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New Zealand Whistleblower Reveals He Was Told To 'Bury' Unflattering Info About The Gov't Spying On Dotcom posted 09/22/2014, 11:20 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A former high-ranking New Zealand Customs lawyer has said that he quit his job after he was ordered to "bury" information that made the New Zealand government look bad. ... (more)

Tuesday September 16th, 2014

DOJ Investigates Law Enforcement Agencies All Over The Nation But Can't Be Bothered To Police Itself posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The Justice Department will be investigating the Ferguson PD in the wake of an unarmed citizen's shooting by Officer Darren Wilson. Already, news has surfaced that the police force has a histor... (more)

Monday September 15th, 2014

California Deems Carpooling Via All Ride-Share Services Illegal posted 09/15/2014, 5:29 AM (CNET)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are told to halt any carpool features. The California Public Utilities Commission confirms it sent two copies of a warning letter to all three peer-to-peer car services.... (more)

James Foley's Mother Claims She Was Threatened With PROSECUTION If Family Paid Ransom posted 09/15/2014, 5:29 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Diane Foley said that she felt cut off at every avenue by US officials and were threatened with prosecution should they try to pay for her son's return - a move that left her feeling 'horrified'.

Still startled by this aggressive enforcement of official US policy, Mrs. Foley said she couldn't believe it because 'no one has ever been prosecuted for trying to get their child back.'
... (more)

The Kim Dotcom "Big Reveal" Is Out - Email Purports To Show NZ PM Worked With Warner Bros. To Extradite Kim To US posted 09/15/2014, 5:29 AM (NZ Herald)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The Kim Dotcom "big reveal" is out - and has almost immediately been dismissed as a fake.

The "reveal" is an email which purports to show Prime Minister John Key involved in a plan to get the internet entrepreneur into New Zealand so he could be extradited to the United States.

It is the evidence which Dotcom is planning on producing at the Moment of Truth event tonight. It is also contrary to every assurance the Prime Minister has ever given about his knowledge of
... (more)

Saturday September 13th, 2014

HuffPo Journo: 'Want to Destroy ISIS? Congress Should Implement the Draft and Raise Taxes Immediately' posted 09/13/2014, 1:18 AM (Huffington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
"No, this isn't a joke."... (more)

Thursday September 11th, 2014

DC Speed Cameras Have Not Improved Traffic Safety posted 09/11/2014, 9:00 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Washington, DC has been using speed cameras for more than a decade, but traffic safety has not improved. The city's private vendors have mailed more than 7 million photo tickets and collected a half-billion dollars in revenue, injury accidents have not declined as they have throughout the rest of the country.... (more)

Wednesday September 10th, 2014

New Law Would Require $175 Permit To Wear A Costume In Times Square posted 09/10/2014, 7:45 PM (Gothamist)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Today Councilmember Andy King will introduce legislation that would require costumed characters in Times Square to pay a registration fee of $175, carry a photo ID, submit to a background check, and face fines for noncompliance. "If you're out there in a costume and we can't recognize who you are, we're gonna ask you to present ID," King says. "If you can't present ID, officers will have the option of asking you to leave the location, give you a fine, or removing you from the location." ... (more)

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Spokesman For Sotloff Family Blasts Obama; White House Using Murdered Journalists As "Pawns" posted 09/09/2014, 5:50 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Appearing on CNN Monday, a spokesman for the family of murdered US journalist Steven Sotloff slammed the Obama administration, declaring that both Sotloff and his compatriot journalist James Foley were used, and still are being used, by the White House to further its agenda in Syria.... (more)

Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

Florida: City Council Embraces Accident Causing Cameras posted 09/03/2014, 1:17 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
After two years of photo enforcement use in Clearwater, Florida, the data show that accidents increased where red light cameras were installed. At a work session on Tuesday, the city council celebrated the results.

Chief Dan Slaughter made a presentation to the council that painted the performance of the cameras in the most positive light possible. The city's crash data covered a "before" period of July 2011 to June 2012 which he compared with two six-month "after" periods of July
... (more)

Thursday August 28th, 2014

Tony Blair gives Kazakhstan's autocratic president tips on how to defend a massacre posted 08/28/2014, 12:00 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Tony Blair gave Kazakhstan’s autocratic president advice on how to manage his image after the slaughter of unarmed civilians protesting against his regime. ... (more)

Monday July 28th, 2014

Boston Police Say Residents Do Not 'Need' to Own Shotguns, Rifles posted 07/28/2014, 8:44 AM (Homeland Review)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.... (more)

...but they themselves "need" one of these:

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Bill O'Reilly Attempts to Belittle the Positive Impact of Copblocking posted 07/23/2014, 4:06 AM (CopBlock)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]

Online sales tax is back -- and this time, it might actually have a shot at passing posted 07/23/2014, 4:03 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
When the Senate passed legislation last year allowing states broader latitude to collect sales on online purchases, the proposal was immediately cast aside in the House — and there is has remained, stuck on a shelf. Until now.

