Ayn Rand Received Social Security

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Critics of Social Security and Medicare frequently invoke the words and ideals of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, one of the fiercest critics of federal insurance programs. But a little-known fact is that Ayn Rand herself collected Social Security. She may also have received Medicare benefits.

An interview recently surfaced that was conducted in 1998 by the Ayn Rand Institute with a social worker who says she helped Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor, sign up for Social Security and Medicare in 1974.

Federal records obtained through a Freedom of Information act request confirm the Social Security benefits. A similar FOI request was unable to either prove or disprove the Medicare claim.

Between December 1974 and her death in March 1982, Rand collected a total of $11,002 in monthly Social Security payments. O’Connor received $2,943 between December 1974 and his death in November 1979.

Tea Party Launches Animated News Program

Oh come on, they’re just punking us now.

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 27, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Tea Party News Brief, LLC, headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, is the nation’s first nonpartisan news service for the Tea Party Movement. The Tea Party News Brief launches the News Brief Animated News Show to provide weekly policy analyses on the 112th Congress for the Tea Party Movement.

And their official website.

(via Joe My God)

Dennis Kucinich Sues House Cafeteria Over Olive Pits

From Cleveland.com:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dennis Kucinich has rapped a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria with a $150,000 lawsuit for selling him a vegetarian sandwich wrap in 2008 that he says caused dental damage when he bit into an olive pit.

The lawsuit that the Cleveland Democrat filed Jan. 3 against operators and suppliers of the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria says the sandwich he bought there “on or about” April 17, 2008 “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served.”

Biting into it caused serious “permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures,” the legal documents say. They contend the congressman is entitled to damages for future dental and medical expenses and to compensate him for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment.

Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Bludgeoned to Death

From CNN:

Kampala, Uganda (CNN) — A Ugandan gay rights activist whose name was published on a list of the nation’s “top homosexuals” was bludgeoned to death in his home near the capital, his lawyer said Thursday.

A neighbor found David Kato dead and notified authorities, according to his lawyer, John Onyango.

Kato’s money and some clothes were missing after the attack, Onyango said.

It was unclear whether Kato’s killing was linked to his gay rights activism or a front-page story in a Ugandan tabloid that reignited anti-gay sentiments late last year.

The story included a list of “top 100 homosexuals” with their photos, addresses and a banner with the words “Hang Them.” Kato’s name and picture were on the list.

And the publication who made the list is going with the “surveyor symbols” defense:

The editor of the Rolling Stone, the tabloid that published the list, denounced the attacks and said he sympathized with the victim’s family.

“When we called for hanging of gay people, we meant … after they have gone through the legal process,” said Giles Muhame. “I did not call for them to be killed in cold blood like he was.”