What Food Banks Need Most (And What They Get Too Much Of)

 

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” Is there a food drive going on near you? Every day for the last week, our kindergartener has loaded up her purple backpack with groceries for her class’s food drive. Boxes of whole-grain pasta and jars of tomato sauce, brownie mix and canola oil, all easier-to-make versions of meals I regularly fix for our family. But I got to thinking, are these really the most useful things to donate?

  When we lived in Rome, there was an immigrant woman who used to sit on a plastic crate outside the grocery store. She wore a shawl around her shoulders and scarf on her head. Sometimes her daughter would be there too, a girl about eight years old with long dark hair. Almost always I’d be pushing our big blue double stroller, two apple-cheeked American toddlers in tow. Almost the woman or child would ask for food, pleading in Italian.

  Yes, I’d nod. I’ll help. At least I’ll try. 

  Not speaking Italian well enough to understand the details of their situation, not to mention the complexities of the Italian social system, I’d do what I thought was best. Pick up a few things they could eat right then, plus a few dinner items to take home. Ready-made sandwiches, bottles of milk, string cheeses and fruit. For later, pasta (it was Italy after all), tomatoes, maybe a sliver of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the good stuff. It was the best I could do without knowing anything about them. Did they have electricity? Any food allergies? I’ll never know.

  But now we’re in North Carolina and I can do more. A lot more. Today I spoke with two sources, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina plus two staffers at The Salvation Army food bank in Durham. Here’s what I learned.

 

WHO GOES TO A FOOD BANK

  Picture a homeless man, an elderly woman or a single mom with three kids but not just babies: a toddler, a second grader and a fourteen-year-old. Maybe they live in an apartment and receive food stamps on a monthly basis, maybe it’s about $200 worth. With food stamps, there are restrictions on what they can buy at the store and almost always, they’ll run out anyway. That’s why they’re at the food bank. The electricity may have just been turned off. There might not be water. Or maybe there’s no apartment at all. Many are in crisis, living in hotels or on the street.

 

WHAT FOOD BANKS NEED MOST (AND WHAT THEY GET TOO MUCH OF)

  Storage space is often in short supply at food banks, so prioritization is key.

  1. Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
  2. Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
  3. Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.)
  4. Boxes of rice (bags can tear)
  5. Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios or Raisin Bran
  6. Peanut butter
  7. Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  8. Cans of beans
  9. Pasta, pasta sauce
  10. Biscuit mix, or any mix you only add water to
  11. Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  12. Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars
  13. Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes
  14. Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
  15. Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
  16. Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  17. Sliced bread. It’s got a long shelf life but always goes immediately.
  18. Bags of apples or potatoes. Ditto.
  19. Chocolate. It’s not a necessity but just a pick-me-up that I would sure appreciate, especially when it comes time to fill stockings.
  20. Consider donating reusable shopping bags. It takes a lot of humility for people to come to a food bank and since they’ll likely be walking home or taking public transportation, it’s nice to at least blend in.

 WHAT I DIDN’T REALIZE ABOUT FOOD BANKS

  • A lot of people have diabetes in this group. Consider low-sugar dietary restrictions.
  • Some food banks have a recording (or a live person) who will explain their top needs of the moment by phone.
  • Cans and boxes are sturdier than bags. By the time families are receiving the food, it’s been handled A LOT and packaging needs to be strong enough to hold up. One food bank said never bring anything in glass, ever.
  • Pop-top cans are ideal; particularly for those living on the streets.
  • Think about weekends and school breaks. Kids who qualify for free lunches typically receive breakfast at school too and when schools are out for holidays or summer, these families need more support.
  • Many families are in crisis at this time in their lives and food banks often work in tandem with churches or other non-profit programs to get them back on their feet. The Salvation Army in Durham, for example, coordinates with First Baptist Church’s “Jobs for Life” program. Recipients get interview training and in some cases, a ride to the mall where they’re coached on asking for job applications.

  These are the top priorities for the food banks I spoke with in my area. But there are still plenty of other things to give–and keep in mind what’s needed here might vary from your area, and definitely from season to season. “

 

Thanks to Foodlets.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dutch Say No To PC And Win

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Last Saturday in Gouda, Holland, the police arrested as many as 90 people, the majority of whom were protesting against “Black Pete”, part of a traditional pre-Christmas children’s street party.

  We don’t normally associate a Santa Claus celebration with police arrests, so this requires a little explanation.

  Black Pete (Zwarte Piet in Dutch) is a blackface character in Dutch and Belgian folklore. He is the clownish helper of St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) in delivering presents to children.

