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  • EPA proposed new rule to garnish wages for non-tax debts

    07/19/2014 10:54:52 AM PDT · by The Bat Lady · 26 replies
    regulations.gov ^ | 7/19/2014 | The Bat Lady
    This Proposed Rule document was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) For related information, Open Docket Folder Docket folder icon Action Proposed rule. Summary Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend EPA's claims collection standards to include administrative wage garnishment. This rule amends the EPA's debt collection regulations to implement the administrative wage garnishment (AWG) provisions of the Debt Collection Act of 1982, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA). The proposed rule will allow the EPA to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a...
  • EPA pulls back from plan to garnish paychecks

    07/16/2014 1:34:11 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The Wahsington Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    The Environmental Protection Agency bowed to fierce criticism Wednesday and announced that it had hit the breaks on a fast-tracked plan to collect fines by garnishing paychecks of accused polluters. The agency, which has come under withering attacks from Republican lawmakers for attempting a “power grab,” said it still intended to pursue the new authority to garnish wages without a court order. But now it will follow a more typical and longer review process.
  • WHITEHEAD: Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America’s standing army?

    06/16/2014 4:02:13 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 57 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • GOP Begins To Fight Back Against Obama's Broad Executive Overreach

    03/19/2014 6:16:06 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 18,2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Has President Obama's impunity come to an end? After five years of his flouting the letter and spirit of the law in an increasingly brazen fashion, congressional Republicans have been starting to ramp up their rhetoric about Obama's lawlessness, their most concerted effort on the issue to date. Several new reports from top Republicans underscore the breadth of Obama's executive overreach. Viewed comprehensively, it involves laws ranging from healthcare to immigration to privacy to technology to social issues to national security matters and more. Scandals like Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, NSA spying, CIA...
  • Uber-overreach! Mandatory state pre-marriage education classes on the horizon

    01/23/2014 7:23:42 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 34 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 1-23-2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Put this in your pipe and smoke it Colorado, because you aren’t getting married without first attending state-mandated, premarital education classes – at least if the same voters who legalized weed will now allow in such a big-government proposal. According to the proposed initiative, which will require 86,105 signatures to place the issue on the November ballot, the Denver Post reported, first-time couples wanting to wed would be required to attend 10-hours of “marriage education,” second-time couples 20-hours, and if it’s your third trip down the proverbial aisle . . .
  • Dana Loesch On Mandatory Mental Exams For NY Public School Students

    01/18/2014 9:25:43 AM PST · by absentee · 47 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/18/2014 | Caleb Howe
    In New York, a bill has been proposed by Democrat Assemblywoman Margaret Markey that would require all public school students to undergo mental health exams, more than once, in order to attend. Loesch points out how this fits into a larger picture that is forming with Common Core requirements and various state legislatures across the country. Schools are collecting information such as parental political affiliations, firearm ownership, religious affiliations, and other forms of data mining. She also poses the important question of who would pay for this. Is it going to be yet another financial burden for low and middle...
  • California lawyers say Mississippi’s state flag must go

    01/03/2014 10:17:14 AM PST · by ColdOne · 85 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/3/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Lawyers from California have cast accusatory eyes on Mississippi, declaring that the state’s Confederate symbol on its flag that’s flown at a Santa Ana display is racist and needs to go. The Orange County Bar Association has passed a resolution to remove the Mississippi flag from the Santa Ana civic center where it now hangs, along with the flags of all other states, The Los Angeles Times reported. Members of the group say the Confederate symbol is an outdated relic that represents racism and hatred, The Associated Press reported.
  • Schumer Calls for CFPB Probe of Target; Blumenthal Wants FTC Investigation of Credit Card Hacking

    12/24/2013 2:20:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/23/13
    Senators are going after Target in the wake of a massive hacking that compromised the credit card numbers of some 40 million customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The numbers were swiped from U.S. stores and not from Target.com purchases, the retail giant said. There was no indication that PIN numbers on debit bank cards were compromised.
  • EPA to De Facto Ban All Construction of New Coal Power Plants

    09/12/2013 2:11:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Katie Pavlich
    <p>According to the Wall Street Journal, the Environmental Protection Agency will propose new rules next week banning the construction of new coal power plants in the United States that do not meet expensive new and ridiculous efficiency standards. The new standards will force power plants underground, literally.</p>
  • Feds forced churches to get baptism permits

