GOP US House Rep On Food Stamps: The Bible Says If You’re Unemployed, You Don’t Get To Eat [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) quoted the New Testament to question the strength of current work requirements. The biblical passage, 2 Thessalonians 3-10, was a rebuttal to one of the hearing’s expert witnesses, a representative of the Jewish anti-hunger group MAZON. (He referenced Leviticus.) It is also a familiar refrain to anyone who has watched past debates about SNAP.

House Republicans have historically cited the verse — “if a man will not work, he shall not eat” — as justification for cutting some adults’ SNAP benefits. Arrington referenced the verse in a discussion about increasing the work requirements for unemployed adults on the food stamp program. But critics say that advances a pernicious myth about the unemployed who receive SNAP.

The verse in question applies specifically to people who can work or otherwise contribute to society but choose not to, said theologians from several denominations who spoke to The Post. There is a perception, among some voters and lawmakers, that many adult SNAP recipients are exactly this sort of “freeloader.” But policy experts say that is not the case. Many unemployed adults on SNAP simply cannot work, they say. Those include the mentally ill, the borderline disabled and veterans.

Arrington’s assholery for Jesus comes near the end of the clip below. He’s been in office for three months.

  • ggg

    I thought separation of church and state was an actual thing. And that we don’t legislate from the bible.

    • clay

      Not only shouldn’t he legislate from the Bible, but that passage is about CHURCH governance, not STATE governance. If Tex wants to legislate that passage, he needs to write a law that applies it to CHURCH missions, which would not only be a Constitutional violation, but piss off ALL the right people.

  • Jon Doh

    Fuck the bible.

  • Boreal
    • Guest

      It “says” a lot of controdictory things too.

      It “says” a lot of things believed in the bronze age that are not factual.

      And it says very clearly that farmers need to put aside some of their best crops for those to come and eat. It is the law of gleaming. A farmer could be stoned to death if he tried to use crappy crops or refused to do this. True, the hungry could eat their fill, but if they took one olive or anything, they could be stoned to death too.

      Sounds like that bronze age governmemt had a social program.

      • RJ Bone

        Had sanctuary cities too, by design.

    • FAEN

      I always wondered what the room service was like in that whale 😏.

    • Steverino

      Our GOP “friends” should also realize it says quite a bit about adultery, including divorce and remarriage as being adultery, and that adulterers should be stoned to death. Turns out quite a few GOP heroes (including many of themselves) fall into that category.

      Just sayin’.

  • bkmn

    End the tax exempt status for churches and you would see IQ’s rise across the country – fewer hom skuled morons like this guy, less teen pregnancy and less hatred.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96442e6d7eac1080d238469f3aff4b4b2c22634fafdc791ad56f0cc69ab31824.jpg

    • safari

      Yes. That peanut butter sandwich could also be theirs; they wouldn’t eat it, though. They just want it.

      • Kind of like our dogs and toys. The alpha doesn’t necessarily want to toy the beta has; he just doesn’t want HIM to have it.

      • Steverino

        Malignant narcissism / sociopathy is like that.

  • Bryan

    The Bible also says you’ll be put to death for wearing mixed-fabrics, you’re wearing mixed fabrics, PUT HIM TO DEATH.

    • lymis

      I doubt his beard trims itself, either.

      • Bryan

        Same with his hair, by jove that’s where Samson gets his power from, you can’teth cut that!

  • Rex

    I work with this population.
    I would agree, able-bodied, and able-minded people should seek employment and work to become self sufficient.
    However, many adults are not able bodied, many are not mentally able to work, and many have social and emotional issues that prevent them from being productive.
    Mr. Bible should keep reading – and do unto others as he would have them do unto him, as Jesus instructed.

    • clay

      Dept. of Ag researchers suggested it’s about 7% of their support goes to free-loaders. Tex thinks it’s 70%.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        If they included the farm subsidiaries, it would be 70 %

        • clay

          Yes, I should have specified SNAP. 😉

    • KCMC
      • Jon Doh

        I’ll take one, and a t-shirt

        • Piet

          I have plenty of tee shirts already, so I don’t need that part of the order.

    • Mark

      I’d like to add that there are many of us over 55 who just gave up looking. We are willing to work – but age discrimination is alive and thriving. I looked for almost 2 years after the great layoff….and then said fuck it and started my own business. And while my pension + SS + the business keeps me from dipping any further into savings – its tight, tight month after tight, tight month.

      Once UI runs out – you’re on your own. My savings took the hit rather than file for food stamps – but I got to tell you I was sure as hell tempted. When you figure $30k min/year to keep it all going…it doesn’t take long for the nest egg to be devoured.

      And – FWIW – even down at the workforce commission – they tell everyone over 55 to remove date references (grad date, military service dates, etc) from the resume….

  • Blake J Butler

    Man you are one twisted fuck.

  • madknits

    Fuck these asscunts. Fuck them with a burning red hot poker. This is why I think Christians are evil, fucked up, and should be banned like asbestos. Fucking Christstain sharia law.

  • Bryan

    Only been there 3 months? I nominate this prick for shenanigans and collusion with the Trumpences – when they get jail time he should get jail time. He clearly only won his race because of Russian influence.

  • Michael R

    He’s in the ” I got mine ” club , but he forgets who
    is paying him and who he is working for .

    More fun with Fascism :

    You believe in survival of the fittest, an every man for himself social mentality that causes you to believe that poor people and sick people are weak and must be punished. You think rich people are strong because they are wealthy and that they should rule us, which also ties into rule by a few. You also believe your race is superior to all others and you work diligently to keep it that way.

  • MikeBx2

    I love it when believers make the case against the bible.

  • Sashineb
  • Ninja0980

    This must be more of that Christian “love” I’ve heard so much about over the years.

  • Boreal

    Crazy eyes Bachmann already played this BS card.

  • Derrick Johns

    Heartless creature. Arrington, you stink…ask any night-time girl in DC.

  • lymis

    Yeah, asshole, but the same Bible that says that also says that anyone who doesn’t feed the poor when they themselves have extra is literally going to hell. It’s only one of the places where Jesus is recorded as saying who is damned. In the other, he says that it’s the greedy rich who spend money on clothes and homes and treasures and won’t even give the poor table scraps.

    So if you’re going to quote the Bible, asshole, read it more carefully. Because Jesus himself is recorded as saying that the rich who stand by while others starve are going to hell.

    You do BELIEVE the Bible, Congressman, don’t you?

    • Bryan

      READING COMPREHENSION IS SO HAAAAARRRD, Everythings haaard.

    • No, he doesn’t. He believes the part of the bible that supports his preconceived political notions.

    • 2patricius2

      Of course not. He is using it as a tool to get what he wants and control those he wants to control.

    • David L. Caster

      Somebody needs to tweet this to him.

    • Nychta

      The New Testament is so two millennia ago. He’s moved onto the Next Testament, which teaches that Hell is for the little people.

    • sword

      But you know what the conservatives did to Christ…being that he was a Marxist, what with all of that feeding the multitudes without charging for the food and the camel and the needle, etc.

    • Randy503

      This should go down very well with my sister, a bible thumper evangelist born again. She talks to god daily, makes judgments on everyone, believes she is a faith healer, time traveler, and one of god’s very special people on earth because he listens to her and does whatever she commands. She insists she is normal and gets furious if I even suggest that she talk to a therapist.

      She hasn’t worked in years and has all her bills paid by me, her gay brother, and her older sister, spent though her entire inheritance, and depends upon food stamps, welfare and medicaid. She pays all of $1 for all her prescriptions and all her doctor visits and all her myriad treatments are free. Oh, and she DOES have a therapist — totally paid for by the gummint.

      She voted for Trump and loves the GOP and hates Obamacare and wants it repealed. i can’t wait to see her face if and when the GOP cuts her off because she is and able bodied person with no children. No doubt she will blame it on the demons and spirits that are trying to destroy America, not the GOP and certainly not Trump.

      You don’t know mentally ill until you now someone who is religious and thinks they have special powers AND believes everything they hear on Fox News.

  • Guest

    Hey, Jodey, you can not create laws base on…
    https://bookofdoubt.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/1499542_417270221708782_1227917812_n.jpg
    …total bullshit.

  • Walter Maerlyn

    The Bible says the earth is flat and has four corners. The Bible says the stars are painted on the sky. The Bible says hares are ruminants. The Bible says grasshoppers have four legs.

    The bible is FULL of shit.

  • Lazycrockett
  • The Bible says the exact opposite. Matthew 20:1-16, which is the parable of the Vineyard, Jesus is like hey if you’re looking for work it’s the same as working.

  • Lazycrockett

    Jesus didn’t have a job his entire adult life.

    • Or a home of his own. He was the original couch surfer.

  • Henry Auvil

    That’s why Jeebus refused to feed those 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. He didn’t want to create a culture of dependency.

  • Gigi

    Cherry picker!

    And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” (Luke 3:11)

    If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)

    Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. (Proverbs 28:27)

  • Blake J Butler
  • MikeBx2

    Just once let’s hear a Republican say publicly that the Bible says rich people go to hell, which it does. Camels can’t under any circumstance fit through eyes of needles.

    • Canadian Observer

      Well, not without liquifying them in a blender first. [I used to drive the nuns crazy during mandatory indoctrination cathechism]

  • Lazycrockett
  • Waarki

    Here it is fully explained by Mr. Arrington the old Texas adage … ‘If you ain’t a good ‘ol boy you ain’t shit!’ i.e. white, straight, landed gentry

  • ByronK
  • safari

    JMG looks back up for me…

    • Lazycrockett

      Not for me. 🙁

  • Fuck that guy and the crucified zombie son of a sailor he rode in on.

    Christ: what an asshole.

  • What I don’t understand is the money for SNAP isn’t coming out of his actual pocket. The job of government is to: print money, protect us against foreign invaders (and cheetolini collisions) and to help those citizens who need a helping hand.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Don’t forget the potholes. Everyone forgets the potholes and they never get fixed.

      • There are several “grandfathered” potholes in and around Fairbanks. Every single year they dug up the surrounding area, tamped and compacted and filled, and within a short while they appear again. So, now they have stopped “fixing” them and just dump some gravel in them.

        • TuuxKabin

          Gravel or gravel trucks?

          • Tawreos

            Trucks first then gravel to smooth it out

          • TuuxKabin

            And the gay steam roller to make it colorful and festive.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Actually, it does say don’t feed the hungry/clothe the naked/shelter the homeless, but only in the edition edited by B. Eelzebub, L. Ucifer, and His Serene Highness Prince d’Arkness.

  • JoeMyGod

    OT: Folks, my apologies for this most recent outage for JMG. As many of you have surely noticed, we’ve been under a persistent but intermittent attack all week. The tech guys and the hosting service have been doing their best to defend JMG and we’re in the process today of installing Cloudflare. I don’t really really understand the tech-gobbledygook of how Cloudflare works, but everybody seems to think it will “mitigate” future attacks. For what it costs, it better.

