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  • Director of Michelle O’s lunch program lobbies students in Illinois

    09/23/2014 11:36:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 9/23/14 | Kyle Olson
    PALATINE, IL – The Feds are so desperate to make their school lunch overhaul work, they’re going cafeteria to cafeteria to lobby students.USDA bureaucrat Audrey Rowe has that task and news cameras captured her attempting to persuade students that her idea of a good lunch should be their idea of a good lunch, too.Rowe, head of the “Healthy Lunch Initiative” and sidekick to First Lady Michelle Obama during the lobbying and passage of 2010’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, made an appearance at Palatine High School to serve lunches, with an extra helping of “enthusiasm,” according to Fox 32.But the latter didn’t...
  • Kerbal Space Program (KSP) Build, Fly, Dream Trailer (wow)

    12/11/2013 8:52:00 PM PST · by Kolath · 19 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4/26/2013 | Shaun Esau
    Love this game. The only space program we've got left???
  • SMART POWER… Iranian Nuclear Program Grows by 74% Since Obama Took Office

    12/03/2013 10:09:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Gateway Pundit | 12/3/13 | Jim Hoft
    Iranian Nuclear Program Grows by 74% Since Obama Took Office Iran added over 14,000 nuclear centrifuges since Barack Obama took office.They always like to blame Bush, but here’s the truth… The Iranian nuclear program grew by 74% since Barack Obama took office.
  • Mandatory Snoop Program In Army

    11/10/2013 9:22:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 11/10/13 | Twana Blevins
     H/T Tish "This is a picture I took this evening on a wall just down the hall from my office. It's new and put up today. While it may look innocent enough, those in the know realize the paranoia this poster represents. It's part of this year's campaign against insider threats which included a mandatory online program where you 'vet' other workers based on 'suspicious' evidence. In other words, the suspects were primarily conservative males who were outspoken against current US policies and adhering to constitutionality. Females were present but the focus was on white males. Let that sink in...
  • NSA gathered thousands of Americans’ e-mails before court struck down program

    08/21/2013 12:40:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/21/13 | Ellen Nakashima
    The National Security Agency unlawfully gathered as many as tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-discontinued collection program, according to a 2011 secret court opinion. The 86-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, explains why the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled the collection method unconstitutional. The judge, John D. Bates, found that the government had “advised the court that the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe.”
  • Obama: 'We Don’t Have a Domestic Spying Program'

    08/06/2013 6:38:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/6/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama tells comedian Jay Leno that "We don’t have a domestic spying program." He made the comment during a taping of Leno's TV show. Obama also says the U.S. is not overreacting by closing some U.S. embassies for a week. The president tells Leno, "The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately." And the president says of Russia's Putin, "There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality. What I continually say to them and to President Putin, that’s...
  • Egyptian Program to Spread 'Blood-Curdling Genocidal Fantasies'

    06/19/2013 10:07:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 6/19/13 | Rina Tzvi
    The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon the Obama Administration to publicly pressure the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood-backed regime of Mohammed Morsi to cancel the broadcast of a viciously anti-Semitic television series that is due to air in July during Ramadan and to cancel its distribution in the Arab world. The television series, Khayber, celebrates the victory of Muhammad’s Muslim army over the Jewish tribes living in northern Arabia in the battle of Khaybar in 629 C.E. According to most Islamic sources, the Khayber story ends with the slaughter of thousands of Jewish men, women and children. The vanquished...
  • Senator says program goes deeper than believed

    06/11/2013 5:09:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    yahoo ^ | 6/11/13 | LARA JAKES and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator on Tuesday described controversial U.S. spy programs as looking far deeper into Americans' phone records than the Obama administration has been willing to admit, fueling new privacy concerns as Congress sought to defend the surveillance systems. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., says the U.S. intelligence surveillance of phone records allows analysts to monitor U.S. phone records for a pattern of calls, even if those numbers have no known connection to terrorism.
  • Glenn Beck Program; Daily Thread

    04/22/2013 2:00:30 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 97 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 22, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    We'll see what bombshells Beck has today, following his comments after the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.
  • Columbia U. program director removes anti-Israel Facebook post

