Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Hungry Yet?

You might be soon.


Disadvantaged Americans queue for aid in New York

By David Usborne in New York
Tuesday, 1 April 2008

We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families.

Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

The increase – from 26.5 million in 2007 – is due partly to recent efforts to increase public awareness of the programme and also a switch from paper coupons to electronic debit cards. But above all it is the pressures being exerted on ordinary Americans by an economy that is suddenly beset by troubles. Housing foreclosures, accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze.

Emblematic of the downturn until now has been the parades of houses seized in foreclosure all across the country, and myriad families separated from their homes. But now the crisis is starting to hit the country in its gut. Getting food on the table is a challenge many Americans are finding harder to meet. As a barometer of the country's economic health, food stamp usage may not be perfect, but can certainly tell a story.

Michigan has been in its own mini-recession for years as its collapsing industrial base, particularly in the car industry, has cast more and more out of work. Now, one in eight residents of the state is on food stamps, double the level in 2000. "We have seen a dramatic increase in recent years, but we have also seen it climbing more in recent months," Maureen Sorbet, a spokeswoman for Michigan's programme, said. "It's been increasing steadily. Without the programme, some families and kids would be going without."

@ The Independent


So many years ago gas was 25 cents a gallon, living was easy, there was no such thing as NAFTA or AQ. Everyone that wanted to work could. Medical benefits were a given, employers took care of their workers for the most part. Food was cheap and fairly anti-biotic and pesticide free, stockyards were for holding beef for market not raising them until slaughter.

Now we have $4 per gallon gas on the horizon, jobs(good ones) are all but impossible to find and medical care is a perk. The results of all the cutbacks is what you read here, starvation is at our doorstep and financial crisis is comming. Through the past years everything valued has disappeared or just plain made out of reach for most of the populous. All the while the upper 10% of the upper crusties keep getting richer.

This chasm of separation between elements of society will come to roost with the BIG MONEY bunch and sooner rather than later causing them to fall from their ivory towers onto the plain of the 'little people' where they will be promptly devoured by the very people they tried so diligently to rise above through good stock picks and financial wizardry.

Every element in the Universe has another it needs to balance against to maintain equilibrium, without balance it will not survive.

And so shall we go.



Hajji said...


Maybe you would, but most wouldn't believe the number of folks who show up in the ER, knowing the "magic words" (chest pain, etc) that'll get them in as quickly as possible, just so they can get in out of the elements, maybe get a decent meal.

For the money lost in ruling out the "emergency" nature of each complaint, we could probably feed and house 50 people.

We've spent decades, centuries teaching Americans that their foundations are solid and "The State of the Union is STRONG".

Now we blame out national economic troubles on "illegals" taking "our" jobs and "ignorant dupes" victimized by the shenanigans of money grubbing banks and corporations who prey on the faith of those who dare to dream the "American Dream".

Good garden, good neighbors, shotgun shells...gotta start brewing at home again...

We'll be ok, but what will we sacrifice and for how long?


DEN said...

Hajji, another symptom of economic woes. A hospital situation such as that wastes precious time while someone with 'real' chest pain gets put on hold.

Gaming the system is a survival ploy for many justifying the need for supporting the downtrodden and misfortunate in society.

We are our brothers keeper despite what the wealthy might say.

Time for those who can to step up.

Hajji said...

Hillary Clinton Fired For Lies, Unethical Behavior


As Hillary Clinton came under increasing scrutiny for her story about facing sniper fire in Bosnia, one question that arose was whether she has engaged in a pattern of lying.

The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.

Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career...

Full Article

...Of course, Nixon’s resignation rendered the entire issue moot, ending Hillary’s career on the Judiciary Committee staff in a most undistinguished manner. Zeifman says he was urged by top committee members to keep a diary of everything that was happening. He did so, and still has the diary if anyone wants to check the veracity of his story. Certainly, he could not have known in 1974 that diary entries about a young lawyer named Hillary Rodham would be of interest to anyone 34 years later.

