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  • Google billionaires request $539 million federal bailout after spending $1.6 billion of “stimulus”

    12/01/2014 3:36:05 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 1, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Google billionaires request $539 million federal bailout after spending $1.6 billion of “stimulus” funding on failed solar power project Ivanpah is a solar power company owned by Google, BrightSource Energy, and NRG.In April 2011, as part of Obama’s “stimulus,” Obama gave Ivanpah a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to build a solar power plant.In November 2014, when the plant was up and running, it produced only half as much electricity as what Ivanpah had predicted.Ivanpah blamed this failure on “clouds,” and asked Obama for a $539 million bailout.Google is owned by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. At...
  • These Two States Cut Medicaid…And Saved Money

    11/30/2014 4:50:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 72.2 million Americans were receiving Medicaid benefits for at least a month. Medicaid is a government health insurance program aimed at helping the poor and disabled. Enrollment into the program is going up dramatically, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). Both Medicaid and ChildrenÂ’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are up 15 percent, or 8.7 million people, since Obamacare began enrolling people in the fall of 2013; states that expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing 22 percent growth or more. For many states, Medicaid is the largest item of...
  • The odd joys of government lunacy

    11/28/2014 3:10:01 AM PST · by W.
    New York Post ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | George F. Will
    Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an...
  • For Obama Administration, spending other people’s money is so much fun

    11/05/2014 10:45:36 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/5/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Republican Senator Tom Coburn has compiled a list of some of the government’s more infuriating wastes of our tax money. These are some of the worst of the worst. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will burn through $171,361.00 observing monkeys gambling to determine how to combat gambling addiction in humans. The NSF also flushed away over $200,000 of our money to understand why Wikipedia is sexist – really? The (NSF) spent over 856,000 dollars to “teach mountain lions how to walk on treadmills as part of a research project whose aim was to better understand mountain lions’ instincts.” Because the...
  • Federal Government Made $20 Billion in Secret Purchases in Recent Months

    10/31/2014 11:52:33 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 18 replies
    NBC iTeam ^ | 10/31/2014 | Scott MacFarlane
    I-Team review finds $30,000 in one agency’s Starbucks purchases kept confidential from public The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom...
  • How to Fix Science

    10/27/2014 9:19:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Around a year ago, this column ran a piece entitled “Whatever Happened To Science?” As Baby Boomers will recall, during our early youth, our little heads were crammed full of the promise of Science: Abundant cheap electrical power; the discovery of the structure of DNA would (somehow) lead to curing every disease, and the polio vaccine seemed to demonstrate this; our soaring postwar economy could easily fund ever more dramatic breakthroughs. But then, as the 1960s dawned, reality set in. An extraordinary number of people were dying of heart disease, and good old Watson & Crick (or Salk & Sabin)...
  • Washington’s Action Plan for Ebola: Squalid Waste and Pork-Barrel Spending by the CDC and NIH

    10/18/2014 4:23:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Years ago, I shared a very funny poster that suggests that more government is hardly ever the right answer to any question.Yet in Washington, the standard response to any screwup by government is to make government even bigger. Sort ofMitchellÂ’s Law on steroids.And thatÂ’s exactly whatÂ’s happening with the Ebola crisis. The bureaucracies that have received tens of billions of dollars over the years to preclude a crisis are now expecting to get rewarded with more cash.Governor Jindal of Louisiana debunks the notion that more money for the bureaucracy is some sort of elixir. HereÂ’s some of what he wrote...
  • $39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

    10/17/2014 2:49:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, blaming budget cuts for his agency’s failure to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus. However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $39,643,352 worth...
  • Report: In EU, renewable energy is the first recipient of state aid

    10/13/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 13/10/2014 - 17:01
    The European Commission published a study on Monday (13 October) providing the first full dataset on energy costs and subsidies for the 28 member countries across the different power generation technologies, revealing that the largest share of public intervention in the energy sector has been in favor of solar and on-shore wind energy. The results show that in 2012, the total value of public intervention in energy in the member countries has been between €120-140 billion. The report finds that the largest amounts of current public support in 2012 went to renewables, in particular to solar (€14.7 billion) and onshore...
  • Fat Lesbians Got All the Ebola Dollars, But Blame the GOP

