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  • U.S. Government Funding Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-American School Programs

    09/17/2014 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem. Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the...
  • You Can’t Fix the Collapse of the Family with “Programs”

    06/11/2014 8:34:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    David Brooks makes a good point and then a bad point in his take on the so-called reform conservative agenda. Today, millions of Americans are behaving in ways that make no economic sense: dropping out of school, having children out of wedlock. They do so because the social guardrails that used to guide behavior have dissolved. Giving people in these circumstances tax credits is not going to lead to long-term thinking. Putting more risk into vulnerable peopleÂ’s lives may not make them happier.The nanny state may have drained civil society, but simply removing the nanny state will not restore it....
  • Good Ol’ Boy, Inc.

    12/31/2013 6:45:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | December 31, 2013 4:00 AM | Victor Davis Hanson
    December 31, 2013 4:00 AM Good Ol’ Boy, Inc. Reality shows about gold miners, ax men, and ice-road truckers are a far cry from the Kardashians. By Victor Davis Hanson The hysteria over Duck Dynasty reminds us that cable TV is currently inundated with working-class, white-guy reality shows. Top-drawing, relatively low-cost realities showcase gold miners, oil drillers, hunters, locomotive drivers, off-the-grid backwoods eccentrics, fishermen, crabmen, truck drivers, ax men, moonshiners, or the new generation of Beverly Hillbillies. The list of the particular subspecies of the muscular classes is endless. These shows share a few common themes. They do not take...
  • Obama: Surveillance programs involve 'modest encroachments' on privacy, help fight terror

    06/07/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/7/13 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama defended the government’s internet surveillance as a “modest encroachment” on the privacy of Americans, but he maintained that the programs initiated by George W. Bush help keep Americans safe, adding that he increased oversight of the surveillance. Obama warmed to the Bush-era Patriot Act programs after taking office. “We actually expanded some of the oversight, increased some of the safeguards, but my assessment and my team’s assessment was that they help us prevent terrorist attacks,” the president told reporters. “And the modest
  • Higher Tax Rates Won't Support Entitlement State

    12/06/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Barone
    The fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama's insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders' insistence on opposing them. The president believes he has a mandate from voters for his position, and House Republicans believe they have a mandate from voters for theirs. The real argument here is over the size and scope of government. Under Barack Obama, federal outlays -- the technical term for federal spending -- have increased to 24 and 25 percent of gross domestic product. That's a higher level of federal spending than in any year since 1946,...
  • Al Sharpton Begins One Third of His MSNBC Programs Saying 'Hey, Republicans'

    10/05/2011 8:13:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/5/11 | Noel Sheppard
    Six weeks into his new job as an MSNBC host, Al Sharpton has made it crystal clear he despises members of the GOP. So far he has begun one third of his shows hatefully saying, "Hey, Republicans" (video follows with transcript and commentary): October 5: "Hey, Republicans, the people want fairness. Can't you hear them?" October 3: "Hey, Republicans, looks like you've been stood up." September 30: "Hey, Republicans, you sure you want to go after this president's leadership?" September 29: "Hey, Republicans, the people are speaking. Isn't it about time you started
  • We Can't Even Cut Programs That Don't Work (Or why the SuperCommittee will be a waste of time)

    08/10/2011 7:49:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 08/10/2011 | Steven Malanga
    The prospect that Congress's proposed 12-member super committee might not do its budget-cutting job properly has provoked anxiety among the defenders of discretionary spending programs in the federal budget. The new budget deal provides that if this so-called "Super Congress" can't agree on some combination of entitlement cuts, tax increases and program reductions to slow the growth of the federal deficit, then spending cuts will kick in automatically, with half the cuts coming from non-defense discretionary spending. I've already read newspaper accounts about how these mandatory cuts in discretionary spending may gut a host of programs, from job training initiatives...
  • CA: Budget deal could jeopardize high-speed rail, clean-water programs

    08/03/2011 8:58:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/3/11 | Karen de Sá and Steven Harmon
    The federal government may have staved off the imminent threat of default Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed a bitterly fought budget deal, but the woes and uncertainty for states have just begun. In California, some of the most likely cuts include nutritional programs for low-income women and children, the federal portion of the controversial high-speed rail project, clean drinking water programs, and subsidies for farmers. Also potentially at risk are federally funded university research projects and military bases, policy-watchers said Tuesday after hastily reviewing the plan to cut national spending by $2.1 trillion over 10 years. None of the...
  • Health care costs a hefty price tag for Pentagon

    05/08/2011 8:17:57 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 8, 10:55 PM EDT | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A military built for fighting wars is looking more and more like a health care entitlement program. Costs of the program that provides health coverage to some 10 million active duty personnel, retirees, reservists and their families have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the Pentagon's latest budget request. Desperate to cut spending in Washington's time of fiscal austerity, President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the fees for working-age retirees in the decades-old health program, known as TRICARE. After years of resisting proposed increases for the military men and women who sacrificed for...
  • Global Economy? 23 Facts showing Std. of Living Of our Middle Class pushing to 3rd World Levels

    03/03/2011 1:50:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 03/03/2011 | Michael Snyder
    Global Economy? 23 Facts Which Prove That Globalism Is Pushing The Standard Of Living Of The Middle Class Down To Third World Levels From now on, whenever you hear the term "the global economy" you should immediately equate it with the destruction of the U.S. middle class. Over the past several decades, the American economy has been slowly but surely merged into the emerging one world economic system. Unfortunately for the middle class, much of the rest of the world does not have the same minimum wage laws and worker protections that we do. Therefore, the massive global corporations that...
  • GOP list of programs for ax loaded with survivors

    01/25/2011 8:26:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 1+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 25, 2011 | Andrew Taylor (Associated Press)
    Federal subsidies for Amtrak, mohair farming, public broadcasting, small airlines serving rural airports and many others were targeted in the heady days of the 1995 GOP takeover of Congress. But like cut bamboo, they grew back healthier than ever. With budget deficits over $1 trillion, conservative Republicans are trying again, determined to weed out dozens of programs ranging from regional development commissions to replenishing sand lost to beach erosion that they see choking a free-enterprise economy. The ardor of tea party-backed GOP freshmen to make the government smaller shouldn’t be underestimated, but most of the programs they want to eliminate...
  • Millions spent on Arizona mental health system

    01/11/2011 2:04:45 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 18 replies
    azdhs.gov ^ | 1/11/2011 | Arizone Dept of Mental Health Services
    The annual reports of Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Services are show on their website. With all the money that is spent on mental health in Arizona, citizens should be outraged that the police neglected to refer Loughner to mental health services on even one occasion when his problems were so obvious, documented and indicative of violence. CPSA alone has a $300 million dollar budget and it's only 1 of 4 agencies; it's the agency that covers Pima County. I have not found the budget of Division of Behavior Services itself.
  • Obama, Congress Cut $ for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study

    08/26/2010 9:17:49 AM PDT · by julieee · 21 replies · 4+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 26, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama, Congress Cut $ for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study Washington, DC -- More than 176 abstinence education programs will lose funding for their outreaches to youth and young adults on September 30 because Congress and the Obama Administration canceled all grants going to abstinence-centered programming in their FY2010 budget. http://LifeNews.com/nat6659.html
  • Nominees for Top 5 Worst Government Services

    07/13/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/10/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    What are the worst government programs? To qualify for an award the nominee must be government run, backed or financed, and fail a "Yellow Book" test, meaning that if a private company found in the Yellow Pages can do the work, the government should get out. The nominees are, in reverse order: Veterans Hospitals, Post Office, General Motors, Public Schools and Freddie Mae/Fannie Mac To see why, please click the article.
  • What are the 5 worst government services?

