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Ohai there, Fox & Friends! What’s up? Have a new fake story “just asking” whether we need to eliminate food stamps because there’s “record levels” of “fraud” in the system? What’s that? You’re actually correcting the story and apologizing for it? Well! Knock us over with a feather! Maybe one from the Giant Chinese Donald Trump Chicken.

On Wednesday, Fox & Friends ran a breathless story alleging 2016 had seen a record amount of fraud in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), which replaced the old paper food stamp coupons with a government-issued EBT card, albeit one that still isn’t well-camouflaged enough that rightwing morons won’t scream at families using the thing. Among other things, they had that big onscreen image up there claiming there’d been $70 million in food assistance fraud, attributing the number to the USDA, and asking the hard-hitting question, “So is it time to end the program altogether?” Which is kind of a stupid question, like asking whether we should eliminate funding for PBS because Jerry Falwell thought a Teletubby was gay. OK, bad example. It’s more like saying “Ford had to recall some defective cars. Should we eliminate the Interstate Highway System?”

In any case, the USDA told the Washington Post, Nuh-uh, that number’s not from us:

“We are not quite sure where this came from,” a USDA spokesperson tells the Erik Wemple Blog. “We saw that there was a story on Breitbart. We have not issued a report on this recently. There is no new rate that we’ve published. So we’re not quite sure why they’re so interested in stirring this up.”

Yr Wonkette likes how Erik Wemple calls himself “the Erik Wemple Blog.” More of us should use that variation on the editorial “we.” So, no, not an accurate number, and Fox has a very loose definition of “fraud,” anyway, usually suggesting that somehow all SNAP beneficiaries are eating crab legs, organic salmon, and lobster — it’s always seafood with these people, which is how you know it’s not the 1970s, or they’d be condemning all the food stamp bums eating steak.

Now, there is a USDA report from 2013 that addressed the issue of one kind of food stamp fraud, the “trafficking” of benefits, where unscrupulous retailers illegally exchange cash for SNAP benefits; that report found a tiny increase between 2009 and 2011, from 1.0 percent of SNAP benefits to 1.3 percent, but also that trafficking overall was way down from the mid-1990s, when it was 4 percent.

Also, too, the report said the dollar amount of that 1.3 percent fraud rate actually came to a much higher dollar cost: About $853 million, not $70 million. As Wemple notes,

So even as it reported that food-stamp fraud had hit an all-time high, Fox News was actually reporting a preposterously low number for food-stamp fraud. Only a program as idiotic as “Fox & Friends” is capable of such feats.

So, hey, on Friday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Abby Huntsman issued an on-air apology:

The apology noted the long-term reduction in trafficking since the ’90s, but we still have some quibbles — Huntsman could have pointed out that 1.3 percent is a pretty low rate of fraud for such a big program, and as the 2013 report noted, the 2009-2011 increase in fraud appeared to be related to the growth in the SNAP program during the Great Recession, as more retailers were authorized to participate in SNAP. Whenever the next USDA study on trafficking is done, it seems reasonable to expect the trafficking rate will decline. It will never be zero, though, so don’t expect Fox to ever say, “Gosh, that’s an impressively well-run program.”

We have a feeling the main reason Fox did an on-air correction was that they got the chance to say the dollar amount of fraud was actually higher than what they initially reported, regardless of the overall reductions in fraud: EVEN BIGGER NUMBER! END THE SNAP PROGRAM! SOMETHING SOMETHING LOBSTER AND ALSO CANNED CLAMS!

Which, in a way, is a bit of a relief. We were worried that, combined with the Cubs winning the World Series and Donald Trump winning the presidency, a Fox News correction and apology might truly have been a sign of the Apocalypse.

[Mediaite / WaPo / Fox News]

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  • msanthropesmr

    No word on whether young bucks can still buy steak and crab legs

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly+Fucked

      Are you being uppity, boy?

      • snark-lurker

        he seems to be getting that way

  • Beanz&Berryz

    If I remember the video right, I think they don’t have to buy them…

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    SHUT UP, auto-play!

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Sounds like we have food stamp fraud licked.

  • Now, when will Fox apologize for its existence?

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    “Now that we have that apology out of the way, next up: Why gay illegals having abortions are responsible for cancer.”

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • Blacktop Autumn

      Think they’re counting all of the local tax breaks, incentives, and infrastructure improvements in that tally?

