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  • Federally funded sex ed program teaches Hawaii middle schoolers that butts are genitals

    02/25/2014 9:16:39 PM PST · by Flyin' Hawaiian · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2014 | Eric Owens
    A member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives is criticizing an ambitious, federally funded sex education program currently in use in 12 of the state’s public schools. The pilot curriculum, called “Pono Choices,” targets 11- to 13-year-old students. (“Pono” is a Hawaiian word that basically means “good” or “moral.”) Its creators include the University of Hawaii and, of course, Planned Parenthood. Rep. Bob McDermott, a Hawaii Republican, claims that the curriculum is “not age appropriate and not consistent with state policy” for a slew of reasons, reports EAGnews.org. McDermott’s biggest complaint is that the curriculum is wrong on a pretty major...
  • Labor Department to Spend $1 Million to Increase Gender Equality in Work – in Morocco

    09/20/2013 4:03:14 PM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    CNSnews ^ | September 20, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    The Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs plans to award up to $1 million in taxpayer dollars to increase gender equality at work in Morocco. The purpose of the grant is “to help build the capacity of civil society organizations,including non-governmental organizations and trade unions,in the Kingdom of Morocco to address working women's issues and empower women to more fully exercise their labor rights.” “Projects awarded funding will be expected to work with local organizations to enhance service delivery to women on matters related to their labor rights and interests and to raise public awareness of women's labor rights,”...
  • Talking urinal cakes have a message for Michigan men

    07/03/2012 10:38:16 AM PDT · by kevcol · 37 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Melissa Anders
    Men who use the restrooms in certain Michigan bars could be in for a surprise when they hear a female voice coming from the urinal. The state is distributing urinal cakes with sensors that play a recorded message urging bar-goers to call a cab or friend for a ride home instead of driving drunk. The recording ends with a reminder: “Oh, and don’t forget, wash your hands.” . . . The urinal cakes cost $10,000 and were covered by federal funds. The cost is “significantly less” than paid advertising and other sorts of communication, Kindraka said.
  • Resort trips [for Philly HS students] got federal money

    08/04/2011 9:25:01 AM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies
    Phila Inquirer ^ | 08/04/11 | Joseph Tanfani and Mark Fazlollah
    A nonprofit backed by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) spent more than $2 million in federal funds to provide environmental education to Philadelphia high school students - including trips to a resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. For three years, the Caribbean-American Mission for Research, Education, and Action ran an exchange program for students at Overbrook High School and two island high schools. The Philadelphia students and their adult chaperones stayed at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef beachfront resort, on what the hotel website calls a "luminous white sand beach framed with the majestic turquoise waters of the Caribbean." Fattah's...
  • Florida might reject $100 million [Fed] grant to educate children [tied to Obamacare]

    08/01/2011 2:33:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2011 | Leslie Postal
    Florida's decision to reject federal grants tied to the Obama administration's health-care overhaul means it might not be able to compete for $100 million to improve the care and education of young children. A new federal Race to the Top program that aims to improve early learning was launched in May, the latest push from Washington to spur reform through competition among states. The first Race to the Top competition, embraced by then-Gov. Charlie Crist, resulted in a $700 million grant for the state last year. But Florida could remain on the sidelines in the newest competition, which has the...
  • House votes to cut off federal funds for NPR (228-192 vote, along mainly partisan lines)

    03/17/2011 1:06:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/17/11 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered." The bill, passed 228-192 along mainly partisan lines, would bar federal funding of NPR and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs. The prospects of support in the Democratic-controlled Senate are slim. Seven Republicans broke ranks to vote against the bill.
  • Obama X marks the spot (Obama is on a separate Hawaiian list of foreign births)

    01/20/2011 12:21:07 PM PST · by DontTreadOnMe2009 · 112 replies
    Lame Cherry Blog ^ | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011 | The Lame Cherry
    "That is what Abercrombie revealed in the "recorded list". Hawaii has a separated list which this dupnik apparently was not aware of, in order to bypass normal American registrations, so doctors were not on the legal hook, and these foreign born infants could just be dumped into the system ---as Hawaii was not going to ask, and no one there was going to tell in this corrupt intrastate system. Barack Hussein Obama is ON THE SEPARATED LIST and not on the American born list."
  • Never Trust A Christmas Present From Washington

