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Take action to end hunger now
Miami Herald ^ | 24 Nov 2010 | Leonard Pitts

Posted on 11/29/2010 7:55:59 AM PST by relictele

An average of 17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves in the 12 months prior to September of this year. That's according to an analysis of data from the Gallup-Healthways Index, conducted and newly released by the Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC), an advocacy group.

You may be wondering: In what universe does a 17.7 percent hunger rate qualify as good news? In this one, actually. That figure, after all, represents a slight drop from the average 18.5 percent rate recorded at the end of 2009. But even the smaller figure is hardly reassuring, given that it means just under 55 million Americans had to do without food at least occasionally.

Hunger endures. It seems a timely point to make as we enter upon that season wherein we express profound thankfulness by gorging on turkeys and hams and yams and greens, potatoes by the mound, dressing by the mountain and groaning tables full of puddings, pies, cookies and cakes.

Hunger endures. The point also seems salient given an often niggardly political environment in which it is common to hear people speak of poverty as a defect of birth or character, and an André Bauer -- lieutenant governor of South Carolina -- can get away with likening children who receive free and reduced-price lunches to stray animals you feed at the back door.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hunger; miamiherald; pitts
Apologies in advance for soiling FR with Pitts' nonsense but I can't resist noting that Pitts often employs what I term the 'Molly Ivins Gambit' named, of course, after the late loony liberal columnist.

Ivins' favored tactic was to troll the fringes of far-left DC lobbying groups (I refuse to call them 'think' tanks since precious little thinking took place) and then cite statistics and facts offered up by ideologues. A first-year statistics student would blush with embarrassment at the a priori conclusions, researcher bias, faulty hypotheses, and sampling errors that accompanied every so-called study. Data was tortured until it fit the tiresome we-are-good-and-just-and-they-are-evil-and-mean agenda.

A fiction example might be Ivins declaring that the surface of the earth had four square corners based on information supplied by the Flat Earth Society. Without any skepticism about the source of the information or their motives, Ivins would then paste up 500 words of boilerplate about the sinister plans of the GOP and/or conservatives to prolong and worsen the problem by rounding off one or more corners.

Back to Pitts who, in his usual style, accepts FRAC statistics at face value and then proceeds to play the only song he knows: evil white and/or rich people hate anyone who may have missed a meal or two and would like nothing better than to starve them out of existence.

Like Ivins, Pitts uses the premise of the 'research' (quotes intentional) as an excuse for ignoring any information to the contrary such as, oh I don't know, trillions of dollars spent on poverty programs to say nothing of the obesity 'epidemic' (engineered by the GOP of course) he and like-minded individuals decry the other 51 weeks of the year. Apparently, during Thanksgiving week, Pitts can't see the multitudes of already XXXXL sized persons filling shopping carts with junk food (to be paid for with quick, convenient debit cards that ostensibly reduce the stigma attached to food stamps).

Pitts ignores the most obvious issue, namely the 17.7% hunger rate quoted by FARC. That's nearly 1 in 5. Does he, FARC (their donor list here: http://frac.org/about/supporters/) or other like-minded persons not believe that a 20% national hunger rate would involve riots, looting and front-page headlines across the nation?

Memo to Pitts: the hint is in the term 'advocacy group' i.e. they have an axe to grind. Do you really need their fantasy numbers in order to have another go at Republicans?

1 posted on 11/29/2010 7:56:01 AM PST by relictele
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To: relictele

I, for one, wish Leonard Pitts would go hungry.


2 posted on 11/29/2010 7:57:14 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Scratch a “progressive” and a fascist bleeds)
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To: relictele
If poor people are hungry, they can sell their big screen TV, or their cell phone, or their bling-bling ...

It's not my problem.

3 posted on 11/29/2010 7:57:58 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: relictele

Maybe they should move to Haiti.


4 posted on 11/29/2010 8:00:00 AM PST by jessduntno (TSA: "Because screwing you with your pants ON just wasn't enough.")
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To: relictele
An average of 17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves in the 12 months prior to September of this year.

That's almost 1 out of every 5 people in the country.

I've hit the "x1000" button on my BS Meter and the reading is STILL off the scale.

5 posted on 11/29/2010 8:02:05 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: jessduntno
"...An average of 17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves in the 12 months prior to September of this year...."

Maybe if it was phrased "unable to pull themselves away from the big screen TV in order to nuke a Hot Pocket", I would believe it. As stated, I don't.

6 posted on 11/29/2010 8:02:43 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: relictele

Did I miss the methodology used to decide this?
I call BS as loud as I can
and calling this the Molly Ivins method is spot on.

But of course he wrote this to whip up his Dem base and to try to make mean ol Republicans look bad


7 posted on 11/29/2010 8:04:14 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: reagan_fanatic
An average of 17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves

Probably correct, because that 17.7% figure probably includes infants and small children.

