| Political Talk|| US troops told not to eat, drink in front of Muslims during Ramadan - Quidam65 on 7/29/14 at 2:51 pm|
Of course, they weren't told not to eat leavened bread in front of Jews during Passover, or not to eat meat in front of Catholics during Lent.
| Political Talk|| Valarie Jarrett sought breaks for health insurers - Quidam65 on 7/29/14 at 2:49 pm|
The surprising thing is that somehow these emails didn't disappear into the memory hole:
| Political Talk|| Michigan teacher wants to quit union--but can't - Quidam65 on 7/29/14 at 9:19 am|
Apparently one can only quit the union during a small window in August.
It's not that uncommon. Our CBA allows one to join the union at any time, but to get out you have to submit the paperwork "no earlier than 9...
| Political Talk|| FedGov spends $10M for robot companions for children - Quidam65 on 7/24/14 at 11:09 am|
The ultimate in FedGov tracking outside of the Mark of the Beast:
| Political Talk|| Liberal Donors lead SuperPAC contributions - Quidam65 on 7/24/14 at 10:29 am|
But ... but ... those evil Koch brothers!
| Political Talk|| Social Security spends $300M on "IT Boondoggle" - Quidam65 on 7/24/14 at 9:28 am|
But hey, it's only $300M, right?
And absolutely NOTHING can go wrong, can it?
[quote]In a letter to Colvin on Wednesday, committee leaders requested all documents and communications abo...
| Political Talk|| EPA vs. EPA: Internal battle to recover overpayments - Quidam65 on 7/24/14 at 9:19 am|
The IG wants EPA management to recover the $$$. The management has no interest in doing so.
CH2M Hill is a huge FedGov contractor.
But hey, it's only $1.5 million, right? Not enough to bother with it, right?
| Political Talk|| The Tapes, Boss! The Tapes! - Quidam65 on 7/23/14 at 3:01 pm|
Apparently the IRS has managed to "find" the backup tapes that everyone claimed had been "recycled":
Over/under on how many days before we're told that the backup tapes are ...
| Political Talk|| Beretta leaving Maryland--cites gun control laws as reason - Quidam65 on 7/23/14 at 7:54 am|
Initially the Tennessee plant was to be established for new business. But Maryland's actions made them decide to use it for all their production currently taking place in Maryland.
| Political Talk|| Lerner's HD was merely "scratched" - Quidam65 on 7/22/14 at 8:10 pm|
It WAS recoverable but IRS ignored advice to call in IT experts that could have recovered it.
But let me guess: the House Ways and Means Committee is as unreliable as Fox News.
| Political Talk|| EPA sends out tweet--promoting new Kim Kardashian game - Quidam65 on 7/22/14 at 10:42 am|
All the jokes about us FedGov employees doing nothing of substance are too real on this one:
| Political Talk|| California couple faces fine for brown lawn despite state drought - Quidam65 on 7/18/14 at 3:07 pm|
On the same day the state passes mandatory outdoor watering restrictions (with $500 fines if someone DOES water their lawn), a couple gets a letter from the city threatening a $500 fine if they DON'T water their lawn.
| Political Talk|| Illegal immigrant children--multimillion$ hotel home UPDATE: No they won't - Quidam65 on 7/16/14 at 2:32 pm|
This isn't a rental of rooms, BTW. The contractor intends to BUY the hotel.
Any OT ballers with hotel properties, here's your chance to be Cash Out King. :bow:
ETA: Apparently the deal is of...
| Political Talk|| CDC chief vows to fix safety lapse at FedGov labs - Quidam65 on 7/16/14 at 2:04 pm|
Even another FedGov agency (USDA) said it was a mess.
Yet these same promises were made two years ago. Nothing was done then. :banghead:...
| Political Talk|| The case that could unravel Obamacare - Quidam65 on 7/10/14 at 12:51 pm|
The case involves subsidies given to people who sign up.
The law as it is written says that subsidies can be offered only to people in a state with a state-run healthcare exchange (only 14 stat...
| Political Talk|| Pastors and church groups unwelcome at immigration camps - Quidam65 on 7/9/14 at 4:58 pm|
You would think that if some group was willing to physically and fiscally relieve some of the burden from FedGov in caring for these folks, FedGov would be more than willing to accept.
