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  • Maduro Orders Seizure of Closed Venezuela Factories, Jailing of Owners

    05/14/2016 5:39:09 PM PDT · by Publius · 198 replies
    MSN ^ | 14 May 2016
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered authorities to seize factories that have stopped production and jail their owners, a day after declaring a state of emergency to combat the country's economic crisis. "We must take all measures to recover productive capacity, which is being paralyzed by the bourgeoisie," he told a rally in Caracas. "Anyone who wants to halt (production) to sabotage the country should get out, and those who do must be handcuffed and sent to the PGV (Venezuelan General Penitentiary)," he said.
  • “Venezuela Is on the Brink of Social Collapse,” National Guardsman (coup time?)

    05/14/2016 5:23:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 47 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | 5-14-16 | Staff
    At the moment, the armed forces’ position vis-ŕ-vis the government is not clear. Some speculate that the Bolivarian National Guard is divided. Others claim that the regime exerts full control over the Bolivarian National Guard’s members. The only certainty is that uncertainty abounds. The PanAm Post had the opportunity to interview a Bolivarian National Guard member of middle rank, who asked to remain anonymous since his views could expose him to danger. Why has the state launched an offensive against criminal groups? The situation was getting out of hand for political reasons. The state has no means to control criminal...
  • Great news: OPM still can’t pass a security audit six months after massive hack

    12/14/2015 5:37:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/14/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Six months ago, the US discovered that China hacked into the records of the Office of Personnel Management, stealing the excruciatingly personal data from everyone employed in the federal government, and everyone granted a security clearance too. At the time, it was called the Pearl Harbor of cyberwarfare, but later it turned out that the hack lasted over a year, not a single Sunday morning. OPM didn’t even have an IT department until the year before the hack began, which is why OPM had outsourced its IT management to a firm based in … China. The true scope of...
  • Millions more government fingerprints deemed stolen

    09/23/2015 10:04:55 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 7 replies
    AP via CNBC ^ | 9/23/15 | By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for or receiving security clearances whose fingerprint images were stolen in one of the worst government data breaches is now believed to be 5.6 million, not 1.1 million as first thought, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday.</p>
  • Pro-Clinton group: Maybe private server was actually safer

    09/11/2015 7:16:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/11/15 | Katie Bo Williams
    Days after Hillary Clinton finally acknowledged that using a private email server while secretary of State was “a mistake,” a super-PAC supporting her says it was actually the responsible, safe approach to data security. While the Democratic presidential nominee's notorious server doesn’t appear to have been hacked, the federal government definitely was, Correct the Record said in a report out Friday. “The U.S. government has been hacked on numerous occasions, compromising even the most sensitive of information,” Correct the Record said. “Anyone who attempts to argue that the contents of Hillary Clinton’s email would have been more secure on a...
  • Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

    09/01/2015 7:25:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/1/15 | Mark Hosenball
    The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers. OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals." OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings...
  • Exclusive: The OPM breach details you haven't seen

    08/23/2015 6:26:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    FCW Federal Computer Week ^ | August 21, 2015 | Sean Lyngass
    An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers' calibrated extraction of data and the government's step-by-step response. It illuminates a sequence of events that lawmakers have struggled to pin down in public hearings with Obama administration officials. The timeline makes clear that the heist of data on 22 million current and former federal employees was one sustained assault rather than two separate intrusions to steal background investigation data and personnel records. The document, which bears the seals of OPM and the Department of Homeland Security, is dated July 14 and was prepared...
  • Valerie Plame on the 'Scary' State of Cybersecurity [and Scott Walker]

    07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Inc. ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Maria Aspan Senior editor, Inc.
    Cyber warfare has gone nuclear. So says Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA agent who spent her intelligence career working against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Now she’s taking on a new task: helping government agencies and companies stem the relentless flood of hacker attacks. “There’s a huge impact on national security and intelligence,” says Plame, who this spring became an adviser to cybersecurity startup Global Data Sentinel. “The new normal is going to be more and more of these hacks, whether it’s Target or Home Depot or the Office of Personnel Management or Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos.”...
  • How Obama’s Poor Judgment Led to the Chinese Hack of OPM

