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The government agency that’s wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to study how global warming effects crops, recruit more food-stamp recipients and bring healthy cuisine to the inner city has dropped a couple million on a device that tracks what minority public school children eat for lunch.It marks the latest outrageous expenditure of public funds at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is supposed to provide leadership on food, agriculture and natural resources based on “sound public policy” and science. Instead, under the Obama Administration, the bloated agency is spending huge sums to control matters unrelated to its mission.As the federal deficit creeps towards $15 trillion, the USDA has launched a costly project to calculate how many lunchtime calories poor and minority kids consume at five Texaselementary schools. High-tech cameras have already been installed in the cafeteria of oneSan Antonio campus to photograph the foods students put on their trays. The digital imaging later determines how many calories were consumed. The cost to U.S. taxpayers; $2 million.The local official overseeing the absurd minority food monitoring project for the feds assures that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth because it’s “very sophisticated.” After software calculates calories—by analyzing before and after food photos—parents will receive reports showing what their kids are eating at lunch. The goal is to motivate the adults to change their children’s eating habits at home.This is all part of Michelle Obama’s multi billion-dollar effort to bring healthy foods to low-income neighborhoods and combat childhood obesity, which she claims is most prevalent among the poor and ethnic minorities. Last year the First Lady got her husband to sign a $4.5 billion measure (The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act) that’s expected to revolutionize the inner-city diet by providing fresh produce and grilled lean meats as alternatives to greasy, fried foods that tend to be more popular in the so-called “food deserts.”Under the law poor and “at-risk” children around the country will get free nutritious meals from U.S. taxpayers and the government will have the power to decide what exactly constitutes healthy cuisine. The law will also help communities establish local farm to school networks, create school gardens, and ensure that more local foods are used in the school setting. The idea is to slash greasy foods and extra calories by letting the government regulate what can be consumed on school grounds, including vending machines and at fundraisers.The First Lady’s primary tool in this mission to improve the inner city diet has been the USDA, which now controls school bake sales under the new law. Earlier this month, the agency announced that it launched a “Food Desert Locator,” an internet-based mapping tool that identifies areas with “limited access to affordable and nutritious foods.”Under the Obama Administration the USDA has also dropped substantial chunks of money—$60 million—to study the effects of climate change on crops and forests and to boost the food stamp rolls, even though they are at an all-time high. The goal behind that $5 million campaign is to eradicate “food insecure households.”

A Chicago gangster rapper who dedicated a love song to a convicted cop murderer from a radical black revolutionary group will headline the Obama’s White House “celebration of American poetry and prose.”The event is part of the First Lady’s two-year-old effort to promote music and arts education by celebrating diverse forms, including country, Motown, “fiesta Latina” and “music of the civil rights movement.” At today’s shindig a variety of “artists” will showcase the “impact of poetry on American culture,” according to a White House press release.Among those “artists” is Lonnie Rashid Lynn (best known by his rapper name Common), who glamorizes Assata Shakur, a Black Panther who killed a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973. Shakur, whose birth name was Joanne Chesimard, was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. However, Shakur escaped from jail a few years later with the help of fellow cult members and has been living in communist Cuba since.Congress passed a resolution demanding Shakur’s extradition and she remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, which says that she’s also wanted for her involvement in several other felonies, including bank robbery. Shakur killed the 34-year-old New Jersey police officer “execution-style at point-blank range” with his own weapon, according to the FBI.Incredibly, Shakur is a hero to Obama’s rapper buddy, who’s well known for dedicating a rather disturbing song to the felon as well as another that calls for the burning of President George W. Bush. In “A Song for Assata” Common likens Shakur to an oppressed freedom fighter who is the victim of institutionalized racial discrimination and a police set up.Besides conveying his admiration and love for Shakur’s black liberation cause, Common dedicates the song to “all those in the struggle,” his black ancestors and the Black Panthers. “We’re molded from the same mud, Assata. We share the same blood Assata, yeah. Your power and pride, so beautiful. May God bless your soul.”

The Obama Administration is deceiving Americans by underreporting serious crime along the Mexican border, according to the Texas lawmaker who chairs a congressional Homeland Security committee.Federal, state and local law enforcement officials who deal firsthand with violent Mexican drug cartels will deliver testimony to prove it at a special committee hearing this week titled “On the Border and in the Line of Fire: U.S. Law Enforcement, Homeland Security and Drug Cartel Violence.”Authorities at every level will tell the “real story” of how they are “outmanned, overpowered and in danger of losing control” of communities to “narco-terrorists,” says Michael McCaul, the Texas congressman who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security. The lawmaker asserts that the Obama Administration “is not giving the American people a complete picture of security on our border with Mexico” and that data on crimes and violence along the southern border is “deceiving and underreported.”Among those scheduled to speak at Wednesday’s hearing in Washington D.C. are the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s counter narcotics enforcement office, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Arizona’s attorney general and the sheriff of Zapata County Texas. Their testimony will contradict Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s claim that security along the Mexican border is “better now than it has ever been,” McCaul says.The House Homeland Security committee held a similar hearing in late March to address the crisis along the southwest border. A top Homeland Security official delivered gripping information outlining how Mexcian cartel drugs, money and weapons are part of a “complex interconnected system of illicit pathways and transitional criminal organizations that span the globe.”In a separate but related story on the administration’s handling of border security, Arizonalawmakers are seeking online donations to build fencing along the border with Mexicosince the federal government won’t do it. The plan includes using prison labor and launching a website to help raise money for the project. The state is already using donated funds to defend its immigration control law from the Obama Administration’s legal challenges.