    06/23/2010 6:48:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    One analyst nominates Veterans Hospitals, the Post Office, General Motors, Public Schools and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Check out the article to learn why...
  • Programs for troops continue strong support

    01/13/2010 4:51:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, USA
    BAGHDAD — Service members have been fighting wars on two fronts for nearly nine years, and they continue to get support from thankful Americans back home. Many programs are designed not only to bring joy to those receiving letters and packages of support, but also for those who have taken the time to sponsor Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed around the world. "I love our military men and women. They are the best of the best,” said Janelle Carter, a bookkeeper, healthcare sales representative and volunteer chaplain from Sacramento, Calif. “I hope my little humble boxes just let them...
  • Obama's State Department Submits to Islam

    08/17/2009 10:19:43 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 21 replies · 1,743+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 8/18/09 | Pamela Geller
    Here is but the latest act of submission to Islam by your State Department. A State Department cable has just been sent out with this announcement: The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has assembled a range of innovative and traditional tools to support Posts' outreach activities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Here, in contrast, is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,...
  • Political parties clash; Is the role of federal government too big (DUHHH)

    07/06/2009 7:28:10 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies · 382+ views
    McCrappy Newspapers-Pioneer Press ^ | 7-6-09 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON — Whether it's over health care, climate change or most other big Washington battles this year, Congress keeps debating the same underlying issue: Is the federal government getting too big and intrusive? The subject bitterly divides Republicans from Democrats, and the public's mood seems ambivalent. Polls show public majorities think the government's rapidly growing cost is worrisome. Most want better health care and curbs on global warming — but they're wary of giving government too much power to do either.
  • President Obama names CPO and CTO officers

    04/17/2009 9:22:26 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 49 replies · 3,628+ views
    BNO ^ | 4/16/09
    Washington, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – President Barack Obama will announce on Saturday that Jeffrey Zients will join his administration as the Chief Performance Officer while Aneesh Chopra takes on the job as his Chief Technology Officer. The announcement, which will be made during Saturday's weekly radio address, was embargoed by the White House until 6 a.m. EDT on Saturday but was broken when Federal Computer Week ran a story more than 6 hours early. Jeffrey Zients, who has 20 years of business experience as a CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur will also serve as Obama's Deputy Director for Management of...
  • Maine's many wasteful programs.

    02/21/2009 12:36:52 PM PST · by mainestategop · 9 replies · 594+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Other states in America have jobs, homes that are affordable, opportunities for climbing the economic ladder and friendly down to Earth people who are good and righteous individuals. Then there are Liberal Democrat states colored in blue which reflects how blue things are there like in Maine. Maine has the distinction of being the worst place to set up a business and has like Michigan the worst job market in the country. It is the 3rd poorest state in the nation, it has the largest state government rivaled only by California, (pending the cuts to their budget of course) and...
  • Obama’s Bill Hands ACORN $5.2 Billion Bailout

    01/28/2009 2:26:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 43 replies · 3,564+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/27/09 | David A. Patten
    A rising chorus of GOP leaders are protesting that the blockbuster Democratic stimulus package would provide up to a whopping $5.2 billion for ACORN, the left-leaning nonprofit group under federal investigation for massive voter fraud. Most of the money is secreted away under an item in the now $836 billion package titled “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs.” Ordinarily, neighborhood stabilization funds are distributed to local governments. But revised language in the stimulus bill would make the funds available directly to non-profit entities such as ACORN, the low-income housing organization whose pro-Democrat voter-registration activities have been blasted by Republicans. ACORN is cited by...
  • CA: Push for new programs as state eyes cuts

    11/20/2008 9:08:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 383+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 11/20/08 | John Howard
    As the Legislature’s lame-duck session sputters to a close this week without much action expected, California budget watchers remain in limbo, hoping federal assistance will help alleviate the state’s financial burden. The state is preparing a new round of mid-year budget cuts to close an $11 billion shortfall. But even as budget stakeholders play defense, some are quietly talking about new proposals that could re-channel pots of existing money into new programs, such as an expansion of health care coverage for uninsured children. Part of the lethargy of the lame-duck session, according to Capitol leadership sources, is the remaining uncertainty...
  • Nonprofits Awarded Grants for Innovative Programs

    09/05/2008 6:33:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 224+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2008 – Newman’s Own awarded a combined $75,000 in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations for their innovative volunteer efforts to improve military quality of life during the company’s ninth annual awards ceremony, held at the Pentagon here today. Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, helped present the awards alongside executives from contest sponsors Newman’s Own, Fisher House and the Military Times Media Group. “The clever ideas, the way the ideas were brought forth, the things that were meaningful to people who had family and knew they would be meaningful...
  • Bush 2009 budget to freeze many programs

    01/31/2008 12:14:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 133+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/31/08 | Kevin Freking - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's 2009 budget will virtually freeze most domestic programs and seek nearly $200 billion in savings from federal health care programs, a senior administration official said Thursday. The Bush budget also will likely exceed $3 trillion, this official said. Bush on Monday will likely present his proposed budget for the new fiscal year to Congress, where it's unlikely to gain much traction in the midst of a presidential campaign.
  • Programs focus on illiterate immigrants

    12/18/2007 10:23:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 191+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/18/07 | Heather Hollingsworth - ap
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Before Bob Jansen can teach English to the adult immigrants in his lowest-level class, he has to show about a quarter of them how to hold a pencil. Adult education teachers like Jansen are finding themselves starting from scratch as uneducated immigrants and refugees from conflict regions of Africa and rural areas of Mexico and Central America flock to the United States. An estimated 400,000 legal and 350,000 illegal immigrants are unable to read or write even in their native language, according to a July 2007 report from the Migration Policy Institute, an independent Washington think...
  • AIDS: The Questions They Won’t Ask

    12/03/2007 9:30:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 66 replies · 258+ views
    townhall ^ | November 30, 2007 | Robert Knight
    As another World AIDS Day dawns this morning, prepare for the usual media blitz of stories designed to promote more spending on failed approaches to HIV/AIDS, and more bashing of the Bush Administration despite increases in spending by the billions each year.  Here are some of the questions that the media probably won’t ask the professional HIV/AIDS lobby, which grows ever fatter while the human tragedy rises: • What have American taxpayers gotten for the $20 billion per year (and rising) government spending on HIV/AIDS? • What has happened to the more than half a billion condoms that the...
  • High Plains Grifters (Far West Farm Program)

    10/28/2007 8:35:18 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 227+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 28 October 2007 | Staff
    But what about farmers and ranchers who plant grain where unfavorable weather is the norm rather than an exception? Not much rain falls on Oklahoma, the Dakotas or the Texas panhandle. That's just the way it is. Between 1985 and 2005, more than 12,000 purportedly drought-stricken agricultural producers in those states claimed federal disaster payments at least every other year. This group collected $1.4 billion in all, about 60 percent of total federal farm disaster relief aid during those two decades, according to a database compiled by the Environmental Working Group. You'd think that Congress would have concluded that there...
  • Powerful Interests Ally to Restructure Agriculture Subsidies

    12/22/2006 4:03:55 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 290+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 22 December 2006 | Dan Morgan, Sarah Cohen and Gilbert M. Gaul
    There may be no better sign of the changing debate over the nation's farm subsidies: A Midwestern governor running for president calls for cuts in a system that has steered hundreds of millions of dollars a year to his state. "I didn't get much of a reaction from farmers," said Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D), "because deep down most of them know the system needs to be changed." Politicians such as Vilsack have joined a host of interest groups from across the political spectrum that are pressing for changes in government assistance to agriculture. They want the money moved from...
  • Fargonomics (Farm Programs)

    11/15/2006 1:46:34 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 5 replies · 376+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 November 2006 | Staff
    Kent Conrad's Web site proclaims that the North Dakota Democrat "has been a leading voice for fiscal responsibility" in Washington... ...$4.9 billion, which is the amount of emergency drought relief the parsimonious Mr. Conrad is attempting to shovel into a Senate military construction bill in this week's lame duck session. If this is the sort of "fiscal discipline" we can expect from the new Democratic majority, K Street ought to be popping the champagne corks. Farm-state Senators have been pushing for this handout for months, and the only good news is that they've modestly scaled back their demands. Nebraska Democrat...
  • Bush: Successful Programs Have Prevented Further Attacks

    09/06/2006 6:50:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 370+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | By Donna Miles and Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- Nearly five years after America “awoke to a nightmare attack” on Sept. 11, 2001, the nation is thankful that terrorists haven’t succeeded in launching another attack on U.S. soil, but recognizes that it’s not for the terrorists’ lack of trying, President Bush said at the White House today. “Nineteen men, armed with box cutters, took control of airplanes and turned them into missiles,” Bush said of the Sept. 11 attacks. “They used them to kill nearly 3,000 innocent people. We watched the Twin Towers collapse before our eyes -- and it became instantly clear that...
  • Programs Help Prepare, Support Families Through Deployments

