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  • Milton Friedman responds to Bernie Sanders (free college proposal)

    03/11/2016 8:52:43 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 21 replies
    The Conservatarian Review ^ | 5/20/15 | the conservatarian
    Senator Bernie Sanders, presidential candidate and America’s leading socialist, announced today that he would be introducing a bill to make college “free” for students seeking bachelor degrees. Had Milton Friedman been alive today, he would have no doubt thrown cold water on Sanders’ proposal. First, he would have likely addressed the fallacy known as the free lunch myth. You can watch him do so below: Secondly, and more specifically, he would have discussed the economics of higher education. You can watch him do so below: It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a conservative/libertarian intellectual with the communication skills of...
  • Hundreds get free haircuts, hot dogs and more in Ferguson

    07/25/2015 6:29:18 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 70 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 7-25-2015 | Jack Witthaus
    FERGUSON • Tiahesia Palmer was checking out some of the free services, but her son wanted a haircut. So the Ferguson resident signed up Isiah, 7, to get his head shaved at the haircut tent at Saturday’s “Day of Hope.” He took off his ballcap and sat silently while a woman with the Elaine Steven Beauty College cleaned up around his ears. Palmer smiled. Wearing an “I-heart-FERG” T-shirt, she was happy that her community had attracted the event. Hundreds attended the festivities at Forestwood Park in Ferguson to receive free goods and services. The city and about 40 local churches,...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow Eaten Alive on Social Media for Living on $29 Food Stamp Budget

    Gwyneth Paltrow is slashing her food budget to raise awareness about hunger. But sometimes even the best intentions are met with criticism, eye rolls and sarcasm. Last week, the Oscar winner announced that she had accepted The Food Bank for New York City challenge to live on food stamps for one week, with a grocery budget of $29 or about $1.38 per meal. According to the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, needy families are given $29 per person as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, after Congress cut food stamps twice since 2013. Once Paltrow accepted the challenge, she tweeted...
  • Some schools may serve all students free breakfast and lunch

    07/26/2014 8:28:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    KY3-TV News ^ | July 24, 2014 | by Linda Russell
    HUMANSVILLE, Mo. - If you've ever tried to concentrate on an empty stomach, you know how much of a relief a new federal school lunch program may be for some families. In some low income areas, every student may be able to eat free breakfast and lunch. In Humansville, about 90% of the kids that go through the lunch line are already on free or reduced lunches. But the Community Eligibility Provision may now allow all Humansville students to get free breakfast and lunch. For many in the small town, it's likely a challenge to cover the grocery bill. "A...

    11/25/2013 6:01:54 PM PST · by diverteach · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 25, 2013 | breitbart news
    According to local reports, New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMIX) educational programs have been an utter failure over the past few weeks. The Farmington Daily Times reports, that officials from the NMIX have not been able to incentivize the locals to come out and find out about the wonders of Obamacare. Said Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce President Janet Mackey, “We advertised for three weeks before, put it on our reader board and hand-delivered invitations to various doctor's offices and small businesses. We only had seven people RSVP, and since we were also going to be providing dinner, we thought with...
  • Toronto Woman Uses Online Dating Sites for Free Dinners, Enraging Reddit

    10/29/2013 6:57:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 10/29 | Kat Stoeffel
    <p>Meet Erin Wotherspoon, a 24-year-old broke actress and self-described foodie. This summer, she became a serial first-dater in order to check off her Toronto restaurant hit list and blog her reviews. “The plan?” she wrote on her Tumblr. “Join a slew of dating sites to find a man, any man, even a woman to finance this delectable venture into the maze of Toronto’s hottest resto nabes.”</p>
  • Free School Lunches End Up In Trash At Florin High

    09/06/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | September 5, 2013 | by Cambi Brown
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — At Florin High School, every student gets a free lunch, even if they can afford to pay for it, and CBS13 has discovered that a lot of that free food ends up in the trash. Throwing away food is just the beginning of a drain on your taxpayer dollars. Last year, 14 percent of students paid for their own meals because they didn’t qualify for free lunch. “The federal government [now] allows, if 80 percent or more of the school is eligible for free lunch, the paid students, we would feed them for free,” said Michelle Drake...
  • U.S. immigration overhaul may wall off pathway from Africa, Caribbean

