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  • 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 I’m talking about: I’m 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...
  • America’s war on obesity is an assault on our liberty

    03/10/2014 1:22:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Christopher Caldwell
    Tolerance for regulation is growing even though we know little about its effectiveness. There is a glimmer of hope for the fat countries of the world – for Mexico, which has recently outstripped the US as the most overweight population in the Americas, and for Britain and Hungary, which vie for the title of Europe’s most obese nation. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a steep drop in obesity among US toddlers. While a seventh (14 per cent) of children aged two to five had a very high body mass index a decade ago,...
  • Nanny of the Month: Computer-coding camps “problem children” to California

    03/03/2014 1:44:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 3, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Reason TV has its new Nanny of the Month feature out today, celebrating the antics of busybodies in the month of February. Once again the competition is fierce, but Ted Balaker gives it to the state of California by a nose for shutting down “boot camps” that teach teens to become programmers:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) At learn-to-code bootcamps, students spend about 10 weeks and around 15 grand on programs that often lead to good-paying tech jobs. And that’s something the State of California refuses to tolerate. Never mind that the Golden State’s unemployment rate is the nation’s fifth highest, the real problem is...
  • Artworks Choked by Artichokes: Bureaucrats Condemn Creative Entrepreneurship

    02/10/2014 5:07:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Rebecca Furdek
    In 2005, James Dupree bought a dilapidated warehouse and garage. Today, after almost a decade of steady investment and physical labor, the once-blighted space is now a vibrant 8,600-square-foot studio showcasing over 5,000 pieces of art. In a Philadelphia neighborhood marked by vacant houses and parking lots, Dupree’s studio is a bright spot of entrepreneurship and esteemed cultural value. His paintings have won numerous awards, are displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and sell for upwards of $40,000 each. He has hosted and taught public art classes at his studio, and plans to launch a mentorship program for inner-city...
  • Reputation Versus Regulation

    02/05/2014 4:17:01 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | John Stossel
    Do you like to cook? Throw dinner parties? Many people enjoy that, but paying for the food, plus accessories, is expensive. Would you host more often if you could get your guests to cover the costs? Or suppose you'd like to go to a dinner party to meet new people in your neighborhood. Or maybe when you travel, instead of eating at restaurants, you'd like to see how the locals live. Good news! Today both cooks and diners can get what they want. A new Internet business brings them together. Bad news: Bureaucrats and the media worry that the...
  • 11-Year-Old Girl BANNED From Selling Cupcakes By Control Freak Government Bureaucrats

    02/02/2014 7:51:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 02/02/2014 | Michael Snyder
    America is being suffocated to death by red tape. You are about to read about an 11-year-old girl in Illinois that had her cupcake business brutally shut down by government bureaucrats. Her name is Chloe Stirling and her crime was doing something that we used to applaud young people in America for doing. Instead of sitting on her sofa and watching television all day, she actually started her own business. And it turned out there her little business started thriving. In fact, it started doing so well that a local newspaper took notice of it. Well, that is when the...
  • Obama’s power play (Deeper and broader than you think)

    01/31/2014 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    In an FDA office building in suburban Maryland, the bureaucrats gather over coffee to draft rules meant to squeeze the trans fat out of snack foods. Four blocks from the White House, in an EPA conference room: more bureaucrats, more meetings, more drafting of rules, these aimed at forcing industrialists to spend billions cutting carbon to fend off global warming. Congress? Who needs Congress? Americans heard President Barack Obama declare this week that he intends to bypass the gridlocked Hill to get things done on his own. What they didn’t hear: just how far he’s actually pushing his executive authority....
  • Are Government Bureaucrats Corrupt and Dishonest?

    01/26/2014 8:31:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t like government bureaucrats. Actually, let me re-phrase that statement. I know lots of people who work for different agencies in Washington and most of them seem like decent people. So maybe what I really want to say is that I’m not a big fan of government bureaucracies and the results they generate. Why? Because a bloated government means overpaid bureaucrats, both at the federal level and state level (and in other nations as well). Because inefficient bureaucracies enable loafing and bad work habits. Because being part of the government workforce even encourages laziness! And it may even be...
  • Do You Want Mandated Psych Testing for Your 5-Year OId? NY Does!

