Ohio Soup Kitchen Obviously The Real Villain In Paul Ryan’s Dishwatergate

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"Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence." -- Pearl S BuckIn yet another example of the weird-ass confluence between food and politics in the current campaign season, the Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen where Paul Ryan staged a photo-op by washing clean pans is now facing an angry wave of cancelled donations, maybe! Nothing supports the GOP stance of letting private charity take the place of government programs like starving some homelesses out of bungled-photo-op spite. Or maybe it’s receiving a surge of generous private donation fom libruls who want Big Government to provide everything to the Poors? Or some of each? As you recall, the St. Vincent DePaul Society’s president, Brian J. Antal, objected after the Ryan team “ramrodded their way” into the kitchen after it had already finished serving local Poors their gruel for the day, saying that the empty gesture never should have been allowed. As a result, Romney/Ryan supporters have withheld donations from the Catholic charity and flooded it with angry phone calls. God told them to, we are quite sure.

Says Antal,

“It appears to be a substantial amount,” Antal said. “You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash.”

Antal says he can’t give an actual dollar amount. “I can’t say how much [in] donations we lost,” he said. “Donations are a private matter with our organization.”

HuffPo’s Jason Cherkis also reports that Antal and the charity’s volunteers have had to field “hundreds of angry phone calls,” and that their Facebook page had mean comments posted to it, like

“I hope you lose your tax emempt[sic] status,” “Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice” and “Shame on you Brian Antal!”

There is rudeness on the internet? Egad! After the HuffPo story broke, the overwhelming majority of recent messages on the page have been from libruls promising to support the soup kitchen, which is nice, we suppose; the whole fuck-tussle mirrors the backlash and counter-backlash of online consumer reviews of the pizzeria whose owner hugged a black man — with most of the “reviews” coming from people who’d never been to the restaurant, of course.

Seriously, kids, are Americans now so fat they only want to vote with their mouths?

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142 comments

      1. viennawoods13

        My husband keeps telling me that I am doing it wrong, and that he does it much better. So I have been letting him do that for 25 years. (same goes for folding laundry).

  1. HRH_Maddie

    Republicans are a mean-sprited bunch. "I don't like what you have to say, so I hope innocent people starve!" I'll be sure to send a donation to the soup kitchen just so they know that not all people suck.

    1. WABishop

      It's even more convoluted than that: "I don't like what you have to say when you say you should remain silent or people who don't like what you say will get upset!"

    2. Callyson

      Thumbs up to you for the donation.

      And yeah, next time some wingnut starts up with that "conservatives give more to charity than liberals do," I'll bring this crap up…

      Assholes.

    1. WhatTheHolyHeck

      Empirical data from weeks of driving throughout a major metropolitan area demonstrates conclusively that a Romney/Ryan bumper sticker is an extremely accurate barometer for determining the dickheadedness of the given driver.

  2. HobbesEvilTwin

    Seriously, kids, are Americans now so fat they only want to vote with their mouths?

    blrg slrup arblg*

    * That means "yes" in fatspeak.

    1. BeefHardcake

      That's how we increase voter turnout in this country; put a chewing-activated voting device inside every bag of Funyuns.

        1. shelwood46

          It's a pity they won't reveal the figure, because I would love to start a campaign to shame Ryan/Romney into making a large donation to make up the shortfall. Not that anything is stopping them from doing so to set an example for their idiot supporters.

  3. Schmannnity

    There's a giant left-wing conspiracy to make Paul Ryan look like an asshole and its leader is . . . . Paul Ryan.

  4. noodlesalad

    Teabaggers just don't get the whole soup kitchen idea. Wouldn't a "Deep Fried Snickers Bar Kitchen" do a better job in the fight against hunger?

  5. Weenus299

    This does not disprove that the best way to get into a soup kitchen without actually being an icky poor person, is to spoon.

