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  • Bowe Bergdahl starting to venture out in public

    07/03/2014 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/02/14
    HOUSTON - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl has been allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public, Army spokeswoman Arwen Consaul said. **SNIP** He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no...
  • Is the Supreme Court Gunning for Public-Sector Unions?

    07/02/2014 12:14:51 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | July 2 2014 | Damon Root
    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Illinois violated the First Amendment when it forced home-care workers who receive government stipends to pay union dues to the Service Employees International Union. Writing for the 5-4 majority in Harris v. Quinn, Justice Samuel Alito ruled that the state exceeded its lawful authority by treating such workers as government employees “solely for the purpose of unionization and the collection of an agency fee.” “If we accepted Illinois’ argument,” Alito explained, “we would approve an unprecedented violation of the bedrock principle that, except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances,...
  • How to decry poverty and get rich on the public payroll

    06/28/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    div class="article_body top">Isn’t it amazing how people can make a career decrying poverty and end up collecting big bucks from taxpayers for not much work? Consider the case of University of North Carolina Law School Professor Gene Nichol, who teaches one course per semester, and pulls down almost $213,000 per year in that state-funded school, as professor and head of the school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.Add in his wife, also on the UC payroll ay the medical school and Health Care System, and this fun couple pulls down over 600k per year. The College Fix has the goods...
  • Radical Islam Infiltrating UK Public Schools

    06/10/2014 4:42:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 6/09/14 | Tom Wilson
    While concerns about the growth of radical Islam have been with British society for some years now, few imagined that Islamists might ever attempt anything so bold as a takeover of parts of the public education system. Yet a government investigation overseen by a former counter-terror chief has revealed that this is precisely what has been happening at certain British schools. The report would seem to confirm allegations of an ambitious effort on the part of a set of hardliners who have been attempting to take over the administration of secular state schools in the city of Birmingham, Britain’s second...
  • State of Minnesota may soon control your retirement savings

    05/15/2014 7:13:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    MN Freedom Foundation ^ | 5-8-14 | Jonathan Blake
    Earlier this week, House and Senate conferees agreed to final language for the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). While most of the attention has focused on the bill’s family and sick leave provisions, one particularly bad policy provision has attracted little attention. Specifically, WESA lays the groundwork for a “state-administered retirement savings plan” for employees in the private sector. Yes, this would essentially be a government-run retirement plan controlled by the State Board of Investment. The ramifications of such a plan could be devastating for private sector employees as well as taxpayers who would likely be on the hook for...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings

    04/23/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 22, 2014 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind survey asked about attitudes on high profile cases before the court, includingGreece v. Galloway. That case addresses whether elected officials can open public meetings with religiously specific prayers, such as praying in Jesus’ name. A Jew and an atheist brought suit in Greece, N.Y., saying the Christian prayers excluded many citizens and violated the Constitution, which bans government...
  • WI Appeals Court Finds in Favor of the MacIver Institute (Erpenbach, D, WI Smackdown!)

    04/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Novak
    "Today is a win for transparency in government and the taxpayers of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the MacIver Institute that Sen. Erpenbach cannot carve out a special exemption to the open records law for whomever he chooses or try to hide public information when he works for Wisconsin taxpayers," Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute said. "Government employees and their unions should not be given a cloak of anonymity to hide their attempts to influence the legislative process. Today's decision requires them to play by the same rules as everyone else." The Court of Appeals...
  • Obamacare: They Shoot Horses Don´t They?

    03/31/2014 5:27:59 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/31/2014 | David Catron
    A new survey reveals that public esteem for Obamacare is continuing to plummet, hitting yet another historic low. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll released last Friday, “President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.” The AP survey shows that a mere “26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act.” When the law was passed, 39 percent of the public supported it. But the President, along with his accomplices in Congress and the media, assured us that this percentage would rise...
  • GOVERNMENT WORKERS COST 45% MORE THAN PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS

    03/13/2014 2:15:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | March 14 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on March 12th that the total cost of employing a state or local government worker is 45% more than an equivalent worker in the private sector. For the month of December 2013, employers in private industry spent an average of $29.63 per employee hour worked, but the equivalent cost for a government worker averaged $42.89 per hour. Not only do government employees average 33% higher pay than those in the private sector, their pension and retirement benefit costs are now an incredible 254% higher also. Given that compensation formulas for federal,...
  • Prompted by criminal charges, Little Canada man announces run for council

