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Missouri Rep. suggests starving kids get jobs at McDonalds

Think Progress -- Missouri lawmaker on child hunger: ‘Hunger can be a positive motivator.’ Hey I'm not really up on my religious iconography, can you tell me what that cross around her neck represents?
In her June newsletter, State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-MO) provided several “commentaries” to a press release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on a summer food program. The program provides “food during the summer for thousands of low-income Missouri children who rely on the school cafeteria for free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year.” Davis, who serves as the chairwoman of the Missouri House Special Standing Committee on Children and Families, questioned whether the program is “warranted,” and extolled the hidden benefits of child hunger: 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. [...] Bigger governmental programs take away our connectedness to the human family, our brotherhood and our need for one another. [...] 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. [...] It really is all about increasing government spending, which means an increase in taxes for us to buy more free lunches and breakfasts. A report by Feeding America found that one in five Missouri children currently lives with hunger.

FBI tried in vain to stop 'Deep Throat'

FBI tried in vain to stop 'Deep Throat' film - Yahoo! News
MIAMI – When the FBI investigated the landmark 1972 porno movie "Deep Throat," the case touched the highest levels of the FBI, even its second-in-command W. Mark Felt, the shadowy Watergate informant whose "Deep Throat" alias was taken from the movie's title. The FBI documents newly released to The Associated Press reveal the bureau's sprawling and ultimately vain attempt to stop the spread of a movie some saw as the victory of a cultural and sexual revolution and others saw as simply decadent. Agents seized copies of the movie, had negatives analyzed in labs and interviewed everyone from actors and producers to messengers who delivered reels to theaters. "Today we can't imagine authorities at any level of government — local, state or federal — being involved in obscenity prosecutions of this kind," said Mark Weiner, a constitutional law professor and legal historian at Rutgers-Newark School of Law. "The story of 'Deep Throat' is the story of the last gasp of the forces lined up against the cultural and sexual revolution and it is the advent of the entry of pornography into the mainstream."

June 20, 2009

Beware: Chinese Pine Nuts May Temporary Destroy Your Sense Of Taste

Consumerist - Beware: Pine Nuts May Temporary Destroy Your Sense Of Taste - pine nuts
Britain's Daily Mail warns that consumers of chinese pine nuts may experience a "foul, metallic taste" for up to two weeks "making practically all food and drink unpalatable." The untreatable ailment is known as pine mouth, and it's puzzling both doctors and consumers alike. I, too, fell foul of the metal mouth syndrome after eating a few handfuls of pine nuts bought from a supermarket. Though I regained my taste after eight days, the only thing I could drink during that time was water, and the only food that was bearable was salad leaves smothered in strong balsamic vinegar. Drinking wine was like swallowing liquid metal. Most worryingly of all, neither I nor my GP had the slightest idea what was wrong with me.

White House pushing for same-sex couples to be included in 2010 census

White House Looks to Include Same-Sex Unions in Census Count - WSJ.com
WASHINGTON -- The White House said Thursday it was seeking ways to include same-sex marriages, unions and partnerships in 2010 Census data, the second time in a week the administration has signaled a policy change of interest to the gay community. The administration has directed the Census Bureau to determine changes needed in tabulation software to allow for same-sex marriage data to be released early in 2011 with other detailed demographic information from the decennial count. The bureau historically hasn't released same-sex marriage data. The gay community strongly supported President Barack Obama during the 2008 election. But some gay activists say they have been frustrated by what they see as his slow approach to rolling back discriminatory policies.