    07/27/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 27, 2015 | Paul Conway
    The maxim that “personnel is policy” transcends partisan affiliations and political labels. Every president, including President Barack Obama, has the authority to staff federal agencies with loyal political appointees.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Entire US national security system possibly compromised by year-long cyber-assault

    07/23/2015 9:33:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/23/2015 | By George Russell
    The prolonged hacking into the White House Office of Personnel Management, which put the personal information of at least some 21.5 million past and current federal employees in jeopardy, is only the beginning of the security threat to the Obama Administration and its successors, a number of top-level experts in cybersecurity have told Fox News. The attack has been frequently sourced as coming from China. The experts warned that the entire U.S. national security clearance system could be compromised, that future senior government leaders and advisors could be targeted even before taking office, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of government officials...
  • What are the OPM hackers going to do with 1 million fingerprints?

    07/16/2015 5:11:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/16/2015 | Rick Moran
    That's an excellent question that national security experts can't answer. And that has them worried sick. Hacking social security numbers and passwords is one thing. But fingerprints are biometrics - they can't be changed and could open doors to hackers that would normally be closed to them. National Journal: Though the idea of hacked fingerprints conjures up troubling scenarios gleaned from Hollywood's panoply of espionage capers, not much is currently known about those that OPM said were swiped in the data breach, which began last year and has been privately linked by officials to China. In fact, the agency...
  • Just Like OPM, Healthcare.gov Is Blowing Off Cyber Security Warnings

    07/13/2015 7:15:24 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/10/2015 | John Merline
    Could a data breach on the scale suffered by the Office of Personnel Management happen to Healthcare.gov?
  • OPM hack shows what happens when governments get too big

    07/13/2015 6:36:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/13/2015 | Taylor Millard
    The hack at the Office of Personnel Management shows what happens when lax security gets combined with organizations or governments getting too big. CNN has a pretty interesting rundown on how the hackers may have found a way to get into OPM servers. One way involves figuring out which agency hasn’t had their servers updated in some time. Let’s say there is a U.S. government agency — Agency X — that does not update its server operating system software patches. We don’t know which agency it is because the federal government doesn’t want to reveal everything it knows to...
  • By The Way, 21 Million Social Security Numbers Were Breached In That Massive Government Hack

    07/11/2015 4:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 10, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Office of Personnel Management is under fire again today after it was revealed hackers, allegedly Chinese, stole 21 million social security numbers during a massive data breach discovered last month (which officials originally said only impacted 4 million people). The social security numbers belong to Americans who have, or who currently are, working for the federal government. This new information comes on the heels of news hackers were able to obtain extremely sensitive information, including classified background check information that can be used for blackmail, belonging to tens of millions of government employees. More bad news: Here’s the kicker:...
  • Breaking: OPM head resigns; Update: CNN blames … Republicans for confirming her?

    07/10/2015 12:32:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07-10 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, that didn’t take long, did it? After spending the last day or so insisting she wouldn’t step down after presiding over the worst data-security failure in history, OPM chief Katherine Archuleta has suddenly found a desire to spend more time with her family. It’s either that or someone in the White House conducted a successful exfiltration. The New York Times’ Julie Davis broke the news on Twitter: BREAKING: Embattled OPM Director Katherine Archuleta resigns in wake of revelations about massive hack of govt computer systems— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) July 10, 2015 ABC, Reuters, and AP all tweeted out...
  • Katherine Archuleta, Director of Office of Personnel Management, Resigns

    07/10/2015 9:49:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | Julie Hirschfield Davis
    Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, will resign effective Friday, according to a White House official, one day after it was revealed that sweeping cyberintrusions at the agency resulted in the theft of the personal information of more than 22 million people. Ms. Archuleta went to the White House on Friday morning to personally inform Mr. Obama of her decision, saying that she felt new leadership was needed at the federal personnel agency to enable it to “move beyond the current challenges,” the official said. The president accepted her resignation.
  • US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive (OPM) data breach

