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  • Total Disaster: USPS Survey Shows That The Entire Workforce Is Abjectly Miserable

    05/01/2016 10:15:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 73 replies
    townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    We all have cracked jokes about the United States Postal Service, especially about their workers “going postal.” Most postal workers you’ve encountered are probably lethargic, short-tempered, half-asleep, or just plain rude. Well, that could be due to their work environment. These people are miserable, which is what the USPS painfully discovered when they gave Gallup to conduct this survey at the cost of $1.8 million (via Inside Sources):The topline results were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request after the USPS declined to provide the data to InsideSources when asked in January. Postal workers reported strong job dissatisfaction, and...
  • Man Admits To Blowing Up Mailbox With Pipe Bomb To Impress Girlfriend

    04/26/2016 3:06:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    denver.cbslocal.com ^ | April 25, 2016
    ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A man has been charged in connection with a Postal Service mailbox that was destroyed by a pipe bomb in Arvada last week. According to the arrest affidavit, John Henry Bowman, 45, admitted to blowing up a mailbox located in a parking lot on the 9500 block of Ralston Road with a pipe bomb.Arvada police said just before 2:30 a.m. on April 21 several people called about a suspicious noise. Police responded but were unable to determine what the calls were about because they came from several different areas.At 7 a.m. another person called police...
  • Postage prices set to go down, and the USPS isn't happy

    04/08/2016 5:30:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 8, 2016: 11:02 AM ET | Chris Isidore
    The price of mailing a letter will fall for the first time in nearly a century this Sunday. And the U.S. Postal Service, which was ordered to cut the price by its regulator, is not happy about that. USPS said the decline in the cost of a postage stamp, from 49˘ to 47˘, will cost it $2 billion this year, and make it more difficult for it to compete and provide the service its customers demand. […] The Postal Regulatory Commission, the independent government agency which oversees the USPS and its pricing, acknowledges the Postal Service will lose $2 billion...
  • USPS says letter carrier was assaulted in Dorchester (Boston)

    03/04/2016 5:26:44 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    WFXT (Fox-Boston) ^ | March 3, 2016 | Ted Daniel
    The letter carrier described the suspects as four Hispanic males in their late teens and one Hispanic female in the same age range. The letter carrier said he saw the group stealing a package, and when he confronted them they pushed him to the ground and broke his glasses. Assaulting a postal employee is a federal offense that can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
  • MAN FACES CHARGES FOR CURSING OUT IRS

    02/24/2016 9:18:17 AM PST · by Raycpa · 31 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | 2/24/2016 | By Admin
    <p>A taxpayer has been charged with mailing a threatening communication after he responded to a notice from the Internal Revenue Service about overdue taxes by scribbling a profanity on the letter and mailing it back to the IRS.</p> <p>Enrique Santiago of the Bronx, N.Y., allegedly wrote, “I do not live at this address anymore, so go f–k yourself,” on the IRS notice and told the post office to return it to the sender. The IRS had intended the notice for his nephew, named Enrique A. Santiago, but he had moved out of the elder Santiago’s home a month earlier after a “physical altercation” with his uncle, according to the New York Post. Santiago shares a similar name with his nephew, who owes the IRS $3,032.57 in unpaid taxes.</p>
  • Whatever Reform Brings, USPS Still Has to Fund Benefits

    02/20/2016 6:50:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    It's far too early to say what will or won't make it to the final draft of Sen. Tom Carper's legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service. But it is a safe bet the Postal Service's huge and growing deficit in funding for employee pensions and medical benefits will be addressed. Ask any casual observer of the Postal Service's increasingly dire fiscal situation, and they will say the "prefunding requirements" are a big part of the problem. This may be true, but removing this obligation would not come close to addressing the Postal Service's need for reform and cannot be...
  • A Massive Fleet Purchase Is Not the Answer for Postal Service

