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September 17, 2014, 8:35 am
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Giving Obama the Bird and Freezing File Destruction

The Obama administration has some 'splaining to do!  Not only have the past few weeks focused on what really transpired in Benghazi--which some intelligence analysts say covered up weapons transfers to factions of al-Qaeda--but there is also the IRS targeting groups with the name TEA Party or groups that are critical of the government.  Now there's a new controversy ... the Department of Justice snagging phone records of Associated Press reporters.  More chilling affects from a government run amok.

Giving Obama the Bird

Oh, and how could we forget to mention this story:

[T]he administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company, even those that flout the law repeatedly. Instead, the government is shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret.

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More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country’s wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Other reports indicate that the Obama administration has prosecuted oil companies with federal charges when birds drown in their waste pits and power companies when birds are electrocuted by power lines.  Is this an example of favoritism?

Boozing on the job

Except for undercover cops, Springfield Police are barred from being intoxicated on the job.  Sangamon County deputies are also barred from being even the slightest bit intoxicated while on duty.  But, that's not the case for some police departments around the state.  There's an effort to push for a statewide standard to have a zero tolerance policy for on-duty police.  Does that go far enough?

Freezing File Destruction

After 11:30 we'll be joined by Aldermen Sam Cahnman who has several ordinances up for consideration in the Springfield City Council concerning the early destruction of internal affairs files at the police department.  One ordinance, which failed to pass on emergency passage, would freeze the destruction of files without Aldermanic approval.  Our conversation is on the heels of yet another suit filed by Calvin Christian seeking all internal communications pertaining to the FOIA requests.

That's all ahead with Bishop On Air.  Questions?  Comments?  Email, Tweet or Facebook.

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