But they show that the pattern of lies, deceit, fabrications and unethical behavior was established long ago – long before the Bosnia lie, and indeed, even before cattle futures, Travelgate and Whitewater – for the woman who is still asking us to make her president of the United States.

Full Article


Diogenes keeps walking...


DEN said...

Hajji, what another crook seeking high office?

Spose she figured nobody would find out, tsk, tsk, tsk.

DINO's give Democrats a bad name.

She is up to something again by not quitting while behind in delegates.

Any ideas? Anyone?

Alan said...

Who said she was lying?!! I definitely hear sniper fire and bombs going off.

Hillary Clinton Under Fire!! (Graphic) Bosnia Footage

DEN said...

Alan, Cow tossing? Duck choking?

Brutal indeed.

Alan said...

uh huh I wasn't sure, but it SOUNDED like Chainee was there. Or maybe it was just a wounded duck.

Hajji said...

I did some lookin' 'round at this Dan Calabrese guy.

Seems sort of non-objective.

I'll need some second-and-third sourcing before I'll give it much credence!


ยบ¿carol said...

The Hillary video was funny! I mean funny because someone made it because of what she claimed. That's what was funny to me.

Good news! My dentist can crown the broken tooth. *phew* I walked out of there with a temp and can go out in public now.

DEN said...

1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): In addition to her long and sordid ethics record, Senator Hillary Clinton took a lot of heat in 2007 – and rightly so – for blocking the release her official White House records. Many suspect these records contain a treasure trove of information related to her role in a number of serious Clinton-era scandals. Moreover, in March 2007, Judicial Watch filed an ethics complaint against Senator Clinton for filing false financial disclosure forms with the U.S. Senate (again). And Hillary’s top campaign contributor, Norman Hsu, was exposed as a felon and a fugitive from justice in 2007. Hsu pleaded guilt to one count of grand theft for defrauding investors as part of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

@ Judicial Watch

Posted on 06/09/2003 5:02:46 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ

Hillary Rodham's 1974 Watergate "Procedures were Ethically Flawed"

Jerry Zeifman sent us the letter below, which is "based largely on material previously published" in his book, "Without Honor: The impeachment of President Nixon and the Crimes of Camelot.''

The book is now out of print. However, a small supply of the limited first edition is still available. Information about it, and how to obtain a copy, may be found at: www.iethical.org/book.htm

Previously published in the NEW YORK POST

August 16. 1999


By Jerry Zeifman
IN December 1974, as general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, I made a personal evaluation of Hillary Rodham (now Mrs. Clinton), a member of the staff we had gathered for our impeachment inquiry on President Richard Nixon. I decided that I could not recommend her for any future position of public or private trust.

Why? Hillary's main duty on our staff has been described by as "establishing the legal procedures to be followed in the course of the inquiry and impeachment." A number of the procedures she recommended were ethically flawed. And I also concluded that she had violated House and committee rules by disclosing confidential information to unauthorized persons.

@ Free Republic


Oh yea!

DEN said...

OOPS forgot KOS.

David B. Benson said...

Den, Micki, Carey --- Thanks for the 'feedback'.

Something snappy needs to replace

positive feedback == BAD

negative feedback == GOOD

David B. Benson said...

Now here is a plan suitable for April first:

Brewing Trouble: How to Drink Beer and Save the World

David B. Benson said...

Is this real or just April Fools?

Majority of U.S. Doctors Back National Insurance Plan

DEN said...

Doc, let us see where the doctors practice.

A survey conducted last year of 2,193 physicians across the United States found that 59 percent support "government legislation to establish national health insurance," while 32 percent oppose it, and 9 percent are neutral.

59% practice with the poor
32% practice with the well to do.
9% need to practice more, anywhere.

My doctors all believed the insurance companies make too many demands regarding care and the paperwork is excruciating.

I'm sure Hajji can give us a more accurate assessment from his perspective too.

Hajji, you here?

DEN said...

Doc, Beer is food!

"In Babylonia, where beer was safer to drink than the canal water, barley and beer were used as a form of currency."

