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2020-10-16 1:50:15 PM  
It's so shameful.

I'd rather go hungry.
 
2020-10-16 4:29:40 PM  
For those who've been conditioned to demonize the poor, they cannot overcome their revulsion. They know it's a moral failing. They know they are lazy. They know they themselves are now the source of many of society's problems.

Of course, most of us don't think that but we haven't all been brainwashed.
 
2020-10-16 4:37:14 PM  
This the same Louisa County as the 'quirky militia'?
 
2020-10-16 4:39:27 PM  
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2020-10-16 4:39:39 PM  
Did they tell anyone beforehand?
 
2020-10-16 4:44:34 PM  
What the article failed to mention was that there was a Cadillac Escalade car show at the local Rally's burger joint everyone had to be at.  So just bad timing, really.
 
2020-10-16 4:49:48 PM  
They shouldn't characterize it as free food. Call it a food swap, like the penny jar at the gas station. Bring in something you don't want to eat, leave with things you do want to eat, and no one cares if you leave with more than you brought--or less.
 
2020-10-16 4:52:48 PM  

Tom-Servo: What the article failed to mention was that there was a Cadillac Escalade car show at the local Rally's burger joint everyone had to be at.  So just bad timing, really.


I used to like that car. Haven't seen one for a long time now.
Not sure if demand has dropped severely or I've been off the roads for so long that I don't recall.

/I have a large family, big SUVs attract me
//currently the family car is a three-row GMC
///the Nissan Armada had better luggage space, but not as luxurious/sturdy
 
2020-10-16 4:53:18 PM  
If you're so proud that you can turn down free food you ain't THAT hungry yet.
 
2020-10-16 4:53:19 PM  
No transportation to the foodbank> Not as unlikely as you might imagine.
 
2020-10-16 4:54:49 PM  
Probably the people there horded too much food and have no where to put it. I can't even put a a single steak in my deep freezer or a can of beans in my kitchen cabinets, because my daughter and I can't stop buying shiat. If her college was open this would be no problem. She's part time at Target and if she see a 30 pack of cookies she would buy it in a heartbeat.
/It don't help that both of us are skinny
 
2020-10-16 4:57:22 PM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: This the same Louisa County as the 'quirky militia'?


It's rural yee-haw people that drag down the rest of the state. I live in the same congressional district with them and it's farkinhg horrible. One of our reps, Abigail Spanberger, main focuses is rural internet expansion, so the inbreds can finally start learning, but they don't care. Literally all they do is parrot shiat like "ShE vOtEs WiTh PeLoSi NiNeTy PeRcEnT oF tHe TiMe! GRR!!" On top of that, the person they have TRIED to throw their support behind is a farking idiot. Nick Freitas LOL. Just farking end me.
 
2020-10-16 4:58:06 PM  

edmo: For those who've been conditioned to demonize the poor, they cannot overcome their revulsion. They know it's a moral failing. They know they are lazy. They know they themselves are now the source of many of society's problems.

Of course, most of us don't think that but we haven't all been brainwashed.


I dated a woman many years ago, and this very topic is the only time she and I ever got into a shouting match. She could not accept that not all people in need are lazy, shiftless bums. Despite outlining a few different ways one could become a person of need through no fault of their own, she just wouldn't let it go: all homeless people are just lazy, why don't they work harder, my parents came to this country with nothing, blah blah blah.

Some folks just really hate poor people, and/or cannot fathom how anyone's circumstances could be different from their own.
 
2020-10-16 5:02:05 PM  
I'm highly suspicious that we can solve a problem like hunger through individual goodwill.

I mean, it hasn't worked yet.

I'm not saying food pantries are a bad thing.

Just that maybe we should spend more time asking why and how people get into this situation and what can be done to fix those issues.
 
2020-10-16 5:02:37 PM  
A friend of mine runs the local food pantry. He says they're busier than ever. Lots of people need food nowadays.
 
2020-10-16 5:08:41 PM  
I help maintain and stock a Little Free Pantry near my church. Too many people need something to get them through the week. We working on a little adjoining 'dog house' for pet food and pet supplies. When people have hard times they need their pets more than ever.

/plans for a refrigerated add-on didn't work out. AC is too expensive to run out, even commercial refrigerators can't handle being even partially exposed to the local climate, and legal risks for having a potential shocking hazard
 
2020-10-16 5:10:02 PM  

Wrongo: No transportation to the foodbank> Not as unlikely as you might imagine.


This is a real issue for a lot of rural dwellers.

Since my vehicle is farked right now--I pay for trips to town.
 
