3 Reasons Why America Will Crumble

A recent trip to the East Coast reminded me of a few things. Namely, America is a beautiful land of diverse people. And it won’t be long before it crumbles into oblivion.

Every great nation has its season. At some point, it ceases to be a world power and becomes nothing more than a page in a history book. When was the last time you read about what the Roman or Babylonian army is up to? That’s my point exactly. One of these days, the United States will be nothing more than a series of articles filed away under the letter “U” in the encyclopedia. I don’t like it or want it to be such, but it’s the truth. And it might be sooner than later.

America will crumble because attempts to revolt will be stifled. I had my own run-in with the Transportation Security Administration while traveling. In case you were not aware, baby formula could be explosive. I was stopped as I tried to take the powdered substance through security. I saw a comment box conveniently located near my location, so I thought that I would leave a comment. But I couldn’t. Although they had supplied comment cards, all pens and pencils had been conveniently removed from the table. As the attack on our privacy becomes more intense, expect government to do all it can to silence protestors.

America will crumble because the surrounding nations are more educated and intelligent. This fact was illustrated at Subway, the only place where you can have bologna with mayonnaise on white bread and feel like you have eaten something healthy. While listening to individuals of different nationalities place their orders, it became clear that we the people are quite foolish — particularly the American woman who ordered “ham and cheese with no cheese.” Every Subway connoisseur knows that ham and cheese is not even an item on the menu. In not too many years, I suspect Americans will be busy ordering ham and cheese with no cheese while surrounding nations speed past us in every area imaginable.

America will crumble because more and more people feel entitled. While waiting on a flight, I got to witness firsthand the train wreck that is American parenting. One of the children, probably 8- or 9-years-old, began crying when she did not get her way. Quickly, Dad sped to the scene, consoling the poor, deprived child. This happened shortly before one of the other children played on one of Southwest’s computers. The proud parents seemed delighted that the youngster had such an interest in technology. Many kids who are never spanked and never told, “No,” end up being parasites. The hardworking taxpayers who still have some sense of self-worth and dignity end up being the host. While we raise a generation that will be dependent on the state and crushed by the expectations of life, those nations that are instilling work ethic will be sure to take advantage of our dependency.

I don’t know when it will happen, but it will. If the ship does not change course, we will fall and crumble into pieces. The process is a slow one, and we are in the middle of it. When change comes gradually, the average onlooker does not realize that anything has even changed. One day, capitalism, confidentiality and Christian values will be the subjects of nostalgic reflection.

Woman Faces Fine For Feeding The Hungry

A woman in Philadelphia is facing a fine for feeding hungry children. Angela Prattis was threatened with a $600 fine for every day she handed out free food.

The local government has tried to get citizens to quit feeding the hungry, hoping that doing so will force the poor into shelters.

Prattis distributes meals every day from the gazebo in her yard. She believes the government has more important things to worry about.

“You have houses here, the roofs are falling in, and they could be focused on a lot of more serious issues than me feeding children,” Prattis said.

“How is feeding kids a bad thing?” she asked. “I’m doing this from my heart because I love children. And these kids are hungry. Last Friday, I had 20 children walk to my house in the pouring rain for lunch, and at 2 p.m., they came back for a snack. Tell me this program is not needed.”

But Township Council Chairman Stanley Kester says that rules have to be followed.

“She wants us to bypass or exonerate her from the zoning hearing. She just doesn’t want to pay to do things the right way. We can’t just start exempting everyone from our laws. If you do one, you’ve got to do everybody,” Kester said.

Prattis will have to pay $1,000 to continue her program.

Paul Ryan’s Clothes Become Focus Of Media

Many people believe Paul Ryan is the perfect fit for Vice President. But some in the media believe he needs to add something to his repertoire before he can be considered seriously: better fitting clothes.

Cathy Horyn of The New York Times wrote: “He was swimming in his coat, like Tom Hanks in ‘Big’ when he becomes a kid again. …Mr. Ryan should get a skilled tailor, or challenge campaign aides to pay closer attention to tangible details rather than abstractions like whether or not the candidates appeal to nonrich, nonwhite voters.”

Katherine Boyle, writing for The Washington Post, observed: “Ryan (Wis.) appeared rumpled, slightly sloppy for a vice-presidential candidate. As if he’d flown in hours before and mistakenly picked up someone else’s suitcase. His pants sagged at his ankles. His starched, white shirt bunched at his stomach. His dark jacket drooped, better suited for a man of the cloth than a man on a presidential ticket.”

Some are even wondering if Ryan’s non-tailored suits are a political move. “In Ryan’s case, styling himself as a baggy-suited newcomer aligned with the party’s conservatives may be a wise strategy for the campaign,” Boyle wrote.

BuzzFeed staff writer Amy Odell pointed out: “Wherever he goes, there they are those shirts, folding over the waistbands of his baggy pants while he gestures at a sea of Romney posters.”

Alexandra Le Tellier also got in on the action, writing in the Los Angeles Times: “And, though we may not give as much thought about what a man wears, it’s not totally off our radar either. Just ask Rep. Paul Ryan, whose baggy suits not only make him look like a little kid drowning in his dad’s clothes but have also been the topic of recent national conversation.”

In 2008, Sarah Palin came under scrutiny for spending too much on clothing. It was reported that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 to pretty up Palin. Ann Romney also came under fire for wearing a $1,000 shirt earlier this year.

‘The Price Is Right’ Seeking Male Model

“The Price is Right” will no longer discriminate against male models. The popular game show will soon be selecting a male model to join the women in displaying prizes.