New meaning for 'beer money'

DEN said...

Den's Law:

2 to 3 beers per day makes you feel better as it contains essential nutrients for life.

micki said...


This organization has been around for quite a while...finally making in-roads.

micki said...

Okay, Dr. B, tell us why you wanted feedback.

Inquiring mind(s) want to know.

Hajji said...


From my conversations, and remember the latitudes in which I live, I'd say it is closer to 50/50.

ER docs are kinda a different breed, as are trauma surgeons and the like. They take on all patients and only inquire about insurance and whatnot when it comes to prescriptions and follow-up care. They'd rather be able to write for something on the $4 Wall-Mart formulary, if it is effective, than to have a patient show up in a few days with worsening conditions, just because they couldn't get their meds.

Our hospital also has a program to provide initial meds, ESPECIALLY antibiotics, so they can begin as soon as possible, for the same reason. Pain meds, long-term maintainence meds (bp, diabetic,asthma, etc) aren't part of that program, usually.

For specialists at St.Francis to be granted privledges, they must agree to be on call rotation, where they're required to take any and all patients who are referred to them during their call period, regardless of their ability to pay.

Amazing how many of them can't find their pagers the last hour or so of call.

Being a not-for-profit gives us a bit more latitude than the big boxes in helping the less fortunate of the community, so we are, in a way, a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to "universal health care."

If Jill had a dollar for every person she's examined and treated, gratis, we'd probably have a better driveway...

Now it is time to put the hooved ones to bed, check the doors and windows, and set the 400lbs of furry alarm to the "patrol" positions!

There's still a fugitive out there, somewhere!


micki said...

Oh, right Judicial Watch is such a reliable source.

And Jerome Zeifman has been on a Clinton vendetta for years. Along with his Kennedy vendetta. Zeifman is willing to take anyone's money if they are willing to print his garbage.

He's a pal of Richard Mellon Scaife and the bunch at the Bradley Foundation.

DEN said...

Ole hill is bringing in the big guns,
repug named Scafe.

Do I Need tO spell it out.

DEN said...


Monkey biker

micki said...

Richard Mellon Scaife owns a newspaper in a large city. Presidential candidates often sit down with editorial boards at newspapers, no matter what they're editorial slant is. It's a way to get their message tro the paper's readers. So what?

David B. Benson said...

I thought the .pdf file presentation had supurb graphics and explained the situation well. I hope to use it as often as is needed.

I thought it would be helpful to have friends write about their assessment of it. It is, because in writing my introductions to it, I'll be sure to write something about 'feedback' to help people along.

That point had not ocurred to me.

DEN said...

Doc, Good presentation, actually readable where others bore with plain text and succinct in a compact space.

By breaking problems down to smaller elements it creates paths to solving them through better understanding of the basic issues.

Hajji said...


Will you please e-mail me the pdf file?

I'm unable to d/l it with my dial-up (keep losing connection before the d/l is complete).

I'll open it up in e-mail at work tomorrow and be able to print and peruse it at leisure.




Hajji said...

Great "Frontline" tonight...Bad Voodoo's WarStraight ahead documentary on a platoon some of which back in Iraq for 3rd or 4th rotation.

After the dissapointment of last week's screening (with my old "Drinking Liberally" buds) of "Stop Loss"(don't waste yer time) it reminds us how even the mundane, in the life of a soldier, is never too boring.


Alan said...

What's the deal Micki? Here's part of your post...

And Jerome Zeifman has been on a Clinton vendetta for years.

He's a pal of Richard Mellon Scaife and the bunch at the Bradley Foundation.

So Scaife is a bad man. But then, 3posts later, your view changed??
Richard Mellon Scaife owns a newspaper in a large city. Presidential candidates often sit down with editorial boards at newspapers, no matter what they're editorial slant is. It's a way to get their message tro the paper's readers. So what?
Wait, was that an April Fool's joke?

Alan said...

Here's something on April Fool's from Jean Wells Rogers via Dear Abby (she was a longtime Dear Abby reader).

