A Week in Review - July 31st, 2015

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now requiring all private poultry owners to register for an NCFarmID number.  The program is usually voluntary, but has been made mandatory for all backyard poultry farmers.

Android phone owners using the Google Hangouts app are vulnerable malware infection thanks to Hangouts' instant processing of texted videos.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN THE TEXT OR PLAY THE VIDEO TO BE INFECTED.

The Alabama Department of Transportation recently issued a declaration banning possession of firearms in highway rest areas, despite the fact that only the state legislature has authority to restrict the legal carry of firearms.  The move was met with a deluge of citizen calls demanding revocation, and a "groundswell movement of gun owners pledging to go to all of the state’s rest areas carrying their weapons in an act of civil disobedience." The governor has since ordered the removal of any signage mentioning the prohibition "to comply with state law."

The Obama administration has ruled that inspectors general have to get permission from the agency they’re monitoring for access to wiretaps, grand jury and credit information, a decision that immediately was denounced by watchdogs and lawmakers. The Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said, “Without such access, our office’s ability to conduct its work will be significantly impaired, and it will be more difficult for us to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse, and to protect taxpayer dollars.  Congress meant what it said when it authorized Inspectors General to independently access ‘all’ documents necessary to conduct effective oversight."

Jury rights educator Mark Iannicelli was arrested outside a Denver, CO, courthouse for handing out pamphlets describing jury nullification, wherein jurors find a defendant not guilty despite the preponderance of evidence because they believe the law itself is unjust.  Iannicelli has been charged with felony jury tampering, despite the fact that the materials were offered to all citizens showing up for general jury duty and had nothing to do with any specific case.

U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a scathing order threatening to hold the IRS Commissioner and Justice Department attorneys in contempt for their disregard of his order to produce documentation.  Per Judicial Watch, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.”  Judge Sullivan reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt.  Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally in contempt.”