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  • Obama Admin. Plans $1,000 Fine For Taking Pics on Public Land; Will the Media Report?

    09/25/2014 4:02:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 9-24-2014 | Matthew Balan
    The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed a U.S. Forest Service plan that would "fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit." Reporter Hunter Schwarz noted how "critics have characterized the rules as too vague and say it infringes on the First Amendment's free speech clause," and quoted from a U.S. senator who raised his concerns about the "troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment" (Olympic National Park's Ruby Beach pictured at right; taken by Matthew Balan in September 2011). Schwarz cited a Tuesday report by The Oregonian that outlined the...
  • Judge dismisses FAA fine against small drone user

    03/07/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 07, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies. Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft. FAA officials said they were reviewing the decision and had no...
  • I am done, whatever (VANITY)

    03/02/2014 3:13:23 PM PST · by aft_lizard · 441 replies
    I am done. This site has broken me. I am as staunch a conservative as you will find. After returning from Iraq, injured and upset, I turned here and found a welcoming community that shared my thoughts. I am a proud Gadsden Flag waiving man of the Tea Party movement. But because I don't think Sarah Palin is as historically important as other GOP women in the past, I am now considered an idiot, a RINO, ass-kisser and whatever negative connotation you can throw my way. This site has changed so much since that dictator want to be became President...
  • Hercules Slams California Tax Proposal -- Kevin Sorbo: "Fine you for moving to another state!!"

    12/29/2013 7:01:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/28/2013 | Walter Hudson
    Kevin Sorbo, the actor best known for his role as television’s Hercules, apparently likes to rage against government on Facebook. Who knew? In one of his latest posts, the Californian takes umbrage with a decree from self-styled Olympians governing from Sacramento: Oh, did I mention that the State of California, where I reside, has a bill on the table to tax/fine anyone who decides to leave California for another state or country. True story. Fine you for moving to another state!! WTF!! Maybe I can sneak out on a boat to Mexico. In a cursory search, I was not able...
  • Coming up next: ObamaCare taxes and fees -- Assuming you can get signed up, of course.

    12/26/2013 8:47:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This reminder from the New York Post came on Christmas, when few paid attention, but it’s worth noting today. The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare is only the appetizer for Americans, the 2013 lead-in to higher costs and fees built into the so-called Affordable Care Act. What most people haven’t heard — yet — is the new fees that ObamaCare charges for access to those higher premiums: The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that...
  • Americans Plan To Pay Obamacare Fine (Husseincare's 'affordable' part)

    10/19/2013 2:38:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/19/13
    Selling the American people on ObamaCare was always going to be a big challenge. That's why it was passed all but in the middle of the night. Now, with the number of people who say they will opt out of ObamaCare and pay the fine instead growing - the selling of ObamaCare is only going to become more difficult, not less.
  • Hayride: Preexisting Conditions Horror Story at Healthcare.gov

    10/02/2013 11:08:47 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 73 replies
    Tigerdroppings.com ^ | October 02, 2013 | CivilWarBrewing
    The following is a screen shot of the comments section at Healthcare.gov and is circulating on the web. Among other startling facts, the user indicates that his fine for electing to 'opt out' of 0bamacare is $4,037.00 and would be attached to his tax return:
  • 84-year-old pro-lifer fined 10,000 euro for seeking to counsel women at abortion clinic: France

    09/19/2013 7:51:41 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Lifesitenews ^ | Sep 17, 2013 | Jeanne Smits
    Dr. Xavier Dor An octogenarian and veteran pro-life activist in France was fined 10,000 euro ($13,360 US) on Monday for having twice visited a Paris abortion clinic where he met with staff and attempted to counsel abortion-bound women. The conviction is one of the first cases pleaded under a French law that prohibits putting “moral and psychological pressure” designed to obstruct abortion. The hefty fine is 2,000 euro more than had been demanded by the public prosecution. Since 2001, when the offense of “obstruction to abortion” was given a wider definition in law, the maximum fine for violating the statute...
  • Business Owners May Face $100-Per-Day Penalty Under ObamaCare (beginning Oct. 1)

    09/10/2013 4:02:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 9/09/13 | Kate Rogers
    Small business owners who thought they were off the hook for ObamaCare regulations until 2015 may be in for an expensive wake-up call next month. Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act’s health-care exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine. The requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size. Going forward, letters are to be distributed to any new hires within 14 days of their starting date, according to the Department of Labor.
  • Woman Settles With Chicago Over $100,000 Parking Fine

