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  • Once Again, Obamacare Hurts Obama Supporters

    12/31/2013 2:12:04 PM PST · by Edmunds mom · 19 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 12/31/2013 | Scott Walter
    As 2014 dawns, we have the spectacle of federal AmeriCorps “members” becoming liable to the Obamacare law’s penalties for individuals who fail to have up-to-snuff health insurance. Why are AmeriCorps' semi-volunteers in trouble? Because the health plans provided by their federal employer don’t meet the feds’ own law. Needless to say, the young people involved didn’t realize joining a federal program would bring federal punishments, and they feel betrayed. Sarah Sklaw, a 22-year-old Vista member from New York City, says AmeriCorps’ parent agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, repeated the Lie of the Year, “If you like your...
  • VISTA workers told their U.S. health plan fails test (unanticipated consequence of ObamCare)

    12/27/2013 12:56:13 AM PST · by tellw · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 December 2013 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told Vista volunteers and other AmeriCorps workers that their government-provided health coverage does not measure up to the standards of the new health care law, and that they may be subject to financial penalties unless they obtain insurance elsewhere. The notice has surprised and worried workers in AmeriCorps, the federal community service program that is often described as a domestic version of the Peace Corps. Mary Strasser, the director of AmeriCorps’ Vista program, described the changes in a bulletin to members on Dec. 16. The coverage provided by the agency — the AmeriCorps Health...
  • After nearly 20 years and billions of taxpayer dollars, AmeriCorps has little to show

    06/13/2013 4:52:58 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-12-13 | james bovard
    Consider the following recent activities: • In April, AmeriCorps recruits in Tuscumbia, Mo., released 70 blue balloons outside the county courthouse to draw attention to the plight of abused children. • In March, Providence, R.I., AmeriCorps members at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence hosted a hip hop/poetry competition. • Members of a Nevada AmeriCorps program busy themselves these days by encouraging local residents to drink tap water and watch out for bears ("bear awareness"). • AmeriCorps members in Austin, Texas, hosted a trivia night in April at a local bar called Cheer Up Charlie's to whip...
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer Shot Down on New Orleans Street

    04/03/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT · by ClearBlueSky · 43 replies
    nola.com ^ | 4/3/2013 | Mesarthim
    A recent high school graduate from the Midwest who moved to New Orleans in hopes of making a difference in the lives of others, was gunned down on a New Orleans street corner Monday night. Joseph Massenburg, 18, had been eager to embark on his first project in New Orleans as an AmeriCorps member, friends and family said.
  • Special Forces commander: 'Constabulary force' coming

    03/25/2013 9:49:40 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    WND ^ | March 25, 2013 | Unattributed
    Says Obamacare leading U.S. down pathway to socialism The surge of bullet-buying confirmed by the federal government – purchase estimates run into the billions of bullets – even as the U.S. military scrimps to find training ammo is raising lots of questions about the government’s so-far unexplained actions. But a video that has been around since last year is being forwarded across the Internet as an explanation. The six minutes recorded by Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, retired, warns that America is well along the pathway that other societies have used to bludgeon and beat their populations into submission...
  • White Wristbands - Wisconsin declares war on Caucasian privilege.

    03/20/2013 10:43:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies
    City Journal ^ | 18 March 2013 | STEFAN KANFER
    Graham Greene’s observation has lost none of its salience in 50 years: innocence remains “like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.” The latest illustration comes from Wisconsin, where the state’s Department of Public Instruction website devotes a page to “Power and Privilege.” Caucasians who volunteer in the state’s AmeriCorps VISTA antipoverty programs are instructed to “set aside sections of the day to critically examine how privilege works”; “put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege”; and, in order to underline white guilt, “find a...
  • Why does Obama need 1.6 billion bullets? (challenges Old Media to cover multiple federal ammo dumps)

    03/14/2013 9:54:41 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | March 14, 2013 | Diana West
    Dear Mainstream Media, Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama went off his teleprompter and added a couple of sentences to the text of a speech about expanding the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Over rolling applause, the soon-to-be president of the United States said: “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” At the time, Joseph Farah of WND.com wrote a column calling on you to help shine a light...
  • AmeriCorps IG sues government over "unlawful" firing