    • PickyPecker

      Great you have the tech guys on it, Joe. Just wondering re: costs…..any chance you’ll be setting up some sort of subscription/donation for us to help out?

      • Ninja0980

        Yes, letting us know where we can donate $$$ to help you out!

      • samcollins

        I agree…how can we help?

      • Cattleya1

        I donate to Friendly Atheist every month. I would be proud to kick in for Joe and all he does for our community!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      It is especially noticeable this morning (it’s still AM where I am). Good luck, Joe.

    • Cloudflare is good. Things will work better with it.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      I kind of figured that was the case. Well done. You’re pissing off some people. Can I buy you a drink sometime, Joe? 😀

    • JoeMyGod

      “Why does this keep happening to you? What are you writing about?” – Mohammed, the hosting service troubleshooter.

      • TuuxKabin

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      • BockMcMillan

        If Mohammed is 40-something and built like a brick shithouse, please direct him towards me and I will gladly answer all his questions and more… just saying…

        • JoeMyGod

          Mohammed has a voice about one octave below James Earl Jones……

          • FAEN

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          • narutomania

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          • BockMcMillan

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      • Robert Anthony

        The truth hurts liars.

      • JoeMyGod

        He also notes that the attacks seem to come at the end of the month. Same thing in November, December, and February. Could be a coincidence.

        • TuuxKabin

          Then he’s the #1 suspect. Just sayin’, my suspicious nature.

          • narutomania

            In my family, we say: the skunk smells his own scent first.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ditto for the fox.

          • lol? Is this like my telling my guests not to clean up because a messy place means job security for the housecleaner?

          • TuuxKabin

            Sorta.

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        • JuanGalicia

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    • Todd20036

      If it happens again Joe, I’ll give you a spanking.

    • 2patricius2

      Hope this is fixed, Joe. But if you do need help to keep things running like Swiss watches in the future, let us know.

    • CloudFlare is just a worldwide server rental service whose main point is to make sites faster for people far away from you. Data still has to travel over wires and the further it has to travel, the slower your website.

      It’s harder to attack since sites will be served from all over the world (which presumably means an attacker needs their own worldwide network of attack servers) instead of a single attack surface. Even if they do come under attack, they’ll presumably have a lot more computing power and can can reroute to a backup server at some other location if an attack somehow succeeds.

    • Sigh…welcome to 2017, where you don’t know if your site is under attack by the Russians, the Christian Taliban, the Republicans, or the alt-right (or, as i have personal experience–by a psychotic ex).

      • Steverino

        What is the difference between them all?

        • RJ Bone

          Location.

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        They’re all on the same team now.

    • whollyfool

      Patreon is a way for people to support a site with a monthly pledge of $1 and up. If people want to make a one time donation, they can set up a “monthly pledge” and cancel after one month….

  • dcurlee

    Well guess he missed this passage in Matthew 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    • Tomcat

      They are speaking of the King Trump version of the bible.

    • clay

      Rep. Tex is only ticked you don’t say “Jaaaayussuss.”

  • Tomcat

    The trump narcissism is contagious apparently. I never knew so called religious people could be so cruel and self centered.

  • Tomcat

    Over the millennia so called religious people have shown their true feelings and their true faces. Consider the source and don’t give credence to their hatred.

  • skyweaver

    Who can forget the loaves and fishes story where Jesus checked the pay stubs of the crowd.

    • Dan

      What biblical literalists don’t understand is that story is a metaphor: “Kindness multiplies.”

      • Stogiebear

        And the worst part of your very keen observation is that they neither understand metaphor nor kindness.

        • Dan

          I very much agree, Stogiebear. I’m an atheist and I get it. What’s wrong with them that they can’t?

  • xzargo

    Looks like he wants to be a cocksucker to me.

  • Lars Littlefield

    The evil that exists in that pudgy white lump of flesh needs to be stomped out.

  • juanjo54

    My rabbi many years ago in “Jewish” school always repeatedly stated to us “text without context, is pretext”. He often showed examples of how Christians would do this taking a snippet of scripture out of context and the using it to support some positions they held. This is a classic example of that sort of action.

    Leviticus 19 which is the basis of Mathew 25:31-46 comments about societal duty. The original Hebrew text [Leviticus 19] makes clear that it is both a societal and an individual duty to feed the hungry, heal the sick, shelter the homeless, treat foreigners as you treat your own family, have just laws which apply to all etc. At the time of Jesus, the Jews had laws which required a portion of one’s income be set aside and put in a fund administered by a council of elders in the town or area to be used for that purpose.

    Early Christians adapted this idea in their communities in which the local believers would sell their property and pool all money together for the benefit of the Christian community. This is discussed in Acts 2. Acts as well as other texts discuss how some followers figured out how to work this system to their own benefit. They essentially lived off the efforts of others in the community, causing dissension and explaining away why they should live off what everyone else was contributing to the community when they were able of contributing themselves.

    If one looks at the previous chapter of Thessalonians, one sees that Paul is addressing a very specific issue that had arisen in that church. There was a group of people who in a belief that Jesus was going to return any day, stopped working and were living off the community funds. Paul strongly criticized this and said it was wrong. He tells them that no one knew when Jesus would return so one had to work and support themselves if they could. The section this douche bag politician is quoting form is where Paul is stating that even he in his travels, works to support himself so he will not be a burden on the followers [someone explain that to modern preachers]. This is not a condemnation of feeding for the hungry, it is a condemnation of scammers.

    • Lazycrockett

      Ive witnessed numerous preacher during a sermon quoting parts and pieces of different sections of the bible to prove their point. That is one thing bout the bible you can find almost anything to back up some horseshit you want to spew.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        It’s an accumulation of texts written over different centuries. Taken collectively, those texts manage to present every conceivable position (known at the time) and its contrary.

