Ah, the weekend 🙂
The “haves” really have it in for us!
By Hannah Rappleye, NBC News
PHILADELPHIA — On some days, Yolanda Williams says she wonders why it’s so hard to stay alive. “I’m working as hard as I can. Every time I talk to my boss I ask, ‘Is there any more work?’”
Williams works part-time as a home-health aide so that she can also attend the Kaplan school to study medical billing. For about 17 hours a week of work, at $10 an hour, she takes home about $298 every two weeks, which she uses to support her disabled husband and her 21-year-old daughter, both of whom are unemployed.
“I’m trying to go to school so I can get a better job, so I can get off welfare,” added Williams, who receives food stamps and Medicaid. “If that means I have to be on the bus 24 hours a day, I’ll do it.”
Her weekly toil – which includes nearly 30 hours on buses – underscores one of the truths of life for the millions of American living with poverty: it’s expensive to be poor.
Williams and her family live in north Philadelphia. She spends her check only on the essentials: rent, gas and electric, bus passes, a phone. She doesn’t have cable or internet.
“If you own a home, plus childcare, plus commuting costs you can be well above poverty and still not be able to make ends meet,” said Professor Scott Allard, an expert in poverty and the social safety net at University of Chicago. “You’re not doing anything wrong. You’re playing by the rules but you’re not making it.”
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By Meteor Blades
Every 10 years, millions of Middle Easterners in the U.S. turn to their census forms and check the box under race labeled “white.” This is, after all, their legal classification. The U.S. government formally recognizes anyone from “Europe, the Middle East or North Africa” as white.
This seems counterintuitive, but it’s the product of several contentious court battles that occurred in the early 1900s. The most prominent of these was Dow v. United States, a 1915 case in which Syrian immigrant George Dow fought to overturn two lower court decisions that found him ineligible for naturalization because he wasn’t white. A federal appeals court ruled in Dow’s favor. And he won because of Jesus.
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Part of Dow’s successful argument was couched in the logic that if Jesus, a Middle Easterner, was white, it only followed that George Dow, also from the Middle East, was white too. It was notions of Jesus’ whiteness—in a largely white Christian American culture—that ultimately won the case for Dow. White Christians owned Jesus and the right to call him theirs, and they were unable to let him go.
Writer’s Pressure Cooker Research Alarms Police
“What happened was this: At about 9:00 am, my husband, who happened to be home yesterday, was sitting in the living room with our two dogs when he heard a couple of cars pull up outside. He looked out the window and saw three black SUVs in front of our house; two at the curb in front and one pulled up behind my husband’s Jeep in the driveway, as if to block him from leaving. Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house.” This was one of about a hundred times a week these same armed men in SUVs arrive at someone’s front door. What exactly led them to Michele Catalano’s house? She had been researching pressure cookers online. Her husband had been looking for a backpack. That combined with their son’s news reading…
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When we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we inherit a responsibility that we didn’t have before. As we walk with the Lord, we must emulate Him, to be like Him. I know this is the hardest, yet most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. When we say we are with the Lord, then our actions must reveal His character in all things. This includes what many lack, true peace.
John 20:19 says; On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” This statement brings joy to my heart friends, the word teaches us that we should on fear God. When we fear only God the inner peace that we have is revealed, and our trust is…
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The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, better known as the language police, added a decidedly un-French term to its approved lexicon on Sunday. From now on, chugging alcohol with the sole motive of getting smashed is no longer “le binge drinking” — it’s labeuverie express(literally, fast drinking).
French authorities are well-known for combating the encroachment of English into the Language of Love, most recently by creating a domestic equivalent for hashtag: mot-dièse. The authorities’ determination to keep their language free from the vulgarities of English, however, reveals a growing problem in France. After all, if binge drinking weren’t on the rise, the government would have little reason to create its own dictionary entry for the phenomenon.
Binge drinking has gone largely undocumented in the country, with the assumption that such crass methods of imbibing were solely for those in less-civilized nations. Au contraire. Last…
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