Just because of people like Arne Duncan and actions like this?
Someone went to Africa on safari and shot a lion. Usual idiotic 'the poor kitty!' noise erupts. FTF covers it fairly well:
Hmmm, why might Seattle PD and DHS not want to answer questions about this?
The SPD declined to answer more than a dozen questions from The Stranger,
including whether the network is operational, who has access to its
data, what it might be used for, and whether the SPD has used it (or
intends to use it) to geo-locate people's devices via their MAC
addresses or other identifiers.
Seattle Police detective Monty Moss, one of the leaders of the
mesh-network project—one part of a $2.7 million effort, paid for by the
Department of Homeland Security—wrote in an e-mail that the department
"is not comfortable answering policy questions when we do not yet have a
policy." But, Detective Moss added, the SPD "is actively collaborating
with the mayor's office, city council, law department, and the ACLU on a
use policy." The ACLU, at least, begs to differ: "Actively
collaborating" is not how they would put it. Jamela Debelak, technology
and liberty director of the Seattle office, says the ACLU submitted
policy-use suggestions months ago and has been waiting for a response.
Also from RNS,
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his administration took steps late
Wednesday to strip food stamp benefits from those who loaded up their
shopping carts knowing they had insufficient funds in their Electronic
Benefits Transfer accounts during a system failure in October.
From Mark Steyn:
That’s why I believe America’s belated embrace of government health care
is going to be far more expensive and disastrous than the Euro-Canadian
models. Whatever one’s philosophical objection to the Canadian health
system, it is, broadly, fair: Unless you’re a cabinet minister or a
bigtime hockey player, you’ll enjoy the same equality of crappiness and
universal lack of access that everybody else does. But, even before it’s
up-and-running, Pelosi-Reid-Obamacare is an impenetrable thicket of
contradictory boondoggles, shameless payoffs and arbitrary shakedowns.
"OMG! Owning guns equals SUICIDE!"
Ah, not exactly.
Before President Obama’s health reform law went into effect,
Americans could deduct out-of-pocket medical costs if they amounted to
at least 7.5 percent of the individual’s annual income. Ten million
American families save more than $10 billion annually using this
deduction, according to IRS and Office of Management and Budget [OMB] figures.
But now under Obamacare, Americans can only deduct out-of-pocket
medical costs if they amount to 10 percent of the individual’s income.