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    12/12/2010 8:09:45 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies ^ | 2010 1212 | Obama et al
    See where the money went in your state and how many jobs were "created" In Sumter County, SC, We are reported to get over 5,000,000 dollars in stimulus. Report says 4 jobs were created.
  • Obama Signs Bill Settling Black Farmers’ Discrimination Claims Amid Calls for Congressional Probe

    12/09/2010 5:52:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 9, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    ( - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, a bill awarding $1.15 billion to African American farmers to settle claims that the U.S. Agriculture Department discriminated against them. This is on top of earlier legislation awarding black farmers $100 million. The Pigford II legislation also includes $3.4 billion to settle a 14-year lawsuit alleging mismanagement of tribal trust funds by the U.S. Interior Department. Some members of Congress have called for an investigation of potential fraud in the government’s previous payout to the black farmers, and they have expressed doubt that this second settlement...
  • Obama Signs Law For Indian Tribes, Black Farmers

    12/08/2010 6:27:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KSAT-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 8, 2010 | Matthew Daly
    American Indians and black farmers will be paid $4.6 billion to address claims of government mistreatment over many decades under landmark legislation President Barack Obama signed Wednesday. The legislation "closes a long and unfortunate chapter in our history," Obama said. "It's finally time to make things right."(continued)
  • Reparations? When Pigford Flies

    12/07/2010 7:36:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 7, 2010 | IBD staff
    Redress: Congress has OK'd nearly $5 billion for black and Native American farmers who claim they were discriminated against. This is redistribution of wealth in the name of environmental and social justice. Reparations have begun. Redistribution of wealth has been an underlying purpose of this administration and Congress, and one of the most glaring examples has been its welcoming of a series of lawsuits alleging past discrimination by black, Native American, Hispanic and female farmers. Pigford v. Glickman was a class action lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture alleging discrimination against black farmers in its allocation of farm loans between...
  • A Black Farmer Blows the Whistle on the Black Farmer Settlement

    12/07/2010 4:59:45 PM PST · by george76 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    big government ^ | 12-6-2010 | Jimmy Dismuke
    I have 200 acres in Arkansas and have raised hogs. Pigford is the biggest rip-off this country has ever known, and there are lots of people in positions of power that know it. Politicians are using it to buy votes. Trial lawyers are using it to get rich. I personally know of people who have no connection to farming at all who got Pigford checks. People with potted plants in their apartments claimed to be farmers and got paid. I saw an instance where eight Pigford checks went to one house. There are drug addicts and pushers who have received...
  • Andrew Breitbart nukes the White House: MASSIVE Pigford Black Reparations Scam document dump today

    12/06/2010 5:39:34 PM PST · by curth · 20 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | 12/06/2010 | kevindujan01
    Today’s the day I’ve been hinting at for a while…when Andrew Breitbart drops the nuke on the White House regarding the Pigford Black Reparations Scam.Obama is set to sign into law the Pigford Black Reparations on Wednesday.Breitbart has dumped all of these documents today to make this an albatross around Obama’s neck.He has a choice:  either sign this bill and distribute those black reparations and suffer the consequences as Americans start waking up to what is going on, or veto it because it is riddled with fraudulent claimants.What will Obama do?I think I know the answer on that, because Obama...
  • Bachmann attacks $1.2B payout for black farmers

    12/02/2010 12:23:50 PM PST · by pissant · 27 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/2/10 | Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON - Congress gave the final go-ahead Tuesday to a landmark $1.2 billion settlement compensating black farmers for decades of discrimination, even as Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann and other conservatives charged that the deal is riddled with fraudulent claims. The long-delayed package, negotiated by the Obama administration, could award some $50,000 each to thousands of African-Americans who claimed they were unjustly denied loans and assistance from the federal Agriculture Department in the 1980s and '90s. Right up until the final 256-152 vote in the House, Bachmann -- along with Iowa Republican Steve King and others -- called for an investigation...
  • Hispanic, female farmers plead for bias claims action

    12/01/2010 6:14:35 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/1/10 | Kevin Bogardus
    Despite seeing Congress pass funding to resolve black farmers’ claims this week, the Agriculture Department (USDA) is still under pressure to settle discrimination claims from minority groups. Advocates for Hispanic and female farmers claiming discrimination by USDA say they have not been treated the same as their black and Native American counterparts by the Obama administration. “[Blacks and Native Americans] are going to get more money and a better process. It is a slap in the face,” said Stephen Hill, a partner at Howrey who represents Hispanic farmers.
  • House approves measure funding black farmers' settlement

    11/30/2010 5:41:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 Nov 10 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a $1.15 billion measure to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago. The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department over claims of discrimination against black farmers was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias. The legislation passed Tuesday also funds a separate $3.4 billion settlement reached with the Department of Interior for mishandling Native American trust funds,...
  • Congressman Compares Black Farmers' Settlement to 'Slavery Reparations'

    11/30/2010 3:30:13 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Gawker ^ | November 30, 2010 | Staff
    The House approved settlements today for black farmers whom the federal government had discriminated against in the past. In the debate beforehand, however, Rep. Steve King compared this to "slavery reparations" from the "very, very urban" Barack Obama. The Senate last week finally approved the multi-billion-dollar funding for the Pigford II and Cobell settlements, which will allow the government to pay out claims to African-American farmers and American Indians who were discriminated against in recent decades by government agencies. Now, the House — which has passed the funding several times over — will have to approve it, probably this week....
  • House Approves $4.6 Billion Settlement for Indian, Black Farmers

