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  • Postal Service Commemorates Two Most Important Muslim Festivals With New Eid Greetings Stamp

    06/22/2016 5:57:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 57 replies
    USPS ^ | June 10, 2016
    The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated the Eid Greetings Forever Stamp recognizing the two most important festivals — or eids — in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The ceremony was held at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
  • Here Is Your New Muslim Postage Stamp, America

    01/02/2016 11:08:47 AM PST · by PROCON · 86 replies ^ | Jan. 2, 2016 | Eric Owens
    It's a brand new year, America, and the U.S. Postal Service has just introduced its annual batch of 2016 stamps. Among the stamps is a purple-and-gold stamp celebrating the two most significant festivals in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The stamp's gold calligraphy (by Mohamed Zakaria of Arlington, Va.) reads Eidukum mumbarak, which translates as: "May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed)."The stamp features no actual imagery other than the calligraphy and a few words in English.
  • 3 in 4 Refugees On Food Stamps, Many Using Other Forms Of Public Assistance

    04/01/2015 8:51:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/1/15 | Caroline May
    A strikingly high percentage of refugees to the United States use some form of public assistance, according to a government report to Congress. The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Annual Report to Congress for FY2013 reveals that nearly 3 in 4 refugees were on food stamps. Additionally, nearly half were on some form of cash assistance and more than a half were on medical assistance. More than 20 percent were on Supplemental Security Income, more than 22 percent were in public housing and nearly 20 percent were on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The report noted that many households received...
  • Selling A Stamp Collection

    01/30/2015 9:47:40 AM PST · by kjam22 · 107 replies
    VANITY | 1-30-2015 | kjam22
    I've inherited this good size stamp collection, and I'm trying to figure out what its worth and how to sell it without getting taken to the cleaners. Do any freepers have any experience with this sort of stuff?
  • Louisiana Gives Away $1.3 Million in Food Stamps to Dead People

    07/09/2014 2:59:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/08/14
    Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between 2009 and 2013, the Times-Picayune reports. A report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday revealed the government waste: In all, state benefits went out to 3,938 deceased people over the four-year period examined by the auditor. The Louisiana auditor only reviewed records concerning single people who had died. The total amount of money spent on food stamps for single people in Louisiana during this time was $1.08 billion. Much of the money — $556,000 — was spent on people who had been dead for...
  • Wal-Mart makes official its reliance on food-stamp recipients for profits

    03/25/2014 8:48:26 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 103 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | March 24, 2014 | Steve Goldstein
    <p>Wal-Mart Stores WMT -0.15% filed its 10-K late on Friday after the market closed, and the world’s largest retailer added some new language to the list of factors that could hurt the company.</p>
  • Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013

    01/21/2014 2:47:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/21/14 | Ali Meyer
    ( -- A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The numbers also show that there were a record number of individuals on food stamps in 2013 and that the cost of the program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was at an all-time high.
  • Pennsylvania man says hunch helped him land sheet of rare 'corrected' 1918 stamps

    12/30/2013 1:32:20 PM PST · by Doogle · 12 replies
    APviaFOX ^ | 12/30/13 | AP
    BUFFALO, N.Y. – A collector credits a hunch with helping him land one of just 100 sheets of stamps recently issued by the United States Postal Service featuring a corrected version of its rare and famous error, the 1918 "inverted Jenny." Art Van Riper bought the stamps in Waverly, N.Y., after reading that the Postal Service had printed a new batch of inverted Jenny stamps celebrating the 95-year-old edition that, by mistake, featured an upside-down biplane. He also read that, as a way to draw more people into stamp collecting, the Postal Service randomly distributed 100 sheets featuring the plane...
  • Price of a stamp set to rise AGAIN as postal service struggles to recoup $3 billion loss

    12/26/2013 6:31:31 AM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Many consumers won't feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the future rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective January 26.
  • How Democrats Plan to Cut Food Stamps Without Enraging Their Base

