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  • Was Atlanta's Fire Chief Fired Over His Faith?

    01/16/2015 7:37:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/15/2015 | BY JIM DALY
    By now you've likely heard that Atlanta Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, was recently fired from his position for publishing a book in which he affirmed a biblically orthodox understanding of human sexuality. Who Told You That You Were Naked book coverThe 162-page book in question, "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" is a Bible study designed for Christian men. According to press reports, Mr. Cochran gave a copy of the book to three individuals within his department, all of whom he knew to be Christian. So, what's the problem? The now former fire chief was initially suspended from his...

    11/24/2014 7:51:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/24/2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is about to dismiss Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The reason given? That the White House recognized that "the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ." In other words: Hagel was brought on to downgrade the military radically, but now the military turns out to be necessary, after all. Yet that cannot be the only reason, absent any sign that Obama is committing to a sudden, steep increase in the defense budget, and reversing the non-sequester...
  • Could it be true? New York City actually manages to fire a teacher

    10/13/2014 1:28:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/13/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In New York City – as with so many other places around the country – it’s generally a sadly accepted assumption that once a teacher in the public school system achieves tenure, they are in place for life. It doesn’t matter if you turn out to be a pedophile, a sexual predator or violent madman, thanks to the power of the teachers unions, your taxpayer funded paycheck is pretty much safe for life. At most, you might be sent to sit in a rubber room. Heck, in the current case of Sean Shaynak, you can collect your pay while...
  • States eye return to firing squads, electric chairs

    01/29/2014 2:56:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2014
    <p>ST. LOUIS With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.</p> <p>Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution.</p>
  • Some states look at reviving firing squads amid shortage of execution drugs

    01/18/2014 3:55:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/17/14 | M. Alex Johnson
    **SNIP** Firing squads have all but disappeared from the U.S. While Oklahoma law provides for them if lethal injection is ever ruled unconstitutional, only Utah actually continues to use them, and then only for inmates convicted before 2004 as it seeks to phase them out. But the shortage of pentobarbitol has some lawmakers reconsidering. State Sen. Bruce Burns filed a similar bill (.pdf) Monday in Wyoming, saying the state would have to do something soon before it runs out of approved drugs for lethal injections.
  • Did White House Have Something To Do With Chattanooga Editor's Firing?

    08/02/2013 5:00:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies ^ | August 2, 2013 | Editorial
    Media: A Tennessee newspaper fired an editor over a hard-hitting editorial denouncing President Obama's jobs plan on the very day the president came to town to tout it. This has the odor of White House revanchism. ngbfThe Chattanooga Times Free Press insists that its firing of Drew Johnson for the title of his editorial, "Take Your Jobs Plan And Shove It, Mr. President," was unrelated to content, and merely a case of an insubordinate editor changing his headline to a riff on a song by Nashville singer Johnny PayCheck over another headline. Frankly, it's hard to believe. For one thing,...
  • LAPD: Police firing beanbags at bottle-throwing Trayvon Martin protesters [photos]

    07/14/2013 9:04:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    twitchy ^ | 7/14/13 | staff
    Matt Pearce @mattdpearce Trayvon Martin demonstrators are marching on the FREEWAY in LA.
  • LAPD to reopen investigation into fugitive ex-cop's firing

    02/09/2013 7:06:04 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9 February 2013
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. The hunt in the snowy mountains for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings continued Saturday as police announced they will reopen the disciplinary proceedings that led to the fugitive's firing. Officials will particularly re-examine Christopher Dorner's allegations that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told KCBS-TV. He also urged Dorner to surrender. "If he was to give himself up, we'd be happy to hear what he has to say," Beck said. Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California...
  • Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call

    01/25/2013 7:53:06 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 102 replies
    Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call Daniel Halper January 25, 2013 10:26 AM President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced. "I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn't received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E....
  • Net Loss: Brooklyn Nets Fires Coach Avery Johnson

    12/27/2012 7:05:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/27/2012 | BRIAN MAHONEY
    Coach of the month in November, out of a job by New Year's. The Brooklyn Nets have elevated expectations this season, and a .500 record wasn't good enough. Coach Avery Johnson was fired Thursday, his team having lost 10 of 13 games after a strong start to its first season in Brooklyn. "We don't have the same fire now than we did when we were 11-4," general manager Billy King said at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J. "I tried to talk to Avery about it and we just can't figure it out. The same pattern kept on happening."...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • Report: Al-Qaida Was Saddened By Keith Olbermanns MSNBC Firing

