Report: Pentagon Spent $100,000 to Debate ‘Did Jesus Die For Klingons Too?’

November 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm (Budgets, Government Waste, Jesus, Klingons, Pentagon, Spending, Tom Coburn)

And herein lies why you don’t pull 42-year-old men out of their mother’s basement and hand them a job in the research department at the Pentagon.

Via Politicker:

The federal government spends money to fix the country’s infrastructure, help senior citizens get affordable access to health care and beef up national security, but did you know that it also pays for stuff like workshops on Star Trek musings?

The Washington Times reports that Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has brought to light some of the Pentagon’s non-security focused spending, which–as a small-government Republican–he naturally wants cut. Buried among the list of things the Pentagon supposedly spent money on, including a new form of rolled-up beef jerky, is this little gem:

$100,000 for a 2011 workshop on interstellar space travel that included a session entitled “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” The session probed how Christian theology would apply in the event of the discovery of aliens.

We’re unsure how a workshop focusing on the hypothetical mixture of Star Trek and Christian doctrine cost $100,000, unless they actually hosted it in space, but perhaps that new rolled-up beef jerky is expensive to cater.

Check out the report at the Washington Times, it actually gets worse.  To give you an idea, the aforementioned beef jerky ran a tab of $1.5 million, with the funding coming from money that was designated for a weapons program.

How do you solve a problem like government waste and excess?  Perhaps the better question would be, what would Jesus do?

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Report: New York and Massachusetts Handing Out Food Stamps to Dead People

October 19, 2012 at 11:13 am (Dead People, Food Stamps, Marijuana, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, SNAP, Tom Coburn, USDA, Welfare)

There’s a joke in here somewhere, I just know it.  But this report doesn’t put me in a jovial mood.

Via CNS News:

New York and Massachusetts are administering food stamps to 2,000 dead people, according to Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) catalog of government waste.

The 2012 Waste Book, released earlier this week, documents $4.5 billion in waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

Among his findings, Coburn said that, “The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined.”

“Additionally, its investigation revealed 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are on state lists that should exclude them from receiving food stamps,” the report said, amounting to $1.4 million in unnecessary payments each month, or $147.03 for each recipient, dead or alive.

Read more about the report to also learn how food stamp recipients are qualifying by having the cost of marijuana deducted from their income.  Seriously.

Also, had to share this joke from one of the commenters.

Big deal,

I took my dog down to the welfare office to sign him up for Food Stamps. The lady said he couldnt get food stamps “cause he is a dog”.

I told her he qualifies for the following reasons (1) He doesn’t work, just lies around the house all day. (2) He doesn’t know who his daddy is. (3) He likes anybody that feeds him. She checked her book, he gets his stamps next Monday and his Democrat voter registration pack came in today.

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