  In the Netherlands, the Sinterklaas festival lasts for weeks culminating on Saint Nicholas Day, 5 December, and starting with the arrival of St Nicholas in a Dutch city by boat with hundreds of jolly Black Petes, amusing kids and giving them treats.

  It’s great fun and a merry occasion for the Dutch, and considered by both children and adults as the highlight of the year.

  This year it was the medieval city of Gouda that kicked off the festivities on 15 November, with the event broadcast live on Dutch national television.

  Thousands of parents and children gathered in the city’s market square.

  Traditionally the crowds — men, women and kids — as well as the actors portraying the Black Petes coming off the ships, are white people with their faces painted black, frizzy hair, golden earrings, large red lips and gaudy medieval costumes.

  It’s this that has been for some time the subject of acrimonious attacks from self-styled “anti-racism” activists. They claim that Zwarte Piet is a racist stereotype, a throwback to the colonial era in a now diverse, multicultural Holland, a country that must be tolerant of everything except, it seems, its past, culture, traditions, and identity.

  Leftist politicians have called for Black Pete to be abolished.

  The criticisms have polarized the Netherlands. The overwhelming majority of the nation wants Black Pete to carry on as usual, as revealed by a poll showing that more than 90% of the Dutch reject the idea that Zwarte Piet is racist and would not change his appearance.

  Over 2 million people — in a country whose total population is less than 17 million — signed a Facebook petition last year, calling for Black Pete’s appearance to remain the same.

  While the Facebook page “The Dutch ‘Black Pete’ tradition is racism” has a risible number of 198 “Likes”, the Facebook page “Pietitie” in Pete’s support has 2,012,438 “Likes”. It says: “Don’t let the Netherlands’ most beautiful tradition disappear.”

  The latter FB page is Holland’s most popular ever.

  The Dutch say Black Pete is harmless fun, an integral part of their culture that is now under fire from outsiders. As Dutchman Marco put it: “This is how I celebrate, how my grandmother and grandfather and parents celebrated, and I don’t think it’s racist.”

  Holland’s anti-immigration, anti-Islam Freedom Party, led by one of the most popular politicians in Europe, Geert Wilders, has proposed legislation that would enshrine Zwarte Piet’s black colour in law. They want to protect Pete and with him Dutch culture, threatened to be “damaged from on high”.

  Belgium has a similar tradition and faces similar problems.

  Self-described human rights activist Maria Hengeveld, who writes for the Africa is a Country website, claimed: “In general, attacks on Zwarte Piet are widely interpreted as attacks on (white) Dutchness and threats to (white) children’s right to jovially celebrate their ‘cultural heritage’”. She went on to point out that politicians, lawmakers and big businesses “are sensitive to public feeling” on the issue. For example, Albert Heijn, Holland’s largest supermarket chain, went back on its promise to ban Black Pete from its stores after an enormous public uproar.

  Even the country’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who may sense a danger in displeasing his electorate, has backed Black Pete.

  Attempted meddling from the UN was revoked:

  The [Facebook] page, attracting over a million likes in just one day, followed a letter from the UN’s human rights body announcing an investigation and warning the Dutch that the [Black Pete] character is a “racist stereotype”. “

 

 

Read the entire piece from Enza Ferreri at American Thinker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Judge Unseals Hundreds Of Highly Secret Cell Tracking Court Records

 

 

 

 

” A judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, has unsealed a set of 529 court documents in hundreds of criminal cases detailing the use of a stingray, or cell-site simulator, by local police. This move, which took place earlier this week, marks a rare example of a court opening up a vast trove of applications made by police to a judge, who authorized each use of the powerful and potentially invasive device.

  According to the Charlotte Observer, the records seem to suggest that judges likely did not fully understand what they were authorizing. Law enforcement agencies nationwide have taken extraordinary steps to preserve stingray secrecy. As recently as this week, prosecutors in a Baltimore robbery case dropped key evidence that stemmed from stingray use rather than fully disclose how the device was used.

  The newspaper also reported on Friday that the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office, which astonishingly had also never previously seen the applications filed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), will now review them and determine which records also need to be shared with defense attorneys. Criminals could potentially file new claims challenging their convictions on the grounds that not all evidence was disclosed to them at the time.

  Relatively little is known about precisely how stingrays are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although more and more documents have surfaced showing how they’ve been purchased and used in limited instances. Last year, Ars reported on leaked documents showing the existence of a body-worn stingray. In 2010, security researcher Kristin Paget famously demonstrated a homemade device built for just $1,500.

