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  • Defending His Daffodils, an Eighth Avenue Gardener Keeps a Busy City at Bay

    04/27/2016 2:11:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-26-16 | JAMES BARRON
    Donald Wolfe said he would walk there from his apartment on West 50th Street in Manhattan — 38 steps to the elevator, 54 steps through the lobby, 75 steps down the block to the corner and 37 steps across Eighth Avenue. First he put the jug with the water on his wheelchair. His oxygen tank was already in place, on the back. Off he went, pushing the wheelchair, a transport device for the garden supplies if not, at the moment, the gardener. He was not shuffling. Not shambling. But not speedwalking, either. “We’re so dry right now,” said Mr. Wolfe,...
  • Judge Decides: ‘Arrogant’ Dinesh D’Souza has to do way more community service than he thought

    07/14/2015 8:07:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/14/2015 | Josh Saul
    Conservative scribe Dinesh D’Souza has to perform a lot more community service for breaking campaign-finance laws than he thought, with a federal judge saying Monday that D’Souza has to do eight hours each week for the entire five years he’s on probation and not just the eight months he was confined to a halfway house. The judge also read aloud a report from a court-appointed psychologist who called D’Souza “arrogant” and “intolerant of others’ feelings.” Powerhouse defense attorney Ben Brafman was surprised when Manhattan federal court Judge Richard Berman clarified the sentence he handed down after D’Souza pleaded guilty last...
  • Clinical study: Church community service promotes greater wellbeing

    12/07/2014 7:27:24 PM PST · by Teleios Research
    Community Mental Health Journal ^ | 12/03/2013 | MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC
    To assess the impact of community service on personal wellbeing in a mid-west church-based population a prospective survey was distributed evaluating self-reported community service, the perceived benefit of the service and its association to personal wellbeing. There were 309 participants. Those who served in some capacity had better scores on survey questions including: contentment, peace, joy, purpose and community acceptance, but not better self-perceived mental or physical health. Church going adults, who are serving in some capacity in their church or community, may demonstrate heightened personal wellbeing compared to those who are not assisting others.
  • Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

    11/20/2014 6:27:05 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 54 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/08/2013 4:12 pm EST | Mark Godsey
    Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that may have cleared Morton, including statements from the crime's only eyewitness that Morton wasn't the culprit. Anderson sat on this evidence, and then watched Morton get convicted. While Morton remained in prison for the next 25 years, Anderson's career flourished, and he eventually became a judge. In today's deal, Anderson pled to criminal contempt,...
  • Conservative Writer Dinesh D'Souza Is Spared Prison Time For Campaign Finance Conviction

    09/23/2014 10:32:30 AM PDT · by drpix · 130 replies ^ | 9/23/14 | staff
    Conservative writer/filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time today when a federal judge sentenced him to five years probation for violating campaign finance laws....
  • Chelsea Clinton: More community service needed

    06/16/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 8:20 PM EDT | Christina A. Cassidy
    Chelsea Clinton, who has played an increasingly prominent role in her family’s foundation, used a speech Monday to call for more community service opportunities for a younger generation and said she supports efforts that would allow more college graduates to reduce their student loan debt through volunteering. Clinton, 34, who serves as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, spoke to about 5,000 people gathered for the “Service Unites” conference sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, and also participated in a panel discussion on inspiring young people to become more involved. “It is in all of our interests to ensure...
  • “Volunteer” Forced Student Labor

    07/28/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Empty communist rhetoric, indoctrination, social justice/equality promises by deceptive elitist governments
  • High School "Service Hours"

    05/04/2013 9:54:14 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 77 replies
    So it seems daughters school is stressing "service hours" (volunteer hours) as the only way to get into a decent college. Daughter has high grades in every class, has a full course load, band, two varsity sports and a couple of clubs. More then I ever did and I went to a respectable institution of higher learning! And... Gasp... May even have to get a job in a year or so when she wants that car she keeps talking about! But no! Not enough! Now the school demands, and backs it up with college admissions material, that kids must have...
  • 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 Muñoz, 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.
  • Man Who Ran Over Terrorist Gets Community Service

