Tag Archive: USPS


Senator’s Husband Stands To Profit Big From Government Deal

 

 

 

 

 

” 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.

  Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.

  This feat of federal spousal support was ignored by the media after Feinstein’s office said the senator, whose wealth is pegged at $70 million, had nothing to do with the USPS decisions.

  When the national debt is $18 trillion, a billion seems like small change.”

 

Thanks to the NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americans Rate Two Agencies Worse Than The IRS

 

 

 

 

” What’s America’s favorite federal agency? Apparently it’s the U.S. Postal Service. Beyond the rate hikes, job cuts, hemorrhaging finances, processing center closures, union tensions and persistent calls for reform, a large majority of people—72 percent—think USPS does an “excellent” or “good” job. That’s a significantly higher rating than the next highest runner up, the FBI, at 58 percent, according to a new Gallup poll assessing American’s perceptions of 13 agencies.

  Four of the 13 agencies included in the poll—Postal Service, the Secret Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Veterans’ Affairs Department—were rated for the first time.

  Perhaps most striking was the fact that two agencies rated lower in Americans’ esteem than the scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service, which may have the most onerous mission among federal agencies—parting people from their money. While only 41 percent of respondents thought IRS was doing a good to excellent job, fewer thought the Federal Reserve Board or Veterans Administration were doing excellent to good work, 38 percent and 29 percent, respectively. “

 

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One Map To Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

 

 

USPS Closings

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” USPS has already shuttered about 141 facilities during the first phase of its “network rationalization” plan, which began in 2012. Those closures generate annual cost savings of $865 million and resulted in “negligible” service impacts, according to the Postal Service.

  The new round of consolidations was originally scheduled for February 2014 but was pushed back for undisclosed reasons. The closures are part of an ongoing effort to streamline postal operations. A Senate bill introduced before USPS initially decided on the delay  would place a two-year moratorium on processing plant closures. That bill cleared committee and is awaiting a vote on the floor.

  In the absence of the Congress reaching any agreement on comprehensive legislation, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe opted to move forward with his consolidation plan unilaterally.

  USPS did not lay off any employees as a result of the initial consolidations, instead relying on employee relocations and attrition measures. The agency has promised to again follow that blueprint.”

 

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Willie Dixon, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, James Brown Achieving Postage Stamps

 

 

 

 

” The United States Postal Service is unveiling new stamps that will be rolled out in the next two years, According to a The Washington Post. Included in the subjects are Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and James Brown, who’s the focus of a biopic movie entitled “Get On Up” to be released this summer. The artwork is still “in design development”.

 

 

 

 

” The document from The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which evaluates potential subjects for postage stamps and reports it’s recommendations to the Postmaster General, reveals several focuses of it’s “Music Icons” series that have been slated for future stamps. Among them are Clarksdale, Mississippi-native and soul icon Sam Cooke, influential jazz pianist Fats Waller, John Lennon, and widely influential blues songwriter and musician Willie Dixon, among others.”

 

 

 

 

Read more at The American Blues Scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former NRA President Charlton Heston To Get US Post Office Stamp

 

 

 

” The United States Postal Service has announced that former NRA President Charlton Heston will be honored with his own stamp. The stamp is part of their “Legends of Hollywood” series, and while the specific issue date has not yet determined, it will be issued sometime in 2014.

 

 

The quote of the day …

 

 

” The stamp, much like the intent of the Second Amendment, will be a Forever Stamp issued in sheets of 20.”

 

   Daily Caller has more .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Post Office Accidentally Delivers President’s Gifts To Wrong House

 

 

” Well, here is a shining advertisement for the US Post Office. A story out of Chicago finds that the Post Office accidentally delivered gifts sent by the President of the United States to the wrong house.

  It might not be a complete failure by the Post Office, but near enough. Apparently a woman from Wadsworth, Illinois–a city in Chicago’s northern suburbs–got a late delivery on New Year’s Eve of some Christmas gifts her brother-in-law sent.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The box that arrived was from a toilet paper carton and inside was the practically destroyed package her brother sent, all in disarray, some of the gifts broken open.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Postage Stamps Are Too Dangerous for Children’s Eyes

Are we free to gambol?

” Courtesy of Walter Olson of the Cato Institute and Overlawyered comes this silly piece of news regarding a series of postage stamps meant to commemorate first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” youth anti-obesity program. The existence of the postage stamps in the first place is not the silly news, though it certainly is silly. No, the United States Postal Service (heavily in debt, mind you) is destroying the entire run of stamps because some of the activities illustrated on them have been deemed unsafe:

The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding

without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet