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MAGA: Food stamp enrollment falls to eight-year low

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Quick, time to write another story about the separation of families at the border! We can’t dare let good news like this receive any attention.

From Fox News: Overall enrollment in the country’s food stamp program has dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years as the economy continues to improve and the Trump administration attempts to tackle fraud in the program.

According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), enrollment in the program dropped in March to 40,083,954. The last time food stamp participation dipped this low was in February 2010, when 39,588,993 people were enrolled in the program.

“As the economy continues to improve, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is declining,” a USDA official who asked for anonymity told Fox News. “SNAP was established as a temporary supplemental nutrition benefit guiding people to self-sufficiency and self-reliance, not a permanent way of life.”

The USDA official noted that much like jobless numbers, the number of enrollees in SNAP tends to fluctuate month by month. But the official added that the agency expects about 8.8 million to leave the program in the next 10 years.

SNAP, which was formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, is a federal program that provides grocery assistance for people out of work or with low incomes living in the U.S. To qualify for the program, individuals must make 130 percent or less of the federal poverty level based on the household size.

The program is meant to help people buy nutritional items like breads, vegetables, dairy products and meats, while barring them from purchasing alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and household supplies and paper products among other items.

While overall food stamp enrollment has been on a steady decline since 2013, some observers credit President Trump’s emphasis on getting more Americans back to work and his administration’s crackdown on fraud in the SNAP program as the reason why the decline has sped up.

“It’s a long time coming,” Robert Doar, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News. “These numbers are dropping because people are going back to work.”

Since Trump took office, more than 2.2 million have discontinued their participation in the SNAP program in large part due to his administration’s moves to reform SNAP. Trump in February proposed a 30 percent, or $214 billion, cut to SNAP as part of the White House’s federal budget proposal.

In April, Trump signed an executive order aiming to harden up work requirements for welfare and public assistance programs. The order, which aims to reduce poverty “by promoting opportunity and economic mobility,” calls for agencies to strengthen work requirements and to look for new ones.

“The Federal Government should do everything within its authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in Federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty,” the executive order stated. “It must examine Federal policies and programs to ensure that they are consistent with principles that are central to the American spirit — work, free enterprise and safeguarding human and economic resources.”

Following Trump’s order, the House Agriculture Committee voted to tighten the already existing work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), while expanding funding for state training programs. The legislation passed Wednesday by the committee would require all “work capable adults” between the age of 18 and 59 to work or participate in work training for 20 hours per week. The tweak means a greater number of people would have to work or enroll in work training.

The USDA in March also announced that it had hired an “integrity officer” who would monitor any instances of fraud in the SNAP program and, in February, Trump announced the rollout of the so-called “Harvest Box” program – an initiative to give food stamp recipients a box of “shelf-stable” foods along with the SNAP allotment.

“The Harvest Box is a silly idea and probably not going anywhere,” Doar said. “But the integrity office is a good step to take…It helps make sure that the program is not only about getting the benefits, but also making sure people are getting back to work.”

The moves by the Trump administration to clamp down on who can receive food stamps has drawn a strong rebuke from numerous Democrats and advocacy groups that work with low-income people and families. Many argue that Trump is manipulating the view of who receives food stamps and that SNAP already had work requirements built into the program.

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern told the New York Times in February that Trump was painting a “distorted picture” of those who receive food stamps by saying that they are scamming SNAP and avoiding work.

“They have to stop playing to the cheap seats,” he said. “The majority of people in the program are children and seniors and people working in jobs that pay too little to feed their families.”

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Meathead shreds De Niro for his “f*ck Trump” outburst: “You’re helping Trump”

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Meathead needs a new dictionary because he really doesn’t understand the meaning of “counterproductive.”

From SF Gate: Rob Reiner, a director and longtime advocate for liberal Democratic causes in Hollywood, ripped into Robert De Niro for his “F— Trump” outburst at last Sunday’s Tony Awards, calling the foul-mouthed speech counterproductive.

“If you have any interest in trying to preserve the democracy, and put it in the hands of somebody who understands government, who isn’t self-dealing, who cares about this country and the people in this country, then you’re helping Trump,” Reiner said in an interview earlier this week on The Hill’s Rising” TV show with co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

“You’re helping Trump by saying ‘F— Trump’ because he can say, ‘Look at these people, these elitists,’” added Reiner, who defended De Niro’s right to share his opinion even as he found it tactically a mistake.

 “There’s a very fine line between energizing the base and energizing the other side,” added the director of classics like “The Princess Bride” and “When Harry Met Sally…”

“Right now, if you’re a Democrat and you want to hold this president accountable you have to have some ability, some subpoena power to have hearings and to actually expose certain things, right now you have an enthusiasm gap,” he said.

“If you do things like that, that enthusiasm gap narrows because you make the other side more enthusiastic and so it’s not good,” Reiner said. “Plus, that’s not a smart way to talk about anybody.”