    07/05/2013 7:02:49 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    The State - South Carolina ^ | July 5, 2013 | Ali Watkins
    WASHINGTON — Francis Nkam was happy in Cameroon. He had gone to college, had gotten his bachelor’s degree in education and was teaching high school. But greater opportunity called in America, and rather than spend the money on a visa application, Nkam entered the visa lottery...On his seventh try, Nkam won a visa, and he immigrated to the U.S. in 2003... Supporters of the Diversity Visa Program say it opens up pathways for people such as Nkam from underrepresented countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean countries. Critics, though, say it’s rampant with fraud in the application process. Now the...
  • Activists Urge and End to the War on Drugs (Can't Make This Up_

    06/24/2013 11:25:24 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 25 replies
    The Afro ^ | Freddie Allen
    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black activists marked the 42nd anniversary of the War on Drugs with a protest in front of the White House aimed at ending a targeted action that has led to the disproportionate arresting, conviction and incarceration of Blacks for decades. The Institute of the Black World 21st Century, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Black community, mobilized a network of community groups last Monday for the “day of direct action.” Workers on their lunch breaks and a few tourists paused to snap cell phone photos of the group of activists as they marched, led by...
  • West Virginia Delegate Ray Canterbury: Children Should Work For School Lunches

    04/25/2013 8:22:44 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 04/24/2013 | Jonathon Wolfe
    School is all about teaching children how the real world works. So if there is no such thing as a free lunch in the real world, should the same principle apply in our schools? West Virginia Delegate Ray Canterbury seems to think so. During a recent debate over West Virginia’s Feed to Achieve Act, Canterbury suggested that kids who cannot afford lunch should have to work for it instead. "I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed,...
  • Record 18.7 Million Students in FY 2012 Got ‘Free’ Lunch

    03/12/2013 6:52:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 12, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    It is an old saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but a record 18.7 million American schoolchildren would not have learned that lesson when they attended school in fiscal year 2012. That is because U.S. taxpayers—via the U.S. Department of Agriculture—were picking up the tab for their lunch. According to new data from the USDA, during the average school month in fiscal year 2012, 18.7 million students in U.S. high schools and grammar schools were given completely free lunches, courtesy of the department’s National School Lunch Program. That was up from the record of 18.4...
  • Is this even legal ? (OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany. This is a big deal)

    02/23/2013 10:30:07 PM PST · by Celerity · 199 replies ^ | 2/24/13 | Why, it's Barack Obama himself !
    ALBANY LOBBYING FOR "NY SAFE ACT" (Day of Action) Governor Cuomo and our legislature passed the "NY SAFE ACT." It will reduce gun violence in our state. Predictably, it is under attack by the National Rifle Association and allied groups. :::We are joining with the SEIU 1199 to lobby in Albany. This free bus trip will last from 8:00 to 4:30 with breakfast and lunch included. Meet up at 250 S Clinton St. Park in the M Lot at the corner of W Fayette and S Clinton Sts. (Parking in that lot may be validated. No sure yet.) Show your...
  • School principal angry after rabbi give students free lunch and speech

    02/16/2013 6:17:44 AM PST · by expat1000 · 27 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | David Ross
    Many high school students enjoyed free lunch given to them by a local rabbi and while they were eating they listened to a lecture from the rabbi. Students at Great Neck North High School can hang out at fast food restaurants, go to the houses without supervision or do almost anything they want for lunch. But listening to a Torah lecture in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue should require parental consent, according to the school.
  • Why Johnny's Not Eating His Free Lunch

    09/25/2012 10:11:14 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 9 replies ^ | 09/25/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Once again the Nanny State backfires. Just when you thought it was safe to consume a big mac, along comes America’s First Nanny Michelle Obama. Mind you her favorite food is a cheeseburger and fries. But that’s not good enough for Johnny. You see while Johnny maybe a functional illiterate because he’s been deliberately dumbed down in a government indoctrination center, also known as a public school, Ms. Obama is insistent that this programmed failure is going to eat healthy, the way she doesn’t and how do we do this? By fiat or decree the same way her husband does...
  • Milton Friedman - The Free Lunch Myth

    08/08/2012 6:11:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/8/12 | LibertyPen
    Milton Friedman explodes the myth that government can provide goods and services at no one's expense
  • Yes, There is a Free Lunch