      • therblig

        and the money they save on security guards by calling local police to break up fights over $100 big screen teevees. not as if they have anything better to do.

    • Ezio Auditore
      • willi0000000

        nice try but i’ve got more hair than that.

    • snark-lurker

      dirtyrottenfuckers

  • Mr. Blobfish

    This reminds me of a story.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    Mission still accomplished.

  • Ezio Auditore

    Trump is President

    Cubs win World Series

    Fox admits when they are wrong

    Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck get along

    WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD?

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • TJ Barke

      I keep telling everybody… Life is an Onion article now…

    • snark-lurker

      Y alwayz with the hard questions?

    • Brad’s Granny

      Cats and dogs living together?

  • FauxAntocles

    Losses to theft are inherent to every fricking business in the world – it’s one of the costs of doing business.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      See, for example, the Trump Organization.

      • therblig

        trump doesn’t mind being sued for fraud, but never, ever, accuse him of shrinkage.

        • Groundloop

          This is why we’ve never seen a picture of Cheeto Benito getting out of a pool.

          Thank God.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      “Shrinkage” is completely different from “theft” and “fraud” . . . somehow.

  • M H

    CANNED CLAMS? Shut down all benefits forever. The monsters.

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    There hasn’t even been any new data published since 2014.

    This was the first clue something was amiss.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The important thing is to punish the poors for being poor.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      And to make up things if you have to do so. Or just because it’s easier than Googling.

  • memzilla Ω
  • Pinkham’s Law

    Entirely OT:

    No present, because we aren’t doing that, but: I have the makings of Hubbie’s favorite meal; wine to go with it; flowers and a card. Anything else I’m forgetting, that I need to be Anniversary-ing right? Plenty of lube on hand, also too, because I have a feeling it’s gonna be that kind of night!

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly+Fucked

      A devilish gleam in the eye? Happy anniversary

    • elviouslyqueer

      Mood music, obvs. Chet Baker will have your hubs’ legs rubbing together like crickets. Trust.

      • mancityRed6

        maybe it’s just the promise of a new year, but I find myself saying this more and more.
        I love you and what you do.

        • elviouslyqueer

          Why suh! How you talk! *blushes*

          • mancityRed6

            I lived in Knoxville for one hot minute, I know the talk.
            Keep it up.

          • TheBoatDude

            Careful…you might get the vapors..

      • mancityRed6
      • Mr. Blobfish
        • mancityRed6

          I had a play thing on the ROKU of ’70s soul and funk.
          that is what I played whenever we were gonna get it on.
          small wonder that it’s been three years, huh?

    • snark-lurker

      meet’im at the door nekked in just shrink wrap & do the sexytime first.

      • mancityRed6

        just nekkid. shrink wrap is hard enough to get off.

        • Pinkham’s Law

          hehehehe . .. you said “hard!” hehehehhehehehehehehehehe

        • snark-lurker

          that’z for him to deal with

          • mancityRed6

            handcuffs.
            you want handcuffs.

          • Unpresidented Ron

            But the good ones, not the cheap Chinese ones. It’s not bondage if you can get out of ’em with a good sneeze.

      • Mary Sandoras

        Beat me to it.

    • mancityRed6

      damn you for already being attached.
      if he doesn’t like it, call me

    • Anna Rompage

      Just make sure you triple wash your hands with dish soap, if by chance you handle any hot peppers while making dinner….

      • mancityRed6

        been there, done that. it burns.

        • Anna Rompage

          Yep, happened to me last year… I was handling some dried pasilla chiles while making dinner and then got frisky with my sweetie later in the evening…

          At first she was like oh, you feel so warm, I like this, then a couple moments later it was like “WTF did you do to me, it burns”…

          Needless to say, it was a giant buzz kill, and totally ruined the mood of the evening..

          • mancityRed6

            I went to a friends house. He was busy with splitting chilies and filling them with cream cheese.
            Everyone else was on the other side of the kitchen. The burn was palpable. The other side of the kitchen? Not so bad.

          • puredog

            And you couldn’t even wind up with Rosie Palm and her Five Sisters.

    • Ωbjectifier

      How you set for whipped cream and chocolate sauce?

    • Fartknocker

      I’m happy if you just make me a sammich, a nice drink and your naked and leaning over the kitchen counter. No reason to put a lot of thought into this.

    • Unpresidented Ron

      It has been fifteen years since I did any anniversary-ing. I am sad, but also happy that you can.
      Just love him, ‘kay?

  • elviouslyqueer

    “We at Fox News sincerely apologize for insisting that poor people are defrauding and scamming the American taxpayers every single day forever because they’re poor and also too black even though they totally are but we want to say the words sincerely apologize because it makes us sound like we actually mean it.”

    • mancityRed6

      Things that are never hear of for 1,000 Alex!

    • willi0000000

      they know their audience.

      Day 1: fux, “she’s a murderer”

      Day 2: fux, “sorry, we goofed, she’s not”

      Days 1 to infinity and beyond: audience, “she’s a murderer!”

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    I like this fact: No new data since 2014 has yet been published or is due to be published.

    Meaning, Fox News just completely made it up out of thin air.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Not to mention that it isn’t really “news.”

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        Not to mention, in their story about the 70 billion dollar program, not only would 70 million dollars in “fraud” not be a “record level”, that’s like 0.1%.

        That’s unpossible. Nothing has that low of a fraud rate.

        It’s like they didn’t even look at any real data at all.

        • snark-lurker

          i C u donut do math II

        • TJ Barke

          It’s almost as if they’re a right wing pro capital propaganda outfit…

          • CindyinEncinitas

            YOU SHUT UP. They are the heroes of many mens and wimmins all over this fine land. That needs engreateneing and stuff like that.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Perfectly cromulent.

  • Jamoche

    The Fox video is auto-playing :(

    • Anna Rompage

      If you punch your monitor hard enough, it will stop…

      • TJ Barke

        I can still hear it…

        • Anna Rompage

          Punch it, then stomp on it until it all goes away!

  • Brad’s Granny

    Businesses don’t do the fraud! The fraud does businesses! Or something like that. I just know businessmen are ALWAYS the good guys.

    Also too, since you said Teletubbies https://youtu.be/aA7vyGEjnDs

    • TJ Barke

      You’re a weird granny.

      • Brad’s Granny

        You’re wrong for that. And no you may not have a cookie.

        • TJ Barke

          I’m not saying that’s bad…

          • Brad’s Granny

            Well okay then. But I already ate all the cookies.

          • TJ Barke

            That’s fine, I’m supposed to be dieting…

          • Brad’s Granny

            Then you are welcome. I will now spoil you by eating all the bacon.

      • snark-lurker

        and wut haz she done with Brad? he’z missing you know

  • Mr. Blobfish

    It’s not clear from the story whether it was on Breitbart first and Fox ran with it without any further research or the other way around. Not that either way would be a surprise.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      The origin was definitely some idiot’s ass.

      • Unpresidented Ron

        Gonna have to narrow that down a LOT.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Yet Faux won’t ever mention that food stamps is a more effective use of tax dollars than tax cuts (especially to rich motherfuckers.)

    When Moody’s Analytics assessed different forms of stimulus, it found
    that food stamps were the most effective, increasing economic activity
    by $1.73 for every dollar spent. Unemployment insurance came in second,
    at $1.62, whereas most tax cuts yielded a dollar or less.

    From the Economist…

    • jowgajen

      This is the Keynesian multiplier, the Monetarists aren’t going to listen.

      (Monetarianism = I got the money, I make the rules. Or at least that’s how it’s understood these days.)

      • Villago Delenda Est

        This is Adam Smith talking, of course the Monetarists won’t listen.

        • Unpresidented Ron

          ‘What could some old English guy know about economics? Now, you take your Russian emigrés…’

    • Groundloop

      “Listen. You can collect and ‘analyze’ ‘data’. You can do ‘math’ based on the ‘data’ that you’ve collected. And you can come to ‘fact based’ ‘conclusions’ about what all your ‘data’ and ‘analysis’ and ‘math’ tells you. But I know in my gut that they’re all lazy takers. Now, kindly get off my lawn. I’ve gotta go spritz vinegar in the air to break up the chemtrails.”

      – Your Wingnut Uncle

  • goonemeritus

    Everytime I try serving my kids the cheaper non organic salmon they spit it out.

    • Brad’s Granny

      Mine won’t even look at chocolate cake if it isn’t sprinkled with gold dust.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    So they were about 127% wrong?

    • Anna Rompage

      Math is not their strong suit, or science, or English, or critical thinking for that matter…

      • Brad’s Granny

        Remembering to wash up after they go tinkle or boom-boom.