    08/28/2006 6:10:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 327+ views
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Aug. 28, 2006 -- As members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit here make last-minute preparations for their upcoming deployment, Staff Sgt. Danny Sava and his family are getting their own affairs in order so they’re ready for another long separation. Marine Staff Sgt. Danny Sava, his wife, Julia, son, Anthony, and daughter, Alyssa, stroll past a sign at the top of a stairwell in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command headquarters that marks the days until Sava’s upcoming deployment. “E-22” marks “Embarkation minus 22,” or 22 days until Sava and 2,300 fellow...
  • Donations raise nearly $100K for family, youth programs

    06/07/2006 4:13:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jun 6, 2006 | Arthur McQueen
    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Army News Service, June 6, 2006) – An increase in locally focused contributions from Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians to the Combined Federal Campaign Overseas will bring nearly $100,000 to family and youth programs in U.S. Army, Europe. Brig. Gen. Rusty Frutiger, USAREUR deputy chief of staff for personnel, and Peter F. Sun, IMA-EURO chief of staff, received the $98,895 check, symbolizing the donations designated for Family Support and Youth Programs, from Renee Acosta, worldwide CFC campaign manager. “The FSYP is unique to the CFC-O and is the only way to donate locally while overseas,” said Constance...
  • Senior Enlisted Spouses Discuss Wounded Troop Programs

    05/09/2006 4:29:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 238+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006 – Spouses of the military's senior enlisted leaders gathered here today to learn about each service's program for wounded troops and to share ideas for the future. Marine Gunnery Sgt. J.A. Burks, a representative for the Marine for Life program, speaks to the spouses of senior enlisted leaders during a conference at the Pentagon, May 9. Photo by Sgt. Sara Wood, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The wives of the senior enlisted leaders from the combatant commands and the service senior enlisted advisors met at the Pentagon in conjunction with their husbands' conference,...
  • Religious programs help service members at Al Asad

    04/26/2006 10:57:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 173+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Brandon L. Roach
    AL ASAD, Iraq (April 25, 2006) -- Combat stress can consist of many more things than just combat, and when times get tough, while deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, service members turn to the chaplain's office for help. "Our services are critical for those service members who wish to participate," said Navy Cmdr. Craig G. Muehler, chaplain, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. "We offer services for all religions and denominations." By just touching the 'tip of the iceberg,' deployed service members go through problems such as marital difficulties, depression and overall loneliness which can take their...
  • AFL-CIO Chief Slams Guest Worker Programs

    03/28/2006 10:01:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 534+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/06 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest labor organization on Tuesday criticized plans to expand guest worker programs for immigrants seeking to come to the United States, parting company with longtime Senate Democratic allies who pushed successfully to include them in broad-based immigration legislation. "Guest worker programs are a bad idea and harm all workers," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement released the day after the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared an immigration bill. "They cast workers into a perennial second-class status, and unfairly put their fates into their employers' hands." Sweeney's statement praised numerous provisions of the overall immigration legislation,...
  • USO Honors State National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs

    03/02/2006 3:08:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1,051+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 – Cadets representing 11 National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs from 10 states were on hand here today to accept awards for excellence in the their programs. Cadets from 11 National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs from 10 states attended the 2006 National Guard ChalleNGe Program Award Luncheon. The awards program, presented by the United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington, recognized excellence in several key components of the ChalleNGe program. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Although the programs were being honored, Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National...
  • DARPA's Cutting-Edge Programs Revolutionize Prosthetics

    02/08/2006 5:09:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 338+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2006 – In the old Star Wars movie "The Empire Strikes Back," Luke Skywalker gets a new, fully functional right hand after Darth Vader chops his off with a light saber. Today, thanks to work under way through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, servicemembers who have lost limbs in the line of duty could experience something almost as revolutionary in the years ahead. Among the cutting-edge technology DARPA is developing is a highly advanced, mechanical arm that works and looks just like a human one, Jan Walker, a DARPA spokesperson, told the American Forces Press Service....
  • Analysis: Congressional budget bill threatens Calif welfare, child support programs

