Category: Regulation


State Government Dependence On Federal Funding Growing At Alarming Rate

 

 

Federal Funding State By State

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Only 11 states depended on the federal government for more than one-third of their total revenues in 2001. By 2012, 24 states found themselves in this situation.

  State-by-state data from the U.S. Census Bureau, compiled by the State Budget Solutions nonprofit, illustrates the trend of increasing state dependence on federal financial assistance.

  Forty-one of the 50 states have become more dependent on the federal government since 2001 — with federal dollars accounting for an increasing share of their total revenues.

  This trend of increased state dependency on Washington reduces state and local control, while threatening the states’ long-run autonomy.

  The reason is that with federal patronage comes federal leverage. The original Obamacare plan, for example, was to force states to expand Medicaid by threatening them with loss of all federal matching Medicaid funds if they refused.”

 

Story continues at The Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federal Regulators Leaked US Electrical Grid Classified Information

 

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” Classified information about the physical security systems of the U.S. electrical grid was leaked by the country’s top energy regulatory commission, according to a government watchdog report.

  The Energy Department inspector general reports that classified information about electrical grid security was mishandled by officials on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the nation’s grid regulator.

  The IG found that at least one FERC presentation contained information that should have been classified, was handled by commission employees who did not have proper clearance and was given to federal and industry representatives in non-classified settings.

” As you are aware, the materials in question raise concerns with the security and integrity of our Nation’s critical energy infrastructure, including the Nation’s power grid,” the IG reported. “We are especially concerned with reports that the document that was not properly classified and may currently be stored on unclassified Commission servers, as well as on current and former Commission employees’ desktop computers, laptops, portable electronic devices, and copiers.”

The report comes in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that the government was investigating an April 2013 attack on a power substation near San Jose, California where gunmen did millions of dollars’ worth of damage and nearly took out the power to the region.

   The more we read of government doings such as this the more we become convinced that these isolated incidents of “lack of oversight” actually constitute a well thought out plan to bring about panic and anarchy in order to get the people to clamor for ever-more heavy handed State actions … It reeks of Alinskyism and Cloward-Piven , not to mention Rahm Emanuel’s famous quip ” Never let a crisis go to waste” … and if a crisis doesn’t exist , create your own .


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Feds Seize Family’s Ranch-Property Owners Fight Government ‘Land Grab’!!!

 

 

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” When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other.

  Kit and Sherry Laney are one of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ranching families who are being squeezed off their land throughout the West. This case has the potential to erect a barrier to further expansion of federal land takeovers in the West or to erase the last hope of retaining ranching as a part of Western culture in the United States.

  Both ranchers and federal officials are watching with great anxiety as the conflict moves toward resolution.

  The Diamond Bar Ranch is at least 180,000 acres and includes some of the most beautiful land in southwest New Mexico, situated between and including portions of the http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=stateView&state=nm”>Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas.

  Laney’s ancestors began the “Laney Cattle Company” there in 1883 when the area was still a territory. In those days, “prior appropriation” of water determined grazing rights to the land. That meant the first person to make beneficial use of water obtained the “rights” to the water and to the forage within an area necessary to utilize the available water.”

Story continues at WND

For Further reading on the War on Ranchers see: 

 
Nightmare on the Diamond Bar 
 
Sherry Farr asks supporters not to harass officials 
 

Money Talks: Every Senator Probing Time Warner Cable Merger Took Comcast PAC Cash

 

 

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” Money talks — or at least Comcast hopes it does. The Senate Judiciary Committee held its first congressional hearing on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger Thursday, and every single member of the committee has taken money from Comcast PAC — even Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who is generally considered to be anti-Comcast.

  Out of 18 committee members, 10 Democrats and eight Republicans, 17 got money from Comcast’s federal PAC, according to the database at OpenSecrets.org, technology website Ars Technica reported.

