Today’s news – Thursday, December 29, 2016

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Today’s quote … “I have stated that a democracy is always two years behind the dictator.” –  One of Winston Churchill’s warnings in “The Gathering Storm.” –

Today’s second quote … The United Nations “is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.” – Incoming US President in this Washington  Post article.

fox-friends“Merry WTF? Fox News Asks ‘Is It Time To End The Food Stamp Program?”NewsCorpse

  • What is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program? (SNAP) | “SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.” – USDA Website
  • LEGAL NOTICE | Borough Council will consider for adoption an agreement with School Board and Land Bank Authority at January 9 Council meeting. – Lancaster Online



  1. Oh, great word, Richard. We scurried for the definition, so we’ll share it in case others are as we were.

    “Kakistocracy is one of those words so seldom heard that it might be taken to represent some­thing that never existed. It means ‘a government by the worst men.’ James Russell Lowell, gave the term an intolerant but more colorful definition, ‘a government… for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools.'”

    • Thanks, Brian, for Lowell’s great definition! Sorry I left out the ‘s’ in kakistocracy. Happy New year. Here is a quote I just made up: “This New Year, stay drunk with life and sober to its realities.”

  2. Consider now this comment to a Pennlive article:

    “It’s already a kleptocracy and it will get worse under Trump. Consider the fact that no one even discusses how much his oligarch appointees will save in taxes just by becoming ‘public servants’. Considering that being a civil serving is shunned but being a business owner that relies on government contracts is considered entrepreneurial. Consider the revolving door, where the person who wrote the regulations gets hired by the private sector to circumvent the regulations. Consider that all of congress can manipulate markets that they are personally financially invested in. Consider that no one went to jail from the 2008 heist of homeowners. Consider corporate personhood. Consider that most international companies receive US legal protections but avoid paying US taxes to pay for that protection. The list goes on and on.” –

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