    08/25/2013 6:16:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 24, 2013 | By Gillian Mohney
    A Chicago woman has settled with the city of Chicago after she was left with more than $100,000 in parking fines when her ex-boyfriend abandoned her car in an inaccessible airport parking lot for nearly three years. Jennifer Fitzgerald initially owed the city of Chicago a whopping $105,000 after a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo – a used car that was bought for $600 and registered in her name – was parked at O’Hare Airport for three years starting in November 2009. It was parked there by Fitzgerald’s ex, According to DNA Info Chicago the city agreed to drop $100,000 in...
  • Department of Justice slaps Gallup with $10.5M fine

    07/16/2013 2:33:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/16/13 | Tal Kopan
    Gallup Organization has agreed to pay the government $10.5 million to settle a false claims case against the company for allegedly inflating cost estimates in government contracts. The Justice Department announced the settlement Monday, resolving a complaint originally brought under the Whistleblower Protection Act by a former Gallup director of client services. Gallup, a research and analytics company known especially for its political polling, admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. According to the original complaint filed in 2009, Gallup allegedly inflated estimates of labor hours required for market research contracts with the U.S. Mint and U.S. Passport Agency
  • State Has Weak History of Punishing School Campaign Finance Law Violators

    05/01/2013 9:33:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2013 | Tom Gantert
    To promote a $100 million bond proposal, the Secretary of State found that Traverse City Area Public Schools violated state campaign finance law by urging voters to support it. However, if the Secretary of State stays true to its history of enforcement, it's likely the district will receive a slap on the wrist. In 2011, Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the Secretary of State's enforcement of school districts it found to have violated the campaign finance law from 2006 to 2010. The state fined two districts that broke the law $100 each. The department and district have to reach a...
  • Air France Fined for Discrimination Against 'Flytilla' Activist

    04/06/2013 1:47:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/4/13 | Elad Benari
    A French court on Thursday ordered Air France to pay a 10,000 euro ($12,800) fine for having ordered a pro-Palestinian Authority activist off a flight to Tel Aviv because she was not Jewish, AFP reports. According to the report, the court also ordered the French flagship carrier to pay 3,000 euros in damages to the passenger and her legal fees. Horia Ankour, a nursing student, had attempted to fly to Israel from France last April to take part in the “flytilla”, which saw hundreds of pro-Arab activists seeking access to Israel in a bid to travel to Gaza. Israel took...
  • Help finding a Reagan Quote Please!

    04/05/2013 10:58:06 PM PDT · by satan69 · 5 replies
    can't find it anywhere | 04/06/2013 | self
    I am trying to find the quote from President Reagan on $1 million fines for knowing hiring illegals, I am having a discussion with another conservative and I can't find Reagan's quote anywhere. Anyone happen to know where I can find it? Thanks
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • BP to Admit Crimes and Pay $4.5 Billion in Gulf Settlement

    11/15/2012 9:16:14 AM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/15/12 | Julia Werdingier
    LONDON — BP, the British oil company, said Thursday it would pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the United States government and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
  • Video: Unions Fine Members Who Don't Show Support for Elizabeth Warren

    10/11/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT · by Snuph · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 11, 2012 | MICHAEL WARREN
    A GOP source sends along this video, shot by a Republican tracker, of a union member supporting Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren outside of a debate Wednesday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. The cameraman asks the union member if he was at an earlier debate between Warren and her Republican opponent, Senator Scott Brown. "Uh-huh," the union member says, nodding. "Did you guys get fined if you weren't there?" the cameraman asks. "Yeah," the union member replies. "How much did you get fined?" the cameraman asks. "A hundred and fifty," the man says, although he later adds, "It's two-fifty if you...
  • Street vendor selling cellphone cases fined 2G for cart being 1 inch higher than 5 foot limit

    10/08/2012 7:45:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/08/2012 | SALLY GOLDENBERG
    The priciest real estate in New York is just a few inches of SoHo. A street vendor hawking cellphone cases was slapped with $2,250 in fines for selling from a table that stood 1 inch too high and 2 inches too close to the nearest store entrance. Alessane Fall — who lives in The Bronx with his wife and six children — intends to fight the three tickets he received from the same officer on Sept. 20 because, he says, city regulations are crippling entrepreneurs. “I don’t know why the city is giving out tickets, but we’re here just to...
  • Pepco boss got megawatt pay boost despite problems

