Archive for December, 2017

FBI is not FYI


Friday December 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:02am PST   •   0 Comments

Elected representatives of the people have been investigating unlawful surveillance of American citizens through the FISA court. When representatives posed questions to FBI boss Christopher Wray he told them, “I’m not prepared to discuss what happened in the court,” though he obviously knew the answer. Instead of answering questions, Wray offered boilerplate praise for...
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Congress Strikes a Tax Deal


Thursday December 14th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:33am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Congress has announced that it has resolved the differences between the House and Senate versions of a tax cut bill, where both houses will soon vote on the final version. The New York Times reports: Party leaders in the House and Senate agreed in principle to bridge the yawning gaps between their...
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GovCEQAstudy.Con


Tuesday December 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

As California politicians complain about the lack of affordable housing, a new state study claims the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as a Los Angeles Times report put it, “doesn’t block development from actually happening.” A working family looking for affordable housing in California should have more than a reasonable doubt. The claim that...
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Jerry Brown Claims California Wildfires Are “The New Normal.”


Monday December 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:56am PST   •   0 Comments

As fires rage in southern California, driving nearly 90,000 people from their homes, recurring governor Jerry Brown explains that that because of climate change such fires could be “the new normal” and “this could be something that happens every year or every few years.” As usual, the governor ignores a key back story. The...
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The Bureaucratic Blind Eye


Monday December 11th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:17am PST   •   0 Comments

A brand new scandal has broken out at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where the fingerprints of the department’s bureaucrats are all over the latest evidence of misconduct. USA Today’s Donavan Slack broke the story: Neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider racked up more than a dozen malpractice claims and settlements in two states, including cases...
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Federal Government Shutdown Theater Postponed


Friday December 8th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:02am PST   •   0 Comments

With the news being dominated by stories of an ethically-troubled Senator and an ethically-troubled Representative resigning from their positions of power in Washington D.C. today, many Americans might have missed that a scheduled showing of federal government shutdown theater has been postponed for at least another two weeks. Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post...
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Investigation of Sexual Harassment in California Legislature Is Just for Show


Wednesday December 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

Besides Hollywood (Harvey Weinstein), Congress (Al Franken), and the media (Matt Lauer), to name only a few, it turns out that sexual abuse has been thriving in the California legislature. Capitol staffer Elise Flynn Gyore charged that assemblyman Raul Bocanegra groped her at a public event in 2009. Faced with this and other accusations,...
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GovHousingHelp.Con


Tuesday December 5th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:35am PST   •   0 Comments

In housing, California has been in the throes of what Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, calls an “affordability crisis.” This year governor Jerry Brown signed a batch of bills designed to end the crisis and, as Assemblyman Richard Bloom put it, “make housing affordable again.” Those currently priced out of the market might recall past...
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Federal Funds Used to Stage “Doggie Hamlet”


Monday December 4th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PST   •   0 Comments

Over the years, MyGovCost has highlighted some of the more bizarre ways that U.S. taxpayer funds have been used to accomplish really questionable things, but we may have a new contender for what is perhaps the strangest way that the U.S. government’s bureaucrats have ever wasted money. It may not surprise you to learn...
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