Suddenly, even with the midterm elections nearing, the bill’s supporters believe they have found the perfect opportunity to try to push it through the lower chamber.
... (more)

Thursday July 17th, 2014

"Boy, You're a Dumb Ass Aren't You!": MSNBC Host Krystal Ball Proves She's A Vacuous News Reader posted 07/17/2014, 5:30 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]

MSNBC host Krystal Ball gets a world wide "exclusive" interview with a witness to the plane downing in Ukraine (or not)!

DOJ Claims Judge Who Trashed 'Made Up Plot' Should Be Removed For Being 'Hostile' To The Gov't posted 07/17/2014, 2:26 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The self-assured nature of federal prosecutors can be quite insane. We've talked many times in the past about how the criminal justice system is completely rigged against anything remotely looking like fairness. From grand juries to plea bargains to sentencing guidelines, the entire system is designed to make anyone who enters it presumed guilty un... (more)

Texas judge busted for drunk driving pleads for special treatment: 'You are going to ruin my life' posted 07/17/2014, 2:25 AM (NY Daily News)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A Texas appeals court judge appealed for some special treatment when she was busted for drunk driving over the weekend.

Justice Nora Longoria was going 69 mph in her Lexus in a 55-mph zone when she was stopped by cops in McAllen just after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to court records obtained by the Valley Morning Star.

As she
... (more)

If You Own A Kalashnikov Rifle, Obama Just Sanctioned You posted 07/17/2014, 2:25 AM (Zero Hedge)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
If you thought the latest round of US sanctions against some largely unknown Russians and a few new companies listed here, most notably Rosneft and Gazprombank - but not Gazprom, never Gazprom - that would cut off Russian gas to Europe and Merkel doesn't want that - would be largely a non-event, you are right. Unless you own a Kalashnikov, aka... (more)

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Maryland Bans High-Proof Grain Alcohol To 'Reduce Rape' posted 07/16/2014, 1:49 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Under the guise of "reducing rape," Maryland politicians passed a law banning the sale of 190-proof grain alcohol.

From Baltimore Sun:
Maryland joins at least a dozen other states Tuesday in banning the sale of 190-proof grain alcohol, a measure that lawmakers hope will help to reduce sexual assaults and binge drinking among college students.
... (more)

Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

African leaders vote to give themselves immunity from war crimes posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Al Jazeera America)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
African leaders gathered for a continent-wide summit voted to give themselves and their allies immunity from prosecution for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide at a new African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

The decision comes as the continent confronts human-rights violations and has two sitting presidents and one ousted president facing charges at the International Criminal Court.
... (more)

Tuesday July 1st, 2014

Hillary Clinton says freedom of choice "deeply disturbing" posted 07/01/2014, 7:13 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
From Politico:
Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Supreme Court’s ruling in the contraception-related Hobby Lobby case “deeply disturbing.”

The former secretary of state and possible Democratic front-runner skewered the decision during an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, hours after the Supreme Court ruled that for-p
... (more)
Forcing employers to pay for contraception = forcing employers to cut employee pay to pay for contraception for some employees, many of which do not want contraception, be it due to old age or personal choice.

Millionaire Democrats Pretending They're Not Rich posted 07/01/2014, 7:13 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]

Monday June 30th, 2014

White House poised to name patent reform opponent as new head of Patent Office posted 06/30/2014, 6:47 AM (Gigaom)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The Obama Administration’s expected choice to lead the Patent Office is a Johnson & Johnson lawyer who has been a key figure in blocking attempts to reform the patent system.... (more)

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

If The Clintons Are Worth 50 Million, Why Do They Get Nearly A Million A Year From The Taxpayers? posted 06/25/2014, 4:50 AM (Michael Snyder)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Since leaving the White House, the Clintons have earned at least 100 million dollars and currently have a net worth of up to 50 million dollars.  So why in the world do the taxpayers need to give Bill Clinton $944,000 to fund his extravagant lifestyle in 2014?  If ordinary Americans truly understood how much money many former politicia... (more)

Next terrorist attack will be 'far deadlier' than 9/11, Dick Cheney says posted 06/25/2014, 4:50 AM (Press TV)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney says the next terrorist attack in the United States will be “far deadlier” than the September 11, 2001 attacks, adding that the threat might come from a nuclear device.

