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  • Obama EPA’s Monstrous Human Experiments

    04/04/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 22 replies
    FRONTPAGE ^ | 4/4/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama EPA’s Monstrous Human Experiments Posted By Matthew Vadum On April 4, 2014 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has been subjecting unknowing human guinea pigs to high levels of carcinogens and potentially lethal pollutants in order to justify tough new air quality standards. To make matters worse, EPA has been carrying out these egregiously immoral and unethical human experiments in which subjects are made to inhale freshly pumped-in diesel truck exhaust fumes without advising them of the risk to their health. Such EPA-funded studies have reportedly been carried out at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,...
  • Most Transparent Administration: Obama Denies Freedom of Information Requests At Record Rates

    03/18/2014 4:00:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama was swept to office amidst his pledge that he'd run the "most transparent administration in history." A new report out finds that he hasn't even run the most transparent administration since the previous one. The Associated Press analyzed the federal government's own Freedom of Information Act data and found that federal agencies under President Obama have been as uncooperative as ever: More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record...
  • Military Ethics Lapses

    02/08/2014 7:40:50 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 8, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Cheating scandals have recently rocked the Air Force and Navy and the resulting press coverage has, unfortunately, stained the honor and the integrity of the entire military. The majority of Americans have faith and pride in the men and women who selflessly serve this nation. The negative press doesn’t represent the overwhelming majority of service members. Recent scandals may be an indication of a systemic problem within the forces. Service members are expected to have honor and integrity and are the only individuals associated with the government who have the trust and respect of the American people. But reports of...
  • US Rep. Rob Andrews of NJ resigning after 23 years

    02/04/2014 2:38:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 4:12 PM EST | Geoff Mulvihill
    U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews announced Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress after more than 23 years, a decision that could short-circuit a House Ethics Committee inquiry into whether the New Jersey Democrat used campaign donations for personal purposes. Andrews, who previously aspired to higher office, said the inquiry was not a factor is his resignation, which is effective Feb. 18. He is taking a job running the governmental affairs unit of a Philadelphia law firm where his wife has worked. …
  • Citizen Files Ethics Complaint Against Wendy Davis

    01/29/2014 3:19:15 AM PST · by Rodney Dangerfield · 29 replies
    watchdogwire.com ^ | January 27th 2014 | Kevin Palmer
    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas citizen filed a complaint before the Texas Ethics Commission Monday afternoon, alleging that State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) knowingly misrepresented her assets on her annual Personal Financial Statements. The complainant, Lou Ann Anderson of Temple, alleges that Davis failed to disclose her ownership of stocks and mutual funds, capital gains made on the sale of those mutual funds, interest earned on several bank accounts, and professional ties to registered lobbyists associated with a law firm at which she is employed. Davis allegedly failed to make these financial disclosures on three of...
  • Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

    01/22/2014 3:39:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2014 | By David Sherfinsk
    A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber’s code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors. The complaint, filed with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Cause of Action, is based in part on a Washington Times investigation last year. That investigation found that after pressure from Mr. Reid and his staff, the Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for the casino.... ...The American...
  • Ethics Complaint Filed Against Harry Reid

    01/21/2014 4:59:15 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-21-2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Ethics Complaint Filed Against Harry Reid BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff January 21, 2014 A government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) for allegedly campaigning federal officials to approve visas for foreign Las Vegas investors.The group, Cause of Action, wrote a letter to Senate Ethics Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) and Vice Chairman Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) accusing the majority leader of contacting two U.S. Customs and Immigration Services officials, Watchdog.org reported: “Despite the fact that these applications were ineligible for appeal, Sen. Reid’s efforts to lobby USCIS resulted in the...
  • Arkansas Accidents