    11/11/2011 10:25:05 AM PST · by Sopater · 23 replies
    WI Magazine ^ | September, 2011 | Mike Nichols
    To the age-old childhood lament that the pizza at school is grease-laden, the cheese like rubber and the insides of the quesadilla like something eaten yesterday and regurgitated, add a new and more serious concern: School meal programs are larded with middle-income families that are, in Wisconsin alone, siphoning untold tens of millions of dollars away from ever-larger federal appropriations meant to help impoverished families.The practice is so common and ingrained that scores of middle-class families — when granted anonymity — have admitted during interviews that their children are being fed through government nutrition programs designed to help their less...
  • Forums › Hot Deals $9.95 Comcast internet if your child gets Free Lunches

    08/03/2011 9:31:34 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 79 replies · 1+ views
    To qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low-cost computer, your household must meet all these criteria: Be located where Comcast offers Internet service Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
  • GOP Doesn't Understand "No Free Lunch"

    07/18/2011 7:44:15 PM PDT · by kathsua · 33 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 07/18/11 | reasonmclucus
    The most important principle taught in the graduate business economics course I took at the University of Kansas is: "There is no free lunch." Many wealthy Republicans either don't understand that "you can't get something for nothing" or don't understand how the value of their assets depends upon the federal government providing them with a safe and financially stable environment in which to make their fortunes. The term "free lunch" comes from the practice of some nineteenth century bars placing a "free lunch" on the bar for those who purchased drinks that might have a higher price than at other...
  • The Looming Compromise on Revenues: A Postscript

    07/18/2011 7:31:38 PM PDT · by kathsua · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/18/11 | SJGulitti
    A recent article by David Leonhardt, "Why Taxes Will Rise in the End", directly reinforces the points made earlier in: "The Looming Compromise on Revenues." Leonhardt paints a picture in which revenue increases of some sort have to be an elemental part of fiscal reform, whether they be closing loopholes, the elimination of tax subsidies, an outright increase in taxes or any combination thereof. He points to several factors that make revenue increases inevitable for those who are serious about addressing America's looming fiscal crisis. Lets take a look at his analysis. 1. No Free Lunches: "If only we could...
  • Weekend lunches for lean times (Mega-Barf Alert)

    07/10/2011 2:43:54 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 69 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 10 July 2011 | Allyson Manning
    DELAWARE, Ohio - Kids don't stop being hungry on weekends. Many depend on free lunches served on weekdays during the summer at more than 1,500 sites throughout Ohio, but Saturdays and Sundays can be days without a guaranteed meal. This summer, six of those sites will try to fill kids' bellies over weekends through a two-year national pilot project. Andrews House, a community-services center here, is the only central Ohio site offering the weekend meals. "They become dependent on the school cafeteria. It's an important source of nutrition for them," said Don Chenoweth, executive director of Andrews House. "Some families...
  • More "free" lunches thanks to Michelle's bloated "security" bill

    12/14/2010 6:36:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies ^ | 12/14/10 | Laura Ingraham
    More than two-thirds of New York City's public school students will begin getting more nutritious free or low-cost school lunches under First Lady Michelle Obama's pet project to get kids to eat well and exercise. President Obama signed into law Sunday the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which expands the free lunch program and requires that schools provide more nutritious lunches. "We've seen the connection between what kids eat and how well they perform in school," he said. Some 680,000 out of 1.1 million New York children participate in the school lunch program - a big chunk of the...
  • Chinese pupils trash dinner hall in protest at cost of meals

    11/26/2010 1:27:17 PM PST · by llevrok · 20 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11/26/2010
    Generations of British children could sympathise with the impulse to riot over school dinners. But the Chinese teenagers who rampaged through their cafeteria this week were protesting at the rocketing prices of meals rather than the quality of the food. While British students took to the streets to demonstrate against rising tuition fees, those at a school in Guizhou trashed the dinner hall after learning that the cost of dishes had gone up by an average of 0.5 yuan (5p). The south-western province is one of the poorest in China, with more than 5.5 million people living in poverty –...
  • Federal government eying free lunches for all students in high-poverty areas, rules for vending....

