Postal Carrier Refuses To Deliver Man’s Mail Because Of Noose Halloween Decoration

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The postal service and a Long Island homeowner are in a standoff over a Halloween decoration.

Richard Beatty has been decorating his Brentwood house for years with homemade Halloween decor, including makeshift gallows and a noose with a skeleton hanging from it. On several occasions, the noose has just been swinging empty. Continue reading

Congressional Republicans adopt rule that could slash feds’ pay

From the Federal Times:

Tucked in the 115th Congress’s House Rules package is a quintessential throwback measure that has unions leery of the future of federal employee jobs and salaries.

The Holman Rule is a 140-year-old measure that allows Congress to “retrench” agency spending by allowing amendments to appropriations bills affecting everything from federal employee salaries paid from the Treasury Department to the number of employees in an office. Continue reading

USPS investigating “letter carrier” who says mail with Eid Greetings stamp will be “lost or destroyed”

Buzzfeed reports that the US Postal Service is investigating a person claiming to be a letter carrier, who posted a warning on Facebook that mail bearing the recently issued Eid Greetings stamp will be “lost or destroyed.”

The threat came in response to a Facebook post by the Islamophobe Pamela Geller, who claimed that the stamp was issued “in the wake of” the Orlando mass shooting. The stamp was actually announced months ago, and issued the week before the massacre. (Eid stamps have been issued by the USPS since 2001, during the Bush Administration.)

The threat was posted on the Facebook page of “Catherine An Ray”. We haven’t been able to find such a person in the USPS employee database, and apparently neither has the USPS.

Update: Catherine An Ray’s Facebook was inaccessible for a while, but is now available once again. Here’s a link to the original threat, which appears to be unchanged. And, in case it’s disappeared again, here’s a screen grab of the item as it appeared on Thursday:


Raw Story has some additional “highlights” of Ray’s rantings on Facebook here.


From Buzzfeed:

The USPS now trying to determine if the woman is an actual employee.

“At this time we cannot confirm if the person involved in this matter is a postal employee, but we can assure you that the incident is being fully investigated and that the Postal Service will take whatever action is appropriate,” Toni DeLancey, a spokeswoman for the postal service, said.

Refusing to deliver mail would result in the employee being fired, she added, noting that the USPS prohibits discrimination and harassment in any form based on religion, race, creed, color, or national origin.

The delay or destruction of mail is also federal offense that can result in jail time.

Catherine An Ray did not immediately respond to requests for comment via Facebook.


Donald Trump bumper sticker lands postal worker in hot water

It’s election season (when is it not?) which means it’s time for the Hatch Act! From the Lancaster, Pennsylvania LNP:

Tomas Strouhal just wanted to openly support Donald Trump.

The 23-year-old Quarryville resident put a Trump bumper sticker on his 2003 Chrysler Sebring and hung up a newspaper clipping inside his locker at the Leola post office, where he works.

But Strouhal’s employer took issue with them. Citing the Hatch Act, which governs political activity by federal employees, his supervisor said the “Trump: Make America Great Again” bumper sticker must go if his car is parked in the post office parking lot.

The USPS later relented, after learning that Hatch Act regulations do allow the display of one election related bumper sticker on a personal vehicle parked in an employee parking lot.

Strouhal says he thinks it was his support of Trump that got him in trouble, and claims that “it’s caused his co-workers to treat him differently and have a general ‘attitude’ toward him”.

Strouhal says he’s hoping to vote for Trump in November, but there’s one slight problem.

Strouhal is not a US citizen.

The LNP story says he emigrated from the Czech Republic in 1997, and hopes to become a naturalized citizen by election day so he can vote for the notoriously anti-immigrant Trump.

The story doesn’t indicate whether or not Strouhal is aware of Trump’s opinion on foreigners coming to the US and taking “American” jobs, but his knowledge of his favorite candidate seems sketchy at best:

“(Trump) is not a politician,” Strouhal said. “He’s a normal, working-class American, and my views are just like his.”


Source: Donald Trump bumper sticker lands postal worker in hot water | Pennsylvania |

USPS responds to Daily Caller’s “War on Religion” story

The US Postal Service has responded to the Daily Caller’s bizarre claim that the agency is waging a “War on Religion” because it isn’t printing more religious Christmas stamps this year. In a letter to the owner of the tea party blog, USPS spokesperson Mark Saunders pointed out that the agency already has half a billion religious holiday stamps in its inventory. That’s enough to satisfy the demand for two full holiday seasons.

charliebrownxmasThe USPS also noted that that the story was apparently inspired by the reporter’s inability to find religious Christmas stamps at a PO he visited. Of course, the normal time for people to buy Christmas stamps is, well, Christmastime- not August or September- so it’s hardly surprising to find that a post office doesn’t have a ready supply of the stamps at the time. I imagine he’d have a hard time finding Christmas cards in the middle of summer, too! Does that mean drug stores and Wal-Marts are waging “War on Religion”?

The Daily Caller writer has posted a followup to the USPS letter, but you get the feeling that he didn’t actually read it- for example:

Saunders noted in his letter that there is a large inventory of religiously-themed stamps issued in previous years available for purchase by the public.

He didn’t say how many in the inventory depict religious images or how many feature non-religious images like 2015’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Snowflake” commemorative stamps.

That’s not true- here’s what Saunders wrote:

We have more than a half billion religious-themed holiday stamps in inventory and based on prior year’s purchases, that’s more than twice sold during a typical Holiday season.

That’s the thing that the Daily Caller just can’t seem to grasp- most Americans aren’t clamoring for more religious Christmas stamps. If they really want them so much, why are there half a billion sitting in the warehouse?

Here’s the text of the USPS letter. Click the link at the bottom of this post for the Daily Caller’s followup.

Tucker Carlson
Editor in Chief
The Daily Caller News Foundation

Dear Mr. Carlson,

Your Sept. 10 article “Ìs the Postal Service Declaring War on Religion?¨ is incorrect and misleads your readers into thinking Post Offices will not be offering religious-themed holiday stamps this year. Nothing could be further from the truth. Allow me to set the record straight.

We have more than a half billion religious-themed holiday stamps in inventory and based on prior year’s purchases, that’s more than twice sold during a typical Holiday season.

Our decision to print select holiday-themed stamps every other year is a business decision based on supply and demand while serving the needs of our customers. Moreover, we have found that the popularity of Holiday Forever stamps ÷ which are good for mailing a one ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes ÷ result in more stamps purchased at a time.

Evidently the story idea about the “Postal Service Declaring a War on Religion¨ began when your reporter visited a Post Office and found that it had no religious- themed stamps available. Postmasters have the ability to order holiday stamps, but as most customers wait until after Thanksgiving to mail their greeting cards, Postmasters typically order these stamps in late September or early October.

Customers can purchase stamps at Post Offices or online at

Religious-themed Forever holiday stamps available this year include: Christmas Magi; Eid; Hanukkah; Holy Family; Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael; and, Virgin and Child by Jan Gosseart. Secular Forever stamps include: A Charlie Brown Christmas (available Oct. 1); Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; Geometric Snowflakes (available Oct. 23); Winter Fun; Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath; Global Holiday: and Evergreen Wreath.

The Postal Service has a long standing history of celebrating the religions of the world on postage stamps.

Mark Saunders
U.S. Postal Service Headquarters
Corporate Communications, Rm. 10501
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260-3100

Source: The Postal Service’s War On Religion Continues | The Daily Caller