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  • Official: ASU air traffic control students struggling to land jobs amidst shortage

    10/20/2015 10:51:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    KTAR ^ | October 20, 2015 | Mike Sackley
    As the nation deals with an air traffic controller shortage, some qualified candidates are not getting hired to fill those positions. Officials said Arizona State University’s air traffic management program has seen its enrollment numbers drop 50 percent. That is due to new hiring procedures put in place last year by the Federal Aviation Administration. Until recently, students who attended an FAA-approved college training initiative program like the one at ASU were shown preference in the controller hiring process. Now, those students are in the same applicant pool as anyone from the general public who applies for a controller job....
  • US Annual Threats Assessment Removes Iran from Terror Threats List

    03/16/2015 11:36:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/16/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    The U.S. intelligence community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment removed Iran and its proxy Hezbollah from the list of terror threats to the United States. The annual assessment of the intelligence community, which is released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by General James Clapper, backed away from years of precedent when the decision was made to remove Iran and Hezbollah from the terrorism threats list, The Times of Israel reports. Outside of the politically correct verbiage and categorization issues (such as replacing the term “jihadist” with “violent extremist”), the report reveals that the intelligence community believes Tehran...
  • Vanity, lets do a brainstorm: How do we END property taxes (permanently)?

    07/30/2013 12:00:05 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 58 replies
    JSDude1 | 7/30/2013 | Myself
    Ok people here's the problem: Property taxes I am sure you agree are un-American! Why should we ~rent~ our own property from the various government entities rather than owning it outright, for all of time for our personal use/posterity!? So here's the question: what do we need to do to END PROPERTY TAXES? (I know we are a smart bunch, much smarter than the left-so we CAN get this done, somehow..).
  • Belgian Police Demand Braying Donkey is Moved From Balcony

    05/31/2013 2:40:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 May 2013
    Belgian police have demanded that Lola, a theatre-starring donkey, be removed from the balcony of a cultural centre in Brussels after neighbours complained about her braying.Lola is staying on the first-floor balcony while she performs in a play at the Arab Cultural Centre, located in the same building in the Belgian capital. But police ordered Lola's keeper to move her indoors after receiving complaints about the donkey making too much noise. Despite the police demands, Lola was still outside on Friday, and the director of the cultural centre was berating her neighbours for interfering.
  • This man's thinking clearly about taxes, and he's clearly baffled

    01/04/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-3-2012 | joe soucheray
    Thank you - and your colleagues Edward Lotterman, Frederick Melo and Ruben Rosario - for shedding light on the city of St. Paul/Ramsey County real estate tax "system." That system puzzles me. Should I conclude that it is broken? Perhaps even a less than artful attempt, like mine below, might add to your helpful analysis. Compare the real estate tax system to the "progressive'' income tax. A published schedule indicates the basic tax burden that a particular amount of income will bear. Or, compare the real estate tax to the "regressive'' sales tax. A product purchase price leads to a...
  • Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment

    10/07/2011 11:00:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    American Digest ^ | 10/6/2011 | General Barry McCaffrey and Major-General Robert Scales
    From the Executive Summary: During the past two years the state of Texas has become increasingly threatened by the spread of Mexican cartel organized crime. The threat reflects a change in the strategic intent of the cartels to move their operations into the United States. In effect, the cartels seek to create a “sanitary zone” inside the Texas border -- one county deep -- that will provide sanctuary from Mexican law enforcement and, at the same time, enable the cartels to transform Texas’ border counties into narcotics transshipment points for continued transport and distribution into the continental United States. To...
  • Ready, Willing, And Unable To Serve

    12/19/2010 10:35:34 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Military Leaders for Kids ^ | 2009 | William Cristeson, Amy Dawson, Taggart, Soren Messner-Zidell
    The Pentagon reports that 75 percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 cannot join the United States military - 26 million young Americans. .. Even with a high school degree, many potential recruits still fail the Armed Forces Qualification Test (the AFQT) and cannot join.
  • Fight over commercial property tax increases

    11/12/2009 6:36:50 AM PST · by mshoffner · 6 replies · 480+ views
    Huntington Examiner ^ | 11/12/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    As mentioned here before, Huntington, Indiana had a shortfall of 1.7 million dollars in its tax revenues. This has led to layoffs of city personnel, proposed rate increases, a fight over Local Option Income Tax, and the possible trimming of city services. Herein lies the bulk of the problem. The city is short of funds and the economic climate is bad. Unemployment is high, the city has lost valuable companies, and home values are dropping because of foreclosures. On top of all of this, the federal government has seen fit to mandate a major infrastructure overhaul of the transfer systems...
  • Is It Amateur Hour in the White House?