    07/08/2010 6:50:44 PM PDT · by Kieri · 51 replies
    MLive Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/08/10 | Dave Murray
    The federal government could soon be paying for lunch for entire communities of children under a new plan in the U.S. House of Representatives. Christina A. Samuels of Education Week reports that the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 would allow schools in high-poverty areas to be covered under a “community eligibility” option that allows free meals to all students without the traditional paperwork to determine eligibility. That would mean free meals for an extra 20 percent of students in Grand Rapids, where eight of 10 students already meet income levels to qualify for free or reduced-price meals....
  • Free summer lunches feeding more kids locally and statewide (Dayton OH)

    06/18/2010 6:52:01 AM PDT · by relictele · 27 replies · 386+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 18 Jun 2010 | Cornelius Frolik
    More children in the Dayton area and Ohio are relying on free summer meal programs. In 2009, schools and community groups in Montgomery County served 510,496 free summer meals, a 20 percent increase since 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Statewide, schools and community groups last year served 3.56 million free summer meals, an increase of 10 percent from 2008 and 17 percent from 2007, according to federal data. Food service officials expect the numbers to be even higher this year. Money is tight in the home of Amanda Gyldholm, a 32-year-old single mother of four who is...
  • Obama phones

    10/29/2009 4:39:19 AM PDT · by EmilyGeiger · 18 replies · 1,263+ views
    Trillion dollar+ budget deficit for the fiscal year 2009 and the money keeps flowing! Must be ultra income redistribution!
  • Extort thy neighbor, or how to ruin a nation

    08/15/2009 2:53:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 1,227+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2009 | Gary Horne
    The code words used for so-called "health care reform," single-payer, universal coverage, etc. bring images into the minds of many of "free" health care, something for nothing. When I was a boy, I was often puzzled why Dad didn't go for the special deals, discounts, etc. when we shopped for something. Now I understand that these were tricks crafted for the consumer looking for something for nothing. Dad knew that if you went after "something for nothing," you would be hooked and reeled in like a fish who took the bait. In the real world there is no "something for...
  • In some schools, everyone gets free lunch

    07/06/2009 6:43:03 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 44 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2009 | Kathy Matheson
    PHILADELPHIA - For students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, there really is such a thing as a free lunch - and a free breakfast, too. With no strings attached. The Philadelphia school district's unique program provides free food for all children in schools with a high percentage of low-income students, dispensing with the cumbersome forms parents must fill out elsewhere to qualify their kids for free meals. Although federal officials recently threatened to kill this paperless model, other cities are looking to replicate it. Food service directors say it eliminates the costly bureaucracy that both deters needy families from applying...
  • Save, don't spend: there's no free lunch

    02/08/2009 8:24:51 PM PST · by ancientart · 16 replies · 838+ views
    Aberdeen American News | February 8, 2009 | Hillar Neumann
    I have been teaching introductory economics courses for more than 30 years. The topic of my first lecture is always on the concept of relative scarcity. Scarcity simply means that human wants and desires are unlimited; while resources, the means of production, are limited. The fact is that each individual, family, business and government entity must grapple with the scarcity problem and calculate the best way to allocate their resources to attain some end. The economic entity must choose how to best allocate its income to attain some level of happiness balancing current consumption and saving for future consumption. The...
  • Systematic Legal Plunder is One Sure Sign of the End of the Republic

    06/04/2008 7:42:24 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 22 replies · 79+ views
    DBKP ^ | June 4, 2008 | Mondoreb
    “The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is… legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay … If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.” --Fredrick Bastiat, 1850 in...
  • 'NHS should not treat those with unhealthy lifestyles' say Tories

    09/04/2007 3:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1,176+ views
    The Evening Standard (UK) ^ | September 4, 2007
    Patients who refuse to change their unhealthy lifestyles should not be treated by the NHS, the Conservatives said today. In a bid to ease spiralling levels of obesity and other health concerns, a Tory panel said certain treatments should be denied to patients who refuse to co-operate with health professionals and live healthier lifestyles. And those who do manage to improve their general health by losing weight and quitting smoking, for example, would receive "Health Miles" cards. Points earned could then be used to pay for health-related products such as gym membership and fresh vegetables. The aim is a shift...
  • Fair Tax, Foul Politics [NRO on FairTax]

