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You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

Okay, but let’s talk for a second about how that one lady called turkey “big chicken”

You can’t even buy all food with food stamps. You just… you flat-out can’t buy “food that will be eaten in the store/any food sold for on-premises consumption” or any “hot foods” with food stamps—meaning you can’t buy anything hot, you can’t buy anything that gets blended together, you can’t buy anything “pre-prepared,” in most cases you can’t use your EBT card at restaurants. You literally CANNOT purchase a milkshake with food stamps, because it’s considered “sold for on-premises consumption” (which was ridiculous at the place I worked, because the customer had to mix their own milkshake themself with a little machine we provided them, and several people got upset—rightfully so, I think—that it wasn’t covered under food stamps, because they often only found out at the register after already mixing it, often as a treat for their kids). You literally can’t walk into a gas station, grab one of those hot dogs off their grills/out of the little heated food area, and buy it with food stamps, because it’s hot.

And when I say “can’t,” I don’t mean “if the cashier notices you trying and cares enough to stop you, they’ll refuse to do it for you.” I mean “it is actually impossible to do this.” I’m not even sure these people who disseminate false information about food stamps have paid any attention at all when buying things at the store, because what happens is: We scan in the customer’s items, into our computer. The computer has specific codes for the items and rules for what it will let you pay for things with. We scan the customer’s EBT card, and it tells us exactly how much of that price total can be paid for via EBT, and it will not include anything that isn’t food, and it will not include anything considered “pre-prepared” food. It does this automatically AND THERE IS NO OVERRIDE FOR IT. If our machines say that you can’t use the EBT card to pay for something, there is literally nothing we can do to change that, even if we WANTED to.

So no. You can’t buy iPads or cigarettes with food stamps. You can’t withdraw money from casinos or anywhere else with food stamps. You can’t buy dog food with food stamps; sometimes you can’t even buy people food with food stamps. I’m not even sure if you can buy “the big chicken legs” at Disney with food stamps; remember, you can’t buy “any food sold for on-premises consumption” OR any hot foods, and that’s both.

Literally the only thing these fearmongers listed that you can actually purchase with food stamps even if you are in goddamn cahoots with the evil liberal cashier or store manager is soda, and the judgement against people buying that with food stamps is classist fuckwittery at its finest.

So, as always, Fox News is actually flat-out lying, and hateful conservatives both don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t give a fuck about people going through shit that they will never have to go through themselves, and that they in fact don’t have even the tiniest clue about (not even via five seconds’ research; a list of things that can’t be purchased with food stamps is on the Food and Nutrition Services website) but still think they should spout off about to their TV audience anyway.

(Source: sandandglass)

darkfrog24 asked:

Thing about Percy is that everyone says, "He's too loyal to his loved ones and that gets in the way!" but it HASN'T. In book one, he left his mom and finished the quest. In book three, he could've asked Nereus how to save Annabeth, but he focused on the quest. People SAY his loyalty gets in the way, but he ALWAYS does the quest. I just reread LT and he's all, "I knew my mom would never forgive me if I saved her but not the world." I'm expecting that Gaea's going to (continued)...




(continued) …hold Annabeth hostage at some point. She’ll be all, “Make the sacrifice and wake me, little pawn, or the girl dies! There is no sense tarrying. I know you so well. I know what you will do.” Percy panics for a moment, then answers, “But you don’t know her.” He looks at Annabeth, says “I love you” (which he hasn’t said yet, out loud), and then tells Gaea to go to hell.  I don’t think Riordan will kill off Annabeth.  He’ll probably go the “find another way” route again, which is reasonably admirable.  However, to be really useful, these books COULD take the route of, “Don’t put all your hopes on one person.  Remember that you have a best friend, a little brother, a mom, a dad, a stepdad, and a whole lot of friends who can hold you together until you can do it yourself again.  Because they need you to put yourself back in one piece.”

Finally somebody says it—Percy’s loyalty isn’t even a real problem.

To be honest he’s not even that loyal, at least not as much as he’s made out to be in the books by other characters, not “fatal flaw” level of loyalty. He always ends up doing the right, dutiful thing in the end. I feel like his character has changed in this new series though. And it still isn’t loyalty exactly that’s showing up in him but a general clinginess, selfishness, like he doesn’t want to let people go(coughANNABETHcough) and lose his perfect fantasy of the future, where he lives as safe and normally as possible in Camp Jupiter and goes to college and marries Annabeth and has a family blah blah you know the rest haha Percy doesn’t even really think about his other friends or family much these days, which I mean, its understandable character development considering what he’s been through, but its definitely different than his character in the previous series. Now that he’s matured and learned to understand the life he leads, he realizes how much it sucks and he’s desperate to get out with Annabeth especially in one piece.