    07/19/2009 7:53:20 AM PDT · by ak267 · 3 replies · 375+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 7-19-2009 | ak267
    By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent 07/18/09 9:45 AM EDT Gerald Walpin, the AmeriCorps inspector general who was summarily fired in June amid controversy over his investigation of a politically-connected supporter of President Obama, has filed suit alleging that the firing was "unlawful," "politically driven," "procedurally defective" and "a transparent and clumsily-conducted effort to circumvent the protections" given to inspectors general under the Inspectors General Reform Act of 2008.
  • McCain, Bayh Seek Americorps Growth

    11/11/2001 3:32:36 PM PST · by malia · 9 replies · 207+ views
    Excite.com ^ | Nov. 07, 2001 | ROBERT GEHRKE : AP Writer
    McCain, Bayh Seek Americorps Growth Updated: Wed, Nov 07 5:03 PM EST By ROBERT GEHRKE, Associated Press Writer By ROBERT GEHRKE, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - AmeriCorps, set up eight years ago to encourage young people to do public service, should be expanded to include work on homeland defense, Sens. John McCain and Evan Bayh said Wednesday. The senators are seeking a fivefold increase in the program, bringing the number of volunteers to 250,000 by 2010, with 100,000 of the new volunteers devoted to security needs, such as public health programs and disaster relief. "No one argues there is ...
  • White House/AmeriCorps STONEWALLING Congressional Investigation Of Walpin Firing

    07/09/2009 4:33:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 527+ views
    This nasty administration spent much time going after Gerald Walpin, who until a few weeks ago was the inspector general for AmeriCorps. Walpin's claim was that he was fired because he made the mistake of Investigation a friend of Obama (FOB), Kevin Johnson former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California, for the misuse of AmeriCorps funds. Because he was investigating the president's friends, Walpin, whose position as an inspector general is supposed to be protected from political appointees and the White House, was fired. Pressed for a reasoning for the dismissal the Administration said the IG seemed...
  • Breaking: First Democrat questions Obama over AmeriCorps IG firing

    06/17/2009 3:20:11 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 70 replies · 6,082+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06-17-2009 | Byron York
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has become the first Democrat to question the White House over the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin. McCaskill, who, like Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, is a champion of inspectors general, co-wrote the 2008 legislation requiring the president to give 30 days' notice, and cause, before firing an inspector general.
  • Blue-State Bonanza for Americorps Funding (250,000 - Obama's KGB Civilian National Security Force)

    06/09/2010 3:13:24 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 6 replies · 315+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 9, 2010 | Peter Wilson
    This week the White House announced $234 million in grants to Americorps and other "service"-oriented nonprofits through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The press release reports: Together with other positions in AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC, AmeriCorps is on track to support more than 85,000 members this year, the first step towards the Serve America Act goal of 250,000 annual AmeriCorps members by the year 2017. These numbers don't approach the perhaps hyperbolic remark by candidate Obama in July 2008 that "[w]e've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as...
  • Obama Accuses Fired Inspector General of AmeriCorps of Being 'Confused, Disoriented'

    06/17/2009 6:30:55 AM PDT · by ak267 · 66 replies · 1,980+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2009 | ak267
    WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism from a Senate Democratic ally, President Obama explained why he fired the Inspector General of the AmeriCorps without the 30-day notification required by law, calling Gerald Walpin so "confused" and "disoriented" that there was reason to question "his capacity to serve."
  • Battle lines drawn in AmeriCorps IG scandal

    07/03/2009 6:24:56 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 49 replies · 2,178+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 3, 2009 | Byron York- Chief Political Correspondent
    Photo illustration by Matthew Sheffield Key Republicans in both the House and the Senate are accusing the White House of giving “incomplete and misleading” information to investigators probing the president’s abrupt firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin. In return, the White House is hinting that documents concerning its actions in the Walpin affair may be protected by executive privilege. Both developments are part of an escalating conflict between GOP lawmakers and the Obama administration. Republicans are deeply skeptical of the White House explanation for the June 10 firing of Walpin, a tough investigator who had been probing misuse of...
  • AmeriCorps' Favorite Scandal-Plagued Mayor

    06/29/2011 5:56:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    A prominent Democratic politician who was banned from receiving federal aid three years ago over fraud charges is once again raking in government funds from the very same program he abused. It pays to be a FOTO -- Friend of the Obamas. Our publicly subsidized con artist is Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. He donated the maximum individual amount to Obama for America, campaigned across the country for Obama in 2008, and bragged to California media during his mayoral run about his friendship and access to both Barack and Michelle Obama. The Obama administration's Corporation for National...
  • Sequestration’s Impact: The AmeriCorps Case Study (BARF!!)

