Nov 21 2014

Massive Radiation Leak Hospitalizes 20, Because Some Doofus Bought the Wrong Brand of Kitty Litter (seriously, not making this up)

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A Department of Energy nuclear lab used the wrong kind of kitty litter in its haste to dispose of hazardous waste last year, leading to a radiation leak that sickened at least 20 workers and caused a shutdown of a federal disposal plant to the tune of $500 million.

“You can trust us; we’re the government.”

The report from the Santa Fe New Mexican characterizes the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and its private operator, Los Alamos National Security LLC, as being so careless with the hazardous material that they inadvertently created what one chemist called a potential bomb. The LANL is a federal laboratory that works on nuclear technology and other national security projects.

“Paging Homer Simpson. Paging Homer Simpson.”

In its haste, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the lab used a “wheat-based kitty litter rather than clay-based kitty litter” to absorb some of the material. This mistake turned the waste into a mixture that was “akin to plastic explosives,” the paper reported.

“I know they said get the clay stuff, but this wheat-based crap looks more environmentally friendly.”

The mistake was small, but costly. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that in February 2014, once the drum containing waste had reached the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, it cracked open. At least 20 workers at the plant were injured by low levels of the radiation and the plant was shut down.

Greg Mello, executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, said that it is clear that “corners were cut” at the laboratory, and the culture needs to change.

“Yeah, the culture, that’s who we can blame. It’s the culture’s fault.”

Read the full article (minus our snide comments) at FoxNews.com.


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Nov 20 2014

Today! Prime Time! Obama To Declare Himself Dictator!

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President Obama, following through on his vow to sidestep Congress, will announce in a prime-time TV speech Thursday the executive actions he will take to change U.S. immigration law.

Obama will make his announcement, expected to protect roughly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, from the White House at 8 p.m. EST.

The president will go ahead with his plan despite widespread opposition from Capitol Hill Republicans, who have asked him to wait until next year when the GOP controls the House and Senate to try to reform the country’s broken immigration system.

House Speaker John Boehner has warned Obama that taking executive action on the immigration issue before January would be tantamount to “playing with fire.”

And on Wednesday before the announcement, Boehner aide Michael Steel referred to the president and attempt to govern alone as “Emperor Obama.”

Read the full article at FoxNews.com.


Nov 13 2014

Government Logic…

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Nov 13 2014

Lincoln warned us of Obama…

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Nov 12 2014

Only the State is allowed to show “compassion”…

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Nov 12 2014

Legends, Liberals & Unjust Laws

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Nov 11 2014

Obama calls for more government control over internet…because ObamaCare’s working just so swimmingly

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President Obama threw down the gauntlet Monday with cable companies and Internet providers by declaring they shouldn’t be allowed to cut deals with online services like YouTube to move their content faster.

It was his most definitive statement to date on so-called “net neutrality,” and escalates a battle that has been simmering for years between industry groups and Internet activists who warn against the creation of Internet “fast lanes.” The president’s statement swiftly drew an aggressive response from trade groups, which are fighting against additional regulation, as well as congressional Republicans.

“We are stunned the president would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet and calling for extreme” regulation, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the primary lobbying arm of the cable industry.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz responded by saying, “In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities, and higher prices for consumers. The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”

Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com offered seven reasons why net neutrality is a dumb idea…

1. We Already Have Net Neutrality. As a result of competition between internet service providers in the marketplace, ISPs generally do not discriminate against highly-trafficked websites.

2. Some Companies Take Up More Bandwidth Than Others. Were an ISP to push YouPorn to pay fees for its higher bandwidth, consumers of the ISP who did not use YouPorn would be the beneficiaries – they wouldn’t be subsidizing YouPorn. Meanwhile, other ISPs could calculate that they want to absorb the costs of YouPorn in order to carry YouPorn, since YouPorn could refuse to pay the fees to the first ISP. That would be an advantage for the second ISP. In other words, market choices take place, and those can provide options to consumers. Net neutrality would ban such deals.

3. The Government Still Allows Discrimination In Traffic. ISPs inherently have to prioritize traffic. It’s what they do. The government has decided to exempt “reasonable network management” to allow differentiation of traffic – but then defines it ambiguously, leaving it up to the government to determine when an ISP is in compliance.

4. Barriers to Entry Are Created. There is a reason that Google backs net neutrality. Absent net neutrality restrictions, entrepreneurs in their garages would devote significant energies trying to topple Google with the next killer application.