    02/03/2014 4:53:26 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-1-14 | Raya Zimmerman
    Andrew Joseph Henderson announced his candidacy for the Little Canada City Council on Thursday, roughly a year after he was criminally charged for videotaping the activities of a sheriff's deputy and ambulance crew outside his apartment. Henderson, 29, said Saturday his ongoing trial played "a good part" in his decision to run for city council, although he said he would have run either way. "I believe the government should be watched and held accountable for the people," he said. "People are in charge of the government and not the other way around." Henderson was charged in Ramsey County District Court...
  • If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School

    01/20/2014 11:00:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Y’know, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools weren’t all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nation’s founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. It’s true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh? Indeed, out of our large graduating class there was only one drop out and that was my childhood buddy who left...
  • Critical Mass is free, but Houston police may begin charging riders for escort [bicyclists]

    01/03/2014 4:19:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 3, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Houston police are considering a plan to charge the Critical Mass bicycle group as safety concerns draw officers away from their regular duties. The event, which sees thousands of riders take to the streets on the last Friday of every month, has operated in cities across the world for over 20 years..... Four officers in two police cars help riders through intersections, with officers driving ahead and behind to clear the path. Houston police say they are now exploring the possibility of riders footing the bill for those services, as happens now for big funeral processions and for some busy...
  • Chicago pension crisis called worst in nation

    12/31/2013 5:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Calling the Chicago pension crisis the worst in the nation is saying something - like, how bad can it get? The city's underfunded pension system for teachers, firefighters, police, and transit workers threatens to punch a hole in the city budget that would devastate city services. The teachers' alone are $1 billion short of funds, while the city as a whole is looking at a whopping $27 billion shortfall. The state of Illinois is even worse off with more than $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Where is the money going to come from to fix the problem? Financial Times:...
  • What we've learned from Sandy Hook

    12/27/2013 9:45:59 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 23, 2013 | Robert Bernat, M.D.
    On Friday afternoon as news outlets were reporting on the next day’s one-year anniversary of the horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the latest chapter in school violence was unfolding at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. There Karl Pierson had entered his high school looking for a particular teacher and willing to shoot anyone in his way. Eighty seconds after he entered the building, two students were injured, one fatally, and the gunmen dead by a self-inflicted gunshot. While this incident fails to compare to the carnage that took place in Newtown, Connecticut one year earlier,...
  • Products of California Public Schools React to Martin Luther King's Fatal Car Accident this Morning-

    12/02/2013 6:51:24 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    The clip linked below is really something else- dimbulbs interviewed on the street, asking for their reaction to Martin Luther King's being hit by a car this morning in Washington, DC. I know we always say it, but it IS really hard to fathom such shocking stupidity... what exactly ARE they teaching kids in California high schools? And if unaware that MLK was killed 45 years ago by a gunshot in Memphis, do these people even KNOW who Reagan was? None noticed they had school off on MLK Day...? This one's somehow even worse than the 'Obama voter' clips of...
  • Vos, other lawmakers favor rolling back online court data

    11/29/2013 10:01:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-28-13 | Jason Stein
    Madison — The Assembly's top lawmaker wants to roll back some of the information available to the public on a free online database of state court records. His sentiments echo those of lawmakers in both parties who are working on several bills to scale back the data available on the Wisconsin Consolidated Courts Automation Programs, a website with nearly 8 million visitors a year. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) acknowledged that CCAP is popular with everyone from landlords and journalists to savvy singles checking out a dating prospect for any unseemly past. Vos said he doesn't want to spoil that,...
  • The New York Times endorsed a (Hussein) secretive trade agreement that the public can’t read

