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  • 5 Ways Law Enforcement Will Use Tattoo Recognition Technology - Electronic Frontier Foundation

    06/03/2016 4:18:03 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 16 replies
    Electronic Freedom Foundation ^ | 06/02/2016 | Dave Maass and Aaron Mackey and Soraya Okuda
    5 Ways Law Enforcement Will Use Tattoo Recognition Technology - Electronic Frontier Foundation June 2, 2016 | By Dave Maass and Aaron Mackey and Soraya Okuda 5 Ways Law Enforcement Will Use Tattoo Recognition Technology There's an action movie cliché in which a cop inspects the body of a felled assassin or foot soldier and discovers a curious tattoo that ultimately leads to a rogue black-ops squadron, a secret religious sect, or an underground drug trafficking ring. The trope isn’t entirely Hollywood fantasy, but the reality of emerging tattoo recognition technology is closer to a dystopian tech thriller. Soon,...
  • The trillion-frame-per-second camera

    05/01/2015 9:40:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies ^ | 4/29/15
    When a crystal lattice is excited by a laser pulse, waves of jostling atoms can travel through the material at close to one sixth the speed of light, or approximately 28,000 miles/second. Scientists now have a new tool to take movies of such superfast movement in a single shot. Researchers from Japan have developed a new high-speed camera that can record events at a rate of more than 1-trillion-frames-per-second. That speed is more than one thousand times faster than conventional high-speed cameras. Called STAMP, for Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, the new camera technology "holds great promise for studying a...
  • #dcpowerout: Lights go out on Oprah's speech in packed DC theatre

    04/07/2015 5:31:28 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies ^ | April 7, 2015 | Web Producer
    WASHINGTON - Power outages left many wondering who turned out the lights in D.C. on Tuesday-- including OprahWinfrey. The power went off at D.C.'s Warner Theatre, right in the middle of Ms. Winfrey's speech honoring Maya Angelou. Winfrey was part of the dedication ceremony of a new U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamp that honors Angelou. "I am honored to be here to stand her as her daughter, sister-friend at the unveiling of the Maya Forever-- FOREVER-- stamp," Winfrey said, and then the lights went out.
  • Maya Angelou Stamp Includes Quote That Isn't Hers

    04/07/2015 5:22:10 PM PDT · by IncPen · 61 replies
    AOL News ^ | Apr 7th 2015 | Staff
    Maya Angelou was known for her inspirational and thought-provoking quotes, so it's only fitting that a stamp commemorating her features one. A new postage stamp that was unveiled in a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning celebrating the late literary icon aimed to do just that. It features her image with the quote, "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Except that quote ... isn't Angelou's.
  • CAPTION the first ever official Mooch stamp

    12/07/2014 3:15:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Dandag ^ | 12/07/14
    The task was to re-launch The Sunday Times STYLE magazine. Rather than just making an ad campaign, we created a piece of editorial for the newspaper inventing 'The 50 Best Dressed People in the World’. From this we developed the ‘Fashion Royalty’ campaign and created an iconic series of portraits combining the images of historical royal figures with esteemed members of the fashion world – Victoria Beckham, UK HipHop act Tinie Tempah and Kate Moss.
  • Madonna and Child Stamps are Available at the Post Office Now.

    11/12/2014 6:54:31 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 34 replies
    11.12.14 | chickensoup
    The classic Madonna and Child postal stamps are now available at the post office. Support Western Civ and our traditional culture and purchase them! They are particularly lovely this year. Does anyone remember that one was able to order Christmas cards to match the stamps? I recall my grandmother having such cards imprinted.
  • Harvey Milk honored with stamp; Crowds line up outside of Castro post office

    05/23/2014 6:22:24 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 59 replies
    Daily Digest News ^ | 05-23-2014 | Ed Stevens
    According to a report from the BBC, gay rights activist Harvey Milk has been honored on a new U.S. postage stamp. The stamp was unveiled at the White House on Thursday. In a description of the stamp, the U.S. Postal Service says that Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, making him one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. Tragically, his career in public office was cut short when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. The photo featured on the stamp is one of Milk taken in...
  • Don’t buy the Harvey Milk stamp (He hated sexual boundaries)