2020-10-16 5:22:30 PM  
Some of these places give out some really good stuff. My neighbor's uncle gave him like ten pounds of frozen shredded chicken and pork. We BBQed jerked chicken tacos and pulled pork sandwiches every Sunday since the NFL started back.
 
2020-10-16 5:22:48 PM  

Zevon's Evil Twin: Wrongo: No transportation to the foodbank> Not as unlikely as you might imagine.

This is a real issue for a lot of rural dwellers.

Since my vehicle is farked right now--I pay for trips to town.


Huh. You'd think the helpful, good-neighbor, not-like-the-others 'militia' could help out with that. Pretty sure I saw a pickup in their picture, you could deliver a lotta food with one of those.
 
2020-10-16 5:23:44 PM  

Heamer: edmo: For those who've been conditioned to demonize the poor, they cannot overcome their revulsion. They know it's a moral failing. They know they are lazy. They know they themselves are now the source of many of society's problems.

Of course, most of us don't think that but we haven't all been brainwashed.

I dated a woman many years ago, and this very topic is the only time she and I ever got into a shouting match. She could not accept that not all people in need are lazy, shiftless bums. Despite outlining a few different ways one could become a person of need through no fault of their own, she just wouldn't let it go: all homeless people are just lazy, why don't they work harder, my parents came to this country with nothing, blah blah blah.

Some folks just really hate poor people, and/or cannot fathom how anyone's circumstances could be different from their own.


I tell my privileged students: if you cannot imagine events beyond your control that lead to your homelessness, you need to work on your imagination.

There's a homeless guy near my home. Iraq vet. EMT. Never saw combat. Had a traumatic event while driving an ambulance. Personality changed. Family abandoned him. I gave him a twenty in July. He said, "that makes seventy!" I ask what he would buy. "Get a room. Take a shower. It's been too long."

Most people who think the homeless are  inferior, have never spoken for one minute to a homeless person. And I hate them all for it.
 
2020-10-16 5:24:40 PM  
Odd that donations exceed need.   In an alternate timeline this would be a good thing.
 
2020-10-16 5:59:39 PM  

Resident Muslim: Tom-Servo: What the article failed to mention was that there was a Cadillac Escalade car show at the local Rally's burger joint everyone had to be at.  So just bad timing, really.

I used to like that car. Haven't seen one for a long time now.
Not sure if demand has dropped severely or I've been off the roads for so long that I don't recall.

/I have a large family, big SUVs attract me
//currently the family car is a three-row GMC
///the Nissan Armada had better luggage space, but not as luxurious/sturdy


I've found that after most went to the used car market, most Escalades tended to be abused by the new owners, so most seem to have been taken off the road due to neglect.

My in laws had a Tahoe. I personally did not care for the ride. The thing leaned too much for my taste when cornering. So that was kind of a put off for myself.

If you need something big, and want luxury, have you considered a Lincoln Navigator L? The L is the longer wheelbase that makes it like a Suburban.
 
2020-10-16 6:01:42 PM  
I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.
 
2020-10-16 6:12:17 PM  

BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.


I'd ask her why she's working at the welfare office if she's going to give people nasty looks.

OTOH do you think this benefited you in the end?
 
2020-10-16 6:28:29 PM  

Resident Muslim: Tom-Servo: What the article failed to mention was that there was a Cadillac Escalade car show at the local Rally's burger joint everyone had to be at.  So just bad timing, really.

I used to like that car. Haven't seen one for a long time now.
Not sure if demand has dropped severely or I've been off the roads for so long that I don't recall.

/I have a large family, big SUVs attract me
//currently the family car is a three-row GMC
///the Nissan Armada had better luggage space, but not as luxurious/sturdy


I've never seen someone drive one that didn't look like they failed out of a community college on the way to get press-on nails.  The stigma killed it.
 
2020-10-16 6:38:55 PM  

BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.


You didn't luck out.

Don't discount the personal agency you took with regards to your situation, and the effort you put it to improve it.

Be proud of what you accomplished.  You've earned it.
 
2020-10-16 6:51:59 PM  
Did anyone else read that as "food panty encounters" and clicked the comments button expecting something else?
 
2020-10-16 6:56:52 PM  
Some people would sooner sacrifice their lives than their pride.

Let them.
 
2020-10-16 6:59:14 PM  

NephilimNexus: Some people would sooner sacrifice their lives than their pride.

Let them.


You can keep both. Just as Craig T. (Nobody ever helped me) Nelson.
 