One day after De Niro’s F-bomb on the stage of Radio City Music Hall, Trump did indeed respond to the Oscar-winning actor, calling him a “very low IQ individual” who has received “to [sic] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies.”

“I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk,’” Trump tweeted. “I guess he doesn’t……realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!” he went on say in a separate tweet.

De Niro, long a critic of President Trump, kicked off a firestorm when he dropped the F-bomb just before introducing a performance by special Tony winner Bruce Springsteen last Sunday.

“It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘F— Trump,’” the actor said, eliciting a standing ovation from many in the audience at Radio City Music Hall.

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Too bad, so sad: Comedy Central cancels “The Opposition”

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Back on September 25, 2017, Comedy Central debuted “The Opposition” with Jordan Klepper.  About the show, from Wikipedia:

“The Opposition with Jordan Klepper is an American late-night talk and news satire program that premiered on Comedy Central on September 25, 2017. The show is hosted by comedian Jordan Klepper, a former correspondent on The Daily Show, and satirizes right-wing politics. It airs each Monday through Thursday at 11:30 pm (EST), following The Daily Show.”

The Business Insider had an article about the intent the The Opposition:

“One of the most prominent features of the set of “The Opposition” is a permanently installed Murder Board, a tackboard reminiscent of “A Beautiful Mind” with nonsense scribbled next to a 2016 electoral map, and images and arrows linking Beyoncé, former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Taylor Swift, and, of course, Hillary Clinton.

For Klepper, the figures and scrawling on the board represent the obsession and paranoid thinking of the emerging right-wing-media landscape during the era of President Donald Trump, in which he said the “bar for what now we can put out there to make our case was lowered immensely.”

“You just need a shred. A shred of something that you can weave into something larger,” Klepper told Business Insider in an interview in his office a week before the show’s debut. “Donald Trump was the best at ‘I heard a thing, I’m in a position of power by repeating it, I now legitimize it to millions, to my 30-plus million followers, and I’m in a position where people just trust those things that I say.'”

“The Opposition” is the major first comedy show with a baked-in acknowledgement of the shift in the conservative-media landscape away from the dogmatic, small-government Reagan Republican. The show will focus on the heightened influence of the online right-wing figures to subtly and overtly influence the political discourse.

Nine months later, the show has been cancelled.

From MSN:

Comedy Central’s daily late-night program The Opposition with Jordan Klepper will end its run after one season but Klepper is staying on the network with a new weekly half-hour series. Tentatively titled Klepper, it will feature the comedian out in the field, traveling the country and speaking to people.

The Opposition‘s last episode will air on June 28. Klepper just shared the news with the show’s staff. Development on the new show will start right after, with pre-production slated to begin in the fall and a premiere eyed for early 2019 in the 10 PM-11 PM time period.

The timing of the decision stems from the fact that The Opposition was wrapping its first season, with a slew of contracts for people in front and behind the camera coming up for renewal for another year.

“That added into the accelerated pace of the decision but it was mostly driven by excitement about the new show,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said. “We can’t do both obviously so we are winding down The Opposition in accordance with gearing up Klepper.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Viva La Resistance!

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Beware: Proposal to split California into 3 will create 3 liberal states!

A proposal to split California into three states will be on the ballot this November.

Backers of CAL 3, led by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, collected and delivered 600,000 signatures to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s Office, surpassing the 365,000 required by law to qualify for the ballot.

The proposal is to split California into these three new states:

  1. Northern California
  2. California
  3. Southern California

Conservatives should vote “No” for this reason: Instead of giving Conservatives a voice in state government, CAL 3 will make things worse because the way the proposed state lines are drawn will create two, if not three, Democrat-dominant states.

As things are today, California’s one-party Democrat government is the result of the state’s pattern of population distribution, wherein heavily-populated “liberal” metropolitan cities on the coast determine the outcome of elections. Instead of creating a new state of those “liberal” coastal cities, CAL 3 distributes the “liberal” cities to each of the three new states, thereby ensuring that they will dominate election outcomes in the new states.

Here’s the map of the proposed CAL 3:

Note that:

  1. Northern California will contain these big cities:
    1. San Francisco: the 13th most populous city in the U.S., with a population of 884,363 in 2017.
    2. San Jose: the 10th most populous city in the U.S., with a population of 1,035,317 in 2017.
    3. Sacramento: the state capital; 35th largest city in the U.S., with a population of 501,334 in 2018.
  2. California will contain these big cities:
    1. Los Angeles: the 2nd largest city in the U.S. (after New York), with a population estimated at 3.98 million.
    2. Santa Barbara: with a population of 91,196 in 2014.
    3. Long Beach: the 39th largest city in the U.S., with a population of 462,257 in 2010.
  3. Southern California will contain these big cities:
    1. San Diego: the 8th largest city in the U.S., with a population of 1,419,516 in 2017.
    2. Anaheim: the 10th largest city in California, with a  population of 336,265 in 2010.

In the 2016 presidential election, California voted:

  • Hillary Clinton: 61.6%
  • Donald Trump: 32.8%

Here’s a map of how California voted in the 2016 presidential election

Now let’s compare California’s 2016 election results map with a map of CAL 3:

To conclude, the proposed CAL 3 will only split “liberal” California into three “liberal” states. Each of the three states will get to send two senators each to the U.S. Senate, as well as representatives to the House of Representatives. Since each new California state will be dominated by “liberal” heavily-populated cities, that means we’ll end up having even more Democrats elected to both houses of Congress.

Vote “No” on CAL 3 !!!

~Eowyn

TDS: Robert De Niro and his foul mouth bash President Trump during award ceremony for high school students

Robert De Niro gave a speech at The Jimmy & Rosemary Breslin American Writer Awards in NYC on June 7. About the award event:

“On June 7th, 2018, thirteen student writers were honored as the winners of the Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin “American Writer Award” during a ceremony at Tweed.

The award is the culmination of a writing competition highlighting the journalistic voices of New York City’s young writers. The essay contest was open to all 12th-graders in NYC public schools. Each student was required to submit a non-fiction, New York-centered story in 800 words or less.”

The audience at this event was high school kids. With that in mind, De Niro couldn’t control his TDS and went off on President Trump, as it only took him 36 seconds into his speech to start his rants.

Here’s a sampling of some of what he said (I listened to the whole video so you don’t have to):

  • What does the truth mean today? If you’re Donald Trump, it doesn’t mean anything.
  • Our country is lead by a president who believes he can make up his own truth. And we have a word for that: B*llshit.
  • Trump manifests serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of discharging duties of the president of the US.
  • That he (Trump) is mean-spirited, soulless, immoral, amoral, con artist son of a b*tch.
  • F*ck Donald Trump.
  • You know with Hitler, with other desperates, people didn’t take them seriously (obvious reference to comparing Trump to Hitler). They laughed at them, turned around and then it was too late. We can’t let that happen in this country.
  • He’s a f*cking idiot.
  • A government that uses the same language Lenin and Stalin used to arrest and execute Soviet citizens calling our journalists enemy of the people.

De Niro continued his vulgarities against President Trump at the Tony Awards Sunday night. He said, “Fck Trump, it’s not longer down with Trump. It’s fck Trump.” The audience, of course, gave him a standing ovation.

Classy, De Niro, real classy.

If you so desire to view his rant, De Niro gets up to the podium at the 1:37 mark.

See also:

h/t Breitbart

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Infuriating: Will Witt asks clueless idiots, “Who is the current vice president?”

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2018 California Primary Election Results

Each state’s secretary of state is in charge of elections. In California, it’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Below are the “semi-official” results of yesterday’s California direct primary election, as of 6:50 a.m. this morning:

  • Governor:
    • Gavin Newsom (D): 33.4%; 1,336,932 votes.
    • John Cox (R): 26.2%; 1,048,363 votes.
    • Antonio Villaraigosa (D): 13.5%; 539,397 votes.
    • Travis Allen (R): 9.7%; 387,723 votes.
  • Lieutenant Governor:
    • Eleni Kounalakis (D): 23.4%; 890,454 votes.
    • Ed Hernandez (D): 20.8%; 788,972 votes.
    • Cole Harris (R): 18.4%; 697,500 votes.
    • Jeff Bleich (D): 9.3%; 353,521 votes.
  • U.S. Senate:
    • Diane Feinstein (D): 43.8%; 1,694,819 votes.
    • Kevin De Leon (D): 11.3%; 435,639 votes.
    • James Bradley (R): 8.8%; 340,669 votes.
  • Secretary of State:
    • Alex Padilla (D): 51.4%; 1,974,465 votes.
    • Mark Meuser (R): 32%; 1,229,744votes.
  • Controller:
    • Betty Yee (D): 60.9%; 2,294,904 votes.
    • Konstantinos Roditis (R): 35%; 1,321,334 votes.
  • Treasurer:
    • Fiona Ma (D): 43.2%; 1,633,648 votes.
    • Greg Conlon (R): 22%; 832,700 votes.
  • Attorney General:
    • Xavier Becerra (D): 45.3%; 1,736,781 votes.
    • Steven Bailey (R): 25.3%; 970,540 votes.
  • Insurance Commissioner:
    • Steve Poizner (NP): 41.3%; 1,503,973 votes.
    • Ricardo Lara (D): 40.6%; 1,481,088 votes.
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction:
    • Marshall Tuck: 37.1%; 1,299,330 votes.
    • Tony K. Thurmond: 34.3%; 1,200,486 votes.

Update (June 9):

The good news is that voters rejected every one of the District Attorney candidates funded by Soros.

Here’s Tucker Carlson on how California is becoming a two-class state, where the middle class is hollowed out and disappearing:

~Eowyn