Well, I guess not.
| Political Talk|| Florida wins $7M FedGov$ for wasting $47M of FedGov$ - Quidam65 on 7/8/14 at 2:51 pm|
The award is for having the lowest waste (as a percentage of total SNAP expenditures), and Florida has a miniscule 0.81 percent factor (the national average is 3.2 percent; the People's Socialist Republic of Vermont has the worst at 9.66 percen...
| Political Talk|| Border Patrol union complaining of immigrant illnesses - Quidam65 on 7/7/14 at 12:48 pm|
I fear starting another 5-7 page thread which will quickly deteriorate into an argument over HIPAA requirements.
But now a FedGov employee union--usually a reliable Dem constituency--is complaining of this problem.
| Political Talk|| Congress has only weeks left to fill the Highway Slush (oops, Trust) Fund - Quidam65 on 7/7/14 at 10:00 am|
Question: If it does run out of money (and yes, we can argue that it ran out a long time ago), what happens to projects currently in progress.
There is an interstate near me...
| Political Talk|| UN Pay and Perks: 2 years of study, still a mystery - Quidam65 on 7/3/14 at 7:39 am|
We pay 22 percent of the UN's budget, plus many, many contributions to its organizations such as UNICEF.
Yet GAO can't figure out just how much the UN's bureaucrats (who put the a...
| Political Talk|| Bill Clinton laughs about buying 14 fancy Swiss watches - Quidam65 on 6/26/14 at 7:34 am|
I guess the cutoff between being "not that well off" and "well off" is 14 watches and two rugs. The 15th watch or third rug would have pushed them into "well off" status.
But we do know that ownership of one horse immediately pushes one into that category (see Romney, Ann).
| Political Talk|| Biden: No savings account, plans to live off taxpayers - Quidam65 on 6/24/14 at 2:48 pm|
But let me guess--like Hillary, he's not "well off"....
| Political Talk|| National Archives boss: IRS did not "follow the law" on lost Lerner e-mails - Quidam65 on 6/24/14 at 11:55 am|
The law states that when records are destroyed or accidentially deleted, the National Archives and Records Administration is to be notified. But of course, nobody told them....
| Political Talk|| Border Patrol scraps plan to fly illegal immigrants from TX to CA - Quidam65 on 6/23/14 at 11:30 am|
[quote]On Sunday, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman told the AP that the flights would not proceed as scheduled Monday, but did not give a reason.[/quote]
| More Sports Board|| Engineering Failures responsible for Allen HS Stadium problems - Quidam65 on 6/19/14 at 8:52 pm|
The $60 million boondoggle only gets worse:
| Political Talk|| Veteran told reciting the Pledge is offensive to international students - Quidam65 on 6/18/14 at 5:30 pm|
Before you think this took place in another liberal stronghold state, it happened IN WYOMING (which is about as conservative a state as we have).
| Political Talk|| Crime Control, Detroit Style - Quidam65 on 6/13/14 at 5:16 pm|
Apparently Detroit is having an epidemic of violent crime taking place at gas stations (more than one per day).
Detroit's "crime control" is so bad that the city "has quietly discontinued putting out its 'Major Crime Summary Report' and instead now puts out a summary report of cases [i]that have ...
| Political Talk|| FedGov prosecutes tree-trimmer for hurting nesting birds - Quidam65 on 6/7/14 at 4:08 pm|
But guess who wanted the trees trimmed? That's right, the same FedGov that hired him.
| Political Talk|| Could this pizza guy cost the GOP the Senate? - Quidam65 on 6/6/14 at 7:51 am|
Sean Haugh is the Libertarian candidate for US Senate from North Carolina, where the incumbent Democrat is in a fight to hold her seat.
Haugh isn't doing terribly bad, either: polls have ...
| Political Talk|| Michigan Legislature to approve $195M in Detroit bailout - Quidam65 on 6/4/14 at 8:52 am|
I'm torn here. I don't like the idea of a state bailing out a city's bad behavior, but everyone is threatening to sue the state for its actions, so is Michigan better off ...