    03/21/2012 9:51:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/21/12 | Jamie Weinstein
    When MSNBC discarded Keith Olbermann, al-Qaida mourned. So reports David Ignatius, the Washington Post columnist who has gained exclusive access to some of the documents recovered from Osama bin Ladens compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In his Wednesday column in the Washington Post, Ignatius reported on the details of a 21-page letter to bin Laden written by al-Qaida media adviser Adam Gadahn. Though the letter was undated, Ignatius says that it was likely written sometime after November 2010. Laying out the current media landscape for the now waterlogged terrorist kingpin, Gadahn, an American-born Jewish convert to Islam, lamented the firing of...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Revealing White House Role in the Controversial Firing of USDA...

    03/07/2012 12:08:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 7, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Revealing White House Role in the Controversial Firing of USDA Employee Shirley Sherrod White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs Denied Obama White House was Involved in Firing Documents Show Obama White House Approved Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Accepting Sherrods Forced Resignation (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents suggesting the Obama White House approved of the decision to fire U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod on July 19, 2010, based on what were thought to be racist...
  • 90 DC workers face firing for unemployment fraud

    02/06/2012 2:15:30 PM PST · by posterchild · 27 replies
    AP via ^ | Mon Feb 6, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) About 90 District of Columbia workers have been suspended and may be fired after officials determined they received unemployment checks while holding city jobs. The Washington Post reports Monday that another 60 former D.C. workers have cashed unemployment checks they were not entitled to. Lisa Mallory is director of the city's Department of Employment Services. She says the city has paid about $800,000 in unemployment benefits to working city employees since 2009 ( ). Mallory says some employees received as much as $20,000. Others received a few hundred dollars. The fraud is not complicated. Mallory says people...
  • ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Oc

    01/05/2012 4:01:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/12 | Jana Winters
    Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a report last week on the groups involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources. NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources...
  • ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players

    11/03/2011 11:18:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/3/11 | Jana Winter
    Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a report last week on the groups involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources. NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources...
  • Unknown person killed a peace committee leader nephew at Peshawar.

    10/30/2011 12:29:19 AM PDT · by musarratullah ^ | 30 October | MusarratUlllahJan
    Peshawar: Safi peace committee member nephew has died in firing, here on Sunday at 10am.The Safi peace committee member Malik Subadar nephew Malik Jahanzaib was died in firing at Budhni Peshawar. According to police He was coming to Peshawar with his two friends when unknown persons start firing on his car. The dead body and two injured persons were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar for medical treatment. After the incident, police reached the spot and start investigation. No one took responsibility of the firing. According to the police Malik Jahanzaib was the owner of Marble Factory, he belongs...
  • Video: Florida hotel worker fired for wearing American flag lapel pin

    10/15/2011 8:18:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    Normally in these cases, my sympathy tends to run towards employers, who have the legal right to set uniform and presentation policies, especially in public positions. Barring the display of pins on a uniform is not unreasonable, as adopting a laissez-faire attitude might end up with a whole lot of political messages seem as though they represent the views of management rather than individual employees. As a former mid-level manager in a corporation, I also know how difficult life can get when exceptions get made to policy, and suddenly every employee wants an exception for their own pet causes.With all...
  • Man Charged After Firing Warning Shot

    08/04/2011 1:19:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    KCCI ^ | 8/3/11
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- A Marshalltown homeowner faces felony charges after shooting at a trespasser Sunday afternoon. Officials said the trespasser has been charged with a misdemeanor. Clayton Jensen told officials he had just come home from running an errand when he looked out his back window and saw a man in his backyard. Jensen said he was concerned for his family's safety. "He was kind of heightened alert because one of his family members had seen someone outside the house at night and then they took off when they were confronted," said Brian Batterson, Marshalltown assistant police chief. Several homeowners...
  • Cenk Uygur On Why He Left MSNBC: I Didnt Want To Work In A Place That Didnt Challenge Power

    07/21/2011 4:47:43 AM PDT · by tlb · 28 replies
    Medialite ^ | July 21st, 2011 | Frances Martel
    Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygurs departure from the network earlier today was fairly quiet for a close-to-primetime host, and the network made it clear it was his choice to leave. It didnt take long for the newly liberated Uygur to address his fans. In the end, he explained, it boils down to this: Cenk Uygur is a tiger, and MSNBC tried to cage him. They offered, honestly, a lot of money, Uygur explains in his message, where he also says the role would have been a smaller one contributor, etc. instead of the alternate program the MSNBC statement suggested. He...
  • Boom Boom Room cocktail waitresses claim Standard canned them for lacking 'runway model' looks