I don’t know which direction Riordan is going to take this part of the story in, if Percy’s going to screw up or make the right choice in the end. Most likely, you’re right, he’ll give up whatever he needs to (possibly Annabeth) and the war will be shifted in favor of the Demigods and somehow Percy and Annabeth will still get a happy ending when all’s said and done. Taking into account all the hints we’ve been given though—desperate to feel strong enough to be the protector, anger at the Gods, general coldness or manipulative tendencies, aggressive vengeance, unexplained new powers and reveling in the sensation of them regardless how dark they are, Gaea’s special little pawn, destined for failure, etc.—I’m still hoping Percy will actually screw up and make the wrong choice and shift the war in favor of Gaea for awhile because I’m tired of watching Percy always do the right thing. Its unrealistic; I want Riordan to show that Percy really isn’t perfect, just like anybody else, and he can make major mistakes too—Not just little things he’s cursed for because “he left behind Calypso” and other stuff he was required to do in order to save the world. Those aren’t mistakes, those are duties fulfilled for the greater good that can hurt people in the process.

Don’t put all your hopes on one person...” Hmm, I think you’re right. That’s a lesson Percy has yet to learn.

1. Lots of Poseidon’s other kids are hardcore villains.

2. Chrysaor started out as a good guy.

3. Percy had to use the demigod version of the Dark Side of the Force to get out of Tartarus.

There will be fallout.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think Tyson and Grover and Sally or even Hazel, Frank, Nico and Jason could pull Percy back from the brink if something happened to Annabeth, but there will be a brink.  He’s leaning too heavily on his plans for the future.  I’d call them a “fantasy,’ but they’re just too reasonable and ordinary.  They could actually do this or something like it if they both live.

I guess when I say “fantasy” I mean Percy’s dream future, the life he really wants to have and that he’s fantasized about multiple times already. Its true that its reasonable and could happen, but there’s still also the chance that it won’t because demigods don’t usually live long.

haha the “Demigod Dark Side of the Force” that’s an awesome way of putting it. You also have to take into account:

4. the Romans consider it a bad omen to have a son of Neptune around and lots of people at Camp Jupiter fear Percy because of this.

5. there’s too many obvious parallels being drawn between Percy, Luke, and Hercules. Luke and Hercules both started out as the best and greatest and both ended up falling in ways—after Thalia’s death Luke’s anger took over him and eventually the pressure was too much for Hercules and he just snapped. Percy is experiencing both an undeniable anger toward the gods and is starting to suffocate in his responsibilities. I don’t know what would happen if Annabeth died, to be honest, I’ve thought about it and I can’t decide on just one reaction. I’m sure whatever Percy did though, it would be stupid and reckless.

6. and also "Juno was right, you know." The sleepy voice of Gaea whispered in Percy’s mind, startling him so badly the boat rocked. "You could have chosen a new life in the sea. You would have been safe from me there. Now its too late. You chose pain and misery. You’re part of my plan now—my important little pawn."—SoN, pg 192, just one of the many times in SoN and MoA that its made clear that Percy is Gaea’s chosen favorite. And it is never ever a good thing to be the villain’s favorite.

Adding on to what you said about Chrysaor starting out as a good guy, I think its interesting to note that Percy admired him in MoA and wished he was as strong and fast and clever and as good a sword fighter as he was. Percy doesn’t view himself as “the best”. He’s always beaten himself down about himself and consequently never really feels good enough. He also has a habit of comparing himself to other people and feeling dissatisfied, even to his friends like Annabeth for example—”wow I could never come up with a plan like that, Annabeth’s insults were way better than mine, she was taller than me, she was amazing at it"—just stuff like that. And now he’s kind of tired of feeling like he’s inadequate and needs help, he wants to do the saving and protecting on his own. He wants to be strong enough and, as terrifying as his actions in Tartarus were, as much as they shattered something within him…I think he kind of liked using those powers. And I think him thinking about expanding them, though its obvious they scare Annabeth and she asked him not to try it again, means he’s curious to see what he can do.

I want there to be a fallout—not as major as Luke I suppose but a fallout all the same. Like I said, I think it would be interesting to watch that unfold and be great character development for Percy. There’s definitely a lot of potential of it happening, especially because Rick hasn’t been subtle in all these clues he’s been dropping throughout the books.

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