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Funding cuts leave many without home heating assistance in Macon
The Macon Telegraph ^ | Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 | PHILLIP RAMATI

Posted on 12/17/2010 6:10:38 AM PST by magellan

When Eugene Jenkins showed up at St. Paul AME Church at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, he didn’t know he would be one of the last people to get a ticket for assistance with his heating bill.

He waited in line until 7 a.m., when officials started to hand out the tickets, then went home for a few hours before returning at 10 a.m. By the time he had finished up his paperwork, it was 1:15 p.m., making for a long day.

Jimmie Samuel, executive director of the agency, said the need for assistance in Bibb County has spiked, while the available funds to fill those needs have been slashed.

That’s left people such as Raymeica Kelley frustrated. Kelley said she, her mother and her sister arrived at the church about 3 a.m. Wednesday, only to get turned away.

Kelley said she was unemployed for a year before recently landing a job. But her bills have stacked up while she was unemployed, and she needs the assistance.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: cold; entitlement; freecheeze; ga; handout; heating; warming; welfare
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1 posted on 12/17/2010 6:10:40 AM PST by magellan
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To: magellan
Here is a photo of Raymeica Kelley. Note the 52" high-definition television and the Xbox 360.


2 posted on 12/17/2010 6:11:13 AM PST by magellan
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To: magellan
Isn't it nice to see what we the tax payers are subsidizing?
3 posted on 12/17/2010 6:18:22 AM PST by sniper63 (Did you plug the hole in the border yet daddy........)
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To: magellan

Just damn.

Seriously.

I feel for anyone who has no heat. But I also think that some people ask for it. That TV is expensive - so is the cable/satellite it shows.

How the hell can this person ask for help paying bills when they have nicer shot than I have?

Just damn.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 6:19:00 AM PST by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: magellan

“That’s left people such as Raymeica Kelley frustrated.”

Hey, Raymeica: go out and chop some wood. That’ll keep you warm and have the added benefit of burning some of those calories off.


5 posted on 12/17/2010 6:20:58 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Principled

Meanwhile suckers like me do without nice things so we can live within our means. Unfortunately, our means are collected and given to scum of the earth like this “woman.”


6 posted on 12/17/2010 6:21:35 AM PST by Huck (Antifederalist BRUTUS should be required reading.)
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To: magellan

does she have her taxpayer funded cell phone?


7 posted on 12/17/2010 6:22:20 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: Huck

It has gotten to the point where people ‘in the system’ are better off than those paying for the system.


8 posted on 12/17/2010 6:25:42 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: magellan

The comments at the site are hilarious. She must have a computer online too because she apparently has a Facebook account.


9 posted on 12/17/2010 6:29:24 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: Shimmer1

ping


10 posted on 12/17/2010 6:29:48 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 694 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: magellan

She’s on Facebook too. I do not know if she has a computer and Internet access, or if she uses public computers, or if she has a smartphone with a data plan.


11 posted on 12/17/2010 6:32:06 AM PST by magellan
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To: magellan

How did early colonists ever survive without home heating assistance...


12 posted on 12/17/2010 6:35:11 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: SharpRightTurn
go out and chop some wood. That’ll keep you warm and have the added benefit of burning some of those calories off.

For one season's worth of paid heat bills, she could be 'issued' a woodstove (installed) and an axe...

My grandmother heated and cooked with a woodstove, my parents still heat with one, even though they have an oil burner for a back up, and I got through one of the worst winters in recent (last 40 years) ND history by heating with wood.

Just saying...

13 posted on 12/17/2010 6:37:59 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: magellan

The government provides cell phones to the “poor” these days apparently. Broadband internet is coming too.


14 posted on 12/17/2010 6:39:17 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: magellan

This is really not a new story. Lower income people have been making poor choices for decades.


15 posted on 12/17/2010 6:40:21 AM PST by magellan
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To: DTogo

I think almost half of the Plymouth colonists died the first winter.

Wheat and Chaff.


16 posted on 12/17/2010 6:40:42 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: magellan
Thanks for the pic, it tells the real story.

I am sure these are not the only “goodies” this family has and not to mention what federal programs they get assistance from.

