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  • Professor Shows Pornography to Her Class

    04/12/2012 4:07:43 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 51 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Oliver Darcy
    Fresno State Public Health Professor, Peggy Gish, played a pornographic, full-length film for her class on Tuesday. The adult film was called "Advanced Sexual Techniques, Volume One" and contained both sexually explicit audio and graphic video. Campus Reform learned about the incident after a student, who does not wish to be identified, came forward. According to an online synopsis the movie follows "12 couples of varying backgrounds and ethnicity" who "explore sexual positions and techniques."
  • Doing union work on the government clock?

    03/26/2012 8:39:32 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies · 2+ views ^ | By Melissa Maynard, Stateline Staff Writer
    The Arizona legislature is considering making it illegal for local governments to pay workers for time they spend doing union work. This so-called “release time” is bargained for alongside salary and vacation and sick pay and included in many local contracts. One version of the legislation passed the Senate but stalled in a House committee. Now Senate leaders are attempting to resuscitate the measure by sending it directly to the House floor in an unrelated bill that the House has already passed. Supporters of the legislation say paying union leaders to do union work is an inappropriate use of taxpayer...
  • US reportedly to search again for Amelia Earhart's plane

    03/19/2012 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 86 replies ^ | March 19, 2012 | staff
    The State Department plans to join a new effort to find the plane of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart, 75 years after she mysteriously disappeared over the South Pacific. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will take part in a ceremony Tuesday morning announcing the joint public-private search at the State Department, The Wall Street Journal reports. The event, "Amelia Earhart, a Pacific Legacy," which is pitched as a celebration of the U.S.'s pan-Pacific ties, will be streamed live at 9 a.m. on the State Department's website, a spokesman for the agency said. Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed...
  • Bulgaria’s abandoned Socialist monument

    03/18/2012 5:06:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies ^ | 1 Mar 2012 | Timothy Allen
    We've looked at some abandoned Bulgarian Socialist architecture before, but never like this. This winter, photographer Timothy Allen braved snowstorms and horrific cold to shoot the UFO-like Buzludzha monument in the Bulgarian Balkans. The resulting pictures look like the lost Communist equivalent of Echo Base. Allen traveled 250 kilometers outside of Sofia to get these incredible photos. The snow picked up during his shoot, and he even took a harrowing -25°C hang-gliding expedition to grab some aerial shots. Explains Allen of the building's history: Designed by architect Guéorguy Stoilov, more than 6000 workers were involved in its 7 year construction...
  • Just the Facts: State (nugget pushers) vs. Federal (science-based) School Nutrition Programs

    02/19/2012 1:41:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    USDA ^ | 2/16/12 | Courtney Rowe
    Just the Facts: State vs. Federal School Nutrition ProgramsPosted by Courtney Rowe, Press Secretary, USDA, on February 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen a lot of chatter online regarding a story from North Carolina in which a pre-school student’s lunch was deemed “unhealthy.” We’d like to set the record straight. As established by law, USDA promotes healthier lifestyles for our nation’s school children through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Department sets science-based nutritional standards for and oversees State administration of schools that choose to participate in these national programs. In exchange...
  • Chrysler factory workers to get $1,500 profit-sharing checks

    02/02/2012 12:06:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/2/12 | Staff
    Detroit - Factory workers at Chrysler are getting $1,500 profit-sharing checks next month, a sign the automaker’s turnaround is succeeding. About 26,000 union-represented workers in the U.S. should get the payments, according to Chrysler’s contract with the United Auto Workers union. The profit-sharing figure is based on an Associated Press analysis of company earnings, and the labor contract formula for profit-sharing. Chrysler would not say how much the workers will get. But the formula in its new four-year contract with the UAW shows that the checks will be about $1,500. The checks are based on Chrysler’s $2 billion operating profit
  • Public Union gets 16-year .. $4.5 Million ..Interest Free Loan from California?

    01/26/2012 9:13:08 PM PST · by cakid1 · 16 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 1-26-12 | cakid1
    You’ve heard that interest rates are low right? But how about a 0 % interest rate for a $4.5 million loan? Is it free money? California has reportedly agreed to give a state prison guard union an interest free loan to pay back money that it owes the state. Published reports say California's prison officers union is getting a multi-million dollar interest-free loan (from taxpayers) to ‘settle a multimillion-dollar debt it owes the state.’
  • Columbia Association to hold woman-only swim times

    11/14/2011 7:19:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Jessica Anderson
    When Shehlla Khan's husband became ill, it fell on her to take their three children to the pool. But for Khan, who is Muslim, the task was difficult. The Columbia resident said she was concerned about people watching her swim in the conservative, cover-all dress required by Islamic dress codes, and thinking: "What's wrong? Why can't you take it off?" So Khan, 39, brought the issue up with members of her Dar Al-Taqwa mosque in Ellicott City. The mosque, along with members of a faith-based county group, People Acting Together in Howard, met with the Columbia Association to create a...
  • NYC to Teach Kids about “Doggie-Style” Sex?

