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  • Why "Mismatch" is Relevant in Fisher v. Texas

    12/09/2015 10:11:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Pope Center for Higher Education Policy ^ | December 9, 2015 | Richard Sander
    Affirmative action is before the Supreme Court again this week, as it rehears arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas. (I've discussed the legal issues in Fisher here.) But perhaps the most important question about racial preferences is one that's not directly raised by the case: do they even work? Do they help underrepresented minorities to achieve their goals, and foster interracial interaction and understanding on elite campuses? Or do large preferences often "mismatch" students in campuses where they will struggle and fail? Scholars began empirically studying the mismatch issue in the 1990s, but in the past five years the...
  • Fisher Case Produces Strange Bedfellows: The Court Should Say No To Racial Preferences

    06/04/2015 8:06:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 4, 2015 | George Leef
    On May 21, the Supreme Court held a conference to discuss whether or not to accept the Fisher case—again. At this time, I don’t know the decision, but I do know that a seemingly strange mixture of liberals and conservatives want the Court to take the appeal. The case first came before the Court in 2013, where the justices reversed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling in favor of the racial preferences used by the University of Texas (UT) in its admissions. Justice Kennedy’s opinion stressed that the lower court had been far too deferential towards the university’s policy of reserving some...
  • Fisher v. UT-Austin: Discrimination Run Amok?

    07/28/2014 7:40:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 26, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    The issue of affirmative action may soon find itself again before the Supreme Court of the United States. university of texas-austin Court watchers will remember that it was just recently (a little more than a year ago) that the Court took up the issue, in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Despite what some may have been looking for in a broad, sweeping denunciation or approval of using race-based factors in college admissions, the Court decided to remand, or send the issue back down to the circuit court so that the case could be “considered and...
  • St. John Fisher on Why Christians Should Frequently Pray the Seven Penitential Psalms [Ecumenical]

    03/11/2014 11:28:31 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata blog ^ | Early 16th century | St. John Fisher
    "...All we Christian people are indeed duty-bound to give great and undying thanks to the holy prophet David, who so diligently left us in writing his most devout psalms for us and our posterity to read. And he did so, it seems to me, chiefly for three reasons: first, that the minds of sinners might be raised up and excited by these holy psalms...secondly, that if any man or woman had fallen into great and abominable sins, they should not despair but put their entire and steadfast hope of forgiveness in God; thirdly, that they might use these holy psalms...
  • Step Aside Eddie Van Halen, This 11-Year-Old Guitar Prodigy is Ready to Rock Your Cradle

    01/08/2014 11:35:08 AM PST · by Excellence · 12 replies
    If you can get over just how good 11-year-old Aidan Fisher is on the guitar, you will never believe how it happened that he took the stage with Steel Panther.
  • Fisher House offers to pick up slack for death benefits for fallen troops' families

    10/09/2013 11:28:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    cnn ^ | October 8th, 2013 | Jake Tapper
    Fisher House Foundation has stepped in and offered an advance grant to families of the fallen during the government shutdown, “to ensure there is no funding gap during the most difficult of times, with the understanding that reimbursements would be made at an appropriate time.” The Pentagon has said it cannot pay death benefits to families of troops killed in Afghanistan. ... Fisher House is a charity established to help troops and families in need.
  • The Politics of Paternalism

    06/27/2013 11:09:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6.26.13 | ALLEN MENDENHALL
    Monday’s Supreme Court opinion on affirmative action will be remembered only for Justice Thomas’ sharp concurrence. The Supreme Court opinion everyone is buzzing about — Monday’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case involving that school’s affirmative action program — will not be monumental in our canons of jurisprudence. The petitioner, Abigail Noel Fisher, a young white woman, applied to the university in 2008 and was denied admission. She challenged the decision, arguing that she would have been admitted under a colorblind system. The high court has now remanded the case back to the Fifth Circuit,...
  • The Sad Irony of Affirmative Action

    03/07/2013 12:10:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Winter 2013 | GAIL HERIOT
    In 2003, the Supreme Court held that the University of Michigan's law school could substantially relax its admissions standards in order to admit a "critical mass" of African-American and Hispanic students. Many observers interpreted that decision — Grutter v. Bollinger — as an open-ended embrace of affirmative action. The University of Texas was among the many universities emboldened to ramp up its use of race-preferential admissions policies. In 2003, the university already had in place an admissions policy designed to raise the number of under-represented minority students attending its flagship campus in Austin by admitting the "top 10%" of the graduates of each...
  • First UK Fisher House to help wounded military

