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Scandal Du Jour, Part Deux: Department of Energy Awash in Nepotism

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We temporarily interrupt coverage of this scandal with another scandal

This morning I noted a leak of a State Department report alleging agency officials had blocked or covered up several investigations of criminal behavior by employees and contractors ranging from consorting with prostitutes and buying drugs (two things that should be legal, but if we aren't allowed to do it …) to sexual assault. As expected, the news has been washed away in the flood of interest in the NSA surveillance monstrosity.

So let's turn to the Department of Energy, where an inspector's report shows widespread nepotism. Via The Washington Post:

The Energy Department's inspector general made that determination in a report released last week about a senior manager who pushed for three of his college-age children to be hired for department internships last year.

The unnamed official, who served in a top management role with the agency's energy efficiency and renewable energy division, contacted a number of officials to inquire about opportunities for his kids, according to the inspector general.

Investigators found that one department reversed its previously announced decision to not hire interns for 2012, after the senior official contacted division leaders.

All of the official's children were hired by the agency during that year, according to the report. Two of the officials who made those hires told investigators they did not feel pressured by the parent, the report said.

These hires are against federal law, but investigators found that DOE employees didn't know they couldn't hire their relatives. No doubt that's what they said, anyway.

So, what's next? Maybe they'll find a dog-fighting ring operating out of the Department of the Interior.

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  1. Jesus, is there a Department within the federal government that is NOT awash in scandal right now?

    I knew everything became a big party when President Not My Fault took over but I had no idea it was THIS bad.

    1. I’m wondering if hookers are an allowed expense or is foreign travel per diem so high now the fee doesn’t interfere with paying for dinner and bar tabs.

      1. I would bet dollars to donuts that someone has submitted an expense report for hookers.

        It would surprise me none-at-all.

        1. What? Fuck yeah they have. “Sushi Dinner”

          1. “Now find the umbrella.”

            1. Heh, one of Scott Adams funnier anecdotes.

    2. Arrogance, corruption and a sense of unaccountability are the natural products of a government of this size and power.

      This leviathan will collapse under it’s own weight. I have come to the conclusion that that is the best we can hope for. Sooner is better.

      I was thinking today about leftist strategists who want to collapse the system so they can replace it with one of their choosing. How would that work?

      Leftist systems cant be built from the ground up. They are parasitic and require a host. Only a free market system can kick-start itself.

      1. Tell that to Stalin

      2. Leftist systems definitely can be built from the ground up. It’s just that when you don’t have a free market base for the leftist system to leach off of, it tends to just result in massive shortages and starvation.

        1. sounds like Jamestown…

  2. I’m sure Obama will be outraged by this and the State Department scandal when he hears about it on the evening news tonight like the rest of America.

  3. I think I’m getting scandal fatigue. Oh wait, no I’m not! Bring it on! The more the better!

    1. No matter how often I rub,it never gets raw!

  4. Libertarianism is a lot like “true” communism. In “true” communism, everybody works their hardest and everyone shares equally in the rewards. Critics, including libertarians, point out that a “true” communist society is not possible because in a communist society there is no incentive to work. They point out that whenever communists societies, even as small as hippie communes, have been built they usually end in disaster. The supporters of “true” communism then point out that those weren’t really “true” communists societies because in “true” communist societies everyone would behave differently, for some reason or another.

    Libertarianism thinks that we can welcome a bunch of low-IQ irredentalist non-whites into our white country and we will have capitalism and all get along and everything will be willy nilly. Critics point out that whenever non-Asian minorities have been welcomed into a white country they don’t advance economically, and they vote for socialism and racial preferences. America, Britain, France, all examples where minorities overwhelmingly vote for socialism and racial preferences, create ghettos, commit crime, and even take away the native’s free speech rights. But that is not “true” Libertarianism, the libertarians respond. In “true” libertarianism the minorities wouldn’t vote for socialism, for some reason or other.

    1. Dude, that shit is so two months ago.

    2. Oh look! The Racist is back!

      Don’t worry PC, I gots all de white women over here.