  The full list of Senate Judiciary Committee members and cash they’ve accepted from Comcast PAC donations are:

 

 

Comcast PAC donations to Democrats:

 

• Chuck Schumer, New York: $35,000

• Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Chairman: $32,500

• Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island: $26,500

• Chris Coons, Delaware: $25,000

• Dick Durbin, Illinois: $23,000

• Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota: $22,500

• Dianne Feinstein, California: $18,500

• Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut: $11,500

• Mazie Hirono, Hawaii: $5,000

• Al Franken, Minnesota: $5,000 (2009 recount fund)

 

 

Comcast PAC donations to Republicans:

• Orrin Hatch, Utah: $30,000

• Chuck Grassley, Iowa, Ranking Member: $28,500

• John Cornyn, Texas: $21,000

• Lindsey Graham, South Carolina: $13,500

• Jeff Sessions, Alabama: $10,000

• Mike Lee, Utah: $8,500

• Ted Cruz, Texas: $2,500

• Jeff Flake, Arizona: $1,000

    There are no laws these and the rest of the crooks in Congress can consider that do not present a clear conflict of interest on behalf of at least 50% of them at any given time . Congress is corrupt beyond redemption and serious changes need to be instituted as to how they do business .

   Step one is TERM LIMITS … One And Done is our motto , no lifetime sinecures , no career politicians , no political elites , no family dynasties … Period .

Read the rest of the Washington Times story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rancher Prevails In ‘New Ruby Ridge’ Battle As Feds Back Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Bureau of Land Management said Saturday it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. 

  The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years.

  The BLM announcement came a after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte, Nev.

  The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. 

  Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was shot with a stun gun twice by federal agents. Another woman said she was thrown to the ground by an officer. 

  With Bundy supporters pouring in from around the country, safety concerns began to grow.

  BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

” Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said, reports ABC News

 

 

The entire public statement from Director Kornze reads:

 Statement from Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze on the Cattle Gather in Nevada

 

” As we have said from the beginning of the gather to remove illegal cattle from federal land consistent with court orders, a safe and peaceful operation is our number one priority. After one week, we have made progress in enforcing two recent court orders to remove the trespass cattle from public lands that belong to all Americans.

  Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.

  We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.

  Ranching has always been an important part of our nation’s heritage and continues throughout the West on public lands that belong to all Americans. This is a matter of fairness and equity, and we remain disappointed that Cliven Bundy continues to not comply with the same laws that 16,000 public lands ranchers do every year. After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially.”

 

   

Newsmax has more . Victory is ours . For now at least . They won’t give up.

7 Blockbuster Obamacare Charts That The White House Doesn’t Want America To See

 

 

” Remember all those promises that were made to sell Obamacare? Like lowering premiums for a family of 4 by $2,500 a year, allowing people to keep their plans and their doctors, not adding a dime to the deficit, and all of that?

  Well, let’s just see how much of a striking success”Obamacare” is based on the numbers so far. The Heritage Foundation created these charts based on the HHS’ own numbers, the CBO’s, and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s.”

 

 

1.Young People’s Premiums are Jacked Up

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” If you’re a young person, you’re pretty much screwed. Not only will you be paying higher premiums to subsidize your elders, you will be paying more taxes over your lifetime to pay back the loans we’re accruing just to pay for this boondoggle. You’re welcome, right?”

 

 

 

      Here’s one more sample for the reader and make note of the one time dip in the rate of the tax increases this year . The cynic in us can’t help but make note of the fact that this solitary dip coincides with some very important congressional elections , mere happenstance ? We think not .

 

 

 

3. New Taxes for Everybody!

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” Speaking of taxes, check out these bad boys. Not just one, but 18 new taxes lumped into one giant bill that should be called “Obamatax.” Hey, it’s not a tax! Oh yeah, well, now it is.”

 

 

 

See the whole thing at IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Attack: Depth Of Federal Arms Race Should Surprise, Shock

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” In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”

  Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.

  But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  Rather, the agents represented the U.S. Forest Service.

“ It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.”

  It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some  whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.

Here’s a partial list:

  That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.

“ There’s no question there’s been a proliferation of police units at the federal level,” said Tim Lynch, director of the Project On Criminal Justice for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. “To me, it’s been a never-ending expansion, a natural progression, if you will, of these administrative agencies always asking for bigger budgets and a little bit more power.”