    01/28/2016 10:56:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Ever noticed how every UPS or Fed-Ex delivery vehicle you see on the road is exactly the same? No matter what they carry or how far they go to deliver, they're all the same size, shape and appearance? Of course not. No real company that has to defend a real bottom line to real investors would do anything of the sort. A real company would stay as flexible as possible when it comes to delivery vehicles. It would allow for the rapidly changing needs of shippers. It would rely on relatively quick turnover to incorporate new vehicle technology and improved...
  • The Postal Service Is Delivering Itself Into Bankruptcy, Audit Shows

    01/22/2016 3:48:46 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 52 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/21/2016 | John Merline
    Declining business and rising expenses are not exactly a recipe for long-term business success, but that is exactly what's going on at the U.S. Postal Service right now, the Government Accountability Office told a congressional panel on Thursday.
  • John Kasich on Trump Supporters Booing Muslim Activist: "That Is Not The Republican Party"

    01/10/2016 5:13:43 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 10, 2016
    Reacting to the removal of muslim activist Rose Hamid, John Kasich says that the Trump rallygoers are "not the Republican Party." JOHN KASICH: I saw a crowd booing this woman who was being escorted. That’s not the spirit of Jack Kemp. I mean, we are people that can tolerate differences and respect people, and this is nonsense. That is not the Republican Party. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z7fGQNQgmQ
  • Have bad handwriting? The US Postal Service has your back

    12/27/2015 12:20:56 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 12-23-15 | Molly Bloudoff-Indelicato
    Christmas is the busiest time of the year for both Santa and the United States Postal Service. But, while Santa has elves at his side, the USPS must rrely on technology to make its deliveries.
  • Cuba and the US agree to re-establish direct mail service

    12/11/2015 10:53:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 11, 2015 1:42 PM EST | Michael Weissenstein
    Cuba and the United States announced Friday they have struck a deal to re-establish direct mail service, which was cut in 1963 at the height of Cold War tensions. Both countries said that they would launch a pilot program to test direct service. They gave no date for the permanent resumption of service, but indicated that it would not be imminent, saying that technical, operational and safety aspects remained under discussion. The announcement came six days before the anniversary of the announcement by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that they were re-establishing diplomatic relations. The Obama administration has been...
  • US Postal Service Loses $5.1B in FY2015, Ending 9th Year in the Red

    11/18/2015 11:44:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2015 | 11:29 AM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Despite an increase in revenue of $1.1 billion, the U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for Fiscal Year 2015, which ended on September 30th. [...] ... "[C]ontrollable expenses" also increased $1.3 billion, from $66.4 billion in FY2014 to $67.7 billion in FY2015. That included a 21 million increase in workhours, even though total mail volume declined from 155.5 billion pieces in 2014 to 154.2 billion pieces in 2015. USPS explained that the increase in operating expenses "was the result of a combination of factors, including higher compensation costs attributable to increased benefits expenses and additional work...
  • Who to Blame if Your Holiday Mail Doesn't Arrive on Time

    11/14/2015 10:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2015 | Brian McNicoll
    Postal reform may not be mentioned much in the presidential debates. But if the Postal Service continues to struggle with on-time delivery through the holiday season, we will hear much more about this during the new year – both because it is becoming urgent and because it is one of the few issues Congress can make progress on during an election year. With that in mind, here are five lines of argument likely to emerge during those debates and why it is best if Congress does not accept the conventional wisdom. To wit: --The Postal Service is not a government...
  • U.S. postal workers union endorses Bernie Sanders for president in 2016

    11/12/2015 5:07:10 AM PST · by simpson96 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/12/2015 | Caren Bohan
    (Reuters) - The U.S. postal workers union's executive board said on Thursday it had voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, the union said in a statement. The endorsement was a setback for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who has been vying with Sanders, her chief rival, for the support of organized labor."Politics as usual has not worked. It's time for a political revolution," said Mark Dimondstein, president of the postal workers union. Dimondstein called Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, "a true champion" of workers.
  • Postal Service's 'Priority' Should Be Delivering Mail

