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  • 'Everyday American' Taxpayers Funded $90,000 Private Jet For Hillary (And Her Mom) To Visit Her Chef

    08/31/2016 11:16:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | August 31, 2016
    The Navy officer in the picture below got a lot of attention back in May when he accompanied Hillary to a Memorial Day parade in her home town of Chappaqua, NY. Many online questioned whether Hillary had paid an actor to convince voters she had military supporters. Turns out, that Navy officer is retired Chief Culinary Specialist, Oscar Flores, of the U.S. Navy Reserve, and he seems to have an unusually close relationship with the Clintons. Flores originally served as Bill's White House Chef but has stuck with the Clintons over the years and currently serves as their "Director of...
  • Pokemon Go Has Lost Over Twenty Percent Of Its US Userbase

    08/19/2016 3:25:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Comic book.com ^ | 8/18/16 | Christian Hoffer
    Although it's been out for just a month, Pokemon Go is already bleeding users. A new SurveyMonkey Intelligence report indicates that the game's user base has dropped by over 20% since its peak usage last month. The analytics company estimates that the game peaked at just under 40 million weekly average
  • Here's $49,577,386 That Could Have Gone to Zika Relief

    08/08/2016 7:12:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 8, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $49,577,386 worth of questionable NIH studies since the Zika epidemic began in the beginning of 2015. The projects include everything from studying how drunk men look at women to teaching 11-year-old Kenyans how to use condoms. Many of the studies involve behavioral research into obesity, including the now $3,531,925 study into why a majority of lesbians are obese while gay men generally are not, which concluded that gay men have a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men. The project is slated to receive additional funding this year. The agency spent $1,679,030 on...
  • State Dept Spent $185,000 for One Piece of 'Fiber' Artwork

    08/03/2016 7:48:06 PM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 3, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The piece is made up of 98 balls of thread. "Rather than a sense of constriction, the various sized pieces are like precious small gifts, hiding happy mysteries," writes the art blog "Studio and Garden." "Lares and Penates are Roman deities who protected the household. We might see these small pieces as votive objects, made with a kind of prayerful attention in the repetitive motions of wrapping." The piece was purchased for the New Embassy Compound in Islamabad, which was completed last summer. The $699 million embassy was built using "green construction techniques," uses low-flow faucets, and is "fully compliant"...
  • Taxpayers are paying for scientific scaremongering

    07/16/2016 10:51:19 AM PDT · by K Street Eyes · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2016 | Andrew Langer
    Congress might want to take a hard look at how taxpayers money is being squandered on junk science by some federal agencies. One of the problems with government funded research is that organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide grants to international organizations that have had a history of producing studies to target politically unpopular products and services. Right now, one international organization is waging a public relations war on coffee using American tax dollars to attack this popular, maybe America’s most popular, beverage.
  • Obama: 'I'm Really Going To Miss Air Force One'

    06/02/2016 4:35:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 2, 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    President Barack Obama admitted that he's going to miss the perks of flying on Air Force One once he leaves office. "I'm really going to miss Air Force One," he said during a commencement speech at the Air Force Academy this afternoon.
  • California’s $64 Billion Bullet Train To Nowhere Gets Delayed … Again

    05/24/2016 5:12:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/23/2016 | John Merline
    In the late 1800s, it took railroad companies six years to lay 1,907 miles of track for what was to become the Transcontinental Railroad (or as Barack Obama calls it, the Intercontinental Railroad). Building that railroad line required tunneling through mountains — at one foot a day — building bridges — including one that spanned 700 feet — and doing all the work almost entirely by hand. As best, it will now take seven years for California to lay 119 miles of track — on relatively flat ground in the middle of nowhere. That news came from a contract revision...
  • Rail on the brink (Detroit-Ann Arbor rail project)

    05/21/2016 7:40:43 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 24 replies
    SE Michigan Start UP ^ | 5-20-2016 | Patrick Dunn
    Ann Arborites often talk about the possibility of commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit in wistful tones, as if envisioning a beautiful pipe dream. But this November's election will make that vision a very real possibility. The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) will put a millage proposal before voters in Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties this fall to fund its transit master plan for the region. In Washtenaw County, along with bus rapid transit service from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, that plan includes Detroit-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail making eight round trips a day at speeds...
  • Federal Government Waste Exploded Under Obama, Data Show