    08/30/2013 5:01:59 PM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 20 replies
    Todd's Daily Dispatch/Fox News ^ | By Todd Starnes | Todd Starnes
    The National Park Service began enforcing a policy recently that required churches to obtain special use permits in order to baptize in public waters. As part of the same permit process, the NPS also mandated that churches give the Park Service 48 hours advance notice of pending baptisms. But as any Baptist or Pentecostal in good standing knows – that’s a problem. “If the Holy Spirit is working on Sunday morning, you’re going to baptize Sunday afternoon,” Dennis Purcell told The Salem News. “You may not know ahead of time.” Many Christians believe that the Bible commands new followers of...
  • Obmacare Funded IRS "Big Data" Project

    05/15/2013 4:59:34 PM PDT · by austinaero · 23 replies
    Chriss Street and Company Blog ^ | 05/15/13 | Chriss Street
    Obamacare Funded big IRS Data - By October 2010, the Internal Revenue Service had the capability to sift through emailing patterns associated with millions of individual internet addresses and have already established 32,000 categories of metadata and 1 million unique “attributes.” The IRS continues to collect tax data, but they also are now acquiring huge volumes of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records. Dean Silverman, who led the IBM zEnterprise™ 196 systems upgrade bragged: “Private industry would be envious if they knew...
  • Queen and Pope found guilty by International Court, 20 year sentences.

    03/02/2013 6:45:27 PM PST · by STD · 38 replies
    Dear Freepers, Once again the fools from Brussels are up to their old extortion practices. The Canadians people were taught in school that only the American people brutalized the hapless Natives. How could any of these charges be true? Canada had reservations and concentration camps for indian children; impossible rewrite of noble Canadian history. Queen and Pope found guilty by International Court, 20 year sentences. International Common Law Court of Justice./ GUILTY! Final Verdict is Rendered in First Common Law Court Case against the Vatican and Canada for Genocide Pope, Queen and Canadian Prime Minister found Guilty of Crimes against...
  • Napolitano: Watch for Obama to ban ammo by EO through EPA action

    02/12/2013 11:33:51 AM PST · by pabianice · 85 replies
    Fox News Channel (NO link) | 2/12/13
    Judge Napolitano on Fox: Watch for Obama in his SOTU message tonight to indicate he "can't wait" for Congress to act and thus will use EOs to circumvent the law. He will likely order the EPA to tax ammunition to pay for "the environmental damage and clean-up." In general, he believes Obama will bury Congress in a siege of EOs, knowing that Congress will not stop him. Only Congress can levy taxes, so this sets-up a fight between Obama and the so far eunich House, a fight he wants.
  • Clearwater considers 'sitting' ban to curb homeless

    07/17/2012 1:23:58 PM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | July 17, 2012 | TBO.com
    The Clearwater City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban sitting in some areas of the municipality to fight the growing homeless problem. . . The city said the idea came from a consultant who was hired to address how to handle the homeless. If the city passes the ordinance, anyone caught violating the law could face a $500 fine or up to 60 days in jail.
  • Executive Overreach

    06/15/2012 6:04:48 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/15/12 | John Yoo
    President Obama’s claim that he can refuse to deport 800,000 aliens here in the country illegally illustrates the unprecedented stretching of the Constitution and the rule of law. He is laying claim to presidential power that goes even beyond that claimed by the Bush administration, in which I served. There is a world of difference in refusing to enforce laws that violate the Constitution (Bush) and refusing to enforce laws because of disagreements over policy (Obama).
  • Inspection Service Authority; Seizure and Forfeiture

    02/27/2012 7:22:14 AM PST · by In Maryland
    The Federal Register ^ | Monday, February 27, 2012 | Postal Service
    "Although CAFRA [Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act] enacted a provision granting attorney fees to substantially prevailing parties in civil judicial forfeitures, the regulations make it clear that the Postal Service is not liable for attorney fees or costs in administrative forfeiture proceedings, even if the matter is referred to the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Attorney declines to initiate a judicial forfeiture on the property." - page 11437
  • Excellent discussion - CSPAN2- O'care contraception mandate- 8:20pm ct

    02/09/2012 6:37:53 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies
    CSPAN2 ^ | 2-9-12
    CSPAN2 onlineQ&A coming up
  • Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear

    08/26/2011 9:26:29 AM PDT · by yoe · 65 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 26, 2011 | ERIC FELTEN
    Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle. It isn't the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife...
  • KNIGHT: Bureaucratic overreach not kids stuff

