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  • Philip Dru turns 6000

    07/30/2016 8:52:12 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    It's been quite a long time since I completed the audiobook version of Philip Dru: Administrator. Since then, the archive page has been accessed 6000+ times. There are several ways to download the audio: directly from librivox, librivox has an app you can download to your phone, plus mp3 files can be shuffled about in a multitude of ways - so this metric is not entirely accurate. But its the only one I've got. Over the course of several years, I've helped drive forth the education about progressivism to over 6000 people, just with this one thing. I could clearly...
  • Samaritan Billed for Aiding Injured Family [semi-satire]

    06/28/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2016 | John Semmens
    When Derrick DeAnda helped a family escape from their rolled-over car he was just trying to be a good Samaritan. He didn't expect to be billed $143 by the late-arriving EMTs for "medical care." "I didn't need any 'medical care,'" DeAnda said. "I had one small cut on one of my hands. The EMT gave me a band aid. I can't see how that could possibly cost so much." The bill from Cosumnes Community Services District was described as "standard practice" by Cosumnes Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin. "If you're at the scene of an accident that we attend you're going...
  • The Rise and Fall of the EU [vanity]

    06/25/2016 5:29:59 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 18 replies
    Exclusive to FR ^ | Saturday June 25, 2016 | cc
    It started with the best of intentions. In WWII, Western Europeans couldn't help but be impressed by the sheer numbers of American troops, equipment, and supplies moving through their countries, all under one flag and all speaking one language. After the war, various politicians in Western Europe noted how their continent and the United States - though both were roughly the same population, one had free travel for goods and people while the other didn't - and asked, why can't we do that here? And so the grand EU idea was slowly borne, and envious attempt to copy the US...
  • THIS IS HOW ALL BUREAUCRATS SHOULD BE ANSWERED [Well worth your time!]

    06/15/2016 2:19:59 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6/13/16 | Steven Hayward
    Making the rounds right now is an exchange that I certainly hope is authentic, between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson. It seems the Oregon bureaucrats want permission to survey the Andersons’ ranch land for purposes of tracking species decline.... ....here is the Andersons’ splendid reply... Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter. We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are...
  • Convicted Felon Backed by Obama AG [semi-satire]

    06/04/2016 8:29:04 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 June 2016 | John Semmens
    President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have joined former director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center Sharon Helmans suit against wrongful termination. Helman was fired in 2014 following the nationwide VA scandal that erupted after it came to light that veterans were dying while waiting for care at the facilities she oversaw. She was also subsequently convicted of a felony after pleading guilty to accepting bribes. Despite this blemished performance in her job, Helman is now contending that her firing was too hasty. Lynch agreed, saying that the 21-day limit for filing an appeal of the firing was too...
  • VA Waits for Ailing Vets Not So Bad [semi-satire]

    05/28/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald rebuffed critics of the agencys long queues for medical treatment of ailing veterans, comparing them to the long lines to get on rides at Disneyland. No one is on the Disney Corporations case for the lengthy wait-times at their theme parks, McDonald asserted. Why should we get worked up over wait-times at VA hospitals? You know, if people can tolerate waiting an hour for something as frivolous as a roller coaster ride shouldnt they be willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for something as crucial as medical care? the Secretary...
  • ACLU Bemoans Courts Pro-Choice Decision [semi-satire]

    05/23/2016 10:45:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week Nevada District Judge Eric Johnson dismissed the ACLUs case against the states school choice law. A change to Nevada statutes creating an education savings account (ESA) program that permits students and their parents to choose how to be educated was the source of the ACLUs ire. Author of the legislation, State Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas) said his aim was to enable families to completely customize their childs educational experience, and ensure students can match education options and providers to their unique learning needs. These accounts can be used to pay for private school tuition, online learning, special...
  • Navy SEAL Publishes Book on Absence of Victory Under Obama

    05/12/2016 4:16:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | May 12, 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    On May 10 former Navy SEAL 10 member Carl Higbie published Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: A Navy SEALs Story. The book highlights the difficulty of winning on the battle under President Obama and the equally daunting task of telling the truth of the enhanced politicization of the military post-George W. Bush. Enemies, Foreign and Domestic contains a lot of information for individuals who have wondered what it is like to be a SEAL or what the process of becoming a SEAL entails, and it provides background on Higbie and his childhood experiences. But the book ultimately turns on the...
  • German Army Hampered by Overtime Rules [semi-satire]

