Well, I have something to say about this.
Okay. This was passed as a ride along with the farm bill that has been passed for what, 50 years now? This is a easily passed bill. It always has been. What made it so difficult this time around was because of the tag along statements about food stamps. And yes, for agriculture it was a huge waste of time. This bill is entirely dancing around the problem, of which is why the democrats have had such a problem with it. We ask to cut government spending in the sense of our taxes going to these “undeserving” individuals. You know why we pay so much for food stamps? or welfare in general? It’s because those who live in poverty (which is much higher than the percentage we all know, because it’s based on a equation that was devised in the 50’s and has not changed) need it. We have people working two jobs, spending way over 50 hours a week working just to make ends meet. And yes, that’s a fact. This abuse of the system that this article references is largely a myth. Yes, there are people who use it to their advantage, but the idea that people have more children or purposely stay in shitty paying jobs is an entire myth. If you really want to solve the problem, raise minimum wage, it’s been proven to work in other countries and numerous economists say it would be beneficial for EVERYONE. If a worker can’t afford to pay for the product they make, it’s a problem. A HUGE problem. This idea that those who are on welfare and foodstaps just so they can be on welfare and foodstamps is ridiculous and factually incorrect. The reason we have to pay for government help is because people can’t afford to live a normal life (as the american dream says you can) is because of our minimum wage. The average age of those who work in fast food, for example, is 28. Not teenagers wanting to earn an extra buck, but those who are trying to raise a family. America has destroyed the middle class because of capitalist system post Nixon. Cutting welfare or foodstamps won’t fix anything. You have to approach the problem at it’s source, which is companies exploiting their workers. In Illinois, circa 2010 the amount you can make off welfare is around $300. Could you live off that for a month? without a job? no. Majority of people on food stamps or receiving welfare (of which are mostly female headed households, as in there is no male in the picture) have a job. That’s why it’s called the working poor. And the middle class is growing closer to the working poor. The distance between the “rich” tier and the “middle class” tier, though their are six not three, (rich, middle, poor) and those in the middle class is growing at an accelerated rate, more than ever before. The top 1% is the only tier that has gained wealth since the 70s. Blaming the poor is the wrong direction. It’s our politicians that are controlled by big business. Big business dominates lobbyists, of which control politicians So, the idea of “finally our taxes aren’t going to those lazy asses that mooch of the government” is entirely unfounded. The way our system works, as a completely unpure capitalist system ( and a pure free market system would never flourish, every capitalist system needs government subsidizing, any economist would agree) means that we need government intervention. So to say, finally, we aren’t using our taxes to help those in a worse situation (of which is an entirely different story) is just ridiculous. I apologize for misspellings or grammatical errors, I am trying to keep up with the speed of my brain, which is hard. This article says that there has been a spike in food stamps, and I don’t have the stats in front of me to deny that, but there is a reason. If you study poverty statistics and journels, you’ll see it’s not their fault. This “pull yourself up by your own boot straps” is just stupid. There is no equal opportunity in America, though we like to advertise. This post is long enough, there are so many underlying reasons that we have poverty. This article produces no stats or facts that foodstamps have been abused, and a fact saying more have people are abusing the system now than every before is unfounded. There may be more people applying now, but that only reflects our system, not those who apply. For example, you can only qualify for welfare for two years in a succession, and five years consecutively. Basically, what I am saying, you’re blaming the wrong people.
(please excuse all spelling/grammatical errors, i’ve been drinking)
I have a book of writing exercises…. so I thought I’d share them and my own examples!
Doctor Who 30 Day Challenge: day 6- Favorite Special
—> The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
"Because every time you see them happy you remember how sad they’re going to be. And it breaks your heart. Because what’s the point in them being happy now if they’re going to be sad later. The answer is, of course, because they a re going to be sad later."