      1. did racist get banned cause i cant see none? invisible racist! run!

        1. The best part is that him getting nuked makes it look like they’re responding to me. I should have said something racist. Damn missed opportunity! I blame the Irish! Fucking micks!

          1. We are a scourge upon mankind.

            1. I resemble that remark.

            2. NO IRISH NEED APPLY

              1. Too late! They took yer jobz.

            3. Alright, this is going in the “Proof of Irish Conspiracy” file.

          2. If you take a picture only of those 4 comments, it’s a pretty good example of how left-wing commentariats treat non-left-wing sentiments.

    3. Irridentalist non-whites are the worst kind of non-whites. I prefer my non-whites dentalist as fuck.

      1. I like Latinas. If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

        1. So long as they’re dentalists, or even ridentalists, I’ll allow it.

          1. You’re just an anti-irridentite

        2. Amen RPA

    4. “Critics point out that whenever non-Asian minorities have been welcomed into a white country they don’t advance economically…”

      Then those critics need to look at the history of the US, the influx of Scots, Germans, Irish, Italians, Indians, ad nauseam. Then those critics will realize they are dead wrong and hopefully shut the fuck up. Also, you are a bigot. Additionally, you apparently have no clue what Communism actually is.

      Tl/dr – FUCK OFF SLAVER!

      1. The Scots, Germans, Irish, and Italians are European and the Indians are Asian. Mexicans can over in the early 1800s along with those other groups, and are still poor as hell. Try again.

        1. Mexicans can over in the early 1800s along with those other groups, and are still poor as hell.

          No they’re not.

        2. The Scots, Germans, Irish, and Italians are European and the Indians are Asian. Mexicans can over in the early 1800s along with those other groups, and are still poor as hell.

          This is untrue. Mexicans who moved here many generations ago actually aren’t particularly poor compared to most Americans. Mexicans moved here generations ago and became successful, and then a different group of Mexicans moved here and haven’t been here long enough for the low success rate of new immigrants to dissipate yet.

        3. “…whenever non-Asian minorities have been welcomed into a white country they don’t advance economically…”

          You are the retard who made the claim. You don’t get to move the goalposts when your claim is disproved.
          Also, you still have no clue what Communism actually is. And, you are still a bigoted slaver who needs to fuck off.

      2. What is communism actually then?

      3. Don’t worry, the racists are all over that Irish integration:

        American| 4.28.13 @ 12:59PM |#

        You got that right. Everybody sees the Irish as such a great example of integration and assimilation, proof that we can assimilate the messicans. Yet until fairly recently this population, along with the KGB and Muammar Gaddafi, was giving money to the IRA terrorist group. And the Irish-dominated democrat party prevented the government from doing anything to stop it.

      4. Oh, racist fuckhead is gone already. Wow, that was fast.

        1. And back already!

      5. Mexicans can over in the early 1800s along with those other groups, and are still poor as hell

        Translated:

        I have never been to Texas.

    5. Libertarianism thinks that we can welcome a bunch of low-IQ irredentalist non-whites into our white country and we will have capitalism and all get along and everything will be willy nilly.

      It’s worked in Canada and Singapore. We win you lose.

      1. Canada has human rights commissions and Singapore has a dictatorship, which is, in any case, made up of Asian immigrants. Canada actually does a much better job of selecting high-skilled immigrants than the U.S., where the immigrants themselves choose who gets to immigrate.

        1. And it’s back, with a hyphen!

        2. …Singapore has a dictatorship…

          Wow, you are a dumb shit-kicker. The Republic of Singapore is a constitutional republic with a unitary parliament.

            1. Smells of flavorful fascism to me.

            2. Yeah, run against them and they will sue you for libel and slander in their rigged court system. You’ll get a judgment you can’t possibly pay and go bankrupt.

              1. Oh and then they’ll throw you in prison for not being able to pay.

        3. “U.S., where the immigrants themselves choose who gets to immigrate.”

          You’re a dumbass

        4. Canada has human rights commissions

          Nothing to do with immigration.