    12/10/2013 4:50:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/09/13 | Meredith Shiner
    For Democrats especially, any talk about cutting billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is uncomfortable and certain to create internal strife. But negotiators on the farm bill believe they’ve found a way to make about $8 billion in savings from the program palatable for most Democrats. The key is eliminating a loophole that enables states to help some low-income residents with nominal subsidies to pay for their heating in the winter in order to trigger much higher food stamp benefits. Some states, such as New York, will make a $1 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program payment to low-income...
  • Shameless Load Boasts On-Air: She Lives GREAT on Welfare, 'Working is Stupid'- 'Taxpayers are Fools'

    12/02/2013 9:19:14 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 56 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Welfare queens, chillin' A  recent caller to an Austin radio talk show ('Lucy', 32 y.o., Riverside, TX) -just one of the record 91.5M Americans who've left the US work force- bragged to the host that both she AND her husband 'don't see the need' for working these days... even though they have three young daughters. She said she prefers to live on welfare and 'benefits' so she can 'visit friends and smoke weed all day'... Here's the sweet little package Lucy's managed to put together: Section-8 gov't-paid rent     $550/mo EBT/food stamps              ...
  • Why JPMorgan Wants to See More Americans on Food Stamps

    10/20/2013 10:32:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Money Morning ^ | APRIL/9/2013 | David Zeiler
    Every time an American signs up for food stamps in one of 23 states, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) adds to its revenue stream. That because JPMorgan Chase contracts to operate as the processor of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in those states. JPMorgan earns a fee for each recipient, ranging from 31 cents to $2.30, depending on the state, every month for the term of the contract. JPMorgan's seven-year Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the official name for the federal food stamp program) contract with New York state, for example, brought in more than $126 million of...
  • Gov’t Gone Wild! USDA’s Zero Down Mortgage on Martha’s Vineyard

    06/08/2013 2:29:35 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I attended a conference in New York City on Thursday regarding the future of housing finance. While all the proposals were interesting, I asked if this will mutate into another Obamacare debacle at 13,000 pages or the 1,000 page plus immigration bill. And I warned that government policies will assert themselves to control and manipulate whatever is decided, regardless of how ironclad one thinks it will be. As an example, I mentioned the recent story where millionaires wanting to buy a home on Martha’s Vineyard are eligible for a zero percentage down payment mortgage from the USDA! The US Department...
  • USDA: 1 in 4 children were on food stamps in fiscal year 2011

    01/09/2013 6:49:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/13 | Caroline May
    One in four children in America participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, in fiscal year 2011, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Census Bureau. The USDA’s “Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2011” shows that in 2011, 19.9 million children, or people under 18, received food stamp benefits. The Census estimates there were 73.9 million children living in the United States in 2011, meaning that 26.9 percent of children, or approximately one in four, were on food stamps in 2011. The USDA notes that children constituted 45...
  • Royal Mail to release 'Doctor Who' stamps

    01/02/2013 4:07:43 PM PST · by mikrofon · 15 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | Jan 2 2013 06:16 PM ET | Josh Stillman
    Sure, bow ties are cool, but stamps are even cooler. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Britain’s Royal Mail is releasing a series of stamps featuring the 11 actors who have held the title role, the British postal service announced Wednesday. Everyone from William Hartnell, who first portrayed the Doctor from 1963-66, to Matt Smith, the current star, will be included. And don’t forget about those pesky foes: Daleks, Oods, Weeping Angels, and a Cyberman will all get their due on a miniature sheet with Second Class stamps, along with a stamp featuring the Doctor’s time travel machine,...
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker: $80.4B Food Stamp Program ‘Not a Government Handout’

    12/10/2012 11:00:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker says the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), which spent $80.4 billion in fiscal 2012, is “not a government handout.” “I hope and understand that people are getting a better recognition that this is a program that really helps America, helps families in need,” Booker said on Friday, while describing his fourth day of living on a SNAP budget. "It’s not a government handout,” he said. “If anything, it’s a safety net that helps people through difficult times and bridges them towards stability.” …
  • Foodstamps Soar By Most In 16 Months: Over 1 Million Americans Enter Poverty In Last Two Months