    01/20/2014 1:36:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Call OSHA. Quick! We desperately need the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to take a look at the incredibly dangerous flooring in the Arkansas State Capitol. This federal agency could determine why the state’s legislators are slipping or stumbling or tripping (that’s it!) so badly that legislative provisions they never, ever intended to enact are flying out of their briefcases or folders (or you-know-what) to land inexplicably into law. Laws they pass without having read. Of course. In last year’s legislative session — the first with both chambers of the state’s General Assembly controlled by Republicans since the century before...
  • Hillary Fired For “Lying, Unethical Behavior” on Watergate Committee

    01/17/2014 12:07:14 PM PST · by Tigen · 42 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | 1-12-14 | Robert Gehl
    Hillary Clinton might have a pretty hefty scandal brewing. It turns when she was an attorney working on the Watergate investigation, she was fired by her supervisor for “lying, unethical behavior.” Jerry Zeifman, who said he is a lifelong Democrat, was a supervisor for 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. When the investigation was complete, Zeifman said he fired Hillary and refused to give her a recommendation. “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of...
  • 2017 and the End of Ethics

    12/24/2013 8:36:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? Will it say that he was shredding the Constitution, or that he found the terror threat too great to honor past promises? Will NPR run an exposé on our next president should she tap into Angela Merkel’s cell phone, or monitor the communications of Associated Press reporters — and their parents? Will investigative...
  • How Christian Charity Developed Western Ethics, Hospitals, Schools

    11/16/2013 10:40:18 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 2 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This is my second article in reply to Tony, who wrote to me with critical observations on my speech What is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. The first article is Support for Christianity Should Not Alienate People. My reply is in several parts because he covers many issues, although sometimes using too simplistic arguments compared to the attention they would deserve. The problem I have in answering him is that in the space of a couple of emails he enumerates many things which he finds wrong about Christianity, each of which would require a book (and...
  • Our morally fractured society

    10/05/2013 9:49:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Renew America ^ | 10-5-03 | Judie Brown
    The words of Pope Francis and Archbishop Charles Chaput should give us pause this weekend and make us think about the growing trend in our society to devalue human beings and treat them like playthings. We must not only think about the innocent souls we are discarding like trash, but about our own as well. Much has been written about Pope Francis' interviews and insights in last few days. Some of the rhetoric has been respectful, while some not at all. But much of what I have read is insightful. For example, the following excerpt from an editorial by Archbishop...
  • Pelosi dodges questions about Tierney ethics probe (pimps 'women's economic agenda')

    08/23/2013 3:13:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    My Fox Boston ^ | 8/23/13
    **SNIP** While Tierney refused to answer questions at the event, FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti asked Pelosi about why she chose not to wait until the completion of the probe to appear alongside the Congressman. "Our timing is about the timing that works for the American people," Pelosi replied. "To create good paying jobs for them and not to worry about what's happening in Washington D.C., but to meet the needs of what is happening to people out here. Tierney has been under fire since his wife pleaded guilty in 2010 to helping file false tax returns for her brother, who...
  • Socialism Is Ethically Wrong

    08/22/2013 7:12:46 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 14 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 August 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The fact that communism, or even socialism, cannot be implemented in reality, is by now widely accepted; even Leftists and liberals, if unhappily and grudgingly, had to surrender to the overwhelming historical evidence which has accumulated especially in the last 2 or 3 decades, showing that a socialist economy is almost a contradiction in terms, and a society based on those principles is barely feasible, and certainly not a happy one. But hardly anyone seems to question the ethical validity of socialist ideas. In the mind of most people, they still inhabit the moral high ground. In fact, I...
  • When the disabled were segregated (Nazi-like behavior in Britain and America)

    08/21/2013 10:50:14 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 4 replies
    New Statesman ^ | Victoria Brignell
    This article was published a couple of years ago, but it is important in highlighting prejudice against people with disabilities that was common in the past. (....)There are numerous stories of German doctors under the Nazi regime using disabled patients as subjects for horrific medical experiments. But an obsession with experimenting on disabled people was not confined to Germany. Hospitals in Britain and America were also keen to experiment on disabled people in the first half of the 20th century(....)Some British psychiatric patients were given malaria to see if it would cure their mental illness. Barbiturates were often administered in...
  • Is Ought