    09/22/2009 7:24:19 PM PDT · by Saije · 30 replies · 1,688+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 9/22/2009 | John Barry
    The administration's handling of Afghanistan policy has been amateur hour. The leak of General Stanley McChrystal's assessment of the dire situation there faces President Obama with by far his most serious foreign-policy challenge. It's also a challenge to what appears to be his whole approach to foreign policy. ...who's responsible for allowing President Obama to get into this mess? What mess? That, of course, is the administration's immediate spin. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even maintained...that while Gen. McChrystal might be making one set of recommendations, the administration is talking with others who disagree. Really? Is Obama running an administration...
  • General's Review Creates Rupture

    09/22/2009 4:57:36 AM PDT · by Saije · 31 replies · 1,352+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/22/2009 | Karen DeYoung
    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's grim assessment of the Afghanistan war has opened a divide between the military, which is pushing for an early decision to send more troops, and civilian policymakers who are increasingly doubtful of an escalating nation-building effort. Senior military officials emphasized Monday that McChrystal's conclusion that the U.S. effort in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure" without an urgent infusion of troops has been endorsed by the uniformed leadership. That includes Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command and architect of the troop "surge" strategy widely...
  • Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams

    09/14/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 3 replies · 737+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 12, 2009 | S. MITRA KALITA
    Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams Numbers Seeking a Degree Swell -- But Gains May Be Limited A growing number of Americans are taking high school equivalency tests in their hunt for any leg up in a bleak labor market. Adult-education centers across the country report backlogs and waiting lists for prep courses cramming dozens of topics and years of lessons into weeks or months. But the potential for a better job and pay that drives many to seek a General Educational Development diploma comes with a caveat: The certificate generally is of limited value unless students use it...
  • Afghanistan Assessment Looks to Defeat al-Qaida

    09/03/2009 5:26:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 373+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2009 – Enemies of America remain in Afghanistan, and the United States must stay there to defeat the terrorists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. That is the focus of President Barack Obama’s regional strategy announced in March, Gates said. The secretary said he is studying the assessment Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, submitted earlier this week. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during a Pentagon news conference. Gates said he has passed McChrystal’s assessment on to the White...
  • Attacks Prompt Iraqi Security Assessment

    09/01/2009 4:42:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 393+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2009 – Iraqi security forces have undertaken a broad self-assessment in the wake of series of deadly attacks in the Iraqi capital last month, a U.S. commander there said today. A wave of truck bombings in Baghdad killed at least 100 people and injured more than 500 others in a deadly Aug. 19 assault that exposed a lapse in security, according to U.S. defense officials. “The Iraqi security forces, as a result of that, have done a great deal of introspective assessing, to make sure that they understand how they can mitigate that from ever happening again,”...
  • The Realities of ‘College Education’

    06/18/2009 4:55:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies · 1,870+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 15, 2009 | Abraham H. Miller
    The soaring costs of a college degree are prompting colleges to consider a three-year degree program. Britain has long granted a degree for three years of college. I would like to suggest a one-year degree program. And I don’t mean an associate’s degree. Here are some hard facts most colleges will never tell you and most parents could not tolerate hearing. The general requirements of the first two years at most colleges are what high school should have been. That is what junior should have learned had he not been busy getting high, getting drunk, and being socially promoted. Better...
  • Santa Clara County Open Space Authority to Return Assessment Funds (Illegal tax)

    05/31/2009 12:44:33 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 1,291+ views
    Open Space Authority to Return Assessment Funds San Jose, CA, May 29, 2009 – Property owners who have property within the jurisdiction of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority will soon be able to claim refunds of an assessment charged by the Authority on their real estate tax bills between 2002 and 2008. In 2001, the Authority approved a $20 annual assessment on single-family homes located within the Authority’s territory to help purchase and maintain open space and parkland. Higher amounts were charged for multi-family and commercial properties. The Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and...
  • DHS, 'Rightwing Extremism' and Information Warfare