  Worse still, local cops have lied to courts (at the direction of the United States Marshals Service) about the use of such technology. Not only can stingrays be used to determine a phone’s location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. While they do target specific phones, they also sweep up cell data of innocents nearby who have no idea that such data collection is taking place. “

 

Ars Technica has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman Dies After Airport Scanner Interferes With Her Pacemaker

 

 

 

 

 

” A woman fitted with a pacemaker has died after passing through an airport scanner in the southern Russian town of Ulan-Ude.

  Diana Tolstova, 30, died in the airport minutes after passing through the scanner. Her husband Maxim, 33, said that they had provided papers proving that Mrs Tolstova was fitted with the heart device – which is adversely affected by airport scanners.

” I don’t know what happened but she went through it anyway,” he told Central European News agency.

” When we got to the departure gate she began to feel dizzy and suddenly collapsed.

” I grabbed her in my arms and called for medical help.”

 

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Off The Grid News

 

 

 

 

” If you could only buy five long guns, which specific long guns should you buy – and why?

  Here, we’ll answer that question in detail:

1. Ruger 10/22 .22 LR

  This is simply the most successful .22 semi-automatic rifle in production. First introduced in 1964, the Ruger 10/22 has gained a stout reputation for being durable, reliable, accurate and easily customizable. In fact, the Ruger 10/22 is the second-most easily customizable long gun on the market, second only to the AR series of rifles.

  The 10/22 comes equipped with a 10-round magazine, but after-market 25-round banana magazines and even drum magazines are highly available for greater capacity.

  If you can only have five long guns, you need a .22 rifle — without question. Semi-automatic .22s are always a good choice due to their high capacity, and they’re enjoyable to shoot. Another popular and reputable .22 rifle is the Marlin 60; however, the Marlin 60 is tube-fed, resulting in slower reloading times and less capacity, and is also nowhere near as customizable as the 10/22.

2. Mossberg 500 Field Combo 12 gauge

  The Mossberg 500 field combo shotgun is one of the most versatile shotguns available. A field combo kit comes with two barrels: an 18.5-inch barrel for self-defense and a 28-inch vented rib barrel for hunting and target shooting. The two barrels are very easy to interchange, essentially giving you a two-in-one package. The 12 gauge is also the most popular shotgun round on the market, so if you’re going to stock up on shotgun shells, the 12 gauge is without question the one to buy first.

  Ultimate Tactical Self-Defense And Hunting Weapon That Doesn’t Require A Firearms License!

  The Mossberg 500 is one of the most popular and reputable pump action shotguns ever produced, and is intended for use in harsh conditions. It is second in popularity only by a razor thin margin to the Remington 870 in America. The 870 also comes in field combo kits, so why the Mossberg and not the Remington?

  Though personal preference is always the deciding factor, there are a few factors that arguably push the 500 just over the 870 in my view. The Mossberg 500/590 series is known for being the only pump action shotguns to pass the US Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E, which is a brutal torture test of putting more than 3,000 buckshot rounds through each shotgun in harsh conditions. The safety on the 500 is also naturally ambidextrous as it is placed on the top-rear portion of the receiver rather than the rear of the trigger guard of the 870. Lastly, there have been some reports that the Remington 870 series has seen a dip in quality in recent years. While these reports are all people’s opinions and millions of Americans still swear by their 870s and will for the decades to come, the Mossberg 500 remains a solid pump shotgun in today’s market.

3. Colt AR-15 5.56x45mm.

  The most popular rifle sold off the shelves today is the AR-15, and for a variety of reasons: inexpensive ammo, ergonomics, high-capacity magazines, availability of parts, low recoil, and accuracy. The AR-15 is also perhaps the most versatile rifle on this list. It can be used for hunting (an AR-10 .308 would be better for larger game such as elk), is an excellent combat weapon, and in all regards, is a modern-day musket. All of the roles that were fulfilled by the musket in the Colonial-era have been fulfilled by the AR-15 in today’s modern age.

  There are dozens upon dozens of different manufacturers of high quality AR-15s, but Colt has been making AR-15s for decades and they are held in high regard today. Colt makes a variety of different AR-15 models and variants, with some having different features than others.

4. Winchester 1894 .30-30

  The most popular sporting rifle in American history is the Winchester 1894 in .30-30, one of John Browning’s greatest rifle designs and a top seller for Winchester. The .30-30 lever action is a very handy rifle to have and has become an American icon. The .30-30 is a popular American round allowing for availability of ammo and is also known for being an excellent deer hunting round. The 1894 itself is a very slim but robust rifle. This makes it an excellent truck gun, as well as for a light rifle to pack while scouting or hiking out in the woods.

  Lever-action rifles can be easily customizable to give them a more tactical appearance and function in stark contrast to the more classic appearances from the Western days. While the Winchester 1894 should not take the place of your AR-15 as a primary combat weapon in today’s era, it’s still a neat and handy little rifle that is often overlooked.

5. Winchester Model 70 .30-06

  Just like the 1894, the Model 70 is a legend and has always been a top seller for Winchester.  Winchester Model 70s, especially the pre-64 editions, are widely regarded as some of the highest quality production rifles ever made. The Model 70 has rightly earned the now well-known nickname “Rifleman’s Rifle.”

  The .30-06 is one of the most prolific and enduring rifle cartridges ever sold in America. It’s an excellent hunting round that can be used on both medium and large game. You couldn’t ask for a more high quality hunting rifle than a scoped Winchester Model 70 in .30-06.

What long guns would you had to this list? Which long gun would you take off the list? Leave your reply in the section below: “

 

Join the debate at OffTheGridNews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Rather than claiming 97 percent of scientists believe in man-made global warming, hopefully now some media outlets will revise that number closer to 50 percent.

  Contrary to the repeated insistence of both climate alarmists and the media, scientists do not all agree on the standard climate alarmism talking points.  A Purdue University scholar, surveying scientists in the agricultural sector including climatologists, found surprising disagreement on humanity’s role in climate change. These findings, though contrary to popular narrative on climate change, are unsurprising to anyone familiar with the prevalence of dissent in the scientific community.

  Linda Prokopy, a Professor of Natural Resource Social Science at Purdue University, surveyed more than six thousand farmers and scientists and found widespread disagreement on human contributions to climate change. While 90 percent of scientists and climatologists surveyed thought the climate was changing, only about 50.4 percent contended that humans were the primary cause of these changes.

  More shocking was that just 53 percent of climatologists surveyed thought “Climate change is occurring, and it is caused mostly by human activities.” While that number of climatologists was small, the result is still significant.

  This evidence is inconvenient to the many media outlets that have endlessly repeated that 97 percent of scientists endorse the global warming hypothesis. Prominent outlets like NBC and The New York Times, as well as countless others, have effectively shut down debate by asserting there is no scientific debate. “

NewsBusters

Mike Lester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Is Where Homes Are Most Affordable For The Middle Class

 

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” If you’re struggling to buy a home in San Francisco or New York, you may want to consider Dayton or Rochester.

  Those are two of the U.S. cities where middle-class buyers are most likely to find an affordable home, according to a new report by the real-estate website Trulia.

  In Trulia’s map below, the bubbles represent the size of a metropolitan area’s housing market. The colors represent the percentage of housing in that market that Trulia considers affordable to the middle class.

  By Trulia’s definition, a city is affordable if “the total monthly payment, including mortgage, insurance, and property taxes, is less than 31% of the metro area’s median household income.” Thus, what’s affordable varies from city to city. “

 

 

The least affordable areas come as no surprise …

 

 

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These Are The Most Stressed Out ZIP Codes In America

 

 

These Are The Most Stressed ZIP Codes In America

 

 

 

 

” How’s your day at work going? Well, we hope it’s not too bad, considering how stressful things can be nowadays. Bills to pay, rent that’s due, long commutes…it’s enough to make you want to tear your hair out. Could things really be any worse?

  As it turns out, yes, it could be much worse. Don’t believe us? Well, here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we tend to be pretty good at making lists, and it doesn’t stress us out too much, so, we decided to make a list of the absolute most stressful ZIP codes to call home. Some of them will probably be a bit surprising.

The most stressed ZIP codes in the nation were:

1. 44093, Williamsfield, OH
2. 38647, Michigan City, MS
3. 93640, Mendota, CA
4. 36776, Sawyerville, AL
5. 38617, Coahoma, MS
6. 37018, Beechgrove, TN
7. 39743, Crawford, MS
8. 77032, Houston, TX
9. 85172, Stanfield, AZ
10. 29915, Daufuskie Island, SC

 

  Now, you’re probably thinking that there’s no possible way that some little place in Ohio is more stressed out than your home ZIP. To find out how we got these results, just head down to the very next section, where we talk about our methods. If you’re curious about the 50 most stressed out spots, you can check the chart at the bottom and see if your home ranked. “

 

Read the rest and find out where your neighborhood stands 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 21 Best Android Apps You Should Download Right Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Whether you’re a smartphone novice or a master of custom ROMs, these are the apps that every Android user needs to check out. “

Popular Mechanics has them all 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-20-14

 

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” Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 20, 2014:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A woman alleges in a federal lawsuit filed that a sheriff’s officer sexually assaulted her while he was on duty. ly/ECAci
  • Lake County, Illinois: A county sheriff’s officer is being investigated for allegedly pulling over a school bus to deliver lunch to his son onboard. The report indicates that the bus was en route to a school and the bus would have been outside of his jurisdiction at the time of the stop. ly/ECxqQ
  • Colville, Washington: The State Attorney General filed a criminal case a police officer. The charges are the result of a sexual misconduct investigation. They include burglary with sexual motivation, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial misconduct, false/misleading statement to a public servant, and official misconduct.ly/ECwkt
  • Murray County, Georgia: During a campaign to “End Domestic Violence,” the sheriff’s office arrested one of their own for allegedly assaulting his wife. ly/ECu5p
  • Update: Middlefield, Ohio: A man who says he was set up by police has sued the village’s police chief, its former police chief and mayor, among others. He is accusing the officials of planting evidence, making false reports, using an unreliable and dishonest informant and hiding information. ly/ECrKx
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/ECohs
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico: A now-former detective was sentenced for violating the civil rights of a student intern. He was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The officer also was ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and comply with federal and state sex offender registration requirements. ly/EBxGg
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio: A now-former police officer was sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison for videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met at a recreation center. ly/EBulT
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A police officer is behind bars on a charge of assaulting a female. He is accused of “holding female down and covering her mouth while telling her to shut up. And pushing female up against a wall by her neck using his hands,” according to the warrant. ly/EBtID
  • Update: San Jose, California: A woman who says a police officer raped her while on duty has filed a civil suit. http://ow.ly/EyH8A
  • Whitesburg, Kentucky: Cited for drunken driving over the weekend, the police chief said that he had learned from the experience. “It’s very unfortunate, but I’ve learned from it,” he said. “Just never do it again, pick up the pieces and move on.” http://ow.ly/EyHVb
  • Update: Columbia, South Carolina: A judge ruled the state had probable cause to arrest a now-former state trooper who shot a man during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/EyHCN “

 

Cato Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Benson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$4.15 Per Pound: Ground Beef Climbs To Another Record High

 

 

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” The average price for a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high$4.156 per pound — in the United States in October, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  In August, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time, hitting $4.013, said the BLS.  In September, the average price jumped .083 cents to $4.096 per pound, an increase of 2.1 percent in one month.

  In October, which is the latest data from the BLS, the average price for a pound of ground beef ($4.156) increased 1.4 percent from September.

  A year ago, in October 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.389 per pound. Since then, it has climbed 76.5 cents, or about 22.6 percent in one year.

  Five years ago, in October 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.177, according to the BLS. The price has since climbed by $1.977 per pound, or 90.8 percent. “

 

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency: Floods, Failures, And Federalism

 

 

” The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the lead federal agency for disaster preparedness, response, and relief. FEMA’s budget fluctuates from year to year, but spending has trended sharply upwards in recent decades. The agency spent $22 billion in fiscal 2013 and $10 billion in fiscal 2014. The main activity of FEMA is distributing aid to individuals and state and local governments after natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. In addition, the agency provides ongoing grants to the states for disaster preparedness, and it operates the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  FEMA’s response to some major disasters has been slow, disorganized, and profligate. The agency’s actions have sometimes been harmful, such as when it has blocked the relief efforts of other organizations. FEMA’s dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatized the agency’s bureaucratic dysfunction. FEMA’s grants for disaster preparedness are known for wastefulness. As for the NFIP, its insurance subsidies are spurring development in flood-prone areas, which in turn is increasing the damage caused by floods. The NFIP also encourages an expansion of federal regulatory control over local land-use planning.

  Federalism is supposed to undergird America’s system of handling disasters, particularly natural disasters. State, local, and private organizations should play the dominant role. Looking at American history, many disasters have generated large outpourings of aid by individuals, businesses, and charitable groups.

  Today, however, growing federal intervention is undermining the role of private institutions and the states in handling disasters. Policymakers should reverse course and begin cutting FEMA. Ultimately, the agency should be closed down by ending aid programs for disaster preparedness and relief and privatizing flood insurance. “

 

AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Boasts Having Seized $904 Million Through Asset Forfeitures In 2013 Alone

 

 

 

” Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial policy in which the government seizes private property that it believes was either gained through the commission of a crime or used to commit one. However, the items being seized sometimes belong to someone who was never accused of a crime at all or people who later turn out to be completely innocent. Since a civil process is used to seize the items in question, individuals facing the loss of property do so without the benefit of the level of due process that would ordinarily be afforded a criminal defendant.

  The Washington Post notes that, under President Obama, civil asset forfeitures have doubled. Now, as Eric Holder steps aside as US Attorney General, his potential replacement, nominee and US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch, recently announced that her office seized over $904 million in asset forfeitures in 2013 alone.

  According to a quote from The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, “As a prosecutor Ms. Lynch has also been aggressive in pursuing civil asset forfeiture, which has become a form of policing for profit. She recently announced that her office had collected more than $904 million in criminal and civil actions in fiscal 2013, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.” The editorial calls for senators to ask questions in an effort to clarify Lynch’s views on the controversial policy. “

 

Ben Swann has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bombshell: Email Proves That White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

 

 

 

” Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.

  One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

  In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

  Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

  Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Issa led the House investigation into Fast and Furious. Davis now works at USA Today. In the email chain, Schultz tells Schmaler that he would provide Davis with “leaks.”

  Davis wrote a critical piece on Issa a few weeks later.

  Attkisson was later subjected to hacking of her computer by people who remain unknown, but who likely belong to a government agency. She and CBS parted ways earlier in 2014, and Attkisson has since said that the network blocked her reports from airing.

  Update: More about Schmaler here, here, here and here. “

 

Thanks to Bryan Preston at PJMedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

141 Year Old Cold Weather Record Falls In Jacksonville

 

 

 

 

” Thursday morning not only broke an “ancient” record from 1873, but we also dropped to the second coldest temperature ever recorded in the month of November in Jacksonville. 

  According to the National Weather Service, for the second morning in a row, Jacksonville set a new cold weather record. Thursday mornings temperature dropped to a bone chilling 24 degrees breaking the old record of 30 degrees set in 1873.

  Some areas around Woodbine, GA flirted with the upper teens as the temperature officially there dropped to 20 degrees.

  Any thoughts that the winter of 2014-2015 wouldn’t be as bone-chilling as last year’s may have just been put on thin ice. And it’s only November.”

 

 

The rest of the nation is feeling the cold as well …

 

 

” Even the snow covering the ground is amazing. Roughly 50.4 percent of the lower 48 was covered with snowmore than double the amount normally seen for this time of year. At this exact same time last year, just a scant 12.1 percent of the country had snow on the ground. Check out the maps below from Tuesday’s snow cover versus exactly one year ago.

  Jeff Masters is meteorology director at the online site Weather Underground. He says the low temperatures are January-like instead of what’s normal for November. He says it’s 15 degrees to 35 degrees below average over a big chunk of the country, thanks to arctic air.”

 

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Executive Orders: Washington – Obama

 

 

 

 

President Term

Total Orders1

Average / Year Years in Office EO Number Range
George Washington Total 8 1.02 7.85 unnumbered
John Adams Total 1 0.25 4.00 unnumbered
Thomas Jefferson Total 4 0.50 8.00 unnumbered
James Madison Total 1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered
James Monroe Total 1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered
John Quincy Adams Total 3 0.75 4.00 unnumbered
Andrew Jackson Total 12 1.50 8.00 unnumbered
Martin van Buren Total 10 2.50 4.00 unnumbered
William Henry Harrison Total 0 0 0.08 unnumbered
John Tyler Total 17 4.34 3.92 unnumbered
James K. Polk Total 18 4.50 4.00 unnumbered
Zachary Taylor Total 5 3.70 1.35 unnumbered
Millard Fillmore Total 12 4.53 2.65 unnumbered
Franklin Pierce Total 35 8.75 4.00 unnumbered
James Buchanan Total 16 4.00 4.00 unnumbered
Abraham Lincoln Total 48 11.65 4.12 unnumbered
Andrew Johnson Total 79 20.31 3.89 unnumbered
Ulysses S. Grant Total 217 27.13 8.00 unnumbered
Rutherford B. Hayes Total 92 23.00 4.00 unnumbered
James Garfield Total 6 10.91 0.55 unnumbered
Chester Arthur Total 96 27.75 3.46 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – I Total 113 28.25 4.00 unnumbered
Benjamin Harrison Total 143 35.75 4.00 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – II Total 140 35.00 4.00 unnumbered
William McKinley Total 185 40.84 4.53 unnumbered
Theodore Roosevelt Total 1,081 144.71 7.47
William Howard Taft Total 724 181.00 4.00
Woodrow Wilson Total 1,803 225.38 8.00
Warren G. Harding Total 522 216.60 2.41
Calvin Coolidge Total 1,203 215.21 5.59
Herbert Hoover Total 968 242.00 4.00 5075 – 6070
Franklin D. Roosevelt Total 3,522 290.59 12.12 6071 – 9537
Harry S. Truman Total 907 116.58 7.78 9538 – 10431
I 504 133.33 3.78 9538 – 10029
II 403 100.75 4.00 10030 – 10431
Dwight D. Eisenhower Total 484 60.50 8.00 10432 – 10913
I 266 66.50 4.00 10432 – 10695-A
II 218 54.50 4.00 10696 – 10913
John F. Kennedy Total 214 75.35 2.84 10914 – 11127
Lyndon B. Johnson Total 325 62.86 5.17 11128 – 11451
Richard Nixon Total 346 62.34 5.55 11452 – 11797
I 247 61.75 4.00 11452 – 11698
II 99 63.87 1.55 11699 – 11797
Gerald R. Ford Total 169 68.98 2.45 11798 – 11966
Jimmy Carter Total 320 80.00 4.00 11967 – 12286
Ronald Reagan Total 381 47.63 8.00 12287 – 12667
I 213 53.25 4.00 12287 – 12499
II 168 42.00 4.00 12500 – 12667
George Bush Total 166 41.50 4.00 12668 – 12833
William J. Clinton Total 364 45.50 8.00 12834 – 13197
I 200 50.00 4.00 12834 – 13033
II 164 41.00 4.00 13034 – 13197
George W. Bush Total 291 36.38 8.00 13198 – 13488
I 173 43.25 4.00 13198 – 13370
II 118 29.50 4.00 13371 – 13488
Barack Obama Total 193 33.10 5.83 13489 – 13681
I 147 36.75 4.00 13489 – 13635
II 46 25.14 1.83 13636 – 13681
Note: Obama EO counts are updated monthly following the 20th day of the month to recompute average per year. Orders issued between updates can be accessed here:
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/executive_orders.php?year=2014