    12/10/2012 3:57:01 AM PST · by Perdogg · 31 replies
    And we thought last month's delayed foodstamp data was bad. The just reported foodstamp number for September was a doozy, with 607,544 new Americans becoming eligible for foodstamps, as a record 47.7 million Americans are now living in poverty at least according to the USDA. The monthly increase was the highest since May 2011, and with August's 421K new impoverished America, over 1 million Americans made the EBT card their new best friend. It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data...
  • Ohioans’ Food Stamp Aid to be Reduced

    11/12/2012 11:50:23 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 71 replies
    Blade ^ | November 12, 2012 | Kate Giammarise
    Benefit to fall $50 a month starting in January Ohio families receiving food stamps could get an unwelcome surprise come January: $50 less every month in assistance. For the 869,000 households enrolled in the program for the poorest Ohioans, that could amount to about $520 million annually out of the grocery budgets. Because of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses for people receiving the benefit, a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, many families could experience a significant cut in aid, those familiar with the program say. Recipients should get a letter...
  • “Flight into Egypt” Forever Stamp and the Holy Spirit

    10/21/2012 2:16:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | October 19, 2012 | Elizabeth Scalia
    So, I’m taking a quick flip through my Facebook timeline and I see that Patrick Madrid has posted this image.It stopped me in my tracks.The stamp had blipped through my awareness earlier this week when both Kathy Schiffer and our human news aggregator, Deacon Greg had mentioned it, but this morning the simple silhouettes against the fiery sky, and the inviting brilliance of the Light, just seemed to pull me in, and it brought on a renewed bout of astonished appreciation for the workings of the Holy Spirit, who often uses the most confounding means and methods — this time...
  • Since Jan 2009, 10 Times Fewer People Did NOT Enter The Labor Force Than Entered It

    10/17/2012 2:36:40 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/17/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    We all know that the employment situation in the USA is horrible. Average duration of unemployment of 40 weeks and a 14.7% unemployment/underemployment rate. We do know that civilian labor force participation has declined from 65.7% in January 2009 to 63.6% in September 2012. That is a large drop in labor force participation. Let’s break it down. Since January 2009: 827,000 more people have been added to the labor force! (Blue line) 8,206,000 more people are NOT in the labor force! (Red line) That is almost a 10:1 ratio of people not in the labor force over those entering the...
  • number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement

    09/19/2012 6:52:26 AM PDT · by rawhide · 29 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 9-19-12 | Philip Klein
    Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps. In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting...
  • NYT introduces us to couple Romney didn’t try to kill with cancer (Helps them to buy a house)

    08/10/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/10/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    No, instead, he gave them a personal loan for a house. A house filled with cancer.Nope, just a regular house they rented from Romney in the Houston suburbs. After Romney's initial investment in five rental properties went south, he ended up holding on to them for more than a decade, often renting them at a loss. The Times notes it's one of few miscues in Romney's investment history. When he did offload the homes, the renters were given first dibs, but Timothy and Betty Stamps were unable to get a loan for the home because Timothy had recently lost his...
  • USDA Partnering With Mexico to Boost Food Stamp Participation.

    07/19/2012 4:15:19 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/19/2012 | By Caroline May
    The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. Read more:
  • Send O'Bumbles to Park Ranger School!

    07/09/2012 5:49:10 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 9 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    By this point it's no secret that the up-to-no-good Obama administration has already got an all-time record number of people (over 45 million!) hooked of food stamps as the bloated program morphs from a safety net into a permanent middle-class entitlement.  This one single program is set to cost the federal government $770 billion over the next decade, while the annual outlay is up 100% under the current administration. Alas, that's not enough dependency for this vile, scheming regime: this month they're running radio ads -funded with your tax dollars- that aggressively encourage even more people to sign up ('they make...