    05/21/2016 5:09:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | Staff
    Big Government: The federal government wasted more than $100 billion on overpayments last year. It knows this, even tracks it, but somehow can’t seem to stop it. Is there a better indication that government is too big? A federal website called Payment Accuracy tracks in great detail what it calls “improper payments” made by the federal government through Medicare, Medicaid, farm programs, school lunch programs and others to contractors, doctors, students, and so on. Last year, the government made $126 billion in overpayments, nearly double the amount of made in President Bush’s last year. Improper payments in Medicare, for example,...
  • SF’s $201.6M green tower falls short of some expectations

    04/25/2016 7:04:25 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    sfexaminer ^ | April 25, 201626 Apr 2016 | Joshua Sabatini
    While initially touted by The City as the greenest office building in North America, new analysis shows some of the celebrated features of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s $200 million headquarters have not lived up to expectations. And while the photovoltaic system has met energy needs as planned, the solar inverter room became too hot due to poor ventilation, and a cooling system had to be installed. In another unexpected twist, the company that installed the inverter room has gone bankrupt, making replacement parts unattainable, the memo said. And while the photovoltaic system has met energy needs as planned,...
  • 10 miles of pipe $30mm and years

    04/16/2016 8:19:44 AM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 29 replies
    KBOI ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jake Leber
    Mountain Home Air Force Base is running out of water. "The risk that we face is that if the base doesn't have a reliable water supply into the future, then it may risk the viability of retaining the base in the state of Idaho," said Cynthia Bridge Clark, a water manager with the Idaho Department of Water Resources. "It's about a 10 mile distance so it's a significant pipeline project," Bridge Clark said. Engineers say it should cost between 20 and 30 million dollars, and it should be complete in 2021. The project will take a lot of time and...
  • Maine Senate backs welfare reform bill, but penalty conflict looms

    04/08/2016 4:02:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Michael Shepher
    The Republican bill would hold those who intentionally make illegal purchases under the law to existing penalties for violations including making false statements on forms. A first violation is a one-year suspension, the second is two years, and the third is a lifetime ban. Democrats have said that is too harsh for a violation as small as buying a pack of cigarettes. In their version, the penalty for a first violation would be restitution, the second would be a maximum three-month suspension, and it would be a six-month maximum for subsequent violations. Advocates of the bill have said the department...
  • Finally we are beginning a dialog about NATO! First we must deal with the UN.

    04/07/2016 1:44:34 PM PDT · by BobNative · 10 replies
    Self | April 7, 2016 | Self
    Self comment...
  • TSA says its Randomizer app only cost $47,400

    04/05/2016 9:14:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Fusion ^ | April 4, 2016 | Ethan Chiel
    If you've flown recently, you may have seen a TSA agent holding a tablet that pops up an arrow that tells you which line you should stand in. That little app is called a "Randomizer" and TSA agents use it to determine who is subject to the random searches that are a part of the TSA Pre-check program. Here’s a video of it in action: . . . You wouldn't know it, because it looks incredibly simple, but it appears that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) paid IBM $47,400 for the app, part of a larger $336,000 payout. IBM has...
  • Obamaphone expands to Obama-Internet, with little thought of cost, abuse

    04/02/2016 6:02:54 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2016 | Kelly Riddell
    Remember the Obamaphone? "Everybody in Cleveland have got Obamaphone, keep Obama as president, you know?" said Michelle Dowery, an Obama supporter at a 2012 Mitt Romney event, which went viral at the time. "He gave us a phone, he's going to do more ... You sign up, you on food stamps, you on Social Security, you got no income, you got disability." Mr. Obama has indeed done more. The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to expand the Obamaphone, dubbed the LifeLine Program, to include high-speed Internet access. By doing so, the cost of the program will increase by 50 percent,...
  • Feds Spend $6,000 Studying 'History of French Lesbian Activism'

    03/25/2016 3:13:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 25, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Endowment for the Humanities released its latest round of projects, which includes studies of the "history of French lesbian activism," and $20,000 for a new college course on "questions about neighborliness." The projects are part of $21.1 million in grants announced this week for the federal agency's "Common Good" initiative. Tamara Chaplin, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received a $6,000 summer stipend for her project "Postwar French Media, and the Struggle for Gay Rights."
  • The "First Lady" Staff: 22 serve Michelle Now, 7 Served Hillary, All Others? One.