    11/07/2015 5:27:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7. 2015 | Brian McNicoll
    Is the Postal Service taking its captive customers those who have no choice but to do business with it for granted? That's one of the suggestions of a recent report from the Tax Foundation. It is clear the Postal Service thinks one way about its commercial products and another about the delivery of regular mail on which it has a monopoly. For instance, the Postal Service's approach to its package delivery business has been to add seven-day-a-week delivery in 650 cities. According to a press release, "Sunday delivery serves the needs of valued customers in today's busy online world while...
  • Philadelphia Letter Carrier Charged With Not Delivering 22,000 Pieces of Mail

    07/23/2015 11:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Joel Landau
    Maybe the snow, or rain, or heat, or gloom of night, got to him. A Philadelphia mail carrier was charged with committing the greatest infraction of a United States Postal worker — not delivering the mail. Federal prosecutors allege Patrick D'Ambrosio, 48, declined to deliver a whopping 22,000 pieces of mail on his route between May 2014 and January of this year. He instead opted to stick the materials in his car and his northeast Philadelphia home. This behavior is the exact opposite of what the USPS motto stands for. "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night,...
  • NYC Mailman Accused Of Stealing More Than $1M In Tax Refunds In Years-Long Scheme

    07/02/2015 5:11:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 2, 2015
    Is there some kind of greedy bug sweeping through the New York City mail system? Okay, probably not, but for the second time in two months a postal employee has been charged by federal prosecutors with taking part in a scheme to pad their own pockets. The most recent case involves a mail carrier who allegedly stole more than $1 million in tax refunds. The Associated Press reports that a 36-year-old Brooklyn man was charged with conspiracy and theft of government funds for his part in “delivering” bogus tax refunds to himself.
  • USPS reports $1.5B loss

    05/09/2015 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2015 2:06 PM EDT
    The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have declined. The Postal Service is an independent agency that receives no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control. It has asked to end most Saturday deliveries, a request that was blocked by Congress amid opposition by postal unions and others. …
  • Gyrocopter Lands on Capitol Grounds

    04/15/2015 12:01:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Capitol building, Visitor's Center placed on lockdownU.S. Capitol Police have detained a man who flew over and landed a gyrocopter on Capitol grounds, causing the building and visitor center to be locked down Wednesday afternoon. The pilot landed around 1:30 p.m. was taken into custody after he landed on the West Front grounds. Police have described the aircraft as a gyrocopter, which is similar to a helicopter in appearance, but uses a different type of propulsion and lift. The USCP Hazardous Devices Section (bomb squad) is continuing to investigate the gyrocopter. The following temporary street closures are in effect, affecting...
  • Liberals steal a quote from an old white lady to make Maya Angelou Commemorative stamp

    04/10/2015 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/10/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The United States Postal Service (USPS) has colluded with the family of the late poet Maya Angelou to steal a quote from a white eighty nine year old children’s book writer named Joan Walsh Anglund to make the new Angelou stamp look good. The whole episode is a perfect example of how liberals are different from other people. According to reports, there was an excited gathering of “luminaries” at the stamp’s unveiling which included Michelle Obama who is the political world’s Kim Kardashian – famous for being famous without any actual accomplishments of her own. That the stolen quote placed...
  • Weebles Wobble Butt They Don’t Fall Down

    04/09/2015 8:02:35 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 25 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-9-2015 | MOTUS
    Who ARE these strange Weeble people, and why are they here? “Nikki Giovanni, Michelle Obama, Megan J. Brennan, Oprah Winfrey and Ross Rossin stand on stage during the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp Dedication at Warner Theatre on April 7, 2015 in Washington, DC.” Of course it has now been revealed that the quote attributed to Maya wasn’t actually hers: “Her stamp features the phrase, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” which the USPS attributed to Angelou—though the direct quote may actually be from a different author.” Normally that would be...
  • Maya Angelou Stamp Includes Quote That Isn't Hers

    04/07/2015 5:22:10 PM PDT · by IncPen · 61 replies
    AOL News ^ | Apr 7th 2015 | Staff
    Maya Angelou was known for her inspirational and thought-provoking quotes, so it's only fitting that a stamp commemorating her features one. A new postage stamp that was unveiled in a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning celebrating the late literary icon aimed to do just that. It features her image with the quote, "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Except that quote ... isn't Angelou's.
  • Postal Inspectors Reported to be Collecting License Plate Info, Agents Deny Broad Surveillance