  It’s been estimated the U.S. has some 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in departments not traditionally associated with fighting crime. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and in a tabulation compiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2011, 3,812 criminal investigators are working in areas other than the U.S. departments of Treasury, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security.”

 

 

 

    Can someone explain to us why the Department of Education needs armed officers ? The Postal service ? NOAA ? The Bureau of Land Management ? 

 

   Above are listed just a few of the “armed” agencies of the Federal government while below is a more comprehensive but by no means exhaustive list of the separate battalions of the Federal Army …

 

 

 

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

 

” The following are U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  Click on the link to take you to the official agency web site.

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

http://www.osi.andrews.af.mil/

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

http://www.atf.gov/

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

www.cia.gov

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

http://www.cbp.gov/

U.S. Defense Criminal Investigative Service

http://www.dodig.mil/INV/DCIS/index.html

Defense Intelligence Agency

www.dia.mil

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/index.htm

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

http://www.fbi.gov/

Federal Protective Service

http://www.ice.gov/graphics/about/organization/org_fps.htm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

http://www.ice.gov/index.htm

U.S. IRS Criminal Investigations Division

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Criminal-Enforcement-1

U.S. Marshal Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/

U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service

http://www.ncis.navy.mil/

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/

U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security

http://www.state.gov/m/ds/

U.S. Secret Service

http://www.secretservice.gov/

 

 

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERALS

 

U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General

http://www.usaid.gov/oig/

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General

 http://www.usda.gov/oig/invest.htm

U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General

www.oig.doc.gov

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

www.dodig.osd.mil

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General

www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/index.html

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General

www.ig.doe.gov

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General

http://www.oig.hhs.gov

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

www.dhs.gov/dhspublic

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Inspector General

www.hud.gov/offices/oig

U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General

http://www.doioig.gov/

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General

www.usdoj.gov/oig

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General

www.epa.gov/oigearth

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Inspector General

http://www.eeoc.gov/abouteeoc/plan/oig/index.html

U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

 http://www.uspsoig.gov/investigation.htm

U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Office of Inspector General

 www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oig/hq

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Inspector General 

http://www.nrc.gov/insp-gen/invesprog.html

U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General 

http://www.opm.gov/oig/html/investigations.asp

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General

www.rrb.gov/oig/rrboig.htm

U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General

www.sba.gov/ig

U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General

www.ssa.gov/oig

U.S. State Department, Office of Inspector General

http://oig.state.gov/isp/

U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General

www.oig.dot.gov

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General

www.treas.gov/oig

U.S. Treasury IG for Tax Administration

http://www.treas.gov/tigta/oi.shtml

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

www.va.gov/oig

To suggest an agency to be added to this list, email us at info@golawenforcement.com”

 

 

 

   You owe it to yourself to read this whole article and ponder the fact that the State at all levels is arming itself in preparation for war . But with who you might ask … It’s not for the terrorist threat as we have more to fear from law enforcement than from jihadists , no , they arm themselves to do battle with those that they rule … yes folks , you and I . That is the only way to look at this arms race among State agencies . 

   The moment is building to a “rulers versus the ruled” confrontation as the authorities systematically make all of us criminals in one fashion or another . 

 It’s time to face the facts , and they are very simple … any government that has grown to need such pervasive armed brigades of civilians to “police” the public has grown up to become a self-perpetuating Leviathan that will never stop looming as an ever-larger presence in our lives .

    This amounts to the not so subtle complete and utter subversion of the Posse Comitatus Act by imposing a civilian army on the populace in place of the verboten military .

 

 

Further recommended reading on the growing Federal Army …

 

 

Full List of Armed Federal Agencies | The Truth About Guns

Armed EPA raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies

What Does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Need with 96 ArmedAgents?

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw video of David Codrea’s Address

ObamaCare Supporters Explain Hobby Lobby Case

 

 

 

     MRCTV’s Dan Joseph interviews Obamacare supporters on why HobbyLobby should be forced to pay for their birth control . Ignorance , hypocrisy and selfishness rules the day as one might expect .