The sad thing is that I believe Raymeica is just your typical “what's in in for me” welfare recipient.

17 posted on 12/17/2010 6:43:57 AM PST by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: GeronL
"The government provides cell phones to the “poor” these days apparently. Broadband internet is coming too."

Mignon Clyburn, Obama appointee to the FCC, and daughter of Representative Jim Clyburn, agrees:

Free Internet a Civil Right For Every 'Nappy Headed Child' — FCC Commissioner Clyburn

18 posted on 12/17/2010 6:46:05 AM PST by magellan
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To: null and void

Oh we heard of this down here. I have to pay my own heating bill, but then I have to buy my own TV and Xbox too.
disgusting to those of us who provide all this stuff for useLESS idiots.


19 posted on 12/17/2010 6:56:49 AM PST by Shimmer1 (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: GeronL

I bet she does, mean while she is making some very low income widowed Senior Citizen freeze because they were not able to get to the assistance program to apply.

We see this a lot in Memphis. A lot of able bodied people lined up for utility assistance in summer and winter, and the local news programs BEGGING for AC units or space heaters for the elderly...who then can’t afford to run them.


20 posted on 12/17/2010 7:02:34 AM PST by GailA (NO JESUS, NO CHRISTmas!)
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To: magellan

I don’t have a HD flat screen tv but I’m so happy to have been able to sacrifice and deprive my children for her to have one.

Not!


21 posted on 12/17/2010 7:05:35 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: magellan

I thought Obama promised to pay our rent, heating, and buy us all a pony?


22 posted on 12/17/2010 7:12:31 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: magellan
This is really not a new story. Lower income people have been making poor choices for decades.

We reward them for making poor choices. We are enablers.

If we cut off the gravy train these lardbutts would be out working. Instead they are standing for hours in a handout line and sobbing to the media.

23 posted on 12/17/2010 7:18:52 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

The TV stand alone probably cost $150 or so. The stands for those really big TV’s are pretty expensive.


24 posted on 12/17/2010 7:23:45 AM PST by Josa
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To: magellan

We see this all the time in our line of work. We have been in subsidized housing projects to work on radiant heat panels or do minor electrical work, and find that the collection of video games laying around would be a year salary of what my kids get, we see HUGE television sets, blue ray players in several rooms of the apartment, etc.

But no cookware, no books on the walls, etc.

Priorities I guess.


25 posted on 12/17/2010 7:28:41 AM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: sniper63

You can’t help wonder if the photographer deliberately included the TV and the x-box controller in the picture to reduce the sympathy this parasite would receive.


26 posted on 12/17/2010 7:47:57 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: magellan

She ain’t starvin. Let me say as a white man I’m sorry, sorry, sorry.


27 posted on 12/17/2010 7:48:35 AM PST by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: sniper63

Why doesn’t she just get in bed and pull up the covers until spring arrives. I don’t imagine she does anything productive anyway.................she can lie about watching that wonderful big screen tv.........


28 posted on 12/17/2010 7:48:35 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: DTogo
How did early colonists ever survive without home heating assistance...

Worked or starved. Not that this welfare queen looks like she's close to starving.

29 posted on 12/17/2010 7:50:55 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: DTogo
How did early colonists ever survive without home heating assistance...

Especially in New England. I know it's been cold so far this winter, but I've lived in Georgia as well, and I can tell you that it doesn't get anywhere NEAR as cold there nor for nearly as long as it does up here in NH. Yet I can still manage to heat my house without any help from "da gub'mint" or taking from Obama's "stash".

Seasoned wood, $275 per cord, delivered, hon. Get choppin.
30 posted on 12/17/2010 7:51:16 AM PST by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: magellan

I’m in MN. Lives a few summers in GA. Just curious, how many people have ever froze to death there?


31 posted on 12/17/2010 8:09:06 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: from occupied ga
You can’t help wonder if the photographer deliberately included the TV and the x-box controller in the picture to reduce the sympathy this parasite would receive

In the comments section, there is a user specifically saying that a white man set her up. In the most hideous grammer possible. It should also be noted that the leech in question has a facebook page, now secured, where she talked about her new hair and getting a weave and other goodies. Posted from her iphone.