    12/13/2010 5:18:00 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | December 13, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Incoming governors of Wisconsin and Ohio, Scott Walker and John Kasich, have announced that they’ll be rejecting federal funds for new rail projects in their states. The federal government could leave that money unspent; saving the taxpayers untold millions, but this administration doesn’t believe in fiscal responsibility. So they went looking around for someone willing to take the money, and Governor Pat Quinn stuck Illinois’ hand out as far as it could reach, happy to accept such a generous gift this Christmas season on behalf of his panhandling state. But why did Wisconsin and Ohio turn it down? Surely they...
  • Charter School Support Increasing

    10/04/2010 6:56:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 4, 2010 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Allie Winegar Duzett, Last week, the United States Department of Education awarded $50,000,000 to the Charter School Grant Program, to “replicate and expand” high-achieving public charter schools. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, over the next five years the grants are expected to serve 76,000 students, in 127 new and 31 expanded charter schools. In the past, grants of this nature were only given to start-up public charter schools—so public charter schools that were already set up and functioning were denied funding. The support for public charter schools is indeed heartening—and not limited only to the federal...
  • Federal Funds May Be Involved in Abortion Coverage for North Carolina Students

    08/12/2010 1:52:22 PM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 12, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Federal Funds May Be Involved in Abortion Coverage for North Carolina Students Charlotte, NC -- The response to a national controversy -- generated with a pro-life student group uncovering information showing students who attend public universities in North Carolina will be forced to pay for abortions via their required student health care plan -- has been swift. http://LifeNews.com/state5341.html
  • Kinsey Cubed

    08/10/2010 10:25:52 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 10, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Sometimes academic health research can look downright unhealthy, particularly if it is funded by the federal government. “The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded $126,000 over the past two years to a University of Washington study that established ‘web-based sex diaries’ for gay males as young as 16,” Matt Cover reported on CNS News today. “By the time the grants end in 2011, taxpayers will have spent more than $250,000 for the study.” Now there’s something in short supply in the private sector—gay porn websites. It’s not...
  • Court Temporarily Restores Ban on ACORN Funding

    04/26/2010 1:43:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 401+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 25, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known by the acronym ACORN, exists only in shell form, having formally disbanded on April 1. Yet whatever name(s) the radical nonprofit organizing network and its countless affiliates currently go under, the issue of its right to receive federal funds is anything but a dead letter. An appeals court ruling several days ago ensures as much. On Wednesday, April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit temporarily reinstated a congressional ban on further public funding of the scandal-ridden group. The three-judge panel in Manhattan effectively overturned a lower...
  • Political scientists fight for federal funds--Senator aims to ax funds

    10/13/2009 7:18:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 314+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    The nation's political scientists are on the warpath, angry at efforts to cut off their federal funding and at taunts that they are getting taxpayer dollars to do what television talking heads do already. The professors of "poli sci" are fighting to save a taxpayer revenue stream amounting to $112 million in federal grants and other programs over the past decade to study topics ranging from how politicians benefit from being vague and how world leaders react to crises. Theyre letting fly on budget hawk Sen. Tom Coburns bid to eliminate the funds with the full force of academia: They...
  • ACORN Comedy Hour: Congress can't hurt us

    10/06/2009 7:50:55 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 8 replies · 473+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | October 6, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Let's see just how much Congress isn't going to hurt ACORN. It appears that the Porkulus bill passed in January had a couple of bucks headed ACORN's way.
  • [Berkeley] Business Owners React to Marine Corps Vote

    02/05/2008 1:18:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 336+ views
    The Daily Californian ^ | February 5, 2008 | Amy Brooks
    Some Berkeley business owners say they have received such a negative response from the recent City Council resolutions against the Marine Corps recruiting center in Downtown Berkeley that they may withhold city taxes in protest. Last week the council declared that the center was "unwelcome" in Berkeley and sought to aide Code Pink, a group that organizes regular protests outside the center, by reserving a parking space for the group in front of the center, among other actions. Since then, the resolutions have elicited a nationwide response. Last Thursday, United States Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said he would attempt to...
  • Officials: Stopping eminent domain tough

    01/27/2008 6:47:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 203+ views
    The Facts ^ | January 27, 2008 | Hunter Sauls
    WEST COLUMBIA — When private property gets in the way of a road project, its owners will be moving out of the way, one way or another, in almost every case. With a widening of Highway 36 on the horizon and state and federal officials ready to drive the Trans-Texas Corridor through the Lone Star State, many land-owning Texans are preparing to defend their property from their own government. Brazoria County residents troubled by the looming eminent domain fights came to the Gulf Coast Christian Center on Saturday morning to voice their views to Tom Lizardo, chief of staff for...
  • Breaking - Supreme Court Upholds "Colleges who accept Federal Funds must allow Military Recruiters"

    03/06/2006 7:12:47 AM PST · by Leofl · 339 replies · 13,526+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 03/06/2006 | Leofl
    Just Breaking!!!! Supreme Court Upholds "Colleges who accept Federal Funds must allow Military Recruiters"
  • A Desire Named Streetcar: How Federal Subsidies Encourage Wasteful Local Transit Systems

    01/28/2006 11:15:05 AM PST · by logician2u · 50 replies · 928+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | January 5, 2006 | Randal O'Toole
    January 5, 2006 Policy Analysis no. 559 A Desire Named Streetcar: How Federal Subsidies Encourage Wasteful Local Transit Systems by Randal O'Toole Randal O'Toole is director of the Thoreau Institute and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Executive Summary The nation's mass transit system is a classic example of how special interests prevail over the needs and interests of voters and taxpayers. Total inflation-adjusted subsidies to transit?buses and trains?have more than doubled since 1990, yet total ridership has increased by less than 10 percent. Train ridership has dropped dramatically while automobile use has skyrocketed. Prior to 1964, when...
  • Low Rates Could Be Around for Long Term

    06/26/2005 11:12:49 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 39 replies · 1,218+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 27, 2005 | EDMUND L. ANDREWS
    WASHINGTON, June 26 - Federal Reserve officials, who meet this week, are beginning to suspect that the perplexing decline in long-term interest rates is more than a temporary aberration. The possibility has major implications for the economy, and it creates new puzzles for Fed officials on how they should respond. On Thursday, the Fed is all but certain to raise the federal funds rate on overnight loans between banks by another quarter point, to 3.25 percent. That would be the ninth increase in the last year, and the central bank is expected to signal that it will continue to raise...
  • Thank you federal money tree!

    04/15/2005 12:46:43 PM PDT · by truth49 · 3 replies · 273+ views
    With all the free money and federal matching funds state officials are constantly lusting and chasing after, what better day than today to thank the federal money tree for providing all this free money. So for all of you that filed your federal tax return today (or earlier this year), thank you for your selfless charity in providing state officials with more free federal matching funds to lust and chase after to provide state’s with free federal money. After all, federal funds don’t cost state taxpayers a dime, right?
  • FOMC Raises Federal Funds Rate 25 Basis Points to 2.25%

    12/14/2004 11:16:34 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 2,275+ views
    CNBC | December 14, 2004
    In the fifth tightening of US monetary policy in as many meetings, Alan Greenspan and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the Federal Funds Rate target 25 basis points to 2.25%, as expected. More...
  • FOMC Raises Federal Funds Rate 25 Basis Points to 2.00%

    11/10/2004 11:16:10 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 2,171+ views
    CNBC | November 10, 2004
    In the fourth tightening of US monetary policy in as many meetings, Alan Greenspan and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the Federal Funds Rate target 25 basis points to 2.00%, as expected. More...
  • FOMC Raises Federal Funds Rate 25 Basis Points to 1.50%

    08/10/2004 11:15:32 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 66 replies · 2,965+ views
    CNBC | August 10, 2004
    In the second tightening of US monetary policy since May of 2000, Alan Greenspan and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the Federal Funds Rate target 25 basis points to 1.50%, as expected. More...
  • Pastor arrested in fraud scheme at charter school

    07/02/2004 9:37:55 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 21 replies · 622+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 2, 2004 | HARVEY RICE
    July 2, 2004, 12:46AM Pastor arrested in fraud scheme Among four accused of misappropriating charter school funds By HARVEY RICE Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle A pastor who ran a Houston charter school once said to exemplify charter school problems was arrested Thursday along with three family members on charges of misappropriating $3 million in state and federal education funds. The Rev. Harold W. Wilcox, former head of the now-defunct Prepared Table charter school and pastor of the Greater Progressive Baptist Church, and three relatives were arrested at their homes. FBI agenst transport Louvicy Wilcox 51, to the federal courthouse The...
  • FOMC Raises Federal Funds Rate 25 Basis Points to 1.25%