    12/06/2011 5:09:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    The Jerusalem District Court sentenced David Mizrachi of Kiryat Arba to three months' community service for running over a terrorist who stabbed his wife. Mizrachi, 57, was convicted in June of serious assault as part of a plea bargain, and the sentence was handed down Tuesday. The incident took place at the gas station at the entrance to Kiryat Arba in November of 2009. The terrorist, Wasim Maswada, came to the Paz gas station armed with an axe and a knife. He entered the convenience store that Mizrachi ran along with his wife, Tamar, and stabbed Tamar in the neck...
  • Diet Coke fizzes past Pepsi (America-hating, Obama-loving PepsiCo CEO flop)

    03/18/2011 3:22:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 3/17/11 | Charles Riley
    Score one for the Coca-Cola Company. Diet Coke unseated Pepsi as the second most popular carbonated soft drink in 2010, according to data from Beverage Digest. -snip- The switch marks a sea change in the industry. According to John Sicher, the editor and publisher of Beverage Digest, Pepsi has held the second position "for decades." Sicher attributed the decline in Pepsi's market share to its Pepsi Refresh Project marketing campaign, which is focused on community service.
  • Mentoring Opportunities in Des Moines

    12/20/2010 12:14:12 PM PST · by iowaguy1972
    January is National Mentoring Month, and we can’t think of a better way to learn how you can make an impact through mentoring than attending one of our orientations. We’ve lined up dates and locations for our Orientation to Mentoring sessions in the Des Moines area throughout January. This one hour training is the first step for those who are interested in mentoring.During this orientation those who attend will receive: An overview of Serve Our Youth Network and our different opportunities for mentoring (Amachi, Informal Mentoring at Polk County Youth Services and Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative).An overview of mentoring...
  • Learn about mentoring in Des Moines, IA

    12/20/2010 12:10:44 PM PST · by iowaguy1972
    January is National Mentoring Month, and we can’t think of a better way to learn how you can make an impact through mentoring than attending one of our orientations. We’ve lined up dates and locations for our Orientation to Mentoring sessions in the Des Moines area throughout January. This one hour training is the first step for those who are interested in mentoring.During this orientation those who attend will receive: An overview of Serve Our Youth Network and our different opportunities for mentoring (Amachi, Informal Mentoring at Polk County Youth Services and Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative).An overview of mentoring...
  • The Congressman and the Haircut

    08/14/2010 12:19:07 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-14-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Here is another great joke (I sort of use the word loosely'll see why) that was sent to me via email thats too good to not share: One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied,'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. Later, a...
  • The Servile Citizen

    10/08/2009 7:15:40 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 4 replies · 420+ views
    A large billboard in a local Metro station cautions passersby to “Cover your cough” and “Wash your hands frequently” when you have a cold. Nearby, a sign in a bus shelter instructs citizens: “Do not cross street until bus has left.” These signs have been erected courtesy of “Mommy Government” to help you, the presumed adult-child citizen of the Infantilized Republic of America. It’s a picture of the most serious internal threat to America: the decline of self responsibility and its replacement with dependence on paternalistic government, namely, on handouts from other coerced individuals and on a nit-picking Napoleonic code...
  • America's Littlest Diplomats: Sasha and Malia Obama's Summer Vacation (Diabetic Alert!!)

    07/09/2009 5:27:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 2,371+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 9, 2009 | Yunji De Nies and Sunlen Miller
    First lady Michelle Obama thought about sending her daughters away to summer camp, she said recently, but instead decided on another program -- the "Camp Obama" world tour. "This has been such a, you know, busy year for them," she said, "We're having 'Camp Obama' and, you know, they're going to travel a little more with us, and we're going to do some historic things." It's not your everyday sleepaway camp, but a world-class adventure: This week, the first tweens have toured Rome's Coliseum and Russia's Kremlin -- exotic locations for sure, but the president said his daughters haven't skipped...
  • Uncle Sam wants youth! [Obama's "civilian national security force" and mandatory community service]