2020-10-16 6:59:57 PM  
I have managed to drop 40 pounds of excess weight by ignoring diets and just eating less of the good stuff i like, now at a sustainable weight, with the result of my being offered food assistance by Social Services who were called by someone apparently thinking I was starving.  It was embarrassing, slightly, but rather hilarious.  They wanted to look in my refrigerator to be sure. "The 6 pounds of frozen chicken breasts are for the dog."

At least I has an excuse to ask someone "Do I look fat?" and get a satisfying no.
 
2020-10-16 7:18:05 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Did anyone else read that as "food panty encounters" and clicked the comments button expecting something else?


mighty tighty whities, smugglin' plums?
 
2020-10-16 7:29:44 PM  

akya: I'm highly suspicious that we can solve a problem like hunger through individual goodwill.

I mean, it hasn't worked yet.

I'm not saying food pantries are a bad thing.

Just that maybe we should spend more time asking why and how people get into this situation and what can be done to fix those issues.


Hey, we tried higher tax brackets and workers rights and unions, a minimum wage a person could buy a house on , and social safety nets in the 1950s, and all it got us was the largest explosion in the middle class and mobile upward movement in the entire recorded history of humankind since we formed any type of government and wrote it down.

We only had 9 billionaires. Now we have 50. Let's never discuss this topic again! You might be a millionaire tomorrow keep buying those lottery tickets and voting Republican. Make America great again, but not that way! Another way, totally different from the one you are thinking about.
 
2020-10-16 7:41:12 PM  
It being Louisiana, the meal was Deepwater oil clumps marinated in bayou brine, served with swap-ass soup. The appetizer is racism, and desert is incest.
 
2020-10-16 7:45:37 PM  
I have a tenant who is too proud to apply for Cares Act money or unemployment.  He admits to having car and health insurance though, which isn't problematic to him.  He owes two months rent btw due to being unemployed because of COVID.  I tried to tell him none of this money is due to charity.  That the government couldn't give two shiats about him and that all they require is that he pays his taxes and die quickly.  That insurance companies are looking to not pay out, not hand him a big check for being so pitiful.  That the only reason they give out money is because they have to because it's legally his.  I feel like hitting this dumbass in the eye with a glass of orange juice.
 
2020-10-16 8:13:42 PM  

khatores: BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.

I'd ask her why she's working at the welfare office if she's going to give people nasty looks.

OTOH do you think this benefited you in the end?


Yes it did. I learned they won't help abled bodied men between the ages of 18 and 48.
My family grew up on welfare so I already knew it was going to be a challenge. I did not have children or family.
This job training program director that recommended I get assistance became upset I was able to get into a good paying job on my own. I was told not to tell the other students.
I have to say I became a better person after walking " in their shoes "
 
2020-10-16 8:20:42 PM  

BigKaboom: khatores: BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.

I'd ask her why she's working at the welfare office if she's going to give people nasty looks.

OTOH do you think this benefited you in the end?

Yes it did. I learned they won't help abled bodied men between the ages of 18 and 48.
My family grew up on welfare so I already knew it was going to be a challenge. I did not have children or family.
This job training program director that recommended I get assistance became upset I was able to get into a good paying job on my own. I was told not to tell the other students.
I have to say I became a better person after walking " in their shoes "


This is a hard to believe set of events.
 
2020-10-16 8:52:19 PM  

BigKaboom: I have to say I became a better person after walking " in their shoes "


I'm glad it worked out for you and all, but did you really have to take their shoes?
 
2020-10-16 9:09:56 PM  

Smackledorfer: BigKaboom: khatores: BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.

I'd ask her why she's working at the welfare office if she's going to give people nasty looks.

OTOH do you think this benefited you in the end?

Yes it did. I learned they won't help abled bodied men between the ages of 18 and 48.
My family grew up on welfare so I already knew it was going to be a challenge. I did not have children or family.
This job training program director that recommended I get assistance became upset I was able to get into a good paying job on my own. I was told not to tell the other students.
I have to say I became a better person after walking " in their shoes "

This is a hard to believe set of events.


Why is it hard to believe? I've been sent home from work to get a psych eval as my prior mild-ptsd has escalated to full blown after after of harassment at work because I believe in covid and have been wearing a mask in rural-bc.

I'm lucky that my boss and the HR person know I'm not making it up and have told me to get checked out so they can sign off on medical EI.

If they didn't believe me/support me I could very easily end up homeless over this.
 
2020-10-16 9:14:36 PM  

SpectroBoy: If you're so proud that you can turn down free food you ain't THAT hungry yet.


I told my sister's cats that once.
 
2020-10-16 9:26:52 PM  

reveal101: Smackledorfer: BigKaboom: khatores: BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.

I'd ask her why she's working at the welfare office if she's going to give people nasty looks.

OTOH do you think this benefited you in the end?

