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Clemson Football Wins National Title And All The White House Gave Them To Eat Was Fast Food

The classic challenge coaches give us when playing sports is that if we can pull off the impossible, they’ll treat us to a steak dinner of some kind. It carries a level of achievement because we get to feast on an expensive, tasty cut of meat to reward our athletic feats.

That’s almost completely the opposite of what Clemson University got during their recent trip to the White House.

Maybe it was because of the government shutdown tightening budgets, or maybe it was because the President thinks that fast food is an actual reward. Whatever the case, the Clemson football team got a massive serving of fast food staples as their reward for winning a national title and getting to meet the President.

According to Reuters reporter Roberta Rampton, the President paid out of pocket for the fast food feast because most of the White House residence staff were furloughed as a part of the shutdown. That meant that Clemson football got to snack on Filet-o-Fishes, fast food salads, Wendy’s burgers, and McDonald’s Quarter Pounders, based on photos that Rampton took.

This is Clemson’s second national title (and White House visit) in the past 3 years. Last time, The Morning Call reports that they were treated to “the best finger food I ever had,” as one player in attendance put it. Shrimp were among the delicacies offered back then, so for any returning Clemson football players, the spread of McDonald’s and Wendy’s was clearly a step down of what they were used to.

Not the feast you dream of when getting to go to such an illustrious place as the White House. Apparently, Clemson’s team ate most of what was available though, so at least they didn’t leave the tour hungry.

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Trump Stamps Out SNAP Production for Unfinished Proposal

With the newly proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, President Donald Trump is attempting to steer America’s hungry population down a road with no pavement, speed limit, or direction.

The newly proposed, “America’s Harvest Box” project, aims to deliver all that a family would need, in terms of nutrition, without the hassle of choosing your food for yourself via food stamps. It seems making America great again means controlling even the most basic of human functions — finding your own food.

By taking that one factor of agency away from the people that might need that freedom the most, Trump is effectively force feeding a nation with these “Harvest Boxes.”

Fiscally, it’s fraught with doublespeak and underlying costs.

Reducing the Department of Agriculture’s budget by nearly 30 percent, or over $200 billion, in the next 10 years, with only four pages of text is reckless. Changing the way people eat their food should take a little longer than a college newspaper’s length to be deemed a considerable amount.

The idea alone seems Orwellian; having a pre-packaged box of food delivered to your doorstep instead of being able to choose for yourself makes the recipients seem like inmates.

Recipients of food stamps have long since adjusted to the workings of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), yet the entire system is up for a rehaul with this new proposal.

While SNAP doesn’t live up to its idealistic standards, it got the job done. One of the problems with SNAP was the restrictions on what families can and can’t buy from certain stores. Things like diapers or other hygienic household supplies seem to be missing from the list of available purchases for these families.

However, that one problem doesn’t require a complete overhaul of a system that’s been helping families survive and thrive. Such families were still able to buy what foods they personally needed, accounting for allergies and certain nutritional needs.

But with the Harvest Box, these particulars are dismissed entirely. Each house will be receiving the same box full of, “shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables,” according to the USDA.

It seems President Trump’s already assumed detached perception of reality is verified as he sees the over 16 million households to be identical in their diets.

The idea, as quoted by the White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, is akin to that of the Blue Apron program, whose stocks fell lower than Trump’s approval ratings in 2017, and hasn’t been able to keep a customer longer than 2 years.

With more than 41 million people eligible for the box, this plan needs to get some fine tuning and have some questions answered, like whether or not the shipping costs will be covered, or whether or not it can accommodate food allergies or religious specificities.

Though the nutritional and food security these SNAP recipients have been granted thus far hasn’t been stellar, it still has been working for them.

Seeing as the amount of people receiving SNAP benefits has lessened since 2016 shows that despite controversy, the program is helping those in need of it, and that’s something to be optimistic about.

The administration posits that the change is due in part of the rate of fraud going on with the cards that SNAP recipients use. However, the rate of fraud in these cases is less than 2 percent, or less than $3 billion, according to the USDA.

With no consideration to specifics or attention to the public, these changes are nothing more than the transcribed pontifications of an old, delusional and out-of-touch President.

Thankfully, this proposal is just that, a proposal, and any chance of it actually coming to fruition lays in the hands of Congress, which hopefully has enough sense to see through this feckless idea.

Photo: Salvation Army USA West // Flickr

 

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KFC Trolls McDonald’s While Reminding Us We All Might Die Soon

There’s nothing like a restaurant using the real-life threat of nuclear war to put up a perfectly timed tweet that not only takes shots at a major competitor, but conveniently advertises its menu.

KFC UK and Ireland took direct cues from a President Donald Trump tweet where he basically told North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un that the U.S. has bigger nukes than they do, in the most terrifying game of chicken you’ll ever see.

Aside from making light our certain dystopian future, KFC used Trump’s tweet format to take a shot at McDonald’s, saying:

“McDonald’s leader Ronald just stated he has a “burger on his desk at all times”. Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his, and mine has gravy!

McDonald’s has not responded to the tweet because they either feel they don’t need to, or they’re afraid of an attack from KFC, led by Colonel Sanders and his military prowess.

There’s nothing like memes and gravy to diffuse a nuclear situation.

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DC Bar Selling ‘You’re Fired’ Happy Hour Drinks Every Time Trump Fires Someone

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Regardless of how you may feel about our current political situation, you can still drink to celebrate or gripe over recent events. One bar aims to help you out there with its “You’re Fired” happy hour special.

The Bird, a bar in Washington D.C. that has some legit fried chicken, recently started offering the drink special. Every time the President fires a White House official, happy hour drinks will be available for $4 each. This marks a 50% slash in prices from their normal happy hour, which occurs weekdays from 4-7 pm and weekends 3-6 pm. The bar’s first “You’re Fired” happy hour occurred this past Friday, when white nationalist adviser Stephen Bannon was shown the door. Judging from Twitter photos of the event, the happy hour is going to be a success for ages to come.

Of course, Twitter had several questions for The Bird following their first rendition of the happy hour. What would happen if two officials were canned on the same day? Furthermore, what if the President himself resigned?

While we don’t know answers to those questions, we can definitely get behind this hilarious drinking deal.

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Ben & Jerry’s Rips Donald Trump For Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Accord

Yesterday, Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, making us just one of three nations worldwide no longer actively taking steps to combat climate change.

Since then, many have called out Donald Trump on his fallacious decision, but nobody has been as harsh on him as Ben & Jerry’s has. The ice cream company launched a scathing satirical post entitled “6 Reasons Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement Was Totally, Definitely the Right Move” that hammers Trump by highlighting the consequences of turning his back on global climate change efforts. One of the harshest parts of the article include ingredient replacements like “human despair,” “penguin meat,” and “covfefe” for when climate change wipes out the ability to cultivate cocoa or vanilla for our most beloved ice cream flavors.

Ben & Jerry’s didn’t stop at that post. An open letter from CEO Jostein Solheim published in the Huffington Post calls out Trump for putting the US on the “wrong side of history” and noting that the global economy is moving towards clean, renewable energy, even if the so-called leader of the free world is refusing to head in that direction.

The overall message that Ben & Jerry’s gets across is clear: Despite Donald Trump’s misguided actions to damage our global reputation as a leader in the fight against climate change, the world won’t halt its efforts to reduce pollution and emissions that our country was instrumental in producing. And neither will many of the companies within the United States that have taken up that fight as well.

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Bar Puts Up A Wall And Hands Out ‘Green Cards’ For Cinco de Mayo

Dear God, this stunt couldn’t have been any dumber unless the bar had an ICE truck on standby.

Paul Hennessey of Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, California thought he’d make a statement on immigration by putting up an inflatable wall for guests to climb and grab a “green card” at the top. The green card was a voucher for one free drink on May 5 and had “Citizenship in progress,” printed on it.

 

 

Whose mans is this?

Hennessey claimed that it was a way to protest Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall, but very few people saw it that way, and let their disapproval be known through Hennessey’s Facebook and Yelp page.

The hate got so bad that Yelp posted an “Active Cleanup Alert,” as the hate was pouring in and affected the bar’s rating.

Hennessey tried defending himself, whitesplaining the publicity stunt, and saying that their intentions were misinterpreted — but what about in 2015, when they posted this Cinco de Mayo picture of a white woman in a sombrero and fake mustache? What a fantastic representation of Mexican culture:

I’m not saying this guy hates Mexicans, but these attempts at celebrating Cinco de Mayo are tasteless, and on the same level as frat kids who think it’s funny to play dress up and pretend to be Mexican for a day.

Whether his heart was in the right place or not, this was absolutely the wrong approach to a sensitive issue, and it doesn’t look like he realizes that with his half-assed Facebook apology.

This might blow over, and he might continue to run his bar, living his life like normal, but Mexicans will still be unjustly discriminated against, killed, and jailed. Hennessey’s micro-aggressions will do nothing to fix that.

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Watch This Guy Try To Stop Actual Violent Protest With Pepsi

Just a few weeks back, Pepsi released an uninspiring and tone deaf video where superstar model Kendall Jenner stops a potentially violent protest with a can of Pepsi.

In that same spirit, when hundreds of protesters got rowdy during a “Patriots Day” rally in Berkeley, Calif., one brave soul sought to end the violence with cans of Pepsi in hand.

YouTuber Vito Gesualdi was literally in the middle of the protest, as there were Oakland PD in riot gear, violent fights erupting, and items being thrown left and right. Someone had to stop the madness, so walking through all this tensed-up rioters, Gesualdi offered the cans of soda to anyone and everyone he could.

This guy was literally walking up to fights on the floor, and geared-up police officers, all for the sake of making a beautifully constructed video, which perfectly illustrates just how stupid the original Pepsi ad was.

Thankfully Gesualdi didn’t get hurt with this comedic stunt, but he also didn’t stop the violence, which is a bummer.

Peep the full video below:

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Hacker Calls Out Donald Trump From McDonald’s Official Twitter Account

McDonald’s needs to step up on their tech game.

A few months out of seeing one of their drive-thru intercoms getting hacked, the fast food chain’s Twitter account was apparently hacked this morning.

Whoever was able to get into McDonald’s Twitter account used it as a megaphone for their feelings about current President Donald Trump and how they’d like to see former President Barack Obama back in office.

The tweet was deleted within a half an hour, but not before getting over 1,000 retweets and picking up coverage across the Internet, according to NPR.

Trump supporters took to their usual internet outcry upon discovering the tweet, with many predictably calling for a boycott of the fast food giant.

McDonald’s has control of their account back now and announced that their account was hacked and that an investigation is being conducted to determine exactly who was responsible.

Now that McDonald’s has confirmed they didn’t tweet out the message, maybe the #BoycottMcDonalds tweets will stop coming?

I mean, President Trump does love himself a good McDonald’s burger.