No one goes hungry

All people are fed

The oceans are clean

Lake Erie's not dead.

The Irish aren't fighting

The Arabs love Jews

The swords are now plowshares

Now ain't that good news?

The water's delicious

The air is so clear

On top of a mountain

You see to next year.

Couples stay married

Children are jewels

Sure got you going!


Alan said...

Hajji, I planned to watch the PBS show after reading about it this morning. It's on right now.

David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- Done.

Alan said...

Damn! The guys going out PRE-TIE a tourniquet on their leg on the door side of the vehicle in case it's hit later. Then all they hafta do is TIGHTEN it.

Alan said...

k, show's over Another good Frontline episode, for sure.

micki said...

So Scaife is a bad man. But then, 3posts later, your view changed??

No. My view didn't change. Don't ASSUME.

Scaife was the master and the money behind the Arkansas Project. I think he's a jerk.

But, I also know that he owns a newspaper in a large city in a certain state and that presidential candidates (and other politicians) sometimes show courage by "meeting with the enemy" -- sure, the meeting "with the enemy" can be seen as self-serving, but it is also an opportunity to get his/her message to the readers.

So what? I repeat for clarity!

Hajji said...


There's actually a design for military uniforms with several built-in tournaquets.

Med-evac time, decent (but never the BEST) body armor and good training have made survivability or injury more likely than ever before.

It is the brain injuries and the mental damage that will be the lasting legacy for these soldiers, wounds that we are only begining to learn how deal with.

Question 1 is...how loudly is the cry from the people to tend to these folks?

Question 2 is...will there be anybody in the forrest to hear?


micki said...

I thought it would be helpful to have friends write about their assessment of it. It is, because in writing my introductions to it, I'll be sure to write something about 'feedback' to help people along.

That point had not ocurred to me.

Dr. B, you have to keep in mind that many people think (initially), "Thank God!" when their doctor tells them the tests came back positive!


DEN said...

Nary an April Fool headline to be found anywhere, humor is conspicuously absent from the blogosphere, lot of heavy stuff out there.

DEN said...

Time to go to bed and count sheeple.

Alan said...

So what? I repeat for clarity!

haha Except you're not clear at all. It's like the explanation you used last time, which was so LAME I didn't even reply to it.

Let ME try to clarify... When that guy's friend writes an article critical of Hillary, he's bad. When Hillary meets with him, then that's different.

You've been pushing and pulling in whatever direction will make Hillary look better. You even made up your "sniper/different location" post. It's alot like Hillary herself... willing to say whatever it takes. When confronted on your illogical posts this time, you 'clean it up' by saying it's just HIllary being brave by meeting with the enemy. lol
Tell the truth, what would you have said if it was Obama meeting with Scaife?

*again, I haven't ASSUMED anything, just pointing out your own words

Alan said...

’03 U.S. Memo Approved Harsh Interrogations

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department in 2003 gave military interrogators broad authority to use extreme methods in questioning detainees and argued that wartime powers largely exempted interrogators from laws banning harsh treatment, according to a memorandum publicly disclosed on Tuesday.
Some legal scholars said Tuesday that they were amazed at the scope of the memorandum.

“This is a monument to executive supremacy and the imperial presidency,” said Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School and the Washington College of Law at American University. “It’s also a road map for the Pentagon for fending off any prosecutions.”
This was 6 or 7 months after the "bybee memo" that Yoo wrote for the CIA.

micki said...

Tell the truth, what would you have said if it was Obama meeting with Scaife?

I probably wouldn't have said anything, because I wouldn't see it as any big deal. As I said, presidential candidates meet with editorial boards of all stripes....

But, to be clear, Alan...she didn't exactly meet "with Scaife" -- she met with the entire editorial board of the paper, plus what appears as quite a number of observers to the counter-intuitive event..

And about that sniper comment of mine...I told you I was trying to get under your skin. Guess it worked. hahaha

micki said...

Alan, go watch a cage fight. You need some testicle-withering entertainment.