    06/17/2009 1:10:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 189 replies · 6,959+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | May 15, 2009 | Mike Rosen
    At a campaign rally in Colorado Springs last July, that former community organizer, Barack Obama, grandly told an enraptured audience: "We've got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded" as the U.S. military. Now, understand, he wasn't talking about a "security" force in the sense of an armed militia. He was talking about a network of social service workers. When I first heard that, I wrote it off as a politician's extravagant, feel-good campaign rhetoric. After all, the Department of Defense includes about 3 million men and women...
  • The Case Against Community Service

    06/15/2009 11:37:30 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies · 655+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-15-09 | Wisdom
    We’ve all seen it. In our schools, our children’s schools, public meetings, television shows, leadership seminars, political speeches, and even in legislation supported by the President, the message is clear: we should all be doing community service. The fact is that the call to service is greater now than at any time in our country’s past, and the pressure to provide it even greater. The pressure to conform to the growing demand to volunteer your self, in body and bankbook, can be daunting. When confronted with a group of peers, all telling you how much you are needed, it can...
  • Service, Coming to a Town Near You

    05/07/2009 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 553+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | May 7, 2009 | n/a
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm Service, Coming to a Town Near You (White House Photo, 4/21/09, Samantha Appleton) A few weeks ago, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, ushering in a new era of service and volunteering for our nation. Facing unprecedented challenges, the President has asked all Americans to engage in service opportunities help create a better nation. The Corporation for National & Community Service was charged with dramatically expanding opportunities for Americans to serve, and in a sign of how seriously they are taking...
  • Obama picks Nike veep to run [National] Service agency (Just Do It?)

    04/21/2009 10:38:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 835+ views
    President Barack Obama is picking a Nike vice president to lead the federal agency that oversees the country's national service programs. Obama's selection of Maria Eitel comes Tuesday as the president plans to sign a bill to triple the size of AmeriCorps and expand other programs that the corporation administers. Eitel is nominated to be chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a job that requires Senate confirmation. Eitel is also the president of Nike Inc.'s charitable arm, the Nike Foundation. She served under President George H.W. Bush as deputy director of media relations and later...
  • 'Mandatory youth service' bill advances

    03/26/2009 4:04:42 AM PDT · by Man50D · 83 replies · 2,940+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Congress appears ready to pass an Obama administration plan that could create mandatory public service requirements for all American youth, fulfilling a campaign promise. The bill, HR 1388: The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, otherwise known as the "GIVE Act," has already passed the House by a vote of 321-105. On Tuesday, the Senate voted closure on the motion to proceed by a margin of 74-14 in a move that makes its ultimate passage likely. The bill, promoted by the Obama administration as a means of encouraging America's youth to participate in voluntary community service, has received little scrutiny...
  • Community Service Bill Marginalizes Organized Religion

    03/26/2009 5:24:25 AM PDT · by SalAOR · 3 replies · 350+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 3/26/2009 | Sal
    The House of Representatives passed the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE), creating a mandate for community service among high school and college students. The bill spends $6 billion on beefing up government-paid and sponsored national service programs, and paves the way for future mandatory service by establishing a commission to explore the feasibility of such a plan. The stated goal of the Obama Administration is to require service programs in secondary schools, as well as for a period of three months to a year of service before, during, or after one’s college education. Leaving aside the already heavily...
  • House Passes Bill To Create Barack’s Brownshirts

    03/22/2009 6:57:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 2,831+ views
    Six Meat Buffet ^ | March 20, 2009 | Preston Taylor Holmes
    WHILE YOU WERE BEING DISTRACTED BY THE AIG SHAM OUTRAGE AND YOUR OWN CLASS ENVY…. the Obamessiah administration continues on with its plans behind the scenes. As we mentioned earlier in the week, The Obamessiah is pushing to community organize all of us into his own league of Socialist Brownshirts. The House passed the “Give Act” on Wednesday. How many GOP members caved and stabbed us in the back this time, you must be asking? 70. Full list of turncoats below the fold. Only one Democrat voted against it - Robert Berry of Arkansas. Kudos to him. The rest of...
  • First lady promotes community service