Last Update: Data Through November 20, 2014. (through 5.83 years of the Obama Administration)

Citation: Gerhard Peters. “Executive Orders.” The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA. 1999-2014. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php.

Notes:
1 1789 to 1945 (Roosevelt) data includes “numbered” and “unnumbered” executive orders. 1945 (Truman) & 1967 (Johnson) data includes only numbered executive orders including those with letter designations (ex. Executive Order 9577-A).

Data Sources:
• 1789 – 1945 (Roosevelt) data obtained from Lyn Ragsdale, “Vital Statisitcs on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton.” rev. ed. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1998).
• 1945 (Truman) – present data compiled by Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project, from documents contained in the Federal Register.”

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-19-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer has been indicted on federal charges. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly punched a man during an arrest, and kicked him while he was handcuffed and lying on the floor face-down. ow.ly/EyGbl
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico: Prosecutors have decided that a police officer won’t face state charges in connection with a traffic stop in which excessive force was alleged. ow.ly/EyDHO
  • Weld County, Colorado: A grand jury has indicted a now-former deputy on felony charges in the murder of his wife. ow.ly/EyzbH
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun. He has been fired. ow.ly/EyywI
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy was released from jail on $1,000 bail after he was charged with assault and trespassing related to an incident that occurred while he was on duty and driving a sheriff’s van. ow.ly/EykyD
  • Secaucus, New Jersey: A police officer has been charged with obtaining a steroid gel known as Androgel testosterone and then selling the medication online. ow.ly/Eycr0
  • Update: Santa Fe County, New Mexico: The now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy has pled not guilty. ow.ly/ExEuw
  • Newton, New Jersey: A police officer was caught on videotape unzipping his pants and exposing himself to young men during at least five traffic stops, according to an arrest affidavit. ow.ly/ExDc1
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer has been charged with sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. He allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/EwUaU
  • Update: Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer pled not guilty after he was accused of recording 21 women as they undressed at a tanning salon. ow.ly/EuVZ0 “

 

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All The Best Black Friday Tech Deals

 

 

 

 

” Get your shopping list in order–the Black Friday deals are popping up already. We’ve scoured them for the most interesting bargains, and we’ll be updating more great deals as we see them.

  Call it 50-inches of entertainment nirvana for less. Best Buy has announced its Black Friday deals, and one of them is a massive Panasonic 50-inch HDTV for only $199. It’s an LED model so it won’t suck up as much power. Other deals include a DigiLand 7-inch tablet that runs Android but won’t deplete your pocketbook—it’s only $40. We also should point out that the iPad Air 2, which almost never gets price cuts, is also on sale. Best Buy is taking $100 off any model. “

   There is much more on tech deals at Popular Mechanics … 

   Meanwhile over at The Verge you can find lots more impending Black Friday deals from Apple , Amazon ,Walmart and more …

” Black Friday is the best time of the year to get great deals on all kinds of electronics, games, and gadgets. We’ve culled through the best deals around to bring you everything that matters and nothing that doesn’t. This stream will be updated all season, so be sure to check back often.”