    01/13/2006 8:45:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 355+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/13/06 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A $40 billion budget-cutting bill nearing final House passage would badly hurt welfare and children's services programs in California, according to an analysis Friday by a group that advocates for low-income people. Among the bill's costs to California, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington: -$2 billion over the next five years to comply with new welfare rules requiring many more recipients to participate in work training and other programs. -$1 billion in child support payments that would go uncollected over the next five years because of cuts in funding for child support...
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman: Saddam Had WMD Programs

    12/02/2005 5:28:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 85 replies · 1,916+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Dec 2, 2005
    Following up on his Wall Street Journal article Tuesday defending the Iraq war, Sen. Joseph Lieberman is reminding Bush administration critics that it's wrong to claim that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. attacked in 2003. "The so-called Duelfer Report, which a lot of people read to say there were no weapons of mass destruction - concluded that Saddam continued to have very low level of chemical and biological programs," Lieberman told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity on Wednesday. "[Saddam] was trying to break out of the U.N. sanctions by going back into rapid redevelopment...
  • CA: Group gives state low marks for children's programs (Children Now!)

    11/30/2005 3:31:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 293+ views
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An advocacy group on Wednesday gave the state mostly C and D grades - and no A's - for health, economic and education programs affecting children. Children Now said many California children live in poverty and lack adequate education and health care. The Oakland-based group issued a report card covering nine subjects: health insurance, dental insurance, childhood obesity, adolescent health, infant health, family economic security, early education, K-12 education and after-school programs. The group gave the state three B's, three C's and three D's. The state received a B-minus for children's health insurance programs, although the...
  • Air Force chapel programs donate thousands

    09/28/2005 6:14:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 269+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Julie Weckerlein
    WASHINGTON -- In recent weeks, Air Force chapels raised thousands of dollars to provide comfort for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Chapel communities contributed more than $376,000 for Hurricane Katrina survivors since the storm hit three weeks ago, according to the Air Force Chief of Chaplains Office here. “The Air Force chapel communities are being very generous and making sure our fellow Airmen and families are being taken care of,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brett Oxman, who works budgeting issues for the chaplains office at the Pentagon. The donations came from around the world, ranging from Edwards Air Force Base,...
  • Trying to close white-minority learning gap

    08/06/2005 5:11:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 31 replies · 1,089+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 08.01.05 | Brian Aberback
    The achievement gap between minority and white students has long been a stain on the bright mosaic of culturally and racially diverse school districts.From North Jersey to Cleveland to San Diego, whites as a group generally score considerably better on standardized tests than their minority peers. Whites also tend to enroll in more honors classes, while minorities are more prevalent in remedial courses.Now, one Bergen County district is introducing a sweeping concept that it hopes will bridge its gap by addressing a wide range of possible roadblocks to academic success.The initiative includes dozens of ideas. Some are in the talking...
  • Software Piracy Remains Widespread

    05/18/2005 10:30:09 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 134 replies · 1,351+ views
    Yahoo News - IDG News Service ^ | 5/18/2005 | Grant Gross
    More than a third of the software installed on PCs worldwide during 2004 was pirated, with losses from unauthorized software increasing by $4 billion from 2003, according to a study released this week by the software trade group Business Software Alliance. Thirty-five percent of all software installed on PCs was pirated, down from 36 percent in 2003, according to the study, conducted by research firm IDC. Estimated losses from software piracy climbed, however, from $29 billion to $33 billion, as both the legal and unauthorized software markets grew from 2003 to 2004. IDC estimated that $90 billion worth of software...
  • Schwarzenegger wants to restore $1.3 billion to transportation programs

    05/11/2005 5:21:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 562+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/11/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - After years of neglect, scores of transportation projects statewide would receive a badly needed infusion of $1.3 billion under a plan outlined Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The proposal is a key part of Schwarzenegger's revised 2005-2006 state budget that is due out on Friday. Facing a shortfall estimated at $8.6 billion, Schwarzenegger proposed in January a $111.7 billion spending plan that included more than $4 billion in borrowing and the transfer of $1.3 billion in sales tax money from transportation programs to other uses. The governor told an audience of mayors and city council members from...
  • Are You a Liberal? - (Dennis Prager's questionnaire - funny!)