Yes it did. I learned they won't help abled bodied men between the ages of 18 and 48.
My family grew up on welfare so I already knew it was going to be a challenge. I did not have children or family.
This job training program director that recommended I get assistance became upset I was able to get into a good paying job on my own. I was told not to tell the other students.
I have to say I became a better person after walking " in their shoes "

This is a hard to believe set of events.

Why is it hard to believe? I've been sent home from work to get a psych eval as my prior mild-ptsd has escalated to full blown after after of harassment at work because I believe in covid and have been wearing a mask in rural-bc.

I'm lucky that my boss and the HR person know I'm not making it up and have told me to get checked out so they can sign off on medical EI.

If they didn't believe me/support me I could very easily end up homeless over this.


Obviously homeless people exist.

It isn't the homelessness I take issue with. It's the government employees actively sabotaging him or asking him to lie about job placement. I don't see that kind of motivation there. Add the instant job success and it gets stranger. Jobs are so hard to get from his position that unemployment or other resources cannot match, that he wound up homeless before finding, and he trips over it?

I won't call him a liar; strange things do happen. I just find it hard to believe.
 
2020-10-16 10:19:22 PM  

Smackledorfer: reveal101: Smackledorfer: BigKaboom: khatores: BigKaboom: I was homeless for a brief time and was able to get back in my feet. I was told I should apply for assistance and when I did, I got the stink eye from the lady at the welfare office. I tossed my paperwork out, walked a few miles down the street and got a job. Not everyone is going to luck out like I did nor are some able to hold a job because of mental illness or drugs or whatever it is that happened to them.  I know how it feels when the homeless are looked down on as lazy. I'm doing really good now and I'll help anyone get food and clothing and shoes.

I'd ask her why she's working at the welfare office if she's going to give people nasty looks.

OTOH do you think this benefited you in the end?

Yes it did. I learned they won't help abled bodied men between the ages of 18 and 48.
My family grew up on welfare so I already knew it was going to be a challenge. I did not have children or family.
This job training program director that recommended I get assistance became upset I was able to get into a good paying job on my own. I was told not to tell the other students.
I have to say I became a better person after walking " in their shoes "

This is a hard to believe set of events.

Why is it hard to believe? I've been sent home from work to get a psych eval as my prior mild-ptsd has escalated to full blown after after of harassment at work because I believe in covid and have been wearing a mask in rural-bc.

I'm lucky that my boss and the HR person know I'm not making it up and have told me to get checked out so they can sign off on medical EI.

If they didn't believe me/support me I could very easily end up homeless over this.

Obviously homeless people exist.

It isn't the homelessness I take issue with. It's the government employees actively sabotaging him or asking him to lie about job placement. I don't see that kind of motivation there. Add the instant job success and it gets stranger. Jobs are so hard to get from his position that unemployment or other resources cannot match, that he wound up homeless before finding, and he trips over it?

I won't call him a liar; strange things do happen. I just find it hard to believe.


Aside from your abysmal writing, and I would feign you had another language where you are far more articulate but I won't take that bet, you are a toad. You find homelessness and its precepts hard to believe. Well, be advised, the homeless find your stance hard to believe. And a toad like you can sleep tonight because, for the while, there are more of you than them, toad.
 
2020-10-17 2:55:48 AM  

Claude Ballse: Resident Muslim: Tom-Servo: What the article failed to mention was that there was a Cadillac Escalade car show at the local Rally's burger joint everyone had to be at.  So just bad timing, really.

I used to like that car. Haven't seen one for a long time now.
Not sure if demand has dropped severely or I've been off the roads for so long that I don't recall.

/I have a large family, big SUVs attract me
//currently the family car is a three-row GMC
///the Nissan Armada had better luggage space, but not as luxurious/sturdy

I've found that after most went to the used car market, most Escalades tended to be abused by the new owners, so most seem to have been taken off the road due to neglect.

My in laws had a Tahoe. I personally did not care for the ride. The thing leaned too much for my taste when cornering. So that was kind of a put off for myself.

If you need something big, and want luxury, have you considered a Lincoln Navigator L? The L is the longer wheelbase that makes it like a Suburban.


I'll keep it in mind.
The GMC is only a few years old, so it will probably be a number of years before we need a replacement.
Also, with the older kids starting to drive, and as enjoyable group trips are (no, really, don't laugh), it might be time to start splitting up.
I drove the Aramada years ago when we had it, because my car was in the garage, and it felt ridiculous to be moving so much metal/weight just to move one person.
The Lincoln is not a bad choice, I just never considered it. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront of my mind and informing me of the longer wheelbase.
 
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