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Too much of too little
Washington Post, by Eli Saslow

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Posted By:FlyRight, 11/10/2013 7:16:18 AM

McAllen, Tex. — They were already running late for a doctor’s appointment, but first the Salas family hurried into their kitchen for another breakfast paid for by the federal government. The 4-year-old grabbed a bag of cheddar-flavored potato chips and a granola bar. The 9-year-old filled a bowl with sugary cereal and then gulped down chocolate milk. Their mother, Blanca, arrived at the refrigerator and reached into the drawer where she stored the insulin needed to treat her diabetes. She filled a needle with fluid and injected it into her stomach with a practiced jab. “Let’s go,” she told the children,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 11/10/2013 7:19:54 AM     (No. 9606555)

And who forced them to buy the unhealthy food? Maybe it´s President Bushes fault?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judy W., 11/10/2013 7:33:54 AM     (No. 9606567)

Traditional diets are nourishing and cheap. You can get a lot of rice, beans, and lard on food stamps. Lard is good for you unless it is hydrogenated, and maybe natural lard is hard to find. At any rate, fat is filling and it´s carbs, especially refined carbs, that make you fat and diabetic. One of the biggest causes of the lobe sixty epidemic is the government-promoted belief that fat is bad for you. If you give kids low fat foods, of course they´ll be starving all the time and stuff their faces with junk.

It doesn´t take money to teach your kids from early childhood that you don´t have to do what other people are doing. If you don´t feed them adductive sugary junk when they´re little, and you keep them full with decent food, they´re less likely to get obese.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judy W., 11/10/2013 7:35:15 AM     (No. 9606571)

Oh, that spell-correct feature. That should be obesity epidemic.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JimS, 11/10/2013 7:36:59 AM     (No. 9606573)

I guess it would have been too much to expect that WaPo report the Sala family´s immigration status?
Perhaps they would get more nutritious food back in Mexico.
Perhaps if they were actually paying for the food, they wouldn´t be buying Cheet-O´s

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/10/2013 7:37:17 AM     (No. 9606575)

The sugar receptors in my tongue tell me sugar is not addictive ~ he craving is built into our very being.

The brain, for example, runs pretty much on nothing but sugar.

Cats, though, are different. They have no sugar receptors ~ so out there in the wild you won´t be fighting a panther over a bee hive full of honey!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: corndoggies, 11/10/2013 7:40:11 AM     (No. 9606577)

My husband grew up in this area and still has family there and I´ve visited them a few times which doesn´t make me an expert but I did read the entire article and this is my conclusion. You have your fat, lazy uneducated people and you have your varying size hard working people. Notice I didn´t mention ethnicity.

You could write this article in Detroit or Atlanta and have the same problem and the same conclusion. And South Texas isn´t as poor as this article leads you to believe. It´s a thriving metropolis with plenty of job opportunities should one get off their lazy fat booty and get to work.

My mother-in-law is truly one of the greatest persons I´ve ever met. She got up every day, made a home cooked breakfast for her kids, made and packed their lunches and then went to work. She has asthma from working at a clothing plant and I´ve never heard her complain one time about how hard her life was. She´s an American citizen like her parents were and she just did what she had to do to make sure her children (all from the same father who wasn´t in the picture as much as he should have been) were well taken care of.

Sorry for the rant but lazy people really tick me off and skin color has little to do with it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 11/10/2013 7:46:44 AM     (No. 9606583)

Speaking of cats, the best way to keep an ever increasing number of strays from hanging out on your back porch or sneaking into your garage is to NEVER start feeding them in the first place.

I missed the part in this story about where the fathers) of this woman´s children are. The Salsa are not a "family", they are a broken dysfunctional family and that´s 90 % of the problem right there.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/10/2013 7:47:53 AM     (No. 9606586)

Bad food choices and a sedentary life style is a recipe for disaster that we all struggle with in today´s society. Not a fan of the food and exercise police no matter how good their intentions. This is an issue with Obamacare. They will get up in your business and tell you how to live. Get ready for it, it is coming.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 11/10/2013 8:25:04 AM     (No. 9606632)

This is a classic example of a problem that the US Government created and now they want to spend more money to fix. If these people were not handed food stamps, they would not have come in from Mexico in the first place. Rice, beans and peppers are a far healthier diet than what they are spending their free money on now. If the mother had to work for her money, she would not have so many children and they wouldn´t be eating junk. The same goes for American citizen parasites except they didn´t cross any border.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 11/10/2013 8:26:41 AM     (No. 9606635)