    The key thing to remember here though is that birth control is not healthcare . Pregnancy isn’t a sickness it is a choice just as abortion is a choice . 

Alabama Congressional Candidate DESTROYS Obamacare Bill With AR-15 In New Ad

 

 

 

” An Alabama congressional candidate uses a .40 Glock pistol, a .270 Cooper rifle and an AR-15 to destroy a copy of the Obamacare bill in a new video released by his campaign.

  The message in candidate Will Brooke’s video, shared first with The Daily Caller on Wednesday, is clear: Republicans have been successful in taking shots at Obamacare, but it’s going to take “more extreme measures” to get rid of it.

“ We’re down here to have a little fun today and talk about two serious subjects: the Second Amendment, and see how much damage we can do to this copy of Obamacare,” Brooke, sitting on the tailgate of a pick-up truck, says in the video.”

 

 

   Read more about this innovative campaign ad that combines healthy pokes in the eye to two of the greatest threats to our freedoms as put forth by the Statist democrats , those being gun bans and the much dreaded Obamacare legislation at The Federalist Papers .

   Good use of campaign funds Mr Brooke , we wish you much success .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bizarre Things That Have Been Banned By Various Governments (25 Photos)

 

 

 

 

    Here we have a collection of bizarre bans instituted at one time or another by States around the world . Have a look and a laugh …

 

 

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    We can easily envision some of the more totalitarian states around the globe proscribing certain names , as a matter of fact Saudi Arabia just issued an edict banning certain “Christian” names , but Denmark ? The land of anything goes , in the “tolerant” EU ? 

     Here is one more example , again from a “tolerant” EU country , this time France … 

 

 

 

France Bans Ketchup

 

 

    Yes readers , apparently French culture is such a delicate flower that the authorities felt the need to protect their citizens from the well known effects of addiction to the famous American condiment . We guess the “haughty French looking” Senator , er , Secretary of State John “Heinz” Kerry does not wield the clout his shrew of a wife would prefer .

 

   Along with these two bizarre bans the reader can see which countries felt the need to ban such other mundane items as chewing gum , the color yellow , Scrabble and even Valentine’s Day . Visit the Chive to see more .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What A Bank Run In China Looks Like: Hundreds Rush To Banks Following Solvency Rumors

 

People gather in front of a branch of Jiangsu Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank, in Yancheng

 

 

” Curious what the real, and not pre-spun for public consumption, sentiment on the ground is in a China (where the housing bubble has already popped and the severe contraction in credit is forcing the ultra wealthy to luxury real estate in places like Hong Kong) from the perspective of the common man? The photo below, which shows hundreds of people rushing today to withdraw money from branches of two small Chinese banks after rumors spread about solvency at one of them, are sufficiently informative about just how jittery ordinary Chinese have become in recent days, and reflect the growing anxiety among investors as regulators signal greater tolerance for credit defaults.

 

Reuters explains:

 

  Domestic media reported, and a local official confirmed, that ordinary depositors swarmed a branch of Jiangsu Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank in Yancheng in economically troubled Jiangsu province on Monday. The semi-official China News Service quoted the bank’s chairman, Zang Zhengzhi, as saying it would ensure payments to all the depositors. The report did not say how the rumour originated.

 

  Chen Dequn, a resident in Yandong, just outside Yancheng, said she saw a crowd of about 70 to 80 people gathering in a branch of Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank in her town on Tuesday.”

 

ZeroHedge has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Control Advocate: Gun Rights Supporters ‘Parasites’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a video posted Saturday at Townhall, a gun rights supporter is called a “parasite” by a gun control advocate after passing out literature at a church-based rally promoting gun control in Buckingham, Pa., near Philadelphia.

  According to Townhall, the woman making the charge was an organizer of CeaseFirePA who later threatened to “crash” pro-gun rallies.

