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  • SF Chronicle Columnist Mark Morford: EPA's Pruitt Deserves Death Threats

    10/27/2017 9:06:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 10/27/2017 | Tom Blumer
    ... let's look at Morford assessment of Pruitt (bolds are mine throughout this post): Why the EPA director’s security now costs $2 million ... Behold, this banally evil, milquetoast, science-denying government administrator who now, due to an unprecedented, surprising-but-then-again-not-really number of death threats – the agency has already investigated 70 so far – demands a round-the-clock security detail, one totaling dozens of henchmen making six figures apiece and costing taxpayers more than $2 million a year, a ridiculous situation unheard of in the modern era. It is yours to ponder why. Here's a wild guess, Mark: The far-left has become...
  • FEC Commissioner Uses Russian Meddling As Excuse To Restrict Internet Speech

    10/12/2017 2:33:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | David Warrington
    Anti-free speech liberals have long sought to regulate and restrict Americans’ freedom of speech on the Internet. Now, their longtime champion, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, has found her latest excuse to restrict American citizens’ free speech on their own websites, blogs, YouTube, and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Speaking about Russian meddling in the last election at a recent meeting of the FEC (at minute 10:55), Weintraub stated: If you’re interested I’m happy to talk about it but I’m not here proposing that we reopen the entire Internet rulemaking from 2006. I think that’s something we might want...
  • How the U.S. Military Can Save $1 Trillion

    04/19/2017 7:50:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | November 6, 2016 | Benjamin H. Friedman
    The United States could reduce Pentagon spending by over a trillion dollars in the next decade-spending $5.2 trillion rather than the currently planned $6.3 trillion- by adopting strategy of military restraint. That’s the bottom line of a study I produced along with several colleagues as part of “Developing Alternative Defense Strategies 2016,” an exercise organized by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where groups from five think tanks used CSBA’s “Strategic Choices” software to reimagine the U.S. military budget.The others all increased military spending. The teams from the Center for New American Security and the Center for Strategic and...
  • A Fight Worth Having

    03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/2017 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    One day in late spring in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, FDA inspectors visited the headquarters of Sargento cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin—a routine visit as part of the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety of the food we eat. The inspectors took samples of cheese to test for bacteria. Sargento conducted tests on cheese from the same lot. A week later, the results from both sets of tests were in—the cheese was bacteria-free. Sargento, having gotten the all-clear from the government, shipped the cheese to stores across the country. Two months later, however, the FDA...
  • New report calls for ‘justice for millennials’

    07/18/2016 5:05:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 07/18/2016 | Luke Graham
    The report, "Stagnation Generation", calls for the social contract between young and old generations to be renewed, as millennials are at risk of becoming the first generation to earn less over their lifetime than earlier generations. According to the report, in the U.K. today's 27 year olds are earning the same amount as a 27 year old would have 25 years ago. "A typical millennial has actually earned £8,000 ($10,587) less during their twenties than those in the preceding generation – generation X," the report claims. ... Meanwhile, young people are failing to get onto the property ladder. The report...
  • Too Orange To Jail? US Government Drops Suit Against Countrywide's Mozilo

    06/17/2016 11:38:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 6/17/16 | Tyler Durden
    U.S. prosecutors have abandoned their case against Angelo Mozilo, the over-tanned character at the center of the risky subprime mortgages that fueled the financial crisis, after a two-year quest to bring a civil suit against him. As Bloomberg reports, The Justice Department has decided not to sue Mozilo, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a decade-long hunt for someone, anyone to jail over what happened.
  • With Connecticut Foundations Crumbling, ‘Your Home Is Now Worthless’

    06/07/2016 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 June 2016 | Kristin Hussey And Lisa W. Foderaro
    Sandra Miller was at work in January when her daughter called from their home here on Oakridge Drive with alarming news. The house was making loud noises, as if someone had jumped off the counter and landed with a bang. For seconds afterward, the house shook. A while later, it happened again, and again. Over the next several hours, terrifying bangs rattled the house. The next morning, Ms. Miller called Bill Neal, a structural engineer, who delivered the same stunning news to her that he has now told hundreds of homeowners: The concrete foundation was crumbling and, as a result,...
  • A very bad sign for all but America’s biggest cities

    05/31/2016 6:54:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 May 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    Americans in small counties are much less likely to start new businesses, a trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. ___ Americans in small towns and rural communities are dramatically less likely to start new businesses than they have been in the past, an unprecedented trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. The recovery from the Great Recession has seen a nationwide slowdown in the creation of new businesses, or start-ups. What growth has occurred has been largely confined to a handful of large and innovative areas, including Silicon Valley...
  • Why Not C-SPAN?

    03/31/2016 10:39:08 AM PDT · by dvan · 18 replies
    dvan | 3/31/2016 | dvan
    Are the rest of you as disgusted as I am with the current political process? This began over a year ago and has cost millions of dollars while no end is in sight. In fact we are no closer to having even a nominee for President. Wouldn't it be possible to host the debates on CSPAN as table discussions that could be run without the attacks and disputes that are fostered on the Media television channels? Wouldn't this be a more sensible way to present the candidates and their opinions? It could also eliminate the millions of dollars of fundraising....
  • Heard something profoundly disturbing today (Vanity)

    05/03/2016 4:23:41 PM PDT · by DuncanWaring · 167 replies
    Self | Today | Self
    Was talking to a recently-retired computer-science professor today; he said in the last few years he's been seeing students showing up in college who have literally Never. Used. A. Screwdriver. He has been teaching a higher-level class in automating control of a train setup. Part of the project is to assemble a train car from a kit. These kids have no idea how to do it.
  • They really DO think they've got money to burn! Rioters firebomb Greece's central bank

