Putting the Twit in Twitter (and interrupting an otherwise uneventful blogging retirement) UPDATED

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Hey all.

Sorry to self intrude on my own blogging retirement, but someone has decided to resurrect my Twitter account “MrEvilMatt.”   I had closed it, along with my Facebook account, when I started studying for ministry.   My impostor took the time to copy the profile almost exactly, right down to he “hypnotoad” icon.  They are re-tweeting some racist content.  While that cannot hurt me in any way, since to be hurt by social media, you might actually have to be on social media, I thought I might as well set the record straight, so no one is fooled.

Whether they are Social Justice Warriors, deranged lunatics, or statutory rape apologists (but I repeat myself), it really doesn’t matter.  Either Twitter will remove it, or they won’t.  Just understand that it isn’t me.

Thanks, and God Bless!

Matt Ross

UPDATE:  Twitter did do me the service of removing the offending account.  I don’t plan on returning to Twitter anytime soon, but if I do, I will be announcing it here, so everyone can be sure that it’s me.

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Desalination in California, and why did Al Gore Buy a $9,000,000 Mansion Just Blocks From the Beach?

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Desalination is used in many areas of the world, but why not in super-dry California.  I Own The World Report has some thoughts…

CPR: Al Gore tells us that climate change is going to melt the icebergs causing coastal regions to flood, several miles into the geography.  Gore spent $9 million on a mansion in Montecito a couple blocks from the beach. Is he a believer or a huckster? But if true, what can we do to prevent the flooding of coastal cities? We could create a series of desalinization plants—and pipe the water throughout the West—enough to end the lack of water and keep the Mojave from flooding!

“South of Los Angeles, in the city of Carlsbad, what will be the nation’s largest desalination facility is nearly ready. For roughly a billion dollars, the plant will produce 7 percent of San Diego County’s water. In Santa Barbara, a plant built amid the drought of the early 1990’s, and idled by the return of rain, could come back online soon and provide 30 percent of the community’s water.”

You can go to the link and read the rest.

Now, if I was naive as the regressives would like, I would question why Al Gore, who tells us that any minute, the oceans are going to rise and flood the coastal areas, would spend $9,000,000 on a mansion IN THE PROBABLE FLOOD AREA?

Or, does it really mean that he’s helping perpetrate a massive hoax, and he can afford a $9,000,000 mansion due to perpetrating it?

Edited for typo in the title.

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Missouri Restricts SNAP Card Holders to What Michelle Obama Demands for School Kids

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Well, not exactly, but Weasel Zippers makes the assertion that changes to Missouri’s SNAP Program are hauntingly similar to the food restrictions that the First Lady supported in the schools…

Via Inquisitr

The Missouri State Legislature is sounding a simple but increasingly loud message to the poorest of their constituents: No more lobster or adult films.

Missouri State Representative Rick Brattin (R) has proposed a bill that seeks to limit what recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — commonly referred to as food stamps — are able to purchase with their benefits. House Bill 813 attempts to prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing fish, steak, soda, cookies, chips and energy drinks.

An easy case could be made for prohibiting the purchase of such food items as cookies and chips — or junk food, in general — as those items provide very little actual nutrition, which is the whole purpose of the SNAP program. Nutrition experts have been exploring the possibility of removing such items from the approved list of what SNAP recipients can purchase for awhile.[…]

The St. Louis Dispatch editorial board was quick to sound off against Missouri’s Republican-controlled state legislature for their consistent usage of negative stigmas surrounding people who rely on government assistance.

“Among many, if not most, Republican lawmakers in Missouri, it is an article of faith that people on ‘welfare’ are lazy good-for-nothings who prefer to sit on the sofa watching TV, eating steak, gawking at pornography and soaking up fabulous government benefits instead of hauling their able bodies to work. The facts behind poverty in Missouri belie this notion, but never mind! Why let facts get in the way when stereotypes are so much easier?”[..]

But poor people purchasing pornography is an actual concern for Republican legislators in Missouri, because alongside House Bill 813 is House Bill 977, sponsored by Rep. J. Eggleston (R), which, as the bill itself states, “adds pornography to the list of items that are prohibited from being purchased with TANF or SNAP benefits using an EBT card.” The editorial board at the St. Louis Dispatch had scathing remarks about that bill, as well.

“Rep. J. (he just uses the initial) Eggleston, R-Maysville, makes it clear that you can’t use an electronic benefits card to buy pornography. Not that anyone is known to have done so, or that there’s any pornography available free on the Internet, but you can’t be too careful.”

Keep reading

It’s kinda hilarious to see the reaction.

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Fraud Alert: Half of People Enrolled Medicaid Program are Ineligible

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When the government wants to make as many people dependent as possible on government programs, you might go as far to look the other way when there is massive fraud in the program.  Well, that appears to be what happened in Illinois, where a recent investigation showed that nearly half of the recipients are actually ineligible.

Fraud in social programs are nothing new, but 50 percent? That’s simply insane!

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Pensioners Beware!

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I don’t know if a blog is an adequate forum for a  public service announcement, but I hope, dear readers you will help spread the word on a scam that is directed at pensioners.

The story I am about to share with you may not be news to you but it was to me. According to this CNBC article, a growing number of pensioners are being ripped off by companies offering to buy pensions for a lump sum of cash. The article points out that there are a few companies which are legitimate, but many more are not. The unscrupulous companies fail to explain the fees that the pensioner must. The fees are in reality interest payments paid up front from the cash buy-out. The companies never use the term “loan”, but that is exactly what the buy-out is. And, here is what the companies don’t explain:

But what’s missing from the sales pitch, say experts critical of the practice, are the fees that come with the cash— fees that in effect become interest rates somewhere between 25 and 100 percent. _ (Emphasis added)

Obviously these people selling their pensions for up front cash would be far better off taking out a conventional loan at their local bank.

Although I’m not surprised to hear that some retirees are desperate enough to sell their pension, it is worrisome. Sure, there are a few who are in good shape and have some special big purchase they want to make and selling one of their pensions for cash makes sense to them. That’s great! On the other hand, we know that many people did not save enough during their workings years to supplement Social Security. That’s sad!

However, I fear there are many who thought they had planned well for their retirement years and are now finding that their retirement income is not covering their monthly costs. These folks did save throughout the years and were comfortable knowing that the interest earned on their savings would be enough to supplement a pension plus Social Security and provide them a comfortable retirement. Take. for example, John Doe, who retired in 2000. All is going well and along comes the 2008 financial crisis and the housing bubble. John is grateful that his home is paid for so, although the value of his home has gone down, he is not at risk of losing his home. He and his wife are going to be fine, he thinks. But, what John didn’t count on was Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Mr. Bernanke introduces a policy that penalizes savers and rewards risk takers (think stock market). Suddenly, John Doe has almost no interest income on his savings. And, after four years of this Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP), John has had to use the principle of his savings account to make ends meet. The last thing John needs now is to meet up with one of these scam artist offing to buy out his pension for cash.

Please, dear friends, if you know someone who is considering selling their pension for cash, ask them to think twice. Ask them to look for other alternatives.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts

Original Post: Asylum Watch


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