Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

EBT user laments she won’t be able to buy exotic fresh fruits

Written By: Bob - Nov• 02•13

I’m trying real hard to find some sympathy here… and I got nothin’.

“It may not sound like a lot but to a person like me, it is,” says Annie Crisp, 30, a single mother of two girls in Lancaster, Ohio. “It’s not just a number.”

She says she received a little less than $550 a month in food stamps and now will receive $497. Crisp, a babysitter who brings home about $830 a month, says the food stamps help her buy her family fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

Crisp worries now she may end up trying to supplement her family’s groceries by going to a food bank or cutting into her electric or gas money for the month. The cut, she says, also means she will have to buy more canned fruits and vegetables, foregoing her daughters’ favorite fruit, kiwi, and buying packaged meat.

Crisps’ family eats better than most people not on food stamps. I’m not remotely sorry that she’ll have to start eating frozen and canned vegetables, and choosing prepackaged meats instead of asking the butcher to cut her a stack of fresh inch-thick ribeyes.

Food stamps was not supposed to provide luxuries. It was supposed to keep families from starving.

Perhaps for the first time in their lives, EBT users might actually have to use their brains and shop intelligently and use coupons for the best food deals… just like those millions of hard-working taxpayers who pay for their food.

PR maven behind Moms Demand Action admits she wants to ban all guns

Written By: Bob - Nov• 02•13

Shannon Watts is the career public relations professional behind Moms Demand Action, the astroturf gun control group.

Yesterday, she attempted to redefine “assault weapon.”

I tried on several occasions to get her to admit the simple fact that AR-15s are not machine guns, but she and Moms Demand can’t afford to be honest with their meager cadre of followers. What a clown car full of fools.

The SNAP backlash cometh

Written By: Bob - Oct• 29•13

Extra funding for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, one of the most impactful elements of the 2009 economic stimulus, expires Friday, meaning poor families in all 50 states will immediately see steep cuts in government food aid.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided a 13.6 percent funding increase to SNAP recipients beginning in April 2009, money the bill’s backers said would make its way quickly into the economy. But that extra funding ends Nov. 1. Every one of the 48 million SNAP recipients will see their benefits cut in their next checks.

Obama put millions on welfare, and the government is now slashing their benefits.

Look for all kinds of crime to rise as people steal, cheat, and kill to feed their kids.

This is the America that socialism has made.

Prepare for the pain.

The more useless elements of the left are losing their minds

Written By: Bob - Oct• 20•13

Don’t you love it when elderly has-beens promote genocide, and marginal actors promote torture over divergent political views?

A note on yesterday’s EBT debacle

Written By: Bob - Oct• 13•13

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system in 17 states went down for a time yesterday, leading to no small amount of worry for those affected who rely upon the program to supplement their family’s dietary needs.

Thanks to the modern social media technology, the worry became hysteria rather quickly. I watch it all unfold via Twitter as the hashtag #EBT trended. There were those lamenting their misfortune wondering how they would feed their children, and despicable souls taking pleasure in their discomfort. I found myself praying for the souls of both.

Of course, it was all just a momentary computer upgrade glitch (or so we’re told), and the system is back online today.

There are lessons to be learned from this, the primary lesson being that the psychological shock of an interruption of services can hit far faster and wider than the actual effects of such a shutdown.

One of the immediate bits of disinformation spread last night were cries that the EBT cards of whites were working, but not the EBT cards of blacks. This statement is categorically false; in the areas where service were lost, it was a system-wide crash and everyone was affected.

Agitators used the tension in an effort to instigate racial strife.

Who they were can’t be known—anyone can claim to be anyone else on the Internet—but the clear intent was to fire up blacks against whites. If the shutdown were to stretch into days instead of just hours, the threat to the thin veneer of civility in our society would become frayed… to put it mildly, and rioting could rapidly break out and spread into something far worse.

What should people have learned from this incident?

The first and primary lesson is that being entirely dependent upon others to survive is terrifying. All of us depend upon others for some things—we are social animals, after all—but if you have no options and no reserves, you may find yourself in very desperate straits very quickly with very few options. As a result, you should if at all possible build up reserves of essentials such as food, water filtration (it’s usually much easier to find water than to clean it), fuel, and shelter for your family.

I would also strongly suggest that you put together a neighborhood protection plan, so that you and your neighbors can face any potential breakdown as a mutually supporting team. Lone-wolf survival makes great fiction, but is likely to lead to a swift death in the real world. There is strength and a diversity of skills in numbers. Take advantage of that.


I’m fortunately in that I’ve been able to read A Failure of Civility, provide copies to my neighbors, and speak to the authors themselves. I’ve recommended it in the past, and it seems like even more of a “must have” today.