    05/09/2016 10:55:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 May 2016 | John Semmens
    The German Army had to shorten its participation in recent NATO war-game exercises because the government's labor regulations restrict the number of continuous hours troops can be on duty. Minister of Defense Rinehart Schwachkopf defended the move asserting that "preserving the rights of the worker against exploitation is an essential function of the German government. If we start discarding rights on the pretext that 'defense is too important' to have to comply with regulations intended to protect these rights we raise the question of what are we fighting for if not to protect Germans' rights?" Schwachkopf acknowledged that "enemies of...
  • US commission weighs in on religious liberty vs. human rights

    04/21/2016 7:09:44 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/21/16 | Kim Winston
    Citing religious liberty as a reason for denying one class of citizens bathroom access, equal housing or services is a human rights violation. Thats the finding of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency that advises the president and Congress on civil rights matters.
  • VA Manager Says Thank God They Dont Have To Hire Veterans

    04/15/2016 12:08:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 13, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring manager said in a sworn deposition thank God they dont give veterans hiring preference for well-paying jobs. The statement came when a VA dentistry chief was asked if being a veteran helps someone get a dentist job in the agency. His response was not really. And thank God, The Daily Caller News Foundation recently discovered in a court filing. Being a scout master in the Boy Scouts would do more to help someone get a top job at the VA than serving in the armed forced, Dr. Gonzalo Solis Sanchez of the VA...
  • Science fairs are as flawed as my solar-powered hot dog cooker

    04/13/2016 1:12:08 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    Stat News ^ | 04.13.16 | Carl Zimmer
    Last fall, my daughter Veronica got an idea for the seventh grade science fair at her school. Shed compare different ways to clean a toothbrush. First shed take a new toothbrush out of a package and brush her teeth, covering it with her mouth bacteria. Then, shed clean it with one of three liquids: water, lemon juice, or vinegar. Finally, shed wipe the brushes on Petri dishes and see how many bacteria grew on them... Veronica submitted her plan, and then reported back to me that we had to fill out some forms. These forms turned out to be an...
  • Administration Efforts to Eliminate Red Tape Costly [semi-satire]

    04/03/2016 11:04:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    President Obamas touted plan to reduce government red tape appears to have both increased the cost of government AND the time and effort required to comply with regulations. According to the American Action Forum, measures put into place by the Administration have added a net $23 billion in costs and nearly nine million hours of extra paperwork on businesses, individuals, and government to comply with the reforms. Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the Administrations efforts, saying that a simplistic calculation of the costs and burdens unfairly muddles the distinction between eliminating bad regulations and replacing them with good regulations. The...
  • Australian Ad Pulled After Bureaucracy Claims It Vilifies Women

    02/24/2016 11:50:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 23, 2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has bullied a car service company into discontinuing its advertisement because the “sexist” portrayal of women allegedly results in the “vilification of women.” ABC Australia reports Ultra Tune’s “Unexpected Situation” advertisement has been pulled after the ASB determined the ad violates a “code of ethics” pertaining to “discrimination against women.” The 15-second advertisement in question features two women caught on train tracks and then panicking as a train approaches them. In order to “avoid unexpected situations” like getting caught on train tracks, the ad suggests people should “get your car serviced at Ultra Tune.” Although the advertisement ends...
  • Hate Government? Sit Down Before You Read This

    01/17/2016 4:54:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    I consistently state our government is too big and it cannot handle all the responsibilities it continues to take on itself. President Obama has stated we, the American citizens, keep asking the federal government to do more. Even if you believed that, he could Just Say No. After you read this you will understand why. My friend Steve received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It stated that the five-figure amount of money he had overpaid on his 2014 tax return and had asked to be applied to his 2015 return was being confiscated for child support payments...
  • Middle School Lunch Lady Gives Hungry Student a Free Meal, Gets Fired for ‘Stealing’

    12/23/2015 10:02:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Daily Blaze ^ | December 23, 2015 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    When a middle school student came to Dalene Bowden and said she was hungry but didn't have the $1.70 to pay for her meal, the food service worker didn't think twice. She gave her the meal for free. Bowden's supervisor at Irving Middle School saw the cafeteria worker's deed and reported her. Last week Bowden received a certified letter from the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District in Pocatello, Idaho, that informed her of she was terminated from her job due to theft and "inaccurate transactions when ordering, receiving and servicing food."
  • Police Dept Nixes Fitness Tests [semi-satire]

