The Obama administration is setting new workplace regulations to assist foreign workers who fill goat herding positions in the U.S. , including employee-paid cell phones and comfy beds....These new special procedures issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding activities. It describes strict rules for sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and new rules for the counters where food is prepared.

“A separate sleeping unit shall be provided for each person, except in a family arrangement,” says the rules signed by Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training administration at the Labor Department......“Such a unit shall include a comfortable bed, cot or bunk, with a clean mattress,” the rules state.

Diane Katz, a research fellow in regulatory policy at The Heritage Foundation, unearthed the policy in the "Federal Register," the massive daily journal of proposed regulations that Washington bureaucrats publish every day.....Under the Obama Administration, the nanny state has imposed 75 new major regulations with annual costs of $38 billion.....“This captures what is wrong with government,” Katz said. “I could not have made this up.”.....With unemployment holding steady at 9% and government regulations adding more burden to small businesses, such as those run by ranching families, Katz said, bureaucrats aren’t helping.

Lawyers, Goats and Wilderness


Checking the Forest Service website before a hike last weekend into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, I noticed a curious warning: "Aggressive mountain goats have been reported....... Use caution and move away." No. Really? ....But they're so photogenic — snow-white, sinewy, with gravity-defying dexterity — and, until recently, so rarely encountered.

The fatal goring of a hiker last year by a rogue goat in Olympic National Park has not only changed the way we anthropomorphize these wild animals, but it's prompted $10 million in wrongful-death claims by the victim's family, and new warnings about the perils of nature.

In Yosemite National Park, where 16 people have died in 2011 — almost three times the average for this time of year — park rangers have taken to telling people not to wear flip-flops while hiking the steep, slick Mist Trail, and not to swim in the killer currents above 317-foot Vernal Fall.