  • Paul Michael

    I am always amazed that the “so called Christians” always quote passages that were written by Paul(Saul) but seem to forget quotes that are attributed to Christ himself.

  • Lazycrockett

    Spicer is getting ready to bluster and blow.

  • Ninja0980

    Spicer looks like he needs to go to the nearest bar and knock a few back.

  • Paula

    Fuck! These people really do want to start a revolution in this country, don’t they?

    • Jerry Kott

      Or a de-evolution which they are experts at.

    • Bryan

      I’d prefer they didn’t, but if they want it, I say fuckin’ let ’em. Best alternative I can think of to making stupidity illegal there is.

  • Thorn Spike

    Citing a biblical basis for legislation should be automatic grounds for a recall vote.

  • Max_1
  • ByronK
    • Bryan

      Nice rack.

      • ByronK

        Lol, why thank you!

  • Lazycrockett

    Lord they are actually trying to spin this that Hillary was the one colluding with Putin?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Tawreos

      What else do they have at this point?

  • Kelly Lape

    If only these assholes would make a law dealing with a living wage. I agree tax payers shouldn’t have to subsidize Walmart workers so they can eat.

    We all seem to see the same problems but fundamentally differ on the solutions.

    I really don’t think the Jesus of the Right approves of the GOP’s policies.

  • Live Spicey: Holy shit that gaping asshole lies like a cheap rug.

    Most offensive of the last 5 minutes? Basically, “You people aren’t asking the questions we want you to ask! What about this uranium story the President is trying to spin from lie into accepted false truth?!”

  • TexasBoy

    The Bible says a lot of things. I’ll bet he’s wearing more than one type of fabric in that photo. Therefore, he is an abomination. Do we need to stone him publicly, or can his family have a private stoning ceremony?

    • Macbill

      I’ll share some of mine as long as he doesn’t Bogart that joint.

  • Max_1
  • TuuxKabin

    Finally, able to log on to JMG. Missed you guys. A bit of OT: from outside Gov. Cooper’s house:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39460000

  • Jerry Kott

    And I thought it was this computer and rural internet.

    Isn’t this an example of what is an expression of the “Anti-Christ” in them. It only seems to reason that T45 has all the makings of an alternative reality demagogue.

  • PickyPecker
    • TuuxKabin

      Appears to be Picky Pecker, been waiting to hear from you.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
      • TuuxKabin

        Love her. Beginning to feel like her sometimes.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
          • TuuxKabin

            She sorta says it all for me. Just keep watching her. What is this thing ‘bukkake,’ can I eat it?

          • William

            Excuse me, while I run screaming from the room.

          • McSwagg

            Wow!!!

            FIVE Ginger bred men. One ginger man is hard to find.

          • The best gingerbread people I’ve ever had are from the Sweet Shop at the Indiana University’s student union. When I used to teach at the Kinsey Institute, I was a regular customer, and have been known to ask the Kinsey staff to mail me some when I hungered for them. As an undergrad, my friend’s roommate taught me to first bite off the head so they feel no pain as you nibble the rest of them. When I last made some at home, i found the vanilla frosting that comes in a tube dries to look like what’s depicted in the photo 😉 And as you point out–not always easy to find a tasty ginder 😉

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Is that seagull testifying about Trump-Russia? I oppose immunity deals for seagulls.

  • TampaDink

    Maybe it is time for us to begin making supporting donations to J.M.G.. Having said that, I can’t contribute very much but would gladly forego the cost of a big bottle of ‘tater juice each month.

    • PickyPecker

      Agreed, TD. I don’t know just what costs Joe rings up monthly to operate the blog, it I’d be glad to kick in what I can. Seems Joe may be a bit on the shy side to implement such a thing. However, visit almost ANY news site and there is a donation option available. I’m certain there are many good folks here at JMG who would wish to contribute.

      • TuuxKabin

        Well, let’s picket outside his building until he gives in to our . . . /s

        Suggestion. A scholarship account would be helpful, i.e., I’d be willing to give another half of my amount in the name of someone who wants to help, but has limitations to their expenses. How to go about this tho?

      • yes b’y

        Doesn’t clicking on ads generate revenue, for those that can’t donate? I just love this site and all of you folk, well except Bill Purdue and I would hate to lose it.

      • TampaDink

        Many of us can’t do much but if almost everyone did a little bit, we could certainly benefit from Joe keeping this here website thingy alive & kickin’.

    • Walter Maerlyn

      I sure would like to contribute financially, what I can anyway. I’d like to be able to do so without creating a Pay-Pal or other account though. It would be nice if I could contribute directly via a major credit card, or even cash. Heck, a PO Box would allow contributions by check or cash.

      • whollyfool

        I think Patreon would work.

        • David L. Caster

          This is my recommended approach. Suggest this in response to one of Joe’s comments or send him an email.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      A paywall on a blog? Has that ever been done? Would it be a first?
      Of course, the line between news outlets and blogs has gotten quite blurry. Slate and RawStory (both of which I like for different reasons) often can seem like blogs or bloggish. Even Huffington Post sometimes.

      • TampaDink

        It could happen….but I was thinking more along the lines of a voluntary donation option.

  • Ninja0980

    Umm, why exactly would Hillary be working with someone who was undermining her every step of the way?

