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  • Trump Lifting Federal Hiring Freeze

    04/12/2017 1:47:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | April 12, 2017
    The Trump administration is lifting a federal hiring freeze as of Wednesday morning. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the policy change in a briefing to reporters Tuesday. Cautioning "this does not mean agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly," Mulvaney said the across-the-board hiring freeze the president imposed by executive order three days after taking office in January is being replaced with a "smarter plan, a more strategic plan, a more surgical plan." Trump's hiring freeze was never really across the board; it exempted military personnel, who make up more than a third of the federal workforce, and...
  • A Fight Worth Having

    03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/2017 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    One day in late spring in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, FDA inspectors visited the headquarters of Sargento cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin—a routine visit as part of the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety of the food we eat. The inspectors took samples of cheese to test for bacteria. Sargento conducted tests on cheese from the same lot. A week later, the results from both sets of tests were in—the cheese was bacteria-free. Sargento, having gotten the all-clear from the government, shipped the cheese to stores across the country. Two months later, however, the FDA...
  • Militia continue occupation of Oregon refuge, police keep low profile

    01/03/2016 7:01:48 AM PST · by Nextrush · 61 replies
    The Oregonian/Oregon Live ^ | 1/3/2016 | Les Zaitz
    BURNS-Law enforcement agencies are remaining mum about plans to end militiamen's occupation of the Malheur Natiomal Wildlife Refuge headquarters. A splinter group of militia in town to support a local ranching family took over the federal office Saturday afternoon in a development that stunned the community and visiting militia. Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said in a statement late Saturday that " a collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution."........ Law enforcement response: During Saturday's rally, not a police officer was visible. And so far law enforcement agencies have not approached the refuge or blocked access...
  • Militamen In Burns, Ore. Break Into Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building

    01/02/2016 6:57:32 PM PST · by Nextrush · 157 replies
    Oregon Public Broadcasting ^ | 1/2/2016 | Kimberley Freda and John Sepulvado
    Embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy told OPB that approximately 150 militiamen have occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building on Saturday evening. The militiamen are in Burns, Oregon to support Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond. They're ranchers convicted of arson, who are due to report to prison on Monday. The militiamen broke in to the federal building with supplies, including food and a generator. Cliven Bundy spoke to his son, Ammon Bundy, on the phone after they occupied the building. "He told me that they were there for the long run. I guess they figured they're going to be...
  • Three of Cliven Bundy's sons, militia seize federal building in Oregon

    01/02/2016 8:26:28 PM PST · by TBP · 298 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/2/16 10:04 PM | DAN FRIEDMAN, KYLE FELDSCHER
    Three of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's sons and what they claim are 150 militia members have occupied a federal building in eastern Oregon in order to keep two local ranchers out of prison, according to local reports. The group is believed to be heavily-armed. According to The Oregonian, the group seized the headquarters building at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about 50 miles outside Burns, Ore. The remote facility was closed and unoccupied at the time. Bundy and his supporters were in Oregon after two men were scheduled to go to prison on Monday for setting fires on federal land, according...
  • Shocking violence casts shadow over federal Job Corps program

    09/09/2015 9:52:45 PM PDT · by rikkir · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/9/2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – The last minutes of Jose Santos Amaya Guardado’s young life were hell. The 17-year-old was lured into the woods by three of his classmates at the federally funded Homestead Job Corps in Florida. Outside the live-in vocational school, the students pulled out a machete, police say, and began to hack away at him. As he lay in a pool of his own blood, the attackers threw him in a shallow grave and set him on fire, authorities say. Accused ringleader Kaheem Arbelo, 20, allegedly marked the moment by having sex in the woods with student Desiray Strickland, 18....
  • DHS Ranked ‘Worst Place To Work’ In Federal Government

    04/16/2015 5:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 3:57 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to a 2014 survey by the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was ranked by its employees as the worst place to work among the government’s 37 large departments or agencies, Congress was told Thursday. The department, which includes agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), received an index score of 48 on global satisfaction in 2014, compared to a score of 62 in 2010. Last year’s score marks the lowest ranking of any government department that year. …
  • HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA decided by supreme Court.

    12/15/2014 10:08:20 AM PST · by zeugma · 44 replies
    U.S. Supreme Court ^ | 12/15/14 | Roberts, C. J
    HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA Syllabus HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA ( ) 367 N. C. 163, 749 S. E. 2d 278, affirmed. Syllabus [HTML] [PDF] Opinion, Roberts [HTML] [PDF] Concurrence, Kagan [HTML] [PDF] Dissent, Sotomayor [HTML] [PDF] NOTE: Where it is feasible, a syllabus (headnote) will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued.The syllabus constitutes no part of the opinion of the Court but has been prepared by the Reporter of Decisions for the convenience of the reader.See United States v. Detroit Timber & Lumber Co., 200 U. S. 321. SUPREME COURT...
  • Reid and the BLM's Revenge

    11/05/2014 5:36:27 PM PST · by Oatka · 9 replies
    Carol Bundy | Oct. 25, 2014 | oatka
    Another BLM Land Grab
  • Ask a Liberal: Where do I got to buy Local Government? ~ Vanity