    01/27/2012 6:07:45 AM PST · by EnglishCon · 11 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 01/27/12 | BBc News
    As Britain announces that it is adopting the US concept of charity-funded houses for families of ill or wounded soldiers, the BBC's Joan Soley looks at how the Fisher House programme has helped American service personnel who have been scarred by war. As is often the case, great ideas are also simple. The impetus for the Fisher House Foundation stemmed from one family seeing an obvious problem and taking it upon themselves to find a solution. Any parent or spouse of a member of the military will tell you their biggest fear: receiving that phone call or that knock on...
  • Dearest Carrie...

    12/01/2011 9:53:42 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 28 Nov 2011 | William Shatner
    Uploaded by WilliamShatner on Nov 28, 2011 William Shatner responds to Carrie Fisher's video. Is there finally peace in the galaxy or will the Rebel Allliance seek war with the Federation? Time will tell.
  • Carrie Fisher: Ted Kennedy once asked me if I’d have sex with Chris Dodd

    11/10/2011 4:24:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/10/11 | Allahpundit
    Can we really trust her on this? It sounds … so unlike him. In a week filled with accusations about skeevy behavior by politicians around women, it’s only right that we pay tribute to the master. “So, [in 1985,] having recently graduated completely healed and normal from my first stint in a rehab, and appearing in an almost perfectly respectable piece of work, I found myself driving from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., to have dinner with Chris Dodd, this senator who I knew virtually nothing about. Nor did Senator Dodd — like most people, then, now and always — have...
  • Fisher praises state job creation (TX)

    08/18/2011 6:48:41 AM PDT · by Rightwingacademic · 10 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/18/2011 | Brendan Case
    Richard W. Fisher, Fed. Reserve Bank of Dallas president, waded into the intensifying national debate on Texas job creation Wednesday, praising the state's recent growth record and saying Texas is doing more than just adding low-wage positions.
  • Fisher turns over last campaign cash to Democratic Party (Ohio US Senate; Republican Win)

    10/27/2010 7:01:45 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 17 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 27 October 2010 | Darrel Rowland and Jack Torry
    Fisher turns over last campaign cash to Democratic Party Move to pay for party's get-out-the-vote effort in Ohio signals capitulation in Senate race Wednesday, October 27, 2010 07:11 PM By Darrel Rowland and Jack Torry The Columbus Dispatch Although Lee Fisher insists he is soldering on through Election Day, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate essentially drained his campaign treasury today by giving $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party.
  • State Budget Deal Includes Tax Break For Wealthy Firm

    10/06/2010 9:40:28 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 6, 2010 | Jack Dolan
    Buried in the details of the deal to close California's $19-billion budget deficit is a roughly $30-million tax break crafted to benefit a company owned by members of one of the state's richest and most politically influential families, according to a legislative analysis obtained by The Times. The provision, which will allow the Humboldt Redwood Co. to deduct $20 million in old losses from future taxes, is also expected to cover penalties and interest for the firm co-owned by three sons of Donald G. Fisher, founder of the Gap and Banana Republic, said company Chairman Sandy Dean. The tax break...
  • Fisher-Price Toy Recall

    09/30/2010 7:19:16 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-30-2010 | Lee Ferran
    More than 10 million children's toys have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the toys' manufacturer Fisher Price, the CPSC announced today.
  • Ohio Dem meltdown accelerates: Fisher down 20, Strickland 17

    09/17/2010 7:42:00 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    And the hits from the heartland just keep coming. In 2006, Democrats swept statewide races in Ohio and declared that they had turned the once solidly Republican state into a Democratic stronghold, led by the duo at the top of the ticket, Governor Ted Strickland and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher. Four years later, the two have gone into free-fall, according to two Quinnipiac polls. First, yesterday’s poll shows the incumbent Governor trailing his Republican challenger, John Kasich, by 17 points:
  • OH: Dems nervously eye Fisher's troubles in Ohio (Republican Rob Portman outraises opponent 9-to-1)

    07/27/2010 3:33:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/10 | Philip Elliott - ap
    WASHINGTON – Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher faces a daunting 9-to-1 disadvantage in fundraising in his campaign against Republican Rob Portman in Ohio and has endured unexpected staff turnover, developments that have spread concern among national party leaders about his ability to remain competitive in the race. Fisher, the state's lieutenant governor, recently hired his third campaign manager while his campaign spokesman and researcher quit. Sluggish fundraising has left him badly trailing Portman, a veteran of President George W. Bush's White House and Cabinet. The Republican reported almost $8.9 million in his campaign account at the end of June; Fisher...
  • Bad news: Princess Leia hates racist “teabaggers”

    Not a surprise, but I’m not going to lie to you. This one hurts. What’s happened to the world where Leia is on the side of the Empire, my friends? "Is there anyone you haven’t met that you’ve always wanted to? Obama. I’m surprised you haven’t met him. I know. I love him. Hopefully I’ll meet him sometime. I’m just happy he exists. Do you think Tea Party is just people who are pissed that there is an African American president? Yup, and the fact that they chose to call themselves “teabaggers,” which is slang for a certain act involving...
  • ‘We’re Just Waiting For A Disaster,” says Mark Fisher

    05/06/2010 9:01:17 PM PDT · by optiguy · 14 replies · 1,455+ views
    CNBC ^ | Thursday, 6 May 2010 | Lee Brodie
    Market chatter suggests computer generated trading sent Wall Street spiraling out of control on Thursday. And it’s got Mark Fisher of MBF worried, very worried. Mark Fisher, founder and managing member of MBF Asset Management, rarely comes on TV but he felt Thursday's events were so important he agreed to an interview. "I came on TV because as someone who's been doing this for over 35 years I think this is a warning," he says. "I think what we saw on (Thursday) is just the tip of the iceberg," Fisher says.
  • Another Twenty-Five Years of Affirmative Action?

    04/03/2010 11:47:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 978+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 04, 2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    The Obama administration has filed a brief with the fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case involving the use of racial preferences in the admission of undergraduate students at UT Austin. The brief was filed in opposition to plaintiffs in the case, two white students who claim that they were denied admission to the university on the basis of "holistic" evaluation that included a weighing of racial factors. The university, for its part, does not deny that race is employed as a factor in admission: It has publicly embraced a policy whereby one-fourth...
  • Brunner OKs 4 minor parties for ballot (OH Sec. State)

    01/04/2010 9:01:50 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 16 replies · 688+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 4, 2010 | Mark Niquette
    Brunner OKs 4 minor parties for ballot Monday, January 4, 2010 11:34 PM By Mark Niquette THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Candidates from as many as six political parties could be on the ballot for governor or other offices in Ohio this year. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a directive last week continuing ballot access for the Libertarian, Green, Socialist and Constitution parties in addition to the Democratic and Republican parties. The decision allows candidates of the four minor parties to qualify for the ballot under their party labels. Officials of the parties say they expect to have candidates for governor,...
  • I Hate Seeing Myself On Stage: Star Wars Sex Symbol Carrie Fisher On Her Weight Gain

    10/01/2009 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 52 replies · 5,489+ views
    DailyMail(UK) ^ | October 01st 2009
    I Hate Seeing Myself On Stage: Star Wars Sex Symbol Carrie Fisher On Her Weight Gain [Pics in URL] Daily Mail Reporter 01st October 2009 At the tender age of 19 Carrie Fisher became a worldwide sex symbol with her iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But at the age of 52 her weight gain has left her unable to look at film of herself on stage. Fisher spoke out after her successful one-woman show Wishful Drinking opened on Broadway.
  • Fact of the Day: Financing ObamaCare

    09/09/2009 3:37:30 PM PDT · by CyberRBTmail · 3 replies · 246+ views
    Common Sense 2020 ^ | 2009-09-09 | Ray Harvey
    It’s one of the most important (and unanswerable) questions in the whole healthcare debate, and yet it’s hardly discussed at all — by either side. Certainly, no good answer has been given by the Obama administration regarding how to pay for such a massive governmental expenditure, and the reason no good answer has been given to this question is that no good answer for it exists. Watch the following quick video clip, and be stunned at how economically out-of-touch these people are. Keep in mind also as you watch that these are the very people who are pushing so hard...
  • Primary for U.S. Senate has Democrats walking on eggshells (Ohio...Voinovich Seat)