        • snark-lurker

          boom-boom? that’z a gnew one on me

          —runs for the shower—

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Old Army Officer’s club joke: Two lieutenants are standing side by at the urinals, and both finish up about the same time. One on the right notices the one on the left didn’t immediately go tot eh sink to wash his hands. “Aren’t you going to wash up? What are you some ROTC type?” “Yes, I am. You must be a West Point grad”. “How do you know that?” “Well, you were never taught to avoid pissing on your hands.”

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            I actually saw that one play out in a bar john, between two Vietnam vets, both friends of mine, one a Navy guy who toured there, and a Marine who’d been a tunnel rat. The Navy guy, 6′ 4″, 250 lbs, said: “In the Navy, they taught us to wash up…”; the tunnel rat, 5′ 4″, 140 lbs, didn’t miss a beat: “In the Marines, they taught us not to piss on our hands…” I watched that Navy guy beat a quick retreat through the door (tunnel rats were all rendered environmentally insane). BTW, I sent my draft card back to the draft board, before my number came up, and still had and have many great friends who served. The CIA, under Nixon’s orders, had men with long hair stationed at the San Francisco airport, to spit on returning vets. Everybody knew better, and it turned many vets into anti-war protesters…

          • Villago Delenda Est

            That’s the sort of ratfucking that SCREAMS “Roger Stone” at you.

          • Brad’s Granny

            That was my dad’s favorite joke…

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Or history, or anthropology, or underwater basketweaving…

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Eleventy-thousand point-seven percents

    • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

      Now with 127% more wrongness!

      • This is Fox News, that may actually be an improvement for them…

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Whiter whites, wrongest wrongs.

  • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

    Your MOM’S a fraud, Fox News.

    • Lizard people don’t have moms who love them

      • Well, they can’t eat ALL their spawn.

      • Suttree

        They just poop out an egg, bury it in the sand, and walk away. No wonder their so pissy!

      • Historicat

        No wonder they support Donnie, they have something in common.

  • We were worried that, combined with the Cubs winning the World Series and Donald Trump winning the presidency, a Fox News correction and apology might truly have been a sign of the Apocalypse.

    “Hey, guys, Jesus here… sorry I’m so late. You would not believe the traffic between here and heaven…”

    “Oh my you! Jesus! You’re here to finally smite the heathen and gays and build your earthly kingdom with me by your side!”

    “Uh… no… not sure where you came up with that idea… I mostly came because I missed the falafel… they just can’t get it right up there… also, my Dad said I should repay everyone according to their deeds. So someone bring me some falafel and I’ll get things started… Gabriel? You got the books, right? Seriously… books… who uses books anymore… I keep telling dad this would be a LOT easier if He just transferred all of this to a database we could access with iPads or tablets, but He just stares at me and says He likes the smell… Even got him a Kindle for my birthday and it’s just sitting there on his night stand. Anyway… here we go… oh… you, uh… you cut the program that was feeding the poor? You know I’m all about the poor, right?”

    “Yeah, yeah, but a few people were using it to buy booze and lobsters…”

    “So you let millions of other innocent kids go to bed hungry and wake up hungry?”

    “It taught them to not be so dependent on others…”

    “Or it taught them that you’re an asshole and nobody cared if they starved…I mean… I grade on a pretty big curve here, but hungry kids? Seriously? Didn’t… didn’t even cross your mind… to not take away their food?”

    “I said a prayer telling you how sorry I was for my sins…”

    “Well, that and a nickel will buy you nothing… Enjoy the weather down there… Okay… who’s next?”

    “Mr. Trump, Sir,” Gabriel said.

    “Seriously?”

    “It’s just a formality, Sir. Gotta dot the i’s and cross the t’s…”

    “Fine. Where’s that falafel?”

    • Brad’s Granny

      I need to run out and buy something to wear! You know how it is with smitings and weddings, you never have the right dress for the occasion.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Brilliant. Needz moar upfists!

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Someone loves him some falafels.

    • Sister Artemis

      May I post this, with whatever credit you desire, on my facecrack feed? It’s a bunch of really nice folks, if that helps.

      • Sure. No problem.

        • willi0000000

          congratulations (or condolences as necessary) you have made it into The Book of Wonderfulness™

  • Clyde Barrow

    I doubt any Foxsnooze viewers listened to the retraction/correction, they’re usually away from the TV, busy getting their Depends changed when Fox is forced to air actual facts.

