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Signs Of The Time, Part 97

From Kathianne Boniello over on the New York Post website Easter Sunday:

Greedy parents ruined Easter in Connecticut, violently shoving kids to the ground to snatch up all the eggs for themselves during a chaotic holiday event.

More than 9,000 eggs were hidden on three separate fields for families to find Saturday in the third annual Easter egg hunt at the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange.

But parents blew off the staggered start times, designated by age group, and rushed the fields, tearing down the posted rules and leaving bewildered youngsters in tears.

“Shame on that parent that broke the little boy’s bucket causing him to lose the few eggs he had, that someone else then picked up. Shame on the person that bloodied another child’s nose and to those of you that hogged all the eggs for your own kids,” mom Lisa Stahl wrote on the candy company’s Facebook page.

“If anyone is to blame for what happened today it’s the parents who tore down the signs and those that encouraged the kids to go from field to field instead of staying in their designated area,” she fumed…

“Grown adults pushing 3 & 4 year olds [sic] to get plastic eggs with some PEZ candy inside,” one mom wrote on Facebook. “This is how truly pathetic society has become. We watched the same thing occurring for all age groups. I guess even 9 year olds can’t pick up their own eggs.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“This is how truly pathetic society has become.”

No surprise on this end should these accounts prove to be true.

Imagine how these “parents” might act should the s**t hit the fan.

And here I was concerned about crazed drug addicts and hardened criminals all this time.

Disturbing. You can read the entire article on the Post’s website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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IEMA: Parents Should Include Emergency Preparedness In Back-To-School Plans

The following is some helpful emergency preparedness advice for parents (not just in Illinois) with kids in school. From an Illinois Emergency Management Agency press release on the Illinois Government News Network website last Friday:

Parents Encouraged to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans
August is School and Campus Preparedness Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – As parents prepare to send their children back to school or college, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois are encouraging them to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.

“Disasters can happen anytime of the day, even when children are in school or daycare,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Take a few minutes to find out how your child’s school will handle emergencies and talk to your child about how your family will communicate after a disaster.”

Joseph offered several back-to-school planning tips for parents of school-aged children, including:

• Know your child’s school or day care emergency plan.
• Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.
• Ensure your current emergency contact information is on file at your child’s school.
• Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is.
• Teach children with cell phones about ‘Text First, Talk Later.’ Short, simple text messages, such as “R U OK?” and “I’m OK,” are more likely to get through than a phone call if phone service is disrupted following an emergency. As phone congestion eases, you can follow up with a phone call to relay more information. Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats. Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts. Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers on campus. In addition, make sure your student knows the emergency plans for their dorm or apartment building.

Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Gun ‘Control’ Supporters Will Lick Wounds Until Next Mass Shooting

Gun “control” supporters suffered a significant legislative setback in the United States Senate this afternoon. From Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, on the NRA-ILA website:

Statement from Chris W. Cox on U.S. Senate Defeat of Manchin-Toomey-Schumer Amendment

Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.

The NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system. We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those Senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.

While the defeat of the legislation is a victory for gun rights supporters, I predict the following:

• Proponents of gun “control” will continue to push for more firearm-related restrictions on Americans. Consequently, gun owners won’t be able to rest on their laurels.
• There will be another mass shooting in America sometime in the near future
• The gun “control” crowd will be faster out of the gate next time to prevent the above incident from going to waste
• Significant gun “control” legislation could very well come closer to being passed next time around
• Lather, rinse, repeat

As such, my advice to readers would be, prepare accordingly.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Signs Of The Time, Part 29

Back when I was working in local government up on Chicago’s far North Shore, one of the toilets in the public restrooms at city hall got stopped-up. Public Works came by and checked out the problem. To everyone’s surprise, the offending object was none other than a child’s rag doll. Later that day, the city attorney called me up and inquired about “Turdly.” “Turdly?” I asked. “Yeah, the doll that was flushed down the toilet,” he answered. We both laughed for a while, after which I thought, “Turdly- what a great name for a Muppet.”

While “Turdly” might have made a noxious addition to the Sesame Street gang, another Muppet- “Lily”- is set to debut instead on October 9. From Reuters’ Christine Kearney Tuesday:

A new poverty-stricken Muppet will highlight the issue of hunger struggles on an episode of “Sesame Street”, the show said in a statement on Tuesday.

Pink-faced Muppet Lily, whose family deals with food insecurity, will join Big Bird, Elmo and other favorites on a one-hour prime-time special featuring country star Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley called “Growing Hope Against Hunger,” to air Oct 9.

The new Muppet will bring awareness to the ongoing hunger struggles that families face in the United States, the show said.

