This administration is corrupt and is not even bothering to hide it anymore. They are probably relying on the press to not cover their transgressions – and in most cases they don’t.
“It’s highly unusual that you would acknowledge an investigation into a political figure who is running for office in an upcoming election,” he says. “I think it deserves an explanation, because it does come off as potentially political when you announce an investigation in a candidate who’s running for office.”
via Department of Justice | Federal Bureau Investigation | GOP.
I guess he’s an “old school” Louisiana politician. I hope Louisiana has out grown this type of deceit. Calcasieu parish isn’t New Orleans…
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, Derosier revealed earlier this week that he has spent $47,000 of public dollars on billboards and videos this year alone – more than three times what he spent last year – under the guise of “public service announcements.”
“There was no ‘public service’ in these expenditures,” Hartman said. “There was nothing but a violation of the law in the use of taxpayer dollars for blatant and shameless self-promotion.”
via District Attorney Caught In Lies | PRLog.
This whole mess is not being handled very well at all. It seems every level of government involved are completely incompetent or severely lacking in common sense.
So Sheriff Lupe Valdez goes along with this. Orders her deputies to enter a quarantined Ebola home, unprotected, to serve quarantine papers. And one wonders… if it is perfectly safe to enter a potential Ebola infected quarantined home unprotected, then why the quarantine? Defeats the whole purpose of a quarantine… doesn’t it?
Of course, it is a little to late to worry about your family…
via Perfect Ebola sense… | American Irony In The Land Of Freedumb….
Soylent Green is people!
We’re not quite sure what they’re getting at here, but judging from our man’s experience, they may be referring to Soylent 1.0’s effect of having him “out-gassing more, and the resultant emissions are noxious.”To combat these effects, the company has added a mixture of digestive enzymes to its brew – including alpha-galactosidase, acid-stable protease, and fungal proteases – which it claims should help guzzlers’ bodies break down the complex carbohydrates and proteins in the mix.”Of course, there are myriad factors which affect a food’s digestive characteristics, and it will take several iterations to optimize fully for this category,” Soylent says. “We think Soylent 1.1 is a solid first step, and will be relying on feedback from our customers to evaluate the full effectiveness of the enzyme blend.”To commemorate the formula upgrade, Soylent has also issued new packaging for its product. It now comes in an unassuming white box bearing the Soylent logo and the motto “Free Your Body” – your body presumably having been imprisoned by delicious curries and bacon sandwiches for far too long.
via Take THAT, hated food! It’s OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1 • The Register.
Well this is an unexpected turn of events. I would of never thought there were potential criminal charges in a municipal water works problem. I’ll have to keep an eye on this one to see what happens.
LSP hands over investigation of deadly amoeba to state attorney general
Updated: Oct 02, 2014 12:13 PM CDT
Written by: FOX8Live.com Staff
LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) –
Louisiana State Police have handed over their investigative file into a deadly amoeba found in the St. John the Baptist Parish water supply to the state attorney general’s office.
“We will immediately begin to review this information to determine the appropriate course of action. We also appreciate the cooperation provided by the St. John Parish Administration who has supplied us with their internal findings as well,” a spokesperson with the attorney general’s office said on Thursday.
The state mandates that a certain level of chlorine be maintained in the waterlines because it kills the amoeba. Criminal charges could be filed as part of the investigation.
The potentially deadly amoeba was found in the system that serves Garyville, Reserve, Mount Airy and parts of LaPlace in July.
Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved.
via LSP hands over investigation of deadly amoeba to state – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports.
We’re from the Government and we’re here to help…..
“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained.
via Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola.
35 tank cars equals a million gallons… I know the trains down here are usually 100 or more cars long, not all tank cars though. Wouldn’t it be safer if it was buried under ground? You could move a lot more of it a LOT safer.
By Joe Jordan / October 1, 2014 / Nebraska Watchdog
Nearly half a million folks in 11 eastern Nebraska counties now know what top state officials have known for several months: millions of gallons of dangerous and potentially deadly oil train shipments are traveling through their backyards every week.
Bakken oil rolls through 11 Nebraska counties: Dakota, Thurston, Burt, Dodge, Saunders, Cass, Lancaster, Gage, Johnson, Pawnee and Richardson
In an unexpected about face, state officials Tuesday released what they previously said was highly sensitive security information.
Those security concerns—including the state’s decision refusing a Nebraska Watchdog public records route request— were sounded earlier this year despite the federal government’s insistence that public safety would not be compromised.
On May 7, following a 2013 Canadian derailment and explosion and four crashes and fires in the U.S., the Department of Transportation ordered railroads carrying more than 1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil — 35 tank cars — to provide states with detailed routing and volume information, allowing local fire and police to better prepare for accidents.
via Secret is out: Potentially dangerous oil train shipments roll through NE weekly « Watchdog.org.
If so, why isn’t gas getting cheaper? It is down to almost under $3 a gallon here in SW Louisiana but I bet it’s not that much in Saudi Arabia. Now imagine if the Feds would open up some leases. (Most of the production increases are from drilling/fracking on private land, not federally controlled lands.)
By Rob Nikolewski │ Watchdog.org
The U.S. energy sector keeps posting impressive numbers and it’s on the verge of reaching another international milestone.
For the first time in nearly 25 years, American liquid petroleum production, which includes oil and natural gas, is on pace to surpass Saudi Arabia.
HAIL, SHALE: Due in large part to what’s called the “shale revolution,” the U.S. is poised to become the world’s top producer of liquid petroleum.
According to figures released by the International Energy Agency in Paris, the United States is just about even with the Saudis at 11.5 million barrels per day of oil and related liquids.
Saudi officials insist it still has the capacity to increase production, but as the Financial Times of London reported Monday, “even Saudi officials do not deny that the rise of the U.S. to become the world’s largest petroleum producer — with an even greater lead if its biofuel output (of about 1 million barrels a day) is included — has played a vital role in stabilising markets.”
The last time the United States produced more liquid petroleum than Saudi Arabia was in 1991.
via Move over Saudi Arabia, here comes U.S. oil and gas « Watchdog.org.
There’s a use for a drone I hadn’t thought of… I hope no one in our government reads this.
The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools.
Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns.
Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty.
The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been warned they now face large fines.
The unregistered mansions and pools were found in an area about 10 miles south of the city and, according to the tax agency, they appeared to be large and constructed with “premium materials”.
via Argentina Uses Drones To Root Out Wealthy Tax Evaders – Liberty Crier.
I have heard from many Louisiana conservatives that Jindal wasn’t as “great” as the national conservative groups/media like to portray him. From saying he won’t raise taxes but raising fees to now this. Be wary of him as he tries to rise to national office. ~JC
As the election for the next President approaches, I feel it is my responsibility as a former Louisiana State Senator to enlighten you about a possible future candidate. Louisiana Governor [Piyush] Jindal, has been setting the stage for a possible run for President of the United States. In doing so, he has caused much arm to the state of Louisiana and its residents.
Basically, Governor Jindal and the state of Louisiana have “Obamacared” its own employees’ health insurance plan as well as two other different agencies’ funds. When Governor Jindal came into office, the Health Care Trust Fund for the state of Louisiana had a $500 million dollar balance. According to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, this same trust fund will be gone by 2015. How is it possible that $500 million has disappeared? Also, the Louisiana Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly had a balance of $519.2 million in 2012 and at the end of this fiscal year, it will contain zero! In 2011, the state capped the amount of the Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund and redirected the monies to the operating budget. This maneuver thus effectively uses the trust fund money to pay for balancing the budget (Lake Charles American Press, Sunday, August 10, 2014O.
Governor Jindal brags about balancing Louisiana budgets, but he never mentions how many times he has “robbed Peter to pay Paul” to do it. He has put together some of the most patched up budgets of any Louisiana governor in recent times. It is predicted that for the next fiscal year, the state deficit will be some $1.2 billion! (Lake Charles American Press, Thursday, September 4).
Finish reading: Jindal’s raid on our trust funds | New Orleans’ Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly.
Government employees and politicians get special status from TSA
By Eric Boehm / September 26, 2014 | Watchdog.org
Government employees and politicians get preferential treatment from the Transportation Security Administration simply for being government employees and politicians.
Meanwhile, everyone else is stuck in an “aviation security caste system” based on dozens of watchlists compiled by the TSA, FBI and other law enforcement agencies, along with a secret formula the TSA believes can sort passengers based on hypothetical analyses and conjecture.
That’s the conclusion drawn by Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney for the ACLU, who reviewed a recent audit of the TSA, every traveler’s favorite government pseudo-police force.
via Government employees and politicians get special status from TSA « Watchdog.org.