    • willi0000000

      now you know why fux gnus plays “the brown note” just before airing retractions/corrections.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    Heroic Fox news has admitted it was wrong once. Get me a tissue. Stat!

  • BosGrl

    In a few cases of “trafficking” it could possibly be that local mom and pop stores let people buy frivolous things like toilet paper which is not covered by SNAP…

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Let ’em buy toilet paper and it’s a slippery slope to crab legs and Carnival Cruises.

      • Well they’ll need the TP for sure on a cruise

        • shastakoala

          At least for the Pepto.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Sissy liberals fretting about Legionnaire’s Disease.

          • Phoenixdoglover

            What’s a little Norovirus among friends?

      • C4TWOMAN

        Historical OT fact: only a couple/three hundred years ago sea food was considered stout working class fare. It was easy to get and cheap. All you needed was a boat or a friend with a boat Then the rich discovered it and due to over fishing…well, here we are now.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Lobster was considered inedible in colonial New England. There were regulations on how much lobster they were allowed to feed to slaves.

          • Spurning Beer

            Slaves were also forced to wear silly-looking little plastic bibs.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            You wouldn’t want them to get messy drawn butter all over their ragged slave clothes now, would you?

          • Claire

            Lobster IS inedible.

            There, I said it.

          • chortlingdingo

            I never liked lobster either.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            You would’ve made a terrible slave!

          • Unpresidented Ron

            See?They really WERE better off then than they were now! Take THAT, libtards!

        • davebedini

          Well, these days poor people can scarcely afford to live near the water.

          • These days poor people can scarcely afford to drink water

          • just_jim

            These days poor people can scarcely afford to drink SAFE water

            FIFY

      • mailman27

        Using toilet paper and slippery slope in the same phrase is somewhat questionable.

    • mancityRed6

      don’t forget the “families” out west where they trade foodstamps for trucks and what not.
      looking at you, morman sects

      • TheBoatDude

        Don’t look at Mormon sex…there’s better videos on the internet…

  • JD Mulvey

    “18 of the 24 states JP Morgan handles have been contracted to pay the bank up to $560,492,596.02 since 2004. Since 2007, Florida has been contracted to pay JP Morgan $90,351,202.22. Pennsylvania’s seven-year contract totaled $112,541,823.27. New York’s seven-year contract totaled $126,394,917.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/01/jp-morgan-s-food-stamp-empire.html

    • Anna Rompage

      Seeing that the average person gets $36/per week in food stamp benefits, the total Chase has walked away with could have covered the cost 15.6 million people’s SNAP benefits for a week.

    • mancityRed6

      every time we try to do good, they twist it until it’s in their favor.
      seriously, torches and pitchforks.
      then they’ll understand.

  • marxalot

    It’s when I see my comrades’ cries of “autoplay!” that I actually appreciate the fact that this Linux’book (former Chromebook, wiped and bootstub’d) still has no frigging audio, no matter what I try.

    • mancityRed6

      it wouldn’t, but I have Manics the holy bible on youtube at the same time.
      the audio scared me for a second.

  • AND I HEARD TWINKY WINKY ‘SUPPLIES’ THE WHITE STUFF INSIDE TWINKIES DEPT.

    Did FOX cover the story that time where the guy posted a pic of what he claimed was mechanically separated chicken being made into Chicken McNuggets and it was actually the Tubby Custard machine?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c8cb3483bcee5f6954dbdd4f7e7a04a203ee2d79c34ad2721e181fa0b1c19b.jpg

    “Again again!”

  • mancityRed6

    that autoplay video, though.
    fuck

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Right? But I think in my case it was the result of a browser update. I clicked the settings thingy and switched off autoplay. Let’s see if it sticks.

      • Sister Artemis

        Thanks for mentioning that – I’ve been getting autoplays for the last couple of weeks, when it almost never used to happen. The setting was turned on for this video (in the gear option thingey), we’ll see if it changes now.

      • mancityRed6

        the sound scared me. I had to search for it.

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Well, isn’t THAT a lovely thought?

    • Anna Rompage

      I’m really hoping the Dems in the Senate are willing to embrace the most powerful person in the Senate… Phil A Buster…

      • I will also donate (if allowed under FEC rules) to a fund to cover Dem fines for staging more protests

        • Sister Artemis

          And if you can’t (under FEC rules) you could donate to nonprofits/causes they support in their name.