    03/13/2016 10:13:08 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 66 replies
    Canada Free Press | Jan 10 2009 (copyright) | Bob Arscott
    January 10 · Just think, Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary from her husband's salary. Total Personal Staff members for other first ladies paid by taxpayers ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mamie Eisenhower:--- One-- paid for personally out of President's salary. Total number of Personal Staff Members paid by Tax Payers. Jackie Kennedy: -------One Lady Bird Johnson-----One Pat Nixon ---------------One Betty Ford---------------One Rosaline Carter: --------One Barbara Bush: -----------One Hilary Clinton: --------....... Seven Laura Bush: ------------One Michele Obama: ---------...................... Twenty-two How...
  • University Used Taxpayer Funding to Buy Snuggies - National Science Foundation Grants

    03/09/2016 12:22:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 8, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The University of Washington used federal grant funding to buy thousands of dollars worth of custom embroidered Snuggies. Taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation grants were used to purchase Snuggies, pottery, and a trip to Hawaii. The agency’s inspector general audited the University of Washington and found millions in unallowable salary costs, and numerous examples of “unreasonable transactions” from funds intended for scientific research. The audit, released last month, identified $8,821 charged to five separate grants on unallowable promotional items and gifts, including personalized Snuggie blankets. The wasteful expenditures included $3,920 on canvas bags, mini optical computer mice, and custom Snuggies, as...
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • Wind turbine collapses during Michigan snowstorm

    02/26/2016 3:34:52 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 43 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | Heather Jordan
    OLIVER TOWNSHIP, MI — A wind turbine located in Huron County fell over during a winter storm that brought wind and heavy snow to much of the state, but the cause of the collapse is unclear. The Exelon Corp. turbine is located near Gagetown and Richardson roads in Oliver Township, according to Huron County Central Dispatch. Oliver Township Planning Commission Chairman Brion Dickens lives about a third of a mile from the damaged turbine. "I'm not going to speculate. It was just a mechanical failure," he said Thursday, Feb. 25. "We don't know if it was weather related." Dickens said...
  • Fans of Solar Don’t Want Sun Shining on Toxic Waste (panels contain)

    02/19/2016 3:03:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 2/18/16 | Mark Shiver
    Solar panels contain toxic, hazardous materials and there are no regulations in North Carolina on how to dispose of them. Also, there are no plans in place to deal with what could happen if a storm destroyed a solar facility. The Environmental Review Commission met last week and began a discussion about the toxic materials in solar panels, what to do with expired solar panels and what to do in the event of an accident or natural disaster involving a solar facility. Chaired by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), the commission heard from Tom Reeder, NC Department of Environmental Quality assistant...
  • US gives vehicles to Nigeria's army as Boko Haram launches attacks

    01/07/2016 1:50:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 07, 2016 | ap
    A statement from the U.S. Consulate in Lagos said the MRAP vehicles, valued at $11 million, were being handed over on Thursday to assist the West African country with both technical and military hardware to enable it to combat the rising challenges of regional extremism. Temitayo Famutimi of the U.S. Department of State said: "The equipment donation represents part of the continuing U.S. commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors to counter Boko Haram's senseless acts of terror and promote regional security." The United States also provides advisers, intelligence, training and logistical support to Nigerian military fighting Boko Haram as well...
  • White House gingerbread display leaves bad taste in mouths of Americans

    12/26/2015 7:44:35 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 77 replies
    Biz PAC Review ^ | 12/26/2015 | Tom Tillison
    On Christmas Eve, the Obama White House posted on social media a photograph of a huge ginger bread house on display in the executive mansion, which had some Americans thinking more Marie Antoinette than Merry Christmas. "Let them eat gingerbread," one social media user said in response. The 500-pound gingerbread house is an exact replica of the White House and was designed by Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison. "A lot of love goes into this 500 pound gingerbread house!" Morrison is quoted in the White House post. Interestingly, The Associated Press noted that this year's gingerbread house differs from past...
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    12/25/2015 9:51:17 AM PST · by poconopundit · 38 replies
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  • DOD spent $150M on private villas, security for 'handful' of employees in Afghanistan [cut]