    03/17/2009 3:02:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 890+ views
    First lady Michelle Obama says community service isn't "just an escape for the wealthy," and that it can help do for young people what it did for her husband. She says it helped set Barack Obama on a path to being elected president. Mrs. Obama on Tuesday continued her effort to encourage volunteerism by visiting more than 100 disadvantaged youths who came to the National Mall to begin building a "green" house for a Texas family whose mobile home was destroyed by a hurricane. The students participate in YouthBuild, a nationwide program in which poor 16-to 24-year-olds work toward their...
  • Is it Time to Mandate Community Service?

    02/27/2009 9:01:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies · 1,820+ views
    The Harvard Business Review ^ | February 27, 2009 | Bronwyn Fryer
    "Hey, Comcast Team!" yells my 19-year old stepson, Kip, pointing to a billboard in downtown Boston. His red City-Year sweatshirt sports a Comcast logo. As he passes the billboard, he grins from ear to ear. Way to go, Comcast. (Other City-Year sponsor firms include Microsoft, KPMG, Deloitte and Touche, T-Mobile and Timberland.) Support for youth volunteer programs like City-Year isn't just about good branding, or Corporate Responsibity 101. Speaking of education in his address to the nation, Barack Obama stumped for the Serve America Act, a bill that would make participants eligible for educational awards. "I know that the price...
  • Kennedy and Hatch Issue Call for Service [Serve America Act] [barf] [McCain/Snowe alert]

    01/21/2009 6:43:10 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 2,925+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the “Serve America Act,” a bill to expand national and community service opportunities for all Americans. Senators Mikulski, McCain, Dodd, Cochran, Reid, Gregg, Durbin, Wicker, Murray, Snowe, Kerry, Lincoln, Cardin, Rockefeller, Schumer, Whitehouse, Menendez, Bayh and Landrieu are also sponsors of the legislation. The goal of the legislation is to encourage 175,000 more Americans to give a year of service to address specific national challenges such as strengthening our schools or increasing economic opportunities, thereby expanding the number of such service participants to 250,000. The legislation...
  • Powell endorses Obama service initiative (

    01/10/2009 2:28:06 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 32 replies · 1,544+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 10, 2009 | Paul Courson
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is lending his stature to an initiative from the incoming administration to connect volunteers with causes that need them. President-elect Barack Obama's "Renew America Together" initiative will officially launch a Web site on Martin Luther King Day, January 19, to help people answer the call. Obama's inauguration is the following day. The Web site,, will allow people to offer their time or resources and be contacted by people in the community who need that type of help. Powell said the site will follow the model of, a worldwide virtual bulletin board where...
  • Obama, Powell promote call for community service

    01/09/2009 4:32:33 PM PST · by traumer · 50 replies · 998+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Former secretary of state Colin Powell helped promote a mass volunteer initiative on behalf of US president-elect Barack Obama Friday, calling on Americans to make long-term commitment to serve their communities. Obama and his family, along with vice president-elect Joe Biden and his wife, are set to officially launch the "Renew America Together" initiative on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday January 19 -- the day before Obama's inauguration -- by taking part in community service activities in Washington. "Volunteering is something you give to your community and to our society," Powell said at a press conference....
  • Service-minded students have new scholarships

    01/01/2009 1:56:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 509+ views
    With the hospice care volunteer work she's done in Belize, Kara Pennino is one of those millions of youngsters challenging the myth of the selfish teenager. But while the Rochester, N.Y., high school senior always figured her service work might impress a college, she never imagined it could help make college more affordable. So she was stunned earlier this month when she got her acceptance letter from Drew University in New Jersey. She stopped reading after "Congratulations" to celebrate with her teary-eyed mom. It was mom who noticed the second letter — telling Kara she'd won a new community service...
  • Nintendo Develops Wii Community Service

    12/10/2008 2:48:44 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 2 replies · 398+ views ^ | 12-10-08 | Sven Waring
    Wow! With Wii Community Service, it's almost like you're really helping. With community service mandates for high school and college in the works, Nintendo is developing "Wii Community Service." Benny Haha, the developer in charge of the Wii Community Service project, said the popular home video console that detects movements and reproduces those movements virtually is a 21st century approach to forced volunteerism. "The youth who so passionately backed the change of Barack Obama now must contemplate the mandates on community service, which may mean they will be forced to unsatisfying things, like work in the elements and, like, lift...
  • Freedom and the Left (Thomas Sowell)

    12/01/2008 7:55:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 1,422+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 2, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Most people on the left are not opposed to freedom. They are just in favor of all sorts of things that are incompatible with freedom. Freedom ultimately means the right of other people to do things that you do not approve of. Nazis were free to be Nazis under Hitler. It is only when you are able to do things that other people don't approve that you are free. One of the most innocent-sounding examples of the left's many impositions of its vision on others is the widespread requirement by schools and by college admissions committees that students do "community...
  • Good Deeds: The Backlash (against mandatory community service)

    11/27/2008 7:01:36 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies · 1,702+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2008 | Douglas Quenqua
    Through the holidays and beyond, high school students will be working feverishly to serve the needy — packing food baskets, ladling meals at soup kitchens, collecting toys for children in hospitals — all in the name of amassing the community service credits they need for graduation. Cynics call these programs a form of forced altruism. Proponents say that they widen students’ horizons while getting service work done. Either way, the backlash has begun: not only do college admissions officers roll their eyes at bogus-sounding claims, but high schools are scaling back the requirements, acknowledging that a lot of the so-called...
  • Mailman fails to deliver, becomes local hero

    11/22/2008 7:42:43 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 108 replies · 2,850+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 11/22/2008 | David Zucchino
    Overwhelmed by piles of junk mail, 'Mailman Steve' quit bringing it to the people on his North Carolina route. Customers are grateful. The Direct Marketing Assn., however, is not amused. Sick of junk mail? Pay homage, then, to overstressed, overworked mailman Steven Padgett, who has confessed to a cardinal sin among the letter carriers tribe: He failed to deliver. "Mailman Steve" -- a pudgy, kindly 58-year-old who toiled along a route in a rapidly growing neighborhood here -- was given probation in federal court this week for squirreling away at least seven years' worth of undelivered junk mail, which he...
  • Obama Requires Community Service and Removes his Agenda from Website After Scrutiny.

    11/09/2008 11:11:15 AM PST · by DecoyJames · 63 replies · 611+ views
    Political ^ | Nov. 09 | Alexander Nobles
    "We finally had a glimpse of what the President-Elect wanted to accomplish, and now that glimpse is gone as soon as we started scrutinizing the specifics…." Take a look at this unbelievable story! Spread it around!!!
  • Countering Obama's public service draft -- require community service for welfare recipients

    11/07/2008 11:50:09 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 1,026+ views
    November 7, 2008 | me
    The Republicans should ask why community service is not mandated for government benefits such as food stamps, section 8 vouchers, etc. Please help me compile a list of welfare programs for which "community service" requirements could be added. Instead of Obama enslaving our children, why not ask the welfare recipients, who are part of the Democratic base, to do something in return for their benefits? I'm sure the Dems would not go for this. The purpose of making this proposal is to highlight their hypocrisy.

    11/06/2008 5:33:53 PM PST · by Crazieman · 140 replies · 8,139+ views
    Change.Gov/America Serves ^ | 11/6/08 | B Hussein Obama
    Hat Tip: Buy Danish, commenter at Hot Air "When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream." The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as...
  • Obama Chicks in Bondage

    10/27/2008 8:33:35 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 7 replies · 779+ views
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | October 24, 2008 | Edward Hudgins
    By Edward Hudgins, Ph.D. October 24, 2008 -- Winston Churchill famously observed that, “socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” In the same spirit, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama believes that we should all be equally subject to servitude. He recently indicated that because men are forced by the government to sign up for the selective service, women should be forced to do so as well. Obama’s collectivist and anti-individualist views suggest what we can expect from his administration. They also highlight the crucial need to defend freedom based on the moral right of individuals to live for themselves and...
  • Did I Mention That I'm Noble?

    07/29/2008 4:05:32 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 7 replies · 96+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 29, 2008 | Michael J. O'Shea
    Is it 297 or 643 times we've heard Barack Obama toot: "I turned down more lucrative jobs and went to work for a group of churches"? As the Church Lady herself remarked: "Well, isn't that special?" Young Obama nobly sets forth in 1983 for a paltry $12,000 plus a $2,000 old car. Blessed be he. And ignored be these: the 2,929 who graduated that same year from West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy -- people every bit as bright, from schools at least as selective and even more demanding than Obama's Columbia alma mater, and making, almost to...
  • Funding Barack Obama's "civilian national security force"

    07/19/2008 3:11:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1,351+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | July 19, 2008 | Jim Lindgren
    In Barack Obama’s July 2, 2008 speech calling America to national service, Obama proposed “a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as our military. This has prompted some in the blogosphere to raise the specter of a huge new domestic paramilitary organization. Others suggest that he may have been talking about our “current non-military security agencies - FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, DHS, etc.” I think that both interpretations are probably wrong. If you listen to the whole speech –- or even the couple minutes before his security force proposal — I think...
  • Qualcomm Stadium Provides Relief Amid the Fires (Boy Scouts set up over 500 tents)

    11/24/2007 7:37:47 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 142+ views
    nytimes ^ | October 23, 2007 | SOLOMON MOORE
    At Qualcomm Stadium, to which thousands of evacuees fled throughout the day Monday to escape approaching fires, the hazy and acrid air pinched the throat. Despite those reminders of the nearby inferno, the stadium seemed an oasis of order.  Hundreds of volunteers and city workers stacked up towers of pizza boxes, water bottles and blankets. Steaming cups of coffee were on offer as well as free massages and reflexology sessions.  A clown twisted balloons for children, several autism specialists were available to give parents of disabled children a break, and an electric guitarist jammed with his speaker turned low. -snip-Carl...
  • [Democratic Senator] Dodd urges mandatory community service

    06/23/2007 11:28:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies · 1,989+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 23, 2007 | Holly Ramer
    NASHUA, N.H. - Aiming to create the first generation in which all Americans serve their country, Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd is offering a range of initiatives to encourage — and in some cases compel — community service. "All Americans should serve our country," the Connecticut senator said in remarks prepared for delivery Saturday. "Endowed as we are with so many gifts, is it too much to ask that we each give something back to this remarkable place?" He proposes making community service mandatory for all high school students, doubling the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 and expanding...
  • Boy Scouts of America Build Bonds Through Service During National Family Week

    11/06/2006 1:16:06 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 126+ views
    Businesswire ^ | November 06, 2006 11:59 AM Eastern Time | Anon
    Boy Scouts of America Build Bonds Through Service During National Family Week November 06, 2006 11:59 AM Eastern Time Nation’s Leading Youth Organization Provides Community Service Opportunities to Strengthen Families IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the holiday season approaching, more and more Americans will participate in family activities celebrating tradition, togetherness, reflection and gratitude. But for many families, the holiday season is more than a time for enjoying each other, but a time for giving back to their community and those less fortunate. According to a recent study by Family Cares and the Points of Light Foundation, family volunteering increases commitment...
  • Peeping tom gets community service

    02/12/2006 9:23:54 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 143+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 February 2006
    A PEEPING tom has been sentenced to 350 hours of community service for installing a camera to spy on two women, including his girlfriend, in the bathroom of his Sydney home. Harley Bateman, 28, was convicted last year of installing a camera for indecent purposes and filming for indecent purposes. Ordering Bateman to perform 350 hours of community service, Deputy Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson said he accepted that his behaviour was "isolated" and did not represent "a long-term threat" to the community. Central Local Court was told that the Randwick tow truck driver had rigged up a camera system in...
  • Giant 'Bra Fence' Sparks Controversy

    07/29/2005 5:49:30 PM PDT · by Cowman · 22 replies · 3,018+ views
    Local 6 .com ^ | July 29, 2005
    Giant 'Bra Fence' Sparks Controversy Official Says Fence Offends Asian Cultures, South Africans POSTED: 1:15 pm EDT July 29, 2005 UPDATED: 1:24 pm EDT July 29, 2005 A New Zealand man is resisting demands to take down hundreds of women's bras strung on his farm's fence after their night of drinking, according to a Local 6 News report. "It was probably a novelty for the first six months but I think it's passed and we need to move on," said chairman Bill Gordon. "This town has got lot of Japanese students who get educated here. They are very offended by...
  • UK mulls U.S.-style 'chain-gang' uniforms

    05/15/2005 8:41:41 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 135+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/15/2005 | Matthew Jones
    LONDON (Reuters) - British youngsters convicted of crimes that do not carry a jail term could be made to wear U.S.-style "chain-gang" uniforms when they perform community service sentences. Home Office minister Hazel Blears outlined plans for young offenders to be identifiable when doing community service because she said the public needs to see criminals punished. "People feel very strongly that they don't often see justice being done," Blears told Sunday's Observer newspaper. "I would like to see a very quick connection to community punishment, that people see being done. I want them to be identified."
  • Community Service joke

    03/11/2005 2:31:43 PM PST · by grace522 · 4 replies · 283+ views ^ | 10 March 2005 | Unknown
    One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies: I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The florist is pleased and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money; I'm doing community service this...
  • John Kerry against Our Sacred Liberties

    11/01/2004 8:32:02 PM PST · by G. Stolyarov II · 2 replies · 251+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | October 27, 2004 | G. Stolyarov II
    I seldom use the words, “moral imperative,” and, when I do, they carry behind them an urgent necessity for rational individuals to respond to an imminent threat to the inalienable rights of man. In this Presidential election, however, I see a clear moral imperative to defeat the power grab of a man who would endanger the sacred liberties of every man dwelling in America, but especially of the most autonomous and industrious among us. I shall enumerate, in brief, a horrid threefold menace that a would-be Kerry administration poses to our freedoms across the board. - Kerry’s national health insurance...
  • Lawsuit alleges sexual coercion by city employee

    11/01/2003 6:09:16 AM PST · by Arrowhead1952 · 2 replies · 208+ views
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF ^ | Saturday, November 1, 2003 | By Claire Osborn
    Woman contends supervisor of community service workers demanded sex in exchange for falsifying hours By Claire Osborn AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Saturday, November 1, 2003 A woman has sued the City of Austin, contending that it was negligent in employing a park worker who is accused of coercing sex from young women assigned to work in the parks as community service for misdemeanor criminal convictions. The former employee, Freddie Urias, faces criminal charges of sexual assault, official oppression and tampering with a government record. His case is in pretrial hearings. According to the lawsuit filed in state District Court, Urias sexually assaulted...
  • Inmate labor on rise, working along state's highways

    10/19/2003 12:17:09 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 91+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, October 19, 2003 | Joe Grata
    <p>Hundreds of minimum-security prisoners will soon be picking up litter and doing other chores along state roads. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Department of Corrections are working to expand the program now operating at five state prisons to all 25.</p>
  • Forest labor an alternative to the cellblock

    10/18/2003 3:18:26 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 138+ views
    The World ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2003 | Alan Gustafson, The Salem Statesman Journal
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP (AP) - It's easy to see why Oregon convicts describe this Coast Range prison camp as a uniquely appealing place to pay their debt to society. Where else, they ask, do convicts get to feed trail mix and granola to visiting deer? Nearly 200 inmates bunk here in cabin-like dormitories. There are no clanging steel bars, cramped cells or forbidding fences topped with razor wire. Surrounded by forested peaks, the camp's mountain air is richly scented by firs and cedars. "If you can't do time at South...