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Md. Agency's Use of Grants Investigated
Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2002 | Craig Whitlock and Lori Montgomery

Posted on 08/13/2002 8:59:47 AM PDT by galethus

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KKTownsend used public money to tout her "legacy" as a "crime fighter." Typical. The Dems just see public money as their own personal piggy bank.
1 posted on 08/13/2002 8:59:47 AM PDT by galethus
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To: maica; Freee-dame; Abundy
MD ping.
2 posted on 08/13/2002 9:08:00 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: galethus
Just another day in "The Socialist Republic of Maryland", hopefully this Kennedy will pay both in standing and maybe, dare I say it, Prison time. But we all know the Dims in this state will brush it under the rug and blame it on election year politics.

One note of hope, I know quite a few people who have not voted for many a year, they will be voting this election cycle to oust KKT and Dims throughout this great land of ours. 9-11 had the added effect of bringing out the silent majority.
3 posted on 08/13/2002 9:10:45 AM PDT by JustAnAmerican
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To: galethus
I can't wait to use this for tomorrow show.
4 posted on 08/13/2002 9:16:25 AM PDT by Trueblackman
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To: sauropod
A Who-da thunk it bump!
5 posted on 08/13/2002 9:16:48 AM PDT by Lil'freeper
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To: galethus
A crooked Kennedy???
You gotta be kidding me.
First those Joe Kennedy bootlegging rumors and now
KKT accused of fraud.

Say it aint so
6 posted on 08/13/2002 9:23:31 AM PDT by 3k9pm
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To: galethus
The sad thing is that this type of corruption goes on in Maryland everyday, at all levels of Demoncrat controlled Government. Unless Erlich is elected Governor, I don't see this changing. The illegal ballot stuffing and dead vote in Maryland would make the Daley's proud.
7 posted on 08/13/2002 9:26:23 AM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: Hail Caesar
MD Ping.
8 posted on 08/13/2002 9:31:28 AM PDT by jae471
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To: Lil'freeper
9 posted on 08/13/2002 9:32:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: galethus; Donald Stone; Joe Montana
Maryland state funds being used for a political purpose by the Dems? Will wonders never cease?
10 posted on 08/13/2002 9:38:46 AM PDT by aristeides
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Interesting, though, that the U.S. Attorney in Maryland is apparently now going after the Dems' political corruption there.
11 posted on 08/13/2002 9:39:41 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: galethus
For those outside MD, you need to understand that by law this agency is actually administered by the Lt. Governor. So, this debacle was the one major accountability for KKT in the Glendening administration. By all accounts (well documented in the liberal press) it has been a total disaser, and there may be some criminal liability. I believe that even the Dim voters in Maryland have observed KKT's incompetence with this small agency, and are worried about her ability to run the whole state. This story is a major factor in her slide in the polls.
12 posted on 08/13/2002 9:42:46 AM PDT by HoosierFather
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To: galethus
Excerpted from the story, the tale of one person's "job":

Burns, a former communications manager for the crime-control office, was among those listed on the subpoena. She said yesterday that she was assigned for seven months last year to review news releases and other materials "to determine whether we had met our goals and whether we had any public liabilities that needed to be addressed."

A primary purpose of the research, she said, was to bolster Townsend's campaign. "It was common knowledge that it would be used in the upcoming campaign, that it would be helpful," she said.

Burns said she received an annual salary of $68,000 from a U.S. Department of Justice drug abuse research grant awarded to the University of Maryland. Although her job was classified as a faculty research associate at the school, Burns said she rarely set foot on campus and was told to work at home.

Can't wait to see the 30 other "job" descriptions.

She was being paid to read the newspapers. Who told her to work at home?

13 posted on 08/13/2002 10:01:37 AM PDT by angkor
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To: galethus
More news from the home state of Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski.

14 posted on 08/13/2002 10:07:38 AM PDT by ppaul
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Bar association urges U.S. to ratify women's rights pact

By George Archibald


Lawyers and judges attending an American Bar Association conference in the District yesterday called on the United States to ratify a U.N. treaty that they said would be used to override American laws and policies based on assertions of sex discrimination.

Senate ratification of the treaty would help produce a "real remedy for real women at home" who face inequality in the workplace and other injustices, said Karima Bennoune, professor of international women's rights at the University of Michigan Law School.

"I'm not saying there should be wholesale changes in U.S. laws, but addressing women's rights in the United States is very much about what happens here," she said at a bar panel to promote ratification of the treaty.

Conservative and pro-family groups have criticized the treaty, formally called the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Among their complaints: The United Nations' implementing committee has told other countries that compliance with the treaty requires eliminating laws restricting abortion and prostitution.

The bar association is using a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to train feminist activists to challenge such "sexist" laws worldwide. Participants at the conference yesterday said they want to bring that agenda to the United States.

"There are glass ceilings all over the place, unequal pay and discrimination" against women in many areas, said Justice Karla Moskowitz of the New York Supreme Court, who also is president of the National Association of Women Judges.

"Even though there has been a recognition of these problems in the courts, these problems still exist," Justice Moskowitz said. "We see a big gap in the laws in the United States, and we think [the treaty] would help close that gap." Treaties are the "supreme law of the land" under the U.S. Constitution, with domestic laws and court decisions.

