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  • Hulk, Spider-Man join forces with other super heroes on stamps

    07/24/2007 1:54:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 136+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/24/07 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON – Endowed with superhuman strength, yet looking different as day and night, the Amazing Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk will stand shoulder-to-shoulder as the Postal Service launches its latest set of super hero stamps. The 20-stamp set premieres Thursday at Comic-Con, the comic book and pop culture show in San Diego. The 41-cent stamps honor the creations of Marvel Comics, and also include Sub-Mariner, The Thing, Captain America, the Silver Surfer, the Spider-Woman, the Invincible Iron Man, Elektra and Wolverine. In addition, 10 of the stamps highlight covers of comic books featuring the characters. Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man,...
  • Andrews Open House Previews New Flight-Themed Stamps

    05/18/2007 5:14:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 366+ views
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE. Md., May 18, 2007 – The annual Joint Service Open House here kicked off today in tandem with a preview of two new military-themed, high-soaring postage stamps. Left to right: Air Force Col. Margaret H. Woodward, commander of the 89th Airlift Wing; David Failor, the U.S. Postal Service’s executive director of stamp services; and Marine Col. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr., commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, participate in a May 18 ceremony that kicked off this year’s Joint Services Open House and previewed new postage stamps commemorating Air Force One and Marine One at Andrews...
  • Star Wars stamps unveiled in [USA]

    03/29/2007 4:23:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 51 replies · 1,070+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2007
    The stamps were launched by Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are among the characters featured on a set of US stamps marking 30 years of the Star Wars films.A set of 15 stamps is being issued as a poster, and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite. The set will go on sale on 25 May, shortly after the basic US postage rate is raised to 41 cents (21p). Earlier this month, 400 postboxes were decorated to look like R2-D2, the robot from the landmark sci-fi saga. The US...
  • Food stamps going unused, report says (not enough pigs at the trough in MN)

    02/20/2007 4:18:42 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 18 replies · 564+ views
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 2-20-07 | Robert Franklin
    Nearly 189,000 Minnesotans -- more than 40 percent of those eligible -- don't use the federal food stamps to which they are entitled, according to a report being released today. That leaves many children and parents hungry, puts Minnesota in the bottom third of states in food stamp usage and deprives the state's economy of more than $170 million a year in federal dollars, the report said. "It's distressing," said Jessica Webster, who wrote the report for the Legal Services Advocacy Project in St. Paul. "We have this incredible federal resource within the state's grasp, and we're not using it."
  • U.S. Postal Service Announced Its List of Most-Collected Stamps

    12/28/2006 5:49:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies · 885+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | December 28, 2006 | Associated Press
    THE LIST The King of Stamps December 28, 2006 The Postal Service recently announced its list of the most-collected stamps. The top five, with year of introduction and how many of them have been saved by Americans, in millions: 1. Elvis Presley (1993) 124.1 2. Wonders of America (2006) 87.5 3. Wildflowers (1992) 76.1 4. Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues (1993) 75.9 5. DC Comics Super Heroes (2006) 73.0
  • Elvis remains the king of postage stamps

    12/26/2006 9:48:43 AM PST · by teacherwoes · 1 replies · 191+ views
    AP ^ | 12/26/06 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON - This year's Wonders of America set climbed to second place in the most popular stamps, but Elvis is still the King, the Postal Service said Tuesday. Some 124.1 million of the 1993 Elvis Presley stamps were saved by Americans, according to the post office, which does an annual survey of 10,000 households to determine which stamps are most popular.
  • Santa replaces Christ in Christmas stamps

    11/07/2006 1:44:20 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 23 replies · 3,381+ views
    The Daily Express ^ | 07/11/06 | Cyril Dixon
    BUNGLING mail chiefs were yesterday accused of taking the Christ out of Christmas. They unveiled this year’s festive stamps – which ignore the season’s holy background. Furious Christian politicians joined the Church of England to condemn the Royal Mail over its six faith-free designs. Instead of biblical scenes like the Nativity, the Star of Bethlehem and the Three Wise Men, executives opted for secular symbols including snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus. Last night critics accused the Royal Mail of snubbing Britain’s Christian heritage in a politically-correct bid to avoid offending other religions. A Church of England spokesman said: "Last year...
  • Zazzle.com Lawsuit Involves U.S. Postmaster, Hunters, Politics