    05/01/2014 6:53:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Milk (on right) The following comes from an Apr. 23 message from the U.S. Postal Service unveiling a postage stamp honoring homosexual activist Harvey Milk, a leading pro-family organization is urging everyone who supports the protection of children to avoid this shameful stamp.“Harvey Milk was a very dishonorable man — a sexual anarchist who hated sexual boundaries, a homosexual predator of teens and boyish-looking young men, and a brazen attacker of moral standards and parental rights,” said Randy Thomasson, president of, which promotes moral virtues for the common good. (Harvey Milk documentation from The Mayor of Castro Street:...
  • This is the least defective ink stamp you'll ever find...

    03/24/2014 3:12:25 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Former NRA president Charlton Heston to get US Post Office stamp

    02/23/2014 1:52:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 02/22/2014 | unknown
    The United States Postal Service has announced that former NRA President Charlton Heston will be honored with his own stamp. The stamp is part of their “Legends of Hollywood” series, and while the specific issue date has not yet been determined, it will be issued sometime in 2014. Heston was a five term president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. He was a tireless advocate for Second Amendment rights and will always be remembered by the NRA faithful for his “cold, dead hands” speech delivered at the 2000 NRA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Food stamp use among troops skyrockets during Obama admin

    02/17/2014 10:04:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/17/14 | Caroline May
    Food stamp redemption at military grocery stores, or commissaries, has nearly doubled since the beginning of the “Great Recession,” topping out at $103.6 million in FY 2013, from $31.1 million in FY 2008. While the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps, have soared over the past five years, the rate of increase has slowed, according to data from the Defense Commissary Agency and published by CNN Money Monday. From FY 2009 to FY 2010 the level of spending jumped from $52.9 million to $72.8 million; from FY 2010 to FY 2011 the amount of SNAP benefits...
  • Price of stamps goes up this weekend

    01/25/2014 7:28:16 AM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN Money ^ | jan 24, 2014 | Jennifer Liberto
    If you have letters or bills to mail, you might want to rush. Saturday is the last day when it will cost you 46 cents. Starting Sunday, you'll pay more -- 49 cents. On Sunday, the cost of mailing a post card will also go up to 34 cents, a 1-cent increase. The current rate hike brings a much-needed cash influx to the financially struggling postal service. Much of its cash problems stem from a congressional mandate to make annual $5 billion payments for future retiree health care benefits.
  • Thanksgiving: (Hussein's porkulus) Food stamp cuts leave pantries struggling to meet rising need

    11/28/2013 7:34:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 97 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/28/13 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    Food pantries and food banks struggled to meet demand this Thanksgiving, just weeks after food stamp cuts for millions of Americans took effect. On Nov. 1, the 47 million people who rely on food stamps — also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — saw a decrease in benefits when Congress allowed a 2009 program funding boost to expire. As a result, a family of four will receive $36 less in food stamps in November and each month thereafter, according to the USDA. “All of our food banks have really ratcheted up what they have had to serve,”...
  • Obama using food-stamp cash to fund Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’

    11/12/2013 9:01:13 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | 3:52am | By Andrea Peyser
    On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it’s now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell’s Soup from stamps. But wasn’t heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts. Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama’s pet project, Let’s Move... The great food grab began in 2010, when President Obama, with Michelle and US Department of Agriculture honchos at his side, signed the Healthy,...
  • Sexual predator honored with U.S. postage stamp

    10/29/2013 9:16:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Matt Barber
    Oct. 28, 2013 ( - Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Franklin evidently failed to envisage today’s postmodern left. For the conservative, there exists at least one other certainty, and it is this: The degree to which “progressives” attack you corresponds precisely to the degree with which you challenge any among their assorted, distorted and sordid sacred cows. What would you call a 33-year-old man who both had and axiomatically acted upon a deviant sexual appetite for underage, drug-addicted, runaway boys? (No, not Jerry Sandusky.) What would you...
  • “Riots always begin typically the same way”: Food stamp shutdown looms Friday