    01/16/2014 11:46:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Now they want to psych test your little children. What is New York going to do with that information?A bill introduced by State Senator Margaret Markey, A8186-2013, calls for an amendment to education law to mandate psychological screenings for students in public schools as part of the required health certificate.The law reads that a mandatory health certificate “shall also state that a psychological examination was performed and that the child is mentally fit to permit attendance at school.”That’s not all. The bill further reads: “Each such certificate shall also state the student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category.”What...
  • Tennessee Water Resources Employees Warned

    12/16/2013 12:02:05 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Sandra Dudley, director of the Water Resources Division of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation sent an email warning her employees not to flush inappropriate items down the toilet. “People, it’s our job to improve water quality,” Dudley wrote. “It should be self evident that flushing shoes, pens, staplers, and similar items would tend to work against this objective. Please stop.” Administrative Assistant Sheeta Lotte said she considered the email warning “insulting. Everybody knows they shouldn’t be flushing this trash. But sometimes the job gets so boring you gotta do something to liven things up. Seeing what kinds of...
  • TWO THINGS WE LEARNED DURING THE BUREAUCRACY’S PAID VACATION

    10/26/2013 3:07:23 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 26, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The apparatchiks, you see, are different from you and me… As the Government Shutdown of October 2013 fades away into the history books, there are two lessons that the American Left desperately wants the country to forget. Oh, the Left is fine with American voters retaining a vague memory of the event – “The government was closed; people didn’t get their checks, it was the Republicans’ fault, of course” – but the Left doesn’t want every aspect remembered. They certainly don’t want the really important lessons to be retained. They’re praying that we forget, as soon as possible. So, while...
  • Rent-a-cops hired to ring Independence Hall - threaten arrests

    10/10/2013 1:18:41 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/10/13 | Paul Bedard
    Armed private security guards are on the job to keep the public away from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, and one even threatened to arrest a political activist if he stepped on the sidewalk beside the iconic building where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted. “You will be arrested,” said one of the hired guards to activist Craig Bergman as a video team filmed his stop at the downtown historical center. In the video, Bergman asks a National Park Service ranger who was paying for the rented cops, and was told, “You are.” The badge on the private...
  • Shutdown Furloughs Indicate that 40% of Federal Workforce Is Non-Essential

    10/05/2013 11:06:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Oct 2013 | John Semmens
    Other than the high-profile barricading of selected tourist destinations there is little sign that the federal government shutdown is sparking the desired degree of panic in the population. Part of the problem may be that the 800,000 furloughed employees (about 40% of the total federal workforce) are non-essential. Naturally, the question in many people’s minds is “why does the government keep so many non-essential employees on the payroll?” President Obama explained the rationale by pointing out that “the federal government is the nation’s largest employer. As such, it is our responsibility to sop up otherwise unemployable persons and give them...
  • Even in shutdown, Feds get overtime, comp time, 'Sunday pay'

    10/01/2013 6:03:13 AM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    A federal government shutdown will temporarily cut off pay of thousands of Uncle Sam’s workers, but for those considered “excepted employees,” there could be a nice salary bump thanks to rules allowing overtime, compensatory time and other benefits provided to those the administration feels too important to furlough. In advance of the potential shutdown, the Office of Personnel Management distributed a 30-page “Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs” that spells out who will get what, if anything, if President Obama and House Republicans can't negotiate a break in the budget stalemate by Monday night, the end of the fiscal year. Most workers...
  • A father has been arrested after beating a naked prowler he found peering into his daughter's window