    11/13/2013 4:16:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/13 | Andrea Peterson
    The Obama administration is secretly negotiating a treaty that could have significant effects on domestic law. Officially, it's a "free trade" treaty among Pacific rim countries, but a section of the draft agreement leaked in 2011 suggested that it will require signers, including the United States, to make significant changes to copyright law and enforcement measures. **SNIP** Now, as Maira Sutton at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) notes, the New York Times editorial board has endorsed the TPP. While the editorial acknowledges that some are "worried about provisions on intellectual property that could restrict the availability of generic medicines and...
  • Feds Removed Handles From 40 Public Water Pumps Along C&O Canal

    10/15/2013 10:12:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 14, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.” “It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they...
  • Public access barred at Newtown school demolition

    10/15/2013 7:15:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    ap ^ | 10/15/13 | ap
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December. Selectman Will Rodgers said officials want to protect the Newtown school where the 20 children and six educators were killed, The News-Times reported ( http://bit.ly/1amzP8L ). "It's a very sensitive topic," he said Monday. "We want it to be handled in a respectful way." Project manager Consigli Construction has barricaded the property and intends to screen the perimeter to prevent...
  • Ex-principal at Cumberland County middle schools charged with sexually assaulting 3 boys

    10/12/2013 10:45:49 AM PDT · by csvset · 22 replies
    fayobserver.com ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Venita Jenkins
    A former Cumberland County middle school principal is accused of sexually assaulting three students who were 11 to 14 years old, including one while the child's parent was waiting in the office, according to the Sheriff's Office. David Ellis Edwards, who was principal of Douglas Byrd Middle School for three years until abruptly resigning in August, turned himself in to sheriff's deputies Friday morning. Edwards, 49, of the 7200 block of Tobago Place, is charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a...
  • Obama: ‘I’m having to cancel some public appearances’ (TELEPROMPTER DOWN!)

    10/03/2013 6:10:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/02/13 | Ed O'Keefe
    President Obama sent his regrets via video Wednesday evening to the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala and implored House Republicans to work with Democrats to reopen the federal government. "I'm having to cancel some public appearances," Obama explained at the beginning of a video message aired at the black-tie gala. Obama explained that most of the government remains shuttered, putting hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of jobs and leading to the cessation of government services. "That's why I would encourage House Republicans to reopen the federal government," he said -- a line that earned loud applause.
  • Send Your Kid to Private School? You Suck

    08/29/2013 10:08:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 106 replies
    Newser ^ | 08/29/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Do you send your kids to private school? Then congratulations: "You are a bad person," Allison Benedikt argues in Slate. "Not bad like murder bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So pretty bad." Her reasoning is simple: if everyone were invested in public schools—and not just monetarily invested, "but real flesh-and-blood-offspring" invested—they would get better. Involved parents can make a huge difference. Yes, your kid may not get as excellent an education. "Take a deep breath and live with that." "If you can afford private school," even just barely, "chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine...
  • Pressured to cheat, she did, Atlanta teacher testifies

    08/26/2013 3:02:26 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 | Mark Niesse and Bill Rankin
    A former Atlanta third grade teacher tearfully testified Monday that she gave in to pressure from an administrator to cheat on standardized tests. Stacey Smith, who taught at Usher-Collier Heights Elementary School, said testing coordinator Donald Bullock dropped off test booklets at the end of a day when students had been taking the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in 2009.
  • ACT: 1-in-3 high school graduates unready for college math, science or writing courses

    08/21/2013 1:23:25 PM PDT · by JeffAdams_MI · 22 replies
    WASHINGTON — Almost a third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data the testing company released Wednesday. The company’s annual report also found a gap between students’ interests now and projected job opportunities when they graduate, adding to the dire outlook for the class of 2013. “The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired,” said Jon Erickson, president of the Iowa-based company’s education division. The ACT reported that 31 percent of all high school graduates tested were not ready...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. still eligible for government pension, disability pay

    08/15/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    abc local ^ | 8-14-13 | Chuck Goudie
    Ex-congressman Jackson is eligible to receive $8,700 dollars per month in disability pay due to his bipolar condition and could receive a partial federal pension of $45,000 per year once he reaches 65. While on the city council, Sandi Jackson had automatic pension contributions of more than $50,000 withdrawn from her pay, even though she chose not to be a member of the city pension fund.
  • Jackson Jr.’s Last-Minute “Mood Disorder” Qualifies for Disability ($8,700 month)

