It’s the Apocalypse!!11!!

It’s the end of time!! The Seven Seals are broken – the Apocalypse has officially started!!

War, Pestilence, Plague, and Famine are on the loose and people are dying by the millions !!

Or maybe not. Yeah, it’s sarcastic hyperbole – it’s what I do here, so sue me.

You almost wouldn’t know it for hyperbole though by reading this headline :

“Deep cuts to country’s food stamps program starts Friday”

Deep cuts to food stamps?! …Oh Noes!!111!!! OMG -OMG….LOOK Here comes Famine – it will sweep across the lands !!!elventy!! Po’ people gonna starve in their hovels !! OH The HUMANITY !!

The move to cut back benefits will be the first wide-scale change to the program affecting nearly every single participant. The 13.6 percent cut comes out to about $36 a month less for a family of four getting government assistance or $420 a year, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Er, wait-  what? 36 dollars a month? That’s what people consider a “deep cut” now a days is it?

After a quick consult with the Imperial Mathematician – that comes to 9.00 dollars a week less on their EBT cards. 9.00 bucks – are you fucking kidding me? This is a so called “DEEP” cut?!?!

Here’s a novel idea – BUY LESS TWINKIES AND KING-DONGS!!

Since 2000, the costs for the plan have increased more than 358 percent.

13 years – two administrations and no end in site, and oh just for arguments sake?  This so called “DEEP”  cut? It rolls SNAP funding back to …wait for it. …2010 – almost, not quite, spending is actually a bit higher now than in 2010 after these cuts -  numbers are from the following CATO institute article

Many anti-poverty groups have warned that cutting the program will leave millions of Americans vulnerable.

Vulnerable to what? Twinkie withdrawal ? Judging from the girth of said recipient in that picture attached to that article – we could use a little bit more judicious selection when spending  Our EBT bennies….I’m jus’ saying there Jabba…

Of course right on cue some Social Program Guru mewls, rends her clothing,  and cries hysterically over these so called “cuts”

“People are living at the margins,” Ellen Vollinger, legal director and SNAP advocate at the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger organization, told Reuters. “It’s not an abstract metric for people. It’s actual dollars to keep food in the refrigerator.”

Newsflash you Lenin loving twat – those dollars? Are My dollars. I’m the  poor taxpayer  sucker coughing up 10′s of thousands of dollars every year to the IRS to help fund the “margin” population’s EBT cards.

You see Ellen Dear, I have what’s commonly referred to as a J-O-B – a Job, a real one. One that provides INCOME….Income that the ever more self centered greedy “margin” dwellers and their busy body over lords (That would be YOU Ellen) INSIST at the point of a gun that I give more and more of it to them. And quite frankly Ellen dear, me an’ a WHOLE passel full of other taxpayers “give a fucking shit” meters are really starting to show a big fat goose egg – ZERO.

Secondly – You want these people to have the ability to keep food in the fridge?? Lets try this, cut out the ability for them to buy prepared food. You know the food I am talking about ? The pre-cooked chicken that you can find in any grocery store – hot off the rotisserie ? That costs twice what a 15 piece “family” pack of frozen chicken does? Let’s start there – other wise go fuck yourself.  Let em’ fucking starve if they can’t fucking budget like the REST of us have to do.

The slash in the program also means less money for discount grocers, dollar stores and gas stations that rely on low-income shoppers.

Hysterical much ? Your so called  “SLASH” is more like a paper cut but hey…nice try – the author is indicating here that ‘business’ will suffer – which of course makes anyone that believes in Free Enterprise and working for a living cringe, but sorry ….I’m not buying it.

SNAP is for FOOD -  Food is not found in a gas station or a dollar store – unless your diet of course is centered around Slim Jim’s Pringles, Pepsi, and fucking Ramen noodles. I’m quite sure the entire economy is not going to collapse if the local Pakistani gas jockey at gas-n-go sells a few less Slim-Jims ….

The point here is, Stop allowing Gas stations to accept EBT cards, there is NOTHING in a 7-11 or any gas station with ANY nutritional value what-so-ever, whens the last time you saw fresh produce at your local gas-n-go ???  Let me guess here…um, NEVER?

Additionally a little comparison shopping is in order here, have you ever seen what a 7-11 charges compared to a grocery store for a gallon of milk? Fer the love of God people, a little common sense here – please!!

Dollar Stores ….maybe, but it doesn’t pass the smell test, I’ve only been in a few of these in my life that’s the god’s honest truth, it only took me a few times and I refused to set foot in them ever again,  but I never saw anything that could be considered actual “food” in them, chips, soda, candy, etc.  -not even canned goods. I guess the mileage here may vary, but I am not real confident that “Dollar” stores carry what an EBT wielding “po’ person” is going to need to keep that fridge full.   Comment withdrawn – LC Rouge asserts that in fact “Dollar Store” do carry food stuffs. Cissanrl5.7

Discount grocers – okay, NOW that I can get on board with.  MY WIFE shops at the no frills discount grocery store in our neck of the woods, it doesn’t have the prepared foods and bells and whistles like the big chain store does – it’s just plain common sense here.