    02/02/2011 12:16:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 25, 2011 | Jose Martinez
    Two cocktail cuties at The Standard say they got canned for not fitting the mold of "willowy, svelte and statuesque runway models" at the trendy hotel's Boom Boom Room. Aspiring actresses Faye Rex and Stephanie Jaggers are suing the Meatpacking District hotel, claiming management sees fit to employ only women with runway model looks at its sexy playpen above the High Line. "There's definitely a type at the Boom Boom Room - and that type is beautiful, tall and skinny," said Richard Roth, a lawyer for the women. "Compare that to the men." Rex and Jaggers lost their jobs as...
  • Issa urges firing of Amtrak chief, counsel

    01/24/2011 10:41:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/25/11 | Jim McElhatton
    A powerful House Republican wants Amtrak's chairman and top lawyer fired. Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a recent letter to Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV that both Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper and General Counsel Eleanor Acheson "unlawfully interfered" with the independence of the rail agency's Office of Inspector General.
  • The bigots of NPR

    10/23/2010 3:57:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 22, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    We should have known about Juan Williams long ago. The signs of a simmering bigotry were always there. The political commentator wrote the book "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965." He followed that up with an admiring biography of Thurgood Marshall. Then, more books on the African-American religious experience, historically black colleges and black farmers. If there was anyone clearly on the verge of exploding in a venomous rant against a minority group, it was Williams. And then, inevitably, it happened. At least that's what National Public Radio must believe. The government-funded media outfit fired Williams for...
  • NPR CEO stoops to calling Juan Williams names; NPR was gunning for Juan for a long time

    10/22/2010 11:41:29 AM PDT · by forty_years · 31 replies ^ | 10/22/2010 | A. Jaffee
    National Public Radio's (NPR) firing of Juan Williams had less to do with his (benign) remarks about Muslims on airliners, but more about finding a pretext to dump him. Just yesterday, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller stooped to name-calling against Williams, stating, "that whatever feelings Williams has about Muslims should be between him and 'his psychiatrist or his publicist -- take your pick'." This belies the deep resentment NPR held against Williams for his "controversial" views. Many at NPR probably considered Williams an "Uncle Tom," just as the same left-wing epithets were tossed at great minds like Condi Rice and Colin...
  • CNN's firing of Octavia Nasr protested

    07/09/2010 10:35:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    politico ^ | 7/9/10 | KEACH HAGEY
    CNNs firing of Senior Middle East News Editor Octavia Nasr has prompted an outcry from Arab-Americans, angry about what they see as a double standard when it comes to coverage of the Middle East in the American media. Nasrs 20-year career at CNN ended Wednesday after a tweet mourning the death of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a Lebanese Shiite cleric whom she called one of Hezbollahs giants I respect a lot. Facing a rash of criticism, she explained her tweet in a blog post, saying her respect was based on Fadlallahs advocacy for womens rights.
  • Fired Florida Ass't. State Attorney updates situation

    06/12/2010 7:58:09 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 2 replies · 196+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | June 12, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    KrisAnne Hall will join me on Sunday afternoon at 3p ET for a special edition of my radio show. KrisAnne, former Florida Assistant State Attorney, will talk about why she was fired for speaking at a local Tea Party rally. Both Florida's attorney general and Lt. Governor supported KrisAnne and condemned the firing. KrisAnne has asked a federal judge for a ruling that would allow her to keep speaking and prevent her boss -- a Democrat -- from firing her. You might also have seen Kris Anne's appearance on Fox News explaining what happened. On Sunday at 3p, she'll join...
  • Utah man makes last appeal to avoid firing squad

    06/11/2010 4:40:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies · 646+ views
    AP ^ | June 11, 2010 | JENNIFER DOBNER
    DRAPER, Utah (AP) - After two days of testimony about a condemned Utah man's journey from a life of violence to reformation, his lawyer said Friday that fairness should compel a state parole board to stop his execution by firing squad. "He came from a family that exuded criminality and violence, and that is what he was," Ronnie Lee Gardner's lawyer, Andrew Parnes, told the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. "He's changed, he's overcome that." Gardner wants the board to reduce his death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • McDonald's 'wrong' to fire worker over cheese slice