          Canadian immigrants can self-petition for citizenship American immigrants can’t.

          1. Blame it on Canada!

  5. Can somebody explain to me what the justification for even having a Department of Energy was supposed to be? Because I sure as shit can’t come up with one.

    Jesus. You could abolish 90% of federal agencies and departments, and you’d still be waist-deep in bureaucracy and authoritarianism.

    1. Canada has way less of these alphabet-soup agency bullshit. What we have is smaller and fewer.

      1. This makes me weep.
        Now the Canadians are better than us.
        Might as well just lie down and die.

        1. Canada has always been better on smaller government than America except on gun rights and in The Dark Times aka Reign of Trudeau.

          1. Eh?

      1. Typical nebulous horseshit departments of government spew.

      2. You know what they need? Cross-department synergy

        1. The nepotism covers that.

        2. Oh fuck you for even typing that word.

      3. I don’t think it worked.

    2. Three-mile island.

  6. Must be said: Nothing left to cut!

  7. And he’s gone. That was fast.

    1. And he’s back! That was fast!

  8. Well now that dude makes a lot of sense. Wow.

    http://www.AnonStuff.tk

  9. What the hell happened to all my posts?

    1. The same thing that’s gonna happen to your new posts.

      1. I was wondering where that original big post went. It was amateur hour trolling but hardly ban worthy. If my scaly ass is welcome here then he should be too

        1. If my scaly ass

          But that’s because you’re a shape-shifting Reptilian from Alpha Draconis who controls the Reason Foundation via the Koch brothers, the Freemasons, and the Jews. Dumbass up post just doesn’t have your influence.

          1. I thought the Kocks were Cylon infiltrators.

        2. His original ban was sometime last year, he’s just been trying to get around it with new names and IP addresses. That’s why his current posts and name get removed.

      2. What ever happened to the old H&R? The one that never censored?

        1. They couldn’t monetize your data.

        2. “What ever happened to the old H&R? The one that never censored?”
          White Indian?
          Mary Stack?
          Ownership?

  10. OK, I’m seeing a new cabinet position:
    Secretary of Scandals
    This position would supposedly be head a department dedicated to smoking out and correcting the various scandals in other departments, but of course would actually be engaged in constructing excuses.
    Think HR Department, for example.

    1. The Department of Presentability!

      1. The Department of Truths!

    2. Scandal Czar.

  11. Damn American was here, banned, and back in under an hour? Talk about efficiency

    1. American exceptionalism!

        1. Thanks, but au contraire!
          *57* stars!

          1. +1 POTUS

            1. You take that back!

              1. No, he’s yours now. We don’t wan him back.

                1. Where’s the nearest trash bin?

  12. If we had a Department of Official Responsible Truthfulness, we could punish these leaky bastards and whistleblowers by extraordinarily renditioning for enhanced interrogation by our allies in the Never-ending War on Terror. Or we say they cannot be captured and subject them to some Drone Process.

    No Truth but Official Truth!

    1. During the financial crisis in summer of ’08, I’d watch cnbc on Sunday nights to see what broker or other company was falling over. Occasionally stuff hit on other nights.

      This is starting to feel like that a bit. A new scandal every few days.

  13. Are your precious snowflakes secure? HELMETS FOR SOCCER

    1. Soccer could be more fun to watch were there constant head-butting.

  14. Can’t believe what Ygritte just did.

    1. 53 laps on one set of tires?
      Oh, that was the other scottish dude.

  15. two things that should be legal, but if we aren’t allowed to do it ?)

    Not with my money. See what I did there? See the difference?

  16. …ranging from consorting with prostitutes and buying drugs (two things that should be legal, but if we aren’t allowed to do it ?)

    I agree that these things should be legal, but I don’t think public officials, particularly those with access to sensitive information should be allowed complete freedom to do such things. These activities leave the official open to extortion. I think the officials should be allowed to do these things, but only so long as they report these activities openly. That’s one of the prices you should have to pay to service your country.

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