    12/03/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    FoxNews Online ^ | December 3, 2015 | Cristina Corbin
    U.S. taxpayers spent $150 million building fancy, hotel-like "villas" staffed with private security for government employees working in Afghanistan rather than having them live on U.S. military bases at a fraction of the cost, according to the top government watchdog charged with monitoring wartime waste. The lead oversight team auditing U.S. spending in Afghanistan said Thursday the Pentagon's Task Force for Stability and Business Operations spent 20 percent of its budget on private housing and security guards for a "handful" of employees who could have lived on U.S. military bases for little or no extra charge. ****** A former TFBSO...
  • We’re Number One: Paying The Most For The Worst Healthcare

    11/28/2015 8:27:27 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/28/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Here’s the biggest topic in public health: Why does the U.S. pay substantially more than any other country in the world for healthcare, only to realize mediocre outcomes? Consider these findings, from a 2010 Commonwealth Fund report (and things have not much improved): Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. Compared with six other nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—the U.S. healthcare system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access,...
  • 6 Million Un-Dead Have Social Security Numbers, Audit Finds

    11/16/2015 3:58:14 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2015 | John Merline
    An internal audit out this week reports that there are 6 million people with Social Security numbers who were born more than 112 years ago. Unless there is a Missouri's worth of extremely aged Americans, what this means is that Social Security didn't get the death information that it was supposed to receive on these people.
  • US pledges nearly $100 million to support Syrian opposition

    11/01/2015 1:54:24 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2015 | AP
    MANAMA, Bahrain – The United States is ramping up its support for Syria's opposition with a pledge of nearly $100 million in fresh aid. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the additional assistance Saturday at the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain.
  • BUSH CAMPAIGN DEATH SPIRAL: STAFFER WHO MAY HAVE POCKETED $1.3 MILLION TELLS DONORS

    10/24/2015 7:17:23 AM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Oct 15 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Heather Larrison, the Jeb Bush campaign finance director who may have pocketed $1.3 million in 2015, either directly or through companies in which she may have an ownership interest, from the Bush campaign and the pro-Bush Right to Rise USA Super PAC, certainly has chutzpah. The Washington Post reports that Larrison spent time last week trying to persuade Bush donors that the campaign has a good financial plan: Though the Bush campaign has not responded to our question, Bush donors may be asking that same question at an emergency meeting in Houston today. It will be harder for the Bush...
  • Feds Spend $1.1 Million Studying the ‘Freshman 15’

    10/22/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $1.1 million studying the “freshman 15,” trying to determine whether friends influence their college peers to eat more.Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) highlighted the project as an example of wasteful spending, calling out the agency for studying a myth invented by Seventeen magazine.“The ‘freshman 15’ is an old legend around college campuses; the idea that new college students, away from home and confronted with a campus food service smorgasbord tend to put on a few extra pounds,” Paul’s latest edition of “The Waste Report” reads. “Well the National Institutes for Health...
  • Obamacare Waste Continues to Pile Up

    09/26/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Heartland ^ | 9/26/15 | Justin Haskins
    **SNIP** According to Whitehouse.gov, an official website of the Obamacare administration, the ACA “reduces health care costs,” in part, “by … cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse.” A new government audit of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) management of contracts made with eight companies that helped to build the Healthcare.gov website, shows the 20 contracts “most critical to the website’s operation” – worth roughly $600 million in total – were incredibly mismanaged. According to the report, millions were wasted in cost overruns, shoddy practices, and poor business practices. John Tozzi of Bloomberg Business reports the primary...
  • Obama’s Nuclear Waste Blunders Could Cost Taxpayers Over $20 Billion

    07/27/2015 10:00:29 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-07-2015 | King
    President Obama says otherwise, but he seems to have a propensity for slapping the nuclear industry across the face. When the Obama administration came into power, one of its first actions was to end work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. In so doing, it delivered a shuddering blow to the U.S. nuclear industry, trashing the project when it was nearly ready to open. The cost to taxpayers was about $15 billion. Now the administration is going through the motions to suspend another costly nuclear waste investment when it is about 67 percent com
  • Another VA Scandal: GI Bill Funnels Taxpayer Money To Masturbation Classes, "Hate Churches" & More