I just don’t understand how they can say this is good for the economy. I know raising my electric bill by 35% would put a serious dent in the money I have for going to dinner, shopping, traveling. The so called renewable energy sector has already demonstrated that it is not ready for prime time. Several of Obama’s supporters that received large Federal grants have gone out of business… Either they were scams from the get go or they could not make a profit even with a large injection of taxpayer money.
When it becomes cost effective, I will be one of the first to jump on the solar/wind bandwagon. I would love to not have an electric bill at all…
Gina McCarthy argued Thursday that her home state of Massachusetts is proof you can cut greenhouse gas emissions while fostering economic prosperity, but the Environmental Protection Agency administrator failed to mention the apparent trade-off for consumers: dramatically higher electricity prices.
In a speech promoting President Obama’s climate change agenda, Ms. McCarthy ignored the fact that New England states — which nearly a decade ago formed the nation’s first regional “cap and trade” system — are dealing with electricity rates more than 35 percent higher than the national average.
via EPA chief pushes green energy agenda, ignores high electricity costs that result – Washington Times.
Something needs to be done, I am normally a “de-regulate” everything but the telecoms have grown back into nearly the huge monopoly they were before the Feds broke them up. The cable companies are no better, soon you will have 2 choices for internet service and both will be over priced and low quality customer service. The problem of right-of-way access needs to be addressed also, this is the permission for a company to put their cable/fiber/wire on a pole or underground by the roads. One reason there isn’t more competition now is right-of-ways have to be negotiated with every city/county/state/small town and there is not a consistent price or code for this. Right-of-ways should be negotiated at the state level, that way when a new company wants to offer service in a state they don’t need to deal separately with dozens of small government agencies. An example of this is my small town, the city owns the electric service and therefore most of the poles. A city councilman was getting a lot of complaints about the CATV company and wasn’t getting answers from the local office. He couldn’t get anyone from the main office in NYC to contact him so he proposed a change to the right of way fees for the CATV company – he wanted to raise the price to $10 per pole… count the poles next time you drive down a road. Needless to say the home office called and corrected the problem. The point of that is the city shouldn’t have its own price, that CATV company (to get TV to my town) has to negotiate with 3 towns and the parish (county) government just to get service to my town. I wonder how much cheaper it would be if they only had to negotiate a contract with 1 state agency?
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal lawmakers already are beginning to look beyond the 2014 midterm elections, and the fight to turn the Internet into a public utility could be setting the stage for a revamp of telecommunication law in the new Congress.
Talk of modernizing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, or ’96 Act, was on the lips of more than one lawmaker last week during the flurry of the net neutrality discussions, which has both sides of the debate threatening higher consumer costs and stifled innovation if their way is not implemented.
During an interview at his Capitol Hill office last week, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters that continuing fights over the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over the Internet could inspire an update of the ’96 Act to clarify its jurisdiction.
via Net neutrality fight sets stage for telecom law update « Watchdog.org.
I tend to shop at Lowe’s, they are closer and usually have what I am looking for. Now I am glad I don’t shop at Home Depot and I probably won’t ever again.
Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list
‘Just use cash’, former security staffer warns friends
By Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2014
Home Depot is facing claims it ignored security warnings from staff, who say prior to its loss of 56 million credit cards, it failed to update anti virus since 2007, did not consistently monitor its network for signs of attack, and failed to properly audit its eventually-hacked payment terminals.
The fixer-upper retail giant failed to conduct even basic adequate scans in line of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), former employees told the New York Times, with more than a dozen customer information databases unbelievably marked as off-limits to security staff.
Former unnamed security staff told the paper they were so concerned of the poor state of IT systems that they warned their friends to ‘use cash’ instead of credit cards.
via Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list • The Register.
…It will probably come as a surprise to no one that Ceasefire PA is dramatically lying with their claim.
According to the FBI, long guns accounted for 622 murders in 2012 (322 rifles, 303 shotguns), and 1,205 in 1996 (532 rifles, 673 shotguns, according to Table 20). The number of people murdered with long guns hasn’t doubled… it has roughly halved.
The attempt to target long-guns comes after numerous media outlets sympathetic to gun control curious chose last week to abandon their 30-year fixation on so-called “assault weapons.”
Apparently, they’re now going to go after bolt-action rifles used for hunting, calling them “sniper rifles,” comparing their owners to “insurrectionists” and”terrorists” as they attempt to push universal background checks as a de facto gun registry.
via And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions – Bearing Arms.