Apr. 6th, 2015

feygan: (Angel Sanctuary cross)
Do you think this is how the normal German citizens felt as they watched the building of Nazi Germany around them? Like one day you look up from your sauerbraten and cabbage (Top 10 German Foods - with recipes) to find out that the rights of the people are being suppressed beneath the jackbooted heel of an oppressive militaristic dictatorship. And there's nothing you can do to stop it.

You watch in horror as groups of people are gathered up onto trucks and carted off to concentration camps, where they are held long enough for the furnaces to be assembled in factories owned by autocratic businessmen. And then you get to watch as the skies fill up with clouds of choking black smoke.

And by the time the rest of the world steps in and the horror is stopped, for the rest of eternity your people are labeled as monsters and Nazis, even though you had nothing to do with it. You only watched.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] crooksandliars at Ted Cruz Wants To Strip The Supreme Court Of Power On Gay Marriage Cases

Senator Ted Cruz stopped in Iowa to campaign for the presidency and as usual spewed the kind of bigotry and anti-gay rhetoric we are used to hearing from the newbie from Texas. However, this time he went even farther than usual by telling his followers that he'd strip the Supreme Court of their powers over judges' same sex couples cases.

In the likely event that the Supreme Court brings marriage equality to all 50 states this summer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants to strip the entire federal judiciary of its power to hear cases brought by same-sex couples seeking the right to marry, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Cruz’s remarks came during a speech in Sioux City, Iowa, where the tea party senator also praised the original, more discrimination-friendly version of Indiana’s new “religious liberty” law, and claimed that a cabal of liberals and big business endorsed a “radical gay marriage agenda” which says that “any person of faith is subject to persecution if they dare” disagree with marriage equality.

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feygan: (Buffy knife)
That $25 per day limit means those recipients will not be able to pay their rent without withdrawing said $25 with a corresponding 85-cent processing fee

Rent = $750.
750/25 = 30 days.
30 * 0.85 = 25.50

So, in the course of trying to pay their rent, they end up having to WASTE $25.50, if not more, just to be able to withdraw the money they need? That and they have to withdraw the money in advance over 30 days, which means to pay May's rent, they'd have to use April's money. F-to-the-U, Kansas lawmakers. Sideways and blade end first.

Btw, the average amount a Kansas welfare recipient receives is $475. ($475/25 = 19 ATM trips. Now, that's $0.85 per withdraw, plus about $3 ATM fee, so that's $3.85 per transaction. $475/28.85 = 16 * $25 = $400 in hand, and $75 wasted.)

Smart thinking, Kansas lawmakers. You win at Life (and the prize is an eternity burning in the flames of Hell for being a complete and total asshat.)

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] crooksandliars at No Cruise Ships For YOU, Kansas Poors!
No Cruise Ships For YOU, Kansas Poors!

The Kansas wholly-owned Senate is slated to approve draconian restrictions on welfare recipients, some of which are the most petty, mean-spirited ones in the nation.

Huffington Post:

Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature.

The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types of businesses, including liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships.

"We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," state Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R) said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. "This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life."

That $25 per day limit means those recipients will not be able to pay their rent without withdrawing said $25 with a corresponding 85-cent processing fee on a series of days ahead of the due date. I guess they get to choose between eating and paying rent?

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