    07/24/2015 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/24/15 | tyler durden
    Iraq War veteran David Rodriguez steps into a softly lit classroom at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, crosses his legs and sits on a pillow in front of an altar decorated with a rope, a model of a penis and a statue of a Hindu god. Rodriguez, a retired Navy lieutenant commander who led an engineering battalion that dismantled roadside bombs, is here for a class on “sexual bodywork.” When instruction begins, he will join his classmates in practicing different forms of masturbation. “They do vulva massage and penis massage and anal massage,” said...
  • McConnell: Highway vote 'first step on much longer road'

    07/23/2015 9:03:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-23-2015 | KEITH LAING
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a vote to begin debate on a massive highway bill he is pitching is "an important first step" toward solving a transportation funding shortfall that has bedeviled Congress for a decade.  "There are lot of tired cliches about not giving up after an initial set back," McConnell said, referencing a failed test vote on Tuesday that placed the Senate's ability to pass a long-term highway bill in doubt.  "I won't subject our colleagues to any of those this morning, but I will say that last night's vote represents an important first step toward...
  • Reality Check: Trip To Pluto Cost Less Than Vikings' Stadium

    07/16/2015 12:14:27 PM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 32 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 6:39 PM | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — NASA scientists and planet lovers everywhere are cheering the Pluto space probe, which is now sending images of the dwarf planet back to Earth. The cost of the 10-year voyage is raising eyebrows, but not for the reasons you might think. (snip) The edge-of-the-solar-system breakthrough cost $720 million. That’s less than the cost of the $1 billion Vikings stadium. And less than half the $1.7 billion price tag of the Southwest Rail Project.
  • VA Threatens To Shut Down Hospitals As Vets Die Waiting For Benefits

    07/15/2015 4:45:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/14/2015 | Staff
    Waste: The VA says it will shut down some hospitals if it doesn't get more money this year. Meanwhile, almost a third of those trying to enroll died before getting a decision. What do these things have in common?
  • Study: Hennepin County ignored some child abuse reports

    07/01/2015 6:44:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 6-26-15 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The child protection agency in Hennepin County has been ignoring reports of child abuse to ease its caseload and control its budget, according to a national child welfare group. The group, Casey Family Programs, studied the county's system for months and presented the findings of a report released last week to the Hennepin County board on Thursday. Casey Family Programs director Dee Wilson also told the board that child protection workers commonly screened out abuse reports, which means families weren't visited and services weren't offered, the Star Tribune ( http://strib.mn/1IhwPjh ) reported. Additionally, neglect cases are looked...
  • 'Cash strapped' VA forgot it had $43.1 Million stashed away

    06/29/2015 8:47:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | John Merline
    When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.The latest example: In 2011, the VA set $43.1 million aside to produce brochures informing veterans about their benefits, then forgot about it. The money went unspent for three years and now might be lost for good.
  • School Nutritionists: Participation in School Lunch Program 'Abruptly Down' in 49 States

    06/26/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Gabrielle Cintorino
    (CNSNews.com)-- The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7...
  • SSA Paid the Dead $46.8 Million [Democrat walking-around money]

    06/25/2015 4:00:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/24/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid individuals acting as representatives for disabled beneficiaries nearly $50 million even though they were dead.An audit from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is just the latest example of the SSA’s inability to figure out who on their rolls is still alive.The audit focused on “representative payees,” or a person who manages another’s finances due to mental or physical limitations. The OIG found that many payees acting on behalf of disability beneficiaries had died.“SSA did not ensure new representative payees were selected when current payees died,” the OIG said. “Based on our sample results,...
  • Feds Can’t Verify $2.8 Billion in Obamacare Subsidies

    06/16/2015 3:07:29 PM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 6/16/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government cannot verify nearly $3 billion in subsidies distributed through Obamacare, putting significant taxpayer funding “at risk,” according to a new audit report. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit Tuesday finding that the agency did not have an internal system to ensure that subsidies went to the right enrollees, or in the correct amounts. “[The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] CMS’s internal controls did not effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act...
  • Feds give transgender prof $30k to study history of ‘black transness’ in America

    06/09/2015 7:33:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    EAG News ^ | June 8, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    A black transgender assistant professor at Cornell just got $30,000 from the government to write a book about the history of “black transness” in America. [Snip] Snorton said he plans to put his fellowship money to good use answering important questions about “the relation between how we think about blackness and something we would call transness … a kind of open-ended, non-normative gender articulation,” he told the Chronicle. “What do these stories of gender revelation and gender transformation (in the Schomburg archives) tell us about the politics of integration and our understanding of the period, referred to as the long...
  • In their universe, a costly train is success

