Grapevine: Paying alcoholics in beer?

Amsterdam's new program to clean streets


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Regulation Nation

More proof for those who believe we are living in a regulation nation.

Even though last week had only four work days -- because of Veterans Day -- nearly 1,700 pages were added to the federal register.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute says, in the last two weeks, there have been 144 new final regulations, which is the equivalent of a new rule every two-and-a-half hours.

The government is on pace for 3,600 new regulations this year.

Total estimated compliance costs of this year's economically-significant regulations -- between $6 and $12 billion.

Time Keeps on Slippin'

The Department of Homeland Security employee who was placed on administrative leave for running a website advocating the mass murder of white people, has not been fired.

Ayo Kimathi is still collecting paychecks nearly four months after that story broke.

Kimathi reportedly made $116,000 last year.

Put another way -- you are still paying a six-figure salary to the man who wrote -- quote -- "In order for black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites -- more than our Christian hearts can possibly count."

DHS says Kimathi remains on leave pending review.

Outside the Box

Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean the streets.

The Daily Mail reports the Rainbow Foundation Project organizes the day as follows.

Volunteers arrive at 9 a.m. and are given two cans of beer -- with optional coffee -- before work.

After a few hours, they are served lunch, a hot meal with two more cans of beer.

The work day wraps at 3:30, and they're sent home with another can.

They are also given about $13 and a half pouch of rolling tobacco.

Organizers say the arrangement benefits everyone, because the alcoholics are not in the park bothering people and they drink less.

Actually, not everyone drinks less -- some buy more alcohol with their pay.

But one worker says after a busy day of work he's too tired to drink.