    09/10/2013 7:00:23 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 72 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Daily Mail Reporter
    An Albuquerque, New Mexico dad who found a naked prowler peering into his young daughter's room will face charges after seriously beating the peeping tom. Police say Emilio Chavez III found 29-year-old Dylan Maho naked and making noises near a little girl's window when he chose to exact vigilante justice and beat Maho so badly he was taken to the hospital. While both men could be convicted of felonies, Chavez could potentially get a longer sentence for what he did to the intruder. 'There's a naked man outside his daughter's window,' Chavez's neighbor Bill Morang told KOAT. 'I think he...
  • Why No More Job Creation? Talk To The Twelve-Year-Old

    09/08/2013 5:23:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Austin Hill
    “So, what did you do during your summer break?” If you happen to be a certain 12 year old boy from Pocatello, Idaho, you spent the summer being productive and successfully carrying on an entrepreneurial venture, and then experiencing your state government cracking-down on you for not being licensed and demanding a portion of your revenues. The 12 year old son of Jason Weeks is who we’re talking about. Weeks’ son announced at the beginning of the summer that he wanted to acquire a motorcycle. Weeks had the good sense to tell his son to earn money and purchase one...
  • 100 Page Bills Are Long Enough!

    08/29/2013 11:02:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/29/13 | Jerry Todd
    When Chief Justice Roberts asked if the defenders of Obamacare expected the Supreme Court to review all 2,700 pages of this overreaching law, he posed a question that should have been asked 100 years ago when the “progressive” movement started. It made no more sense to the Court than it did to Charlie Rangel or Nancy Pelosi who insists a bill must be passed so we can find out what’s in it! Tea Partiers formed committees to take on 20 pages each among them. It wasn’t pretty! Mz Nancy still claims her Congress took the Constitution into consideration. Now the...
  • Why Did Bureaucrats Kill Giggles the Baby Deer? Because They Can

    08/05/2013 8:44:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The bad news is that governments do a lot of things they shouldn’t do. The good news is that I never run out of material.I’ve even created some sub-categories, such as my U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest and my great-moments-in-local-government series.But I never thought I would have a special category about bureaucrats vs. Bambi.1. Bureaucrats in Virginia filed three misdemeanor charges against a man for the horrible crime of rescuing a deer that was hit by a car.2. Bureaucrats in Maryland fined two men $90 each for not having life jackets when they had the gall to rescue a...
  • (Smörgĺsbord - Rat Eating Snakes Invade US Capitol) It’s Raining Snakes in Washington, DC

    05/30/2013 7:45:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Daily caller ^ | 05/30/2013 | Sarah Hofmann
    It’s raining snakes in Washington, DC Police reports in the Adams Morgan area of our nation’s capital detail recent occurrences of snakes falling out of trees and onto children. Police believe the intimidating inhabitants of Walter Pierce park to be black rat snakes, WTOP reports. The snakes fell out of trees in a playground near the National Zoo, which caused panic among the children. Black rat snakes are not poisonous, but they do constrict their small prey to kill it. The responding officer was able to capture a small one in a water bottle. Officials at the zoo said there...
  • Defense IG: Obama administration “bureaucrats” trying to silence me about corruption in Afghanistan

    05/09/2013 10:50:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/9/13 | Ed Morrissey
    In yesterdays hearings on Benghazi, Gregory Hicks told the House Oversight Committee that the State Department warned him about cooperating with investigators and retaliated against him for challenging the bogus talking points about a “spontaneous demonstration.” Mark Thompson further testified to being cut out of the loop after he insisted that FEST should be activated, and Eric Nordstrom dismissed the supposedly independent ARB effort as a whitewash aimed at protecting senior officials in the State Department. Those aren’t the only complaints coming from career professionals within the Obama administration. Politico reports that the Inspector General for the reconstruction of Afghanistan...
  • Why Government Bureaucrats Abuse Taxpayers

    04/18/2013 6:34:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2013 | Michael Bargo Jr.
    In 2010 the nation learned that the city manager and council members of Bell, CA were abusing their public positions and improperly giving themselves pay increases. The city manager had increased his public salary to nearly $800K a year. The police chief also managed to work himself up to a salary of over $400K a year. When local residents, who pay for these salaries, began to complain, the first response of the government employees was to cut back on town meetings. They refused to meet with townspeople or listen to their valid complaints. And unlike the heads of huge corporations...
  • Tax Scofflaws Infest Federal Government