    07/19/2009 11:01:42 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 12 replies · 1,439+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | July 19, 2009 | Joe Hallett
    Joe Hallett commentary: Primary for U.S. Senate has Democrats walking on eggshells Sunday, July 19, 2009 3:40 AM By Joe Hallett Notice to politicians: We will hunt you down. Duck us, and we will find you. Then, we will ambush you. I delivered that warning, albeit more diplomatically, to Geri Prado on June 10, the day her candidate for the U.S. Senate changed his position on gay marriage. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who is locked in a bitter battle against Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for the 2010 Democratic nomination for Senate, simply issued a statement that day confirming that...
  • NFL coaches visit troops in Iraq in first USO trip

    07/04/2009 3:16:46 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 854+ views
    The soldiers expressed their gratitude over and over to the NFL coaches who made the trip to Iraq. "They kept thanking us," said the Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher. "We kept thanking them." Fisher, the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin, the Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh, former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden are taking part in the first NFL-USO coaches tour over the Fourth of July weekend. A world they knew only through the distant glimpses of news reports turned very real for the coaches as they met with hundreds of soldiers in three...
  • Long Island Lolita to dance at Deja Vu strip club

    06/21/2009 7:54:34 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies · 4,994+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | June 19, 2009 | KEITH MORELLI
    The Long Island Lolita is all grown up now and she's traded her prison garb for stripper's lingerie. Amy Fisher, who has gone from teenage other-woman-shooter to prison wench to writer, will dance at an Independence Day weekend show at the Déjà Vu strip club.
  • Don't Monetize the Debt

    05/23/2009 9:39:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 702+ views
    The president of the Dallas Fed on inflation risk and central bank independence. BY MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY Dallas From his perch high atop the palatial Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, overlooking what he calls "the most modern, efficient city in America," Richard Fisher says he is always on the lookout for rising prices. But that's not what's worrying the bank's president right now. His bigger concern these days would seem to be what he calls "the perception of risk" that has been created by the Fed's purchases of Treasury bonds, mortgage-backed securities and Fannie Mae paper. Mr. Fisher acknowledges that events...
  • Chess champion Bobby Fisher requested Catholic burial in Iceland

    01/24/2008 5:53:32 AM PST · by NYer · 48 replies · 139+ views
    CNA ^ | January 23, 2008
    Chess Champion Bobby Fischer Washington DC, Jan 23, 2008 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- Legendary chess player Bobby Fischer, who made history by dethroning the Soviet chess king Boris Spassky in 1972, asked to be buried as a Catholic, according to officials of the Catholic Church in Iceland, where he had been living since 1992.The famous and eccentric chess player, who died last Thursday at the age of 64, was buried Tuesday in Iceland during a private Catholic ceremony.The French news agency AFP reported that Fischer, who was born into a Jewish family in New York, expressly asked to be...
  • America Supports You: Site Bridges Gap Between Troops, Families

    01/09/2008 3:14:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 51+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2008 – In 1997, a Web site kept one family’s far-flung friends and relatives up to date on the status of a loved one facing a serious medical condition. CaringBridge began offering free, personalized Web sites to keep family and friends connected during a loved one’s medical struggles in 1997. The organization is now offering the same opportunity to servicemembers and their families who are coping with serious medical issues or long absences. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Today, that Web site has grown into CaringBridge, and it helps more than 16 million...
  • America Supports You: Golfers Tee Off for Fisher House

    05/01/2007 6:33:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 350+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 – More than 240 golfers, including 10 injured servicemembers, hit the links at Lansdowne Golf Club in Lansdowne, Va., yesterday for the 4th Annual Fisher House Golf Classic fundraiser. Ken Peck (right), National Amputee Golf Association member, demonstrates swinging techniques to two Walter Reed Medical Center outpatients during the Fisher House Golf Classic at the Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, Va., April 30. Peck, a golf instructor for 15 years, was one of 240 participants in the fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward the opening of a new Fisher House in Minnesota for veterans with brain injuries....
  • America Supports You: 'Overhauled' Humvee Benefits Fisher House (PIMP-MY-HUMVEE!)

