Department of Just Desserts? Report Shows DOJ Spent Half a Million Dollars on Food in 2008 — For Just 10 Conferences

We have previously explored our concern for a possible eating disorder by a leading Republican. Now, it appears an entire agency could have a serious need for intervention. A report found that the Department of Justice spent roughly $500,000 for food and beverages — at just 10 conferences. That included $16 muffins and coffee at a dollar an ounce.

Maybe this is why the Justice Department has been so slow to move on torture and war crimes allegations. At $32 per person for snacks, one wonders if the conference tables should have include free brochures for Jenny Craig.

This included lunches at $76-per-person for a simple workshop for the Office on Violence Against Women.

The most incredible item was the $4,200 spent on 250 muffins. It is not clear if the milkshake below was included . . .

Source: Fox

50 thoughts on “Department of Just Desserts? Report Shows DOJ Spent Half a Million Dollars on Food in 2008 — For Just 10 Conferences

  1. Ah the war on Obesity…..That I take comes from the bottom down….They say shit flows down in the government…..Hmmm….or promote the screw ups….

  2. Also from the FOX article:

    “The Justice Department implemented a new conference policy in April 2008 after a previous audit found wasteful spending at events held between October 2004 and September 2006. Among the examples were $53-per-person lunches and a $60,000 reception that served Swedish meatballs at $5 a piece.”

    Those must have been mighty big meatballs! Maybe they were made with ground Kobe beef.

  3. They’ve had such a windfall at the DOJ by saving money not prosecuting domestic war criminals that they had to spend the money somewhere to justify their budget.

  4. The Department of Just Us is immune from our ruminations about their sacred duty to fill to the full.

    Here is their brief to any who would starve the needy rich people:

  5. Woosty-

    I had that “peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat” syndrome when I was in the Army in 1964-66. It’s caused by the saltpeter they put in the milk and the mashed potatoes. (Don’t ask!).

  6. This is the best you guys can come up with to criticize the pentagon?

    http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-most-evil-u-s-government-experiments-on-humans/robert-wabash?page=1&format=BLOG&sortby=&sortdir=

    Id wager that granting immunity to a guy who vivisected people alive and without anesthetics because you wanted his research notes, is a notch higher than paying fifty dollars for a cookie.

    Heres my favorite part:

    “In 1931, Dr. Cornelius (that’s right, Cornelius) Rhoads was sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute to conduct experiments in Puerto Rico. He infected Puerto Rican citizens with cancer cells, presumably to study the effects. Thirteen of them died.

    What’s most striking is that the accusations stem from a note he allegedly wrote:

    “The Porto Ricans (sic) are the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever to inhabit this sphere… I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off eight and transplanting cancer into several more… All physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.”

    A man that seems to be hell-bent on killing Puerto Rico through a cancer infestation would not seem a suitable candidate to be elected by the US to be in charge of chemical warfare projects and receive a seat on the United States Atomic Energy Commission, right?

    But that’s exactly what happened. He also became vice-president of the American Cancer Society.”

  7. Oh Ekeyra, that’s a horror! I’ll see your nasty Dr. Cornelius and raise you 1 Dr. Oppenheimer….father of the A bomb and failed attempted murderer…(tho I don’t know why he was only ‘almost’ charged w/it…)

    ‘Robert Oppenheimer came from a financially successful German-Jewish family that had embraced the liberal pieties of the Ethical Culture movement. Always intellectually precocious, he was emotionally immature, often driving friends away with his unnerving intensity. After a series of academic successes at Harvard College, he went to England’s Cambridge University in 1925 to study physics, but suffered a breakdown. Its most serious manifestation was poisoning his tutor’s apple, an act that almost got him charged with attempted murder.’

  8. ekeyra, I finished a book yesterday that had a line ‘The problem with murder is that it’s final, you can’t go back and kill someone again no matter how much they deserve it’. Somehow your posting about Dr. Rhoads just caused that to flash into my mind….

