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  • Chinese-American Mom Says Common Core Is Just Like Education in Communist China

    12/01/2014 8:49:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 30, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    "Do you just want your kids to be test machines and cheap workers for corporations?"Lily Tang Williams, a mother of three, testified before the Colorado State Board of Education that Common Core was similar to the education she received growing up in Mao’s Communist China. “Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the Communist core I once saw in China,” Williams said. “I grew up under Mao’s regime and we had the Communist-dominated education — nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum, and nationalized indoctrination.” In a post at FreedomWorks, Williams wrote about her experience with the Chinese education system: Our...
  • Get ‘Em Young: Obama’s Plan for Universal Preschool

    02/16/2013 7:51:10 AM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 16, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Since the recent State of the Union address, President Obama has been touting his proposal to offer free preschool to everybody. The White House cites studies that claim all manner of benefits to sticking young children into the zoo early on, including later “success.” And Obama claims one of his main motivations is to close the test score “achievement gap” between poor and rich kids.[snip] If you truly want to give your child an educational head start, turn off the TV and make him crack a couple of books every week.
  • Paul Ryan: Obama's 'Julia' website 'creepy' and 'demeaning'

    05/04/2012 6:46:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 20112 | Justin Sink
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that the Obama campaign's new website - which uses a fictionalized woman named Julia to illustrate how the president's policies help female voters - is "creepy" and "demeaning." "It suggests that this woman can't go anywhere in life without Barack Obama's government-centered society. It's kind of demeaning to her," Ryan said during a constituent meeting in Wisconsin, the National Review reports. "She must have him and his big government to depend on to go anywhere in life. It doesn't say much about his faith in Julia." Dubbed "The Life of Julia,"...
  • Who the hell is "Julia" and why am I paying for her whole life?

    05/03/2012 9:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Human Events ^ | 05/03/2012 | by David Harsanyi
    In the new Barack Obama campaign piece The Life of Julia, voters can "Take a look at how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime -- and how Mitt Romney would change her story." It is one of the most brazenly statist pieces of campaign literature I can ever remember seeing. Let's, for the purposes of this post, set aside the misleading generalizations regarding policy in the ad (no one is innocent on that account, obviously). What we are left with is a celebration of a how a woman can live her entire life by leaning on government...
  • Cradle to Grave: The Obama Campaign's Fantasy for American Life

    05/03/2012 10:18:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/3/12 | Kevin Glass
    The Obama campaign has a cringe-inducing propaganda slideshow called "The Life of Julia" intended to illustrate how the Obama Administration's policies will give government help to a young woman as she is educated, works, starts a family and retires. If you had to stifle a guffaw, you're not alone. Yes, the Obama Administration's policies alone can be the savior for American children everywhere - all it takes, apparently, are piles and piles of taxpayer money thrown around recklessly. And by the end, children will still be able to retire and live comfortably on the totally-stable programs of Medicare and Social...
  • Physician's letter to the President

    05/31/2010 8:24:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies · 2,466+ views
    unsourced e-mail | 23 August 2009 | Dr. Roger Starner Jones
    Dear Mr. President: During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone. While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of...
  • The Safety Net Shreds

    03/29/2010 4:15:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,250+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Entitlements: Social Security's chief actuary reports that the social safety net will run a deficit for 2010, nine years earlier than predicted. Put down that big gavel, Madam Speaker, we're about to hit the iceberg. No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying the gavel used when Medicare was enacted, taken a victory lap around the Capitol Building after passage of the health care bill than did the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration report that his part of the social safety net had a big hole in it and would run a deficit for all of 2010. Stephen...
  • Administration's Arrogance on Display--Axelrod Dares GOP (Video Included)

    03/15/2010 4:34:55 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 13 replies · 695+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/15/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In yet another display of this Administration's inexplicable and blatant arrogance, White House adviser David Axelrod dared the GOP on NBC's Meet the Press yesterday to try to repeal ObamaCare once it is approved. Axelrod claims that it will be politically impossible for the GOP to successfully challenge the mammoth 2 trillion dollar plan once it is in place, due to its supposed compassionate provisions for the underserved. Several things are worth bearing in mind concerning these recklessly erroneous claims:
  • 12 Days of Winter

    11/28/2009 10:44:33 PM PST · by psychopuppy · 2 replies · 647+ views
    You Tube ^ | 11-29-09
    A song that pokes fun at the Politically Correctness in society and in our public schools
  • L.A. County officials offer a novel idea to save millions