    06/25/2011 4:20:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2011 | Robert Knight
    While 22-year-old Rory McIlroy was teeing up on June 16 during the first round of his historic victory at the U.S. Open, another drama was unfolding outside Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. A Montgomery County inspector busted some kids for running a lemonade stand at which they were setting aside half the proceeds for pediatric cancer victims. The charge? No permit. One of the dads involved got a $500 fine. After a TV station’s tape of the bust went viral, the county backed off, canceled the fine and let the kids set up on a side street. The children decided...
  • Apple scores broad patent on touch screens

    06/22/2011 2:17:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    CNet News ^ | June 23, 2011 | by Don Reisinger
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a key patent for touch screen functionality on portable devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. The touch screen of an Apple iPad in action. (Credit: Apple ) Apple's patent, which the company applied for in 2007, boils down to one simple focus: when a person uses their fingers to interact with the touch screen, the software reacts to that gesture. Images that Apple included with its patent application show that functionality being implemented across several different applications, including a Web browser and a home screen. Here's the more technical description:...
  • New Government Policy Imposes Strict Standards on Garage Sales Nationwide

    01/03/2011 12:55:13 PM PST · by La Lydia · 121 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 3, 2011
    Americans who slap $1 pricetags on their used possessions at garage sales or bazaar events risk being slapped with fines of up to $15 million, thanks to a new government campaign. The "Resale Round-up," launched by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, enforces new limits on lead in children's products and makes it illegal to sell any items that don't meet those limits or have been recalled for any other reason. The strict standards were set in the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a series of high-profile recalls of Chinese-made toys. The standards were originally interpreted to apply only...
  • Food Safety Bill Gets Post-Turkey Day Vote (There's still time: won't vote until after Thanks..)

    11/20/2010 7:34:48 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | Nov. 19, 2010 | April Fulton
    Just about the time you're tucking into your Thanksgiving leftovers, the Senate will get around to a final vote on the food safety bill. By Thursday night in the Capitol, it was all about negotiating with the lone hold-out, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).Coburn had threatened to hold up the food safety bill to get a vote to ban spending on lawmaker's pet projects, a.k.a. an "earmarks" ban. And eventually, he got that assurance. [snip] The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority to recall tainted foods and increase inspections, as well as put new produce safety requirements...
  • S.F. Supes Pass Happy Meal Ban with Veto-Proof Majority

    11/02/2010 8:16:32 PM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 17 replies
    SF Weekly Blogs ^ | Tue., Nov. 2 2010 | John Birdsall
    Snitch editor Joe Eskenazi has the word on today's vote by the Board of Supervisors to end toy giveaways for fast-food meals that fail to rate as nutritious. Eskenazi: The supes today passed an ordinance that will require meals to meet nutritional guidelines if restaurants wish to include a toy with the food purchase. More importantly, the supes passed the so-called "Happy Meal Ban" by an 8-3 vote ― meaning it can survive a promised veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom. That's right: San Francisco done banned the Happy Meal. Robble robble. Sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar, the ban turned on...
  • Things the U.S. government could do without

    08/31/2010 7:19:20 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 31st, 2010 | Roger Kimball
    But of course it is only a start. Another prime candidate is the Department of Education. Like so much Washington bureaucracy, this behemoth is essentially one of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” (i.e., statist) institutions, a shil for the teacher’s union and enforcement agency for politically correct ideology It officially presides over a budget of nearly $67 billion and another $96.8 billion in “discretionary funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.” (Did the person who wrote that smile as he set it down in black and white? “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” forsooth! “Anti-American Rapine and Redistribution...
  • Judge orders Wells Fargo to pay back $203M in fees (a must read!)

    08/11/2010 8:54:36 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 52 replies
    AP ^ | 8/11/2010 | AP
    "In a decision handed down late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup accused Wells Fargo of "profiteering" by changing its policies to process checks, debit card transactions and bill payments from the highest dollar amount to the lowest, rather than in the order the transactions took place. That helped drain customer bank accounts faster and drive up overdraft fees, a policy Alsup referred to as "gouging and profiteering.""
  • The health care debacle in 90 seconds

    11/09/2009 2:30:11 PM PST · by nutsonthebus · 6 replies · 559+ views
    Doug Ross ^ | November 8, 2009 | Doug Ross
    Cost The CBO now estimates health bill spending at $3 trillion over 10 years. Since the CBO historically underestimates expenses, assume massive new deficits for a country that can ill afford them. Personal Requirements You'll be required to buy a 'qualified' health plan. A family earning $102K a year will pay $1,700 a month in premium and out-of-pocket expenses. 'Willful' failure to buy a plan will result in a fine of up to $250,000 and 'imprisonment of up to five years'. Illegal immigrants are exempt from fines and imprisonment.
  • City to homeowner: Let us in, or get out