    04/14/2014 4:28:44 PM PDT · by GraceG · 5 replies
    GraceG
    Some of you may know a Birkenstock and tie dye wearing liberal buffoon in your family that is part of the "Buy Local" environmental movement. I have no problem with this movement itself, but there seems to be a lot of the people in it who are "neo-liberals". The ones that annoy me most are the "Buy Local, Think Global" morons. My question to them is this: I want to buy Local in all things, so how do I buy local concerning government? Instead of sending all our money via taxes to the giant "Monopoly on power Wal-Mart government" that...
  • 5 Really Depressing Things and then Some Music

    07/21/2013 2:47:06 PM PDT · by plsjr · 11 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | July 20, ARSH 2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    1. The single most depressing thing to watch is the 36 hour news cycle of the populus. I can't understand it. I can't understand how it is that you people just collectively let massive, massive crimes go as soon as the media spoon-feeds you the next "big story". This has to be a function of the diabolical coupled with God withdrawing His grace. Memory is a gift from God. To choose to not use it, to choose to suppress it is a sin. 2. Um, yeah, it was reported about 48 hours ago (now outside the window, apparently) that the...
  • U.S., Russian spies' "trust deficit" may have clouded Boston case

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have long cast a wary eye on counterterrorism intelligence from Russia, Obama administration officials say, raising questions about whether a "trust deficit" clouded efforts to determine if Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed a danger. Any intelligence disconnect between the United States and Russia could have broader repercussions, complicating plans to cooperate on security for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, not far from Russia's restive north Caucasus region. U.S. officials said they consider counterterrorism information emanating from Moscow's bitter conflict with Islamist militants in Chechnya and other parts...
  • FEMA Out of Water, No Delivery Until Monday

    11/03/2012 11:03:16 AM PDT · by blueyon · 302 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 3, 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    FEMA's vaunted "lean forward" strategy that called for advanced staging of supplies for emergency distribution failed to live up to its billing in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, the agency appears to have been completely unprepared to distribute bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims when the storm hit this Monday. In contrast to its stated policy, FEMA failed to have any meaningful supplies of bottled water -- or any other supplies, for that matter -- stored in nearby facilities as it had proclaimed it would on its website. This was the case despite several days advance warning...
  • Obamacare: The Road to Repeal Starts in the States

    08/07/2012 2:46:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    States that have refused to implement the Obama health law have already blocked $80 billion of its new deficit spending. If more states follow suit, they can block the other $1.6 trillion and force Congress to repeal the law. The law relies on states to implement two of its most essential pieces: health-insurance "exchanges" and a vast expansion of Medicaid. Exchanges are government agencies through which the law channels $800 billion to private health-insurance companies.The Medicaid expansion adds another $900 billion to the federal debt, with private insurers again taking a slice. States are under no obligation either to implement...
  • Federal Agents Inspect Your Child's Lunch

    02/14/2012 1:45:56 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is from Rayford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I'm gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here: "A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet US Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day." Again, let me read this to you again: "The...
  • Local Sheriffs Fighting Backs Against Feds' Gun Laws

    02/10/2012 7:42:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Larry Pratt
    Richard Mack is well known as the first of eventually six sheriffs to take on the Brady Law. And, much to the delight of pro-gunners around the country, the Supreme Court agreed with Mack in 1995 that the federal government did not have constitutional authority to force state officials to conduct background checks. Mack is no longer in office, but that has not stopped him from staying involved in promoting constitutional issues. He is now taking the lead in informing sheriffs of the authority they have as the chief law enforcement officer in their counties. While this has come as...
  • FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists

    02/07/2012 7:52:42 AM PST · by Twotone · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 6, 2012 | Patrick Temple-West
    Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday. These extremists, sometimes known as "sovereign citizens," believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference. The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.
  • SOTU: Obama "Can't Wait" to Bypass Constitution

    01/25/2012 6:35:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2012 | Charles Payne
    It turns out Mitt Romney paid $6.2 million in taxes in the latest year between federal and local taxes and I say bravo for him that sounds fair as hell to me. Really, just think for a moment and ask yourself does anyone get $6.2 million a year in services from the government? This past weekend is a perfect example. A nature preserve sits right behind my house, which is great because it's like having a giant backyard with deer, foxes, and occasional eagles. I worry about those giant trees that lean toward the house in such an ominous way...
  • Obama to Draw an Economic Line in State of Union (activist role for gov, more taxes and spending)

    01/21/2012 11:34:23 AM PST · by Innovative · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | JACKIE CALMES
    President Obama will use his election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday to define an activist role for government in promoting a prosperous and equitable society, hoping to draw a stark contrast between the parties in a time of deep economic uncertainty. ...Mr. Obama will call for changing the corporate and individual income-tax codes so the wealthy pay more, both to finance government investments and to alleviate the rise in income inequality in recent years. Republican presidential candidates have countered that government should get out of the way.
  • A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/10/2012 8:49:41 AM PST · by epithermal · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | Matthew L Wald
    WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required...