    08/16/2007 6:10:39 PM PDT · by RobFromGa · 526 replies · 3,593+ views
    Fair Tax, Foul Politics ^ | August 16, 2007 | NRO Editors
    Fair Tax, Foul Politics By The Editors Advocates of a national sales tax to replace the income tax have built an impressive grassroots army. They have given their idea an appealing, if somewhat gimmicky, name: the Fair Tax. And they have managed to get five Republican presidential candidates to suggest that they would sign a sales-tax bill if it reached their desk. Some observers credit the enthusiasm of the Fair Taxers for Gov. Mike Huckabee’s surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa straw poll. Huckabee is the candidate most committed to the Fair Tax. Former senator Fred Thompson is, however, backing...
  • Obama Calls for Universal Health Care

    01/25/2007 8:38:25 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 188 replies · 5,165+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/25/07 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every American should have health care coverage within six years, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday as he set an ambitious goal soon after jumping into the 2008 presidential race. "The time has come for universal health care in America," Obama said at a conference of Families USA, a health care advocacy group. "I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country," the Illinois senator said. Obama was previewing what is shaping up to be a theme of the 2008 Democratic...
  • Free Lunch, Free Hot Fudge Sundaes (Debra Saunders On California's Liberal Fantasy Island Alert)

    09/03/2006 9:41:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 548+ views ^ | 09/04/06 | Debra Saunders
    I don't know a single Democrat not on a political payroll who is enthusiastic about state Treasurer Phil Angelides' run for governor. In the Capitol, many Dems can't stand the guy. No one can argue with a straight face that Angelides has a serious plan to balance state finances. If Schwarzenegger is the free-lunch governor -- he won't raise taxes and has failed to slice spending to eliminate the state's $4 billion to $5 billion structural budget shortfall -- Angelides offers free lunch followed by free desert. Angelides' recipe for state finances: no new taxes, unless you're rich, and a...
  • Thoughts on Immigration from a Teacher's Husband on July 4th

    07/04/2006 10:06:42 AM PDT · by FARS · 6 replies · 1,027+ views
    Passing on as received. Subject: Something You Won't Read About In the Papers During the Immigration Debate As you all listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration there are some things that you should be aware of. My wife is in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at large Southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its student’s have an average lower socio-economic and income level. Most of the schools you are hearing about; South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where these students are protesting are also Title 1...
  • FairTax - The Advocates Strike Back

    06/07/2006 3:47:07 PM PDT · by pigdog · 177 replies · 1,523+ views
    Mike Moffat and Al Ose | June 2006 | Mike Moffatt and Al Ose
    FairTax Strikes Back - Introduction On April 8, 2003 I wrote my first article on the FairTax proposal. The article FairTax - Income Taxes vs. Sales Taxes detailed the costs and benefits of moving from a system of income taxes to a system of sales taxes. In the article I concluded that "[the]FairTax is an interesting proposal which is unlikely to ever be implemented." The response I received to this article was overwhelming. I've gotten hundreds and hundreds of e-mails on the article, every last one of them from a FairTax supporter. While many of the supporters had something negative...
  • Eating Our Independence for Breakfast

    10/17/2005 11:19:31 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 9 replies · 460+ views
    The Atlas Society and Objectivist Center ^ | October 13, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Eating Our Independence for Breakfast by Edward Hudgins As many major public policy matters are being debated in Washington -- a Supreme Court nomination, runaway federal spending -- seemingly small erosions of our independence and, thus, our freedom continue with very little attention. District of Columbia school officials have just announced that all students will be offered free breakfasts, regardless of family income, under a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. School system official Mark Truax argues that, "Studies keep showing the benefits of a good breakfast: increased attendance, better behavior and better performance." What he fails to say is that...
  • Students not eating free breakfasts (Miami-Dade)

    09/26/2005 4:40:36 AM PDT · by ElCapusto · 114 replies · 1,799+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | September 26, 2005 | Matthew I. Pinzur
    Although free breakfast is available to all students in Miami-Dade Public Schools, only a small fraction are taking advantage of it. Even a registered dietitian with a master's of science degree and oversight of food services in the nation's fourth-largest school system, Penny Parham, advises: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ''I sound like an old grandmother, but nutritionally, it's the truth,'' Parham said. ``Everybody should eat breakfast -- hands down. Research is clear and strong.'' Free breakfast has been available to all Miami-Dade students for more than a year, but Parham said participation is still low....
  • TANSTAAFL: A Semi-Satirical Look at a World Without Transportation Subsidies