Cheney made the remarks on Tuesday during an interview with the US-based Salem Radio Network.
... (more)
He will see to it.

Monday June 23rd, 2014

Hillary Clinton says she's unlike the 'truly well off' posted 06/23/2014, 12:45 AM (Washington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Hillary Rodham Clinton defended scrutiny on her and her husband’s personal wealth by contrasting herself in an interview published Sunday with other multimillionaires who are “truly well off.”... (more)
She made her wealth through theft, not providing value to consumers in the market, that's the only way she's unlike (some) truly well off. - Chris

Thursday June 19th, 2014

IRS Now Says It Has Lost Emails From Six More Accounts Tied To The Investigation Of Its Targeting Of Tax-Exempt Groups posted 06/19/2014, 5:20 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The IRS recently blamed a "computer crash" for the disappearance of two years of email correspondence involving Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the controversy surrounding the agency's apparent targeting of certain non-profit groups (Tea Party, Occupy, open source).

... (more)

Wednesday June 18th, 2014

Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back posted 06/18/2014, 2:59 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it.

To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth. These moves, common among multimillionaires, will help shield some of their estate from the tax that now tops out at 40 percent of assets upon death.
... (more)

Publishing Source: Hillary Book a 'Bomb' posted 06/18/2014, 2:59 AM (The Weekly Standard)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a "bomb." The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures.... (more)

Tuesday June 17th, 2014

Peoria Mayor Continues To Defend Police Raid Of Twitter User's Home, Threatens To Sue For Defamation posted 06/17/2014, 1:23 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Peoria mayor Jim Ardis has responded to the ACLU's announcement of its lawsuit against him (and several others) over the actions taken to shut down a parodic Twitter account. Ardis' "press conference" was really nothing more than him reading a prepared statement and refusing to answer any questions.
... (more)

Add it to the pile: Misbehaving Bronx prosecutors rarely sanctioned posted 06/17/2014, 1:23 AM (Radley Balko)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Amid the continuing cavalcade of misconduct and corruption allegations from the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, the nonprofit investigative journalism outfit City Limits looks at similar problems in the Bronx.... (more)

Sunday June 15th, 2014

Chelsea Clinton Paid $600,000/Yr By NBC, Made $26,724 For Each Minute She Appeared posted 06/15/2014, 12:57 PM (Business Insider)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
On Friday morning, Politico published on the previously unknown and "closely held" details of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton's contract with NBC News. According to the story, Clinton was given an annual salary of $600,000 when she joined NBC News as a "special correspondent" in November 2011. Based on these figures, Clinton has earned about $26,724 for each minute she subs... (more)

Wednesday June 11th, 2014

FDA Backs Down In Fight Over Aged Cheese posted 06/11/2014, 11:52 PM (Forbes)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The FDA is backing away (at least temporarily) from a policy statement that declared cheese makers would no longer be able to age their cheese on wooden boards. The statement caused outrage in the artisan cheese community and consumers quickly came to the aid of the industry signing onto a petition and expressing their outrage through social media. The American Cheese Society re... (more)

Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Hillary Clinton PAC Sends Bogus Takedowns To LibertyManiacs Over Parodies On Zazzle And CafePress posted 06/10/2014, 10:17 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Not this again. We've noted many times in the past that the two popular "print on demand" t-shirt/merchandise operations online, CafePress and Zazzle, too frequently seem to quickly take down content based on bogus legal threats. Last year, after Zazzle caved in to threats from Homeland Security and the NSA over parody logos... (more)

Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

Chairman Of Goldman Sachs Peter Sutherland Confronted At Bilderberg! posted 06/03/2014, 7:27 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]

While out for a walk in Copenhagen Denmark, Peter Sutherland (Chairman of Goldman Sachs and member of the steering committee for the Bilderberg group) and Simon Coveney (Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine) were confronted by journalists Dan Dicks of Press For Truth and Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change on their attendance at this years annual Bilderberg conference. Dan Dicks issu
... (more)

Bilderberger Speaks With Protesters... posted 06/03/2014, 7:27 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]

Monday June 2nd, 2014

Bilderberg Talks Nukes, Euro Nationalism & Barack Obama – Leak posted 06/02/2014, 6:24 AM (RT)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The officially released agenda of the prestigious Bilderberg club meeting is not true, claims RT show host Daniel Estulin, a longtime watcher of the 'secret world govt' group. He says he obtained the real agenda for this year's gathering in Copenhagen.