  The unidentified person who was labeled a “parasite” discussed the encounter at Live Leak. “

 

The Examiner has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Employees Using Government Aircraft For Hundreds Of Non-Official Missions, GAO Says

 

Federal Flight Fraud

 

 

” Senior federal officials use government airplanes for many non-official purposes, but agencies don’t track the trips, according to the Government Accountability Office.

  More than 1,700 aircraft are owned or leased by the federal government and are used to “accomplish a wide variety of missions,” including firefighting and law enforcement, according to GAO.

  From fiscals years 2009 through 2011, for example, the FBI didn’t report to GSA 395 unclassified non-mission trips that cost around $7.8 million, according to GAO. “

 

 

    This report comes just two weeks after another GAO report that documented the outrageous abuse of Federal employees flying first class instead of coach at an additional cost to taxpayer of millions of dollars per year . We the taxpayers are being taken for fools .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strange Revival Of Republican America

 

 

 

” For years people have predicted the Republican party’s demise. The decline of whites as a share of the US population and the spread of tolerant values, such as support for gay marriage, would gradually snuff out its appeal. Yet the Grand Old Party has a stubborn way of bouncing back. The coming midterm elections in November are unlikely to be an exception, while the Republican field for the next presidential election looks stronger than at any time since 2000. Tomorrow may indeed arrive at some point. But for the time being, today is going pretty well for the Republicans.

  Take the fast-approaching congressional elections. President Barack Obama is giving everything he has in terms of fundraising to retain Democratic control of the Senate. The remainder of his presidency depends on it. Even diehard optimists doubt Democrats could regain control of the House. Yet the more Mr Obama throws at the Senate, the lower his poll numbers fall. Last week he hit a new low of 41 per cent approval versus 54 per cent disapproval. History says an unpopular president’s party loses ground in midterm elections. This year is unlikely to buck the trend.”

 

     Financial Times has a lengthy piece on GOP chances for the upcoming 2014 midterms and while the article is every bit as condescending as it’s title would suggest there remains much truth that even their writer’s bias cannot hide .

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Public Service Announcement From The Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition

 

 

The Top Five Special Interest Groups That Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

 

 

 

 

For some simple facts to back up the assertion on the poster above the reader is invited to check out this link .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret List: Having Your Name On This Secret Michigan List Of 275,000 People Could Cost You Your Job

 

 

The state maintains something called the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry and the sole power to label you an abuser lies not with a judge or a jury, but with child protective services workers.

  And you may be surprised at how the state can define “abuse.”

  Anita Belle says she’s never been convicted of a crime.  But Belle’s name has been put on the Central Registry as a child abuser. 

“ Where is the due process,” asked Belle.

  The Central Registry is maintained by Child Protective Services workers inside Michigan’s Department of Human Services, or DHS.

  Right now, there are about 275,000 people on that secret list and many of them don’t even realize they are on it.  You don’t have to be found guilty in court to be put on the registry.  All it takes is the word of CPS staffers to label you an abuser, which can prevent you from getting certain jobs or doing volunteer work.

You just get on the registry, by a push of the button.  By one worker,” said Warner.With no verification that the crime was actually committed,” asked Catallo.“They believe that their investigation, even if it’s one sided, is all they need to ruin somebody’s life,” said Warner.”

 

Read more on this horrendous abuse of State power here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Probably Live In One Of The 20 Worst Countries For Internet Censorship

 

Image Credit: Reporters Without Borders

” While press freedom seems to be in a troubling downward trajectory in the U.S., Internet freedom is not looking much better either.

  Reporters Without Borders recently announced its annual “Enemies of the Internet” list, and it is a real doozy this year. There are some of the usual suspects — China, Sudan, Iran, North Korea and Cuba — but there are also a few surprising additions to the list — especially the U.S. and the U.K.

Take a look at the map … “

 

 

We in the west should be so proud . Look at the details of the map and hang your heads in shame .

 

 

” “How will so-called democratic countries be able to press for the protection of journalists if they adopt the very practices they are criticizing authoritarian regimes for?” asked the report.

  Check out this interactive version of the map for a more detailed look at Internet censorship around the world.”