5. Technological Stagnation. Comcast and AT&T and the like are using ancient wires to transmit internet. That’s why internet access is so slow in large swaths of the United States. They have no incentive to upgrade their wiring because they have monopolies on that wiring, thanks to the government. Net neutrality does nothing about the real problem with the internet: lack of speed.

6. Internet Taxes Could Happen. Harold Furchtgott-Roth of Forbes writes that by making the internet subject to the strictures of the interstate telecommunications industry, the FCC could impose fees on internet service.

7. Content Restrictions From The Government. The government promises that it will use the power of net neutrality for good, not evil. But just like the government’s once-infamous Fairness Doctrine, the notion of the government determining what equal access to the internet looks like is deeply problematic.

SOURCES: FoxNews.com, FoxNews.com, Breitbart.com.

 

 


Nov 10 2014

Federal Data Security Weakened by Idiot Employees

Federal employees and contractors are unwittingly undermining a $10 billion-per-year effort to protect sensitive government data from cyberattacks, according to a published report.

The Associated Press says that workers in more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyberincidents reported each year since 2010, according to an analysis of records.

They have clicked links in bogus phishing emails, opened malware-laden websites and been tricked by scammers into sharing information. One was redirected to a hostile site after connecting to a video of tennis star Serena Williams. A few act intentionally, most famously former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who downloaded and leaked documents revealing the government’s collection of phone and email records.

At a time when intelligence officials say cybersecurity now trumps terrorism as the No. 1 threat to the U.S. — and when breaches at businesses such as Home Depot and Target focus attention on data security — the federal government isn’t required to publicize its own brushes with data loss.

Read the full article at FoxNews.com.


Nov 8 2014

What if They Made it Illegal to Rent Your House?

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Minnesota cities have circled the wagons in a controversial property rights case that pits municipal authorities against homeowners who are challenging the constitutionality of Winona’s rental ban before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Mankato, Rochester and St. Paul joined the League of Minnesota Cities in urging the state’s top court to uphold Winona’s law, which allows no more than 30 percent of homeowners per block to rent their property in the college community.

“Now and into the uncertain future, Minnesota cities need to be able to use all of the ‘tools’ within their authority, including the ability to limit the number of rental units, to fulfill their obligations to their citizens,” Mankato City Attorney Eileen Wells wrote in a friend-of-the-court filing.

Winona implemented the nation’s first comprehensive rental cap ordinance in 2006. The city responded to concerns over neighborhoods with single-family homes being converted to rental properties catering to college students, which can lead to complaints over parking, noisy parties and other issues.

Read the full article at The Daily Signal.


Nov 6 2014

Founding Fathers…

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Nov 5 2014

City plans to jail 90-year-old for feeding homeless people.

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Fort Lauderdale police say Arnold Abbott violated a new city law, but the 90-year-old homeless advocate says his only crime was to “love thy neighbor.”

Abbott was charged Sunday along with two local pastors with violating the city’s new ordinance that effectively bans giving out food in public. He faces 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, and he intends to get cited again Wednesday night, when he sets out to feed some of the Florida city’s estimated 10,000 homeless on a public beach.

Fort Lauderdale passed an ordinance late last month that included a slate of new regulations on where and how groups can provide food to homeless people.  The vote made the city the 13th in the nation since 2012 to pass restrictions on where people can feed the homeless, according to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Cited along with Abbott were Dwayne Black, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.

Abbott, a World War II veteran who won two Purple Hearts as an infantryman, said he won’t stop the fight he has dedicated to his wife.

Read the full article at FoxNews.com.


Nov 3 2014

Trey Gowdy: The Law…

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Oct 25 2014

Patrick Henry…

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Oct 23 2014

Trey Gowdy: “We make law…”

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Oct 17 2014

Man ordered by town to remove flags honoring his family in service…what his neighbors did next is amazing…

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The display was put up by Family Hardware employee Jeff Verzi, who was honoring six family members serving in the military. He was told last week to remove the flags after an anonymous complaint citing the city’s rule that prohibits placing banners in the right-of-way.

Verzi politely refused, saying the flags represent six veterans in his family that he wanted to remember.

Then, on a quiet Monday morning following the city’s demand to Verzi, fellow townspeople spent a few hours placing hundreds upon hundreds of flags along the right-of-way for the entire length of the street.

Supporters started posting flags at around 8 a.m. and it took more than an hour to finish. Initially, the plan was for over 500 small American flags to dot the landscape. Eric Stange, general manager at Family Hardware, said their message generated a positive response from the community.

Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the city, has since said that no further action will be taken. She said it’s a good thing to see the community come together.

SOURCES: Fox News, Southwest Florida News-Press.