    03/19/2013 10:31:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Mar 2013 | John Semmens
    IRS figures indicate that 300,000 federal employees have evaded over $3.5 billion in federal income taxes. Forty White House employees account for over $300,000 of these unpaid levies. While some in the media find this scandalous, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew does not. “When you think about it, the whole idea of a federal employee having to pay taxes on pay from the federal government is kind of nonsensical,” Lew observed. “Isn’t asking them to give back part of what we paid them wasted motion?” Lew suggested that “some sort of amnesty is probably the best way to resolve this...
  • Democrats pull out race card in sequester game (Minorities & women hurt most...guess why?)

    03/05/2013 6:03:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 5, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Congressional Black Caucus members, who are all Democrats, flipped out the race card in the talks on the sequester Monday and said minorities will be unfairly and disproportionately impacted. “Sequestration will impact everyone, but it will have a particularly harmful effect on communities of color who were hit first and worst by the great recession, and have yet to significantly feel the effects of the recovery,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, in The Hill. The CBC also said women would be disproportionately hurt by the $85 billion planned cuts, The Hill reports. The reason? More women and minorities hold government jobs,...
  • Health Dept.: Homeless Can’t Eat Deer Meat (in Shreveport, LA)

    02/27/2013 5:41:18 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 25, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins – and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox – so other animals would not eat the meat. “Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. “While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and...
  • Federal workers brace for furloughs

    01/01/2013 6:39:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 31, 2012 | Jennifer Liberto
    Federal workers are bracing for furloughs that could start to take place in the next few months if Congress doesn't replace massive budget cuts scheduled to begin Wednesday. Even as a fiscal cliff deal was beginning to emerge Monday afternoon, lawmakers and the president still lacked agreement to stop measures carving some $110 billion in spending power from federal budgets each year over the next decade through automatic cuts. President Obama dubbed the sequester cuts akin to "using an ax instead of a scalpel" on the budget in a Monday speech, while announcing a deal was close. "Some of these...
  • The Secret Bureaucrat

    12/28/2012 7:45:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Franz Kafka is one of those authors whose name has become an adjective, as in Shakespearean or Faulknerian or this dictionary entry: Kafka-esque -- adj., referring to the nightmarish, surreal, illogical quality Franz Kafka evoked in works like "The Metamorphosis," "The Castle" and "The Trial." No wonder Franz Kafka was able to capture the maddeningly frustrating world of the modern bureaucrat so well. He was one. And a pretty good one, too: conscientious, adaptable, public-spirited and practical. At least to judge from the latest collection of his work, which is not a volume of short stories, but office memos...
  • Not Insanity; Strategy! Innocent Treated As Terrorist Financiers

    12/26/2012 7:28:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 26, 2012 | Mark Horne
    One of the problems with horrible tragedies is that evil men get to do evil things while we are in shock and distracted. Thus, evil compounds evil.On December 21 Techdirt posted a story that very few people seem to have picked up on, but which deserves attention. The Office of Foreign Assets Control seized most of the advance money paid to a couple of Americans for producing a comic book. They did so on the grounds that money sent to write the comic book was supporting a terrorist organization!The script for the graphic novel was written by David Axe, an...
  • What You Can Learn From A Public Records Request At The State Legislature

    12/20/2012 11:21:08 AM PST · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    No, you won’t learn what you’re seeking to learn in the request itself. Don’t be ridiculous. That will take months. What you’ll learn is exactly how much effort the people with a legal duty to service the public’s constitutional right to disclosure of public records will put into failing in that duty while concocting an excuse for that failure. Yesterday, we went to court against Butch Speer, the clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and Glenn Koepp, the secretary of the state Senate. Our business there was to secure a writ of mandamus against Speer and Koepp in order...
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • Local Governments Pilot Testing Tyranny