    10/23/2011 10:06:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Fox news ^ | 10/23/11 | staff
    New York City 11-year-olds will soon be learning sex education from workbooks that include instruction on “mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral and anal sex, and “intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant.” The shocking revelations were uncovered in “recommended” workbooks reviewed by The New York Post. Sex education will become mandatory in New York City middle and high schools next year. Students will be required to take one semester of sex education in sixth or seventh grades and one in ninth or tenth grades.
  • Mandatory [NYC] Sex Ed Details May Be Too Racy for Parents [Caution: explicit content]

    10/24/2011 12:17:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 102 replies
    NBC ^ | Oct 24, 2011
    Details about the new sex education curriculum in New York City public schools are out -- and some are concerned the lessons are too racy. The New York Post obtained workbooks that will be used for the new recommended curriculum, which begins in middle schools and high schools around the city next spring. Parents, they say, may be shocked by details of the work. Middle school students will be assigned "risk cards" that rate the safety of different activities, the paper says, from French kissing to oral sex. The workbooks for older students direct them to a website run by...
  • A $16 muffin? Justice Dept. audit finds ‘wasteful’ and extravagant spending

    09/20/2011 5:44:12 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Sep 2011 | Jerry Markon
    At a Justice Department conference, auditors said Monday in a report that doesn’t come close to topping the Pentagon’s legendary $400 hammer and $600 toilet seat but does, the auditors said, expose “wasteful or extravagant spending.’’ Cynthia Schnedar, the Justice Department’s acting inspector general, said in the report that some conferences featured “costly meals, refreshments and themed breaks” and that Justice failed to “minimize” costs as required by federal and internal guidelines. Among the examples: Beef Wellington hors d’oeuvres at $7.32 per serving; a Cracker Jacks, popcorn and candy snack for $32 per person and coffee costing more than $1...
  • Seattle Green Jobs Program Gets $20M, Creates 14 Posts

    08/29/2011 3:35:40 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/2011 | Dan Springer
    A green jobs program in one of America's greenest cities is being called a bust 16 months after a $20 million federal grant to weatherize homes in Seattle ended up putting just 14 people to work in mostly administrative jobs and upgrading only three homes in the area. "The jobs are not there," Todd Myers, who wrote the book "Eco Fads," told Fox News. "So we're training people for jobs that don't exist." Seattle is not alone. The Department of Energy has allocated $508 million to 41 states for its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and 600 jobs have been created...
  • Democrat Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayers’ dime for Senate hearing

    08/12/2011 11:16:14 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies ^ | August 12, 2011 |
    Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday. The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for August 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.” Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui....
  • Gov't pays for empty flights to rural airports

    08/11/2011 9:33:55 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 14 replies
    On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it. Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107. Ely is one of 153 rural communities where airlines get subsidies through the $200 million Essential...
  • California officials seek higher rates for meal reimbursements

    08/04/2011 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    sacbee ^ | August 3, 2011
    The chief executives of CalPERS and CalSTRS along with Controller John Chiang and Treasurer Bill Lockyer are asking the Brown administration to overhaul the state's travel meal reimbursement rates to help accommodate for trips to expensive locales. Read more:
  • Carney: Yeah, taxpayers will fund the Obama Midwest Jobs Tour

    08/04/2011 11:23:14 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | august 4,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    As I mentioned in the OOTD today, Barack Obama promised a new focus on jobs for about the 15th time in less than three years, shortly after the conclusion of the debt-ceiling deal. As part of that new focus, Obama plans a bus tour — an unusual mode of travel for an American President, but SOP for a presidential candidate working the crowds to bolster support. But when White House reporters quizzed press secretary Jay Carney about whether Obama or taxpayers would foot the bill for this whirlwind tour, Carney responded that “the air of cynicism is quite thick,” as...
  • Officials in South Florida cities donate to charities with taxpayers' money

    07/24/2011 11:20:37 PM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11 July 2011 | Megan O'Matz and Georgia East
    Local schools, clubs and churches benefit -- and so may politicians doing the giving LAUDERDALE LAKES – This town is broke, but that didn't stop Commissioner Gloria Lewis from spending $1,440 in taxpayer funds in February for 140 T-shirts for fifth graders at Oriole Elementary School's spirit-boosting event coinciding with the FCAT exams. It was hardly an exception. Since January 2010, city records show, the mayor and the six city commissioners have used thousands of dollars from their city-funded expense accounts for charitable donations to which their names often are attached. Early this year, for example, Mayor Barrington Russell Sr....
  • US Taxpayers Just Paid $780 Million To Fund The Latest Greece Bailout Tranche

    07/08/2011 7:38:49 PM PDT · by mojito · 38 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 7/8/2011 | Tyler Durden
    The IMF is delighted to announce that it just approved a €3.2 billion disbursement of cash for Greece, its fifth, as part of the €12 billion in money that Greece needs in order to continue operating in the months f July and August. And just for what purpose will this money be used, one may ask? Well, as explained a few weeks ago, in Greek Math: €12 Billion In, €18.2 Billion Out the entire amount will be promptly recycled by global financial institutions in the form of debt maturities and interest payments, which amount to €18.2 billion in the months...
  • Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job

    07/04/2011 2:43:51 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | July 3 2011 | Jeff Anderson
    When the Obama administration releases a report on the Friday before a long weekend, it’s clearly not trying to draw attention to the report’s contents. Sure enough, the “Seventh Quarterly Report” on the economic impact of the “stimulus,” released on Friday, July 1, provides further evidence that President Obama’s economic “stimulus” did very little, if anything, to stimulate the economy, and a whole lot to stimulate the debt. The report was written by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, a group of three economists who were all handpicked by Obama, and it chronicles the alleged success of the “stimulus”...
  • Officials found golfing, reconcile timecards (Knox County, Tennessee)

    07/01/2011 11:33:55 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 6 replies ^ | 7-2-2011 | Natalie Neysa Alund
    One top-level Knox County official changed his timecard this week to account for the hours spent playing golf, while another official golfing with him made mistakes on his timecard. Thursday afternoon, Doug Bataille, director of parks and recreation, and Dick Moran, Knox County director of information technology, were found golfing at Three Ridges Golf Course...