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  • 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 girls 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 Doesnt 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...
  • Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

    01/09/2012 9:31:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/9/12 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed. According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.
  • ObamaCare Flatlines...Taxes Home Sales (4% Federal Tax on Houses)

    12/20/2011 1:24:23 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 84 replies · 1+ views
    GOP.gov ^ | 4/8/10
    I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes, President Obama, September 12, 2008 Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income of high-income taxpayers which could apply to proceeds from the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income, depending on your individual circumstances and any capital gains tax exclusions. Importantly, the high income thresholds are not...
  • The Welfare State Neutralizes Opponents by Making Them Dependent on Government

    12/07/2011 9:29:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Robert Higgs
    From time immemorialfrom Etienne de la Boitie to David Hume to Ludwig von Misespolitical analysts have noted that because the number of those in the ruling elite amounts to only a small fraction of the number in the ruled masses, every regime lives or dies in accordance with public opinion. Unless the mass of the people, no matter how objectively abused and plundered they may appear to be, believe that the existing rulers are legitimate, the masses will not tolerate the regimes continuation in power. Nor need they tolerate it, because they greatly outnumber the
  • Why Republicans cant cut (GOP is the other party of Big Government)

    11/26/2011 7:09:07 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-11-25 | Jack Hunter
    These days, virtually all Republicans call themselves conservatives and claim to be dedicated to cutting spending, balancing budgets, reducing debts and limiting government. Most of them are liars. The failure of the super committee this week was but the latest reminder. The super committee was supposed to figure out how to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. If it failed, the result was supposed to be $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over the next decade, with about $600 billion of that coming from the defense budget. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said any such cuts would be devastating...
  • The Bipartisan War on Liberty

    11/21/2011 6:08:38 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    Reason ^ | 2011-11-18
    Liberal and conservative elites agree on one thing: Americans are too free for their own good. BY A. BARTON HINKLE To outward appearances, it might seem as though the left and right have never been more at odds. And for the average man in the street, drawn to the Tea Party on one side or the Occupy movement on the other, this might be true. But it is not so true for elite opinion. The nation's high and mighty may be divided about many things, but on one point they often agree: Americans are still too darn free.
  • Harry Reid: Regulations Don't Hurt Economy

    11/17/2011 7:01:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    You have to wonder which hole in the sand Harry Reid has his head buried in. Yesterday, in comments on the floor of the Senate, the Democrat Leader said the following: "While it's proper to guard against and remove onerous regulations, and we need to do that, my Republican friends have yet to produce a single shred of evidence that the regulations they hate so much do the broad economic harms they claim. That's because there aren't any."Reid's denial is in large part his poor explanation for denying the Senate even one vote on any of the "Forgotten Fifteen" regulation...
  • Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano LIES to House Committee in Fast and Furious testimony

    11/02/2011 9:02:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/2/2011 | Doug Book
    During her October 25th testimony before the House Government Oversight Committee, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano claimed she has never spoken about Fast and Furious with Attorney General Eric Holder, had never heard of the deadly scheme prior to the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (as it was an ATF operation) and although head of Homeland Security, considered it unnecessary to learn more about the deliberate SMUGGLING of thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug dealers because there was an investigation being performed by the Inspector General at the Department of Justice....
  • FEMA,FCC Announce Nationwide (November 9, the public will hear a message("This is a test." )

    10/12/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT · by TaraP · 20 replies
    FEMA ^ | June 9th, 2011
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern standard time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA's National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to...
  • Judge: Americans have no right to choose food

    10/06/2011 5:05:22 AM PDT · by tutstar · 126 replies
    WND ^ | 10 6 2011 | Bob Unruh
    A Wisconsin judge has decided in a fight over families' access to milk from cows they own that Americans "do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow." The ruling comes from Circuit Court Judge Patrick J. Fiedler in a court fight involving a number of families who owned their own cows, but boarded them on a single farm. The judge said that's a "dairy farm" and is subject to the rules and regulations of the state of Wisconsin. "It's always a surprise when a judge says you don't have the fundamental right...
  • Federal Employment Grows Despite Downturn

    10/04/2011 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Mercatus.org ^ | 10/4/11 | Veronique de Rugy
    In the midst of the current economic downturn, there is one group that seems to be prospering: public employees. While the private sector is struggling to grow and create new jobs, federal government jobs are doing quite well. This weeks chart by Mercatus Center Scholar Veronique de Rugy shows the growing number of federal government employees. Using the latest data for annual government employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the chart shows that relentless growth in public sector employment largely overshadows private sector employment. In 2010, there were 22,482,000 government employees. Thats an increase of 1,692,000 employees since 2000....
  • Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws

    09/30/2011 2:59:08 AM PDT · by Irenic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2011 | Jerry Markon
    The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws, with lawyers reviewing four new state statutes to determine whether the federal government will take the extraordinary step of challenging the measures in court.
  • Defending Obamacare with 'a Soviet-Style Power-Grab

    09/29/2011 10:34:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 28, 2011 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    Can the White House get away with transparently political attempts to silence the press?The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) new media policy (rightfully has journalists up in arms:) The Department of Health and Human Services just-released media policy makes it official that staff members and reporters are forbidden to speak to each other without reporting to public information officers and supervisors. The rules have formalized a creeping information-control mechanism that informally began during the Clinton Administration and was accelerated by the Bush and Obama administrations, writes FDA Webview & FDA Review editor Jim Dickinson. The U.S. now takes...
  • OTC inhalers to be phased out to protect ozone layer

    09/22/2011 11:41:44 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 80 replies
    AP ^ | 9/22/2011 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products. The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps...
  • Obamas Jobs Bill Ends State Sovereignty Wake Up Governors!! (blog with a good point to make)

    09/20/2011 5:42:53 PM PDT · by Danae · 25 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | No date | AJ and Toddy Littman
    By: AJ for NoisyRoom Contributor: Toddy Littman Section 376 of Obamas tax and spend jobs bill ends state sovereignty, turns our Republic into a dictatorship and destroys the foundation upon which our country was built. The fundamental transformation of America is almost complete.Read the bill. (Emphasis added) SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY.(a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. (b) Waiver of State Immunity-(1) IN GENERAL-(A) WAIVER- A States receipt or use...
  • The Attack on Accidental Americans

    09/22/2011 8:10:12 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 44 replies · 3+ views
    Whiskey and Gunpowder ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Wendy McElroy
    When Julie Veilleux discovered she was American, she went to the nearest U.S. embassy to renounce her citizenship. Having lived in Canada since she was a young child, the 48-year-old had no idea she carried the burden of dual citizenship. But the renunciation will not clear away the past 10 years of penalties with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).Born to American parents living in Canada, Kerry Knoll’s two teenaged daughters had no clue they became dual citizens at birth. (An American parent confers such status on Canadian-born children.) Now the IRS wants to grab at money they earned in Canada...
  • Our Overregulated Economy: Murder By 1,000 Paper Cuts

    09/20/2011 3:32:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 20, 2011 | SENS JIM INHOFFE ANS JOHN BARRASSO
    Overregulation by President Obama and his administration is crippling our nation's economy. By the government's own estimation, the annual cost of regulations is $1.75 trillion. Since taking office, the Obama administration has instituted 75 new major regulations, meaning that each has an expected economic impact of at least $100 million per year. Over a 10-year period, these regulations will cost the private-sector over $400 billion. Keep in mind these are government cost estimates, and we all know how actual costs are often much higher. Additionally, according to a private study by George Washington University, federal outlays for developing and enforcing...
  • Guitars, Guns, and Federal Excesses

    09/15/2011 4:55:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    firearmscoalition.org ^ | 5 September, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    On August 24, 2011, federal agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service raided offices and production facilities of the Gibson Guitar company. They sent workers home and confiscated several pallets of wood along with computer files and numerous guitars (amounting to about $2 million in lost production and property). This was the second raid on Gibson in as many years over questions about some of the wood the legendary guitar makers use in their products. The timing of the latest raid is convenient for the government as they are currently trying to convince a federal judge to indefinitely delay a...
  • Deep Corruption at the Obama Justice Department

    09/15/2011 6:04:00 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | September 15, 2011 | Quin Hillyer
    Start rattling the chains. Start ratcheting up the hue and cry. Fire up the masses. It's long past time to force mass resignations at, and possible prosecutions of members of, the Obama Justice Department --and, more broadly, of the West Wing itself. Forgive all the links, but the scope of the corruption is so large as to defy adequate descriptions, in a single column, of each abomination. The reality is that these Obama/Holder minions at DoJ are dangerous to the very heart of constitutional, republican (small 'r') government.
  • John Galt's Advice to Obama

    09/09/2011 8:47:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2011 | J. D. Thorpe
    Get out of the way. With this statement, John Galt articulated the simple and necessary policy solution to the disastrous centrally-planned economy in Atlas Shrugged. Its also sage advice that President Obama should consider before he unveils his latest jobs plan before the Joint Session of Congress tonight. This advice is strikingly prescient as our nations economy moves ever-closer to mirroring the calamitous state of affairs that befell society in Rands novel. During his two and half years in office, Obama has crushed the labor market with a pro-statist agenda, which includes ObamaCare, the stimulus package, coziness to Big Labor,...
  • The Administration Takes on Islamophobia

    09/02/2011 9:05:41 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 21 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | Sept 1, 2011 | Nina Shea
    The White House is giving free-speech opponents a megaphone. An unprecedented collaboration between the Obama administration and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC, formerly called the Organization of the Islamic Conference) to combat Islamophobia may soon result in the delegitimization of freedom of expression as a human right. The administration is taking the lead in an international effort to implement a U.N. resolution against religious stereotyping, specifically as applied to Islam. To be sure, it argues that the effort should not result in free-speech curbs. However, its partners in the collaboration, the 56 member states of the OIC, have no...
  • In Government We Mistrust

    09/02/2011 7:38:38 AM PDT · by chickadee · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/2/2011
    One animating theme of Barack Obama's campaign and early Presidency was that he would repair government's post-Reagan reputation, expanding its role in American life so voters would turn once again to Democrats as the party of government, as they did in 1964 and the 1930s. So how's that working out? Not so well, judging by a remarkable Gallup poll this week that asked the public about its views of government and various businesses. The federal government dropped to its lowest approval levels ever. Only 17% were positive, 63% negative, for a net approval rating of minus-46%. Government never ranks well,...
  • Gov't Is Job Killer, Not Creator

    09/01/2011 5:07:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 1, 2011 | BENJAMIN POWELL
    After wasting three years and more than a trillion dollars of "stimulus" money, the President has announced he has a new plan for creating jobs. The problem is: Government doesn't create jobs that add value to the economy; companies and entrepreneurs do. Through taxes, mandates and regulation the government typically discourages hiring and destroys jobs. What Washington should do right now is step aside. To show how serious he is, the President has enlisted noted labor economist Alan Krueger of Princeton University to head the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Unfortunately, one thing Krueger is known for is his...
  • DOJ Advises Gibson Guitar to Export Labor to Madagascar

    09/01/2011 12:02:29 AM PDT · by Cymbaline · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | Wednesday, August 31st at 11:16PM EDT | Ben Howe
    The Gibson Guitar saga has taken a sinister turn. It seems that the Department of Justice wasnt satisfied with merely raiding the law abiding factories of Gibson Guitar with armed agents, shutting down their operation costing them millions, and leaving the American company in the dark as to how to proceed without going out of business. Now, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that theyd be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas.
  • Big Government Kills the Family Farm

    08/29/2011 8:34:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2011 | Jeff Carter
    Big government isnt just bad because it is so costly. Big government is toxic because it becomes an over reaching nanny state that tries to protect us from ourselves. Eventually, government reaches its tentacles into our lives and curbs our freedom. I am going to see this movie, Farmageddon. I am always interested in the plight of the family farmer. One of the reasons I enjoy going to Europe is to eat their fabulous raw milk cheeses. If you havent had one you are missing something. America could have a new vibrant industry of raw milk cheese making if we...
  • 50% Believe Fed Government Has Too Much Influence Over States, 11% Say Not Enough

    08/25/2011 10:47:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 25, 2011
    Americans overall tend to trust governments closer to home rather than the federal government and worry that the team in DC has too much influence over state governments. However, Democrats and those who are politically liberal take an entirely different view. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 50% of Likely Voters believe the federal government has too much influence over state governments. Just 11% think the federal government does not have enough influence while 26% believe the balance is about right. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) On the question...
  • 4200 New Regulations in Obama Pipeline- so far

    08/25/2011 6:46:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Way back in January President Obama ordered "a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive." From that statement alone, you might conclude that Obama already knew that finding needless, burdensome regulation in the 81,000 pages of the federal register would be easy pickings. More than seven months later, the Administration has announced the results of that exhaustive review. By the White House's own undoubtedly inflated estimate, the net benefit will barely be worth one-tenth of one penny of every dollar of expense caused...
  • Federal Government To Develop Its Own Drugs In Effort To Spur Pharmaceutical Industry

    01/25/2011 1:06:19 PM PST · by Roos_Girl · 52 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 1/24/2011 | Rebecca Boyle
    Faced with a diminished drug-development pipeline in the private sector, the Obama administration is starting a federal drug development center, aiming to spur the creation of new medicines. The new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences will get $1 billion in funding to conduct drug research with the goal of attracting private investors. Federal scientists may go so far as to start human trials if necessary, the New York Times reports. Federal officials want the center to open as soon as October.
  • Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty (Big Government Tyranny Alert)

    08/22/2011 7:12:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-08-22 | John R. Emshwiller & Gary Fields
    New York businessman James Lieto was an innocent bystander in a fraud investigation last year. Federal agents seized $392,000 of his cash anyway. An armored-car firm hired by Mr. Lieto to carry money for his check-cashing company got ensnared in the FBI probe. Agents seized about $19 millionincluding Mr. Lieto's moneyfrom vaults belonging to the armored-car firm's parent company. He is one among thousands of Americans in recent decades who have had a jarring introduction to the federal system of asset seizure. Some 400 federal statutesa near-doubling, by one count, since the 1990sempower the government to take assets from convicted...
  • Regulation Business, Jobs Booming Under Obama

    08/16/2011 7:19:19 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/15/2011 | John Merline
    If the federal government's regulatory operation were a business, it would be one of the 50 biggest in the country in terms of revenues, and the third largest in terms of employees, with more people working for it than McDonald's, Ford, Disney and Boeing combined. Under President Obama, while the economy is struggling to grow and create jobs, the federal regulatory business is booming.
  • Who's Picking Your Berries? Feds Find Young Children on Strawberry Farms (OMG! kids working?)

    08/11/2011 3:39:47 PM PDT · by yoe · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 11, 2011 | AVNI PATEL
    Nearly two years after ABC News cameras uncovered young children toiling away in Michigan's blueberry fields, federal investigators have found yet another disturbing example of illegal use of child labor in the berry industry. Three southwest Washington strawberry growers were fined $73,000 last week after the U.S. Department of Labor found children between the ages of six and 11 working in their strawberries fields in June. While an exemption in the federal child labor law allows 12- and 13-year-olds to work for unlimited hours on large agricultural operations, children under the age of 12 are strictly prohibited from working under...
  • Oath Keepers: FBI Wants Surplus Stores To Spy on Customers

    08/11/2011 9:20:24 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 139 replies
    Oath Keepers ^ | Aug 8, 2011 | Stewart Rhodes
    FBI_Terrorist_Indicators Oath Keepers Exclusive: An FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force handout being distributed to Colorado military surplus store owners lists the purchase of popular preparedness items and firearms accessories as suspicious and potential indicators of terrorist activities, instructing store owners to keep records on and report people who: Make bulk purchase of items to include: Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers Meals Ready to Eat Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks High capacity magazines Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles The FBI handout, entitled Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores also instructs surplus...
  • Fed Up: A Texas Bank Is Calling It Quits (Regulated to Death)

    08/11/2011 8:35:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/11/2011 | Robin Sidel
    Main Street Bank lends most of its money to small businesses and is earning decent profits. But the Kingwood, Texas, bank is about to get out of the banking business. In an extreme example of the frustration felt by many bankers as regulators toughen their oversight of the nation's financial institutions, Main Street's chairman, Thomas Depping, is expected to announce Wednesday that the 27-year-old bank will surrender its banking charter and sell its four branches to a nearby bank. Mr. Depping plans to set up a new lender that will operate beyond the reach of banking regulatorsand the deposit-insurance safety...
  • Proposed road rules for farmers anger some

    08/03/2011 9:16:10 AM PDT · by bkopto · 72 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | July 25, 2011 | Tom Lutey
    Tractors lumbering down country roads are as common as deer in rural Montana, but the federal government wants to place new driving regulations on farmers and ranchers. Its a huge deal for us, said John Youngberg of the Montana Farm Bureau. After years of allowing state governments to waive commercial drivers license requirements for farmers hauling crops or driving farm equipment on public roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is poised to do away with the exceptions. Regulators are suggesting that all wheat shipments be considered interstate, even when farmers making short hauls to local grain elevators arent crossing...
  • How Much Land Does the Federal Government Own?

    07/27/2011 4:38:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 100 replies
    All Voices ^ | July 18, 2008
    This data was originally published in Stanford Magazine. It demonstrates what percentage of the land in each state is owned directly by the federal government.
  • The Government Just Admitted For The First Time It Is Using Cell Phone Data To Track Your Location

    07/26/2011 2:06:08 PM PDT · by tutstar · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/26/2011 | Robert Johnson
    A group of Senators questioned the general attorney for the National Security Agency Tuesday about whether U.S. intelligence agencies are using cell phone geo location data to track U.S. citizens without their knowledge. According to The Wall Street Journal, the leader of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olson told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that: "There are certain circumstances where that authority may exist."
  • As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared

    07/23/2011 9:13:16 AM PDT · by DManA · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2011 | GARY FIELDS and JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
    As federal criminal statutes have ballooned, it has become increasingly easy for Americans to end up on the wrong side of the law. Many of the new federal laws also set a lower bar for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors don't necessarily need to show that the defendant had criminal intent.
  • Crowding Out Growth

    07/15/2011 5:22:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 15, 2011 | Staff
    Slumping: The U.S. economy isn't expanding at the rate that Americans have come to expect. Could it be that government has grown to the point that it has left no room for the private sector? Some economists think so. A federal machine already too big has become even larger in recent years. Taxpayers have been saddled with the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, slugged by an $838 billion stimulus package and violated by backroom legislation that forces a multitrillion-dollar government health care system on the public. Despite this new spending, the administration is determined to make government even bigger....