    07/10/2015 9:47:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/10/15 | Josh Lederman and Jack Gillam - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government's personnel office has resigned in the wake of a massive data breach on her watch. A White House official says President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday morning. She'll stay on the job through the end of the day. The official says deputy director Beth Cobert will become acting director starting Saturday.
  • Personnel Chief Resists Calls to Resign"no plans to step down/is committed to continuing her work"

    07/10/2015 5:07:42 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/10/15
    The head of the U.S. government's personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch. Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, said she has no plans to step down and is committed to continuing her work. The White House, which had previously said President Barack Obama was confident in Archuleta's leadership, said there was no change in its position. The escalating calls for Archuleta to be replaced came as the Obama administration disclosed on Thursday that the number of...
  • Security-illiterate OPM director accused Romney of having ‘little understanding’ of 21st century

    07/09/2015 8:13:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7-9-15 | Twitchy
    Today’s a busy day for those pointing and laughing at the people who mocked presidential candidate Mitt Romney over his warnings about Chinese hackers and Russia’s status as America’s greatest geopolitical foe. Among those who got in on the action was OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, who in 2012 posted a video showing that Romney possessed “little understanding of what’s going on in the 21st century.”
  • CPS pension woes made me fall out of love with Mayor Daley

    07/06/2015 4:08:01 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 6 july 2015 | Heidi Stevens
    Chicago Public Schools went an entire decade without making a pension contribution under Daley. It was part of a "pension holiday," according to the report. And like a lot of holidays, it left a hangover.
  • OPM yanks background check system offline [eQIP down...back to SF86's?]

    06/29/2015 6:32:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    FCW ^ | 6/29/15 | Zach Noble
    Nearly a month after news broke of a massive breach at the Office of Personnel Management -- and three weeks after first denying, then admitting, that security clearance information was stolen -- OPM has shut down its electronic background check system. The agency said the move is a proactive step, not a reaction to another hack. In a June 29 alert posted on OPM's website, the agency says, "The [Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing] e-QIP system will be down for an extended period of time for security enhancements." There was no word on how background checks would be handled with...
  • Federal workers' union sues US over hack, says OPM had ample warning

    06/29/2015 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | 06/26/2015 | KEN DILANIAN
    The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history. The suit by the American Federation of Government Employees names the Office of Personnel Management, its director, Katherine Archuleta, and its chief information officer, Donna Seymour. It also names Keypoint Government Solutions, an OPM contractor
  • In Wake Of Hack, OPM Shutters System For Federal Background Checks

    06/29/2015 12:22:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 29, 2015 | By MIKE LEVINE
    Three weeks after U.S. authorities determined foreign hackers may have stolen sensitive government records tied to tens of millions of people, the Office of Personnel Management has now shut down a system tied to the breach, essentially bringing to a halt the way federal agencies have conducted background checks for years. According to an "alert" posted on OPM's website today, the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system -- or “e-QIP” -- "will be down for an extended period of time for security enhancements.” In a subsequent news release, OPM called it a "temporary suspension" that "will ensure our network is...
  • Hacks, Breaches, and Government Ineptness

    06/16/2015 1:06:29 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 3 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/16/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    While the headlines over the past week have been swamped with coverage over the candidates bidding for the 2016 presidential election and a “trans-racial” NAACP leader lying about her race, critically important issues that are detrimental to our national security have gone virtually unnoticed. For instance, on Friday we learned that as many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their information compromised in an unprecedented attack by Chinese hackers. In a late Friday news dump, the Associated Press announced that the hackers stole, “Social Security numbers, military records and veterans’ status information, addresses, birth dates,...
  • Does Obama Know There's a Cyberwar Going On?