 

 

 

     The leaders of the US and UK should be absolutely ashamed of themselves to find the homes of the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence / Constitution / Bill Of Rights in company with the above mentioned dictatorships , oligarchies and theocracies . One can practically feel the earth tremble as the Founding Fathers turn over in their graves .

 

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Cigarette Taxes And Cigarette Smuggling By State

 

 

 

” Public policies often have unintended consequences that outweigh their benefits. One consequence of high state cigarette tax rates has been increased smuggling as criminals procure discounted packs from low-tax states to sell in high-tax states. Growing cigarette tax differentials have made cigarette smuggling both a national problem and a lucrative criminal enterprise.

  Each year, scholars at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan think tank, use a statistical analysis of available data to estimate smuggling rates for each state.[1] Their most recent report uses 2012 data and finds that smuggling rates generally rise in states after they adopt large cigarette tax increases. Smuggling rates have dropped in some states, however, often where neighboring states have higher cigarette tax rates. Table 1 shows the data for each state, comparing 2012 and 2006 smuggling rates and tax changes.”

 

Top 10 Cigarette Smuggling States

 

 

” New York is the highest net importer of smuggled cigarettes, totaling 56.9 percent of the total cigarette market in the state. New York also has the highest state cigarette tax ($4.35 per pack), not counting the local New York City cigarette tax (an additional $1.50 per pack). Smuggling in New York has risen sharply since 2006 (+59 percent), as has the tax rate (+190 percent).”

 

Read the rest from the Tax Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio Student Expelled, Arrested, Spent 13 Days In Jail . . . After A Small Pocketknife Is Found In His Locked Car Trunk By School Officials

 

 

 

 

” Jordan Wiser, a student at Ashtabula County Technical School in Jefferson, Ohio is rightfully confused after being arrested for bringing a weapon into school. The “weapon” was a pocket knife that he had in his EMT medical vest . . . that was locked into the truck of his car. That’s right, in the latest example of the insane application of zero tolerance rules, the school officials called police after searching the trunk of a locked car to find a pocket knife used by a senior in his work as a EMT. He was then fed into a legal system that refused to show discretion in his prosecution. Notably, prosecutor Harold Specht ran for office based on a pledge that he would maintain a “hardline, zero tolerance policy” as a prosecutor. It was the perfect storm for Wiser: zero tolerance administrators handing a student over to a zero tolerance prosecutor. But it gets worse . . .”

 

 

Read Jonathan Turley’s piece to see exactly just how much worse it really got for Jordan … 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Group Claims 303 Deaths Linked To Recalled GM Cars

 

GM Recall Scandal

 

” An auto safety group says federal data show there were 303 deaths in recalled General Motors cars in which airbags did not deploy, but GM says the report misrepresents raw information about crashes.

The Center for Auto Safety, a public interest group started by Ralph Nader and Consumers Union, has written to federal safety regulators charging that the number of accidents is far greater than being admitted by GM.

General Motors says it has traced a defect in an ignition switch to at least 12 deaths. The problem caused the car to shut off while driving — disabling the airbag system.

But GM says disputes Center for Auto Safety’s suggestion, reported Thursday night by the New York Times, that all those deaths are tied to the problems with the ignition.”

 

 

    This is a recall that was ten years in the making and there are accusations that GM knew about the problem and covered it up . 

 

 

” The ignition recall covers the 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5, the 2003-07 Saturn Ions, the 2006-07 Chevrolet HHRs, the 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice, and the 2007 Saturn Sky.

  Part of what is being investigated is whether GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ignored signs of problems for too long, which resulted in the subsequent crashes.

  GM’s own filings with NHTSA show that its engineers were aware of a problem at least as early as 2004 and perhaps as early as 2001, yet it did not order a recall of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide until February of this year.”

 

 

   This is what happens when the government has a vested interest in a business’s success . Safety advocates are accusing the NHTSA of malfeasance in not properly investigating the traffic deaths in a timely manner .