    06/18/2009 6:50:51 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 13 replies · 502+ views ^ | June 17, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Supervisors suggest putting unemployed parents to work caring for their own children as part of proposed changes to CalWorks and other state government aid programs. With steep state budget cuts under debate in Sacramento, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to push for changes to CalWorks and other government aid programs they said would save nearly $270 million. Included in their suggestions is a novel proposal: Put unemployed parents to work caring for their own children. "What we're saying is do not cut Welfare to Work outright: Target the cuts to the people who are the most expensive," said Miguel...
  • Clinton offers child poverty plan

    02/28/2008 9:57:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 109+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/08 | Mike Glover - ap
    HANGING ROCK, Ohio - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a plan to improve childhood nutrition and set a goal to reduce by half the 12 million youngsters living in poverty over the next dozen years. The package of proposals includes a "comprehensive" early education initiative that starts with nurse's visits for pregnant women, lets children begin the Head Start program earlier and calls for universal pre-kindergarten programs. The New York senator also says she would deal with childhood hunger by putting in place a food safety net, and give children "greater access to healthy, fresh food." She spelled out her...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger, Speaker reach tentative deal on health reform

    12/14/2007 9:36:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 310+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/14/07 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez have agreed on most aspects of a $14 billion health reform measure that would expand coverage to nearly 3.6 million uninsured Californians and force nearly everyone to buy health insurance. A few details remain to be settled, such as the dollar amount of a tobacco tax to help finance the deal. But the two have agreed on most aspects of the bill, including a sliding scale fee for employers, ranging from 1 percent of payroll to 6.5 percent of payroll, depending on the size of the company. There will also be a...
  • Mother-To-Be Flees As Social Workers Warn Her They Will Take Her Baby Away At Birth

    11/20/2007 7:17:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 82 replies · 119+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 20th November 2007 | PAUL SIMS
    Mother-to-be flees as social workers warn her they will take her baby away at birth By PAUL SIMS 20th November 2007 A mother-to-be has fled her home after social workers threatened to take her baby within minutes of the birth. Fran Lyon, 22, hopes a new local authority will take a different approach. She insists that the mental health problems she had as a teenager - she started self-harming at 15 and has been treated at psychiatric hospitals for borderline personality disorder - are now behind her and there is no evidence she will harm her child. Miss Lyon moved...
  • New Zealand Denies Immigration to U.K. Wife Because She's Too Fat (Socialized Healthcare)

    11/18/2007 5:47:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies · 972+ views ^ | Saturday, November 17, 2007 | SIMON CABLE
    New Zealand Denies Immigration to U.K. Wife Because She's Too Fat Saturday, November 17, 2007 NEW YORK — New Zealand immigration officials are keeping a U.K. wife from joining her husband "down under" because they say she is too fat, the Daily Mail reports. Click here to read the full report in the Daily Mail. British citizens Rowan Trezise, 33, and Richie Trezise, 35, are living apart as she tries desperately to shed the pounds needed to comply with New Zealand guidelines that immigrants maintain a healthy BMI, or body mass index. BMI is a weight-height ratio that estimates percentage...
  • Clinton health plan for Americans only (sort of..)

    10/18/2007 7:03:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 41+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/07 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally would not be covered by her proposed universal health care plan. The New York senator said she supports basic health services for illegal immigrants, including hospitalization and treatment of acute conditions. But she said the magnitude of the nation's health care challenge means her universal coverage proposal would not cover the 12 million people living in the country illegally. "People who are here legally deserve some better treatment and acceptance in the law than people who are not here legally," she said. "These are hard...
  • CA: Governor pushes leasing lottery to fund health plan

    10/10/2007 7:00:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 237+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/10/07 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled new health care legislation yesterday that relies on leasing the state lottery to a private company to generate new revenue. Schwarzenegger's plan to lease the lottery is considered more popular than raising the sales tax, which had been considered the most likely new funding source to expand health care. The governor said his $14 billion proposal to cover the state's 6.5 million uninsured residents offers the best chance for comprehensive health care reform. “We all know that the nation is watching us,” he said at a news conference yesterday. Schwarzenegger is trying to jump-start...
  • Woman, 108, Must Wait 18 Months For Hearing Aid (Another Great Moment In Socialized Medicine)

    07/30/2007 2:43:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies · 921+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday July 30, 2007 | Thair Shaikh
    Woman, 108, must wait 18 months for hearing aid Thair Shaikh Monday July 30, 2007 The Guardian A 108-year-old woman has been told she must wait at least 18 months before she receives a new hearing aid. Olive Beal, who has failing eyesight and uses a wheelchair, finds it difficult to hear with her five-year-old analogue aid and needs a digital version that cuts out background noise and makes conversation easier. Mrs Beal, a former piano teacher who was involved in the suffragette movement, would be 110 by the time she gets her new hearing aid. "I could be dead...
  • Drug Addicts To Be Given i-Pods If They Beat Their Habits (But No Drugs For Alzheimer's Patients)

    07/22/2007 9:27:24 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 521+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd July 2007 | JAMES SLACK
    Drug addicts to be given i-Pods if they beat their habits By JAMES SLACK Last updated at 16:37pm on 22nd July 2007 Drug addicts could be offered food vouchers and the chance to win prizes such as i-Pod music players by the Government body refusing treatment to Alzheimer's sufferers. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) wants to offer heroin and crack addicts 'incentives' to quit their habit. The users - many of whom commit crime to feed their habit - will be offered vouchers if they test clean for the illegal substances. The size of the taxpayer-funded gift will...
  • As US tax rates drop, government's reach grows

    04/16/2007 8:12:56 AM PDT · by oblomov · 35 replies · 1,298+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 4/16/2007 | Mark Trumbull
    Maybe the era of big government isn't over, after all. As Americans finish their annual tax-filing flurry to meet a Tuesday deadline, it is true that tax rates are lower than they were a few years ago. But according to a different yardstick, the federal government's reach is expanding. Slightly over half of all Americans – 52.6 percent – now receive significant income from government programs, according to an analysis by Gary Shilling, an economist in Springfield, N.J. That's up from 49.4 percent in 2000 and far above the 28.3 percent of Americans in 1950. If the trend continues, the...
  • Health plan may exempt 20% of the uninsured

    04/12/2007 10:03:37 AM PDT · by oblomov · 8 replies · 880+ views
    Boston Glob ^ | 4/12/2007 | Alice Dembner,
    To remove the threat of a public backlash, the state plans to exempt nearly 20 percent of uninsured adults from the state's new requirement that everyone have health insurance. The proposal, expected to be approved by a state board today, is based on calculations that even the lowest-cost insurance would not be affordable for an estimated 60,000 people with low and moderate incomes who do not qualify for state subsidies. Forcing them to buy insurance or pay a penalty could jeopardize the rest of the state's initiative, officials said. Instead, the state board appears prepared to settle for near universal...
  • What price life?

    10/17/2006 11:00:25 AM PDT · by orionblamblam · 36 replies · 979+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Tuesday, October 17, 2006
    Charlotte Wyatt, who has serious brain, lung and kidney damage, weighed only 1 pound and measured just 5 inches when she was born three months prematurely on October 14, 2003. The child hit the headlines soon after birth as her parents battled in the courts to force doctors – against their medical judgement – to provide artificial ventilation if her condition worsened. Her parents won the year-long legal dispute, which cost the taxpayer an estimated £500,000 ($929,000). In addition, the girl’s medical treatment costs around £300 a day, and has totalled an estimated £1.1 million so far. ... Charlotte’s parents...
  • CA: Governor Signs Preschool Bill (AB 172 - 1st Step in Expanding Preschool Opps. for Ca. Children)

    09/07/2006 10:57:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 515+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 9/7/06 | Preschool California
    OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Maryann O'Sullivan, founder and CEO of Preschool California, issued the following statement in response to the governor's signature on AB 172, a bill that invests $50 million to expand preschool programs in neighborhoods surrounding low-performing schools: "We appreciate Governor Schwarzenegger's timely leadership in assuring that the state budget includes some resources to get us started in bringing quality programs to the California kids and schools that need it most. "Creating quality preschool programs is the single most important thing California can do now to assure that our most at- risk kids arrive for...
  • Silly Bills Part II (California Dems' Booster Seat Snafu Alert)