    06/30/2004 11:19:20 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 61 replies · 690+ views
    CNBC | June 30, 2004
    In the first tightening of US monetary policy since May of 2000, Alan Greenspan and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the Federal Funds Rate target, from its 46 year low, 25 basis points to 1.25%. More...
  • FEC: Nader Campaign Qualifies for Funds

    05/30/2004 1:16:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 129+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/31/04 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Ralph Nader's independent bid for the White House has qualified to receive matching government funds, the Federal Election Commission announced Friday. Campaign officials said Nader has raised more than $850,000 to date from 7,800 separate contributions. To receive matching funds, a candidate must raise at least $5,000 in 20 states in donations of $250 or less. The average contribution to the Nader campaign is $100, with 89 percent being $100 or less, the campaign said. The FEC matches all contributions of $250 or less up to $18.7 million. "The Nader Campaign is not dialing for corporate dollars, unlike...
  • Debate on Fed rate rise is not when, but how much

    05/10/2004 1:41:14 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 177+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2004 | Victoria Thieberger
    NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) - It is rare for economists on Wall Street to agree on anything but for once they are united, sharing the view that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in June, or August at the latest. But they still differ on how far the U.S. central bank will go, now that the economy is on a sure footing and inflation is on the rise. A blockbuster April U.S. payrolls report has prompted a wholesale shift in thinking about the Fed on Wall Street and analysts now see no reason for it to put off...
  • Interest rates: how far, how fast?

    05/07/2004 2:29:20 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 158+ views
    CNN/Money ^ | May 7, 2004 | Mark Gongloff
    Look, up in the sky: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's the fed funds rate. How high will it go? NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - In case there was any doubt, Friday's jobs report made a Fed rate hike a done deal. The only questions now are: how far and how fast will rates rise? The answer depends on whether or not policy-makers have been watching the right numbers. Friday morning, the Labor Department reported a second consecutive blowout number for monthly job growth, sending economists scrambling to readjust their forecasts for the Federal Reserve's first interest-rate hike since...
  • {Laredo} Mayor Comes Home {From Washington, D.C.} a Hero

    01/24/2004 8:52:50 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 203+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 01-24-04 | Staff
    Mayor comes home a hero Times staff reports Laredo Mayor Betty Flores arrived Friday from her three-day trip to Washington D.C. and brought with her $4 million in federal appropriations. Mayor Flores headed home on a high note, bearing news that over $4 million in federal appropriations for Laredo were approved Thursday night by Congress via a congressional bill that contained Laredo earmarks. The $373 billion spending measure contains an Omnibus Bill, which includes federal earmarks for the Gateway City specifically for transportation and mass transit projects. "I want to thank our congressional leadership that continues to support Laredo and...
  • Aid Package to Help Border Hospitals Cover Cost of Illegal Immigrants

    12/07/2003 12:12:06 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 463+ views
    Aid package to help border hospitals cover cost of illegal immigrants BROWNSVILLE (AP) — Border hospitals lose millions of dollars annually caring for sick or injured illegal immigrants, but a $1 billion federal aide package promises relief. "The federal government finally realized that there is a huge burden placed on the border hospitals to pay for the cost of the illegal aliens," said Dr. Lorenzo Pelly, a trauma surgeon at Valley Regional Medical Center. "It's a national issue because it is the federal government that has to stop the flow of the illegal aliens and they cannot do it." A...
  • Cross-dressing Wiccan official sparks Christian mission probe

    10/11/2003 12:30:29 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 20 replies · 292+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, October 11, 2003
    A Christian mission serving homeless people since 1939 is under investigation for discrimination because its walls are adorned with crosses and other religious imagery. The probe was prompted by a city fair-housing investigator, who also happens to be a cross-dressing Wiccan openly contemptuous of mainstream religions, the Charleston, W. Va., Daily Mail reported. Huntington City Mission The investigation began May 8 when Okey Napier Jr., walked into the Huntington City Mission in West Virginia and noticed the "Christian imagery" and other things that caused the city's Human Relations Commission to probe allegations the homeless shelter violated the state's fair housing...
  • TEDDY'S DOING: The Grove and Academe (lib schools get tax-money, defy Feds)