    08/16/2013 4:21:12 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    The is–ought problem or is-ought gap, also called "Hume's Law" and "Hume's Guillotine" after the 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume who first fomulated it, simply states that from "is" we cannot logically deduce "ought", that is, from the knowledge of reality we cannot derive moral choices, from facts we cannot deduce values.Hume's Law is still undisputed today, and nobody has ever found a way to successfully challenge it.One of its major consequences is that from science we cannot deduce ethics.Science can only be used to put into practice desiderata that we have arrived at by other means, i.e. moral...
  • Is Sex outside the Sphere of Morality?

    07/29/2013 5:04:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 9 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 30 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    "Sex raises no special moral issues at all. Decisions about sex may involve considerations of honesty, concern for others, prudence and so on, but there is nothing special about sex in this respect, for the same could be said of decisions about driving a car. (In fact the moral issues raised by driving a car, both from an environmental and from a safety point of view, are much more serious than those raised by having sex.) Accordingly this book contains no discussion of sexual morality." This is from the introductory pages of Practical Ethics (Amazon US) , (Amazon UK)...
  • The Demise of Legitimate Political Authority

    07/01/2013 1:20:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 1, 2013 | Christopher Manion
    Some forty years ago, in his groundbreaking study, Twilight of Authority, sociologist Robert Nisbet observed a disturbing trend in American culture. As respect for authority had declined among the population, he wrote, members of that population became increasingly willing to accept and actually applaud an increasingly powerful, albeit less legitimate, governmentThe notion of true authority, Nisbet wrote, assumes the strength of two essential social qualities—hierarchy, and privacy. Yet both are fading before our eyes.For Nisbet, the egalitarian agenda of the elites—especially the liberal intelligentsia—is a driving engine of social collapse. It crushes a rich, varied, and multidimensional culture featuring an...
  • Obama's Ethical Gymnastics - - (Very Good Points by VDH)

    06/07/2013 9:58:27 AM PDT · by gortklattu · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 6-7-2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Presidential ethics are now situational. Obama is calling for a shield law to protect reporters from the sort of harassment that his attorney general, Eric Holder, and the FBI practiced against Fox News and the Associated Press. Through such rhetoric, he remains a staunch champion of the First Amendment — even though he now has the ability to peek into the private phone records of millions of Americans. The president is outraged that the IRS went after those deemed politically suspicious. So he sacked the acting head of the IRS, Steven Miller, who was scheduled to step down soon anyway....
  • U.S. tax dollars promote Monsanto's GMO crops overseas: report

    06/02/2013 6:10:29 PM PDT · by opentalk · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech crops developed by U.S.-based Monsanto Co and other seed makers, a report issued on Tuesday said. A review of 926 diplomatic cables of correspondence to and from the U.S. State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found that State Department officials actively promoted the commercialization of specific biotech seeds, according to the report issued by Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer protection group. The officials tried to quash public criticism of particular companies and facilitated negotiations between foreign governments and seed companies such as...
  • South Carolina Sen. Robert Ford resigns; announcement Ethics hearing over

    05/31/2013 12:13:53 PM PDT · by upchuck · 25 replies
    Post & Courier ^ | UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 2:12 p.m. | Diane Knich
    State Sen. Robert Ford, one of the Lowcountry’s most established and colorful political figures, stepped down today as the Senate Ethics Committee was finishing up its review into his campaign spending. The Charleston Democrat began his political career as an outspoken black leader who butted heads with Mayor Joe Riley and others in Charleston’s political establishment but evolved into a leader who touted his close ties with influential Republican Senate colleagues. His resignation came as the Senate Ethics Committee began discussing the final four of eight allegations today. Its findings are expected to be posted online soon, Sen. John Courson...
  • God’s Dupes?