    10/29/2013 8:12:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 131 replies
    salon ^ | 10/29/13 | Josh Eidelson
    Food stamp recipients face a massive benefit cut set to kick in when stimulus funds expire Friday. The nationwide cut “is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis using the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan.” CBPP called the roughly $5 billion annual cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.” “If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank..
  • America honors a sexual predator on a postage stamp

    10/28/2013 1:27:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10/27/2013 | MATT BARBER
    <p>Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”</p> <p>Franklin evidently failed to envisage today’s postmodern left. For the conservative, there exists at least one other certainty, and it is this: The degree to which “progressives” attack you corresponds precisely to the degree with which you challenge any among their assorted, distorted and sordid sacred cows.</p>
  • USPS to Destroy ‘Just Move’ Stamp Series Over Safety Concerns

    10/08/2013 6:56:07 PM PDT · by kristinn · 84 replies
    Postal Mag ^ | Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    With the Just Move! stamp issuance the U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy lifestyle. However, according to Linns Stamp News, the USPS will be destroying the entire press run after receiving concerns from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition over alleged “unsafe” acts depicted on three of the stamps...
  • Stamp honoring Johnny Cash to go on sale Wednesday

    06/04/2013 5:09:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 4, 2013
    Beginning Wednesday, you’ll be able to put Johnny Cash on all your mail. A “forever” stamp honoring the country music legend will go on sale, coinciding with the end of a yearlong celebration of the Man in Black’s life and career. A free public concert in Nashville by family and friends of the singer also will honor his six-decade career. The 46-cent stamp will feature a 1963 image of Cash shot by Frank Bez during the photo session for the album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.” Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, said the stamp is unusual, and...
  • Feds Duck Controversy--Restore Prize For Stamp Art to 6-year-old Girl

    05/06/2013 12:33:38 PM PDT · by SgtHooper · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 6, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A 6-year-old South Dakota girl who was initially accused of cheating in a federally-sponsored art contest was restored as a winner, and her painting of a duck is again on track to be used on a U.S. postage stamp. A 9-by-12-inch oil painting of a canvasback duck by Madison Grimm, of Burbank, S.D., was declared the winner from some 29,000 entries in the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. In addition to having their artwork immortalized on a stamp, winners receive a $5,000 scholarship. But days after the April 19 announcement, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials said Madison —...
  • Food stamp recruiter must enroll 150 seniors in the program a day

    04/24/2013 8:40:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/24/13 | Caroline May
    A Florida food stamp recruiter is tasked with enrolling at least 150 senior citizens in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, The Washington Post reports in a profile about SNAP outreach. Following 56 year old recruiter Dillie Nerios perform her task, to appeal to seniors to get them to sign up for food stamp benefits, The Post offers additional insight into the program — which has reached record participation levels in recent months — currently feeding more than 47 million people, or one in seven Americans. The story follows recruiter Dillie Nerios, 56, as she encourages approaches potentially SNAP-eligible seniors to...
  • Food stamp enrollment skyrockets as unemployment rate declines

    11/20/2012 3:31:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/12 | Caroline May
    A new chart produced by Republicans staffers on the Senate Budget Committee shows food stamp enrollment continuing to increase even as the unemployment rate goes down. From October 2009 to October 2012 the unemployment rate has declined from 10.2 percent to 7.9 percent. In that same time frame, nearly ten million new recipients have been added to the food stamp rolls, according to government data analyzed by the Republican committee staff. “Spending on the food stamp program has increased every single year since 2000, and a record number of individuals now receive the benefit. For instance, food stamp enrollment has...
  • Slammed for Using Food Stamps: Ga. Woman Seeks Apology

