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  • Convicted murderer Troy Davis loses last ditch plea to prove innocence

    09/21/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:39 PM on 21st September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Georgia inmate Troy Davis's last-ditch request for a lie detector test to try to prove his innocence ahead of tonight's planned execution has been denied by Georgia Department of Corrections. Defence lawyer Stephen Marsh said he had hoped the polygraph would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency, which was rejected yesterday. Davis, 42, is scheduled to die at 7pm tonight. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis' execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
  • Does SWAT Need to Be Explained?

    09/13/2011 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Immerito · 37 replies
    Tactical Response ^ | September 2011 | Ed Sanow
    Does SWAT Need to Be Explained? Written by Ed Sanow I get frustrated with the educational sessions at chief’s conferences on SWAT. The attendees are treated like kindergarten kids. “There are some vewy, vewy bad people out there. They won’t do what the nice police officers tell them. So, sometimes, those nice police officers need help from ‘special’ police officers.” You got to be kidding me! Some 90% of agencies serving populations of more than 50,000 people, and 70% of agencies serving smaller populations have some kind of SWAT team. Yet, SWAT has to be explained like it is something...
  • Feds plan their exits: Interest surges in retirement seminars

    09/13/2011 8:05:02 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 13 replies
    FedSmith ^ | September 12, 2011 | Stephen Losey
    Earlier this year, Army employee Louis Bornman watched the news grow worse and worse. Pay freezes. Budget cuts. Politicians demonizing federal employees. But for Bornman, the final straw was when Congress began looking at cutting federal pensions as a way to reduce the deficit. His last day as an operations research analyst at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was July 30. "I couldn't afford not to retire," Bornman said. "You never know when things will change." Bornman's not alone. Federal employees across the nation are becoming more nervous about proposals to slash their benefits, and many are eyeing the exit door to...
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes (Sit idle in CA grounded by Obama Admin)

    09/07/2011 10:41:16 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 33 replies
    09/07/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night....
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid

    08/30/2011 3:31:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson Guitar Corp, ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Gibson Guitar Corp.
    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: "Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence."
  • I Earned These Entitlements

    08/29/2011 7:22:55 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 278 replies
    Redding Record Searchlight ^ | August 29, 2011 | John Cleckner
    I earned these 'entitlements' I believe that most citizens do not understand what a federal entitlement program is. There are earned entitlements versus a special government entitlement that is given to an individual who needs assistance that is mandated by law. What is a government entitlement? Note below that some are free and some are not! Why the government is lumping these programs together is beyond me: Only Congress would think this was a proper thing to do. How can a program like military retirement be linked with food stamps? The programs I am associated with should never be diminished...
  • What's happening with Irene's wind speeds?

    08/27/2011 4:27:23 PM PDT · by chaosagent · 144 replies
    What's going on with Irene's wind speeds? StormPulse says the winds are 80mph with Irene just off the NC/VA border. But WeatherUnderground show winds at Norfolk and Virginia Beach less than 30 mph. Drudge had a mention of this also. So are they overhyping this or what?
  • Direct Federal Subsidies to 'Clean' Energy Up 186.6%

    08/17/2011 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/17/11 | Andrew Herzog
    ( – In addition to the 2009 economic stimulus law which, among other things, created financial incentives for clean energy, a new report by the Department of Energy shows that direct federal subsidies to alternative energy increased 186.6 percent between 2007 and 2010, up from $5.1 billion to $14.6 billion. Around the same time the report was released, a large solar energy company in Massachusetts, touted by the Obama administration as benefiting from the economic stimulus, announced it was filing for bankruptcy.
  • Judge: White House visitor logs subject to FOIA

    08/17/2011 2:36:39 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 08/17/2011 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ruling against the Secret Service, saying records of visitors to the White House are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Secret Service had argued that the visitors' logs were presidential records exempt from public disclosure. But U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Wednesday disagreed. Howell sided with government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had sued for records from the first eight months of the Obama administration. Howell said the Secret Service must disclose the records, except individual entries that fall under exemptions like for national security. In September 2009, President Barack...
  • Video: Federal woodpecker regulation ruins 11-year-old humanitarian’s summer

    08/17/2011 12:05:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/17/11 | Mary Katharine Ham
    In which I complain about a federal agent dropping the hammer on an 11-year-old for having the temerity to rescue a protected species of woodpecker. The fine on the young girl has since been rescinded, not thanks to common sense, but thanks to media coverage.
  • US Debt Problem Visualized

    07/30/2011 8:13:13 AM PDT · by Tudorfly · 16 replies ^ | unknown | A great visual about our current federal problem. Excellent for visual learners.
  • Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama

    07/24/2011 1:49:57 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/24/2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) – After repeated attacks on her record from Republican presidential rival and fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann hit back Sunday, vehemently contrasting her record in Congress with his as governor. Bachmann said that while she was working against excessive spending, cap and trade, TARP and the individual health care mandate, Pawlenty was praising the same plans and leaving his state with a budget crisis. "Executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger government and more intrusive government," Bachmann wrote in a statement. "Actions speak louder than words." Ahead of the high stakes Ames straw poll...
  • FBI Official to Federal Judge: OKC Bombing Videotapes ‘Might Have Been Misfiled

    07/02/2011 10:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Big Government ^ | Bob McCarty
    In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead, he explained that officials at the bureau merely cannot find the tapes and raised the possibility that they “might have been misfiled and thus could be located somewhere other than in the OKBOMB file (though it would be impossible to know where).”
  • Failure to Raise U.S. Debt Cap Seen Idling 800,000 (federal so-called) Workers

    06/29/2011 8:41:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Link only - Failure to Raise U.S. Debt Cap Seen Idling 800,000 Workers
  • Federal ATF chief said to resist pressure to step down

    06/23/2011 8:50:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 6/23/11 | Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
    Kenneth Melson of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms faces controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns into Mexico. He is said to be eager to testify to Congress. The acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is strongly resisting pressure to step down because of growing controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns to flow unchecked into Mexico, according to several federal sources in Washington.
  • Federal jury duty: questions, questions.

    06/12/2011 10:46:04 AM PDT · by swami7774 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    I've gotten a letter notifying me to report for federal jury duty(in Boston) on July 11th. Not a federal GRAND jury, just federal district court jury. I've filled in the online questionnaire and am supposed to call the court the night before the first day. Questions: the notice says "Monday, July 11 THROUGH Friday, July 29th." Does this mean that even if I am dismissed on the first morning I am required to keep calling for the entire two-week period? I live 62 miles--one way--from the courthouse. What is the mileage reimbursement(if there is one)? Is there a hotel reimbursement?...
  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail Hopping Down the Statist Trail: Feds Fine Missouri Farmer $90,000

    06/09/2011 8:21:50 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 09 June 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    The definition of “totalitarian” is: “of or pertaining to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life. [Emphasis added.]” And while we’re not quite there yet — we still do hear other (mostly stupid) opinions — read the following and tell me if our government doesn’t meet the italicized portion of the above definition. Rural Missouri farmer John Dollarhite was just fined $90,000 by our central government for engaging in a commercial endeavor. Was he an illegal alien running drugs across our border? No, such people benefit...
  • Taxpayer identity theft is soaring

    06/02/2011 5:39:39 AM PDT · by upchuck · 15 replies
    ass press/youhoo ^ | June 1, 2011 | Larry Margasak
    Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less. The IRS is grappling with a nearly five-fold increase in taxpayer identity theft between 2008 and 2010, a Government Accountability Office official plans to tell a House hearing Thursday. There were 248,357 incidents in 2010, compared to 51,702 in 2008. The GAO findings don't begin to describe the pain for a first-time victim, who must wait for a refund while the IRS sorts out which return is real and which is a fraud. Many identity thieves don't get...
  • 77,000 feds paid more than governors

    06/01/2011 5:18:35 PM PDT · by libertycause13 · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/1/2011 | Stephen Dinan
    "More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work. The findings, from a Congressional Research Service report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, were released at a time when public workers’ salaries and benefits are under scrutiny across the country as governments try to streamline...."
  • S.C., founding fathers, and immigration vs. naturalization!

    05/30/2011 6:48:14 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 9 replies
    American Constitutional Research Service ^ | 5/28/2011 | John William Kurowski
    SEE: SCOTUS Upholds AZ Law Imposing Penalties On Employers Published: May 26, 2011 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. ___cut___ The challenge to the Arizona law that was the subject of Thursday’s decision was brought by a coalition of business and civil liberties groups, with support from the Obama administration. They said the law in question, the Legal Arizona Workers Act, conflicted with federal immigration policy. Now, just for the record, let us review our founding fathers own words regarding immigration and naturalization. The big...