    03/12/2013 5:43:23 PM PDT · by DBeers · 17 replies
    Nonprofit Quarterly ^ | March 4, 2013 | Rick Cohen
    ~SNIP~ For example, among the formula of budget sequestration’s across-the-board cuts, split 50-50 between military and non-military spending, AmeriCorps will likely lose out. This core program, supported and used by many nonprofits, will likely lose member slots—in the thousands—and in all likelihood there will be a reduction in the level of federal commitment to each AmeriCorps member. Young Invincibles and the National Priorities Project reported that the likely cut in the AmeriCorps program itself would be $38 million. Remember that AmeriCorps is actually a suite of programs, including AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community...
  • Wis. education officials want students to wear ‘white privilege’ wristbands

    03/12/2013 4:25:56 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 87 replies
    EAGnews ^ | 3/10/2013
    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction runs several programs that heavily emphasize racial issues in public schools. Some feel that one of those programs – an Americorps operation called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) – may go a bit overboard by encouraging white students to wear a white wristband “as a reminder about your (white) privilege.” Geared towards high school students, the program “seeks to build capacity in schools and districts serving low-income families to develop an effective, sustainable, research-based program of family-school-community partnerships,” according to its Facebook page. That sounds reasonable enough. But the program’s approach becomes a...
  • What is the Obama Youth Corps?

    03/07/2013 7:39:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 22 replies
    sodahead ^ | 10/12
    WHAT IS CAMP FEMA? Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country. http://campfema.com/ http://www.training.fema.gov/ http://educationviews.org/homeland-security-graduates-first-c... http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/dhs-graduates-first-class-in-fema-camp-corps-is-this-the-2012-hitler-youth-corps/question-3278039/?page=5&link=ibaf&q=what+is+the+fema+youth+corps%3F
  • Romney says Clinton can 'do a man a lot of good' (BARF)

    09/25/2012 8:23:55 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/'25/2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN and KASIE HUNT
    NEW YORK (AP) — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is unlikely to win Bill Clinton's vote, but that doesn't mean he can't soak up a bit of the popular former president's luster. The two men stood side by side Tuesday as Clinton introduced Romney before the GOP candidate's speech to Clinton's annual global conference in New York. Clinton recalled working with Romney to save AmeriCorps, and praised the former Massachusetts governor's efforts to persuade fellow Republicans to support the national service program. Romney, taking the podium, returned the compliment. "If there's one thing we've learned in this election season,...
  • An Announcement From FEMA and AmeriCorps

    03/13/2012 10:09:00 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    White House ^ | March 13, 2012 | White House-Matt Compton
    Later today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, and Robert Velasco, the acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will announce a new partnership between FEMA and CNCS designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to and recover from disasters. They'll be joined by Cecilia Muńoz, the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Walter Maddox, the mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. You can watch live right here at 11:00 am ET.
  • Former Obama lawyer admits deceiving Congress

    12/10/2011 7:09:07 AM PST · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    Remember the Gerald Walpin affair? Republican Sen. Charles Grassley does. Walpin was the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the organization that runs the AmeriCorps service program. In June 2009, Walpin received a call from Norman Eisen, who was then the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. Eisen told Walpin he had an hour to either resign or be fired. Eisen's call appeared to violate the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which is designed to protect inspectors general from political interference. The Act requires the president to give Congress 30 days'...
  • Unionizing the TSA: Has Obama kept his campaign pledge for a Civilian National Security Force?

    07/04/2011 4:10:08 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    Several
    Obama in his own words: Obama Civilian Security (Youtube video) Obama's Civilian National Security Force (American Thinker initial examination) TSA Chooses AFL-CIO Branch as Its Union I don't know about the rest of you, but knowing how Obama likes to do things when he thinks people aren't looking(the media is never looking, never scrutinizing), he likes to do things behind closed doors and in a round-about way, it would on the surface seem as though this is a promise kept. Being as there's no real way we can know for sure if he's done yet, we'll have to rate this...
  • Union files complaint over use of AmeriCorps volunteers in Twin Rivers schools

    05/23/2011 10:44:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/23/11 | Melody Gutierrez
    Twin Rivers Unified School District's use of AmeriCorps volunteers has pleased parents and angered the California School Employees Association, which has filed an unfair practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Board. It is the second charge the CSEA and its Twin Rivers chapter have filed with PERB since April. Both charges are in the initial review stage, a PERB official said. Parents are countering the first charge with a petition to keep the youthful AmeriCorps volunteers, who tutor kids, hold after-school activities and assist in school cleanup events. Officials at the CSEA and its Twin Rivers chapter say the...
  • Goodbye, AmeriCorps. Hello, FoodStampCorps

    04/15/2011 4:21:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 4/15/11 | Michelle Malkin
    America, the Dependent by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 So much for the new era of fiscal responsibility. The federal government’s dependency drones have been spared the chopping block. After vowing to eliminate funding for President Obama’s bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army, House Republicans retreated — and will shrink the AmeriCorps budget by a minuscule 6.7 percent. Politicians originally sold AmeriCorps as an alternative to big government — a program to “renew the ethic of civic responsibility and the spirit of community throughout the United States.” With bipartisan support, the program has morphed into an all-purpose progressive...
  • Inspector general wants hearing with fair judge (Good piece on entire Walpin illegal firing)

    09/06/2010 9:50:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    WND ^ | September 5, 2010 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    WASHINGTON – Fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin is asking that his lawsuit challenging his abrupt and apparently illegal dismissal by the Obama administration be reinstated – and he wants a new judge assigned to the case. A Washington Times editorial published Sept. 1 suggests that District Judge Richard W. Roberts has not presided over Walpin's case with professional impartiality. The editorial details extensive personal and professional ties between Roberts and Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, the boss of the Department of Justice lawyers defending the administration against Walpin's suit. ~snip~ Roberts dismissed Walpin's suit on June 17 of this year,...
  • Fired inspector general appeals to win job back

    07/02/2010 12:11:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 2, 2010 | Sam Stanton
    Gerald Walpin, whose lawsuit to win back his job as inspector general overseeing the Americorps program was dismissed two weeks ago, has filed an appeal in the case. Walpin, who was fired by President Barack Obama during his dogged efforts to investigate Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.,...
  • Former watchdog Walpin loses suit over firing

    06/18/2010 12:35:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies · 1,174+ views
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal agency inspector general fired last year by President Barack Obama amid claims of bizarre and incompetent behavior, Gerald Walpin, has lost the first round in his legal bid to win back his job.On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts threw out a lawsuit Walpin brought in an attempt to be restored to his position at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs Americorps and other programs. Walpin has claimed that his firing was political retaliation for his opposition to wasteful spending by the agency and for his aggressive investigation of a friend of Obama, Sacramento Mayor and former...
  • EDITORIAL: Walpin-gate swings wide open--Two big new twists on anniversary of IG firing

    06/16/2010 6:13:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1,346+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2010 | Editorial
    One year to the day after illegally firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, the Obama administration is scrambling to ward off further embarrassments related to the case. On Friday, Mr. Walpin's lawsuit for reinstatement moved forward another step. For this tempest to be raging a full year later shows how badly the administration botched the situation from the start. On June 11, 2009, President Obama fired Mr. Walpin without explanation to Congress despite having co-sponsored a law as senator that required such an explanation before an inspector general could be dismissed. The most public dispute between the administration and Mr....
  • What Good Can a Handgun Do Against an Army.....?

    08/10/2009 3:48:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 603 replies · 30,553+ views
    End The War on Freedom ^ | June 18, 2003 | Bill St. Clair
    A friend of mine recently forwarded me a question a friend of his had posed: "If/when our Federal Government comes to pilfer, pillage, plunder our property and destroy our lives, what good can a handgun do against an army with advanced weaponry, tanks, missiles, planes, or whatever else they might have at their disposal to achieve their nefarious goals? (I'm not being facetious: I accept the possibility that what happened in Germany, or similar, could happen here; I'm just not sure that the potential good from an armed citizenry in such a situation outweighs the day-to-day problems caused by masses...
  • The Neomarxist who is helping to influence Obama’s media policy

    06/11/2010 8:32:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 541+ views
    the daily caller ^ | 6/11/10 | Mike Riggs
    “Only government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism.” Does that statement give you chills? How about this one: “The news is not a commercial product. It is a public good, necessary for a self-governing society. Once we accept this, we can talk about the kind of media policies and subsidies we want.” Or this one? “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”
  • EDITORIAL: Obama team honors Walpin-gate transgressor

    06/11/2010 1:22:07 PM PDT · by opentalk · 4 replies · 316+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | June 9, 2010 | THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    Only in the Obama administration would a public official sanctioned for a form of malfeasance be honored as a speaker by the same organization that sanctioned him. It helps, of course, when he is a self-proclaimed Friend of the First Couple. It also doesn't hurt that the administration already found it politically convenient to fire the inspector general, Gerald Walpin, who blew the whistle on his misdeeds.Still, the public should consider it a brazen affront for this administration to feature Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson as a key speaker at a major conference sponsored later this month by the Corporation for...
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Journalism 'Reinvention' Smacks of Government Control, Critics Say

    06/04/2010 7:19:57 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 35 replies · 684+ views
    FOX News ^ | Published June 02, 2010 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    A list of potential policy recommendations to reinvent the field of journalism that has been compiled by the Federal Trade Commission is a "dangerous" overreach of power and a waste of taxpayer funds, critics of the project told FoxNews.com. FTC officials began a project in May 2009 to consider the challenges the journalism industry faces in the digital age. The federal agency recently released a discussion draft titled "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism," a 47-page document that outlines a major government push to rescue the country's flailing media platforms -- specifically newspapers, which have seen advertising...
  • Pro-Obama Group Demands Socialist Media - (use AmeriCorps)

    05/20/2010 10:06:54 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies · 747+ views
    AIM ^ | May 15, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>Administration is calling for new federal programs and the spending of tens of billions of dollars to keep journalists employed at liberal media outlets and to put them to work in new “public media.”</p> <p>The group, which calls itself Free Press, is urging “an alternative media infrastructure, one that is insulated from the commercial pressures that brought us to our current crisis.”</p>
  • Soros-funded group urges media run by government (Free Press)

    05/20/2010 8:12:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 22 replies · 620+ views
    Romanticpoet's Weblog ^ | May 19, 2010 | Romanticpoet's Weblog
    Marxist-led study has close ties to Obama White House officials NEW YORK – A George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S. A newly released book, meanwhile, documents Free Press has close ties to top Obama administration officials. “The need has never been greater for a world-class public media system in America,” begins a 48-page document, “New Public Media: A Plan for Action,” by the far-left Free Press organization. “Commercial media’s economic tailspin has pushed public media to the center of the debate...
  • AFOP's SAFE AmeriCorps Collecting Clothes for Our Country's [Illegal] Farmworkers

    05/12/2010 11:31:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 169+ views
    PR Web ^ | May 12, 2010 | Ayrianne Parks
    This week the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs' (AFOP) SAFE AmeriCorps Program is celebrating the fourth annual AmeriCorps Week. Members are leading activities across the country to encourage others to make a commitment to serve and raise awareness concerning community needs. Ben Brokaw, a SAFE AmeriCorps member located in Salisbury, Maryland, is holding a "Long-Sleeved Shirt Drive" beginning this Friday May 14th through Monday, May 24th. "Every year thousands of seasonal and migrant agricultural workers go into pesticide treated fields without long-sleeved shirts and long pants,” said SAFE AmeriCorps member Ben Brokaw. "This clothing is their first line of defense...
  • CNN: Got Student Debt? Give Yourself to AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps

    04/07/2010 6:43:10 AM PDT · by 198ml · 29 replies · 724+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/07/10 | Anthony Kang
    Burdened under a mountain of student debt? CNN has the answer - dedicate ten or so of your prime years to social work. Better yet, join the AmeriCorps. Doing her best to channel Obama's inspiring Notre Dame address about shunning immoral endeavors in the private sector for virtuous and selfless community endeavors, Stephanie Elam sounded more like a Public Works Czar than a CNN correspondent on April 6. "This is really about helping those people out, getting them ready as far as the choice for best course of study for the financial future," Elam said on CNN "Newsroom." "So you...
  • New Evidence In Walpin Firing Scandal Supports Firing Was Politically Motivated

    03/02/2010 8:50:47 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 521+ views
    Just before Thanksgiving of this year, a report was issued by Congressman Issa and Senator Grassley contending that the Obama White House was politically motivated when it fired AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin after his 2008 investigation of Kevin Johnson, friend of the Obamas, and now Sacramento's mayor. The report criticizes the White House ethics counsel for not examining what Walpin had been investigating at the time of his dismissal, including the allegations of sexual misconduct by Johnson and hush-money used to cover up the misconduct. The report asserted that Michelle Rhee, now Johnson's fiancee, made the payoffs. The firing...
  • The Wave - what is it about?

    09/02/2009 10:34:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 82 replies · 2,385+ views
    THE WAVE.tk ^ | Last updated April, 2009 | n/a
    Note: Videos and photos included. SNIPPET: "In 1967, at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, World History teacher Ron Jones was asked about the Holocaust by a student. "Could it happen here?". According to the press release accompanying the latest retelling of the events that followed, "Jones came up with an unusual answer. He decided to have a two week experiment in dictatorship. His idea was to explain fascism to his class through a game, nothing more. He never intended what resulted, where his class would be turned into a Fascist environment. Where students gave up their freedom...
  • FOX NEWS reviews "The Coming Insurrection"

    02/16/2010 7:13:48 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 19 replies · 1,976+ views
    You tube video 6 minutes 55 seconds ^ | July 1st, 2009 | Glenn Beck
    Here is a quote from the book "The coming insurrection" Take Up Arms. Do Everything Possible to make their use unnecessary. There is no such thing as a peaceful insurrection. Weapons are necessary.
  • Are Socialist Worker Militias Coming to a City Near You?

    02/14/2010 5:53:14 AM PST · by DanMiller · 42 replies · 1,441+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 14, 2010 | Dan Miller
    It seems that neither the civilian assistance corps nor the stability police force has much to do with President Obama’s campaign promise of a civilian national security force comparable to the military. Perhaps the threat promise was just another campaign flourish, like transparency and bipartisanship. It may simply wither on the vine and die. Nevertheless, there is an interesting and possibly relevant situation in Venezuela, from where President Obama and his colleagues seem to get some of their unhealthiest ideas
  • Rotten To The Americorps

    02/10/2010 6:02:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies · 641+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2010 | Editorial
    Among the most wasteful of the spending in- creases hidden in President Obama's 2011 budget proposal is his plan to create an army of government-funded community organizers at the shocking price of $1.4 billion. While the economy reels and many taxpayers are looking for ways to trim their personal spending, the president is demanding a whopping 59 percent boost for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its best-known program, AmeriCorps. It's time to pull the plug on both. The spirit of volunteerism has never been in short supply in America, and there is no need for a federal...
  • EDITORIAL: Rotten to the AmeriCorps (Obama-Corpse)

    02/10/2010 12:06:19 PM PST · by pissant · 18 replies · 1,089+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 2/10/10 | Ed. Board
    Among the most wasteful of the spending in- creases hidden in President Obama's 2011 budget proposal is his plan to create an army of government-funded community organizers at the shocking price of $1.4 billion. While the economy reels and many taxpayers are looking for ways to trim their personal spending, the president is demanding a whopping 59 percent boost for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its best-known program, AmeriCorps. It's time to pull the plug on both. The spirit of volunteerism has never been in short supply in America, and there is no need for a federal...
  • Obama Blocks Probe Of Fired IG