    11/17/2015 9:45:24 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    Yielding to a protest by 12 obese female officers, the Colorado Springs Police Department has agreed to discontinue the required annual fitness tests it had been mandating for all personnel. Chief of Police Peter Carey defended the move as "prudent. Granted, an over-weight, out-of-shape officer might have a hard time chasing down and subduing a suspect, but realistically, that activity consumes a relatively minor share of each officer's duties. A law enforcement officer typically spends far more time filling out paperwork,than he or she does apprehending criminals." "If we tried to fight this thing we'd be tied up in court...
  • Reclaiming our Liberties and Stopping the Federal Overreach: Nullification and Interposition

    11/04/2015 6:18:43 AM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    Conservative Party USA ^ | November 3, 2015 | Conservative National Coalition (CNC)
    Conservative National Coalition Webinar Reclaiming our Liberties and Stopping the Federal Overreach: Nullification and Interposition WHAT: Educational Webinar on Nullification and Interposition WHO: Conservative National Coalition (CNC) WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 12-2pm EST HOW: Sign up at cp-cnc.org or by clicking here! WHY: The webinar will generate a national discussion about ways and means to unite Conservatives into opposing the recent SCOTUS ruling that forced gay marriage on the American people by peaceful civil disobedience that stops gay marriage at the city, county and state levels. Have you had enough of the federal government’s overreach? Do you want to take...
  • Alabama “Teacher of the Year” Unqualified [semi-satire]

    11/03/2015 9:42:54 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year and 2015 National Teacher of the Year finalist Ann Marie Corgill was judged “unqualified” to teach in Birmingham’s schools due to lack of specified state credentials. Corgill holds National Board Certification to teach children ages 7-12 and has been teaching in grades 1-6 for 21 years. Kennita Allen, an education administrator with the Alabama Department of Education insisted that “neither demonstrated success in the classroom nor a national certification can substitute for the required state-issued certificate. Regulations are regulations. They cannot be waived for anyone no matter how competent they may have shown themselves...
  • The Privileged Class is so Diverse

    10/08/2015 6:08:01 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 2 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | October 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    Today, the findings of a recent Cato Institute study on government vs. private-sector compensation were summarized and reported by Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon. The headline summed it all up: Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More than Private Sector. I was shocked, aghast, nearly apoplectic. Who would have thought that government workers are better off than their private-sector counterparts? Could the government workforce, especially the federal workforce, be a privileged class? An elite? Indeed they are. And Ive grown sick and tired of the latest, most fashionable liberal catch-phraseWhite Privilege. It is the federal bureaucracy that is...
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Bureaucracy

    08/24/2015 4:09:19 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-24-15 | The Looking Spoon
    I started writing a collection of sarcastic definitions about a year or so ago for fun and have amassed roughly 50 words so far, so I made a page for them and was planning on doing a daily/almost daily flashcard like the one below.
  • EPA spill: 'The magnitude of it, you can't even describe it'

    08/10/2015 2:54:07 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 120 replies
    CNN ^ | 10 Aug 15 | Dana Ford
    The city of Durango and La Plata County, Colorado, have declared a state of emergency after a federal cleanup crew accidentally released mine waste into the water. An estimated 1 million gallons of waste water spilled out of an abandoned mine area in the southern part of the state last week, turning the Animas River orange and prompting the Environmental Protection Agency to tell locals to avoid it. According to the EPA, the spill occurred when one of its teams was using heavy equipment to enter the Gold King Mine, a suspended mine near Durango. Instead of entering the mine...
  • Honda to pay $24 million for discriminatory lending [Obama Bureaucracy Shakedown]

    07/15/2015 6:52:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 7/15/15
    Honda's financial services arm has been discriminating against minorities, the government said, and on Tuesday the company agreed to pay $24 million to borrowers who were overcharged for being Black, Hispanic and Asian. ...made minorities pay $150 to $250 more on average more than white borrowers.
  • Insufficiently Independent to Hold an Independence Day Parade- Mark Steyn

    07/06/2015 2:03:00 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 6 July 2015 | Mark Steyn
    So, no, since you ask, I didn't have that Glorious a Fourth. I almost wrote about it yesterday, but was too sad to find the appropriate tone. I'm still very sad, so if you want to cut to the chase and get on with your day, the takeaway is America might as well hang a sign on its door saying, "Final Three Days! Everything Must Go!!! Ultimate Storewide Blowout!!!!!" As readers may know, the Steyn worldwide corporate headquarters is located in Woodsville, which is part of the township of Haverhill, New Hampshire. Actually, the only reason readers would have any...
  • Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?

    04/16/2015 7:28:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/16/2015 | Farhad Manjoo
    Around this time every year, Joseph Bankman, a professor of tax law at Stanford Law School and a longtime advocate of using technology to simplify tax filing, gets on the phone with reporters to explain what is wrong with how we do our taxes in the United States. Every year he says pretty much the same thing: No other industrialized country asks its citizens to jump through as many hoops to calculate their taxes as ours. It isnt just lawmakers or the hapless-seeming Internal Revenue Service that is perpetuating the annoyance of tax time, he adds. Instead it is the...
  • We Thought We Were Free

    04/15/2015 12:27:36 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 10 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 04/15/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, wrote Milton Mayer in his book They Thought They Were Free published in 1955. What Mayer was describing in his book was the ever widening gap between the government and the people that happened so gradually and so insensibly no one seemed to notice. Each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) notes Mayer, as...
  • EPA showers the people with unwanted regulations

    03/22/2015 7:00:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Ernest Istook
    If you like your shower, you probably cant keep it once the Obama administration bureaucrats are done. Nobody can altogether escape regulations, not even when bathing in the altogether. The Environmental Protection Agency denies wanting to compel us to shorten our showers, but thats like President Obama denying you will lose your current doctor under Obamacare. EPA is funding research to create hotel guest monitoring systems so the front desk can track your shower time and water usage. Its the scariest thing since Hitchcock staged the deadly shower scene in Psycho. The next step could be a water-use surcharge on...
  • Electing people to office really doesn't matter, and here's why

    02/11/2015 6:00:50 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/11/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Its a cornerstone of our democratic republic: The right to choose those we want to represent us in government, and the right to choose which issues we support or oppose. But how much power do Americans really wield at the ballot box? Every two years we elect our representatives and a group of senators, and like clockwork, they return either to statehouses or to Washington, D.C., ostensibly to do the peoples bidding. The reality is, however, that so much of what emanates from the nations capital in terms of public policy has little to do with the passage of laws...
  • Gov. Rick Scott changes answer, now says he forced out state's law enforcement secretary

    01/14/2015 1:53:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Naples News ^ | 1/13/15 | Matt Dixon
    After insisting for weeks that former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey had resigned, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he forced the longtime law enforcement chief out of office... When asked about Bailey, Scott has repeatedly said he did a great job, but would not elaborate on his decision. He resigned, Scott told reporters after Tuesdays Cabinet meeting. Commissioner Bailey did a great job. ...the Tampa Bay Times...reported that Bailey said Scotts explanation is a lie, and that he was forced out of office. I did not voluntarily do anything, Bailey told the Times/Herald. If he said I...
  • Heres what the GOP and Obama can do together to improve the bureaucracy but will they?

    01/13/2015 7:59:38 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 4 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/13/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Its not commonly known because it is rarely covered in the media, but each year, there are literally thousands of suggestions made to the various agencies of the massive federal bureaucracy the Administrative Branch, if you will to improve efficiency, cut down on waste, fraud and abuse, and generally become better stewards of the taxpayers money while bolstering faith in government. If President Obama and the new Republican majority really wanted to work together to get things done, they could start by requiring the various Executive Branch bureaucracies to act on them.
  • Governance is Not for the Squeamish

    12/31/2014 2:41:55 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 31, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the old country, life was predictable. If your father was a farmer, so were you. If your mother was a maid, so were you. If your father served in the House of Lords, so did you; if your father went off to war, possibly never to return, well so did you. There were exceptions, in that feudal and post-feudal world, but not many. Poverty bred poverty; wealth bred wealth. There wasnt much of a middle class, but merchants children did usually grow up to take over the family bakery, smithy, or cobbler shop, to be merchants themselves. Life was,...
  • FDA to Announce Ban on Sprinkles [satire]

    12/29/2014 8:50:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Though the amount of trans fats in the sprinkles that are used to adorn donuts and ice cream cones is extremely low, the Food and Drug Administration is determined to eliminate these items from the food chain. There is no good reason why anyone should consume these non-nutritional pollutants in our food supply, said FDA nutrition expert Harley Sain. The donuts and ice cream cones where sprinkles are usually found are bad enough on their own without this worthless addition. Sain admitted that if it were totally up to me, wed be banning the donuts and ice cream, too. No...
  • [Satire] Philadelphia Cracks Down on UberX

    11/03/2014 8:56:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Lee Rudakewichs car was impounded and held for $1,000 ransom by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. His crime: offering to drive a willing customer to his chosen destination. Vince Fenerty, the Philadelphia Parking Authoritys Director, rejected the argument that the provided transportation occurring between consenting adults was no business of the City government. In this city it is not sufficient that private individuals are satisfied with a transaction of this sort, Fenerty said. How a person uses his own car is within the purview of our authority. We do not approve of these unregulated uses. Fenerty contended that the privilege of...
  • U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

    10/30/2014 1:39:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/14 | Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani
    The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under new regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.
  • FDA halts Dallas hospital from using Ebola-screening device

    10/18/2014 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Doughlas Ernst
    The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan had a version of the Ebola-screening device used by the U.S. military in West Africa sitting on a shelf, but FDA guidelines prohibited staff from using it on the patient. A $39,000 machine called FilmArray was available to the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Duncan came in with a fever. The device has a high success rate for detecting Ebola in less than one hour, but sat idly because current federal guidelines prevented the hospital from obtaining a specific kit needed for screening, the military website Defense One reported Thursday.
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • Hagg Lake drowning: Gaston man who posted warning signs receives $5,000 ticket

    09/09/2014 8:19:07 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 17 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 09/07/2014 | Molly Harbarger
    Background: Per one of the links in the story at source, 3 generations of a family drowned at Hagg Lake, which is about 5 miles west of Hillsboro, on August 25th. The OP source is a follow up article, excerpted below: Michael Medill posted eight homemade signs Saturday at Henry Hagg Lake to get the attention of swimmers and law enforcement. "I actually went up there hoping I would get arrested," Medill, 66, said Sunday. After Dillon Pilorget, reporter for the Forest Grove Leader and The Oregonian, and other reporters left the lake Saturday, Medill said police told him he...
  • An Italian Doctor Joins the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

    08/30/2014 1:10:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In April of 2013, I introduced a Moocher Hall of Fame to “celebrate” some very odious examples of welfare dependency.Since that time, I keep thinking that it’s time to do something similar for government bureaucrats. This compilation from last December would be a good place to start, though I’d have to figure out whether to have group memberships so that we could include the bureaucrats at the Patent and Trademark Office who get paid to watch TV, as well as the paper pushers at the Department of Veterans Affairs who got big bonuses after creating secret waiting lists that led...
  • READY: I fought the odds, and the odds almost won [Bureaucracy run AMOK]

    07/24/2014 10:15:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Destin Log ^ | Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 17:05 PM. | Mary Ready
    I may regret writing this column. Retaliation by a state agency is an ugly thing. My best hope is that the bureaucrats who have made my life a living hell for these past few months dont read insignificant little articles written by nobody columnists for a bi-weekly newspaper. It wasnt bad enough that the cable, phone, credit card, garbage, power, and water companies, along with the Florida Retirement System and bank, gave me major grief after Frank died. Apparently it doesnt matter that no payment was ever late or not paid in full. Since Frank was the primary, they reasoned...
  • An intern's brush with bureaucracy

    07/15/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2014 | Zac Dawes
    Gathering up-to-date public pension data is no trivial task. While all municipalities are required to report basic accounting and financial information, many make it quite difficult to obtain. Cities and townships are required to file audits and most list a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) with this information. But just because the reports have to be filed doesn't mean they are easy to find. Even among Michigan's 100 largest municipalities, there are large discrepancies between how the reports are posted online. Taxpayers should take note because politicians across the spectrum and at all levels of government talk about working for...
  • Joe Geoghagan Is A 31 Year Old Veteran And Hes Begging The VA Not To Let Him Starve To Death

    07/04/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and hes begging the VA not to let him starve to death. Let me repeat that. Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and hes BEGGING the VA not to let him starve to death. Joe first came to my attention because he wrote the Right Wing News Facebook page asking for help. Imagine that: a veteran who did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced to writing the owner of a Facebook page because he doesnt know where else to turn to get basic medical attention. After doing some basic...
  • Who Owns You?