    05/22/2013 9:04:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Ligonier ^ | Ravi Zacharias
    Is the Christian faith intellectual nonsense? Are Christians deluded? “If God exists and takes an interest in the affairs of human beings, his will is not inscrutable,” writes Sam Harris about the 2004 tsunami in Letter to a Christian Nation. “The only thing inscrutable here is that so many otherwise rational men and women can deny the unmitigated horror of these events and think this is the height of moral wisdom” (p. 48). In his article “God’s Dupes,” Harris argues, “Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence. The...
  • Three Signs There’s a Cover-Up

    05/20/2013 4:51:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    national review ^ | 5-20-13 | john fund
    The late columnist William Safire once said that a good clue that someone in Washington was engaged in “an artful dodge,” i.e., a cover-up, was that they used the phrase “mistakes were made.” Safire defined it as a “passive-evasive way of acknowledging error while distancing the speaker from responsibility for it.” The phrase became infamous when both Richard Nixon and Ron Ziegler, his press secretary, deployed it to explain away Watergate without explaining who did what and when or whether any ill motive was involved. AdvertisementAstonishingly, the Internal Revenue Service resurrected the Nixonian expression within hours of its clumsy revelation...
  • Anti-Christian Atheism and Unethical Behaviour

    04/27/2013 10:13:44 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 18 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Following my article Effects of Atheist Propaganda Come Home to Roost, - although on Free Republic the comments were favourable to my position - readers of my blog have posted comments that need a more analytical and detailed answer than allowed in the comments section. Complex subjects require complex treatment. Furthermore, there seems to be much confusion about the theme of Christianity and ethics. For example, an anonymous reader calling himself "roger in florida" wrote: "I believe you are very misguided if you equate Christianity with morality or cannot understand that atheists, such as myself, are incapable [he then explained that he...
  • Rangel sues Boehner seeking to overturn House Ethics censure

    04/22/2013 2:34:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2013 | Mike Lillis
    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is suing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and six other lawmakers, charging that they mishandled the Ethics investigation that led to his public censure in late 2010. In a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Washington D.C., Rangel claims the Ethics Committee that investigated his alleged wrongdoing are guilty of "numerous flagrant, knowing and intentional violations" of his due process rights. House members who approved his censure were "knowingly deceived" by the committee leaders – including then-Chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and ranking member Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) – into thinking that the probe "had been conducted in...
  • Effects of Atheist Propaganda Come Home to Roost

    04/19/2013 3:47:50 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 15 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    The seeds of nihilism are sown... I have a suggestion for militant atheist cum zoologist Richard Dawkins about a British (although it has now got to America as well) TV program to watch, that is bound to lift his spirit: The Jeremy Kyle Show. There he can see exactly the kind of society he is trying to promote and propagate. People who appear on the show have been living the sort of life which was advertised for £140,000 on billboards all over buses and underground trains across England, Scotland and Wales, in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, Leeds,...
  • This Is What Societal Collapse Looks Like

    04/04/2013 10:39:03 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 4-4-2013 | Graham Summers
    This Is What Societal Collapse Looks Like Politics / Eurozone Debt CrisisApril 04, 2013 - 05:54 AM GMT By: Graham Summers Add the total and complete hypocrisy of France to the list of reasons to avoid putting a cent in the EU. We already know about Spain where Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was “allegedly” receiving bribes from property developers throughout the housing bubble… while THREE different treasurers have been accused of everything from money laundering to fraud. Rajoy’s defense to the allegations? “I repeat what I said Saturday: everything that has been said about me and my colleagues in the...
  • Doc Delivers Baby Still in Amniotic Sac, Would Abortion be OK? (Amazing Photo)