    08/15/2006 9:19:59 AM PDT · by girlangler · 9 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Outdoor Wire ^ | 8/15/2006 | Jim Shepherd
    Bitter philosophical disagreements between companies that accept advertising and messages from anti-hunting groups, while refusing pro-hunting messages, are nothing new in the outdoors. But a refusal to create a special postage stamp referencing sportsmen as conservationists by ZAZZLE.com, an "official licensed vendor" for the U.S. Postal Service, has led to the filing of a pair of complaints with United States Postmaster General John Potter. An original complaint, field August 11 by REACT Consulting Group of Olympia, Washington, centers on ZAZZLE's rejection of a stamp bearing the legend "Sportsmen - America's First Conservationists" and the headline "$1.7 Billion for Conservation Annually"...
  • Who Was Harry Bingham and Why Is He Getting A Stamp?

    06/13/2006 10:49:22 AM PDT · by anotherview · 16 replies · 3,799+ views
    via e-mail ^ | 12 June 2006 | Robert Kim Bingham
    A few months ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (or Harry) Bingham, IV. For over fifty years, the State Department resisted any attempt to honor Bingham. For them he was an insubordinate member of the US diplomatic service, a dangerous maverick who was eventually demoted. Now, after his death, he has been officially recognized as a hero. Bingham came from an illustrious family. His father (on whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based) was the archeologist who unearthed the Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru, in 1911. Harry entered the...
  • Post Office Proposes Stamp Rate Increase

    05/03/2006 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 104 replies · 2,010+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 3 May 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The Postal Service said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents — to 42 cents — and proposed a "forever" stamp that people could use as hedge against future rate increases. The changes would take effect in the spring of 2007 if approved by the independent Postal Rate Commission. "A forever stamp would help ease the transition to any future price adjustments," board Chairman James C. Miller III said. Postmaster General John E. Potter said the agency would not be making a rate change if it were not necessary. "The Postal...
  • Dame Edna gets own stamp

    01/19/2006 2:30:25 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 26 replies · 543+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 20 January 2006
    SATIRIST Barry Humphries and his alter ego Dame Edna Everage have joined the ranks of Aussies to be featured on an Australian postage stamp. Mr Humphries' face, along with that of the glamorous Moonee Ponds housewife, will appear on the 2006 Australian Legend stamp, in recognition of their contribution to Aussie culture and entertainment. "For more than 50 years, he (Barry Humphries) has helped shape our nation's identity, culture and importantly sense of humour with hilarious character creations," said Australia Post managing director Graeme John. "Dame Edna's signature catchcry "Hello Possums!" has also become a typically Australian greeting that's recognised...
  • U.S. Postage Rates to Increase on Sunday

    01/07/2006 11:01:32 AM PST · by kingattax · 33 replies · 1,700+ views
    It will cost Americans 2 cents more to mail a letter starting Sunday. First-class postage rises to 39 cents for the first ounce. The increase follows legislation requiring the Postal Service to place $3 billion in an escrow account this year. Another rate boost is likely next year to cover rising costs for the agency. Stamp prices last went up in June 2002. Many rates, such as parcel post and advertising mail, vary by distance or whether the material is presorted. Rate changes taking effect, including some estimates for typical mailed items: _Post card, and each additional ounce in first...
  • Post Office War on Christmas

    12/21/2005 8:06:30 PM PST · by sidewalk · 152 replies · 2,156+ views
    December 21, 2005 | Vanity
    While the U. S. Postal Service still issues a Christmas stamp, note the poster in many post offices advertising its seasonal stamps. At the top of the poster is an stamp featuring cookies. Then comes the Hanukkah stamp, only then the Christmas stamp, then the Kwanzaa and Eid (Moslem holiday) stamps. Here's the rub. All holidays are clearly labeled on the poster: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid--except for the Christmas stamp. That one is labeled "Madonna and Child." They won't use the "C" word on the poster (though it is used on the stamp).
  • John A. Lejeune, USMC and the Army Insignia?

    12/14/2005 5:46:36 PM PST · by Pit1 · 17 replies · 801+ views
    I bought 10 sheet of "Distinguished Marines" 37 cent stamps. Of the four great Marines pictured, I noticed that John A. Lejeune, c. 1924 was with the 2nd Infantry Division. But they show the Army insignia on his picture. Was he attached to the Army? Or why did they show an Army insignia on "Distinguished Marines" picture? Semper Fi!
  • New stamps to feature DC Super-heores

    11/30/2005 12:22:13 PM PST · by who knows what evil? · 17 replies · 1,190+ views
    Newsarama ^ | November 30, 2005 | Matt Brady
    Official announcement came today that the comic book publisher that put “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” on the map will get a nod from the US Post Office next year, when DC Comics characters get their own postage stamps, this according to a USPS release listing the various stamp designs coming in 2006. “Our 2006 program commemorates a wide range of diverse American icons with something that will appeal to everyone,'' Postmaster General John E. Potter said in announcing the planned designs. One touch of reality though – the new stamps of 2006 will cost 39 cents, as the...
  • My Post Office Experience Today

    11/28/2005 2:17:49 PM PST · by maineman · 190 replies · 5,649+ views
    My daily trip to the USPO was one for the books today. As I was having my packages stamped a Women came along side of me and asked the clerk if they sold any stamps that didn't promote violence. The clerk was miffed, I was pissed, as she cut into my space. The Women said the American Flag stamps represent murder around the World. I suggested she move to Cuba as she will be able to buy several books of Castro stamps. She called me a Bush-Fool, a new one to me. I asked her to tell me exactly how...
  • Don't Forget to Ask for Your Madonna and Child Stamps at the Post Office (PO not advertising them!)

    11/28/2005 12:21:51 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 65 replies · 1,284+ views
    11.28.05 | chickensoup
    Today if you are purchasing Christmas stamps and want Christian religious Christmas stamps from the USPS, you will have to ask for them. Ask for the Madonna and Child stamps. Apparently the postal service is too embarrassed to hang any posters advertising them in the postal offices (at least in my area}. I would love to see a real uptick in Madonna and Child stamp sales this year because I read that the leftist postal powers that be are thinking of discontinuing this American tradition.
  • US Postal Service trying to kill Christmas?

    11/27/2005 7:03:32 AM PST · by Ed_in_NJ · 23 replies · 682+ views
    Mail ^ | 2005/11/27 | Ed in NJ
    Dear Postal CustomerWith the holiday season upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to say "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" [snip]
  • Going first class: Snail-mail stamps will cost 39 cents

    11/15/2005 10:50:38 PM PST · by CAWats · 28 replies · 2,867+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/15/2005 | CAWats
    Going first class: Snail-mail stamps will cost 39 cents ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - The cost of mailing a letter will increase to 39 cents on Jan. 8. The Postal Service's board of governors approved the two-cent increase in first-class postal rates late Monday. It is the first increase since June 2002. The cost of mailing a postcard will increase a penny, to 24 cents, as part of the roughly 5.4 percent, across-the-board hike in most rates and fees. The increase fulfills a requirement, passed by Congress in 2003, that the Postal Service establish a $3.1 billion escrow account. Congress is...
  • Marines, Post Office unveil commerative stamps

    11/10/2005 4:30:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Cpl. David Revere
    MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON, Washington DC (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Gen. Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service,unveiled the Distinguished Marines commemorative 37-cent U.S. Postage stamps at Marine Barracks Washington on the 230th Birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10. The stamps depict legendary Marines, Daniel Daly, John Basilone, John A. Lejeune and Lewis "Chesty" Puller. Other participants included the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performing elements of the Barracks' Friday Evening Parade, and Aaron Tippin, country music recording artist. Another first-day dedication ceremony took place at...
  • Marine stamps available today

    11/10/2005 8:42:31 AM PST · by Dubya · 11 replies · 605+ views
    New Bern Sun ^ | November 10,2005 | Chris Mazzolini
    Marine stamps available today November 10,2005 BY Chris Mazzolini View stories by reporter Freedom ENC A new postal stamp depicting the face of Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune won't make mail deployable by land, air or sea, nor will it give a letter the ability to command a division-size force. But it, along with three other Distinguished Marine stamps, will give a letter some character, honor even. Moreover, they'll give senders and recipients alike an opportunity to remember four of the finest Marines to ever join the Corps. Today - the Marine Corps birthday - the U.S. Postal Service will...
  • Stamp prices to rise by 2 cents

