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  • The Civilians Receive $700,000 Grant from National Science Foundation

    10/04/2010 4:10:31 PM PDT · by Patriot62 · 11 replies
    Broadway World ^ | 10/04/2004 | BWW News Desk
    The Civilians, the New York-based theatre company known for projects investigating real-life topics - including the upcoming IN THE FOOTPRINT about the controversy surrounding the development of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn - has been awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $700,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for THE GREAT IMMENSITY, a new production about climate change, it has been announced by Steve Cosson, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians.
  • Feds Making NYCity Spend $27M to Change Lettering on Street Signs

    10/01/2010 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 27 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    So you are a busy federal agency with lots and lots to do. You have roads to build, bridges to reinforce, and infrastructure to shore up, but there is something gnawing at your paper pushing soul. It's those darn street signs in New York City and others. So, like a good, jackbooted government automaton, you storm down to that offending city and demand it spend $27million to change the lettering on those darn signs. I mean it's not like you have anything else to do, right? Well, it may seem like a joke but this is precisely what has happened....
  • Where your taxes all go

    09/30/2010 1:51:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 29, 2010 | Editorial
    If you think the federal taxes you pay go to the run the fed eral government, think again. This year, every dime (and more) that the feds collect is going out in payments to other people. That is, Washington is redistributing even more wealth than it takes in. With every dollar the feds collect from the "Peters" going to the "Pauls," and then some, nothing is left to pay the more than 2 million federal civilian employees, the armed forces or otherwise run the government. The White House Office of Management and Budget calls the category "Payments for Individuals." It...
  • Leadership lessons from 'the best place to work in federal government'

    09/19/2010 6:59:39 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9.19.10 | Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti
    Gregory B. Jaczko is the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to his tenure at NRC, Jaczko served as appropriations director as well as the science policy adviser for Sen. Harry Reid. For the third consecutive time, the NRC ranked first in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, released this month.How do you continue to keep your employees engaged in NRC's mission and work? We listen to our employees. I think what is really incumbent upon me and the other senior managers is to make sure we listen to figure out, "What do...
  • Tea Party coalition forming to push for balanced budget amendment

    08/19/2010 12:04:45 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/19/2010 | Alex Pappas
    The coalition, named BBA Now, as in Balance Budget Amendment Now, plans to officially unveil its three-year plan in September, director of coalitions Kellen Giuda said in an interview. Part of the campaign includes petitioning 2010 congressional candidates, as well as presidential candidates in 2012, to sign a pledge in support of the effort . . . The amendment envisioned by the coalition includes three pillars: ending the annual deficit by requiring a balanced budget, limiting federal spending to no more than 20 percent of the country’s GDP and requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote in Congress to raise taxes ....
  • 23% Say U.S. Government Has the Consent of the Governed

    07/19/2010 8:38:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 16, 2010
    The notion that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed is a foundational principle of the American experiment. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of voters nationwide believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed. Sixty-two percent (62%) say it does not, and 15% are not sure.
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • An American Chernobyl?

    06/24/2010 3:18:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jim Mahoney
    The calamity in the Gulf has the markings of the disaster that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. Our federal government led by our god-like president, an omnipotent structure in the starry eyes of many, shows itself to be an incompetent, uncoordinated monster, capable only of interfering with productive efforts to salvage our coastlines and livelihoods. The once-Olympian Obama is reduced to a sniveling nebbish bemoaning his inability to suck it all up with a straw. The whole spectacle is too familiar to anyone who's ever tried to develop a productive enterprise. Such people see the same bureaucratic...
  • Obama Orders Chump Change Federal Government Spending Cuts

    06/13/2010 2:11:03 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 599+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 6-13-2010 | JD Rosendahl
    Obama Orders Chump Change Federal Government Spending Cuts Politics / Government Spending Jun 13, 2010 - 03:17 PM By: JD Rosendahl Recently, in an attempt to look strong on spending and budget management, Obama orders cost-cutting, property sales. WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered federal departments and agencies to sell underused properties and merge some operations to cut $3 billion from federal spending. Along with the property sales and consolidation, Obama wants managers to increase energy efficiency, according to a White House memorandum. “Both taxpayer dollars and energy resources are being wasted to maintain these excess assets,’’ Obama said in a...
  • Louisiana Falling, Rising, Falling (What would've happened had they acted without waiting for Feds?)

