Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola

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.

Secret is out: Potentially dangerous oil train shipments roll through NE weekly « Watchdog.org

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.

Move over Saudi Arabia, here comes U.S. oil and gas « 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.

Argentina Uses Drones To Root Out Wealthy Tax Evaders – Liberty Crier

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.

Jindal’s raid on our trust funds | New Orleans’ Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly

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 « Watchdog.org

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.

EPA chief pushes green energy agenda, ignores high electricity costs that result – Washington Times

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.

Net neutrality fight sets stage for telecom law update « Watchdog.org

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.

Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list • The Register

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.

And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions – Bearing Arms

…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.

Florida cops storm barber shop to inspect licenses and sanitation | Police State USA

Who’s bright idea was it to perform an armed raid on barber shops to check licenses?!?!?  I’m glad the courts denied the “qualified immunity” for the officers.  This needs to happen a lot more and maybe some cops will realize this is not Soviet Russia.  Excessive force is used way too often for what used to be routine police operations.  Why do a no knock raid in the middle of the night when you can arrest the suspect at the bus stop and then search the house?  Don’t tell me it’s for officer safety…  they are getting shot when the break in the doors or windows now.  The cops in this country need to take a step back, take a deep breath and look HARD at the way they are operating their departments now.

The 2-1 appellate court opinion soundly rejected the police tactics, stating that the “unconstitutional search” violated the Fourth Amendment, and was “clearly established to be illegal from its inception.” Agents Vidler and Leslie were denied the benefit of qualified immunity with regard to the claims of Berry, Trammon, Durant, and Anderson.“There is no indication that the defendants [Vidler and Leslie] had any reason to believe that the inspection would be met with violence,” the court ruled, adding that “the manner in which the supposed inspection of Strictly Skillz was undertaken was unreasonable from its inception.”

via Florida cops storm barber shop to inspect licenses and sanitation | Police State USA.

Mary Landrieu internal investigation finds $33,700 in improperly charged flights | NOLA.com

By Cole Avery, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

on September 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM, updated September 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Friday released the findings of an internal investigation into her travel that found more than $33,700 in campaign flights were charged to her Senate account.

The report found 136 campaign functions were conducted during 43 trips paid for by the Senate office dating back to 2002.

Landrieu said in a release she reported the errors to the Senate Ethics Committee and fully repaid the Treasury with campaign funds.

“The review I ordered last month found these mistakes stemming from sloppy book keeping. I take full responsibility. They should have never happened, and I apologize for this,” Landrieu said. “A new system has been established that has been successfully used by a number of senate offices to provide a safeguard from this happening in the future.”

via Mary Landrieu internal investigation finds $33,700 in improperly charged flights | NOLA.com.

Dead People Are Labelled “Inactive Voters” In North Carolina | Rat Nation

That’s all the rest of us got to vote

As we inch towards the 2016 general elections – that is assuming they happen – it is incumbent on each of the 50 states to, well, purge their voter rolls of people no longer living in the state, as well as those no longer living.  Despite the integrity implications, this is never much of a priority in states where a laundry list of initiatives are spending tax payer cash by handing it over to non-taxpayers, so a number of nonprofit and civic groups are reminding the states to do just that.

Getting the dead off of any voter roll should be no problem, right?  Just cross reference one database against another.  Minor issue that True the Vote and other voter integrity projects are encountering: the states don’t always have such databases and some of them, like North Carolina, are labeling dead people the same as those who have left the borders.  They are called “inactive.”  That’s pretty much an understatement.

via Dead People Are Labelled “Inactive Voters” In North Carolina | Rat Nation.

Samuel Davenport, Libertarian candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat, stays on the ballot | NOLA.com

Samuel Davenport

Print By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on September 09, 2014 at 2:07 PM, updated September 09, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Libertarian candidate Samuel Davenport overcame a second effort to disqualify him from the 2nd Congressional District race Tuesday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled 8-3 that the challenge to his candidacy, filed by Eliza Eugene and Lawrence Galle, had no legal merit, affirming the decision of Civil District Court Judge Lynn Luker.

Davenport greeted the ruling with jubilation and a challenge to incumbent Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans. “My opponent, instead of trying to bully himself an election, should just let the people decide,” he said. He encouraged his supporters to help him win another victory, this one at the ballot box on Nov. 4.

via Samuel Davenport, Libertarian candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat, stays on the ballot | NOLA.com.