    06/15/2015 4:23:23 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/12/2015 | Staff
    Hacking: Chinese hackers apparently stole far more data on more federal employees than first suspected, creating a huge national security problem. Worse, the Obama administration knew this database was being targeted.
  • Wow – The Federal Cyber Breach Was Not Discovered By U.S. Govt., Was Discovered By Private Company

    06/11/2015 6:25:34 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6-11-15 | sundance
    WASHINGTON DC – As officials of the Obama administration announced that millions of sensitive records associated with current and past federal employees and contractors had been exposed by a long-running infiltration of the networks and systems of the Office of Personnel Management on June 4, they claimed the breach had been found during a government effort to correct problems with OPM’s security. An OPM statement on the attack said that the agency discovered the breach as it had “undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture.” And a DHS spokesperson told Ars that “interagency partners” were helping the OPM...
  • Obama’s Response to Data Breach: ‘New Systems and New Infrastructure’

    06/08/2015 8:45:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 8, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Part of the problem is that we’ve got very old systems,” President Obama said on Monday, in a response to a question about the recent hack attack on U.S. government computers. He said making U.S. cyberspace more secure is “going to be a big project,” requiring “new systems and new infrastructure.” The intrusion involving the Office of Personnel Management apparently compromised the personal, identifying information of four million current and former federal employees. […] Speaking at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Germany on Monday, President Obama refused to say that China is responsible for the massive intrusion into...
  • U.S.Officials: Massive Breach of Federal Personnel Data

    06/04/2015 2:58:45 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    NBC ^ | JUNE 04/15 | NBC
    The Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of a massive data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records, U.S. officials said Thursday. A congressional aide familiar with the situation, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to discuss it, said the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department were hacked.
  • APNewsBreak: Massive breach of federal personnel data

    06/04/2015 2:46:48 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 4, 2015 | KEN DILANIAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Hackers broke into the U.S. government personnel office and stole identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Thursday that at the beginning of May, data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department was compromised.
  • Report: Chinese hackers stole data from up to 4 million Federal Employees

    06/04/2015 2:48:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    BI ^ | 6-4-2015 | Maxwell Tani and AP
    The Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of an unprecedented data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records. According to the Washington Post, Chinese hackers breached the Office of Personnel Management in December and gained access to personal information of up to 4 million current and former employees. A congressional aide familiar with the situation, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to discuss it, says the OPM and the Interior Department were hacked. A second U.S. official who also declined to be identified said the data breach could potentially affect...
  • US officials: Massive breach of federal personnel data

    06/04/2015 2:49:30 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 49 replies
    PIX 11 ^ | June 4, 2015
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of a massive data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records.</p> <p>A congressional aide familiar with the situation, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to discuss it, says the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department were hacked. A second U.S. official who also declined to be identified said the data breach could potentially affect every federal agency.</p>
  • Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office

    06/04/2015 2:46:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | June 4, 2015 | Ellen Nakashimi
    Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised. The hack was the second major intrusion of the agency by China in less than a year. OPM, using new tools, discovered the breach in April, said officials at the agency who declined to comment on who was behind the hack. Other U.S. officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation, identified the hackers as being from...
  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 10:30:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | SHARON BEGLEY, REUTERS
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers...
  • Bill Gates Tops Forbes’ Richest Americans List For 21st Straight Year

    09/29/2014 8:14:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 09/29/2014 | Emily Morgan
    An American worth less than $1.55 billion could not land on this year's "The Forbes 400," the annual ranking for the richest people in America. The cut-off increase from last year's $1.3 billion disqualified 113 poor billionaires for this year's list. Bill Gates once again lorded over his fellow wealthy Americans for the 21st consecutive year with a healthy $81 billion, up $9 billion from 2013. He outpaced Warren Buffet ($67 billion), Larry Ellison ($50 billion) and the Koch brothers' Charles and David (each worth $42 billion) to round out the top five. Michael Bloomberg ($35 billion) managed to slide...
  • Bill Gates vacations better than most aboard 450-foot luxury yacht near Italy

