HARD HEARTS OF AMERICA, GEORGIA EDITION

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to keep the holiday spirit alive—you know, by caring for those in need and setting a shining example of kindness and compassion in all you do.

Unless, of course, you are Republican representative Jack Kingston of Georgia, whose compassion follows the Dickensian model of Ebenezer Scrooge. A few weeks ago he came up with what he thought was a splendid idea. One that would teach those poor unfortunate spongers innocent children the value of a dollar.

In other words, his proposal was for poor spongers innocent children to earn their “free lunch” by doing some kind of manual labor in their schools.

That’s right, this sanctimonious jerk is so incensed that poor innocent children be given food to help them learn and grow that he expects them to work for it.

He’s blaming children for being poor.

“One of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria — and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money,” this good Samaritan said. “But think what we would gain as a society in getting people — getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”

Wow. Just wow.

I sincerely doubt that a hungry 6-year-old, whose parents are struggling to find a job paying a living wage, would do a good job sweeping up after her classmates. Not only is it ludicrous to ask a child to do a “job” in his or her school, but it would be utterly humiliating, thumping down a cruel, clear line dividing the haves and the have-nots.

Kingston’s disgusting assumption that poor = sponging off your tax dollars is ridiculously naïve. I suggest he spend a week of his holiday vacation time working at a minimum-wage job so he can get a better idea of what it’s like to be poor.

Although he already is…where it counts.

LIKE A ROLLING STONE, 1965 VERSION

You never know what you’re going to find in an estate sale. In a box marked “Found,” some lucky duck got a box containing 23 candid snapshots of the Rolling Stones during the southern leg of their 1965 US tour.

Brian Jones doing a handstand by the pool. Four years later he was dead in another pool

These snaps are a hoot—Mick and the gang relaxing by the pool of inexpensive motels. No stylists, bodyguards, screaming fans, drug dealers, or attitude to be found.

I’ll bet this was the first and last time any of the Stones stayed in the Manger Motor Lodge in Savannah, Georgia.

Take a look at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2209114/The-Rolling-Stones-Unseen-pictures-taken-achieved-global-success.html#ixzz27c9Q84sV