My tax dollars go to feed these families. Why aren´t some of those dollars being used to implant birth control devices? I´m one of those unreasonable individuals that belies that those on the dole should be drug tested and made to practice birth control.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Steele81, 11/10/2013 8:29:21 AM     (No. 9606638)

Our dollar store has beans, rice, oatmeal, and other healthier options. Eggs and bacon are easy to fix and quick. Low carb diets have been proven healthy. The government food pyramid is a big part of the health problem.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Jebediah, 11/10/2013 8:39:01 AM     (No. 9606651)

Am I supposed to feel SORRY for a mother with diabetes who is well on the road to making sure her children also develop it? (And on my dime at that.) Plus may I add, as a shopping mother, that the snacks and canned food she is giving her kids are very expensive! You hear cries about how expensive oranges in season are.......well, Cheetos cost MORE!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/10/2013 9:08:19 AM     (No. 9606690)

This mother is food-ignorant. And it sounds as though she is using treats-as-food to pacify her kids rather than nourish them. Most kids can make breakfast and other simple meals by the time they are in elementary school. May not be perfect, but they can make scrambled eggs, salad, a sandwich, and so forth.

This mother´s idea of nutrition is Super Mario chips (fruit) and a diet Coke. The kids are always hungry because they are going from one sugar high to the next, with no nutrition to sustain them.

I would probably start by treating this woman´s depression. Perhaps then she could get herself together and make some better choices.

Limiting what can be bought with food stamps would be a major beginning. The various snack and beverage companies have no business dictating to Congress.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: billp, 11/10/2013 9:23:58 AM     (No. 9606709)

I would start by not paying people to not work. I never expected someone to pay my way and I don´t expect to pay the way for others. I´ve my own family to concern myself with and, as my kids have become adults, I expected them to find a job and support themselves. All animals operate this way, surely we can do it to. Just stop paying people to not work.. and ignore the rabid rabbit - liberalism is a disease!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dittohead, 11/10/2013 9:26:33 AM     (No. 9606714)

Address the fact, too, that she has 5 children she can´t afford. Whose fault is that, mine?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/10/2013 9:46:24 AM     (No. 9606730)

There are lots of pathologies going on here. I´ll address the one I know about personally.

High carbohydrate foods often taste great--so great that they are almost addictive. The problem comes in a couple of hours when they are digested and we´re hungry again, on the prowl for more carbohydrates. Two hours later the eating cycle will repeat itself, but while the food is available it tastes so good that eating it is a solidly reinforcing experience.

In the long run, this type of diet leads to what the article describes, obesity and diabetes. But the long run is not what most people are about. Hot Cheetos are cheap, easy and delicious. Who is willing to trade an option like that for the possibility that they will avoid needles, kidney failure, blindness and foot problems sometime in the distant future? I wish, I truly wish I knew how to help people make better choices when it comes to carbohydrates. I have been able to do it for myself, but when it comes to convincing other people, I don´t have a clue.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pinger, 11/10/2013 10:18:22 AM     (No. 9606768)

All the causes and effects of the situation this family is in can be attributed, again, to a government that simply thinks throwing money at a problem solves it.

This is more about education than anything else when you get to the root of it. You can rationalize this family´s behavior, make excuses, and justify decisions till the cows come home. But the fact is that people who are in--or put their kids in--this situation simply need to be prepared for an unhealthy--and short--life. Until that is understood, whether someone is getting food assistance or not, all the health issues mentioned in the piece will not go away.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/10/2013 10:33:55 AM     (No. 9606788)

When our government provides food, shelter, and money to these people, they lose all incentive to take care of themselves. The mother is on full disability at 40, and due to her own actions (eating improperly and being lazy and getting no exercise). She has all these kids, no mention of any father, probably never was part of the picture. The article was meant to generate sympathy for these poor people, but I am truly disgusted. By giving every thing to these people, we have ruined their lives, made them lazy and unhealthy, and believe me, giving them more money certainly will not make the situation better.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/10/2013 11:05:17 AM     (No. 9606826)

Liberalism feeds off ignorance. It can´t survive without it. It also can´t survive without an entitlement addicted society. Liberalism also teaches that nothing in life should be difficult and if it is you are a victim in need of government intervention and expensive taxpayer funded ´programs´. The concept of personal accountability has been destroyed. This is the result.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: steph_gray, 11/10/2013 11:12:08 AM     (No. 9606834)

#11 - Those two measures could have a good result, but are more difficult, intrusive, coercive, and expensive to enforce than simply taking away the right to vote from anyone on welfare. They can have it back as soon as they are working and paying taxes.