    09/26/2012 8:59:15 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 46 replies
    Yahoo ABC ^ | 26-Sep-2012 | Alice Gomstyn
    Is a $15 gift card enough to compensate for public humiliation at your local grocery store? According to one Georgia woman, the answer is absolutely not. Cindy Nerger, 28, who relies on food stamps to feed her family, said she was brought to tears after being embarrassed by a manager at a Kroger store in Warner Robbins, Ga. "He said, 'Excuse me for working for a living and not relying on food stamps like you,'" Nerger said the manager told her. The man's comment came after Nerger and two other store employees disagreed over whether her total purchase was eligible...
  • USDA suggests food stamp parties, games to increase participation

    06/27/2012 6:08:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/27/12 | Caroline May
    While spending on the food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama, the government continues to push more Americans to enroll in the welfare program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has embraced entire promotional campaigns designed to encourage eligible Americans to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. A pamphlet currently posted at the USDA website encourages local SNAP offices to throw parties as one way to get potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the program. “Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle,” Biden: Economy a...
  • Nearly 10 Percent of N.H. Food Stamp Recipients Have Out-Of-State Address

    04/01/2012 8:34:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/1/12 | Staff
    A new report shows that nearly 10 percent of non-Medicaid food-stamp recipients in New Hampshire actually live outside the state. WMUR reports: After an audit of 24,355 non-Medicaid food stamp recipients in New Hampshire, the report shows 2,200 hold a primary address outside of the state. [...] “We are up to a potential in that program alone of up to $41 million worth of payments that may be questionable,” said House Speaker Bill O’Brien. The report also cites cases of incarcerated or deceased residents getting benefits, including one where the recipient may have been dead since 1983. Full transcript: ANCHOR:...
  • Temple Menorah Stamp Affirms Jewish Claim to Land

    01/10/2012 1:55:40 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    Just two weeks after a Temple era seal was displayed to the public, archeologists continue to dig up breathtaking proofs of the ancient and never-severed connection between Jews and the Land of Israel. This time, the find is a 1,500 year old tiny stamp discovered near the city of Akko, bearing the image of the seven-branched Temple Menorah. The stamp was used to identify baked products and probably belonged to a bakery that supplied kosher bread to the Jews of Akko in the Byzantine period. The ceramic stamp dates from the Byzantine period (6th century CE) and was uncovered in...
  • Russia Honors Obama with Postage Stamp for 50th Birthday

    08/03/2011 8:42:38 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 91 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3 August 2011 | Lee DeCovnick
    Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, and former head of the KGB, rules as de facto czar of enormous empire that spans 11 time zones. A confirmed and dedicated Communist, Putin has decided that Russia should publicly honor another fellow socialist on his 50th birthday. From "The Voice of Russia" English language website we read: Russia's Post Office has issued a collection of stamps and envelopes to mark the 50th jubilee of the US President Barack Obama. The US leader is celebrating his birthday on the 4th of August. In one of his recent interviews Mr. Obama said that fifty...
  • China tries to stamp out 'Jasmine Revolution'

    02/20/2011 1:03:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 02/20/11 | ANITA CHANG
    China tries to stamp out 'Jasmine Revolution' By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press 40 mins ago BEIJING – Jittery Chinese authorities staged a concerted show of force Sunday to squelch a mysterious online call for a "Jasmine Revolution" apparently modeled after pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping the Middle East.
  • Food stamp surge in Illinois

    01/16/2011 1:20:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/16/11 | Francine Knowles
    Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help. (Snip) Job losses caused by the recession drove numbers up over the year in all seven counties in the Chicago area. The biggest percentage increases were in DuPage, Kendall, Kane and McHenry counties. “Since the fall of ’08, we’ve had an increase practically every month” statewide, said Jan Freeman, director of the SNAP program
  • 40th president gets stamp for Reagan Centennial

    12/14/2010 7:56:33 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 1+ views
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – An image of President Ronald Reagan graces the U.S. Postal Service's newest 44-cent stamp.
  • Reagan birth centennial stamp debuts

