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September 2011

State Gets $5 Mil Bonus For Food Stamp Sign Up

He who signs up the most dependents wins? I've seen these "SNAP" signs in our local Walgreen's. I question the decision of pasting Supplemental Nutrition markers all over the candy, soda, and wine sections. via Judicial Watch:

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.

It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.

Gold Is Backed By Nothing, Unlike the US Dollar Which Is Backed by the American Government

Crazy talk. I wonder how many people think this way. Gold isn't really a safe investment because it's not backed by anything, but the U.S. dollar has the power of the goverment printing presses behind it!


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Oregon Public Universities Lose Case to Keep Guns Off Campuses

Not sure how Oregon beat Idaho to the punch where it comes to allowing legal carry on campuses, but it has happened.

Today the Oregon University System (OUS) received the opinion from the Oregon Court of Appeals that it did not prevail in the defense of its administrative rule to keep guns off of public university campuses across the state. The Court concluded that the OUS’ administrative rule, OAR 580-022-0045(3) which prohibits firearms and other weapons from campuses, is invalid.

OUS chancellor George Pernsteiner said, “We are disappointed in the ruling of the Court in this case and will consider our options. Our greatest concern is for the safety of our students and the entire campus community. Whether accidental or intentional, firearms violence continues to hurt or kill thousands of Americans each year in this country. We will continue to review the opinion in order to consider future options to protect the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

“The OUS campuses have worked over the past few years at a high level of diligence to put in place alert systems that will notify students and all campus members of any potential threat to safety. These systems and actions will continue to be in place and we will review if there are additional actions we should take to ensure that we are protecting students and their learning environment.”

Officials used taxpayer money to buy weapons, sell them to criminals and watch them disappear

This just gets worse and worse for the ATF. As if it were not bad enough that they sat back and watched as the straw purchases continued to flow guns to criminals, now it comes to light that they went even further: purchasing the weapons themselves and handing them directly to the bad guys.

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel -- the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared. 

This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice's previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a "botched" operation where agents simply "lost track" of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.

Congress takes the first steps in investigating Planned Parenthood

About freaking time.

A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.

In a September 15 letter LifeNews.com obtained, Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, writes to Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.

“Pursuant to Rules X and XI of the United States House of Representatives, the Committee on Energy and Commerce is examining the institutional practices and policies of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates, and its handing of federal funding,” Stearns writes. “That Committee has questions about the politics in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion.”

The letter asks Richards to comply with current federal regulations and legal obligations by providing Congress with a wide range of documents within two weeks of the date of the letter.

Asthma inhalers set to be banned?

In the name of all that is Green and by the power of the Ozone Layer, asthma sufferers are commanded to stop breathing. Otherwise, Al Gore will cry and nobody wants to see that.

Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer:

Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.

The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.

Host a Bible study, go to jail. That's the law.

Ok, it's not as serious as jail time here yet, but can you see it moving that direction? via Moonbattery:

Here’s what happens in an atheistic soft tyranny when people invite friends to their homes to discuss the Bible:

Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano [which was founded by a priest as a Christian mission], were fined $300 earlier this month for holding what city officials called “a regular gathering of more than three people”.

That type of meeting would require a conditional use permit as defined by the city, according to Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), the couple’s legal representation.

The Fromms also reportedly face subsequent fines of $500 per meeting for any further “religious gatherings” in their home, according to PJI.

“We’re just gathering and enjoying each other’s company and fellowship. And we enjoy studying God’s word.” Stephanie Fromm told CBS2. …

Neighbors have written letters to the city in support of the Fromms, whom they said have not caused any disturbances with the meetings, according to PJI.

But it’s not about disturbing neighbors. It’s about flexing muscle, repressing Christianity, and raising funds for the local government.

Was Einstein wrong about the speed of light?

Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity states that no object in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. Scientists at CERN have recently measured particals that have exceeded that speed limit, even if by billionths of a second. They are now seeking scrutiny of their testing as confirmation could shake physics up a bit.

The teamhas published its workso other scientists can determine if the approach contains any mistakes.

If it does not, one of the pillars of modern science will come tumbling down.

Antonio Ereditato added "words of caution" to his Cern presentation because of the "potentially great impact on physics" of the result.

The speed of light is widely held to be the Universe's ultimate speed limit, and much of modern physics - as laid out in part by Albert Einstein in his theory of special relativity - depends on the idea that nothing can exceed it.

Thousands of experiments have been undertaken to measure it ever more precisely, and no result has ever spotted a particle breaking the limit.

"We tried to find all possible explanations for this," the report's author Antonio Ereditato ofthe Opera collaborationtold BBC News on Thursday evening.

"We wanted to find a mistake - trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects - and we didn't.

High speed video shooting goodness

Seen at The Firearm Blog.  It's a lovely bit of videography. I'm diggin' on that music too.



by Dr. Radut