Local Republican Party Under Fire After Posting This To Its Facebook Page

The openly leftist site Talking Points Memo recently alerted its readers to the fact that Oklahoma’s Republican Party recently shared an anecdote on Facebook. In an effort to demonstrate the fallacy of liberal welfare programs, many conservatives have pointed to the fact that wildlife parks urge visitors not to feed animals, lest they become dependent.

Variations of this point have been made numerous times, generally with the goal of exposing governmental hypocrisy and not, as TPM’s Catherine Thompson suggested, “comparing food stamp recipients to animals.”

Nevertheless, she featured a screenshot of the now-deleted Facebook post, which stated:

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends todays lesson in irony #OKGOP

The passage is very similar to an image of a newspaper clip that has circulated online for years:

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Thompson hammered the organization on one point, explaining that 2013’s welfare expenditure was actually slightly higher than last year’s total.

“But the factual error presumably wasn’t why the post was deleted,” she wrote.

A clarification was posted to the group’s Facebook page Tuesday, as was a subsequent statement by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

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CaptureShould this group be expected to apologize for sharing a social media meme? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Incredible: Teen Crossed The Last Item Off Her Bucket List, But It Cost Her Her Life

A 17-year-old Connecticut girl was tragically killed earlier this month in a car accident. The act also completed the third and final item on a “bucket list” written over two years ago.

After watching fireworks in Danbury, Conn., on July 2, Rebecca Townsend and her friend, Benjamin Arne, 17, were struck by 23-year-old driver Krista Consalva (who was driving a 2007 Hyundai Elantra), Newstimes reported. Townsend pushed Arne out of the way of the vehicle, saving his life but ending hers.

Rebecca was on track to attend Notre Dame University in the fall.

When Arne was released from the hospital, he explained it was Townsend who saved his life. “He said, ‘The last thing I remember is Rebecca pushing me and telling me to hurry up,’” Rebecca’s sister Victoria explained to BuzzFeed. After Rebecca’s death, her sisters and cousins found the bucket list in her room while reminiscing about her life. It was written as a sophomore class assignment:

Image Credit: Facebook/Buzzfeed

Image Credit: Facebook/BuzzfeedIt reads:

It reads:

  • Kiss in the rain
  • Fly to Spain
  • Save a life (not really scary though)

Rebecca had recently been to Spain and had kissed her boyfriend in the rain. By saving Arne’s life, she had completed the list. “It was a little sign that she was okay,” Victoria told BuzzFeed. “She was just full of love and full of kindness and compassion.” In her memory, her family established the “Remembering Rebecca” Facebook page in order to “remember Rebecca by going out and doing something that matters,” Rachel Hofstetter, Rebecca’s cousin, told BuzzFeed.

Rebecca Townsend was tragically called from this earth on Thursday, July 2nd. She brought immense joy to everybody whose lives she touched and is missed tremendously. This account is now a memorial to Rebecca to keep her memories alive. Rebecca loved charity and supported @shesthefirst at her high school. In Rebecca’s honor, we ask that you tell others about her, pass on acts of kindness and treat everybody around you the way Rebecca would have, and truly live every day with joy and gratitude. You are welcome to post about Rebecca or about your acts of kindness on your account and tag #rememberingrebecca to carry on her legacy. For those grieving, please reach out to your friends and family and know that you are never alone. Rest in peace, sweet Rebecca.

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Here are just two examples of what people said they would do to “Remember Rebecca”:

I was so touched by what Rebecca did. Bless her soul! So, I decided to do something I have been wanting to do, but have not had the courage until now… I registered to be a bone marrow donor. I hope that one day I can help save someone, just like Rebecca did.

Just shared my umbrella with a stranger walking home ‪#‎rememberingrebecca‬ in rainy England

How are you going to remember Rebecca? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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If You Thought Facebook’s Rainbow Pictures Were Over The Top, This Could Be Worse

Social media giant Facebook has long advanced measures aimed at inclusivity, specifically related to gender issues. Western Journalism reported a site development last year that offered users 50 gender titles with which to identify, including “androgynous” and “gender fluid.”

In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, Facebook offered rainbow filters for users to apply to their profile pictures in support of the ruling. The implementation of that feature, while popular, led to speculation that it was the company’s latest effort to influence the behavior of its users.

According to CNN, Facebook’s latest move was subtle but deliberate. The longstanding icons used to denote friends and groups on the site were recently resigned to more prominently feature the female silhouette.

Designer Caitlin Winner explained that she began the process with a narrow goal of adding a shoulder to the female figure.

“The lady icon needed a shoulder,” she recalled, “so I drew it in – and so began my many-month descent into the rabbit hole of icon design.”

The result of her months of labor is a very similar icon that notably features a woman in front of a man – reversing the previous order.