  • If someone is flat out REFUSING to work they will NOT be getting unemployment benefits. You have to show that you are actively looking for work every week while you are on unemployment. I’ve been on unemployment twice in my life and I couldn’t wait to get off because it wasn’t close to enough money to live on. It covered my rent and utilities and that’s about it. I went through savings and ran up credit card debt to eat and look for work. I did nothing fun that cost money during those months. It was not fun at all. If he thinks there are massive numbers of people who prefer unemployment to work, he should be forced to live on whatever unemployment pays in his state until he figures that out.

    • Lars Littlefield

      A sad but true reality: at the City Market, Dave’s Market, and the Village Market — all three are in Moab, Ut, the closest markets from my home (75 miles), I’ve witnessed more times than I can count the little Mormon or Christian checkout girls/women wrinkle their noses at mothers trying to buy milk, flour, butter, and cheese with WIC coupons. And these special and oh-so-sweet spirits don’t even try to hide their disdain. Making those shopping with Food Stamps feel humiliated is a major pass time here in rugged red rock country. It’s beyond embarrassing.

      • Here’s what I learned in the six months I rented a room in an apartment from a Mormon couple. They take care of each other. The reason that Mormons are so against the social programs is not that they don’t see the need, but that they take care of the people in a tight spot in their own church. They get those women or their husbands jobs somewhere. They’d provide them with food if they were unemployed for awhile. And they see anyone not being taken care of that way as a sinner who just needs to start going to church. Yes, silly, but that’s how things work. and now you know how hard it is for them to leave. I knew about the Mormon network in NYC. They would get you an apartment and a job. Once you were plugged in things were a lot easier than it normally is for people in that city. I hear it works that way everywhere.

        • Lars Littlefield

          True. Mormons have their own social welfare network. They own their own enourmous farms, ranches, poultry plants, grain silos, grain mills, fruit orchards, canning facilities. It’s quite remarkable and I don’t begrudge them for their “industry.” However, as for helping others (having grown up in that peculiar faith) they only help so much and ONLY if their appears to be the potential of recruiting you to join up and become a sunbeam for Moroni, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost (the latter being so full of holes). And if you accept church welfare you are encouraged not to accept any government sponsored welfare. But pity the fool who isn’t about to sell out their self-respect and personal beliefs in trade for the quirky beliefs of mormons after receiving their kindness to strangers. For they suddenly turn cold and unfriendly between the six and twelve-month mark of helping their fellow man when said doesn’t grow an indomitable testimony. Scientology does a similar thing. The moment you tell them “It’s not for me” they no longer see you. You’re invisible.

  • Lazycrockett

    “With respect to Assad.”

    Fuck. You.

  • Cuberly

    Hey Joe:

    Do they know where the attacks are coming from?

    • JoeMyGod

      League City, Texas – which really doesn’t mean much since these things can be routed from anywhere in the world.

      • JoeMyGod

        Yesterday it was a university .edu email IP in Baltimore and the day before it was from Slovenia.

        • Riley James

          Maybe it’s the guy who thinks we’re Homosexual Buccaneers.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Slovenia… a Melania Trumpian connection.

        • kiprian

          I wouldn’t be surprised if it were JHU, ever since the campus was taken over by MicroS#*!…

      • Waarki

        League City… That’s about where the acid starts kicking in when you’re driving to Galveston.

  • penpal

    These Christians only care about their own and their money. Time to tax the fuck out of their churches.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Also, remember that the uber religious tend to live on greasy carbohydrate-loaded foods, such as tuna cheese surprise casserole, 42 oz Big Gulps, and any junk food engineered out of potatoes. Gawd ferbid they let a fresh vegetable pass between their lips.

  • Walter Maerlyn
    • William

      There were precincts in Michigan that had more votes than people who signed in to vote.

      • billbear1961

        Let’s NOT look into it, though!

        Banana republic!

        • William

          Under Michigan law, precincts with ballot discrepancies can not be recounted.

          Makes sense to me.

      • clay

        and the reverse. Votes in Detroit, Dearborn, and Flint, hmmmm.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Coordination? Hell, it’s more precise than synchronized swimming.

  • BobSF_94117

    Christian Congressman lecturing Jewish guest and using the New Testament to do it. Nice…

    • Lars Littlefield

      That’s what Christians do. And they do it so well.

      • Todd20036

        About the only thing they do well

    • billbear1961

      Want to bet it’s not accidental?

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Is that better or worse than Christians telling Jews that they understand and can interpret the tanahk better?

      • BobSF_94117

        I’d say worse.

  • Cuberly

    OT: BTW, I love the winning illustration for the Google Doodle contest.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86138c7a9b1051dd1ae76f7d0da940504de2ac50b6c1379709d47426c41f4369.jpg

    • TuuxKabin

      Yeah. The shadows are nice.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    To me, a statement followed by a bible quote is an invitation to ignore the statement.

    Will this flare thingie stop my iphone from crashing when I’m on joe, or is that a separate issue?

  • Lazycrockett

    So Drumpf isn’t going to release his 2016 taxes either. Big Surprise.

    • Of course. Even worse, they’re trying to claim they’re doing us all a favor by not releasing them.

      Fuckers.

    • billbear1961

      If the country doesn’t INSIST on seeing them–with protest numbers so big they CAN’T be IGNORED–it DESERVES to be DESTROYED by this CRIMINAL.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    These people aren’t content with destroying their G.O.P., they want to destroy their religion as well! Carry on!

  • Lazycrockett

    God just flat out lies. Grifters only care bout themselves not the fucking country.

    • Cuberly

      …or the world, for that matter.

      I mean, Crazy-Eyes thinks global thermonuclear war will deliver her to unicorns, cake and perpetual orgasms in heaven.

      There’s religio-selfish, then there’s large-scale religio-selfish.