    05/29/2010 8:58:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 817+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/29/2010 | Chuck Roger
    In 2006, my wife and I traveled to New Orleans and visited the site of an unassuming two-story house on Navarre Avenue. A gaping top-to-bottom crack stared at me from one wall. A horizontal water line on the bricks four feet above my head marked a chapter of New Orleans history written in 2005 by a stormy lady named Katrina, with coauthors named government corruption and incompetence. I stroked the rough old bricks, surveyed the overgrown yard, and said goodbye. My childhood home is gone now. Today, with oil soaking the lakes, bayous, and marshes of my old stomping grounds,...
  • 17 More States Planning Arizona "Illegal" Crackdown

    05/22/2010 1:03:52 PM PDT · by Freedom Frayed · 75 replies · 1,963+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 21,2010 | Bob Unruh
    In what is developing into a standoff between states and the federal government that could be bigger than gun control or even health care, 17 states have launched versions of Arizona's immigration law, even as federal officials say they may not bother to process illegal aliens caught by the states. William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which has been trying to get officials to address the open southern border for years, warned the consequences could be dire. "Over the last couple days, Obama and the chief of ICE have refused to honor their oaths of office," he...
  • 32 States Have Borrowed from the Federal Government to Make Unemployment Payments

    05/21/2010 7:21:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,125+ views
    EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal governmant has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion. The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion. Below is the full list of the 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) that have borrowed from the Fed to make unemployment...
  • Oppressive Government: Feds Tell GA Old Folks They Can’t Pray Before Meals

    05/10/2010 10:06:22 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 137 replies · 4,914+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 05/10/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Big Brother says elderly visitors to federally funded meals at a Georgia senior citizen's center aren't allowed to pray to that absurd, dangerous Christian God of theirs. Obama's Big Brother government contends that since it has paid for their meals the government has the right to slam its iron boot heel down on the necks of those seasoned citizens that dare to engage in such an apostasy toward the state. Seem absurd? Well it is but that is what happens when the feds roll into town and begin to hand out money. They feel the right to dictate what everyone...
  • Support Arizona's Jan Brewer

    05/04/2010 7:25:08 AM PDT · by calicard · 12 replies · 492+ views
    http://www.janbrewer.com ^ | 5/4/10 | Calicard
    For those of you interested, you can show your support for Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona's Immigration Law which she signed into law last week. The ACLU, Attorney General Eric Holder, and 95% of the Hispanic politicians are lining up to either file suit or challenge the constitutionality of this new law. Which is kind of a joke, since they purposely tailored the law to parallel the Federal Law which has existed for years but is not enforced due to political correctness. Obama has been making comments about it being poorly put together, blah, blah, blah. In case you aren't...
  • GM CEO says government loans have been repaid

    04/21/2010 8:39:27 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 33 replies · 1,335+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 21 2010 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT — General Motors Co.'s CEO said Tuesday that the automaker has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it received from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a sign that a plan to rebuild the company is working. GM got a total of $52 billion from the U.S. government and $9.5 billion from the Canadian and Ontario governments as it went through bankruptcy protection last year. The U.S. considered as a loan $6.7 billion of the aid, while the Canadian governments held $1.4 billion in loans. The loan payback to the U.S. government comes five years ahead of schedule, and Whitacre...
  • Federal government to day laborers: We're here to help

    04/01/2010 6:02:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 667+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/1/10 | Matt O'Brien
    CONCORD — A crew of federal officials wandering into a day labor hiring zone used to mean one thing: time to leave. Not the case Thursday morning on Monument Boulevard. Armed with coffee, not handcuffs, investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor chatted warmly with Latino immigrant workers about how to find jobs without being exploited. "We're the feds, but the good ones," said Paul Ramirez, speaking in Spanish inside the Michael Chavez Center, a gathering spot for day laborers. "We're here to help workers." The unprecedented visit was part of a campaign to bring long-established workplace protections to the...
  • Rejecting Federalism is Not Amusing

    03/08/2010 1:11:00 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 60+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/8/10 | Michael Williams
    At the heart of conversations around water coolers, dinner tables, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Tea Parties is this simple question - by what authority is the federal government doing what it's doing? What's the basis for the out-of-control spending, the bank and auto bailouts, the proposed takeover of healthcare, the specter of new taxes, and the vast and unchecked expansion of federal power?
  • Civility Be &@%^$&

    03/05/2010 5:59:45 AM PST · by jay1949 · 12 replies · 237+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | March 5, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    It has gotten to the point where I wince every time I hear or read someone calling for the “restoration” of “civility” in American politics. Such plaints are either naive or sinister — mostly, I suspect, the latter, since “civility” in the context of politics is a code word which means “putting the muzzle on the opposition.”
  • Missile Defense Agency Logo Angers Right

    02/24/2010 2:09:22 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 62 replies · 1,850+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2/24/10
    The Drudge Report and other conservative sites are highlighting a newly-unveiled logo for the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency and complaining that the new logo (pictured at left) is reminiscent of both the Obama campaign logo and an Islamic flag. "the new MDA shield appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo," writes Big Government's Frank Gaffney. "… Team Obama is behaving in a way that -- as the new MDA logo suggests -- is all about accommodating that 'Islamic Republic' and its ever-more aggressive stance." Critics, meanwhile, are...
  • U.S. debt threatens to be overwhelming

    02/15/2010 11:48:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 720+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/14/2010 | Tom Raum
    It's bad enough that Greece's debt problems have rattled global financial markets. In the world's largest economic and military power, there's a far more serious debt dilemma. For the U.S., the crushing weight of its debt threatens to overwhelm everything the federal government does, even in the short-term, best-case financial scenario -- a full recovery and a return to prerecession employment levels. The government already has made so many promises to so many expanding "mandatory" programs. Just keeping these commitments, without major changes in taxing and spending, will lead to deficits that cannot be sustained. Take Social Security, Medicare and...
  • The secret to Ford Motor's success

    01/24/2010 3:22:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 1,325+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2010 | Bryan Riley
    The federal government's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors has been a big success. At least, it has been a big success if you're a Ford dealer. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ford sales for the month of December 2009 were up 33.5 percent compared to December 2008, even as Chrysler and GM sales were falling. When the government's auto bailouts were announced, Dick Edwards Ford in Manhattan, Kansas, saw an opportunity. According to Mark Besthorn, the dealership's sales manager: "We just thought about it and decided we wanted to strike while the iron was hot." Days later, the...
  • Hodes: I'm Done With Earmarking (Nervous Democrat Alert)

    01/19/2010 6:06:14 AM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 8 replies · 670+ views
    The Nashua (NH) Teleghraph ^ | 1/19/10 | Albert McKeon
    U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes announced Monday that he will no longer request federal money to finance projects in New Hampshire that benefit businesses, hospitals, police departments and colleges. Hodes, a Democrat, said the appropriations process also known as earmarking is broken because many lawmakers abuse the system. He cited the poor economy and federal deficit as other reasons behind his newly adopted stance. But Hodes denied that he is forgoing earmarking because he is running for U.S. Senate and stepping away from the controversial issue could benefit him politically, as the state Republican Party immediately claimed. “There’s nothing I can...
  • Record-breaking storm closes US federal government

    12/21/2009 9:33:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 948+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/09 | Stephanie Griffith
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The federal government was closed Monday after a record-breaking snowstorm swept across the northeastern United States and put a damper on one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Just days before Christmas, the eastern seaboard from North Carolina to New England was digging out from the worst blizzard in years, which closed train and bus service, paralyzed air traffic, crippled motorists and left hundreds of thousands of residents without power in some areas. Americans pining for a white Christmas got more than they bargained for, with local officials urging residents to hunker down indoors as...
  • Six-Figure Federal Salaries Jumped 46% During The Recession

    12/11/2009 9:39:52 AM PST · by FromLori · 36 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/11/09 | Vincent Fernando
    Because they're more skilled than the private sector. Latest analysis from USA Today finds that the federal government has been creating a lot high paying jobs for itself. Yet, the excuse is that they're hiring more skilled people than in the past: USA Today: "There's no way to justify this to the American people. It's ridiculous," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a first-term lawmaker who is on the House's federal workforce subcommittee. Jessica Klement, government affairs director for the Federal Managers Association, says the federal workforce is highly paid because the government employs skilled people such as scientists, physicians and...
  • Over 100 New Federal Bureaucracies Created in Pelosi Health Care Bill

    11/02/2009 12:32:32 PM PST · by clyde_m · 8 replies · 551+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 2, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    111, to be exact. Here's the full text if you want to open two windows and view. The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi's government takeover of health care: 1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61) ...
  • Feds to Issue New Medical Marijuana Policy

    10/20/2009 5:03:28 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies · 488+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration. Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law. The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under...
  • Consumers Need Protection -- From Government

    10/12/2009 12:40:02 PM PDT · by Neil Peart · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10-12-09 | Star Parker
    The latest installment of "change we can believe in" is sweeping reform of the financial services industry. Central to proposed Democrat reforms is the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. This agency would have broad authority to oversee and regulate financial service products like mortgages and credit cards and will be responsible to protect consumers from "unfair" and "abusive" products.
  • STOP IT (DHS putting the heat on AZ sheriff)

    10/07/2009 8:57:57 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 99 replies · 2,295+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 10/07/2009 | Staff
    DHS strips Arizona sheriff of authority to patrol for illegal immigrants
  • Federal role questioned in Oklahoma's English-only debate

    07/29/2009 10:22:29 AM PDT · by oursacredhonor · 5 replies · 420+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 7/29/09 | CHRIS CASTEEL
    The Oklahoma congressional delegation wants U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why the Justice Department got involved in a debate by the Oklahoma Legislature this year over making English the state’s official language. The delegation sent a letter to Holder on Tuesday questioning why his Civil Rights division sent a letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson in the midst of the English-only debate reminding him that state entities receiving federal funds have to observe certain laws regarding people with limited proficiency in English. The letter, sent by all seven members of the delegation, asks Holder to explain his...
  • SUBJECT: Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination

    07/02/2009 6:15:56 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 1 replies · 207+ views
    Section 1. Extension of Identified Benefits. The Secretary of State and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall, in consultation with the Department of Justice, extend the benefits they have respectively identified to qualified same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees where doing so can be achieved and is consistent with Federal law.
  • House and Senate Health Reform Bills Prohibit Subsidies to Illegal Aliens

    06/24/2009 12:22:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 534+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 06/23/09 | Matt Cover
    CNSNews.com) – Both the House and Senate versions of President Obama’s health care reform plans contain passages explicitly excluding illegal immigrants from receiving federal money to purchase health insurance from either a private or government-run health plan. Coming on the eve of a White House summit on immigration, the provisions would mean that some of the 46 million uninsured people living in the U.S. would be legally barred from benefiting from Obama’s government-led restructuring of the American healthcare system. Obama, who pledged on Friday to tackle immigration reform, will host senators and congressmen at the White House Thursday to discuss...
  • Obama Backlash Beginning: Montana Defies Administration With In-Your-Face Gun Law

    05/07/2009 2:08:30 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 32 replies · 2,302+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | May 7, 2009 | Michael Eden
    The state of Montana has drawn a line in the sand by passing a new gun law that virtually thumbs its nose at the federal government's encroachment on state and individual rights. If the tea parties were the first shot across the bow of liberal fascism, this is surely the second - and it's being done with heavy artillery. Montana Governor Brian D. Schweitzer, for what it's worth, is a Democrat. Montana fires a warning shot over states’ rights State is trying to trigger a battle over gun control — and make a pointupdated 4:54 p.m. ET April 29, 2009...
  • Your local Sheriff, the 10th Amendment and the Orders We Will Not Obey

    05/06/2009 5:47:31 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 59 replies · 3,690+ views
    Right Side News ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jonathon Winters
    May 6, 2009 Sheriff Richard Mack states this in his video and here is an exerpt followed by his video presentation: (more on his website) "My name is Richard Mack....the founding fathers established a system that would keep the federal government impotent. This is the time to reenact that. The 10th Amendment basically tells the federal government if you ever go outside Article I, Section 8 where the Constitution delineates and details what they can and cannot do, if they want to get creative, or if they want to expand the federal bureaucracy, or if they want to expand the...
  • Palin raps Obama on abortion (and every other issue)

    04/17/2009 1:22:40 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 45 replies · 2,689+ views
    Courier Press ^ | April 17, 2009 | KEN KUSMER
    EVANSVILLE -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is taking President Barack Obama to task for his support of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, criticized Obama's positions during a speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life's annual dinner Thursday night in Evansville.
  • Beware conservative "extremists"!

