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April 23, 2014 1:14 pm April 22, 2014 3:21 pm
10 Poverty Myths, Busted | Mother Jones

america-wakiewakie:

1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

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April 21, 2014 5:20 pm
flavorpill:

There’s no way something this cheesy can actually be so good…right?
‘Field of Dreams’: Still Making Men Cry, 25 Years Later

flavorpill:

There’s no way something this cheesy can actually be so good…right?

‘Field of Dreams’: Still Making Men Cry, 25 Years Later

3:23 pm

nbacooldudes:

Tony Parker spins on Devin Harris and lays it off the glass in the Spurs’ 90-85 Game 1 win over the Mavericks. (04/20/14)

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10:41 am
politicalprof:

This photo, of private citizens in a standoff with federal officers in the Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada, is something of an American political rohrsach test.
—if you see wacko gun nuts threatening federal officers trying to enforce a court order, you’re what known as *right.*
—if you see American patriots standing down a dictatorial government come to crush human freedom, you are what is known as *wrong*. And you are a wackadoo.
Please understand that while those are very technical terms, they are the correct ones in this case.

politicalprof:

This photo, of private citizens in a standoff with federal officers in the Cliven Bundy standoff in Nevada, is something of an American political rohrsach test.

—if you see wacko gun nuts threatening federal officers trying to enforce a court order, you’re what known as *right.*

—if you see American patriots standing down a dictatorial government come to crush human freedom, you are what is known as *wrong*. And you are a wackadoo.

Please understand that while those are very technical terms, they are the correct ones in this case.

April 20, 2014 5:57 pm
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iloveretro:

Bob Dylan - Hurricane

This is a protest song by Dylan, about the imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

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April 19, 2014 8:59 pm 3:42 pm

gayindustrialcomplex:

reblog if you are sorry ms. jackson and also are for real

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April 15, 2014 7:02 pm
locodelbosque:

spursnotebook:

Can’t wait to thank our Spurs Family at Fan Appreciation Night. RT if you’re excited for playoffs! #SpursFAN #selfie

How could you not love the San Antonio Spurs?

locodelbosque:

spursnotebook:

Can’t wait to thank our Spurs Family at Fan Appreciation Night. RT if you’re excited for playoffs! #SpursFAN #selfie

How could you not love the San Antonio Spurs?

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5:15 pm