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  • Q&A: Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget

    03/31/2016 2:42:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies ^ | 3/31/2016 | SARA BURNETT
    CHICAGO — Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation's third-largest district in what could be an early glimpse of a more prolonged strike still to come. Some 27,000 Chicago Teachers Union members have been working without a contract since June. They've overwhelmingly authorized an open-ended strike like the one that closed schools for more than a week in 2012, though that would still be weeks away. The union and its allies say Friday's action is an attempt to draw attention to their fight for a new...
  • VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling up to $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations

    03/29/2016 8:21:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Provides efficient, streamlined process in support of the MyVA Initiative of Medical Disability Examinations for Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans. A unique feature of this multi-contract award will see the consolidation of the contracts under a...
  • Ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s ‘Embarrassing’ Emails To Hillary

    10/03/2015 3:45:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson caused “embarrassment” to a company he consulted for by lobbying then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in an email he sent through her longtime friend and ally, Sidney Blumenthal, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller. The company, Symbion Power, made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico last week by Wilson, who served as ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe during the Bill Clinton administration. Wilson claims that Symbion and its co-founders, Paul Hinks and Lord Richard Westbury, engaged in fraud, breach of contract and civil conspiracy...
  • S.F. Cath. Students, Parents Stage Ash Wednesday Protest Over Morality Clauses In Teacher Contracts

    02/19/2015 4:54:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CBS Channel 5 KPIX ^ | 2/18/15 | Andrea Borba
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Students and parents from schools controlled by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco protested at Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, saying the church should stay out of teachers’ bedrooms and drop proposed morality clauses in teacher contracts. On Ash Wednesday, one of the holiest days on the Catholic calendar, the students and parents are hoping Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will change his mind on the clauses, as the church heads into 40 days of Lenten reflection. "We’re here because if Jesus were alive today, he’d be standing right next to us,” Mairead Ahlbach, a student...
  • 'American Idol' Winner Files Bold Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    01/27/2015 7:33:27 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 1/26/2015 | Eriq Gardner
    On Jan. 22, Phillips lodged a bombshell petition with the California Labor Commissioner that asserts that Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies have "manipulated" him into accepting jobs since he hit it big. In a filing that reveals some of Phillips' post-show tribulations, including being forced to perform for free for one of Idol sponsors and not even knowing the title of his last album before it was announced publicly, the singer is seeking to void his various agreements with 19, said by the star's lawyer to be "oppressive, fatally conflicted."
  • Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges

    04/04/2007 8:38:15 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 04, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges By Fred Lucas April 04, 2007 ( - Breaking nearly a week of silence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office Tuesday called allegations of a conflict of interest "nonsense" and said the California Democrat played no role in awarding military contracts that benefited companies owned by her husband. It was reported last week that Feinstein no longer serves on a Senate subcommittee that oversaw military construction. Earlier this year, Metro Newspapers accused Feinstein of a conflict of interest because the subcommittee had oversight of military contracts that often went to defense contractors owned by her...
  • For the NYPD’s cops who are fighting the Black War on Our Police, silence is not an option

    01/05/2015 8:42:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/5/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The following is an answer to a January 1, 2015 op-ed in the New York Post decrying the police slow down. Your position on the state of policing in New York City is very curious. It would appear that you are either willfully blind to the differences between the circumstances of the 1919 Boston Police Strike and the state of siege New York City is in; or you are playing the part of typical breast beater trying to win favor from the wrong people. In the Boston case, the police struck over classic worker/employer grievances. The pay was low; the...
  • Obama gives military latrine duty new meaning

    03/29/2014 5:56:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 14 replies
    WND ^ | March 29, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Government document puts naval engineering group in charge of Kenya pit toiletsThe Obama administration lately has demanded much from American soldiers, who now face possible reductions in the number in their ranks as well as higher payments toward their health benefits. That’s in addition to duty in Afghanistan, or worse. In the latest slap to the face of U.S. Department of Defense personnel, Obama now is asking those soldiers to oversee the digging of toilets at a girl’s school in Kenya, his “home country,” as First Lady Michelle Obama once publicly put it. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command is tasked...
  • CIA director: Benghazi rescuers required to sign non-disclosure agreements because contracts

