August 26, 2018

 *52.1% of Kids Live in Households Getting Means-Tested Government Assistance:
Today, there are Americans under 18 years of age growing up in a country where the majority of their peers live in households that take “means-tested assistance” from the government.

In 2016, according to the most recent data from the Census Bureau, there were approximately 73,586,000 people under 18 in the United States, and 38,365,000 of them — or 52.1 percent — resided in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.

These included the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Medicaid, public housing,Supplemental Security Income, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and ChildrenTemporary Assistance for Needy Families and the National School Lunch Program.

The Census Bureau published its data on the number and percentage of persons living in households that received means-tested government assistance in its Current Population Survey Detailed Tables for Poverty.

*Cardinal Burke: ‘We Have a Very Grave Problem of a Homosexual
Culture in the Church’:
Commenting on the sexual abuse problems in the Catholic Church, as evident in the recent cases of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on abuse, Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American, said it is obvious there is a poisonous “homosexual culture” among some priests and bishops and that there “needs to be an open recognition that we have a very grave problem of a homosexual culture in the Church.”

In an Aug. 16 interview with Catholic Action for Faith and Family, its president, Thomas McKenna, asked Burke, “Your Eminence, a new wave of clergy sexual abuse has surfaced and is indicating a widespread practice of homosexuality among clergy in dioceses and seminaries across the country. What would you say is the root cause of this corruption?”

Cardinal Burke, a member of the highest court at the Vatican, the Apostolic Signatura, said, “It was clear after the studies following the 2002 sexual abuse crisis that most of the acts of abuse were in fact homosexual acts committed with adolescent young men. There was a studied attempt to either overlook or to deny this.”

*Small Business Ownership Among Black Americans Jumps 400%
Since Trump’s Election:
As black unemployment remains at historic lows, the number of small businesses owned by African Americans in the United States has exploded by 400% year-over-year, according to a survey of more than 2,600 small business owners and entrepreneurs by Guidant Financial.

The survey reveals that in 2018, 45% of small business owners were minorities – up from just 15% three years ago, with the majority of them belonging to African American owners.

*U.S. Customs Busts 1st Illegal
Alien Via New Facial-Recognition
Software at D.C. Airport:
On Wednesday – only the third day using its new, cutting-edge facial comparison biometric system – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) recorded their first illegal alien bust utilizing the new technology, arresting a Congolese man posing as a Frenchman.

When a 26-year-old illegal alien traveling from Sao Paulo, Brazil presented a French passport to the CBP officer conducting primary inspections, CBP employed its new facial comparison biometric technology – which confirmed the man was not a match to the passport he presented.

As the CBP officer referred the traveler to secondary screening for a comprehensive examination, he noticed that the traveler became visibly nervous. A search revealed the man’s authentic Republic of Congo identification card concealed in his shoe.

The impostor intercepted at Washington Dulles International Airport was the first such impostor detected using the new technology.

*Who’s the Cleanest of Them All?:
Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany? Japan? No, no, no, no, no and no.

The answer to that question is the U.S. of A. Wow! How can that be? This must be a misprint. Fake news. America never ratified the Kyoto Treaty some two decades ago. We never enacted a carbon tax. We don’t have a cap-and-trade carbon emission program. That environmental villain Donald Trumppulled America out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world.

Yet the latest world climate report from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy finds that in 2017, America reduced its carbon emissions by 0.5 percent, the most of all major countries. That’s especially impressive given that our economy grew by nearly 3 percent — so we had more growth and less pollution — the best of all worlds. The major reason for the reduced pollution levels is the shale oil and gas revolution that is transitioning the world to cheap and clean natural gas for electric power generation.

Meanwhile, as our emissions fell, the pollution levels rose internationally and by a larger amount than in previous years. So much for the rest of the world going green.

*Another Study Finds That Economic Freedom Improves Lives:
A new metastudy by Serbian think tank Libek confirms that countries wishing to increase their economic growth—and reap the many rewards that come from doing so—need to focus on advancing the economic freedom of their people.

Libek looked at 92 scholarly research studies that considered the relationship between economic freedom and economic growth. Eighty-six of them (93.5 percent) found a positive relationship.
That is not surprising, considering that economic freedom—the ability to direct one’s own life and make economic decisions for oneself—encourages and empowers people to make a better life for themselves and for their families.

The increased economic activity they produce shows up in measures of economic growth.
Still, the point cannot be made frequently enough, because economic freedom is still repressed in so many parts of the world.

Now YOU can invite your friends, family, and associates (if they’ve got the guts) by telling them to go
Only 1 in 10 victims of cyberbullying tell a parent. Fewer than 1 in 5 cyberbullying incidents are reported to the police.
Since 1924, “Kleenex” has been the trademarked brand name of facial tissues manufactured by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

The global popularity of the product, originally marketed to the public as a cold cream remover and later, in the 1930s, as a disposable handkerchief, has led consumers to use the Kleenex name when referring to any tissue, regardless of brand.

Dickey Betts has postponed his upcoming concerts after the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist suffered what doctors diagnosed as a “mild stroke.”

“Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, [Betts] was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate,” the Dickey Betts Band’s website alerted fans. “Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent recovered and can resume his touring schedule.”


The late Steve Job’s daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.

Melanoma on the Brain
A new study offers a glint of hope to people in a desperate situation: Patients with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, that has spread to the brain. A combination of two drugs that activate the immune system shrank brain tumors in many melanoma patients and prolonged life in a study of 94 people at 28 medical centers in the United States.

The drugs were ipilimumab (brand name Yervoy) andnivolumab (Opdivo), and they belong to a class called checkpoint inhibitors. Melanoma is more likely than most cancers to spread to the brain, and once it gets there, fewer than 20 percent of patients survive one year with traditional treatments, according to Dr. Hussein A. Tawbi, the first author of the study and an associate professor of melanoma medical oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

But in the study, 82 percent were still alive after a year.

The 2008 U.S. financial bailout cost more than the Marshall PlanLouisiana PurchaseRace to the MoonS&L bailout,Korean WarNew DealIraq WarVietnam War, and NASA’s lifetime budget-combined.

The bailout total was $4.62 trillion.

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini
by Helmut Newton, Los Angeles, 1988

LBN Examiner Edited By: Renee Preston