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Unsatisfied with the “friends” icon, Winner next set her sights on the “groups” icon, which formerly depicted a man in the center, flanked by a woman and another man. Her new design put a woman front and center.

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While she acknowledged she expected to be excoriated over her female-dominant redesigns, Winner said she was pleasantly surprised by the reaction.

“Instead,” she said, “and somewhat magically, the new icons began to appear in new products across the company and our many platforms.”

h/t: CNN

Has Facebook’s inclusivity campaign gone too far? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch And See Why This Woman’s EPIC Advice For Avoiding Shark Attacks Is Going Viral

First, to avoid any misunderstanding that might lead to nasty comments, let me say a few things. This is in NO way intended to make light of the horrible shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina (another one reported just today); this is certainly NOT meant to endorse the video maker’s admonition about venturing into the ocean at coastal vacation spots; and this must be viewed with the caveat NOT to record yourself on a cellphone video while you’re driving. Okay, that said…

Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate has posted a short video to her Facebook page that offers “Summer Safety Tips” and has been viewed well over 1.7 million times…in just three days! Identifying herself as a School Counselor at the Hamilton County Department of Education in Tennessee, Veronica-Pooh has a gift – a real gift for making selfie videos that lots and lots of people really, really like.

And apparently, this gifted video star is a big-time meat eater (now c’mon, that’s really not a size joke) who follows the gastronomic gospel of something called the “Meat Ministry.” And, oh yes, she’s also quite a believer in the Divine Power of the Almighty who made the oceans as the “sharks’ house” and quite possibly, according to Veronica-Pooh, a domain to be avoided by mere mortals.

With prayers for a speedy recovery of the shark-bite victims (today’s attack off Ocracoke Island marks the seventh incident on North Caolina beaches in June and July), we invite you to click on the video above and heed the words of caution from Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate.

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This Firefighter Posted A 12 Word Facebook Comment… Automatically Lost His Job

A volunteer Texas firefighter lost his job after writing a comment on Facebook in the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting.

Kurtis Cook, a 23 year veteran of the Mabank Fire Department, wrote: “He needs to be praised for the good deed he has done” on a South Carolina newspaper’s Facebook page about the shooting. A social media firestorm followed, with calls for him to be fired and death threats made against his family.

Cook told local ABC affiliate KLTV News that his comment was taken entirely out of context.

“When I was looking at the threads and, you know, I was just reading down and there was a person there [Wyatt] that posted, was donating a large sum of money to the victims, so I just said ‘This person ought to be praised for his good deed,’” Cook explains.

A screenshot taken of the Facebook post that went viral does not include comments preceding Cook’s, and the post is no longer available. Cook has since taken down his Facebook page. KLTV called the newspaper, which was unable to find the original thread.

Image Credit: Twitter/@NYDailyNews

Image Credit: Twitter/@NYDailyNews

On Friday, Cook was asked to come to the firehouse with all of his equipment to discuss a Facebook post he had made.

“We had no idea what kind of comment on Facebook he would have made that would offend anyone,” his wife, Andrea, said.

Cook went to the station, and his fire chief–Ricky Myrick–questioned him about the post. Cook responded by asking what the problem was.

An hour after announcing on Facebook the station was investigating the matter, it posted that Cook had been terminated.

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Cook said he did not put up a fight with the fire department because “They were getting so much pressure over there that I just went ahead and just let them go ahead and resign me, or terminate me, so they could go ahead and move on with the fire department.”

“The investigation happened so quickly it was almost like Kurtis didn’t have time to defend himself,” his wife said.

KLTV News reported that Cook eagerly agreed to be interviewed regarding his Facebook post because media coverage was “making me look like I’m standing with this comment, like I’m supporting this Dylann guy, and I would never do that. I’m not racist, never been racist.” he said.

“You can’t put your opinions out there anymore, because somewhere somebody’s going to take that the wrong way and then they’re going to run with it, and that’s what’s happened here,” he added.

Cook was firefighter of the year in 2009 and 2010. “And now I’ll never be a fireman again,” he lamented. “I’m going to lose my full time job and I’m going to have to relocate,” he said through tears. “I’m not trying to just ‘do damage control.’ I’m just telling you the side of the story where I came from on this.”

The fire chief explained that the department has a strict policy on posting on social media and that all members are warned of this and urged to be careful of what they post.

IJReview reached out to Chief Myrick regarding Cook’s claim that it was a misunderstanding.

Myrick responded: “We have a zero tolerance policy on social media so when we start getting slack out of it, we start going down hard. As much slack as we had on this, we had no other option. It didn’t say Kurt Cook on it — it said Mabank fire fighter. It represented me…and I got the blame for it.”

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