    06/25/2012 3:07:37 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/22/2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Although former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was smeared as “racist” by many Democrats and members of the main stream media for declaring Barack Obama “the food stamp president,” it turns out that, according to the USDA, being a “food stamp president” is really hip. In fact, the nation’s agricultural agency says, in a recent video ad, that signing up for food stamps can make you look and feel your best. --snip-- Almost 48 million people received food stamps in 2011, an increase from the 28.2 million who received the welfare benefit in 2008. The cost to taxpayers...
  • Government wants more people on food stamps

    06/25/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25, 2012: | Tami Luhby
    More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been running radio ads for the past four months encouraging those eligible to enroll. The campaign is targeted at the elderly, working poor, the unemployed and Hispanics. The department is spending between $2.5 million and $3 million on paid spots, and free public service announcements are also airing. The campaign can be heard in California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and the New York metro area. "Research...
  • USDA: Food Stamps Help You Look And Feel Your Best

    06/22/2012 6:49:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    fox ^ | 6/22/12 | fox
    Although former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was smeared as “racist” by many Democrats and members of the main stream media for declaring Barack Obama “the food stamp president,” it turns out that, according to the USDA, being a “food stamp president” is really hip. In fact, the nation’s agricultural agency says, in a recent video ad,
  • Food Stamp Fiasco:The Senate refuses to cut $20 billion out of $770 billion.

    06/20/2012 5:07:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-19-12 | WSJ
    The next time someone moans about Washington "austerity," tell them about the Senate's food stamp votes on Tuesday. Democrats and a few Republicans united to block even modest reform in a welfare program that has exploded in the last decade and is set to spend $770 billion in the next 10 years. Yes, $770 billion on a single program. And you wonder why the U.S. had its credit-rating downgraded?
  • Which Corporations Profit from Food Stamps?(Big Banks and Corporations)

    06/16/2012 8:01:59 AM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies ^ | June 15, 2012 | Noel Brinkerhoff, Vicki Baker
    In these tough economic times, millions of Americans have leaned heavily on food stamps. This government assistance program also has done well by some of the country’s biggest banks and corporations.   An investigation by the advocacy group Eat Drink Politics found banks and businesses have reaped multi-million-dollar contracts from the government to administer food stamp programs at the state level. Yet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), doesn’t make public how much profit the banks and other businesses earn by acting as government agents for the program.   One significant beneficiary...
  • U.S. food stamps helped reduce poverty rate, government finds

    04/10/2012 3:27:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    NYSlimes via Pioneer Press ^ | 4-9-12 | Sabrina Tavernise
    WASHINGTON - A study by the Agriculture Department has found that food stamps, one of the country's largest social safety net programs, reduced the poverty rate substantially during the recession. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, reduced the poverty rate nearly 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year included in the study, a significant impact for a social program whose effects often go unnoticed by policymakers. "SNAP plays a crucial, but often underappreciated, role in alleviating poverty," said Stacy Dean, an expert on the program with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based research group that...
  • Bill: No sweets with food stamps (FL)

    02/07/2012 5:00:23 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 43 replies
    WKMG ^ | 2/6/12 | Staff
    A Florida lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of food stamps to purchase snacks and sweets, such as cookies and cakes. Republican State Sen. Ronda Storms, of Valrico, says her goal is to stop a small percentage of recipients who misuse food stamps. Her bill would also require food stamp recipients to take state-run classes on healthy eating and how making your own baked goods is cheaper than store-made sweets. The bill is moving through state committees in Tallahassee. Critics say the government shouldn't be telling people what to eat.
  • 2012 USPS New Issues Calendar

    01/08/2012 1:37:52 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | Jan. 8, 2012 | stampnewsnow
    This list is in approximate chronological order, although in most cases dates and places of issue have not been decided. More stamp issues will be added here as they are announced.
  • Post office announces 1-cent increase in first-class stamp, other rate increases

    10/18/2011 1:20:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2011 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It'll cost a penny more to mail a letter next year. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will increase postage rates on Jan. 22, including a 1-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail, to 45 cents.
  • Put Your Face on a Stamp for a Donation? (Living Celebrity Stamps)

    09/28/2011 1:44:25 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 7 replies
    Various ^ | 9/28/11 | Papasmurf
    Links to some of the stories I've read/browsed through (in no certain order)... Google Google Google Google For more, follow this search link on Google: Google
  • Raw Video " MY EBT " by @MREBT ( OFFICAL VIDEO )