    11/03/2005 10:44:31 AM PST · by kingattax · 81 replies · 1,701+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 2, 2005 | Randolph E. Schmid
    WASHINGTON - A 2-cent boost in the price of a postage stamp was approved Tuesday by the independent Postal Rate Commission. Under the recommendation, which now goes to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors for final action, the cost of a first-class stamp will go from 37 cents to 39 cents and the postcard rate will rise a penny to 24 cents. The Postal Service requested the increase last April. It is expected to go into effect in January. The increase is needed so the post office can make a $3.1 billion escrow payment required by Congress. A bill that...
  • Postal service to release exclusive USMC stamps

    10/28/2005 4:07:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies · 777+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 28, 2005 | Pfc. Kaitlyn M. Scarboro
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2005) -- In honor of the 230th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, the U.S. Postal Service is scheduled to release the U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Collection of four distinguished Corps postage stamps. The Distinguished Marine Stamps honor four of the most reputable Marine Corps war heroes including Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Daly, Lt. Gen. John A. Lejuene and Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. Purchase of the stamps will be available exclusively on Marine Corps installations Nov. 10 at $7.40 for a book of 20...
  • Picking apart racist caricatures at Orange County Latino grocery stores

    07/15/2005 9:35:31 AM PDT · by orangecountyboy · 48 replies · 1,645+ views
    Orange County Weekly ^ | 7/14/05 | Gustavo Arellano
    Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez called the criticism regarding Memín “a total lack of respect for our culture.” We agree. Racist caricatures are a beloved tradition in Latin America—and where the hell do Americans get the gumption to attack our stereotyping of J**s, c***s, I****s and n****s? We love ’em—so much, we use them to hawk everything from flour to peanuts. Consider the following products, all purchased at local Latino grocery stores.
  • President Fox: Blacks are sambos and good for the dirty jobs

    07/02/2005 2:59:25 PM PDT · by forty_years · 28 replies · 1,289+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | July 1, 2005 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    Cuando era un pequeño muchacho, Viví en Ciudad de México. ¿Entienda? Oh, sorry; forgot to switch to English. Er, ah… When I was young, I lived in Mexico City for a year. I also spent a lot of time traveling in Latin America. One thing I learned very quickly there: The darker your skin, the worse you were treated. That type of thinking still pervades official Mexican institutions.Vicente Fox, el presidente de México, una persona blanca – a white man of the ruling Spanish clan – has stuck his foot in his mouth again. Today, he is defending two official...

    07/01/2005 7:40:58 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 35 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 1 July 2005 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS and EDWARD HEGSTROM
    MEXICO CITY - Facing renewed U.S. allegations that theirs is a racist society, many Mexicans were scratching their heads again Thursday. The controversy surged Wednesday with news that Mexico is issuing postage stamps depicting Memin Pinguin, a rambunctious black youth who has been a popular comic-book character here for more than 60 years. Memin's physical attributes — exaggerated lips, large eyes and somewhat simian body language — might scream racism to sensitized minds. African-American leaders and U.S. government officials have denounced the stamp and Memin as relics of a bygone era when stereotypes were standard and racism was the rage....
  • Stamps renew racial tensions with Mexico (Day 2)

    06/30/2005 9:49:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,023+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/30/05 | Mark Stevenson - AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. activists called on the Mexican government to withdraw a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, saying the offense was worse than recent remarks about blacks made by President Vicente Fox. Mexico defended the series of five stamps released Wednesday, which depicts a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico. But the Rev. Jesse Jackson said President Bush should pressure Mexico to withdraw the stamps from the market, saying they "insult people around the world." "The impact of this is worse...
  • Beatle John Lennon's Childhood Stamp Album Acquired by Postal Museum

    06/24/2005 3:02:54 PM PDT · by Brooklyn Kid · 14 replies · 452+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2005
    Beatle John Lennon's Childhood Stamp Album Acquired by Postal Museum The Associated Press Jun 24, 2005 WASHINGTON (AP) - Beatles star John Lennon collected stamps as a schoolboy - and the public will soon have a chance to see them. The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum announced Friday it has acquired Lennon's stamp album and plans to display it in October. The museum purchased the album from a British stamp dealer but declined to disclose the purchase price. The museum said the album contains more than 550 stamps from around the world, including many from former British colonies such as India...
  • Postal Service Execs Pocket Moving Money

    05/04/2005 1:38:23 PM PDT · by dvan · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05/03/2005 | LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - The Postal Service gives its executives moving expenses of $10,000 or $25,000 without requiring receipts, allowing employees to pocket any leftover money. The mail service says it uses the payments as a way of easing transitions to new, sometimes more expensive cities and ensuring that executives won't be lured away by competitors. One senior vice president received $75,000 — $25,000 each for three moves from June 1998 to February 2001. The mail service gave 265 executives $10,000 each and 10 others $25,000 each in the past two years, according to information gathered by Senate Finance Committee investigators.
  • Reagan Stamp Personifies the Man

    02/08/2005 6:00:54 PM PST · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 1,033+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/9/05 | Jon E. Dougherty
    The nation's 40th president, Ronald Reagan, will once again have his uplifting image featured across the country - and in time immemorial- when the U.S. Postal Service launches a new stamp in his honor today. A first-date-of-issue for the stamps, which bear a broadly smiling image of the late commander-in-chief, will take place during a dedication ceremony at his Simi Valley, Calif. presidential library and museum, postal officials said. Other dedications are also scheduled to take place at the state capitol building in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C. The essence of Reagan, who was always known for his quick...
  • Post Office Treats Christmas Stamp Like Pornography; Sells It from 'Under the Counter'

    12/08/2004 12:21:57 AM PST · by torqemada · 152 replies · 3,881+ views
    Human Events ^ | Mike Thompson
    Saturday after Thanksgiving is the traditional day to purchase stamps for my annual Christmas card mailing... [snip] So, shortly before noon on that most recent post-turkey day, I sauntered into a neighborhood "U.S. Postal Store," [snip] and headed for the stamps-only section. I quickly found a packed wall of display racks offering a panoply of first-class postage devoted to the various elements of the year-end holiday season, specifically: 1) Christmas, featuring colorful, contemporary designs of Santa Claus with an array of inanimate, secular Yule symbols; 2) Kwanzaa, with not just one but two stamps promoting a totally fabricated "harvest holiday"...
  • USPS issues Islamic Stamp for Holidays

    11/18/2004 2:38:18 PM PST · by cbkaty · 50 replies · 1,260+ views
    United States Post Office ^ | 11/17/2004 | cbkaty
    This is new to me...and I hope I have not overlooked a previous post. Follow the URL and see for yourself.....we now issue an Islamic Postage Stamp.
  • Reagan, Garbo, On 2005 Stamps

    11/04/2004 8:57:46 PM PST · by LouAvul · 9 replies · 375+ views
    cbs ^ | 11-4-04
    It isn't easy being green. It isn't easy getting on a U.S. postage stamp either, but Kermit the Frog will manage it next year, along with his Muppet friends. New stamps also will recall the late President Ronald Reagan, singer Marian Anderson, actor Henry Fonda and songwriter Yip Harburg, notable scientists, famous Marines and sports cars, the U.S. Postal Service said Thursday. It's a wide variety, says Dave Failor, who is in charge of stamps for the Postal Service "I think there's just going to be a lot of really fun stamps, and a lot of really good educational stamps...
  • John Wayne Stamp to Be Unveiled

    10/10/2004 7:53:17 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 12 replies · 470+ views
    newsday ^ | oct 8, 4 | newsday
    John Wayne's contributions to film will be honored during the unveiling of a commemorative stamp at his Iowa birthplace. Wayne's daughter, Melinda Wayne-Munoz, will be on hand for Saturday's U.S. Postal Service ceremony. The John Wayne stamp is the 10th entry in the "Legends of Hollywood" stamp series.
  • New stamp will honor Chesty Puller (And Manila John Basilone)

    09/07/2004 5:18:43 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 63 replies · 1,535+ views
    After seven years of effort kicked off by a former Marine from Virginia, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp next year honoring icon of the Corps Chesty Puller"I'm ecstatic," said retired Marine Maj. Jacques Loraine. "I didn't think it was really going to happen, with the long delays and putoffs."'snip'Sometime next year, the Postal service will publish the "Distinguished Marines" block of stamps, featuring four Marine Corps heroes: Puller, Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune, Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly and Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone.
  • Food Stamps Make America Stronger