    07/04/2012 6:09:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jim McElhatton
    Pepco’s chief executive, Joseph Rigby, didn’t get a salary increase last year because of “customer reliability issues,” but he still managed to double his overall compensation, regulatory filings show. Thanks mostly to an employment deal and supplemental executive retirement plan, Mr. Rigby’s overall compensation rose to nearly $7.2 million last year, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. With hundreds of thousands of Pepco customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland left without electricity for days in sweltering temperatures after a violent storm Friday, Mr. Rigby’s compensation is likely to get a closer look as questions emerge about the...
  • 10 Reasons to Oppose Obama's "Exchanges"

    07/03/2012 11:53:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    1. State will avoid $10 - $100 million per year cost of operating Exchange. 2. Diifficult for IRS to track employees and enforce individual mandate ("tax"). 3. People will not be automatically forced into Medicaid against their will. 4. "Essential health benefits" including contraception will be difficult to require. 5. People will have more options than Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum policies. 6. Employers cannot drop employees and force them into the Exchange. 7. Employers can't be fined $2,000 per employee if just one uses Exchange. 8. Entitlements will not be expanded through Exchange-based tax subsidies. 9. Individual privacy will be...
  • Obumbles Having a Great Time

    06/16/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 16, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
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  • (vanity) Any Obama parody "Private Sector is doing fine" of Gavin DeGraw- Not Over You lyrics?

    06/11/2012 1:17:33 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    vanity | June 11, 2012 | vanity
    I like good parody songs and Obama is a joke, has anyone heard any parody yet of "If you ask me how I'm doing I would say I'm doing just fine I would lie and say that you're not on my mind"
  • TERROR AT STERLING HALL, 40 Years Later, Fugitive Search Continues

    08/23/2010 11:47:45 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    FBI.gov ^ | August 23, 2010 | n/a
    Note: Photo included, Wanted poster included, audio file and transcript include, and a link to America's Most Wanted included. (See below.) # Note: The following text (minus the photos) is a quote: Headline Archives The aftermath of the attack on Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin 40 years ago this week. TERROR AT STERLING HALL 40 Years Later, Fugitive Search Continues 08/23/10 Where is Leo Burt? You can earn up to $150,000 by helping us find him. Forty years ago—on August 24, 1970—Burt and three other young men protesting the Vietnam War carried out a pre-dawn bomb attack at...
  • NYC bagel store fined for accidentally dropping sesame seeds on floor

    05/08/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    MYFOX ^ | 05/08/2012
    <p>NEW YORK -- A New York City health department inspector bizarrely slapped a Brooklyn bagel shop with $1,650 in fines -- because sesame and poppy seeds fell to the floor while the bagels were being made during working hours.</p> <p>The owner of B&B Empire Bagel Cafe -- who appealed the violations and lost at two separate hearings -- said the inspectors must have holes in their heads.</p>
  • Man Spends Time In Jail For Not Having A Dog License

    02/14/2012 11:31:38 AM PST · by Gennie · 70 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | February 13, 2012 | CBS Denver
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A Jefferson County man was held in jail after refusing to get a license for his dog. Now he and his wife are fighting the fine in court. 4 On Your Side Investigator Rick Sallinger wanted to know how many others don’t have licenses and face the possibility of arrest.
  • "Fatti Maschii Parole Femine" Should Be, "Fatti Totalitaria Parole Liberale"

    01/13/2012 6:44:01 AM PST · by Sensei Ern · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Me ^ | 1/13/2012 | Senseiern
    (For the short version, skip to the "Body of Comment" section.) This is a personal rant, and is why I will leave Maryland as soon as I can afford to. Please indulge. Thank you. The state of Maryland kicks a man while he is down. April 2010, I lost my job as a computer programmer. Though I interview at least twice a week, jobs are competitive and very hard to get. Perhaps my biggest pet peeve is the trend for employers to tell me, "You're hired. You will start as soon as we get the budget for the project approved."...
  • Bernie Fine fired by Syracuse