    09/26/2003 5:23:04 AM PDT · by Liz · 3 replies · 201+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Friday, September 26, 2003 | OPINION
    <p>Liberal law schools want to defy federal policy while taking federal money.</p> <p>Don't ask, don't tell. That's the policy toward homosexuals, instituted during the Clinton administration, that has made the U.S. military unwelcome on many of our nation's campuses. It's also behind a federal lawsuit just filed against the Defense Department by an organization of law schools and legal scholars. The organization says that don't-ask-don't-tell conflicts with the antidiscrimination codes on most campuses and that these campuses should thus be able to keep military recruiters out.</p>
  • Big Bloody Business(Planned Parenthood:A Business That's Never Been Richer)

    02/05/2003 1:09:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 213+ views
    Focus on the Family/Citizen Magazine ^ | January 2003 | Charles A. Donovan
    With federal help, Planned Parenthood has never been richer. Where does all the money go?In June 1971, Dr. Alan Guttmacher, then-president of Planned Parenthood, mapped out the future of his massive agency. “Service to the unmarried minor on her terms should be expanded. If we don’t do it, no one else can or will. Abortion-referral services, and in some instances performance of abortion, is our special responsibility.” Today, three decades later, Planned Parenthood thrives on the delivery of birth control and abortion to women whom the sexual revolution has failed — women who are, on balance, young, unmarried, childless and,...
  • CA: Davis makes plea for federal funds

    01/15/2003 9:50:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 292+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 1/15/03 | Jim Puzzanghera
    <p>WASHINGTON - Gov. Gray Davis pressed Washington on Tuesday for federal money to plug California's record budget gap, saying the state and others are ``being shortchanged'' by shouldering increased costs for Medicaid and domestic security.</p> <p>The governor, joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, also complained that eliminating the tax on stock dividends -- the centerpiece of President Bush's $674 billion economic-stimulus plan -- would drain $1 billion to $1.5 billion from California's coffers unless the state figures out a way to tax dividends separately.</p>
  • Federal Study Analyzes Human Body Reaction to Pornography

    12/23/2002 7:04:06 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 12 replies · 311+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-23-02 | McCain, Robert S.
    <p>Women participating in the $147,000 study at Northwestern University (IL) — funded through the federal National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) — were paid to "watch a series of commercially available film clips, some of which will be sexually explicit, while we monitor your body's sexual arousal," according to a flyer seeking volunteers for the study. Funding for the research comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, which has more than doubled in the past five years. The two-year study began in September 2001 and is intended to "assess the subjective and genital arousal of 180 lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women as they watch erotic video clips of lesbian, gay, or heterosexual interactions," primary researcher J. Michael Bailey explained in a description of the project. "We have some really great results on it, and I think it's going to make a big splash," Mr. Bailey said of the research, which he said he hopes to publish soon. In 1991, Mr. Bailey made headlines as one of the first researchers to say homosexuality is "substantially genetic," a conclusion based on studies of twins. Previous studies have shown that male sexual arousal is "target specific" — that is, that heterosexual males respond to depictions of females, while homosexual men respond to images of males, Mr. Bailey said. "There has been inadequate attention to the question of whether female sexual orientation is target specific," Mr. Bailey wrote in a grant proposal. "However, some research including our own preliminary data, suggests that target specificity is much weaker for women than for men." Early reports of the study, including in Northwestern University's daily newspaper, indicate that women's responses to the pornographic videos did not differ whether the images were of male-female couples, lesbians, or homosexual men. Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican, cited the Northwestern study as an example of misplaced research priorities, saying he asked NICHD three years ago to study whether the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was associated with autism. "The NIH couldn't find the money to look into this relationship between kids with regressive autism and the mandatory MMR vaccine, but they can pay people $150,000 to watch pornography," Mr. Weldon said. "This is disgusting, and is a clear example of distorted priorities at the NIH. The NIH message to parents of autistic children: Don't look to us for help." Funding for NIH has increased from $13 billion in fiscal 1998 to $27.2 billion sought by the Bush administration for the current fiscal year. The White House proposed raising NIH funding by $3.7 billion a year, which would be a 16 percent increase. That increase is reflected in the $27.2 billion NIH budget that has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, but House appropriators have yet to mark up the appropriations bill. A spokesman for NICHD said the agency "covers all aspects of human development." "Our institute does things that are not directly involved with children's health. So it's a misnomer to say that it's just child health." Reports of Northwestern's video sex research have prompted some ridicule, landing the study a spot in the nationally syndicated "News of the Weird" feature, but Mr. Bailey said it's no laughing matter. "I think it's extremely important research, and I think it's pathetic how skittish the government is about funding research about sex," Mr. Bailey said.</p>