It helps a lot with the staples and been great towards stocking up the “prepper” closet.  But I have noticed – standing in the check out line at the no frills store with the wife, almost with out fail – people are paying cash or writing a check, but run across the street to the “big chain” store and go through check out? You’re going to see someone whip out an EBT card.

Know how I know it’s EBT???…Because that 6 pack of Bud or whatever – they hand over cash for – after of course, they have paid for the Twinkies, and Pop tarts with their EBT card ….Curious now isn’t it?

At the end of the day, I nor anyone really wants people starving in the streets here, but at the same time is it really too much to ask that the SNAP program be a little less of a boondoggle – that those benefits these people get via Taxpayer dollars be actually used for the intended purposes?

Be sure to tune in next week – When we here at the AIR profile “Pestilence” – brought to you by the Democrat National Party and King Jugear’s Obamacare….

18 comments

  1. 1
    Bones growls and barks:

    Hey Ellen, how ’bout we do this. End all welfare, SNAP and EBT. You’re hungry? Get a job or stand in the soup line. You’re kids hungry? See above answer. Need money? How about selling that 60″ flat screen plasma, dropping cable, $100/mo smart phone plan, etc. How aobut living like the poor if you are poor vice what you think you are entitled to. Man, these pukes just piss me off to no end….
    Oh, and FOIST!

  2. 2
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. They wont be able to use their EBT/SNAP cards for Lobster, Steak, Cigs and BEER .

  3. 3
    Virago growls and barks:

    Last Saturday I was at the Santa Cruz Costco spending my hard earned dollars on food and TP. In line in front of me are a middle aged Hispanic woman and her adult 20ish son. They are buying one item in a very large box and the clerk calls the manager because they want to pay for it with an EBT card. The manager approves this and they walk out with a brand new stereo surround system costing $850.00.

    just say’in these people were’nt starving, just planning to party.

  4. 4
    Eric Praline growls and barks:

    Headline if the media were honest: “Food stamp users may have to spend own money to buy food, drug dealers hardest hit.”

  5. 5
    LC FORGER - Monster Hunter growls and barks:

    Bones says:

    Hey Ellen, how ’bout we do this. End all welfare, SNAP and EBT. You’re hungry? Get a job or stand in the soup line…. Man, these pukes just piss me off to no end….

    So I guess I piss you off…

    One tiny little blood clot in one tiny little blood vessel in my wife’s brain shut down a $2500/month salary.

    And her ability to read… and drive… and see properly.

    And another tiny little clot cost her half of her left foot.

    And her ability to walk properly.

    And my tiny little school bus drivin’ paycheck don’t make ends meet even after giving up EVERYTHING we don’t NEED to cut expenses, so dem EBT’s keep the basics in the fridge and pantry.

    I agree that there is a metric megafuck-ton of freeloaders that need to get the fuck offa their lazy fuckin’ asses and get a fucking job.

    But don’t damn everyone, cuz some of us need the help.

  6. 6
    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    I’m in the same boat as Forger. Add to it I’m crippled, and the job market is so tight that my roomie, cant get a job flipping burgers.

    And yes, you can actually get real food at a dollar store. I know this, because the nearest ‘real grocery store’ is 20 miles away.

    The dollar store is 600 yards.

    I can get milk,eggs, cheese, butter, bread, a (very) limited selection of canned goods, coffee, tea, condiments, And the like.

    It’s not perfect, but it works.

    If my situtuation gets much more tight, it looks like ‘stray dog casserole’ is going to hit the menu. Good thing we have plenty of stray dogs out here.

  7. 7

    LC FORGER – Monster Hunter @ #: But don’t damn everyone, cuz some of us need the help.

    Not the intent of the post – no-one is, (at least I am not arguing) that large swaths of the American population in the gilded age of this Obama Recovery need some assistance – and that’s fine.

    I have little doubt millions of people are using the EBT cards as it was designed – to put good food on the table and feed their familes. But there is also no doubt in my mind that allowing convenience stores and gas stations to accept these card needs to stop. It’s fraud waiting to happen. SNAP Cards should only work at Grocery Stores or Outlets that maintain a MINIMUM of 90% of their inventory in food only and no prepared food allowed.

    I’m sorry for the misfortune of others, right up to the point where I notice that those ‘others’ don’t seem to give a damn how they spend their ‘free shit’ all the while I am comparing prices, and my wife or me are working 40 minutes or more to put a home prepared meal on the table.

    LC Roguetek @ #:

    I withdraw the comment on the “Dollar” stores Rouge.
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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    My better half lost her job just about a year ago. We are not on EBT. What we do utilize every other month is our church “food pantry” which has NO income restrictions no nothing, want food, get food. Like I said about every other month she goes, but not more often than that cause we aren’t in as bad a shape as some of the “neighbors” as Im lucky enough to be employed. We are chk to chk with no margin for error. No margin for birthdays, holidays, emergencies, etc. She definitely qualifies but we dont believe in using a benefit like that unless absolutely necessary. But I can tell you this, if we used EBT and the church food pantry on a weekly basis we would be shittin in high cotton food wise. Point being is that there are other resources out there outside of .gov.