Since the show’s creation in 1956, models have been used to advertise products and prizes. From 1972 to 2007, the models were referred to as “Barker’s Beauties” — a reference to the show’s then-host, Bob Barker.

There will be an open casting call in Los Angeles on Aug. 30 for male models. The models will be judged on their verbal skills, posing and ability to showcase products.

The show will choose 25 contestants. From those chosen, six will go on as finalists. The public will then vote online on Oct. 4 to determine who will be the first male model for “The Price is Right.”

The show has used more than 25 models since its inception. Barker was accused of sexual harassment by some of the models, but all the lawsuits were settled out of court.

Special Ops Group To Obama: You Did Not Kill Osama Bin Laden

A group of former U.S. intelligence and special operation forces operatives is shooting down the notion that President Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden.

The Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc. launched a campaign criticizing the President for taking credit for bin Laden’s death. The OPSEC group also believes the present Administration has leaked highly confidential information that could put Americans’ lives in jeopardy.

The OPSEC group claims it is not affiliated with any political party. The group’s president is former Navy Seal Scott Taylor. Taylor ran for Congress in Virginia in 2010 as a Republican.

Obama has touted the killing of bin Laden as one of the highlights of his Presidency, but the OPSEC group wants to make sure that his celebration is not without criticism.

The first video by the OPSEC group was released Wednesday, stating: “There is a cost for our leaders grabbing for glory.”

Taylor said: “I believe that a 10-year-old would be able to understand that if you disclose how we got there, how we took down the building, what we did, how many people were there, that it’s going to hinder future operations.”

The Attack On Privacy Empowered By Facebook Continues

Your Facebook photos could get you a good deal when shopping, but it might be more than you bargained for. Facedeals, a program that recognizes patrons as they walk in the store, could be used by some businesses to offer special discounts to those who choose to participate. The technology has been developed by Redpepper.

Facedeals uses a surveillance camera that is able to identify customers by using Facebook photos and face-recognition technology. In order to take part in the program, consumers must first purchase an app.

Once a shopper buys the necessary app and enters a store with a Facedeals camera, the system scans his face, checks him into the location and sends a discount code. The discount is based on what the customer “likes” on Facebook.

Some people think it’s a win-win situation: The business is able to keep track of customers, and customers willing to participate get a discount.

The creator explains the benefits:

For businesses, there is no easier way to deliver customized deals. Users receive personalized offers simply by coming through the door, which removes the guesswork typically performed by both parties. Businesses will no longer wonder which offers will stick. Patrons will no longer plan outings with a deal-a-day mindset, but can simply frequent their favorite spots and count on being rewarded.

2,362 Millionaires Received Unemployment

A report released by the Congressional Research Service reveals that 2,362 millionaires received unemployment benefits in 2009. In total, the unemployed millionaires collected more than $20 million in benefits. The report came out Aug. 2 and is based on data made available by the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the report, 2,840 millionaires received unemployment benefits in 2008. That number decreased to 2,632 in 2009. Although the number of millionaires receiving benefits decreased in 2009, the overall amount they received increased. In 2008, the government spent $18.6 million taking care of millionaires. In 2009, the amount rose to $20.8 million.

On average, millionaires received $8,806 in unemployment benefits in 2009.

The report also uncovered that 120,227 people who made between $200,000 and $500,000 received unemployment benefits.

The Congressional Research Service observes, “the DOL [Department of Labor] requires that states pay compensation for unemployment to all eligible beneficiaries regardless of their income level because individual or household income would not be considered to impact the fact or cause of unemployment.”

Utah High School Lets Students Take Classes From Home

The childhood rhyme, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks,” could become a reality for students in Salt Lake City. Innovations High will be trying out a new way of educating.

The school will not have a bell that rings promptly every morning. Instead, students will be allowed to work at their own pace. Innovations High will be a blend of online classes, digital textbooks, technical school and community college courses.

Students can choose to attend class, or, if they show great ability in a particular subject, they may attend that subject only once a week, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The learning regimen is similar to that of many universities.

The school is designed to be a unique blend of online courses and face-to-face time with students and teachers.

“What we are trying to do in Salt Lake is create something that has not been created before,” said Ken Grove, the principal at Innovations High. “Students are allowed to dictate how they will take their coursework.”

Obamacare Pushes Up The Price Of Pizza

Papa John’s is anticipating the effects of Obamacare. The CEO of the popular pizza place believes it will have to raise its prices.

CEO and founder “Papa” John Schnatter says that Obamacare will result in more expensive pizzas. If Schnatter supplies healthcare to all of his uninsured full-time employees, the restaurant will have to increase prices to make up the difference.

“Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis,” Schnatter said during a conference call last week, as reported by POLITICO.

“We’re not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare,” he added. “If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders [sic] best interests.”

Hillary Dances Dirty In South Africa

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to South Africa this week. She attended an AIDS conference, met with Nelson Mandela and danced with a local woman in a way that would make prom chaperones feel like they shirked their duty.

At a dinner in Johannesburg, hosted by South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Clinton took to the floor in an electric blue jacket. Jazz singer Judith Sephuma had her eye on Clinton. The two women shook and shimmied, grinding the night away.

In recent times, Clinton has ditched her boring reputation in favor of being Mrs. Cool. During  a recent trip to Cartegena she was photographed dancing and drinking beer at a nightclub. Before that, a video of the former first lady texting while wearing sunglasses went viral. A website was even created as a result of the picture.

Rumors have swirled for years that Clinton might make a run for the Presidency in 2016.