    • Just when you think Rethuglicans can’t suck any more…

      • Unpresidented Ron

        Personally I have NEVER thought that.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Nothing is more patriotic than destroying your own country.

      Republicans are this nations most dangerous enemy.

  • jesuswasablack
  • Jamoche

    http://www.thewrap.com/mormon-tabernacle-choir-singer-quits-donald-trump-inauguration-hitler/
    Mormon Tabernacle Choir Singer Quits Over Trump Inauguration: ‘I Could Never Throw Roses to Hitler’

    • TJ Barke

      Nice.

    • MynameisBlarney

      She’s my new hero.

  • Spurning Beer

    If my tax money helps 100 poor people eat, but at the cost of one who buys occasional toilet paper, cigarettes, or beer, I’m okay with that.

    If my tax money helps pay the salaries of federal law enforcement, but at the cost of paying for right wing FBI extremists trying to use their power to affect an election, not so much.

    And so forth.

    • mancityRed6

      I pay my taxes. tRump, not so much.
      I welcome the chance to let others work and not have to worry about the essentials.

    • Claire

      I’m okay with that too, but that’s why we’re not Republicans. To them it’s worth seeing 100 poor people starve just to make sure that one person doesn’t get that pack of cigarettes.

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        It’s not even about the pack of cigarettes. I truly believe some of them long for the days of slavery, and are still angered by the sight of anyone of color getting even the tiniest bit of help.

        • Debrasduncan

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !st292c:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !st292c:
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  • boyblue123

    Issuing an apology a week later doesnt really do much. Most zombies only pay attention to the initial headline and news

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      I believe they know that….

      • Unpresidented Ron

        Know it? Their business model is based on it.

  • boyblue123

    OT – Roy Cooper suing the state of NC over law-limiting powers

    North Carolina’s incoming Democratic governor has sued over a new law passed by Republican legislators to limit his powers as he prepares to take office.

    Governor-elect Roy Cooper, who defeated the Republican Pat McCrory in a close November election that was only declared in December, filed the lawsuit on Friday, over a law that ends the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards.

    Cooper’s lawsuit asks a Wake County judge to block the law from taking effect on Sunday, when he will be sworn into office.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/30/roy-cooper-north-carolina-governor-elect-lawsuit-powers

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      So: who else wants popcorn?

      • I am at a movie.(this is before it starts)

      • Spurning Beer

        Eh, in North Carolina they serve popcorn with cole slaw on it. I’ll pass.

        • Ew. What? WHY?

          • Spurning Beer

            Actually, I’m using artistic/sarcastic license. North Carolina style barbecue sandwiches are made with pork topped with cole slaw and vinegary barbecue sauce. It’s nasty.

          • davebedini

            Yup. And they put mayo on almost everything, yet oddly only 65% of them are overweight! (I escaped that state 2 years ago.)

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            You should try S. Carolina’s yellow barbecue sauce. It’s mustard based.

        • boyblue123

          how does somebody come up with that idea? lol

        • JustDon’tSayDittos

          ech. good call.

      • Anna Rompage

        I have a bag of cheese & caramel corn waiting at the house!

        Not to mention, a couple Imperial IPAs

    • Darkrose

      I was wondering what, if anything he was going to do about that.

  • bookish

    NBCNews: ObamaCare myths and misunderstandings.

    http://nbcnews.to/2il7Cf7

    As Republicans prepare to take over the White House and both houses of Congress next month, they’ve got President Barack Obama’s signature legislation squarely in their sights.

    Some GOP leaders say they want to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act as soon as possible and figure out how to replace it later. Others say they may want to move more cautiously, changing certain aspects while keeping others. What’s clear is that big changes are in the works — even as the majority of Americans say they’d like to keep most of what the law offers.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      “Sure, let’s cut the patient open right now. Then we’ll figure out what parts need to come out.”

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Not to worry about that bleeding thing, either…

        • Unpresidented Ron

          Catch it in a bucket. We’ll just pour it back in when it’s full.

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      It wasn’t unwittingly, though. It was being said right there out in the open and told to them over and over, but they were dazzled by the racism and the bigotry and wittingly voted for the Orange Baboon.

      • TheBoatDude

        Yep. And I got zero sympathy for those fuckers. Zip. Nada. Dick. I want to Ron t up bumper stickers that say, “Are you happy now, fuckers?”