    07/23/2004 11:37:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies · 2,081+ views
    Hawaii.edu ^ | 7/24/04
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is committed to lead America in ending hunger and improving nutrition and health. The FNS mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing low income persons with access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education. The Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program is intended to carry out this vision and mission for the Food Stamp Program. State of Hawaii: Department of Human Services National Food Stamps Food Stamp Nutrition Connection Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman recently announced that the...
  • Ronald Reagan Commemorative Stamps

    06/21/2004 2:02:42 PM PDT · by Seeking the truth · 5 replies · 293+ views
    0cents Stamps ^ | June 21,2004 | Seeking the Truth
  • The Duke Goes Postal

    04/12/2004 11:39:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 306+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 4/13/2004 | Larry Thornberry
    In his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Southern California, John Wayne (yes, that John Wayne) planned to be a lawyer. I'll wait here while you think about that one. Yes, it is chilling to think how close we came to losing the most popular actor in the history of cinema, and the man who almost single-handedly defined America during the grandest and gaudiest chapters of our history. Imagine, if you can, Sergeant John M. Stryker (Sands of Iwo Jima) reviewing ground leases. Try to picture Captain Nathan Brittles (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon) advising some Southern California...
  • Cool Stamps For The Patriotic Types In Freeperville

    02/19/2004 4:17:55 PM PST · by an amused spectator · 53 replies · 358+ views
    United States Post Office ^ | February 19, 2004 | aas
    Was down to the post office today and saw a group of cool stamps. Hadn't heard anything here, so I'm passing them along: Purple Heart Definitive Korean War commemorative Heroes Semi-Postal
  • Ancient Clay Stamp Seals And Sealings Of Sri Lanka

    02/08/2004 4:46:31 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 1,102+ views
    Sunday Observer ^ | 2-8-2004 | Rajah M. Wickremesinghe
    Ancient clay stamp seals and sealings of Sri Lanka by Rajah M. Wickremesinghe The world's oldest clay stamp seal had been unearthed in 1990 in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur. This city was situated in Southern Iraq along the river Euphrates, below present day Baghdad. The seal is attributed to a king of the 1st dynasty of Babylon circa 2550 BC. Sarah Kielt has in her work expressed the opinion that the various types of seals discovered by archaeologists can be dated from as far back as 6000 BC particularly in the ancient civilisations of the Near East. Roger...
  • Freeloading on the Taxpayer's Dime

    12/19/2003 7:29:22 AM PST · by AndyObermann · 137 replies · 429+ views
    15 December 2003 | Andy Obermann
    Freeloading on the Taxpayer’s Dime By: Andy Obermann 14 December 2003 The other day I was at the grocery store doing some shopping. I patiently waited in line to purchase a few miscellaneous items. In front of me, a woman, no older than forty, was buying two sodas, two packs of gum, and a personal size bag of potato chips—trivial purchases, a snack perhaps. She proceeded to pull out what appeared to be a credit or debit card to pay for the goods. An unnecessary step for such a menial purchase, I thought. Much to my surprise, however, she was...
  • Maine: Food stamp use at record levels

    11/17/2003 8:52:52 AM PST · by SheLion · 46 replies · 265+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | November 17, 2003 | Mal Leary
    AUGUSTA - The number of Mainers getting food stamps has reached the highest level since the program began, increasing by 18 percent in the past year. Barbara Van Burgel, acting director of the state Bureau of Family Independence, said last week that September cases totaled 68,500. "That's the largest caseload we have ever had," she said. She attributes most of the increase to the state's poor economy and the thousands of workers who lost their jobs in the past year. But, she said, Maine also has been doing considerable outreach to get more eligible Mainers to take advantage of the...
  • Stamps of Disapproval [Bill, Hill, and Monica stamps]

    11/03/2003 7:42:18 AM PST · by Quilla · 12 replies · 188+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 3, 2003 | Bill Hoffman
    <p>To get your face featured on a U.S. stamp, it helps to be a dead president. In Mordovia, you only need to have had sex with a living president.</p> <p>Welcome to the wacky world of philately - in which countries all over the world issue stamps that celebrate not only the best and the brightest, but also the slimiest and sleaziest.</p>
  • Sen. Clinton stamps out '04 White House speculation