    10/13/2014 6:30:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | October 13th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Democrats have rushed out of the gate with an attack ad against Republicans claiming if only we had spent more money, we would be able to solve the Ebola situation. It’s a defensive ad that reeks of desperation. At a time when more and more Americans, including millennials, are concluding government just doesn’t work, it probably won’t be effective. And Republicans can respond in kind.For example, instead of studying Ebola, the National Institutes of Health were studying the propensity of lesbians to be fat.Then there was the money for a study on wives who calm down quickly.And the Centers for...
  • Where tax goes: fish farms and frog tunnels (Germany)

    10/09/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Oct 2014 08:00 GMT+02:00
    This year the Taxpayers’ Alliance (BdS) has focused on unprofitable businesses run by local governments in its annual “Black Book” of government waste—but still found space to name and shame some of the biggest money sinks in Germany. […] The BdS is campaigning for local administrations to limit themselves to infrastructure and basic services for their citizens in local ventures, rather than some of the luxury offerings including cinemas and spas from certain communes. That’s businesses like a saltwater fish farm in the Saarland, 600 kilometers from the sea, and a loss-making publicly-owned vineyard are in the organization’s sights. But...
  • Imagining the Possibilities of a Drop in the Bucket

    10/01/2014 7:18:37 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 18 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 1, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Washington Free Beacon happened to stumble upon an interesting factoid, and they published it. One day, the Obama administration spent $94,360 hiring a Democrat-connected event-management firm to build a stage for an 18-minute speech. The shock is not that it happened; it happens every day. The shock, to any who are paying attention, is how differently the political factions viewed the news. Conservatives were horrified, and liberals were offended that anyone would even care. A hundred thousand dollars in a country of our size? A hundred thousand dollars in a nation of fifty states, of 300 million people? A...
  • Elevator Operators in the Capitol make Big Bucks Pressing Buttons for Senators

    09/18/2014 12:10:19 AM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    elevatordesigninfo.com ^ | November 2013
    Many people have probably never seen an elevator operator these days. Jobs like elevator operator and bathroom attendant seem to be extinct. However, if you should happen to become a United States Senator, get used to having someone push the elevator buttons for you. Over the last five years, Uncle Sam has paid out over $1.2 million to pay operators who man the Capitol’s senators-only elevators. The longer the elevator operator pushes the right buttons, the more money they will rake in. The longest tenured elevator operator has seen a salary increase each of the last five years. That operator...
  • Obamacare, Cronyism, and Bailouts for Corrupt Health Insurance Companies

    07/16/2014 3:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I thought TARP was the sleaziest-ever example of cronyism and corruption in Washington. The Wall Street bailout rewarded politically well-connected companies, encouraged moral hazard, and ripped off taxpayers. Heck, it was so bad that it makes the sleaze at the Export-Import Bank seem almost angelic by comparison. But I may have to reassess my views. One of the provisions of Obamacare allows the White House to give bailouts to big health insurance companies. You’re probably wondering why these big firms would need bailouts. After all, didn’t Obamacare coerce millions of people into becoming involuntary customers of these companies? That should...
  • Feds spend $500,000 to study whether mother-daughter dancing can cure obesity

    07/14/2014 5:12:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Herman Cain
    And the worst part is: It's not the first time.I told you on the radio Friday that the National Institutes for Health had spent nearly $500,000 on a study to see if getting mothers to dance with their daughters could help reduce obesity. I even offered to help the federal government out by recording a promo – for only 500 bucks, mind you! – saying, “Put down that pork chop and no one gets hurt! Back away from the banana pudding!”That’s how you cure obesity!But there is more to the story. This particular study, conducted with the aforementioned federal grant...
  • The wrong folks get billions in tax dollars ($106 BILLION just last year)

    07/13/2014 12:08:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Jull 12, 2014 | Blake Ellis
    A government watchdog agency said an estimated $106 billion in payments were made in error last year: meaning they were the wrong amount, went to the wrong person or lacked sufficient documentation. These payments include tax refunds, unemployment benefits, Social Security benefits, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage. The improper payments could be even higher since not all agencies reported to the Government Accountability Office. The Department of Agriculture's School Breakfast program, which provides free or reduced-price meals to needy students -- had the highest error rate in 2013, at 25%.
  • Smithsonian creates first 3D portrait of Obama