    11/27/2011 5:07:07 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 114 replies
    Espn.com ^ | 27 November 2011 | Staff
    Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired Sunday in the wake of an investigation of child molestation allegations against him. In statement released Sunday night, Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, says Fine has been "terminated, effective immediately. The move came at the direction of Chancellor Nancy Cantor. The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I. Fine's firing comes in the wake of new revelations Sunday, including a third accuser. Two...
  • Syracuse cops, DA in clash over records (Police stonewall,curse out DA)

    11/22/2011 12:08:05 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 12 replies
    Espn ^ | 11/22/2011
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says Syracuse police are resisting his office's attempts to obtain records in the investigation of Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. Fitzpatrick said he had to get a court subpoena Monday ordering police to turn over records. But he said that when the subpoena was served to the deputy chief, it was greeted with an obscenity. "I've never seen this happen in my history with the DA's office," Fitzpatrick told the Syracuse Post-Standard of the refusal to share records. ESPN reported last week the claims of two former ball boys...
  • (Syracuse University assistant basketball coach)Bernie Fine target of police inquiry

    11/17/2011 5:33:08 PM PST · by massmike · 35 replies
    http://espn.go.com ^ | 11/17/2011 | Mark Schwarz and Arty Berko
    Syracuse police say they are investigating an allegation that Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine molested a team ball boy for more than a dozen years beginning in the mid-1980s. Police stressed to Outside The Lines they are in the early stages of the investigation. The alleged victim, Bobby Davis, now 39, told Outside the Lines that Fine molested him beginning in 1983 shortly before Davis entered the seventh grade. Davis, the team's ball boy for six years beginning in 1984, said the abuse occurred at Fine's home, at the Syracuse basketball facilities, and on road trips, including the...
  • Syracuse Asst. Coach Bernie Fine Put on Leave Following Allegations of Sex Abuse

    11/18/2011 8:48:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/18/11
    (CBS/AP) SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate allegations that he molested two team ball boys more than 20 years ago. Bobby Davis, now 39, claimed in an interview with ESPN Thursday that Fine began abusing him in 1984. Davis said that the alleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, on team road trips and at Syracuse basketball facilities. He said the sexual contact continued until he was 27. Davis' stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who was also a ball boy, also told ESPN that Fine began molesting him when he...
  • Companies Could Challenge ObamaCare Employer Fines

    09/19/2011 10:00:42 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/16/2011 | David Hogberg
    Another ObamaCare glitch could result in some businesses being exempt from fines for not providing their workers with health insurance. A company would have to challenge the fine in court. But if one does, that could eliminate employer penalties in many states and make residents in those areas ineligible for premium tax credits. Under ObamaCare, a company with 50 or more employees faces a $2,000 annual fine per employee if it does not provide insurance. But it's only fined if one of its employees applies and qualifies for a premium tax credit via a health insurance exchange.
  • 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...
  • Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning

    06/02/2011 9:34:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 06/02/2011 | Brittany Penland
    Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church. But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees. "We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member. The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000. "I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," Sales said. "We trim our trees back every three years all over our property,...
  • Sell a few rabbits, earn $200 – Obama fines you $90,000

    05/20/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 66 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | May 20, 2010 | Steve McGough
    That’s right. I’m putting this right at the feet of the president himself. A family in Missouri has been fined more than $90,000 by the US Department of Agriculture for selling more than $500 of the furry creatures in less than one year. The families profit was a whopping $200 for the year.
  • Senate to take up (unanimously passes!) resolution calling for $100 penalty for missing lawmakers

    03/02/2011 10:23:14 AM PST · by bigbob · 50 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-2-11 | Andy Szal
    Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau Under this resolution, a senator who is absent without leave from two or more session days is subject to a penalty equal to $100 for each day that the senator is absent without leave. In addition, the senator must reimburse the senate for the actual costs incurred to compel his or her attendance. The penalties and costs are imposed by adopting a privileged resolution that identifies the senator who has been absent without leave. A senator who is subject to the penalties and costs imposed by the resolution may only be heard on the...
  • Harry Reid: “Social Security is Fine,”

    01/27/2011 8:26:27 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 24 replies
    weazel zippers ^ | 1-26-11 | weazel zippers
    REID: One of the thing that always troubles me, when we start talking about the debt, the first thing people do is run to social security. Social Security is a program that works and it’s going to be, it’s fully funded for the next 40 years, stop picking on social security. there are a lot of places… GREGORY: “Senator, you’re really saying the arithmetic on social security works?” REID: “I’m saying that the arithmetic on Social Security works. I have no doubt it does. GERGORY: “It’s not in crisis? REID: “No, this is something that’s perpetuated by people who don’t...
  • Favre fined $50,000 by NFL for lack of cooperation