    12/13/2010 12:06:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 2,579 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2010 | Mark A. Kellner
    If it was "morning in America" for President Ronald Reagan, a new commemorative postage stamp due in February to mark "the Gipper's" birth centennial will forever view the sunrise.The new commemorative stamp, whose design was unveiled Monday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., always will be valid for a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service confirmed. It officially will be released at the library on Feb. 10, 2011, four days after the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth.Texas artist Bart Forbes did the portrait, based on a 1985 photograph of Reagan taken at Rancho del Cielo,...
  • Postal Service Thanked for Mother Teresa Stamp, Ceremony Honors Her

    09/07/2010 9:12:00 AM PDT · by julieee · 7 replies ^ | September 7, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Postal Service Thanked for Mother Teresa Stamp, Ceremony Honors Her Washington, DC -- The pro-life Catholic group that organized the petition in favor of the Postal Service issuing a stamp honoring pro-life luminary Mother Teresa is thankful to see the stamp issued. Meanwhile, those gathered for a special service in Washington, D.C., remembered her pro-life outreach.
  • With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother Teresa (Did you get yours yet?)

    08/26/2010 3:39:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USPS>com ^ | 08-26-10 |
    Mother TeresaWith this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. Noted for her compassion toward the poor and suffering, Mother Teresa, a diminutive Roman Catholic nun and honorary U.S. citizen, served the sick and destitute of India and the world for nearly 50 years. Her humility and compassion, as well as her respect for the innate worth and dignity of humankind, inspired people of all ages and backgrounds to work on behalf of the world’s poorest populations.Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian, was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on...
  • Rare stamp expected to bring millions

    05/13/2010 9:24:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 739+ views
    upi ^ | May 13
    LONDON, - The world's most valuable stamp -- the Treskilling Yellow -- is expected to fetch as much as $7.4 million at an auction in Switzerland, collectors said. The stamp issued in Sweden in 1855 was saved by a Swedish boy who found it in his grandmother's trash bin in 1885. He sold it to a collector for less than $1, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. The Treskilling Yellow since has changed hands many times, each time setting a record price, including at its last sale in 1996 when it sold for $2.5 million to anonymous collectors. The stamp was...
  • Stamp for Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Hits September

    05/06/2010 1:08:01 PM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies · 216+ views ^ | May 6, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Stamp for Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Hits September Washington, DC ( -- Postal Service officials have confirmed it will print a new stamp honoring pro-life heroine Mother Teresa and that it will be released in September. The stamp has come under fire from atheist groups who say the government shouldn't be honoring a pro-life religious figure.
  • Confirmed! [Mother Teresa stamp to be release]

    05/05/2010 10:42:16 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 11 replies · 206+ views
    CatholicVote ^ | 5-5-10 | Brian Burch
    Dear Friend of CatholicVote, I have wonderful news. The Mother Teresa stamp is coming! Over 138,000 friends of joined together to defend the stamp to honor Mother Teresa. And the Postal Service took notice. Roy Betts, a spokesman for the Postal Service, told yesterday: “The stamp will be dedicated September 5 [at] the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Feel free to post information about the stamp, the image and the dedication ceremony on your website. Thanks!” Wow. Launching the stamp at a church. The anti-religion radicals are going to go wild!...
  • Who Hates Mother Teresa?

    02/10/2010 3:38:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies · 554+ views
    The anti-religion crusaders are at it again. This time they want the Post Office to cancel a planned new stamp honoring Mother Teresa. I am continually shocked by the persistence of these activist groups. They seem to never give up! Any mention or reference of God must be wiped out. The Pledge of Allegiance, In God We Trust, you name it… they want it boarded up, whitewashed, and banished from our public life. But not this time. Not Mother Teresa. Sign on to our group letter to the Postmaster General here – Stamp Out Bigotry A group called the Freedom...
  • Failed Obama Stamp - Funny