 

 

” The Center for Auto Safety complaint about the 303 deaths is in a letter to NHTSA in which it complains that the agency fell down in the job in not requiring GM to order a recall much earlier before most of those fatal crashes.

“The only way NHTSA could not see a defect trend is if it closed its eyes,” said the group’s letter.”

 

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Internet Transition Triggers GOP Backlash

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech.

  Exactly who would regulate the Web’s back-end is unclear, but the decision already has sparked backlash among some in the GOP, who warn it could allow the United Nations or authoritarian countries to step in and seize control of the Web.

  U.S. lawmakers have long warned about the dangers of ceding ICANN’s authority to the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency. They see the U.N. as a vehicle for countries with tight constraints to allow even greater online censorship. Congress unanimously passed Bono’s resolution ahead of a 2012 ITU meeting to reinforce America’s commitment to an open Internet.”

    At first glance the Obama administration’s promise to relinquish control over ICANN seems like a good idea … one less thing the government controls … but given that this administration is not known for championing liberty and the free markets one is left wondering if this is a back-handed way for the Statists to cede control over the free flow of information to the UN or some other Statist body while appearing to do the opposite .

   There is much talk as well that this new move opens the door to an internet tax and censorship which should be of concern to us all . If there is one thing we know about the Obama administration it is that it loves both taxes and regulation so we cannot help but wonder that something larger is at play here than “fairness” and freedom . 

 

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HHS Official Resigns Via Scalding Letter About Federal Bureaucracy

 

 

” David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the Department Of Health And Human Services quit his job, writing a scathing resignation letter that was published by the website ScienceInsider. In the letter he claimed most of his time was spent negotiating his way through the dysfunctional federal bureaucracy making his time at ORI “the very worst job I have ever had.

  Wright headed the Office of Research Integrity for two years and wrote in his letter dated Feb. 25 that his time with the agency left him “offended as an American taxpayer.

  The letter give details of some of the exasperating experiences he had to deal with, including the agency’s refusal to give him $35 to convert cassette tapes to CD and the agency’s refusal to let him fill a vacancy in the office (he was informed by his secretary that there was a secret priority list of candidates). The letter, addressed to Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, says that top agency care more about their personal advancement than about doing their jobs well.

The full letter follows:

Dr. Howard Koh, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Health

Dear Howard:

  I am writing to resign my position as Director, Office of Research Integrity, ORI/OASH/DHHS

  This has been at once the best and worst job I’ve ever had. The best part of it has been the opportunity to lead ORI intellectually and professionally in helping research institutions better handle allegations of research misconduct, provide in-service training for institutional Research Integrity Officers (RIOs), and develop programming to promote the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Working with members of the research community, particularly RIOs, and the brilliant scientist-investigators in ORI has been one of the great pleasures of my long career. Unfortunately, and to my great surprise, it turned out to be only about 35% of the job.”

Yid With A Lid has the entire letter 

 

 

Wyoming Welder Faces $75,000 A Day In EPA Fines For Building Pond On His Property

 

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” All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. 

  But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. 

“ I have not paid them a dime nor will I,” a defiant Johnson told FoxNews.com. “I will go bankrupt if I have to fighting it. My wife and I built [the pond] together. We put our blood, sweat and tears into it. It was our dream.” 

  The government says he violated the Clean Water Act by building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Further, the EPA claims that material from his pond is being discharged into other waterways. Johnson says he built a stock pond — a man-made pond meant to attract wildlife — which is exempt from Clean Water Act regulations.  

  The property owner says he followed the state rules for a stock pond when he built it in 2012 and has an April 4-dated letter from the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to prove it.

“ Said permit is in good standing and is entitled to be exercised exactly as permitted,” the state agency letter to Johnson said.

  But the EPA isn’t backing down and argues they have final say over the issue. They also say Johnson needs to restore the land or face the fines. 

  Johnson plans to fight. “This goes a lot further than a pond,” he said. “It’s about a person’s rights. I have three little kids. I am not going to roll over and let [the government] tell me what I can do on my land. I followed the rules.” 

 

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