Archive for May 22, 2007

Food Stamp Challenge Is BS Reply

May 22, 2007

Food Stamps

I sent the story posted earlier and received a reply from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Political Director, Alexander Armour. I will say this from the start, your timely response represents you in the best of light and I appreciate it.

Here is the email I received:

Dear MaoChan,

Thanks for taking an interest in the Food Stamp Challenge. I appreciate your thoughtful commentary as well. One of the big ideas behind the Food Stamp Challenge was to do some good old fashioned consciousness raising on the issue, and this has been a big success. Sometimes for people to really get the issue, you need to go beyond just talking about an issue, and doing something that will bring the reality of the situation home to other Members of Congress. Hopefully those who are ultimately responsible for determining what these benefits are will now have a better sense of what it actually means to try provide healthy meals for those in need of food asssitance. In your commentary, you mention farmers markets, but right now, most farmers markets, at least the ones we are familiar with here in Chicago, don’t accept food stamps, putting another barrier up in terms of access to fresh fruits and vegetable. We’re going to work to try to change that.

Alexander Armour
Political Director – Schakowsky for Congress


YTMND: Dragon Ball Engrish Soup Song

May 22, 2007

Hey Chowder

Engrish is nothing new, people have been laughing at it since the Meiji Restoration in 1868 when Japan reopened its doors to foreigners. But you would think over time they would learn that they need to proof-read or in this case, proof-hear, a song before using it as a theme song.

The Dragon Ball theme song is terrible. That was a compliment btw because if it were not for the garbled trash the singer spews out, we wouldn’t have been able to laugh today. I thank you Mr. Terrible At English While Signing With A Japanese Accent Guy.

Hey! Chowder!

Food Stamp Challenge Is BS

May 22, 2007

Food Stamps

You have probably read about it, some snotty Congressmen have decided to live on $3 a day for 7 days to raise awareness of the shittiness of food stamps and how you can’t eat healthy. I say BS to their challenge. First off, look at what they are eating, these Congressmen bitch about “Oh I can’t eat organic”. I don’t eat organic cuz it’s fucking expensive and I have a job. And how much do Congress members make a year? On average it is $165,200. Talk about living it nice and upper middle class. These people who take this challenge are eating all wrong. They buy pre-processed food, complain of no Starbucks & soda. Really these items are not dietary necessities. Do you think poor people need Starbucks?

The problem is rather than discount shop at dollar stores, going to farmers markets, and buying things that need long cooking times like rice and raw beans they buy crap at overpriced supermarkets. I will applaude the only person who seems to have any idea on how to do this which is Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. She bought raw veggies, fruit, chicken leg quarters, and bread. Although the chicken isn’t the healthiest it will provide calories essential protein and fats.

If anyone wonders what makes me an authority on eating on the cheap, I hiked 900 miles in Japan on the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage with only $450 for expenditures. $80 went to a doctor when I got hurt and $176 for temple stamps. That left $194 for food, laundry, bathing, whatever and that was for 45 days. That is $4.31 a day, while hiking around 30 miles a day mind you and carrying a 40lbs pack on my back.

So Congressmen and woman, except Jan, I challenge you to a real ordeal. Go hike AND live on $4 a day and see how hard shit really is and then you might know what poor people truly feel like, because even though you ate like a welfare case for 7 days, you still had hot showers, a Lexus, and a nice house. Nothing is worse than waking up to rain blowing in on your face at 3am and realizing your cold, hungry, wet, dirty, and have only drudgery to look forward to.

Food Stamp Challenge is a cakewalk.