    06/15/2009 9:53:06 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 16 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | 06 15 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    The Postal Services created a stamp with a picture of President Obama. The stamp was not sticking to envelopes. This enraged the President, who demanded a full investigation. After a month of testing and $1.73 million in congressional spending, a special Presidential commission presented the following findings: 1)The stamp is in perfect order. 2)There is nothing wrong with the adhesive. 3)People are spitting on the wrong side.
  • Bob Hope commemorative stamp released by U.S. Postal Service

    06/01/2009 6:21:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 35 replies · 1,525+ views ^ | U.S. Postal Service Public Affairs
    SAN DIEGO (Army News Service, May 29, 2009) -- Aboard the USS Midway Friday the U.S. Postal Service released the 44-cent Bob Hope commemorative stamp on what would have been the world-renowned entertainer and philanthropist's 106th birthday. Although Hope never officially served in the military, he dedicated a significant part of his life to entertaining the country's men and women in uniform starting in 1941 and continuing through Operation Desert Storm 50 years later. After giving hundreds of performances overseas he earned the nickname "G.I. Bob" and in 1997 he became the first person ever recognized by Congress as an...
  • Contradictions: Underneath a Solid Sky (Does Genesis 1 teach the sky was solid?)

    03/09/2009 3:50:09 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 140 replies · 1,597+ views
    AiG ^ | March 9, 2009 | Gary Vaterlaus
    Critics of the Bible have often said that the writings of Genesis reflect an “unscientific view” of the universe—one that reflected the cosmology of the ancient world. One of these criticisms centers on the Hebrew word raqia used in the creation account of Genesis 1. Several Bible versions, such as the New King James, translate this word as firmament: Genesis 1:6–8, NJKV Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from...
  • Stamps mark Abe's 200th (obtain a special postmark of Lincoln postage)

    02/07/2009 7:18:22 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 246+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carmen Duarte
    Alex Lutgendorf is gearing up for a memorial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday and the first-day issuance of the Lincoln series postage stamps on Monday, three days before his Feb. 12 birthday. Lutgendorf is a volunteer at the Postal History Foundation and, as the curator of the Western State Postmarks for the museum, he requested that Arizona receive a special postmark for the occasion.
  • The Tramp Stamp: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    09/05/2008 2:53:37 PM PDT · by vadum · 10 replies · 162+ views
    Cantankerous Gentleman ^ | September 5, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    The government inadvertently offered people who wanted a duck something altogether different. The Fish and Wildlife Service isn't going to remedy the error because doing so would cost too much. That's according to this wire service report, "Gov't Error Sends Callers To Sex Line: People Hoping To Order Duck Stamps Greeted By Phone-Sex Line Due To Printing Mistake": People calling a federal phone number to order duck stamps are instead greeted by a phone-sex line, due to a printing error the government says would be too expensive to correct. The carrier card for the duck stamp transposes two numbers, so...
  • Isfahan - City of Polish Children

    07/15/2008 5:40:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 678+ views ^ | 24-Jun-2008
    Poland commemorates her refugees in Iran by Ryszard Antolak 24-Jun-2008 The Polish Postal Service has commemorated the role Isfahan played during World War 2 in caring for Polish orphans. The new stamp, "Isfahan - the City of Polish Children", went on sale earlier this month. It depicts a pupil at School No. 15 near Isfahan (Stanislaw Stojakowski), standing in front of a Persian carpet woven at the city's Carpet School in 1944. In 1942, Isfahan housed thousands of Polish orphans released from the Soviet work camps of Siberia and Kazakhstan. At its peak, twenty one areas of the city were...
  • Stamps to Cost a Penny More (I haven't gotten used to the last increase yet)

    02/11/2008 2:37:47 PM PST · by nuconvert · 171 replies · 783+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | February 11, 2008
    Stamps to Cost a Penny More February 11, 2008 By Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press Writer Mailing a Letter Will Cost a Penny More Starting in May WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mailing a letter will soon cost a penny more. The cost of a first-class stamp will rise to 42 cents starting May 12, the U.S. Postal Service said Monday. The price of the Forever stamp will go up at the same time, meaning those stamps can still be purchased for 41 cents but will remain good for first-class postage after the rate increase takes effect. The post office has sold...
  • Rare 'Jenny' stamp sells for $825,000