    03/14/2015 11:31:43 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 31 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/14/2015 | Ronnie Schreiber
    The Truth About Cars has followed the use of license plate recognition and storage technology by local law enforcement agencies, a practice that has raised alarms from civil liberties activists because of constitutional concerns over broad surveillance and the ability to reconstruct one’s movements from license plate data. Now it appears that United States Postal Inspection Service, the USPS’ own law enforcement agency has also, at least at one post office in Colorado, been collecting similar data from drivers. Though the device had apparently been operating for at least a few months, within an hour of Chris Halsne, of Denver’s...
  • Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices

    Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared. FOX31 Denver investigative reporter Chris Halsne confirmed the hidden camera and recorder is owned and operated by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service. The recording device appeared to be tripped by any vehicle leaving the property on Johnson Road, but the lens was not positioned to capture images of the front door,...
  • Video: Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at Denver post offices

    03/12/2015 5:55:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    DENVER — Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared.FOX31 Denver investigative reporter Chris Halsne confirmed the hidden camera and recorder is owned and operated by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service.The recording device appeared to be tripped by any vehicle leaving the property on Johnson Road, but the lens was not positioned to capture images of the front door,...
  • Certified Mail Issue.....What to do? (Vanity)

    02/22/2015 11:51:52 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 36 replies
    Long story made short. I mailed my taxes in via USPS Certified Mail last Saturday and when I go to USPS for Tracking it says: "Updated Delivery Day: Thursday, February 19, 2015" with the last status being "Sorting Complete". Obviously that day is past so I am starting to wonder.....were my taxes taken by a postal employee? And it never said "Out For Delivery".....the Sorting Complete message has remained. Checked the weather in Kansas City, MO and it does not look like snow. Anyone ever experience this? I have sent a lot of things Certified Mail and this is the...
  • A chance to advance to US Postal Inspection Service, and where to move?

    02/12/2015 3:48:01 AM PST · by Crazieman · 64 replies
    Selfie | 2/12/2014 | Selfie
    I have a chance to apply internally for a position as US Postal Police Officer. I find the opportunity fascinating and exciting. Right now I have a steady schedule as a postal clerk in Wichita, Kansas, after downgrading from supervisor not long ago. Recently divorced, I have few ties other than immediate family. None of the positions available are anywhere near Wichita, and looking at the vast, truth-telling population of Free Republic, I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to change positions and move to any of the following locations that have opened up. San Francisco, CA Los Angeles, CA...
  • Postmaster general: Agency looking for new revenue sources

    02/04/2015 12:09:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 1:08 PM EST | Tom Raum
    The nation’s new postmaster general says the Postal Service is looking beyond its regular mail and package delivery for new sources of revenue. That means building on what Megan J. Brennan calls its “core competency”—the delivery of goods. So what is the agency doing? “We’re testing grocery delivery in San Francisco,” Brennan said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re also delivering water, cases of water in Manhattan and the boroughs” of New York City. …
  • Former U.S. Postal Worker Who Says He Got ‘Lazy’ Sentenced to Probation, Fine

    01/22/2015 12:24:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Jack Moran
    Former U.S. postal worker who says he got ‘lazy’ sentenced It’s long been said that mail carriers deliver through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night. Maybe that’s because if they fail to do the job right, they could end up charged with a federal crime. A now-former U.S. Postal Service worker from ­Eugene learned that the hard way after police recovered nearly 1,000 pieces of undelivered mail from two bins on his front porch in July. The bins contained primarily merchant advertisements (or “junk” mail), but included 27 voter ballots from May’s primary election and more than 200 items...
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband is about to make $1B off a government real estate deal

    01/17/2015 6:54:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, we started off the day with a happy story, so in the interest of keeping the tone positive here on the Hot Gas ranch, let’s finish my shift up with another one. I know all of you are fans of capitalism in general, and just love seeing hard work and inspiration pay off for the little guy who makes it big. With that in mind, who wouldn’t feel their heart melt over the story of a spunky gal from the left coast who rises from humble roots and winds up helping her husband tuck away a few dollars...
  • Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal

    01/17/2015 4:34:05 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    Page Six.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | RIchard Johnson
    Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich? Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done. The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.
  • Senator's (Feinstein) husband stands to profit big from government deal

    01/16/2015 7:27:39 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 31 replies
    The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions. Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion.
  • The real story behind the release of the CIA ‘torture’ report

    12/10/2014 5:46:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    Senate Democrats and President Obama have moved up to a whole new level of desperate. On Tuesday, Democrats in the Senate, who will lose control of the chamber in just three weeks, released a report focused on interrogation techniques — during the administration of George W. Bush. Yes, Mr. Obama is all about transparency, as long as it’s not about his administration. Despite warnings from top Obama officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, that release of the once-classified report would endanger Americans abroad, the president demanded that the United States explain its actions to — terrorists. In some ways,...
  • Unused ‘fitness’ stamps lie waiting in Postal Service warehouse (Moochelle Sad)

    11/29/2014 6:03:00 AM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    nypost ^ | Nov. 29, 2014 | Marisa Schultz
    The US Postal Service is going to take another shot at developing stamps promoting Michelle Obama’s fitness campaign after White House officials vetoed the ones they came up with last year. The stamps, costing $146,250 to print and worth more than $22 million if sold, were never distributed. Now, officials at the money-losing agency are getting ready to try again. “We are continuing to develop plans regarding a fitness-themed stamp series,” USPS spokesman Mark Saunders told The Post.
  • Agent: Postal worker who dumped GOP mailers not politically motivated, just lazy

    11/03/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-3-14 | M.D. Kittle
    The Neenah mail carrier who dumped hundreds of GOP political mailers in an apartment complex Dumpster wasn’t politically motivated; the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering the stacks of campaign advertisements, according to preliminary findings from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. “Based upon our investigation, this was nothing done toward a specific candidate or party. It looks like it was a decision made by the carrier, and it was not a good decision,” to not deliver the campaign advertisements, Robert Rukes, special agent with the inspector general’s office in Chicago, told Wisconsin Reporter Monday. “A...
  • Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

    10/28/2014 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 13 replies
    times ^ | OCT. 27, 2014 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax. The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by...
  • Postal Service Halts Deliveries to Low Mail Slots Forcing Workers to Bend Over

    09/11/2014 6:10:09 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/10/2014 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Some residents in Borough Park in New York City are irate with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) because their service has been halted due to their low-set mail slots, according to the New York Daily News. The postal service claims the slots are dangerous for their carriers and, as a result, the residents have to stand in lines an hour long at the 51st St. post office, many of them trying to pick up badly-needed medicines or their Social Security checks. The residents of 46th Street were alerted to the change in their service by a letter from a postal...
  • Detroit Couple Says Mail Carrier Won’t Deliver Because They Are Gay

    09/01/2014 11:14:38 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Detroit Couple Says Mail Carrier Won’t Deliver Because They Are Gay http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video?clipId=10517840&autoStart=true
  • Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle

    08/14/2014 3:12:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Nation of Change ^ | August 13, 2014 | David Morris
    The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity. Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system. In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the rapid closure of 3600 local post offices, a step toward the eventual closing of as many as 15,000, half of all post offices in the nation.
  • US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel (What's next?)

    08/14/2014 11:18:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/14/2014, 1:52 PM | Ari Yashar
    ADL complains to US Postmaster General after mail to Israel turned away in several states. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel. In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. "The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says...
  • US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel

    08/14/2014 6:01:07 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-14-14 | Ari Yashar
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel. In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. "The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis,” said Abraham H....
  • Is your mail arriving after dark? USPS service cuts are to blame, watchdog says

    07/22/2014 1:30:58 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Lisa Rein and Lynh Bui
    Mail is being delivered after 5 p.m. almost 70 percent of the time to residents and businesses in the District and the Maryland suburbs in violation of U.S. Postal Service policy, an investigation released Tuesday found. The number of letter carriers who are still on their routes after 5 p.m., even in the winter darkness, and the delayed delivery of letters and packages has grown so dramatically in recent years that the Capital District now ranks as the worst area in the country for late mail service, a report by Postal Service Inspector General David Williams concluded. Northern Virginia also...
  • Double standard? Pro-Obama IRS Worker Suspended, Postal Employee Fired For Political Violation

