Report: Some Non-Profits Gaming Farm Subsidy System

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The following information was first published by Breitbart and reported by some of the mainscream media.

Some nonprofit organizations whose stated purposes have nothing to do with farming have enjoyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past ten years, according to a FoxNews.com report.

They include:

1. The Three Year Economic Saving Program, which supervises Muhammad farms, is owned by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The farm is located in Georgia, but the government subsidies, nearly $160,000, have gone to Farrakhan’s home in Chicago since 2002. The program, which was incorporated on Sept. 12, 2001, has been listed as “Not in Good Standing” by Illinois’s secretary of state since last September. The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State said the program was “involuntarily” dissolved by the State of Illinois on Feb. 1.

The Illinois Attorney General Office said it has no record of the program’s ever being a charity. Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, asked, “’Not in good standing’ doesn’t seem to trouble the Cincinnati office of the IRS. Why is Farrakhan’s charity allowed to receive federal money? This is no longer about farm policy, it’s merely a transfer mechanism from one set of Americans who pay taxes to another set who know how to game the system.”

The Muhammad Farms website states that donors to the program can make “tax deductible contributions” to the Three Year Economic Saving Program. However, neither Muhammad Farms, the Nation of Islam, nor the Three Year Program have a listing on the IRS’s public database of 990 forms, the forms that can testify that the program or company has true nonprofit tax-exempt status. The Three Year program may be evading filing such forms by claiming it is a religious program, which would make it exempt. The Freedom of Information Act states that nonprofits are required to show their 990 forms for the past three years if requested, but the Nation of Islam would not return phone calls when the forms were requested.

2. Seven waterfowl habitat foundations based in Chicago that aim to protect waterfowl at the Putnam County, Illinois, Dixon Waterfowl Refuge have received roughly $3.4 million in taxpayer funds. Each foundation has amassed more than $50,000 in subsidies. The foundations are part of the Wetlands Initiative, which states that it is “dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest.” All of the foundations are based in the same downtown Chicago high-rise office; they share the same agent and IRS 990 filer and gather their subsidies from the same USDA county office.

Despite the fact that the foundations claim to be based on protecting waterfowl, none of the ducks each foundation is named for is endangered. They include the Pintail, Ringbill, Blue-Wing Teal, Green-Wing Teal, Wood, Mallard, and Gadwall ducks. Not only are those ducks not endangered, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists them as being “of the least concern.” When queried, the Wetlands Initiative’s finance manager would not answer why there were seven separate foundations.

3. The National Audubon Society, located in downtown Manhattan, has collected almost $763,000 in the last ten years, with its payment recipients located in eight separate states.

Since 1995, only $114,000 of the foundation’s $932,801 in farm subsidies have been allocated for crop and livestock payments; the rest has been used for conservation. FoxNews.com could confirm that of the $114,000, only one farm affiliated with the Society, Aullwood Farm in Dayton, Ohio, received payments, which amounted to no more than $3,224. The National Audubon site lists no centers or sanctuaries in Minnesota, but that state’s chapter has still obtained over $6,000 in subsidies over the past ten years. The foundation’s 990 form states that 26 “key employees” together accumulate a total of more than $8 million each year, with the National Audubon Society’s president earning at least $460,000.

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Wal-Mart Bests ObamaCare

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Walmart Health Plan More Affordable, Superior to Obamacare

Washington Examiner evaluation of Walmart’s employee healthcare plan rated it superior to and more affordable than Obamacare. Over the years, Walmart has been undermined by unions and liberal activists, who claim that the retail giant is “notorious” for providing “substandard” healthcare plans.

The former president of the Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, Robert Slayton, said that in Chicago, Obamacare offers a restricted list of hospital participation. Walmart, on the other hand, belongs to a national healthcare network that provides almost twice as many participating hospitals. What’s more, Walmart’s network of doctors dwarfs Obamacare’s. “You will notice there are 9,837 doctors [under Obamacare]. But the larger network is 24,904 doctors. Huge, huge difference,” Slayton said.

Moreover, Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey (R), who is now a health care advocate, affirmed that Obamacare lacked first-class hospitals. “It’s not just the number, but who they are,” she added. “You’ll find under the Obamacare exchanges that the academic hospitals have declined to participate, along with the specialists who practice at those hospitals. The same is true of cancer hospitals.”

Unfortunately, many top-rated hospitals included in the Walmart plan – such as the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics – are left out of most Obamacare exchange plans. Astonishingly, McCaughey cautions, “People who are seriously ill need to stay away from these exchange plans.”

In addition to better care, the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that unsubsidized Obamacare enrollees will incur monthly premiums up to nine times higher than Walmart premiums. JAMA indicated that the unsubsidized premium for a nonsmoking couple age 60 can cost $1,365 per month, while the Walmart monthly premium for the same couple would be $134 per month.

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ObamaCare In One Long sentence

This is supposed to be a long sentence which explains ObamaCare in one sentence, but it seems like a sentence to a life of being poor by government edict:

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Chicago, Chicago, That Throttlin’ Town …

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I guess Chicago has lost that coddlin’ feeling.  Or maybe not.  I believe the lyrics to “Chicago” actually had reference to the manner in which the judicial system treated organized crime and the criminals who perpetrated the mean action on ordinary citizens.  Or, maybe it is toddlin with some narrow reference to enjoyble strolls or walks on the streets of Chicago.

One can look or listen in Chicago today, and to be fair, other large and not so large cities, and in addition to coddlin’ you are liable to witness throttling and other savagery meted out to innocent victims.

Within the last day or so, black youths in Chicago are reported to have  organized into flash mobs and then beat up men whose ethnic group has for some reason not been reported.  In some ways, I suppose it doesn’t matter, but why not name the ethnicity of the victim if the race of the criminals is given?  I have no idea, nor would I fathom a guess.  Perhaps someone in charge of the news reporting or police investigation could enlighten the confused.

For your further disgust why not read the story by clicking right here.  It is from the Chicago Tribune by reporters Jeremy Gorner and Andy Grimm.  Look for any related articles just below and although I tried to find the lyrics to “Chicago” by the songwriter, I was unsuccessful in anything close to a definite set.  So there are songs that give coddlin’ and versions that give toddlin’ as the fourth word in the opening line.  Any help will be appreciated.  Here’s a list of folks that recorded the song:

People or bands that recorded the lyrics

They Didn’t Get “Down”

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Big flock of  ducks missing and presumed stolen in Illinois town:  For sure they didn’t “just fly the coop” (if they had one) because they haven’t a feather or a single flapping wing between them.  Rubber ducks do not fly, but they do manage to bump their bums if tossed or dropped.  And they seldom pay their bills for allowing them to dine.

2500 rubber ducks were apparently stolen from a police auxillary storage facility where they were being kept before a scheduled fund-raising event called the Duck Pluck. Yorkville police expect to find  all the ducks (maybe in a row … perhaps not) and for some reason expect their school resource officer might help in the effort.  It’s always the quacky kids that get first look:

The Yorkville Citizens Police Academy planned to use them for its annual charity “Duck Pluck.”

The Beacon-News, a local paper, describes the ‘fowl’ tradition: Participants buy a duck for a few dollars. Ducks are then pulled out and the duck “owner” wins raffle prizes from local businesses. Duck races have been going on in Yorkville since 1991, although the race was recently discontinued, in favor of the duck pluck.

There is no mention of a reward or letter of commendation for anyone who might help solve the fowl deed, but anyone with information is urged to:

Anyone with information about the theft should call Yorkville police at 630-553-4340.

Here’s the rest of the story and don’t forget to read any links below, where you may find ducks are not always good to eat or even taste.