June 18, 2013

Press Ignores Record Number of Food Stamp Households, But Frequently Cites ‘Cuts’ in Farm Bill

A search at Google News on “households food stamps record” done at 9 p.m. ET (not in quotes, sorted by date, with duplicates and similar items) returned three items. Two are at the Daily Caller (here and here); and the other is at Reason.com. Program statistics for March, the latest month available, show that a record 23.12 million households — one in every five in the U.S. — received food stamp benefits. At 47.73 million, the total number of persons receiving benefits was only 65,000 below the record set in December. In 2008, average participation was less than 29 million.

That search result shows, despite the fact that records are supposed to be news, that the establishment press is completely uninterested in communicating the fact that the food stamp program continues to grow, though very slowly, even as the economy supposedly recovers. There is one number that the press has been citing frequently, namely the number of people who might be removed from the food stamp rolls if language attempting to limit the program to people who are truly in need remains in the otherwise bloated disaster known as the farm bill.

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NewsBusted (061813)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:40 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
– Jay Leno
– President Obama Speech
– Economic Recovery
– Cyber Attacks
– Weight Loss Patch
– Email and Text Data
– College Students
– Former Miss America Erika Harold

Best Line: “Researchers at UCLA are saying that America has not reached the great recovery promised by the Obama administration. The results are published in the latest edition of “Duh!” Magazine.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Harassment and Intimidation: The Goals of Obama’s Information Dragnet’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Be humble ‘from head to toe,’ Pope Francis says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 14, 2013 / 09:27 am

Pope Francis said people must to admit their sins like Saint Paul and not just their good deeds during his daily morning Mass.

“We have to be humble, but with real humility, from head to toe,” said Pope Francis June 14.

“If we only pride ourselves on our service record and nothing more, we end up going wrong,” said Pope Francis.

He made his comments in his homily for morning Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House. The head of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, concelebrated the Mass with the Pope, while staff and clergy from the congregation attended it.

“Not sinners with that kind of humility, which seems more a put-on face, no?” the Holy Father remarked. “Oh no, strong humility.”

He highlighted that “this is the model of humility for us priests, too.”

“We cannot proclaim Jesus Christ the Savior if we do not feel him present and at work deep down,” he added.

“Brothers, we have a treasure, that of Jesus Christ the Savior, the Cross of Jesus Christ, this treasure of which we pride ourselves, but we have it in a clay vessel,” said Pope Francis. “Let us vaunt our ‘handbook’ of our sins.”

The Pope underscored that Jesus is “a gift that we can only understand, only receive, in earthen vessels.”

He based his homily on the first reading for today, which was taken from 2 Corinthians 4.

The pontiff stated it is precisely from “the relationship between the grace and power of Jesus Christ and ourselves, poor sinners as we are, that the dialogue of salvation springs.”

“This dialogue, moreover, must avoid any self-justification and be between God and ourselves as we are,” he said.

The Pope stressed that St. Paul, author of the letter to the Corinthians, shows us his own weakness and sin, which is that he persecuted Christians.

“It always comes back to his memory of sin, he feels sinful but even then he does not say ‘I was a sinner, but now I am holy,’ no,” he said. ‘Even now, a thorn of Satan is in my flesh,’ the Pope said, quoting from St. Paul. …

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