“Here’s what my $29.96 bought me,” Rep. John Lesch (DFL-Saint Paul) says into the camera. He then turns the camera to his kitchen floor, where he has laid three meals a day for the entire week. Lesch is one of the Minnesota lawmakers participating in our Minimum Wage Challenge, which limits his weekly food budget at roughly $35.
In the homemade video posted on YouTube, Lesch runs over this meal plan: for breakfast, two eggs and one cup of fruit loops; a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and Ramen noodles for lunch; and depending on the day, repeating that same lunch for dinner. For a few dinners, he includes a Tostino’s Personal Party Pizza.
“Now keep in mind, this is for one person,” he says. “If you have to raise a family, if you have a child, two children on minimum wage, I have no idea how you are going to pull this off.”
We know that many low-wage workers in Minnesota and across the country do have to care for children. Out of more than 356,000 low-wage workers in the state, about 63,000 have at least one child.
As he goes over his meal plan, Lesch points out that he has tried to vary his meals day to day–a few tuna sandwiches mixed in with the PB&J, no mayo–but that it’s a pretty repetitive diet. There’s also no fruits or vegetables, save for a few cans of green beans and corn.
“I don’t know how sick of this I’ll get,” Lesch concludes, “or how fat I will get, eating all the MSGs and whatever else is in the Ramen…and all the fat in the pizza.”
The lack of nutrition available on a minimum wage budget struck Moorhead City Councilwoman Heidi Durand as well. “I can’t tolerate another can of condensed soup…I haven’t had fresh fruit or veggies since Wednesday,” she reported, “I know one thing: our minimum wage is not healthy!”
We’ve heard since we were children about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. The calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables are especially important for a child’s development, but also for adults to protect against osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, digestive problems, and even mental conditions like Alzheimer’s and depression.
Durand said she felt the emotional pressure even after just a few days. “[Living on minimum wage] is not emotionally healthy either. There were several moments where I felt completely dependent and helpless and the only thing that got me through was knowing it was temporary.”
The Minnesota legislative session will begin today, February 25. Tell the Minnesota Senate to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2015.
"There were several moments where I felt completely dependent and helpless and the only thing that got me through was knowing it was temporary.”
Last Wednesday, I sat in a House hearing and listened to Republicans describe Obama exercising “unparalleled use of executive power” and operating an “uber-presidency.” They accused him of acting like a “king” and a “monarch,” of making the United States like a “dictatorship” or a “totalitarian government” by exercising “imperial” and “magisterial power.”
But after events in Ukraine, this very tyrant was said to be so weak that it’s “shocking…”
In theory, it is possible for Obama to rule domestic politics with an iron fist and yet play the 98-pound weakling in foreign affairs. But it doesn’t make a lot of sense that one person would vacillate between those two extremes. A better explanation is Obama’s critics are so convinced that he is wrong about everything that they haven’t paused to consider the consistency of their accusations."
Do I agree with everything Obama does? No - but here’s the thing. The right’s trumped up smears and ridiculous hyperbole always seem to fall into the realm of overblown name calling and conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.
With every passing day I find it more and more difficult to take the GOP seriously, it’s like they have so much spite they will latch on to anything they can that will paint the president in a bad light, true or not and outright oppose anything he says or does - it’s gotten outright cringe-worthy.
I stopped taking Republicans seriously when they voted Ronald Reagan into office. They’ve been an extremist party for over 30 years. They have zero ideas for governing. All they want to do is obstruct everything.(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)
Soon-to-perish-in-Hell conservative talk show host RUSH LIMBAUGH, on why the film 12 Years A Slave won the Best Picture Oscar.
(via the New York Daily News)
Whoa. The MLA has officially devised a standard format to cite tweets in an academic paper. Sign of the times.
ebooks, Horse. (horse_ebooks). “Leg Butt” 18 Nov 2011, 12:38 PM. Tweet.
Paula Deen, Asshole of the Day for February 28, 2014
Paula Deen got in trouble last June when it came out that she used the N-word, cracked racist jokes, and once even expressed a desire to plan a slavery-themed wedding. People were horrified. We named her Asshole of the Day for it. We even nominated her for Racist Asshole of the Year, but that one wasn’t even close with Ted Nugent running away with it, and that was before he called Obama a “subhuman mongrel”).
Now after she was exposed, she could have apologized and kept quiet, but instead she went the right-wing-victim-of-reverse-racism route, garnering sympathy and claiming that she wasn’t racist and it was OK for her to use that word because people said it when she was growing up. But most people weren’t buying it, because people know that’s a word you don’t say, and should it ever slip out you apologize and don’t make excuses.
But that was last year. Now she’s back in the news, and she’s saying things like this:
Deen says, “I’m fighting to get my name back,” adding, “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” says Deen, referring to NFL prospect Michael Sam. “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”
Nope, Paula Deen, you’re not at all “like that black football player”. And the fact that you can’t see it only makes it worse:
- Michael Sam came out as gay, and thereby exposed himself to discrimination and possibly costing himself the chance to play in the NFL or to be drafted highly. Previous Asshole of the Day Herm Edwards demonstrated the sad truth of this with his response.
- You got caught saying racist things, lost your high-paying TV gig, and then played the victim-of-reverse-racism card.
You lost your job because you’re a bigot, and he might not get a job because of bigots. You aren’t like Michael Sam; you are the opposite.
But because you’re trying appropriating someone else’s heroism as your own and pretend that you are a victim, you, Paula Deen, are Asshole of the Day.
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"The defining human rights violation of our day."
Things that are human rights violations:
- Drone strikes that kill innocent civilians because they “look like terrorists”
- People being denied healthcare.
- People working full-time and still living below the poverty level.
- People being wrongfully imprisoned or killed for protesting and speaking up for their beliefs against corruption.
- Children being denied the right to an education.
- People being denied their identity because they fall outside of the gender binary.
- LGBTQIAP+ people being denied the right to marry the person they love.
- People being murdered based on their belonging to an ethnic or religious group.
- Wrongfully executed individuals and wrongfully convicted individuals spending 20+ years in prison.
- People being kept as slaves.
- The fact that 31 years after SCOTUS ruled in favor of legal abortion, and even though a large majority of developed countries have legalized abortions, people still want to control people’s reproductive rights.
Things that are not human rights violations:
I remember how much her realization that she was “never going to be good enough for him” resonated with me when I first watched this movie. She decided to push herself, not to be with him, but to prove him the fuck wrong.
Strong female role models who can still wear pink and love fashion. Yes yes yes.
I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE OH MY GODDDDDDDDDD
This is one of my top 5 favorite movies. People laugh at me when I say that, but I think it’s a great “girl power” movie.