    06/19/2014 9:11:39 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19 2o14 | BRETT ZONGKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama to create the first 3D printed portrait of a sitting president. Digital imaging specialists recently created a 3D printed bust and life mask of Obama, which will become part of his presidential depictions in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Both were shown Wednesday at a gathering of inventors, entrepreneurs and students at the White House.
  • Taxpayers Paid $5.6 Million for Climate Change Games

    05/23/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 23, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    Taxpayers paid more than $5 million to create climate change games, including voicemails from the future warning that “neo-luddites” will kill global warming enthusiasts by 2035. Columbia University’s Climate Center has received $5.7 million from the National Science Foundation for the university’s “PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership,” to “engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.” Based on the theory that games “motivate exploration and learning of complex material,” the school created “Future Coast,” a website that features hundreds of made up voicemails painting a dire picture of the future as a result of climate change....
  • Found at Last: Beneficiaries of ObamaCare

    05/15/2014 11:51:40 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 15 2014 | Dave Blount
    In order to be fair & balanced, let’s have a look at some people who have actually benefited from the imposition of ObamaCare. The employees of an ObamaCare processing center in Missouri get paid but don’t have to work, all thanks to Obama’s healthcare power grab: “Their goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that,” a whistleblower told KMOV-TV, referring to employees hired to process paper applications for ObamaCare enrollees. The facility in Wentzville is operated by Serco, a company owned by a British firm that was awarded $1.2...
  • Laughing at another Spectacular Obamacare Failure

    05/08/2014 12:41:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As you can imagine, there’s a lot to choose from in the contest for the most spectacular waste of tax dollars. But the politicians in Oregon must really want the prize, because they managed to flush several hundred million dollars down a rat hole by putting together a state-run Obamacare website that has to be abandoned because it is so dysfunctional. And if the Oregon website is so bad that it’s switching to the much-derided Washington Obamacare website, it must be a disaster of unparalleled dimensions! Here are some excerpts from an AP report. After months of trying to get...
  • Government Waste: Where Has All The Money Gone?

    05/06/2014 4:42:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Most people, perhaps even the super-wealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. This is especially true when they detect money for which they can't account. Not so with the federal government. Some recent headlines reflect a disturbing pattern that has contributed to our $17 trillion debt and to a growing cynicism among the public, which increasingly regards government in a negative light. Here are just a few recent gems gleaned from reading newspaper stories and wire service reports: "Pentagon to destroy $1 billion in ammunition." This USA Today story says, "It is impossible...
  • RESIGNED. The fast fall of a Washington career

    04/25/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2014 | Lillian Cunningham
    When Martha Johnson thinks back to that Monday in April 2012 when she resigned as head of the General Services Administration, she remembers a day as still as the hands on a broken clock. She had spent the weekend practicing her resignation speech in front of the mirror. She repeated it over and over until her face had memorized how to form the words without twitching. Until her voice could say it without warbling. Until her eyes could stop all that blinking. Finally it was time. She walked into the 2 p.m. senior staff meeting at the GSA, gave her...
  • HHS Spends $123.2 Million Per Year on ‘Email Services’ [$146 per month for each employee]

    04/22/2014 7:54:20 AM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 22, 2014
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spends roughly $123.2 million per year to provide “email services” for its 70,000 employees, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Buried in a footnote of a recently released GAO report on the agency’s coordination with the nonprofit group Enroll America, the congressional watchdog detailed the high operating costs associated with running the department’s email. “HHS told us that HHS pays $146.64 per month per user for email; that this charge covers connectivity, storage, and other e-mail services; and that this charge is independent of the number of emails that are sent...
  • Uncertain future troubles Eisenhower Memorial Commission and its insular staff