    08/09/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/08/2014 | LEE MORAN
    Bill Gates doesn’t slum it when it comes to his vacations. The world's richest man has been photographed enjoying quality family time aboard an extravagant $330 million yacht. The Microsoft founder has been pictured on “The Serene,” a stunning 450-foot boat he’s renting from Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler for a cool $5 million per week. Moored off the coast of Sardinia, it reportedly has 12 state rooms, a seawater swimming pool, a cinema, a nightclub, a climbing wall, a gym and two hot tubs.
  • Failure to lunch: Biden cash-strapped during stop (Slow Joe comes up short)

    11/22/2013 9:37:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/22/13 | S.A. Miller
    The vice president went to pick up sandwiches Thursday for himself and President Obama but didn’t have enough money to pay the bill. Luckily, the veep doesn’t travel alone — he called on an aide, who reached into his pocket for a 10-spot so that Biden and his boss wouldn’t go hungry.
  • Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan

    08/13/2013 12:19:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term. There’s just one little catch — the proposal costs billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees...
  • Rep. Ellison (Dim): ‘There’s Plenty of Money, It’s Just The Government Doesn’t Have It’

    08/03/2013 9:21:07 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 64 replies
    CNSNews ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | By Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told a gathering of Democrats, “The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.” Ellison was discussing his ‘Inclusive Prosperity Act’ measure at the July 25th Progressive Democrats of America roundtable in Washington. “People like, George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sax, Dean Baker, Robert Poland, Larry Summers have said they all support a transaction tax,” Ellison said. “The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it,” Ellison continued, “The government...
  • Congress proves Obama himself engineered $535 million taxpayer loss in Solyndra debacle

    08/05/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/5/2012 | Doug Book
    Though grudgingly provided and universally redacted, documents subpoenaed by Congress from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget now reveal that Barack Hussein Obama himself was responsible for manufacturing the loss of $535 million taxpayer dollars in the 2011 Solyndra bankruptcy. In 2010, solar panel manufacturer Solyndra Inc. received $535 million in loan guarantees for “innovative technology” under the terms of Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan. The fact that a Price Waterhouse audit filed earlier that year with the SEC showed Solyndra had lost $558 million during its first 5 years in business, boasted negative cash flow,...
  • Canadians pay more in taxes than basic necessities

    04/26/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT · by epithermal · 13 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 26, 2012 | QMI Agency
    For the first time, taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of Canadians' budgets than the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, a new report from the Fraser Institute says. The public policy think-tank calculated that over the past 50 years, an average family's total tax bill has increased 1,738%, the report Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2012 said. Over the same period, the cost of shelter increased by 1,185%, food by 518%, and clothing by 500%.
  • Photos Show GSA Official Enjoying Wine/Soak in Spa Tub at M Hotel During “Pre-Conference” Meeting

    04/16/2012 11:11:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 4-16-2012 | Jake Tapper
    The government official on the frontlines of the scandal involving a wasteful government conference, U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely, will invoke his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination, his lawyer Preston Burton tells ABC News. He won’t comment on the $822,751 conference, many of the expenditures for which the GSA Inspector General called “excessive” and “wasteful.” He won’t comment on the bizarre awards ceremony, or the commemorative coins, the mind-reader/motivational speaker. Mr. Neely bares a bit more in a photo collection on his wife’s Google+ page. There visitors can see photos of Neely staying in a luxurious suite...
  • Obama talks estate tax at final bus tour stop (Obama wants you to eat your peas)

    08/18/2011 3:57:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    cnn ^ | 8/18/2011 | Adam Aigner-Treworgy
    The final stop on President Obama's three-state Midwest bus tour was at the Country Corner Farm Market in the small town of Alpha, Illinois. The president was roughly an hour behind schedule due mostly to a visit with the Galesburg High School football team, and although the crowd showed some signs of fatigue from waiting in the hot sun, most left the event saying it was worth the wait. Although his opening remarks didn't change too much, the president did field one interesting question about the future of the estate tax that is worth looking at. I think it's the...
  • Portland bike-sharing plan wins city transportation bureau OK

