Tuesday, July 08, 2014

My response to the EPA: "We should be able to hang overreaching bureaucrats

without going through that troublesome courtroom stuff."
In a Federal Register notice on July 2 titled “Administrative Wage Garnishment,” the EPA stated that by the authority of the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA ) of 1996 it issued a proposed rule that “will allow the EPA to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”
No.  HELL no.

In the "Only cops are professional and trained enough" category,
An off-duty NYPD officer who was allegedly intoxicated when he randomly opened fire in Pelham and shot at two strangers was indicted Thursday on attempted murder charges.

Speaking of such, when the police do this to one of their own officers due to butthurt, why should we trust them to treat us any better?

Not to mention the other behavior in the matter:
There is much, much more to the story than I have space for here, but the incident and its aftermath were thoroughly described in Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book Labyrinth, which not only detailed Kevin Gaines’s ties to gangster rap recording label Death Row Records and a Los Angeles street gang, but also similar ties connecting a number of LAPD officers to the same recording company and same street gang.  Some of those same officers, Rafael Perez chief among them, would, not long after the Gaines shooting, become the central figures in what became known as the LAPD’s Rampart scandal, in which a handful of officers at Rampart Division engaged in all manner of corrupt activities, including shooting and paralyzing an unarmed man, then planting a gun on him and fabricating a case against him that would send him to prison in a wheelchair.  The scandal was discovered after a large quantity of cocaine went missing from an evidence storage facility, cocaine that had been seized and booked into evidence by Lyga.  Investigators theorized that the theft was partly motivated by a desire to discredit Lyga as payback for the Gaines shooting.

Finally, in the Annals of "Oh SHIT!",
ATLANTA (AP) — Government workers cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

The six glass vials of freeze-dried virus were intact and sealed with melted glass, and the virus may well have been dead, because it wasn't kept cold over the years, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Still, the find was disturbing because for decades after smallpox was declared eradicated in the 1980s, world health authorities believed the only samples left were safely stored in super-secure laboratories in Atlanta and in Russia.

1 comment:

Differ said...

The federal register EPA rule is rather frightening and how does one legally challenge a faceless bureacracy without funds because they took it without a court order. That said, were I a gov. employee I'd not sign my name to such a proposal.