America’s progress is “impossible” if Hispanics keep lagging in education because their success is of “immediate and long term importance” to the U.S. economy, according to a new Obama Administration report that vows to enhance opportunities for the “Latino community.”Published this week by the Department of Education, the enlightening document (Winning the Future; Improving Education for the Latino Community) says that the success of Hispanics in education and in the labor market is crucial to the nation’s economy. The information comes as the president launches a full-throttle campaign pandering to immigrants and their liberal advocates. It was also conveniently released to coincide with Obama’s junior college commencement speech today in Miami Florida, which has an immense Hispanic population that includes many illegal immigrants.Tragically, Hispanics have the lowest education attainment level of any group in the country, which means that the nation’s economy is at stake if you believe the Obama Administration’s argument. That’s because Hispanics face “persistent obstacles to educational attainment.” Those include low enrollment in early learning programs, dismal high school graduation rates and the fact that few Hispanics complete graduate or professional degree programs.This is unacceptable since Latinos (the report uses Hispanics and Latinos interchangeably) are by far the largest minority group in the American public education system, according to the DOE. More than 12.4 million Hispanics are enrolled in U.S. elementary, middle and highs schools, which accounts for about 22% of all students in the taxpayer-funded system.“Hispanic students have graduated at lower rates than the rest of the population for years, making America’s progress impossible if they continue to lag behind,” according to Juan Sepulveda, the community activist Obama appointed to run the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. “Strengthening and improving educational excellence in this community isn’t just a Hispanic problem,” he added. “It’s a challenge to the entire country.”Sepulveda, who claims that Latino education attainment is important in the global contest for jobs and industries, was rewarded with his cushy DOE job after serving as chair of Obama’s presidential campaign in Texas. Truth is that the DOE, created by Jimmy Carter, is largely viewed as an unnecessary federal agency that interferes with public education, which is supposed to be run by states.Before joining the Obama Administration Sepulveda ran a well-funded Texas nonprofit that works to reduce “cultural tensions” by doing things like creating a “bi-national community”in the San Diego/Tijuana border area. Part of his education initiative includes developing the next generation of Latino teachers with “minority-serving institutions.”

A few months after the Obama Administration bragged about enacting “sweeping” legislation to protect the nation’s food supply, experts at a federal symposium reveal that half of what Americans eat comes from foreign countries not covered by the measure.This leaves the nation vulnerable to bioterrorism via tainted food, according to experts participating in the FBI’s International Symposium on Agroterrorism. The annual event, taking place in Kansas City this week, aims to protect the world’s food supply from terrorism through information-sharing and collaboration among governments, the private sector and academia.The world-renowned agroterrorism experts attending this year’s symposium have some rather worrisome news for Americans, despite the president’s political horn-tooting. Because it’s nearly impossible to know where 50% of our food comes from, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to protect consumers from tainted supplies as well as intentional bioterrorism attacks.In fact, a director at a special Homeland Security Food Protection and Defense program saysmore foreign companies are registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—the government agency that regulates the industry—to sell products in this country than domestic firms. That means federal regulators in the U.S. have little control or say over the fast-growing food global market.You wouldn’t know that from reading the Obama Administration’s promotion of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which claims to “set in motion sweeping improvements to the security and safety of our nation’s food supply.” When Obama signed the measure earlier this year the White House issued a press release referring to it as “historic legislation” that will establish “science-based standards” for safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables to minimize the risk of serious illness or death.The legislation also “significantly enhances” the FDA’s ability to oversee food products coming into the U.S. from other countries each year, according to the release, which also claims that only an “estimated 15 percent” of the U.S. food supply is imported. The agroterrorism experts, many of them on the government’s payroll, assure its more like 50%. Then again, they were quoted in the media not a skewed White House press release.

The Obama Justice Department has created a secret group within the bloated civil rights division to monitor laws passed by states and local municipalities to control illegal immigration.Because the measures are viewed as discriminatory and anti-immigrant by the administration, the Justice Department is spending valuable taxpayer dollars to track them and legally challenge them as it did in Arizona. The mission is being carried out by an undercover “National Origin Working Group” set up by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, a renowned illegal immigrant advocate who once ran a taxpayer-funded day laborer center inMaryland.This week the “National Origin Working Group” will hold a special training session at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Perez, who lied under oath to cover up the Black Panther voter intimidation scandal, will headline the workshop to discuss the division’s “monitoring of anti-immigrant laws,” according to inside information obtained by a Justice Department whistleblower. Laws prohibiting national origin discrimination will also be addressed at the powwow and so will discrimination against Muslims in the ever-so-hostile, post 9/11 era.The most “transparent” administration in history doesn’t want the public to know about this special taskforce so Americans must depend on leaked information. In this case, a special thanks to J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer who worked on the Black Panther case and denounced the “corrupt nature of the dismissal” by Obama political appointees.Adams has exposed the administration’s racial double standard in which DOJ attorneys are instructed to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.A career DOJ attorney, Adams resigned over the administration’s handling of the voter intimidation case against members of the radical black revolutionary group known as the New Black Panther Party. Clad in military fatigues and armed with batons, Black Panther thugs were captured on video bullying voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election. Career government attorneys determined that they should be prosecuted, but were ordered to drop the complaint by Obama political appointees.Those same officials are masterminding this campaign against measures to curb illegal immigration. Adams points out that no law empowers the federal government to monitor this imaginary, anti-immigrant legislative movement. That’s why the administration is doing it “behind closed doors, in secret, where nobody is paying attention.”

In its latest effort to save the planet from global warming, the U.S. government is on the verge of regulating ice makers commonly found in many refrigerators because they increase energy consumption by a good 12 to 20%.This could be detrimental to the environment since there are more than 100 million refrigerators across the nation and they devour a substantial chunk of the electricity used by all households. Energy consumed by refrigerators as a whole has long been documented but not what the ice makers inside their freezers use individually.Americans can finally sleep soundly through the night because government scientists have completed the ice maker study and the findings have been beautifully laid out in a 79-page report titled Energy Consumption of Automatic Ice Makers Installed in Domestic Refrigerators. The information is being used to make a case for regulating the popular little machines that are contributing to the planet’s destruction.In a nutshell, the culprit is the tiny motor inside the freezing system that’s used to release ice from the mold and into a tray. Because the motor is specially built to function in a cold setting, it requires an internal heater to keep it from freezing up. Here’s where it gets serious; heating elements require a lot of power and that’s where the extra energy consumption kicks in.The study was conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal agency with a billion-dollar annual budget that claims to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and quality of life. That description is straight out of the agency’swebsite for those who care to sort through it.The bottom line is that the NIST’s research is often used by regulatory agencies as ammo to control private enterprise. In this case the Department of Energy, which incidentally financed the ice maker investigation, will set new standards for refrigerators that come equipped with the devices. The DOE will add 84 kilowatt hours to the efficiency rating of every fridge that comes with an ice maker. That means consumers will pay more money.The Obama Administration has been quite active in its campaign to enlighten Americans about the ills of global warming. A few months ago a group of esteemed scientists from several public universities warned that climate change will make food “dangerous” and add to the malnourishment of millions worldwide.Before that separate government evaluations revealed that global warming causes mental illness and cancer and that it creates national security threats by spreading disease among people and animals. Authored by government scientists from various agencies, the mental illness/cancer report claims global warming is one of the “most visible environmental concerns of the 21st century” The separate national security assessment, made by intelligence and health officials, says climate change will destabilize developing nations as well as the U.S. economy and military.

Weeks after a government audit revealed that the Internal Revenue Service doled out $33 million in fraudulent electric-car tax credits, a separate probe says the agency paid out over half a billion dollars to “homebuyers” who didn’t qualify.It’s simply the latest of many blunders for the perpetually troubled government agency that’s awarded prison inmates tens of millions of dollars in bogus tax refunds in the past decade. Last year alone, more than a quarter of a million prisoners filed tax returns with the IRS and nearly 50,000 claimed more than $130 million in refunds without bothering to report wage information, according to the Treasury Inspector General.Last month the Treasury IG, the IRS’s watchdog, found that the Obama Administration’s aggressive push to reward consumers who buy costly “advanced-technology” vehicles resulted in rampant corruption because claims were automatically granted without scrutiny. In many cases the lucrative tax credit—worth up to $7,500—was awarded to gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles and even a bicycle. Some people got multiple tax cuts for the same vehicle and dozens of prisoners received nearly $50,000 in alternative vehicle credits even though they were behind bars.This month’s audit du jour says the IRS has dished out more than $513 million in credits to unscrupulous filers who claimed first-time homebuyer exemptions of up to $8,000 as part of Obama’s disastrous stimulus plan. A chunk of the money—about $326 million—went to nearly 50,000 people who already owned a home, the Treasury IG found. Nearly $8 million in credits went to more than 1,000 prison inmates and about $98 million to 13,400 taxpayers who never even bought homes.Even some IRS employees who didn’t qualify for the first-time homebuyer refund received it. In its report, the Treasury IG makes a rather simple suggestion that’s perhaps too common sense for the IRS; require taxpayers to provide documentation to support eligibility for all refundable tax credits. Here’s another good recommendation from the agency’s watchdog; that the IRS deny refundable credits when supporting documentation is not provided.

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