    07/11/2014 10:19:57 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-11-2014 | Stephanie McNeal
    Stephanie McNeal July 11, 2014lewispostal.jpg Marcus Lewis was fired from the Postal Service for running for Congress.MARCUS LEWIS/REUTERS Does the punishment fit the offense? A federal agency announced two disciplinary actions this week against federal workers for violating a law that limits political activity. But while one of them -- a now-former Postal Service worker who committed the apparent sin of running for Congress -- was fired, the other -- an IRS worker who used taxpayer resources to promote President Obama's 2012 candidacy -- faces only a suspension. Now the ex-Postal Service worker in question, Illinois resident and congressional candidate...
  • Another fight looms over Saturday mail delivery

    07/06/2014 1:34:52 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Congressional efforts to revamp the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service have run into a longtime roadblock – Saturday mail delivery. Top Republicans like House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and the Postal Service’s own executives say rolling back six-day letter delivery is crucial to the agency’s fiscal health – saving an average of $2 billion a year. But GOP efforts to limiting Saturday delivery have hit a pair of snags in recent weeks, with Republican lawmakers representing rural districts balking along with Democrats - illustrating that such a plan doesn’t appear to have the votes to make it through the House....
  • Postal worker caught throwing packages into ravine (Alabama)

    07/04/2014 3:18:15 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    www.news965.com ^ | july 4, 2014 | samantha jordan
    Getting packages in the mail is always fun but delivering them  is probably a pain.  A USPS worker in Alabama proved just how much he hates giving rather than receiving when he started chucking packages into a ravine on his route. It was all caught on video by a resident in Birmingham.
  • U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

    06/22/2014 4:04:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-3-2013 | RON NIXON
    Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: a handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. “Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was highlighted in green. “It was a bit of a shock to see it,” said Mr. Pickering, who with his wife owns a small bookstore...
  • Catonsville postman accused in theft of 20K pieces of mail

    06/02/2014 2:25:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 6-2-14 | Ian Duncan and Brandi Bottalico
    A Catonsville letter carrier who worked for the postal service for more than two decades stole more than 20,000 pieces of mail, according to federal authorities. Jeffrey L. Shipley is accused of pilfering checks and money orders. He is accused of filching passports and prescription medication. He is accused of pilfering credit cards and Mother's Day cards. He is even accused of stealing furniture from the United States Postal Service. Shipley was charged in federal court last week with one count each of mail theft and delaying the mail. Neither Shipley nor his attorney could immediately be reached for comment...
  • Sowell: The Ambassador and the Post Office

    06/02/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 3, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors' Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain's Morris Oxford of some decades earlier. The reason was simple: the Indian government would not allow cars to be imported to compete with it. The fact that the Ambassador was a copy is hardly an automatic reason for condemnation. The first Nikon camera was an obvious copy of a German camera called the Contax, and the first Canon was an obvious copy of the Leica. The difference is that, over the years,...
  • Anti-gay group calls for boycott of Harvey Milk stamp

    06/01/2014 8:52:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 29, 2014 | Emma Margolin
    Calling slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk a “predator” on its website this week, the fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association (AFA) urged members to refuse any mail postmarked with a recently-released commemorative stamp featuring the late San Francisco supervisor. “Harvey Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction,” reads the AFA’s press release. “He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp.”
  • A drag queen was behind USPS Harvey Milk stamp

    05/31/2014 11:18:06 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 28 replies
    AFA ^ | 5/27/14 | AFA
    With last week's release of the Harvey Milk postage stamp by the United States Postal Service, AFA wants you to know the truth behind it. The Harvey Milk stamp was a result of seven years of lobbying by a self-described drag queen (a biologi cal man with implanted breasts) and former transsexual prostitute Nicole Murray Ramirez of San Diego.