    11/26/2012 9:42:40 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | John Semmens
    Local governments on opposite sides of the nation are exploring new ground in the never ending battle against individual freedom in this country. In New York City, inspectors from the Department of Health cracked down on unauthorized distribution of food to survivors of Hurricane Sandy. The serving of meals to people whose homes were destroyed by the storm was found to be “non-compliant with existing restaurant standards” by Health Inspector Constance Medler. “The meals are being served outdoors,” Medler complained. “The cooking is done by uncertified cooks on uninspected stoves. The food is served on paper plates and eaten with...
  • Healthcare: Ask The Wrong Question, Get The Wrong Answer

    07/04/2012 12:56:41 PM PDT · by Etpa · 5 replies
    Engineering Thinking ^ | 7-3-12 | Ed Walker
    Engineering Thinking teaches us to challenge our assumptions, because if they are wrong, then our subsequent analysis and decisions will be wrong. The healthcare challenge — it is commonly assumed — is this: how can the government best ensure that the weakest members of society receive adequate health care? This is the wrong question. The reason it is wrong is that it is based on the flawed assumption that the government should be making our health care decisions. As discussed previously (see “Feedback, Prices, And Sullen Spouses“), the government is inherently inefficient, and is therefore the last organization that one...
  • Woman’s Garden Destroyed by City

    06/26/2012 11:07:06 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 26 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Tulsa, Oklahoma City officials destroyed resident Denise Morrison’s “survival garden” because “this abnormal use of her property was causing anxiety in the neighborhood.” Morrison started the garden after she lost her job. The garden consisted of food and medicinal plants. Before embarking on her agricultural venture, Morrison researched City ordinances to ensure she complied. “Lack of compliance was not the issue,” said City Zoning Director, Leroy Fiat. “The fact that there are no official rules against what she did doesn’t matter. No one else in the city does this.” As for her nutritional and medical needs, Fiat advised that “there...
  • It's None of the Government's Business

    05/29/2012 5:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    What is it about bureaucrats and school personnel that they want to pry into the personal life and habits of American citizens of every age? There seems to be no end to the imperial demands by government and schools to require both grownups and kids to reveal personal information. The use of nosy questionnaires by the public schools has been a bone of contention between schools and parents for years, but New Jersey recently came up with a question that has parents up in arms. Third-graders were asked on a standardized test to reveal a secret about their lives and...
  • Authoritarian Moonbattery Inflicted on NYC Barber Shops

    05/25/2012 6:13:02 AM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies
    moonbattery.com ^ | 05/25/2012 | Dave Blount
    Our bureaucratic overlords don’t know the first thing about running businesses, which are required to make a profit without printing money or stealing it. But they do know how to ram egalitarian ideology down people’s throats. The results are hardly profitable: Salon and barbershop owners are fuming over the enforcement of a provision that requires them to charge men and women the same prices. Managers complain that it can take much longer to cut a woman’s hair. Bureaucrats counter these arguments by pointing out that men and women are exactly the same, because moonbat ideology says so.
  • Feds extend ADA hotel spa, pool lift deadline

    05/22/2012 7:43:23 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 25 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | May 22, 2012 | MANDY MILES Citizen Staff
    The federal government on Friday extended its deadline for hotel and guesthouse owners to make pools accessible to people with disabilities. It was good news for Florida Keys lodging owners, many of them still scratching their heads over how to interpret the new rules. The previous deadline for compliance was Monday, but it has been postponed until Jan. 31, according to documents published Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice, which administers the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act. The extension was granted as a result of questions, confusion and concerns about the requirements of the pool accessibility rules that require...
  • Fingerless Key West banana man loses his trees

    05/14/2012 3:47:48 PM PDT · by Elle Bee · 36 replies
    Key West Citizen and Bait Wrapper ^ | May 14, 2012 | JOHN DeSANTIS
    To Key West Housing Authority officials it was seen as a necessary task, the chopping down of banana trees Richard "Diver" Overman nurtured daily with his fingerless hands, outside the windows of his public housing apartment on Amelia Street. To Overman it was a massacre. "They were just nubs when I planted them," the 67-year-old retired lobster diver said. "Now I am so disappointed. That was my pastime -- the only pastime I've got. Now they took them away and I feel like nothin'." Housing Authority Director Manuel Castillo said he and his staff tried to work with Overman, but...
  • House blocks EPA from banning lead in ammunition

    04/17/2012 6:50:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | 04/17/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The House on Tuesday passed legislation giving hunters and fishing enthusiasts access to certain public lands to pursue their sport and also blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from banning lead for use in ammunition and fishing tackle. The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act passed on a mostly party line vote of 274 yeas and 146 nays. Republicans argued that the ability of sportsmen and women to fish and shoot on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service is being threatened by the Obama administration and environmentalists through bureaucratic regulations. Republicans also said that banning lead bullets...
  • Capitol Follies

    04/01/2012 11:35:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Scientists announced this week that they had found ten billion habitable planets in the Milky Way. The announcement was cheering, raising the possibility that there was some intelligent life somewhere in the universe in a week where it was clear there was hardly any in the Capitol. I'm talking about the three day argument before the Supreme Court on the 2,700 page wonk wet dream, ObamaCare. As you recall a Democrat Congress rammed this legislation down our throats on Christmas Eve led by Nancy Pelosi (soi-disant Catholic Theologian and Constitutional Scholar, San Francisco), aided by some high kicking and legerdemain...
  • JotForm domain released by Secret Service, won’t say why it was seized (No notice, no explanation)

    02/17/2012 11:34:42 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 30 replies
    Geek.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | Matthew Humphries
    Late on February 15, JotForm lost access to jotform.com. The company soon discovered the U.S. government had seized the domain by lodging a request with the site’s domain registrar GoDaddy. Soon after, it had been taken down. Aytekin Tank, co-founder of Interlogy Internet Technologies, and owner of JotForm, later confirmed that he’d been in contact with the agent assigned to his case at the Secret Service. She was busy and couldn’t look at the site for a few days. So millions of web forms and thousands of customers were left without a service and no reason as to why this...
  • Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee Think the contraception decision was bad? Wait until

    02/16/2012 10:16:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/16/12 | Scott Gottlieb
    Offended by President Obama's decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more. Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans. The task force already rates services with letter grades of "A" through "D" (or "I," if...
  • Impeach Them All

    02/15/2012 3:46:18 AM PST · by radioone · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-15-12 | Monty Pelerin
    The US Government continues actions that will result in its own demise. That might seem fitting, except that its failure will seriously harm the citizenry. Government decisions and actions have assured an economic collapse that will result in another depression. Federal debts and promises are too large to be honored, a conclusion based not on economics but on simple arithmetic. The government collapse will likely trigger the economic collapse, although the order could be reversed. Arguably, we are already in a depression which has been disguised by juicing GDP via excessive government spending. This spending has been funded increased government...
  • Budget lines drawn at (Iowa) Statehouse: GOP plan includes state workers paying for insurance

    02/03/2012 6:55:12 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 2.3.12 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Legislative Republicans proposed Thursday to spend $182 million less than Gov. Terry Branstad’s $6.242 billion budget plan for next fiscal year and about $119 million under majority Senate Democrats’ targets by providing less money to education, human services and economic incentives and requiring state employees and elected officials to pay $200 a month for their health insurance coverage. All three competing and contrasting fiscal 2013 budget approaches offered by the governor and leaders of the split-control Legislature would fully fund spending commitments already approved last session, including a 2 percent “allowable growth” increase for K-12 public schools...
  • EU commission: 'We know better than ratings agencies'

    01/16/2012 11:09:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.01.16 @ 14:00 | Andrew Rettman
    The European Commission has claimed it has secret information about the positive state of EU countries' finances, following a shock downgrade of core member states. Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly made the statement at a regular press briefing in Brussels on Monday (16 January), two days after US-based agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded nine EU countries, including France. "We have more information than the ratings agencies and we think there are elements missing in their analysis ... We have monthly updates from member states. We share this information on a confidential basis. The ratings agencies do not have this information,"...
  • Newt Gingrich: I Crossed The Line (Bain Criticism)