Teen Wolf characters in their ASOIAF houses AU: Lydia Tyrell, Growing Strong
Lydia Tyrell was born in 285AL, making her two years younger than her elder sister, Margaery Tyrell. She was closest to her eldest brother Willas, who made up for his lack of physical ability with his genius. Lydia and Willas often enjoyed sipping sweet wine while playing chess in the gardens of Highgarden. He would quiz her on the history of the Seven Kingdoms as she sketched the trees, asking why she could not become a Maester. As children, Lydia would follow Margaery around as they played dress up and plucked roses for flower crowns.
During the War of the Five Kings, Lydia often traveled around the Reach (no matter the dangers) to her bannermen’s villages, bringing food and water. She became notorious for being able to sense dead soldier’s bodies scattered in the wood, of which were plentiful during the war. She gained the title, “the little lily” due to her abilities, as her sister was known as “the little rose.” She declined invitation to King’s Landing for her sister’s wedding, as she blamed the capital for all the death she’d seen. Instead, she took a leading role in the restoration of the Reach. Eventually, her travels led her to the Riverlands, where she met a Tully boy, of which she went on to marry (against her father’s wishes). She spent most of her life between Riverrun and Highgarden and became a well historian and author.
Teen Wolf characters in their ASOIAF houses AU: Alyson Mormont, Here We Stand
Alyson Mormont (ASOIAF spelling) grew up in the rich forests of Bear Island. She is one of the many daughters of Maege Mormont, the She-Bear, the Lady of Bear Island. Born in 280, Alyson was the third youngest child; Dacey, Alysane and Lyra being her elder sisters, and Joelle and Lyanna her younger. The seven sisters were very close, and often competitive. They constantly participated in sword fighting, axe throwing, foot races and swimming races.
Growing up, Alyson idolized Dacey and Alysane, as they were exceptional swordsmen. Alyson exceeded in archery and was often dubbed the best archer on the island. Though she was skilled, she envied her older sisters’ bravery, of which she lacked. Around the same time, Dacey left to join Robb Stark’s army and Alysane left to join Asha Greyjoy’s guard, leaving Lyra and Alyson to take care of the family. She was devastated to learn about her elder sister’s death at the Red Wedding, and swore vengeance on the Freys. This was the pivotal moment in her life that sparked her career as an assassin archer. She married a Stark, and spent her life traveling Westeros and Essos, protecting those who could not protect themselves.
Teen Wolf characters in their ASOIAF houses AU: Dereyk Baratheon, Ours is the Fury
Dereyk Baratheon, the second youngest of four, had spent his early years playing with swords amongst the caws of seagulls at the edge of a dark sea, the cliffs of Storm’s End towering above his head. He was born in 276 AL, making him slightly a year older than his youngest brother, Renly. Dereyk was nearly three when he lost his father and mother to Shipbreaker Bay, leaving him with no memory of them He scarcely knew his elder brother, Robert, who had begun his wardship at the Eyrie before Dereyk was born.
When Dereyk was six, Storm’s End was besieged by Mace Tyrell of the Reach, forcing him to spend his time inside, behind the cold, damp walls of the castle. Stannis held Storm’s End, but largely ignored his younger brothers. Dereyk spent the year eating horse and dog entrails, alone and confused, his only friend Renly. It was during this year that Dereyk realized his warg ability to change into a werewolf, of which he never told anyone.
After the War of the Usurper, Dereyk remained at Storm’s End for the next few years. His friendship with Renly deteriorated as his brother grew closer to his new young squire, Loras Tyrell. Dereyk drew more and more into himself, becoming notorious for his voluntary seclusion. Renly was awarded Storm’s End by King Robert, skipping over Stannis and Dereyk entirely. It was then that Dereyk took to the narrow sea, landing in the free city of Braavos. After his arrival, all traces of his existence ended. There are no records of a Dereyk Baratheon living in Essos, though many assume he never returned to Westeros. Another theory is that he took a new surname, Hale, to distance himself from his past, and continued to live under this pseudonym until he died.