    09/25/2003 6:39:57 AM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 1,388+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 09/25/03 | STEVEN THOMMA
    WASHINGTON - Amid rampant speculation that she's secretly plotting a return to the White House, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday flatly ruled out running for president in 2004. "I'm not running," she said in her first visit to a breakfast forum with national political reporters since she and her husband appeared there on the eve of his 1992 campaign. Asked if there were any circumstances that could pull her into the race, she shook her head and said, "No." Clinton has repeatedly said she would not run for president in 2004 and that she would serve her...
  • Football heroes to be honored on stamps

    07/17/2003 11:48:36 AM PDT · by bedolido · 44 replies · 500+ views
    NFL News and Associated Press ^ | 07/16/03 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (July 16, 2003) -- Football season is fast approaching and gridiron heroes of the past will be honored on new postage stamps next month. The 37-cent stamps recall the exploits of Walter Camp, Ernie Nevers, Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski and will be issued Aug. 8 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. They go on sale nationally Aug. 11. All four men are members of the College Hall of Fame and Nevers, Grange and Nagurski are also enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. --Walter Camp is known as the father of American...
  • Cesar Chavez U.S. Postal Stamp (California out-of-whack priorities alert)

    04/25/2003 1:28:19 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 25 replies · 435+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | April 25, 2003 | Jennifer M. Fitzenberger
    <p>Postal worker David Espinosa grinned as he sold the new Cesar Chavez stamp at its unveiling Thursday in downtown Fresno. With each sale, Espinosa, 50, remembered his childhood in fields, picking grapes, plums and peaches with his 12 siblings.</p> <p>"This is the one that hits home," Espinosa said of the colorful stamp featuring a smiling Chavez against a background of empty grape fields. "I'm glad it's finally here."</p>
  • The Postal Service's dirty little secret

    11/01/2002 2:08:14 PM PST · by Coeur de Lion · 26 replies · 359+ views
    JewishWorldReview ^ | Nov. 1, 2002 | Greg Crosby
    I innocently stopped at the post office today to pick up some stamps and came face to face with the ugly underbelly of governmental discrimination -- I saw the five 2002 "Holiday Celebrations" stamps on display. At first glance it seemed there was a little something for just about everybody; a Christmas stamp depicting Mary holding baby Jesus for Christianity, a Hanukkah stamp for Judaism, a Kwanzaa stamp for baby boomer African-Americans, a EID stamp for Islam, and snowmen stamps for the secular. But wait. That's not EVERYBODY, is it? As much as it pains me to say it, the...
  • 'OVER MY DEAD BODY' Post office refuses to take patriotic poster down

    10/30/2002 11:47:36 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies · 1,508+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 30, 2002, 11:50PM | CINDY HORSWELL
    What is good for the U.S. Mint is evidently not acceptable to the U.S. Postal Service. A post office in Montgomery north of Houston recently learned that it had to remove a framed poster of the national motto "In God We Trust" because it violates postal regulations. The donated 16-by-20-inch poster, which is matted and secured in a gold frame, displays "In God We Trust" in large white letters over the American flag colors. It states at the bottom that the "national motto was approved by Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956." Retired chemical engineer Frank P. Williamson...

    10/18/2002 12:31:04 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 62 replies · 1,063+ views
    Kingsburg, Ca. Post Office | Oct. 18, 2003 | Rovenstinez
    What does the script in Arabic actually say on the newly released Christmas stamps? Does anyone know? Is Ala got a thing going with Hannakah and Nativity?
  • Enjoy These Wonderful Iraqi Postage Stamps

    10/09/2002 11:10:57 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 7 replies · 300+ views
    Stamps of Iraq ^ | Last Updated: Oct. 2 | Stamps Of Iraq
    While doing some research, I stumbled across this interesting set of Iraqi postage stamps. While the picture quality varies considerably, the examples are quite surreal and quite often hilarious. Please don't miss Saddam's 2001 birthday stamps (#2001-4). The one on the right is utterly touching. True highlights in philately. A word which will certainly conjure up an appropriate response from the Firesign Theater fans.