    02/04/2014 9:52:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/4/14 | Jennifer Griffin
    CIA director John Brennan told a congressional hearing Tuesday that security operators involved in Benghazi rescue efforts were required to re-sign non-disclosure agreements because the documents were being updated. Brennan was pressed by Rep. Devin Nunes, R.-Calif., of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the 2012 Benghazi attack and why the security operators who were involved in rescue efforts that night were asked to re-sign their non-disclosure agreements. “There were a number of contractors whose contracts were being updated, amended,” Brennan said.“And any time there is an amendment to a contract, there's the requirement for a non-disclosure agreement...
  • Obama Inc. Refuses to Cancel Military Contracts with Al Qaeda Supporters

    08/01/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Front Page ^ | 8/1/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s all about due process. Al Qaeda supporters receiving taxpayer dollars get it from Obama Inc.. Just not George Zimmerman or the State of Texas. Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending. The U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office has declined to act in 43 such cases, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said today in a letter accompanying a quarterly report to Congress.
  • Army Keeps Contracts with Terrorists to Avoid Violating “Due Process Rights”

    07/31/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 31, 2013
    Here is a crazy story involving the U.S. government’s $89.5 billion Afghanistan reconstruction effort; the United States Army refuses to suspend contracts with dozens of companies tied to al Qaeda and the Taliban out of fear that it could violate their “due process rights.” It doesn’t get more outrageous than this! American tax dollars are going to the Middle Eastern terrorists that are trying to kill them. The best part, of course, is that the U.S. government has known about this for years yet won’t terminate the deals. It’s pure insanity, to put it quite mildly. A conservative online newspaper...
  • ‘Love Contracts’ Between Couples Growing In Popularity

    05/08/2013 8:27:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 11:49 PM
    SANTA MONICA ( — So-called “love contracts” between couples, or written agreements that detail specific promises partners make to each other in a relationship, are growing in popularity, but they may have no legal standing. Toni Mantus and Gregg Sullivan said they hired an attorney to draft their contract, which breaks down how much time they’ll devote to shared hobbies and how often they will have sex. “I promise that our date night is gonna be a weekend date and our sex life stays active,” said Toni. “It’s nice to have a contract and say, ‘Look, we did agree to...
  • Relationship Contracts Growing In Popularity With Married And Unmarried Couples

    04/30/2013 9:15:23 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 29, 2013 | CBSNew York
    A new trend has some couples turning to lawyers to help save their relationships. “I promise you that I am going to be making sure that you’re having more fun, more dates, and more time of mine,” Gregg Sullivan told his wife, Toni Mantus. But unlike many of the promises made during a relationship, this one is part of a written contract. The couple told CBS 2′s Dick Brennan that, with the help of an attorney, they have put everything in writing, including how often they have sex.
  • T-Mobile Eliminates Contracts

    03/26/2013 7:22:36 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/26/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    T-Mobile is ditching a once-inescapable part of wireless life: the contract. The company had been offering contract-free plans as an option alongside two-year contracts, CNET reports; now, according to the T-Mobile website, contract plans are a thing of the past. An example of a new plan: For $50 a month, you get unlimited talk, texting, and web, plus 500MB of high-speed data. Unlimited high-speed data will run you $70 a month. But that's not the full picture: You've also got to pay for your phone without the subsidies normally associated with contract plans, which knock pricey phones (new models can...
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein's filthy hands

    01/26/2013 12:14:55 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 23 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | Andrea Shea King
    Today a special investigation by The Daily Caller reveals that a State Department contract specialist participated in awarding more than 43 federal contracts worth $52 million in taxpayer-funds to Sterling Royale Group, a company owned and operated by her husband and daughter. If you think THAT’s something, may I remind you of this story that apparently was scrubbed from the MetroActive website where it first appeared, and was deemed by World Net Daily as one of the Top Ten Most Ignored Stories of 2007.
  • Hispanic lawmakers unhappy with Charlotte contracts (heated words exchanged about RAT convention)

    08/05/2012 2:45:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/03/12 | ANNA PALMER
    Hispanic lawmakers unhappy with Charlotte contractsBy ANNA PALMER | 8/3/12 1:20 PM EDT Hispanic lawmakers are peeved at the Democratic National Convention Committee for not hiring more Latino-owned businesses for next month’s convention. Upset over the lack of contracts, Hispanic lawmakers exchanged heated words Wednesday with a top DNCC official in a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill. Afterward, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) suggested that DNCC Chief Executive Steve Kerrigan should be fired if things don’t improve. If the situation isn’t rectified, “there will be a recommendation that the person who is in charge will not be in charge,” Baca told...
  • With These Words (Gay-marriage court ruling is a hit at straight weddings.)