This of course assumes universal voting ID. I imagine the smaller America that eventually secedes from the collectivist Amerika will have such ID.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: M2, 11/10/2013 11:16:51 AM     (No. 9606839)

In addition to #22´s wonderful post is the fact that kids are not moving around. They have cell phones, are driven everywhere they need to go, they park themselves on their butts and play computer games and texting, and talking. There´s no such thing as actually working and contributing to the family or to someone else´s family.

I watched a cooking show called "The Pioneer Woman" on the Food Channel. She and her cowboy hubby own a huge working cattle ranch. All the kids work. They are home schooled but when they´re not working, they do actual physical labor rounding up cattle or goats, branding them, moving, moving, moving.

I´m sure she allows some TV or cell phone usage but I´m equally sure her family values are not those of the people this article talks about.

So while choosing the right, filling foods is not something food stamp folks usually know about (or if they do, they choose junk instead), getting kids to exercise somehow is at least as important.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: jond, 11/10/2013 11:17:02 AM     (No. 9606840)

This issue is hardly news. I worked in a store that sold food stamps in the 1970s, and after work I´d see my customers loading up on fluffer-nutter. (look it up;-)

In as much as the food stamp program is run by the Department of Agriculture, it should be straightforward to say, "We´re sorry you are hungry. Here´s 5 lbs of wheat flour, 5 lbs of corn meal, or rice, and so forth.

The problem is as much a political one as a health issue. The people who profit from food stamps ultimately are the ones who produce the low quality food.

BTW, I don´t believe sugar is addictive, but you can become habituated to it. If you stop eating it, the cravings diminish considerably.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: M2, 11/10/2013 11:17:50 AM     (No. 9606841)

(Make that #2´s post, not 22´s.)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: quark, 11/10/2013 11:31:07 AM     (No. 9606855)

The article says she is 40 and had her 1st child at 19, a 2nd a few years later.

So it sounds like she has at least 2 kids who can work - why aren´t they?


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Reply 25 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/10/2013 11:31:50 AM     (No. 9606857)

When you take away teaching tools like HomeEc from schools, you will have an end result of women(and men) who have no clue how to take care of their families in the healthiest way possible.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LadyVet, 11/10/2013 11:47:02 AM     (No. 9606876)

Why did Eli need to go to Hidalgo County, TX for this story? There are obese and diabetic people on food stamps in D.C. This is just negative propaganda about the mean ol´ republicans cutting the food stamp budget and the WaPo knows that Texas is full of mean ol´ Republicans.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/10/2013 12:13:01 PM     (No. 9606897)

The cheese smothered hot Cheetos are the convenience food version of the basic building blocks of the Mexican peasant diet- fried masa, chili peppers and queso fresco. What´s missing are the beans.

Both the Mexican peasants´ diet and the African American agricultural workers´ diet are heavy on corn meal in some form often cooked with pork fat and beans. Frying helped hold cooked food with out refrigeration. The immersion in 350 degree oil dispatched bacteria and the resulting crust prevented re contamination for up to several hours.

All these diets worked well when people did hard physical labor for 8 to 12 hours a day. My German grandma didn´t know how to cook if she couldn´t add a stick of butter to every dish, cooking she learned feed threshing crews. All these diets are recipes for disaster if all one does is sit in front of a TV. Eating on the run complicates matters because the easiest foods to eat on the run tend to be fried or have a high carb delivery device.

Dietary habits are hard to break. Educating the young helps. So do realistic diet adjustments. The doctor´s "Never" is a recipe for failure. He´d do better say only once a month as a special treat and teach portion control such as Fried chicken on its own. No. A fried breast strip shredded as a garnish on a lettuce salad. A big yes.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 11/10/2013 12:18:41 PM     (No. 9606904)

If the computers in stores can monitor everything in the store, for inventory control and to prevent theft, and they can tell expectant mothers what they can or can´t buy on the WICK program, why can´t they monitor the kinds of food that people on food stamps try to purchase. If you´re not working, you surely have time to cook!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 11/10/2013 12:32:33 PM     (No. 9606912)

Poor people in the US are fat. Most poor people world wide are thin.