Kearney added:

Recent U.S. Department of Agriculture data estimates that 17 million American children have limited or uncertain access to food. And 9.6 million of these children are under the age of 6, which prompted Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind “Sesame Street,” to launch a “Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget” initiative.

Not everyone believes hunger is as big an issue as it’s being portrayed these days. Julie Gunlock, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, wrote in the National Review Online today:

The truth is, 94.3 percent of American households are able to put enough food on the table every day to feed their families. And despite the grim “facts” and figures thrown around by children’s television programs, celebrity spokespersons, and the mainstream media, the vast majority of children living in America are healthy and well fed.

Interesting.

Sources:

Kearney, Christine. “Hungry Muppet to appear on “Sesame Street” Reuters. 4 Oct. 2011. (http://news.yahoo.com/hungry-muppet-appear-sesame-street-181611449.html). 6 Oct. 2011.

Gunlock, Julie. “Sesame Street Tells a Fib . . . About Hunger.” National Review Online. 6 Oct. 2011. (http://www.nationalreview.com/home-front/279374/sesame-street-tells-fib-about-hunger/julie-gunlock). 6 Oct. 2011.

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Middle-Class Misery: Incomes Fall, Costs Of Raising A Kid Rise

Back in 2006 when I was working at a suburban fire department, a battalion chief came into my office, saw the local paper on my desk, and asked, “Did you read that piece about how kids these days might be the first generation who won’t be better off than their parents?” I replied, “Yeah, it was depressing.” The fire officer confided, “That stuff scares me. I’m worried they might be right about that.” I’d be concerned too, especially if I were the parent of a couple of young kids like this chief was.

Well, CNN Money ran two stories this morning on their website that brought this encounter back to mind. Annalyn Censky wrote:

It’s official. The first decade of the 21st century will go down in the history books as a step back for the American middle class.

Last week, the government made gloomy headlines when it released the latest census report showing the poverty rate rose to a 17-year high…

But the data also gave the first glimpse of what happened to middle-class incomes in the first decade of the millennium. While the earnings of middle-income Americans have barely budged since the mid 1970s, the new data showed that from 2000 to 2010, they actually regressed.

For American households in the middle of the pay scale, income fell to $49,445 last year, when adjusted for inflation, a level not seen since 1996.

And over the 10-year period, their income is down 7%.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

And for those in the middle-class who have children or are looking to bring some into the world, I hope you have a small fortune set aside to raise the little tykes. Jessica Dickler wrote this morning:

Forget designer strollers and organic baby formula, just providing a child with the basics has become more than most parents can afford.

The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 for a middle-income, two-parent family averaged $226,920 last year (not including college), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up nearly 40% — or more than $60,000 — from 10 years ago. Just one year of spending on a child can cost up to $13,830 in 2010, compared to $9,860 a decade ago.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The American writer Sinclair Lewis once remarked:

The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century.

Not only will this sentence not likely be commuted for many Americans at the front end of the 21st century, but I suspect the middle-class will be putting a tremendous amount of effort just trying to keep the specter that is poverty away at arm’s length.

Sources:

Censky, Annalyn. “A rough 10 years for the middle class.” CNN Money. 21 Sep. 2011. (http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/21/news/economy/middle_class_income/index.htm?iid=HP_LN). 21 Sep. 2011.

Dickler, Jessica. “The rising cost of raising a child: Have kids become too expensive?” CNN Money. 21 Sep. 2011. (http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/21/pf/cost_raising_child/index.htm?iid=HP_LN). 21 Sep. 2011.

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 Income, Inflation, Main Street No Comments

1 In 6 Americans Now Live In Poverty

According to the latest Census figures, the population of the United States is a tad over 307 million persons. Of these, 47.8 million, or approximately 1 in 6 Americans, live in poverty. From UPI yesterday:

Using an expanded definition of poverty, the U.S. Census Bureau said it determined that 15.7 percent of Americans — 47.8 million — live in poverty.

Census researchers said data released Wednesday are part of an evolving method of determining how poverty is evaluated by population researchers, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Included in the new calculation are factors such as family and medical expenses, as well as government subsidies, researchers said. The definition of poverty for families generally ranges from $21,000 to $25,000 annually…

People older than 65 and younger than 15 accounted for the rate of poverty being higher, researchers said. Wednesday’s report said 18 percent of children and 16.1 percent of the elderly live in poverty.

Source:

“Census Bureau says 15.7 percent in poverty.” UPI. 6 Jan. 2011. (http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/01/06/Census-Bureau-says-157-percent-in-poverty/UPI-69001294319947/). 7 Jan. 2011.

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Friday, January 7th, 2011 Population, Poverty 1 Comment
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