— Thomas Jefferson.
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog blasted the U.S. Marshals Service for excessive spending on
Internal documents reveal that award spending for the Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony — headed by Attorney General Eric Holder — more than doubled between 2009 and 2011, coming to a total of over $410,000 in the course of just three ceremonies.
The event is held by the Justice Department to recognize employees for their work. Holder presents the awards himself, which may explain why the department spared no expense when purchasing them.
The documents — obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the watchdog group Cause of Action — reveal that in 2009, Justice Management Division shelled out $80,245 for 286 plaques, crystal eagle statuettes and desktop trophies.
That’s an average of $280 per award, though many undoubtedly cost much more. In contrast, this week’s inspector general’s report criticized the U.S. Marshals Service for spending just $125 on crystal statues, labeling the expense “excessive.”
It gets worse. Awards spending for the annual ceremony doubled in 2010, skyrocketing to $160,337 for 357 recipients. That’s an astonishing $449 average per plaque. That number climbed even higher in 2011, reaching $172,845 for 384 awards, or $450 per employee.
Overall, Justice Management Division spent $413,427 on awards for the three events held between 2009 and 2011. That doesn’t include the price of catering, entertainment and venue space for the ceremony itself. The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall, where the event is typically held, costs at least $4,500 to rent per hour.
The price tag is reminiscent of the General Service Administration’s 2010 conference in Las Vegas, which stuck taxpayers with an $823,000 bill for a lavish five-day meeting
every time I see this it gets reblogged
"one of the worst things"
clearly means the worst
Oh my gosh. Apparently reading comprehension and the understanding of “one of the worst” is not here on Tumblr. She said ” One of THE worst things” Tell me, where did she say it’s the worst of all? Oh you can’t! You all and the man with the microphone should pull your head out of your asses and go back to elementary school.
On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 720,000 Americans left the labor force. This exodus pushed the labor force participation rate down to 62.8%, the lowest level since 1978. One out of three adults in neither working nor actively looking for work.
On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 720,000 Americans left the labor force. This exodus pushed the labor force participation rate down to 62.8%, the lowest level since 1978. One out of three adults is neither working nor actively looking for work.
Some observers attribute the sharp drop to the shutdown and the furloughed federal workers. Even if that were the case, and it is unclear why these workers would be counted as not in the labor force, the number of Americans exiting is still significant. The total number of adults not in the labor force in October rose 932,000 to almost 92 million. (see note below)
Overall, the jobs report showed employers adding 204,000 jobs in October. Almost half of these job gains were in the retail and hospitality sectors. The adult population, however, grew by 213,000, meaning that the better than expected jobs number fell short of keeping pace with population growth. The economy needs to add many more jobs to bring discouraged workers back into the labor force.
In spite of the gain in jobs, the overall number of Americans with a job fell by 735,000, to less than 144 million. Just 58.3% of adults were employed in October.
The headline number on the October jobs report was good. Gaining jobs is obviously better than shedding them. The continued sluggish pace of the economy, however, is causing ever more Americans to give up looking for work.
UPDATE: The Bureau of Labor Statistics, responsible for compiling the jobs report, has told CNBC that the government shutdown “categorically” is not a factor in the labor market exodus. It never really made any sense that furloughed workers would be counted as leaving the labor force, but we now have confirmation they weren’t. The 720,000 workers leaving the labor force is one of the largest exoduses in history.
I’ve never thought about this but it’s pretty spot on. If you’d risk ruining someone’s life through false words, isn’t it fair to ruin your life in return with the same penalty?
On Thursday, President Barack Obama apologized for lying to the American people about whether they could keep their insurance plans under Obamacare. Millions of Americans have received cancellation letters from their insurance companies after the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges went into effect in October.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama apologized for lying to the American people about whether they could keep their insurance plans under Obamacare. Millions of Americans have received cancellation lettersfrom their insurance companies after the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges went into effect in October.
"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," Obama toldNBC’s Chuck Todd. "We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."
While campaigning for the passage of Obamacare and during the 2012 campaign, Obama repeatedly assured Americans that they would be able to keep their doctors and healthcare plans under Obamacare.
"If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period," Obama said in a 2009 speech to the American Medical Association. “No one will take it away, no matter what.”
Earlier this week, Obama revised that promise, saying that what he had meant was Americans could keep their plans “if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”
"Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed," Obama said. “So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve got to change it to a higher standard.
"They’ve got to make it better, they’ve got to improve the quality of the plan they are selling. That’s part of the promise that we made too. That’s why we went out of our way to make sure that the law allowed for grandfathering."
That was the second time in a week Obama attempted to revise his promise to Americans after he wascalled outfor his lie by reporters in the mainstream press. Obama has alleged that only Americans who had"substandard" insurance plans were the ones receiving cancellation letters.
What a sad excuse for a president.
Self-styled anti-bullying advocate Dan Savage told a giggling and applauding audience in Australia that
Self-styled anti-bullying advocate Dan Savage told a giggling and applauding audience in Australia that “abortion should be mandatory for 30 years” on Monday during a panel discussion on Christianity, marriage and sex.
Savage made his remarks during a program titled “Q&A, Adventures in Democracy” broadcasted from the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Monday in response to the question: ”Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if it were implemented?”
“Population control: There’s too many goddam people on the planet,” Savage said asthe audience burst into applauseat his predictable response. “You know, I’m pro-choice. I believe that women should have a right to control their bodies. Sometimes in my darker moments, I’m anti-choice. I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years.”
vage, creator of the “It Gets Better”viral video anti-suicide crusade on behalf of gay teens, takes a hateful, violent pro-death position toward everyone who irritates him, from unborn babies to hapless Green Party candidates standing in the way of total Democratic domination. (RELATED: Anti-bullying advocation Dan Savage wishes cancer on Sarah Palin)
“I wish [Republicans] were all fucking dead,”he saidon liberal comedian Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time” in 2011 during the debt-ceiling brouhaha.
Back in 2006, Savage called for the barbaric murder of a Green Party candidate, angered by the threat of third-party candidates to spoil the Democratic Senate victory of Bob Casey.
“Carl Romanelli should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope,” Savagetold the Daily Pennsylvanian, alluding to the 1998 torture and death of hate crime victim James Byrd, Jr.
Voters thinking of casting a ballot for Romanelli should be “beaten,” said Savage, who had previously used the beating death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard as blog post fodder.
An appalled Casey (a staunchly pro-life politician) laterreturnedSavage’s $2100 campaign donation.
But not all Democrats are bothered by Savage’s vile routine. President Barack Obama himselfsupportsSavage’s “It Gets Better” campaign, devoting a page of WhiteHouse.gov to it as a civil rights issue.
Obama appears to share Savage’s view on abortion as well: During his tenure in the Illinois state legislature, Obama spoke andvoted againsta version of the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” which would have made it illegal to kill a living, breathing, defenseless child that survived an abortion.
Confusingly, Savage prefaced his call for mandatory abortion, Savage spoke out against state control of women’s reproductive choices, telling fellow panelist Peter Hitchens “Forcing women to give birth against their will damages women.”
I’ve always hated this man, now i hate him even more. What a hypocrite.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) told local supporters at a town hall in his northern Florida district Tuesday night that he and other Republicans are currently drafting a resolution seeking impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder.
There’s so much more you can impeach him on. Also why stop there?! impeach Obama as well!.