    08/16/2011 7:09:01 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 27 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 8/16/2111 | Joseph Rose
    Portland, OR: In a city where just about everything that can be done on a bicycle has been done, Portland still doesn't do bike sharing. Not yet anyway. After years of study, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has recommended using $4 million in startup funds -- half from a limited, flexible federal funding pot, half from private investors -- for an automated community bicycling program. The City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on the concept, which has proved wildly popular in other American cities and across Europe. "We essentially expect this to be used by everybody -- tourists, businesspeople,...
  • Washington Could Learn a Lot from a Drug Addict

    07/22/2011 6:02:45 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    Washington's chronic overspending is just like a junkie's addiction to drugs. Unless the cycle of addiction is broken, our economic and unemployment situation will continue to suffer. Washington is out of time. To avoid hitting rock bottom, Washington must cut spending today.
  • Obama To Freeze Government Salaries At All Time High (This will make you mad Alert)

    11/29/2010 11:41:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 29, 2010 | Tyler Durden
    In 10 minutes the teleprompter in chief will announce that he is about to freeze government salaries for two years. Of course, government workers thank him, as this means federal salaries which have exploded in the past 5 years will be stuck at all time highs for at least two years, even as nominal salaries for everyone else (except FIRE workers of course) continue to decline. As we suggested a few days ago, in order to promote some vaguely credible idea of austerity, instead of freezing salaries, Obama needs to be cutting. Why? One look at the chart below explains...
  • Maria Shriver Hosts 3-day Women's Conference (CA)

    10/25/2010 12:44:30 AM PDT · by onyx · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NBClosangeles ^ | Updated 12:10 PM PDT, Sun, Oct 24, 2010 | City News Service
    b>Conference focuses on creating "architects of change (LOL) California first lady Maria Shriver will host the annual Women's Conference beginning Sunday in Long Beach, with the event featuring more than 140 speakers and participants, including Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Dr. Jill Biden. The event, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday, is expected to attract 30,000 participants to the Long Beach Convention Center. Among the speakers expected to take part are Erin Brockovich, Campbell Brown, Deepak Chopra, Giada De Laurentiis, Linda Ellerbee, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Arianna Huffington, Billie Jean King, Matt...
  • Socialist Pelosi: We Need To Address “Fairness” Of “Ownership and Equity” In the US (Video)

    10/19/2010 7:55:48 PM PDT · by pissant · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/19/10 | Jim Hoft
    In her latest stunning declaration, San Francisco socialist Nancy Pelosi told the Steelworkers Union on Monday, that we need to address the disparity in “ownership and equity” in the United States. Click on Image for Video–
  • What happened to the Zot Party?

    09/27/2010 4:53:55 AM PDT · by GrandSportC3 · 156 replies · 1+ views
    When the Tea Party first started out, I was a enthusiastic supporter.. The Tea Party perfectly represented what my views are.. I'm a 100% fiscal conservative and I believe in small government on ALL issues. In the beginning, the Tea Party seemed to be such movement that would support candidates based on FISCAL issues. Initially, that was the case and people like Scott Brown have been elected. However, since then, it seems like the Tea Party Express and other Tea Party organizations have been hijacked by the social conservative wing of the GOP (i.e. Sarah Palin). Social issues were introduced...
  • NYT’s Writes About The Collapse Of Socialism In Europe

    05/22/2010 5:44:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies · 707+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-21-10 | Curt
    The New York Times, of all papers, has a article today on how the Socialist, cradle to grave, governments are dying a quick death: Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability of the European standard of social welfare, built by left-leaning governments since the end of World War II. Europeans have boasted about their social model, with its generous vacations and early retirements, its national health care systems and extensive welfare benefits, contrasting it with the comparative harshness...
  • Federal Government in Washington DC CLOSED on Tuesday

    02/08/2010 4:39:03 PM PST · by Poundstone · 35 replies · 785+ views
    Office of Personnel Management ^ | February 8, 2010 | OPM
    Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area the following message applies only to Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. This Means . . . Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Nonemergency employees (including employees on pre-approved leave) will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work. This does not apply to employees on leave without pay, leave without pay for military duty, workers' compensation, suspension, or in another nonpay status. Telework employees may be expected to work from their telework sites, as...