    Obama's administration is on look-out for "right-wing extremists"...and it putting out the word to law enforcement agencies all across America to be on the alert.Yes, really.The Department of Homeland Security has just put out a groundbreaking report identifying these "extremists", which pretty much look like any conservative who happens to have a beef with Obama and/or big government/liberal policies.This is one of those things that you really are torn about.  As in, you get really angry at how your government and then just reach the point of frustration that you have to laugh.The guy has only been in office for...
  • TEA PARTIES: REAL GRASSROOTS

    04/13/2009 4:27:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 740+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 13, 2009 | Glenn H. Reynolds
    AROUND America, taxpayers have had enough. Fed up with excessive spending, planned tax increases and a federal government that first caused the financial bubble through misregulation, and then grabbed power in order to "fix" it, they're hitting the streets to protest. The first march came in Seattle, where a couple of mom-bloggers organized a rally on Feb. 16. Rallies followed in Denver and Mesa, Ariz., on the 17th. Then CNBC talker Rick Santelli delivered his "rant heard 'round the world," calling for a "tea party" protest in Chicago on July 4. The name stuck, and further Tea Parties began popping...
  • As unemployment rises, Uncle Sam has jobs (swelling fed gov is a stabilizer?)

    02/04/2009 8:01:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 616+ views
    Pantagraph ^ | 02/03/09 | Deb Riechmann
    As unemployment rises, Uncle Sam has jobs By Deb Riechmann Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The economic downturn has forced private industry and state and local government to shed jobs, but one major employer in the country is hiring: The federal government. While the nation's 11 million unemployed and the millions more who fear losing their jobs may feel Washington should streamline too, economists say a strong federal work force is key to economic recovery. Were President Barack Obama to put any of the nearly 2 million federal civil servants out in the street in the middle of the worst...
  • Federal Worker Pay Blasts Off (Merry Christmas, You Lost Your Job? Well Welcome to Club Fed)

    12/19/2008 8:09:38 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 55 replies · 1,433+ views
    http://www.cato-at-liberty.org ^ | 2008 | Chris Edwards
    Newly released data show that federal employee wages and benefits continue a rapid ascent above and beyond private sector pay levels. The data was released last week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. (See tables 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, and 6.6).The new data show that the 1.8 million federal civilian workers earned an average wage of $77,143 in 2007, which is 61 percent higher than the $48,035 average in the U.S. private sector. That 61 percent pay advantage has increased from a 34 percent advantage in 2000.Looking at total compensation (wages plus benefits), federal workers earned an average $116,450 in 2007, which is more than...
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Senator Pushes DOJ on Islamists

    11/19/2008 11:42:15 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 2 replies · 440+ views
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) should cut off outreach efforts with organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist extremist groups, a report from a ranking Senate subcommittee member recommends. "Justice Denied: Waste & Mismanagement at the Department of Justice," is an 86-page report issued in October by the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), the ranking Republican on the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and
  • UPDATE 2-GM/Chrysler seek $10 bln govt aid for merger - sources

    10/28/2008 12:02:49 AM PDT · by Enchante · 13 replies · 839+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/08 | Jui Chakravorty Das and Kevin Krolicki
    NEW YORK/DETROIT, Oct 27 (Reuters) - General Motors Corp (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Cerberus Capital Management have asked the U.S. government for around $10 billion in an unprecedented rescue package to support a merger between GM and Chrysler LLC, two sources with direct knowledge of the talks said on Monday. The government funding would include roughly $3 billion in exchange for preferred stock in a merged automaker, according to one of the sources, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The U.S. Treasury Department is considering a request for direct aid to facilitate the merger...
  • U.S. Prosecutors Feel the Heat, Want Protection

    08/05/2008 6:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies · 244+ views
    Law.com ^ | 5 August, 2008 | Julie Kay
    In the wake of three murders and the recent attack on a federal prosecutor in a New York courtroom, a group representing the nation's federal prosecutors is calling for stepped-up security, including home alarms, self-defense training and the right to carry firearms. Additionally, the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, which represents the country's 5,400 federal prosecutors, wants secure parking for prosecutors, particularly those who handle dangerous criminal cases. "Statistically, we are threatened more than judges," said Steve Cook, chairman of the NAAUSA security committee and a Tennessee federal prosecutor. "Security is a very important issue for us." In a...
  • Hiring After the Baby-Boom Brain Drain (Federal Government)

    05/08/2008 10:35:43 AM PDT · by qam1 · 25 replies · 529+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/08/08 | Stephen Barr
    The Federal Aviation Administration. The Social Security Administration. The National Science Foundation. The Treasury Department. All could lose as much as a quarter of their employees by 2012, mostly because of retirements. They are not alone. Across the government, about a third of full-time employees will retire in the next five years, according to estimates prepared by the Office of Personnel Management. The turnover could be even higher in the ranks of federal executives and supervisors. From the start of the Bush administration, agencies have been preparing for the churning that will be caused by the baby boom retirement wave....
  • The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2008 to 2017 (The Mother of All Laughs)

