The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. In 2012, it helped almost 47 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month. Nearly 72 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children; more than one-quarter of participants are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.
SNAP Is Effective and Efficient
January 29, 2013
In recent years SNAP has achieved impressive results in meeting the needs of low-income Americans while maintaining strong program integrity and payment accuracy.
SNAP has responded effectively to the recession.
The recent growth in SNAP spending is temporary.
SNAP reaches a high share of people who are eligible.
SNAP payment accuracy is at all-time highs.
via Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Round-Up: Everything You Need to Know About SNAP.
She had an even more painful experience in 2011. She was at Delhi’s T3 terminal and was asked to remove her artificial leg for the first time. She approached senior officers and yelled loudly to draw the attention of other passengers but soon “was reduced to tears. With folded hands, I begged them to let me go as I had a genuine problem. I showed them my business card. The lady officer-in-charge said something along the lines of ‘Aise nahi karte toh kaise pata chalta ki aap terrorist nahi hain’? (If we hadn’t put you through this, how would we have known that you’re not a terrorist?). In minutes, from a smartly dressed, self-confident woman and professional, I had been reduced to a spectacle to be mocked at. My dignity and self-respect were totally battered,” she recollects.
via Airport check of artificial leg leaves marketing executive in tears – The Times of India.
The split bill is an attempt to gather support from conservatives who voted against the $100 billion-a-year farm bill. The House rejected the farm bill in June by a vote of 234-195, with 62 Republicans voting against it.
The idea of a split bill is that the farm portion, which would cost about $20 billion a year and contain about $2 billion a year in cuts to farm subsidies, could pass without the food stamp provisions. Republicans would then be able to make bigger cuts in food stamp programs and pass that bill with conservative support.
via Republicans Drop Food Stamps from Farm Bill.
Can’t for life of me figure out why GOP super-conservatives want to make people go hungry so badly. Are they so overcome by what they want to believe, that they can’t see who in their own districts would be hurt?
Billy Shore, the founder and CEO of the anti-hunger group Share Our Strength, says the split would make SNAP vulnerable when many families and children are dependent on it. Around one in seven people used food stamps last year.
“The concern is that (splitting the bill) would make it easier for the Republican leadership to find support for those cuts,” Shore said. “For a program that has worked so well for decades it feels a little short-sighted.”
Farm groups agreed.
Jon Doggett, a lobbyist for the National Corn Growers Association, said that farm groups will continue to need allies as rural areas decrease in population and fewer members of Congress are elected on farm issues. In addition to nutrition advocates, the bill also brings together agriculture and environmental groups who favor conservation measures in the bill that protect environmentally-sensitive farmland.
via House GOP Leaders Consider Splitting Farm Bill.
Hunter co-wrote Paul’s 2011 book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, and joined the Kentucky Republican’s Senate staff in 2012 as social media director.
But from 1999 to 2012, the 39-year-old writer was a South Carolina radio shock jock who “weighed in on issues such as racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln,” according to the Free Beacon, a conservative online publication of the Center for American Freedom.
via Aide to Sen. Rand Paul Exposed for Neo-Confederate Views | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center.
Arita agrees with that assessment, and warns that Japan is facing a turning point in its political history as it has taken “two or three steps to the right” since the election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December of last year. “Since Mr. Abe came to power, Zaitokukai and other groups have drastically strengthened and escalated their activities,” he said.
Making the situation worse, he said, is that television footage of the protest marches are being broadcast around the world and promoting the image of Japan as a hotbed of intolerant and racist thugs.
via Japan conservatives: 'Hate speech goes too far' | Asia | DW.DE | 09.07.2013.
The behavior of the fundamentalists has become more extreme in recent days. Three days ago, preachers and imams in Nasr City were speaking far more moderately.
The security teams of the Islamists also seem to have turned more fundamentalist: they stand two by two, armed in military formation. Their leader starts a question and answer game: “What is your book?” “The Koran!” “Who is your prophet?” Mohammed!” What do you want?” “We want to die for Allah!” Then they march on the spot, before running in step to their positions.
via Islamist rhetoric becomes more intransigent | Middle East | DW.DE | 08.07.2013.
Fundamentalists of all religions and political beliefs seem to believe that all are against them, should be eliminated by any means and that their truth is the only way…
“This is appalling. Tennis is one of the worst offenders in sport in terms of the focus on women athletes’ looks and the BBC needs to take action,” Sue Tibbals, chief executive of the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation, told Reuters.
“I thought Bartoli was an absolute inspiration, so spirited and gutsy, and she does not deserve these outrageous remarks. This is not a one-off event from this presenter.”
via Tennis: Pressure mounts on BBC over 'sexist' gaffe by presenter | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.
Rude, crude, off the air permanently!
The City of Abbotsford, B.C., could be facing a civil lawsuit after officials spread chicken manure over a popular gathering place for the homeless in an apparent bid to drive them out of the city.
Read more about the manure dump
The group, being represented by the Pivot Legal Society, has issued a notice of damage to the city, saying they are contemplating a civil suit for “discrimination, harassment and loss of property.”
Pivot lawyer DJ Larkin says the case is important because this wasn’t an isolated incident.
“Shortly after the chicken fertilizer incident happened in Abbotsford, the exact same tactic was attempted in another municipality in British Columbia and so we see this kind of thing happening over and over again across British Columbia, across the United States,” she said.
“We think it’s really important to take a stand and say homeless people need to be protected.”
Both the mayor and city manager apologized after the incident came to light last month in a column written by a local advocate.
A few weeks later, Abbotsford’s police chief revealed he was investigating allegations police officers slashed tents belonging to homeless people.
via Manure dump at B.C. homeless camp could mean civil lawsuit – British Columbia – CBC News.
Muslim graves at a Newport cemetery have been desecrated with racist graffiti.
The vandals used white paint to write “Lee Rigby murder”, “white power” and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.
They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).
People visiting nearby graves spoke of their disgust and shock at seeing the painted messages, which were still wet this morning.
via HOPE not hate news: Muslim graves at Christchurch Cemetery, Newport, desecrated by racist vandals.