  9. Panic Mode: Holder’s Name Mentioned in New Fast and Furious Recordings

    New secret recordings obtained by CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson show ATF agent Hope MacAllister, who we have not yet heard from throughout this investigation, speaking with Lone Wolf Trading Company owner Andre Howard and expressing concern about ATF whistleblower John Dodson, the ATF agent who exposed the scandal by coming forward with information about Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death in March. In the recording, MacAllister and Howard sound panicked, not only about Dodson, but about Senator Charles Grassley and about how Attorney General Eric Holder would respond to exposed scandal. The following audio doesn’t prove Eric Holder knew about Operation Fast and Furious since it started in Fall 2009, but it certainly implies he knew and if he didn’t know, he should have.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/09/21/panic_mode_holders_name_mentioned_in_new_fast_and_furious_recordings

  10. Meagain, Thanks for the link. Holder did seem to take credit for a substantial effort to the department in 2009 in order to break the back of the cartel’s.

    “Holder told the audience: (in Mexico)

    Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. (Italics mine)

    But once the whole thing got crazy, and “Fast and Furious” left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead, Holder and others in the Justice Department went from boasting about such projects to pressuring people like Acting ATF Director Melson to keep their mouths shut.

    Melson is on record saying that “Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress.” Moreover, when he saw the storm clouds rising and attempted to reassign “every major official involved” in Operation “Fast and Furious,” Melson said “Justice Department officials directed him and other ATF officials to not communicate to Congress the reasoning behind the reassignments.””

    http://biggovernment.com/awrhawkins/2011/07/08/eric-holder-feigns-ignorance-of-operation-fast-and-furious-now-but-he-bragged-of-overseeing-its-implementation-in-2009/

  11. Having done work as a meeting planner, I can tell you that $50,000 for food at a conference (especially if it is held at a quality hotel) is not unusual. The conference I ran is an annual international conference of scientists and engineers that takes place over the course of 3 days at a 4 star hotel; the average attendance is less than 200 people. We provided breakfast for all 3 days, lunch for 2 days, and one welcoming reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres. We did it mainly to ensure that the attendees would stay close to the hotel and be readily available when the sessions resumed. We would budget between $30,000 and $40,000 for the food functions.

    I’m sure the DOJ conference is larger and much more prestigious (with more distinguished guests and attendees) than mine. The meeting planner would have to crank out a top-notch conference while adhering to federal rules on what can and cannot be provided at a government-sponsored conference.

    Have any of you ever held a meal function at a hotel (wedding reception, anniversary celebration, high school reunion, etc.)? Even the 2 and 3 star hotels make more money on food and beverages than they do on room sales. The report is simply red meat for the masses.

  12. Elaine,
    thanks for the update. Once again, the truth prevails and what started as a scandal for the Right to attack turns out to be nothing but a normal function.

  13. Raff,

    You do realize that the normal everyday function of the department of justice is to actively seek the incarceration of non-violent people?

    Thank god we cleared the air about their stupid muffins though so people will stop hassling them about that while they go about their noble pursuits.

  14. Elaine M. ,

    from the linked story;

    ‘I’m surprised DOJ even got that much of a breakdown. Far more commonly, your event person negotiates what kind of refreshments you’ll get, and the invoice ends up looking something like this:

    Refreshment table (bev/morn/aft) — 5 days………………..$39,500

    ———————————————————————–
    ….isn’t this an amazing ‘bill’ to give to someone, and an even more amazing bill to accept? Not to mention the chutpah it must take to give it to the Dept. of Justice….maybe the wrong things are getting scrutinized…..

  15. “Not to mention the chutzpah it must take to give it to the Dept. of Justice”

    At Social Security, the former Chicago Regional Commissioner would fly to some city to give a speech. If the organization wouldn’t serve him lunch, he’d tell the local District Manager that he wanted a pot luck dinner with the employees. Attendance was mandatory, even for employees who normally ate at a restaurant.

  16. Oh…since you’ve retired….

    I was just wondering what “THIS” needing correcting and how you could correct a 4 letter word like this…THIS seems spelled right to me…

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