    • Odd Jørgensen

      They have had 6 years to come up with a replacement. Ironically, the ACA was originated by the repugs, they just can`t stand that it was a black guy they hate who implemented it.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    FOX is sorry because their initial lie wasn’t big enough?

    • phoenix00

      When is FOX ever sorry?

  • mancityRed6
    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Wow. They were only 20 years ahead, huh?

      • mancityRed6

        the manics were always just a step ahead.
        excuse me while I cry listening to the everlasting.

  • Darkrose

    This is where my brain breaks because SO THE HELL WHAT? If 1 in 100 people are scamming the system but 99 people have food, then fuck it, people in this country shouldn’t be hungry. Why is that so fuckig difficult for so-called Christians?

    • tomamitai

      In republican/conservative math, when one piece of evidence supports your point and 99 oppose, the one is all that matters. When one surfer dude claims to use his EBT card to buy lobster, that means the vast majority of people using the program are doing the same. But when one cop gets caught doing something wrong, hey, he’s just one bad apple, he don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl! Also too, they’re just yelling “squirrel” to distract you from the Russian bear cub lumbering towards the White House.

    • Kiri the Resistant Unicorn

      They see being poor as a moral failing. Helping to feed poor people means they’re not being punished sufficiently.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Actually, I think it’s more like, “You shouldn’t get fed without also getting a healthy dose of Jeebus, because that’s obviously what you really need.” Evangelicals have their soup kitchens, and they don’t want competition from the government.
        Evidence for the existence of “godless charity” is even more unwelcome… the illusion that they have a monopoly must be maintained at all costs.

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        No, no, silly, it’s because it’s BLAH people. They are shiftless and lazy and should be out in the fields where they belong, not just getting free money for their crab legs and cadillacs!

  • bookish

    The Atlantic: America’s diverging economies.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/2016-diverging-economies/511838/?google_editors_picks=true

    In many ways, 2016 has been the strongest year, economically, since the mid-2000s, or even the late 1990s. Unemployment was low. Wages were increasing. The markets hit new highs. Consumer confidence rose. Yet Donald Trump unseated the incumbent party and won the presidential election promoting economic pessimism and promising restoration: He swore to Make America Great Again, describing the country as falling behind, workers as jilted, growth as anemic, and the current period of expansion as a sham.

    How could a message like Trump’s take hold in an economy like that? The answer is that it did not take hold with everyone—or, more to the point, everywhere. In ways that have been overlooked and under-appreciated for years, the strength of the post-recession recovery has varied dramatically not just from income bracket to income bracket, but from place to place as well. And it so happens that the places left behind are also places that wield outsized political power—enough power to vault the loser of the popular vote to the presidency and to make the economic story of 2016 more about stagnation, failure, and the dissolution of the American dream than it was about the headline economic numbers.

    • Doug Langley

      To be exact, Hillary won the low income vote, so if anyone was hurting financially they were more apt to find her policies appealing than his.

      • phoenix00

        And the Coastal Elite Professional Smart People(tm), but what are they worth….

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        The average Trumpkin has a $72,000 income. It’s all about wanting more, and not being able to get it in a global economy. Enter Trump, blaming it on immigrants, and voilá – welcome to the 1930s.

        • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

          So only greedy bigoted pigs love Trump? Sounds about right. I hope it bites them in the ass hard.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Greedy and/or bigoted and/or stupid. Trump built a coalition.

    • Odd Jørgensen

      Well, the places that has been the least rewarded by the economic growth are the blood red ones, that piss on their own just so they can say they didn`t do what that uppity black guy wanted.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Food stamp fraud accounts for 105% of the USDA budget. I read it on the internet.

    • mailman27

      I heard that there’s no money left in the whole world. The poor people have it all.

      • TheBoatDude

        And they’re squandering it on food and heat…

  • Jennifer R

    Sorry autoplaying fox news video with right clicking disabled you get blocked.

    • boyblue123

      Autoplay can be disabled. Click on the “gear” icon that pops up when you mouse over the video. It gives you an option to turn autoplay off

      • Jennifer R

        I did that with the autoplaying video yesterday actually.

  • zerosumgame0005

    unless it is a fake report, Bob Denver just died too

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/arts/television/bob-denver-is-dead-at-70-star-of-gilligans-island.html?_r=0

    go on 2016, keep on shitting on our heads…

    • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

      gawd damn. MG Krebs’ ‘Work?’ had been my mantra and key to my many failures. RIP Bob. (getting real tired of typing RIP)

    • Suse

      He died in 2005.