    12/18/2012 6:52:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/18/12 | staff
    Maryam Zohny erases message following advocacy group’s letter of complaint JTA — A photo and text calling an Israeli soldier a “terrorist” and “killer” were removed from the Facebook page of a Columbia University program director. Maryam Zohny, program director of the university’s Center for Palestine Studies, removed the post from her personal Facebook wall after the Anti-Defamation League sent a letter to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger expressing concern about the post. The post that Zohny shared on Dec. 13 read: “Israeli terrorist ‘Nofar Mizrahi’/Killer of the Martyr Muhamad Salayme/Wanted by the Resistance.” The post, which has been circulating...
  • North Korea could have fuel for 48 nuclear weapons by 2015

    08/22/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 August 2012 | Julian Ryall
    North Korea will have been able to build as many as 48 nuclear weapons by 2015 unless the international community is able to make sanctions already imposed on the regime work. The stark warning about Pyongyang's nuclear stockpile was issued by The Institute for Science and International Security, which projected three scenarios for North Korea's atomic weapons programme. In the best-case scenario for the next four years outlined by the researchers, North Korea will have been able to use the centrifuges at its Yongbyon nuclear plant to produce sufficient low enriched uranium for a maximum of 25 nuclear weapons. That...
  • Jobs Program Spent $76,000 Per Person To Help Youth Find Minimum Wage Jobs

    07/25/2012 5:06:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/12 | Wynton Hall
    A new jobs training oversight report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) found that a federally-funded Oklahoma Job Corps program spent around $76,000 per person to help youth secure minimum wage jobs. The report, released Tuesday, comes 18 months after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found that billions of taxpayer dollars are being poured into job training programs that benefit those who run them, not the unemployed workers they are supposed to assist. "Taxpayers should be appalled Congress has done nothing to reform these programs for more than 18 months," said Sen. Coburn. Sen. Coburn said he wanted to...
  • Feds charge former head of Chicago Heights office of county job-training program

    07/14/2012 6:59:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | July 14, 2012 | Gregory Tejeda
    Feds charge former head of Chicago Heights office of county job-training program By Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent CHICAGO | A Chicago woman who supervised four field offices, including one in Chicago Heights, of a Cook County job-training program faces federal charges she falsified documents related to an Illinois state review of the county’s summer youth program. Brendolyn Hart-Glover, 42, is charged with engaging in a scheme to falsify documents. A criminal complaint was unsealed Friday following her arrest, and she appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert. During 2010, Hart-Glover was acting director of the county’s President’s Office of Employment...
  • DOE Official: Loan Program Wasn’t About Job Creation

    07/12/2012 4:48:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/12/12 | staff
    Vid at link
  • Iranian general: Israel ‘will be destroyed’ if it attacks our nuclear program

    06/23/2012 1:06:45 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | 23 June 2012 | Marcus George
    DUBAI – A high-ranking Iranian general said on Saturday Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear program would lead to the collapse of the Jewish state, Fars news agency reported. Last week’s round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers in Moscow failed to secure a breakthrough, heightening fears Israel might take unilateral military action to curb Iran’s nuclear activities. The two sides agreed to a follow-up meeting of technical experts on July 3, saving the process from outright failure. “They cannot do the slightest harm to the [Iranian] revolution and the system,” Brigadier General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of...
  • Bye bye unemployment benefits (states roll off the federal extended benefits program - 200,000 hit)

    05/11/2012 10:44:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/11/12 | Tami Luhby
    Bye bye unemployment benefitsBy Tami Luhby @CNNMoney May 11, 2012: 3:17 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- More than 200,000 long-term jobless Americans will lose their unemployment checks this week, when eight states roll off the federal extended benefits program. Nearly half of them live in California, and the rest reside in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Texas. The federal extended benefits program has provided the jobless with up to 20 weeks of unemployment checks after they've run through their state and their federal emergency benefits, which together last up to 79 weeks. But the extended benefits...
  • USDA loan program 'creates' jobs for $2.5M each