    04/15/2014 6:36:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/15/2014 | LUKE ROSIAK
    A federal planning group has delivered what could be a fatal blow to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission's controversial design for honoring the former president and World War II hero.Nine full-time, taxpayer-funded employees and a board of aging political leaders have spent the better part of a decade planning the memorial to President Eisenhower, but the National Capital Planning Commission rejected their proposal nearly two weeks ago.Other national memorial planners held open design competitions, but the EMC quickly settled on Frank Gehry -- the distinctive, modernist designer of Los Angeles' theme park-esque Walt Disney Concert Hall and an old...
  • Spring Clean Government

    03/19/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Spring cleaning is a healthy tradition. If only politicians did it! They don't. When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised to clean house, "I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. There are some that don't work." I cheered when I heard that! But politicians always say they'll get rid of waste. Then, once in power, they spend more . Obama sure has. "We just need to cut back!" said Obama, the candidate. He promised to end "waste at the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that's...
  • Spring Clean Government

    03/19/2014 5:00:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Spring cleaning is a healthy tradition. If only politicians did it! They don't. When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised to clean house, "I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. There are some that don't work." I cheered when I heard that! But politicians always say they'll get rid of waste. Then, once in power, they spend more . Obama sure has. "We just need to cut back!" said Obama, the candidate. He promised to end "waste at the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that's...
  • EPA Bureaucrats Paint the Town Red with Federal Charge Cards

    03/15/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    There appears to be a flourishing culture of financial misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This culture has been perpetuated by a lack of administrative oversight leading to millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted. At a time when D.C.’s fiscal climate is characterized by a national debt that is spiraling out of control, there is no excuse for any government organization to be lacking financial accountability. A report released this month by the EPA Inspector General (IG) found EPA employees improperly used federal charge cards to purchase everything from gym memberships to gift cards. The report indicated over 90...
  • Will SpaceX Super Rocket Kill NASA's 'Rocket to Nowhere'? (Op-Ed)

    02/17/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | R.D. Boozer
    The private spaceflight company Space X plans to build a rocket so big it would "make the Apollo moon rocket look small,"the company's CEO, Elon Musk, announced on "CBS This Morning"on Feb. 3. The huge rocket would ultimately send colonists to Mars, but what would SpaceX do in the meantime? The company's primary focus right now is giving NASA astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS) on American vehicles, drastically lowering prices to Earth orbit versus what the Russians are charging, Musk said... This all begs the question: If SpaceX is going to build this gargantuan rocket on its...
  • Risqué environmental underwear raises eyebrows in Czech Republic

    12/21/2013 9:40:14 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 20, 2013 | Matthew Day
    The Czech Republic’s environment ministry has come under fire for ordering 1,000 pairs of male and female underwear adorned with images of endangered animals as part of an end-of-year budget splurge. The environment ministry will use the beaver and cormorant pants as promotional materials for its Czech Nature campaign, which aims to encourage people to take an active role in environmental protection. With allegations of frivolous government spending on pants filling the press, the underwear spat even overshadowed controversy surrounding the environment ministry’s purchase of 130 new cars for its ministerial fleet.
  • WASTEBOOK 2013

    12/17/2013 3:30:08 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    coburn.senate.gov ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Sen Tom Coburn
    Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013
  • Thrifty Obamas make do with 24 Christmas trees (down from 54 last year)

    12/11/2013 6:05:16 PM PST · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 09, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    One of the Obamas' two dozen Christmas trees arrives. You may remember earlier this year that President Obama, in a fit of pique over Congress actually allowing his sequester cuts idea to take effect, had White House public tours canceled to save lunch money. During the later partial government shutdown, he ordered national monuments "closed," even though most are open-air. Now, comes holiday season in the Obama White House. Every president entertains there, though the Obamas showed no shyness about frequent lavish celebrity galas even as millions of fellow Americans struggled during the recession's highest unemployment. Every president decorates...
  • Worcester City Council backs doubling gunshot recognition system coverage area

    12/08/2013 12:30:46 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 19 replies
    Telegram.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Nick Kotsopoulos
    The City Council has given the Police Department the green light to expand the coverage area and scope of the gunshot recognition system it will deploy in an effort to help reduce gun violence in the city. Video surveillance cameras will also be purchased for the two areas. The ShotSpotter technology and the surveillance cameras will be integrated into the Police Department's Real Time Crime Center, enabling police to direct the cameras to the area where gunshots originate. But at the urging of the City Council Public Safety Committee, the city manager was asked to find ways to expand the...
  • ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