8 posted on 11/29/2010 8:05:41 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: relictele

As usual the left wing solution to ending hunger is to donate from OTHER people’s pockets and then call themselves charitable.

They are worthless Marxist vermin. We need to do to them like we did to the other commies in North Korea and Vietnam. No less! As long as these vermin breath, this country will continue to deteriorate.


10 posted on 11/29/2010 8:07:22 AM PST by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: Right Brother

LOL!


11 posted on 11/29/2010 8:07:40 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: ClearCase_guy

My family lives in New Britain CT. Half the population is on welfare. They siesta 3-4 times a week and most of them drive a Lexus.

When asked about it the answer is always the same: we are taking from the white man/rich man what he took from us!


12 posted on 11/29/2010 8:09:36 AM PST by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: StopMakingSense

There was quite a dust up a few years ago in D.C. when a white guy used that word in a discussion of funding to D.C. schools. I believe the first reaction was to fire the poor guy.


13 posted on 11/29/2010 8:18:14 AM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: relictele
Take action to end hunger now

I just did...scrambled eggs and sausage. Yum.

14 posted on 11/29/2010 8:18:26 AM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: cydcharisse
Yeah, that was a classic case of "I'm stupid and don't understand what you just said, so I'm going to be offended, call you a racist, and demand that you be fired."

And it was so.

15 posted on 11/29/2010 8:20:32 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: relictele

Several times a week I am unable to feed myself - because I’m too busy working to take a break.


17 posted on 11/29/2010 8:25:02 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: I Buried My Guns

Those numbers are so inflated that only the insane left could read this and believe it. Not the LOONEY left, but the INSANE left.


18 posted on 11/29/2010 8:26:27 AM PST by jessduntno (TSA: "Because screwing you with your pants ON just wasn't enough.")
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To: RWGinger

The question probably was -

“Have you ever been hungry in the past year?”


19 posted on 11/29/2010 8:26:51 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: WayneS

And yet we have an obesity problem that is esp. severe among the poor...


20 posted on 11/29/2010 8:26:57 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: relictele
My wife fixed me a great breakfast, and I will be eating an excellent lunch, followed by a wonderful dinner, all paid for with the sweat of by brow through God's grace.

Hunger problem solved.

I recommend the lazy, entitled, and imaginary cited in this article try my approach.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

21 posted on 11/29/2010 8:29:48 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: relictele

I agree completely with the title of this article. Action SHOULD be taken to end hunger now. The action should be taken by the people who are hungry and should involve them trading some sort of labor or skill in exchange for the food they crave. I’d lay odds that if 17 percent of Americans are hungry, it’s because 90 percent of those CHOOSE to be hungry rather than work.


22 posted on 11/29/2010 8:31:30 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Soothesayer
But I've never taken a Lexus from anybody.

;-)

23 posted on 11/29/2010 8:33:40 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: relictele

As long as that action doesn’t have the force of law: I’m in.


24 posted on 11/29/2010 8:34:24 AM PST by papertyger
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To: The Comedian

I’m hungry right now. But I have to wait for DH to get home before I can eat lunch. Does that count?


25 posted on 11/29/2010 8:36:00 AM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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I have traveled to 49 states across the US (missing ND). I have also traveled to 32 countries throughout the world, most of them fairly 3rd world, at least 10 totally 3rd world.

After this traveling, I can say with complete authority...

“There is no such thing as poverty in America!!!”


26 posted on 11/29/2010 8:44:53 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: relictele

“17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves in the 12 months prior to September of this year”

Yeah, ain’t it a bitch when you actually have to get up off the sofa. Summer’s over and the pool’s closed, so now you have to watch TV all day (while collecting 99 months of unemployment).

Bummer.


27 posted on 11/29/2010 8:54:06 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: I Buried My Guns

...and McDonald’s still has Dollar menu items. This is just another scam to get your money so they can help the “starving Americans “in our mist.


28 posted on 11/29/2010 9:15:58 AM PST by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: cameraeye

One can get fat on the value menu items at Burger King and still not spend more than a couple of bucks a day. Once spent, however, those dollars can not go towards the daily bottle of Double Barrel down at the 7/11.


29 posted on 11/29/2010 11:37:47 AM PST by dogcaller
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To: MrB

Brilliant
““Have you ever been hungry in the past year?”

and no doubt true
Nicely done


30 posted on 11/29/2010 11:50:25 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: The Comedian

Prov 16:26
The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.


31 posted on 11/29/2010 11:52:47 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: IronJack

The “poor” “ain’t goin’ hungry” in the United States.
Most of them are FAT.


32 posted on 11/29/2010 11:54:45 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

And they’re blaming someone else for THAT!

It’s all part of the endless web of lies and contradictions the left tries to spin.


33 posted on 11/29/2010 2:03:00 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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