    12/27/2007 2:48:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,149+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/27/07 | PaulJ. Webber - ap
    DALLAS - One of the most famously flawed stamps in U.S. history sold for $825,000 to a New York man who bought it slightly cheaper than the record price another "Inverted Jenny" copy fetched at auction last month. The rare 1918 24-cent stamp, depicting an upside-down Curtis JN-4 biplane known as "Jenny," was sold privately this week to a Wall Street executive who did not want to be identified. Heritage Auction Galleries president Greg Rohan, who brokered the sale, said the buyer is the same collector who lost an auction last month in which another "Inverted Jenny" sold for $977,500....
  • Postal Regulators Back 'Forever' Stamp

    02/26/2007 3:56:10 PM PST · by rawhide · 4 replies · 242+ views ^ | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON — Say goodbye to those pesky 1- and 2-cent stamps that used to clutter up desks and purses every time the price of mailing a letter went up. A new "forever" stamp — good for mailing a letter no matter how much rates rise — was recommended Monday by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission. The panel also called for a 2-cent increase in first-class rates to 41 cents, a penny less than the post office had sought. In addition, the changes would sharply scale back the price of heavier letters. "Adoption of this proposal is good for the Postal...
  • Christmas-stamp art has ties to Tucson

    12/04/2006 5:53:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Stephanie Innes
    The Madonna and child on this year's U.S. Postal Service Christmas stamp replicates a painting owned by a family with Tucson ties. Needless to say, all of the stamps that John and Ray Freyer are putting on their Christmas cards this year will depict the 18th-century oil-on-canvas owned by their late grandmother, Maria Engracia Critcher Freyer, a colorful family matriarch known as "Madam" to her grandchildren, who acquired the painting while she lived in Peru. John and Ray Freyer, both local real estate investors, say they were surprised and delighted to hear that a piece of family artwork would have...
  • Rare Stamp Gets Licked (See how much it's worth.)

    11/11/2006 11:10:32 PM PST · by xtinct · 2 replies · 254+ views
    AOL ^ | 11-12-06 | staff
    Ft. Lauderdale: An absentee ballot was mailed with what may have been a rare stamp worth as much as $200,000 -- the famous Inverted Jenny -- but the envelope is in a box that by law can't be opened. Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom discovered the stamp while reviewing absentee ballots. There was no name on the envelope, so the vote didn't count. Stamp mailed on absentee ballot
  • Absentee Florida ballot sent with precious stamp

    11/11/2006 2:02:01 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 44 replies · 1,385+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 11 NOVEMBER 2006 | AP
    MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida voter may have unwittingly lost hundreds of thousands of dollars by using an extremely rare stamp to mail an absentee ballot in Tuesday's congressional election, a government official said on Friday. The 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp, which takes its name from an image of a biplane accidentally printed upside-down, turned up on Tuesday night in Fort Lauderdale, where election officials were inspecting ballots from parts of south Florida, Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom told Reuters. Only 100 of the stamps have ever been found, making them one of the top prizes of all philately. Rodstrom,...
  • Stamp found on vote packet may be worth a fortune

    11/10/2006 6:26:33 AM PST · by Teflonic · 16 replies · 1,067+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 11/10/06 | DIANA MOSKOVITZ AND JENNIFER LEBOVICH
    The Inverted Jenny is among the most rare -- and valuable -- U.S. postal stamps.. And now one may have been found in Broward County -- among piles of absentee ballots from this week's election. No one knows where the ballot came from. The person who cast the vote was not identified on the envelope containing the ballot, so the vote didn't count. Now the stamp -- which may be worth at least $200,000 -- is locked up with the rest of the ballots, because by law it must be held for a designated amount of time. County Commissioner...