    10/06/2009 12:12:10 PM PDT · by Gordon Pym · 18 replies · 976+ views
    WND ^ | October 04, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A Pennsylvania man who refuses to allow city officials to enter his home without a warrant has been forced out to stay in a hotel instead, evicted by a notice posted on his door that forbids him from using or occupying the building he owns. Borough Ordinance No. 1188 of Lansdowne, Penn., requires all rental properties – including the private residence of the landlord, if he lives onsite – be subjected to annual inspections, with or without a warrant. But Michael Marcavage, who lives in half of a Lansdowne duplex he owns, renting out the other half, believes the city...
  • CQ Politics' Guide To 2010 Senate Races

    07/27/2009 2:48:59 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 51 replies · 860+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | 07/27/09 | Bob Benenson
    Sixty-six weeks from the 2010 election, neither Democrats nor Republicans have a clear advantage in the all-important races for the Senate, where Democrats for now have a working but sometimes fractious “supermajority” of 60. Each party will be defending 18 seats next year, and only seven races are, at this point, considered tossups. Democrats hope to build on the 15 seats they have picked up since 2006 (including the defection last year by Pennsylvania’s formerly Republican Arlen Specter ). The Republicans, of course, want to drive the Democratic majority as far below 60 seats as they can. (Actually retaking control...
  • LAT:The SEIU's overreach

    05/12/2009 8:34:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 642+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/12/09 | Editorial
    The budget deal that the Legislature grudgingly approved in February left few Californians unbruised. State programs were slashed and taxes and fees were hiked in an effort to close a $42-billion budget gap, causing many to decry the impact on vulnerable residents and struggling businesses. Some of those voices carried further than others, however. Now, the state could lose $6.8 billion in supplemental Medicaid dollars because of a complaint lodged by the union representing home healthcare workers, many of whom face reductions in their already low wages. Although we don't like the cuts, we don't think the federal government should use...
  • The worst amendment

    12/08/2007 7:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Musings of a Rogue Federalist ^ | October 11, 2007 | Christopher
    There are very, very few things about the Constitution that I would just outright change. There are lots of very important areas where reasonable people can differ, with enormous consequence, and I would certainly like to see those clarified, but that's not what I mean here. Here I'm talking about things in the current Constitution, as amended, that are just plain wrong. The first and foremost among these is the 17th Amendment. If I could change one thing about the Constitution, it would be to clarify the meaning of "general welfare". If I could change two, though, the second would...
  • Right Down the Middle? - (why the Republicans are WAY ahead & could remain in power for years!)

    05/30/2005 6:35:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 1,159+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | MAY 30, 2005 | MORT ZUCKERMAN
    The Republicans have had the Democrats on the defensive. They have won seven presidential victories in the last 10 elections since 1968; control of the House since 1994; and, recently, control of the Senate, both with increasing majorities. The Democrats have not broken 50 percent in any presidential election since 1976 or 48.5 percent in the six congressional elections since 1994. They have not won a majority of the white votes since 1964, and their geographic base has come to be concentrated on both coasts. You can fly over virtually the entire country without flying over states that voted Democratic....
  • Topless 3-year-old makes waves at pool

    08/02/2003 11:40:07 AM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 152 replies · 1,680+ views
    The Detroit Free Press ^ | August 2, 2003 | JACK KRESNAK
    <p>It may be all right for girls to bathe topless in pools in, say, Brazil, but don't try going topless at a water park in Detroit -- even if you're only 3 years old.</p> <p>Karima Sorel and her daughter Suhayla Smith, 3, learned that the hard way Wednesday when security guards at Wayne County's Chandler Park Family Aquatic Park called police on Sorel because she allowed her daughter to play in the pool topless.</p>
  • Tinker with your MP3 player, get 5 years in jail

    07/29/2002 10:38:32 AM PDT · by JameRetief · 19 replies · 371+ views
    The Register USA ^ | July 29, 2002 | Thomas C. Greene
    Tinker with your MP3 player, get 5 years in jail By Thomas C Greene in Washington Posted: 07/29/2002 at 12:25 EST We were suspicious a few months back when US Senator Joseph Biden (Democrat, Delaware) introduced proposed legislation with Senator Fritz "Hollywood" Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) to protect emblems of authenticity for digital media, such as holograms, with the same tough laws that criminalize bogus labels on designer-wear. A Biden aide told us at the time that the proposed legislation would have no effect on DRM features; it was merely meant to cover software and music packaging. We doubted it...