    01/26/2012 9:53:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/26/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced his second bio-fuels loan guarantee in a week, revealing that the Agriculture Department (USDA) is slated to loan an Oregon biorefinery $232.5 million for a project expected to create 65 jobs and support 38 others. "This project and others like it will help to establish a domestic advanced biofuels industry that will create jobs here at home and open new markets in the Pacific Northwest and across America," Vilsack said in a statement. ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB), "must meet specific conditions before the 60 percent loan guarantee can be completed."
  • WP Claims Iran Nuclear Program Suffering Problems.....Man, That's Too Bad

    10/17/2011 5:17:48 PM PDT · by CWSNTEXAS · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-17-2001 | Joby Warrick
    Iran’s nuclear program, which stumbled badly after a reported cyber attack last year, appears beset by poorly performing equipment, shortages of parts and other woes as global sanctions exert a mounting toll, Western diplomats and nuclear experts say. The new setbacks are surfacing at a time when Iran faces growing international pressure, including allegations that Iranian officials backed a clumsy attempt to kill a Saudi diplomat in Washington. Analysts say Iran has become increasingly frustrated and erratic as political change sweeps the region and its nuclear program struggles.
  • Nancy Pelosi Proposes Alternative to Axed Page Program (can't afford the children)

    09/22/2011 4:59:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/20/11 | Emma Dumain
    Nancy Pelosi Proposes Alternative to Axed Page ProgramBy Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff Sept. 20, 2011, 7:17 p.m. More than a month after announcing that the House page program would end after nearly 200 years, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new initiative aimed at filling the gaps it left behind. In a letter distributed today to House Democrats, the California Democrat laid out a plan that would put college-age interns to work in the Democratic Cloakroom for six-week rotations. Set to launch in October, the program would draw from a small pool of current interns at the recommendations of...
  • Obama’s $5 billion weatherizing program wastes stimulus funds, auditors find

    04/14/2011 2:52:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/14/11 | Stephen Clark- Fox News
    President Obama’s $5 billion stimulus injection into a decades-old program to help lower energy bills for millions of low-income families by retrofitting their homes to improve efficiency has been plagued by cases of mismanagement, waste and fraud in several states. The most dramatic example can be found in Delaware, where “gross mismanagement and potential fraudulent activity” that federal auditors found last year could affect hundreds of homes, a senior administration official told FoxNews.com. The subsequent repairs and inspections reportedly will cost the state a significant chunk of the $7.5 million remaining from $13.7 million of stimulus it received in 2009.
  • Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth

    02/02/2011 9:53:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks
    Admittedly, the Egyptian uprising, the nullification of Obamacare and the ongoing ramifications of "Snowpocolypse 2011" could render the controversy about an MTV original program insignificant by comparison. After all, MTV is only out to destroy an entire generation. No big deal. Every adult - not just parents - should take the time to learn about the MTV show "Skins," a new "teen drama" that the Parents Television Council (PTC) has deemed "the most dangerous show on TV." Be careful when you go hunting for information about "Skins" lest your spouse conclude you've developed an interest in child pornography. The publicity...
  • USDA announces expanded child supper program (Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010)

    01/14/2011 10:39:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/14/11 | Wendell Marsh and Jerry Norton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government is officially announcing on Friday an expanded program that should provide 140,000 to 150,000 children from low income families with supper meals, a senior Agriculture Department official said. A federal program aiding such children, many with parents away from home until late in the evening, has been in operation in 13 states and the District of Columbia, but USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon told Reuters in an interview that "this afternoon the official announcement goes out that the program will be available in all 50 states." The expansion, authorized in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act...
  • Disarming the toy box - Providence program destroys children’s toy guns (Barf alert!)