    12/23/2009 4:08:48 PM PST · by opentalk · 26 replies · 1,355+ views
    Judicial watch ^ | December 23, 2009 | judicial watch
    Violating its own guarantee of unprecedented transparency, the White House is blocking an investigation into the controversial firing of an inspector general who exposed one of President Obama’s political supporters—a California mayor—for misusing federal funds. First Lady Michelle Obama was reportedly behind the contentious June dismissal of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin and congressional investigators want to interview the aide (Jackie Norris) who may have given the order. At the time Norris was the First Lady’s chief of staff but the White House counsel’s office has blocked investigators from interviewing her, according to a national news report. Norris is currently...
  • STONEWALLING: Obama Blocks Investigation of Firing of AmeriCorps IG Walpin

    12/23/2009 4:09:39 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 360+ views
    Various/The Lid ^ | 12/23/09 | The Lid
    ...Since Obama made that speech on January 21, it has been clear that President must have had his fingers crossed underneath the podium, because openness has been missing from this administration. The latest example of Presidential cover-up has do do with the firing of Gerald Walpin. Until a few months Walpin was the Inspector General for AmeriCorps. He claims he was fired because he made the mistake of Investigation a friend of Michelle Obama (FOO) Kevin Johnson, former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California, for the misuse of AmeriCorps funds. Pressed for a reasoning for the dismissal...
  • White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case

    12/22/2009 1:44:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 2,315+ views
    White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday. The White House counsel's office has blocked Republican investigators from interviewing Jackie Norris, former chief...
  • Walpin-Gate AmeriCorps Firing Scandal: Walpin Asks Judge For a Summary Judgment

    12/17/2009 1:17:35 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 597+ views
    Washington Times/ The Lid ^ | 12/17/09 | The Lid
    Until a few months Walpin was the Inspector General for AmeriCorps. He claims he was fired because he made the mistake of Investigation a friend of Michelle Obama (FOO) Kevin Johnson, former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California, for the misuse of funds. Pressed for a reasoning for the dismissal the Administration trashed Walpin hinting that he was in the early stages of dementia. They said the IG seemed "disoriented" at one meeting. Walpin's version of the story was confirmed by a AmeriCorps board member who confirmed that he was fired to protect the Democrats from a...
  • Walpin-Gate Suit Has New Motion

    12/17/2009 10:43:31 AM PST · by MadisonReagan · 80 replies · 3,549+ views
    Complete with a raft of documents and exhibits, fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin on Wednesday filed a motion for summary judgment in his lawsuit demanding reinstatement to his job -- his own motion not even waiting for the judge to rule on the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the case without hearing or trial. A close perusal of his motion, affidavits, and exhibits suggests to me, for the first time, that this case has potential to reach the Supreme Court regardless of how the lower court rules.... Thus we get a glimpse of the tangled web of interests and...
  • Did AmeriCorps official lie about possible First Lady link to IG firing?

    12/14/2009 6:55:39 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies · 1,178+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 14, 2009 | Byron York
    Congressional investigators looking into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin have discovered that the head of AmeriCorps met with a top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama the day before Walpin was removed. According to Republican investigators, Alan Solomont, then the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, had denied meeting with Jackie Norris, at the time the First Lady's chief of staff. But recently-released White House visitor logs show that Solomont met with Norris on June 9 of this year (as well as on two earlier occasions). President Obama fired Walpin...
  • Did First Lady's Chief of Staff Perjure Herself Regarding Fired AmeriCorps IG Walpin ?

    12/14/2009 6:41:39 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 823+ views
    Washington Examiner/The Lid ^ | 12/14/09 | The Lid
    Despite the efforts of Obama administration to go after Gerald Walpin personally, it looks as if the scandal that the former IG was trying to investigate, as well as the cover-up, may be collapsing under its own weight. Until a few months Walpin was the Inspector General for AmeriCorps. He claims he was fired because he made the mistake of Investigation a friend of Michelle Obama (FOO) Kevin Johnson, former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California, for the misuse of AmeriCorps funds. Pressed for a reasoning for the dismissal the Administration trashed Walpin hinting that he was...