Once ratified, the treaty's requirements would become binding on all levels of government. The panel's participants said the treaty would be used in court to challenge state and federal laws and policies deemed discriminatory.

"As an African-American woman, I can tell you how important this treaty is as a standard and a tool to reinvigorate the movement for equal rights in the United States," said Gay McDougall, president of the International Human Rights Law Group in Washington.

"The promises of this convention have not been realized. In many countries, these rights remain a piece of paper," said Miss McDougall, also a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Ratification by the United States "can be a catalyst for change," she said, and the treaty "is not just meant to be for women in other countries."

"It needs force and salience in U.S. laws and states, our laws here, our rights here at home," Miss McDougall said.

The bar association's Central and East European Law Initiative, backed by taxpayer funds from the Agency for International Development, also has developed an "assessment tool" to be used by feminist lawyers in the United States and abroad to evaluate countries' compliance with the treaty's requirements.

The document quotes the United Nations Secretariat on the treaty: "The convention is not confined to the respect of equal rights per se, since these are guaranteed under the International Convention on Social and Cultural Rights. The convention thus is conceived as an affirmative-action program requiring measures by states parties to ensure that internationally recognized human rights are equally applied to women."

The 210-page document consists of a series of questions covering all provisions of the treaty, known as CEDAW.

"If the principle of equality exists in the national constitution or other appropriate national legislation, have any cases been brought to court challenging violations of this principle?" the assessment tool asks.

Other questions include: "Has this principle of equality been integrated into all legal codes relevant to CEDAW? Is CEDAW directly applied and given effect in courts as part of national law? What training programs exist to educate judges and other legal professionals about CEDAW's precedence over national laws?"

Joe Fredericks, spokesman for the Agency for International Development, did not respond to several inquiries over the weekend about the agency's funding of the project.

Bar association officials and members at the conference said they did not know how much the agency had contributed or how the grant was channeled. However, the cover page of the bar association's assessment tool says it was "funded by U.S. AID."

The treaty was signed by President Carter in 1980 but languished unratified in the Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recommended ratification last month, but the treaty faces stiff opposition from conservative and pro-family organizations that say it would undermine U.S. sovereignty in the name of human rights.

"The guts of the document is a leftist utopian wish list: the government wage-setting embodied in comparable worth, paid maternity leave, a national network of child care, free maternity-related health care, gender-blind military service and quota-determined political parity for women," said Charmaine Yoest, a Bradley research fellow at the University of Virginia who has done a study of the treaty for the Independent Women's Forum.

The bar association's assessment tool spells out "in black and white the logical consequences of signing on to this treaty," said Wendy Wright, policy director of Concerned Women for America. "They want to bypass and circumvent the debate locally and impose this in the states.

"Treaties and national law trump state law; all our family law, laws against prostitution, laws regulating abortion are state laws. Those are the areas they're most interested in," said Miss Wright, who attended yesterday's bar association session at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

The U.N. implementing committee, which gives instructions to signatory countries in response to periodic compliance reports, has told Ireland it must strip its national constitution of its anti-abortion provision to comply with the treaty.

The panel also said China's law banning prostitution was a violation. The committee told Germany, which legalized prostitution, that its laws must apply the same health care and labor laws to prostitutes as to other workers.

The committee instructed countries to establish a quota of equal numbers of women and men in publicly appointed positions and the workplace. Several reservations being considered in the Senate, which would exempt the United States from some treaty provisions, were criticized at the bar association meeting.

One reservation states that Americans would retain "freedom from interference in private conduct," such as marriage and family life. Others reject the treaty's mandate requiring women in military combat units, paid maternity leave and "comparable worth" between the pay scales in male-dominated and female-dominated jobs.

Reservations by countries reduced the treaty "to a kind of Swiss cheese with huge gaps and holes," said the University of Michigan's Ms. Bennoune, a treaty advocate.

The proposed private-conduct reservation "reduces the convention to being pretty meaningless, really," she said. "We urge the United States to ratify with no reservations or as few as possible."

15 posted on 08/13/2002 10:13:16 AM PDT by USA21
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To: galethus
Grants money is The Dems Power
16 posted on 08/13/2002 10:16:05 AM PDT by USA21
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To: angkor
She was being paid to read the newspapers At home. $68,000 a year. Hmmmm, "I'd like to get me one of them." :)
17 posted on 08/13/2002 10:31:11 AM PDT by Libertina
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18 posted on 08/13/2002 1:14:12 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: monkeyshine; J. L. Chamberlain
Bump !!!!!
19 posted on 08/13/2002 1:39:59 PM PDT by Donald Stone
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To: USA21
Grants money is The Dems Power - you are soooo right!

Just maybe this is a small start on a big effort to shut that funnel of money down. The Dems can't get it from ordinary Americans any more and they know it. They can only get it through lies and deceit - the same way they are running races all over the country - changing party regsitration to Republicans at the last minute and pretending - and running as Repubs. This has got to stop. All of it. GET IT ON, US ATTORNEYS! GOD SPEED!

20 posted on 08/13/2002 1:42:07 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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