    11/27/2013 9:50:30 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | November 25, 2013 | By Joe Schoffstall
    With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to help lead a rebranding effort with hopes of salvaging the law in the eyes of the American people. Families USA (FUSA) — an organization that describes itself as a “national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans” — was given a $1.1 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on October 4, 2013, to gather “success stories” of Americans dealing with Obamacare and distribute them to the...
  • Obama wants to raise taxes so the government can continue buying soda for $3.40 per can

    11/14/2013 4:05:38 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 4, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama wants to raise taxes so the government can continue buying soda for $3.40 per can We all know that President Obama wants to raise taxes. During his presidency, the federal government has been purchasing soda for a cost of $3.40 per can. Obama has not expressed any desire to switch to a cheaper seller, such as Costco, amazon.com, or Wal-Mart – or to an even still cheaper seller such as a wholesaler. Instead, Obama continues to force taxpayers to pay these outrageous prices for soda. I wonder whom the government is buying this ridiculously overpriced...
  • US trashes, sells its unwanted gear in Afghanistan (waste not...!)

    11/07/2013 3:32:41 AM PST · by kimtom · 13 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 11/7/2013 | KATHY GANNON
    <p>KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The withdrawing U.S. military is destroying most of the equipment it is leaving behind in Afghanistan after 13 years of war, selling the scrap for millions of dollars to those willing to buy it. The policy stands in stark contrast to the Americans' withdrawal from Iraq, when they donated or sold still-usable items worth about $100 million. The equipment is being trashed, U.S. officials say, because of fears that anything left behind in Afghanistan could fall into the hands of insurgents and used to make bombs. Leaving it behind also saves the U.S. billions of dollars in transportation costs......</p>
  • DHS Abusing Overtime Pay

    11/01/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    The latest report from the U.S. Office of Special Council has found some serious waste in the Department of Homeland Security. Shocking! The report shows a collection of data showing that nearly $8.7 million in overtime pay was spent on employees who were sometimes doing nothing more than watching “sports and entertainment” channels on TV. According to the government investigator, collecting overtime pay in the DHS is a “long-standing abuse” and has become a “persistent pattern”. Employees have been able to take advantage of a program known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime. This system is meant to be used only for...
  • Congress to close down, fly Air Force planes to Florida for funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young

    10/22/2013 10:17:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.</p> <p>Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means that there will be no floor votes and that many committee meetings have been canceled, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week. The House’s hearing examining the health exchange rollout will continue as planned, however.</p>
  • U.S. Paying $25K to Make Park Benches from Garbage for Tijuana

    09/24/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 24, 2013 - 2:48 PM | Eric Scheiner
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $25,000 that will go to the construction of benches made of garbage for a park in Tijuana, Mexico. According to an EPA press release, the agency joined the San Diego Center for Civic Engagement in awarding $45,000 to 4Walls International for the construction of park spaces that will use trash pulled from the Tijuana River Valley as building materials. …
  • Free School Lunches End Up In Trash At Florin High

    09/06/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | September 5, 2013 | by Cambi Brown
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — At Florin High School, every student gets a free lunch, even if they can afford to pay for it, and CBS13 has discovered that a lot of that free food ends up in the trash. Throwing away food is just the beginning of a drain on your taxpayer dollars. Last year, 14 percent of students paid for their own meals because they didn’t qualify for free lunch. “The federal government [now] allows, if 80 percent or more of the school is eligible for free lunch, the paid students, we would feed them for free,” said Michelle Drake...
  • Ousted Metra CEO describes rough Illinois politics

    07/17/2013 5:36:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2013 6:41 PM EDT | Jason Keyser
    A former California transit executive tapped to clean up Chicago’s scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency said Wednesday he was pushed out barely two years into the job for doing exactly that and resisting pressure from some of Illinois’ most powerful politicians. Alex Clifford was allowed to speak publicly for the first time Wednesday about his lucrative buyout, which critics have called hush money and a waste of taxpayer funds. Clifford alleged that House Speaker Michael Madigan pushed Metra staff for a pay raise for a political pal and that Madigan and another politician also sought patronage hires. Clifford also described...
  • Commerce Dept. Spent $2.7 Million to Fix Nonexistent Computer Virus