  • FAEN

    ‘if you’re poor just don’t be poor’

    ‘if you have no food just don’t be hungry’

    Remember that Cheeto voters. That’s YOUR party that doesn’t give a shit if you starve or not.

    But her emails right 🙄?

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      No, she served under a Black man. That’s really the crux of it all.

      • FAEN

        That was certainly a part of it for sure.

        • KnownDonorDad

          She’s just so “shrill”….

      • Todd20036

        I’ve had black men serve under me. We may not be talking about the same thing though

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Never the other way around?

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Pictures or it didn’t happen. Preferably 8″ x 10″s please.

          • Stogiebear

            Because 11″x17″s don’t exist outside of the office supply aisle. And xtube.

  • billbear1961

    The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
    An evil soul producing holy witness
    Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
    A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
    O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

    In HIS case the outside is as rotten as the core.

    I’ll bet it wouldn’t take long to find a biblical rule–or two or three or TEN–which would justify–CALL FOR–inflicting the severest punishments imaginable on this callous FRAUD.

  • William
  • paganguy

    Granted, it’s been a while since I read it, but I don’t think that’s what the Bible says AT ALL.

  • Bryan

    Had a feeling it was a DDoS, fuckin’ idiots know we’re on to their asses and think if they slap the website down we’ll bow down and take their shit. Fuck naw.

  • William

    This Arrington idiot may actually be stupider than Randy Neugebauer, the teabagger he replaced.

  • I have concluded after many hours of observation that Sean Spicer is really, really, really shitty at his job.

    • clay

      Prepping college students for a public ceremony, one of them said to me, “This isn’t hard; it’s just reading things out loud.” and I had to ask her, “Have you seen any of the White House press conferences, lately? Some people are pretty shitty at just reading things out loud.”

  • Robin Bailey
  • Natty Enquirer

    O/T: Spicer is banging the surveillance distraction drum again.

    • safari

      Obama did it. Obama misused classified information. Not Donald. Obama. It’s what 45’s been saying. Stop asking me about dates, that’s troubling. Think of the blessings of Donald’s cabinet. So blessed. Blessiest.

      • jmax

        Blessiest. Hahahaha.

      • William

        Obama ate my homework.

  • i’m glad you have your nice little holy book which tells you to be a glutton while killing poor children by starving them to death. how proud you must be of following its instruction. why don’t you go open a church? that seems like a much better calling for you. let the grown ups make law, m’kay?

  • safari

    Spicy is projecting.

  • Ninja0980

    Spicer’s projecting but what else can he do at this point?

  • SFBruce

    Apparently, the gospel of Matthew has been banned in Texas.

    From Matthew 25:
    For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…
    Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in…
    “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me…”
    For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink…
    Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me…

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Rep. Arrington is apparently a Paulian and not a Christian.

      • Bryan

        I suspect most of the Teahadis are.

      • Robincho

        You got the appauling part right…

    • lymis

      So, Jesus would have starved to death in Texas.

      No shock there.

      • Stogiebear

        If he didn’t get shot or deported first for Messiahing while Brown.

    • clay

      too “Jeffersonian”

  • Friday

    Somehow ‘just having money’ counts as ‘working?’ Cause being poor doesn’t mean you don’t *work,* it just means you don’t get *paid/enough.* Besides, I thought that was rules for the early Christian cult, not civilized society.

  • Lazycrockett

    Once again Hillary and Bill has more reason to help Putin than lil american patriot Drumpf.

  • Dot Beech

    Is Arrington’s wife employed? Or is she really, really thin?

  • Megrim Twist
  • William

    Lubbock is a prime tornado target. I hope Rep. Arrington will not expect any assistance the next time half the city changes zip code.

  • Ninja0980

    Spicer is going to the Obama/Hillary line because he knows hatred of them by Republicans is an easy way to get them to forget all of the bad things Trump and Republicans are doing.

    • Lazycrockett

      “We don’t know who is constantly in the oval office.” really?

  • I missed the beginning Spicer-drone, but so far I’ve gathered from today’s Presser:
    – Spicer is irritated journalists won’t ask him the politically biased questions he desperately wants.
    – Twice repeated the LONG debunked lie about Clinton selling uranium to Russia just for shits and giggles.
    – Tried to turn Donald into Nostradamus, and kept trying to make Donald’s baseless, uninformed “I was bugged” tweet into retroactive truth.
    – Repeatedly kept attacking both the Clintons in a futile effort to deflect from the truckloads of Trump admin scandals.
    – Keeps trying to make us forget what Nunes did was a huge violation of Congressional and intelligence committee protocols, and a declaration of loyalty to the WH, not Congress or the American people.

    • Lazycrockett

      When push comes to shove “I dont know”!

      • And his repeated attempts to deflect just don’t work. “I don’t know why you’re not asking about Obama!”

        Reporter: “I’m asking what Bannon, Kushner and others may have known.”

    • Sissy Spacedout

      It was a strange thing to watch. He’s melting down; the question is, will it be a Fukushima or a Chernobyl style of meltdown?

      • clay

        a bang, or a whimper?

  • Lazycrockett

    Lord the reporters have just started laughing in his face.

    • Seriously. For those just tuning in, this is what Spicey keeps ranting about:
      https://twitter.com/KatyTurNBC/status/847877659971526656

      The context and why reporters keep asking about dates? Farkas resigned in 2015. She made a comment recently about something she would have had no direct knowledge about, happening in 2016.

      Spicer’s rhetorical fever swamp? That we’re not supposed to pay any attention to that chronology or what it means, nor that she hadn’t said anything new or revelatory.