    01/27/2010 8:30:38 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 27 replies · 967+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 27, 2010
    A McDonald's restaurant was wrong to fire a worker for giving a colleague an extra piece of cheese on a hamburger, a Dutch court ruled on Tuesday. The dismissal was too severe a measure," the district court in Leeuwarden, in the north of the Netherlands, said in a written judgment. "It is just a slice of cheese." A written warning would have been a more appropriate punishment, said the court, which ordered the fast-food chain to pay the worker the salary for the remaining five months of her contract - a total of 4,265.47 euros (3,660).
  • Republicans make new accusations in Walpin firing

    12/19/2009 7:32:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 844+ views
    WaPo ^ | 12/19/09 | Ed O'Keefe
    Congressional Republicans raised new concerns this week about the Obama administration's firing of Gerald Walpin, who served as inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service. GOP lawmakers said White House visitors logs contradict statements made by the former chairman of CNCS, the agency that oversees AmeriCorps.
  • The Domino Theory in the IG Scandal (a probe that could topple the Democrats agenda)

    06/19/2009 9:12:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 1,511+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 6/19/2009 | Robert Stacy McCain
    White House officials who fired whistleblower Gerald Walpin last week have sparked a series of investigations that pose both political and policy threats to the Obama administration. Describing the probe into the dismissal of the AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin, one Capitol Hill source on Thursday compared Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassleys demand for facts in the case to a row of dominoes ready to tip over. Grassley is asking questions, a team of Senate investigators is poring over documents in the case, and where the investigation proceeds now depends on what dominoes fall next, explained the source, who spoke on...
  • Investigate Firing of Inspector General: Sign Petition

    06/18/2009 1:48:27 PM PDT · by YaZhynka · 3 replies · 619+ views ^ | June 18, 2009 | Richard Jarzynka
    PETITION Senate and House to Investigate the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Sign the Petition Americorp Inspector General Gerald Walpin was fired by President Obama after Walpin, through an investigation by his office, alleged that Americorp funds had been wrongfully spent by a friend and supporter of the President. The firing of Inspector General Walpin appears to be a clear violation of the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act which President Obama supported while he was a Senator. The Act requires the President to give 30 days notice and an explanation of cause prior to firing an Inspector General....
  • White House: Firing AmeriCorps IG an act of "political courage"

    06/18/2009 11:54:03 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 111 replies · 3,679+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2009 | By Byron York
    A top White House lawyer called the firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin an act of "political courage," according to House Republican aides who were in a meeting with the lawyer Wednesday. Norman Eisen, who is the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with staffers for Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday. Eisen, along with another White House staffer who accompanied him, "wanted to talk broadly about inspectors general," says a GOP aide familiar with what went on at the meeting....
  • The Firing Of Our Inspector Generals By Obama & The Silence From The Left

    06/18/2009 10:11:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies · 794+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-18-09 | Curt
    Inspector Generals in this government are for one job, to work independently to ensure that the taxpayer is protected from government corruption and abuse. Not in Obama's government it seems. Three IG's have been fired in the last week and some pushback has started. First in this list is Gerald Walpin. He reported to Congress about the settlement of 400 grand paid by Obama cohort Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, St. HOPE academy (a pet of Johnson) and former executive director Dana Gonzalez. He reported that Johnson was not being required to repay all the money he misused AND he would...
  • White House Defends Inspector Generals Firing

    06/17/2009 9:04:52 PM PDT · by mcenedo · 34 replies · 1,492+ views
    NYSlime ^ | 6/17/09 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama had dismissed a government agencys internal watchdog because he was incompetent and had behaved bizarrely, disputing accusations that he was fired because he had uncovered embarrassing problems in the AmeriCorps program
  • Seeking Answers on IG Firing, Sen. Grassley Asks About Possible Role of First Lady's Office

    06/15/2009 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 24 replies · 1,359+ views
    ABC News - Political Punch ^ | June 15, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    In an email and fax sent late Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded that Alan D. Solomont, the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, provide "any and all records, email, memoranda, documents, communications, or other information, whether in draft or final form" related to President Obama's firing of CNCS Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Walpin had investigated Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's community service organization, St. HOPE Academy, which confessed to misusing AmeriCORPS grants. In April of this year, St. HOPE Academy agreed to pay a $423,836.50 settlement -- $72,836.50 of which would be paid personally by Mayor Johnson....
  • Gerald Walpin speaks: The inside story of the AmeriCorps firing