    12/29/2010 11:35:03 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies · 1+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/29/10 | Judd Zulgad
    The NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for his lack of cooperation in its investigation into allegations that the quarterback sent inappropriate text messages and photos to former Jets in-game host Jenn Sterger in 2008 when both were with the organization. Here is the statement issued today by the NFL on the matter: The NFL office conducted an investigation to determine whether Brett Favre’s interaction with New York Jets game-day employee Jenn Sterger in 2008 violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. In reviewing the matter, the sole focus was on whether there was a violation of league policies regarding conduct...
  • Widow offers to pay fine for library book overdue 74 years

    12/16/2010 7:33:17 AM PST · by Jaded · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/8/10 | Anita Creamer,
    For 95-year-old Hazel Severson, the decision was straightforward. The book didn't belong to her, so she needed to return it. "It was the library's book," she said. "I wanted to get it back to them." So what if the book – "Seaplane Solo," Sir Francis Chichester's autobiographical account of his 1930 solo flight across the Tasman Sea – was 74 years overdue from the public library in Amador County? To Severson, returning the book was the right thing to do, period. With the help of her longtime South Land Park neighbors, Jim and Laurie Gibson, she turned the book over...
  • EDITORIAL: A Fine exit at Justice--Inspector general shouldn't leave until his work is done

    11/30/2010 5:46:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2010 | Editorial
    Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine should finish one major piece of business before his announced retirement next month: the investigation into Justice's Civil Rights Division.On Sept. 12, Mr. Fine announced that while he's precluded by law from investigating a "specific piece of litigation" such as the Black Panther voter-intimidation case, "we do have the authority to conduct [a] broader program review ... regarding the Civil Rights Division's enforcement of voting rights laws." Mr. Fine vowed to review "whether the Voting Section has enforced the civil rights laws in a non-discriminatory manner." Substantial testimony, backed by a record of...
  • Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs fined £20m by UK's FSA (for fraud in marketing mortgage instruments)

    09/08/2010 1:31:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/08/2010
    Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs has been fined £20m ($31m) by the UK City regulator, the Financial Services Authority, the BBC has learned. The fine is for failing to tell the FSA it was under investigation for fraud by the US financial watchdog this summer. In July, Goldman settled the fraud charge with the Securities and Exchange Committee by paying $550m (£356m). The £20m is one of the heaviest fines ever imposed by the FSA, said the BBC's business editor Robert Peston. Goldman agreed to pay the US fine to settle civil fraud charges of misleading investors. The charges concerned...
  • FDA fines Red Cross for sloppy blood screening

    06/17/2010 4:57:05 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 9 replies · 268+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 17, 2010
    WASHINGTON – Federal health regulators on Thursday fined the American Red Cross $16 million for sloppy screening of donated blood, the latest in a series of violations that have cost the group millions of dollars. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that the group failed to take precautions to assure the safety of blood donations. Despite those oversights, the FDA says the U.S. blood supply appears to be safe... The Red Cross said in a statement that 98 percent of the violations cited by the FDA occurred before 2008, and that the group has made significant improvements...
  • Woman sues over $300 ticket for parking in handicapped spot

    06/14/2010 5:59:58 AM PDT · by Dayman · 127 replies · 1,931+ views
    The Salem News ^ | 6/4/10 | The Salem News
    DANVERS — A Lynnfield woman who was slapped with a $300 ticket for parking her Mercedes in a handicapped space outside BJ's Wholesale Club last March is taking the town of Danvers to court. In her complaint, Eberle called her use of a handicapped spot "unavoidable," then cited "physical disability and weather conditions." It was raining that day.
  • Goldman Sachs fined $450,000 (Gets wrist slap for hundreds of short sale violations)

    05/08/2010 8:12:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 725+ views
    UPI ^ | 05/2010
    U.S. regulators and stock exchange authorities fined Goldman Sachs $450,000 Tuesday for hundreds of violations involving short sales. The Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Stock Exchange Regulation fined the bank for continuing to write naked short sale orders after regulators banned short sales two days after Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, USA Today reported. Short sales are deals in which an investor borrows an asset, then sells it, betting the price will go down. The investor agrees to buy the asset at a later date. If the price drops, the investor makes money. A naked short sale...
  • Toyota Should Be Fined $16.4 Million, LaHood Says (Obama's World: Your competitor can fine you)