    01/28/2008 8:52:56 AM PST · by RSmithOpt · 66+ views
    Congressional Budget Office ^ | January, 2007 | Congressional Budget Office
    "Underlying CBO's baseline projections is a forecast that U.S. economic growth will slow in calendar year 2007 but pick up in 2008. Specifically, CBO anticipates that GDP will grow by 2.3 percent in real terms in 2007, a full percentage point less than the growth recorded last year. For 2008, CBO forecasts that GDP growth will rebound to 3.0 percent. Under the assumptions of the baseline, real GDP growth would continue at a similar rate in 2009 and 2010 and then slow to 2.7 percent in 2011 and 2012. For the rest of the projection period, average growth of real...
  • Repeal Seventeenth Amendment

    10/20/2007 3:45:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 274+ views
    States' Liberty Party ^ | September 22, 2002 | John MacMullin
    With respect to states' rights, it should be readily apparent to all that state governments cannot exert any meaningful influence or control over the federal government, judiciary, or any other federal institution. Let us state the problem precisely. At the present time, there are no checks and balances available to the states over federal power or over Congress itself in any area. However, in the history of our country, it was not always this way. In the original design by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, there was an effective check on Congress through the state legislatures' power to appoint...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment blog

    10/17/2007 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Repeal the 17th Amendment ^ | October 16 (latest update) | Brian
    This weblog calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and addresses the abusive hegemony committed by the U. S. Senate. If Americans want to remove some corruption from government, the first significant step is to repeal the 17th Amendment. Americans should fear the steady growth by the oligarchy in the Senate. We should fear the oligarchs more because our Constitution cannot be spoiled by bombs, the courts, or the President; only through legislation.
  • Slain cop-killing suspect identified as illegal entrant

    09/20/2007 9:28:07 AM PDT · by yorkie · 53 replies · 657+ views
    Associated Press with The AZ Star ^ | September 20, 2007 | Amanda Lee Myers
    The man who shot and killed a Phoenix police officer before he himself later was fatally shot by authorities was an illegal entrant, a federal official said Wednesday. Erik Jovani Martinez, 22, was in the country illegally last year when he was arrested and convicted on theft charges, said Vinnie Picard, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He said Martinez was deported on March 3 last year, and at some point re-entered the country illegally. Mayor Phil Gordon called Martinez a "poster child" for failed federal efforts to tighten border security. "I have a message for the federal government....
  • Why Federal Corruption Is Out Of Control

    08/01/2007 7:14:29 AM PDT · by UltraConservative · 42 replies · 1,327+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 1, 2007 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, FBI and IRS agents searched the home of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, 83. Stevens is under suspicion for his connection to Bill Allen, an oil state-services contractor convicted of bribing Alaska state lawmakers. Stevens has served in the Senate for almost three decades. The Stevens investigation comes hot on the heels of the Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., scandal, in which Cunningham pleaded guilty to taking bribes from defense contractors; the Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., scandal, in which federal agents found $90,000 in cash stuffed in Jefferson's freezer; and the Jack Abramoff scandal, in which Abramoff was connected with...
  • Bush Program Unintentionally Ends Subsidy on College Birth Control

    07/26/2007 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 41 replies · 1,322+ views
    JunkYardBlog ^ | 7/26/2007 | SeeDubya
    Dawn Eden, call your office: For years, drug companies sold birth-control pills and other contraceptives to university health services at a big discount. This has served as an entree to young consumers for the drug companies, and a profit center for the schools, which sell them to students at a moderate markup. Students pay perhaps $15 a month for contraceptives that otherwise can retail for $50 or more. But colleges and universities say the drug companies have stopped offering the discounts, and are now charging the schools much more. The change has an unlikely origin: the Deficit Reduction Act signed...
  • Crackdown on the Largest Employer of Immigrants working Illegally - The Government

    06/28/2007 5:43:03 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 38 replies · 1,973+ views
    Lou Dobbs - CNN ^ | June 28, 2007 | CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT
    Dobbs: This government might be as well the largest employer of illegal workers in this country. It's just another of many and mounting reasons why the Bush administration and the one before it have so little credibility on the issue of illegal immigration and border security. Christine Romans has our report. The biggest employer of people not authorized to work in this country, the government. A little noticed audit last year of so-called non-work Social Security numbers showed the government, retail and universities are top employers of non-citizens who are not authorized to work here. From 2001 to 2003, seven...