    06/03/2015 6:39:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-3-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The political class -- they build themselves new office buildings and such -- live in a different universe from the rest of us, and the rest of us are getting routinely pickpocketed. No greater proof of this truth exists than the remarks of St. Paul's own City Council Member Dave Thune last week after Metro Transit released the financial figures for the first six months of the Green Line. Passengers boarding the Green Line from its debut in June, 2014 through the end of the year paid $6.21 million into the farebox, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs...
  • Exclusive: Cash for Slackers

    06/02/2015 6:11:05 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 1, 2015 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    First of a Three-Part Series Wouldn’t you like to have a job where you get paid to slack off, and no matter what, have a powerful authority to back you up, winning battles to preserve your salary, benefits, and your every demand if your boss tries to fire you? It’s a fact of life for many government workers. A dive into government labor fights at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) reveals a nasty secret—the great lengths federal unions go to protect government slackers, at your expense. Cases at the FLRA, a quasi-judicial body that oversees disputes between federal agencies...
  • Green Line's $6.21M in 2014 fares pay 35.8 percent of expenses

    05/29/2015 6:16:02 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-28-15 | Fredrick Melo
    While Metro Transit's Green Line isn't exactly paying for itself through passenger fares, it's doing a better job than most other Minnesota public transit options. Passengers boarding the state's second light-rail line from its debut in June through the end of 2014 paid $6.21 million into the fare box, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs to operate the 11-mile route. "I think 35 percent is a really good percentage," said St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune. "I love it. I think it has been a success. The kind of traffic it's seeing, going from one end of...
  • U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to “Ineligible Recipients”

    05/22/2015 2:00:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 22, 2015
    The bloated federal agency charged with feeding the poor—and eradiating “food insecurity” in the U.S.—blew nearly $7 billion to provide “ineligible recipients” with the welfare benefit and there appears to be no end in sight to the fleecing. In fact, the agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has for years violated a measure known as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) that requires agencies to conduct annual risk assessments to identify programs that make “significant improper payments” of $10 million or more. Not only has the USDA violated IPERA in the last four years, it also refuses...
  • Mark Dayton keeping veto promise on education bill

    05/21/2015 5:59:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-21-15 | Christopher Megan
    Hours after a chaotic end to the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants to summon lawmakers back to the Capitol to fix an "insufficient" education funding bill. Dayton renewed his promise Tuesday to veto the $17 billion spending bill that had yet to cross his desk, noting it left out his top priority of universal preschool. That means lawmakers, who came within $25 million of a deal that didn't materialize before the end of the legislative session Monday, will have to come back to St. Paul in the coming weeks for a special session held somewhere other...
  • West Seattle couple leaves all their assets — $847,215 — to Uncle Sam

    05/20/2015 7:15:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 49 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 19MAY2015 | Erik Lacitis
    Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. But last month, as Peter and Joan Petrasek had wished in their wills, a cashier’s check for $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of Treasury. The Petraseks had left their total accumulated wealth, of cash in the bank and sale of their West Seattle home, “to the government of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The Petraseks had no children. Why the unusual will? Why not a charity or some cause?
  • Hawaii Obamacare Exchange Website Will Shutdown - Despite $205 million in taxpayer funding

    05/14/2015 12:20:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange website will soon shut down because it is not financially viable, Americans for Tax Reform reports. The exchange website will be shutdown despite $205 million in federal taxpayer funds. The migration to a federal exchange will cost taxpayers another $30 million. [Snip] According to ATR, with only 8,592 enrollees, the state spent $23,899 on each individual.
  • I have a better idea than light rail - oil pipelines

    05/11/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The Metropolitan Council continues to struggle with a marketing problem that just won't go away. The projected cost of extending light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has ballooned to $2 billion, which would make it the largest public infrastructure project in state history. That certainly would be a lot of bridges repaired and lanes of freeway added. Mark Fuhrmann, the project director for Metro Transit, said the other day that delaying the project could jeopardize federal funding. In other words, if we don't act now, we could lose the government's contribution needed to build the line. The government's share?...