlier this year’.
‘And there were problems’.
‘The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has received numerous complaints from voters who say poll workers “quizzed” them about the information on their IDs, one of the organization’s officials told TPM on Wednesday’.
‘The complaints received by the ACLU were similar in nature to those reported on by Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times, an alt weekly in Little Rock’.
‘He first noted reports of it on Tuesday while the election was still taking place. Then on Wednesday, Brantley posted several first-person accounts from voters on the newspaper’s website’.
“I was quizzed about my name, address and birthdate while the election volunteer held my license where I couldn’t see it,” one reader wrote to Brantley’.
“Is that also part of the photo ID law? I mean, my drivers license does have my photo right there on the front… Are we testing for fake IDs now, too?”
“I voted in the Democratic primary at Temple Baptist Church, Springdale, Arkansas. I was asked many questions,” another reader told Brantley’.
“The little old lady was pleasant and I was nice to her but I was asked to specifically mention that the word ‘Place’ was in my street address in addition to the street name, etc.”
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/arkansas-voter-id-quizzes
‘The state of Oklahoma has been ordered to pay more than $300,000 to the plaintiffs who sued after the “Save Our State Amendment” banning Sharia law was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2010′.
‘Defenders of the amendment claimed that it was intended to prevent Islamic Sharia law from being used in Oklahoma courtrooms. Muneer Awad, the director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), claimed that a law specifically banning Sharia law would violate the First Amendment’s prohibition on the government favoring one religion over another’.
‘He argued that the “Save Our State Amendment” would prevent his will from being probated because it contained references to Islam and Islamic law, and the courts agreed with him’.
‘The Oklahoma Legislature approved the constitutional amendment in 2010 and the statewide referendum garnered 70 percent of the vote later that year’.
‘In November of 2010, a federal judge in Oklahoma City barred the amendment from going into effect, and in 2012, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s injunction, claiming that “[w]hile the public has an interest in the will of the voters being carried out…the public has a more profound and long-term interest in upholding an individual’s constitutional rights.”
‘Now, U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange has ordered the state to pay the legal fees Muneer Awad accrued when he challenged the amendment’s constitutionality’.
‘One of his attorneys, Michael Salem, told The Oklahoman that the most absurd element of the case is that there was never any proof that Sharia law was taking root in Oklahoma’.
“It created a solution where there was no problem that existed,” he said. “This was just politicians optimistically looking for an issue. Look what happened. Not only did the state question get struck down, but they’ll have to pay attorney fees and interest over three years.”
From : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/21/oklahoma-to-pay-300000-in-legal-fees-after-preemptively-banning-sharia-law/
‘In arguing against homosexuality in his book Jody Hice cited a column by Michael Swift, who is gay, in 1987. Here’s the column, as noted by Mother Jones’:
“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies”.
“We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together”.
“Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us”.
‘The problem though is that Jody Hice didn’t note that the piece was a satirical essay’.
The first line in Michael Swift’s Essay :
“This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor”.
@ : http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/swift1.asp
‘Jody Hice, pastor, talk radio host, and one of the Republicans in a runoff to replace Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), argued that the gay community had a secret plan to attract and sodomize children’.
‘There’s more though’.
‘Hice, in his book, also calls local law enforcement in Elmira, New York “the Gestapo” after they arrested anti-gay demonstrators’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jody-hice-gay-community-secret-plot-sodomize-children