An insider leaked the list of talking points for the ongoing Bilderberg conference to the investigative journalist last week, he said. The list has nine items, seven of which he shared:

1. Nuclear diplomacy an
... (more)

Bizarre Homo-Erotic Photo Shoot Caught on Camera at Bilderberg Hotel posted 06/02/2014, 6:23 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Infowars has obtained startling footage which shows individuals inside the Marriott Hotel, site of Bilderberg 2014, engaged in a bizarre homo-erotic hotel room photo shoot which was captured on camera.... (more)
Headline of the year!

Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Official Bilderberg 2014 Membership List Released posted 05/28/2014, 2:20 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Globalist confab reveals this year's list of participants, set to attend in Copenhagen, Denmark, from May 29 - June 1, 2014... (more)

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

'Journalist' Argues In NY Times That Publishing Decisions Should Ultimately Be Made By Government posted 05/27/2014, 12:49 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Glenn Greenwald spends the last third of his excellent new book, "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State", exposing the mentality and function of pseudo-journalists like David Gregory, who are in fact better understood as courtiers to power. So it was kind of Michael Kinsley to of... (more)

White House reveals CIA chief's identity... posted 05/27/2014, 12:39 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The White House blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama.

The name was then emailed by the White House press office to a distribution list of more than 6,000 recipients, mostly members of the US media.
... (more)
No doubt whoever did this will be hounded by the state (laugh)!

Wednesday May 21st, 2014

Miami VA Whistleblower Exposes Drug Dealing, Theft, Abuse posted 05/21/2014, 6:14 PM (CBS Miami)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – When asked why he would risk his job and speak publicly, Detective Thomas Fiore considered the question carefully before answering.

“People are dying,” he finally said, “and there are so many things that are going on there that people need to know about.”

Fiore, a criminal investigator for the VA police department in South Florida, contacted CBS4 News hoping to shed light on what he considers a culture of cover-ups and bureaucratic neglect. Among
... (more)

VA Supervisor: Older Veterans Should be "Shot in the Head" to Save Money posted 05/21/2014, 6:14 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A Veterans Affairs whistleblower has exclusively revealed to Infowars that the facility at which he works has engaged in a of cover-up in response to the VA hospital scandal, while also relating the story of how one supervisor expressed his desire to see older veterans “taken outside and shot in the head.”... (more)

Tuesday May 20th, 2014

No "Need" To Know "Health Effects" Of E-Cigs, Issue Ban Regardless Says County Commissioner posted 05/20/2014, 5:08 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Bradley County commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones of Cleveland, Tennessee says there's no "need" to wait to learn all the "health effects" of e-cigarettes, the city should just ban their use in all county buildings preemptively because she doesn't "want to have to breathe all those chemicals."

From the Times Free-Press:
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley Co... (more)

Monday May 19th, 2014

Joe Biden Builds an International Dynasty posted 05/19/2014, 12:35 PM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
In Russia, they are called “oligarchs”; in China, they are known as “princelings.” By whatever designation, the people under discussion are elites who are placed in charge of immensely profitable enterprises as a result of family relationships with political figures, rather than through their own industry or private inheritance.

 Hunter Biden, the youngest son of the sitting vice-president, is a splendid example of an American princeling. He was recently appointed head of legal af
... (more)

Wednesday May 14th, 2014

White House On Biden's Son Joining Ukraine Gas Giant - No Ethical Issues Here posted 05/14/2014, 4:27 PM (Zero Hedge)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Yesterday we were the first to report that none other than Vice President Joe Biden's son was joining the board of Ukraine's largest gas producer. It appears to have signaled peak crony capitalist as the new went viral with almost complete disdain. There was one defender though... as The Washington Examiner reports, The White House brushed off questions about any ethi... (more)

Monday May 12th, 2014

Obama's Billion Dollar Helicopters posted 05/12/2014, 2:59 PM (Libertarian News)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
F**king insane.

The Daily Beast reports:
The Pentagon has awarded a contract to begin development of the most expensive helicopters ever made.

Each helicopter will probably cost at least $400 million. The entire project, t
... (more)

Friday May 9th, 2014

Obama Urges "Wrongheaded" Americans to Trust Government More posted 05/09/2014, 8:40 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
During a speech at a fundraiser for congressional Democrats in La Jolla, California yesterday, President Barack Obama urged “wrongheaded” Americans to place more trust in the government.

