Dollar General’s Startling Admission: Half Of U.S. Consumers Are Feeling More “Dire” Than Ever

SNAP is a strange animal. On the one hand it does help some people who are in very troubled circumstances. On another hand the program is also widely abused and everyone knows it. And on still another hand SNAP is big time crony capitalism with taxpayer money barely stopping in recipients accounts before being funneled to companies like Coca-Cola and General Mills.

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90-year-old Florida man arrested for second time in a week after feeding the homeless again

Not everything has to be regulated. Not everything has to be codified and signed off on by the red tape gurus. Life CAN happen just fine without such interference. And when the government is stopping a man from feeding the hungry, rest assured something is very wrong with the regulations, the codes, and the local bureaucrats.

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Capitalism Jamaican Jerk Style on the Streets of New York (VIDEO)

Image: Screenshot Business Insider

I have long contended that restaurants are one of the most capitalistic areas of our economy. Make good food at a good price and people come back. Repeat over and over and over. Keep making people happy and you keep making money.

That is unless the regulators start shaking you down.

This place looks delicious. Here’s their Facebook page if you want to track them down.

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Woman Fighting Fine For Selling Tamales Without Permit

$700 for selling tamales out of the house is excessive. If the city had a real problem with this woman they should have issued her a warning first. And even then they really should have minded their own business. So what if she’s selling tamales to help make ends meet?

Was she inconveniencing neighbors? We don’t know. If she was perhaps a warning was justified. But a $700 fine with no warning? That’s unreasonable. Plus the real issue here is likely that she had not paid for a permit,

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Guess what? Food Stamps are big time CORPORATE WELFARE and many in the GOP love it

As we’ve said before, our food stamp program is a huge source of revenue for the food manufacturers. Designed, at least originally, and at least in theory, as a way for poor people to have enough to eat, EBT (food stamps) has become a way for vested interests to fleece the taxpayer. The big food companies love it. Soda? OK. White bread? Sure. Cookies? Absolutely.

Then after a lifetime of poor eating, subsidized by the taxpayer,

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When Bureaucrats Attack!!! Smoke from a guy’s grill wafted into his neighbors yard (across the street) County shows up

I have grilled in the rain many times. Happily. (With charcoal. Never gas.) 

The below video speaks to me. I love to grill. I love to barbecue. A man and his grill is a sacred thing.

I am willing to bet that whatever this guy is cooking tastes awesome too. I just get a vibe from this fellow. And I’ll bet he cooks pig. That’s what I am talking about.

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Socialism empties, shelves, stomachs in Venezuela, Desperate people cross into Colombia for food

When prices aren’t free to move shortages result. And people become hungry.

Opening the border is the last thing President Maduro and the Chavistas wanted to do of course. By opening to Columbia and letting people get food it highlights the massive failure the socialist regime has induced. But the Chavistas recognize that keeping hungry people penned inside the country would probably be an even worse option for them than letting them out. One thing that all totalitarian regimes understand is that bread is key to pacification of the population.

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Your Federal Physical Activity Guidelines, Presented by Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola, the great American drink. One of America’s greatest contributions to world cuisine. (Seriously.) It has brought much joy, and caffeine to the world. I love an ice cold Coke. In fact I’ll probably have a little can of it after I take the kids to the pool this evening.

But you know what? It ain’t good for you. And you know what else? We drink way too much of it in this country. (Though we are drinking less.) It’s bubbly sugar syrup.

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The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub

I had some hydroponic lettuce in my salad last night and not only was it delicious, really really delicious (as lettuce goes) it was relatively cheap. Things are changing. Opportunities abound. (That’s a good thing.) Let’s hope the government (and its big ag sponsors) doesn’t regulate this industry to death.

Guess which industry is ripe – get it – for disruption? (And I hate the word “disruption” but it fits here.)

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This article might finally scare you off of diet soda

I like food. I care about what I eat. But I’m not insane about it. The gluten bit I still have a hard time buying. But aspartame is something I have steadily cut out of my diet, though I still enjoy a nice cold Diet Coke from time to time. It may be time to quit completely however.

Aspartame is an interesting substance as at least some people argue that it would not be allowed in food if it were not for the fact that the soda companies are cozy with the FDA.

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