    07/13/2013 1:52:24 PM PDT · by First_Salute · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Commerce Department destroyed more than $170,000 worth of working computers, televisions and cameras, all in response to a cyber threat that “did not exist.” ... Commerce Department, feared its IT network was infected with a widespread virus, and ultimately spent more than $2.7 million to fix a problem that was nothing more than “common malware.”
  • Federal Grant: $254K to Study Male Prostitute Safety

    06/29/2013 11:24:52 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Ryan Kierman
    The National Institutes of Health is spending $253,800 of federal taxpayer money to study ways to educate Boston’s male prostitutes on safe-sex practices. According to a description of the federally funded project, a previous study of male sex workers in Boston found that “almost one third (31%) were HIV-infected, and most (84%) had a steady male or female partner, thus the risk for HIV-infection/transmission is not only to/from their sex work clients but also to/from their primary partners… Notably, every participant reported using a variety of drugs and/or alcohol in the context of sex work in the prior 12 months”...
  • Did Barack Obama pick the wrong venue for anti-slavery speech?

    06/28/2013 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Errant · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Colin Freeman
    For a black American president on a tour of Africa, it seemed an obvious opportunity for a speech about the evils of slavery. When Barack Obama visited Senegal on Thursday, he headed for Gorée Island, where a crumbling fort is said to have been the key departure point for millions of slaves shipped across the Atlantic. Yet as the president toured the 18th century building and later spoke of how the visit had allowed him to "fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade", historians pointed out that it was probably never used for that purpose at all.
  • Vintage Photo, Early 1900's - U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Pig Cafeteria"

    06/24/2013 7:35:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 20th Century | Retronaut
    “The Pig Cafeteria” was an exhibit produced by the Department of Agriculture to educate farmers about new methods of farming and raising livestock — specifically, what to feed pigs so that they would be healthy and profitable.
  • $431,363 Stimulus Project Concludes 'Gay Fathers' Have Less Time for Sex

    06/05/2013 2:12:47 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 5, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The 2009 stimulus law financed a $431,363 project in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s California district to study the “psychological distress” of homosexual fathers. (AP Photo) (CNSNews.com) – The 2009 stimulus law financed a $431,363 project in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s California district to study the “psychological distress” of homosexual fathers. The study took three years to publish its results, and it created no jobs. The study concluded that homosexual men are likely to reduce their chances of contracting HIV after becoming fathers, because there is less time for sex. The project, entitled, “Health and HIV Among Gay Fathers,” was awarded to San...
  • Long term ongoing investigation of EPA warehouse (Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse)

    06/05/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT · by kimtom · 70 replies
    www.govexec.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Eric Katz
    <p>A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit.</p> <p>EPA’s inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse -- used for inventory storage -- is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year.</p>
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Message to the future

    03/27/2013 10:25:17 PM PDT · by StarfireIV · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 25, 2012 | Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Message to the future
  • Biden's One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50

    03/22/2013 8:11:23 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 63 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/22/2013 | Jeryl Bier
    As it turns out, Vice President Joe Biden's London stay in February was not the most expensive part of his trip. A government document released on February 14, 2013 shows that the contract for the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand came in at $585,000.50....
  • The Food Stamp Economy

    01/10/2013 3:49:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Larry Elder
    The New York Post headline read: "Could You Spend $500 on Food at This Bodega? A Welfare Recipient Claimed To!" A few days later, another headline: "Welfare Recipients Take Out Cash at Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores and X-Rated Shops." "They're on the dole -- and watching the pole," wrote the Post. "Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs -- where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers." Here's how it works. Welfare recipients receive Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, preloaded with specified dollar amounts for...
  • How to Cut Federal Spending: The Real Country-Killer in 2013

    01/02/2013 5:44:50 AM PST · by Moseley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now juggling federal accounts via questionable extraordinary measures to squeeze out perhaps two more months. Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards. More than ever before, America now faces national ruin unless political leaders cut federal spending. However, Washington no longer understands what budget cuts are. Simply trim a few percent from every program -- here a...