    09/19/2011 4:44:02 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | Apr 23, 2011 | MREBT
    Click to the video.
  • Obama Ag Secretary Vilsack: Food Stamps Are A Stimulus

    08/16/2011 11:48:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 64 replies ^ | August 16, 2011
    Obama's Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: "Well, obviously, it's putting people to work. Which is why we're going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that's never happened in this country -- something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it's also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84...
  • Video: Obama Ag Secretary says rise in food stamps is putting people to work

    08/16/2011 10:47:49 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 47 replies ^ | August 16, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the Obama administration has a jobs program already in place — and it’s food stamps. When asked about new numbers that show one in every seven Americans now receiving food stamps from the federal government, Vilsack said that’s good news. Food stamps create jobs, Vilsack insisted, and managed to even come up with a new multiplier effect number:
  • Rostenkowski's downfall charted in newly released FBI files

    06/30/2011 8:06:59 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    Per records, powerful congressman offered to quit, then fought allegations ### Mayor Richard M. Daley, right, and U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski attend a news conference together in 1993. Daley praised the longtime congressman after his death last August. ************* The theft of just $7,000 by a stamp clerk in the U.S. House Post Office mushroomed into a federal investigation that brought down one of the most powerful congressmen in the country, the late Daniel Rostenkowski of Chicago, according to records released Thursday by the FBI. The documents reveal that the FBI in 1992 was told by a "reliable source" that...
  • Got Food Stamps? Get Free Sprint Wireless Services

    02/14/2011 12:28:10 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 20 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/14/2011 | Reinhardt Krause
    Can government subsidies help Sprint Nextel (S) bounce back? Perhaps so, in a way you may not think. Sprint, which reported fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, seems to be having success with its Assurance Wireless brand, a prepaid offering. Sprint launched the government-subsidized Assurance program in early 2010. Sprint now markets the Assurance brand in 22 states and Washington, D.C. Sprint expanded the Assurance brand to Pennsylvania today.
  • Postal Service will be releasing newest stamp honoring President Ronald Reagan (February 10, 2011)

    02/09/2011 8:49:16 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 45 replies
    2011 is a very special year - it is the Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Ronald Reagan. There are activities and grand events planned throughout the Centennial Year. Click on the link below for an update. You'll want to get your reservations in NOW for some of them. Don't miss the Centennial Gala, held at Deer Valley Country Club in Deer Grove, IL. Guest Speaker: Newt Gingrich (includes a book-signing). This event is sponsored by the Tampico Hisorical Society & The Reagan Centennial Commission. REAGAN CENTENNIAL EVENTS CALENDAR - From Ronald Reagan Birthplace Click on photo to enlarge DOUBLE...
  • Food stamps: More Americans Keep Signing Up

    01/25/2011 9:56:55 AM PST · by Son House · 41 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 12, 2011 | By SoldAtTheTop
    Food stamps went to an additional 290,000 recipients in October, a federal survey shows. As a logical consequence of the prolonged economic downturn it appears that participation in the federal food stamp program is continuing to rise. In fact, household participation has been climbing so steadily that it has far surpassed the last peak set as a result of the immediate fallout following hurricane Katrina. The latest data released by the Department of Agriculture shows that in October, an additional 289,737 new recipients were added to the food stamps program, an increase of 14.67% on a year-over-year basis, while household...
  • Post office marks new first-class stamps 'forever'

    12/29/2010 6:25:35 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 32 replies · 2+ views
    hosted ^ | Dec 29 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Postal patron Sean Swilling is tired of the inconvenience that comes with every change in the price of mailing a letter. That makes him just the type of customer the U.S. Postal Service wants to please with a policy designating all new first-class stamps as "forever." Beginning in January, all new stamps good for 1 ounce of domestic first-class mail will forgo a printed denomination and be acceptable for the typical letter regardless of the current postal rate.
  • A Grim Record: One In Seven Americans Is On Food Stamps