    12/20/2010 9:59:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 19, 2010 | Maria Cramer
    PROVIDENCE — Dominic Johnson, a 10-year-old fourth-grader with a fledgling Mohawk, brandished his black, long-nosed toy gun and caressed the muzzle appreciatively. “It’s like a shotgun mixed with a rifle,’’ he said, as his mother, April, told him to stop pointing it at nearby children. Soon it would be junk. Dominic joined dozens of children yesterday at the annual Toy Gun Bash in the gymnasium of Pleasant View Elementary School. There, they lined up to toss their toy guns, from dainty purple water guns to camouflage-painted pistols, inside the Bash-O-Matic, a large black, foam creature with churning metal teeth and...
  • More Than Half Leave Obama Mortgage-Aid Program (Just another 'bureaucratic nightmare')

    11/21/2010 6:28:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | 11/22/10 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of the 1.4 million homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration's flagship foreclosure-prevention program have fallen out.</p> <p>A separate report Thursday showed that the number of Americans at risk of foreclosure improved slightly over the summer. The Mortgage Bankers Association said that about 9.1 percent of homeowners had missed at least one mortgage payment in the July-September quarter. That was down from 9.9 percen6t in the April-June quarter and compared to a record high of more than 10 percent in the January-March quarter.</p>
  • Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database

    11/06/2010 2:42:12 PM PDT · by goldendays · 21 replies
    computerworld.com ^ | November 4, 2010 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    Privacy advocates fear massive fed health database U.S. Office of Personnel Management wants to collect data from three health programs Several privacy groups have raised alarms over plans by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to build a database that would contain information about the healthcare claims of millions of Americans. The concerns have surfaced because the OPM has provided few details about the new database and because the data collected will be shared with law enforcement, third-party researchers and others. In a letter to OPM Director John Berry, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and 15 other...
  • St. Paul schools expands takeout breakfast program

    09/07/2010 2:43:27 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    wkbt ^ | 8-30-10 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When St. Paul students return to school Sept. 7, they'll find another dozen schools offering the district's unusual breakfast-to-go program. It's called Breakfast 2 Go, or B2G, a national nutrition program that distributes takeout breakfasts that students can eat in classrooms. The St. Paul district is 1 of the first in the state to offer it. In addition to B2G, the school has earned accolades for its ethnically diverse menu and emphasis on serving locally grown foods. The 12 new schools offering free breakfast...
  • Outcry over program of euthanizing Canada geese

    07/04/2010 4:46:21 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 87 replies · 1+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | Saturday, Jul. 3, 2010 | PAULA TRACY
    BRADFORD – Readers at UnionLeader.com expressed outrage yesterday that the federal government had rounded up and euthanized 21 Canada geese on Lake Todd on June 23, in a response to at least two property owners' concerns. For seven years, the geese -- considered the largest, most common water birds -- have been fouling lawns and beaches along the 50-acre pond, which straddles the Bradford and Newbury town line. Federal officials said two property owners paid for the round up, gassing and killing of the now-flightless geese and their goslings. Their bodies were frozen and will be chopped up and fed...
  • EPA rejects Texas program that reduced emissions, increased productivity

    07/01/2010 10:13:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    washington examiner ^ | Mark Tapscott
    Why is it one question keeps recurring whenever EPA announces a decision: What is wrong with these people? The latest such example concerns the agency's rejection of a Texas air quality program that slashed emissions in the Lone Star state while encouraging increased workplace productivity. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had requested EPA permission to proceed with a flexible permits program covering 122 petroleum processing facilities that had been covered under a trial effort. Air quality in Texas has dramatically improved under TCEQ leadership and EPA approval of its application would have extended the successful program permanently.
  • State Department Could Be Hindering Program to Prevent Terrorists from Getting U.S. Visas

    05/11/2010 9:31:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 198+ views
    cns news ^ | 5/11/10 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Department of State (DOS) may be hindering the placement of Visa Security Programs at U.S. consulates the government deems to be at high risk for providing U.S. visas to terrorists, according to government reports. The Visa Security Program (VSP), established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, puts Department of Homeland Security officials in the field at U.S. consulates to vet the backgrounds of people applying for U.S. visas. This is important at high-risk consulates because the DHS uses a broader range of databases than the State Department to review the backgrounds of visa applicants, and many...
  • Teens Charged in Phoebe Prince Bullying Case Get Death Threats

    04/16/2010 8:43:09 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 40 replies · 1,351+ views
    People Magazine ^ | Friday April 16, 2010 07:30 AM EDT | By Judy Rakowsky
    A defense lawyer is calling for calm after death threats have been made against teenagers charged in the death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied by schoolmates. "Not to minimize what happened to Phoebe Prince in any way, but translating this into death threats and public harassment has got to stop," says Colin Keefe, who represents Sharon Chanon Velazquez, accused of tormenting Prince, who hanged herself on Jan. 14. "It's gotten way out of control," adds Keefe, who says Velazquez has been driven temporarily from her home.
  • Bush Wiretapping Program Takes Hit in Calif Ruling

    03/31/2010 11:31:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 525+ views
    abc ^ | 3/31/10 | PAUL ELIAS
    In a repudiation of the Bush administration's now-defunct terrorist surveillance effort, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show "they were subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance" by the National Security Agency. The judge's 45-page ruling focused narrowly on the case involving the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, touching vaguely on the larger question of the program's legality. Nonetheless, Al-Haramain lawyer Jon Eisenberg said the ruling had larger implications.
  • Paradigm Shift: The New Government Draft/Conscription

    02/01/2010 1:45:30 PM PST · by Southack · 7 replies · 453+ views
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | 2/1/2010 | southack
    Must society borrow money today for current social programs (e.g. Social Security, Dept. Education, Medicare/Medicaid, Welfare, War on Poverty, et al) that will leave a legacy of debt for our kids to repay? Or is there another option? Of course, the obvious, idealistic answer is that the scope of government must be cut. I agree. That doesn't seem realistic anytime soon, however. *So, can we please spare this thread from a series of posts along that line? Surely there are enough threads on cutting spending, already. What about in the meantime? Elected officials are about to vote in a $3.8...
  • ‘Fly the Flag’ Program Reaches Milestone in Iraq

    12/30/2009 3:19:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 146+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Stephanie Cassinos, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Dec. 30, 2009 – Soldiers in Iraq fly dozens of donated U.S. flags each day outside of Multinational Division South’s headquarters here as part of the “Fly the Flag” program. Multinational Division South’s commander, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Julin, and members of “Serving our Troops” observe Army 2nd Lt. Kenneth Toole flying the 3,000th flag over Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, as part of the “Fly the Flag” program Dec. 18, 2009.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “When I took on this program, I never thought it would be...
  • Experts call for end of (Canada's H1N1) vaccination program

    12/05/2009 3:25:00 PM PST · by fanfan · 12 replies · 743+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | Dec. 5, 2009 | Sharon Kirkey
    With H1N1 poised to enter history as the least deadly of four global flu pandemics, some experts are calling for an end to Canada's mass vaccination program. Nature is already achieving what we would hope to achieve by vaccinating, they say. ~snip~ Fisman can't understand the rational for continuing mass vaccinations. He said that for a virus as contagious as H1N1, less than 30 per cent of the population needed vaccination to reach a critical level of immunity. ~snip~ Despite that view, Canada's top doctor this week pleaded with Canadians to get vaccinated if they have not already done so....
  • Long-term care insurance program gains in House

    10/27/2009 11:53:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 372+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/27/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON – House health care legislation expected within days is likely to include a new long-term care insurance program to help seniors and disabled people stay out of nursing homes, senior Democrats say. The voluntary program would begin to close a gap in the social safety net overlooked in the broader health care debate, but it must overcome objections from insurance companies that sell long-term care coverage and from fiscal conservatives.
  • Finding Husbands for Iraq's Widows

    10/10/2009 9:10:18 AM PDT · by Saije · 13 replies · 631+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/9/2009 | Aadel Rashid
    After the bombing of Samarra's famed Shiite Askariya shrine in February 2006, a spate of sectarian-based attacks claimed the lives of many Iraqis. The victims were mostly male, leading to a surge in the number of widows in the country. Indeed, more than 1 million Iraqi women have become widows in the past three years, according to Samira Al Musawi, the head of the Women and Child Committee in the Iraqi parliament. So, in 2006, Iraq's Al Ethar NGO, a nonprofit organization that provides women and their children with money and free health care, began a controversial new program to...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Public service program rejects card check

    09/08/2009 10:09:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/8/09 | Amanda Carpenter
    While the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress press to allow private-sector workers to unionize by signing authorization cards instead of voting by secret ballot, the government's legal-aid program for the poor has declared the so-called "card check" strategy "unreliable" and rejected an effort by some of its own workers to organize that way. The Legal Services Corp., a congressionally chartered, taxpayer-funded entity, even hired a law firm to rebuff the efforts of workers in its oversight offices to gain union representation by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), forcing the workers to conduct a...
  • 'Clunkers' program gives biggest boost to foreign carmakers

    09/02/2009 1:48:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 413+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/2/09 | Martin Zimmerman
    Hailed as a jump-start for the U.S. economy, the federal government's "cash for clunkers" gave the biggest boost to foreign automakers. Overall, auto sales in August were the highest in more than a year, according to industry figures released Tuesday. Carmakers sold more than 1.2 million cars and trucks, up 1% from the same month last year and the first year-over-year sales gain since August 2007. Much of that was a result of the clunkers program, which ran July 24 to Aug. 24 and provided hefty government rebates to consumers who traded in gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient new vehicles....
  • The dogfight over the F-22A Raptor

    07/17/2009 9:05:48 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 19 replies · 1,234+ views
    RedState.com ^ | Friday, July 17th at 2:02PM EDT | Josh Painter
    Although it has yet to see air combat in, the F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter is the object of an intense dogfight on Capitol Hill. The debate has made for some strange bedfellows. On one side, there are the antis - the Pentagon, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Sen. John McCain among them - who want to shut down the production line. One the other, the pros - Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Chris Dodd and the Air Force Association - who want to see more of the advanced fighters built. The Raptor is beyond impressive: The F-22, which...
  • Three accused of stealing $103,000 in federal checks

    05/06/2009 7:21:15 PM PDT · by csvset · 14 replies · 971+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 7, 2009 | Matthew Bowers
    NORFOLK Police have recovered more than 2,000 government checks totaling $103,000 and arrested three men after a hotel mix-up led to what police on Wednesday called a quickly formed conspiracy and theft. Police said a contractor with the U.S. Department of Transportation checked into the Doubletree Hotel Norfolk Airport at 880 N. Military Hwy. on Monday and went out. Meanwhile, the hotel mistakenly checked a second guest into the same room. Acquaintances of the second guest went through the contractor’s luggage, police said, and found and took a laptop and the checks. The checks, in various amounts, were to be...
  • Education Activity Offers Free Summer Enrichment Program

    04/14/2009 4:54:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 168+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – For military students who can’t squeeze enough learning into the school year, the Department of Defense Education Activity has the perfect solution. For the fifth year, the agency is offering eligible students in kindergarten through 8th grade a free, four-week summer enrichment program with a curriculum emphasizing math and language arts. DoDEA officials expect enrollment of about 10 percent of all the 6,500 students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the activity’s school system, Joel K. Hansen, DoDEA’s special projects coordinator, said. “It’s not a remedial program. It’s not a program to help students...
  • Japanese firms played key role in Pakistan's nuclear program

    02/16/2009 4:44:08 PM PST · by shielagolden · 11 replies · 1,422+ views
    japantoday.com ^ | Monday 16th February | ISLAMABAD/TOKYO
    Japanese firms played key role in Pakistan's nuclear program Monday 16th February, 05:49 AM JST ISLAMABAD/TOKYO — Japanese companies played a key role in supplying equipment used for Pakistan’s nuclear development, investigations by Kyodo News in Islamabad and Tokyo have revealed in recent days. Comments by Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and former employees of the companies reveal in detail for the first time how leading Japanese manufacturers knowingly and unknowingly helped Pakistan acquire nuclear capability and were incorporated into its supply framework. Pakistan began work on its nuclear program after the 1974 nuclear test by India, and...
  • 2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program is under way

    11/07/2008 4:40:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Caroline Williams
    11/7/2008 - FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) -- If you're a high school or college student and the child of a military family looking for ways to found your education, you might want to checkout the 2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program that began Nov. 3. Scholarship applications are available in commissaries worldwide and online through a link at https://www.commissaries.com and at http://www.militaryscholar.org. The program kickoff coincides each year in November with National Military Family Month, and the scholarships are a great way for commissaries to get involved with the community and demonstrate support for the contributions of military families. According...
  • (vanity) Cool, free 3-D Windows Desktop program (Madotate)

    07/28/2008 12:37:55 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 23 replies · 222+ views
    Madotate ^ | 7/28/08 | marty_f
    Found a cool, free program today that gives you Aero-style 3-D windows in XP, without the Vista hassle. It seems to work pretty well so far, though not if you're extending your desktop across multiple monitors.
  • America Supports You: Group Provides Reading Program at Military Hospitals

    05/08/2008 4:26:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 97+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Maj. (Dr.) Renee Cevey, USAF
    LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, May 8, 2008 – Wilford Hall Medical Center here has launched a new program emphasizing the importance of literacy to parents and children alike. Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit organization, uses several methods to promote early literacy as part of routine pediatric care, including having volunteers reading aloud in pediatric waiting rooms. Its main approach, though, is to promote literacy during well-baby or well-child visits for children from ages 6 months through 4 years. Pediatric providers trained in the Reach Out and Read model offer age-appropriate tips to emphasize to parents and...
  • PROBERS FIND POWER BIG'S E-FILES E-RASED (Wiese, Spitzer & sophisticated "destroyer program")

    05/05/2008 5:25:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 157+ views
    NY Post ^ | 5/05/08 | Fredric U. Dicker
    <p>THE office computer of suspended Power Authority Inspector General Daniel Wiese was "wiped totally clean" of e-mails and other records just days before being seized by investigators probing an alleged State Police dirty-tricks squad, The Post has learned.</p> <p>The computer, believed to contain sensitive details of Wiese's communications with State Police officials, was grabbed last month at the Power Authority's headquarters in White Plains under a subpoena issued by the office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a source close to the authority said.</p>
  • Congressman Rob Wittman Cosponsors Fair Tax

    02/21/2008 12:23:50 PM PST · by Man50D · 63 replies · 325+ views
    The Americans For Fair Taxation welcomes Congressman Rob Wittman to The Fair Tax movement. He joined The Fair Tax movement on February 14th. Representative Wittman is the 74th cosponsor. His signing is the second in February. Clearly the grassroots momentum for The Fair Tax is growing! Please keep up your enthusiasm for Fair Tax! Congratulations Representative Wittman for joining The Fair Tax movement!
  • SV hotel starts program for military families

    01/13/2008 5:45:30 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 74+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — For Kim Haywood, story time, painting and swimming is a lot more fun than chores. Haywood and her three youngest daughters took part in the activities for military families at the Hampton Inn Town Square Saturday. The activities for children ages 3 to 11 are a way for the new hotel to show their appreciation for military families, said Faye Jackson, the hotel director of sales. “It’s something different to do besides the usual Saturday chores,” Haywood said. “And to be able to swim in January is great.” The Hilton hotel, 4100 Snyder Blvd., openned in mid...
  • White House OKs Mexican truck program (despite a new law by Congress against it)

    01/04/2008 2:48:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 87 replies · 285+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/4/08 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is going ahead with a controversial pilot program giving Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. highways despite a new law by Congress against it. The decision to proceed with the four-month-old program, which allows participating Mexican trucking companies to send loads throughout the United States, comes despite language in the recently signed catchall spending bill aimed at blocking it. But the Department of Transportation is taking advantage of a loophole in the new law, which prohibits the government from spending any money to "establish" the program. The government says the new rules don't apply to...
  • Green Acres (562 Farm Subsidy Checks Go To Manhattan)

    12/11/2007 5:35:44 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 74 replies · 1,259+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11 December 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Here's today's quiz: What do Scottie Pippen, David Letterman and Ted Turner have in common? Answer: None of them are farmers, but all three have received thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies this decade. We could add to that list of non-farmer farm-aid recipients David Rockefeller, Leonard Lauder of the cosmetics firm, Edgar Bronfman Sr. of the Seagram fortune, and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. Our point is that you don't have to drive a tractor, plant seeds, or even live anywhere near rural America to qualify for Uncle Sam's farm largess. And you sure don't have to be poor....