    04/15/2009 3:17:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 39 replies · 1,407+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2009 | Lance Fairchok
    The Homeland Security Assessment targeting mainstream conservatism was amateurish, poorly written and its logic absurdly shallow. It's a shot across the bow in the unfolding information warfare. The DHS Intelligence Assessment Document marked "For Official Use Only" and entitled; Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, was released to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Its stated purpose was to "deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States." Read the entire document here. If this DHS Assessment is an example of the kind of analysis our decision makers receive from our intelligence...
  • Mercury News Editorial: Assessment ruling won't serve state well (Leftist gnashing of teeth alert)

    07/16/2008 8:59:33 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 255+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 16 July 2008 | Mercury News Editorial
    Editorial: Assessment ruling won't serve state well Monday's state Supreme Court decision striking down an assessment by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority was one more nail in the coffin of California's quality of life. Not that the court was unreasonable. The justices were interpreting Proposition 218, as convoluted and mean-spirited an anti-tax law as California voters ever passed. The 1996 initiative aimed to tighten the rules set by Proposition 13 to make it even harder for government to raise revenue, and it's succeeding all too well. Californians must come to grips with the kind of place they want...
  • Biden faults Petraeus on Iraq assessment

    09/09/2007 10:06:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 1,445+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/07 | Hope Yen - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's war strategy is failing and the top military commander in Iraq is "dead flat wrong" for warning against major changes, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday. Ahead of two days of crucial testimony by Bush's leading military and political advisers on Iraq, Sen. Joseph Biden indicated that he and other Democrats would persist in efforts to set target dates for bringing troops home. "The reality is that although there's been some mild security progress, there is in fact no security in Baghdad or Anbar province where I was dealing with the...
  • Petraeus Promises Frank Assessment in Iraq Benchmark Report

    08/09/2007 4:35:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 309+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – The commander of coalition forces in Iraq said he won’t “pull any punches” in the Iraqi benchmark report due to Congress by Sept. 15. The report will reflect both tactical progress being made in Iraq and areas that still need work, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, said yesterday on Fox News Radio’s “Alan Colmes Show.” “I have vowed that I will provide a forthright and comprehensive assessment,” he said during an interview from Baghdad. President Bush has said he’ll rely heavily on the report by Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to...
  • Petraeus Working to Keep Iraq Assessment Apolitical

    07/30/2007 4:44:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 255+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 30, 2007 – The top U.S. commander in Iraq today acknowledged high expectations for a September assessment of the situation in Iraq and said he would work to keep politics out of the process. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, spoke to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program from his headquarters in Baghdad. He said that every time he gets a question about the assessment, “I feel another rock going into the rucksack, which is reasonably heavy at this point.” Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker will offer a...
  • Gates: Political Climate Shouldn’t Affect Commander’s Iraq Assessment

    05/31/2007 5:31:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii, May 31, 2007 – Army Gen. David H. Petraeus needs to focus on the situation in Iraq, not the political climate in Washington, when he files his report on conditions there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters here today. Gates, speaking at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters, said he wants commanders in Iraq to focus on “the Baghdad clock and not the Washington clock” as they assess the situation in Iraq. “We want them to focus on what’s going on in Iraq and give us their recommendations, their evaluations, based on what’s going on in...
  • Odierno: More Time May Be Needed for Iraq Assessment

    05/31/2007 5:12:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 – While military leaders will present an assessment of the progress of the new strategy in Iraq by a September deadline, a U.S. military commander in Iraq said it may be too soon to get a good feel for progress in the country. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, said in a Pentagon news conference that the nature of counterinsurgency warfare is such that more time may be needed to adequately assess the situation on the ground. The 2007 Emergency Supplemental signed by President Bush May 25 calls for the assessment...
  • A new approach reveals which social programs work

    11/29/2006 3:35:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 403+ views
    Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ^ | November 28, 2006 | Frank Greve
    MINNEAPOLIS - A new scientific method of assessing social welfare programs is revealing something important that's never been known before: which ones work. Among the ones that do, it turns out, are: * Career Academies, a nationwide high school vocational program whose graduates earn more than comparable nonparticipants with at least a year of community college credits. * Center for Employment Opportunities, a work program for ex-cons that halves their recidivism rate by putting them to work - and paying them daily - as soon as they're released. * Louisiana Opening Doors, a $1,000-a-semester performance-based scholarship whose community college recipients...
  • State [Wisconsin] could lose U.S. education funds

    07/31/2006 6:20:29 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 4 replies · 323+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 30, 2006 | AMY HETZNER
    The U.S. Department of Education has warned Wisconsin officials that the state could lose about $233,000 if they don't fix shortcomings in the state's student testing system, including its alternate assessment for English language learners. Adopting a tough tone, the federal government has given the state until the end of the 2006-'07 school year to bring its tests into full compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. But a November testing period means Wisconsin has only until fall to address the concerns or it risks losing 15% of the $1.5 million it hopes to receive to...
  • EPA: Montana, Wyoming among states with cleanest air

    03/26/2006 12:04:05 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 705+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 22, 2006 | Associated Press
    New Yorkers and Californians breathe in the dirtiest air in the nation and face higher cancer risks than the rest of the nation, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Oregon, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey had the third, fourth and fifth worst air in the nation, respectively, the EPA said. Rural residents of Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana breathed the cleanest air. New York's cancer risk is estimated to be 68 residents per million. In California, the risk is 66 residents per million.
  • Iraq Force Level Assessment Is Likely, Di Rita Says

    12/12/2005 4:34:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 301+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2005 – The senior U.S. military commander in Iraq will likely conduct a force-level assessment sometime after the Dec. 15 elections, a senior defense department official said here today. However, chief DoD spokesman Lawrence Di Rita cautioned Pentagon reporters that Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, may not provide a recommendation for Iraq force-level changes along with his assessment. "I would expect fully that he'll come back and give an assessment of where he thinks he is," Di Rita said. "I don't know - I simply don't - whether that will include...
  • Afghanistan Four Years On: An Assessment

    11/16/2005 7:09:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 528+ views
    The US Army Professional Writing Collection ^ | Autumn 2005 | Dr. Sean M. Maloney
    "The transformation of a traditional society could only be achieved extremely slowly, and certainly not by wrecking its existing structure and relationships. Even in the Soviet Union there had been the 'great mistakes' of the 1920s and 1930s. As a Soviet official in Moscow was also reported as saying [in 1981], 'If there is one country in the world where we would not like to try scientific socialism at this point in time, it is Afghanistan.'" - Martin Ewans, Afghanistan (2001)
  • Town-state stare down on view tax

    11/15/2005 5:03:12 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 5 replies · 458+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | November 15, 2005 | KATHARINE WEBSTER
    Orford selectmen are defying a state order to use updated property-tax assessments that include valuable views on some land. The townwide revaluation by Avitar Associates of New England found that views added $100,000 or more to the value of some properties, leading to protests against what some called a "view tax." This month, the state Board of Tax and Land Appeals ordered the town to use the new revaluation instead of the previous one, performed in 1997, because state law requires towns to update their assessments every five years. The board also ordered Avitar to provide more justification for the...
  • Researchers applaud “grassroots” climate change study; [Fed scientists can't refer to it]

    10/18/2005 9:37:10 AM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Environmental Science and Technology Online News ^ | October 12, 2005 | Paul D. Thacker
    Researchers applaud “grassroots” climate change studyWhite House tries to bury the National Assessment, but experts say that the project was successful and innovative. Begun in 1998 and completed in 2001, the U.S. National Assessment is the only study to broadly examine how global warming might affect communities in the U.S. Because of the subject matter, however, the assessment has been mired in political controversy since its release, and officials in the Bush Administration have sought to remove any reference to the report from publications coming out of their Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). However, in a paper posted to ES&T’s...
  • Public Education's hidden scandal; NAEP results discussed

    09/27/2005 6:46:58 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 2 replies · 418+ views
    Hoover Institute via Charlotte Observer ^ | Sept 27,2005 | PAUL E. PETERSON
    Schools often conceal high dropout rates for minority students. Among the "talented tenth," those in the top 10 percent of test takers, reading scores have dropped four points since 1971 and math scores have not budged since first measured in 1978. So say the latest (2004) results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the nation's report card. At the other end of the scale, dropout rates have actually increased since 1990, rising to 30 percent of all 17-year-olds.
  • Dubious Value: Similar Valuation, Dissimilar Properties (NOLA Corruption Part 3)

    09/03/2005 7:41:24 PM PDT · by freespirited · 2 replies · 333+ views
    New Orleans Times Picayne ^ | 4/5/04 | Gordon Russell
    These two shotgun doubles are owned by Carrollton area landlord Christian Hooper, who.. has donated more than $7,000 to assessor Henry Heaton's campaign fund. The houses are valued by Heaton at a total of $12,000, or $6,000 apiece, about half the value he assigned to this blighted vacant lot on Hollygrove Street. A restored two-story home in the French Quarter was owned by late real-estate agent Phil Begue, a donor to Assessor Claude Mauberret's campaign fund. It is valued at $116,000, about the same amount Mauberret assigned to this Lakeview cottage. This large, modern home in Lakewood South is valued...
  • An Evolving Assessment - (changing CIA conclusions re: Iraq-Sudan chemical weapons connection)

    07/26/2005 10:12:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 661+ views
    WEEKLY STANDARD.COM ^ | JULY 27, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    AMONG THE MANY unresolved issues of the former Iraqi regime's support for terrorism, few are more potentially important than the activities throughout the mid to late 1990s of Iraqi military officials and chemical weapons specialists in Sudan. The Clinton Administration, along with a host of Sudanese opposition groups and nonproliferation experts, alleged that Iraqi chemical weapons experts were advising Sudanese military and intelligence officials on the development and production of chemical weapons. This is significant for two reasons, one obvious and one less obvious. First, any Iraqi activity on chemical weapons development inside or outside of Iraq would have constituted...
  • Young Students Post Solid Gains in Federal Tests

    07/15/2005 8:14:58 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 33 replies · 493+ views
    New York Times ^ | 15 July 2005 | Sam Dillon
    America's elementary school students made solid gains in both reading and mathematics in the first years of this decade, while middle school students made less progress and older teenagers hardly any, according to federal test results released on Thursday. . . . 9-year-old minority students made the most gains. In particular, young black students significantly narrowed the longtime gap between their math and reading scores and those of higher-achieving white students, who also made strong gains. Older minority teenagers, however, scored about as far behind whites as in previous decades, and scores for all groups pointed to a deepening crisis...
  • Proposal for the Free Republic High School Diploma.

    01/08/2005 2:35:26 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 39 replies · 2,203+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 1/8/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    We have been discussing inexpensive ways to fast track kids through high school to avoid the liberal agenda: The thread title was not well thought out, because some parents might instinctively skip over it due to attached stigma, whether real or imagined.
  • High School Equivalency Exam

    01/06/2005 7:58:45 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 238 replies · 13,724+ views
    World Wide Web Links | 1/6/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    I've been getting asked more and more about my position that high school is a waste of time and my recommendation for parents to give their children a choice to skip high school. This is in response to the liberal agendas now prevalent in high schools as well as the simple fact that such a strategy would give kids a 4 year head start on their peers. Below are some useful links for investigating this option. I will repost my own experience under that. UCB Parents Advice about School Taking the High School Equivalency Exam Advice and recommendations from...
  • Scientists Dispute Sensational Claims of Arctic Ice Melt - (Letter to Sen.John McCain)

    01/05/2005 11:22:41 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 37 replies · 1,509+ views
    Eleven distinguished scientists, most of whom specialize in climatology, on November 16 published an open letter to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who has repeatedly sponsored congressional legislation that mirrors the Kyoto Protocol, which was rejected by the U.S. Senate in 1997 by a vote of 95-0. The letter disputes assertions by McCain and other alarmists that the Arctic climate is undergoing remarkable and catastrophic climate change. Below are excerpts from the text of the letter. Dear Senator McCain: The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report by the Arctic Council documents significant ecosystem response to surface temperature warming trends that occurred in...
  • CA: An Initial Assessment of the California Performance Review (CPR LAO analysis)

    08/27/2004 10:34:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 639+ views ^ | 8/27/04 | Legislative Analyst's Office
    August 27, 2004 An Initial Assessment of the California Performance Review On August 3, 2004, the California Performance Review (CPR) released its report on reforming California's state government, with the aim of making it more efficient and more responsive to its citizens. This report provides our initial comments on the CPR report. Specifically, we: (1) provide an overview of its reorganization framework and other individual recommendations, (2) discuss the savings it assumes from its major proposals, and (3) raise key issues and considerations relating to CPR's various proposals.Introduction On August 3, 2004, the California Performance Review (CPR) released its report...
  • Fought property assessment -- and won?

    05/04/2004 10:50:54 AM PDT · by laurav · 22 replies · 216+ views
    I was wondering if anyone here had fought a property tax assessment -- and won, thereby reducing your taxes? Is such a process difficult? I had read that most homes are overassessed.
  • St. Lukes', Seattle Says, "Repent or no more money."

    01/20/2004 12:51:20 AM PST · by torqemada · 1 replies · 216+ views
    Web Page: ^ | 1/16/2004 | Rev. John Roddam +
    Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 16:29:47 -0800 Subject: Fw: Vestry Resolution - St. Luke's, Seattle - 01/12/2004 Dear St. Lukans and Friends of St. Luke's, Please find below correspondence to our bishop and diocesan council informing them of the recent vestry decision to cease paying the diocesan assessment. Please keep St. Luke's in your prayers - also our Bishop Vincent Warner, the Diocese of Olympia, the Episcopal Church (USA), and the worldwide Anglican Communion. God Bless! -John+ Iesus, tanto nomini nullum par elogium! Jesus, for so great a name, no praise is adequate! The Rev'd. Dr. John Roddam, St. Luke's...
  • Bush Gets a 'Can Do Better' From Terror Panel

    12/13/2003 11:08:15 PM PST · by Pikamax · 13 replies · 184+ views
    Bush Gets a 'Can Do Better' From Terror Panel Federal advisory body complains of lack of strategy guiding domestic security efforts By TIMOTHY J. BURGER/WASHINGTON Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 President Bush's anti-terrorism policies are about to come under fire from a somewhat unlikely source: A federal advisory panel headed by a former Republican Party chairman is set to rap the President's knuckles this week when it issues a report criticizing the administration for failing to develop a comprehensive, pro-active anti-terror strategy more than two years after the 9/11 attacks. Headed by former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, the Advisory Panel to...
  • Looking for Help from Small Business Owners (Vanity)

    10/15/2003 8:30:39 PM PDT · by Alberta's Child · 16 replies · 205+ views
    Alberta's Child | 10/15/03 | self
    Sory for the vanity post, but I've found in the past that folks here can provide a wealth of valuable information . . . I'm looking for some help from a Freeper who is the sole owner or a partner in a professional consulting business of any kind (accounting, law, engineering, etc.). I have been given the opportunity to secure a partnership in a firm, but I am having a difficult time assessing the value of the company to determine if this is a worthwhile endeavor. I have been given access to five years worth of financial statements, and I...
  • Proximity, Duration, Frequency, and Transaction: Judging Al Qaeda Connections to Iraq

    02/04/2003 8:26:00 PM PST · by xzins · 227+ views
    The Northbrook Newsletter | 3 Feb 03 | Addiston D. Talley
    This is just a reminder before Colin Powell speaks tomorrow. How do we evaluate risks associated with undesirable human activity? Is there a means of turning it into a matter of probability and correlation.....into a mathematical assessment? Yes. First, one uses the classic questions of proximity, duration, frequency, and transaction. 1. Proximity. How close were the participants in terms of physical distance? Were they one hundred yards apart or were they two feet apart. Both could be coincidence, but one is less likely to be so. 2. Duration. How long were they together at a given proximity? Was it a...
  • Troops who fought in Afghanistan list benefits, troubles of weapons

    08/04/2002 11:27:23 AM PDT · by demlosers · 59 replies · 1,056+ views
    Pacific edition, Stars and Stripes ^ | Sunday, August 4, 2002 | Lisa Burgess
    Part one of two ARLINGTON, Va. — Army infantry troops deployed to Afghanistan are struggling to keep weapons clean and in good working order, with soldiers particularly concerned about the maintainability and reliability of the M-4 carbine and the squad automatic weapon, according to an Army report on lessons learned in Afghanistan. But soldiers also are more than pleased with the performance of other weapons, such as the M-240B machine gun, which won a 100 percent vote of confidence overall. And troops often described a love-hate relationship with the same weapon, such as the soldier who called his squad automatic...