Schlafly: Obama Could Launch Another Civil War

 

 

” President Obama’s looming executive action on immigration reform represents a Fort Sumter-type moment, according to conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

  Fort Sumter, of course, is the sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there that the opening shots of the U.S. Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861.

  Schlafly at first considered comparing the Obama amnesty to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but decided that Obama’s plan is much more subtle.

“ With Pearl Harbor, the American people knew what was happening,” she said.

  But Fort Sumter represented the beginning of a ruinous war, and Schlafly, like fellow conservative luminary Richard Viguerie, speculates that an executive amnesty might touch off a sort of modern-day conflagration.

  Obama plans to announce his unilateral immigration reform proposal in a televised address Thursday night. While no details are being released by the White House until then, analysts widely expect it to include work permits for up to five million people currently in the U.S. illegally.

  However, the administration may be expecting to authorize many more than those five million. Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began searching for a contractor capable of producing up to 34 million blank green cards over the next five years. “

 
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Watching The Democrats Commit Suicide

 

 

 

 

 

” So the Senate Democrats just defeated the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline by 1 vote. Sitting duck Mary Landrieu — the soon-to-be former senator from Louisiana — begged her Democratic colleagues to vote for the energy-and-job-creating project but, no, the Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren “Green” wing of the party chose leftist sanctimoniousness over practicality.

  Here’s the thing about energy: we need as much of it as we can get as cheaply as possible. Are you worried about “the environment,” “peak oil,” etc.? Then you should be an aivd supporter of fracking, the Keystone pipeline, and any other means of extracting fossil fuels from the bounty of the Earth. Why? Because what the United States needs is cheap, abundant energy, period (as the president might say). The reason is that if you want to help the downtrodden, save the environment, preserve the wetlands, and make the world safe for unbearable gasbags like Elizabeth Warren, then you need money. And to get money you need energy, lots and lots of energy.  Let’s say you are interested in developing viable alternatives to carbon-based fuels: how would you do it?  By basic research and an accumulation of engineering experiments.

  What is the indispensable prerequisite for undertaking those tasks wholeheartedly? Money, wealth, prosperity. Without those golden keys, there is no research to speak of and little in the way of experimentation. The liberal (i.e., the wacko) wing of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to understand that.

  Or maybe it does understand it but chooses to ignore it. After all, a lack of resources does not hamper Elizabeth Warren’s movements. It merely hurts the people she pretends to serve. Air Force records show that Barack Obama charged the taxpayers $1,539,402.10 for his Labor Day travels for “fundraising, personal business, and politicking.” As Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton put it, “This Labor Day back-and-forth shows President Obama seems to confuse Air Force One with Uber.” “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-18-14

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 18, 2014:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was fired after he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and violating the probation set by the city. ly/EuVFr
  • Butte County, California: A deputy is facing allegations that he molested an 11-year-old girl, according to authorities. The deputy was taken into custody following a seven-month investigation by the Chico Police Department. ly/EuVdo
  • Los Angeles, California: A man who says police officers beat and kicked him unconscious has filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. The officers are on paid leave as the LAPD investigates. ly/EuHwD
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy who recently ran for sheriff has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cell phones into jail for inmates, authorities said. ly/EuqSZ
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida: The county sheriff says one of his deputies violated the public’s trust. That deputy is accused of sexually violating a woman while on-duty. He’s been fired from the department and is facing sexual battery charges. ly/Et5Qh
  • Update: Denton County, Texas: A now-former deputy was indicted by a grand jury. He was indicted on a charge of theft of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 after he allegedly took money from three individuals while in uniform. ly/EukPR
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop has been suspended for 60 days and ordered to sign a last chance agreement. The officer received the discipline after he was found guilty of several administrative charges, including insubordination and failing to be honest.ly/Etj71
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer will no longer receive pay during his suspension. He was first put on paid leave amid a criminal investigation in which he was accused of stealing money from a police motorcycle club.ly/Et7N4
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy resigned after he was caught on camera stealing a DVD. ly/Et6Ad
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy has been fired and charged with evidence tampering. The deputy responded to a Walmart, recognized shoplifters on surveillance video as friends, and never filed any charges. ly/Et4ZT
  • Taunton, Massachusetts: A police officer has been accused of excessive force in five casesA fight caught on camera in the police station booking room is the latest potential blemish on the record of a veteran detective who’s described as “decorated and proactive” by his chief. ow.ly/Etvbd
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A jury convicted a now-former police officer of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of a man. The jury found him not guilty of two other charges: false imprisonment and official oppression. ow.ly/EtuRI “

 

 

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