This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy discuss the Manchester bombing, Trump’s overseas trip, and his budget that is definitely going to kill us all!

The religion of pieces is at it again. This time the target was an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The attack was perpetrated by Salman Abedi whose family background according to the Telegraph is as follows:

Born and raised in Manchester in 1994, Abedi, the second youngest of four children, grew up in a Muslim household but matured into a university dropout with an appetite for bloodshed.

His parents, mother Samia Tabbal and father Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, are Libyan-born refugees who fled to the UK to escape Gaddafi. It is thought they returned in 2011 following Gaddafi’s overthrow.

Abedi is thought to have an older brother Ismail Abedi, who was born in Westminster in 1993, a younger brother Hashim Abedi, and a sister Jomana, whose Facebook profile suggests she is from Tripoli and lives in Manchester.

A family friend, who asked not to be named, said the family were known to the Libyan community in the city and described Abedi as “normal”.

He told the Press Association: “He was always friendly, nothing to suggest (he was violent). He was normal, to be honest.”

Abedi is believed to have attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque.

Sheikh Mohammad Saeed said he believed Abedi had displayed a “face of hate” after the imam gave a sermon denouncing terrorism.

A suicide bomber, who killed 22 people being described as “friendly”, makes you sick doesn’t it?

Was it a family affair? In the aftermath of the bombing, two of Salman’s brothers and his father have been arrested. According to ABC News:

A brother of Salman Abedi, Hashem Abedi, was detained in Libya after the attack. Libyan authorities had been following Hashem Abedi for a month and a half because of suspected links to ISIS, said Ahmed Dagdoug, the spokesman for Libya’s counterterror forces.

During interrogation, Hashem Abedi revealed that he knew his brother was going to carry out an attack, but he did not know where or when, Dagdoug said.

Hashem Abedi also revealed that he knew exactly how the bomb was made, Dagdoug said, and that he believes that Salman created the device by himself. He said that he provided some assistance to his brother, but added no specific details about how.

Dagdoug said a network was involved in planning the attack.

The brothers came to Libya on April 18 and Salman Abedi departed on May 17, Dagdoug said, but it’s not clear at this time if Salman went to Syria.

Salman Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, was also arrested in Libya.

Another one of the suspect’s brothers, 23-year-old Ismail Abedi, was arrested in Manchester, a security official confirmed to ABC News.

The question now becomes, how does the United States “drive out” the would-be suicide bombers who are undoubtedly living amongst us?

Should Trump follow the lead of Duterte,the President of the Philippines? This is the way he is dealing with the Islamists infestation in his country according to Breitbart:

 “Checkpoints will be allowed. Searches will be allowed. Arrest without a warrant will be allowed in Mindanao,” Duterte explained. “And I do not need to secure any search warrant or a warrant of arrest. If you are identified positively on the other side, you can be arrested and detained.”

“Anyone caught possessing a gun and confronting us with violence, my orders are shoot to kill. I will not hesitate to do it,” he vowed. “If I think that you should die, you will die. If you fight us, you will die. If there is an open defiance, you will die.”

“Anyone now holding a gun, confronting government with violence, my orders are spare no one, let us solve the problems of Mindanao once and for all. Do not force my hands into it,” he added. Duterte added that he was mulling an order to allow civilians to use their legally purchased guns against Maute terrorists and carry them publicly to deter violence.

Or should the President heed the wise words of Katy Perry and “just coexist” with jihadis?

Or maybe we should follow the compassionate advice of Don Lemon and turn our televisions down.

President Trump’s overseas trip has been a smashing success. We know this because the media has dedicated most of their coverage to silly things like Melania slapping the President’s hand.

How scandalous!

While President Trump was abroad, his first budget was released. If the Democrats are to be believed, it’s going to kill us all! The NY Post editorial board begs to differ writing:

Relax: President Trump’s new budget won’t leave people starving or bleeding in the streets.

Yes, it brought media hysteria: The plan would “drive millions” off food stamps, screamed an Associated Press story. It “cuts deeply into Medicaid and anti-poverty efforts,” cried the New York Times.

In fact, the budget’s $4.1 trillion in outlays amount to 21.3 percent of the economy — more than in any of the last four Obama years and in line with much of the past few decades.

And the cuts would just bring some anti-poverty programs closer to pre-2009 levels.

Take food stamps: In 2007, 26 million people got them. Add in all the other government programs, soup kitchens and various charities, and no one really had to go hungry back then.

 

Last year, 44 million people received food stamps. If you’re wondering what you can and cannot purchase with food stamps here are the guidelines from the USDA:

Eligible Food Items

 Last Published: 03/22/2017

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products.
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as:
  • pet foods
  • soaps, paper products
  • household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods

Additional Information

“Junk Food” & Luxury Items

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits:  alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption. Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items

Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome. Further detailed information about the challenges of restricting the use of SNAP benefits can be found here:

Report — Implications of Restricting the use of Food Stamp Benefits

Energy Drinks

When considering the eligibility of energy drinks, and other branded products, the primary determinant is the type of product label chosen by the manufacturer to conform to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines:

  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label are eligible foods
  • Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible

Live Animals

Generally live animals and birds are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. Live seafood such as lobsters, fish and shellfish may be purchased with SNAP benefits.

Pumpkins, Holiday Gift Baskets, and Special Occasion Cakes

Pumpkins are edible and eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. However, inedible gourds and pumpkins that are used solely for ornamental purposes are not eligible items.

Gift baskets that contain both food and non-food items, are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits if the value of the non-food items exceeds 50 percent of the purchase price. To read our most recent notice about Gift Baskets, click here.

Items such as birthday and other special occasion cakes are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits as long as the value of non-edible decorations does not exceed 50 percent of the purchase price of the cake.

Seems pretty generous no?

And even if it weren’t for Old Dirty Bastard proudly showing off his welfare check, we all know that these federal poverty programs are rife with fraud and abuse. So cut away President Trump!