Courthouse News Service

Posted September 9th, 2011 by Sgt Jarhead

"Nikolov said she deserved a license because she passed three firearms safety courses with the National Rifle Association, showed a 'calm demeanor' as a pilot and flight instructor, and had a higher likelihood of being the victim of violence as a transgender woman..Rejecting her request, Judge Jeffrey A. Cohen explained that a specific threat of violence against her was 'conspicuously absent'"

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Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear

Posted August 28th, 2011 by Sgt Jarhead

Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars...The question in the first raid seemed to be whether Gibson had been buying illegally harvested hardwoods from protected forests, such as the Madagascar ebony that makes for such lovely fretboards...The tangled intersection of international laws is enforced through a thicket of paperwork. Recent revisions to 1900's Lacey Act require that anyone crossing the U.S.

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The Well-oiled Machine of Governance

Posted August 2nd, 2011 by Donnie Love

Non-Sequitur comic strip commenting on "the well-oiled machine of governance".

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Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs

Posted July 29th, 2011 by Kingston

USA Today reports that some Federal workers are more likely to die than be laid off.

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Does the US government want to prevent you from leaving?

Intrepid world traveler Simon Black describes his personal experiences driving across Europe and dealing with incompetent and worthless border bureaucrats. And now the US government is making travel more difficult as well, proposing a ridiculously intrusive questionnaire for anyone seeking their permission to travel outside the US.

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83 Year Old New York Woman Ticketed For Using City Trash Can

Posted July 6th, 2011 by Sgt Jarhead

Darbe Pitofsky, 83, said she was on her way for a cup of coffee around 6:30 a.m. on June 25 when she threw a brown bag filled with old papers in a city litter basket... She said a sanitation worker quickly jumped out of his vehicle and demanded her information to write a summons... She said the worker demanded a form of identification and threatened to “put her away” if she didn’t comply.

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Family Forced to Live with Dump Truck

Posted June 26th, 2011 by young92782

Strange bureaucratic reasoning for why a family must live with a dump truck lodged into the side of their house.

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Freedom to travel? Better not give answers the bureaucrats don't like

Posted April 26th, 2011 by brill

The State Department's proposed new passport form asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a variety of other information.

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America's National Suicide

Posted April 13th, 2011 by fingers

An immigration story that we all know all too well. Someone finally reporting on the mindless bureaucracy.

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Japan earthquake: UK rescue team 'foiled by red tape'

"UK rescue workers say they had to leave quake-hit Japan because they could not secure the necessary paperwork from the British embassy in Tokyo."

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