steriods"It's a big problem, and from the number of cases, it's something we shouldn't ignore." So spoke Drug Enforcement Administration official Lawrence Payne about steroid use increase among police officers. "It's not that we set out to target cops,” he continued, “but when we're in the middle of an active investigation into steroids, there have been quite a few cases that have led back to police officers."

red tapeLeft-wing blogs are fretting over the potential impact of the incoming new majority Republican House of Representatives upon federal regulations, especially possible Republican use of the “Congressional Review Act.” The law may allow Republicans to limit executive branch regulatory power without going through the ordinary legislative process.

ATF badgeThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF) is considering a pilot program that would require gun dealers in the borders states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to report each sale of two or more rifles. Jim Pruett of Jim Pruett’s Guns and Ammo in Houston considers such a move simply a back door to gun registration. “It [would go] on record with the ATF forever,” Pruett says of the reported sales. “There’s no mention of purging the system.  So what you basically have is ad-hoc gun registration.”

police carThe capitol city of Texas has added another dimension to the town motto "Keep Austin Weird" with a bizarre crusade against speed traps. After launching his website, SpeedTrapAhead.org three years ago, Lance Mitchell became a burr under the saddle of officials in fast-growing Lakeway, a toney community northwest of Austin, by warning drivers of — well, speed traps ahead. But Mitchell’s persistent crusade has now earned him an arrest and jail time for allegedly violating city signage laws, according to the Dec. 25 Austin American Statesman.

money burningWaste, fraud, and corruption are endemic to government projects. At least projects that take place close to home, however, can be monitored and the corruption exposed. Imagine how much worse such projects must be when carried out in foreign countries, far from the watchful eye of the taxpayers funding them.