    01/11/2012 12:10:06 PM PST · by truthkeeper · 173 replies · 9+ views
    politico.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2012 | Jonathan Allen
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Newt Gingrich signaled Wednesday that he believes his criticism of Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is a mistake — and that he’s created an impression that he was echoing Democratic rhetoric. Gingrich conceded the problem when pressed by a Rick Santorum supporter at a book-signing here Wednesday. “I’m here to implore one thing of you. I think you’ve missed the target on the way you’re addressing Romney’s weaknesses. I want to beg you to redirect and go after his obvious disingenuous about his conservatism and lay off the corporatist versus the free market. I think it’s...
  • A Libertarian Year Ahead?

    12/28/2011 6:25:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2011 | John Stossel
    As 2011 draws to a close, I wonder: Is freedom winning? Did America become freer this year? Less free? How about the rest of the world? I'm a pessimist. I fear Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." That's what's happened. Bush and Obama doubled spending and increased regulation. Government's intrusiveness is always more, never less. The state grows, and freedom declines. But there were bright spots. We don't yet know what will become of what people call the Arab Spring. But this year, for...
  • Entrepreneur providing in-home service to elderly fights unconstitutional regulations

    12/13/2011 12:00:10 PM PST · by inkling · 12 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Goldwater Institute
    PHOENIX — A cancer survivor and former hospice nurse’s assistant is suing the Arizona Board of Cosmetology over rules she says unconstitutionally deny her the right to earn an honest living – while at the same time needlessly denying services to homebound, elderly and bedridden individuals across the state. Lauren Boice opened Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists. Homebound individuals desiring a haircut, manicure, or massage call Lauren, who matches them with a cosmetologist who will visit the client’s home or assisted living center. But while Lauren’s clients see her...
  • Watch Nigel Farage Dance On The Euro's Grave

    11/18/2011 10:03:31 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge, ^ | November 17th, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    Nigel Farage needs no introduction: the famous Euroskeptic is one of very few men who has had the temerity to question, often in an abnormally high decibel fashion, the stupidity of the Eurozone leaders from day one. Now that he has been proven correct, he has every right to gloat, which he does to everyone's delightful amusement in the European parliament. The look on the unelected von Rompuy's face, especially as he watches his decade-long bureaucratic nirvana crash and burn every single day, is quite priceless.
  • Living in Omelasville (Obama & corrupt bureaucrats)

    11/13/2011 11:17:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 13, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    John Scalzi, discussing the outrageous behavior of the adults in the football program at Pennsylvania State University, sets the tone for today's piece. He describes the cowardice of all those who knew of the abuse of the young boys taking place and failed to take the appropriate steps to stop it: I'm a science fiction writer, and one of the great stories of science fiction is "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," which was written by Ursula K. LeGuin. The story posits a fantastic utopian city, where everything is beautiful, with one catch: In order for all this...
  • Health department tyrants raid local 'farm to fork' picnic dinner, orders all food to be destroyed

    11/12/2011 9:44:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    Natural News ^ | November 11, 2011 | Ethan A. Huff
    (NaturalNews) It is the latest case of extreme government food tyranny, and one that is sure to have you reeling in anger and disgust. Health department officials recently conducted a raid of Quail Hollow Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in southern Nevada, during its special "farm to fork" picnic dinner put on for guests -- and the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach. For about five years now, Quail Hollow Farm has been growing organic produce and...
  • Federal Government Agencies You Won't Believe Even Exist...

    11/09/2011 5:54:18 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 9, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Commission on Security Cooperation in Europe (CSCE):  Also known as the Helsinki Commission, their job is to monitor European compliance with the Helsinki Final Act, which served to dilute Cold War tensions. Maybe somebody needs to tell them that the USSR ceased to exist over 20 years ago... and that Obama's already abandoned Eastern Europe to current Russian regime anyway. Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC):  Visitors to the FCIC website can find useful info on topics ranging from how to purchase a new car to how to save $ for college... and all the same as you can find on zillions...