    08/15/2013 12:06:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 15, 2013
    Although disgraced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suddenly developed a “mood disorder” as the feds were about to indict him, he qualifies for generous government disability payments because it’s considered a debilitating mental illness. Of interesting note is that Jackson Jr., sentenced this week to 2 ˝ years in prison for corruption, never showed any symptoms of a “mood disorder” during his 17 years as a federal lawmaker. The mental illness surfaced abruptly last summer as the congressman, a member of Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, was about to get criminally charged. The feds had been breathing...
  • Public Pensions After Detroit

    08/03/2013 4:16:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/03/13
    Detroit’s bankruptcy and the problems facing its pension funds offer two important lessons to other communities. One is that state and local governments need to do a much better job managing retirement funds. The other is that they should not pre-emptively reduce hard-earned benefits at the first sign of trouble. Several state and local pension systems around the country are under serious stress. Not surprisingly the hardest hit retirement funds are in places devastated by global economic forces like Detroit, as well as inland cities in California like Stockton, which was battered by the real estate collapse and has also...
  • What's the Profession of Your State's Highest-Paid Public Employee?

    07/09/2013 6:38:40 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 July 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Looks like Phys-Ed major is the way to go!  h/t Kirby
  • New Accounting Rules Will Force States to Admit Problems

    06/14/2013 3:00:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Many states, especially California and Illinois, have had severe pension underfunding problems for many years. However, new actuarial pension rules will finally force states to admit the problem. Thus, it should not be surprising that talk of "technical bankruptcy" and “service insolvency” is growing. Here are some pertinent ideas from California on the Brink: Pension Crisis About to Get Worse   Moody’s new credit standards for public pensions would nearly double the unfunded liabilities for state and local pension plans in California to $328.6 billion from $128.3 billion. California has the second lowest credit rating at Standard & Poor’s of all 50 states;...
  • Gaza May Bring Back Public Hangings

    06/12/2013 10:17:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 6/12/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Gaza needs to bring back public hangings, senior court official Khaled el-Batash argued this week in an interview with the local media outlet Filistine. Batash said courts should have their own police, who would implement court rulings by publicly executing condemned criminals. Public executions would serve to deter Gaza residents from serious crime, he argued. Hamas has instituted the death penalty for several crimes, among them murder, rape, drug dealing, and “collaborating” with Israel, a charge applied to those who provide information on terrorist activity that is used to assassinate terrorists or otherwise thwart attacks.
  • Verizon’s Top Secret Deal With Pentagon Was Made Public in Regular, Annual Filing With SEC.

    06/10/2013 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 6/10/13 | Ira Stoll
    Verizon, the phone company whose disclosure of customer data to the federal government is at the center of the furor over cooperation by technology companies with top-secret national security programs, has offered a precise, clear, but little-noticed public explanation of why it did what it did. The Verizon explanation is not in the vague and cryptic memo the company issued last week after the Guardian exposed its program. It came, instead, in the company’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, included in Verizon’s annual report to shareholders.
  • Early retirement getting more rare for Minnesota public employees

    06/09/2013 8:24:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-8-13 | MaryJo Webster
    More Minnesota public employees are staying on the job longer -- a result of the struggling economy and a change in the rules for public workers who have long enjoyed incentives to leave the workforce in their late 50s. Last year, about 60 percent of new retirees from Minnesota's public workforce -- not including public safety workers -- waited until they were 62 or older to retire. Just seven years ago, that figure was 40 percent, according to data from Minnesota's three statewide public pension plans. This trend is expected to accelerate sharply. Within the next decade, there won't be...
  • Broke Detroit's Pension Fund "Trustees" Use Public Funds To Fund Hawaii Trip

    05/25/2013 10:19:12 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Broke Detroit's Pension Fund "Trustees" Use Public Funds To Fund Hawaii Trip Tyler Durden 05/25/2013 12:46 -0400 "When you have city employees, police, and firefighters have taken pay cuts, it doesn't look good," is the somewhat understated response from Detroit's emergency manager to the city's latest debacle. Amid the deepening financial crisis the crumbling region faces, four trustees of its public pension funds spent $22,000 of retirement funds to attend a conference at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. "It's one of these things we trustees must do to stay on top of the field," is how one of the trustees defended the...
  • What Detroit crisis? Pension fund trustees hang out in Hawaii

    05/25/2013 10:07:47 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-25-13 | Malia Mattoch McManus
    The city of Detroit may be facing a deepening financial crisis but that hasn't stopped four trustees of its public pension funds from spending $22,000 of retirement system funds to attend a conference in Hawaii this week. One well-attended session covered how to avoid front-page scandals. According to presenter Lydia Lee, a pension attorney from Oklahoma, the session touched on a topic familiar back in Detroit: The indictment this spring of two former city pension officials for an alleged $200 million bribery and kickback scheme, in a case that will come to trial next March.
  • While Republicans Rant About Benghazi and IRS, Public Mostly Yawns

    05/14/2013 5:29:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Journal ^ | 05/14/2013 | Charles Cooke
    President Obama and his administration now find themselves in the middle of not one but two tough situations: the tragic killing of four Americans at a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, and the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of tea-party and other conservative groups. At best, they are cases of bad mishandling and embarrassment; at worst, they rise to the level of legitimate and consequential scandals. At this point, the significance of each is more in the eye of the beholder. Liberals and Democrats tend to de-emphasize both affairs, while many conservatives and Republicans think that each rises to the level...
  • Pew Poll: Benghazi Investigation Does Not Reignite Broad Public Interest

    05/14/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 05/14/2013
    The public paid limited attention to last week’s congressional hearings on Benghazi. Fewer than half (44%) of Americans say they are following the hearings very or fairly closely, virtually unchanged from late January when Hillary Clinton testified. Last October, 61% said they were following the early stages of the investigation at least fairly closely. The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted May 9-12 among 1,000 adults, finds that Americans are deeply split over how both the administration and congressional Republicans are handling the situation. Four-in-ten (40%) say the Obama administration has generally been dishonest when it comes to...
  • School 244 in Flushing, Queens, becomes first public school in nation to serve only vegetarian meals

    05/01/2013 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 40 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | Corinne Lestch and Ben Chapman
    NEW YORKA New York City public elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili. Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says he's proud of the "trailblazing" school. He ate the new food with children on Tuesday.
  • 4 Pittsburgh firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens

    04/23/2013 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 23, 2013 | uncredited byline
    Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they've lost hearing due to the blaring sirens. (snip) They're claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms "knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing." The men claim they've suffered irreversible hearing loss "due to exposure to the intense noise." The firefighters are seeking unspecified monetary damages
  • Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public, Charter Schools

    04/22/2013 8:54:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 10, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Private religious schools perform better than public schools, and public charter schools performed no better than regular public schools, according to a new study by William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton. Jeynes spoke Monday with The Christian Post about the study. He found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools. The results of his research were recently published in vol. 87, issue 3 of the Peabody Journal of Education in an article titled,...
  • Sequestration: Obama Spends $350 Million On Sexual Indoctrination Classes For Children

    03/29/2013 1:59:35 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 29, 2013 | Tim Brown
    EditorÂ’s Note: Graphic descriptions follow (You were warned). WhatÂ’s that you say about sequestration and consequences of it? Apparently Barack Obama talks about sequestration pains, while he and his family is indulging in vacations at our expense, but thereÂ’s more. In light of the current cases concerning sodomites at the Federal lever seeking to undermine and redefine marriage, the Obama administration is spending $350 million to indoctrinate children sexually. While the White House says sequestration has eliminated funds for children touring the White House, President Obama has no problem spending $350 million federal tax dollars for sexual indoctrination programs starting...
  • 15 Year Old Wisconsin Conservative Meets Bullying From Teachers

    03/28/2013 12:17:28 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 71 replies
    freedomworks.org ^ | March 28, 2013 | Benji Backer
    As a 15 year old, I never imagined my activism in politics would translate into controversy for me at school. My name is Benji Backer and I attend a public high school in Appleton, Wisconsin. I have always supported the public school system and plan to do so for the rest of my life. Many Americans who stand up for the public school system and the unions believe there is no attempt to sway opinion or that students with opposing beliefs are singled out. Unfortunately, experiences I have had with harassment and bullying prove that wrong. This is a timeline...
  • Private-sector salary for public employee (CA cty admin receives +$400,000 per year for life)

    03/26/2013 2:52:00 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 9 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3 26 13
    Working for the public good has also worked well for one California county administrator’s bank account. According to reports by several newspapers, Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is paying its County Administrator Susan Muranishi, north of $400,000—for life. This includes a generous base salary of $301,000, plus taxpayer-funded deferred pension plans paid for by the county. The pension accounts are set by a formula that multiplies years of service by 2 to 3 percent of the top salary to calculate the benefit, the San Jose Mercury News reports. With 38 years of service under her belt, the...
  • Teacher Suspended After Recently Winning Job Back

    03/17/2013 1:26:53 PM PDT · by redreno
    http://www.kolotv.com ^ | Sun 11:52 AM, Mar 17, 2013 | AP
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas high school teacher who recently won his job back in arbitration after he was fired several years ago has been suspended. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports 54-year-old John Mannion was sent home from Bonanza High School on Friday after officials learned he faces felony drug trafficking charges. He was arrested last July on suspicion of selling the prescription painkiller Oxycontin to an undercover detective.
  • Minnesota Legislature takes up anti-bullying proposal

    03/12/2013 6:11:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-1-13 | megan boldt
    The now 20-year-old told state lawmakers her story on Thursday, Feb. 28, urging them to support a bill that would strengthen Minnesota's anti-bullying law. The law, at just 37 words, is one of the shortest anti-bullying laws in the nation and only requires school districts to enact their own local bullying prevention policies. The bill's backers include educators, pediatricians, gay rights activists and advocates for the disabled. "I think it would send a message to students and help them feel like they're important and cared about," Schuette said. "And it gives teachers and parents the tools and resources to effectively...
  • Minnesota police, fire pension fund lifeline gets a closer look

    03/06/2013 5:17:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-4-13 | MaryJo Webster
    Opponents of an insurance surcharge to fund police and fire pensions told state lawmakers Tuesday, March 5, that the proposal is particularly unfair to low-income Minnesotans and follows huge increases in homeowners insurance. The bill, authored by Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, calls for a $5 surcharge on each homeowners and auto insurance policy as a way to provide additional revenue to pension funds for police officers and full-time and volunteer firefighters. Lawmakers on the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement heard arguments for and against the bill during a hearing at the Capitol but delayed a vote until...
  • Get Public Schools AWAY from Your Kids

    03/05/2013 1:16:09 PM PST · by publius321 · 5 replies
    Don't just get your Kids out of Public Schools. Get the public schools out of Your State. The very Concept of public schools is Obsolete... (video)
  • MassResistance vs. State Board of Education etc. over directive to force transgenderism in schools

    03/04/2013 11:23:02 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 9 replies
    MassResistance ^ | February 26, 2013 | Brian Camenker
    On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Brian Camenker of MassResistance addressed the meeting of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, including Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester. They wrote and approved this. As you can see in the video below, we did not mince words about their hideous directive.
  • St. Paul schools: When is an incident misconduct, and when is it a crime?

    02/24/2013 8:47:15 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-23-13 | Mila Koumpilova and Mara H. Gottfried
    One boy, accused of cutting a fellow student with an X-Acto knife, faces a felony assault charge. Another was charged with assault after kicking a schoolmate in the groin. Both incidents took place at St. Paul's Ramsey Junior High this school year. In both cases, parents alerted police. The school did not. Educators have long grappled with the messy task of deciding when student misbehavior calls for school discipline -- or for police action. In recent years, districts in Minnesota and beyond have retooled their approach. Schools have become increasingly loath to refer students to the juvenile justice system, which...
  • Iran Institutes New Punishment: Public Amputations

    02/07/2013 4:02:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Iran has recently implemented public amputations as punishment for criminals, in accordance with a court ruling aimed at reducing the country’s theft rate, The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) revealed. The semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on one such public amputation, which took place on January 24 in the city of Shiraz, and displayed images of the apparatus used to carry out the amputation, according to MEMRI. According the report, a 29-year-old man, who was charged with robbery, selling stolen goods, and engaging in illicit sexual relations, had his hand publicly amputated. He was also sentenced to...