Washington Free Beacon: “The cost of federal regulation neared $2 trillion in 2014, according to a new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). . . . ‘Federal regulation and intervention cost American consumers and businesses an estimated $1.88 trillion in 2014 in lost economic productivity and higher prices,’ amounting to roughly $15,000 per household . . . . ‘In 2014, agencies issued 16 new regulations for every law—that’s 3,554 new regulations compared to 224 new laws’,”
Newsmax: “Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase . . . alarmingly large quantities of ammunition. A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets. Before that, it was the Department of Agriculture requesting 320,000 rounds. More recently, the Department of Homeland Security raised eyebrows with its request for 450 million rounds — at about the same time the FBI separately sought 100 million hollow-point rounds.”
epicurious: “New rules for school food kick in this July — and for kids going back to school in the fall, it’s sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being instituted by the USDA, junk food is now totally verboten — in school vending machines, stores, and lunchrooms. That means that fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy are good to go — high-sodium, high-sugar, and high-fat foods are not.”
examiner.com: “An article in The Daily Caller “White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda” could have been an April Fool’s joke, but sadly it is not. It seems of all of the issues facing our country and the world today, climate change stands at the top of the list as the most serious threat to humankind. New EPA regulations seek to reduce methane gas emissions from cows by twenty-five percent by the year 2020, labeling it an extremely potent greenhouse gas (if you are married you know what they mean). Taking this issue as seriously as the EPA demands we do, perhaps we should look at exactly what the (un) intended consequences of the new regulation would achieve: Reducing methane gas emissions by twenty-five percent would force farmers to reduce their livestock by twenty-five percent.”
Washington Post: “This month, the Environmental Protection Agency will propose standards that will establish stricter pollution limits for gas-fired power plants than coal-fired power plants . . . . the Obama administration ‘has told several industry folks that the new proposal will have a slightly higher standard for coal.’ Holmstead said the carbon capture and storage requirement will make it impossible to build new coal plants.”
Alaska Dispatch: “When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quite know what to think. Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? . . . [The water police were there] to check for violations of section 404 of the Clean Water Act“
PJ Media: “At a news conference in Washington today [September 1, 2013], President Obama announced that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to act immediately to enforce a new set of regulations to limit emissions of dihydrogen oxide gas, or water vapor, one of the primary causes of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.
“The world faces a crisis,” the president intoned, “and America must lead. We have taken the first step by limiting carbon emissions, but that cannot be effective unless we deal with the larger menace posed by dihydrogen oxide pollution as well. Since Congress has failed in its duty to pass the required laws, I, as president, am directing the EPA to move unilaterally to issue and enforce appropriate regulations.”
Before this President the United States had three branches of government. The one Obama eliminated is called “Congress.”
Warning for swiming pool owners: Do you know how much dihydrogen oxide gas your pool emits? Is it within limits?
CBS Los Angeles: “The Glendale Unified School District has hired a Hermosa Beach company to monitor public social media posts made by its students to find out when teens are in trouble or causing it. Superintendent Richard Sheehan said Geo Listening is analyzing the posts of 13,000 students at eight Glendale middle and high schools.”
wral.com: “A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department says a police officer was enforcing a city ordinance when he reportedly told, without explanation, a group of volunteers Saturday that they could be arrested for serving breakfast to the homeless. Love Wins Ministries posted on its website Saturday that the officer approached them as they were preparing to pass out free coffee and sausage biscuits to more than 70 homeless people in downtown Raleigh.”