We are providing to many calories (food stamps) for these people. They have demonstrated that they cannot balance their caloric intake with their activity level in a healthful manner.

I propose, similar in concept to a progressive income tax, that we have a progressive food stamp program. More assistance (food stamps) to those that are below weight (based on BMI), and progressively less food stamps for those that are overweight, and even less for those that are obese.

Let then eat whatever they want, but lets not subsidize obesity.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: PIAPilot, 11/10/2013 1:32:22 PM     (No. 9606965)

How about a "value tax" on the food stamps based on nutritional value of foods? Keep it simple - if you purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, cheese (not cheese spread or dip) and lean meats you pay the posted price. If you purchase junk food, candy, soda, energy drinks, etc, you have an additional 25% of their value deducted from your bet card and returned to the government to pay for health care and nutritional education. Yes, it takes more money away, but if Ther isn´t pain there won´t be a change in behavior.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: checkmatekingtwo, 11/10/2013 2:02:34 PM     (No. 9606987)

"She had tried planning a menu and cooking family dinners, but tailoring meals on a budget to the varied tastes of five children exhausted her." This is just bad parenting. You don´t tailor meals to the kids. You tell the kids what´s for supper and they eat it. Or if they don´t eat it, they go to bed hungry. My parents never tailored food for us kids. We gave thanks to the Lord, then we ate it, and then thanked our parents. Obviously these kids don´t go hungry enough if they refuse to eat what´s put in front of them.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Penney, 11/10/2013 2:37:40 PM     (No. 9607016)

American society in general continues to be dumbed-down about nearly everything these days. The facts are available but are currently marginalized & obscured by the schools, the media, hollyweird and statist governmental policies.

Until fairly recently, most of American society, pop culture & elected officials actually reinforced the positive lessons, ethics and faith experienced & learned within families, but today´s society has fragmented the American family, communities, cities and currently seems to also be working against, ´´ E Pluribus Unim,´´ as the statist pols divide & dispense favors instead of the Founders´ principle, ´all are created equal.´

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/10/2013 3:18:41 PM     (No. 9607042)

One thing that I didn´t see mentioned in the article is that people of Hispanic extraction are especially susceptible to diabetes. I have friends and relatives who are Hispanic, and many are diabetic, even with healthy diets.

I didn´t buy a lot of junk food for my kids, so they didn´t eat it at home. The mom could make a big change just by not buying "sugary cereal," and preparing the same healthy meal for everyone.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 11/10/2013 6:54:31 PM     (No. 9607165)

The beverage lobbies are not exactly ´´dictating´´ to congress per se, but they ARE buying congressional influence with big cash under the table, trips on corporate jets, fancy excursions to exotic places, and the list goes on. If you think YOUR congress-critter isn´t on the take, then you should do more research.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: MamaD, 11/10/2013 7:51:31 PM     (No. 9607191)

This woman may have caused most of her problems but she didn’t cause her diabetes. As a nurse who is a certified diabetic educator, this myth is one of my pet peeves.

I don’t know where this myth got started, but it is pervasive, and it is wrong. (Now she may not be managing it properly---that’s an entirely different story.) You can find this info easily on the American Diabetes Association website.

The myth is that if you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes. The fact is that though being overweight is one risk factor for developing this disease, there are numerous other risk factors which also play a role (like age, ethnicity, and genetics). Unfortunately, too many people believe weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Most overweight people will never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.

The problem with this myth is that too many people (including many physicians) believe that they are “safe” and will never develop type 2 diabetes if they fall in the normal weight ranges. This can lead to a lack of screening for people who have other risk factors, and in turn, a later diagnosis, which can mean that complications may have already developed which might have been prevented if treatment had been initiated earlier.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 11/10/2013 8:10:56 PM     (No. 9607202)

Her children who are in school are receiving two free meals per day, Monday through Friday, throughout most of the year. In addition, many high-poverty areas have free lunch programs during the summer.

School for poor children and/or bilingual children begins in PK these days (age four, with even earlier programs in some areas).

With food stamps coming **on top** of these free breakfasts and lunches, no parent has an excuse for his/her child going hungry.

Bad parenting is one reason the lower classes got that way, and stay that way. Decisions were involved each time she put herself in a position to become pregnant for each of these five times. She made this problem.

A better place to live is a Greyhound bus ride from Hidalgo County---and any other area of poverty in the U.S. Staying in such a place is also as a decision.

Our decisions have consequences.

The 13-year-old daughter who was passing her mother to "go out to play" could just as well have been in the kitchen helping to prepare dinner. At her age, I was preparing my parents´ dinner every night, as they both had jobs that brought them home late.

As someone else pointed out, there are older children in that family. Where are they? What have their life choices been?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/10/2013 8:30:47 PM     (No. 9607213)

Well said and necessary #36
First no diabetic grabs an insulin syringe out of the fridge and jabs their stomach.
My three shots a day are carefully timed and placed.
Most over weight diabetics are conned into pills that are not insulin causing a faulty metabolic system into producing more insulin that too often doesn´t absorb correctly leading to further complications
Carbs have become the big boggy man factor pushed by the diet police.
A healthy diet must include a balance of carbs + protein +fats.
Carbs furnish energy and all food becomes glucose so it can be absorbed.
Fresh fish isn´t the end all of protein.
This article is one misleading piece of drivel that must have come from the book of sob stories.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: HalfNorsk, 11/10/2013 10:59:32 PM     (No. 9607299)

We raised 4 slender, healthy kids, and never spent close to $430/month on food. This woman in the article lives in an area where fruits and vegetables are cheap. Her family´s nutrition problems are her fault. Period.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/10/2013 11:09:11 PM     (No. 9607301)

It seems like we are possessed by food since the Wookie moved into the wh.

How many of our mothers and grandmothers needed to be told what to buy, eat, and how to cook it ? We were less fat back when.

Everyday you get up and make choices. People are rewarded for making bad choices today. Work hard, try hard, do good, and you pay for those making bad choices.

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Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/7/2014 8:03:08 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is planning to sign two new executive actions aimed at narrowing the wage gap between men and women Tuesday, even as the Obama White House pays its female staffers less than men.The first executive action will be an order banning federal contractors from retaliation against employees who disclose or ask about their wages, according to reports. His other executive action will require federal contractors to submit data to the government about their employees compensation by sex and race. On Tuesday — the day advocates have labelled “Equal Pay Day” to symbolize the amount of time women have to

Dark markets may be more harmful
than high-frequency trading
Reuters, by John McCrank    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/7/2014 7:38:55 AM     Post Reply
Fears that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market went mainstream last week thanks to allegations in a book by financial author Michael Lewis, but there may be a more serious threat to investors: the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges.Some former regulators and academics say so much trading is now happening away from exchanges that publicly quoted prices for stocks on exchanges may no longer properly reflect where the market is. And this problem could cost investors far more money than any shenanigans related to high frequency trading. When the average investor, or even

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/6/2014 8:50:41 AM     Post Reply
It’s good Gov. Cuomo understands New York has a problem with cigarette smuggling. Too bad he has yet to figure out what’s really driving the problem of illegal smokes: our high tobacco taxes.Just days after a key report found New York has the highest percentage of illegal cigarettes of any state, the governor announced the creation of a new “strike force” meant to crack down.Teams from 13 state, local and federal agencies, he said, are joining to stop “the influx of counterfeit and untaxed tobacco products into New York” and nab smugglers who “evade the law and rob the state

Obama’s empty boasts
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/6/2014 7:53:50 AM     Post Reply
After his health-care law surpassed the low-ball enrollment target of 7 million, President Obama staged a Rose Garden rally and zinged doubters: “Armageddon has not arrived.” At least he did not declare: “Mission Accomplished.”The country is years from knowing whether Obama’s overhaul of the health-care system fulfills the promise of delivering universal coverage.While large numbers of Americans have found the program very advantageous, including people who were formerly uninsured, many others have been forced to change plans or change doctors — contrary to Obama’s repeated promises.Obama tacitly admits the unintended consequences every time he waives a deadline or mandate in

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*
Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

No Country For Young Men.
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/4/2014 9:18:12 PM     Post Reply
The author of the Twilight of Abundance, David Archibald, sent an email a few days ago, saying “there is a whole new world coming.” Archibald, who’s an Australian, warns in his book that the world is running out of food, energy and security. Where he differs from Malthus, however, is in arguing that the shortages are the consequence of policy, rather than the inherent limitations of the universe. The world is doing everything it can to run in the opposite direction of abundance because we think we have too much. The West dreads warmer weather, even though warmer weather might



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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

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Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
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The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
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White House blames fox for
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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
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Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
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Pelosi assists in Holy Week
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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
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Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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