    08/04/2012 7:06:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jul 27, 2012 | Sasha Issenberg
    Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family … Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.” The words above come from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ­decision that made the state the first to authorize gay marriage. They are also part of a longer passage read last month at the Newport,...
  • U.S. Troops in Iraq Are Gone, But Embassy Costs Go On and On

    07/31/2012 8:37:27 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | July 31, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    A $348 million contract to maintain the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was awarded this week by the U.S. Department of State to PAE Government Services, which will be tasked with delivering operations and maintenance services for the 104-acre compound. An unspecified portion of that amount will be devoted to providing a residence manager, two cooks, two waiters, and four housekeepers to serve the U.S. ambassador and deputy chief of mission. It also remains unclear how much will be spent on lawn maintenance, though The Peacock Report -- U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor's predecessor site -- reported back in 2005 that...
  • Survey Says ... School Union Contracts Contribute to Deficits

    07/24/2012 12:04:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2012 | Tom Gantert
    When a public school district ends the year in red ink, the Michigan Department of Education sends an 18-question form as part of the mandatory deficit-elimination plan the district has to complete. The first seven questions on the form all have to do with union contracts and the status of negotiations, and if there were any projected savings from negotiations. The eighth question? "What factors caused the school district's deficit?" Perhaps it's a subtle hint from the state to try and get the school districts to see what needs to be addressed. “It appears that the state is subtly recognizing...
  • Choices: Milwaukee teachers could have saved city schools, themselves

    06/19/2012 2:51:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 6-18-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — The dark fiscal clouds are starting to lighten in Wisconsin’s largest school District. But Milwaukee Public Schools‘ fiscal picture could be a lot brighter, had its teachers’ union chosen to open up its labor contract with MPS and agree to some salary concessions. Tweaking the deal could have saved scores of positions, opening up the opportunity for more teachers in the classroom, more programs to bolster the academic achievement of a school system that has seen its share of failure, and perhaps offering relief to Milwaukee taxpayers. Life is all about choices, and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association...
  • ‘Climate friendly strategies,’ ‘Let’s Move!’ support now among criteria for winning government

    04/10/2012 10:25:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/10/12 | Alex Pappas
    Want to win a contract to operate concessions on federal property? Be ready to explain how your business promotes Obama administration desires like “climate friendly strategies” and the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” anti-childhood obesity effort. Proposal documents obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that the National Park Service favors those who promote these Obama White House priorities when deciding which concessioners they will allow to operate businesses on federally owned property. (Snip) These guidelines tell bidders that the National Park Service is “interested in supporting the goals of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative.”
  • U.S. Getting Closer to Funding China Enviro Clean-Ups, Brazil Airport and Ukraine '9-1-1' Upgrades

    04/06/2012 8:43:46 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 6, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. government yesterday took the next step towards partly financing environmental cleanup projects in China. As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor previously reported, the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) last month issued a Scope of Work related to a series of groundwater remediation initiatives in China—projects for which that nation intend to infuse (USD) $5.5 billion of its own money through 2020 (Monitor, March 16). Nonetheless, USTDA awarded a $44,000 contract to Ascendant Program Services, LLC, a Bethesda, Md.-based infrastructure consulting firm, to embark upon a "definitional mission," or DM, to China. (Contract award #USTDA-CO201261140). Despite the seemingly...
  • Spotlight On: U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA)

    01/21/2012 9:27:04 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    EDITOR'S NOTE: The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA), an independent White House agency, in recent weeks awarded several contracts and separately launched multiple initiatives in nations including Colombia, Egypt. Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam, and Turkey. U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor posts these news briefs to encourage readers to ponder -- and comment on -- the question: are these relatively small expenditures a worthwhile investment of U.S. taxpayer dollars to promote global U.S. trade, or are they unjustifiable transfers of wealth from the taxpayer to businesses and to U.S. client states? We leave it up to the reader to decide....
  • USAID Contracts Start Flowing in $750 Million Palestinian Infrastructure Project

    01/14/2012 10:01:50 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 14, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The first round of Palestinian infrastucture contracts worth upwards of $750 million were awarded this week by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Infrastructure Needs Project Phase II (Solicitation #RFP294-2010-108), as the USAID endeavor is known, will help the Palestinians build or improve public works initially in the West Bank and, "if conditions permit, in Gaza" at a later time. Task orders could be awarded under this indefinite quantity contract (IQC) for initiatives including: • Transportation networks such as primary and secondary roads, bridges and/or other transportation infrastructure; • Water systems including the supply, storage, treatment, transmission and/or...
  • New work rules set in as contracts lapse

    12/29/2011 7:19:14 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12-25-11 | STEVEN VERBURG
    In Mauston, it’s easier for the School District to fire teachers. In Jefferson County, seniority no longer determines who is laid off or promoted. In Waukesha County, road maintenance workers can’t count on overtime pay when they work odd hours. In New Berlin, teachers work longer days and can wear school sweatshirts on only a limited number of days. Across Wisconsin, school districts and local governments are replacing union contracts with policy manuals that give public administrators a clear upper hand for the first time in 50 years under a state law that essentially ends union rights for most public...
  • U.S. Could Infuse $300 Million Into Upcoming Elections -- Overseas

    11/11/2011 2:34:12 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Nov. 11, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. Could Infuse $300 Million Into Upcoming Elections -- OverseasBy Steve Peacock, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor (Nov. 11, 2011)Nearly $300 million in contracts could be awarded to help the U.S. provide “technical leadership in the field of electoral and political processes” in foreign nations. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will use private contractors to provide “rapid-response, one-time only” assistance as well as “iterative,” or repeated, goods and services, according to an updated solicitation (#SOL-OAA-11-000037) that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located via a routine search of the FedBizOpps database. USAID currently is carrying out such assistance projects...
  • Fox Renews ‘The Simpsons’ For Two More Seasons After Actors Sign New Deals (Big pay cuts)

    10/07/2011 7:48:12 PM PDT · by tlb · 7 replies ^ | October 7, 2011 | Nellie Andreeva
    It’s over: the cast members of The Simpsons have agreed to new two-year deals with series producer 20th Century Fox TV and, with them locked in, Fox has renewed the veteran series for two more seasons. Both sides reportedly made concessions from their original demands, with the cast abandoning their quest for a piece of the series’ lucrative back-end and the studio upping their previous final offer for a 45% salary reduction. (The number I had heard and reported earlier in the day was for a cut in the range of 30% from the actors’ current paychecks of $440,000). The...
  • DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug Contracts

    08/10/2011 12:30:18 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | Aug. 10, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    DoD Prepares Follow-Up to $15 Billion Global Counterdrug ContractsA privately contracted, five-year global counterdrug program valued upwards of $15 billion is one year away from expiring—and the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) wants to assess the capabilities of potential prime contractors in advance of the August 23, 2012, expiration date. The DoD Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO) on Aug. 2 issued a Special Notice (Solicitation # W9113MCNTPO) announcing its intentions to “issue a follow-on procurement” to perpetuate that endeavor. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, on behalf of the CNTPO, in 2007 issued a multiple...
  • Pakistani Intelligence, Military to be Trained on U.S. Soil?

    06/10/2011 12:47:11 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 10, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Training of Pakistani intelligence and military personnel in the use of electronic surveillance and analysis equipment potentially could take place on U.S. soil, according to an Army planning document that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has located. The document asserted that the Army at this point only is conducting a market survey of firms capable of providing such training; however, the “sources sought” notice equally made clear that a follow-on Foreign Military Sales procurement of services would allow the training to take place either outside of the country—Pakistan, specifically—or domestically. The notice referred to Arizona, Florida, and Maryland as possible...
  • Four More Contractors to Get Piece of $10 Billion Global 'Civilian Police' Pie

    05/12/2011 9:04:09 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 28 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 12, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Five contractors this week secured another chunk of a $10 billion global law-enforcement project of the U.S. State Dept., which is deploying hired guns and consultants worldwide. Although the department yesterday (May 11) identified the companies to whom it awarded new contracts, it did not specify the destination or mission assigned to the respective vendors. Rather, it will pay the vendors on an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity, or IDIQ, basis. DynCorp International, Justice Services International, MPRI, PAE Government Services, and Civilian Police International will provide a variety of “civilian police” (CIVPOL), corrections, and advisement services to clients of the State...
  • Democrats (Wisconsin) give up attempt to approve state labor contracts

    12/16/2010 9:27:44 AM PST · by UB355 · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 12/16/2010 | Jason Stein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — Democrats have adjourned an extraordinary session of the Legislature and officially given up on an unusual bid to pass labor contracts for tens of thousands of state workers in a lame-duck session. Two top leaders for both Democrats and Republicans met briefly Thursday morning to adjourn the session on labor contracts. The session had technically been left alive Wednesday night after Democrats narrowly but dramatically failed to pass the agreements. Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Wausau) and Sen. Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee) crossed party lines to vote with Republicans to reject the contracts. The agreements then failed...
  • Democrats give up attempt to approve state labor contracts [Wisconsin]

    12/16/2010 3:04:12 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 23 replies
    JS Online ^ | December 16, 2010 | Jason Stein
    Madistan, WI — Democrats have adjourned an extraordinary session of the Legislature and officially given up on an unusual bid to pass labor contracts for tens of thousands of state workers in a lame-duck session. Two top leaders for both Democrats and Republicans met briefly Thursday morning to adjourn the session on labor contracts. The session had technically been left alive Wednesday night after Democrats narrowly but dramatically failed to pass the agreements. The outcome means unions will now have to seek new contracts from Governor-elect Scott Walker, who campaigned on cutting their benefits to help balance the state budget."We've...
  • Treasury contracts Democrat donors to be “Freedom of Information Act analysts” hiring applicants ..

    10/25/2010 7:49:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/25/10 | J.P. Freire
    Officials at the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Stability contracted with a small consulting firm that had given nearly $25,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005 (and no money to Republicans) for “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Analysts to support the Disclosure Services, Privacy and Treasury Records.” The firm is currently advertising a job opening for a FOIA analyst with experience in the “Use of FOIA/PA exemptions to withhold information from release to the public” (emphasis mine, and if that link goes down, The Examiner has kept a copy for its records).

    09/23/2010 6:28:03 PM PDT · by ranair34 · 40 replies
    The Right News ^ | 9/23/10 | Jim Ownbey
    I got a call from P2S, BP's Oil Spill Clean up company in Florida and Alabama that stated BP mandated ALL clean up activities and work is TERMINATED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. All workers are terminated effective immediately as well. BP HAS TERMINATED THE CLEAN UP EFFORTS IN FLORIDA. YOU HEARD IT ON GLP FIRST.
  • Private Enterprise Does It Better

    08/04/2010 6:45:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 4, 2010 | John Stossel
    Click here to find out more! In "Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity," I bet my readers $1,000 that they couldn't name one thing that government does better than the private sector. I am yet to pay. Free enterprise does everything better. Why? Because if private companies don't do things efficiently, they lose money and die. Unlike government, they cannot compel payment through the power to tax. Even when a private company operates a public facility under contract to government, it must perform. If it doesn't, it will be "fired" -- its contract won't be renewed. Government is never fired. Contracting...
  • Teacher Contracts: An Analysis

    04/05/2010 10:28:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies · 584+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/31/2010 | Michael Van Beek
    Nearly every aspect of a teacher’s job falls under the rules of a union contract. The following is a synopsis of just one of those agreements in Michigan. It comes from Fruitport Community Schools near Muskegon, which employs 224 teachers and enrolls 3,200 students. Of its $32 million operating budget (excluding capital expenditures and debt services), 83 percent goes to pay employee compensation. Teacher salaries are determined by a single salary schedule that creates annual automatic raises based solely an employee’s years of experience and graduate degrees. In Fruitport, these automatic annual pay raises are usually 3 to 4 percent....
  • Man wins new Challenger on eBay, but the dealer backs out

    03/18/2010 6:32:27 AM PDT · by KKing · 53 replies · 1,720+ views ^ | March 16 | Stephen Emery
    A gentleman who goes by the screen name "Hitman" placed the winning bid on a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Hitman won the eBay auction fair and square with a bid of $29,100 on a vehicle that is sticker priced at around $46,000. The dealership, Glenn E Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Signal Hill, California claims that their employee made a mistake when listing the vehicle and forgot to set a reserve price.
  • Brick by brick, American business loses edge

    02/16/2010 5:03:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 785+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 16, 2010 | Jeffrey Anderson
    Since its founding in 1912, Summitville Tiles has been a proud family company with a legacy of service to the government. F.H. "Pete" Johnson, the company's founder and a World War I veteran, stood proudly by the company's motto, "American Made, American Owned" - and true to his word, Summitville tiles cover the roof of the White House and the floors of Washington, D.C., Metro stations. Today, Mr. Johnson's grandson, David Johnson, wonders whether that legacy has any value. Last year, his company had high expectations of landing a subcontract to provide brick for a school to be built at...
  • VIDEO: Flashback: Obama Promised To End "Abuse Of No-Bid Contracts" On Campaign Trail

    01/25/2010 11:27:48 AM PST · by ianschwartz · 10 replies · 405+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 25, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    From a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, MI on October 2, 2008: "I will finally end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all. The days of sweetheart deals for Halliburton and the like will be over when I'm in the White House." *** FOX News: The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids.
  • Obama: Agencies to cut $40B in contract waste

    12/21/2009 1:30:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies · 1,074+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2009 | Joseph Weber
    President Obama said Monday that federal agencies will cut roughly $19 billion from government contracts this fiscal year, putting them on track to meet his goal of trimming $40 billion in fiscal 2011. "Business as usual in Washington just wont do," he said during a White House press conference in which he also recognized a federal employee for her winning cost-cutting idea. "After years of irresponsibility, we are once again taking responsibility for every dollar we spend, the same way families do." The administration wants to reach its $40 billion goal by improving the management and oversight of contracts and...
  • DOJ: Pay ACORN for contracts (to honor pre-existing contracts)

    11/27/2009 7:35:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,228+ views ^ | 11/27/09 | Jake Sherman
    The Justice Department has ruled that the federal government can honor some existing contracts to fund ACORN, despite a law barring the flow of all federal money to the beleaguered community group. David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, concluded in a five-page ruling that the funding ban signed by President Barack Obama in October as part of the legislative branch appropriations bill does not direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development to breach pre-existing contracts to pay ACORN. Much of ACORN’s federal funds come in the form of housing subsidies. The ruling,...
  • Photographer & Newsweek Violated Contract Using Sarah Palin Photo

    11/18/2009 2:11:56 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 12 replies · 1,433+ views
    The photographer who shot the picture violated his contract by reselling them to Newsweek. That photographer, Brian Adams, could not immediately be reached, and his agent, Kelly Price, declined to comment, saying, "I keep all of my clients' business private." But a spokeswoman for Runner's World confirms that Adams's contract contained a clause stipulating that his photos of Palin would be under embargo for a period of one year following publication -- meaning until August 2010. "Runner's World did not provide Newsweek with its cover image," the spokeswoman said. "It was provided to Newsweek by the photographer's stock agency, without...
  • Retirement community wants girl, 6, gone

    10/22/2009 5:38:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 162 replies · 2,783+ views
    upi ^ | Oct. 22, 2009 a
    PINELLAS PARK, Fla.- A Florida couple said the homeowners association of their retirement community is trying to evict their 6-year-old granddaughter. Jimmy and Judie Stottler of Pinellas Park said their granddaughter, Kimberly, came to live with them as an infant when authorities took her away from her drug-abusing mother, WSTP-TV, St. Petersburg, Fla., reported Thursday. The girl has stayed with her grandparents in the retirement community since, even though the community's rules don't allow children. The couple said the homeowners association is now pressuring them to comply with the ban on children, but they are unable to move because they...
  • Treasury Kept Quiet About Legal Services Contracts, Advice Restructuring Bankruptcies, Auto Industry

    04/25/2009 5:12:59 AM PDT · by Son House · 3 replies · 570+ views ^ | April 24, 2009 | By Chris Carey
    Earlier this month, the Treasury Department quietly hired three law firms and a consulting firm for advice on restructurings and potential bankruptcies in the auto industry. Treasury did not issue a press release announcing the hirings, even through the contracts with the law firms were among the biggest yet for work on the government's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. The deals drew scant coverage beyond trade publications. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and Haynes and Boone LLP got six-month contracts worth as much as $8.59 million each, or $25.8 million total. Reports that the...
  • Maloney Baloney: "We Change Contracts All the Time" (VIDEO)

    03/18/2009 10:50:06 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 16 replies · 425+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 3/19/2009 | Selkirk
    Congresswoman Maloney wants to impose a 100% tax on the recipients of the AIG retention payments. Never mind that this is unconstitutional because it is a bill of attainder (a law aimed at a specific person or group of persons) and a taking without just compensation (others are considering a 98% tax to avoid this issue). What I find most concerning and ironic is that she is willing to say, out loud, that AIG should have merely not made the payments despite the fact that they were contractually obligated to do so. She compares it to GM's renegotiation of its...
  • Feds' minority contracts in peril

    03/04/2009 1:52:11 PM PST · by houeto · 77 replies · 4,679+ views
    My San Antonio ^ | 03/01/2009 12:00 CST | David Hendricks
    All aspects of federal contracting programs favoring minority-owned businesses have been turned upside down by an injunction issued by a judge in San Antonio.
  • How Americans Lost Their Right To Own Gold And Became Criminals in the Process (long read)

    02/28/2009 1:23:00 PM PST · by wolfcreek · 33 replies · 1,622+ views
    "Worst of all, the power which Congress delegated to the President enabled him to make criminals out of honest American citizens whose crime would consist only of trying to protect themselves from official debasement of their money. In more fundamental terms, Americans henceforth would be "under the gun" for exercising a fundamental, inalienable right: the right to deal with their own property as they saw fit. Gold, no matter what its special characteristics, is, after all, just another form of property."
  • Obama Backs Rule Change to Modify Mortgages

    02/09/2009 2:50:36 PM PST · by pleikumud · 52 replies · 1,728+ views
    CNBC Online ^ | February 9, 2009
    "If you are like most people, including me, and you've got one house ... it turns out that under current law you can't modify that mortgage if you are in bankruptcy," Obama told a townhall meeting as he campaigned for an $800 billion economic stimulus package being debated by lawmakers. "That makes no sense ... that is forcing a lot of people into foreclosure," Obama said. "This is a piece of legislation that I strongly support."
  • Oil customers join bailout line

    11/13/2008 8:13:52 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 51 replies · 1,336+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 13, 2008 | Editorial
    In July, when heating oil was approaching $5 a gallon and the so-called experts were saying crude was headed to $200 and beyond, millions of homeowners were flipping coins. Heads, they'd commit to pay $4.50 to $4.75 a gallon for heating oil this winter; tails, they'd gamble it wouldn't going to $6 as predicted. In Connecticut, heads came up about 200,000 times. And as soon as those homeowners signed contracts with their suppliers, crude prices crashed 60 percent in less than four months. Today, heating oil can be had for as little as $2.40, c.o.d. As awful as those contracts...
  • Iraq Cancels Six No-Bid Oil Deals

    09/11/2008 9:56:40 AM PDT · by fella · 14 replies · 309+ views
    RigZone ^ | 9/11/2008 | United Press International
    Iraq Cancels Six No-Bid Oil Deals United Press International 9/11/2008 URL: The Iraqi government said it has canceled six oil contracts with foreign companies that were awarded in June in a no-bid arrangement. One-year contracts with Shell, Chevron, Total, BP, ExxonMobil and others, meant to increase Iraqi oil production by a 500,000 barrels a day, were canceled after Democratic U.S. senators complained the deals could interfere with Iraqi efforts to pass an energy policy law and reach a revenue-sharing agreement among Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites, The New York Times reported Thursday. To go ahead with the no-bid contracts "would...