    10/18/2006 6:39:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 552+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2006 -- CNN is putting an overhauled Humvee that saw action during the war in Iraq on the auction block and will donate the proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation. The CNN Humvee “Warrior One” is unveiled at the CNN Center in Atlanta. CNN crews used the Humvee in 2003 while they were embedded with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, in Iraq. The crew of “Overhaulin’,” a program on The Learning Channel, overhauled the vehicle and equipped it with luxury features. After a national tour that will include various military bases, CNN will auction the Humvee...
  • N. Korea: China on alert over a nuclear neighbour(PLA pouring into the border)

    10/08/2006 8:43:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 97 replies · 2,392+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | 10/08/06 | Michael Sheridan
    The Sunday Times October 08, 2006 China on alert over a nuclear neighbour Michael Sheridan, North Korean/Chinese border THE North Korean refugee had one request for her captors before the young Chinese soldiers led her back across the steel-girdered bridge on the Yalu River that divides two “socialist allies”. “She asked for a comb and some water because she said that if she was going to die she could not face going to heaven looking as dirty and dishevelled as this,” recounted a relative of one soldier who was there. What happened next is testimony to the rising disgust in...
  • America's first "real" modern sportbike by Fischer now ready to sale.

    08/23/2006 4:56:55 PM PDT · by postaldave · 25 replies · 588+ views
    082306 | postaldave
    The Fischer MRX has been completely redesigned for mass-production! Features: * Beautiful Glynn Kerr design with composite body panels * Cast aluminum 3-piece main frame, 2-piece alloy swingarm * GP chassis geometry for optimal control * Easy to ride- around town or at the limit * Ohlins rear shock with Gemini linkage * Inverted forks with compression and rebound adjustments and Fischer-developed road and track settings * Liquid-cooled 90 degree V-Twin with DOHC, 4-valve heads for a user-friendly, high-torque powerband * Comfortable seat * Many available upgrades While the website may still be under development, the MRX is ready to...
  • Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher

    06/23/2006 11:37:48 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher On 22 June 1535, St. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, England, who had been just made Cardinal Priest of Saint Vitalis by Pope Paul III, was beheaded on Tower Hill in London. Officially, he had been convicted of treason for refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as the new head of the Church of England. This was, however, a culmination of an eight year battle that St. John fought with the king over his marriage with Queen Catherine of Aragon. In the summer of 1527, Bishop Fisher was summoned to Westminster Palace for an...
  • Fort Campbell Fisher House opens, welcomes first guest

    06/09/2006 5:42:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 707+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Kelli Bland
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (June 8, 2006) -- The Fort Campbell, Ky., Fisher House opened its doors June 6 to Soldiers and families in need of a place to stay during hospitalization at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. The grand opening showcased the eight-family “comfort home” designed to give Soldiers and families a home away from home. The facility has private bedrooms and bathrooms with a shared kitchen, living and laundry room. There are now 35 Fishes Houses around the world. Each was built to honor the sacrifices of Soldiers and families for what they do for the country, said Arnold Fisher,...
  • Cartoonist Helps Troops, Fisher House (Now we know we're winning!)

    01/31/2006 1:59:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 37 replies · 1,291+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – Award-winning satirist Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury" fame visited the Pentagon today to meet with troops wounded in the war on terror and present them autographed copies of his book featuring the healing process of a comic character he said they inspired. Army Spc. Joey Kashnaw, a 4th Infantry Division soldier who lost his leg after being wounded in Taji, Iraq, in September 2003, meets with Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau at the Pentagon. Photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time," tells the story...
  • Buttafuocos, Amy Fisher Plan TV Reunion

    01/23/2006 10:18:24 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies · 723+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/23/2006 | AP
    NEW YORK - More than a decade after 16-year-old Amy Fisher had a sexual relationship with a much-older car mechanic and shot his wife in the face, the one-time "Long Island Lolita" and Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco have agreed to appear together in a televised reunion. ADVERTISEMENT All three have signed on for the appearance, which has yet to be sold to a network, television producer David Krieff told the New York Post for Monday editions. "It's time to just put it behind us," Fisher, now 31, told the newspaper. "We played this all out in a public eye....
  • America Supports You: Commissary, Fisher House Offer Scholarships