    09/12/2005 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies · 1,443+ views
    During the 2004 campaign our Executive Director contacted the candidates running for Congress from the 5th and 8th Districts to ask about their support for passenger rail. When he reached an aide to the Republican candidate for the 5th District seat, he received the answer, "We support passenger rail only if it pays for itself." Our Executive Director works with political figures day in and day out, so he's something of a diplomat. Had I been on the phone, I would have shot back, "When did I-90 ever pay for itself?" Hanging around conservative Republicans like I do, time and...
  • French demonstrate to keep 35-hour work week

    02/05/2005 9:55:47 PM PST · by satchmodog9 · 15 replies · 526+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2-5-2005 | ap writer
    PARIS (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of French people took part in demonstrations across the country to protest against government plans to reform the 35-hour work week. AFP Photo Related Quotes DJIA NASDAQ S&P 500 10716.13 2086.66 1203.03 +123.03 +29.02 +13.14 Delayed Data Providers - Disclaimer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sponsored by: New Pro Platform Organized by an alliance of trade-unions and backed by the opposition Socialist party (PS), more than half a million people took part in marches in 100 towns and cities -- with 90,000 joining the largest demonstration in Paris. Police put the overall figure at slightly more than 250,000....
  • Jail Food Can Be a Hard Sell - inmates' reviews... 'It's basically slop'

    01/08/2005 2:08:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 2,155+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 8, 2005 | Paul Pringle
    In the sour innards of Men's Central Jail, Alice Scott watched with pride as trays of her chicken casserole dinner were delivered like mail through slots in the cell doors. Prisoners began devouring the fare as soon as they had it in their grasp. "The inmates like the food, and that makes me happy," said Scott, a sheriff's lieutenant who oversees meal preparations for the jail. Then came the reviews. "It stinks," said Bobby Love, 46, a Compton resident jailed for a probation violation. Like his five cellmates, he spooned up the casserole, carrots and green beans while standing in...
  • Pretty Ugly, Pretty Fast (Social Security Reform Debate)

    01/05/2005 2:23:02 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 58 replies · 1,179+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2005 | Howard Kurtz
    Prediction: The Social Security debate is going to turn pretty ugly pretty fast. It's quite civilized at the moment, with reporters and op-ed types jousting over economic assumptions and actuarial rates. But New Year's Day brought a Washington Post report that the coming campaign over Bush's privatization plan will take on the coloration of a full-fledged political war, complete with television ads. Such groups as Progress for America (which spent millions on Bush's reelection), the Club for Growth and the National Association of Manufacturers are planning big-budget campaigns, and the AARP is already spending 5 mil on full-page opposition ads...
  • "Recruiters... worked her hotel lobby, attempting to get people to join the line."

    06/23/2004 10:56:42 AM PDT · by AnnaZ · 54 replies · 335+ views
    SacBee ^ | June 23, 2004 | M.S. Enkoji
      Y'know... I like to make jokes that the Left can only get the crowds via Castro-style "bus rides and sandwiches", but this is getting ridiculous.   Clinton's book isn't flying off local shelves The buzz is there -- and it's No. 1 on Amazon -- but area stores stay calm. By M.S. Enkoji -- Bee Staff WriterPublished 2:15 am PDT Wednesday, June 23, 2004 (excerpt)   At the Sacramento store, Norma Valencia bypassed Clinton for a book on personal finance. She had been in Manhattan Monday on business when people began lining up at the other Barnes & Noble,...
  • Pell grants aid confined sex offenders

    12/18/2003 8:23:56 AM PST · by AreaMan · 7 replies · 818+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | October 27, 2003 | LEONORA LaPETER
    Pell grants aid confined sex offenders A stretched grant program is giving college money to offenders who served their time but are deemed unfit to rejoin society. By LEONORA LaPETER, Times Staff Writer Published October 27, 2003 David Depuy is a twice-convicted rapist who has been behind bars all but two of the last 31 years. In prison, he turned to education, and the government helped. He began taking classes in 1973 and continued on and off until 1994, when politicians decided that giving criminals financial aid grants for college wasn't a good idea. Then in 1999, Depuy finished his...
  • Extensive Fraud in National School Lunch Program