    12/10/2010 12:59:19 PM PST · by Gabrial · 75 replies · 4+ views
    NPR ^ | 12/8/10 | Jacob Goldstein
    The number of people on food stamps keeps hitting new all-time highs; as of September, nearly 43 million people were using the program, according to figures out this week. Of course, because of population growth, absolute numbers only tell part of the story. The best way to look at the numbers over a long period of time is as a percentage of the population. And when you do that, you see that we're also hitting new highs.
  • Demand for Guns, Food Stamps Indicates Uncertainty: Analyst

    10/18/2010 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/18/10 | Michelle Lodge
    The rise in gun sales and food stamp demand are indicators of a fearful public struggling financially, Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist, ConvergEx Group, told CNBC Monday. “Oddly enough, buying a gun still holds very steady, but buying ammunition not so much,” said Colas, who analyzes trends in the economy and financial markets. In addition to firearms and food stamps, ConvergEX reviewed sales of gold and silver coins and used cars. “That tells us that there are more first-time [gun] buyers coming in to buy firearms and that speaks to your worries about security. They buy a few rounds
  • Fergie's £6,500 debt to the Queen... for stamps

    08/08/2010 5:06:36 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:05 AM on 1st August 2010 | By Chris Hastings and Christopher Leake
    The Duchess of York was facing fresh embarrassment today after running up a bill of £6,500 using the Queen’s special mail service. The cash-strapped Duchess, 50, used the service to send out signed photographs and gifts to friends at home and abroad - and was warned she might be barred from using it further unless her debt was cleared. The disclosure that the Duchess, who reportedly has debts of up to £2 million, failed to keep up payments is just the latest in a series of damaging revelations about her finances.
  • Governor Brewer activates new food stamp fraud prevention unit (AZ)

    07/03/2010 5:07:41 AM PDT · by exbrit · 60 replies · 1+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 7/2/10 | Unspecified
    PHOENIX - Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Department of Economic Security set in motion a new anti-fraud unit effective July 1. The new DES Trafficking Detection Unit will ensure that people obtaining food stamps are not using these benefits illegally. "We have an obligation to taxpayers," said Governor Brewer. "These benefits can only be used by people who are eligible and need help. The State of Arizona will not tolerate any abuse of government benefits. The Nutrition Assistance Program is a necessary part of the safety net, particularly in these difficult times, but these benefits must be used to...
  • Reports: Reagan slated for 2011 stamp

    05/10/2010 12:06:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 640+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/2010 | Mark A. Kellner
    There he goes again. Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, is expected to "three-peat" as the subject of a U.S. commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of his birth's centennial next year. The Web site of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library lists the issuance of a U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp among the planned events for the Reagan Centennial Celebration. "The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is planning a series of exciting events, programs and initiatives to celebrate this historic moment including . . . [a] Commemorative postage stamp," the site says. Grover Norquist, president of Americans...
  • Minn. Bill Would End Asset Test For Food Stamps

    03/17/2010 5:43:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 37 replies · 695+ views
    wcco ^ | 3-16-10 | ap
    A Senate panel looks at legislation Tuesday that would allow more people to qualify for food stamps. The bill from Democratic Sen. Linda Berglin of Minneapolis would repeal a requirement to show no more than $7,000 in assets such as cash, money in the bank and stocks to qualify for food support. Vehicles already are not counted.
  • Atheist Group Blasts Postal Service for Mother Teresa Stamp

    01/28/2010 11:02:50 AM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies · 915+ views ^ | January 28, 2010 | Diane Macedo
    An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations against honoring "individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings." The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp -- and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the word about what it calls the "darker side" of Mother Teresa. The stamp -- set to be released on Aug. 26, which would have been Mother Teresa's 100th birthday -- will recognize the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner for...
  • Food Stamps, and Nothing Else (Shocking US Chart)

    01/04/2010 3:11:34 PM PST · by GVnana · 26 replies · 1,878+ views
    Food stamp programs in 30 states and the District of Columbia provided data on the number of recipients who had no other cash income in 2007 and 2009. These numbers reflect not only the economic conditions in various states, but also the extent to which food stamp recipients qualify for other safety net programs, such as welfare or unemployment compensation.