    04/04/2013 5:08:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | April 3, 2013 | Jill Stanek
    From Parent Society, March 22: A Greek doctor posted this incredible picture on his Facebook page of a baby he delivered. And as you can see… it was no ordinary delivery.The baby was delivered via c-section, but was still inside the amniotic sac after being removed from the mother’s body. In fact, according to Dr. Aris Tsigris, the OB/GYN in charge of this delivery, the baby does not even know that it has been born yet.Most sacs break on their own or are broken by the doctor when a woman is ready to give birth. This is known as a...
  • Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OK (from presidential ethics panel)

    03/20/2013 6:56:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 19, 2013 | Sharon Begley
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A presidential ethics panel has opened the door to testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants, bringing an angry response from critics who say the children would be guinea pigs in a study that would never help them and might harm them. The report, however, released on Tuesday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, said researchers would have to overcome numerous hurdles before launching an anthrax-vaccine trial in children. It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps...
  • Pope speaks on Creation, Original Sin at Wednesday audience [Five Days Ago]

    02/11/2013 3:32:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper
    Creation provides “the place in which to know God’s omnipotence and goodness,” Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience. Continuing a series of Wednesday talks on the Creed, the Pope dedicated his February 6 audience to the phrase identifying God as “Creator of heaven and earth.” He explained that God is “the source of all things, and the beauty of creation reveals the omnipotence of the loving Father.” Turning then to the account of Creation in the book of Genesis, the Pope said: “In the light of faith, human intelligence can find the key to understanding the world In...
  • Durbin: Menendez should keep gavel despite ethics scandal

    02/10/2013 5:18:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/10/13 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said on Sunday embattled Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) should keep his chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee despite an investigation into his dealings with a top donor. "Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges," the Democratic senator from Illinois said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's being looked at by the Ethics Committee. Of course, I can't comment beyond that." The Senate Ethics Committee is looking into Menendez's interaction with Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Menendez and...
  • After resigning, Texas coach seeks justice [Unethical Predator Claims to be VICTIM]

    01/10/2013 5:25:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/8/13 | Joe Sterling and Steve Almasy
    The University of Texas women's track coach who resigned under fire after the disclosure of an affair with a female student a decade ago doesn't understand why she was targeted for punishment and questions whether she's being treated fairly. "Is it because I have a disability? Is it because I'm black? Is it because I'm female? Is it because I'm successful? Is it now because of my sexual preference?" Coach Bev Kearney asked on CNN's "Starting Point" Tuesday.
  • Office of Congressional Ethics could soon be silenced by those it investigates

    12/31/2012 4:37:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Formed in 2008 as part of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's laughable promise to "drain the swamp" when she gained the gavel in 2006, the Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent group that investigates ethics complaints about Congress. Here's the catch: the Congress it investigates must actually go about the business of nominating its appointees, reauthorizing and funding it or it will cease to exist. As one might expect, princesses are not overly fond of paying others to place peas under their mattresses, endangering their delicate hindquarters.So, the Office of Congressional Ethics is in danger, with its creator Pelosi and Rep....
  • House Ethics closes Countrywide probe without taking action

    12/28/2012 12:42:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/27/12 | Peter Schroeder
    The House Ethics Committee has decided to close its investigation into preferential mortgages doled out under a controversial VIP program without taking any action. The panel said it was not taking any action on members who received more affordable mortgages under the program, instituted by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial because while allegations surrounding the program and lawmakers involved "serious matters," they largely fell outside its jurisdiction. For example, many of the allegations pertain to actions outside the Ethics Committee's statute of limitations — greater than three Congresses ago — and many of those accused are no longer working in Congress...
  • Ethics Committee Can't Find Anything Wrong With Secret Loan From Fraudster to Rep. Gregory Meeks

    12/20/2012 3:15:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 20, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    Today the House Ethics Committee announced that it was taking no action against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who secretly took a $40,000 payment from an individual who subsequently pled guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage scam. In 2007, Meeks received $40,000 from a "businessman," Edul Ahmad. Under the Ethics in Government Act, Congressmen are required to disclose such financial transactions on their annual Financial Disclosure Reports. Meeks failed to disclose the transaction on his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News reported, "Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a...
  • Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

    11/25/2012 9:01:52 AM PST · by grimalkin · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Washington Examiner
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade...
  • Only the deceit is transparent

    11/19/2012 9:47:37 AM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-19-12 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama promised his administration set a new standard in transparency: I will also hold myself as president to a new standard of openness .... Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency. Obama even issued a memo My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. He declared his to...
  • Unethical behavior by Democrat Congressman, Mike Honda

    Congressman Mike Honda is my representative in Congress. I believe that Congressman Mike Honda has made an ethics violation. He posted an October, 2102 report from the Committee on Energy and Commerce on his Facebook page. This report details Mr. Honda’s assumptions about the effects of Paul Ryan’s budget upon the Seniors in his district. The posting of this report at this time appears to be on overt attempt to influence the Presidential election. It influences the election because Congressman Ryan is the opposing party candidate for Vice President. This overt attempt to influence the election is using taxpayer dollars...
  • A Nobel winner's moral achievement

    10/12/2012 5:55:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-12-12 | William Saletan
    WASHINGTON -- Shinya Yamanaka, a scientist at Kyoto University, loved stem-cell research. But he didn't want to destroy embryos. So he figured out a way around the problem. In a paper published five years ago in Cell, Yamanaka and six colleagues showed how "induced pluripotent stem cells" could be derived from adult cells and potentially substituted, in research and therapy, for embryonic stem cells. This week, that discovery earned him a Nobel Prize, shared with British scientist John Gurdon. But the prize announcement and much of the media coverage missed half the story. Yamanaka's venture wasn't just an experiment. It...
  • House ethics panel opens investigation of Democratic Rep. Reyes

    10/12/2012 2:49:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that it is investigating allegations against Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas). The secretive panel stated that after six weeks of investigating the lawmaker, it was moving to continue its probe until Nov. 28, 2012. The Ethics committee did not specify the nature of the alleged violations of House rules that it is probing in the case, but stressed that the extension of its investigation did not indicate that Reyes was guilty. The outside Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board referred the case to the Ethics panel on Aug. 30. Reyes lost his Democratic primary...
  • Meeks Crony Edul Ahmad Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    10/12/2012 9:05:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    NLPC ^ | October 12, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    Guyanese-American businessman Edul Ahmad pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of bank and wire fraud as part of a deal with federal prosecutors in New York's Eastern District. Ahmad was indicted on ten counts related to a massive mortgage fraud scheme in August 2011. He will be sentenced in the near future. Sentencing guidelines call for 10 to 13 years in prison. Ahmad made a $40,000 payment to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) in 2007 that the Congressman failed to disclose on his Financial Disclosure Reports for 2007, 2008, and 2009. Meeks subsequently claimed the $40,000 payment was a loan,...
  • ABC fails ethics test

    10/11/2012 5:40:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 11, 2012 | Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel
    Martha Raddatz is the moderator of tonight’s vice presidential debate. In 1991, Barack Obama attended her wedding. A year later, her then-husband, now a high level administration appointee and a personal friend of the president, attended the Obamas’ wedding. Irrelevant information? Put it this way: If Raddatz were a judge, she’d likely have to recuse herself from cases pertaining to the Obamas. We’re not arguing that Raddatz will slant tonight’s debate in the Obama campaign’s favor —any more than a member of Congress would automatically vote for an appropriation simply because it helps a campaign contributor. We are arguing that...
  • Is There a Fix in for the Vice Presidential Debate?