Obama stated that a perception on behalf of middle class families that people in Washington did not care about them has reinforced “apathy or a lack of confidence in our government,” before he went on to blame Republicans for making Americans think, “they're on their own and government doesn't hav
... (more)

Wednesday May 7th, 2014

George H.W. Bush honored for courage with 1990 tax hikes posted 05/07/2014, 6:23 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush showed courage in breaking his "read my lips: no new taxes" campaign pledge to broker a 1990 budget compromise that may have cost him re-election two years later, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation said on Sunday.... (more)
Not the Onion...

Tuesday May 6th, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Ripped a New One During Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything")... posted 05/06/2014, 7:49 AM (Reddit)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A PR stunt gone horribly wrong... Read & enjoy!... (more)

Friday May 2nd, 2014

Obama Complains That TPP Critics Are 'Conspiracy Theorists' Who 'Lack Knowledge' About Negotiations posted 05/02/2014, 4:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
It's become fairly clear that the TPP agreement is in trouble these days (for a variety of reasons). And it appears that President Obama is losing his cool concerning the agreement and its critics. In a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, President Obama lashed out at TPP critics, calling them "conspiracy theorists" whose criticism "reflects lack of knowledge of what is going on in the negotiations." Oh r... (more)

Thursday May 1st, 2014

DEA Head Warns of Risks of Marijuana Legalization, Supports Mandatory Minimum Sentences posted 05/01/2014, 5:18 AM (
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to warn of the dangers of marijuana legalization and affirm her support for mandatory minimum sentences.

Her testimony put her increasingly at odds with the administration that employs her. The Obama administration has made clear that it is not going to interfere with
... (more)

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs posted 05/01/2014, 5:15 AM (
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) today signed into law a bill that will allow the state to file criminal charges against pregnant women who use drugs on the grounds that they are potentially harming their fetuses, even though there is little scientific evidence that being exposed to illicit drugs in the womb causes long-term harm to children.

In his signing statement, H
... (more)

Wednesday April 30th, 2014

US senators remove requirement for disclosure over drone strike victims posted 04/30/2014, 2:26 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
At the behest of the director of national intelligence, US senators have removed a provision from a major intelligence bill that would require the president to publicly disclose information about drone strikes and their victims.

The bill authorizing intelligence operations in fiscal 2014 passed out of the Senate intelligence committee in November, and it originally required the president to issue an annual public report clarifying the total number of “combatants” and “noncombatan
... (more)

OK to sell widow's home over $6 tax bill, judge rules posted 04/30/2014, 2:25 AM (MyFoxNY)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

The decision last week turned down Eileen Battisti's request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.

"I paid everything, and didn't know about the $6.30," Battisti said. "For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy."
... (more)
The compassion of the bureaucrat.

More than Two-Thirds of Afghanistan Reconstruction Money has Gone to One Company: DynCorp International posted 04/30/2014, 2:25 AM (AllGov)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
If not for the federal government, contractor DynCorp International wouldn’t be in business. Virtually all of its revenue (96%) comes from government contracts. That includes the vast majority of the taxpayer dollars that the State Department has awarded to companies to help rebuild Afghanistan.... (more)

Thursday April 24th, 2014

For Progressives, "Thoughtcrime" is Worse than Mass Murder posted 04/24/2014, 8:41 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Pictured: Alleged racist Cliven Bundy, seen here dropping everything to play with a little brown child.

As any reasonably well-informed attorney knows, if a police officer follows a driver long enough he will witness a violation that supposedly justifies a traffic stop. Once this happens, the officer will "build the stop" by seeking a pretext to search the vehicle for evidence of violations that can lead to an arrest of the driver, or seizure of the vehicle and its contents
... (more)

Mayor Ardis Defends Police Raid, Complains That Parody Twitter Account Used Up All The Free Speech posted 04/24/2014, 8:41 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
As we recently covered, Jim Ardis, the absurdly thin-skinned mayor of Peoria, IL, got the boys in blue to raid a house over a parody Twitter account that portrayed him as a.) a possible drug user, b.) a possible patron of the world's oldest profession and c.) "trill as fuck." Peoria's Finest have nev... (more)

53% Think Neither Political Party Represents the American People posted 04/24/2014, 8:39 PM (Rasmussen Reports)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Voters continue to believe Democrats have more of a plan for the future than Republicans do, but most again say neither party represents the public.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people. That’s up six points from 47% last October and matches the previous high found in June 2012 during the last national election cycle. Just 28% disagree, whil
... (more)

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

A Teachers' Union Speaks Power to Truth posted 04/23/2014, 2:31 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
On March 22, Joshua Pechthalt delivered a “state of the union” address at the 72nd convention of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). Union Watch, an organization that monitors California’s unions, called it “refreshingly candid.” It bluntly revealed the union's political and social goals without wrapping them in rhetoric about edu... (more)

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