    The House of Representatives approved a decades-old settlement worth $4.6 billion Tuesday that resolves two class-action suits filed against the federal government by black farmers and Native Americans. The thousands who joined the suit argued that the government discriminated against them as they applied for loans for agricultural ventures. The House approved the package 256-to-152. Black farmers would receive $1.2 billion, after they alleged they were cheated out of loans from the Agriculture Department. The government will direct $3.4 billion to American Indians who say the Interior Department swindled them out of royalties from natural resources like gas and timber.
  • Pigford II settlement to black farmers to be opposed by Republicans in the House

    11/23/2010 9:17:39 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/2010 | Caroline May
    Despite numerous allegations of fraud, the Senate approved legislation by a voice vote Friday to fund $1.15 billion worth of settlements to black farmers who claim the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them. The legislation now makes its way to the House, where Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia have made it clear that they will be pushing hard to prevent its passage and will be calling for investigations into every claim prior to allowing any payoffs. Much of the cause for concern is the fact that there have been...
  • Leftwing Extremist 'Southern Poverty Law Center' Smears Conservatives, Patriots

    04/18/2010 12:02:33 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 8 replies · 557+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/18/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    The Leftwing extremist group called 'The Southern Poverty Law Center' of Montgomery, Alabama has with one stroke of the pen smeared conservatives and Patriots in its new, infamous 'blacklist' it entitles, 'Meet the Patriots.' Among those it includes in the blacklist are some of the most reputable conservative Patriots in America today, such as U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), federal judge and Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), Gun Owners of America (GOA) chief Larry Pratt, Fox News personality Glenn Beck, and U.S. Representative Paul Broun (R-GA), among others.
  • Senate Approves Suit Settlements ($3.4B for Bias to Native Americans, Black Farmers)(BARF ALERT!!)

    11/22/2010 3:59:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | November 19, 2010 | Staff
    The US Senate has approved a $4.6bn (£2.9bn) payment to Native Americans and black farmers who complained of government discrimination. The legal settlement would benefit black farmers who sued for alleged bias by US agriculture officials. It would also settle a 15 year-old suit by Native Americans who said the government cheated them out of of oil, gas and grazing royalties. The legislation now needs approval by the House of Representatives. "While these legislative achievements reflect important progress, they also serve to remind us that much work remains to be done," President Barack Obama said in a statement. 'We're owed...
  • Senate OKs $4.6 Billion Bill for American Indians, Black Farmers

    11/21/2010 6:58:19 AM PST · by yoe · 16 replies
    PBS ^ | November 19, 2010 | By: Quinn Bowman and Linda J. Scott
    Late Friday afternoon in an almost empty U.S. Capitol, the Senate passed by a voice vote approximately $4.6 billion in payments for black farmers and American Indian tribes who claimed discrimination by the federal government. Included was a $1.25 billion fund to be used for payment to black farmers who settled a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture in 1999 but have not yet been paid. The bill will have to pass in the House of Representatives before it can go to President Obama for a signature. According to The Associated Press, the payments will be funded by...
  • Senate Approves $4.6B for Black Farmers, Indians

    11/19/2010 4:36:28 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/19/2010 | Yahoo News
    WASHINGTON – The Senate has approved almost $4.6 billion to settle long-standing claims brought by American Indians and black farmers against the government. The money has been held up for months in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it. The two class action lawsuits were filed over a decade ago. The settlements include almost $1.2 billion for black farmers who say they suffered discrimination at the hands of the Agriculture Department. Also, $3.4 billion would go to Indian landowners who claim they were swindled out of royalties by the Interior Department. The legislation was...
  • Rangel Inquiry Finds Evidence Beyond Dispute

    11/15/2010 8:10:33 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2010 | DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
    The House ethics committee ruled on Monday that there was evidence to support 13 counts of misconduct by Representative Charles B. Rangel, and began considering whether to formally convict and recommend punishment against him. The ruling came after a dramatic and puzzling appearance by Mr. Rangel, 80, in which he protested that he could no longer afford to pay his lawyers, and indignantly walked out of the proceedings, calling them unfair. Committee members were unmoved. Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, noted dryly that Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, was responsible for paying his lawyers and that he had been...
  • Election may define national identity (Grab one of the larger buckets!)

    10/23/2010 8:18:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Glens Falls Post-Star ^ | October 23, 2010 | Dr. Ian Reifowitz
    The 2010 mid-term elections are fundamentally a debate over national identity. Amid Tea Party rage, talk of TARP and Obamacare, the clash over how we define "Americanness" is in fact what motivates many on both sides. On one side is "Obama's America." The president has sought to invigorate national unity across ethnic boundaries. Obama's America centers on a unifying civic nationalism that embraces citizens of every background. From his recognition of the slaves who helped build the White House, to his defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque in lower Manhattan, to his reference to families with...
  • Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers for USDA Discrimination

    10/14/2010 10:37:23 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 13 replies ^ | October 14, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ( - President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress—to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator—to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by what the Justice Department says is 66,000 African Americans who “farmed or attempted to farm” and were allegedly the victims of discrimination committed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1996.During that 16-year period,...
  • Kagan introduces bill to fund Pigford settlement

    10/06/2010 3:23:16 PM PDT · by lwd · 25 replies
    Salisbury Post (NC) ^ | Wednesday, October 06, 2010 12:00 AM | Karissa Minn
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is one of three Democratic senators to introduce a bill to fund the $1.15 billion Pigford settlement that black farmers reached with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in February. “We want to ensure black farmers in our country finally receive the justice they deserve,” said Hagan. “Today, I join with my colleagues from Arkansas and Louisiana, Senators (Blanche) Lincoln and (Mary) Landrieu, to introduce a bill to fund the settlement once and for all, and we are working to send this language to the President.” Hagan announced the bill Sept. 23 with Lincoln,...