    04/05/2010 1:33:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 828+ views
    Business Week ^ | 04/05/2010 | Angela Greiling Keane
    Toyota Motor Corp. “knowingly hid a dangerous defect” that caused sudden acceleration and should be fined the maximum civil penalty of $16.4 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, waited at least four months before it told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about vehicle accelerator pedals that may stick, LaHood said today in an e-mailed statement. “We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations,” LaHood said in the statement. “Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to...
  • Specter campaign fined for excessive donations

    02/04/2010 10:44:46 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 7 replies · 310+ views
    Pittsburgh Post gazette ^ | February 05, 2010 | Daniel Malloy
    Specter campaign fined for excessive donations Friday, February 05, 2010 By Daniel Malloy, Post-Gazette Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission announced Thursday that it has fined the campaign of Sen. Arlen Specter $10,900 and ordered it to repay $37,950 in excessive contributions from his 2004 re-election campaign. The Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat, who's running for re-election again this year, accepted about $719,000 in contributions from individuals and $21,850 from political action committees that exceeded federal giving limits. The Specter campaign gave most of that money back, but the FEC found that $37,950 remains to be refunded. The FEC found campaign...
  • Arizona speed cameras may be flash in pan as $90m fines are ignored

    01/10/2010 7:03:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 75 replies · 2,862+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 01/11/10 | Chris Ayres
    January 11, 2010 Arizona speed cameras may be flash in pan as $90m fines are ignored Chris Ayres in Los Angeles An attempt to introduce British-style speed cameras on the other side of the Atlantic has ended in a public revolt, with motorists binning speeding tickets worth $90 million (£60 million). The scheme in Arizona is now on the verge of bankruptcy and might be scrapped. Its demise would mark an ignoble end to the first statewide effort to bring speed camera enforcement to the US, where many, including judges and elected officials, regard the devices as an unconstitutional taxcollection...
  • Libraries on the book case for overdue fines (Crack down on scofflaws)

    12/26/2009 7:49:11 AM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 31 replies · 1,002+ views
    www.bostonherald.com ^ | Saturday, December 26, 2009 | Jessica Heslam
    With the crippled economy forcing more Bay Staters to dust off library cards, local lending institutions are throwing the book at overdue scofflaws, turning them over to the cops and courts in a hard-nosed bid to collect fines and recover costly tomes and DVDs. “The value of the materials is fairly high. We need to replace them,” said Martha Holden, director of the Peabody Institute Library, which has sent the law after a trio of overdue culprits. The Peabody library filed criminal complaints against 19-year-old Alyssa Toste and 23-year-old Jeramie Crane on Dec. 15. Despite repeated notices, both Toste and...
  • Warden Pelosi

    11/09/2009 5:16:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,655+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 9, 2009
    Health Care Reform: Failure to buy health insurance in the just-passed health care bill could get you five years in jail with a $250,000 fine. How can violating a law that's unconstitutional be a felony? The passage last Saturday night of the House health care measure by a fragile 220-215 margin may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. In polls, townhall meetings and tea parties, Americans have shown they don't want a "reform" that costs a staggering $1.2 trillion yet fails to meet the left's desire of insuring all the uninsured. And they certainly don't want a bill that...
  • PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail

    11/07/2009 9:31:40 AM PST · by OregonRancher · 18 replies · 674+ views
    republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov ^ | 11/07/09 | Jim Billimoria / Sage Eastman
    PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail JCT Confirms Failure to Comply with Democrats’ Mandate Can Lead to 5 Years in Jail Friday, November 06, 2009 Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose...
  • Birther leader Orly Taitz slapped with $20,000 fine

    10/13/2009 11:46:01 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 36 replies · 2,000+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-13-2009 | David Freddoso
    Thanks to her "frivolous arguments and disrespectful personal attacks" in court, the lawyer who leads the so-called "birther" movement has been slapped with a hefty fine today for abusing her privileges as a lawyer. In levying sanctions and a $20,000 fine against attorney Orly Taitz, Judge Clay Land wrote that Taitz's most recent court filing, meant to defend herself against sanctions, "is breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional."