Happiness Park

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Some stories truly do speak for themselves:

The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HAPPINESS PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters  convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is  to be on food stamps.

The majority of the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener  to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to  understand the importance of food stamps to their health.

“Will Claudia convince Ramon to apply for SNAP?” the announcer exclaims at  the end of a standard episode titled “The Poet,” “Don’t miss our next episode of ‘HAPPINESS PARK.’”

Go here  to read the dispiriting rest.

Update:  The power of blogs and new media demonstrated again!

Following The Daily Caller’s expose  of the United States Department of Agriculture’s food stamp outreach to  Spanish-speakers via radio novelas, or Spanish language soap operas, the agency  removed the series from their website.

Each of the 10  novelas promoting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food  stamps, had been available as a resource for state and local outreach partners  as late as Thursday.

The page, formerly containing the audio and Spanish language scripts was “modified” Friday, eliminating the  novelas.

Like cockroaches, if you shine light on the bozos of the Obama administration, they scurry away.




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  1. It’s all over when the people the government lives off are outnumbered by the people living off the government.

  2. Donald how would you say this relates to being an American Catholic? I am not sure that it really speaks for itself, or if it does, what is it saying? What would an Catholic response be?

  3. That we are governed by an administration that wishes to increase dependence on the government by advertising “freebies” like so much soap in the market place, and that all Americans, including American Catholics, are blithering idiots if they continue to put up with this fiscal and moral bankruptcy.

    The brief of this blog covers all things American and all things Catholic, and it is very broad brief indeed.

  4. Yes it is broad just like the words “catholic” and “oecumenical”! I like it that way.

    But another thing I was wondering about is what response “Happiness Park” would elicit from our bishops concerned about immigration, about welcoming the stranger. Wouldn’t there be varying Catholic responses?
    I’m wondering if there really are a big number of immigrants suffering from hunger, and I just don’t know it.

    My own thoughts immediately went to a childish image of “bad” person on a street corner offering candy to passing children in order to suck them into some sort of situation dangerous to the child and for the profit or pleasure of the bad guy….or the whisking away of Pinnochio–

  5. They walk in and show the bureaucrats they earn no money. None of their earnings is reported.

    I see a lot if the invaders in Nassau County, NY. If they are hungry it’s because they spend their illegal wages on getting drunk. Plus, their marijuana usage is huge.

    They also need free (I pay for them) health care to cure the bullet and knife wounds they inflict on one another.

    Certain bishops need to get out of their mansions and learn what we have to deal with.

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