32 posted on 12/17/2010 8:12:39 AM PST by doodad
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To: doodad
there is a user specifically saying that a white man set her up.

Well if she didn't have a big screen TV, an x-box and satellite receiver no could have "set her up." So does the fault lie with the person who showed her up for being a parasite or with her for being a parasite?

(in the interests of full disclosure I bought a flat screen TV -$700 - three weeks ago in the Black Friday madness to replace an old ailing tube type TV that I'd had for many years. BUT I receive NO welfare - not even social security although I'm old enough to collect I still work full time )

33 posted on 12/17/2010 8:21:00 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: esoxmagnum
"But no cookware, no books ... "

That is really telling.

Maybe it is by design. Maybe these consequences of the welfare state are intended consequences, not unintended consequences.

We hear about urban "food deserts". Maybe the urban poor stopped buying uncooked food before the supermarket left, not the other way around.

As I understand it, the National School Lunch Program benefits are not deducted from Food Stamps. So if you have kids in school, each kid is in essence overpaid in food stamps by about 1/3rd. Which means more money for potato chips and Little Debbie snack cakes.

34 posted on 12/17/2010 8:22:56 AM PST by magellan
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To: magellan
money for potato chips and Little Debbie snack cakes

It's interesting to watch the EBT card people divide their stuff in the grocery checkout. The big bags of dog food and beer go separate from the food (which always seems to consist of the best cuts of meat)

If you're on welfare you have no business owning a pet (unless it's a cockroach or a rat)

35 posted on 12/17/2010 8:25:59 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Just curious, how many people have ever froze to death there?

Don't know the stats, but it does get cold here. Last week it was 15F overnight and never rose above freezing for a couple of days. Today it's 41. You won't freeze, but can get mighty uncomfortable.

36 posted on 12/17/2010 8:29:26 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: magellan

Churches should not be conduits of government largesse to all comers. They should be providing for the genuine needs of their own members out of their own charity, *and* teaching the congregants to live by Biblical principles.


37 posted on 12/17/2010 8:41:54 AM PST by Tax-chick (He will be Peace.)
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Churches should not be conduits of government largesse to all comers. They should be providing for the genuine needs of their own members out of their own charity, *and* teaching the congregants to live by Biblical principles.

I'm a trustee at my church, you wouldn't believe the number of calls we get from people who do not attend our church or even live anywhere near it. They ask for food and money for utility bills, rent, house payments, car payments, you name it.

They are told that we don't have the resources to help everyone so we stick to helping our own members. We do have plenty of our own who are truly needy and we help them.

Some people actually get angry at us because we are a church and the church is supposed to "help people".

38 posted on 12/17/2010 8:52:15 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: magellan

We got a report from our school district a few months ago, and I’ll tell you, we are NOT in a poor area, nor a wealthy area, just middle class.

Anyways, according to the district report, about 70% of all students were on assisted lunch programs.

Our kids brown sack it. Early in the week we plan our meals for their lunches, so we might make a ham on sunday, then they have ham sammiches, leftover chicken = chicken salad, leftover meatloaf, meatloaf sammiches. You know... how I thought most folks did it, how my folks did it.

Now, when I go into the lot to pick up my kids, I see new cars, fancy cars, my kids friends all have every game system out there and tons of games, big TV’s, they vacation to nice places every year (we have a run down mobile home, in the woods up in the UP where they tent it, and mom and dad sleep in the old leaky mobile home), they’re friends wear the latest Uggs shoes (our kids wear whatever is on sale), etc, but 70% of them are on assisted food programs? I don’t understand it.

Isn’t there some income verification or something? It just struck me that the majority of these folks were just gaming the system.

It’s like I’m the last one in on “the joke”, as if, “if you are not on assistance you are a dumbass”.


39 posted on 12/17/2010 8:53:35 AM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: OCCASparky

$275 a cord?

Ouch.

It’s half that in Michigan.


40 posted on 12/17/2010 8:53:44 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: magellan

Get out of Georgia as fast as possible...


41 posted on 12/17/2010 8:55:36 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: esoxmagnum

If your school district is like the one here, they encourage as many people as possible to sign up for the lunch programs, because the school gets more resources from the district, and the district gets more from the state and Feds, if they have more “underprivileged” students. Every now and then the papers will run an article about the various dodges people us, and the poor efforts at verification. It’s a swindle all around.

Maybe the free lunch will be less attractive when Michelle Obama is planning the menu ;-).


42 posted on 12/17/2010 8:57:15 AM PST by Tax-chick (He will be Peace.)
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To: Tax-chick

Well, even if I could get them on assisted lunches, I wouldn’t be inclined.

I fix their lunch every morning, and sometimes I put little notes in their bags as well. You know, goofy things, sometimes a smiley face, a goofy face on a post-it, or something inspirational, like “Love ya” or “good luck on your test”.

As much as they grumble about my tuna sammiches or leftover meatloaf, I think they appreciate it. My oldest daughter asks me not to put in goofy notes, because it embarrasses her.... I told her NO WAY. She just smiles about it.

Nah, even if they could get a free lunch... there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Dad’s love is priceless :)

The school can’t provide that for em.

Oh yeah, and they get little debbie as well. The school gives the kids carrot sticks, so I got that going for me as well.


43 posted on 12/17/2010 9:12:32 AM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: Tax-chick

This. So much this. A couple months back we had to work with our church and the mechanic to help us pay for a shattered wheel bearing on my 15-year-old, 178,000-mile truck. It about KILLED me when I found out that the church paid about half the bill (around $250). I was raised to never take charity, so I don’t know quite how to handle it and actually graciously receive something like that. :)

For this woman to stand in front of a really nice high-def TV and Xbox and complain about the taxpayers of Bibb County not paying her heat bill? She’s got a lot of something the Yiddish call “chutzpah,” but the folks down in Macon probably just call “balls.” You could do without some video games and TV, lady. Sell ‘em, heat your house. Priorities.

}:-)4


44 posted on 12/17/2010 9:39:34 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: magellan

I guess this country needs to pass through some hard times to weed out the useless drones. I violently resent the slobs that won’t do anything for themselves except stick their hand out. If I had no heat, I’d be cutting up fallen trees in public lands. A bow saw costs only 10 bucks. Those so-called poor could pack a lot of fire wood in their Lexus.


45 posted on 12/17/2010 9:40:57 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: magellan

As of this time, there are 148 comments to the article at the Telegraph - not many are sympathetic. :-)

I winder if the posing of the picture was a suble protest by the photog as he could have shown her in another room sans all the goodies. If so, kudos are in order.

When I lived in Macon in the ‘90s my Georgia Power bill had a little box to check, imploring me to add $5 or more “to help the poor pay their heating bill”. I wrote them that, sadly, I had to decline, as it seemed to just be a way to guarantee that GP got its money. However, I would gladly add $5 to a fund which LENT THE MONEY to the “poor” at a low interest rate to insulate their houses, repayable at $1 extra on each of their monthly power bills. Never heard back from them.


46 posted on 12/17/2010 10:12:01 AM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Oatka
shown her in another room sans all the goodies

Maybe all of her rooms had flat screen TVs.

47 posted on 12/17/2010 12:16:14 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: DuncanWaring

Depends on when you get it too. If you’re looking for it NOW, you’re gonna pay. Plus, notice I said that was CUT and DELIVERED. Adds a bit to the price. If I wanted green wood that I would have cut myself earlier this spring/summer, I could have had it for under $150/cord.


48 posted on 12/17/2010 1:56:44 PM PST by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: OCCASparky

There’s a fellow I work with who, a month or so ago, got 15 cords, cut, split, aged and delivered, for about $1750.


49 posted on 12/17/2010 2:00:40 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: magellan
That's what kills me--here on one hand we have the leftards complaining that the poor kids are starving, and other the other hand, the leftards are complaining that they're getting too fat and that Me-Shell has to regulate it in between bites of her lobster (dipped in drawn butter, of course.)

So which is it--are the kids starving or a bunch of fat-asses? (Don't bother--I already know.)
50 posted on 12/17/2010 2:07:46 PM PST by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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