    04/24/2005 1:36:24 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 57 replies · 19,403+ views
    DENNIS PRAGER.COM ^ | APRIL 24, 2005 | DENNIS PRAGER
    It is my belief that about half of the Americans who call themselves liberal do not hold the great majority of positions held by mainstream liberal institutions such as the New York Times editorial page, People for the American Way, and the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. So here is a test of this thesis to be given to anyone who believes he or she is a liberal. If you feel I have omitted a liberal position or have unfairly characterized any of them here, please email me. This is still a work in progress. Thank you, Dennis Pragerdennisprager@dennisprager.com...
  • 2005 Pig Book Exposes Record $27.3 Billion in Pork!

    04/06/2005 4:27:44 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 50 replies · 2,238+ views
    CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE.ORG ^ | APRIL 6, 2005 | Tim Finnigan & Lauren Cook
    - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released the 2005 Congressional Pig Book, a sweeping compendium of the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. Congress spent more tax dollars on pork this year than in any other year in history. For fiscal 2005, appropriators stuffed 13,997 projects into the 13 appropriations bills, an increase of 31 percent over last year’s total of 10,656. In the last two years, the total number of projects has increased by 49.5 percent. The cost of these projects in fiscal 2005 was $27.3 billion, or 19 percent more than last year’s total of $22.9 billion....
  • Dems are out of gas - (can't run; can't hide)

    03/14/2005 9:56:12 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 15 replies · 837+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | MARCH 14, 2005 | MICHAEL BARONE
    What do Democrats want? Many answers, or partial answers, can be found in the 90th anniversary issue of the New Republic, in the post-election issue of the American Prospect, and in various other writings by smart Democrats unhappy with the defeat their party suffered in 2004. These writers avoid the left blogosphere's wacky claims that the election was stolen. They understand that both parties played to win and turned out many new voters. John Kerry got 16 percent more votes than Al Gore. George W. Bush got 23 percent more votes in 2004 than in 2000. Most of these Democrats...
  • CA: Bay Area schools ask for parcel taxes ... Districts need funding for core programs

    03/02/2005 8:56:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 465+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/2/05 | Carrie Sturrock
    For many Bay Area school districts, persuading voters to pass parcel taxes in Tuesday's election isn't about selling new and innovative programs in these lean economic times -- it's about pleading to keep what they have. From Walnut Creek to Milpitas, superintendents and school boards in 17 districts are trying to maintain everything from music programs to school nurses to lower class sizes as they calculate budgets for next fall. Declining enrollment and unrealized monetary pledges from Sacramento have squeezed many districts in recent years. "We've been a high-performing district ... we have high expectations for our students," said Superintendent...
  • AP: (President) Bush proposes cuts to scores of programs

    02/06/2005 1:02:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 780+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 2/6/05 | Martin Crutsinger - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's $2.5 trillion budget is shaping up as his most austere, trying to restrain spending across a wide swath of government from popular farm subsidies to poor people's health programs. Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended the plan against Democratic criticism that Bush had to seek steep cuts in scores of federal programs because he is unwilling to roll back first-term tax cuts that opponents contend primarily benefited the wealthy. The budget's submission to Congress on Monday will set off months of intense debate. Lawmakers from both parties can be expected to vigorously fight to...
  • Mental Health Trumps Individual Accountability

    12/14/2004 12:09:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 616+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | December 14, 2004 | Nancy Salvato
    Large numbers of teachers believe themselves incapable of meeting the learning expectations placed on their institutions by the No Child Left Behind Act. Like the characters in "Atlas Shrugged," they find themselves having to deal with problems they did not create within the constraints of a system designed to fail. In order to remain in their chosen profession, those caught in the middle must place blame elsewhere in order to find an "out." Those who refuse to "work within the system" disappear. Mediocrity rises to the top and excellence disappears. Public education has cried "wolf" one too many times, claiming...