    Im pretty sure the gist of the article is more about the characterization of a minor reduction (9 dollars a week) in benefits as being a “slash” that will cause people to “go hungry” than a slam on anyone that rightfully uses the benefit. And I have zero problem with people that use the benefit rightfully, that’s what its there for. Unfortunately for every rightful recipient there are probably 5 recipients that are abusing / milking the system .

    So for all the rightful users. MORE POWER TO YOU. I know you don”t like it, but you do what you have to inorder to survive.

    The others?… They can FOAD.

  9. 9
    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    Roguetek, do you by chance live in northern Arkansas? Your distances sound just about exactly like mine. And my general situation is quite similar.

  10. 10
    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    No, I live about 20 miles south of San Antonio.

  11. 11
    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd growls and barks:

    Kind Ladies and Gentlemen of the Rott,

    There is a right-thinking blog that has become infested with an… invertebrate known only as “Liberalmann.”

    The good folks there are in sore need of the ministrations of Imperial Shock Troops.

    can haz rottalanche plz?

    http://takeastandagainstliberals.blogspot.com/

  12. 12

    And for those of you that may think I am over reacting about the gas-n-go / convenience store fraud issue - here is a case in GA with of nearly 2 million dollars in fraud that just went through the courts.

    Authorities have said the transactions at Boyd’s store, Northwind Mini Mart in McIntyre, began in December 2009 and lasted until March 2011

    Although the store did about $2 million in business, prosecutors and Boyd’s lawyer have agreed that he is only responsible for an $800,000 government loss.

    So roughly, 40% of this guys business was EBT Card fraud!?!

    The way the scam works is to charge a percentage of 30-40% on the amount the EBT card is swiped for, and then the rest goes to the holder in CASH…

    How many other lesser amounts are being done every single fucking day at these “mini-marts” ? Little 20-30-40 dollar charges that the Feds ain’t ever going to look at ….
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  13. 13
    LC Ohio Right Wing Nut growls and barks:

    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd says:

    can haz rottalanche plz?

    That douche hurt my head but it was fun

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    AmericanBTGoG growls and barks:

    The slash in the program also means less money for discount grocers, dollar stores and gas stations that rely on low-income shoppers.

    Maybe I’m dense I know I’m dense, but how do these stores suffer? The money she speaks of is being lifted from my pocket and trimmed and filtered by levels of bureaucrats, finally reaching both those who righteously need and deserve and those who don’t. OK, for this I’ll accept the premise that this EBT money is spent in the establishments mentioned. Is my money, coming from my own pocket and from my own hand, with my handsome self standing at the checkout counter with a cart of goodies, and able to purchase toilet paper and other non-eligible items, worth less than the money that EBT recipients spend? I go to these stores; whether its my money or my government filtered money its getting spent (unless I take this windfall and hide it in my Swiss bank account) in pretty much the same way and in the same places.

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    JonB growls and barks:

    There are decent people out there, somewhere, that actually benefit from the EBT stuff, but they are so few and far between that there are plenty of charity groups that could help them out. The EBT stuff needs to stop. Let the bastards starve to death. I honestly do not care anymore.

    When I go out into public, and on the rare-er and rare-er occasions that my wife and I eat out for a special dinner, I am constantly seeing how so many minorities fill the restaurants, constantly yucking it up and having a grand time.
    I can’t help but seeth because I know damn well they are having all this livelyhood on my and my wife’s dime.

    Oh, and waaaaayyyy off topic: not sure who does the website stuff here anymore, but I seem to have issues logging in when I choose the “log in to reply” method, as opposed to the login on the upper left of the blog, which works fine. Maybe it’s me not entering the password right, but it seems like I get the “denied” webpage via that method, whereas through the upper left login it’s just fine.

    [We know about it, Jon. Go ahead and use the upper-left option for now. I'm trying to get to it, but I'm snowed under with...life...at the moment (sigh). -Venomous]

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    Radical Redneck growls and barks:

    LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd @ #:

    There is a right-thinking blog that has become infested with an… invertebrate known only as “Liberalmann.”

    He also trolls at Glenn Beck’s 15-20 times a day with a facebook address. From that someone got his pic (it really is). Handsome fella! Here is the face of the strident, covetous, stupid and ultra-hostile left.

    Um Yeah was a great comparison: like that dweeb he is a mindless, clueless bloviator who NEVER gives up. He will get pummeled at least 10 times in every thread and post on the bottom how he PWND everyone. Um Yeah, + 40 more years of meth and alcohol abuse would create something like this.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    Let’s get serious, all the SNAP and commotion has nothing to do with helping the needy. Nor helping the greedy. Any of that which may happen is entirely coincidental. The only real purpose is helping one specific set of bureaucrats protect and expand their hogtrough empire. Let no bureaucrat go unfed.

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    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    But WAIT!!! How will the SNAP program complicate achieving the goals of Queen Mooch’s anti-obesity and weight reduction program? Is this not yet another instance of two gummint programs sabotaging each other?