    06/11/2014 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Darcy Olsen, president of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, and Richard Garr, president of Neuralstem, a biotech company, wrote "Right to Try experimental drugs" in USA Today (5/28/2014). They pointed out that "this year, more than 5,000 Americans will lose their battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease." Up until recently, there was no medicine on the market that significantly improved the lives of ALS patients. But now there is one in clinical trials that holds considerable promise, but it has not been granted Food and Drug Administration approval. The average amount of time it takes to get a...
  • Obamas emissions plans bad for business

    06/09/2014 3:30:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Hartford Business ^ | 6/9/14 | Scott H Segal
    A lot of attention was generated by last week's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of a proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels all by 2030. Aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the effort is being billed as flexible, far-reaching and even a money-saver for American citizens. The policy is a homerun for the Obama administration, improving everything from our skies to our pocketbooks, right? Not so fast. To truly understand the implications of the EPA's announcement, it's worth sifting through the hype and asking a few clarifying questions.
  • Why are there more scandals these days?

    06/05/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 20 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 5, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Im not young enough to know everything, Oscar Wilde observed, as if reflecting on the Great Commencement Speaker Flap of 2014. However, Jimi Hendrix was young when he offered advice that todays college students should heed knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Unmindful that earned wisdom is derived from asking the right questions not identifying the wrong answers too many students graduate into a complex and conflict-riddled world without the insights that come from the clash of opposing viewpoints. Is it surprising then, that so many intractable problems plague our society, like military veterans dying from government-provided health...
  • The Rise and the Rise of the Administrative State (Great Read)

    05/07/2014 8:52:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    The post-New Deal administrative state is unconstitutional, and its validation by the legal system amounts to nothing less than a bloodless constitutional revolution.... [....] The constitutional separation of powers is a means to safeguard the liberty of the people. In Madisons famous words, the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. The destruction of this principle of separation of powers is perhaps the crowning jewel of the modern administrative revolution. Administrative agencies routinely...
  • VA Resolves Backlog of Cases by Purging Records [SATIRE]

    05/03/2014 2:05:52 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 May 2014 | John Semmens
    In a bid to minimize bad publicity the Veterans Administration purged 1.5 million unfulfilled medical orders. We got so far behind that we thought wed get a fresh start by canceling all recommended treatments and therapies that were still pending after a years delay, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson admitted. While we cant say for sure whether any of these recommended treatments were or were not performed, if a person has already waited a year for treatment chances are pretty good that hes recovered without treatment. So why should we have to have an unnecessary pending treatment order hanging over...
  • His Name is 'Emigration Check Required': Indian's Visa Goof-Up

    04/27/2014 11:42:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | VM Sathish
    Sagar Chikane receives visa with 'Emigration Check Required' as part of his name after new Indian passport confuses typistSagar Ramachandra Emigration Check Required Chikane is a very long name for anyone to have. Even if the man in question hails from the South of India where a persons name includes his fathers name and the family name, apart from his own moniker. However, for this welder from Tamil Nadu in India, who still has to travel to the UAE - before June 2014 - according to his visa, his emigration status has been officially incorporated into his name. Not...
  • The War on Federal Bureaucrats Opens at Bundy Ranch

    04/16/2014 5:30:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | John Ransom
    I love that picture from the Bundy Ranch. You know the one that Im talking about: Im talking about all of them. I love the horn-handed Cowboys, with real, honest trail dirt on them; I love the American flags; I love the sagebrush; and I love the rebellion-- as in civil, non-violent disobedience. And the question now is, where does this go? Rebellion typically starts after a period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years, even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real reform. Then...
  • Slaughtered at the altar of government power

    There are 456 official federal agencies, and many of these have bureaucracies within them. According to The Center for Small Government, just the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has 47 separate bureaucracies! Lets say the average, for the sake of time, is 40. Thats 18,240 bureaucracies, and 700,000 (give or take) federal employees. There are 535 federal legislators in Congress who are elected to oversee, fund, and pass laws to regulate this morass. If we divided it up equally, thats 42 bureaucracies per Congressman/woman, and 182 bureaucracies per Senator. Congress has roughly 200 committees to discuss all of these, and...
  • Regulating America To Death

    03/13/2014 3:26:15 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 03/13/14 | LD Jackson
    Via TCOT Report'Is the Prosecution of Pocketknife Felon Jordan Wiser about Electing Harold Specht to a Judgeship?'Many have read with outrage the story of 18 year old Jordan Wiser; a young man whose car was searched without permission at his vocational school, resulting in his expulsion, arrest, felony indictment, imprisonment, and separation from his beloved, terminally ill grandfather. The prosecutor in this case, Harold E Specht, Jr. has been quoted saying the reason for Wisers arrest and felony prosecution centers on the discovery of a four-inch pocketknife, which was locked in the trunk, inside his EMT kit a duffel...