The real reason some people are poor

The real reason some people are poor
Trisha Lovetrove, a blogger at The Huffington Post, wrote a post about having to lie to her local food bank about why she was in need of free food. When I first read the post, I nearly thought it was something satirical from The Onion. It’s not.

From the post:

See, that’s the problem. My husband has a job — a good job considering the economy and our location. I take on small jobs as I can find them to work from home, or where I’m able to take my youngest with me. And yet when it comes down to all of our bills — utilities, rent, insurance, gasoline, medication, clothes and those unpredictable mishaps that seem to plague low-income families — we just don’t have enough left over to feed us all. We are working — but we’re just barely making it. All of our bills have set amounts that must be paid for us to keep our other necessities. How much we spend on food any given week is the only thing I can control.

Trisha Lovetrove doesn’t have a job, not really. She states she’s only willing to take “small” jobs that she can either work at home or take her youngest child with her. With those restrictions, it’s a wonder she’s able to find any type of work. She says that her husband has a “good” job, If you go to her personal Blogger blog, you find out that her husband commutes an hour each way for a job that pays less than $13 an hour.

That’s not a good job.

Plus, the cost of gas, let alone general wear and tear, makes commuting that far economically unfeasible.

The main reason Trisha Lovetrove and her husband are poor is because they decided to have two children before they could afford them. She wouldn’t need to lie to a food bank, let alone use one, if she didn’t have two children to care for. Without children, she could go out and get a full-time job. Without children, she wouldn’t have any excuses for not seeking regular, full-time employment.

People should only have children when they can afford them. It seems simple and obvious, but unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be.

Why would anyone enjoy killing a duck?

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For about a week now, a couple of ducks, one male and one female, have been hanging out in our backyard. The female will walk around finding stuff to eat while the male stands watch protecting her.

I enjoy watching them from the computer room window. I think they’re magnificent and beautiful creatures. I have to wonder why some people enjoy killing them.

I just don’t get that. If my hobby involved killing defenseless animals, especially animals as awesome as ducks, I’d find a new hobby.

If you’re thinking of getting MLB.TV, don’t waste your money

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I subscribed to MLB.TV at the beginning of this year’s baseball season, like I did last year. For less than $25 a month, among other things, I get to watch Los Angeles Dodgers games on either my TV via my Roku streaming player or on a computer, laptop, or mobile device.

I really enjoyed having it last year. This year, not so much.

I’ve watched two games on my TV via the Roku, one live and one the day after and the picture quality wasn’t as good as I remember it being last year. It’s billed as being HD, but it seems somewhat pixellated. I don’t remember any issues with the picture quality last year.

mlb.tv.mini.modeOn the computer, it just doesn’t work. I woke up early this morning and tried to watch yesterday’s home opener against the San Francisco Giants. It took forever for the game to load. It showed that it was loading at 33% for at least 10 minutes. When it finally did load, I was able to watch only the beginning of the first inning and then the game just disappeared. The player went to a black screen. It’s been that way now for at least 30 minutes.

I don’t know why MLB.TV doesn’t work like it did last year. I have to wonder if the WWE Network has something to do with it. MLB Advanced Media, the limited partnership made up of baseball club owners, handles everything Internet related for MLB, including the streaming of games. They’re also providing the streaming services to the new WWE Network.

I thought I might have better luck installing the MLB.TV app for Windows 8. I installed the app, but before I could even try to watch yesterday’s game, the outcome was completely ruined for me:

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I don’t know if there’s a way to turn the score off so that it doesn’t spoil the game’s outcome, but at this point, I really don’t care. I will be cancelling MLB.TV, and I guess, going back to watching Orioles games like a regular person living in western Maryland.

Would the Eagles have cut DeSean Jackson if they thought the Redskins would sign him?

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The Philidelpia Eagles cut receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday and the Washington Redskins signed him Tuesday night to a three-year deal for $24 million, $16 million of that guaranteed. Jackson turned 27 in December and just came off his best season, racking up 1,332 yards receiving and scoring nine touchdowns.

Jackson made $750,000 in 2012 and $6.75 million in 2013. The Eagles would have been paying him $10.5 million in 2014 if they had not cut him.

This seems like a stupid move on the part of the Eagles and a smart move on the part of the Redskins. Not only did Jackson go to a division rival, Jackson is a genuine, bonafide playmaker. The Redskins will have two quality receivers for Robert Griffin III to chuck the ball to. Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon had 113 catches for 1,346 yards last year. If I was a defensive back in he NFL, I wouldn’t look forward to playing the Redskins.

Supposedly Jackson caused a lot of problems behind-the-scenes when he was with the Eagles. There were reports that he was often late to mandatory team meetings and he would sometimes pout when he perceived things were not going his way. The horror! There was also a “chemistry” problem between Jackson and Coach Chip Kelly, whatever that means. There was even a report that Jackson was a member of the Crips, a notorious Los Angles area street gang.

If I was an Eagles fan, I’d be pretty ticked off right now.

I hate April Fools Day

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Today is April 1st, also known as April Fools Day. It’s the one day a year people who are not particularly all that funny attempt to crack wise by making something up that isn’t true, and passing it off as fact. For instance, telling someone they have full blown AIDS when they really don’t. It’s dumb, it’s annoying, and it’s never really funny.

Like a lot of things, the Internet has made the April Fools Day a lot worse. Unfunny people take to the Internet to post their unfunny crap.

I just don’t get it. How is the act of you telling me something that is not true, and me believing it because I trust you, make me a fool?