    10/19/2005 5:53:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Oct 19,2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2005 – The Defense Commissary Agency and the Fisher House Foundation have teamed up again to offer educational scholarships to children of military families and retirees. The Scholarships for Military Children Program is marking its sixth year, DeCA spokesman Kevin Robinson said. The goal, he said, is to provide at least one $1,500 scholarship for each of DeCA's 268 commissaries worldwide. "It's important for us to give back to the military community that we serve," Robinson said. "This is one of the ways we do that, in addition to providing a commissary benefit to our customers." He...
  • Fisher House Distributes Airline Tickets

    10/17/2005 5:32:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 329+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2005 - The Fisher House organization uses more than a million frequent flyer miles per week in distributing free round-trip airline tickets to families of war-wounded servicemembers being treated in military and Veterans Affairs medical facilities across the country. To date, the program has distributed more than 4,000 tickets, using more than 150 million frequent flyer miles, Jim Weiskopf, vice president of communications for the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation, said. He said the foundation's general fundraising, including money received from the Combined Federal Campaign, to pay airport security fees, taxes and administrative fees on the tickets so...
  • Unhappy Love Affair Explains Rice Stance On Iran - This is serious

    06/29/2005 3:14:51 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 62 replies · 2,403+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jun 29 | AFP
    Perplexed by the vitriol of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's attacks on Iran, one lawmaker believes he has uncovered the secret of her enmity -- that she was spurned by an Iranian boyfriend at college. "The reason that the US secretary of state attacks Iran is because she had her heart broken by a young man from Qazvin while they were students," a confident Shokrollah Attarzadeh was quoted by the ISNA agency as saying. Somewhat mysteriously, he added: "This is the result of an investigation by a woman MP, who cannot be named." Qazvin is an unremarkable city 150...
  • Rosy Outlook Hid Ugly Facts From Reagan (Washington Post Weenie Columnist Attacks Reagan)

    06/08/2004 7:13:09 PM PDT · by nvcdl · 16 replies · 222+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2004 | Marc Fisher
    "Ray Lamb had been on the streets since 1981.....Reagan would have left out the rest of Lamb's story, the part about how he had been working and functioning up until 1981, when Reagan fired all of the country's air traffic controllers because they had launched an illegal strike. Lamb had been a controller for 17 years.......Almost since the day he left office, those who were captivated by his idea that the selfish life could be a morally upstanding one have sought to turn Reagan into an icon....
  • Fischer wins Austrian presidential election

    04/25/2004 3:45:58 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 144+ views
    AP Wire | April 25 2004 | Associated Press
    Social Democrat and Senior Parliamentary Official Heinz Fischer Wins Austrian Presidential Election VIENNA, Austria April 25 — A senior parliamentary official on Sunday defeated a rival backed by right-wing populist Joerg Haider in a presidential election that also indicated voter dissatisfaction with the country's government. With half of the ballots counted, Heinz Fischer, the candidate of the opposition Social Democrats, had close to 52 percent. Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the conservative endorsed by Haider, had just over 48 percent. Haider's backing of Ferrero-Waldner added spice to an otherwise humdrum race for the mostly ceremonial position. Ferrero-Waldner was supported by the...
  • Senate confirms Mike Fisher for federal appeals bench

    12/09/2003 6:47:46 PM PST · by republicanwizard · 13 replies · 120+ views
    pennlive ^ | 12/9/2003 | RepublicanWizard
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher to a federal appeals court based in Philadelphia. Fisher was unanimously confirmed to join the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to a joint statement from Pennsylvania's two Republican senators. "Attorney General Fisher has done an outstanding job serving the residents of Pennsylvania, and I am confident he will continue that commitment as a U.S. Circuit Court judge," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fisher will join a court whose members include Midge Rendell, the wife...
  • Fischer Says U.S. Visit "Successful"

    07/18/2003 9:46:07 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 120+ views
    Deutche Welle ^ | July 18 2003
    German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer took warm stock of his four-day visit to the U.S. on Thursday and offered humanitarian aid but no troops to Iraq. An upbeat German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer met the press gathered in front of the White House on Thursday, after talks with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney – his last stop on his four-day visit to the U.S. Fischer praised the sunny weather and the German-American relationship, said he had good and open discussions with Cheney and added he was generally pleased with the " receptive audience" he had come across in Washington. Concrete...
  • [Dr. Ada] Fisher seeks seat in Congress [NC-12]