      From Snopes:

      Nothing said or repeated by Evelyn Farkas on 2 March 2017 was novel or ostensibly more revealing than the New York Times article published just before her interview, and Farkas described the actions of Washington operatives (not President Obama) to preserve extant intelligence about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election (not to spy on Donald Trump).

      Basically Spicer and the WH are deliberately trying to sow confusion.

      • Bryan

        OMG it’s a Farkas fracas!

    • clay

      Fact-checking him in real time.

  • Lazycrockett

    Just start drinking from the flask Spicey.

    • Bryan

      Any good downer would do…

  • unsavedheathen

    Typical that this knuckle dragger takes this verse literally and not as a metaphor as it was intended. The verse as I was taught(8 years with the Sisters of Norte Dame, 8 years with the Jesuits) refers to those who do not participate in the world, sharing and giving of themselves. They who do not partake in the fellowship of men will not enjoy its fruits.
    Sounds gay, huh?

  • safari

    “Don’t follow the information. That’s not relevant.” — Spicer

  • Silver Badger

    Mr. Arrington, I’ll see your 2 Thessalonians 3-10 and raise you Ezekiel 16:49.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      “I’ll lay ya ten to one,” said the bookie.
      “That’s an odd hour, but I’ll be there,” replied Mae West.

      This is according to Charles Pierce.

  • Lazycrockett

    “You can call the FBI”

  • LovesIrony

    The bible also says in luke 14:26
    “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
    do you hate your children jodey?

  • Lazycrockett

    These call ins are so pre planned.

  • Imma gonna jump over to Joe’s new Trump U thread.

  • safari

    “Why does the president interfere with the investigations by calling them a witch hunt?”
    “Which investigations? Certainly not what Nunes uncovered, which I won’t talk about…”

  • So let’s drag the Sharia . . . er, I mean, Levitican law out and slap it into the American legal system.
    First item of business: those who are divorced and remarried.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Sort of Off-Topic, and sort of On-Topic: Vox and a few others have done a good job of nonlawyersplaining a strange, obscure court case that could give Trump the means to “make Obamacare explode.” The insurance industry is watching this case on pins & needles.

    http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/3/29/15107836/lawsuit-aca-payments-reimbursement-unconstitutional

  • Lazycrockett
  • billbear1961

    Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

    And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

    …………………

    Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord:

    Thus saith the Lord God; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

    Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

    And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

    And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

    They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

  • Paula

    This guy represents what x-tianity means to me. They are mean, cruel, and vindictive!
    I would get a very good belly laugh at reading about someone jumping up and beating him unconscious with a bible.

  • Hue-Man

    I’m reposting this week’s cover of The Economist, in case it got lost in the JMG attacks. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1917f0a741e052fc77e78951c51946c6eb222231626a28cc0a4fe1929d781ec5.jpg

  • bcarter3

    Now about that “Adulterers must be stoned” thing…

  • ultragreen

    Except most able-bodied adults on food stamps (aka SNAP) DO work at Walmart and other low-wage places. Nonetheless, they are still living in poverty because Republicans refuse to increase the minimum wage.

  • 2patricius2

    Ah, yes, The saying is that the devil can cite Scripture to his purpose. In the letter of James, it says: “And if a brother or a sister be naked and in want of daily food, and one of you say to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ yet you do not give them what is necessary for the body, what does it profit?'”

    So some people who can afford to buy food are collecting food stamps? But who are the big moochers? Who are the moochers in chief? We can start with the family of #45, and cast a net to the millionaire CEOs of health care companies, and the moocher rich politicians who collect salaries, and benefits, and lifetime health benefits and pensions, and extend the net ever wider to the companies that pay no taxes, etc., etc. But somehow jerks such as this well-off House Rethug Rep targets the many who are in need, to cut off the few who might be mooching food stamps, while giving a pass to himself and his buddies in power.

    • Ross

      Amen.

  • Ross

    My father is a carpenter. The construction industry is the first hit in an economic downturn.

    In the 1960s there was a devastating downturn. We were soon broke, even though my father was daily scrambling for work.

    At one point my parent’s had no choice but to apply for food stamp to feed their four kids.

    My mother was MORTIFIED handing over the stamps at the grocery store. I was MORTIFIED standing behind her.

    But those food stamps kept us fed until things picked up. Decades later my mother still talked about that dark period and her utter humiliation. “I was SO glad the day we no longer needed the stamps!”

    So, to Republican Jodey Arrington: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ab26305d71a2fda180f7d8cef2f1804a6543cdbeb6f6a29a97a1453eda37591a.png

    • clay

      Back when Bob Dole was running against Arlen Specter for the GOP presidential nom (1996?), Dole started saying nasty things about “lazy” people on welfare, until Specter (formerly the only Jews in Russell, KS) reminded him that Specter’s father had signed the county welfare checks for Dole’s family during the depression.

      • Ross

        Smack!

        Great story. Thank you.

  • TexasBoy

    According to Ezekiel, Mr. Arrington must be a “Sodomite:”
    “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.”

  • Clive Johnson

    We need a lawmaker who, when hearing this troglodyte madness, might say in reply,

    “I hereby introduce bill H666. It reads:

    Ezekiel 23:20

    There she lusted after her lovers, whose cocks were like those of donkeys and whose ejaculate was like that of horses.

    Since my Republican colleagues seem to believe that randomly chosen Bible passages, or any Bible passages whatsoever, should replace common decency and sympathy for our fellow humans in determining public policy, I’m submitting bill H666, which will require the recitation of Ezekiel 23:20 at the beginning of each day of the session. Such recitation shall be included in any public broadcasting that would normally occur with any legislative matter; and it will be done in a manner such that its volume and clarity shall make it audible to everyone in the chamber.”

