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  • Huh: It Sure Looks Like Some Ferguson Protestors Were Paid To Do So By Liberal Organize Missouri

    05/19/2015 1:28:44 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/19/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Remember the protests (and riots) in Ferguson last summer? It looks like at least some of the protestors were told they would be paid to show up and now they're upset the checks haven't arrived yet. Weaselzippers has the full story and the screen shots showing "protestors" using the Twitter hashtag #cutthecheck in response to non-payment. Based on tweets, Organize Missouri is responsible for issuing payments. On May 14, protesters, upset with not being paid their promised checks for protesting, protested outside MORE, Missourians Organizing For Reform and Empowerment, an ACORN organization which had received funding through George Soros to...
  • BREAKING=> SECRET LIST Reveals OVER 80 Orgs & Individuals Were GETTING PAID to Protest #Ferguson

    05/19/2015 9:08:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/19/15 | Jim Hoft
    Last week local black activists held a sit-in protest at the office of MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) in St. Louis to press their claim that groups led by whites have collected tens of thousands of dollars in donations off of the Black Lives Matter movement without paying the Black participants their fair share.During the sit-in, one of the Black activists threatened the white representative for MORE, saying, “We gon’, we gonna just **** you up.” (Expletive deleted.) Apparently much of the money raised by MORE didn’t reach the local protesters.In response to this protest MORE released a...
  • Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches (pay-to-play gets expensive)

    05/19/2015 1:37:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 5/18/15 | Matea Gold, Rosalind S. Helderman, Anu Narayanswamy
    **SNIP** Disclosure documents filed by Hillary Clinton last week revealed that the couple have earned about $25 million for delivering 104 paid speeches since January 2014. While Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking career since leaving the White House in 2001 has been well documented, the new disclosures offer the first public accounting of Hillary Clinton’s paid addresses since she stepped down as secretary of state. And they illustrate how the Clintons have personally profited by drawing on the same network of supporters who have backed their political campaigns and philanthropic efforts — while those supporters have gained entree to a potential...
  • After minimum wage boost, some DFLers turn to paid leave

    02/19/2015 5:50:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    kare 11 ^ | 2-18-15 | ap
    <p>ST. PAUL, Minn. - After a successful push to raise the minimum wage, some Minnesota Democrats want to establish a statewide paid family leave program.</p> <p>Workers would be able to take up to six weeks off from work for a birth, adoption or to take care of a sick relative under the proposal. They'd make at least two-thirds of their pay during that time.</p>
  • The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

    01/26/2015 9:14:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 120 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/26/15 | Jason Millman
    The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be handled this way by 2018. Monday’s announcement marks the administration’s biggest effort yet to shape how doctors are compensated across the health-care system. As the country's largest payer of health-care services, Medicare influences...
  • Dems’ next big issue (paid leave - "a pillar of their economic platform”)

    01/13/2015 4:01:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    Democrats are seizing on the fight for mandatory paid leave in the United States as their next big pocketbook issue. The Obama administration has for months called upon Congress to require employers to offer paid leave, with Labor Secretary Tom Perez relentlessly pressing the case to anyone who will listen. And while potential Democratic presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), have voiced support for the proposal, the party has yet to elevate paid leave to the top tier of its policy agenda. That will soon change, according to Democratic operatives, administration officials...
  • Vote Buying Claimant Stevie Fielder: “I Was Not Paid to Lie”

    08/12/2014 10:34:44 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 1 replies
    MPB News ^ | 8-12-14 | Paul Boger
    The conservative blogger from California who paid a Baptist minister from Meridian to tell his story about vote buying in the Republican Senate runoff between incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and state Senator Chris McDaniel is in the state on a speaking tour. Reports also indicate that the blogger, Chuck Johnson, has been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Lauderdale County in conjunction with an investigation of a felony. The Baptist minister from Meridian stands by his claims of vote buying in the senate race. For nearly six weeks, Reverend Stevie Fielder of First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian has...
  • Report: $4M ransom paid to al-Qaeda-linked group for release of 13 nuns

    03/10/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    YNET ^ | 3/14/14 | agencies
    A $4 million ransom was reportedly paid to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for the release of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns that were held by the rebel group for four months, Lebanese media reported on Monday In addition to that, some 150 imprisoned Syrian women were to be released in exchange for the nuns from Syrian government jails, along with three other women were taken from their convent in the Christian-dominated town of Maaloula during clashes in December.
  • NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak

    12/20/2013 4:16:47 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 99 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 dec 2013 | Gizmodo
    Reuters reports that the NSA paid massive computer security firm RSA $10 million to promote a flawed encryption system so that the surveillance organization could wiggle its way around security. In other words, the NSA bribed the firm to leave the back door to computers all over the world open. Thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, we already knew the NSA played a central role in promoting a flawed formula for generating random numbers, which if used in encryption, essentially gives the spies easy access to computing systems. A piece of RSA software, bSafe, became the most significant vector...
  • [San Francisco] 572 city workers paid more than governor

    02/21/2013 5:13:43 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    No fewer than 572 San Francisco city workers and executives made more than Gov. Jerry Brown last year. More than 1,500 city workers made more than state Attorney General Kamala Harris. And that's without overtime. "That's pretty staggering," said Tom Dalzell, head of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, which sets pay for state lawmakers. --SNIP-- The days when the headline-grabbing "$100,000 club" was made up of a handful of top managers and overtime earners are long gone. Last year, city controller's records show, roughly a quarter of the city's 36,000 full- and part-time workers made more than $100,000 - without...
  • Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

    01/25/2013 3:24:32 PM PST · by a5478 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09.08.2012 | Adam Himmelsbach
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2011, he filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in Maryland and posted it on YouTube, and he recently donated Ravens tickets to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fund-raiser.
  • Getting paid to sit on the couch (Illinois state so-called workers)

    11/24/2012 8:06:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Getting paid to sit on the couchWhat a waste of tax money November 24, 2012 Tribune reporters Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards recently exposed one of those head-scratching how-Illinois-works stories that will drive you crazy. This state is perpetually broke, yet it allows government employees to get paid for doing no work. Between 2007 and September of this year, 2,033 state workers were placed on paid leave at various times, at a cost of more than $23 million. Employees placed on paid administrative leave are typically being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. Maybe an employee has been accused of stealing,...
  • Romney Supporters Paid to be Romney Supporters (video)

    01/25/2012 12:09:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 22, 2012 | LifeLibertyNow
    This is nothing new, as campaigns have been paying people to become active for years now. And it is not illegal, as far as I know. There's nothing wrong with paying someone to help spread a message. However, it does show the limited motivations within the Romney campaign. There is not much grassroots here in South Florida if people have to be paid to get out and spread a critical message about the future of this country.
  • 'Israel Paid Syria $100 Million for Golan,' says Sadat Aide

    11/14/2011 6:11:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Tzvi Ben Gedalia ^ | 11/14/11 | Baltimore Jewish Life
    Israel paid Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, says a former close friend of Sadat. Israel paid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, says a former close friend to assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Dr. Mahmoud Jame’ said Sadat was briefed on the deal, according to the Jordanian-based Albawaba website. Jame’, a member of the first Consultative Council in Egypt, said, “One morning Sadat took me with him in private and without a guard to the (Syrian part of the) Golan...
  • Occupy Chicago Protestor Is Getting Paid $22/Hour Plus Overtime

    10/11/2011 4:36:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    A Chicago-based "Occupy Wall Street" protestor is allegedly getting paid -- more than many Americans with actual jobs -- to protest corporate greed and the unemployment rate in the United States. Business Insider has obtained a video interview of a seemingly well-informed Chicago protestor who mentions -- almost in passing -- that he gets paid $22 an hour plus overtime to participate in a Chicago offshoot of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests. The man describes his protesting work as a "full time gig" and added that an unnamed benefactor, who is presumably providing the salary, is "getting [his] money's worth."
  • Organizer admits to paying ‘Occupy DC’ protesters

    10/07/2011 10:25:18 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 13 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | October 6 2011 | M.Fields
    A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend “Occupy DC” protests happening in the nation’s capital. TheDC attended the protest event, an expansion of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began in New York City. Some aspects of the protest, it turned out, are more Astroturf than grassroots. One group of about ten Hispanic protesters marched behind a Caucasian individual from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rent control in Washington, D.C. Asked why they were there, some Hispanic protesters holding up English protest signs could...
  • Fox paid $4.8 billion in taxes, MSNBC

    07/15/2011 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/15/11 | Don Surber
    OK, the headline is misleading. The parent company of Fox News — News Corp. — paid the U.S. government $4.8 billion in taxes over the last four tax years (2007-2010). GE, which owned most of MSNBC until late last year, paid zero taxes in 2010. In fact, GE received a $3.2 billion welfare check from Uncle Sam. From Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston:(Reuters) — Readers, I apologize. (Snip) Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp did not get a $4.8 billion tax refund for the past four years, as I reported.
  • Minnesota shutdown stirs debate over who gets paid

    07/11/2011 2:57:18 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-11-11 | PATRICK CONDON (AP)
    As the shutdown entered its second full week Monday, with no end in sight, politicians and public employees traded accusations over who's getting paid, who isn't and why. "None of them should be getting paid," said Mike Lindholt, a Department of Transportation maintenance worker idled by the shutdown. "If you don't do your job, you don't get paid. That's how it is for most people." The political leaders whose budget dispute caused the shutdown are still entitled to collect their pay, and more than half of them are. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican Senate majority leader have both...
  • Panetta Report 2: Leon Panetta Paid Tribute to Pro-Communist Peace Activist

    06/17/2011 9:02:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Trevor Loudon, New Zeal ^ | 6/17/11 | Trevor Loudon
    Panetta Report 1 here; [caption id="attachment_7457" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Leon Panetta"][/caption] While a Southern California based congressman in the 1970s and '80s, CIA director and Obama Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta, was close to a pro communist, Santa Cruz based "peace activist" named Lucy Haessler. In spite (or perhaps because of) Haessler's involvement with the Women's International Democratic Federation, Panetta placed a tribute in the Congressional Record, April 11, 1984, to mark Haessler's 80th birthday. Panetta noted that Lucy Haessler attended several conferences of the East German based organization, in France, the Soviet Union, Poland and East Germany. He did...
  • Adam Kokesh, Paid Russian Agent

    06/05/2011 4:58:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | 6/5/11 | Trevor Loudon
    Cliff Kincaid of USA Survival News confronts anti-war activist Adam Kokesh over his paid position with Moscow’s propaganda channel Russia Today.
  • IMF boss paid me $2,500 for women, claims Elliot Spitzer's former Manhattan madam as mugshot...

    05/18/2011 8:42:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/18/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn was once a client of a notorious New York madam, one of whose call girls complained about his aggressive behaviour, it was claimed tonight. Kristin Davis, 35, claims the IMF chief used the services of her Wicked Models escort agency twice in 2006, she told The Times. The Frenchman, who was not running the finance organisation at the time, was reportedly referred to Davis by Irma Nici, a Bosnian prostitute who had been living in Paris. Nici - also linked with Davis’s most famous client, the former New York governor Eliot Spitzer - claims she slept with David...
  • The Rich Paid More Taxes Due to the Reagan and Bush 43 Tax Cuts

    04/25/2011 3:22:11 AM PDT · by Son House
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | April 18, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The views expressed by the host on this program, some of them have been stated for 22 straight years, and some of those same views will have to be repeated for 22 more years. Some of these things we just have to keep saying, such as this stuff we're talking about on taxes today. Our website has had these numbers up for years, and we've been on the air for 22 years here. What is it? It was started in '88. This is 2011. Yeah, we're in our 23rd year here. So what's that mean, the 23rd anniversary comes...
  • Gates to troops: Yes, you’ll get paid in a gov’t shutdown … for a week

    04/07/2011 9:41:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/7/11 | Ed Morrissey
    ABC News reports this morning that Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with troops in Baghdad this morning, in part to discuss their concerns over a government shutdown. After joking that the best policy is to make sure the folks with the guns get paid first, Gates then told the men and women on the front lines that they needn’t worry. After studying the issue, Gates says they will get paid if the budget runs out tomorrow … for a week: Speaking to a group of 200 soldiers in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Gates drew Army cheers of “Hooah” from the crowd...
  • Former Clinton Official Paid $26 Million by Fannie Mae Before Taxpayer Bailout Now on Obama...

    03/23/2011 3:47:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/23/11 | Chris Neefus
    (CNSNews.com) –Jamie Gorelick, a former Clinton administration official who has reportedly made the Obama administration's to become considering the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was paid more than $26 million in total compensation as a top executive at Fannie Mae--before taxpayers had to bail out the mortgage giant. Gorelick, who left the Clinton Justice Department in 1997 to work for Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines, was paid $26,466,834 in salary, bonuses, performance pay and stock options from 1998 to 2003, according to the Report of the Special Examination of Fannie Mae (2006), conducted by the Office...
  • U of AZ Paid $60,000+ for Obama’s ‘Together We Thrive’ Tucson Event

    01/24/2011 8:59:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    big government ^ | 1/24/11 | Tom Fitton
    Was that a memorial for the victims of the Tucson shooting tragedy or a pep rally for President Obama that was held at the University of Arizona? Many were discomforted by the constant screams and cheers at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting. Adding to the inappropriate atmosphere were thousands of blue “Together We Thrive,” t-shirts and posters plastered all over the place, an obvious play on a popular Obama presidential campaign theme from 2008. Perhaps it was also the fact that the whole event was “branded” in the first place: “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America.”...
  • Apple Will Sell $2B in Apps in 2011

    12/30/2010 6:00:29 PM PST · by stripes1776 · 20 replies · 231+ views
    TechCrunch ^ | December 30, 2010 | Sarah Lacy
    I’ve often wondered if the early Web pioneers had it all to do over again if Web companies would have put less of an emphasis on free. People have been conditioned against paying for services or content on the Web, and the Web elite only have each other to blame. For all the talk of Web companies getting users first and “figuring out” how to make money later, the only two jaw-droppingly, multi-billion-dollar, innovative new ways to advertise online have been Google’s paid search ads and Groupon’s solution to unlocking local ad dollars on a mass scale. Those who win...
  • 'Veterans Paid the Price, Cut Debt Elsewhere,' Says The American Legion

    11/18/2010 11:20:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    pr newswire ^ | 11/18/10 | American Legion
    INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "There they go again," said The American Legion's National Commander Jimmie Foster about the recommendations of two debt reduction commissions which would decrease military retirement benefits. "Every time Washington wakes up with a deficit hangover after decades of spending binges, those who study the serious problems of our national debt can't resist the easy but unfair route of trying to balance the budget on the backs of veterans. It is unfair and if these ridiculous proposals are passed into law, it will hurt America's ability to defend itself from our enemies." One panel, chaired...
  • VIDEO: Labor Secretary Vows To Fight For Illegals' Wages

    06/22/2010 3:22:01 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 14 replies
    Hope For America ^ | June 21, 2010 | Hilda Solis
    VIDEO HERE.
  • Northfield teacher admits biting off piece of ear in St. Paul cafe(MN ear biter update)

    04/13/2010 10:57:59 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 33 replies · 1,329+ views
    star tribuine ^ | 4-10-10 | paul walsh
    A Northfield middle school teacher admitted in court Wednesday that she bit off a chunk of a stranger's ear while in a St. Paul cafe last month, severing a piece of flesh that police presume she swallowed. Susan M. Mwarabu, 30, of Rochester, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to third-degree felony assault. She remains free pending sentencing May 20.
  • Teacher Contracts: An Analysis

    04/05/2010 10:28:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies · 584+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/31/2010 | Michael Van Beek
    Nearly every aspect of a teacher’s job falls under the rules of a union contract. The following is a synopsis of just one of those agreements in Michigan. It comes from Fruitport Community Schools near Muskegon, which employs 224 teachers and enrolls 3,200 students. Of its $32 million operating budget (excluding capital expenditures and debt services), 83 percent goes to pay employee compensation. Teacher salaries are determined by a single salary schedule that creates annual automatic raises based solely an employee’s years of experience and graduate degrees. In Fruitport, these automatic annual pay raises are usually 3 to 4 percent....
  • **PASS OBAMA'S HEALTHCARE AGENDA** EARN $10-15/HOUR (berkeley)

    08/09/2009 9:08:41 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 54 replies · 1,146+ views
    craigslist ^ | 7-14-2009 | jobs that matter
    We need people like you—lots of people like you—to go out in communities around the country this summer and help make change happen. And you can earn money doing it. Earn $4,000-$6,000 this summer. **I found these in every state but with different titles on craigslist)***
  • Health firms paid Nancy-Ann DeParle $5.8 million

    06/13/2009 11:07:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 915+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/13/09 | Kenneth Vogel
    The official overseeing White House health care reform efforts earned more than $5.8 million in the past three years from her work for major medical companies, according to a personal financial disclosure and other public records . The disclosure statement filed by White House health czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, released this week, shows that from the start of last year until her appointment this March, she pulled in more than $2.3 million from her positions on the boards of six firms likely to be significantly affected by the health care reforms that she’s championing.
  • Drama on China's high seas casts U.S. as adversary

    03/24/2009 4:02:58 PM PDT · by Flavius · 374+ views
    iht ^ | 3/23/09 | By Dune Lawrence
    link only bloomberg aka in action so a happy photo you have
  • Pa. defense firm raided by FBI (Murtha)

    01/22/2009 4:22:08 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies · 1,142+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/22/2009 | Reid Wilson
    Federal agents raided the offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks at the request of Rep. John Murtha, according to local media reports. The offices of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems were shuttered for the day following the raids, the chief financial officer told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. The companies' phone system says they will open again Friday morning, and e-mails sent to top company officials went unanswered. Based in Windber, Pa., just outside Johnstown, Kuchera won $8.2 million in federal defense earmarks in the 2008 budget. The earmarks came at the request...
  • Should Students Be Paid for Good Grades?

    01/16/2009 4:42:53 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 57 replies · 1,132+ views
    time.com ^ | 01/14/09 | Laura Fitzpatrick
    Back in the day, a good report card earned you a parental pat on the back, but now it could be money in your pocket. Experiments with cash incentives for students have been catching on in public-school districts across the country, and so has the debate over whether they are a brilliant tool for hard-to-motivate students or bribery that will destroy any chance of fostering a love of learning. Either way, a rigorous new study — one of relatively few on such pay-for-performance programs — found that the programs get results: cash incentives help low-income students stay in school and...
  • U.S. Report Says Iran Purchases S-300

    09/25/2008 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 529+ views
    menewsline ^ | September 25, 2008 | mme
    Iran has purchased the S-300 air defense system, a report said. The Bipartisan Policy Center, established in 2007, asserted that Iran has recently purchased the Russian-origin S-300 system. In a report titled "Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy Toward Iranian Nuclear Development," the center suggested that Iran has acquired the system.
  • Fmr. Italian Pres.: We Paid for Immunity From Terrorist Attacks

    08/18/2008 3:11:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 213+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    (IsraelNN.com) In a letter appearing in the weekend edition of the respected Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga revealed that the government of Italy agreed to allow Arab terrorist groups freedom of movement in the country in exchange for immunity from attacks in Italy. Cossiga wrote that the government of the late Prime Minister Aldo Moro reached a "secret non-belligerence pact between the Italian state and Palestinian resistance organizations, including terrorist groups," in the 1970s. According to the former president, it was Moro himself who designed the terms of the agreement with the foreign Arab terrorists....
  • U.S. paid $42.4 million to Iraqis[Accidental Death & Property Damage]

    02/27/2008 7:18:59 AM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 98+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Sharon Behn
    The Pentagon has paid more than $40 million to Iraqis whose family members were accidentally killed or their property destroyed by coalition military action since the beginning of 2005, according to interviews and documents that provide a glimpse into the extent of continuing civilian casualties in the conflict. The condolence payments are meant to mitigate anger against the U.S. military as it works to reduce violence in Iraq. They are in keeping with a system in Iraqi Muslim culture in which a payment for damage or death eliminates the need for revenge. Though they have spent the money, military officials...
  • Lebanon: Best Protest Money Can Buy

    01/23/2007 11:31:01 AM PST · by grandpa jones · 400+ views
    Nuke's news & views ^ | 1/23/07 | Nuke Gingrich
    Imagine, if you will, a sea of protesters in front of the White House for tonight’s State of the Union message. A sign-wielding brigade of like-minded activists of all races, all ages, and all on the same page: We support the President. GWB: Defending the Free World. News cameras, videos, interviews, the whole bit. Now suppose that a journalist discovers that a conservative PAC has paid these protesters to be there. Do you think the lead in the news stories would be about the protests, or about the fact that the protesters were in fact paid employees of the conservative...
  • MURTHA'S 'CHARITY' MESS

    12/31/2006 7:32:02 AM PST · by RedRover · 55 replies · 1,442+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 31, 2006 | Editorial
    Congressional Democrats, just days from reclaiming their majority on Capitol Hill, are preparing for what promises to be a lot of investigations.Well, here's one that they should, but doubtless won't, undertake.It centers on a charity founded by a longtime aide to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the incoming chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee....
  • Nonprofit Connects Murtha, Lobbyists (Another Now That He's Re-Elected Expose')

    12/24/2006 8:58:42 PM PST · by kristinn · 58 replies · 1,615+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, December 25, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman
    For a quarter of a century, Carmen Scialabba labored for Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), helping parcel out the billions of dollars that came through the House Appropriations Committee, so when the disabled aide needed a favor, Murtha was there. In 2001, Murtha announced the creation of Scialabba's nonprofit agency for the disabled in Johnstown, Pa. The next year, with Scialabba still on his staff, Murtha secured a half-million dollars for the group, the Pennsylvania Association for Individuals With Disabilities (PAID), and put another $150,000 in the pipeline for 2003, according to appropriations committee records and former committee aides. Since...
  • Baker Case Documents Saved From Shred Order

    12/21/2006 10:26:18 AM PST · by Ancesthntr · 14 replies · 848+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 20, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – An Israeli businessman who says he served as a broker in a multimillion-dollar Iraqi collection deal by the law firm of former Secretary of State James Baker now charges in a WND interview Baker's firm tried to cover up the alleged transactions, concerned about exposure after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The deal was structured to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iraq, according to the middleman, Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel. Gouaz claimed Houston-based Baker Botts made about $30 million collecting funds owed to a South Korean company by the Iraqi government at the peak...
  • Hamza 'Paid £220,000 For House While On Legal Aid'

    10/11/2006 6:30:27 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 532+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-12-2006 | Ducan Gardham
    Hamza 'paid £220,000 for house while on legal aid' By Duncan Gardham (Filed: 12/10/2006) Abu Hamza, the radical cleric, bought a house for £220,000 in cash and let it out while receiving legal aid, it was claimed yesterday. An investigation by the Legal Services Commission has led to a freeze on the sale of the four-bedroom property in Greenford, west London. Abu Hamza and the property in Greenford, west London Hamza has been claiming legal aid for his fight against allegations of incitement to murder, for which he received a seven-year jail sentence this year. The bill is thought to...
  • Cal State University secretly paid departing execs millions

    07/17/2006 9:24:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 476+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/17/06 | AP - San FRancisco
    SAN FRANCISCO California State University secretly paid millions of dollars to outgoing campus presidents and top executives, in some cases keeping them on the payroll up to five years after leaving office. Neither the chancellor nor trustees at the nation's largest public university system publicly disclosed the "transition pay," lucrative consulting contracts and tenured teaching positions, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. Chancellor Charles B. Reed said his office spent as much as $4 million over the past decade for "special assignments" and paid leave for former campus presidents and vice chancellors. Reed said in a June 23 e-mail to...
  • Man hands over wife to pay debt

    06/08/2006 4:37:21 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 24 replies · 837+ views
    annanova.com ^ | 6-8-06 | annanova
    A Romanian man has handed over his wife to a creditor as payment for his debts. Emil Iancu, from tIghisu Nou, gave his wife Daniela to 72-year-old Jozef Justien Lostrie when he turned up on his doorstep to collect a £1,800 debt. Iancu said: "I had no money to pay the debt and when I told Lostrie he said he would take my wife instead. "I was scared of what he would do and so I signed a document saying Daniela would live with him."
  • Homeowner alleges Reggie Bush family paid no rent ($3.2 million lawsuit filed)

    04/28/2006 3:27:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies · 2,880+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/27/06 | Charles Robinson
    Homeowner alleges Bush family paid no rentBy Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports April 27, 2006 More Robinson: Who will pay for Bush home inquiry? Michael Michaels, who owns the Spring Valley, Calif., home in which Reggie Bush's family lived for nearly a year, said Thursday he will file a $3.2 million lawsuit for fraud against the Bush family Friday to recoup unpaid rent and other finances given to the USC star's family. Michaels' attorney, Brian Watkins, alleged Thursday night that Bush's mother and stepfather, Denise and LaMar Griffin, failed to pay $54,000 in rent for the home that has become the...
  • State could have paid benefits to those not eligible, legislative audit finds (MN-welfare to all!)

    04/12/2006 4:54:49 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-12-06 | JEREMY OLSON
    A legislative audit is calling for tighter eligibility procedures for Minnesota health and welfare benefits after finding widespread errors in the evaluations of noncitizens, including illegal immigrants. County workers made errors in seven of 10 cases in which they determined eligibility of noncitizens for benefits, according to the evaluation, which was released Wednesday morning by the Legislative Auditor's office. Most of the procedural errors made no difference, but the audit found that 18 percent of the mistakes could have resulted in incorrect rulings on eligibility status. That means the state could have paid for benefits for some people who weren't...
  • Peoria man pleads guilty in gigantic diploma mill case (40% went to foreigners seeking US entry)

    03/29/2006 4:56:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 545+ views
    KVOA ^ | 3/21/06
    Peoria man pleads guilty in diploma mill case Latest News more>> Truck pulling horse trailer full of illegals crashes SPOKANE, Wash. An Arizonan has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors for his role in a gigantic diploma mill operation. Richard John Novak pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Spokane, Washington, to conspiracy and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Novak, who formerly lived in Spokane and now lives in Peoria, could face up to ten years in prison and (m) millions of dollars in fines. Novak is the second person to reach a plea agreement with the Justice Department...
  • FEC Rules Would Regulate Paid Internet Ads

    03/24/2006 10:32:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 745+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission proposed new rules Friday that would leave almost all Internet political activity unregulated. The proposal would, however, require paid advertisements for federal candidates on the Internet to be paid for with money regulated by federal campaign law. There has been an explosion of political activity on the Internet and political bloggers who offer diverse views say they should be free of government regulation. In a summary of the proposal, the FEC said the rules "are intended to ensure that political committees properly finance and disclose their Internet communications, without impeding individual citizens from using...
  • Senators displeased with UC's leadership

    02/23/2006 8:11:39 AM PST · by OKIEDOC · 3 replies · 291+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 022306 | Elenore Yang
    SACRAMENTO – University of California leaders faced sharp rebukes once again by state senators yesterday, with some criticizing UC President Robert Dynes' leadership and others questioning whether UC's governing board is serving its purpose. In the second and final hearing scheduled by the Senate Education Committee on UC compensation matters, several senators said they were dissatisfied with how Dynes has worked to correct extravagant paid-leave arrangements and outside compensation for chancellors – none of which were reported to regents or the public. ----- Senators have also been troubled by a $248,000 undisclosed payout to UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne...