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I thought this was a very objective and detailed article. Thank you!
It is far cheaper to buy calorie dense junk food than it is to buy healthy food. My partner and I were having this same conversation in the car the other day.
Papa Murphy's isn't "prepared" food, so you can buy a pizza with an EBT card. So-called "energy drinks" can be purchased with an EBT card.
The problem we run into in our society is that we are attaching a moral value to a food item. Somehow it is immoral to purchase a Snickers with public funds, but it's okay to buy a jar of peanut butter and some chocolate chips.
Yes, it rubs me the wrong way that some people often waste public resources in this way, but should there be a socio-economic class distinction between those that can buy soft drinks and those that cannot? I don't know.
Maybe it would be good for the USDA to establish a list of items that can be purchased with food stamps rather than trying to keep up with items that cannot be purchased. How that list would be determined I couldn't say.
I wish we had a rail system that passed through East Tennessee. It would be awesome to be able to buy a ticket and ride to D.C., New York, or down to New Orleans.
At the very least, a rail system between the three Grand Divisions would be nice.
Can you imagine buying a ticket to go to Nashville for the day to shop, or to lobby your state Senator?
Not that the writer of this letter cares, but the Bible gives two reasons and only two reasons that the two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed:
1. Angels were sent to rescue Lot and his family because the Lord had decided to destroy the cities for their wickedness and inhospitality.2. Lot could not find a single righteous person in the city.
"A free society such as our forefathers founded was based on Biblical truths"
Name one, please.
George Washington: To the United Baptist Churches in Virginia in May, 1789, Washington said that every man "ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience."
Thomas Jefferson: In a letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787, he wrote, "Question with boldness even the existence of a god."
John Adams: "I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!"
James Madison: "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
Benjamin Franklin: "Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity. "
The Declaration of Independence: God in the Declaration does not describe Christianity's God. It describes "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." This nature's view of God agrees with deist philosophy but any attempt to use the Declaration as a support for Christianity will fail for this reason alone.
Treaty of Tripoli: ""As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion..."
So come on with the lame overused cliche, "christian nation" blah, blah, blah.
Summary: Against intelligence there is no defense so strong as the armor of ignorance.
One comment about Alex's comment. A lot of people did start to trickle out midway though the rally. I'm only 38, but after waiting in the street and then marching from 11:00am to 2:00pm (or was it 3:00pm?) I was exhausted.
The speeches given were brief and to the point, but with so many speakers, I didn't have the stamina to wait around until the end. I suspect others felt the same.
I've got 100 or more photos taken during the march posted if anyone wants to look at them: http://manicsquirrel.com/photos
I too was at the march. There were people as far as I could see. It was overwhelming and very moving to see how many people came together. I would say the 200,000 estimate is fairly accurate.
I too was disappointed with lack of support from nation LGBT organizations. For some of them to come around only at the last minute, I feel they really hurt march by discouraging the turnout.
Kip is a sincere young man who is always fired up. I'm really proud to have a fellow Tennessean involved in this effort.