    • 2patricius2

      One of my very favorite passages. And I have never heard it read in church.

  • Nowhereman

    Here’s the deal, Jodey:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    What this means is that this is NOT a christian nation, and your buybull cannot and will not be used to to make legal decisions or enact laws. Being poor is not a crime. Being unemployed or underemployed does not mean that people are lazy and looking for a handout. And since you call yourself a christian, I’d recommend that you look into what Jesus said about “the least of us”. Yes, the poor will always be with us. The main reason for that is that the greedy and filthy rich will always be with us, keeping us poor.

    • clay

      Wait, he was supposed to read that BEFORE he swore to uphold it?

  • MonochromeMouse

    If the republicans are so concerned about poor people being unemployed why don’t they create some kind of program to help find poor unemployed people decent jobs instead of punishing them for being poor and unemployed?

    • $7.25 min wage in Georgia. People are dining in country clubs!

  • Friday

    Shockingly, Republicans, if you starve and bankrupt and sicken and evict people, it doesn’t actually improve their productivity.

  • I keep forgetting that God hates the poor. It’s his woos son who bleeds all over them.

  • RJ Tremor

    I was on them for awhile, mainly because money around the house was tight with dad’s illness and a lack of jobs where we were. The folks suggested to try on a whim, and I was surprised to be allowed on the program. Would I go back? Nah. For me and the parents, it was a quality of life perk where I could buy my own food and they didn’t have to worry about getting anything for me. Having a job is superior, by far. That said, if one’s in my position and simply can’t find a job, it’s no sin to have some help.

  • lattebud

    According the the Bible, I must sleep with someone to stay warm

    “Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecclesiastes 4:11

    • Ben in Oakland

      Obviously, they never heard of Freddy Fist and the Lonesome nights.

  • CraigNJ

    I always love these new guys. They think they are so clever finding something to use as a weapon in the bibull that no one else ever thought of using before. Except it has been tried before, over and over but these theocrats live in a different reality than the rest of us.

  • Hank

    Gee, how “Christian” can you get!!! This good Jewish boychik, has been traveling in Italy, from Rome to Naples to Sicily. I have, in the last week been in Vatican City and more Churches than I can count on my fingers and toes!! I would NEVER equate work with being fed!!! If they want people to eat, then create WELL PAYING JOBS!!!

  • fuzzybits
  • DesertSun59

    Anyone in our gov’t who cites Bronze or Roman Age religious edicts, rules, regulations or laws as a precedent for or foundation for OUR secular civilization is in need of a rubber room.

    • edrex

      actually, they need to be voted out of office.

  • 3-Star
  • JT

    GOP US House Rep On Food Stamps: The Bible Says If You’re Unemployed, You Don’t Get To Eat

    Why don’t you shove that golden idol up your ass?

  • CatCope

    I’m surprised this Asshat didn’t say “If you’re hungry, eat the bible. It’s full of a lot of good stuff”.

    • grada3784

      They sent all the Bibles that tasted good down to Haiti to help out after the problems there.

  • Chris Gardner

    Yeah, remember that time in the Bible when Jesus fed all those people and healed all those sick folks but first stopped to ask each one if they were worthy or deserving of His help? Me neither.

    It is really easy to shut these people up. If you say you don’t believe in God, they will simply ignore everything you say but if you ask them about those verses where Jesus told His followers to help the sick and the needy, they really can’t respond except to get pissed.

    Matthew 25:34-40
    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    • GeoffreyPS

      Funny part to me is that he quoted the New Testament to a representative from a group that doesn’t believe in the New Testament. Du-du-dumb!

    • Quoting Thessolians is NOT quoting Jesus. It was written by Paul.

  • PabloDali

    So put the starving children in work camps and force them to pick grapes at Trump’s vineyard for their gruel ?

  • John Calendo

    As Jesus said, blessed be the hard of heart …

  • Gianni

    Once again, let us demonstrate our faith in and dedication to the holy and infallible word of God by using it to support our desire to fuck over as many people out there as we possibly can. I can support denying aid to able-bodied men and women who are lazy and just want to milk the system for all they can, but to suggest that all those in need are in that category is nuts.

  • Rick Zajac

    Read your Bible again you fucking asshole. Good God Almighty why are republicans such morons? Now look at what you made me do! I have to go to confession again.

  • e jerry powell

    It doesn’t seem as though Mitt Romney has been missing many meals, right?

  • Robert Conner

    And here’s AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s favorite Bible verse:

    “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5)

    • sandollar_man

      Yeah. And there’s this little gem:

      “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
      But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” – Numbers 31:17-18 KJV

  • LarryChemEngr

    Like we all need more examples of how Bible Thumpers are often the most un-Christian assholes you’ll ever meet.

  • yes b’y
  • JCF
  • rowdymutt

    And this, folks, is MY motherfucking congressman!

    • TampaDink

      Deepest condolences.

  • canoebum

    I’m sure he’s also for a Federal Living Wage Law that will allow people who do work full time to actually be able to feed their families. I’m sure he is. He must be.

  • Matt

    What the fuck kind of name is “Jodey”?

  • MountainBoy

    Matthew 25:35 ESV / 876 helpful votes

    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

    Isaiah 58:10 ESV / 547 helpful votes

    If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

  • He left out the rest of the verse: “Unless he is the offspring of a wealthy man. Then he can eat as much as he likes, not work at all, and get a lower tax rate on his dividend income than the person whose income comes from work.”