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Nine people were killed and at least seventy injured when two commuter trains collided yesterday in Washington, D.C.

Unrest continues in Iran in the wake of the Presidential election – here's a rundown of today's updates. Over the weekend footage of a young woman shot at a protest became a rallying point for the opposition movement. The victim, Neda Agha-Soltan, was on the way to a protest when she was shot in the chest.

President Obama today made some of his strongest statements on Iran's unrest, while Iran's Guardian Council ratified the election results and said that there would be no new election.

TV host Ed McMahon has died. He was 86.

A submarine has reportedly picked up a signal from the recording devices aboard the Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The governor of South Carolina has been missing since last Thursday. Apparently he went for a hike, without telling anyone (including his family when he disappeared for Father's Day), and will be back at work tomorrow.

Speaking of questionable decisions by your elected representatives, Missouri State Representative Cynthis Davis released a statement condemning a summer meals program for school kids who receive free lunches during the school year. I cannot accurately describe the insanity of her logic, so I'll just quote a few choice excerpts here:

This program could have an unintended consequence of diminishing parental involvement. Why have meals at home with your loved ones if you can go to the government soup kitchen and get one for free? This could have the effect of breaking apart more families.

Who’s buying dinner? Who is getting paid to serve the meal? Churches and other non-profits can do this at no cost to the taxpayer if it is warranted. That is what they did when Louisiana had a hurricane.

The problem of childhood obesity has been cited as one of the most rapidly growing health problems in America. People who are struggling with lack of food usually do not have an obesity problem.

Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals?

Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break.

OK, a few things here: I get that family values are important and all, but does anyone honestly think that quality time at home is more important than food? That argument doesn't really fly. And don't even get me started on invoking Katrina. As for her claim that poor people don't have an obesity problem, science says the exact opposite. But hey, you can get free food if you work at McDonald's! That's a guaranteed nutritious meal! And let's just forget that a lot of the children receiving meal programs can't get a job at McDonald's because of those pesky child labor laws.

I'm not sure why I'm bothering to expend the energy to debate points made by anyone who would claim that "hunger can be a positive motivator," though. The whole thing just reads like and anti-poor people manifesto. Oh, by the way? This person also supported a lawsuit disputing President Obama's citizenship.

You thought we were done with the moron lawmakers, didn't you? Not quite yet! Because the Senate Democrats in Albany have locked themselves in the Senate chamber. No word yet on whether they plan to collectively hold their breath until they get their way.

Moving on.

Barack Obama is a recovering nicotine addict! And he obviously needs to get back on the patch, because he gets pretty bitchy when asked perfectly fair questions about his own smoking and his new tobacco legislation.


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)

I'd like to starve that woman for a few days and see how motivated she feels. She is clearly an out of touch classist/racist nimrod.

Most kids (and 16 is still a kid, no matter what anyone thinks)who need these programs _can't just bring food from home_. That's the freaking point. GAAAH!!!!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
But it's so EASY! All they have to do is like, stop being poor.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
If poor people would just stop kvetching about wanting food and funding for programs and junk, we could get back to important stuff.

Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah... she's actually in charge of the district that I live in. lightonthesill alerted me to her asshattery yesterday, and I intend to give her a small piece of my fucking mind over the weekend.

When I saw her running for office, I hated her. Now that she's been elected, I hate her even more.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh please please please do! I don't live anywhere near Missouri so a letter from me would be meaningless, but she should definitely hear it from her constituents.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I intend to go point-by-point and let her have it with both logical barrels. I really hate it when idiotic politicians try to use what they believe is science to make a point.

I'm about half-tempted to post my response to her on my personal blog-site (www.cogniphany.com).
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I also just noted it in my LJ, but I'm also planning to point out the Farmer's market that is in O'Fallon, and has been here for as long as I have been here.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
PS... :)

Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Man, the look on the woman's face when he fired back...priceless.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Not suprised at all over Rep. Davis. She's a Republican from St. Charles county, and a bleeding pro-lifer advocate who dosn't care about children's services after birth.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
That always kills me about the really rabid pro-lifers – they want you to have the baby, because that life is precious, but they stop giving a shit about that life once it's out in the world. I don't get that logic.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I know! WTF? How about showing a little concern for life once it is no longer the size of a pencil eraser?
Jun. 24th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I read Ms. Davis' campaign platform pretty intensively during the 2008 election, and it caused shivers to go up my spine.
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