Doctor Who 30 day challenge: Day 5 - Favorite Alien
—> The Star Whale
"The Star Whale didn’t come like a miracle all those years ago. It volunteered. You didn’t have to trap it or torture it. That was all just you. It came because it couldn’t stand to watch your children cry. What if you were really old and really kind and alone—your whole race dead, no future. What could you do then? If you were that old and that kind, and the very last of your kind, you couldn’t just stand there and watch children cry."
Doctor Who 30 day challenge: Day 4 - Favorite Villain
—> Weeping Angels
"Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink."
Doctor Who 30 day challenge: Day 2 - Favorite Companion
—> Donna Noble
"Well, what d’you keep telling me for? What am I supposed to do? I’m nothing special. I mean, I— I’m not… I’m nothing special. I’m a temp! I’m not even that. I’m nothing!"
"Donna Noble, you’re the most important woman in the whole of creation!"
Doctor Who 30 day challenge: Day 1 - Favorite Doctor
"I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s OK: we’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know, it was the best: a daft old man, who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you I stole it? Well, I borrowed it; I was always going to take it back. Oh, that box, Amy, you’ll dream about that box. It’ll never leave you. Big and little at the same time, brand-new and ancient, and the bluest blue, ever. And the times we had, eh? Would’ve had. Never had. In your dreams, they’ll still be there."
Boardwalk Empire: Sunday, September 8th
Avatar: Legend of Korra: Friday, September 13th
Sleepy Hallow: Monday, September 16th
Bones: Monday, September 16th
New Girl: Tuesday, September 17th
The Mindy Project: Tuesday, September 17th
How I Met Your Mother: Monday, September 23rd
Castle: Monday, September 23rd
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Tuesday, September 24th
Modern Family: Wednesday, September 25th
Parks & Rec: Thursday, September 26th
Glee: Thursday, September 26th
Grey’s Anatomy: Thursday, September 26th
Elemetry: Thursday, September 26th
Once Upon a Time: Sunday, September 29th
Family Guy: Sunday, September 29th
Super Fun Night: Wednesday, October 2nd
The Vampire Diaries: Thursday, October 3rd
The Originals: Thursday, October 3rd
Hart of Dixie: Monday, October 7th
Beauty and the Beast: Monday, October 7th
Supernatural: Tuesday, October 8th
Arrow: Wednesday, October 9th
American Horror Story: Wednesday, October 9th
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Thursday, October 10th
The Walking Dead: Sunday, October 13th
The Carrie Diaries: Friday, October 25th
Grimm: Friday, October 25th
Dracula: Friday, October 25th
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Saturday, November 23rd
ASOIAF 30 day challenge: Day 19 - Most moving moment
—> When Jaime rescuses Brienne
“I am grateful, but…you were well away. Why come back?”
A dozen quips came to mind, each crueler than the one before, but Jaime only shrugged. “I dreamed of you,” he said.
ASOIAF 30 day challenge: Day 18 - Favorite story from the history or founding of a house
—> The Field of Fire
King Loren of the Rock had joined forces with King Mern of the Reach in an attempt to throw the Aegon’s men back. Between the two kings they had roughly 55,000 men, of which 5,000 were mounted knights. Aegon had a fifth of that number, mostly conscripts from previous conquests. The two armies met on a field in the Reach.
Jon Mooton of Maidenpool, one of the first lords to come over to the Targaryens, was given command of the Targaryen army. The field which the battle was fought on was quite dry that day. The allies charged and started to break the Targaryen lines. But then all three Targaryen dragons took to the air and began to set the field aflame on all sides, especially downwind of the allies while Mooten was upwind. Of the allies, 4,000 died in the fire while 10,000 men suffered burns. Of the Targaryens less than 100 were lost while Visenya took an arrow to the shoulder.
It was the only time in the conflict that all three of the Targaryen dragons took to the battlefield at the same time. Between Vhaghar, Meraxes and Balerion they killed four thousand men outright, burning them alive. King Mern died, with him House GardnerThe army was broken and Aegon I was victorious.