    10/10/2012 2:49:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/10/2012 | Bryan Preston
    Posted By Bryan Preston On October 10, 2012 @ 8:29 am In media,Politics | 52 Comments The Daily Caller has a disturbing story up today. The outline goes like this: The moderator of Thursday's vice presidential debate is Martha Raddatz of ABC News. She is the network's senior foreign correspondent, and she is the sole moderator of the veep debate, which will center on foreign policy.Raddatz has a connection with Barack Obama going all the way back to their days at Harvard. They worked on the Harvard Law Review together, and Obama attended her 1991 wedding. Fast forward to the...
  • Genachowski attended Obama’s wedding without wife - ABC did not deny that Raddatz was invited

    10/10/2012 1:01:36 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 10, 2012 | Josh Peterson
    ABC News told the Daily Caller Wednesday that vice presidential debate moderator and ABC News senior foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz was not at President Barack Obama’s wedding to Michelle in 1992. The news outlet, however, did not deny that Raddatz was invited to the Obama wedding when asked. Raddatz’s then husband, Julius Genachowski, was in attendance..An earlier investigation by TheDC revealed that Obama attended Raddatz’s wedding the year prior when she married Genachowski
  • ABC News scrambles to cover up Barack Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding

    10/09/2012 10:16:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 146 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/10/2012
    Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review. After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to liberal-leaning news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was...
  • BIG NEWS: Feds Paid $40 Million to Claire McCaskill’s Husband’s Businesses (calls for tax returns)

    10/09/2012 11:34:20 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/9/12 | Jim Hoft
    Game Changer? The federal government paid nearly $40 million dollars to Claire McCaskill’s husband’s businesses her first five years in office as Missouri Senator. During that time McCaskill has had influence over federal policy that has directly affected her family’s income. Missouri royalty - The rest of the country has suffered but Claire McCaskill and her husband Joseph Shepard have done very well these past five years. There are renewed calls for Democrat McCaskill to release her tax returns. ABC3040 reported: Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for...
  • Infertility and Selective Abortion: Steering a Course Between Scylla and Charybdis

    10/03/2012 10:30:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2012 | Ken Connor
    A lot of people, conservatives in particular, tend to idealize the past. We like to wax lyrical about simpler times, the "good old days." Of course, if we are honest we have to admit that those good old days weren't always so great. The passage of time and progress of society have brought many blessings – civil, cultural, and technological. Society today is freer, fairer, safer, and more comfortable. Unfortunately many of the blessings of progress come at a cost. The same technologies that make life healthier and more comfortable can also present us with previously unimagined ethical dilemmas. This...
  • House Ethics Comm. Clears Another Corrupt Lawmaker (JW rips Waters)

    09/21/2012 1:05:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 21, 2012
    Surprise, surprise; the House Ethics Committee has cleared Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a distinguished member of Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, for steering millions of federal bailout dollars to her husband’s failing bank. The famously remiss committee, which is charged with investigating and punishing corrupt lawmakers, found that Waters committed no wrongdoing when she steered $12 million to a Massachusetts bank in which she and her board member husband held shares. The bank, OneUnited, subsequently got shut down by the government and taxpayers got stiffed for the millions. Judicial Watch investigated the scandal and obtained documents from the...
  • House Ethics Committee finds no violations in Rep. Waters case

    09/21/2012 7:41:51 AM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies
    California Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters will not be charged with ethics violations. At a meeting Friday, House Ethics Committee members said they found no violations in their investigation of allegations she steered a $12 million federal bailout to a bank where her husband owns stock. Waters is a senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. The committee, however, said Waters' chief of staff, Mikael Moore, did take actions in Congress in an attempt to help the bank and violated standards of conduct. Moore likely will receive a letter admonishing him for his conduct. but will not face more severe punishment,...
  • House panel to hold public ethics hearing Friday for Rep. Waters

    09/20/2012 11:43:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    The House Ethics Committee will hold a public hearing Friday on ethics allegations against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). The panel has been investigating for the past three years whether Waters violated House rules by attempting to secure federal help during the financial crisis for a bank in which her husband owns stock. Waters has maintained her innocence, and the ethics probe has been weighted by problems. As the committee moved toward holding a trial for Waters in late 2010, it halted its work abruptly and placed two of its lead attorneys on administrative leave. Shortly afterward, the committeeÂ’s chief counsel...