Category Archives: Bureaucracy

Dims want feds to tally ALL elections

“Decentralization promotes individual liberty. When power over elections is centralized, it is easier for that power to be abused. When power over elections is decentralized, no single malevolent actor can exert improper control over the process. That is precisely why Democrats are so eager for Washington, D.C. [Via HR 1), to have more power over our elections.”

They don’t care that this idea would violate the U.S. Constitution.

Via PJMedia

The Fitzgerald

A warship doomed by ‘confusion, indecision, and ultimately panic’ on the bridge.

The Navy she has become a sloppy ship. The Fitz was the second destroyer hit by  a tanker merchant ship, this time in broad daylight, in three months in 2017.

Via the good journalists at the Navy Times

UPDATE:  “There was debris everywhere,” Fort said under oath of the destroyer’s Combat Information Center. “Food debris, food waste, uneaten food, half-eaten food, personal gear in the form of books, workout gear, workout bands, kettlebells, weightlifting equipment, the status boards had graffiti on them. I’d never seen a CIC like that in my entire time in the Navy,” the surface warfare officer of more than 25 years recollected.

The American Police State Flourishes

“…with its roadside strip searches, government surveillance, biometric databases, [cash and home asset forfeiture], citizens being treated like terrorists, imprisonments for criticizing the government, national ID cards, SWAT team raids, censorship, forcible blood draws and DNA extractions, private prisons, weaponized drones, red light cameras, tasers, active shooter drills, police misconduct and government corruption.”

Even a partial government shutdown is to be encouraged. Less is more.

The Flynn debacle

“The failure to file as a lobbyist for Turkey under the Foreign Agents Registration Act hardly makes Flynn the modern-day equivalent of Benedict Arnold” as District Judge Sullivan incredibly implied.

It makes him the Republican version of Tony Podesta, who is enjoying his retirement in his home in the upscale Kalomara neighborhood of Washington a few doors down from the former President Obama and his family.”

But Flynn took the lying-to-the-fbi charge deal—apparently concluded before the Turkey stuffings came out—and was sentenced to three more months of futzing with Herr Oberstrumfuhrer Mueller.

Further affiant sayeth not

Oh Happy Day

“A U.S. judge ordered the Justice and State departments Thursday to reopen an inquiry into whether Hillary Clinton used a private email server while secretary of state to deliberately evade public records laws, and to answer whether the agencies acted in bad faith by not telling a court for months that they had asked in mid-2014 for missing emails to be returned.”

Now, will it (or they) go anywhere meaningful? Wait and see.

Via Chicago Tribune& Twitchy

UPDATE:  Just a coincidence? IRS prosecutors are ready to pounce on the Clinton Foundation for back taxes. Slick Willie’s been playing fast and loose with the “charity.” This may be a bone the elite throw to us pleebs, letting the mrs skate on everything else. As Glenn Reynolds has said: “We have the worst political class ever, but the Clintons are the worst of the worst.”

CYA at (F)amous (B)ut (I)ncomptent

As a retired FBI agent/friend once told me, the feds couldn’t find their asses with both hands. But they can sure cover their asses, eh FBI?

In a stunning display, a man who is a recognized government watchdog and had given Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz documents showing federal officials ignored the relationship among Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, had his home raided by the FBI, despite the fact that his status was protected by law.”

What law? Fart, Barf & Itch don’t follow no steenking law.

“It involved some 16 agents making a house call on whistleblower Dennis Nathan Cain. The problem here seems to be that Cain is blowing the whistle on federal law enforcement (or the nonfeasance thereof) in matters pertaining to the Clinton crime family. As if that weren’t enough, Robert Mueller’s past service as FBI Director is implicated as well.”

Famous But Incompetent has a lot of asses to find and cover this time. They’ll probably miss a few. But, as always, there’ll be lots of innocents for them to intimidate.

Via PowerLineBlog

Romance of the Rails

This good book by Randal O’Toole lays out the nationwide disaster that is urban rail transit and light rail: deferring maintenance to the tune of billions of dollars while constantly spending more billions for expansion. Never mind delays, accidents, deaths and low ridership. The pols just keep on building.

Not just in Austin, but in Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta & etc. O’Toole doesn’t examine Austin but Jim Skaggs, former Tracor CEO, sure does:

“Austin and Cap Metro transit [rail] plans being developed by ‘Project Connect’ are based on reducing current car lanes on major roadways to provide dedicated transit [rail] lanes. This ill-conceived plan would result [in] some of the most devastating negative impacts, in history, on Austin citizens’ quality-of-life and living costs.”

Because people refuse to give up their cars and, so far, government can’t make us.

Go back just two years and read Forbes contributing writer Scott Beyer on why Austin is “perhaps America’s leading rail transit failure.” A monument to government waste.

Austin and Capitol Metro go on building more while light rail and transit rail are collapsing all over the country.

You have to wonder why. Are the pols just stupid? Could be. Or corrupt? Could also be and probably is. New construction is always good for covering up the graft and bribes which are a staple of political life.

O’Toole: “Buses can not only move more people than light rail, they can do it faster.” Ah, but there’s no romance in buses, even with electric connections and free wifi at your seat. Nor near as much graft.