    06/14/2009 7:34:11 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 30 replies · 1,964+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 14, 2009 | Byron York
    The White House's decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin came amid politically-charged tensions inside the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that runs AmeriCorps. Top executives at the Corporation, Walpin explained in an hour-long interview Saturday, were unhappy with his investigation into the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama. Walpin's investigation also sparked conflict with the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento amid fears that the probe -- which could have resulted in Johnson being barred from ever...
  • Fired inspector general says he acted properly (Thugocracy Alert)

    06/12/2009 1:40:23 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 42 replies · 2,268+ views
    Ap via ^ | 06/12/09 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON An inspector general fired by President Barack Obama says he acted "with the highest integrity" in investigating AmeriCorps and other government-funded national service programs. Gerald Walpin's job was to review grants awarded by AmeriCorps and its parent agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service. He told The Associated Press he has no doubt he acted properly in investigating Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. Obama told Congress on Thursday he had lost confidence in Walpin. As a result of Walpin's investigation, Johnson and the nonprofit St. HOPE Academy that he headed were ordered to repay...
  • Firing teachers can be a costly and tortuous task

    05/02/2009 10:10:40 AM PDT · by SideoutFred · 5 replies · 665+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 2, 2009 | Jason Song
    The eighth-grade boy held out his wrists for teacher Carlos Polanco to see. He had just explained to Polanco and his history classmates at Virgil Middle School in Central Los Angeles why he had been absent: He had been in the hospital after a failed attempt at suicide. Polanco looked at the cuts and said they "were weak," according to witness accounts in documents filed with the state. "Carve deeper next time," he was said to have told the boy. "Look," Polanco allegedly said, "you can't even kill yourself." The boy's classmates joined in, with one advising how to cut...
  • Texas School Fires Coach for Winning Too Big: Gen. MacArthur Would Be Disgusted

    01/27/2009 9:14:14 AM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 147 replies · 1,735+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 27 January 2009 | EC
    I always thought coaches got fired for losing. On the same day he sent an email refusing to apologize for his team's success, a Texas high school girls' basketball coach was terminated. The coach, Micah Grimes, of Dallas' Covenant School, had come under fire for winning a game 100-0, making national news.
  • Palins TrooperGate: Beating MSM distortions to the truth

    08/30/2008 6:54:09 AM PDT · by airedale · 44 replies · 453+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08/29/2008 | MataHarley
    ts been over 12 hours now since Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, has been named as GOP choice of Veep. Already, a desperate Obama camp of supporters are in search of talking points other than the obviously poor choice of inexperience or a scandal to take back what they perceive as the DNC ticket superiority. Knowing the Palin-Monegan-Wooten investigation of abuse of power was their prime target, Ive been spending time this AM researching the chain of events in hopes of beating the media to the political and biased distortions creating a new, and false truth. I took into consideration that...
  • High school coach loses job amid concerns over religion

    05/29/2008 3:16:39 PM PDT · by Westlander · 43 replies · 216+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 5-29-2008 | The Associated Press
    DEARBORN, Mich. --A longtime high school wrestling coach has lost his job amid concerns a former assistant coach tried to convert Muslim students to Christianity. The Detroit News reports 35-year coach Jerry Marszalek's contract with Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich., was not renewed. The decision was supported by 200 to 300 parents, who packed a Board of Education meeting Tuesday to support the principal's decision.
  • Syria Reports Firing at Israeli Planes

    09/06/2007 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 546+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Sep 6, 2007 | Hillel Fendel
    ( Ongoing military tension between Syria and Israel took the form of Syrian attacks against one or more Israeli planes over northern Syria last night. So reports Syria, confirming an event that was earlier recorded by international satellites. Syria says the Israeli aircraft were attacking Syrian targets, and that the planes retreated in face of the Syrian defenses. Syria warns that it reserves the right to retaliate at its discretion. Israel says it knows nothing of any such incident, but is looking into the matter. Fight Against Terrorism PA sources reported that three Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed...
  • University Expected to Fire Controversial Professor Today [Ward Churchill.........]