      • Scrofula

        It’s right there in the URL.

      • zerosumgame0005

        DOH, not sure why it popped up on my feed today, what a dummy I can be!

        • Vagenda and Tiara

          I was just thinking “wait, didn’t he die a while ago?” So many people died this year though that it’s hard to keep up with everyone who’s died.

        • laineypc

          I had Eddie Fisher’s 2010 death pop up on my feed and I fell for it. I thought it was a new news story and freaked out.

        • TheBoatDude

          Well, to be fair, the story is accurate…just not the timing…

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    HOW DARE YOU WITH THE CANNED CLAMS!!! I WENT INTO ANAPHYLAXIS JUST READING THAT!!

    • tehbaddr

      You have a problem with canned clams?

      • TheBoatDude

        Yeah…they taste clammy…

  • Scrofula

    Ok, this is RETAILER fraud.
    So really, it’s like a bully took your lunch money once, so we should end lunch.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    And if they’d found out it was less? “Fair and balanced” doesn’t work that way at Fucks Gnus.

  • Kele Lampe

    Trump is a giant Chinese chicken? You’ve solved it! He’s Chicken Boo!

    • OMG Kele Lampe your response is awesome and you’ve won the internet for the day.

      • Kele Lampe

        *bows*

  • UnsaltedSinner

    It should be noted that “trafficking” doesn’t mean someone got benefits they aren’t entitled to. They just decided to use their benefits on something Republicans don’t want them to have. What a dastardly crime! Such a thing is unacceptable to any principled advocate of small government!

    • tehbaddr

      Prolly bought some canned clams!

    • I used to trade food stamps to a hotel owner in exchange for rent when we were homeless and I was unemployed, because it was easier to make a small amount of food money stretch (or find free food, even) than it was to find a free roof over our heads. I cannot find it in me to feel guilty about it.

      • Vagenda and Tiara

        You shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

      • mailman27

        Nor should you.
        Edit: Oops. See below.

  • tehbaddr

    Wonkette! Auto Play!

    Anyway, if you grab a hand full of sand, and one grain falls through… mebbe half the handful falls through and then you remorsefully say you dropped a grain, you’re OK. But, it means a whole lot more when you’re attacking the social safety system!

    FUCK THEM ALL TO HELL!!11!!!!1!11111

  • laineypc

    Sorry to have to do this, but it’s for the cause of Journamalism. Breitbart is mentioned as the source, but no Breitbart link has been produced.

    • phoenix00

      Not only bad attribution, bad AT attribution.

  • mailman27

    Didn’t Jebus lament that the poor will always be among us? Wouldn’t he be on board with the richest among us lifting our littlest finger to help them survive? For crying out loud, a fraction of our budget is designed to keep poor children from starving to death. Shame on these motherfuckers.

  • 451 Byrnes

    CANNED CLAMS?????!!??!one!!!?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNj1XTnXc_M

  • In “Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious” Freud relates his “favorite” joke: Baron Rothschild gives a beggar 100 euros one afternoon. Later that evening, he goes for dinner at his favorite, the Hoity-Toity Bar and Grill, and sees the exact same bum eating shrimp scampi, fillet mignon, and drinking champagne. The baron is outraged and tells the man so, ‘Earlier today I gave you 100 euros, and here you are blowing it on an expensive meal. You shouldn’t be eating shrimp scampi, fillet mignon, and drinking champagne!’ And, the bum says, ‘If I can’t have shrimp scampi, fillet mignon, and champagne when I don’t have 100 euros and I can’t have them when I do have 100 euros, when can I have them?'”

    • if some restaurant took a beggar’s euros in freud’s austria, the joke would technically be on them.

  • Bernice Graham

    When do the other networks backtrack or apologize for what they’ve made up, censored or cut and pasted?

    • Cranky Old Man

      Fox News lies constantly. And they do it with the same theme always, to get morons to vote against their own standard of living. President Cheney’s illegal war Iraq has cost this nation trillions of dollars, thousands of lives of servicemen and women, and hundreds of thousands of innocent men women and children in Iraq. When was the last time Fox News told the truth about Iraq, or getting self hating morons to vote against their standard of living? Or told the truth about conning people into voting for President Cheney and his class clown sidekick, George W Bush, two times? Not to mention creating the cult of morons that is today’s Republican Party.

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