  6. OkieDokieDog

    The Nuns On The Bus need to swing by and pick up those poors and drop them off at Paul Ryan's tax-payer funded flop-house.

  7. hagajim

    I think it's horrible that Ryan used the place for a photo op without permission – but good God almighty what kind of asshole do you have to be to pull a donation because they said something – gotta love the Xtians….so forgiving.

    1. BlueStateLibel

      According to these Xtians, forgiveness is for GOPeers caught with rent boys, urging their mistresses to have abortions, etc., NOT for the poor and oppressed.

    2. CommieLibunatic

      Hell, I remember hearing about a Salvation Army soup kitchen that threatened to close it's doors if a local gay marriage law passed. Good to know their heart is in the wrong place.

  8. valgal2342

    "Well, we'll just take our non existent donations to your soup kitchen and get ourselves a sammich at Chick fil A! So there bfffffffffffffffffftttttttt!"

  9. Hera Sent Me

    My wife says she has to rewash the dishes after I wash them, so what's the point?

    "We [husbands] are dumb, but we are not so dumb." – Bill Cosby.

    1. Isyaignert

      Haha – my uber lazy, goodfernuthin' chronically unemployed, yet, curiously narsassic ex-husband used to purposely fuk up chores around the house so I'd end up doing EVERYTHING because he pretended that he couldn't do FUKKING ANYTHING right (on purpose).

      Now, I've got a real prince of a husband – he does a great job washing dishes without complaint, because I cook him a fabulous dinner every day (except on our weekly date night, of course).

  10. WhatTheHeck

    Jesus, can you stay out of politics, please. Some of your followers have lost understanding of “Faith, Hppe and Charity.”

  11. An_Outhouse

    It really is hard to tell from the HP article whether the mean people were Romney or Obama supporters. Isn't it possible people were pissed that they let Ryan in there?

  12. FakaktaSouth

    “I hope you lose your tax emempt[sic] status,”

    I, too, hope all Catholic things lose their tax exempt status. And Baptist, Methodist, and OH YES, ESPECIALLY Mormon. But not because I am a right wing dick blaming a charity for a loser candidate's gross abuse of them with a staged bullshit photo-op.

    1. actor212

      If this asshat had attended a Catholic parochial school I guarantee you he'd know how to spell "exempt" or have broken knuckles to show for it.

    2. Isyaignert

      “The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community.”

      – President James A. Garfield

        1. Isyaignert

          We used to call it "Moanday" but since we're retired now, every day is Saturday! I recommend it highly.

  13. T3rbo

    Don't worry, the market will provide a solution: in 3-4 weeks, after this place goes bankrupt, another soup kitchen will take it's place. That's how capitalism works, people.

      1. T3rbo

        Of course. And as everyone knows, hobos/those who refuse to take responsibility will go to the soup kitchen that has the best service, best gruel, etc., so this is a major win win. I heard that the SVDP people have a near monopoly of feeding the lazy, which is bad for consumers…

  14. freakishlywrong

    Oh Xtian fuckwits. These must be the same "Christian" teatards that protested Nuns on a bus. Cuz, you know, abortion or something.

  15. Goonemeritus

    Democratic administration’s got Hitler and Bin Laden; Republicans are bringing the hugging pizza guy and this soup kitchen to justice. It is nice to know both Parties take our security seriously.

  16. Chet Kincaid_

    If Ryan's people now issued a press release saying, "listen, don't punish those who are down on their luck by withdrawing your contributions from a worthy charitable organization over a scheduling mixup", that would be a classy and humanizing gesture. That's why there's no way they'll do it.

        1. T3rbo

          Yeah, set up a fund for himself to help ease the pain, all proceeds go to SVDP soup kitchen, less administrative fees. Dickface "Paul" Ryan got his photo op ruined by librul memorial fund?

    1. pdiddycornchips

      What would Jesus do? Probably wait til dinner time when the place is full, lock the doors and burn the place to the ground because Jesus hates Libruls right?

  17. Biff

    Wrong, douche–being allowed to politicize a homeless shelter should be the way to have your "tax emempt[sic] status" revoked.

  18. anniegetyerfun

    Seriously, though, people fucking suck so much.

    ETA: Also, I don't give to St. Vincent de Paul because of their homophobia, so this makes it tough, because I automatically want to help anyone who the Republicans don't like.

    1. T3rbo

      I do because utilitarianism. They are very visible in Denver-they have a storefront thrift store with a soup kitchen and family aid center in the back. I'm not worried too much about their views-they could be homophobic in their HR policies, but they do a lot of good for people. I have never had anyone ask me if I was gay/not gay when dropping off donated items…

      1. anniegetyerfun

        Of course, no one ever asks if you are gay when they are taking from you. But I care about HR practices, and if I have the choice between working with a charity that won't hire gay people and one that will, then I am obviously going to go with the gay-friendly company. That's why I give money and donations to Goodwill instead of St. Vincent de Paul.

        1. T3rbo

          All of your points are valid and I agree with you. Mostly. I really really despise the Catholic Church-a friend of mine tried to kill himself when I was in 5th grade after being molested, I have family that has been molested by the clergy, and their social dogma is repulsive. I would never give money to the Church under any circumstances. BUT.
          Goodwill helps people through employment, but the SVDP helps poor families through direct aid. I don't really engage with my community or volunteer in any meaningful way, so I like to think that the donations I give to the SVDP go to the community I live in. I guess Goodwill does the same thing but in a more indirect way, and I am not sure if you can stop a deviant evil organization like the Holy Mother Church by not donating to the SVDP…

  19. SnarkOff

    Say, if those Republicans were willing to pay a little more in taxes, those poorz could make enough to feed themselves….oh, nevermind.

    1. T3rbo

      Have you seen these people who are not rich? Most of them are black, I think, or Mexican anchor babies, and all of them refuse to take personal responsibility and would rather wait in line at a soup kitchen instead of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. Would Jesus pay more taxes to help these people? I think not, he would deliver a stern, fatherly lecture about gittin' 'r' dun'.

    1. T3rbo

      Yep, donations peaked in the good old days when gas was $1.80 a gallon. Why is obama driving up gas prices and making people selfish?

  20. pdiddycornchips

    It's indeed a sad day when conservatives can't even use the poors as political props without someone getting all high and mighty about it. If God didn't want the rich to exploit the poor he would have made everyone rich, Hey iibruls!!! No soup for you!!!

  21. Estproph

    Think of aqll the time those assholes must have taken away from beating their wives to complain so much!

  22. coolhandnuke

    I had a similar response to Dubya's cod piece Mission Accomplished photo-op. I called up the owner of that aircraft carrier and told him " no thank you sir, I will not be donating nor frequenting your establishment."

  23. smellypossum

    Ryan: Fake photo op. Fake compassion. Fake human.

    I really fear a return of the W shrub neocon death-cult cabal…

  24. chascates

    Fuck these people. Fuck the people who were upset at Dos Equis because an actor from their commercial held a fundraiser for Obama. And fuck anyone who goes to see 'Hating Breitbart' and doesn't yell out FAGGOT whenever Breitbart appears on screen.

    1. Doktor Zoom

      Will you cut that out! (I actually may use a Wonkville thing tomorrow… alas, not one of yours… but I'm LOOKING, OK???????)

  25. actor212

    As a result, Romney/Ryan supporters have withheld donations from the Catholic charity and flooded it with angry phone calls. God told them to, we are quite sure.

    So the Al Smith dinner last night? Romney should just have given that a miss since, you know, one Catholic terror organization means all Catholics are terrorists.

    Right? Let's ask Pam Geller!

  26. actor212

    If Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney were any kind of human beings, they'd immediately write a check for the shortfall and encourage their donors to do the same.

    Sadly…

    1. T3rbo

      Yep, now because of the librul media, all Ryan can do is crash his campaign into it and watch it burn. I miss the old days.

  27. BTWBFDIMHO

    Another Republican who used to give money to Charity was David Vitter. No wait, her name was Dorothy.

  28. cousinitt

    I'd pay a freak ton of money to have seen Sir Gordon Ramsay walk into that soup kitchen and give Congresscritter Paul Ryan an obscenity-laced verbal beat-down so brutal that blood would be draining out of Ryan's ears whilst Gordon would Ram-say his rolling pin right up where the lettuce goes as me mum used to say.

  29. MissTaken

    “I hope you lose your tax emempt[sic] status,” “Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice” and “Shame on you Brian Antal!”

    Hey, fuckstain, the reason why Antal was pissed about the Ryan debacle was they are a non-partisan charity and don't want to alienate donors on either side. Exactly what your knee-jerk reaction was trying to avoid. You suck.

  30. OneYieldRegular

    Dear Romney/Ryan supporters:

    Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but taking your anger out on the poor is not really helping alter public perception that your candidates don't really care about the poor.

  31. James Michael Curley

    I'm going back to my college days and returning that mattress and couch I bought from St. Vincent dePaul for my first apartment. That'll fix 'em.

  32. HRH_Maddie

    Conservatives are taking a note out of the mafia's playbook. "Real nice soup kitchen you got here. It'd be a real shame if something happened to it."

  33. Isyaignert

    Jebuz fuk – RomRaynbots are a special breed of irony deficient, ignorant haters.

    OBAMA and ALL Downticket DEMS 2012

  34. C_R_Eature

    You know, Dok, before you began illustrating your posts with "My Little Pony" screencaps and I conducted an intemperate Google search I was blissfully ignorant of the existence of the term "Brony."

    I blame you.

  35. mbobier

    So devout Catholic St. Vincent de Paulie Boy, by making the mistake of insisting on a narcissistic, self-serving, empty photo-op at a place run by a person with actual principles, has cost a Catholic soup kitchen all sorts of donations due to the petty meanness of GOP wingnuts, who figure the best way to punish the person of principle mentioned above is to take food from the mouths of the homeless. And us nasty, Godless libruls are taking up the slack, so the homeless don't suffer in order for the wingnuts to make a point. What a perfect distillation of modern American politics.

  36. Incitefully_Joe

    After the HuffPo story broke, the overwhelming majority of recent messages on the page have been from libruls promising to support the soup kitchen,

    I mean, that is nice and all, but it still kinda just highlights that this entire shitty partisan back and forth over a Catholic food pantry was exactly why they had a policy not to participate in campaign events and were upset the campaign event happened in the first place.

    Jesus Christ. When the hell did "We don't participate in campaigns, because we don't want to offend anyone by appearing partisan" start to sound like a partisan statement, to some people?

  37. Grokenstein

    "Well, I never! Look how you've made him cry! If you refuse to let Little Paul win, I'll just take my ball–I mean, my tax deductions–I mean, my charitable donations–somewhere else! First you feed the poors and now this? How unchristian! Good day, sir!"

  38. ChuckieJesus

    Seriously, Americans are so HUNGRY, they wanna vote with their stomachs. That's truly it. Even the fats are hungry, take a look at any diabetic in the ghetto.

  39. Negropolis

    On a serious note, the political polarization of this nation is getting scary when even a soup kitchen can be politicized for something they didn't even do or ask for.

  40. editor

    yes, it is true. "washing" a dish well after people have been fed (and the actual dishes have been actually washed) is a remarkable act of philanthropy. poor ryan children. not their fault.

  41. lulzmonger

    "Whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do also unto Me … so it looks like I'm gonna have to cut a bitch."

  42. ttommyunger

    Ryan turns to wife and says: "I'll water them and you can remove the excess moisture with a cloth.".

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