Over Half a Million $$ for Unused Handicap Ramp "This tale of terror from the statist utopia of San Francisco demonstrates not only why the insane Americans With Disabilities Act must be repealed at once, but why no matter how much Big Government loots from us, it will never be enough" In totally unrelated news, the cost of living in San Francisco keeps going up
CLASS-less Democrats There is "no viable path forward" for Obamacare. In totally unrelated news, the cost of healthcare keeps going up
Bloggers Selling Links to Marketers? - Megan McArdle "Well, you can imagine my surprise this morning when I learned ... that some bloggers may have actually accepted money to mention companies and commercial products such as our fantastic 50-inch Panasonic Viera plasma television"
The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers.
The investigation alleges that Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.” (Fox News)
Ed Morrissey hits the nail on the head:
"I can solve this in sixty seconds: “Those offended by Catholic iconography should not choose a private Catholic university for their higher education.” That didn’t take six months or waste thousands of taxpayer dollars. The very idea that this needs six months of investigation tells me that we need to eliminate the Office of Human Rights, and perhaps replace it with the Office of Minding Your Own Business and the Department of Having A Clue In The First Place." (Human-rights complaint seeks secular praying room for Muslims at … Catholic University)
Since the "Office of Human Rights" has not the slightest clue of what "freedom of religion" and "freedom of association" meanas applied to Catholic University's right to practice its religion without watering it down for the benefit of non-believers, the Office has outlived any usefulness it ever had,
It has begun to dawn on the "Occupy" protestors that there are "professional homeless" in their midst who are aren't particularly needy, but who are taking advantage of them!
It seems the "occupy" kitchen staff got tired of working long and hard to support a huge influx of freeloaders. My fellow hard-working taxpayers, let's take a moment to savor the irony.
The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.
They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
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The Assembly officially approved the three-day menu crackdown announced earlier in the day — insisting everybody would be fed something during that period.
Some protesters threatened that the high-end meals could be cut off completely if the vagrants and criminals don’t disperse.
Unhappiness with their unwelcome guests was apparent throughout the day.
“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.
A security volunteer added that the cooks felt “overworked and underappreciated.”
Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.
The "occupy" protestors are learning fast, in the school of hard knocks.
Lesson: If you give out large amounts of "free" stuff with no strings attached, day after day, some people will take advantage. And eventually the number of freeloaders will be so great that even working 18-hour days is not enough to keep up with it. (Let's pause for another irony break as we picture the kitchen staff volunteers, some in their 14th or 16th hour of work, observe vagrants and fellow protestors do nothing but loaf around all day.)
It's almost a complete microcosm of what Obama is trying to do to America with his redistribution of weatlh agenda, and why it's not working and can never work.
At this rate, some of these dyed-in-the-wool leftists will be Republicans by March.
Your Department has made an enormous error in judgment. It instructed federally-licensed firearms dealers to illegally sell at least 2,000 guns that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) intended to be trafficked to drug cartels in Mexico. The results of this error in judgment have implicated the United States in well over one hundred deadly crimes and the deaths of two federal agents.
This not only raises serious questions about your ability to serve as the head of the Justice Department, but also begs the question of why an anti-gun Administration would knowingly force licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to violent criminals. I raise this because Operation Fast and Furious — if the facts of this case had not come to light — would have been used by this Administration as another false argument to attack law-abiding American gun owners.
The American people deserve to know if your Department had any intent to link the legal purchase of firearms here in the U.S. to crimes committed near our southern border. Operation Fast and Furious funneled firearms legally purchased at gun shops in the U.S. to known criminal syndicates to prove these syndicates have access to legal purchased weapons. This is a deliberate attempt to vilify and attack the millions of gun owners in America who value our Second Amendment and have never broken the law.
Walsh’s posited explanation appears to be the only plausible one. Why else would the administration authorize the program — then fail to follow up to catch the criminals the program was purportedly designed to catch? Had ATF made any kind of legitimate attempt to track the weapons — had they not allowed the guns to so completely disappear into the hands of violent criminals — it might have been believable that the administration sought to use the program to disrupt the power of Mexican drug cartels.
. . . It’s sickening to think anyone in the administration would really be so rash and so ideologically driven as to risk the nearly inevitable results of this program — the deaths that did, in fact, result — just to prove the point that legally purchased weapons show up at violent crime scenes, just to suggest the government ought to make it harder to legally purchase guns in the first place.