    11/02/2003 6:42:17 AM PST · by Normally a Lurker · 22 replies · 169+ views
    USDA & Census Reports ^ | 10/10/03 | na
    Following is a letter sent a few weeks ago to a local newspaper reporter, at her request, to facilitate a potential article on the extent of fraud in the National School Lunch Program After our discussion a couple of days ago, I consolidated some of my notes from searching a few internet sites for relevant data on the National School Lunch Program (mostly using USDA and Census Bureau sites). Since you said you might discuss this matter with one of your colleagues who is adept at using Census data, I thought I'd send you the following info to share with...
  • Illegal Immigrants Get Resident Tuition (Oregon)

    05/21/2003 7:15:13 PM PDT · by Liz · 29 replies · 887+ views
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Nineteen-year-old Francisco Urenda wants to become a doctor. The state of Oregon may help him make his dream come true - even though he is an illegal immigrant. Oregon may be about to join a growing number states that are offering cheaper, in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants in a move supporters say will help them become productive, taxpaying members of society. Opponents say the idea will only encourage illegal immigration. Without the change in Oregon's law, Urenda, who came to the United States from Mexico after being orphaned at 10 and is now a...
  • Campaign fun(ding)

    05/02/2003 1:15:12 AM PDT · by Roscoe · 147+ views
    3 Libertarians got really liberal with Clean Election money; but let's not overreact May. 2, 2003 12:00 AM There is a Hollywood script treatment here. Three political party boys gone wild - a trio of fun-loving, libertine Libertarians - tap into Arizona's new system for publicly funding campaigns, Clean Elections, to the tune of $104,000. Overnight, they literally reinvent the concept of the political campaign. And they do it badly: spending thousands at nightclubs outside their districts, thousands on really cool office and computer equipment, tens of thousands on postage for mailings that were never mailed and tens of thousands...
  • Family upset over 'field trip' of convicted sex offender - incident sparks statewide investigation

    01/04/2003 6:46:25 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 26 replies · 459+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2003 | By MARY ANN RAZZUK / WFAA-TV
    Family upset over 'field trip' of convicted sex offender 01/04/2003 By MARY ANN RAZZUK / WFAA-TV The mother of a Texas prison inmate is speaking out about an unscheduled trip home her son made - a trip which has sparked a statewide investigation. Jeffrey Paul Hale is serving a life sentence for the sexual assault of a child. And now, the family of one of Hale's victims is demanding some answers. An area parent felt a rush of emotions as she read an article about a field trip authorities said Hale got to take recently while in law enforcement...
  • 3 Libertarians may face election audit

    11/15/2002 12:53:07 AM PST · by Roscoe · 22 replies · 201+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | Nov. 13, 2002 | Adam Klawonn and Bob Petrie
    Clean Elections officials will recommend an investigation of three Libertarian legislative candidates for their use of taxpayer funds for computers, outings to Scottsdale nightclubs and consulting by a relative. "It is the first time we would be doing an investigation on the use of funds," said Colleen Connor, executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. She hinted audits of more candidates in the Nov. 5 election could be on the way. The case involves Senate candidate Yuri C. Downing, 32, and House candidates Trevor O. Clevenger, 29, and Paul DeDonati, 33, Scottsdale roommates. All ran in District 17 in...
  • Why economists are not popular

    05/01/2002 7:56:43 AM PDT · by TMD · 6 replies · 345+ views
    April 8, 2002 Why economists are not popular One of the many reasons why economists are unpopular is that they keep reminding people that things have costs, that there is no free lunch. People already know that -- but they like to forget it when there is something they have their hearts set on. Economists don't have to say anything when people are buying things at a shopping mall or at an automobile dealership. The price tags convey the situation in unmistakable terms. It is when people are voting for nice-sounding things that politicians have dreamed up that economists are...
  • Why economists are not popular

    04/08/2002 6:38:52 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 6 replies · 183+ views ^ | April 8, 2002 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the many reasons why economists are unpopular is that they keep reminding people that things have costs, that there is no free lunch. People already know that -- but they like to forget it when there is something they have their hearts set on. Economists don't have to say anything when people are buying things at a shopping mall or at an automobile dealership. The price tags convey the situation in unmistakable terms. It is when people are voting for nice-sounding things that politicians have dreamed up that economists are likely to point out that the costs...