    11/12/2015 12:45:54 PM PST · by familyop · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 November 2015 | Jay Akbar
    Protesters threw Molotov cocktails at riot police and Greek's central bank building after a demonstration against austerity cuts turned violent today...Almost 25,000 people marched through the streets, as part of a 24 hour strike that has brought the capital to a standstill, to protest a new round of tax hikes and spending cuts. Flights were grounded, ships were docked, offices were empty and hospitals left with skeleton staff in the first major walkout in a year...Tsipras' left wing Syriza party, which leads the coalition government, has backed the strike but one protesting teacher said they have 'deprived every Greek of...
  • Farmers and ranchers are tired of EPA doubletalk

    04/22/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | April 15, 2015 | Bob Stallman
    EPA claims that it’s simplifying regulations and making them easier to follow, but the fine print tells another story. Business owners around the country have joined with farmers and ranchers in speaking out on the Waters of the U.S. rule. More than 30 states also oppose the rule. Yet, even in the face of mounting opposition, the EPA still isn’t listening. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has unveiled her latest, campaign-style WOTUS spin, calling the effort the “Clean Water Rule” – as though a bumper-sticker approach to a complex regulation would change anything for people so profoundly affected by her agency’s...
  • NHTSA To Impose New Safe Testing

    05/19/2014 5:39:40 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 2 replies
    Bureaucrats Daily | 5-19-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    NHTSA announced today that GM (Government Motors) would be required to perform new tests and certify the results of those tests. GM will be required to engineer, test and certify that all sub-prime market vehicles can withstand a bowling ball or small child being attached to the keychain will not turn off the vehicle or disable the safety features of the vehicle. NHTSA studies have indicated that an inordinate number of sales of these vehicles by GM to customers that are Common Core public school graduates or have been recently released from institutions and do not possess significant common sense...
  • Dental regulators work to shut down teeth whitening businesses

    05/17/2014 3:55:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Jonathan Serrie
    With her children grown, Trisha Eck thought it would be fun to go from being a stay-at-home mom to a small entrepreneur—so she rented a room at a medical spa, where she started her own business, Tooth Fairies Teeth Whitening. She purchased equipment and supplies from a vendor she met at a trade show, including non-prescription strength teeth whitening gels. Customers could purchase her products as a take home kit or apply them to their own teeth while visiting the spa. Since she’s not a dentist, Eck says she never performed the treatments on customers but was there to offer...
  • Guess Who Makes More Than Bankers: Their Regulators

    04/22/2014 7:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/22/2014 | PAUL KUPIEC
    Long before George Bailey wrestled with Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life," the public decried the pay of top executives in large financial institutions. Overpaid bank executives are the villains in regulatory morality tales and feed distorted public perceptions about bankers' pay. It is true that the very top bank executives make more in a year than most of us make in a lifetime, but compensation of this magnitude is rare. Most banks in this country are small businesses and pay employees modest salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary of a bank employee...
  • Schultz's Dirty Secret: Regulators 'Sheriff' Warren Scalded Are Obama Appointees

    02/15/2013 6:23:25 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ed Schultz was in seventh heaven, lionizing Elizabeth Warren [new first name 'Sheriff'] for the way she grilled financial regulators for failing to take big banks to trial. Just one teenie-weenie factoid Ed failed to mention: those two regulators he showed Warren scalding during his MSNBC show tonight were appointed by, yup, President Barack Obama. View the video here.
  • Federal Regulators Admit That Clinton's Mortgage Scam Caused the Economic Crisis

    01/10/2013 6:56:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 1/10/13 | Rush
    RUSH: "Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules," this is from the AP, "aimed at making sure that people who borrow money for mortgages can afford to repay them." Do you realize what this means? Do you realize what this means? "Federal regulators for the first time..." It's 2013! For the first time? This is a tantamount admission. Nobody's calling it this, except I, El Rushbo, except me. I'm telling you: It's a tantamount admission that the subprime mortgage mess was exactly what it was. It was people who were given loans that could never pay 'em...
  • Big US banks submit "living wills" to regulators

    07/03/2012 3:05:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Google ^ | 7/03/12 | ALEX VEIGA
    Big US banks submit "living wills" to regulatorsBy ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer – 1 hour ago Nine of the largest U.S. banks have submitted plans offering roadmaps for how the government could break up and sell off their assets if they are in danger of failing. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. released summaries of the "living wills" on Tuesday for Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and UBS. The plans were required under the 2010 financial overhaul, which gave regulators the power to seize and dismantle banks that threaten the...
  • Regulators surge in numbers while overseers shrink

    06/26/2012 4:32:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2012 | By Andrew Zajac
    As the U.S. government’s regulatory bureaucracy has ballooned, one agency has been left behind: the office that oversees the regulators. The number of people working in federal agencies with regulatory authority has doubled to about 292,000 under both Republican and Democratic administrations during the past 30 years. In the same period, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the White House bureau that reviews most major rules, has shrunk to 45 employees from 90, according to data compiled by researchers at George Washington University and Washington University in St. Louis. That means there are fewer people to carry out the...
  • Perry Ruling: Perry Denied (only Mitt & Paul on ballot)

    01/14/2012 4:40:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 74 replies
    Red State Virginia ^ | January 14, 2012 | Kurt Feigel
    A Judge has ruled that the ballot will stand as is for the Virginia primary with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney as the only candidates in the presidential primary. In a 22 page ruling the Judge basically said that the Plaintiff’s: Perry,Gingrich,Santorum,Huntsman waited too long to file their request for an injunction. The Judge said: “In essense, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair,” Judge Gibney pulled no punches here: “They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions. The...