    09/03/2006 11:13:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 690+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 09/03/06 | Jill Stewart
    One of the most mindless laws approved was Assembly Bill 2108, by Sonoma County Democrat Noreen Evans. It requires parents to stick kids in automobile backseat booster seats until they turn age 8, or the kids grow to a specified height. This onerous law will cost parents millions of dollars, and save between zero and seven lives annually in California. Is that a typo? Is it possible that our full-time, "professional" Legislature approved a law forcing parents to spend millions of dollars, and preventing their small children from riding with their bigger kids in the front seat, all to save...
  • Assembly sends booster seat bill to governor (More Nanny State)

    08/24/2006 7:32:37 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 313+ views
    AP - Press Enterprise ^ | August 24, 2006 | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    Children under the age of 8 must be restrained in a child seat while traveling in a vehicle, under a bill sent Thursday to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill's author, Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, said her measure would bring California in compliance with recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board. Vehicle-related accidents are the highest cause of deaths for 6- and 7-year-olds, she said. Existing state law requires that children younger than 6 years old or less than 60 pounds sit in a booster seat. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, described the measure as government "nannyism." The 6-foot-4 lawmaker said...
  • CA: Snuffing out smoking in cars with children

    08/14/2006 7:32:01 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 155 replies · 1,834+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 14, 2006 | Jim Sanders
    Targeting a new frontier in the fight against smoking, California lawmakers may ban motorists from lighting up near young passengers. The measure would mark the first time that Californians would be prohibited from smoking legal tobacco products on private property not open to the public or employees. No state had passed such a vehicle smoking ban until this year, when Arkansas and Louisiana set a precedent by barring the practice when passengers are under 6 or 13, respectively. Assemblyman Paul Koretz, a West Hollywood Democrat who proposed California's ban, Assembly Bill 379, said some parents don't seem to know --...
  • 'Preschool for All' Law Signed (IL)

    07/26/2006 4:57:26 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies · 943+ views ^ | July 26, 2006 | Mike Ramsey
    ROLLING MEADOWS, IL - Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Tuesday that makes every 3- and 4-year-old in Illinois eligible for state-subsidized preschool. The catch: There's money for only about 10,000 of the neediest children, at least for now. Blagojevich activated the $45 million first phase of his "Preschool for All" program surrounded by childhood-development advocates and lawmakers who helped move the measure through the General Assembly. The measure's proponents say broadening access to preschool will pay dividends in the future. "It's those precious years between 3 and 5 when kids learn the most," Blagojevich said during a news conference at...
  • Schwarzenegger to unveil prescription drug discount plan

    07/21/2006 8:08:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 382+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose a new plan Saturday requiring drug companies to give discounts to low-income residents within five years or face state sanctions, Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe said Friday. The plan is similar to Democratic proposals the governor has rejected in the past. Under the new proposal, drug companies would have five years to offer discounts to people who earn less than three times the federal poverty level, or about $60,000 a year for a family of four. Companies that do not cooperate could be cut out of the state's Medi-Cal program, which provides...
  • Calif. preschool measure runs into trouble (.. hits a bit of a head wind,, a MeatHead wind. Prop 82)

    06/02/2006 7:17:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 582+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/06 | Juliet Williams - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Provide free preschool for all California children, tax the rich to pay for it, and get a famous Hollywood director to sell it. A measure on Tuesday's ballot to create universal preschool in the nation's most populous state seemed like a can't-miss idea in heavily Democratic California. But the $2.4 billion-a-year plan has been a tough sell. The Preschool for All initiative's best-known supporter, "When Harry Met Sally" director Rob Reiner, ducked out of the campaign spotlight this spring after a state education commission he headed was accused of improperly using taxpayer money to run TV commercials...
  • CA: State to pony up Prop. 49 funding

    05/01/2006 5:15:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 207+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/1/06 | Jill Tucker
    As of July 1, more than $600 million for after-school programs will sit in a state bank account waiting for schools to ask for it. At this point, the fear is they won't. The lion's share — more than $400 million — will come from Proposition 49 — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's pre-gubernatorial initiative, his first foray into politics. Voters approved The After-School Education and Safety Program Act in 2002. The measure required the state to be economically in the black before the measure triggered. It took four years for that to happen and now for the first time, the state...
  • Mass. Governor OKs Landmark Health Bill

    04/12/2006 12:56:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 698+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/06 | Steve LeBlanc- ap
    BOSTON - Gov. Mitt Romney on Wednesday signed into law a landmark bill designed to guarantee virtually all Massachusetts residents have health insurance. However, the governor vetoed a key portion of the bill — a $295-per-worker assessment on businesses that do not provide health insurance. Some critics have called that provision a tax on businesses. The bill, intended to extend coverage to Massachusetts' estimated 550,000 uninsured, is being touted as a national model, thrusting the state to the forefront of the national debate about how to provide near-universal health care coverage without creating a single government-controlled system. It's also a...
  • Preschool Campaign Gets an Ethics Issue /Reiner may be the issue, for now…but its still a bad idea

    03/24/2006 9:05:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 449+ views ^ | 3/24/06 | K. Lloyd Billingsley
    Rob Reiner claims that opponents of Proposition 82, his ballot initiative for universal government-run preschool in California, are making him the issue because they are incapable of arguing against the measure on its merits. In recent days, Reiner has become the issue, but for reasons related to his first political production. The child of show-biz magnate Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner made his television debut as a motorcycle hood in a "Partridge Family" episode in 1970. The following year, Norman Lear cast him as the verbose liberal Michael Stivik in "All in the Family." His fame secured, Reiner went on to...
  • Preschool measure makes June ballot (California -- tax "the rich" to pay for public preschool)

    01/14/2006 2:02:48 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 86 replies · 1,235+ views
    SFC ^ | Jan. 14, 2005 | John Wildermuth
    Voters will decide in June whether they want to tax California's richest residents to send the state's 4-year-olds to preschool. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has certified the "Preschool for All'' initiative, declaring that its backers, led by actor-director Rob Reiner, had collected more than the 598,105 valid signatures needed to place the measure on the June 6 ballot. The voluntary program would offer a full year of preschool to all California 4-year-olds, provided mostly by local school districts. The initiative would boost the top tax rate by 1.7 percent on individuals earning more than $400,000 annually or married couples...
  • Preschool initiative qualifies for June ballot (Meathead)

    01/13/2006 10:32:12 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 27 replies · 443+ views
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An initiative sponsored by director and Democratic activist Rob Reiner that would fund preschool for all California children has qualified for the June primary election ballot, the secretary of state's office said Friday. Reiner's Preschool for All Act would raise income taxes on the wealthy to pay for a year of preschool for all 4-year-olds. Reiner also is chairman of California's First 5 program, which provides programs for children up to age 5. The initiative would raise an estimated $2.4 billion a year by increasing income taxes by 1.7 percent for individuals who earn at least $400,000...
  • Schwarzenegger's after-school program finally becomes reality (Prop 49)

    01/03/2006 7:08:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 255+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/3/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An unexpected boost in state revenue has given Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger an election-year bonus: funding for the after-school initiative he championed during his initial foray into California politics. Proposition 49 will be funded for the first time since voters approved it in 2002. Schwarzenegger is expected to include the funding in the budget he presents to the Legislature next week. "It's a happy coincidence of his sponsorship of a popular measure and now a favorable budget situation," said Jack Pitney, government professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. "It's one bit of good luck after a line...
  • CA: Preschool For All (Donations So Far For Initiative Battle)

    12/20/2005 1:55:54 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies · 358+ views
    Around The Capitol ^ | December 2005
    Preschool for All Committee Total (last twelve months):$2,169,584 Cash on Hand (as of June 30):$195,431 Expenditures (Note: this includes only late contributions, generally large electronically filed contributions.This is not necessarily the total amount of cash-on-hand for the committee.) << Donor >> << Amount >> << Received Date >> << Report Date >> Carl And Estelle Reiner (Beverly Hills, CA) $500,000 12/07/2005 12/16/2005 Jamel Perkins (San Francisco, CA) $5,000 11/22/2005 12/02/2005 Catholic Healthcare West (Phoenix, AZ) $25,000 11/11/2005 11/18/2005 Brian S. Snyder (New York, NY) $30,000 11/10/2005 11/18/2005 Hispanic Express, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) $20,000 11/09/2005 11/18/2005 Elon R. Musk (Los...
  • New Children's Book: "Why Mommy is a Democrat"

    12/01/2005 10:21:05 AM PST · by dukeman · 202 replies · 5,564+ views ^ | Jeremy Zilber
    Kids want to know. Kids need to know. It's up to you to tell them... WHY MOMMY IS A DEMOCRAT A different kind of children's book. Why Mommy is a Democrat brings to life the core values of the Democratic party in ways that young children will easily understand and thoroughly enjoy. Using plain and non-judgmental language, along with warm and whimsical illustrations, this colorful 28-page paperback depicts the Democratic principles of fairness, tolerance, peace, and concern for the well-being of others. It's a great way for parents to gently communicate their commitment to these principles and explain their support...
  • French Kiss Values Good-Bye

    06/08/2005 6:22:35 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 6 replies · 728+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 06-08-06 | Denis Boyles
    French Kiss Values Good-Bye By Denis Boyles Of all the cool French things Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry might have found to bring home from his trip to France last year, unfortunately what he found most appealing is the way the government of the Fifth Republic sees to the "education" of French toddlers. In France, where the public schools are used to inculcate a certain way of seeing the benefits of the parasitic relationship between those who govern and those who are governed, children are sent off to schoolrooms before the sun has risen on their sentiency -- generally at the...
  • Study: Preschool for all California 4-year-olds a wise investment (Rand Corp.)

    03/29/2005 6:03:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 958+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/29/05 | Paul Chavez - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - High-quality, universal preschool for all 4-year-olds in California would generate $2.62 in benefits for every public dollar spent, according to a new economic analysis released Tuesday by the Rand Corp. The cost-benefits study by the Santa Monica-based think tank estimated average annual costs of $1.7 billion for universal preschool would be offset in the long-term by a reduction in the high school graduation dropout rate, less juvenile crime and a more productive work force. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which advocates voluntary preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in California by 2013, funded the study....
  • CA: Reiner to launch preschool program (Meathead Alert!)

    03/24/2005 8:34:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 611+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/24/05 | Troy Anderson
    Overcoming an array of political and bureaucratic hurdles, actor-director Rob Reiner will announce today the launch of a tobacco tax-funded preschool program for tens of thousands of 4-year-olds throughout Los Angeles County and the rest of California. "This is a great day for the children of Los Angeles," said Reiner, chairman of First 5 California. "By launching this effort to provide access to higher-quality preschools for thousands of children, (Los Angeles Universal Preschool) is helping to solve the preschool crisis that exists in this county and state." Reiner and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina are expected to join preschoolers...
  • CA: Legislative analyst suggests halting governor's after-school program (Prop 49)

    02/24/2005 6:27:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 350+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/24/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill suggested new ways Thursday to solve the state's budget problems, including suspending the after-school initiative championed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before the actor turned politician. Though the program hasn't begun, Hill said it could soon add $424 million to the state's bills while California remains in a budget crisis. Schwarzenegger, who headed the Inner-City Foundation to provide after-school programs for children, successfully qualified and passed Proposition 49 on the 2002 ballot. Days after Hill suggested revenues are up $2.2 billion due to an improving economy, she labeled the governor's measure - which gives...
  • Government Media Bribes Must Stop

    01/09/2005 8:29:13 AM PST · by madfly · 42 replies · 777+ views
    The Leader Online ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | Opinion
    THE ISSUE | Revelations that the Bush administration used taxpayer money to promote its agenda on news shows. OUR OPINION | These tactics are reprehensible and threaten the freedom of the press guaranteed in the Constitution. The term "state-run media" is normally associated with nations that control and censor its media outlets such as China and North Korea. Hopefully that term will not apply to outlets in the United States, but recent actions by the Bush administration should make all of us stand up and take notice Last week, it was revealed that the Education Department paid commentator Armstrong...
  • CA: State 'nanny' bills get scolding

    06/19/2004 9:16:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 153+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/19/04 | Jim Sanders
    Go ahead, Californians, it's your legal right to seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - unless it makes you fat or skins your knee. Critics say that's the message being sent in a slew of state bills targeting everything from soda pop in public schools to cellphone talk in private cars. Assemblyman Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, calls it "nanny government" - an insatiable appetite by legislators to replace parents in deciding what's best for families. Many of the controversial proposals are aimed at minors, including bills to keep them from buying violent video games, tanning at indoor salons or...
  • Court: N.C. must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants

    01/07/2004 4:49:45 AM PST · by AppyPappy · 60 replies · 998+ views
    Court: N.C. must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina must broaden its Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants to allow for longer-term treatment of serious health problems, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The ruling could expand the kinds of medical treatment that illegal immigrants receive under the Medicaid program. For hospitals that are already treating illegal immigrants, the decision could also mean more Medicaid reimbursements.