    07/24/2007 5:10:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,702+ views
    University Expected to Fire Controversial Professor Today By Susan Jones Senior Editor July 24, 2007 ( - Ward Churchill's own lawyer expects the tenured University of Colorado professor to be fired on Tuesday. "Ward Churchill will be fired, and Wednesday, I'll be filing a lawsuit" over free-speech rights," the Denver Post quoted attorney David Lane as saying. The university's governing board plans to hold a closed session on the Boulder campus today, and a decision on Churchill is expected in the middle of the afternoon. According to the Denver Post, Churchill's supporters are planning to show their support at...
  • UT: Man charged for firing at intruder BBQer

    07/17/2007 2:43:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 409+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/07 | AP
    ROY, Utah - A man fired six shots at a backyard intruder who was trying to light a barbecue grill, police said. "Way odd," Police Chief Greg Whinham said. Michael Wilder, 66, was charged with attempted homicide after chasing Kory Scott and shooting at him. "Nobody should wake up and find someone in their backyard doing anything, but the law's very specific that you can't use deadly force in that situation," Whinham said. Scott was not injured in the July 11 incident. He twice tried to run away when Wilder confronted him, according to court documents. "Stop or I'll shoot,"...

    05/10/2007 2:37:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies · 1,832+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2007
    <p>Time Warner had to get rid of HBO boss Chris Albrecht last night for beating up his girlfriend early Sunday morning - because the media giant had already shown extraordinary leniency to him 16 years ago, insiders say.</p> <p>Sources said Albrecht resigned after Time Warner president Jeff Bewkes, the heir apparent to chairman Richard Parsons, told his longtime friend he had to resign or he'd be fired.</p>
  • 'Carter Did It To Me' Says Fired U.S. Attorney -- And It Was Different!

    03/23/2007 6:43:16 AM PDT · by poisonivy27 · 8 replies · 1,363+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 23, 2007 | John Gizzi
    It all sounds as current as tomorrows headlines: a U.S. attorney is fired, he goes public to defend his reputation, the President knows more about the forced exit of the lawman than previously claimed, and the Justice Department as well as the White House are soon under fire from the media and Capitol Hill. The year was 1978 and the U.S. attorney forced out of his job was David Marston. Appointed by President Ford as the top federal lawman In Philadelphia, Marston had racked up convictions of political leaders of both parties in Pennsylvania. After a year under Jimmy Carter,...
  • G.W. Bush: The Only President Not Allowed to Fire US Attorneys

    03/22/2007 7:40:39 PM PDT · by CyberAnt · 21 replies · 1,481+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | March 22, 2007 | Sher Zieve
    In moves designed to, yet again, work towards placing members of the Bush Administration (specifically the Lefts favorite whipping boy political aide Karl Rove) in jeopardy, Democrats and their supplicant RINOs have launched their latest of an increasing number of investigations into anything and everything that is Bush and Republican. This time it is a Democrat attack against the firing of a number of US Attorneys in an attempt to have Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired and top Bush officials grilled by a Democrat-run investigatory committee. This seems eerily reminiscent of the old USSR politburo. First, allow me to...
  • Answers needed - Concerns rise over e-mails in Lam firing

    03/15/2007 6:39:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 760+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/15/07 | Editorial
    Was San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam fired because her bribery investigation of Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham led straight to the powerful Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jerry Lewis of Redlands? This crucial question was the subject of pure speculation until the release this week of some 150 pages of e-mails between the Justice Department and the White House. The documents, turned over to the House Judiciary Committee, contain the first solid evidence that Lam's public corruption probe may have been a factor in her dismissal. On May 11, 2006, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' senior deputy, Kyle...
  • The Reno Precedent (Firing US Attorneys)

    03/15/2007 5:21:46 AM PDT · by edpc · 23 replies · 1,178+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 15, 2007 | Editorial
    THE LATEST they-do-it-too excuse for the undeniably botched and increasingly suspicious firings of U.S. attorneys involves the 1993 episode in which President Clinton's new attorney general, Janet Reno, unceremoniously dismissed the first Bush administration's holdover U.S. attorneys. By comparison with the Reno massacre, we are told, the Bush administration's canning of eight U.S. attorneys was positively restrained; if you suspect political motives in the current controversy, so the argument goes, consider that when he was ousted by Reno, the U.S. attorney in the District, Jay Stephens, was just weeks away from deciding whether to indict House Ways and Means Chairman...
  • Q&A: Hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys

    03/08/2007 8:52:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1,312+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - The recent firing of eight U.S. attorneys has raised questions about how they are appointed and the circumstances under which they may be dismissed. Here are some questions and answers: Q: What do U.S. attorneys do and how many are there? A: U.S. attorneys are the federal government's equivalent of local district attorneys. They are charged with prosecuting federal crimes in the judicial district in which they serve. There are 93 U.S. attorneys, one for each U.S. district court (except that Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands share a federal prosecutor). Q: Who gets these positions? A: The...