    06/26/2003 9:32:46 AM PDT · by JohnnyZ · 14 replies · 317+ views
    Salisbury Post ^ | June 25, 2003 | Mark Wineka
    Dr. Ada Fisher, who gained statewide recognition in 2002 when she ran for the U.S. Senate, announced today that she will run for a U.S. House seat. Fisher, a Salisbury resident and former member of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, will seek the Republican nomination for the 12th District, a seat now held by U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C. Fisher said people urged her to run for Salisbury City Council, the Rowan County Board of Commissioners and the local school board again. "But my concern is with issues on the national agenda," she said. Fisher was one of seven Republicans...
  • German FM Fisher meets Arafat

    04/09/2003 1:38:56 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 36 replies · 209+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 09 2003 | Hisham Abdallah
    GERMAN Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has met Yasser Arafat, the first such senior foreign official to visit the diplomatically-isolated Palestinian leader in 10 months. Arafat told reporters after the meeting the two men had discussed the peace roadmap drawn up by the "quartet" of US, UN, EU and Russian diplomats to end the 30-month conflict and create an independent state alongside a secure Israel by 2005. "Fischer told us there is an agreement to be handed to us in days," Arafat said without giving details. Fischer made no comment after the talks but headed straight off to a meeting with...
  • Schweiker's (Former PA (R) Gov.) capital step: Going home

    01/20/2003 8:48:17 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 7 replies · 189+ views
    The 15-month Pa. governor who declined to run for a full term will devote more time to family.By Mario F. CattabianiInquirer Staff Writer LAURENCE KESTERSON / Inquirer Suburban Staff Gov. Schweiker, shown waiting to address legislators earlier this month, will leave office Tuesday1/21. Then his ID, below, will become a souvenir//who knows whether he'll have to turn it in or will be allowed to keep it . . .//. Schweiker said highlights of his tenure are helping complete the takeover of Philadelphia schools, taking steps to tame the statewide medical malpractice problem, and improving highway safety. HARRISBURG - It was...
  • 56,429 Huckabee Supporters Refused to Vote for Hutchinson in AR on Nov. 5

    12/23/2002 6:32:25 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 64 replies · 416+ views
    AR Secretary of State (statistics) | 12-23-02 | Theodore R.
    In the AR general election of Nov. 5, 56,429 persons who supported the reelection of Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee (a 53 percent winner) did not vote for Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson (a 46 percent loser). Huckabee polled 427,082 votes, compared to Hutchinson's 370,653. It is believed that many of these 56,429 persons were Christian conservatives who objected to Hutchinson's divorce and remarriage to a young staffer. Their actions enabled the Democrat senatorial candidate, Attorney General Mark Pryor to unseat Hutchinson and resume the Pryor family dynasty in AR. While Hutchinson was strongly prolife, Pryor is expected to support abortion on...
  • Who Owns Lost Ships?

    11/08/2002 1:48:16 PM PST · by Chancellor Palpatine · 44 replies · 319+ views
    Nova Online ^ | unknown | Peter Tyson
    Who Owns Lost Ships? by Peter Tyson In one sense, the question is moot. The sea owns lost ships, of course. Tens of thousands of shipwrecks litter the beds of oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water. Some of them have rested there for thousands of years and will likely remain there forever. But when human beings find and covet a wreck -- for its historical value, its diving possibilities, its gold -- then the question suddenly becomes rabidly contentious. [click the link for the whole article]
  • 52,000 ads later, voters get their say [Fisher/Rendell PA Election]

    11/05/2002 5:14:30 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 43 replies · 307+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Nov. 5, 2002 | Thomas Fitzgerald
     After a record $70 million in campaign spending and at least 52,000 television ads since January, the race for governor of Pennsylvania comes to an end today in thousands of private decisions behind the curtains of voting booths. Democrat Ed Rendell, the former Philadelphia mayor, is seeking to become the first resident of the city to be elected governor in 88 years. Republican Attorney General Mike Fisher is his chief opponent.While the gubernatorial contest tops the ballot, voters also will fill all 203 seats in the state House and decide 25 state Senate elections. In the Philadelphia region, voters face...